Touareg: 2005 V8
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sandy, UT
Second Vehicle: Other
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Best off-road/highway miracle tire?
I just moved to the Salt Lake City area, and am looking for a tire that will perform reasonably well off-road, but won't be too objectionable on the long highways to Moab or up to the mountains. I don't expect great performance on ice. I have a '05 Touareg V8 with the factory 255/55R18 rims.
Tire Rack carries the General Grabber AT 2, but I'm ruling that out as not versatile enough based on reviews. (a little too much off road bias).
Tire Rack also carries the Pirelli Scorpion ATR. Based on reviews, this sounds like the perfect tire, but doesn't appear to be available to fit the Reg's rims. Anyone know more? Are changing rims an option (no, I don't know much about wheels!)
I've read a lot here about the Nitto Terra Grappler, but wonder if it would be too much like the General tire above - not really a good tire for running around the city.
For reference, I'm retiring a set of Continental Contact Extreme DWS's. I don't expect the same highway performance, but hopefully there's something out there that will go offroad that won't feel like a tractor at high speed?
Many thanks in advance.