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Finally pulled the trigger on them, the American Tire Depot made me an incredible offer, that was just too good to pass up:
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The tires are Continental TerrainContact AT, 265R60/18, Tire Rack sells them for $215 ($860 for 4), I got them for $600 for all 4!

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They are supposedly 1" taller than the OEM Tires/Wheels, but still looks like plenty of clearance (Clarence)!

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They deeply discounted the Wheels as well! They are Black Rhino "Arches", 18x8" with a 30mm Offset. I ordered the Brushed Aluminum colored wheels, but they look much darker than on the website, they look almost black (I saw the boxes but still wonder if black wheels didn't get mixed in somehow(?), but they are a dark gray which matches my body color just fine. I like these wheels, as the guys in the neighborhood with the big-boy trucks all have ones that have the hex-bolt heads around the outside, like these do, I think it gives it the rugged look I was after...

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The 30mm Offset is approx. 1" MORE than the OEM wheels, but since the Width of the Arches wheels are 1/2" thinner (8.0" vs 8.5"), they barely stick out. (Check out my Pavers Driveway, it's gray of course....)

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Rear Tires/Wheel view, looking straight down, again barely sticks out! (Like my Merrell Sandals with socks? my wife hates this look...)

Now I have only driven about 20 miles on the set-up so far, I can tell the difference when I hit minor bumps as the taller sideway abosrbs the impact better. I'll give some more updates as I get more miles on them, but feel free to ask anything about them....
 

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They look great Steve! Any rubbing on full lock?
 

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Those wheels look great! Not commenting on your sandals and socks...
 

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Finally pulled the trigger on them, the American Tire Depot made me an incredible offer, that was just too good to pass up:
View attachment 6698

The tires are Continental TerrainContact AT, 265R60/18, Tire Rack sells them for $215 ($860 for 4), I got them for $600 for all 4!

View attachment 6699

They are supposedly 1" taller than the OEM Tires/Wheels, but still looks like plenty of clearance (Clarence)!

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They deeply discounted the Wheels as well! They are Black Rhino "Arches", 18x8" with a 35mm Offset. I ordered the Brushed Aluminum colored wheels, but they look much darker than on the website, they look almost black (I saw the boxes but still wonder if black wheels didn't get mixed in somehow(?), but they are a dark gray which matches my body color just fine. I like these wheels, as the guys in the neighborhood with the big-boy trucks all have ones that have the hex-bolt heads around the outside, like these do, I think it gives it the rugged look I was after...

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The 35mm Offset is approx. 1" MORE than the OEM wheels, but the Width of the wheels are 1/2" thinner (8.0" vs 8.5"), so they barely stick out. (Check out my Pavers Driveway, it's gray of course....)

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Rear Tires/Wheel view, looking straight down, again barely sticks out! (Like my Merrell Sandals with socks? my wife hates this look...)

Now I have only driven about 20 miles on the set-up so far, I can tell the difference when I hit minor bumps as the taller sideway abosrbs the impact better. I'll give some more updates as I get more miles on them, but feel free to ask anything about them....
Looks great! I actually read on thief website that those wheels have a 30mm offset though?
 

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Finally pulled the trigger on them, the American Tire Depot made me an incredible offer, that was just too good to pass up:
View attachment 6698

The tires are Continental TerrainContact AT, 265R60/18, Tire Rack sells them for $215 ($860 for 4), I got them for $600 for all 4!

View attachment 6699

They are supposedly 1" taller than the OEM Tires/Wheels, but still looks like plenty of clearance (Clarence)!

View attachment 6700

They deeply discounted the Wheels as well! They are Black Rhino "Arches", 18x8" with a 35mm Offset. I ordered the Brushed Aluminum colored wheels, but they look much darker than on the website, they look almost black (I saw the boxes but still wonder if black wheels didn't get mixed in somehow(?), but they are a dark gray which matches my body color just fine. I like these wheels, as the guys in the neighborhood with the big-boy trucks all have ones that have the hex-bolt heads around the outside, like these do, I think it gives it the rugged look I was after...

View attachment 6701

The 35mm Offset is approx. 1" MORE than the OEM wheels, but the Width of the wheels are 1/2" thinner (8.0" vs 8.5"), so they barely stick out. (Check out my Pavers Driveway, it's gray of course....)

