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About the Dick Cepek Fun Country
If you are an off-roading enthusiast, there’s a high chance you’ve heard about the Dick Cepek Fun Country. It’s also one of the most renowned tires on the market when it comes to off-road driving.
Since it was launched a couple of years back, the Fun Country has undergone several revamps. Dick Cepek has undertaken these revamps over the years, in an attempt to improve its overall performance and handling, both off-road and on-road.
While the previous iteration was a dedicated all-terrain tire, the current version tends to lie between a mud terrain tire and an all-terrain tire.
The thinking behind this latest revamp is to maintain the tire’s all-terrain features such as longevity and decent on-road manners while enhancing its capability to tackle an area where most of its counterparts struggle – muddy conditions.
Design Features and Technologies
As highlighted earlier, the Dick Cepek Fun Country is aimed at drivers who spend most of their time tackling extreme off-road terrains.
Therefore, it’s designed to tackle hard-packed surfaces, loose sand, gravel, and muddy conditions, among others. To achieve these goals, Dick Cepek has outfitted it with several features and technologies like:
Large Tread Blocks
The entire surface of this tire features large tread blocks, featuring at least one uniquely-shaped seagull siping. As for the larger blocks, they come with three of these seagull sipes.
Similar to the tire’s tread blocks, the uniquely-shaped seagull sipes have been positioned at alternating angles. This has been intentionally done to ensure the tire can supply adequate traction and grip in almost all directions.
Off-road Tread Compound
Dick Cepek has outfitted the Fun Country with a chip-resistant and cut-resistant tread compound.
With this construction feature, you are assured that this tire will hold up perfectly fine, even when you are driving in extreme off-road terrains and conditions.
Notched Shoulder Edges
The Fun Country also features notched shoulder edges, an enhanced buttress pattern and scalloped ribs.
These three features work in harmony to enable the Fun Country to handle a wide range of challenging terrains and conditions.
Multi-Dimensional Side Biters
Dick Cepek has also equipped this tire with aggressive and deep multi-dimensional side biters.
These side biters play a vital role in supplying traction and grip across varying weather conditions and road surfaces. They also help to reduce road noise.
Performance in Different Conditions and Terrains
The Dick Cepek Fun Country is engineered to deliver adequate traction and grip across a wide range of off-road terrains and conditions.
It’s also designed to deliver decent and acceptable on-road performance. The question is, does it manage to perform according to these expectations?
Well, we mounted a set on a Jeep Wrangler 2020 and headed off to the Ocala National Forest in Florida, to assess this tire’s performance. And the truth is, we weren’t disappointed. Here are the observations we made:
The Fun Country is a designated off-road tire, with plenty of off-roading credentials. So, we decided to first examine its performance in off-road terrains and conditions. And to say that we were impressed is an understatement.
We tested this tire’s performance in sand, mud, hard-packed surfaces, loose soil and gravel. And right away, we noticed that this tire was more than ready to tackle even the most challenging off-road terrains.
It delivered sufficient grip on the surfaces, thanks to its deep lateral grooves. It was able to dig through loose dirt effortlessly. And even when we encountered deep sand, this tire didn’t falter. It continued with its aggressive performance.
In muddy conditions, the situation was the same. It was cutting through the mud like a hot knife cutting through butter, thanks to the well-placed side biters and its aggressive tread design. You get the drift, right? With this tire, it feels as if nothing can stop you on the road.
From loose sand and soil, we then put it to the test on hard-packed surfaces. And again, the performance was simply exceptional. It delivered adequate traction, with sufficient forward grip.
And as we were winding up our off-road adventure, we came across a section of the trail with baseball-sized rocks. Based on experience, most all-terrain tires tend to underperform when they face such surfaces. But, this was not the case with the Fun Country.
It handled this terrain section with confidence, providing adequate traction all through. We also checked the tires to see where the rocks had caused any damage. And there was none.
Also, there were no pebbles, rocks, or sticks stuck in between its tread blocks, meaning its debris ejector worked efficiently.
Overall, we can conclude that the Dick Cepek Fun Country loves playing in the dirt. So, if you own an SUV or a pick-up truck that can handle off-road driving conditions, then the Fun Country is the perfect tire for your vehicle.
While you may be a seasoned off-roader, you will still be spending a considerable amount of your time doing some on-road driving. Therefore, when choosing an off-roading tire, you will need something that can also perform well in the city and on the highway. The good news is, the Dick Cepek Fun Country ticks all these boxes.
Once we got off the trail, we expected this tire to be noisy and uncomfortable on the highway, but that wasn’t the case.
While this tire may not be as refined as an all-season tire, its on-road manners are impressive.
The noise levels were not overly intrusive and the vibrations coming to the cabin were minimal. There was a slight increase in road noise as we hit higher speeds, but not too much to make the ride unpleasant.
Warranties and Guarantees
The Dick Cepek Fun Country comes with two warranties. A standard coverage and a uniformity warranty.
The Fun Country is covered by Dick Cepek’s standard coverage. Under this warranty, Dick Cepek commits to replace your tire, if it’s removed from service due to a warrantable condition.
If the tire is removed from service during its first 2/32-inch of the original usable tread, Dick Cepek will replace it with a comparable new one, free of charge.
And if your tire is removed from service after the first 2/32-inch of the original usable tread, Dick Cepek will replace it on a prorated basis.
Under the prorated basis, you will be required to pay a certain at the time of the tire’s replacement.
An authorized Dick Cepek tire dealer will determine your replacement charge by multiplying the percentage of the original usable tread worn off the tire, with its current selling price.
You will also be responsible for the tire’s mounting and balancing charges, as well as applicable taxes and miscellaneous service fees.
The Dick Cepek Fun Country also comes with a uniformity warranty – something rare in this tire category.
Under this warranty, Dick Cepek promises to replace your Fun Country free of charge if it fails to perform satisfactorily due to out-of-round, out-of-balance, ride complaints or other uniformity issues.
Tires are only eligible for this warranty during the first 2/32-inch of the original usable tread.
Sizes and Fitment
Currently, the Dick Cepek Fun Country is available in several sizes, ranging between 15 inches and 20 inches. Some of the vehicles this tire can fit include:
- Suzuki Equator
- Nissan Frontier
- Toyota FJ Cruiser
- Nissan Xterra
- Jeep Wrangler
Dick Cepek Fun Country Pros
- Outstanding off-road performance
- Decent on-road manners
- Sturdy and durable construction
Dick Cepek Fun Country Cons
- No mileage warranty
Should You Buy the Dick Cepek Fun Country?
If you love playing in the dirt with your truck, SUV, or 4x4, then you should outfit your vehicle with a set of this tire. It’s one of those tires that’s not afraid to tackle any off-road trail or terrain. Whether you encounter hard-packed surfaces, thick and deep mud, loose gravel, deep sand or baseball-sized rocks, this tire will get the job done effectively. So, if you are on the market for a new set of off-road tires, then the Fun Country should be at the top of your list.
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