275/70R18 BFG KO2 or 295/70R18 Falken Wildpeak A/T3W

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We're looking at replacing the factory Goodyear 275/65R18 with either Load range E 275/70R18 BFG KO2 or 295/70R18 Falken Wildpeak A/T3W. We will be leveling the front and adding airbags to the rear for when we pull our RV. Truck has 3.92 gears, mainly be used for light offroading/ forest roads around the campgrounds.

Concern with the Wildpeaks is: weight 69lbs per tire vs 59lbs with the KO2s and will 34.3" tires be too tall for just a leveling kit. We had the same KO2s on our Expedition (after getting 2 flats with factory goodyears SMH) and liked the way they rode but have no experience with wildpeaks though they seem highly recommended. Thanks!
 

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My friend I have a solution! Nitto Ridge grappler 285/70/18
33.98” x 11.5”. 60 pounds

And yes the wildpeaks are an excellent tire with the only downside being that they are heavy.

Now on a sidenote… You can get the Falken wildpeak in a 275/70/18 and it measures 33.4 X 11. Off the top of my head I believe it weighs 65 pounds. Either one of these tires will fit on the spare underneath the truck. The NItto being about Max. If you plan on encountering any snow or ice the clear choice would be the Falken.
 

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295/70/R18 Ridge Grapplers!
34.29" x 11.77" 69lbs and worth it
2 1/2" level kit and no clearance issues (but I did replace the rims)
3.92 gears, rides and tows like a champ
 
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295/70/R18 Ridge Grapplers!
34.29" x 11.77" 69lbs and worth it
2 1/2" level kit and no clearance issues (but I did replace the rims)
3.92 gears, rides and tows like a champ
Did you update your spare to match the bigger tires? If so does the 295/70r18 fit in the stock location?
 
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Did you update your space to match the bigger tires? If so does the 295/70r18 fit in the stock location?
I’m pretty sure I saw his truck last weekend and it did look fantastic!

Everyone has a different goal in mind for their vehicle.

The difference between the 295/70 and 285/70 is essentially a difference of a quarter inch in height and width. Although a 36 pound difference in unsprung rotational mass is huge. That will affect breaking accelerating and mpg. Based off of what you described for the use of your truck the quarter-inch will not make a difference but the extra weight will.

Let me throw this at you… If you go with the Toyo at3, that’s the new tire that just came out there are two different versions in 275/70/18. Black sidewall only weighs 49 pounds and 33.2 tall. Optional white lettering (black letters on other side) is the same size as the Falken at 33.4 X 11 and weighs 52 pounds.
The factory Goodyears on the rebel are 33.2 x11 and 54 pounds for reference.

So the difference between a 33.4 and 33.98 is basically a half an inch. Going with the ridge grappler 285/70 will only give you an advantage of a quarter inch in ground clearance over the 275. To me that’s just not a big enough difference given the usage of your truck. The 295s again don’t make much of a difference for a ground clearance reason. Doesn’t sound like you’re taking the truck rock crawling.
Overall for gearing, fuel economy, daily driving reasons I’d stick with the 275 or 285 at most.

Also going with a 34 inch tire (285/70) will essentially gear you down to a 3.73 which is still respectable for towing


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I’m pretty sure I saw his truck last weekend and it did look fantastic!

Everyone has a different goal in mind for their vehicle.

The difference between the 295/70 and 285/70 is essentially a difference of a quarter inch in height and width. Although a 36 pound difference in unsprung rotational mass is huge. That will affect breaking accelerating and mpg. Based off of what you described for the use of your truck the quarter-inch will not make a difference but the extra weight will.

Let me throw this at you… If you go with the Toyo at3, that’s the new tire that just came out there are two different versions in 275/70/18. Black sidewall only weighs 49 pounds and 33.2 tall. Optional white lettering (black letters on other side) is the same size as the Falken at 33.4 X 11 and weighs 52 pounds.
The factory Goodyears on the rebel are 33.2 x11 and 54 pounds for reference.

So the difference between a 33.4 and 33.98 is basically a half an inch. Going with the ridge grappler 285/70 will only give you an advantage of a quarter inch in ground clearance over the 275. To me that’s just not a big enough difference given the usage of your truck. The 295s again don’t make much of a difference for a ground clearance reason. Doesn’t sound like you’re taking the truck rock crawling.
Overall for gearing, fuel economy, daily driving reasons I’d stick with the 275 or 285 at most.

Also going with a 34 inch tire (285/70) will essentially gear you down to a 3.73 which is still respectable for towing


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Great info, I tow very infrequently and do go off-roading a great deal, also just a big fan of the Nitto Ridge Grappler.
And yes, my gas mileage does suffer, but the pedal commander has something to do with that as well...;)

I think the Toyo3 would be a great choice.
 
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I’m pretty sure I saw his truck last weekend and it did look fantastic!

Everyone has a different goal in mind for their vehicle.

The difference between the 295/70 and 285/70 is essentially a difference of a quarter inch in height and width. Although a 36 pound difference in unsprung rotational mass is huge. That will affect breaking accelerating and mpg. Based off of what you described for the use of your truck the quarter-inch will not make a difference but the extra weight will.

