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Old 04-11-2013, 08:46 PM   #1
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Duratrac's vs Trail Grapplers

I use my Jeep as a daily driver and i am trying to decide between the Duratracs and the Nitto Trail Grapplers. Mostly wanting to know which one has the best road noise, heard mixed things. Also wondered about tread life on the Trail Grapplers. Any one with some experience on the two tires would be greatly appreciated.... Thanking everyone in advance... Scott

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Old 04-11-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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I use my TJ as a DD and went with the Duratracs because it has to be an AT tire to get the "road hazard warranty and lifetime rotation and balancing"...it adds $20 to the cost of the tires but my BFGS AT lasted at least 50K miles with this "maintenance".

I realize I am not speaking of the Nitto's and am bringing up other tires, but can only tell my experience.

My Duratracs are SOOOO much better than the BFGs ever thought about being. IMO if price point is the same, and you can get the "warranty" I spoke of...get whichever you like the best...it is gonna take a LOT of talkin' for me to give up my Duratracs!!! (I ran 3 sets of BFGs before)

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Thanks for your input... How is the road noise compared to the BF_AT's you did run?
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:18 PM   #4
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I can't say anything about the trail grapplers, but I bought duratracs in the fall and I drive my jeep as a DD as well and I am completely satisfied with them. Despite what people say, they have good traction in mud and in snow as well. Road noise is nowhere near as bad as I thought they would be. Running 33x12.5x15's, I was expecting them to be real loud but they aren't. I would definitely recommend them
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:02 AM   #5
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Thanks for your input... How is the road noise compared to the BF_AT's you did run?
I can not give a good answer...IMO they are as quiet or more so than the BFGs...can not give a good answer as...changed from no top to half top and than to Nx frameless top since I have had the Duratracs...also have a LOUD stereo and exhaust...tire noise is not much in the equation for me.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:47 AM   #6
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I have both currently, 37's tera's on my hummer and 33's dura's on my jeep. Tera's are not as loud with better on road behavior. I think this is mostly due to a thicker sidewall, as the dura's run pretty thin I have been told. Both are great tires, and not very loud at all. Minimal road noise (very minimal!) with the windows up (hardtop). My .02. Any other questions ask away!
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:18 AM   #7
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Your not quite comparing apples and oranges, but almost, the Duratracs have very well engineered siping (the little cuts in the tread knobs) to handle ice and slick surfaces, the Trail Grapplers dont (not in any effective way). This is what makes them less comparable to each other. The Duratracs are phenominal on wet, snowy, icy roads, the Trail Grapplers will last a lot longer and be more durable on the trails but less grip on bad roads. On trail the Duratracs grip is unreal, I have seen big horn sheep watching and wondering how I did that (figuratively of course lol) but they get little cuts and chinks in the siping the more you abuse them on rock. I have found my Duratracs to be the quietest tire on road I've personally run, but I havent run the Trail Grapplers. Here is what I mean by siping -



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My wife is running Trail Grapplers on her FJ and I just got Duratracs for my JKU. She's running 285/65-18's and I'm running 285/70/17's.

Both are great tires. We live in Vegas, so no snow or icy roads to deal with. The Grapplers have a slightly louder hum, but very tame for MT's. The Duratracs are very quiet.

The Grapplers are very tough, load range E and I dont worry about them at all. Down side is (and why I didnt use them) that they are quite heavy and a little stiff with the beefier sidewall.

Duratracs are nice and light for unsprung weight and a great AT in a D load range. Little nervous about the reported weak sidewalls, but not losing sleep over it.

Both are great tires IMHO, Grapplers are just a little louder, tougher, and heavier.

My 2 cents. Cant go wrong with either choice I don't think.
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:27 PM   #9
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Thanks so much for each of you taking time to respond! I am thinking the duratracs may be my best choice for what i do, just wish they had a few more size options. Was looking at a not too wide, 34" tire, or close too, like a 285-75 r17's or 305-70 r17's but Duratracs only have 315-70r17's.
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The late 2012 new model Duratracs are 3 ply sidewall instead of the old 2 ply.
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Daily driving = Duratracs
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:17 PM   #12
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The late 2012 new model Duratracs are 3 ply sidewall instead of the old 2 ply.
Lovin' my DT's
Assuming you are correct I got lucky got mine last OCT!!!

We don't have a lot of rocks around here to worry about!!
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:58 PM   #13
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When I bought my DTs in mid december, I could have got the older series 2 ply for $25 less per tire. No rocks here in Florida either, but will be moving out west soon, so bought the more durable 3 ply.

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