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Michelin or BFG

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Silver Moose, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Jan 15, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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    Silver Moose

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    Hi, I have a 2006 Tacoma, double cab, long bed. Took it out on the striper coast and got stuck in some wet sand, requiring a good samaritan's help to pull me out. Don't want to go through that again, (I was below the high water mark with an incoming tide!).
    I like the look of the BFG Rugged Terrain TA but I've read some posts on other sites that rate the a similar Michelin higher for performance and wear.
    I drive highways 80% of the time and off road (mostly beach and hard packed earth the remaining 20%). Importantly I live in the Northeast and would want these tires to handle well in snow and ice.
    tire size p245/75R16 109S.
    Any feedback is greatly appreciated
    Thanks
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  2. Jan 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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    Iv run the BFG All terrains. A tad more agressive but are amazing on the road and get awesome mileage my jeep friend has 90k on his and they still have quite a bit of tread. the best tire iv ever run in snow by far and do pretty good in sand to boot.
     
  3. Jan 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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    Pugga

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    Click the link... they're made by treadwright. They're a retread tire made to look like the BFG's but for a lot less money.

    OP, if you can afford it Michelin's are awesome tires. The biggest deterent is the initial cost but for mostly highway driving, they'll wear great, give you a nice ride and won't fall flat on their face off road (assuming you're looking at one of the A/T or M+S tires).

    Also, airing down on the sand will help tremendously with those narrow tires.
     
  7. Jan 17, 2012 at 5:15 AM
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    Thanks for all the feedback. Looks like I'll be going with the Michelin despite lovin the BFG look. Now all I have to do is pick up some OT at work. Funny but if I was driving anything other than a Tacoma, with 87k miles I'd be thinking more about a new truck, not new tires.
    Glad I found this forum and maybe I can contribute some help in the future.
    See you all on the road,
    The Silver Moose
     
  8. Jan 17, 2012 at 5:29 AM
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    Are you sold on those 2 tires or open to other brands? Lots of options out there, many are a lot more cost effective than the 2 you're looking at.
     
  9. Jan 17, 2012 at 5:34 AM
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    You will not regret the Michelins. In my opinion the best tire choice you can make.
     
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    Ask any tire guy and he will tell you the same thing.
     
  11. Jan 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM
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    OP,

    If you put those "miles" on and can swing Michelins...do it....;)

    I just purchased a '07 Ridgeline with Oem Michelin AT's and with 56k the fronts are at 75% ,rears 60%.....This Honda did Maine winters for the first 2 years and Florida west coast "sugar sand" the last 3 years........

    The Round trips (Maine/Florida) happened for 4 years and NEVER had a tire problem even though the Honda was loaded down both ways ....:cool:

    Only problem with Michelins is you HAVE TOO commit to rotating them; why my 4 are so different !!!! These have not been done in 11000 miles and towing a boat 1-2 days a week shows up quick....
     
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    What's sad is that the American consumer has been trained to dump their cars before 100k miles when the entire world keeps theirs well past 300k before they sell theirs. Look at countries like Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Those guys are still driving cars from the 1960s just fine.
     
  13. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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    Some more great feedback.
    Thanks again
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  14. Jan 18, 2012 at 8:41 AM
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    Come to New England, it's tough to keep a vehicle looking good after 100k miles because of all the salt on the roads. It's also more difficult to work on your truck because everything gets rusted on. That's been my main reason to dump vehicles around the 100k mark. I've got probably 2 more years before my Tacoma hits that magic number and then I'll have a tough decision to make...
     
  15. Jan 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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    Hey Pugga
    Couldn't agree with you more about the effects of snow and salt.
    The outside of my truck looks brand new due to my vigilant washing and waxing.
    The interior gets a thorough cleaning after all the fishing trips. It's the undercarriage that's starting to show some corrosion-but that is purely cosmetic. No structural safety concerns. Certainly not worth replacing at a 100k mark.
    Reliability and safety are the two reasons my family owns 10 Toyota products! It's also why when I'm ready I would buy another Tacoma
     
  16. Jan 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM
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    i just had the M/S2's installed. UNBELIEVEABLE improvement over the stock dunlaps on snowpacked city streets and wet pavement. my anti-lock breaks were kicking in constantly with the dunlaps- not any more! i'm very happy with the new michelin's. on the dry interstate, i didn't notice much different- maybe slightly quieter, but not much different. on dry city streets, i feel like they just grab quite a bit better. i initially thought that maybe my new double cab was just a lot heavier than my '98 tacoma and it didn't drive as well on snow/wet pavement. not the case- now it drives like a tacoma should drive! also running 245-75-16's.
     
  17. Jan 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM
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  18. Jan 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM
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    Well, BFG is Michelin... But, I'd still vote for the BFG's. The "Michelin" badged are really much, much more pavement oriented.

    You'll also be really impressed with the on and off road manners of the BFG All Terrain T/A's. A spectacular tire.

    dp
     
  19. Jan 30, 2012 at 5:39 AM
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    Want to thank everyone who posted regarding BFG vs Michelin. Put 4 Michelin tires from Costco on my Tacoma. Solid and quiet ride. Holds the road extremely well in heavy rain and would assume the deep side wall tread will move me safely on sand during my summer/fall fishing and kayak trips.
    By the way, the service and price at Costco was incredible. Ordered tires and they arrived wirhin 5 days, they called as soon as they came in and an hour later they were mounted on my truck. Read the reviews of those other national wholesale tire distributors-lots of complaints. It pays to do your research! Also was able to save$70 with their in store coupon.
    Silver Moose
     
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