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Old 12-10-2017, 03:52 PM   #1
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Bad tires for tow vehicle

Well, I had to buy another set of tires for my Tundra. The set I had started to flake and chip off. In Texas itís called ďTire ChunkingĒ according to Discount Tires.
They were 70,000 mile tires. Only got 34,000 out of them. Luckily, I was able to get them replaced (pro-rated of course) for about half the price of the original set. Luckily, the original set are discontinued.

MICHELIN LTX M/S2 are bad!!!
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Old 12-10-2017, 04:19 PM   #2
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I had very good luck with those same tires. I had 60K on the set on my 2006 Tundra before trading in for a 2013 F150 Screw Ecoboost and they looked like they'd make it through one more winter. Maybe since I'm in Wisconsin the tires liked a little snow now and then. I'm assume you don't have that luxury in Texas.
I'm looking to replace the OEM Goodyear Wranglers on the Ford before towing season starts back up. I'm thinking 10 ply. Did you go with the Michelin Defenders which I understand are the tires replacing the LTX M/S2?
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Old 12-10-2017, 05:33 PM   #3
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I had very good luck with those same tires. I had 60K on the set on my 2006 Tundra before trading in for a 2013 F150 Screw Ecoboost and they looked like they'd make it through one more winter. Maybe since I'm in Wisconsin the tires liked a little snow now and then. I'm assume you don't have that luxury in Texas.
I'm looking to replace the OEM Goodyear Wranglers on the Ford before towing season starts back up. I'm thinking 10 ply. Did you go with the Michelin Defenders which I understand are the tires replacing the LTX M/S2?
Yes. Iím on the Defenders LTX now. The issue we have in Texas is the heat, ozone and that these were just a bad set.
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Old 12-10-2017, 05:45 PM   #4
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Bad tires for tow vehicle

I had horrible luck with LTX m/s2ís on my F350 as well. Tread chunking, horrible wear and 3 of 4 had sidewall failure. (Iím in Michigan. No excessive heat but I do tow heavy all the time and plow in the winter). Iíve gone back to my tried and true Firestone transforce- I only get 35-40000 miles on them, but theyíre cheaper and they NEVER fail.


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I had horrible luck with LTX m/s2’s on my F350 as well. Tread chunking, horrible wear and 3 of 4 had sidewall failure. (I’m in Michigan. No excessive heat but I do tow heavy all the time and plow in the winter). I’ve gone back to my tried and true Firestone transforce- I only get 35-40000 miles on them, but they’re cheaper and they NEVER fail.


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X2. I was once a faithful Michelin buyer until I had 3 separate sets do exactly as shown above. Plus, one set had a complete sidewall separation. I chalked it up to my trucks being on dirt and gravel access roads every day, but it apparently happens in other applications also.

My trucks are now on either Firestone Destinations, Goodyear Duratracs, or Bridgestone Duelers. Couldn't be happier.
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:46 PM   #6
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I have the Michelin LTX MS2 on my truck and so far so good....bought them at Costco....
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When it comes to tires, Michelin (LTX) is still by far the best performing truck tires on the market. Tire chunking as they call it is mainly caused by gravel roads. Being in an area where we service both city and county folks, the vehicles that come in to the Dealership with this complaint on the tires are the ones that travel the dirt/gravel roads, the farming community. Most of them that come back are also "not" Michelins either. We have run across the 3/4 tons with LTX on them with the outer tread wearing faster after towing for long period of time .... advised the customer to bump up the air pressure while towing, and back to the advised PSI on door label when you return home!
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43 and counting, no gravel and wish I towed more.
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I had Duratracs on my dually. Great in the snow for the first while, when they wear they were crap. Also very noisy and on the diesel the fronts cupped badly.

I got about 30k mi out of them and went to Defenders. They didn't seem to be a whole lot quieter.

New truck came with Michelin AT2's so I'll see how those handle towing this winter. At least being SRW I can rotate them without breaking them down.
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When I went to replace the tires on our Tundra, I wanted the LTX/MS2's again, like the last set that we put on our 2004 Tundra. They were great in the snow. I was told they were replaced by the Defender series. I called Michelin directly, and asked why the change. Customer service said Michelin upgraded the tire compounds to make them more "chip resistant". After reading these posts, now that makes sense to me.
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