- Admirable off-road performance
- Above-average on-road behavior
- Longer wear
- Tough and durable construction
- Affordable price
- Average snow performance
- Tire roar at higher speeds
The General Grabber X3 is a stellar all-season mud tire for extreme off-road environments. General tires have been around since the 1960s, and the Grabber is a proverb in the bustling off-road industry. The Grabber series, in particular, is a legendary name in the off-roading community, and why not? Grabber delivers the goods, but the updated Grabber X3 can do more than go over almost anything nature has to offer.
General engineers spent three years and countless hours producing thousands of prototypes to perfect the next-generation Grabber X3. First introduced in 2016, the Grabber X3 drew headlines for its mightily aggressive design, superior off-road performance, enhanced durability, and docile on-road manners. It’s rare for a mud tire to earn worthy praises when rolling over smooth tarmac, but it seems General found a way to infuse some posh manners into its extremely rugged off-road tire – but only to a certain point, and we’ll get to that later.
Does it seem the General Grabber X3 can take some abuse? Is it the perfect choice for your truck or SUV? The General Grabber X3 is primarily a hardcore, go-anywhere mud tire designed mainly for modified trucks or rigs. It’s also an excellent choice during winter with its chunky, high-void tread design. It’s essentially a mountain goat, and the mountains are its natural habitat.
But how does it behave on the street? In this review, we’ll look deep into the General Grabber X3 to determine if it’s a proper fit for your off-roading rig.
What are the features of the General Grabber X3?
The X3 name symbolizes the three new technologies embedded in every General Grabber X3. These are Extreme Mud (X Mud), Extreme Dirt (X Dirt), and Extreme Rock (X Rock). Of course, what this means is Grabber X3 functions flawlessly over deep mud, loose gravel, and rocky terrain, three top reasons why Grabber X3 has a unique, siped tread design.
General utilized its exclusive Duragen rubber compound, an infused hi-tech material that offers progressive resistance against cuts and tears while remaining flexible in icy cold weather. Add in its three-ply construction with high-strength steel belts, the Grabber X3 is among the toughest and most durable tires in General’s stable. It truly offers best-in-class resilience against the elements, and it does while still offering relentless traction over dirt, sand, grass, mud, and gravel.
The General Grabber X3 has an open tread design to deliver solid grip over inhospitable terrain. It also has stone bumpers that help release stones and other debris from the grooves. In addition, the stone guards protect the groove bottom from unnecessary or accidental punctures. The high-void tread blocks have built-in evacuation channels for efficient self-cleaning action.
Meanwhile, the tread blocks feature full-depth sipes that grab over the road surface like claws, most helpful when barrelling over slippery pavement like snow or ice. Moreover, the General Grabber X3 offers significant sidewall protection to keep you on the move even when the going gets tough.
How does it behave on dry tarmac?
Mud tires are not renowned for performing smoothly over dry, paved tarmac roads, but the General Grabber X3 begs to differ. General is kind enough to give it a multi-pitch tread pattern for better road silence, and it works with aplomb. However, you can expect more tire roar as you approach highway velocities since there’s no escaping the resonance of those high-void tread blocks. But if you keep it below 50 or 60 mph, the Grabber X3 will not bust your eardrums.
Comfort-wise, the General Grabber X3 is worthy of praise, and it offers steady traction whether on tarmac or loose soil, but it’s not as comfy or as refined as a hybrid A/T or highway-terrain tire
How does it behave over wet and slippery roads?
General’s Duragen tread compound and aggressively siped tread design ensures better wet and winter performance. The Grabber X3’s rubber stays soft and pliant when exposed to low temperatures, enabling it to deliver traction over wet or snowy pavement constantly. Of course, the open tread design ensures better traction as more rubber maintains contact with the road, even during heavy rain or snowstorms.
How is it over snow?
The General Grabber X3 is a terrific performer in the snow, but it’s not the best in terms of winter performance. It won’t have problems dealing with semi-deep snow, but frigid, icy roads and packed snow could prove too much for the Grabber X3’s dirt-oriented capabilities.
