GENERAL Brand Tyres

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Has anyone had experience with the General Grabber AT3 tyre? I am considering putting these on my Prado for everyday use and towing a 2500Kg caravan. Are these a LT tyre and a viable alternate to the major Brands? Appreciate all constructive advice. Thanks in anticipation.
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Reply By: mountainman - Monday, Apr 02, 2018 at 17:14

Monday, Apr 02, 2018 at 17:14
How do they compare on price to the major big brands.
Bought a nice set of simutomo mud tyres and i sadly paid for it with extremely low km that i got out of the set of tyres.

Always pays to check load / speed rating and if towing
Never skimp on tyres when towing decent weights
Your life just isnt worth it for a couple hundred saving.

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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Apr 02, 2018 at 18:16

Monday, Apr 02, 2018 at 18:16
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I have General Grabber AT2 on my Troopy following Bridgestones and Coopers, (and others) neither of which satisfied me.

The Grabbers were highly recommended by my favourite tire dealer and so far they are satisfying me on all counts, bit too early to judge wear performance but looking good. These LT295/75R16 are definitely Light Truck and are branded 'Made in USA'. They cost me $275 ea, fitted and balanced.
The dealer said they are a popular tyre in USA.

I do not think the AT3 are a LT tyre. They are nominated for SUV application.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Monday, Apr 02, 2018 at 20:49

Monday, Apr 02, 2018 at 20:49
General Tyres are owned by Continental tyres just as BF Goodrich is owned by Michelin.
So you could expect good quality.
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Follow Up By: LAZYLUX16 - Monday, Apr 02, 2018 at 21:56

Monday, Apr 02, 2018 at 21:56
I have Kelly Tires first made in 1894 in USA . Big brand in USA for 4wheel drives now owned by Goodyear .Good ride and not too noisy, great in sand , haven't tried in mud yet , I am allergic to mud ..Reasonable price. Done about 10000kms so far no chipping and hardly seem worn.Time will tell.
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Monday, Apr 02, 2018 at 22:57

Monday, Apr 02, 2018 at 22:57
I was very happy with a set of General Grabber AT2's. My next tyres will be General Grabber X3's
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Reply By: Member - Rustygq - Tuesday, Apr 03, 2018 at 11:10

Tuesday, Apr 03, 2018 at 11:10
I bought a set of these about 5 years ago to run on my GQ. To date they have done 55K and have another 5 or so left in them. Have used low pressures in sand and high pressure when towing my van. Not noisy. Have been very happy with them and will be fitting another set. At the price they are great value.

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Reply By: splits - Tuesday, Apr 03, 2018 at 19:47

Tuesday, Apr 03, 2018 at 19:47
About two years ago I was talking to Mick Hutton from Beadell Tours at his home and noticed he had General tyres on his Land Rover. I am assuming they were steel belted radials and he was using them for daily driving.

According to his web site, TYRE INFO they use either all steel radials or cross plys for their desert tours.

I have seen a lot of questions about General tyres on the net but have yet to see a bad report about them.
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Reply By: Batt's - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 09:55

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 09:55
I work with a fellow who has them on his 80 ser cruiser factory size tyres non turbo just cruises along not a radical driver he's not that happy with them only has 50,000km and is up for new tyres they also look a bit 2nd hand and chewed up in my opinion as he drives a bit on maintained gravel roads roads. He's currently looking for something better that gets more life.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 13:17

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 13:17
Batts, tyre pressure has a lot to do with longevity, too high pressure or too low pressure will see tyres wear out a lot faster. Does he drop his pressures on gravel roads? How much weight is he carrying? Someone else on this forum stated they were running 60 psi. This seems extremely high to me, even on a "loaded" vehicle.

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Follow Up By: Batt's - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 16:07

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 16:07
He runs at 38psi base model cruiser not loaded only work clothes usually well maintained roads had 4WD's for quite a few yrs and it's not the first set of tyres he's ever had but they are one of the worst for wear. It's only used to drive from home to work about 800km round trip done weekly same roads for quite a few yrs so I expect he has a pretty good idea on how these tyres have compared to previous types.

Do you have any views on these tyres that can help ?
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 17:53

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 17:53
My GG ATs are at 80,000km and still going.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 10:21

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 10:21
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Hi Batts,

So far, 8 people happy with General Grabbers and only one, your workmate, who is not. He must be doing something different, eh?

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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 13:41

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 13:41
Batts, some people would say that 38 is too high for gravel roads, would br better with 30 - 34. Doesn’t sound like much, but from what I have read on several web sites, it will make a difference.

As far as the actual brand is concerned, I have never used them. I have used Coopers, Mickey Thompson, BFG’s as well as the Dunlop Grand Trecker. I have had very good mileage from the Coopers, (100,000 K’s +), next was the Mickey T’s, then the BFG’s.

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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 18:24

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 18:24
Maybe lower pressures might help but who is going to stop and reduce pressure every time they come to a stretch of gravel road then pump them up for the next tar section then reduce again etc etc could take all day to travel 400km one way.
I personally have never let tyres down for just a plain old gravel road and never had any problems because I didn't.

As mentioned Allan he has had other tyres running the same roads for yrs without any problems just putting up what I was recently told by him when he asked what my tyres are like. You can give the same tyre to 10 people and get 10 different results driving style type of vehicle, weight terrain driven on etc etc can change peoples opinions a great deal.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 22:30

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 22:30
The unhappy guy may have had some cheap parallel imports like what happens with Coopers sometimes. The tyres are branded the same and sold for the same price but the quality is lower. There are dishonest people out there, does any one want to buy a Rolex....I have a few going cheap? Just kidding, I've heard it happens but I could be wrong.
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Reply By: tazbaz - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 12:19

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 12:19
I have the AT2 Grabbers on a Ranger towing a 2.25 ton (loaded) van. They are LT. Have done 44000, of which about 38000 towing and of that about 10000 on dirt. I reckon that are about half worn. Very quiet. Great vale in my opinion.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 13:13

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 13:13
Tazbaz, being a pit picky here, but those K's add up to 48,000, not 44,000.

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Follow Up By: Batt's - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 16:17

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 16:17
Macca you might have to read it again the total is 44,000 of that 44,000 - 38,000 was towing and 1,000 on dirt that leaves 5,000 driving vehicle when not towing.
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 20:21

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 20:21
Batts you must tow a trade trailer for work by those figures.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 22:43

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 22:43
I called Einstein to calculate the figures for me, and he got 28000 towing on tar, 10000 towing on dirt and 6000 not towing, for a total of 44000. That was Ernie Einstein from the pub.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 23:40

Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018 at 23:40
Missed a zero thought it was 1,000 not 10,000
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Reply By: Tony T3 - Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 10:12

Thursday, Apr 05, 2018 at 10:12
FWIW
Not AT3's but on my 4th set of AT2's- getting 100K plus, but 30/70 highway-gravel. No problem so far but had 1 flat caused by a roofing screw.
On both Defender and now Landcruiser 105 (why did it take me so long) so will just get another set when required. Around $1200 fitted at BJanes- I rotate them and reset pressures as req'd.
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