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Old December 7th, 2015, 08:19 AM
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Installing a set of 265/60 Cooper A/T3 tires this morning. Saw what looks to be rust on the front strut. Yet the paint on the 'rust' is sound. What am I pointing at? BTW - hard to find a national shop that will install Coppers on a LR3 due to their lower 'T' speed rating. Even DiscountTire. Fine w/ me. I prefer supporting the small shops.
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Old December 7th, 2015, 10:08 AM
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They all rust like that, no need to worry.
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Old December 7th, 2015, 10:17 AM
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They all rust like that, no need to worry.
Yep, mine has the same exact thing. But does not impact function/etc at all.
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Old December 7th, 2015, 10:36 AM
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They all rust like that, no need to worry.
Weird. How/why? I don't see a location for h2o to collect. Is there a seam weld at this location?
Liking the A/T3 tires. They run true and no road noise at speed. The LR3 remains the highway cruiser yet gains off road capabilities and toughness lacking from the prior Cooper Discover HT Plus tires by the PO.
Ordering a set of 265/70R17 A/T3 tires for my 4Runner sport now.
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Old December 7th, 2015, 10:46 AM
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Russ, why the aggressive tread? Was your experience with the standard tread not meeting expectations?
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Russ, for lack of scientific explanation. it is the optimum point where the air bellows folds at normal height
thus, yes it gathers moisture and other road spray indirectly.
have yet to see strut failure due to the surface rust.
same place on p38's is composite material thus nice and shiny, on classics it is aluminum thus white corrosion
froms... totally harmless.
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Old December 7th, 2015, 11:42 AM
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Russ, why the aggressive tread? Was your experience with the standard tread not meeting expectations?
The prior tires were fine as HW cruisers but w/ placebo 'trail' construction at best. We tool around off road near Standardsville frequently (in-law's cabin on Mutton Hollow Rd if you know the area) that makes for nice exploring. There are a two good stream crossings too (>1' deep and >30' wide). That blowout in the rental Suburban in Telluride resonated w/ me. Wanted the toughness of an AT carcass for piece of mind (understand that it is a 2-ply sidewall vs the stronger K02's 3-ply, but KO2s kick up rocks too much and my daily commute includes a few miles of gravel roads and the KO2s are too heavy/loud/bad MPG and $$$ for my purposes). The additional traction of the A/T3 was secondary but welcomed.
Lots of good reviews w/ this tire, including from our resident Uncle.
Cooper Discoverer A/T3 | Expedition Portal
http://expeditionportal.com/where-th...eets-the-road/
Cooper Discoverer A/T3 & S/T Maxx Tire Review - Four Wheeler Magazine
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...tml#post691868


From Overland Journal's test of AT tires last year:
Editor’s Choice and Value Award

The Cooper Discoverer A/T3 was the overwhelming winner. As the lowest-priced offering, it is also a genuine value. The cost saving is no doubt a result of the company being one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers. The A/T3 was the second fastest through the slalom and wet corner, third fastest through the skid pad, and had the third shortest braking distance. On the highway the Cooper was direct, quiet, and smooth—a tester favorite for long-distance cruising. One would think that all of this pavement performance would result in a lackluster dirt showing, but the Discoverer was an animal on the dirt oval and provided huge driver confidence. This directly translates to improved safety for an overland traveler. The Cooper was also one of the three tires that climbed the rock face successfully.

Each of these tests shakes our assumptions of product performance and reorders our knowledge of what works and what does not. For nearly 20 years I have run BFGoodrich All Terrain tires on my vehicles, as they were nearly universally accepted as the performance leader. However, a lot has changed in the past two decades and there are now new champions. My hope is that these new tires prove as puncture resistant, and that my luck still holds. Either way, we promise to report back on how each tire survives the long haul.
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