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Hey all, with winter wheeling upon us has anyone had any experience with Arctic trucks AT 405 tires. They only come in 38"x15.50"x15" Radial and are designed to be used at extremely low air pressures (low single digits) for flotation and for Hwy. travel at higher pressures.

Does anybody know where they might be sold besides Iceland or Norway? Has anyone seen them perform in person?

There might be an E-bay store that sells them, but I was hoping for a specialty performance store actually carrying them in stock.

Thanks D...
 

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i would love to try a set but i bet theyre $$$$$$


nitto makes a 38x15.5R15 mud grappler thats C load rated with 3ply sidewalls though :smokin:
 

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Yeah I've thought about the Nitto's, but figured there would be more of a buzz about them if they were awesome in the snow. I still may go that way because I'm having a tough time finding any large 37"+ radials in wider widths (14.5"+) for a 15" wheel and then just groove and sipe them whole lot.
My best understanding about the AT 405's is about $800 to $1,000 a tire US Funds plus shipping from either Iceland or Norway which I've been to scared to inquire about the cost.

They would make for an excellent daily driven snow wheeling Jeep tire though, it's really to bad Arctic Trucks or someone doesn't recognize the market here in North America for them, because selling them on a much grander scale would really bring down the price.

I need to get some new tires soon and preferably for my Hutchinson 15" dual bead lock wheels, I'm down to these choices in no particular order.

Nitto Mud Grappler 38"x15.50"x15 Radial

Pitbull Rocker 37"x12.50"x15 Radial

TSL Irok 39"x13.50"x15 Bias or Radial

All are approximately $350 to $450 a tire US Funds (little or no shipping to lower 48), so a big price jump to the AT 405's...

I also have some 16" alloys and have thought about getting 365/75/16 (38"x14.50"x16) BFG KM 2's for about $375 a tire. I'm very familiar with the KM 2's in the snow and they work really well in the local powder were I live (with lots of siping), but the 16" alloys don't have any bead-locks which is a concern.

Decisions, decisions... At this point I'm really leaning towards the PBRR's (I almost bought them last spring, but life got in the way) as they have a good reputation for snow wheeling up here in the Northwest as well as decent street manners/wear.

I know most serious snow wheelers would recommend the Iroks, but I daily drive this Jeep LJ and often go on long (even 2,000+ mile) road trips so they have to be nice and smooth at 75+MPH.
 

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Out of that list, irok radials would be the best in the snow hands down, but wear the quickest. Nitto and toyo are sister cousin's and I've never been impressed by either in the snow, but you should get 50k out of a set. Seems like the pbr's are the middle ground tire then.
 

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Has anyone tried the 41.5 13.50 pbr radials? I always thought that would be a great tire for snow wheeling.
I've seen a few and if I could fit them and had the axles for them, I would run them. The only pit bull that I have not seen do well here is the 39. At 36" tall and nearly half as wide, they just fold all over themselves when aired down really low.
 

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I really can't imagine those tires being good on a dd. At $1k per tire, any wear at all would be too much for me, :flipoff2:

I don't have any experience with them, but what about the interco truxus sts? Big balloon with a/t tread.
 

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I really can't imagine those tires being good on a dd. At $1k per tire, any wear at all would be too much for me, :flipoff2:

I don't have any experience with them, but what about the interco truxus sts? Big balloon with a/t tread.
They are decent in the snow. I've seen the 38's and 44's in action. I'm sure the arctic tires work well enough, but the cost is too much for most of us in the states. That prices gets you into some 49" iroks, ttc claws, 47" growlers, etc.
 

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I really can't imagine those tires being good on a dd. At $1k per tire, any wear at all would be too much for me, :flipoff2:

I don't have any experience with them, but what about the interco truxus sts? Big balloon with a/t tread.
The AT 405's were made specifically for the Iceland/Arctic market where they run in snow conditions exclusively and then most will switch to a smaller tire for the summer months when flotation isn't needed. In these conditions those tires would last a long time because there isn't much wear (little heat generated) while in sub zero conditions. Making them a good buy when you consider how well they work for only being a 38" tire with very little competition.
I've seen videos of the AT 405's being used in the desert as they are supposed to be a four season tire, however I would be seriously concerned with wear especially with the cost.

