General Grabber ATx on Method Beadlocks

    Mounting Methods

    Christian HazelPhotographer, Writer

    Sometimes short and sweet is best, especially when things don’t exactly as planned. No, we didn’t have any trouble mounting General’s newest all-terrain, the Grabber ATx, on the exceptionally nice Method Race Wheels MR105 beadlocks we selected. Actually, that went down without a hitch. What didn’t exactly go as planned was getting our cantankerous 1978 Cherokee Chief to cooperate long enough to do a full-length test on the newest Grabbers. We managed to get some back road, highway, and moderate trail driving under our belt before the vehicle’s mechanical issues waylaid our plans.

    To give it to you short and sweet, the new General Grabber ATx enjoys an updated sidewall and shoulder tread design compared with its Grabber AT2 predecessor—which was pretty darn good in its own right. The ATx is whisper-quiet on the road, grabs like gangbusters in the corners, bites hard on dirt roads and loose-soil climbs, and thankfully when it’s time to push your nonrunning FSJ to the curb, it rolls glassy-smooth with little rolling resistance.

    We’ll be back with an LS drivetrain soon, but until then, on to making lemonade with our lemons. Here are some at-home beadlock mounting tips to see how we got this project’s new rolling stock mounted under it.

    Tire Specifications

    General Grabber ATx
    Size Tested: LT285/70R17
    Type: All-Terrain
    Load Range: E
    Maximum Load (lb): 3,195 at 80 psi cold
    Sidewall Construction: 2-ply
    Approved Rim Width (in): 7.5-9.0
    Tread Depth (in): 16/32
    Tread Width (in): 8.5
    Section Width (in): 11.5
    Overall Diameter (in): 32.7
    Weight (lb): 57.5
    Sizes Available: Initially 12 sizes ranging from 33 to 35 inches for wheel diameters of 16 to 20 inches.
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