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Old 03-10-2017, 11:55 AM   #1
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LT vs standard tires on TV

I have a 2014 Chev Suburban 1500 Z71 4WD. I'm wondering if I should purchase the factory tire size(265/65-18) in a Michelin Defender LTX-M&S or the same tire in the LT version but in size 275/65-18. Would be pulling a 19' Escape. The 275 is a little bigger/wider/heavier by 10Lbs per tire - more rolling resistance, stiffer/rougher, and may hydroplane more easily. I'm sure the standard LTX would probably be fine but I'm a 'if a little more is better, than a lot more is even better kind of guy'. I've also installed Hellwig aftermarket front and rear sway bars to limit body roll - they work great. Anxiously awaiting opinions. Thanks
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Old 03-10-2017, 12:18 PM   #2
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Just my opinion but I am on my second set of 265 LTX M+S on my Highlander. The first set went 72,000 miles to get down to 4/32. Mine aren't 18s but I really could not see going wider myself. I have pulled our 19 well over 20,000 miles with this tire. I like my Michelins. Rain, snow, wind and darkness will not keep me from my appointed rounds errrr reservation.
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I replaced my Firestone passenger recalled tires on my Ford Explorer with Yokohama light truck tires. As they wore, the road noise became deafening. Replaced those with passenger tires and found that I could hear the engine running.
I would go with what Suburban specs for the vehicle.
I'm about to replace the tires on my RAV4 and am leaning heavily toward Nokian All-weather ( not all-season ) tires so I can run them year around.
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Iowa Dave. Are your michelins the LT version of the LTX? The two I'm talking about are both called LTX-M&S. I'm considering the 265/65-18 LTX-M&S(stock size) and the 275/65-18 LTX-M&S which is the LT version. Thanks
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Iowa Dave. Are your michelins the LT version of the LTX? The two I'm talking about are both called LTX-M&S. I'm considering the 265/65-18 LTX-M&S(stock size) and the 275/65-18 LTX-M&S which is the LT version. Thanks
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Hi Dan
I should have waited to for my wife to get the Highlander back home. Old age setting in has caused me to make a mistake. The tires I am running are Michelin Defenders 245/ 65/R17. LTX M/S. that's the same size that came on the Highlander in a Toyo A20.
They are not LT grade tires. I had LT grade tires on the Dodge Dakota that
I had before I got the Highlander. They were 265s. These Michelins are at least made in the USA. Sorry for the confusion. These tires run quiet which I like. I do not go off
road so they've worked well for me. They are good in snow and rain. I hate sharp downhill turns on wet paving and feeling the trailer push me. I get none of this with the Defenders.
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Dan- I have 275/55R20 tires; the originals were Bridgestone and they were stiff. Went to the Michelin LTX MS2 and is an amazing difference. I pump them up to 40(max is 44) psi when towing and have 17K on them so far and are wearing great.
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Our 2016 Highlander came with Michelin Latitude 245/60/R18 105H. They are quiet, ride very well and did well in the snow. The more I use them, the more I like Michelin tires.
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Dan- I have 275/55R20 tires; the originals were Bridgestone and they were stiff. Went to the Michelin LTX MS2 and is an amazing difference. I pump them up to 40(max is 44) psi when towing and have 17K on them so far and are wearing great.
I am also running 40 lbs on the 44psi max Defenders. There is no noticeable yaw.
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