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Old 05-05-2019, 08:17 AM
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New Tire Options

Anyone have experience with Dick Cepek Trail Country EXP? Im really interested in these and the price point is very appealing. I’m getting ready to order a set of new tires and am debating between

1. Dick Cepek Trail Country EXP $177
2. Cooper DiscovererA/T3 XLT $196
3. BFG KO2 (I’ve ran these for years and know what they offer) $209

All of these would be in 285/75r16 on a set of Pro Comp 69 rims. Thanks for any opinions.

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Had a set of BFG KO2's. Traction off the road was great. Relatively quiet on the road. No slipping at all during heavy rains.The only con I can say is the price.
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I've got Dick Cepek Extreme Countrys for offroading and I love them. Yah, they're loud on the highway.....so what? They get up stuff I shouldn't even be trying.

Looking at the tread pattern, it appears the trail country is an all season. The fun country is in between.

Honestly.....if I were looking from daily driver tires, I'd head straight to Craigslist (and I have) and for the price of about 1 1/2 tires, I'd buy a set of OEM 17" alloys with the Goodyear Wrangler all seasons on them. I've paid about $50 per wheel/tire pretty easily. Yes...these will be about 3/4" shorter than the size you're looking for.
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Anyone have experience with Dick Cepek Trail Country EXP? Im really interested in these and the price point is very appealing. Iím getting ready to order a set of new tires and am debating between

1. Dick Cepek Trail Country EXP $177
2. Cooper DiscovererA/T3 XLT $196
3. BFG KO2 (Iíve ran these for years and know what they offer) $209

All of these would be in 285/75r16 on a set of Pro Comp 69 rims. Thanks for any opinions.
Is Cooper still making the D!ck Cepek tires? If so, that tire would compare closely with the ST-Maxx. I'm on my second set of Maxx's and they're great tires.
I'm considering a set of Extreme Terrain in a 255/85-16 for my next shoes.
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I've had both the Cooper's and the KO2's. Off road they seemed to perform the same. In snow and ice the KO2's were much better than the Cooper AT3's.
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Only advise I would give since you also mention new rims is going upto a 17" vs 16" if your budge permits.. Should you decide to move up in tires size again or just want better stopping, most of the big brake kits require 17" rims..
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Does anyone in here run All Season Highway tires? I'm assuming that's a no no? LOL
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I ended up purchasing the Dick Cepek Trail Country exp in 285/75r16 from 4WD.com. I had them mounted yesterday but the tire shop warned me that the tires appeared out of round or misshaped - that it took a lot of weight to balance them out. Is this common for a tire like this? It’s concerning, I’m not sure if I should contact Dick Cepek and ask for replacements. Attached are a few photos showing he amount of weight.
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Lol, I've got weights stacked on weights. Those don't look bad, any vibrations?
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Lol, I've got weights stacked on weights. Those don't look bad, any vibrations?
Surprisingly no vibrations up to 55mph; I haven’t had it on the interstate yet. The ride is decent hardly any noise.
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I purchased a set of 315/70/17's for my '18 JKU. After an MC 3.5" lift and 4.88 gears with open diffs, I can tell you that these tires are awesome. Up until this past weekend I hadn't really had them off road, outside of a quick weekend run in the snow, where they performed well. I use them on my daily, with side road driving, but I'm also constantly on the highway, and cruise between 65-70 MPH with no traction or handling issues. We had lots of rain in the Northeast this spring, and always had traction. I run them at about 38PSI on road, and about 20 PSI off road.

