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Jeep_addicted 08-30-2013 10:52 AM

ALL NEW NITTO NT421Q in 265/50 VR 20
 
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Nitto released this tire some time back in May, I stumbled upon them about two month ago, I tried finding some reviews on them but apparently there were no guinea pigs as yet.

So I guess I volunteered to be an early consumer. I installed these on 2011 Laredo E back on 8/22/2013.

They mounted and balance with no issues.

Here what they look like mounted.

First impressions:
  • Drives smooth
  • Very quiet
  • I thought that going from 17" wheels up to the 20's I would notice the additional unsprung weight of the wheel and tire combo but I can't tell the difference
  • You do notice larger bumps, but the smaller ones not at all
  • The sidewalls seemed softer than I expected for a tire with an 111 load rating but I guess the helps with the ride,
  • The handling is greatly improved.
  • Steering feel did not degrade eventhough these tire have somewhat of a wide footprint.
  • They do have a mud and snow rating (but I don't see any snow so I can't help there)
This tire is also available in the 265/60 18 size as well

Hopefully I will get 3 years our 21,000 miles out of them. (here in the islands the roads eat up the tires so you tend to measure tire life chronologically) If I get three years out of these tires I will say money well spent.

They were not that expensive either the price of the tire included shipping

I will give some update when its time for the first rotation.

jgc4ever 09-01-2013 02:13 AM

Re: ALL NEW NITTO NT421Q in 265/50 VR 20
 
They look amazing!

jeffreybehr 09-01-2013 03:01 AM

...and here are my '421s in 275/55-20, = 32" OD.
 
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...pscc3455af.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...ps6d296239.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psbc031ad4.jpg

And I agree--they're quiet, smooth riding, and handle very well, even in the rain. An no snow here, either. :)

Jim_in_PA 09-02-2013 09:42 AM

Re: ALL NEW NITTO NT421Q in 265/50 VR 20
 
How very timely! I was just going to ask if anyone tried these yet as I now have a need to replace my tires after hitting the corner of an iron storm drain while pulling away from a curb on vacation last week, taking a small chunk from the sidewall. I don't want to replace just one tire since I have 22K miles on the Forteras...and was going to move on to replacements at some point anyway. These new Nitto's caught my eye and I really like the specs...perfect for my largely highway driving with anticipated good handling in bad weather, including light snow. (the only thing we get at this point in "winter" around here)

Thanks for sharing the information! (you, too, Jeffery)

kkreit01 09-03-2013 01:47 PM

Re: ALL NEW NITTO NT421Q in 265/50 VR 20
 
Looks like a nice street tire for those who never see snow or ice. I wouldn't see much need for a VR tire on a Jeep though.

Jim_in_PA 09-03-2013 02:13 PM

Re: ALL NEW NITTO NT421Q in 265/50 VR 20
 
Nitto claims it has good all-weather capabilities...

NT421Q

But yea, I wouldn't likely pick it if I lived "way up north" where there is real snow! For here, however, and all the highway travel I do, it's very much of interest.

jeffreybehr 09-03-2013 06:21 PM

Re: ALL NEW NITTO NT421Q in 265/50 VR 20
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kkreit01 (Post 886953)
... I wouldn't see much need for a VR tire on a Jeep though.

What, pray tell, is a 'VR' tire?

Jeep_addicted 09-03-2013 08:55 PM

Re: ALL NEW NITTO NT421Q in 265/50 VR 20
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jeffreybehr (Post 887139)
What, pray tell, is a 'VR' tire?


V is the speed rating so a V rating is good for speeds not exceeding 149 mph.

Okay now some would make the argument that since the Grand Cherokee is electronically limited to 115 mph there is not need for a tire with a speed rating higher than T (118).

In actuality the higher the speed rating the better tire will perform in cornering and under heavy braking, so putting a V rated tire on a SUV that is only capable of 115 still can add to the overall performance.

Who knows maybe soon these tuners will be able to lift the limiter if you can prove you have H rated (130) tires or higher. Out the box the WK2 can achieve speeds in the 130 to 135 mph range. You might be crazy to even approach those speeds but it is possible.

For me most of my commute is two lane mountain roads so I like more confidence in handling with an nice performance tire.


Oh I forgot to mention another benefit to these tires which is the rim protector bead, there is a lot of rubber protecting the edge from curb rash.

Now your only worry should be banging the spokes on some high obstacle.

jeffreybehr 09-03-2013 11:39 PM

Re: ALL NEW NITTO NT421Q in 265/50 VR 20
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeep_addicted (Post 887228)
V is the speed rating so a V rating is good for speeds not exceeding 149 mph. ...

If only he'd written 'V-rated'. :)

ColdCase 09-19-2013 01:10 PM

Re: ALL NEW NITTO NT421Q in 265/50 VR 20
 
I picked up a nail in my OEM Forteras too close to the sidewall to be reparable so I thought this would be an good opportunity to replace them with something else, not that there was anything wrong with the Goodyear tires otherwise. I had over 30,000 miles on them with plenty of tread life left. My set was well balanced and well behaved within a narrow tire pressure range, no complaints.

I wanted a highway cruising tire as I have a set of dedicated snows. There seems to be a wide variety of 275/55R20 tires available, but I wanted to stay with the 265/50 stock size.

Initial impression is that, if anything, they are a tad noisier than the Goodyears. They seem to stick to dry pavement better and seem to be more responsive in turns. They have an XL 2403 lb load rating where the Goodyears had a SL 2150 lb rating so I was expecting some ride harshness. But the Nittos seem to soak up small bumps better, larger bumps feel about the same. They seem to track very well where the Goodyears had a tendency to wander. I have not seen any wet weather yet.

The Nittos are more money than the Goodyears and harder to find. $780 vs $520 a set from Discount tire. They do have a made in America stamp on them. They are not directional but have outside/inside edges. They are also stamped M+S.

Jim_in_PA 09-19-2013 02:09 PM

Re: ALL NEW NITTO NT421Q in 265/50 VR 20
 
Thanks for the additional input, ColdCase. I'm still looking at pursuing these Nittos and it's good to have your input.

moosehead 09-24-2013 11:22 AM

Re: ALL NEW NITTO NT421Q in 265/50 VR 20
 
^Thanks gents. Ordered a set from Discount Tire at $190 a corner. Nice to see more stock 20" options, but I favored these for higher load rating, and decent 4 season ratings. I'll still mount up 18" dedicated set for winter and trail, but these will do well if caught in early or late season snowfall.


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