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Old 03-31-2018, 06:54 PM
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Ridge grapplers or Duratracs?

I will be putting 35s on my jkur and I'm trying to decide between the Nitto Ridge Grapplers and the Goodyear Duratracs. Would like to hear from anyone that has either one of them. Thanks!

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Old 03-31-2018, 11:42 PM   #2
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What do you drive on, rocks? Snow?

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Old 04-01-2018, 10:43 AM
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What do you drive on, rocks? Snow?
I live in Wyoming so a little bit of everything. The places I go off road are rocky but I usually have about a 1 to 2 hour drive to get there. I have the stock Rubicon mud terrain tires right now. Looking for something less noisy and better on snow packed roads. That's why I've been looking at the hybrid style tires.

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I havenít had duratracs but Iíve heard theyíre okay for all around. I stepped up to the ridge grapplers for my 35ís and I can tell you they are a great tire. They wear very well, and grip awesome(for35ís) in the snow. I live in northern Colorado and Iíve had no issues getting around including the trails.

Good luck with your selection.
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I havenít had duratracs but Iíve heard theyíre okay for all around. I stepped up to the ridge grapplers for my 35ís and I can tell you they are a great tire. They wear very well, and grip awesome(for35ís) in the snow. I live in northern Colorado and Iíve had no issues getting around including the trails.

Good luck with your selection.
Sounds like you are in similar conditions as me and probably not far from me as I'm in Cheyenne. Thanks for your input.

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Love my ridge grapplers. We don't really get snow here but we had an ice storm a few months ago and they held up just fine on the roads and trails. Not so good in the mud compared to a dedicated mud terrain, but they hold their own.

Road noise is great, they aren't loud at all. Have about 15k on them now and they are wearing very well.
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Don't know about the Duratracs. I have the 34" Ridge Grapplers and they drive great compared to the stock BFG KO's that came on the Recon. Seem good on wet roads, don't know about snow. But quiet they are NOT. Yes, less noise than the KM's but far above an all terrain tire. Know that if noise is something that is a concern.
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Old 04-01-2018, 06:11 PM   #8
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Duratracs are really popular here where I live. The loggers use them because they are legal for winter use. A lot of the guys swear by them and don't run anything else.
I have a set of 35/12.5 on my Jeep. I have gone about 30 years with only a flat or two but since the Duratracs I have been averaging about 4 a Summer. I have one with a sidewall cut which is something I have never had before. I don't run my Jeep in the winter but If I get more than 6" on snow it is stuck in my flat yard.
Grip off road is good but I don't trust them in the Rocks so I end up taking it really easy.
I am leaning towards some KO2's.
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I have stock sized Duratracs on mine for the winter. They are awsome, the best tire I have ever driven on snow and ice - especially the thin layers of snow and ice you get on plowed roads.

I switch to MT is the summer as the trails here in SW Idaho are very rocky and the stock size DTs are only P rated - I would not want to take them on rocky trails.

I think the bigger sized DTs have a stronger rating though....
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I switch to MT is the summer as the trails here in SW Idaho are very rocky and the stock size
That's strange that just about all the DT's come with an LT rating, but you can only get the 255/75R17 as a P.

I went with larger LT285/70R17's on my stock rims with 1.5" spacers.

The DT's are really good in the snow. I only got stuck once last winter and that was because I wound up with the body & frame hung up on a snow bank and the tires were off the ground and spinning freely.

They also perform well in the sand..

I've done a bit of sloppy mudding, but not enough to tell if they're really good at that or not.

I'm also happy with their summer performance... Not too noisy, and they wear well.

Can't help with the Ridge Grapplers. I've never ridden on a set They sure look a lot like the Duratrac.
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:09 PM   #11
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Duratracs were excellent in mud and snow for me, but oddly they were terrible in the rain. I've seen other reviews complaining about the wet traction also. They got very noisy after the second rotation. They are lightweight, but the sidewalls aren't as rugged as a mud tire.

The Falken Wildpeak A/T3W is probably the best overall hybrid tire out there right now. They are rugged as nails, great in rain and snow, and have a great price tag. They also wear really well. I've got 28,000 miles on my set right now and they look awesome.
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:21 PM   #12
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Go with the Ridge Grapplers. I recently replaced my Falken AT3W with a set of Ridge Grappler because I went up a size. I've never run the Duratracs but I've heard nothing but good about them when running in the snow. I hear that they are terrible in rocks and that they have a weak sidewall, and I've also heard reports of them getting hard to balance and very noisy with high miles. I would say the Falkens are not in the same category as the Nittos and Duratracs. The Falkens have the mountain peak snow rating same as the Duratracs, but my Ridge Grapplers do just as well in the snow as my Falkens did so I wouldn't worry about snow. If you do any kind of offroading, I would think the Nitto's would be the stronger tire.
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Interested in what you ended up getting. I run the Duraís for the last 70k. Have been great here on CO trails and a couple trips to Moab. Also great in the snow. I need a new set of tires bad now. And have been looking at switching to the RG, just to see if I like them more. But the old saying...if it ainít broke...


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Duratrac is a good all around tire. But it has notoriously weak sidewalls. Very few people run them here in AZ as you will be replacing tires regularly if you offroad here. The Nitto RG is the other end of the spectrum, tough as they come and a great tire for traction and they are quiet too.

The KO2 is a little better in winter conditions and a little less capable offroad, but those are the 2 most popular Hybrids right now. I run the S/T Maxx, also a great tire and the ATZ-P3 is excellent as well.
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As others have mentioned, the sidewall is what kept me from considering the duratracs. Here in Texas and Colorado, lots of rock so weak sidewalls are not an option.
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I five wheel rotated a set of Duratracs for almost 60,000 miles. It was P255/75R17 on stock Rubicon wheels. I still had 6/32nd's left, but it was getting louder. Bad timing for the Duratracs now that I have the soft top on, so I decided to get some new tires.

It appears that the new Nitto Ridge Grapplers, less than two years old now, are the new Duratracs these days. I moved up to the Nitto Ridge Grapplers LT285/70R17 with Pro Comp Predator hub-centric zero offset wheels. Almost 1,000 miles on the Ridge Grapplers now and I think that I made the right choice. But what do I know, maybe in another 4 years, there will be a Ridge Grappler killer of a tire.

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Got a set of Duratacs from 4wheelonline. These tires are great on and off the road. Handling is good and road noise is very minimal.

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