Touareg: 2005 V8
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sandy, UT
Second Vehicle: Other
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Thanks for all the input everyone. Based on more online research and a discussion I had with a local Discount Tire owner (who shods a lot of Nitto Terra Grapplers, Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo 2's, and other tires mentioned here), I'm going to go with Nitto Terra Grappler. He was pretty adamant I could bring them back within 30 days if I didn't like them. He said it's also pretty common around here (hot summers, snowy/ice winters) to add more sipes to the Nitto TG, helping the tire stay cooler (improved wear) in summer and the obvious advantage on snow and ice.
I do have one other question. I read a lot here about going with jumbo NTG's, but I'm really not interested in messing with spacers, doing the mod's, possible paint damage etc. But, can I use a bigger size (taller) tire than the 255/55 18's on the standard Manhattan rims WITHOUT any mods? My thinking is filling more of that space (aesthetic), but also that a slight taller tire will be a bit more durable off-road.
Thoughts? (again, I confess I really know nothing about wheels - obviously).