For a little over a year I ran a set of Nitto Terra Grapplers on the 200 Series Land Cruiser, after covering over 40,000 miles, here’s what I walked away with.
Nitto Terra Grappler (285/65-18 Load Range E)
Tackling the Rocky Trails of VOT Day 1
The Nitto Terra Grappler’s were my first foray into an “over-sized” tire for the Land Cruiser, and I put over 40,000 miles on them in every condition you could imagine. I loved how they ate up highway miles like a champ, and could easily tackle 90% of the terrain I threw at them. Regrettably though, their biggest weakness off the pavement was mud, which can be pretty problematic on east coast trails.
The Terra Grappler’s in Action:
Packed Full of Mud and Leaves
What I Liked About the Terra Grappler’s:
- All Weather Performance – The first thing I noticed is how well these tires handed in the snow and rain; they got me through a Chicago winter and never missed a beat.
- Highway Comfort – These tires were relatively quiet on the highway even at speeds of 8o mph, they also rode exceptionally well on thousand mile road trips (a lot of this could also be the insulation and suspension on the 200 series, your experience may vary).
- Strong Sidewalls – I ran these tires through VOT and hit numerous “tire ending rocks”. They finished without one puncture or failure.
- Longevity – I got ~40,000 miles of life out of them and they still had plenty of tread left, I could easily have gone 65,000 miles or more.
What I Disliked About the Terra Grappler’s:
- Sucked in the Mud – There’s no way to sugar coat it, these tires suck in the mud. They got so packed full of mud during the VOT that I might as well have been running racing slicks, they were that bad.
- Heavy (for the size) – They weighed about 60 pounds per tire, and were only slightly larger than the stock size.
- Gas Mileage – Anyone knows that a bigger heavier tire is going to kill your mileage (you drive a truck not a Prius), but I went from 21-22 mpg highway down to 17-18 mpg.
At the End of VOT with no Punctures or Failures
As far as All-Terrain tires go, the Nitto’s are probably one of the best options on the market because of their all around capabilities. They will easily handle anything you’ll encounter on pavement, and will continue to perform when the blacktop ends. As long as you don’t plan on encountering too much mud these tires won’t let you down, but if you do think you’ll want to tackle tougher terrain down the line though go buy a Mud-Terrain.