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Quiet Highway Tire Rec

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Root5150, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Jun 9, 2018 at 7:12 PM
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    Root5150

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    2018 Platinum 4x4, no lift or level, with stock 20” wheels and tires. I drive 60,000 miles a year, mostly highway, in everything from snow and ice to torrential downpours to high heat. Stock tires have 40k on them and are going to be replaced soon. I don’t tow anything that often, and I haul anywhere from 300-700 lbs in the bed occasionally (sales demos and equipment)

    I see a lot of threads on here for larger tires and more for off-road use. Just curious if anyone can recommend a quiet, high mileage tire for me. And should I stay with the same size or any benefit to going slightly larger?

    Also, my company pays for all of my fuel, so MPGs are not that much of a concern for me.
     
  2. Jun 9, 2018 at 7:19 PM
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    BTBAKER

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    I think the stock Michelin’s would be a good option based on what you have described.
     
  3. Jun 9, 2018 at 7:24 PM
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    Michelin defender lxt ms for sure. Well worth spending more, they ride great, are quiet, last forever and will perform well in what you described as your driving conditions. You won't find a better tire
     
  5. Jun 9, 2018 at 7:31 PM
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    I went from 275/55/20 up to 275/60/20
    That's pretty much 32" to 33". Didn't notice a hit in mpg, they have a little more sidewall, and look better on these trucks.
    If you're lucky and keep your eyes open, eBay discount tire direct will be having their $100 off $400 sale. Do 2 orders of 2 tires, you will be hard pressed to find a better deal.
    Fyi the stock size is cheaper than the size up though.
     
  6. Jun 9, 2018 at 8:45 PM
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    The first set of Michelin defenders we put on my wife’s taco lasted 60,000 miles: smooth and quiet. This set are warranted for 90,000 miles. Probably one of the best road tires made.
     
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    I was wondering about the size too, so I’m glad you mentioned that. I’ve been searching the threads here and messing with some sizing calculators. Do the larger tires affect the ride at all? It looks like it might affect the speedo a mph or so, but that’s not a big deal to me. And looks matter too, so the more I can fill up the wheel wells, the better.;)
     
  8. Jun 10, 2018 at 7:25 AM
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    Thanks for the recs everyone. I was looking at the Michelin Defenders so obviously that’s been confirmed.

    Anyone have any experience with the Nitto Dura Grapplers? The reviews seem to be similar to the Michelins as far as quiet ride and treadlife. I had a set of Nittos on my Explorer that had almost 90,000 miles on them and still had some tread left.

    Otherwise, I’m leaning Michelins pretty hard.
     
  9. Jun 10, 2018 at 7:36 AM
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    If anything I think they improve the ride a little. Smoother over holes in the road and the little extra sidewall is nice.
    It does effect Speedo and Odometer a little but not much. I prefer taller skinny tires to wide tires, just my preference. I used to run 255s on my tacoma and loved them. Here's a great link ...https://www.tacomaworld.com/tirecalc
    And this is an estimate, obvi ever tire is a little different.

    Screenshot_20180610-103506.jpg
     
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    I have been running the Michelin defenders on the 02 tundra for over 10 years now, get 70k easy out of them. Since you drive so much, keep in mind that when going up is size the a larger and heavier tire, you are adding rotational mass to the drivetrain. You will lose some MPGs depending on how large you go. I went from 15.5mpg down to 13.5mpg, only mentioning it since you drive some much.
     
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  11. Jun 17, 2018 at 2:55 PM
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    The Continental LX20 is another good hwy tire option. I've had the LTX MS2 (predecessor to Defender LTX) and the LX20, both were great for dry/wet pavement use.
     
  12. Jun 17, 2018 at 3:09 PM
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    Michelins for sure. Best road all weather tire with love you long time mileage. I had 70,000 on my LTX MS and they looked brand new tread wise. The side walls had minimal dry rot so from a safety concern they were replaced. The newer MS2 version tread is wearing quicker, but both perform well and are quiet! Smooth riding too. Probably will improve your ride significantly.
     
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  13. Jun 17, 2018 at 6:58 PM
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    I just put Michelin Defender LTX M/S on my '13 CM. It's the one with the SL load range, not the E1. They have a 70,000 mile warranty. At first I was a little disappointed in the road noise. But at 5000 miles they have quieted down very nicely. A lot quieter now than the LTX A/Ts that were on the truck. Bought them at Discount Tire, and would recommend them.
     
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    Just ordered Michelin Defender LTX tires from Tire Rack, $207 each, free shipping and a $70 refund. Outstanding tire, had MS2s on my 2003 Tundra (predecessor), super quiet. Defender is a few pounds lighter than stock Bridgestones, so that helps with efficiency, unsprung weight.
     
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    Happy with them? I, too, am looking to replace my Bridgestone Duelers . . . not sure if I want to go quiet (i.e. Michelin Defender) or kinda quiet but look great (i.e., Nitto Grapplers). I'm leveled and looking at 275 60 20. Any Nitto pics at that size out there? Thanks.
     

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