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MuSh 02-22-2014 11:01 PM

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Im throwing up some more information for everyone to use... I bought 275/60-20 Rocky Mountain ATS tires and put them on SRT replica 20x9 34ET wheels. I liked the look, quiet ride, minimal loss in mpg, but wanted a more aggressive stance. I have the RRO lift and this set up just rubbed the felt liner, so I cut it back and went ahead and folded the pinch weld up front to add extra clearance. 20s and passenger a/t tires just don't suit me so I went back to 18x9 w/ 18ET wheels and LT285/65/18 tires. Fit and stance are exactly what I want. These tires are not for everyone as they are significantly heavier. (Gonna compare on a scale tomorrow.) they are also pretty noisy. I had these same model tires on my '12 ram, so I knew what I was getting into. First pic is the 33" Rocky Mtns. Second pic is the 32.8" trail grapplers. I'll post up some comparison shots of the tires just to help people get a visual of the sizing differences.

Oh and if anyone wants some 20" reps and Rocky mtn tires, they'll be on the FOr Sale forum soon.

PowerPlant226 02-23-2014 09:45 AM

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Thanks for the side-by-side comparison. I went from 18s to 20s and I'm sure at some point I may reconsider the 18s.

On a separate note, how do you like the roof rack? Any problems with installation, noise or load capacity? This is the one I am think about getting.

MuSh 02-23-2014 05:26 PM

My only complaint on the rack is the diameter of tubing they used. It really limits the types of attachments you can use from yakima, Thule, etc. Granted, that adds to its load capacity, just a trade off of rather not have as I carry more toys (kayaks, bikes, snowboards) than heavy loads up there. It's quieter than the Mopar cross bars. Can barely hear it at 70mph and after installing the fairing, I forget it's even up there.

CityCrawler 02-23-2014 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by MuSh (Post 980861)
My only complaint on the rack is the diameter of tubing they used. It really limits the types of attachments you can use from yakima, Thule, etc. Granted, that adds to its load capacity, just a trade off of rather not have as I carry more toys (kayaks, bikes, snowboards) than heavy loads up there. It's quieter than the Mopar cross bars. Can barely hear it at 70mph and after installing the fairing, I forget it's even up there.

MuSh- do you have spacers on those wheels? Can you post a pic from front? My RRO rack is super loud. I will be installing fairing for next long roadtrip. I have a set of Rhino Rack ski/fishing pole carriers that fit nicely on my rack tubes just fyi.

MuSh 02-23-2014 07:39 PM

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No spacers. I bought spidertrax spacers but don't need them with these wheels. This is the only pic I have from the front at the moment.

pinetar 02-25-2014 02:17 PM

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Well that was a quick turnaround to the new wheel/tire combination, Mush. I wish I could swap out sets that easily.

How does it do on road and off compared to the previous set up?

MuSh 02-25-2014 09:39 PM

Well I'm not thrilled having to swap out already but I had to get a more aggressive tire. The 20 SRTs just aren't my cup of tea and I'll take a big hit on them when I put them up for sale.

As far as road manners. It's no comparison. The trail grapplers are pretty terrible, while the rocky Mtns were only slightly more noticeable in noise than stock. If you value a quiet ride, get the Terra grapplers or Rocky Mtns. If you must have the aggressive look or do considerable off roading...and can tolerate road noise and diminished handling, get the trail grapplers.

Mpg is worse with the trail grapplers too due to weight and rolling resistance of the tread.

But like I said, I knew this before buying the trail grapplers. It's worth it to me.

CityCrawler 02-25-2014 09:46 PM

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Wow, no sugarcoating on that, MuSh!! Way to keep it real--:thumbsup:

Sh0rtBus 03-14-2014 03:17 PM

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Are you lifted at all?

pinetar 03-14-2014 03:27 PM

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I have the RRO lift

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Are you lifted at all?

Found that for you right quick.

Sh0rtBus 03-14-2014 04:59 PM

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Found that for you right quick.

Thanks. Still at work trying to juggle a couple things, so I'm sure my search skills are shot at the moment. Helluva week!

pinetar 03-14-2014 06:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Sh0rtBus (Post 991606)
Thanks. Still at work trying to juggle a couple things, so I'm sure my search skills are shot at the moment. Helluva week!

I'm at work too...and it was on the first post, so no excuses!

Go grab a beer after work and think about what you've done. :chug:


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