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Terra/Trail Grappler, 4/10 ply??
I know this topic has probably been beaten to death, but thought I would gather a fresh set of opinions on my new tire purchase. I'm in need of tires, and have been looking at the Nitto Trail Grappler. I currently have Terra Grapplers, which were on the truck when I bought it (approx 10k miles ago). Two of them are basically bald, while two are approx. 50%. I would like a more aggressive tire sidewall-wise, but don't want to sacrifice too much in terms of tread wear. I am happy with the Terras, as the two that were in decent shape seem to be wearing well over the miles I have had the truck, but they lack a little in the appearance department. Have guys been having good luck with the Trails, as far as tread life goes? I have hear anywhere from 30K up to 50-55K as far as lifespan. I am less concerned about noise, as I would expect a tread pattern like the Trails to be noisier than what I have. I don't spend much (if any) time off road, so it's not a need, more of a want, for the aggressive look. I also wonder about the neccessity of a 10-ply tire. The heaviest thing I pull is a 14-ft aluminum fishing boat, but I've always felt that a truck this size should have 10-ply tires regardless of it's use. Would anyone recommend using a 4-ply (standard load) tire, or shold I avoid that altogether? At roughly $800-$1000 for a set, I don't want to be burning through tires once a year. I spend most of my time on the highway going to and from work, but as I said, I really like the look of a more aggressive sidewall like the Trail Grapplers. Tires will be LT285/70R17, on stock wheels, with stock suspension, so that also makes me wonder if the Trail Grapplers will look a little ridiculous or not. I know this ultimately comes down to personal preference, but all thoughts and opinions are appreciated. I also had someone suggest BFG All-Terrains, and for the record, I will not be anywhere near those tires, no one I know has had good luck with them.
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2006 F-250 SCSB 6.0 FX4 Lariat
285/70R17 Nitto Trail
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