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Size: 285/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler
*This size requires, at least, a leveling kit and some minor modifications to fit.

Date: Feb 26th - 28th, 2010
Location: Arizona Desert, Verde River, Sheep Crossing
Conditions: Dry and sunny driving in, Rainy and muddy Driving out. :)

Review: After planning a guys weekend fishing trip for almost 6 weeks the 26th of Feb. had finally arrived. Matt, myself and 6 of our friends headed for an old suspension farming bridge called Sheep Crossing in North central Arizona on the Verde River. The coolers and gas tanks were full, the spirits were high and the radios were chattering (with plenty of words I shouldn't repeat here.) About 25 minutes down the road it hit me.... i forgot the camera..$%#*.. No turning back now someone had to of brought one.... We first headed up to Cave Creek, a little town about 30 min north of phoenix all highway and paved roads. We continued through Cave Creek we headed north into the desert. The end of the paved road marked the beginning of our 40 mile stretch of gravel and dirt roads. At an average speed of 25-30 miles and hour everything was smooth riding even through the road was not. We had washboard surfaces, sharp rocks and deep pot holes, we counted 12 spring crossings and plenty of tire ruts. I was very impressed with how the tire kept my line and stuck to the road. Upon arrival I looked inspected the tires for visible damage and was certain I would find some but besides a desert coating of sidewall dust, the tires were flawless.

After cracking a cold beverage, walking the brigde and taking the scenery in we selected a sandy river beach as a camping spot and set up for the weekend. The weekend went as any other guys camping weekend would. Plenty of trash talking, large bon fires, grilled meat and more cold beverages. The river was high and the fish were elusive but any weekend trip away from the norm is refreshing.

Late Saturday night the clouds rolled in the rain started coming down. It rained all night so by the time morning came around everyone was ready to pack it up and haul out.

One truck at a time our trucks climbed off the sandy river beach and back up onto the trail. I decided to take the frontier up last to see if the freshly turned up sand would push the Terra Grappler to bury itself. The sandy bar was steep heading back up to the trail and and all the trucks ahead of me took running starts. I wanted to see how much pull this tire would have so instead of taking the running start I took a much slower approach and slowly increased speed as I climbed. Up and out we came like it was nothing. I was so impressed I half wanted to back down the hill and stop half way to see if I could bury them but with the rain still coming down and a long muddy trail ahead we pushed forward.

The once dry dirt roads were now a muddy mess, our 12 creek crossings grew to 14 and the depth for each had risen enough to notice. Following the 5 trucks ahead the muddy ruts grew deeper but nothing would phase these tires. I was very impressed with how well these tires did. They look mean on the truck and they have the bite to back it.

After getting home, I quickly grabbed the camera to snap a picture of the aftermath. The wife wasn't too happy to see the new paint color. (This is what happens when you remove the mud flaps to fit a larger tire.) A couple of the other guys did bring cameras but I haven't received any other pictures from they yet. If I do get a few more pictures I'll post them up.

 

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tires look good, even more importantly looks like you guys had a great time
 

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mmmm i have been seriously considering getting these tires. thanks!
 

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great review, I'm having a set put on my Dodge tomorrow.
 

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sounds like fun, hope you find more photos. and I have to agree the TG's do well.
 

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I love these tires!! I can't say enough about them. The truck looks just right!
 
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