Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.27

2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Tdi Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Genoa, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
December 02, 2013

I had a set of the previous Firestone Winterfire tires on the car for 7 winters before one developed a bubble. Tread still had 50% depth. They were a non-directional "block" style tread. Noise was moderate, dry handling was like dancing with a drunk fat chick, but the snow traction was outstanding.

The current Winterforce tires I installed to replace them appeared like the dry handling would be improved with the directional tread pattern and also the noise level would be lower. Indeed, the dry handling is better (although still pretty queasy) but the snow performance is not as good and even worse, the tires howl like a set of Dick Cepek Crushers. I rotate every season and suspension/alignment are good, but even a low speeds they send a growl throughout the cabin.

I put up with the noise because they provide vital winter traction, but I won't buy them again.


Give Your Truck Some Attitude with WORX Wheels

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Ben Rooney

WORX TyrantHavoc. Tyrant. Beast. The names evoke boldness and aggression. New to our lineup for the first quarter of 2013, WORX wheels back up their attention-grabbing names with extroverted styling. 

Headquartered in Fullerton, California, WORX takes pride in its workmanship and offers unique styling with a healthy dose of attitude and attention to detail. Available to fit a broad range of light trucks and SUVs, they are offered in chrome and black finishes.

While the broad strokes will catch your eye first, they also feature subtler touches like surface details on the spokes and milled or machined accents on black-finished wheels. All WORX wheels are covered by a lifetime structural warranty.

A set of WORX wheels with an aggressive tire like the Dick Cepek Crusher would make a Tire & Wheel Package that sets your truck apart from the pack. 

View all available WORX styles and enter your vehicle information to see which one is a match for your truck. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dick Cepek Radial F-C II

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Dick Cepek Radial F-C II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71

2004 Ford F350 SupCab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 85,000
Location: Flemington, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 85,000 Miles on Tires
August 09, 2012

Second set....will never ever ever ever buy a different tire. Got almost 90k out of my first set. Exceptional traction in the snow.


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dick Cepek Radial F-C II

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Dick Cepek Radial F-C II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Carleton, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 09, 2012

Just put this tires on my Jeep 4 weeks ago. I have to say I love them. I run 80 miles a day for work on this and they do great on the highway. Went up north last weekend and did some off roading. With them being new took some time to get them broke in with them air down to 8psi. Once they did, they crawed over rocks with out any troubles. The did very good in the sand as well. Over all a great tire.


Dick Cepek Tires and Wheels

Monday, March 26, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Thinking about giving your JEEP or Truck a new look? Dick Cepek has always been a popular choice for off-road enthusiasts. New for 2012, we're proud to offer the Dick Cepek GM7. This seven-spoke, machined with anthracite accent wheel comes in both 17" and 20" options for a JEEP, Ram, F-150 and many other vehicles. Don't forget about the popular Torque and DC-2 wheels, too.

Do you need tires to go along with your new rims? Keep that aggressive look and off-road capability going with Dick Cepek tires, including the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Radial F-C II, the super aggressive Crusher or the Off-Road Maximum Traction Mud Country.

Dick Cepek GM7
Dick Cepek GM7
Dick Cepek Torque
Dick Cepek Torque
Dick Cepek DC-2
Dick Cepek DC-2


Tire Spotlight: Mud Tires

Friday, January 13, 2012 by Ben Rooney
The following are three of the top choices in the Off-Road Maximum Traction performance category, often known informally as mud tires.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A
Firestone Destination M/T
Firestone Destination
Dick Cepek Crusher
Dick Cepek

Currently rated at the top of our survey results is the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2. BFGoodrich is one of the biggest names in off-road traction and for good reason. They have years of experience building tires for off-road racing as well as the consumer market. The KM2 incorporates some of the best attributes of the old T/A KM, along with some of the technology and design of the more specialized Krawler T/A. The result is a tire that excels in a wide variety of off-road conditions. 

