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Old 07-30-2020, 09:12 AM   #1
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235/75/15 Michelin Defender LTX mods

Looking for feedback from those who've installed 235/75/15 Michelin's on a newer 16' Bambi Sport (mine's a 2017 model).

From what I've read, it sounds like there is some minor amount of modification required to the trim around the wheel wells to make them fit without rubbing. Can anyone speak to how you've accomplished this? Any pictures you have would be most helpful!

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Old 08-07-2020, 07:51 PM   #2
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I have a 2016 Bambi 16í with 15ĒMichelinís.... I had to use a multi tool to take off maybe a half inch of the trim around the wheel well.. One side was not as tight as the other but both fit nicely once I trimmed it .... Go for it.....Youíll be glad you did..Click image for larger version

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I forgot to mention that I also had to cut back the edge of the banana wrap inside the wheel well .... I took off about a 3/4 of an inch.... You will have to jack the camper up fairly high to get it in ...
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That's a lot of tire for the 16' Bambi, why not look at a 225 75 15 instead? The Goodyear Endurance E rated tire is excellent people are reporting good experience from it.
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They are a winner

I have The Defenders on our 2017 30 Flying Cloud Bunk since December of 2016. They have worked perfectly in every way. Sorry no mods required. Great tires
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The Michelin defender has been an awesome tire and has helped with even greater stability and one good advantage is it can be found practically everywhere... Thatís not the case with ST tires.... I have friends who have been stranded when they experienced a blow out with ST tires and couldnít find a replacement near their breakdown.. perhaps it was just bad luck, but I wanted to avoid that situation and have a tire thatís a lot more accessible... It also has a higher speed and weight ratings.... Iíve used them for 4 seasons with no issues
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The Michelin defender has been an awesome tire and has helped with even greater stability and one good advantage is it can be found practically everywhere... Thatís not the case with ST tires.... I have friends who have been stranded when they experienced a blow out with ST tires and couldnít find a replacement near their breakdown.. perhaps it was just bad luck, but I wanted to avoid that situation and have a tire thatís a lot more accessible... It also has a higher speed and weight ratings.... Iíve used them for 4 seasons with no issues
Research the good year endurance,,,,87 mph...
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Indeed the Defender is speed rated to 118 while the Endurance is 87 but the Endurance has a much higher load index of 117 (2833 lb) vs 109 (2271 lb).

Given the DOT specifications for establishing speed rating and the manufactures practices around deciding what to actually test them at, it's hard to know if you can objectively compare them though.
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Iíve used Goodyear in the past and undoubtedly they are a good tire, and thanks for bringing me up to date with the specs
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Since Michelin no longer offers a Defender LTX 225/75R16 does anyone have experience with the Michelin XPS RIB ? As good as the Defender was?
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Since Michelin no longer offers a Defender LTX 225/75R16 does anyone have experience with the Michelin XPS RIB ? As good as the Defender was?
The agilis replaces the defender...looks good many are using it..I think the XPís rib would be too stiff
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Thanks to all for the responses. Turns out that upon test fitting the 235s - on my particular unit - there was exactly zero chance they were going to fit without, at a minimum, permanently removing the entire wheel well trim. No amount of cutting the trim back wouldíve made them work.

So as an alternative, and wanting to stick with an LT tire, I went with the Goodyear Wrangler ATS in size 215/75/15. Doesnít provide quite as much lift as the 235s, but they do fit (and were made about three weeks ago!). That said, it still required cutting away about 3/4Ē of the trim to avoid potential conflicts. Interestingly, this applied only to one side of the trailer; other side had no clearance issues at all.

In any event, Iím pretty happy thus far with the 215 ATSs. And would recommend to anyone thinking of upsizing to do a lot of measuring of your particular unit. What works for some definitely does not work for all.
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