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Has anyone tried the new Cooper AT3 XLT? If so, how do you like them? How aggressive looking is the sidewall compared to say the Duratrac or Ridge Grappler?


I'm in the market for new tires on my JKUR and had pretty much decided on the Ridge Grappler, but these are cheaper and lighter I thought I would check them out.


The Jeep is my DD and my driving is 98% on road. I drive quite a bit too - about 20K per year.
 

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Thats true the AT3 XLT has a 60K treadwear warranty, which the Ridge Grappler doesn't have one - my guess is they would last ~50K but there isn't any warranty.



I just want to make sure they give me the look I want.
 

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The Cooper is 58lbs in 285/75 R17 and the Ridge Grappler is 66lbs.
 

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I think the Ridge grappler looks more aggressive than the Cooper. Another thing to note is Cooper is E rated. I am about to pull the trigger on Ridge grapplers because you can get them in a C. I drive a lot too, so I like the C option. Just deciding between 285/70 17 and 285/75 17.
 

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The Ridge Grappler is also available in 255/80R17 which may be an alternative to the 285/70R17 (both are 33"s) without any mods (wheels or spacers).



I was trying to decide between 255/80R17 and 285/75R17, but have pretty much decided to go with 285/75R17's with 1.25" spacers on stock wheels.
 

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The Cooper is a street tire and not really suited for anything more than dirt roads. Have a set of the AT3 tires on my Lexus GX470 that I drive 30k miles per year. Tires wear well but do not look aggressive whatsoever.
 

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I always thought Cooper tires were like second rate, aftermarket, budget tires.

I did a ton research when my summer commuter car, Nissan 350Z, needed replacements.

My opinion of Cooper Tires has changed. Best Tire Value out there I've found, with Impressive performance and wear.

When the day comes that I need replace the stock GoodYear Wranglers, I would very much go with the Cooper AT3 XLT.

They look great, and based on the performance from street tires on the Z, I'm now a proponent of the Brand.
 

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I saw the XLT version of the AT3 at the local tire shop and they are much more aggressive looking in person than they are in online pics. Obviously the tread design is the same between all three versions of the tire, but the sidewalls on the XLT are quite aggressive. I was impressed.
 

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I saw the XLT version of the AT3 at the local tire shop and they are much more aggressive looking in person than they are in online pics. Obviously the tread design is the same between all three versions of the tire, but the sidewalls on the XLT are quite aggressive. I was impressed.
ditto. I saw these mounted on a truck and they look way more aggressive in person. I had a set of the original at3s and the at3xlt is not even in the same zip code as far as looks go.
 

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I haven't tried those Copper tires, but have run Coopers in the past on some of my cars and have always had great luck with them.
 

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Did the sidewalls look similar in agressiveness to say a Duratrac or Ridge Grappler? Did the street tread look funny with the street tire tread?


I am trying to decide between these and the Ridge Grapplers in 285/75R17's.


The Ridge Grappler


Pros:
Look I want
Popular (proven tire)
C Load Rating



Cons:
Heavy (~65lbs)

More Expensive (about $250 more per 5)


Cooper AT3 XLT


Pros:
Lightweight (57lbs)
Cheaper
60K warranty

Better Mileage???? (due to road tread and lighter weight)????


Cons:
Looks?
Unknown Tire
E Rated
 

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Did the sidewalls look similar in agressiveness to say a Duratrac or Ridge Grappler? Did the street tread look funny with the street tire tread?


I am trying to decide between these and the Ridge Grapplers in 285/75R17's.


The Ridge Grappler


Pros:
Look I want
Popular (proven tire)
C Load Rating



Cons:
Heavy (~65lbs)

More Expensive (about $250 more per 5)


Cooper AT3 XLT


Pros:
Lightweight (57lbs)
Cheaper
60K warranty

Better Mileage???? (due to road tread and lighter weight)????


Cons:
Looks?
Unknown Tire
E Rated
So did you ever decide on what you're getting?
 

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fyi for the Ridge Grappler consideration, iirc there's a long thread started on here when the Ridge Grapplers first came out. It was discovered that the C and E rated 285/75/17 were within only 1 lb of being the same weight. That was leading most people, me included, that the C's were likely just as stiff as the E's. Personally, I never heard or read any direct feedback on how the C and E compared to each other while going down the road. It did help me change my mind last year when I chose a different tire.
 

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fyi for the Ridge Grappler consideration, iirc there's a long thread started on here when the Ridge Grapplers first came out. It was discovered that the C and E rated 285/75/17 were within only 1 lb of being the same weight. That was leading most people, me included, that the C's were likely just as stiff as the E's. Personally, I never heard or read any direct feedback on how the C and E compared to each other while going down the road. It did help me change my mind last year when I chose a different tire.

What tire did you get?
 

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I ordered Dick Cepek Trail Country EXP in 295/70/17. E rated, 58 lbs, 2 ply sidewall. Never wanted to put E rated tires on my Jeep, but these seem to be a lighter weight E, plus its 2 ply. Hoping for a C or D "ride" on the road. Should be delivered today or tomorrow. Soo happy I'm off for a few days, so I can be here when delivered. Psyched!

Got the EXP's at 10% off, free shipping, no $tax. Plus got in on the last day of DC's $100 mail-in rebate. Plan is to start a thread, and post some pics and compare to my current Falken Wildpeaks 285/70/17.

Almost got Patagonia 295/70/17 from Walmart...crazy low price.
 

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I ordered Dick Cepek Trail Country EXP in 295/70/17. E rated, 58 lbs, 2 ply sidewall. Never wanted to put E rated tires on my Jeep, but these seem to be a lighter weight E, plus its 2 ply. Hoping for a C or D "ride" on the road. Should be delivered today or tomorrow. Soo happy I'm off for a few days, so I can be here when delivered. Psyched!

Got the EXP's at 10% off, free shipping, no $tax. Plus got in on the last day of DC's $100 mail-in rebate. Plan is to start a thread, and post some pics and compare to my current Falken Wildpeaks 285/70/17.

Almost got Patagonia 295/70/17 from Walmart...crazy low price.
Cool. I've been thinking of downsizing. I have the KO2 315's and thinking of going to either 285/75 or 255/80 but I like the new Cooper AT3 XLT which only come in the 285/75 and not the 255/80. For the 255/80 it would be either the Falkens, Toyo or Cooper ST Maxx. I've seen rave reviews on here for all three and like the ST Maxx and also like that it accepts studs. I've never used studded tires before. I also like those new Mickey Thompson Deegan AT's but they're pricey. Kinda want to back to white letters although they're a bitch to keep clean. I'll check out those Dick Cepeks. Post pics when you get them installed.
 
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