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Inexpensive tires - another tire thread!

I am a strong supporter of Nitto Terra Grapplers - have had 2 sets and no problems.

What I am a little curious about though is:
1) finding a cheaper more cost effective tire with same mileage/quality standards
2) possibly a more agressive tire - minimal 3300lb capacity per.
3) I trailer and haul heavy - plus am a daily driver.
4) Cost $170 per tire or less. (i get the Nitto's for $168 local)

Tire must have all traits - not one or the other.

Size - LT305/70R16E

(in reality _ will probably end up with another set of Nitto's - my 3rd set - but considering something else if the 4 parameters can be met easily)
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Try a set of Interco Vortrac..... they are an A/T tire and so far I have nothing to complain about....wear is excellent, they are quiet, have good traction.... I don't know a price since mine were free but they are a good tire

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Nitto is the best tire i have ever owned.

Have used: Toyo Goodyear(Pretty good)
BFGoodrich Mickey Thompson (Good but loud both in a all terrain pattern)
Firestone(junk)

From best to worst

Road Tire or All terrain?


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It's hard to leave the Nitto line - I wish they made a tire a bit more agressive then the Terra Grappler but not as much so as the Mud Grappler.

I have my 2nd set of them on my truck - my fronts (left over from first set) have 70K+ on them (heavily worn) - something like that. For winter - I'm going to need to replace them - my rears were bought a good 25K ago and are fine enough for winter upcoming. Was considering - if all characteristics were right - would consider a different tire brand.
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Toyo is also and awesome tire but its less aggressive than the Terra grappler. I don't think you can beat that price, if you can then theres shipping. I think there is a guy on here (AYP Tires) can help you. I dont know if hes still around though i haven't seen him in a while.


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It's hard to leave the Nitto line - I wish they made a tire a bit more agressive then the Terra Grappler but not as much so as the Mud Grappler..
they do...its called the Dune Grappler

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they do...its called the Dune Grappler
No one runs the dune grappler around here, i have never seen one on a truck. Most people think they are gay because there is flames on them.


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I've looked at the Dune Grappler - but not sure on the towing characteristics or load characteristics. It's tread doesnt have any siping - apparently Nitto did that on purpose to enhance the purpose of the tire - but that siping make a huge difference on rain, slush, ice, snow laden roads. We did a mission trip a year and a half ago - stuck on I-81 around Marion VA in an ice storm - I-81 was covered in 1" of ice - trucks, cars, tractor trailer strewn all about - cars stuck right and left. We were hauling home with an empty trailer - I was white knuckled! Up and down mountain sides - truck in 4Low to make it up and to keep us slow on the way down - but we never really slipped starting from a stop or while driving - including breaking. I attest that to the tires - excellent grip. We have been in mountains of WVA on mission in 12" snow - towing our 24' trailer full of supplies - (furniture, appliances, clothes and food) - she just pulled right through.

Kind of makes me wonder why I would even consider switching - but if I could get a bit more agressive - I'd b e happey - but I dont want mud agressive.

I think I'm talking myself out of it.
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I've had the dune grapplers and I am running the Truxus STS right now and both are great tires..... whats wrong with flames? My trucks have flames on them too...

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i never used the STS tires in snow and ice so I cant tell you anything....they are good in rain though....


The Dune Grappler did better on my Hummer in the Ice and Snow than my buddies Excursion on BFG's so I can attest that they are good there....they are decent in mud and they are great in sand....if you are that worried, there are a lot of tire shops that have siping machines now to give you better traction

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