Fitting tires that are both grippy in the dirt and quiet on the road

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Update by Chris Tropea to the Nissan Frontier Desert Runner project car
Oct 26, 2023 | Nissan, tires, Falken, Frontier, Rubitrek A/T

With our Nissan Frontier becoming our go-to camera car these days, we decided that we needed to upgrade to a better set of tires.

While we don’t plan on taking our two-wheel drive truck on any off-road trails, we wanted a set of tires that can get us out of a sticky situation–whether that’s in the FIRM’s infield or on the shoulder of a mountain road during one of our Classic Motorsports Road Tours.

We wanted a more aggressive tread pattern yet something good on the road–grippy and quiet.

The tire that fits all those check marks is the Falken Rubitrek A/T:

The Falken RUBITREK A/T provides aggressive off-road ability and rugged terrain driving while maintaining an exceptional ride on the pavement. The optimized tread pattern combined with a silica tread compound provides long lasting wear along with confident performance in rain and snow. This severe snow rated tire is packed with technology, from Falken’s 3D Canyon Sipes to a proprietary lower sidewall for increased durability. Full-depth sipes and grooves deliver consistent traction throughout the life of the tire, and class-leading tread depth ensures enduring all-weather performance.

So we ordered a set.

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John_Galt828 GRM+ Memberand New Reader
10/26/23 3:19 p.m.

I will take your word for it and get these tires to replace the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S that I have now. 

ChrisTropea Associate Editor
10/26/23 3:27 p.m.

In reply to John_Galt828 :

After driving on the Falkens for a while I have to say they are everything I was expecting. They have great road manners and the few times I have taken the truck off the pavement they performed great.

BoulderG GRM+ Memberand Reader
10/26/23 4:59 p.m.

I would expect there is massive market demand for a tire that can do a great job on the highway - quiet, smooth ride, and good mileage - and then be competent on dirt roads, mud, snow, etc. You know, the full range of conditions you hope you'll encounter on a really good road trip.

Not sure what the competition is for these Falkens, and curious to see how this tire market segment develops.

te72 HalfDork
10/26/23 8:16 p.m.

My ramp truck could use some new tires next season, the ones on there are getting a bit old for my comfort, and the whole purpose of that truck is to haul the Exocet to tracks out of town, so... I want reliable tires on it. No sense in chancing it.


Glad to hear these are versatile. Never know what kind of weather you will run into around here...

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No Time UltraDork
10/26/23 9:05 p.m.

I'm not surprised to hear the Rubitrek performed well in that application. 

I have the Falken Wildpeak A/T on my grand Cherokee and they have been great. They're quiet on the highway and are well behaved and confidence inspiring in the wet and snow. 

I wouldn't hesitate to go with them again or a one of the other Falken offerings when it's time to replace them. 

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