View attachment 6702

Rear Tires/Wheel view, looking straight down, again barely sticks out! (Like my Merrell Sandals with socks? my wife hates this look...)

Now I have only driven about 20 miles on the set-up so far, I can tell the difference when I hit minor bumps as the taller sideway abosrbs the impact better. I'll give some more updates as I get more miles on them, but feel free to ask anything about them....
Those wheels look great. You're not getting stuck with those tires.
 

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Looks great! I actually read on thief website that those wheels have a 30mm offset though?
Good catch, I fixed it, but the difference (25mm) is (still) about 1", yet they do not stick out...!
 

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Finally pulled the trigger on them, the American Tire Depot made me an incredible offer, that was just too good to pass up:
View attachment 6698

The tires are Continental TerrainContact AT, 265R60/18, Tire Rack sells them for $215 ($860 for 4), I got them for $600 for all 4!

View attachment 6699

They are supposedly 1" taller than the OEM Tires/Wheels, but still looks like plenty of clearance (Clarence)!

View attachment 6700

They deeply discounted the Wheels as well! They are Black Rhino "Arches", 18x8" with a 30mm Offset. I ordered the Brushed Aluminum colored wheels, but they look much darker than on the website, they look almost black (I saw the boxes but still wonder if black wheels didn't get mixed in somehow(?), but they are a dark gray which matches my body color just fine. I like these wheels, as the guys in the neighborhood with the big-boy trucks all have ones that have the hex-bolt heads around the outside, like these do, I think it gives it the rugged look I was after...

View attachment 6701

The 30mm Offset is approx. 1" MORE than the OEM wheels, but since the Width of the Arches wheels are 1/2" thinner (8.0" vs 8.5"), they barely stick out. (Check out my Pavers Driveway, it's gray of course....)

View attachment 6702

Rear Tires/Wheel view, looking straight down, again barely sticks out! (Like my Merrell Sandals with socks? my wife hates this look...)

Now I have only driven about 20 miles on the set-up so far, I can tell the difference when I hit minor bumps as the taller sideway abosrbs the impact better. I'll give some more updates as I get more miles on them, but feel free to ask anything about them....
wow, they look great!

Hey, at least you are wearing shoes.
 

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Finally pulled the trigger on them, the American Tire Depot made me an incredible offer, that was just too good to pass up:
View attachment 6698

The tires are Continental TerrainContact AT, 265R60/18, Tire Rack sells them for $215 ($860 for 4), I got them for $600 for all 4!

View attachment 6699

They are supposedly 1" taller than the OEM Tires/Wheels, but still looks like plenty of clearance (Clarence)!

View attachment 6700

They deeply discounted the Wheels as well! They are Black Rhino "Arches", 18x8" with a 30mm Offset. I ordered the Brushed Aluminum colored wheels, but they look much darker than on the website, they look almost black (I saw the boxes but still wonder if black wheels didn't get mixed in somehow(?), but they are a dark gray which matches my body color just fine. I like these wheels, as the guys in the neighborhood with the big-boy trucks all have ones that have the hex-bolt heads around the outside, like these do, I think it gives it the rugged look I was after...

View attachment 6701

The 30mm Offset is approx. 1" MORE than the OEM wheels, but since the Width of the Arches wheels are 1/2" thinner (8.0" vs 8.5"), they barely stick out. (Check out my Pavers Driveway, it's gray of course....)

View attachment 6702

Rear Tires/Wheel view, looking straight down, again barely sticks out! (Like my Merrell Sandals with socks? my wife hates this look...)

Now I have only driven about 20 miles on the set-up so far, I can tell the difference when I hit minor bumps as the taller sideway abosrbs the impact better. I'll give some more updates as I get more miles on them, but feel free to ask anything about them....
Those look fantastic! Good choices, Steven!
 

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Does an offset different than stock cause a strain on bearings? Or any other front end components? It seems if the wheel is a little farther out it would put a slight triangular pressure on the inner and outer wheel bearings. I don’t know, but I like your setup and if I could feel confident that it wouldn’t cause abnormal wear I would be very tempted to duplicate what you’ve done. I’ve wanted to move to a taller sidewalk tire and an 18” rim. You might have said and I missed it, but are your tires the same diameter as stock?
 