A perennial favorite and currently rated second in our Tire Survey Results, is the Firestone Destination M/T. An aggressive tread pattern comprised of deep lugs and aggressive side biters combines with surprisingly good road manners to make a set of Firestone SUV tires (also designed for pickup trucks) that have been extremely popular and successful. For additional traction on ice and packed snow, the Destination M/T can be studded. 

My personal favorite in the category is the Dick Cepek Crusher. The skull and bones tread pattern is certainly not for the introverts of the world, but it's both fun and effective. Available exclusively in extra large sizes aimed primarily at off-roaders and lifted vehicles, there has not been enough miles reported on this tire for it to show up on our survey averages. So far, the customer feedback that we have received is almost universally positive. A set of these Dick Cepek tires combines exceptional traction and off-road prowess with noise and road manners that are by no means subdued, but more civilized than their wild appearance might imply. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dick Cepek Radial F-C II

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Dick Cepek Radial F-C IIReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5000
Location: Worland, Wy
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5000 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2011

I drive a 2002 Silverado with a Duramax Diesel that is pushing 500 rwhp. My truck is heavy, weighing about 9000 lbs empty and I tow heavy quite often. I purchased these tires after reading about others who got very good tread wear. I have run BFG A/T's on this truck and only got 22k, Mickey Thompson MTZ which went about 25k on first set, second set of MTZ's were wearing very fast and I sold them. These tires are wearing like iron! 5000 miles and I just rotated them and rears have only worn 2/32nds and fronts only 1/32nd. These tires are a bit noisy at around 30 mph but quiet out over 50. Ice traction is very good on my heavy truck, snow traction is also excellent. Mud traction is good. I have been running every tire made for the last 30 years and of late, these are my favorites at the moment.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dick Cepek Crusher

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Dick Cepek CrusherReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2001 Ford F150 Supercrew 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 850
Location: Brunswick , GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 850 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2011

I live in south Georgia gumbo capital of the world, and never write reviews on products I've bought in the past (this is the first). This is the greatesr tire I've ever owned and will be buying another set. The traction in mud is great and everyone loves the design. The only complaint I have is now I spend more time pulling people out than hunting.

Off-Road Maximum Traction vs. On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Tires

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
When searching for an aggressive looking tire for their truck, Jeep or SUV, many customers also want good ride quality and low noise from their set. Off-Road Maximum Traction tires, which are often referred to as "mud-terrain" or "mudders", have very aggressive tread designs and look great on vehicles with an aftermarket lifted suspension. However, tires in this category are certainly louder and ride rougher than On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires. Some of the more popular choices in the Off-Road Maximum Traction category include the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 and Kumho Road Venture MT KL71.  

Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler
MT/R with Kevlar
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain
Kumho Road Venture MT KL71
Kumho Road Venture

For many drivers, ride and noise comfort are a small price to pay as they truly are looking for the most aggressive look and best off-road traction. For others not willing to sacrifice as much ride and noise comfort, an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire may be the best choice.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires are a practical compromise between Off-Road Maximum Traction and Highway All-Season tires. These tires are great for drivers who find themselves on unimproved roads or long gravel driveways. Even within this category, there are some options that are more aggressive than others and tend to perform closer to a Off-Road Maximum Traction tire. A few of the tires include the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO, General Grabber AT2 and the Dick Cepek Radial F-C II.

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
General Grabber AT2
General Grabber AT2
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II

Some drivers prefer tires with less "off-road" tread design and the comfort of a better ride. They also would like the tire to offer exceptional snow and ice traction along with adequate performance in off-road conditions. Below are a few options with less "off-road" tread design:

Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2
Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2
Michelin LTX A/T 2
Michelin LTX A/T 2
Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone Destination A/T

Whether for work or play, finding the tires best suited for your specific needs is not always an easy task. When you shop by vehicle, we'll help you find the right tire to match your driving needs.

Looking for an excellent Off-Road Maximum Traction tire?

Saturday, March 26, 2011 by Henry Carlson
Dick Cepek Mud CountryDick Cepek's Mud Country is an Off-Road Maximum Traction light truck tire designed for enthusiastic pickup truck and sport utility vehicle drivers looking for tough radials in large sizes.

