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Old 07-03-2023, 08:56 AM   #1
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New TV Tires - What am I Missing?

Greetings all! Iím replacing the tires on my TV, a 2018 F-150 with HDPP, later this summer. The truck currently has the original Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain tires. Iím looking at switching to Michelin Defender LTX M/S. Please sanity check me here.

Old tires: Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain; 275/65/18 C1, 113 load index
New tires: Michelin Defender LTX M/S; 275/65/18 SL, 116 load index

The new tires have a higher load capacity even though theyíre only SL tires. Has anyone made a similar switch or have opinions on this? Do you foresee any major changes in towing performance?

Almost all of our driving is on paved roads so I donít really need an A/T tire, and this truck is my daily driver as well. We tow less than 5,000 miles per year. Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 07-03-2023, 09:36 AM   #2
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Fabulous tires. Enjoy them.
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Old 07-03-2023, 10:04 AM   #3
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Great choice. I've had them on several trucks.
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Old 07-03-2023, 11:00 AM   #4
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I did it too...three years ago and like it.
2015 F-150 w/GY Wranglers to exactly the same Michelin - we "only" tow a 19' (also about 4,000 miles/year). Mostly here in the PNW (Pacific Northwest) but all in all it was a good swap. The only minor gripe is that the tires are a bit smaller than the GY's and the TV sits maybe an inch lower and the MPH is off very slightly.
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Old 07-03-2023, 11:27 AM   #5
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Put a new set of the Michelin on my truck this spring. I like them a lot. The tread does fill up in mud or sand. But they are great on the highway and towing.
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Old 07-03-2023, 01:34 PM   #6
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Switched to the Michelins also. Very happy with them. Great highway tire.
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Old 07-03-2023, 02:07 PM   #7
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It looks like your on the right path.

Sometimes people switch to an "E" rated tire on half ton truck to get rid of the squishy feeling of the softer oem tires. These can be ran at a higher pressure while towing and regular pressure outside of towing.
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Old 07-03-2023, 05:34 PM   #8
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We just did the same switch. No loss in performance.
The local landfill / transfer station (we don't have curbside) has taken to making customers drive through their building, with a significant buildup of "trash Juice" on the floor. My first visit was with the old (close to bald) Goodyears - no problem. The second (and LAST) visit was with the new Michelins, and they stunk for over a week. Could be the deeper tread pattern... At any rate, stay out of places like that if you go with the Michelins.
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Old 07-04-2023, 10:23 AM   #9
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Michelin LTX is probably the best tire sold. Also my go to tire and recommend to my customers. You will feel the difference in most conditions.
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Old 07-04-2023, 10:41 AM   #10
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TV Tires

We had a 2014 F-150 that came with the Michelins, replacing them with the same tire.


When we bought our 2019, it came with the Goodyears you mention which were replaced at 51K. We now have 85K on the truck and had it not been for a rebate and interest-free offer from Discount Tire (TX), I would have gotten the Michelins.



We also have 225/75R16 Michelin Defenders on the AS and in both cases, they're performed flawlessly.
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Old 07-04-2023, 10:56 AM   #11
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I installed LT275/65R18 123R E1 BSW Michelin Defenders on my F150 a couple years ago and they are great. Rear inflated to 80 when towing AS, 50 when not. Same tires on my AS but no longer available in 16” so need to try something different soon.
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Old 07-04-2023, 01:39 PM   #12
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What would be the equivalent Michelin tire in 20”? My TV has currently the 275/55R20 113T tires from Continental. Hearing good news like this sure makes me want go to Michelin!
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Old 07-04-2023, 02:56 PM   #13
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I dumped the stock runflat Pirellis and put on Michelin Pilot Sport AS4s (Z rated). Fantastic difference and it feels like I'm glued to the road. Zero "squishiness."

BMW X5 with the tow package which means it has the M-Sport brakes. Many thanks to Andy T for the recommendation, although I've run these same tires on other vehicles including my 911.
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