So, I donít need to replace my stock tires quite just yet, I know eventually the time will come and I'd like to have money set aside for it since it will be a fairly large purchase. I have a 2009 Tacoma Aux Cab 4x4 with the basic 16" wheels. I don't have a lift. I know Michelin is a really good brand, and was doing some research, and I think two very good options are the LTX A/T2 and the LTX M/S2. I like the looks of the A/T2, but M/S2 has an addition 70,000 mile warranty, and under its specs, out performs the A/T2 in every category except off-roading, which I do almost none of, the little I do...isn't real off-roading, its just literally driving off-road... My question is this, has anyone had an experience with these? The A/T2 has excellent tread life, according to consumer reports, and the website only has it rated slightly under the M/S2. I know A/T stands for all terrain, and M/S stands for mud and snow. I do a LOT of winter driving, and its really crappy winters, lots of snow, ice, slush, and slippery crap. With the aggressive tread of the A/T2, I'd think it'd handle nicely, but the M/S2 claims to be the best. I'm at a loss, the price difference is negligible.
Also on a different note, my current tires are 245/75/16R. I donít want a lift...but wouldn't mind a tiny bit taller, I'd like to put the biggest wheel/tire that I can in the well to fill it up, without having it rub, or have to shave anything, or lose any of my turning radius, so I donít know if that means upgrading to a 17inch wheel, which I wouldn't be opposed to, or getting a bigger 16inch tire (not sure if anything bigger will fit?)
Thanks for all the help and input! Any 2 cents will be appreciated!