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Re: Has anyone had their Michelin Latitude Tour Tires replaced by Jeep?

As someone who owns the Latitude's and an extra set of winter tires I thought this thread might be interesting for you: http://jeepgarage.org/showthread.php?t=17370
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Re: Has anyone had their Michelin Latitude Tour Tires replaced by Jeep?

People seem to think they do alright in snow:

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Not the best, but not bad at all for a stock tire.

I'm the type who wants to get exactly the tire I want, and I intend to replace my tires right away, and have a dedicated set for winter.
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Re: Has anyone had their Michelin Latitude Tour Tires replaced by Jeep?

MJW930, thanks for the tip.

So, what tires do people recommend?

I have VERY mild winters, see snow only when I go skiing (which i do pretty frequently) and when I do go off road, its usually in the Mohave desert. The WK2 will be my primary driver, but i would like a bit more aggressive tires. I currently have BFG AT's on my 97 Land Rover, but its already such a pig, i don't notice the decreased mpg, road handling or higher sound anyway. Will this be too much for the wk2? (i am aware that i would have to go up a size for bfg...as long as i can still use, and close, the spare tire area, thats not an issue). What other suggestions are there? I am currently not planning on having a dedicated set of wheels and tires for off road...maybe thats a mistake. And i guess, if i am honest with myself, in the very new future, the few times i do anything extreme, will probably be with my already scratched to hell LR rather than my shiny new WK2. Thats assuming the pig is still being used. I have a feeling that my Rover is going to be mothballed far quicker than i will admit too...
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Re: Has anyone had their Michelin Latitude Tour Tires replaced by Jeep?

I still have the Latitudes on mine, even though I think Jeep is not doing anything good for their brand by 'dumbing down' and providing these with an Off-Road option package. Pretty lame...

Having said that, last winter (with new tread and careful driving), they did OK on city streets, snow covered highways and 8 inches of untracked soft snow on an 600 yard laneway, with QTII.
But I know they are not good snow tires, and will be replacing them with Michelin LTX A/T2s when the budget allows. At the rate the miles are piling on, the Latitudes will be due for replacement next year anyway.
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Re: Has anyone had their Michelin Latitude Tour Tires replaced by Jeep?

I live in the Detroit area and prior to my WK2 I had a Commander (XK) with Forteras on it. I drove it through 3 winters with those things on and never had an issue. I never did any serious wheelin' but they served there purpose just fine for me, hope the Michelins will too.
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Re: Has anyone had their Michelin Latitude Tour Tires replaced by Jeep?

I have an '03 Liberty and the Goodyear SR-A 'off road' tires that Jeep gave me were, like the Latitudes, just all-seasons. They were horrible tires and after some months, I deemed them dangerous. They seemed to do decently in the snow, but the wet traction in the rain was quite scary. I would be at a red light, and when the light turned green, I'd sometimes spin tire a bit, even though I barely touched the accelerator. They also did horrible in mud and I actually had to get a pulled out of some light mud once. (The Liberty now has tow hooks I'll never own an SUV without them again.) Oh, and there was an embarrassing incident in some wet grass, once. Surprising how much of a challenge wet grass can be to tires.

After less than a year, I dumped them for Bridgestone Revo's (an AT tire). It was like night and day. I didn't even realize just how bad the Goodyears were until I experienced what the AT tires were able to do. I later went through mud far worse that what the goodyears got stuck in and the Revos didn't even blink. Although the tires made the KJ unstoppable (at least for where *I* go), there were two problems with them: the rubber compound was so soft I only got around 30K with them, and they were darn noisy. Went through three sets because I liked them so much, though.

This past November I got tired of the treadwear and the noise and opted for a set of Firestone Destination AT tires for which I'd read a lot of good things. They've been great. I think they do even better in the snow, but havent' had a chance to take them off road this summmer, so admittedly can't comment on rock/mud. They're nice and quiet, too - noise is usually one of the big detractors for AT tires (and of the aforementioned Revos).

