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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

Greetings,

Another tire from Michelin to consider is the Premier LTX:

Michelin Premier LTX tires | Michelin US

This tire uses a softer compound similar to the Nokian. I still consider the WRG3 SUV over Michelin. For winter performance besides the tire compound, you must consider the tread block even if you do not go off-road. That is were, IMHO, the Nokian WRG3 SUV has the advantage.

Just my 2 1/2 cents.

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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

I live in the "snow belt" of western NY. Because of that, I went overboard, cost wise, and ordered the ORA II package, just to get the limited slip rear axle. A couple of days after I took delivery of the Jeep, I crossed my fingers, and removed the OE Michelins, and put on a set of the Nokian WRG SUVs.

As much as I'm big on dedicated snow tires for the winter, I'm getting a little too old to be lugging wheels/tires up and down from my basement, on a seasonal basis. So I decided to try the "all weather" Nokians. Up until last night, we have been experiencing an extremely mild weather, so I had no idea how these tires would ultimately perform in serious snow. That all changed this morning, as I went out to run some errands...........in the 10" of snow that had fallen overnight.

The road crews are usually pretty good about keeping the roads clear, but this time they fell asleep at the switch, and the roads were really pretty bad. Long story short, The Nokians performed admirably. I had absolutely NO PROBLEMS at all, getting through the snow, even in a couple of unplowed parking lots.

I'll give them "two thumbs up"!!
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

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I know that member AAAA agrees with you.:thumbs:

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I know that member AAAA agrees with you.:thumbs:

Best for now.
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

any updates on how these have been performing after more miles? thanks!
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

I'm nearing 5k miles and my Defenders still look new and still run smooth and quiet...no problems at all. I would still recommend them 100%.
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

Just had Defenders put on our Sequoia. So far they are great tires. Good traction, quiet,and smooth running. Unfortunately Discount Tire damaged all four wheels installing them so wheel repair is coming out on the 23rd to repair them.


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I have the 265/50R20 Defenders also, great all around tires. They are the ones that should have come on the GC from the start.
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

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any updates on how these have been performing after more miles? thanks!
30,000 miles on Nokian WR G3 SUV's. Slightly noiser now, but that's the price you pay for open tread design. Lotsa tread left! I would buy again.
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

11/17/16 - Update

I put on the WR G3's yesterday at the Jeep dealer on the stock 17s, 245/65/17s were there only size that was close to stock. They look exactly like Blizzaks to me which is interesting. I'm driving 1000 miles today on a weekend trip to the mountains so I will let you know how they fare. Purchased them for $127.99 from Simpletire.com and they were delivered in 48 hours, great service.

I was also able to pickup the stock 18s and tires off of craigslist last night so I have something to run next summer. Go figure the day after I order the Nokian's for all season use I find these with Michelin Latitude Tours on Craiglists for a great deal along with mint condition OEM 18s.

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Does anyone know where the best classifieds section is? I have one extra set of wheels/tires to unload. Thanks!
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

Just had the Nokian WRG3's (265/50R20)installed today to replace the Fortera's. Initial impression is they ride very nice, almost a softer ride than the Fortera's. Noticed a slight increase in road noise. We had some snow (2-3") last night so roads were wet and slick on way home from install. Jeep seems to sit a bit higher now but that could just be me. Jeep is a daily driver and I commute about 100 miles round trip daily. I'll keep you posted on updates and fuel mileage. Like majority of everyone else, I wasn't happy with the Fortera's after one winter so it was time to change. Read just about every thread here and the information educated me greatly. Happy to say I'm confident in the decision I made and look forward to the updates. Dark pictures below. I'll get some better tomorrow.IMG_0002.jpg

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