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Posted: 06/10/21 09:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cooper AT3s are quiet and smooth and good tread life and decent traction. Although I didn't haul or tow heavy with them.


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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Had Cooper Discoverer...at 26K I got RID of them
HATED them...cold temps they felt square, lousy tires

I ran Coopers for MANY Years on my trucks and Broncos
Todays Coopers are NOT like the Coopers I used


Hope folks have better experience with Cooper then I did but I'll never buy them again


I've had nothing but great luck with Cooper tires. I've had multiple sets of STT Pros, including a set of 37x13.5s currently on my Jeep and a set of 35s on my last truck for a while, and my current truck has Roadmaster RM253s on the steer axle.


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Wrong size, have cooper at3 on my blown engined C2500. Found them to be overall good tires. Son had some that went 60-70k miles, those were a 265-70-17 iirc. Just out 305-70 or 75 18 after putting a 3.5" superlift kit on it.
Would like them for my 1500, but only come in LRE 285-75-18. Would prefer an XL, a bit lighter, don't need some 15-16k lbs of tired under a rig that will never be over 8000 lbs.
I haven't found a brand yet with XL versions in that size. Next smaller 275-65-18 or 285-60-18 does. As is stock 265-65-18.

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I will also second the Falcon WildPeak tires. Have them on a 3500 and a 1500. They did great in Winter and held their own in the Spring mud. They are a real popular tire here.


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2012Coleman wrote:

kfp673 wrote:

2012Coleman wrote:

Did you buy them from Amazon?


No. Buying them from the shop installing them. This was just the first link I found.
I just did not want the same Firestones that really should have been replaced at 25k miles (I stretched to 30k). The Discoverer AT3's get great reviews. As you can see above there are obviously some that don't like them but then again it seems that way with every tire. I'm getting them installed this morning and like them or not they will be on my truck until they wear out. Ha!

Good luck
I don't go off-road a lot. Wondering if those tires will be loud on the pavement - let me know how they work out as far as noise is concerned.


Only have about 40 miles on them so far and so far they are not any louder than the Firestones. They are an AT tire not a true off-road / mud tire. Leaving for a long weekend trip with the camper today so I'll let you know how they do towing. FYI, mine are black letters so if you specifically want white be sure to ask for that when the shop orders them. What I like is they look pretty aggressive but the lugs are not huge like a pure off road tire so they ride like a standard AT tire. Best of both worlds is what I am hoping long term and boy do they look better than those old firestones (assuming you like a more aggressive look)

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kfp673 wrote:


I just did not want the same Firestones that really should have been replaced at 25k miles (I stretched to 30k).


I must live a charmed life.

I got about 30k on the coopers that had about 1/2 tread life left when I bought the truck and have 15k on the new off brand tires and the tread is barely broken in (that includes about 8k towing).

Usually get 40-60k out of a set of tires and I usually buy the off brands and never had an issue with them.


Ha. Charmed indeed ;-) Most reviews of the stock Firestones seem like 25-30k average. Hopping for better with these Coopers. Curious, what PSI do you set on your truck? Do you inflate and deflate when not towing? I read mixed reviews about max PSI. You get the best MPG but I have read recently it cuts tire life. I have always left mine between 75-80PSI so maybe I will start playing with PSI and lower when not towing.

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kfp673 wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

kfp673 wrote:


I just did not want the same Firestones that really should have been replaced at 25k miles (I stretched to 30k).


I must live a charmed life.

I got about 30k on the coopers that had about 1/2 tread life left when I bought the truck and have 15k on the new off brand tires and the tread is barely broken in (that includes about 8k towing).

Usually get 40-60k out of a set of tires and I usually buy the off brands and never had an issue with them.


Ha. Charmed indeed ;-) Most reviews of the stock Firestones seem like 25-30k average. Hopping for better with these Coopers. Curious, what PSI do you set on your truck? Do you inflate and deflate when not towing? I read mixed reviews about max PSI. You get the best MPG but I have read recently it cuts tire life. I have always left mine between 75-80PSI so maybe I will start playing with PSI and lower when not towing.


Not sure size, capacity of tires you have, but found on my CC SW GM 3500's, I ran 40-45 on the rear, typically 60-65 on the front empty. Loaded rears were 60-65. Front typical 4500 lbs, rear 2200-5500 lbs. Your truck like a lot of recent decade of trucks seem to wieght empty 1000 lbs more, give upwards of 2000 lbs more. So a bit higher psi might be needed.
I got 50,000 usually from tires. Being in construction, there were also a number of days I did 20-30 miles oneveay empty, back to supplier with 80 lbs. So centers did wear a bit more than outsides due to this issue.

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Posted: 06/12/21 03:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Every new truck I’ve ever bought, I make them remount the raised white letter tires inside cause they are a pain to keep clean in this Georgia clay.





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Posted: 06/14/21 01:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK - did lots of research including contacting Cooper and Bridgstone - the only tire with raised white letters in the size I want - 285/60 R20 is the Firestone Transforce AT - the original equipment tire that didn't last 28K miles.

Looks like I'm going with the Bridgestone Dueler A/T REVO 3

Guess I'll just have to get used to it - no way will I go on my next trip without changing the tires.


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20 inch wheel tires must wear out sooner then 18 inch wheel tires. I have a '16 Ram Big Horn crewcab CTD and have 37,000 miles on my Firestone Transforce so far. I will replace them this fall but can't complain about them.


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