Dick Cepek Tyres

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 19:19
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Hello All in ExplorOz land

I am looking at new shoes for my 2011 Patrol and when asking a dealer about Micky THomsons he suggested Dick Cepek Tyres the Radial FC 11. I am wondering if any one has used these tyres and what their opinion is. I would really like to know how much road noise they produce as I do not have a huge amount of confidence as to what Salesmen tell me.

Thanks for your assistance.
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Reply By: Member - Witchdoctor - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 21:07

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 21:07
I had a set on my Courier & found them very unpredictable on high speed dirt roads. Sold them on & put KM2 on & will not go back.
I would not spend any money on FC11's.

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Follow Up By: CraigB - Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 12:50

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 12:50
It is my understanding that of recent Dick Cepek Tyres are no more. They were originally part of a deal with Mickey Thompson.

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Follow Up By: 305 - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:01

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:01

I have been only using the Dick Cepek FC 11 on my 80 Series land cruiser and love them...

i only run 42 psi on all 4 and have had no problems with them, mind you i don't do anything extreme, i do all my 4wd alone, so i tend to be very cautions, but the tyres have been Great for me.

the only problem is trying to get another set in ACT, seems to be a pain in the arse.

I this Mickey Thompson have had issues with carries them or they might have parted ways.

here is the local dealer in OZ


hope this helps.
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Reply By: eighty matey - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 21:08

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 21:08
Hi Vern and Leanne,

I can't tell you everything but I considered Dick Cepek FC11s for a while.
The only thing that put me off them was some reports that the sidewalls have been vunerable to damage.

I have spoken to a few people that run them on their Toyotas and they reckon they are a good tyre. I think for general use they are a good value tyre, but having said that a guy at an Outdoors Show that sells Hannibal rooftop tents and awnings does a lot of kilometes and he's on his third set. He must like them.

I think they are made by Mickey Thomson. My tyre bloke was pushing them for a while but he is pushing the new Cooper STMaxx now.

Put their name into Google and you should get a few reviews on them.

I hope that helps a bit at least,

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Reply By: uncle - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 21:31

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 21:31
I tried to find a previous thread on these tyres that I had replied to ,but can't locate it.Anyway , we had a set on our patrol, got 80,000 k out of them. 25000 of that was a trip across Oz in 2008, where we also used the patrol on the odd occasion as a backup muster vehicle while working on a 2 million acre cattle station.
Not too noisy for me, only reason I did'nt put them on again was they had gone past my budget, they were $100 per tyre extra than when I first purchased them. Only one puncture in those 80,000ks, that was from driving over a barbed wire fence that was down that we didn't see,lol.

cheers Unc
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Reply By: Rod W - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 21:58

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 21:58
Don't listen to the salesman he just wants your money. I've currently got them on my Troopy. They are a very, very bl00dy noisy tyre. I'll never buy them again.
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Follow Up By: 305 - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:03

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:03

i don't have any noise on mine... and i am on my 2nd set and they work well, very well..

mind you, i run 42 psi on all 4. and am trying to purchase my 3rd set.

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Reply By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 23:17

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 23:17
Gooday Vern : we have a set on 100 series v8 cruiser , done about 50,000ks at this stage I would say I would get an other 50,000 ks , made by micky Thomson's .

No problems with then, no flats so far , regards to noise I think no more than moderate compared to maxxis big horns I have on my other 4wd . but note : when new they hold on to small stones in tread & throw out at speed .... but this soon goes .re noise also makes a difference on the type of bitumen ....

Handling , I find them fine , like any tyre , you can find the car moving around this can be due to road conditions tyre pressure speed and so on .

We do a bit of beach driving drop pressure to 12 psi ......no probs

I was quoted around $330 last week each I think..

I don't think it really make a lot of difference on tyre brands , you pay for what you get . most of the top selling tyres are over $ 300. each & go up a inch 16 to 17 & pay extra $ 100

cheers nick
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Reply By: Mick O - Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 23:25

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 23:25

a forum search under FCII, FC II, FC 2 will locate plenty of info for you. I've run the Dick Cepek FC2's on the Patrol and still have them (using them on the quad trailer at present). I had some initial issues with radial cracking but the tyres were replaced without issue. Yes they are susceptible to sidewall damage in off track circumstances but then so are Coopers and BFG's. The have a very square shoulder which will provide a bit more road noise but I found them to be as good a tyre as the Cooper ST or BFG A/T (I consider them all to be "butter walls" and wouldn't take them off track - that's what the Toyos are for!)

One look at your rig pic tells me that load carrying ability will be a matter of importance for you so what ever tyre you choose, I'd be going for a L/T configuration with good sidewall ply ratings. Check the load and speed ratings for each and identify that what you are getting is an L/T variant.

Cheers Mick
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Reply By: Member - Geoff M (VIC) - Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 08:16

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 08:16
Hi Vern,

I had a set of FCII's on my vehicle until recently. Our last trip last year to the CSR and Kimberley netted three puntures and one delamination - the most I've ever had on any trip! The tyres were approximately 60% worn, and tyre pressures monitored via a tyre pressure monitoring system. Roads traveled were in excellent condition and no other vehicle in our group had as many problems.

I would not recommend or buy these tyres again.

Cheers, Geoff
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:57

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:57
Two of my friends who run Dick Septics have had more than their share of sidewall punctures.
Thin sidewalls are usually what you find on tyres that give high mileage. They make the sidewalls thin so the tyre runs cooler - can't have everything in one tyre.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 16:27

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 16:27
I have them on my 4.2td Patrol towing a van with loaded weight of 2 ton.
No problems at all.
Vehicle does regular off road work as well and so far 30k no punctures and still with plenty of tread.
They are a tad noisy but the drone of the old 4.2 drowns them out easily.
Would I buy them again......Yes if still available.

They did the job in a great fashion when we were in wet black soil with the van on behind. Made a muddy mess of the front of the van but we got out onto the black top from our bush camp.

I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: Member - Vern - Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 21:15

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 21:15
Thanks all that responded to my post. As for what the post say I am best to steer clear of the Dick Cepek tyres.

That's what I like about this forum you get advice from the people that used the product not some sales person.

Thanks All
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Reply By: blue one - Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 21:50

Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 21:50
BFG that is all
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Reply By: Member - Greg M6 - Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 11:57

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 11:57
Hi Vern,
I have had a set of these on my 100 series while towing a 3 ton van around oz for one trip around and then one trip around with a tent, the tyres are a bit noisy but no worse than any others,never had a flat yet,we have travelled over very rough country in all temperatures,just adjusted the tyre pressure to suit.we still have 40% wear after 60,000 klms.have talked to coopers owners who had blow outs on the same roads we travelled on with out any problems.will buy again when required.
happy trails
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Follow Up By: david m5 - Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 21:36

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 21:36
Pretty sure Micky Thompson and coopers come out the same shed
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 07:56

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 07:56
If you look up there website there is 8 or 10 different tyre brands under the parent company structure
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 22:40

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 22:40
Follow up : I Had to go to the tyre shop today on an other matter so I asked about the f-c 2" dick sepek " tyres as I have a set & are heading off on a trip soon .

He showed me that they are of the same POWERPLY case construction as other micky thomsons tyre like atz ,mtz , etc that are made now , not to say that they were always that !!!! .....RRP $ 365.

I would have no hesitations buying an other set ...

Cheers Nick b

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