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Destination A/T vs Terra Grapplers

I am in the market for new tires for the Jeep. The tire size is 275/55/20 and have been looking for a good A/T. I will only be using these in the harsh Wisconsin winters and the occasional trip up north. I want a pretty aggressive looking tire so that's why I am leaning toward the Nitto Terra Grappers. I have had the Firestone Destination A/T's before and have been in love with them but I really want something that looks a little more aggressive. Both are about the same price so that's not a factor. Any help is appreciated. Thanks! Any other suggestions are open too.
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Re: Destination A/T vs Terra Grapplers

Greetings,

Since you are using this tire for the winter as well, I would look into a softer tire compound that gives you the best grip possible. Even look at a possible dedicated winter tire depending on your needs.

Nokian, in the size you need, offers the Rotiva AT and a dedicated winter tire, the Hakkapeliitta 7 SUV. The Hakka is being replace this fall with updated #8.

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Cooper Tires offer the Discoverer AT3 which is an excellent tire. Their is a 3 part review on Youtube.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company - Tire Selector

Also look at Goodyear WRANGLER® DURATRAC or the dedicated winter tire ULTRA GRIP® ICE WRT.

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These tires will cost you some money, however, since you are venturing into harsh winter climates, it is better to safe than sorry. The Destination AT is a nice tire, I had it on my old Xterra.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Destination A/T vs Terra Grapplers

I would look into a dedicated winter tire, I had great success with Blizzak's. Nokian's seem to get great reviews as well.

Depending on your use of the tire, a "non-aggressive" winter tire may actually be better than an "aggressive" AT.

I researched the Terra Grappler's and just ordered some. I'll use them in the winter, and from what I gathered, they seem to be a "decent" tire in the winter, but certainly not as good as a dedicated winter tire. Since you're talking about only using the tire in the winter and trips up north, where I assume it's snow/ice, I would say it may be a better option for you. I'm just not convinced an AT would be the best choice.
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Thanks for the replies guys, and I was considering a winter tire but I do want something to fill the wheel well up a bit also. That's why I was debating the A/T's because they give an aggressive look, good ride quality, and have grip in sloppy conditions. I have used the destinations in the past but I love the look of the Terra Grapplers.
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Re: Destination A/T vs Terra Grapplers

Is the AT3 only OWL or can it be reversed for black?
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Thanks for the replies guys, and I was considering a winter tire but I do want something to fill the wheel well up a bit also. That's why I was debating the A/T's because they give an aggressive look, good ride quality, and have grip in sloppy conditions. I have used the destinations in the past but I love the look of the Terra Grapplers.
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Here is the link to the AT3 Youtube video series.

275/55/20

This is my update on the Nokian Rotiva AT:

Nokian Rotiva AT 265/60/18 10,000 mile update

Member AUQAFORESTER: I do believe you can use the other side for black lettering, but still check with Cooper.

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Re: Destination A/T vs Terra Grapplers

The Cooper AT3 can be reversed to have black lettering facing out rather than the white. I have these on my 2012 GJC and have found them very good both on and off road after 20,000 km so far.
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Thanks 1stJeepGC and Ross51 for confirming that! Ross51 glad to hear you like them. Did you stay with stock size or move to the 275/55?
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Re: Destination A/T vs Terra Grapplers

Stayed with stock size. Meant I had to go with passenger construction rather than light truck which for me was ok.
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Stayed with stock size. Meant I had to go with passenger construction rather than light truck which for me was ok.
Thanks, do you by any chance know if based on the design of the tire that there is more rubber protecting the rim compared to the stock. I'm trying to decide on new tire size. Be easier just to get the stock size, but want a little room rubber as well as the ability to air down more.
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Not to throw a wrench in here but I am now quite intrigued by the Cooper Zeon Ltz and am heavily considering these. Anyone with opinions?
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Not to throw a wrench in here but I am now quite intrigued by the Cooper Zeon Ltz and am heavily considering these. Anyone with opinions?
Here's a good thread on the Cooper Zeons at 275/55/20.


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