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Any All Season-type tire recs?

Discussion in '200-Series Cruisers' started by Butzi, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Butzi

    Butzi

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    Long time lurker, first time posting.

    I recently purchased a white 2016 LC with 18k miles; still waiting for it to arrive via transport. The waiting is the hardest part...

    Initially, I was determined to replace the OEM tires with BFG KO2's in 275/70 r18. I love the look and it's offroad potential, but the more I've thought about it, the less need I see for a true all terrain tire in my life right now. I drive a lot on City streets & highways. This will be my daily driver :)

    During the winter, we drive from the San Francisco Bay Area to Squaw Valley (200+ miles; 50 of which can be off highway during snow storms - just not this season) for kids' ski teams each weekend.

    Currently, I have a Mercedes ML Bluetec with Pirelli Scorpion Winter (performance winter tires). They handled last year's EPIC snow season without an issue, even deep (>8") snow, off highway. I also have used Blizzak DM-V2s for a soon-to-be sold Lexus RX330 (amazing combination in the snow & ice, btw).

    I don't plan on doing any rock crawling or serious off-roading, with the LC any time soon. Probably some dirt/fire roads for camping/hunting (if I find the time later this year...). When next winter rolls around, I'll wait for the weather forecast, and purchase winter tires if needed for the weekly mountain trips.

    After researching these forums (yes, I've used the "Search" function; understandably only a few old threads) and the internet, I can't find many recommendations for a highway-biased tire for this SUV. I know most of you on these boards are all-terrain buffs, but if anyone has experience with an all season ("Good at many things, master of none") tires, I'd appreciate the feedback.

    The Kumho Crugen HT51 looks like a possibility, as does the Michelin Defender LTX M/S, or similar, in LT275/70-18. One concern is the look of an all season tire in that size; out of place?

    Thanks in advance! Jeff
     
  2. UCrazyKid

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    I've had friends that like the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo2 and a lot of guys here run the Michelin LTX on the more street friendly rigs.

    edit: the Revo2 also comes in a Passenger rating (or LT) too so it's lighter and will likely give better mileage.
     
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  3. Butzi

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    Thanks for the input. I know this won’t be the most popular subject on mud.

    Who knows, in the coming weeks, I may change my mind...again. :)
     
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    Agreed with UCrazyKid. Those are the two tire models that come to mind. With perhaps the Michelin LTX having an edge to on road NVH and manners.

    Note that the LTX, is "LT" in name, but you have to look at the specific sizes to determine if they are P or LT rated construction. Much like every other AT tire out there. P tires will have the edge in on road comfort. P in XL flavor may be a good compromise to the LT, if you even have a choice in the desired size.
     
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    I second the LTX. We run those on the LX 470. Fabulous tires.
     
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    I assume when you guys say "Michelin LTX" we are referring to the newer all season "Defender LTX M/S" or the older "LTX M/S2"? I can't tell which model Michelin discontinued in the same category.
     
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    When I had the same question, I started with the test results and reviews on the Tire Rack for highway all season tires. Once I had narrowed it down to the top tires there, I ran searches here on MUD using those specific tires as the search term to read about experiences with them from Land Cruiser owners. For example, the 2 you have listed are the top 2 on the Tire Rack. If you run a search on MUD using "Defender LTX" as the search term, you'll get 3 or 4 pages of posts from just the last 2 years on those tires.

    From all that, I settled on the Defender LTX, which (15,000 miles so far) have been a good time for my needs.

    Edit, to answer your post just now, the Defender LTX is the current model; the MS/2 is being discontinued.
     
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    That's been my process as well, though I had questionable experiences with Michelins in the past, not for this application though. The Kumhos have way fewer "review miles" as the Defenders, so I take that into account when making my decision.

    I really appreciate everyone's input.
     
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    We're running the M/S2. They're 2-3 years old.
     
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    This is interesting information, not currently stated on tirerack.com. Maybe I'll be the first to test it on an LC:

    KUMHO CRUGEN HT51 EARNS A SNOWFLAKE
    Kumho announces changes to the all-new Crugen HT51.

    Beginning with June [2016] production, select Kumho Crugen HT51 light truck sizes will be

    marked with the mountain snowflake symbol, which means these tires meet the severe snow

    service requirements of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC).

    The tires with the snowflake will be available in the following sizes:

    – LT235/75R15

    – LT215/85R16

    – LT225/75R16

    – LT235/85R16

    – LT245/75R16

    – LT265/75R16

    – LT235/80R17

    – LT245/70R17

    – LT245/75R17

    – LT265/70R17

    – LT275/65R18

    LT275/70R18

    The Crugen HT51, an all-new highway terrain tire, is engineered with qualities and features to go the

    distance in hard working, hard driving, all-season conditions. The Crugen HT51 features an

    extensive line-up of sizes and applications with 35 sizes, 15- to 20-inch rim diameters in R, S, and T

    speed ratings. The Crugen HT51 offers a 105,000KM warranty on P-metric tires and an 80,000KM

    warranty on LT-metric tires.

    Source: Kumho Crugen HT51 Earns a Snowflake | Autosphere
     
  11. m3fan

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    I've put a lot of miles on the Revo2's and they are a solid all-season tire. Certainly good in the snow for an A/S tire. I also had the Hankook Dynapro HP2 (that's my link to TR, not an ad by the way) on my 100 series for 2 full winter seasons and I thought they were a GREAT A/S tire. Take a look at those for sure. I put about 35K on the HP2s and they still had plenty of tread when I sold that vehicle.
     
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