Yeah $150 won't break my bank, I've had KO2's before and enjoyed them, I've read a lot of nice things about the Falkens too, and the price is nice. So those are the options I've narrowed down to.They are both great tires but if it was me I would purchase the KO2. A little more aggressive and worth the money!
I have been reading about many people having issues with their KO2's in the recent years, sucks. That's the only reason I hesitate on them now. I ran them on a first gen 4runner a couple years back with no problems though.FWIW, I'm on my third set of KO2's since they came out in 2015. The first two sets were replaced under warranty, both different reasons, but similar issues.
I also have the falkens on my 200 series.
The Falkens have any where from 4 to 5/32 more tread depth in some sizes verses KO2's which come in 15/32 only.
Noise is the same in my opinion, but I feel the KO2's throw rocks more noticeably.
I feel for the money, Falkens are the better buy IMO.
The only one's in stock on TireRack note "Size: LT285/75R16; DT Different Tread, No 3PMSF". The two other model KO2's available in same size are either on back order or out of stock.Where did you hear about new tread compound?