The tire is developed to combine on-road handling with off-road traction. Stepped tread blocks increase self-cleaning for improved mud traction, while the siped tread lugs provide better grip on smooth surfaces. The Mud Country radial's internal structure features twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wrapped nylon on top of three-ply polyester sidewalls for a full six plies of reinforcement under the tread for strong and tough on-road and off-road characteristics.

Shop by vehicle to see which tires work best for your vehicle.

Crushing the Competition

Friday, September 3, 2010 by Ben Rooney

If I had a truck, I would put Dick Cepek Crusherthe Dick Cepek Crusher on it. These are about the meanest looking off-road tires that Tire Rack carries. They have an aggressive tread pattern with large lugs shaped like bones. Continuing the bone motif, the Crusher has skull and bones logos on the side-biters. True to its aggressive image, the tire is available only in large sizes, most of them targeted toward lifted vehicles. It is not a tire for introverts, or the faint of heart, but perfect for your big 4x4. 

"Crush" the competition with Dick Cepek tires.

Friday, July 30, 2010 by Steve Huffman
Looking to stand out when you trick out your truck? Looking for something mean and aggressive in a Max Traction/Mud tire? Don't look any further than the Dick Cepek Crusher.

This tire features an extremely aggressive tread design that resembles crushed bones. The sidewall makes a statement with a functional skull-and-crossbones biter. It also features outlined white letters on one side, or an all black sidewall on the other.   


These are offered in 11 large aftermarket and OEM sizes to go with your new wheels or to dress up your stock wheels.

Not looking for something this aggressive? Take a look at the Dick Cepek Radial F-C II.  

"It's a Jeep Thing" Brake Time

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 by Todd Galbreath
As with any modification, there are always going to be changes in the performance of the vehicle.

While the Dick Cepek wheels and BFGoodrich tires look and perform great, the braking system on the Jeep is now a little slow to stop the extra rotating mass.

A simple upgrade on the front brake pads should be enough to bring it back to the stock or better stopping distance. Jeep recommends and equips the Wrangler with ceramic brake pads from the factory so we will stay with ceramic pads and go with either the Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads that offer the best stopping power in our lineup or the Akebono ProACT Ceramic Brake Pads and ATE PremiumOne Brake Pads that have a little less dust for the front.  


"It's a Jeep Thing" Part 3

Friday, May 21, 2010 by Todd Galbreath

Wow, what a difference!

With the tire and wheels installed on the Jeep you can see that the change in appearance was immediate and effective, the Dick Cepek wheels and the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires take the Wrangler X commuter Jeep from average to custom for about a thousand dollars.

The effect on the drive ability was very minimal and frankly the wider tires offer what I consider to be a more stable feeling than the original Firestone Destination LE tires that have served us well for about 30 thousand miles and are still at 8/32nds of tread depth (but not nearly as cool). I did notice a little more tracking on uneven surfaces but that is consistent with a wider tire and should be expected.

Made in the USA!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Mason Rush
In recent days, we honored those who have fought for our freedom. I also feel that we need to acknowledge American workers that are producing tires here in the USA.  

Here is a listing of a few of the popular tire choices exclusively bred from the American worker: 

BF Goodrich Super Sport A/S

BF Goodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S

Dick Cepek Radial FC II

Dick Cepek Radial F-C II

Dunlop Radial Mud Rover

Dunlop Radial Mud Rover

Firestone Precision Sport

Firestone Precision Sport

Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar

Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar

Hoosier Racing Tires R6

Hoosier Racing Tires R6

Michelin Cross Terrain SUV

Michelin Cross Terrain SUV

Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tour SL

Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tour SL

Yokohama Avid TRZ

Yokohama Avid TRZ

"It's a Jeep Thing" Part 2

Saturday, May 15, 2010 by Todd Galbreath
After fitting up the new tires and wheels I think the BFGoodrich tires look perfect on the Dick Cepek wheels! Checking for clearance we are left with over an inch and a half all the way around at full lock to lock with stock ride height.


