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Due for tires...another thread...some things to consider.

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by MGH-PA, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Sep 23, 2011 at 6:23 PM
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    MGH-PA

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    Haven't posted in a while, but I've been reading again now that I'm due for a set of tires, and would like to ideally put them on before winter. I currently have 53K on my Nitto Terra Grapplers. They've been great on the highway, not so great in the snow, so-so in the rain, but wear like iron. They're loud now, but that's understandable considering that they're getting down there in tread life.

    I actually like the looks of them (pictures make them look a little less aggressive than they are in real life), but I'm just no happy with their snow performance (my rear end always wants to break loose, and stopping always results in the ABS kicking in, even when it's VERY slow breaking).

    I was set on Duratracs for their price (oddly enough, I can get a set of 265/75s for less than TG's now), and the praise they get for their rain and snow performance. My concerns? Tread life (they're VERY soft), and MPG hit I'll take.

    I've also considered the AT2s and BFGs since they both are severe weather rated, but I hate the fact that EVERYONE and their brother runs them.

    I do drive in snow and ice from pretty much November through March, so I do spend a fair amount of time in bad conditions. However, I don't offroad in the sense that I go to parks or do and rock crawling, but I do use my truck for firewood, hunting, camping, etc, so I'm torn between an aggressive tread like the Duratrac and a more neutral tread like the TG.

    If I could get 40K out of the duratracs, I'm pretty sure the decision would be a little easier.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Sep 23, 2011 at 6:28 PM
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    Pugga

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    Check out Cooper AT3's, they're a good looking tire and Cooper has a great reputation for their performance in foul weather.
     
  3. Sep 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Ive been trying the Cooper Zeon LTZ's, after running nitto Terra Grapplers for along time. The Coopers have better grip off road, and MUCH better in the rian. No snow, so I cant compare. They are a bit less expensive than the Nittos, and I have almost 30k miles on them, and still have 10/32's tread (New is 14/32's).
     
  4. Sep 23, 2011 at 7:28 PM
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    Ever looked at michelin's LTX AT2's? Best AT's I've ever had
     
  5. Sep 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM
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    I love my BFG A/Ts. My Moms Sequoia has Michelan LTX MS and they are great tires, last about 60K and are awesome in sand.

    From shopping around in a 265/75 the NTGs seem to be the best deal in my area.

    I'm really considering the Treadwright tires. Either the Warden AT or Guard Dog M/T. At roughly $100 a tire they cant be beat.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2011 at 7:35 PM
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    chris4x4

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    BFG's are a dated tire design, and dont offer much traction on the different surfaces compared to the other tires out there today. They are strong, but marginal in dirt, and suck in wet conditions.
     
  7. Sep 23, 2011 at 7:54 PM
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    Mine have had good wet traction for the most part, they could be better while turning+accelerating though. Open differential doesn't help much.

    Not to threadjack, but whats everyones opinion on sipped tires? Is the increased wet traction worth the increase in wear?
     
  8. Sep 23, 2011 at 8:41 PM
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    Siping a tire actually increases its longevity.
     
  9. Sep 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM
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    I got 40K out of my duratracs (currently sitting at about 45K looking to get to 50 before I replace them)... here is the post

     
  10. Sep 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM
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    Looked them up, and I think they have some potential. They look as if they have a little less aggressive shoulder than the TG's, what do you think? The pictures sort of remind me of the pictures online of the TG's when I first saw them. They don't look much more aggressive than a typical HT tire, but in person, the TG's are much more substantial. Is that the case here with these?

    I need to do some further research on snow performance as well.

    As for the Michelin's, they're just not aggressive enough (I know I'm being picky).

    Edit...I see the Zeon's are definitely not a tire made in my size. I couldn't remember why I had never heard much about them around here.

    Tinker_Troy, I remember reading that thread not too long ago. Good to hear that people are seeing 40K out of the duratracs.
     
  11. Sep 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM
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    Where I live, I'll only buy sipped tires.
     
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