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Old 08-29-2016, 02:28 PM   #15
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Putting the Michelin LTX tires on two SUVs before I bought the pickup truck and RV told me that I'll get plenty of mileage out of the Michelin LTX, now called Defender LTX. I got 60,000 miles on the last set of Michelin LTX tires on a 96 Ford Explorer before I got rid of the car and they still had plenty of tread. Hauling a load and towing will bring different results of course. But what I really liked about the Michelin LTX tires was the traction in bad weather. That is why it was easy to shell out 1200 bucks for another full set of Michelin LTX tires for the Dodge Ram pickup I have now. They came with a 50k mile tread wear guarantee.
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Michelin cost more, but still give a better value per mile than anything I have tried. They last forever and have great traction on the road.
I agree. I've been averaging 40-50K mi over the last 32 years on my work trucks. That meant more than one set of tires every year. That's a lot of tires. 40K was always the bench mark. My 1st set of LTX-AT's went 64K. We now run them on all our crew trucks because of the lower cost/mi. I think we also have fewer flats and damaged tires as well
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Old 08-30-2016, 05:09 AM   #17
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I don't want to argue, I know Michelin are great tires, but I can't understand the cost per mile. Michelins for my truck are 230 each. As the above poster mentioned he gets 40-50k out of them... my factory Nexens, which are $148 each, are currently at 40 and should make 45 or 50 fairly easy.

Note... I am not saying Nexens are super tires, but I am really struggling with why I should pay $80 more each (times 6)?
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I don't want to argue, I know Michelin are great tires, but I can't understand the cost per mile. Michelins for my truck are 230 each. As the above poster mentioned he gets 40-50k out of them... my factory Nexens, which are $148 each, are currently at 40 and should make 45 or 50 fairly easy.

Note... I am not saying Nexens are super tires, but I am really struggling with why I should pay $80 more each (times 6)?
Most are reporting 60-70K with the Michellins.
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That makes more sense if they are really lasting that long... I hope it's not the same people reporting 30 MPG while towing.
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That makes more sense if they are really lasting that long... I hope it's not the same people reporting 30 MPG while towing.
For tax reasons, I have a log book that includes data from my last 3 work trucks. Looking back, my 1st set of Michellins were installed on my 07 Chevy with 69,405 on the odometer. They made it to 133,700, where I replaced them with a new set. Those tires were still on the truck when I sold it with 186,000, and still going strong. I'm sure they would have met or exceeded the 1st set. These are hard miles with daily visits to construction jobs and pipeline ROW's.
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Thank You everyone for all of the replies. I think i will go with the Defender
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How do the Michellins perform in the snow and light mud? I live in Colorado and have a gravel drive a mile long to get to the house. The Firestones had me sliding all over, even in four wheel drive. My last truck I replaced them with Duratracs and never had a issue.
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I don't know about Colorado snow, but in the Cascade mountains of the Pacific North West they are great. Even good traction on ice. They come heavily siped as a part of their design, and I've always felt fairly confident with them in adverse weather.
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I would say it would have to do with the conditions you will be driving in. If on good summer roads a ribbed tire will provide more miles and better fuel economy than a lug tire.

Used tires will provide better fuel economy than new tires.

Ribbed tires will also do OK (just OK) in ice and snow conditions but are better if the conditions can be avoided.
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This was last year with my previous truck and TC setup when we spent 11 days elk hunting. This is my worse case scenario as the back roads don't get cleared. If the Michellins can't handle this then I probably should just stay with what works. I really don't wish to have to switch to winter tires even though most of my driving will be on paved roads.

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If you've got tires you are happy with now and do what you need, maybe you should stick with them. I'd hate to get dozens of miles from town with new tires and find out they don't do what I need them to do that the old ones did do.
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Makes sense. The Duratracs typically last 35-45,000 miles and I'm okay with that due to their performance. Just checking how the others perform since people are getting more mileage.
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In deep snow, they would probably become worthless.
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