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Has anyone tried the newer highway all seasons after using all terrains? I may need to buy new. I have had all terrains (Coopers and BF Goodrich KO2) on my big trucks. I had Kumho on my Blazer - wore quickly and honestly not that good of traction for all terrains. While I had a sport truck tire on the Dakota 2wd, on gravel, snow, ice, and grass (camper) here in Iowa, it got along almost as well as the Silverado with the KO2s in 2wd. I hear that the all seasons are supposed to be quieter smoother and better mileage and considering I don't go truly off road and we don't get feet deep snow, I wonder if they might be a worthy alternative, or just stick to all terrains?
 

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In my opinion I'd never run anything less than an all terrain on any of my trucks.

No point to really when the toyos I run are quiet and do everything I need.

Not to mention, the visual aspect. All seasons and highway tires just don't look pleasing to me lol.
 

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I ran KO2s and then put on the Defenders. They don't look as good but I got my 2 mpg back on the highway and they are quieter and have gone everywhere so far my KO2s and Nitto Trail Grapplers have gone without getting stuck.
 
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Had pinhole leak problems with set of Michelins LTX, was strangely between the treads, only 2500 miles and no noticeable wear on them, Michelin wouldn't replace under warranty, lost confidence in those tires for safety, put a bad taste in my mouth for Michelin and and haven't bought that brand since.
 

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Had some problems with Michelins LTX developed pinhole leaks in between the treads, I couldn't h get it replaced under warranty with only 2500 and no noticeable tread wear, put a bad taste in my mouth for Michelin, haven't bought since and I have 9 vehicles in the house.
Was that about ten years ago? They had a bad run after they refreshed the tire and called them something like LTX M/S or M and S. They rotted and came apart very quickly, not like the previous or since materials.
 

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Was that about ten years ago?
Was around 2017, bought them in person at TireRack dot com's distribution warehouse in Doraville, GA and had them mounted/balanced by the mom & pop tire shop next door to my office.

Finger pointing ensued and Tire Rack/Michelin would not warranty, said was installer's responsibility to submit a claim.. oh, I have not made anymore purchases from TireRack.com since then either :LOL:

Yes.. BF Goodrich is owned by Michelin but it's important for me to feel safe with the tires on my vehicles (y)
 

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I run Michelin Defender LTX's on my '13. Best tire I've ever had. Quiet, great ride, great traction in dry/rain/snow. I plow snow with them and never have have to spin the tires at all. They fit my needs very well. If you're not going with an AT tire, they might be the best alternative.
I have run the same and was VERY happy with the tires performance.
 
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Yes, and just recently. I can't remember the last HT-style tires I owned prior to these new ones; mostly ATs with a few MTs thrown in depending on my primary use at the time. I'm driving a lot more highway miles than I used to. I chose the BF Goodrich Advantage T/A because it's one of the few HT tires I found that has the three-peak symbol and they have a 65K mile warranty. So far, I've been very happy with them. Very good in snow, surprising in sand, solid on gravel/forest roads, silent on the highway, and the MPG-bump is great. The sidewall is boring so I won't have any 16-year old kids telling me how bad-azz my tires are, but I'll try to cope.
 

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If you want a less aggressive looking AT tire go with the Michelin LTX AT2’s. I have run them on my last three trucks. I got over 170k kilometres on the last set. On my 02 Silverado I had the original LTX AT’s. BTW, they were all the LT rated not P rated.


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Sorry about the delay, had a surprisingly busy week this week. Thanks for the inputs. If I ever get the mileage to recover (right now 8-10 city, 10-14 highway, worse than even my 350 k15 Suburban) I might want more aggressive tread to off-road in western states, but here in Iowa other than the occasional crappy county park road, even with campgrounds it's all paved or fairly packed gravel roads (except spring thaw lol). We rarely even see 8" of snow nowadays here, usually 4" or less. So I don't -need- all terrain, tho they can be nice.

I'm not so concerned with looks as I am performance - reasonable traction year round, even wear and resistance to road hazards, being quiet and better mileage would be a nice perk (wife's car is a '17 Impala, very quiet and V8 ish till you stomp on it and the 4 cylinder noise comes through). I've had expensive tires that were a let down and economy/midrange that performed fairly well, and it's nice to know what options there are.

Coopers have been okay, nothing special, Kumhos handled well with okay traction but wear quickly. Every Goodyear or Kelly I've had has worn the shoulders rapidly or the tread and sidewall separated. Firestones - cheap set wore in record time and were squirmy, the Firehawks on the Imp got mediocre traction and good handling but were very loud while the Contitracs that replaced them get great traction and are quiet, smooth, road hugging - but for trucks? I'm not sure what off brand sport truck tire my Dakota had, but with 2wd it could get through snow better than the Firehawks. The Generals I've had are kinda middle of the road on all counts but lasted well, and I had an economy truck tire version on my 2wd extended cab '92 S-10, it still made it home through a 12" wet snowstorm, suppose that's good enough lol.

But now that we have money enough to be picky I might as well spend for something good as we drive this truck far more that any of the previous ones :). I had heard the highways had much improved, and if they are capable enough may be a better choice for us.
 

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Boring? Well my 09 already looks that, all stock and a color matched topper. I hear them called a grandpa topper but I really like having one - I can always take it off if needed, but a weather tight one has its perks, particularly camping solo. Less likely to get stolen if it's boring?
 
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Yeah I know, and have camped a number of times under one when I traveled alone and didn't want to drag the camper along. I have heard them called grandpa toppers as supposedly modern people prefer truxedo or the like... call me old fashioned, I still like my toppers 😜.
 

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Old fashioned is not calling it a topper, it's a camper shell. That's like calling a step side truck a stepper. :cautious:
 

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@ SierraHarley - I'd call it a step side but they call 'em flareside now. Dad started with a '65 c10 step side in light metallic blue with the spare tire on the outside right behind the driver's side of the cab. Brought it back to life to trade for a '69 SS ElCamino with the 425hp Team USA 396, which is also a half ton (as well as a hot rod) and crucially back then was not considered a "truck" by iowa so you didn't have to pay extra for plates. Extra perk: hidden boot behind driver's front seat large enough for 3 12 packs, hidden from view, perfect for friends going to the drive in on a summer evening 😎.

I also remember the Texsuns (I believe that's the brand) that slid in, looked like a topper, but had a door, and a dinette that converted to a bed, as well as jalousied windows being the norm on toppers. But the 20 somethings like to razz me about the topper, most of them wouldn't dream of one. Don't know what they are missing!
 
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