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The Nitto grapplers are ok (and cheaper), but they have problems such as very little street life, and a softer sidewall than the BFGs.
My favorite all purpose 4x4 tires are the BF Goodrich All Terrain TA tires.....been using them for years on my Jeeps....
I've had BF Goodrich All Terrains, Mud-Terrains, and Uniroyal Cross Countries on my 4x4 Toyota P/U Longbed. 31x10.50 My Cross Countries were the smoothest riding tires of the bunch and handled many a 4x4 trail. I've never had a flat nor had to have them patched for any slow leaks. I think I have somewhere around 60k on them right now and should get another 20k out of them. It could be that my truck is light, but I didn't get good wet traction out of them. All Terrains were great, got 90,000 miles out of a pair, but they are more expensive than the Cross Countries. Not as quiet as the Cross Countries, but not bad. Mud-Terrains. SUCK!!! If you are off-road 50% of the time, then yes, they are great tires. If you are only on the backroads every now and again, do not buy these tires! The first 10,000 will not be too bad, then it will get very noisy and the tires will wear unevenly. And no, I don't need an alignment as my latest tires are doing fine and I didn't get the front-end aligned. I squeezed about 40k out of them before I had to get rid of them. Some tread left but too dang loud. I am looking at getting BF Goodrich Long-Trails (they have been redesigned and may no longer have the steel belts so I'll have to investigate first) or Michelin M/S (pricey) for my Escape. The OEM (came with it new) Continental Contra Trac (left me stranded when I had two blowouts after hitting a not so sharp rock, turns out they only have 4 belts, none steel) were crap. Any of these tires should work on River Road or the likes with the exception of the Continentals.
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I think I'm in the market for some new tires. I have an '02 F-150 4x4. It originally came with Goodyear Wrangler AT/S tires, and the original set lasted over 60K. I replaced them with another set of AT/S tires and now have over 40K on that set.The problem is that they make a lot of noise on the highway and they vibrate as if they're unbalanced (despite being frequently balanced by Discount). I've read some online reviews, and it seems that people have problems with the AT/S tires when they see some offroad use (uneven wear, flat spots, etc.).I do a lot of highway and city driving, but I also do a fair bit of slow-speed off-roading on rough, rocky roads in the Hill Country where I hunt (and also out at Big Bend when I go once or twice a year).Anyway, I wonder if it's worthwhile for me to get something different? The BF A/T KO's sound pretty nice and the online reviews are great, but they are some 50% more expensive than the Goodyear Wrangler AT/S tires. I was hoping a new set of tires would be under $1K!
...Michelin should be on your list to check. Do some research on Tirerack...
Long Trails would be my recommendation...
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