When i get my WK2 this fall, I'll probably run the Latitudes through this coming Winter and then see how they do on the trail next Spring and will try and get a year out of them, just to get some ROI out of them. Will likely dump them after a year, though, and opt for the Destination's again, or perhaps some Michelin LTX AT2 which I've read some good things on. (I used to run the original LTX ATs on my Explorer previous to the Liberty and like them.) They don't make the Revo anymore, but I may take a look at the 'Revo 2' successor to see if Bridgestone addressed the treadwear or noise (i have no idea).
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Re: Has anyone had their Michelin Latitude Tour Tires replaced by Jeep?

Jeep will not switch your tires. This is the tire that comes with it. The tires have not changed the Foterias come with the base 17 inch wheels or the 20 inch wheels. The Michelins come with the others. That might be why you saw one with the Foterias.
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Re: Has anyone had their Michelin Latitude Tour Tires replaced by Jeep?

To me everytime I see the Latitudes they look like they are balding. It was one of the reasons I did not mind getting the 17s. I like the look much better of the 17s with the Forteras as opposed to the 18s with the Latitudes. I just think it is a much more rugged look.

That being said my next set will probably Firestone Destinations as they look even more rugged.
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Re: Has anyone had their Michelin Latitude Tour Tires replaced by Jeep?

This topic has been covered a lot. Everyone was surprised and disappointed that we received "all season" tires with our off-road packages that stated "all terrain" tires.

That said, the Latitudes performed well for me in snow driving up to Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains. In snow mode I did not feel any slipping on the road, nor when I floored it on packed snow. They were less impressive in deep snow.

I will be buying all-terrain tires when I find what I am looking for.
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Re: Has anyone had their Michelin Latitude Tour Tires replaced by Jeep?

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This topic has been covered a lot. Everyone was surprised and disappointed that we received "all season" tires with our off-road packages that stated "all terrain" tires.
The 18" Latitude tires in the OR pkg are M/S tires (NOT all-season) = No Chains Required.

The stock 20" Goodyear's are all-season tires = Chains Required.

No way do I want to carry chains with me from September to May (NHP & CHP will stop you when it snows). And no way do I want to mess with chains every time I go up the mountain or go thru the passes.

1. 20" stock tires = only all-season.
2. 18" aftermarket AT's = too noisy
3. 18" OR pkg Latitudes = good, quite, all-around compromise

In fact, I'm going to replace the Duelers on our Lexus RX330 with the Latitudes: much quiter and still a M/S tire.

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The 18" Latitude tires in the OR pkg are M/S tires (NOT all-season) = No Chains Required.

The stock 20" Goodyear's are all-season tires = Chains Required.

No way do I want to carry chains with me from September to May (NHP & CHP will stop you when it snows). And no way do I want to mess with chains every time I go up the mountain or go thru the passes.

1. 20" stock tires = only all-season.
2. 18" aftermarket AT's = too noisy
3. 18" OR pkg Latitudes = good, quite, all-around compromise

In fact, I'm going to replace the Duelers on our Lexus RX330 with the Latitudes: much quiter and still a M/S tire.

Well, the Latitude Tours do have a small "M&S" on the sidewalls, but I am leaning toward the LTX M&S 2 which have a large "M&S". Seems like a nice compromise between Latitude Tours and AT's since I do minimal off roading and therefore do not need the noise or hard ride of AT, but want better winter traction. Comments?
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Well, the Latitude Tours do have a small "M&S" on the sidewalls, but I am leaning toward the LTX M&S 2 which have a large "M&S". Seems like a nice compromise between Latitude Tours and AT's since I do minimal off roading and therefore do not need the noise or hard ride of AT, but want better winter traction. Comments?
You'll like the LTX M&S 2 tires - I ran them on my 98 JGC and they were comfortable on-road and perfectly acceptable for moderate off-road use. I went with the LTX A/T2s this time (swapping off the Latitudes) only because I foresee a bit more hard-rock off-roading with the new Overland.

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We discussed the whole "Latitudes on ORA II" subject pretty thoroughly here:
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