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AppaloosaFarm

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I have a 2020 RAM 2500 4x4 and am in the market for new tires (LT275/70R18). I live NW of Chicago near the Wisconsin border, and so plan to get a good all-weather tire with a snow rating. I have boiled it down to two options: the Nitto Exo Grappler AWT or the Falken Wildpeak AT3W. Both are very well-rated. Both have the 'Three Peak Mountain Snowflake' symbol. The Falkens are more expensive, but that alone doesn't make them better. All of my driving is on two-lane county roads that often aren't well-plowed in the winter (not to mention the driveway to the barn). Are the Falkens worth the extra ~$50/tire cost? Thanks!
 

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OK, well I have Falkens, so I say yes, LOL. But either as reported, but I have no experience with Nitto's are comparable. I am running a 1500, very low road noise and they R all wearing well. I would recommend road force balance as these tires are very heavy, compared to stock, as far as a 1500 goes. MAKE sure wateva U get U rotate those tires also.

Now I am running "C" rated AT3W's, your usage may decide whether U need an LT or an "E" rated tire due to towing loads.

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Thanks! I'm looking at the LT version, E1, 80 psi, for load rating and towing (horse trailer). How has your experience been in snow and slush with the Falkens?
 

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Thanks! I'm looking at the LT version, E1, 80 psi, for load rating and towing (horse trailer). How has your experience been in snow and slush with the Falkens?
Fine, but now all we normally get here may be an inch of ice. However, we had our freak storm in 2021. Had 8" of snow, 1 " of ice, all on road surface. No plows here, they used road graders to scrape down to a perfect ice skating rink on the rural road I live on. Was able to move ok being smart when driving. But I actually drove off the road on the side of the road in the snow/ditch/shoulder, was easier to drive. Just put in 4 High and drive to the terrain, no issues. I pull a stock trailer just a couple of times a year so did not need the "E" tires, "C" are sufficient. But this is all IMHO.....
 

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I had put the Nitto dura grapplers on my 3500 couple of years ago. They wore great and were quiet. But I never drove in the snow, so I cant help you with real OJT experience. This was my third set of Nitto tires purchased, would buy them again as I had no problems.
 

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I have Falken Wildpeak AT3W's now and previously had BFG KO2's. We get decent snow here (a few 12"-16" falls a year) and I make a few trips up to Vermont to snowmobile every winter. Funny you said the Falkens are a little more expensive. I switched to them on my last 2 trucks from the KO2's because they were a little less expensive. Both were all around good tires.
Just a note....I had 20" Falkens on my previous truck and went with 18" on my current truck because I like the higher profile sidewalls and like how they handle ruts, bumps, etc. on our crappily maintained roads in the lower NY area better.
 

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On SimpleTire.com, the Falkens are $340 while the Nitto Exo $289. But both rate almost identical and both have great reviews. I had 20-inch Nokains on my last truck, a 1500 Laramie Longhorn 4x4, which performed great. I switched to the 2500 for towing and hauling capacity, and it came with 18-inch wheels. I like the 18s, but I've not been impressed with the factory tires and at 40K miles it's time to switch before another winter.

So it's sounding like the Falkens are worth the money.
 

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I ran Toyo AT2 for 6 years and was the worse wet weather tire I have ever seen. Rather then go with Toyo again I went with the Falkens (had narrowed it to them and the BFG KO2s). And I can say that if I had to do it over again I would pick the Falkens every time. I am also running the 10-Ply tires, as that is what my truck calls for.

Have never ran Nitto, but have a buddy that has ran the Terra Grapplers for years and loves them.

Here is a review of the of the EXO Grappler...
 
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So they both sound like great choices, but so far it's 3+ votes for the Falkens. Good review on the Nitto tho, hard to beat winter in New England to test a tire.
 
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