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Nitto Trail Grappler M/T Review

Bruce Smith August 1, 2012

Nitto Trail Grappler M/T: The Working Man’s Mudder 

Nitto’s moderatley-agressive mud tires are fit for a foreman’s pickup


By Bruce W. Smith  

Aggressive traction tires have been a necessity on most of the vehicles I’ve owned over the years. Thick tread blocks with big open voids seem to always work when other tread designs fall short.

They have pulled my vehicles through the nastiest of mud from the logging roads of Southwestern Oregon to highway builds in central Alabama. I’ve relied on mud tires to traverse backroads in the Rockies to the deserts in the Southwest for both work and recreation.

So when I find a “mud tire” that has a good tread design and adds an element of attitude to a pickup’s looks, I smile.

The Nitto Trail Grappler M/T does just that; it’s a moderately-aggressive mud tire that delivers excellent traction in demanding conditions, but without as much roar-and-whine as the Nitto Mud Grappler favored by many die-hard off-roaders.

We mounted a set of the Trail Grappler M/Ts (LT285/70R17) on black Mickey Thompson Sidebiter wheels and rolled them under Project Bedrock, my 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab 4×4.

The combination of black sidewalls and black wheels instantly gives any pickup that industrial, no-nonsense look.

Some 500 miles later the Nittos had been subjected to all levels of use from high-speed interstates to the gravel, rock, mud and sand found on off-pavement jobsites. The smile is still there; the treads dig in and kick out debris with ease so traction is never compromised.

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