I will be doing mostly trails and beach and 98% road. They both look sweet IMO.
I went with the Terra Grappler myself after looking since I too will be mostly on the road and some beech. (I think normal some of the roads around here may classify as trails ). There are a few Dune Grapplers in the parking lot where I work and they do look nice.
__________________ 2012 Rubicon JKU Deep Cherry Red
6 Speed, Black Hard Top, Heated Seats, Connectivity, 430N Media Center, Max Tow, Auto AC
RF Accessory Control : ARB Compressor : Terra Grapplers P285/70R17 : Rugged Ridge Black Satin Wheels : Truck-Lite 27270C
Not a fan of the Dune Grappler look. Its kinda cheesy to me. I went with the Trail and happy so far. No louder then the stock MT's. The loud tires are the Mud Grapplers, and i would stay away from them. Get the Trail Grapplers. But as noted they are heavy!!
I too have the Nitto Trail Grapplers (33" x 16" steel wheels). As everyone said - very heavy. Not loud in any way shape or form to me.
The impact on power is VERY noticeable to me.
Balancing is a PITA, in my experience. Tried twice with wheel weights. Currently using Dyna Beads (have had great experience with these on motorcycles) but they are hit and miss on these. Sometimes the ride is smooth as silk. Sometimes its a train wreck. I suspect moisture or stickiness inside of the tires causing occasional "clumping".
I have read many, many threads on this and other forums - and have to say the Duratracs are THE way to go for most of us. Great performance, lighter weight, and over $100 per tire cheaper than the Trail Grapplers. They also have a fairly aggressive look to them. I'm considering selling or swapping my Trail Grapplers for DT's - because I do a ton of highway driving and not nearly as much off roading as I'd like (yet).
Taking a Jeep hiatus. Be back someday down the road.