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Goodyear MTR/K vs. Nitto trail Grapplers

I am curious to hear comments/opinions on these two tires (Goodyear MTR/K vs. Nitto trail Grapplers) in 35s for a daily driver JKU with 2.5 RK lift. My terrain usually consist of a lot of pavement and then mud and dirt. Not many rocks around hear. Biggest concern with punctures come from logs, stumps or small cut off trees.

Thoughts on these two tires...which one would you go with? Want good ride, handle well on pavement, low sound for an MT, and perform well for my terrain.
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cant comment on the Nittos, but :

With an identical set up rig I have been running the MTR/k's for 20k miles. Daily driven, with one or less off road trip a month. I can say that i am very happy with the all around performance of this tire. Especially in the northeast where mud, snow, rocks, dirt and pavement are often seen on the sme run.

They have held up great, minimal road noise and have never let me down offroad. People have experience issues with the sidewall, but running mine at 10ps I have never had an issue and teh sidewalls still look good.

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+1 for MT/R. I have 35x12.5x15s (pretty true to size) that ride and drive just as smooth as the factory KMs on the highway, so far they have worn very even. They're awesome on the trail, lots of grip, pretty rigid sidewall when aired down to around 15 psi.
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MTR/k lightweight ,true size ,great on and off road performance
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See this thread

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My experience with the MT/R's is that I have blown through sidewalls like crazy getting torn up in the rocks. Probably gone through 10 in the past year. Running 37's on 17" Raceline beadlocks and run typically 8-10 psi. The Toyos actually seem to be a better overall tire in my experience...

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Still on the same set of 40 mtr/k , been through 2 sets of wheels . tires are still kickin ass
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They are both great tired - I had the mt/r's for almost 3 years - loved them!

I now have the Nitto's , much heavier and stiffer but I have bead locks and can air down to 7 lbs when I would have aired the GY to 10 lbs! The Nitto's seem more stable in the rocks and are a little quieter than the GY - my new favorite tire!


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I've run both on my rig and I'd take the nittos any day of the week over the mtr's. They are quieter, smoother, balance better, and flat out work in the woods. Not to mention the sidewalls are very strong. I cut 2 of my mtr's pretty badly, the nittos just laugh at rocks.

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You will also find that the MTR's aren't as close to a true 35" tire as the Nitto's are. (there are several threads on various forums about the actual size) so it is
something to keep in mind when it comes to tire weight - a contributor to the heavier weight of the Nitto's is the fact they are actually a slightly larger diameter tire than the MTR.

I can't do a direct comparison as I have no personal experience with the MTR's (although a lot of guys I wheel with run them) I've run 35's Nitto Trail Grapplers for 22k and have been impressed with their durability (it's all rock down here in AZ) as well as road manners. My plan is to go to 37's when these wear out and I will most likely go with the Nitto's again.
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34.8 is pretty close to 35 nitto and mtr/k
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I have 17" rims so the 35" Nittos are E rated and simply too heavy for me. I'd have to regear. That said, they seems to be of very high quality. I just wish they made 17" tires in C rating. I like the MTRs that I run now but Goodyear has quality-control issues and too many don't balance well. They also cup fast!

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I ran 35x12.50R17 load range C MTR/Ks for 33,000 miles and had 30% tread left.
Just switched to the same size Nitto Trail Grapplers (load range E - heavy sumbiches for sure).

Both tires run true to size - you'll see 34.8", 34.75" unmounted, 34.5" mounted on both.
The Goodyears served me well, but the fookin' things are not as round or as balanced as the Nittos.
The Nittos are ROUND and I'm running them unbalanced on TR HD17 beadlocks with no issues.
The Nittos are definitely heavier, but they ride so much better otherwise. The extra weight is in important places, too.
I have to drop the load range E Nittos to 9 PSI to get the same sidewall flex the load range C Goodyears had at 12 PSI.


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You will also find that the MTR's aren't as close to a true 35" tire as the Nitto's are. (there are several threads on various forums about the actual size)
This is bullshit forum hearsay. Ignore it. Most of the rest of what he said has merit, however.
The old MTRs ran small-ish, but the Kevlars are as true to size as any.



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I like the MTRs that I run now but Goodyear has quality-control issues and too many don't balance well. They also cup fast!
I did 5-tire rotations every 3000 miles, and my MTR/Ks had zero cupping after 33k miles.
(And I hauled ass around corners on the street).



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I've run both on my rig and I'd take the nittos any day of the week over the mtr's. They are quieter, smoother, balance better, and flat out work in the woods. Not to mention the sidewalls are very strong. I cut 2 of my mtr's pretty badly, the nittos just laugh at rocks.
I haven't had the chance to verify their durability yet, but everything SlvrJK said is pretty much gospel.


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Makes me wish even more for C-rated Nittos or Toyos. They would probably sell a ton of those.

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