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Old September 6th, 2010, 01:47 PM
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Michelin XZL snow performance

Wondering if anyone has had experience with Michelin XZL tires in/on snow and ice? I currently have BFG MT KM1's and they are horrible! Looking for a second set of tires- I like the look and durability of XZL's but haven't heard much in regards to winter performance. Any ideas?
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Old September 6th, 2010, 04:47 PM
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They SUCK!! Nice in deep snow but on a lightly snow covered road or on ice, they are scary. The rubber on these tires is just too hard (which is why they wear so well) so they just don't bite on the slippery stuff. That's what I have found with mine anyway. I'll be looking for something else this winter.

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Old September 6th, 2010, 05:17 PM
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x2, poor choice for snow.
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flame suit on, Wrangler MTRs (I had the non-kevlar ones) are fantastic in the snow... I've had the same experience with BFG AT's
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if you dont want new tires just get the cneter lugs siped on your bfg muds. they will be great on ice and wet rock....but will get chewed up.
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thanks for the feedback, guys. I'm running the BFG KM1's on D130 steel wheels and was thinking about a second set of tires to mount on the factory Tornado's. I almost had a head-on collision this past winter and found that the short wheelbase and tires that aren't the best in ice and snow were a bad combination! I may check out the MTR's- and I hear Goodyear makes something called, "Duratrack" (I think that's it) that are pretty good as well. My wife has taken to the D90, so I'm more motivated to making it a safer winter driver.

What spurred this whole discussion on is I've been drooling over the Wolf steelies with the XZL's that are posted in the flea market! Glad I received the candid responses as I'm subconsciously trying to justify making them mine!!!
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Best all roaund tire i have used in the snow bar none (and I live on the coast of Maine and gets lots of snow/slush and ice) is a Goodyear Wrangler "Silent Armor".... EXCELLENT tire!! For an AT tire they are top notch on wet rocks, light mud and tree roots etc. as well as great on pavement and winter time.

That all said i generally HATE Goodyear tires. Really hate them. These Silent Armors were on my 4Runner last winter and they were kick-ass. I now have them on my RRC and have put them on several customers trucks with 150% positive feedback.

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