At 38k miles I went from stock K02s to Grapplers and experienced just the opposite. Noise was obviously better but I also think the handling and smoothness was improved. Handling in snow and rain has been great. No issues.
It’s really not a fair comparison old tire to new tire, but I like the Nittos.
I do a lot of highway, am at 80k miles and the noise is slowly returning. I will seriously consider Nitto Tera Grapplers for my next tire. They won’t look as good as Ridge Grapplers but might be a better blend for me (highway vs off road).
Anyone running Tera Grapplers? I am curious how they look.