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Old 09-08-2016, 02:44 PM   #1
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Nitto Ridge Grappler Tire Review



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The automotive industry has never been shy about making bold claims and grand proclamations. Every industry does this in marketing and sales pitches, but the automotive world especially filled with products hailed to be 'the toughest,' 'the most capable,' or 'the best yet.'

Whether looking to offer the best grip, longest tread life or toughest construction, off-road tires fall into these same marketing clichés. Like the trucks and SUVs claiming to be “the best,” tire manufacturers look to tell potential buyers: Invest in these tires because they are awesome!

The Ridge Grappler, Nitto’s newest off-road truck and SUV tire, makes its own bold proclamation by offering a tire that promises to walk the line between an all-terrain and a mud-terrain to provide the best of both worlds: great traction on trails with an aggressive, wide-void tire; and smooth and quiet on-road performance.

The Ridge Grappler promises great things with its 'best of both worlds' pitch, giving off-roaders who spend lots of time on the highway but still off-road on the weekend exactly what they want. But does the tire actually deliver on its promise? We spent the past few months looking to answer that question.


Read more about the Nitto Ridge Grappler Tire Review at Off-Road.com.
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Old 09-09-2016, 08:58 AM   #2
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Are these tires that much different from the BFG TA KO2? The sidewalls look a little different but the offset side lugs, mud-phobic bars between the shoulder lugs, and the center tread look to be about the same. Is this a competitor of the KO2 or something completely different?

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Old 09-09-2016, 09:31 AM   #3
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^^^good point @mmason3 . While I've never had an issue with my KO2's on the rocks, the Ridge seems to have a bit more open tread design, so might give more grip on the rocks?

I'm wondering if the Ridge's won't be notoriously undersized like the KO2's are!
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Old 09-10-2016, 10:55 AM   #4
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I really love my KO2s. I haven't had any issues with them what so ever. I do think they are little undersized but I can live with that. I have about 3-4 more years of solid tread so hopefully, people will start to pick these up and so a decent review. If not, I can stick with my KO2s.
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This is my 2nd week with the 35" 12.5 - 17" on my '15 JKU. The first week was primarily highway driving. The tire is hands down better in terms of noise compared the the BFG Muds that I had stock. Today was my first trail day, I lowered them to 15 psi and hit the trail. From what I can tell wet performance on rocks and in mud are awesome. The more open tread definately cleans up mud quickly. Looking forward to more trips to the trail soon.
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This is my 2nd week with the 35" 12.5 - 17" on my '15 JKU. The first week was primarily highway driving. The tire is hands down better in terms of noise compared the the BFG Muds that I had stock. Today was my first trail day, I lowered them to 15 psi and hit the trail. From what I can tell wet performance on rocks and in mud are awesome. The more open tread definately cleans up mud quickly. Looking forward to more trips to the trail soon.
Glad you like the tire, but let's be real... Those BFG Muds are about extremely loud; it might even be louder than holding an airhorn out the window.

I see ads on these all over. How heavy are they?
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This is my 2nd week with the 35" 12.5 - 17" on my '15 JKU. The first week was primarily highway driving. The tire is hands down better in terms of noise compared the the BFG Muds that I had stock. Today was my first trail day, I lowered them to 15 psi and hit the trail. From what I can tell wet performance on rocks and in mud are awesome. The more open tread definately cleans up mud quickly. Looking forward to more trips to the trail soon.
Thanks for doing a write-up! Hopefully we can get more people responding and giving feedback.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:55 AM   #8
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I wanted to buy these, love the look but I needed a snowflake! I bet they are awesome tires.
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I have the 285/70/17 Duratracs which are an E load. Do we think these would ride better since they have them in the same size but a C load?
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Yes the BFG's are loud!! I was referring new to new sound. These tires are inaudible for the most part.

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Glad you like the tire, but let's be real... Those BFG Muds are about extremely loud; it might even be louder than holding an airhorn out the window.

I see ads on these all over. How heavy are they?
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I have these on my 2010 JK and they are awesome so far. I have about 1000 miles on them now, on the road they are super quiet, like if I'm in neutral and cruising down a hill or something I have to rev to the engine to make sure the jeep is still on I was running them around 35 psi on highway. Off road they did pretty good, I don't do mud so I can't tell you how they did there but on the rocks they were good, I took them to Rausch to wheel and put them through the paces. Grip I would give them an 8.5 out of 10 only a little slipping on smooth rock faces, I aired down to about 12 psi and the side walls barely flexed when flat landing. I chunked them a little on this trip but thats my fault as I don't have my bump stops set right. All in all a great tire. 35/12.5/17

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