I would be great if Goodyear would make a bunch of Duratracs in sizes 36"+ and with a 3ply sidewall. I'd think they would sell like to cakes up in the northern USA and Canada.

Up here in Canada we have many lifted F/S diesel 4x4 trucks running around on their 38"+ Toyo's/TSL's etc. that in the winter time switch to a 31" severe winter snow/ice tires (It's mandatory in the winter on our Hwy.'s to have the Mtn./snow flake symbol on your tires) because nobody makes anything larger (those big trucks sure look funny rolling around on those little tires).

The TSL STS tires, do they wear well and drive well other then snow/sand conditions? I've thought about those too, but fear they may be too single purpose not suited to a DD Jeep.

Not only has the tire industry stepped away from 15" wheel sized tires in the 35"+ sizes, but in general they've stopped making wider sized tires as well. I recognize that most rock crawlers use a width of 12.50" and that's most of the off-road market, buy in the good old days pre-2007 most any size width was being made...
 

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41.5 pbr

Has anyone tried the 41.5 13.50 pbr radials? I always thought that would be a great tire for snow wheeling.
I just bought a set of these. They will see some serious deep snow this winter...
 

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himarker get some pitures for us this winter! I have been wanting to see them in the snow too! I had a friend that ran them on a big super duty and iroks don't last long one the street.
 

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price :barf: shipping :barf: tire quality :smokin:

think i could bring a set back as my luggage on my next trip?
 

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Toyo makes a 37x15.5R15 and a very thick 6 Ply sidewall, you might need to spend some time with a grooving iron though.
 

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Toyo makes a 37x15.5R15 and a very thick 6 Ply sidewall, you might need to spend some time with a grooving iron though.
One of my wheeling buddies runs those exact size of Toyo's (they are actually 37"x14.50"x15" and weigh about 94lbs. which is heavy for the size) on a Jeep XJ with a 6" lift and a little trimming.:D
Now they do seem to be wearing well (they are a popular tire for the local 3/4T. and 1T. 4x4 trucks, 'in a different wheel size of course', because they last), but they do not flex easily even at very low pressures (under 5Psi.).
I suppose if they were siped and grooved significantly it would help in the snow, but since their rubber compound seems to be on the harder side they will never work as well as a Bias Irok for example and seem just okay for snow use.

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My local sources tell me that the BFG KM2 in the 365/75/16 (38"14.50"x16") size are discontinued, as in never again. Damn that sucks because they were half the price of the BFG KM2 38"x14.50"x17" & 18" wheel size as well.
I don't particularly like running 17" and 18" wheels which made these a good option for that tread in a 16" wheel.

So I'm back to 38"x15.50"x15" Nitto Mud Grapplers as a choice, but w/o more feedback from those that have actually wheeled them in the snow it's a hard call to make. I would of course sipe and groove them lots, but at $2,000 (CDN Funds) for a set (of #4) it's gonna sting if they don't perform admirably in the snow.

Now if any more of you (thanks for your input 86ChevyJoe) have ran or even seen these Nitto's run well (or not so well) in the snow please chime in asap, cause the snow's already falling in the Mtn.'s where I live and wheel.

Like YotaAtieToo asked, are you speaking from first hand experience with the Nitto Mud Grapplers 86ChevyJoe? Enquiring minds want to know...

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Here's a post with pics of how i cut/siped my mud graplers http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/snow-wheelin/1707674-nitto-snow.html

A quick update concerning those tires...... They started to crack/dry rot between lugs (only 3 years old) and enough for me to replace them (with Iroks). They also wrecked the beads on the aluminum wheels they were mounted on. They have a fat bead "rim protector" as nitto calls it, but it seems to trap dirt and sands away the wheel bead.

Besides that I can't complain..... but haven't yet snow wheeled the Iroks.
 
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