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Michelin Defenders

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by MSCOFF, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. Apr 26, 2016 at 12:24 PM
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    MSCOFF

    MSCOFF [OP] Well-Known Member

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    About a month ago I replaced the stock Dunlop Grantrek 245/75/16 with the Michelin 265/70/16. About 4lbs heavier/tire and an inch wider and the same height. Handles well and quieter and lost about 1 mpg. For those who are interested.
     
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  2. Apr 26, 2016 at 12:54 PM
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    TacomaMike37

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    That will be my next tire for sure.
     
  3. Apr 26, 2016 at 12:57 PM
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    Clearwater Bill

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    Would expect greater grip for braking and foul weather as well.

    If you had stayed the same size, how would the weight have compared?
     
  4. Apr 26, 2016 at 12:59 PM
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    Being an off road i stayed with the 265 70 16s, my summer mpg is 19-20 mpg.
     
  5. Apr 26, 2016 at 1:00 PM
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    SOSHeloPilot

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    ... ^^^ ... Probably my next tire too ... especially if I can't find any MS2's or Premiers to fit.

    OP ... I am surprised that you lost 1 MPG though.

    I have 245/75/16's and I don't think COSTCO or Discount Tire will change sizes (not sure :confused:).
     
  6. Apr 26, 2016 at 1:39 PM
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    Mischelin
    SIZE UTQG MAX.
    LOAD Max. Inflation Pressure Tread Depth Tire Weight Rim Width Range Meas. Rim Width Sect. Width Tread Width Overall Diam. Revs. Per Mile Country of
    Origin*

    265/70R16
    112T SL

    LRR:
    Michelin Total Performance 800 A A 2,469 lbs. 44 psi 12/32" 38 lbs. 7-9" 8" 10.7" 8.1" 30.6" 679 US


    The Dunlop
    SIZE
    UTQG MAX.
    LOAD
    Max. Inflation Pressure Tread Depth Tire Weight Rim Width Range Meas. Rim Width Sect. Width Tread Width Overall Diam. Revs. Per Mile Country of
    Origin*

    P245/75R16
    109S SL 300 B B 2,271 lbs. 51 psi 12/32" 32 lbs. 6.5-8" 7" 9.8" 7.2" 30.5" 683 US

    I got mine at Town Fair Tire in Branford CT. No Problems. They checked for rubbing and clearance before installation.
    I put my cap on the truck a few weeks before changing the tires. The extra 200 lbs might affect the mpg.
     
  7. May 25, 2016 at 3:58 PM
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    ItWks4me

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    I will be getting my new Defenders installed with new TPMS sensors next week June 1. Can the tires be mounted so the white letters don't show? I'm a newbie to truck and auto knowledge. Thanks TW!
     
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  8. May 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM
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    ... ^^^ ... FWIW ... COSTCO has them on sale now ($70.00 off per 4 set) ... great tire.
     
  9. May 25, 2016 at 10:20 PM
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    Exactly where I bought them as the sale ends 5/29! Any recommendation on brand of TPMS to replace the OEM?
     
  10. May 25, 2016 at 10:38 PM
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    Yeah I got the defenders mounted with white letters facing inward. Not a prob.

    I ran MS2's for years. Got the Defenders in January and they're virtually the same tire. I can't tell any difference at all as far as performance goes.
     
  11. May 28, 2016 at 6:32 AM
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    I just traded in the new stock tires and sized up to 265 70 17 in the MS2 yesterday. So far, so good. Opted for the ms2 over the defender for a little added aggressiveness(emphasis on little). I put the defenders on my 2015 Subaru Outback and experienced similar loss in MPG mentioned above, but man are those things great in snow and wet conditions. Sipes run deep too, keeping performance up even when tread works its way down.
     

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