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By Tire Agent Staff
May 03, 2019
For real Jeep lovers, the 2019 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon is an obvious choice. Constructed for on-and-off-road driving wherever life may take you, the OE (Original Equipment) tires on the newest 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon are the BFGoodrich T/A KO2 and Falken WildPeak M/T. BFGoodrich’s premium name brand tires and Falken’s WildPeak M/T tires are being put to the Jeep Wrangler test. The tires that come stock on your vehicle can vary by dealership, so the debate has begun. When it comes to the BFGoodrich T/A KO2 vs. Falken WildPeak M/T, which do you prefer?
With a stock tire size of LT285/70R17 C, the new 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon tires are 6 ply with a 50 psi (350 kPa) maximum load pressure. Capable of handling both on-road and off-road conditions, the BFGoodrichT/A KO2 and the Falken WildPeak M/T are suitable for this application. This size is also a common stock tire size on the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Armada, and Ram 1500.
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) tires are the tires that come with a new vehicle. Original Equipment tires are commonly premium name brands such as Goodyear, Continental, and Pirelli, so the BFGoodrich T/A KO2 naturally fall into this category. BFGoodrich has produced OE tires for many years, starting in 1903. Falken, which only introduced tires to the industry as of 1983, doesn’t hold quite the same legacy or name recognition. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t made strides to get to the top-- or backed down to competition.
Attention All Jeep Wrangler Drivers: These two tires rank high so you should know the details and see which one tips the scale for you. Some will vote BFGoodrich and some will vote Falken… So we’ve included the features and benefits of each so you can decide for yourself!
BFGoodrich T/A KO2:
BFGoodrich’s T/A KO2 tires are well known for their legendary performance and brand name recognition. The T/A KO2 includes features inherited from its race-performance cousin, the BFGoodrich Baja T/A®KR2. With a more resistant sidewall thanks to BFGoodrich’s CoreGard™ Technology, this tire has 20% thicker sidewalls to protect against abrasions while off-road. There’s no question as to why this tire has been chosen as OE (Original Equipment) for the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
The unique tread design features locking 3D sipes that increase stability and ability for towing and hauling. Promoting more uniform treadwear, the tread is designed for evenly distributed weight, resulting in a long tread life.
A special Serrated Shoulder design gives the BFGoodrich T/A KO2 an aggressive bite and off-road traction. The interlocking tread elements provide stability when in off camber situations. This tire is designed for wear and tear through all conditions, making it the #1 OE choice for the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
Falken WildPeak M/T:
Falken is the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) for vehicles like the 2019 Nissan Altima sedan and Rogue crossover. Hand picked by Nissan North America Inc., the Altima comes with OE Falken Sincera SN250 tires and the Rogue with Falken’s Ziex ZE001 model. The Falken Ziex CT50 was named the OE tire for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
Tailor-designed in sizes LT275/65R18 and 275/55R20 the Falken WildPeak A/T3W was announced the original equipment tire for the Ram 1500. Meeting the high standards and criteria for the vehicle manufacturer, this tire meets and exceeds the vehicles’ necessary technical requirements.
As Falken tires climb the OE ladder, the Falken WildPeak M/T gets its debut with the 2019 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon. Going head to head with the BFGoodrich T/A KO2 isn’t an easy battle. This rubber earns its place with Falkens proprietary DURASPEC™ Sidewall Technology. With the unique three-ply construction that can handle the harshest conditions this tire is a match for the BFGoodrich T/A KO2 legacy.
Falkens heat diffuser technology keeps the inner part of the tire cool. This helps to protect the most crucial area of the tire to ensure stability as the tire heats up when working hard in various driving conditions. Capable of hauling and towing heavier loads, this tire is an obvious choice for the Jeep Wrangler.
Able to tackle snow and mud while providing a smooth on-pavement drive, the Falken WildPeak M/T proudly serves any Jeep Wrangler Rubicon driver.
So the decision is yours...BFGoodrich or Falken? It's finally Jeep season, so prepare yourself today and buy your next Jeep Wrangler tires online at Tire Agent!