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which tire should be next on my hummer? i have the Nitto Trail Grapplers now. great looking tire, but i smell rubber after driving it EVERY time. which makes me think, their not gonna last long. Heres my list of choices in a 37". let me know any personal experiences with these tires and opinions. These are listed in order from cheapest to most expensive.

Cooper Discoverer STT


Pro Comp M/T


BF Goodrich T/A KO


Pro Comp A/T


Goodyear Wrangler MT/R


Nitto Terra Grappler
 

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I have used Goodyear Wrangler in the past. Granted it was in lite truck application. Did not have trouble with them on that platform.
 

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I've used the BFG's along with a couple of my close friends. Never once have they given me any issues, however, they don't look at "aggresive" as some of the other tires, including the Nitto's.
 

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yeah, im not a huge fan of the nitto terra grappler. my buddy has them on his suburban and he says they wear great. i had the bfg's on as the stock tires and got alot of miles out of them. i think i got almost 40k out of them and i could have gotten another winter out of them but decided to try the trail grapplers out in the snow. they arent crazy aggressive, but they are the stock brand and wear great.
i also have the pro comp a/t's on my silverado plow truck. they have around 15K on them and their holding up great and get around in the snow pretty good. if i had to choose right now, my top 3 would be the BFG's,Cooper STT, and pro comp M/T( just because they look pretty aggressive and im pretty satisifed with the A/T). and oddly enough, those 3 choices happen to be the cheapest of the tires.
 

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I agree with you, as I got about 47K out of the BFG's, and never once had an issue with them. I do wish they looked a tad bit more aggressive, but for the price, the mileage, and durability, I guess I can't complain. My good friend that lives in Clarksville, TN has about 30K on his, and he is extremely rough and abusive. In my experience, they stand up really well.

Not to hi-jack your thread, or change the subject, but did you decide on an SUV? I've been researching the Jeep SRT8, and it looks pretty wicked.
 

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well, ive decided that im going to keep the hummer. after lots of thinking and concidering, i cant get rid of one of the baddest trucks ive ever owned. the other SUV's ive looked at are much smaller. i have 2 giant rottweilers to lug around, so i need the space. the first place Performance SUV, Cayenne, is nice, but too small in the back for the dogs. so ive decided to keep the hummer. only 48K on the odometer. just bought it out and it was only 26K. its worth around 34K. i just had all the fluids changed, brakes done, alot of parts replaced and upgraded. this things ready for another 50K. so im just going to do a few things to it...... 3" spacers in the rear shocks. 2" lift in the front. new SkyJacker shocks and 37" tires. i have the camaro for performance. i NEED the hummer for winter.
 

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Good choice! The Hummer is a great looking vehicle...and it's GM.

I've got Goodyears on my Silverado and they're a nice tire. Good traction, decent ride, and so far the treadwear seems pretty good. The sidewalls are stiff enough that they don't squirm in corners, either, like my Coopers did.
 

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I noticed after i put these trail grapplers on, that they were very flimsy in corners compared to my previous bf goodrich ta kos. Id like to have the tight feel back. But Im wondering how much worse a taller tire, like the 37's, will be....even if i do decide to go with the bfg's
 

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friend of mine is into off-roading and he firmly stands by "Mickey Thompsons"
 

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Mickey Thompson are great tires. And so are dick cepek. But off road is a different animal than on road. Like car tires,you want a sticky soft tire for off road but on road you want longevity. I don't know that mickey Thompson or dick cepek will give me the mileage i need.
 

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i have sold tires and installed them for 30 yrs and if you do winter driving remember that the more sipes[Little Cuts] the more traction you have on icy and snow packed roads some of the tires you show look real agressive with big knobs but will not work worth a crap on ice and snow--being in Ohio i would bet the BFG T/A would be the best choice--jmo
 

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that may be true for car tires, but its not the same with truck tires. these nitto trail grapplers performed 100x better than the bfg's in the snow. new had an issue with snow or ice.
 

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yeah it is a nice tire. it has Kevlar in it to support the sidewalls and help prevent punctures. pretty cool i guess. i can get these a little cheaper too. my neighbor works for goodyear and can get me $25 off a tire. not a whole lot, but it puts them right around the top of the list.
 

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Mickey Thompson are great tires. And so are dick cepek. But off road is a different animal than on road. Like car tires,you want a sticky soft tire for off road but on road you want longevity. I don't know that mickey Thompson or dick cepek will give me the mileage i need.
I honestly think your best bet is going to be the Nitto Terra Grapplers. I have bought 4 sets of them. I had 2 sets on my old 2002 Rodeo, and I'm on my second set in my 2004 Avalanche now. My first set lasted an easy 71k miles and could have gone for more, but I don't take any chances on tires. I had an accident once because of bad tires (Bridgestones) and I'm not chancing that again.

The Nitto Terra Grapplers actually feel tacky to the touch and I was worried that they were going to be too soft. They are not too soft (71k+ miles on the last set) and they are the only tire I trust now.

I like to "scratch off" when leaving stop signs, red lights, etc. I also like to "play" in the snow. Unfortunately (fortunately), my Nitto's don't let me do either. They have annoyingly good traction in the wet, in the snow, and are almost impossible for me to turn over on dry pavement. My Avalanche has the 3.73 geared towing package too. They are also pretty much silent on the highway. They are really great tires.

One further note: I spent the extra for the Load Range "E" tires. I expect that the 37's will probably be close in load capacity. A lot of negative reviews online of the Terra Grapplers are people putting the standard load range "C" tires on F250's and 2500HD's. :thumbsup:
 

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that may be true for car tires, but its not the same with truck tires. these nitto trail grapplers performed 100x better than the bfg's in the snow. new had an issue with snow or ice.
all we drive in Wyoming is trucks and we run a ton of miles on snow and ice pulling 7000# trailers--i thought you wernt happy with the Grapplers--for me i run 10 ply Cooper Discover Mud and Snows which are siped a lot but that does cut down the longevity some--nokia makes a good snow tire also but i dont run them yaer around--good luck:thumbsup:
 

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i really like these trail grapplers. but im wanting to run a 37" tall tire instead of a 35. i want to switch out of the trail grappler because if im upgrading size, i want a tire thats going to last longer than i think these will. they smell like burning rubber every time i drive it no matter the temp. its even worse in the summer though.
 
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