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In the real world, not every 4x4 truck or SUV will split time between highways and scaling rugged mountain trails. For most owners, these vehicles are utilized mostly or exclusively in on-road, paved environments.
The is a comprehensive answer to this tire performance vs. real-world use mismatch. It’s one of our go-to solutions for truck and SUV drivers who are looking to maximize on-road tire performances like ride comfort, year-round traction, serious towing/hauling capacity, and long treadwear. The Dura Grappler comes highly recommended and is proven over a decade-plus of service.
For those who cover miles exclusively or primarily on highways, the benefits of a truck tire specifically engineered for pavement are numerous, especially in the comfort department.
You might notice that optimization first (or not…) with the Dura Grappler’s absence of road noise. In direct contrast with the individualized, large tread lugs on mud- and all-terrain tires that “thud” the pavement under rotation, the Dura Grappler features a multi-rib pattern that links the tread blocks creating a more contiguous contact patch and a much quieter ride.
This design pays dividends, particularly at highway speeds, right when on- & off-road tires often provide an audible reminder of their performance duality.
The multi-rib linking design and solid contact patch have additional benefits like optimizing treadwear, reducing rolling resistance (improved fuel economy), and predictable, planted handling.
The Dura Grappler won’t turn your ¾ or 1-ton truck into a sportscar, but a perceptible improvement in handling characteristics is very possible.
P-Metric/Metric spec Dura Grapplers are backed by a 60,000-mile limited treadwear. Treat them right with intermittent tire rotations, alignment checks, and proper tire pressures, and owners have achieved mileage far in excess of the warranty, even when towing or hauling are involved.
“I have 85K miles on these tires and they were great. I do mostly highway miles and tow semi-frequently. This is probably the best highway tire I have found. If you need a road warrior - get this tire.” - Nitto Dura Grappler customer review via NittoTire.com
(Note: To support heavier duty use, LT-Metric spec Dura Grapplers feature an uprated, more durable 4-rib design as compared to the P-Metric/Metric 5-rib.)
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