Originally Posted by Tugela
Really? Is this anecdotal or is it a well-documented issue like Firestone blowouts on Explorers in the late 1990s? Because I just bought a set of 5 Grabber AT2s for my RRC and I'll be bummed if I purchased a crappy tire. I don't plan to wheel it hard, but it will definitely see some trail use.
I have a set of the AT2 tires in LT275/70/18 on my D2. I have to say that I like them slightly better than a few sets of the KO2's that I've had in the past. On-road behavior/noise/treadwear seems to be equivalent, off-road traction on slick surfaces is a bit better IMHO, but that's subjective.
For what its worth, regarding sidewalls - I recently had a rear spring unseat during a day on the trails, and didn't notice while airing up before heading home. The spring was pushing and rubbing against the sidewall of the tire for the whole 80 mile trip at 70+mph. When I got off the highway, I could smell the rubber and pulled off. Melted rubber everywhere in the wheelwell, so I took the wheel off, popped the spring back in place, and put the spare on. The sidewall was worn to about 10% of its original thickness, but you'd never have known by the tire's behavior.