Fed Up with Falken Wildpeak AT3Ws
I really wanted to like these, but, so far, these have been nothing but a headache. I purchased five of these in 265/70R17 SL from America's Tire (Discount Tire in CA) and had them mounted to brand new TRD Pro wheels. My FJ is stock height.
In the last 3 weeks, I've been taken them back to America's Tire 3 times to have them rebalanced due to terrible vibration and wandering from 40-70mph. My FJ never had these issues with the old Bridgestones, and tracked perfectly. It seems that the technician even had to stack a bunch of wheel weights in layers on top of each other, three high, to try to get the wheel to balance properly without success. On the third try, they ordered two new AT3Ws and put all five tires on the road force balance machine. This helped, but there's still slight vibration.
Then yesterday. I stepped out of the FJ and glanced at the front driver's side tire to find that chunks of the tread blocks have fallen off. I walked around to check the other three tires, but those were fine. I checked the pressures on all five tires, and they were anywhere from 32-33.5 psi, normal.
Maybe I was unlucky and had tires from a bad batch. But in speaking with one of the techs at America's Tire this morning, he said that this same exact thing happened to another customer with a 4Runner. He says some of the AT3Ws are just not round, unfortunately. Good grief. I actually shied away from KO2s after reading of similar issues.
So, here were are. They're ordering 4 new Wildpeaks today to see if they can make it right once and for all. We'll see what happens. Just a heads up, in case anyone else was thinking about purchasing these tires. Falken has to work out some quality control issues.