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Old December 5th, 2014, 03:01 PM
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9.00x16 Michelin XZL experience

Does anyone have real world experience with 9.00x16 Michelin XZL tires? I had the 7.50s on a truck and liked them. The 9.00 has a different tread style than the 7.50 and 8.25. How are they on the highway? noise? good in mud and snow?

And no.... please don't bring up size and gearing and lift etc, etc. Just looking to see how they ride.
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Old December 5th, 2014, 03:09 PM
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dude those are huge.

Forget about the ride. You won't even be able to get in the truck.


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Does anyone have real world experience with 9.00x16 Michelin XZL tires? I had the 7.50s on a truck and liked them. The 9.00 has a different tread style than the 7.50 and 8.25. How are they on the highway? noise? good in mud and snow?

And no.... please don't bring up size and gearing and lift etc, etc. Just looking to see how they ride.
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I run the 7.5s and love them. The 9.00 is a really big and heavy tire, roughly equivalent to a 37" tire but even heavier than the already heavy KM2s. I might run this tire if I was building a buggy with massive horsepower and a trailer to move it on the highway but never for a daily driver or long trip truck. If I was looking for the best balance between buggy and an "expedition" tire, it would be the 8.25 but as you know, they are next to impossible to find in the states.

I had my 7.5s out in the deep snow earlier this month and they were awesome. Terrible (as expected) on sheet ice but they killed it in the snow. I ran them on trails with nearly 3' deep drifts without chains, lockers, or a lift and I still got through. For the average snow-covered road, they were dreamy.



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They are 25lbs heavier than a 33" KM2 which is a good amount but not insane. 16lbs heavier than my 315/75 right now. 1" taller but fit perfect on a 6.5" wide rim. Just a thought. not 100% on getting them yet.
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They are generally almost impossible to find these days anywhere.
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They are 25lbs heavier than a 33" KM2 which is a good amount but not insane. 16lbs heavier than my 315/75 right now. 1" taller but fit perfect on a 6.5" wide rim. Just a thought. not 100% on getting them yet.
I'm considering them as well for my upcoming build. I thought I read that David at Urban was getting them soon. Lemme know if you find a source.
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I have a good amount of second hand experience with them (a friend ran a set on his 90 for several years and I spent a good amount of time in the passenger seat)

They were fine on road even up to 75mph, but do start to wear noticeably fast at those speeds (the tire gets pretty warm and the rubber really softens up)

They were great on the trail. Aired down they get long like tank tracks but not really any wider.

I rode them on a few 1500 mile highway trips to MAR and back and they were just like any other big tire. I'd say they are not as civilized as a tame mud terrain but about equal to something like a Swamper SSR

They fit really well on a Defender because they are narrow. Standard wolf rims, 3 " lift, some flare trimming. No wheel spacers required

And they look the part! I will try to find some photos. Note these were the "old style" 900's which had the same tread pattern as the smaller sizes.
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Thanks Adam! yeah posts some pics if you can.

Im not worried about finding them as i have some sources.
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Hmm can't really see them but they are there

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I run a set of 9x16 XS's and like them. I have run the 35/10.50-16 SSRs as well, but prefer the XS. They are on the Laura Croft 110 project right now.
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I thought you were down sizing...
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I thought you were down sizing...
I was thinking about it but the diesel pulls the truck really well. And I'd say I'm maybe not sizing down as much and slimming up

im dragging 12.5" wide now and would rather drag 10" instead. Id save 10" collectively hitting the road. Ideally 6.5" & 7" rims like that size much more and so does the truck.

Also I've ran wheel spacers for 7 years and it takes a toll on the wheel bearings.

Once I have the 4.11s back in I will know for sure how the drivability is.
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Here's a Chinese-made XZL clone that is very conflicting for me


http://www.disco-tech.ca/hello-world/


I found a thread in a Cummins forum by the guy that owns the truck pictured in the ad in the link and he said he liked these copies better than the real ones he'd had before... YMMV
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Thanks Lee, all my other photos of Peter's truck are similar to the one above... buried to the top of the wheel arches in mud/water/ice
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I've been looking for some XL or XLZ tyres also for my DD in this size, Thanks for starting this thread.

Thanks for the link/bookmark on a supplier too.
Please share your experience if ordering from them.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 12:46 PM
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Additional photos for the above Defender mentioned.
Thats looks fun! I remember seeing those pics a while ago.

Did the tires rub the arch at all? my 35" nick it a tad but i think its only because they are 2.5" wider
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