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General Grabber AT2 Tire Test - Attention Grabbers

Putting The General Grabber AT2 To The Test

Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

When we first saw the spare tire in our Volkswagen Touareg we didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The Touareg is admittedly a pretty soft-roader, blurring the line between car and truck. It has independent suspension front and rear and unibody construction, but it also has a true low range and height-adjustable air suspension, with a rear selectable locker as an option. Oh, and did we mention that it has a V-10 twin turbodiesel engine? Still, no matter how many cylinders Volkswagen crammed under the hood there is no excuse for the dinky donut of a spare. The issue is that space is limited under the rear cargo compartment, where the spare sits inside the vehicle and shares space with the muffler, which is mounted directly under the tire.

In order to travel into the backcountry we needed a set of tires that inspired more confidence than the factory all-season street tires. Our criteria were simple. We wanted a tire that had better puncture resistance, was slightly taller for increased ground clearance without rubbing the sheetmetal, was quiet on the street, provided increased traction in the dirt, was surefooted in snow and ice, and did not cost an arm and a leg. Hmm, maybe our criteria weren’t so simple after all.

Fortunately General had what we needed in the form of the Grabber AT2. The 255/60R18 Grabbers are 5 percent taller than stock, which provides a slight boost in ground clearance without concerns about rubbing or needing to regear the differentials. 4Wheel Parts mounted up the AT2s on our factory 18-inch rims, and we set out in search of fall colors.

Tire Specifications
Make/Model: General Grabber AT2
Size Tested: 255/60R18
Type: All-Terrain
Load Range: XL
Max. Load (lb): 2,469 @ 51 psi
Sidewall Construction: ?-ply
Approved Rim Width (in): 7.0-9.0
Tread Depth (in): 13⁄32
Tread Width (in): 8.6
Section Width (in): 10.2
Diameter Overall (in): 30.0
Weight (lb): 38.5
Sizes Available (in): 53 available from 27 to 35 inches for 15- to 20-inch rims