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Ridge Grapplers..my 5 month review

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Medic343, Sep 12, 2020.

  1. Sep 12, 2020 at 1:54 PM
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    Sitting at discount tire waiting to get a tire replaced. Decided I'll write up a review while I wait.

    Nitto Ridge Grapplers 35x11.50r20
    Purchased in April. Only got 3,000 miles so far, mostly highway miles with 3 camping trips on them in the forests of New Mexico.

    Overall here's what I LOVE about them.
    I love the tread design and overall look, I love the sidewall performance, I love how quiet they are so far, and I think the sand and mud performance was awesome.

    Here's what I think is OKAY about them.
    Wet performance has been okay, it only rains here two months a year and that season just ended. The ride quality isn't terrible but it isn't great either...don't worry I expected it with a load range E tire.

    The only thing I DISLIKE about them.
    As I opened up the post, I'm currently sitting at discount tire already replacing a tire. Why am I replacing a tire so soon you ask...well the off roading I do is mostly on rocky county roads and forest service roads. They tear up these tires bad! I have several missing chunks out of the tread blocks and the tire getting replaced has a huge cut down the center with a rock jambed in between the tread and steel belt. I have the lifetime replacement certificates from Discount and I believe this will not be the last time I use them. I'm about to go on a 10 day elk hunt and fear that I'll be back in line getting a new tire after it.

    If DT didn't have such a great tire replacement program I probably would look at a different tire in the future. BUT since it only costs $40 bucks to get a brand new tire I'm definitely keeping them til I replace the truck with a 2021 or Discount stops replacing them for me.

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    So do you air down your tires when you go off-road?
     
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    Medic343 [OP] 5+4+3=2

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    I don't have on board air so no I don't. My camping trips take me 3 hours away from anywhere considered a town or village and I usually have my trailer with me so I need them aired up for the towing aspect. Usually keep them between 35 & 40 psi....38 is my choice if you want exacts.
     
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    I’ve had these tires in 275-70 18 for a little over a year. They have about 14k on them. I run them at 42 psi on the road and low 20s when on rocky off-road trails. I carry a Viair 400p with a 7 pin trailer connection. It works great. Takes about 2 min per tire to go from 20 to 40.

    My only complaint is they don’t seem to hook up well in a hard surface hard brake situation. Other than that, I love them and will probably get another set when these wear out.
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  5. Sep 12, 2020 at 10:04 PM
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    As much as I'm out and about in the middle of nowhere off-roading I should probably look into some sort of air...whether it be portable or onboard. How big is the Viair 400p?
     
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    Small enough to fit in the middle bin of my ESP underseat storage.
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    https://www.viaircorp.com/portables/400p

    you’ll probably want one of these as well.
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    Had them on my 2017 meh, probably one of the very few in town with a set as they had just came out and now they are literally everywhere. Now my 2020 has Trail Grapplers and I'm loving them!! Wife has Toyo AT3 on her 2020 4runner and if i don't decide to go back to the TG when the time comes it will definitely be the Toyo AT3.
     
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    I put ~35K miles on a set on my Tacoma. It’s the first and only pair of Nitto truck tires I’ll own. Had a bulge in a sidewall at about 5K miles. Discount prorated it and said it appeared to be a manufacturing issue. Did good in mud, okay in sand, sucked in the rain. The more they wore, the louder they got, to the point of where they were just as loud as a cheap MT. They had ~50% tread left at that mileage but since they got so loud, they wouldn’t have been on much longer if I had kept the truck. The guy that bought it said he got rid of them and got BFG KM3 and the loud tire sound decreased massively. Had great luck with Toyo AT II so this go around I’m trying the Toyo MT.
     
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  9. Sep 13, 2020 at 9:57 AM
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    Thanks for the info! I'm going to start looking into it!

    I have every intention on upgrading to a 2021 next year so I'm just going to ride these ones out till then. I went with them because they were so popular and hadn't really heard anything bad about them. Now that I've given them the chance, I'll use that to weigh my options on my next tire choice.
     
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    I’ve had some for about 30k and they still have plenty of tread left. No issues or flats at all. They haven’t been that great for me on ice though. Snow is ok, but they slide a lot on ice and put me in the ditch once. I run them at 40 psi.
     
