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Posted 8/12/2019 7:10 PM
ewalberg
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Cooper Discoverer A/TW - FIrst Impressions

Hello all, I've found what I consider to be a very interesting tire option. I've recently fitted the Cooper A/TW to my car and so far I'm really happy. LT285/70r17 Load Range E, with the Sever Winter Service rating. Basically, these are 33's, equivalent to 285/75r16 or 28554r18. For background, I've put about 150k miles on a couple of sets of the older BFG At/KO, also Load Range E with Severe Winter Service rating. I have not used the newer flashier At/KO2's.

As far as all the looking/researching I can find, these A/TW are intended to be an honest 4 season tire... in particular they've been nudged towards winter service by employing more silicone in the rubber and better sipe design, geared towards environments with more winter weather (thus the "W" in the AT), which is more or less what I've always wanted. It looks like there's a Canada version called the Cooper Discoverer XT4. I can't tell if that's actually a different tire or the same thing re-branded... they look nearly identical. Looking at the sipes here, what sold me was that they actually use the wobbly shape of a true winter tire. I'm expecting them to do better than the BFG's did in the heaviest rain, ice, and slush. There's an online video somewhere, in which they outperformed a respectable dedicated winter tire in some areas.

They look more professional, like a commercial tire than a pimp your ride A/T. The newer versions of a lot of AT tires are starting to look so monster-mash it turned me off a bit. No glamour on the police attracting sidewalls and no weird tread block design that (in my opinion) is more likely to wear poorly at the outer edges. To that point I really like the basic tread shape, simple square blocks with wide-open spacing to pass water/slush through. So far in heavy rain, they were great. It'll be a few months before I can try them on ice/snow. I'm having a hard time deciding if they if any the sidewalls are stiffer or softer than the BFG's were. They feel more predictable. I tend to think they might have a bit more tread noise over 65mph but it's been many years since I had a fresh set of BFG's on the vehicle.

It's actually hard to find specs on the Cooper Discoverer A/TW, but I contacted Cooper and got a (relatively lousy) screenshot showing that there are a variety relevant sizes for the 16" and 18" Mercedes rims. See attached.

(By the way, if anyone is interested in my spare set of 4 rims, 17x8.5" rims ET35. They're for sale. But I'll put that in the for sale section at some point with more info.)



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Posted 8/13/2019 4:51 PM
bart1
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Re: Cooper Discoverer A/TW - FIrst Impressions

Here is the link to the site. Let me know if there are other general questions you have, I might know a guy...

http://us.coopertire.com/tires/discoverer-a-tw-suv

* these are new And I just saw the specs were not on the site yet.

Edited by bart1 8/14/2019 6:49 AM
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Posted 8/14/2019 5:58 PM
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Re: Cooper Discoverer A/TW - FIrst Impressions

I've got a few thousand miles on a set of 265/75/R16 Cooper AT3 on my 2006. They have been great in snow, ice, rain, mud and sand. Probably goes without saying but they are very comfortable on the road as well.

I'm sure these ATW will not disappoint you in the snow.
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Posted 8/14/2019 8:30 PM
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Re: Cooper Discoverer A/TW - FIrst Impressions

I alternate between the cooper AT3 4S (also mountain snowflake rated) and STT Pro on mine.
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Posted 8/15/2019 1:04 AM
otiswesty
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Re: Cooper Discoverer A/TW - FIrst Impressions

More info on the rims please.

Not many 17" alloy rims out there besides the Dakar race that I know of.
I was considering a truck with the 17.5" steelies as an aside

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