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Michelin LTX M/S2 vs Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza 18"?

Planning on buying a new set of tires for the Jeep this week. The stock Lattitudes are mostly done at 38k miles, they were never great in the snow and at this point they are a little scary in the rain so I want to replace them before winter.

I've narrowed it down to the Michelin LTX M/S2 or the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. I had he old M/S on my old Explorer and they were awesome tires. I have heard a lot of good things about the Alenzas too, and they are much cheaper. I'm not real worried about life, since we might put another 30k on the Jeep before we replace it.

Any thoughts? Anybody had both on vehicles before?
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Re: Michelin LTX M/S2 vs Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza 18"?

Not familiar with Alenza. They appear to be similar to Latitudes. For 30K life it might just boil down to price.
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Re: Michelin LTX M/S2 vs Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza 18"?

The Alenzas are popular on the Lexus forums for the RX, GX and LX which is where I know them from. So are the M/S2s though.

No doubt the M/S2 is the better more capable tire, they also have the benefit of being easy to find. The Alenzas aren't really stocked in this size locally, I'd have to order them from TireRack and they are out of stock until 12/27...meaning I'd have to drive the Jeep to Albany, NY on the Latitudes which is what I am trying to avoid.

I have one place left to call who is usually the cheapest in town, but so far I have a quote for $973.69 (after the rebate) for the M/S2s locally mounted and balanced. The Alenzas ordered from TireRack and installed at the same place would be $797.08 after their rebate. So the difference is $177...which isn't much.

I think I'll go for the M/S2s. Have you been happy with yours? Any road noise or lost fuel economy vs the Latitudes?
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Re: Michelin LTX M/S2 vs Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza 18"?

I have the LTXs and have been very happy FTIW. Obviously much better than stock. It'll be a big upgrade either way.

I have about 30k on my LTXs and they look like they are good for another 30 more.
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Re: Michelin LTX M/S2 vs Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza 18"?

LTX M/S 2's have been great for me. My off-roading is limited to dirt roads and cut fields (and 150 feet across my lawn to unload supplies into my shed). I have 40,000 miles on them and wear is minimal. They are rotated every 5000 (or so) miles and one has had a plug in it for 25,000 miles. They are as quiet as the Latitudes and did not affect gas mileage. As someone else said, "They don't look like they would be good in the snow, but they really are very good in the snow." For my use, they are an excellent 12 month tire.
BTW there are dozens of WK2's driving around here (Albany, NY) on Latitudes!
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Re: Michelin LTX M/S2 vs Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza 18"?

Your use sounds exactly like mine. Like I said, I had the M/S on my old Explorer and got like 100k out of one set, pretty impressive.

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BTW there are dozens of WK2's driving around here (Albany, NY) on Latitudes!
I'm sure! It was fine when they had tread, but they are almost to the wear bars now and I hate to drive it up there on them like this. They're even a little scary in the rain at this point.
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Re: Michelin LTX M/S2 vs Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza 18"?

Give Radial Tire a call at 301 585-2740. They have been beating Tire Rack and
everyone else's prices for me and my family since 1987. Owner is UMD alum.
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Re: Michelin LTX M/S2 vs Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza 18"?

Tires are ordered, installed Wednesday. Billed it today to get the $70 rebate
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Re: Michelin LTX M/S2 vs Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza 18"?

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The Alenzas are popular on the Lexus forums for the RX, GX and LX which is where I know them from. So are the M/S2s though.

No doubt the M/S2 is the better more capable tire, they also have the benefit of being easy to find. The Alenzas aren't really stocked in this size locally, I'd have to order them from TireRack and they are out of stock until 12/27...meaning I'd have to drive the Jeep to Albany, NY on the Latitudes which is what I am trying to avoid.

I have one place left to call who is usually the cheapest in town, but so far I have a quote for $973.69 (after the rebate) for the M/S2s locally mounted and balanced. The Alenzas ordered from TireRack and installed at the same place would be $797.08 after their rebate. So the difference is $177...which isn't much.

I think I'll go for the M/S2s. Have you been happy with yours? Any road noise or lost fuel economy vs the Latitudes?
The MS/2 can be inflated up a bit if you desire.
They have more of the driving on rails road feel than the Latitudes.
Getting 60-70K miles out of a set with treadlife still available is not at all unusual for the MS. Both wet and dry traction are markedly superior to the Latitude as well as most "all season" tires you could fit. They are also reasonably good on light loose snow--I ran them in the winter in California sierras.

They are also possibly a bit quieter.
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