General Grabber UHP Review
An ultra high performance summer tire built specifically for SUVs and pickup trucks, the General Grabber UHP is designed to accentuate the handling capabilities of your vehicle.
- Excellent handling in the dry and wet
- Attractive pricing
- No mileage warranty
- Limited selection of sizes
- Not suitable for winter
To maximize grip the Grabber UHP makes use of an ultra-wide directional tread pattern that takes up the majority of the center section of the tread. This gives excellent stability at speed as well as nimble responsiveness to changes in direction. It’s also purposefully designed to maximize traction for powerful engines and to handle all that power without degrading quickly.
We should point out that tires like these almost never come with a tread life warranty and that’s true here. That said, we expect around 30,000 miles on a set. That might not sound like a lot, but it’s quite normal for a tire like this, and you can extend tread life by swapping to winter tires in the off-season, something you should do as these tires are not to be driven in freezing temperatures.
The V-shaped tread design not only maximize grip and handling in the dry but is purposefully designed to evacuate water from the contact patch quickly, with wide channels that push water to the outside of the tire.
To further help maximize wet weather grip the Grabber UHP makes use of General’s second generation silica tread compound that allows it to retain much of its dry weather grip in the wet, without sacrificing any dry grip of tread life.
These tires are also very quiet and optimized to be so with the tread angles designed to limit road noise.
Beyond all these features the Grabber UHP is a truck tire underneath and is made with twin steel belts merged with layers of spirally wound nylon and polyester body plies. This makeup allows for optimal handling and reduces the impact of high speed degradation. Overall, it’s built to offer sports car handling, while still being suited to handle the heavy loads of a truck.
General Tire offers the tire in a wide range of diameters, though in surprisingly few different fitments per diameter, which is odd. We do like that they offer some larger options in the 20- to 24-inch range, though we suspect these are suited for a few exact models and doesn’t leave much room for aftermarket creativity or plus-sizing.
Pricing is quite attractive.
General Grabber UHP Price
Pricing for the General Grabber UHP ranges from around $130 per tire for a 16-inch fitment and goes up to approximately $270 per tire for an extra large 24-inch fitment.
General Grabber UHP Warranty
General Tire does not offer a specific tread life warranty on the Grabber UHP, which is expected on ultra high performance summer tires like this.
The tire does come with a 45 day satisfaction guarantee as well as a standard limited warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship for 72 months since the date of purchase. Within the first year or 2/32-inch of treadwear defective tires will be replaced for free. After that point they will be replaced on a pro-rated basis.
General Grabber UHP Sizes
Who Makes General Grabber UHP Tires?
All General Tires are manufactured by Continental Tire, which purchased General in 1987.
How Long Does the General Grabber UHP Tire Last?
General Tire does not give a warranty for tread life on these tires, so it’s harder to say the actual tread life in the real world. Plus, as a high performance tire on large trucks, they will naturally wear faster. Based on real world user reviews, you should expect 30,000 to 40,000 miles on a set, though some owners report up to as many as 60,000 miles. The tires do tend to get louder once you pass 20,000 miles of use.
Are UHP tires good in snow?
Ultra high performance tires are designed to maximize grip in dry and wet conditions above freezing temperatures. In fact, UHP tires should not be operated below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Due mostly to their tread compound, UHP tires will freeze up in colder temperatures and lose grip dramatically.
General Grabber UHP vs Toyo Proxes ST III
Both the Grabber UHP and Proxes ST III are performance-focused street truck tires with one critical difference: while the Toyo is an all-season, the General is summer only.
Each of the tires look quite similar with ultra-wide, directional v-shaped interior tread sections, as well as smaller shoulder tread sections. The Grabber UHP offers larger tread sections with fewer divisions. Combined with a stickier tread compound this translates to better responsiveness.
Both of the two tires are build with an internal construction to designed to hold up on heavy trucks and SUVs, year after year.
As for tread life, the Toyos do come with a 45,000 mile expected tread life, while Generals get no such warranty. That said, real world read life for the Grabber UHP will be around 40,000 miles assuming you don’t abuse them.
The General Grabber UHP is generally more expensive (roughly $20 more per tire) and offers superior outright grip, with the obvious lack of all-season practicality.