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Old 02-23-2013, 12:22 AM   #1
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Yes, folks, I'm back for a bit. Had the misfortune of spending 14 months with the Army in the US and AFG. It was beyond retarded. Don't get me started.

Anyhow, I've been less than satisfied with the Dick Cepek FC2's on my truck. Great traction, but way too much noise and rolling resistance for a hybrid AT, and I've gotten MAYBE 25,000 miles out of them and they've always been a bitch to keep balanced. So, after months of research, I ordered a set of the new 35 x 12.50 Toyo Open Country AT2's. These are a brand new variant of the old AT with a more aggressive tread pattern. Two tread patterns, actually. The P-metric sizes are pretty close to the old pattern but have greater tread depth, some of them have a 65,000 mile treadwear guarantee. Most of the larger flotation sizes (33 x 12.50, 35 x 12.50) are designated EXTREME and have an even deeper, more aggressive tread pattern and are warrantied for 50K miles. Did I mention that they're about $70 cheaper per tire than anything from Cooper and Goodyear? With better quality, excellent traction, quieter ride, and better QC than Cooper or Goodyear? Yeah, I was sold. Just like a lot of other guys. These tires are on backorder from Toyo for at least three months. They're selling out everywhere.

I was able to find them as part of a wheel/tire package from Desert Rat, and got them with the black Moab STR wheels. It was the last set of four DR had. I'm not too concerned that the Moabs are cast wheels, since they're going on an AT tire which won't see any hard-core, high-speed trail use. I'm going to eventually take my old Centerlines and have them converted to bead-locks, then blasted and powder-coated. Why? Because Centerline used a cheap, thin chrome that started pitting and flaking within the first six months and the wheels have looked like **** for years. Good luck trying to get warranty support for the chrome finish from Centerline.

I pulled into the driveway a couple days ago with Stevie Ray's "Dirty Pool" cranking to find them stacked up against the house. I can't get into the alignment shop until TUE, which gives me this weekend to do a few things. I'm in the process of swapping out my front wheel hubs/bearings (again). One down and one to go. When I replaced the 9.25 rear axle with the Dana S60, the back end got a bit higher, and cranking the t-bars to level the truck resulted in a steep CV angle. So, to compensate for the thicker axle, I've got a pair of 2" drop shackles for the back end and am going to drop the t-bars back down and correct the CV angle while retaining the same overall travel. Then I'll measure front and rear for limit straps.

In the meantime, here's a couple pics of the new meats waiting to be mounted.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:59 AM   #2
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:31 AM   #4
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He's doing quite well, thank you. I've been feeding him Viagra and Horny Goat Weed and charging stud fees to local breeders. How are his offspring doing down there? I've sent something like six litters your way.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:39 AM   #5
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Nice looking wheel/tire combo.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:07 AM   #6
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Not only are these Toyos damn near silent with very little rolling resistance, but the traction is a HUGE improvement over the old Dick Cepeks. These tires are a bit heavier than the old ones, and I can tell when accelerating, but they're also an E load rating vs. D, so the increase is to be expected. Build quality is night and day. I'll never buy another set of tires from any of the Cooper subsidiaries (Mickey Thompson, Dick Cepek, Pro Comp, Mastercraft, etc.). Eastern Truck did a phenomenal job with the balance and alignment. My truck tracks straight, rolls quietly, and no longer has any front end shake at highway speeds. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ALMOST TEN YEARS. Bert's Alignment, Merchant's Tire, and Tread Quarters can all eat a bag of dicks!
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Man, you got to stop holding back! All that sh!t will buildup and you'll blow a gasket, just let it out and tell folks what you really think.. lol
I've dealt with Eastern a couple of times and it was never what I would call a good deal. If you didn't show up with your re-enlistment bonus in your pocket they had little time for you. But I have a few laughs there. The wheels look good.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:41 AM   #8
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Yeah, they're pretty expensive for most things, but they're the first shop to get my alignment completely dialed in. I ordered the wheels/tires from Desert Rat. Everything was great except for the lug nuts. They sent 1/2" instead of 9/16, but immediately corrected the problem and sent out the right ones as soon as I called them. I also had Eastern re-balance the tires with stick-on weights inside the rim instead of the old kind on the lip. No shake or vibration at all. Balanced with less than half the weight of the old DC's.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:19 PM   #9
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Tues 1500hrs

Ive just been quoted $560 per tyre 275/60/20 for a brand called FEDERAL. Anybody used these before? the dealer claims they are an american tyre. ??

Also Toyo as above for $480 each. After the good words spoken i might go with the Toyo. its big bucks which ever way I go.
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