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Recent experience with a Michelin Defender #5446426 06/04/20 08:46 PM
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Hi all. Wondering if anyone has any recent experience with Michelin Defender LTX ms tires. I’ve read many reviews online and while they generally score well, I see mixed messages on noise and tread life. I’m looking at them for my 2017 Explorer. I live in the mid-Atlantic region so we have all four seasons. Used for daily commute of 50 miles round trip...thoughts?


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Re: Recent experience with a Michelin Defender [Re: FordSVTGuy] #5446435 06/04/20 09:02 PM
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My step father uses them on his 2004 f150. So far he says that its dangerous because he doesn't notice when hes going 90 anymore. The tires are less than a year old so no real note on tread life but they have been the quietest tires I've seen on a truck.


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Re: Recent experience with a Michelin Defender [Re: FordSVTGuy] #5446436 06/04/20 09:04 PM
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Will you be using a separate set of tires for winter? If not, consider the CrossClimate SUV, if they are made in your size smile

Re: Recent experience with a Michelin Defender [Re: FordSVTGuy] #5446443 06/04/20 09:12 PM
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I’ll use them year round. If it’s real bad snow, I’ll just work from home banana


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Is your tire size 245/60-18? If so, the CrossClimate SUV is made in your size smile

Re: Recent experience with a Michelin Defender [Re: FordSVTGuy] #5446467 06/04/20 09:57 PM
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Seem to be as good as the LTX M/S2 that it replaced. I like them a lot. I can't tell much difference (noise, tire life, grip, etc.). A+ all around, but our winters are fairly mild.

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Re: Recent experience with a Michelin Defender [Re: FordSVTGuy] #5446494 06/04/20 10:42 PM
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We put them on our odyssey before the winter came (that was a bust! OE tires would be heading towards 60k now had we known winter would be so warm). They do ride a bit firmer then the OE Michelin Primacy tires, especially if hitting an expansion joint, but we also run tire pressure a bit higher. No difference in noise, and fine handling.

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I'm on my 3rd set of these Defender Tires since Michelin switched from the LTX / MS2 tires.
I do lots of highway driving. They are very quiet and do pretty well in snow, and Great in the Rain. I normally run them about 75k miles down to about 6/32nds of an inch and sell them on Craigslist for $250-$300. I think you will be very happy with the Michelin Defenders. Good Luck!


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Re: Recent experience with a Michelin Defender [Re: FordSVTGuy] #5446656 06/05/20 07:17 AM
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Ran a set on a Jeep Cherokee 4x4 before trading in. Dealership thought they were new when they actually had over 35K miles on them.

They were wearing like iron, rotated at each oil change and pressures checked monthly. They did pretty well in Michigan winters as well.

I'd buy them again.


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Re: Recent experience with a Michelin Defender [Re: FordSVTGuy] #5446658 06/05/20 07:20 AM
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Thanks for the insights all... getdown


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Re: Recent experience with a Michelin Defender [Re: FordSVTGuy] #5446687 06/05/20 08:00 AM
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We have a set on a 2014 Grand Cherokee. They are the best tires we have had by far. We have also had the OE Michelin Latitude, Firestone Destination LE2 and Cooper Discoverer AT3. They have outlasted any of the other tires. The wet and snow traction is also significantly better than any of the previous tires. Snow traction is downright impressive. With the stock Latitudes, the Jeep used to slide all over the place and activate the ABS every time you hit the brakes. The Defenders are mostly drama free (about as good as you can get without a winter tire).They have also remained quiet and continue to ride smooth after 2 years.

Re: Recent experience with a Michelin Defender [Re: FordSVTGuy] #5446769 06/05/20 09:54 AM
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The defender is a WIDE range of tires.

Similar to firestone destination.

The worst defenders were the passenger car models when they first came out 5+ years ago.

The new truck defender models are above average in every way.

**now waiting on michelin haters to post how bad they are when they never owned this model**


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Re: Recent experience with a Michelin Defender [Re: Rand] #5446867 06/05/20 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Rand
The defender is a WIDE range of tires.

Similar to firestone destination.

The worst defenders were the passenger car models when they first came out 5+ years ago.

The new truck defender models are above average in every way.

**now waiting on michelin haters to post how bad they are when they never owned this model**


Long live Michelin....and Crown Vics......

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Originally Posted by CKN
Originally Posted by Rand
The defender is a WIDE range of tires.

Similar to firestone destination.

The worst defenders were the passenger car models when they first came out 5+ years ago.

The new truck defender models are above average in every way.

**now waiting on michelin haters to post how bad they are when they never owned this model**


Long live Michelin....and Crown Vics......


What, no mention of the 4Runner...

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Re: Recent experience with a Michelin Defender [Re: FordSVTGuy] #5447717 06/06/20 01:43 PM
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I have 62K on my Defenders. Will be replacing them before winter. Even down the the wear bars the still do awesome in the rain.


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