Originally Posted by rawhide79
still liking your red-letter Grabbers?
any more pics? really been eyeing these to put on my TJ, but can't find much about them here...
Yup, still like 'em. The wet and dry grip is impressive and the road noise is a lot less than I expected even after break-in. At street PSI, I feel very confident going into corners with these and have even performed a few (intentional) Tokyo-Drift style maneuvers in a coated-concrete-floor parking structure and gripped all the way through street corners at double +5MPH the suggested speed (yes, in my 25 year old 4WD SUV.. with suspension upgrades), so I know they handle heavy sidewall loads just fine and have very good street grip.
I still have not aired these down and taken them on a trail though, since I had a problem with my custom front driveshaft and haven't had time to take it to a driveline specialty shop to get a bearing replaced that crumbled to dust when replacing the u-joints. Working a 9-6 really isn't that great when you can't find specialty shops open on weekends.
In dirt/sand when moving, they have really good grip. Water? Not really much of a problem. I was more worried about my K&N style cone filter sucking in water than I was about hydroplaning when driving through the flooded runoff channels on the side of the paved streets when it was pouring rain here in Los Angeles.
Freezing temps? Didn't get to drive through snow, but they perform similarly in cold temps on pavement and on dirt.
My biggest gripe is that these suckers are heavy. My MPG went down, it is slower, the steering feels heavier, and kinda wobbly when making lane changes (took some getting used to). Maybe it's just my poor stock power steering pump and box. Although, for what it's worth, I feel pretty safe running over massive potholes with these 10-ply tires.
For a comparison, I would equate them to a Nitto performance car tire like the NT05 (compared to many other truck/SUV tires). Grippy, "expensive", and they look interesting. Tread compound is on the soft side and similar to how a Nitto NT555 feels, or somewhere between that and an NT05/Potenza RE050.
Ah, the joys of the urban jungle. The Fake Jeep Cruiser guys have a good thread for these tires in 33"+ over on one of their forums if you Google it.
I will try to take some more pics and test out the front JKS discos that I've never used.