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Old 04-11-2011, 05:28 AM
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Dura Grappler, Dura Trac or Silent Armor??

Hey guys, I am about to order a set of tires for my '02 F350 DRW 4x4. I will be doing 80% highway / 20% gravel and offroad driving. Some of this will include towing a 40' fiver and 28' gooseneck flatbed.

I have been looking at the Nitto Dura Grappler, Goodyear Silent Armor and Goodyear Duratrac tires in a 235/85 R16.

So far I know that the dura grappler and silent armor have the best longevity for highway driving but lack traction in any kind of mud. I will rarely encounter mud but I want to be confident that I wont get stuck in an inch of mud either. I know this is like having your cake and eating it too.. haha

I would just like some reviews or suggestions from guys who have run these tires or know someone who has. This will help me make the best decision.

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Old 04-11-2011, 05:43 AM
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Personally, of the two choices given, I'd go with the the Dura Grapplers. If you want more aggresive tires, look at the Hankook ATM's

I had a set of the GY Wrangler silent armor tires put on my truck once, and before I got home from the shop, I called and had them order me a set of the Dura Grapplers. The tread and sidewalls are really soft on the GY's. I didn't feel confident driving my empty truck on the highway, let alone with a sizeable trailer on the back. The squishy feel of the tire was scary on the highway, especially if you had to make an evasive manuever around debris or whatever. The Dura tracs are also soft from what I've read, and from a friend that runs them on his 250

I really liked the Dura Grapplers though. I traded them in for the Hankooks because they are not real good in the mud, and I hunt so I see all kinds of weather . The Grappler's are a great hauling tire for sure though, hard sidewalls, great traction in anything but sticky mud and wet snow. For your purposes, the Grapplers will fit the bill very well for you IMO
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:15 AM
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Thanks!

I appreciate the adivice from your experience.

How do you like your hankooks so far? Compared to the Nittos?
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:21 AM
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The Hankooks are great tires so far! I haven't gotten to play in the mud yet, but I don't see any issues arising from it. No issues in the snow or rain either. They make a little more noise than the Dura's, but no more than any other all terrain

Like I said, I loved my dura Grapplers, and these Hankooks are very comparable from a handling standpoint
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duratrac hands down
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