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Old June 12th, 2010, 02:48 PM
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General Grabber tyre failure

Had a pair of General Grabber TRs let go on me this week. The carcasses failed - tread went s shaped whilst still inflated and on the rim with bulges on the tread and steel cords poking through the centre of the tread. There was still about 5mm on tread left, not good. The wheel wobble had to be felt to be believed. The bonnet mounted spare was bouncing up and down at one point
Anyone had similar?
Its the first time I've thrown tyres away with tread still on them.
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Old June 14th, 2010, 02:09 PM
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Don't like hearing that as those are what I just put on my rig! How many miles did you get out of them?
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Old June 14th, 2010, 03:31 PM
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50,000 miles & six years they still had 4-5mm tread. I think what killed them was the two trips to Morocco. Each one was around 1000 miles of off roading on very rocky tracks - tore chunks off the tread, I got the tyres second hand but quite new. All in all they're great tyres. very good road manners & surprisingly good on sand.
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Aren't General Grabbers on the lower end of the tire quality spectrum?
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Old June 15th, 2010, 01:22 PM
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Aren't General Grabbers on the lower end of the tire quality spectrum?
Dunno... I had heard good things about them and so far I'm very happy with them. Time will tell.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 02:39 PM
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50,000 miles & six years they still had 4-5mm tread. I think what killed them was the two trips to Morocco. Each one was around 1000 miles of off roading on very rocky tracks - tore chunks off the tread, I got the tyres second hand but quite new. All in all they're great tyres. very good road manners & surprisingly good on sand.
Id say you got your moneys worth....
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Old June 15th, 2010, 06:29 PM
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Id say you got your moneys worth....
Yep...just wondered if anyone els had experienced the same?

I'd refit the same again
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I run TRs on my 110 CSW, put them on in Nov 2002, and have driven almost 100,000 km on them now, still have lots of tread left. Have driven them in -40C in northen Quebec winter and now in the deserts of Sudan in +50C temps. They are holding up incredibly well - a really good all-round tyre, very hard-wearing in my experience. Also quite quiet on road as you'd expect from a road-biased tyre. Only in very slippery, deep mud would you want something more aggressive. My .02 cents ...

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Yep, I was pleased with them too,up until they broke... tyres don't usually do that.
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Reviving an old thread here, but any other feedback on the General Grabber TRs? I've been contemplating picking up a set as "street tires" to put on a set of Boosts to use as an alternate to my KM2s on NATO steels. Input?

I was also looking at the Bridgestone Revo 2s...but they were much pricier.

How's road noise at speed on the TRs?

Aren't the Grabbers the factory tire that LR sends out on the newer 110s?
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They are very quiet on the road. As I said I'd fit them again no problem.
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I've been happy with them- drove cross country NY to WA and no problems. Low noise for what they are. Haven't had them off road to speak of and only a very little driving on the snow- they were fine.
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Lav, are you trying to stay budget minded? if so, I assume that is why you are staying away from the BFG AT's (like you just picked up for the Series). Anyways, you may also want to check out some of the Cooper Discovery tires or even the Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor
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A little budget minded (it is like $300 cheaper going with the Grabbers), but also I totally plan to keep (and run) the KM2s I currently have on the NATO steels. In fact I totally dig those tires, and while I did consider the same BFG ATs that I have or the Series I thought it may run closer to the KM2s. Whereas the Grabbers may be a better "street tire" to put on the Boosts when I need to do straight-up highway running (like the 7 hour trip to NY).

We'll chat more at the next HH, but I'll scope out the Cooper & Goodyear in the meantime as well.
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