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Re: Off-Road Adventure II Package Tires

Are the Michelin tires on the Overland w/ Adventure 18-inch wheels any better in the snow v. the stock tires on the 20-inch Overland wheels?
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:48 PM
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Re: Off-Road Adventure II Package Tires

There's no question in my mind that the Latitudes' primary function for Chrysler is increased MPG, along with on-road comfort and extra-quiet operation as side benefits. They are perfectly good tires for what they are, although questionable for an off-road package. The wife has them on her 2006 Lexus RX 400H and they are a big improvement over several other brands she's gone through in terms of a noticeable MPG increase and on-road quietness. But then she never leaves the pavement!

Seems to me, however, that Chrysler could retain their higher CAFE rating that comes from using the Latitudes by offering AT tires as an extra-cost (slightly), special order option, while still being able to claim the higher CAFE/MPG rating that comes with the STOCK factory package for ALL vehicles. Surely the percentage of vehicles sold in this manner with AT tires would be very small, and the lawyers should be able to figure out language exempting them from being averaged into the CAFE standards.

When my new Overland arrives in a few weeks, I plan to drive right over to Discount Tire and have the Latitudes switched to 265/65/18 Michelin M/S2s, as they have offered me $300. credit for the take-offs. I just figure it as another aftermarket add-on, along with floor mats and other accessories.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:43 PM
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Re: Off-Road Adventure II Package Tires

I went to my local tire shop, and had them swap out the Michelin Latitude Tour all-season tires for a set of Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 snow tires. My Latitude Tour tires have 150 miles on them and will probably go onto Craigslist soon. I plan to do some light duty off roading during the summer and am still torn between going with 18s or 20s. I'm leaning toward 18s with Michelin LTX A/T2 all-season tires.

I've seen at least a couple of posters who said that they went with Michelin LTX M/S2 all-season tires. If you're one of them, why M/S2, instead of A/T2? No dedicated snow tires and/or you have 20s?
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:55 PM
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Re: Off-Road Adventure II Package Tires

If you check the TireRack's ratings for all-season and all-terrian SUV/truck tires you will notice that the LTX M/S2 is rated a bit higher for both snow and ice traction than the LTX A/T2. Also quieter and with a longer lasting tread. I believe they will also deliver somewhat better MPG than the more aggressive A/T2s. And a number of posters on these forums have commented favorably on their off-road ability, as long as they're not used for extremes, rock-crawling, etc.

I live in northern Idaho and have found the Blizzaks to be excellent winter tires, even approaching the traction of (noisy!) studs in most conditions short of extreme ice. However, when I get my new Overland with the 18" wheels in several weeks, I'm going to install the M/S2s and test them out, hoping that they will serve well as year-round tires. If I don't feel totally comfortable with them in our winter conditions, the Blizzaks will soon follow.
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Re: Off-Road Adventure II Package Tires

Good to see the passion from Jeepers about this factory failure with the OR groups. Maybe Jeep will eventually hear the chorus.

As for the Michelin A/T 2s they have an aggressive enough tread for snow, mud and rocky roads (not true razor rock), and can be used year round with the usual quiet Michelin highway ride. Driving Jeeps for over thirty years, I just don't want to go back to swapping tires twice a year. That makes them my choice, though I know there are lots of other great choices out there.

The Michelin M/S is a great winter tire also, but I prefer a more aggressive tread.
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Re: Off-Road Adventure II Package Tires

The Michelin's have been recalled twice.. I would think twice on putting the on...
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Re: Off-Road Adventure II Package Tires

I havent heard about that, but good to know before purchasing! Which one of them has been recalled, the M/S2s or the A/T2s? Please share with us what you know. Thanks.
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Re: Off-Road Adventure II Package Tires

A/T2 per Discount Tires. After I chewed up my stock tires I went down to get the AT2 and they told me that I should hold off for at least 3 months if that is the tire I want. You may want to check with them.
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Thanks for the info, Kevlars. Discount Tire is my regular tire supplier as well, so I will certainly double check with them before purchasing.
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Re: Off-Road Adventure II Package Tires

If you noticed I am running 285 60 R18 Yokohama Geolander A/T -S per Discount tires. And they are great very low noise and pretty good off road.
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Re: Off-Road Adventure II Package Tires

I'm interested in that size also, and Michelin doesn't offer it in the LTX M/S or A/T series.
But I'm also concerned about winter traction in snow and ice. If you get up into the snow on the Rim or around Flagstaff, let us know how they perform.
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Re: Off-Road Adventure II Package Tires

I have a 2011 Overland with the Off Road package and the 18" Michelin Latitude tires. I now have a little over 30,000 miles (bought Dec 2010) and the tires need to be replaced.

I am quite disappointed with the milage out of the tires and their poor performance in snow / ice conditons. I also had a sidewall blow out and Michelin would not stand behind the tire. Who blow's out a sidewall these days?? Very disappointed in the Latitudes.

I plan to replace them with another Michelin product (LTX M/S2) but I wonder why I don't find a different brand of tire.

It does sound like the LTX M/S2's get some good reviews and wear pretty well.
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