Let me throw this at you… If you go with the Toyo at3, that’s the new tire that just came out there are two different versions in 275/70/18. Black sidewall only weighs 49 pounds and 33.2 tall. Optional white lettering (black letters on other side) is the same size as the Falken at 33.4 X 11 and weighs 52 pounds.
The factory Goodyears on the rebel are 33.2 x11 and 54 pounds for reference.

So the difference between a 33.4 and 33.98 is basically a half an inch. Going with the ridge grappler 285/70 will only give you an advantage of a quarter inch in ground clearance over the 275. To me that’s just not a big enough difference given the usage of your truck. The 295s again don’t make much of a difference for a ground clearance reason. Doesn’t sound like you’re taking the truck rock crawling.
Overall for gearing, fuel economy, daily driving reasons I’d stick with the 275 or 285 at most.

Also going with a 34 inch tire (285/70) will essentially gear you down to a 3.73 which is still respectable for towing


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Thanks this is great info especially the gear ratio calculator and the different tire options. Probably leaning toward 275/70r18 since we already have a spare tire that size (Goodyear adventurer with Kevlar) and the 285/70 seem to be about $100 more per tire.
 

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Lots of off-roading for us here in Idaho! Have not taken my new truck out yet because of the 32 inch P rated tires on 20 inch wheels. To me that’s just begging for trouble. This was my last truck coming back from eighth Street above Boise. You might notice the lower valance in the bed, oops LOL. That truck had 285/70/17 Falken At3w.

As long as you keep your factory 8 inch wide wheels 275s would be fine. If you go with the 18 x 9 aftermarket wheel then you will want to go 285 at a minimum. Also you may want the 33.2 Toyo AT3 to match your spare instead of the 33.4. .2 difference is 8/32 tread depth difference.

There’s a possibility I’ll move to Georgia In the next 6 months or less. I’ll get tires by then. This winter is the wild card. If I move then I’ll get the Toyo’s. After winter Nitto Ridge Grappler (285/60/20).
 

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We're looking at replacing the factory Goodyear 275/65R18 with either Load range E 275/70R18 BFG KO2 or 295/70R18 Falken Wildpeak A/T3W. We will be leveling the front and adding airbags to the rear for when we pull our RV. Truck has 3.92 gears, mainly be used for light offroading/ forest roads around the campgrounds.

Concern with the Wildpeaks is: weight 69lbs per tire vs 59lbs with the KO2s and will 34.3" tires be too tall for just a leveling kit. We had the same KO2s on our Expedition (after getting 2 flats with factory goodyears SMH) and liked the way they rode but have no experience with wildpeaks though they seem highly recommended. Thanks!

I've had Falken WPs on my Jeep 10 years ago, and recently on my Tacoma.. Just bought a limited Monday and yes going w/ them again. Nitto is garbage, I ran some G2's on the Tacoma for 5K miles and sold those trash heaps to my buddy...lol, BFG is good just no mileage, I had some on an old F150 they wore out asap and my cousin has worn through a set on his Tundra in no time.

Your wieght comment. yes they wiegh more. Their sidewalls are so much thicker than anybody else. Can run over a bed full of railroad spikes sticking up..lol

I just called Discount tire and they are saying the 295s are on backorder from Falken for a month or so. They have 285 and 305s available immediatley.
 
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You’re absolutely right the side walls are thick. I used to have customers feel the thickness of the sidewall versus other tires we had for sale at the dealership. It helped me sell and awful lot of them. Falken Makes a good tire. Have Falkens on my wife’s Mini too.

Nitto does make a good tire, but not every tire they make is a 10. A lot of people do not like the G2’s. One of the biggest problems with them is the rubber compound is too hard. They can shred up and not perform very well. I’d be surprised if Nitto does not replace them within the next year or two with an updated design and compound.
The Ridge Grapplers are not apples to apples to the G2’s. It’s one of the best selling tires. It’s not a bad tire even though there are better for off road it’s a great do it all dry tire and let’s be honest, it looks cool . Ice.....just don’t.

BFG’s… Yeah they tend not to last very long with the KO2. First off they start at 15/32 of tread depth which is short for an LT tire. For the money they demand I don’t think they are worth it. I have pulled people out of the snow that had them.
I did see an over landing video in Utah with Land Rovers. Two of them had BFG‘s and one was running Goodyear Duratracks. It was very stormy and rainy and with all vehicles being identical aside from the one with goodyears, the BFG’s were slipsliding around on the trail and the only one that could press on forward was the goodyears. I think the BFG’s look cool but that’s about it…
 
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33.6x12, the falken marketing people wrote 34 on the tire sidewall...so I guess we've all lied about a half inch before. haaaaaaaaaaaaaa....too early for jokes this morning..

It clears all the liners by 2" while sitting static...but it will randomly rub/pull the corner of the inner wheel lining in a left hand full reverse turn...seemingly when the suspension flexes out of normal static position.

but it does not rub on normal flat driving...

prob take a box-cutter and cut that little protusion out of my life.
 

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