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Steven, now that you've had a little more than a week with the new TerrainContact AT 265/60/r18 do you feel like you made the right choice? I reason I ask is this past week I took a 5 hour round trip up to the mountains here in North Carolina to purchase my 18" Ridgeline wheels. Everyone and their grandmother had at least AT tires and all you could hear was the hum they emitted. Which got me to thinking about the Nitto Terra Grappler G2s I decided on... tires tend to get louder as they wear and I'm not sure I want to deal with that down the road. Your pictures have got me thinking about going with the Conti ATs. I drive about 90 - 95% on paved roads yet I don't care for the passenger car looking tire on the PP. Yes it's all about the looks, and a real plus is the TerrainContact AT gets high marks in all road related performance stats! With the Ridgeline wheels having the same 55mm offset and the TerrainContacts not having the blocked shoulder profile, I'm hoping that I may get away without rubbing the wheel well when at the full lock position... because I am going with the 265/60/r18 size also... yes it's all about the looks. This size really looks good in the wheel well.
Just ordered new TPMS form College Hills Honda and hopefully this week the wheels go out for satin black powdercoating! Then the tire decision. Oh, another plus for the TerrainContact AT is a $100 rebate till the end of August (at least here on the east coast).
 

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Steven, now that you've had a little more than a week with the new TerrainContact AT 265/60/r18 do you feel like you made the right choice?
Well, I have not put too many miles on them, probably less than 60 miles, but I really like the way they handle and feel. Next weekend I may be taking a 100 mile drive, most of it freeways, so that will be a better indicator...

I reason I ask is this past week I took a 5 hour round trip up to the mountains here in North Carolina to purchase my 18" Ridgeline wheels. Everyone and their grandmother had at least AT tires and all you could hear was the hum they emitted. Which got me to thinking about the Nitto Terra Grappler G2s I decided on... tires tend to get louder as they wear and I'm not sure I want to deal with that down the road.
This got me thinking and today I got up at 6am and did a freeway run, with all the windows down and my stereo OFF, got up to 75mph and there was no rumble, howl or excessive road noise - from the Continentals, I think they were just as quiet as the OEM tires!

Your pictures have got me thinking about going with the Conti ATs. I drive about 90 - 95% on paved roads yet I don't care for the passenger car looking tire on the PP. Yes it's all about the looks, and a real plus is the TerrainContact AT gets high marks in all road related performance stats!
Well, I probably do 98-99% paved road driving, and like you, wanted a good looking AT tire. Now the treads on the G2's look AWESOME, I love the tread pattern, and the side walls look a bit more aggressive than the TerrainContacts, but not overly so.

With the Ridgeline wheels having the same 55mm offset and the Terrain Contacts not having the blocked shoulder profile, I'm hoping that I may get away without rubbing the wheel well when at the full lock position... because I am going with the 265/60/r18 size also... yes it's all about the looks. This size really looks good in the wheel well.
I still gotta test, if the Terrain Contacts rub at full turn (lock), it's not like a do a lot of tight U-turns in my daily driving (lol), so I'll report back on that at some point. And yeah I was really surprised how well they look in the wheel well, at 1" taller. I've put some thought and rational into this and will post it soon in my Tire/Wheel Resource thread.

Just ordered new TPMS form College Hills Honda and hopefully this week the wheels go out for satin black powdercoating!
That should look very cool!

Oh, another plus for the TerrainContact AT is a $100 rebate till the end of August (at least here on the east coast).
I saw that too, but since I bought 3 and got one free, my receipt does not actually show me "purchasing" 4 tires, so I'm not sure if I can (get greedy and) try to collect that as well, I might try as it is coming from Continental...

Some closing thoughts; somewhere I read that Continental spent 1-1/2 years perfecting the Terrain Contacts and being a "Highway tire" company, I'm thinking they took their known highway design and added/tested some off road capabilities. Whereas Nitto seems to be very much into Off-road designs and took their Ridge Grappler (which has no tread wear warranty) and added some highway capabilities to come up with the Grappler (which does have a tread wear rating) and then FURTHER refined the Grappler's highway capabilities and created the G2.

Also, the only Grappler 2 highway reviews & ratings I could find were on the Nitto site, whereas the Terrain Contact has a lot of reviews out there, including a excellent on on TireRack, which CONVINCED me to go with the Continentals...

Cheers!
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UPDATE: I bumped a curd yesterday...

And you know what happened?

Nothing, not a scratch, no curb rash, nada, if I had the OEM set-up, I would have definitely had another curb rash...
 
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