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Old 06-26-2010, 07:41 AM   #1
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Tire Help

I have a 2003 Dodge 2500 with Cummins diesel engine that we use as our TV. It's time to replace the tires. Michelin LTX A/S 265/70 R17's-10 ply-Load range E came on the truck. They have worked fine although the 2500 suspension rides rough.

Tire dealers are recommending Michelin's latest LTX MS2 until I question them about the 3rd steel belt that is used on the A/S. This is on Michelin's web site. Once I mention it they give up and say, "if you like the AS we will get it for you".

The MS2 comes with a 70,000 mile warranty whereas the A/S comes without a mileage warranty. I'm sure the designs are different for different reasons but I find it somewhat overwhelming trying to decide on the right tire for our purpose. I'm guessing that the 3rd steel belt adds stability for towing, though not sure. We use a Hensley Hitch if that makes any difference.

Thanks for any advice you can give.


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Old 06-26-2010, 07:52 AM   #2
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I went with the MS last tire change and like them a lot.

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Old 06-26-2010, 08:09 AM   #3
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We have had the AS on our truck for almost 3 yrs. and are happy with them.
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Old 06-26-2010, 08:27 AM   #4
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IF both tires are E rated and the load capacity is similar,

towing when properly inflated should be similar.

the 3rd layer of steel thread is to keep the casing UNIFORM which adds to EVEN wear and = more miles.

that's why the A/S is known as a mileage champion.

that may/not matter for towing since E rating = E rating.

the m/s has a newer tread/block design, some of the changes will result in noise differences or traction in water/mud.

rubber compounds may be different too, with the newer tire a tad more grippy but with a bit less durability.

you can READ 100s of reviews of both here, from ALL sorts of users.

Michelin LTX A/S

right now the a/s is on sale, this may be a clue it's scheduled for replacement by something else...

or it's just a sale.

the m/s appears to be the #1 (allseason) truck tire at TR right now, but it's newer

and the longer a tire is available the lower the ratings tend to be. 66 reviews for the ms2 vs 350+ for the a/s

Michelin LTX M/S2

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Old 06-26-2010, 10:02 AM   #5
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I have a friend that owns a tire dealership and last year he recommend the m/s for our Excursion. He stated we would get 70k plus miles if we rotated them every 10k. He said he already had customers with over 100k on their m/s tires. After 10k of towing we are very happy with ours and they are showing no wear...
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