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A/T vs M/T tires

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by PropJet, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Sep 14, 2009 at 5:04 PM
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    PropJet

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    I'm about ready to pull the trigger on a lift / wheels / tires for my truck. My primary motivation for doing so is for looks, as nearly all of my driving is on pavement. With that in mind, I cannot decide if I want an A/T or M/T tire. The M/Ts certainly look more aggressive, but I'm afraid that ultimately I'll regret that decision if they ride noticeably rougher. My only experience with M/T tires was back in high school, when my dad had a lifted Jeep Wrangler with M/Ts. That thing rode like a damn tank... during city driving, everything would shake, rattle and vibrate due to the roughness of the tires.

    Can anyone chime in on how different the ride is between the two types? Do you think I would regret getting an M/T if I'll mostly be on pavement? I haven't decided yet exactly which tires I would get, but leaning towards either the BFG or General Grabbers on the A/T side, and Firestone Destination or Kumho Road Venture KL71 on the M/T side.
     
  2. Sep 14, 2009 at 5:10 PM
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    Do you drive in snow and ice upon occasion? If so, get the AT.
     
  3. Sep 14, 2009 at 5:20 PM
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    Where I'm at we tend to get a couple of ice storms per year, and a few snowfalls per year. Not really enough to swing my vote either way. Looking at the ratings on tirerack though, it seems that the M/Ts on average have higher ratings than the A/Ts.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2009 at 5:22 PM
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    Typically the smaller lugs and more siping of an AT are better in the snow and ice. That's all I really know about the differences personally, aside that MT's are usually more noisy
     
  5. Sep 15, 2009 at 4:25 AM
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    If you have any doubts about the M/T's ....just get the A/T's.

    If you travel on the highway...M/T's can get squirrely in wet weather and sometimes the truck can get tail-happy.
     
  6. Sep 15, 2009 at 8:48 AM
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    Good to know. Thanks!
     
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    Look for an aggressive all terrain tire. Maybe the Nitto Terra Grapplers, Goodyear Duratracs or Pro comp Xtreme A/t. I've also heard that the Hankook danapro m/t has very good on road manners for a m/t. Anyways, good luck with the decision.
     
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    I hadn't considered the GY Dura Tracs before. I'm really liking the looks / price / performance, and am leaning towards these right now. It looks like tirerack has these in 265 75 16 in either "C" or "E" load rated versions. I seem to recall reading a thread a while back where it was suggested that "C" or "D" rated tires were best suited for our trucks, and not "E." Is this correct? I would assume an "E" rated tire would ride a little rougher?
     
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    ^ duratrac's ftw !! :D
     
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    I have the Duratracs on my Tacoma. I must say, they look way, way, way better in person. The pictures do not do these tires justice. I haven't had them in the rain yet, but they seem to handle great and are also pretty quiet, considering the thread pattern.
     
  12. Sep 18, 2009 at 7:06 AM
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    I'm on the same boat here. I was looking at tires as well. I love the aggressive look of the M/T's but I'm not sure how they would handle the weather up here in Boston. Most of my driving would be on pavement anyway so maybe it isn't worth it to get the mud look.

    The "meanest" looking A/T's I've seen is the DuraTrac. Are the DuraTracs really considered All Terrains? I don't see it listed as that. Anyway, the cheapest I saw for the Wrangler DuraTracs was for $210 (for the size I want 285/70/17) from tirerack.com.

    Others I was looking are

    Toyo Open Country A/T
    Nitto Terra Grappler
    Nitto Dura Grappler
    Firestone Destination A/T

    Happy searching.:D
     
  13. Sep 18, 2009 at 7:52 AM
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    Check out discounttiredirect.com on the Duratracs I think they run 220 a piece but you get free shipping
     
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    They don't have my size. :mad: 285/70/17
     
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    Anybody running the Durtracs 285/70/17s on stock rims with the stock UCAs and spacers...curious if they still would rub the UCA due to that outside lug pattern?
     
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    Oh man that sucks! I scored mine from there in June. I'm running the stock UCA's without rubbing but my setup is a little different than what you are asking about, sorry.
     
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