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Time for new tires only after 33k on the OEMs. I've narrowed it down to two tires:

Michelin Cross Terrain's for $850 installed

Toyo Open Country H/T for $900 installed

So far I'm leaning more towards the Toyos because most people who have them love them. I've read a few reviews about the Michelins and then don't seem to last as long, people complain about the sidewalls being weak, and Michelin doesn't seem too helpful if anything happens.

Just wanted to get some opinions from you guys. Thanks.
 

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I had Michelin cross-terrain on my Frontier and they were great. I have never had problems with Michelin tires...they have always worn well and I got well over 70k on the set I had on my old Expedition.
 

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I've had both brands of tire, and prefer the toyo because the side wall is stiffer which gives the vehicle better handling.
 

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What size are you getting?
 

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I was going to suggest the same thing.
You'd be surprised by how quiet they are for an AT tire.
 

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I took a look at A/T tires, but they don't seem to last too long plus I do virtually no off-roading at all. I live on a dirt road, but its graded and only about 1/10 of a mile at the most long. And maybe 3 or 4 times a year I'll go out to Octotillo Wells and do some riding. Other than that, its all city and highway and A/T tires just don't seem like the right type for me. However, out of all the A/T's I looked at, the terrra grapplers seemed like the best tire.
 

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hooligan said:
desertruner69, you should look into the new NITTO DURA GRAPPLERS
Actually, I've tried to look into them when I first saw some advertisements but couldn't find any information. I emailed Nitto and they told me they weren't available until mid august. But this was 2 or 3 months ago and I actually forgot about them now that I need tires. Go figure. I'll definitely give them a look since they just came out. Thanks for the reminder.
 

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Well, I checked Nitto's site and because the Dura Grapplers are so new there are no tires that will fit 18's. At least not yet.
 

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Don't eliminate all AT tires from your search. There are passenger rated ATs such as some sizes of the Bridgestone Revo, and also the Kumho AT, that are more of a street tire, and worth checking out. Most people love the Revo, that have them.

I run light truck, (LT), BFG AT KOs, and they are great for off road and on road, especially poor roads with potholes and debris. But the P rated ATs are a great choice for some.
 

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desertruner09 said:
Actually, I've tried to look into them when I first saw some advertisements but couldn't find any information. I emailed Nitto and they told me they weren't available until mid august. But this was 2 or 3 months ago and I actually forgot about them now that I need tires. Go figure. I'll definitely give them a look since they just came out. Thanks for the reminder.
i read a list of sizes available somewhere and saw 265/70/18. i'm trying to find it again, but that size and i believe a 285/70/18 will also be available too.
 

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I went with the Toyos. So far, they are much much better than stock in handling and noise. However, they are stiffer, which I don't mind much.
 

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desertruner09 said:
I went with the Toyos. So far, they are much much better than stock in handling and noise. However, they are stiffer, which I don't mind much.
well, you definitely can't go wrong with Toyos! i'd like to see pics and i'm sure others on the bubble would like some too! good choice again! :cheers:
 

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I have a set of BF Goodrich All Terraine's and they are great for street, rain, snow and light off road. I drive in all the above conditions and could not be happier with them.
 

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If you've got the money go with the Michelins, They are the top of the line tire in that size and will last you a long time. I don't see another tire even close to that catagory for life. Plus if you are on the Hwy a lot they will ride super quiet and smooth and honestly sounds like anything would be aggressive enough for your short gravel road. Don't get me wrong here toyo does make a great tire but for your use, I seriously doubt there is a better tire for you than the Michelin.
 

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Well, the Michelin's were actually the cheaper of the two. But the main reason I went with the Toyo's were because of the stiffer side wall. I've read reviews on the Michelin's and the weak side walls were brought up quite a few times as well as a few blowouts. Since I have a trailer, I'd figure the Toyo's would be a better bet. I love them so far.
 
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