The only real concern is that the tire sticks out from the fender by about 2 inches due to the -12 wheel offset and will cause some mud splatter down the side of the Jeep...small price to pay...and may be minimized by lifting the jeep with the H&R Sport Spring Set.

As with any modification there is always going to be a cause and effect, and suprisingly the Jeep responded very well to the upgrade in size and width. Tire Rack installation went flawlessly with the Road Force balance on the big tires and wheels making shake and shimmy a non-issue and allowing as smooth and comfortable of a ride as possible from an all-terrain tire.

"It's a Jeep thing"

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Todd Galbreath

Project Jeep Before

After a couple years of driving the 05 Jeep Wrangler, my wife has decided it is time to upgrade the wheels and tires on it to personalize her ride. She has decided to allow me to pick out the tires and wheels, so how wide and how tall do we go with it and what kind of tires will she actually be happy with in the long run? Here are some key factors that will weigh into our decision.

We do not want to go too tall and risk a top heavy feel. They must offer great traction on the road and be fairly comfortable for a daily driver (it may never see an off-road application) but at the same time offer the desired look for the Jeep.

So let the search begin.

I have selected the 265/70-16 size to allow for possible future lifting without leaving the wheel well too vacant.

I have always been a fan of the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO (On-/Off-Road All-Terrain) and the looks vs. performance as well as the feedback from customers in the customer review tab @ tirerack.com will make it the tire of choice for this project to be paired with the Dick Cepek DC-1 16X8 with a -12 offset (which should keep me just inside the wheel well and looking good without making any major modifications to the Jeep).

Stay tuned...I will post the after pics early next week and give a review of the effect.

Buying Tires, Selection, Service, Price and the Experts

Thursday, May 6, 2010 by Rudy Riedel
Why buy tires at Tire Rack? Tire Rack started in 1979 and has continued to grow. Many customers look to Tire Rack to get the knowledge to make an informed decision on their purchase. We also stock many of the leading brands like BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dick Cepek, Dunlop, Firestone, Fuzion, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Hoosier Kumho, Michelin, Pirelli, Sumitomo, Uniroyal and Yokohama. We stock the hard-to-find speciality performance tires, too.

We know how the tires perform and we test them at our test facilty. We put the tire test results online for you to review. We offer fast shipping to a local installer near you. Installation is also made easy. Find a Recommend Installer near you here.

Dick Cepek Tires and Wheels

Monday, March 8, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Did you know that Dick Cepek creates both tires and wheels? Tough wheel designs and rugged tire treads blend for great off-road tire and wheel packages.
The Jeep tires and wheels below are excellent examples.

The Mud Country Off-Road Maximum Traction Cepek tires feature some pretty serious tread for rocky, bumpy, sandy, muddy (in other words, less than perfect) roads. We combined them with the DC-1 wheels, which have a machined finish and black accents.

To get this edgy look for your Jeep, you'll want to build a Tire & Wheel Package. Or, check out the complete list of Dick Cepek tires and wheels.

Going Up? SUV and Truck Suspension Lift and Leveling Kits

Thursday, February 18, 2010 by Chad Hocker

Last week I spoke with a customer that wanted to get the Dick Cepek DC-1 for his truck but didn't have a lift on the truck to accomodate the Dick Cepek DC-1.  I was able to recommend the Traxda Lift and Level Kit which added enough lift to fit the Dick Cepek DC-1.  He then thought the deal over and called me back later that day purchasing the Traxda Lift and Level Kit with the Dick Cepek off road wheels and tires for his truck.  Saving $50 a wheel on the closeout Dick Cepek DC-1 he was able put the savings on the Dick Cepek wheels towards the purchase of the Truxx Lift and Level Kit.

Superlift Supension Systems at Tire RackTire Rack carries truck supsension lift and leveling kits from Traxda and also Super Lift Suspension Systems. If you're looking to put big all-terrain tires or mud tires on your truck, a lift kit can open up a whole new look for you on the road and off the road. Check to see which lift/leveling kit will work with your truck or SUV suspension at Tire Rack.