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    Default Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    I am considering new tyres for my wife's vehicle. The tyres are still well in legal spec but in wet weather just doesn't feel right to me.

    I have always considered Michelin LTX tyres to be good and I got some prices. They are really cheap, about half the price of BFGoodrich.

    My question is why so cheap? To me it seems too cheap and we are usually caught into thinking that if it costs more it's better quality. I want tyres that will grip well on and off road, be less prone to punctures and give good mileage.

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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    How old are they?

    As tires age their rubber becomes harder. Harder rubber doesn't grip that well, especially when it's wet.
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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    I had Michelin LTX M/S2 tyres on my 4x2 Hilux, so I cannot comment on hardcore off road capability, but they gave me 165'000 problem free km's with tread left over. (I checked with my insurance and they did not have a timeline on tyre expiry, only on the tread on the tyre in case of an accident)

    I replaced them in 2019 again with Michelin's and so far not a single problem, grip is good on wet road.

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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    What do you class as cheap as I see for my size 265/65/17 they range from R3300 to R3750 on a quick google search. Whereas Goodyear Wrangler in the same size range from R2089 to R2429.


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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    So are Michelin cheap or BFGoodreach expensive?

    I had a set of Michelins (M/S) on my Colt Rodeo and I was super happy with everything.

    90% of my driving was on tar and it still is the case. For me Michelin was the best tyre for my needs.

    My only problem with Michelin is that I don't travel enough per month to really get the best out of them.

    I replaced mine at 140Kkm but with enough tread left to keep them but the tyres were getting on in years though.

    Cannot comment on the latest version but I am going to consider them when I have to replace the current tyres.

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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    Also do yourself a favour and check the same spec tyres with as many dealers as you can. I got my wranglers for about 60% of the average quoted price at most dealers all because I found one who doesn't use a middle man to get them in store.
    That may just be why they seem so much cheaper..... Just a thought

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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    The LTX Force is quite a bit better priced than the LTX AT2.
    Should you be looking at the AT2, they apparently don't have the strongest sidewall.
    But they are a very good AT tyre, good grip in sand and on rocks.
    On tar they are extremely nice, comfortable, quiet ride and excellent grip in dry and wet conditions.
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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    From a Online store LTX Force is R2600 and I was quoted R2800 from a dealer. That is very cheap compared to my first choice of BFGoodrich tyres.

    I now understand from the previous post there are two different LTX types. Is the Force a cheaper tyre meaning less quality that could result in more punctures or blowouts?

    The tyres will be for a LC 200 which my wife drives. She will be travelling a 460km round trip to fetch our son from boarding school every second Friday. I want good tyres.

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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    Get the LTX AT2 if you can
    Used them on a Dodge Ramcharger with lots of high speed interstate driving, in Minnesota rain/snow, and off road in Arizona sand/rocks and dirt roads without issue...
    Quiet and long wearing tires

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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    The LTX Force has replaced the LTX AT 2 according to my Google search.

    Michelin claim they are using a few if their patented innovations on the tyre.

    They also claim that the LTX Force are better than the average of the competitor tyres in handling, braking distance and a few more.

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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    I have LTX Force on my 4x4 now for about 40k km and I drive about 70% gravel all over Namibia Damaraland , Kaokoveld, and Namib and no problems or cuts at all. On tar they are a lot softer than my previous Contis on which I got about 45k km, and the LTX Force will last at least another 30 to 40K km. Excellent tyres all round!

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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    I am not super current on this, but I have it on good authority that Michelin spend more on R&D than any of the other manufacturers. I cannot vouch for this info, but they certainly were out in front of the rest in recent times, and I would be surprised if this has changed ?

    I would not hesitate to use them if they came in at a reasonable price.

    One thing to bear in mind is that some tyres specify "LT" or light truck. These often carry a much heavier load rating and more plies and rubber all around than a similar not LT spec tyre from the same family. The cruiser is stuffing heavy so perhaps LT may be worth spending the extra dosh on, but I would rather get advice from a tyre specialist than me.

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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    I have observed that very few bakkies run on the LTX, although it is a great tyre.
    The difference in price make it sometimes difficult to purchase, and the same for BFG.
    At the end of the day: WHO WANTS TO DRIVE AN UNCOMFORTABLE LAND CRUISER FOR 10 YEARS IF YOU CAN HAVE A COMFORTABLE AMAROK EVERY 5 YEARS??!!

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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    Quote Originally Posted by GarethHAllen View Post

    The tyres will be for a LC 200 which my wife drives. She will be travelling a 460km round trip to fetch our son from boarding school every second Friday. I want good tyres.
    i have had a set of Michelin AT2 on my DC ranger 4x4 and they never missed a beat on or offroad! exceptionally nice on sand as well. Michelin are renown as the best quality tyre manufacture and their products are usually above par!

    However stating you intend on fitting it to a LC200 with an ave kerb weight of 2600+kg i would be careful of what i fit, that is a heavy vehicle without any extras and i would look for tyres that are rated as LT tyres right of the bat to cope with the extra weight. The AT2 may work great but will wear quicker and be prone to punctures with the immense body its carrying around vs a LT tyre.

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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    The Michelin LTX AT2 do come in LT spec.
    The LTX Force I haven't seen in LT spec so far. Maybe that's why they are a little cheaper than the AT2.
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    Default Re: Is there a problem with Michelin LTX

    I have fitted Michelin Primacy SUV on my Cruiser 200 after a disappointing experience with Yokohamas fitted as new by Toyota.
    So far very happy, exceptionally quiet on the tar and wearing well (done 20000kM). Granted it is more of an HT tyre than an AT, so not really relevant to this discussion point. Price was the best of all the brands that I checked, and road noise was my primary criteria followed by typical SA gravel road capability.

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