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Old 03-02-2023, 08:02 AM   #21
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Today I purchased 6 new tires from Discount Tire, Michelin LTX A/T 2. LT235 / 80 R17. They did a price match Walmart. I do get free rotation and tire balancing. They are a little more aggressive tread so I am hoping that will just provide me with longer wear. With tax I was right at 2k. About 3.3 cents per mile if I get the 60,000 miles that are expected.
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My 2015 F250 came with Michelin ATX LT2's in size LT275/70R 18. They lasted 50K miles and looking for a less expensive tire, I bought Sailun's in the same size. They lasted around 22K miles and one had tread separation (looked like a bicycle tire), so I returned to Michelins and bought the same OEM tires that were on the truck.

During the time I had the first set, they NEVER caused any issues, and honestly, if we live anywhere except northern Michigan, I'd have run them another 10K or so before replacing them. The ONLY reason I replaced them was because I wanted "more than a little tread" going into one of our winters. With anywhere between 10-20 feet of snow each winter, minimal tread just isn't an option. If we'd have still been in Louisiana (or anywhere it doesn't snow as much) I'd have run them for another year and easily could have got 60K out of them.

While there are other "Michelin choices" that you could have selected, I wouldn't beat yourself up over the ATX LT2's. They're a good tire, give good treadwear, aren't "rough riding" or more noisey than other tires in the same category. Sure, $2K is a lot of money, but that's the price for any "quality tire" from any of the "name brand manufacturers"....

I think once you get 10 or 20K on the tires, you'll appreciate their reliability and performance.
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Old 03-02-2023, 09:43 AM   #22
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Today I purchased 6 new tires from Discount Tire, Michelin LTX A/T 2. LT235 / 80 R17. They did a price match Walmart. I do get free rotation and tire balancing. They are a little more aggressive tread so I am hoping that will just provide me with longer wear. With tax I was right at 2k. About 3.3 cents per mile if I get the 60,000 miles that are expected.
I'm not running a dually but I had those tires (same size) and they were great for towing and hiway use. IIRC they had over 70k miles on them when I replaced them in January of 2022 with Michilen Defenders.

Both model of tires did excellent on dry & wet roads as well as snow. Neither are very good for mud. IMO good performance in mud requires a tire that won't work well for towing. The Defenders seem to be a little less noisy. These are my experience with my truck. YMMV
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Old 03-02-2023, 10:53 AM   #23
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After picking the truck up yesterday I had a little buyers remorse or concern with getting the tires. All the tires I had in the past were more Hwy and not All Terrain. Last night I spent more time after the fact of buying them, not the order you should do things and they have good reviews from RVers. Hopefully they will end to work well with pulling the 5th wheel.

Don't worry about those tires. You've got them so enjoy them. The LTX A/T2 is a great tire, lots of folks own them and are very happy with them so don't look back.
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Old 03-02-2023, 04:21 PM   #24
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Jim, like was said previously, don’t sweat over the purchase. You now have an excellent tire, and will give you great service. You will probably not notice the little bit of road noise.
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Old 03-02-2023, 05:57 PM   #25
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Michelin is a good tire. I have nothing bad to say about them. That's all our company uses on the entire truck fleet, Canada and USA. They run about 270 trucks and trailers, and they use Super Singles on both, so our semi's are actually 10 wheelers, not 18 wheelers. They support more weight than traditional semi tires and in my opinion, they offer a better ride. Pricey? Sure. I think the drive tires were about $1400 a piece. Probably a bit higher now. But we get 400K miles out of them with no problem. And having an international account, if we have a flat or blow out we just call a number and they send someone out with whatever we need. Another truck lost a driveshaft on 285 in Atlanta a couple of years ago and we hit it, blowing out one drive tire and one trailer tire. Michelin brought out the two tires we needed, including one new rim, and they had us rolling in about three hours.

On my F-350 dually I had a set of Goodyear Trail Runners and got 65K miles out of them, rotating every 7K-10K miles. They were M&S rated but honestly, they didn't have much traction in dirt. They were quiet though. But after five years the sidewalls were cracking.

So, wanting better traction for off road, last year I switched to Yokahoma Geolander M/T G003's and so far I'm impressed. They are much quieter than I expected. They have a very aggressive tread and a couple of weeks ago I actually pulled a tree stump out of the ground putting it in low range 4X4. The tires barely made an impression on the lawn, just dug down an inch or so and walked out of there snatching the stump out. The Goodyears would have spun for sure. Not sure what to expect on mileage but they feel solid at 68 mph and I experienced no hydroplaning of any sort in heavy rain. I believe I paid around $1500 for them.


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