Testing Nitto Terra Grapplers
Tow rigs offer the ultimate in peace of mind. Whether you're the type of wheeler who drags his rig in pieces back to the trailer after a weekend of wheeling, or you own a buggy that's not quite road-legal, having a dependable truck to get your 4x to the trailhead can be just as important as having a rig to wheel. Recently we fueled up our '06 Dodge Ram 2500 and set out on a 3,400-mile trip from the golden shores of Los Angeles to the far reaches and tall trees of East Texas and back again.
Since we knew that we'd be doing a mix of hauling and towing throughout the trip, we knew this would be a great opportunity to test out a set of tires for our tow rig. Looking around at our all-terrain options, we went with a set of 325/70/17 Nitto Terra Grapplers and mounted them on our factory 17-inch wheels. The Terra Grappler sports a mild lug stagger, which keeps the tires quiet on the highway while maintaining enough space between the tread voids to keep you moving when the cleats meet the dirt. A very well rounded tire-no pun intended-the load-range D sidewall didn't seem to mind the added weight of a 7,000-pound trailer-and-buggy package. Even when we pulled a 25-hour driving marathon the tires never became too hot or loud or acted strange on the road.
Overall, we've been extremely pleased with how the tires rode, handled, and performed in a variety of mild wheeling and hauling situations. So if you're looking for a new set of rubber for your tow rig and need tires capable of balancing the dirt with the asphalt, take a look at what Nitto has to offer. The Terra Grapplers just might grapple you the right way.