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Old 08-23-2020, 01:53 PM   #21
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Michelin LT on the truck...not sure about your dealers, but here in MT, I am having difficulty finding new Michelin LTX 275-65 R20 on my F250. Costco telling me none in stock anywhere and not able to order; Ford dealer said same? I have 48K on mine, and although they are 60K rated warranty, likely only 5k or so left. I started looking last week. This is my second set (96K miles on the truck) Been happy towing the AS (38K miles) with these. Quiet and no issues....any suggestions appreciated.
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Old 08-23-2020, 02:35 PM   #22
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Have you tried Tire Rack? I bought my last two sets from them.
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Old 08-23-2020, 10:28 PM   #23
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Have you tried Tire Rack? I bought my last two sets from them.
That's who I used for my last 8 Michelin Defender LT E rated tires, best price by far. I had Discount Tire mount and balance for $40 total. Saved a total of $140 over every tire shop I called for a quote. Tire Rack beat them all, by a bunch.
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Old 08-24-2020, 09:48 AM   #24
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I've been looking almost daily and as of yesterday (I believe) the Michelin Defender LTX M/S in size 275/65R20 is no longer listed on Discount Tire's website

/panic lol
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Old 08-24-2020, 10:20 AM   #25
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No, Michelin changed the name of that tire design from MS3 to Defender. I run those in E rated LT tires on both my 30' Classic slider and my F250.

My reply was based on personal experince. In Spring '2019, they were discontinued in all 3 sizes I run. Nice tires and I was looking for more, but that was enough to make me give up looking for them at the time.
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Old 08-24-2020, 03:12 PM   #26
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I've been looking almost daily and as of yesterday (I believe) the Michelin Defender LTX M/S in size 275/65R20 is no longer listed on Discount Tire's website

/panic lol
After contacting Michelin this weekend, I was told the LT275/65/R20 is available in 3 LT rated models: Defender, LTX, Agilis; Could not locate the Agilis in my size. I was able to get the Defender from Walmart in Helena MT. They said they located 4 in San Jose, CA and can have by end of this week. Discount Tire today, told me they can get me the same LTX model I have been running on by Thursday, and will beat Costco price by $20 installed; total will be $1250. I inquired about the all 3 models again at Costco; but they could not locate. The Costco guys there said they would recommend the new Agilis model if it were them towing heavy loads, hands down, but again, not available. As I compared on the Michelin site again just now, the LTX seem best choice for me. I do drive on gravel 20-30% and have 48K+ on my second set of these...I am just down to the wear indicators so likely could go a few more K miles, but with long trip down to WY next week, then on to TX, need to take advantage of the tax savings while still in MT.
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Old 08-26-2020, 09:22 AM   #27
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If you are a boondocker I would go with BFGoodrich KO2 E rated
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Old 08-26-2020, 10:18 AM   #28
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On my 2018 F150 I just installed Michelin Aglis 10 ply and love them. The defenders were mushy when towing.
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Old 08-26-2020, 10:32 AM   #29
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I have a similar truck as yours and I run Michelin LTX A/T 2. I have 30,000 miles on this set with no problems. I have run Michelins for years with never a tire related problem or a flat.
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Old 08-26-2020, 10:32 AM   #30
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I ran Michelin LTX AT2's on my F150, and now as OEM tires on an F350. They are good stable tires for towing (when aired up properly), they are quiet on the highway, and dirt/gravel traction is decent.

HOWEVER, they are just miserable in snow and ice. That's probably not a big factor for the OP in NC, but anybody living in the northern climes will probably not be happy with these tires year-round.
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Old 08-26-2020, 11:05 AM   #31
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Old 08-26-2020, 11:31 AM   #32
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Highly recommend the Michelin Defender M+S for F150

Highly recommend the Michelin Defender M+S.

I recently changed my 2018 Ford F-150 OEM GY tires (which were still in great shape) to the Michelin Defender M+S 275/55/R20. This was based on my good experience on other vehicles.

They handle very well towing my 25 FC with my 2018 Ford F-150 4x4.

Tires are very smooth and quit on the highway and get me through snow and mud in Maryland
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Old 08-26-2020, 11:41 AM   #33
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We have a 25 RBQ FC. Getting ready for new tires for my Ecoboost F150. Any thoughts on these particular tires?


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You could not put better tires on your F150. I have them on my Chevy 2500 HD and they are great tires. Gives me great confidence while pulling my AS.

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Old 08-26-2020, 02:12 PM   #34
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I believe you'll find the Defenders were discontinued last year.
You heard wrong. Americaís Tire Store and Michelin both have them as of yesterday. I have put 65000 to 70000 miles on several sets of these tires on a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. Great tires if you are mainly on pacement.
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Old 08-26-2020, 03:01 PM   #35
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Copper Defender.

Have never understood the hold Michelin has over people. Just burn your money....
Don't know about you but I got my money's worth on the hiway and the trail.
Actually, even tho the AT looks more like a road tire (compared to other ATs), I was pleasantly surprised on the trail.
Not to mention 70k mile warranty. Whats not to like?
Depending where you shop, the price differential is def worth it, to me anyway.
My TV is a 2000 F150 7700 (250 LD) 4x4. Michelin ATs are smooth on the hiway and aired down, capable on some gnarly trails. I've had KO2s, Falken Wildpeak AT3w, M/T MTZp3, Khumos and more.
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Michelin Defender LTX for F150

I like the Cooper AT3 xLT tires. Have 305/55R20s on my 2020 Ram 1500 Limited EcoDiesel.[ATTACH]376997Click image for larger version

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I have a 2007 Yukon XL with 141k and still running strong and looks almost new. Came with Goodyear AT/S tires which lasted almost 60k. Was pleased enough to replace with same keeping the original spare (never used). Third set replaced with Michelin Defender LTX M/S including spare. The goodyears were fine but I have always leaned towards Michelins. Had them on multiple previous vehicles. Great tire even if a little more expensive than most. Also living in the upper Midwest have never had an issue with the less aggressive tread on the Michelin Defenders in snow or rain.
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Thanks for that! Going to get the new LTX AT2's LT tires installed this morning in Helena!
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Interested to see people's comments on this!

I will be doing a bit of things to my truck and want a stronger LT tire than my OEM P-rated tires. After tons of research and going back and forth I feel the 275/65R20 Michelin Defender LTX M/S fit my need the best for an all around solid tire, highway driving and towing.
I agree, I used the same tire on my 2017 F150 platinum. Pulling an Airstream 25FB Twin. Iím not planning on doing any off grid camping.

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We have a 25 RBQ FC. Getting ready for new tires for my Ecoboost F150. Any thoughts on these particular tires?


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Hello JoeHTP,

I have had Michelin LTX defenders on my 2007 F150 for abt 3 years and they have performed well. I pull an Ď07 Safari 25 SS. Our trailerís scale-verified weight Is 5,400 lbs. TV provides a stable and reliable ride. I think you will get good results!
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