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Old 09-28-2014, 04:45 PM   #1
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any use the General Grabber AT2 tire

I will need tires for the "new" truck some time next year and in looking around at tire i see tires..

One reason was my truck is a 2 wheel drive version of the 2003 ford f-250 SD diesel. I wanted to get a tire that has a good aggressive tread but not a loud on the road noise.

in reading reviews on tirerack this tire seems ti fill the bill for both.

it has a good weight rating for the LT265/75R16 some 3400 lbs at 80 lbs air pressure.

was hoping some of the airforums may have them as well..

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Old 09-28-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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Go Yoko!

I have two sets of these, one set that I bought new for my 1974 VW Thing. The other set on a 2000 Toyota Tacoma 2wd that I bought, which the previous owner had just put on new. I'll never have them again. Awful tires, took three lead mines working overtime to make enough weights to balance, loud, rough, terrible ride. See if you can find a Yokohama ATS in a size that will work for you, that's a super nice tire. I've had the Yokohama's on my Subaru SUS, my 2007 Tacoma 4x4, even put them on my Mother's Forester (you know they're good if you put them on Mommy's car). Nice ride, good traction, and best of all quiet.
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:58 PM   #3
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My sister had a set of General Grabbers OEM on a Nissan ExTerra. Those were some really good, long-lasting tires. She got at least 60,000 miles from them.
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:40 PM   #4
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No General Grabbers!

I had General Grabbers on the Tundra completely worn out at 30,000km, I actually got the truck stuck in the snow in my driveway in 4Low with the Generals. The road noise was so bad you couldn't listen to the radio on the highway.

Now I have Yokohama Geolandar AT-S, I've been very happy with them, 25,000 km and very little wear showing. Very good in the snow and rain. No road noise. The truck is better in 2Hi with the Yokohamas than it ever was in 4x4 with the Grabbers.

When it comes time for more truck tires I will definately buy the Geolandars again.
I've also read that the Yokohama YK-HTX is a competitor to the much loved Michelin LTX.
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:50 PM   #5
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I've had them and I'm going with them again. They're a great tire. No issues with road noise either in a 315/70/17 (thats a 34.50 inch tire, btw) But road noise is also effected by PSI and tire size.

And they wore really great, got 50K miles out of the last set. Great traction, tested all over Moab with them, down thru canyon and they're a decent road tire. Drove from FL to Utah, to the back country of the Grand Canyon and back again.

But I am considering the Toyo Open Country ATS.

I actually started a thread and asked about this:
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:55 PM   #6
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BRIDGESTONE m700 Duravis would be the king of the hill. Commercial traction tire. What will be on the back of my 2WD soon-to-be one ton truck with the r500 up front. I see no reason to buy less than the best on a tow vehicle. For me that will be the above or the current MICHELIN (LTX M/S). And the latter is a tire I see over 100k on. The m700 & r500 is capable of 180k miles.

I've driven 1T's in oilfield hotshot service. Grossing above 30k pounds. Tires don't last as long as the above. But the Drive Axle "cheap" tire I'd consider if no others were available would be the Cooper A/T3 (the local ranchers love 'em, they stand up to the caliche/rock roads) or Firestone Transforce.

I would not run a traction tire on the front axle. Pickup truck steerig is already bad enough. I would be sure I had the Posi-Trac or better in the rear axle. I don't take my TT offroad (unpaved is not what I mean). You may. I'd rather use a few boards to get me off the grass than run 4WD or otherwise a poor choice of tires.

As you say you are still looking around, learning, take your time before committing. Keep reading. Send PM's with questions.

An RV'er I admire is a fellow with the screen name of NCHauler who lives out your way. Posts on WOODALLS, as does the man in the link below, Jimnlin. Both those guys drive my brand, the latter also a 2WD. Be sure to indicate your truck brand, spec (2WD) and ask away. A tread pattern in your neck of the woods might be different "best" than out here in the gumbo or caliche.

The tires I'd consider for the TT would be those recommended by Jimnlin who made a living hauling for 30-years with 1T trucks.

Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: LT tires on TT

He's put the r250 Duravis on his 5'er as I plan to do with my TT. One cannot go wrong with this brand. It has also stood up on my 367 Pete at work in the oilfield as well, I've not been stuck but once (slid off a road).

BRIDGESTONE at all eight positions (if your TT is heavy enough to benefit) and you need never look back. Find the best dealer in your area. Make sure you can drive your combined rig in and out of his retail location and that maybe is shop also does brakes/bearings, trailer alignments etc. Such as a big truck service dealer. The place the haulers, ranchers and farmers go to. Cheap doesn't mean a damn, service does. Your combined rig will represent a lot of money. Find the best men to help you keep it in shape.

FWIW, I only got 78,000 out of the last Michelins. They just about gave me the tires above (had 4 to 5 thousandths of wear 50/50 highway/city . . . some of us drive so as to achieve this); it was understood that internal tire failure was the cause. The first set still had more than 4/32's tread at 120k.

Throw some BILSTEIN or, better, KONI FSD shock absorbers (see HENDERSONS LINEUP) while you're under there. And CENTRAMATIC Balancers on both TV & TT. New poly anti-roll bar bushings. Zero brake drag and alignment verified dead-on for your truck. Zero steering slop. Keep on the look for that shop that can do those things for you.

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Old 09-30-2014, 04:43 PM   #7
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great input on tires for sure..

I hear the one saying they are loud etc. when i read the reviews on the various tire i see the say thing as post here..

It seems they all preform about the same with different price points between them.

When I read the reviews on tirerack you see how some love them and some dont.

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Old 09-30-2014, 05:18 PM   #8
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When in doubt, buy Michelin. They handle very well, they do well in wet, snow, mud, and of course dry. I'm always disappointed with the OEM tires on a new vehicle, and can't wait to get a set of Michelins.
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Old 09-30-2014, 06:54 PM   #9
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I have some on my current tow vehicle-2009 2500HD LTZ 4x4. They are very aggressive steering wise with the trailer hooked up. When unloaded they are not too bad. When they wear out, I will put a set of Firestone TransForce A/T or H/T on it. These were on the truck when I bought it used.
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:20 PM   #10
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