Is it comfortable and refined?
Let’s put it this way: If you like a comfy ride, mud tires are a lousy bet. All-terrain tires might be a better option, but the General Grabber X3 is not as bad as you might think. The Grabber X3 offers more refinement than other mud tires, but not by much. At slower speeds, the tire is compliant and rides nicely with minimal tire roar. But as you speed up, more tire roar is expected.
Is it good for off-roading?
Off-roading is the General Grabber X3’s forte. It’s one of the best tires for extreme off-roading, period. The aggressive tread pattern will never let you down, while rocky terrain is nothing when faced with the General. What’s more, you can play all day in mud, sand, grass, soil, and gravel roads without skipping a beat.
Is the General Grabber X3 ideal for sporty driving?
No. Mud tires are designed to tackle highly challenging terrain and are not meant for sporty and precise driving. If you have a sporty-driving SUV, check out the Grabber UHP or Grabber HTS.
General Grabber X3 warranty
The Grabber X3 has a 72-month limited warranty and a 12-month replacement warranty like all General tires, but it also has a 75,000-mile mileage warranty and a 45-day satisfaction trial guarantee.
General Grabber X3: Is it worth the money?
The General Grabber X3 starts between $215 and $262, while bigger sizes will cost around $518 each. Considering how it performs over mud, rocks, and dirt, the Grabber X3 offers terrific value for money, only if your usual habitat is driving mostly over inhospitable terrain.
Should I buy the General Grabber X3?
As long as your vehicle needs it, yes, you can’t go wrong with the General Grabber X3. It’s a tough, reliable, and dependable mud tire that won’t back down from extreme terrains like deep mud and gravel roads. It’s also great for light snow, but it’s not the best companion during winter driving. If you need a rugged tire for snow, the Grabber A/TX is a better bet.
What vehicles will the General Grabber X3 fit?
The General Grabber X3 will fit domestic and import trucks like the Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Silverado, Chevy Suburban, Dodge Ram, Dodge Dacota, Ford F-Series (including the F-150, F-250, and F-350), Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty, GMC Sierra, GMC Canyon, Land Rover Discovery, and most Nissan and Toyota trucks.
Tire sizes for General Grabber X3
- 50R15LT 109Q C BSW
- 50R15LT 114Q C SRL
- 50R15LT 108Q C BSW
- 50R15LT 113Q C BSW
- LT265/75R16 112/109Q C SRL
- LT265/75R16 123/120Q E BSW
- LT285/75R16 126/123Q E BSW
- LT315/75R16 127/124Q E BSW
- 50R17LT 124Q D SRL
- 50R17LT 124Q D BSW
- LT255/75R17 111/108Q C BSW
- 50R17LT 121Q E SRL
- 50R17LT 121Q E BSW
- LT265/70R17 121/118Q E SRL
- LT265/70R17 121/118Q E BSW
- LT285/70R17 121/118Q E SRL
- LT295/70R17 121/118Q E SRL
- LT295/70R17 121/118Q E BSW
- LT315/70R17 121/118Q E BSW
- 50R17LT 114Q D SRL
- 50R17LT 114Q D BSW
- 50R18LT 128Q E SRL
- LT265/70R18 124/121Q E BSW
- LT275/70R18 125/122Q E SRL
- LT275/70R18 125/122Q E BSW
- LT295/70R18 129/126Q E BSW
- 50R18LT 123Q E SRL
- 50R18LT 123Q E BSW
- LT275/65R18 123/120Q E BSW
- 50R18LT 118Q E SRL
- 50R18LT 118Q E BSW
- 50R20LT 127Q E SRL
- 50R20LT 127Q E BSW
- LT275/65R20 126/123Q E BSW
- LT295/65R20 129/126Q E SRL
- LT295/65R20 129/126Q E BSW
- 50R20LT 114Q E BSW
- 50R20LT 121Q E SRL
- 50R20LT 121Q E BSW
- LT295/55R20 123/120Q E BSW
- LT305/55R20 121/118Q E SRL
- LT305/55R20 121/118Q E BSW
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