This past weekend. Ok, so this was the first test, on gnarly blue trails with rocky hill climbs and descents, some minor water crossing and soupy mud areas. These tires kicked ass. Everyone on the trail was amazed with the stuff I was rolling over, and I attribute a lot of it to these tires. Ran at 20 PSI and I was happy with it.
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I ended up purchasing the Dick Cepek Trail Country exp in 285/75r16 from 4WD.com. I had them mounted yesterday but the tire shop warned me that the tires appeared out of round or misshaped - that it took a lot of weight to balance them out. Is this common for a tire like this? Itís concerning, Iím not sure if I should contact Dick Cepek and ask for replacements. Attached are a few photos showing he amount of weight.
That tire is nearly identical to the Cooper ST-Maxx. And the Maxx takes lots of weights too. So much weight, in fact, that my dealer couldn't balance them yesterday and had to farm out the work to a local shop that has better balance machinery.
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That tire is nearly identical to the Cooper ST-Maxx. And the Maxx takes lots of weights too. So much weight, in fact, that my dealer couldn't balance them yesterday and had to farm out the work to a local shop that has better balance machinery.
That has not been my experience. I have had 4 sets 2 sets of 285/75-17, 1 set of 295/70-17 and now a set of 315/70-17 and none have taken much weight. Two of the sets we're on stock rims and two on various aev rims.
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Big Tires can (not always) take some weight to balance. Pictures are great but .... count up the weight How much we talking about? 6-8 ozs. not out of the question 12-16ozs different story.
Bottom line too is - Did they eventually balance out and do they drive ok. Balanced is balanced.

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Anybody try balance beads? Have any luck?
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That has not been my experience. I have had 4 sets 2 sets of 285/75-17, 1 set of 295/70-17 and now a set of 315/70-17 and none have taken much weight. Two of the sets we're on stock rims and two on various aev rims.
My first set balanced with almost no weights.
Then I got plain old ST and they took a bunch.
Followed by STT-Pro; which needed a bit but not a lot.
Now ST-Maxx again and they're hungry for the weights.

Next set will be ST-Maxx but in 255/85-16. Back to pizza-cutters for me.
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My first set balanced with almost no weights.
Then I got plain old ST and they took a bunch.
Followed by STT-Pro; which needed a bit but not a lot.
Now ST-Maxx again and they're hungry for the weights.

Next set will be ST-Maxx but in 255/85-16. Back to pizza-cutters for me.
I am looking for a set of 255/80-17 to run on my stock rims and keep wanting to try the Falken AT3 but have had such good luck with the ST Maxx's have a hard time deciding. Rotated my tires today and my 315/70-17 have this much weight and they are balanced perfectly.




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I also have the Cooper ST Maxx in 315/70-17, and they did take quite a bit of weight, but that could be the wheel as well, knowing that AEV is now importing their wheels

I really do like the ST Maxx's. There great on and off road, with not much noise if that concerns you, and they really are wearing awesome!!!
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Anybody try balance beads? Have any luck?
I have beads in mine right now and I haven't had a bit of trouble but my tires are 275/70/18
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@jadmt , seems like you and @Hilldweller both have a lot of experience with the ST Maxx. So overall they were good for you? Long story short I am possibly looking into some 255s like Hilldweller and there's not too many choices, but the ST Maxx (and the Wildpeaks) are some options. My other post about this for reference if you care to look...

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@jadmt , seems like you and @Hilldweller both have a lot of experience with the ST Maxx. So overall they were good for you? Long story short I am possibly looking into some 255s like Hilldweller and there's not too many choices, but the ST Maxx (and the Wildpeaks) are some options. My other post about this for reference if you care to look...

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f27/25...ht=255%2F80r17
I have been super happy with the ST Maxx's. I just returned from Moab and I will say they stick like glue on the slick rock. I mounted a set of 255/80-17 Falkens on my stock rims and I think they will be great for just running around and longer road trips that are not jeeping destinations. I figured I will save wear and tear on my bigger tires for more serious offroading.
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I have been super happy with the ST Maxx's. I just returned from Moab and I will say they stick like glue on the slick rock. I mounted a set of 255/80-17 Falkens on my stock rims and I think they will be great for just running around and longer road trips that are not jeeping destinations. I figured I will save wear and tear on my bigger tires for more serious offroading.
The Coopers are tempting after reading about the success you all have had with them, but if I do go 255s I may just end up going with the Falkens. They seem slightly more road oriented than the Coopers, and I will definitely be like 99% highway/pavement; unless I DECIDE to go looking for some wheeling. They also seem to rate pretty similarly and of course being priced a decent amount lower is nice...

Plus, according to specs they are sized at 33.07 vs 32.86 on the Coopers. Obviously barely a difference, but coming from a 245/75 which probably measures at 31 on the Jeep, every little bit will help in approaching a 33 (especially if I decide to level as well). Honestly I don't think you can go wrong either way for just a mall crawler like myself haha

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