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Re: Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus or Michelin Defender LTX M/S

For what its worth:

I have had the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus 265/50 R20 on for about a month now (1500 miles or so). They have been great for me, much improved over the Forteras. I have been on a few trips, up to Virginia Beach and down to Destin FL, no issues to report.

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Re: Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus or Michelin Defender LTX M/S

Has anyone tried 285/50/20 on any of these tires? OEM 20"
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Re: Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus or Michelin Defender LTX M/S

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Just installed the Michelin Defender LTX M/S last night (265x60xR18). Still early to tell. Don't seem any noisier then the stock latitudes tour that came with it.
Update: Well had the tires on now for a little over a month. They handle great on dry pavement. I haven't really had an opportunity to hit heavy rain/wet roads yet (it went from rain everyday to nada). I did have a little shutter in the steering wheel between 65-75 mph; I took them back and got them re-balanced and shutter has gone away! Looking forward to get some more miles on these tires!
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Re: Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus or Michelin Defender LTX M/S

so typically when are people replacing tires for wear reasons? I know I have read that when they hit the wear bars or 2/32 but that looks really low and maybe a bare minimum so is 4/32 a maybe better number. just wondering when most are replacing for wear reasons?
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Re: Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus or Michelin Defender LTX M/S

Silver', I replaced the Forteras at 6/32 because I had a 3000 mile family vacation coming up and felt that was the right way to go. The Nittos just got replaced at 4/32...they were getting noticeably less sticky during wet driving.
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Re: Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus or Michelin Defender LTX M/S

I typically replace mine out of feel then by a specified "x"/32. I use to push my tires to just about bald trying to get every mile I could out of them (back in my penny pinching college days), but after a couple of flats/blow outs within a couple of weeks which causes other complications/costs (no need to go into that story), I now swap mine out sooner. Once they start getting down to a few 32 nds (and I feel performance has gone to crap) I tend to start looking for tire deals. If it's coming up on winter or got some long road trips planned, I might do that swap sooner then later. As I have learned, yes tires can be expensive, but they are a lot cheaper then collisions/auto repairs that might have been avoided with a good set of tires. Or being stranded in the boonies with a flat or two sucks. I grew up in central WY where you might have a hundred miles until you see the closest tire shop (which doesn't run on a 7 days a week schedule).

I figure in the end, I am going to have to fork out the cash for new tires anyways. Not running mine as long (to 2/32nds) gives me a bit more peace of mind.
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Re: Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus or Michelin Defender LTX M/S

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I typically replace mine out of feel then by a specified "x"/32. I use to push my tires to just about bald trying to get every mile I could out of them (back in my penny pinching college days), but after a couple of flats/blow outs within a couple of weeks which causes other complications/costs (no need to go into that story), I now swap mine out sooner. Once they start getting down to a few 32 nds (and I feel performance has gone to crap) I tend to start looking for tire deals. If it's coming up on winter or got some long road trips planned, I might do that swap sooner then later. As I have learned, yes tires can be expensive, but they are a lot cheaper then collisions/auto repairs that might have been avoided with a good set of tires. Or being stranded in the boonies with a flat or two sucks. I grew up in central WY though, and where you might have a hundred miles until you see the closes tire shop (which doesn't run on a 7 days a week schedule).

I figure in the end, I am going to have to fork out the cash for new tires anyways. Not running mine as long (to 2/32nds) gives me a bit more peace of mind.

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Re: Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus or Michelin Defender LTX M/S

I had the Michelin Defender LTX MS 265/50R20 installed a few days ago on my 2014 Summit. Excellent tire, these are the tires the Jeep should have come with from the factory. Smooth, quiet, corners decent, a very nice on road tire which will also be ok for some mild off road and some winter weather so you can use your Jeep as a Jeep. though its not an AT tire it does have a semi chunky tread for an all season. Defender has a deep 12/32 tread, Premier LTX is also a nice highly rated tire I looked at but one thing I didn't like was it only had an 8.5/32 tread at brand new, kinda thin, so not sure how those will last and its more of an on road only cruiser but supposed to be great in wet weather.

The tires that came off were Michelin latitude tour HP which I liked the tires but only got 26k out of them down to 4/32. They were rated to last 55k. collecting on that 55k warranty is not the easiest thing. It became a fiasco and I dropped it, I can see the tire manufacturer intentionally makes it difficult so people do drop it. I have collected on those things years ago and it was never the hoops to jump through like now.

also with these 20s I think it is best to just pay the extra $100 up front for a good road force balance and not screw around with it. these defenders were smooth at 75 mph first time out the door. this is the only time I can remember with this vehicle that I did not have to go back multiple times with balancing issues. The $100 is a small price to pay with keeping sanity with these 20s
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