Dura Tracs on Nissan Frontier Are Super Quiet

Dura Tracs on Nissan Frontier
Dura Tracs on Nissan Frontier 235/75/16

If you live in snow country and want a great year round tire, then you should check out these Dura Tracs on this Nissan Frontier. Usually when I see a tread pattern this aggressive, they’re noisy. Not these. Listen to my comments on a test drive after doing an alignment the other day.

They have the mountain snow flake symbol, which means they’ve been tested specifically for cold weather.

Snow Flake Symbol
Snow Flake Symbol


Here’s Why I Like Tirerack

Brembo Rotors
Once in a while you order a part online and when it shows up it’s wrong. Crap. Since my shop is in Hawaii, the freight is usually pretty steep. I’ve ordered a lot Hawk brake pads and Brembo rotors from Tirerack over the years and have never got the wrong rotors.

Till today. Crap. You’d know it, the biggest heaviest rotor I’ve ever ordered from them. The freight alone was $150.  Usually when I get the wrong part from a supplier on the mainland and it’s wrong, it’s my problem. Nobody wants to step up and cover the shipping even if it’s their fault. That has been my experience in the past.

So I really dreaded calling Tirerack about getting the wrong rotors, even though I knew their online catalog had a mistaken listing for the particular vehicle I was working on.

I get my rep on the phone and start telling him what happened, I figured I was going to have to be mean to get them to man up and cover the freight.

Not so. Before I even got done pleading my case the rep was saying they’d send a call tag and reimburse me for the freight. Huh? Wow. No fight, no haggling, no problem.

That folks is how you keep customers happy. They took the risk out the deal for me, and now I’ll continue to buy from them forever.

Thanks Tony at Tirerack.


Nitto Terra Grappler AT Review

Nitto Terra Grappler AT Review
Nitto Terra Grappler AT Review

If you have been struggling with an old set of all-terrain tires recently and they are too noisy and not comfortable or responsive enough on the highway, then you may want to consider the Nitto Terra Grappler AT. This is a newer tire that is designed to provide you with the off-road driving that you need to do, but it is also designed to be responsible and quiet on the road. This type of multi-use performance has quickly made it one of the biggest selling tires in this arena.

What Is The Nitto Terra Grappler AT?

The Nitto Terra Grappler AT has a tread that is exciting to look at and very unique, and is designed to be responsive in wet weather and off-road, too. It has a tread pattern void ratio that is perfectly balanced for off-road and on-road handling and the coupling joints between the tread blocks help to give it better flex and less noise.

How Do They Work?

As far as responsiveness goes, you usually won’t get a lot of that with an off-road tire since they are designed to simply chug through all sorts of terrain, but the siping on this tire helps to reduce hydroplaning and driving on wet surfaces in general and the water is quickly channeled away for quieter and safer driving.

The lugs on the Nitto Terra Grappler AT are also staggered, so you get better traction on all sorts of surfaces, whether you are on the highway, the construction site, or dealing with deep sand and loose dirt. Plus there is siping to help with traction in snow and slush.

The Terra Grappler A/T is Nitto’s first light truck/sport utility tire to be offered in load range D & E, which means it can carry some serious loads.  Available in 16 to 24 inch.

What Are People Saying About Nitto Terra Grappler AT?

Many of the reviews for this tire mention the fact that it is hard to find a tire for a light duty truck or SUV that gives a high level of traction while also delivering low noise on the highway, but this tire is uniquely known for its overall balanced performance. Maybe that is why so many drivers have been particularly happy with this purchase.


“These have been really good off-road and I have been through mud, sand, and high rocky trails without a complaint.”

  • Arnold, CA


“I have used these for about four years in the northern part of the United States in mud, ice, and on both wet and dry pavement. They are worth the money.”

  • Hal, SD


Is This the Right Tire For You?

Light truck and heavy duty truck tires are never cheap and so you need to get the most performance you can for the money. With the Nitto Terra Grappler AT, you will have a tire that is safe and responsive as you need it to be on the highway, while still giving you that off-road performance that is so necessary on the work site or on the weekends.

Where Should You Consider Buying Them? 

Finding just the right all-terrain light truck radial should be easy, but when you go shopping locally, you will see that they can be very expensive and the selection is usually limited due to the high cost of inventory. The good news is that you can buy the Nitto Terra Grappler AT online for a much better price and you will actually end up getting the tire that you really want.

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Hankook Ventus V12 Evo Review

Hankook Ventus V12 Evo Review
Hankook Ventus V12 Evo Review

About a year and half ago one of my customers asked what tire I’d recommend for his Dodge Charger. The Goodyear’s that came on the car only lasted 12,000 miles. At that time the Hankook Ventus V12 Evo was fairly new on the market, I knew they would last longer than the tires that came stock on the Charger and would provide good ride and handling characteristics based on early reports that I had read.

My customer installed a set of 20 inch Hankook Ventus V12 Evo’s and it’s been about 15,000 miles since then. They still look like new. He says they make his Charger handle great, they ride nice, and they’re not noisy at all.


Update: The Hankook Ventus V12 Evo is going to come stock on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.


What Is The Hankook Ventus V12 Evo?

It’s an Ultra-High Performance tire that delivers exceptional control, braking and comfort. Engineered to provide superior handling and feedback during extreme driving conditions according to the folks who engineered it.
Will My Customer Buy Another Set?
He said he most definitely will.