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Old 04-28-2015, 06:49 PM   #71
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I wish I had a set of the recall Michelins. The rib upgrade is quite a deal. Just under $200 for LTX's, $340/tire for ribs. I would like the ribs, but I think they will outlast both my trailer and me.
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:19 PM   #72
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That dealer is trying to sell you what he has in stock. I respectfully, and wholeheartedly disagree, that a Firestone tire is better than a Michelin MS2 E rated. I've been running Michelins on my vehicles for far too many years to have someone tell me that a Firestone is of equal or better value. That just isn't so.

Betya a bottle of scotch on that one, and SteveH can hold the bottle to see who wins the bet! You in?
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:32 PM   #73
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I've had my Michelin 16" LT tires now for a couple of years and they have performed very well.

For some reason they seem to be wearing much better than the 15" ST's I had before. The last set were Towmasters and they seemed to be wearing very quickly for some reason - I was starting to wonder if I had an alignment problem, but all appears great with the Michelin LT's. I run them at 75PSI.

Very happy with the switch.

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Old 04-28-2015, 07:34 PM   #74
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All of the LT tires being talked about are good tires. I had a set of Michelins on a truck and one was out of round. They replaced it, I still run Michelins today. They all have recalls and an occasional bad tire. The bf Goodrich commercial had a recall 2010-2012 for separating, doesn't make the brand bad. I have run michelins, BFG, Yokohama, Firestone all with good results.
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:39 PM   #75
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All of the LT tires being talked about are good tires. I had a set of Michelins on a truck and one was out of round. They replaced it, I still run Michelins today. They all have recalls and an occasional bad tire. The bf Goodrich commercial had a recall 2010-2012 for separating, doesn't make the brand bad. I have run michelins, BFG, Yokohama, Firestone all with good results.
I sure wish BFG had notified me of the recall on those tires, it sure would have saved me a lot of grief. And, if my tires were on the recall list, I consider them a inferior company for not notifying me.
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:40 PM   #76
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I had a set of towmasters once,they did run about 15000 miles ,uneven wear and even had bulged center on 2 of them,a real deal.......
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:42 PM   #77
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Steve , maybe a bad dealer....?
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:48 PM   #78
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I had a set of towmasters once,they did run about 15000 miles ,uneven wear and even had bulged center on 2 of them,a real deal.......
A bulged center is a separation, and you are fortunate to have gotten if off your trailer before it came apart (belt separated from the carcass).

The dealer is Discount Tire, one of the biggest, if not the biggest tire dealer in this neighborhood. And anyway, the dealer cannot be responsible for the failure of a product they sell, unless it happens all the time and they keep pushing the product.
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I would think they should contact owners. I don't even know if any do. Who makes towmaster? I'm certainly no authority on tires, but had good experience with the brands I listed. I have Michelins on my truck, BFG 16" on trailer, hope good times keep coming!
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BFG may have had a recall in those years, and the particular tire/size that I had may not have been involved in the recall?
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:56 PM   #81
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I guess narrowing it by size is good for the manufacturer. I'd be an x customer to if my other size of same tire failed.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:12 PM   #82
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Firestones vs, Michelins

I think someone said my dealer was selling me what he has in stock. Hard to tell as I have spent nearly $3,000 on Michelins in the past year. He said I could spend more, but the Firestone was less money and just as good.

My TV, my Subaru, and my Porsche all have Michelins. And these had to be ordered, not in stock...

The tire folks I deal with are extremely knowledgable, and have been very honest in all my dealings so far. By reputation, they do what is right, and at the same time, the pricing is better than Costco. Also, i can go into the shop and discuss alignment issues including setup which might be better for a particular type of driving. These guys even know the difference between castor, camber, and toe.....

As to betting, I am not certain how we could determine who will win. As to tire experience, my guess is I had my first set of Michelins before most of the folks here were born...on my 1958 Porsche 1600 N Coupe. Oh my goodness, this is too much...
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:49 PM   #83
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Maybe someone can help me out on this one. I'm getting ready to deal with the rim/tire situation on my Overlander and I'm pretty sure that LT is the way to go. Everyone keeps say 16" rims. Oddly mine has 14's on one side and 15's on the other. It was that way when I bought it. SMH. And I need to fix it. The question is... Why 16's? Why not 15's? More sidewall equals smoother ride. I would think that a smoother ride would be better for the long term "health" of the trailer. Less jarring over bumps. Shorter sidewall equals better handling characteristics but at the cost of ride quality. I doubt anyone is going to be doing and hard cornering though. What is the logic behind the 16's over 15's? Size availability maybe? Help me out here.
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Tire revs of a 16" is 712 vs. 735 per mile for 15". Load rating is about 10% greater for a 16". The side wall is essentially the same on a 225/75R15 vs. 225/75R16, but the overall diameter is 1 inch taller on the 16". Tire pressure for a 16" is maximum of 80 lbs/in sq, on a 15" generally 65 lbs/in sq.


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