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    I have a set with about 33k on them and they definitely have a hum to them! Love the way they look, but not sure if I'll get them next time. I like trying different tires, so I'll likely go with something else. Overall, I have been pleased with them, but will be replacing sooner than I would like due to my truck needing an alignment.
     
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    that peaks my interest. got a picture of your setup ? is the VIAIR connected to the trailer plug in the rear ?

    thanks OP for the review.
     
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    You really need to air down when off the pavement. It’ll help with some of the tire issues.

    I personally don’t have any complaints on my RG with 30k on them. They’re a hybrid terrain tire and perform like one. They get loud with wear just like any other aggressive tire. But they have been wearing even and provide a great ride. I came from some KO2s and had non-stop issues with those. So I’m happy.
     
  14. Sep 14, 2020 at 9:45 AM
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    I'm definitely happy with them too, but I just wanted people out there in the same situation as me to know how they've performed so far.

    I'd love to air down, I know that helps but like I mentioned above more than 75% of the time I have my trailer behind the Tundra so airing down is not a possibility.
     
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    Sure. I cut the gator clips and installed a 7-pin connection so it runs off the rear bumper plug-in. That has a 40 amp fuse so you won't pop it. I could splice back the clips if there was ever a need but don't think that will happen.IMG_2048.HEIC.jpg
    Credit to @JimboSlice413 for the diagram in this thread.
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/viair-400.61729/
     
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    You can still likely air down lower than normal street hauling pressure, what’s the weight of your trailer?

    Also, what kind of terrain are you driving on?
     
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    so may i ask?? those are the tires im running at 40 psi!! so my ?so your going off road ,beach or trail an hour 2-3 hours away BEFORE air down location! you want to air down to 20 psi! so your tires are hot/ psi is naturally up after driving. what do you suggest I set my tire deflator to? I'm most concerned that the next morning if I set them to 20 the next morning they will several psi below that .thanks
     
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    I have off-roaded forever(okay 50 years) airing down aides in traction and ride quality. However, airing down wouldn't prevent the type of damage you are seeing, unless you are hot footing it over the rocks you drive on. I would try a different tire if I were you. Just my opinion.
     
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    I appreciate this report as I am in the market for a set of tires and the Nitto Ridge Grapplers are under consideration. I'm also considering another set of Falken Wildpeaks. They seem to be of similar design and utility. I had the Falkens on my previous truck but sold before I got them through the first winter.
     
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    Trailer is about 4k pounds give or take but I usually have a bed full of stuff too, I'm not saying you're wrong but I'm definitely not comfortable driving 65mph for 200+ miles aired down to anything below 35psi with a full load on board... especially my kids. Terrain is hard packed dirt, lots of rocky forest roads, and loose gravel roads.

    Maybe on the next Tundra I'll try something else. I'm gonna ride these out til then. They are brand new and I don't have the cash to swap them out.

    No problem! Glad it was good info for you
     
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    I run the NM forrest roads and i have the duratrac around 38 psi and held up great to chunks or rips. Where is elk hunt?
     
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    Duratracs were in the top 3 when I was shopping for tires, I'll keep em in mind for the next set for sure. Hunt was in 21a
     
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    And harvest?
     
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    Negative no luck this year unfortunately
     
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    Dang happens at least you drew i think im going to try bow next year.
     
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    Talked to serious jeep off roader an he said yes I'll be about three psi lower in morning but should not be a problem awesome..keep on trucking
     
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    My Comments on the Ridge Grapplers. Have had a set for about 55 to 60 K miles now. They are down to about 4/32 to 5/32 on the inner side and about 7/32 on the outside. Obviously need an alignment. Anyhow, I've been happy for the most part as they have performed well. My main complaint is that even thought they were very quite when new, they start to hum at about 20K miles. The sound get progressively worse as time goes by and at this point they roar like a train. I'm not going to get another set but am thinking about switching to the Cooper AT3 XLT.
     
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    Ridiculous how loud they get isn't it! I'm pretty sure they're using a double compound rubber where they are quiet in the beginning due to a soft rubber. Then as they wear dow they get to a harder compound so they can get the high miles out of them but @ the cost of roaring sound.
     
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