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Old 10-05-2020, 06:46 PM   #1
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I have a 2018 GMC Sierra with 25,000 miles, most of those are towing my 23' AS. I'm in the middle of a 4,000 mile trip now and another 5,000 miler in May. I have the factory issue Goodyear Wrangler SR5's on the truck and just had to have on repaired as I took a nail. So, one patched time and another 9,000 miles ahead of me this year. Time to replace? Thinking the Michelin Defenders' would be a better choice. Tire experts? What would you do? thanks!
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Old 10-05-2020, 06:49 PM   #2
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Michelin’s will be going on my 2020 GMC Denali as soon as I have an excuse to dump the Goodyear tires it came with...
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Old 10-05-2020, 06:53 PM   #3
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Time to replace? Thinking the Michelin Defenders' would be a better choice. Tire experts? What would you do? thanks!
How much tread is left?

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I have the same truck (2017). My Goodyear Wrangler SR5 OEM 265/60/R20 tires have about 5/16th left after 42k miles (about 50% of miles were towing).

With winter ahead here in Colorado I am going to replace with BFG 275/65/20 KO2 AT DT tires. The DT (different tread compound) have a much more dense compound vs. the regular KO2 specifically for 3/4-1-ton high torque applications and come with a 50k mileage warrantee. I want a little more versatility for off the beaten path excursions, and a very slightly larger tire, keeping all suspension stock.

If I were going to stay on road 100% the Michelin Defender would probably be top of the list.
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:21 PM   #5
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:31 PM   #6
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No one ever complains about Michelin tires...
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:43 PM   #7
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I put Michelins on after about 50K on the OEM's.

My 2500 HD has the camper package and it came with 18" tires, not the more common 20" tires. I'm not sure if that makes any difference but my go-to tires have almost always been Michelin.
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Old 10-06-2020, 10:44 AM   #9
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How you use them will determine which type (only road vs. off road).
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Old 10-06-2020, 11:38 AM   #10
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I routinely get 60K+ out of Bridgestone Duravis.
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Old 10-06-2020, 11:48 AM   #11
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With winter ahead here in Colorado I am going to replace with BFG 275/65/20 KO2 AT DT tires. The DT (different tread compound) have a much more dense compound vs. the regular KO2 specifically for 3/4-1-ton high torque applications and come with a 50k mileage warrantee...

If I were going to stay on road 100% the Michelin Defender would probably be top of the list.
I chose the BFG KO2 tires at my last replacement as my use pattern includes some off road excursions. Although they perform well off road, the stopping characteristics on wet pavement are substantially less than the Michelin LTX A/T2s I had previously. I will be replacing the BFG tires with Michelin CrossClimates in a couple of months after a lifespan of ~44K miles.
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Old 10-06-2020, 11:49 AM   #12
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I to like the Michelin tires but my son-in-law who always does research before buying anything, went with Toyo Open Range AT tires.
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Old 10-06-2020, 11:50 AM   #13
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I have the same truck (2017). My Goodyear Wrangler SR5 OEM 265/60/R20 tires have about 5/16th left after 42k miles (about 50% of miles were towing).



With winter ahead here in Colorado I am going to replace with BFG 275/65/20 KO2 AT DT tires. The DT (different tread compound) have a much more dense compound vs. the regular KO2 specifically for 3/4-1-ton high torque applications and come with a 50k mileage warrantee. I want a little more versatility for off the beaten path excursions, and a very slightly larger tire, keeping all suspension stock.



If I were going to stay on road 100% the Michelin Defender would probably be top of the list.


Ditto. Run the KO2s. Very happy
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Old 10-06-2020, 12:25 PM   #14
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Am firmly in the Michelin camp too.
Got rid of the factory installed Firestone tires after 10k miles..
Very satisfied after 85k miles with my Michelin Defender LTX on my ‘16 RAM 2500.
Quiet, comfortable ride, and secure in the knowledge that these are well engineered tires.
My $0.02..
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Old 10-06-2020, 12:49 PM   #15
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My GY Wranglers lasted 73k miles as original equipment on my 2016 Chevy 2500 Duramax. I was gonna try to get them to 80k until driving through lovely Fort Lee NJ where the the road conditions are beyond deplorable. Tore up the inside sidewall of the right front. Have to say those Wranglers treated me well.
Wanted to put on Michelin Agilis Cross Climates but were too hard to get. So I put on Michelin Defenders. So far great (michelin defenders 16 inch on the rig too.)!
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Old 10-06-2020, 12:56 PM   #16
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The stock Bridgestones on my Tundra wore too fast, so I replaced with the always popular Michelin Defender.
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I have a 2018 GMC Sierra with 25,000 miles, most of those are towing my 23' AS. I'm in the middle of a 4,000 mile trip now and another 5,000 miler in May. I have the factory issue Goodyear Wrangler SR5's on the truck and just had to have on repaired as I took a nail. So, one patched time and another 9,000 miles ahead of me this year. Time to replace? Thinking the Michelin Defenders' would be a better choice. Tire experts? What would you do? thanks!
Michelin Agilis E Rated.
Great tire replaces the defender with improved performance.
Came out last year and Installed them on my F-250. With better sidewall specs it will be a great tire on the AS when the time comes.
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Old 10-06-2020, 03:54 PM   #18
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Consider the Cooper 10-ply tires (AT3-4S). I just put 4 on my truck today. It comes with a 65,000 mile warranty.
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Old 10-06-2020, 09:51 PM   #20
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Recently replaced the cooper at3 on my 2005 silverado at 81000 miles. Put on another set of 10 ply coopers at about $400.00 less than the Michelins. Is a great tire and very quiet.
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