Nitto tire company graciously gave me a set of Trail Grapplers to review. Here's my initial thoughts on them....
Model: Trail Grappler
Size: 35x12.50R20/10 ply
I will start by saying that I was very
impressed by how easily these tires balanced. Not one of them took over an ounce of weight.
What can I say, it's a very mean looking tire. In a way, it almost reminds me of a military tread. Very aggressive sidewall which I think looks great. I get alot of compliments about how awesome the tires look.
These tires are surprisingly quiet; much quieter than my Mickey Thompson ATZ's of the same size. I'm guessing that these are quieter due to the fact that the rubber compound is a little softer than the Mickeys.
The Trail Grappler rides surprisingly well for it's aggressiveness. I did notice that you can definitely feel the voids in the tread when coming to a stop (approx 5 mph). When I first put these on, I aired them up to the max psi of 65 lbs. I immediately noticed a "sway" in the rear end when changing lanes on the interstate; aggressive driving; etc. I aired them down to 60 psi and that helped tremendously. They've gotten even better as the newness has worn off of them. They perform well in the rain. As for offroad, I've not had them in any mud but did drive down into a dried up pond to unload some wood for a bonfire. When I came out, I didn't have to put my truck in 4x4 to come up the bank like I've always had to with other tires. They seem to bite very well....
I've only put @ 2,500 miles on them so far but have no noticable wear. No feathering or cupping so far which is usually common on such an aggressive tire.
Overall, I'm very happy with these tires and as long as the wear is good, I'll probably get another set.
I'll update this thread as the miles continue to climb
Here's a pic of them after 2,500 miles