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Old 05-18-2018, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Have Michelin Defender LTX tires on your D21?

My 18-year-old off-road-like mud & snow Michelins have only 25000 or so miles on them, and lots of tread left, but they are getting very hard. They scream when making a hard stop!

I lost 1 to 2 MPG when I went to those knobby tires, and due to lack of deep snow too, I'm thinking of going back to more highway-like all seasons. E.g., (this size is OEM for my 4x4)

Michelin Defender LTX M/S Highway All-Season 215/75R15 100T
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...=175TR5DLTXOWL

I'm keeping my OEM tall/thin steelies, but need to sandblast and paint the wheels before mounting the new tires.

Anyone running these Defender tires on their D21? If so, how they doing?
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The BF Goodrich radial all terrain tire is one of the best ones made. I have never ran a Michelin tire on anything. Goodyear or hankook for me.
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Ko and Ko2 tires are amazing. Been a long time since I've seen Michelins on a rig. They are expensive. I agree with caddie. Plus, the BFG Ko and KO2 are rated as traction devices for the snow.
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A friend of mine had a set of BFGs on his 4wd S10 and they started dry rotting after ten years. He couldn’t wear them out on the street.
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I use BFGs on certain other cars, but haven't on this truck. I just searched TireRack -- no highway BFGs in my size unfortunately, only on/off road (fine tires, but not what I'm thinking this time around). The on/off road BFGs and Michelins are only slightly different in price; the latter has slightly higher reviews (for all their sizes and vehicles, not just the D21).
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What size? The KO looks like a super offroad tire but its very well mannered. Its just an aggressive highway tire that also happens to be snow rated. They ride really nice and quiet. If you are doing any off road I highly suggest them. The KO2 is even nicer than the KO. On anything 4wd I'll probably never run a different tire.
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yes i have them in the stock 235/75/15.

great in the rain great in the dry, quiet, good riding tire. quieter than the knobby shitters i had on the truck.

they have enough grip that i cant spin the inside rear tire without doing something really careless.
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Thanks -- good to hear! My 215/75R15's, on OEM steelies, are slightly narrower. If anyone has a free set of perfect, optional 1990 "lego" wheels with caps and lugnuts, LMK! :-) Then I too could go with the 235s. And keep my current tires mounted on the steelies if I ever need to go offroad again. :-)
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have 107k miles now on my ko tires on the dodge diesel, they still have life in em. Put the ko2 tires on my Nissan (31/10.50/15) and love em. Quiet and smooth, only have about 6k on em .
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Thanks -- good to hear! My 215/75R15's, on OEM steelies, are slightly narrower. If anyone has a free set of perfect, optional 1990 "lego" wheels with caps and lugnuts, LMK! :-) Then I too could go with the 235s. And keep my current tires mounted on the steelies if I ever need to go offroad again. :-)

a couple small notes that i remembered this morning.

the numerical width (235, 255 etc) has an oddly narrow tread block. The sidewalls are really bulbous compared to the rest of the tire. it seems to me that the tread block is smaller than most for a given size (EX: 235 LTX vs 235 in some other brand). on the plus side, they have a TON of tread depth that helps them mitigate water and other debris.

I would buy these again, but only if they were on sale. It cost me 600ish to get em before discount/promotions. i would not say they are worth the sticker price but are worth it on slight discount.
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