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#4623125 - 01/03/18 08:13 PM Long term Nitto Grappler Review
HoosierJeeper Offline

Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1276
Loc: WI
As I bid farewell to my Terra Grapplers, I figured I should write a review as I've had 4 sets of them since 2011 (2 on the KJ, 2 on the LR3).

Got my first set in 2011, 245/70/17. Got about 40,000 miles out of them. Got another set and right now they have 40,000 miles on them and they have about 6/32" left. On the LR3, I got about 30k from the first set and then got about 35k on the set now, which ought to replaced anytime now, but it's a 6000lb beast with finicky alignment from the air suspension. I'll admit, I probably wasn't the most pedantic about air pressure or rotating them. I aimed to do them around 5000 or 7000 miles and usually got that. Probably should've done 4000-5000.

I'll break this down into categories:

Quietness: Pretty quiet overall. Once you hit the 30k mark, there's a slight hum but even turning the blower to 3 or 4 cancels it out. They are slightly louder than the Cooper Discoverer HTs on my XJ. Not much however.

Ride: Good overall, although once you hit the 30-40k mark I noticed (especially on the LR3) they seem to "slap" the pavement. I ran around 33 psi in the KJ.

Wet performance: Great, no complaints. Could only break the KJ free if I really layed into it.

Snow/Ice: Great. Without airing down, the KJ could plow through about a foot of crunchy icy snow. Would've done better if I had aired down, but when it's -10000F that ain't happening.

Mud: They do real good in more watery mud. In the gumbo they'll clog up but I wheeled with them in the Florida mud bogs while I lived there and had no issues if I didn't go full stupid.

Sand: Great, especially aired down to about 18psi, but sand really isn't a challenge.

Rocks: Very good and never had any punctures or torn side walls from rocks. Did get a few scrapes but nothing really detrimental. Aired down from about 15-18PSI. Can't really ever recall there being a traction issue in rocks, usually when I got stuck it was a pilot error.

Miscellaneous: On the KJ, I did manage to damage one by pinching it on a curb, no idea how it happened and it's a guess as to if that's what killed it. Must have a really strange situation as I never had any issues off road. On the LR3, the sidewalls have kind of become gray and don't take tire shine well anymore. The KJ tires were Japan made and the LR3 tires were USA made. I did wish the sidewalls looked more aggressive.

Overall, I would highly recommend these tires to anyone looking for a great dual purpose on/offroad tire. I assume the new G2 version is even better. The only reason I am leaving them is they don't come in 16" sizes for the KJ and for the LR3, the G2 doesn't come in its size.

I never really took pics of just the tires. I assume anyone that really wants to know more would probably Google 'em, but here's a few...

15 Jeep KL Limited V6: Formula Shell 5W20
07 LR3 SE V8: Maxlife 5W30
05 Jeep KJ Limited: PHM 5W30
96 Jeep XJ Country: STP HM 5W30 (winter)

#4623168 - 01/03/18 09:20 PM Re: Long term Nitto Grappler Review [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Blkstanger Offline

Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1948
Loc: Lakeside, CA
I have a set on my WJ. Love them so far.
99 Jeep WJ 4.7 185,000 Maxlife 10w30, Fram Ultra.

#4623309 - 01/04/18 01:46 AM Re: Long term Nitto Grappler Review [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Shannow Online   content

Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 39858
Loc: 'Stralia
I've got the G2s on the Colorado.

Am loving them.

Thanks for instilling confidence in me for their future.

#4623393 - 01/04/18 06:37 AM Re: Long term Nitto Grappler Review [Re: HoosierJeeper]
DoubleWasp Offline

Registered: 05/21/12
Posts: 5236
Loc: Fort Lauderdale, FL
I've got them on one of my Rams. Can't say enough about how awesome these tires are.
07 Lincoln Navigator M1 0w-40/FU
68 Charger R/T / Supercharged 440 VR1/DBL7349
07 Ram 3500 4x4 / Cummins 6.7 /DBL7349
17 Maserati GranTurismo Cabrio

#4626138 - 01/06/18 04:32 PM Re: Long term Nitto Grappler Review [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Bryanccfshr Offline

Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 5716
Loc: Durango, Co
Good tires For all but extremes.
2018 Trd Pro 4Runner M1 0w40
2018 Tacoma off-road Castrol 5w30 Magnatec

#4626996 - 01/07/18 02:04 PM Re: Long term Nitto Grappler Review [Re: HoosierJeeper]
HoosierJeeper Offline

Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1276
Loc: WI
That's a really good way to put it. Not the best for an "extreme" high way cruiser or extreme off roader but does either one very well.
15 Jeep KL Limited V6: Formula Shell 5W20
07 LR3 SE V8: Maxlife 5W30
05 Jeep KJ Limited: PHM 5W30
96 Jeep XJ Country: STP HM 5W30 (winter)