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Old October 18th, 2010, 02:31 PM
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Anyone using Michelin XZL's?

I searched the forum, but most stuff was older or did not talk about using them on an NAS 90. Any experience good or bad? How do they ride? They seem a bit narrow in the 7.50 16 size.

Was thinking of 255/75's in the BFG MT, but I really don't like the new style k2.

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Old October 18th, 2010, 02:36 PM
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They are a good tire for off road. Tuff as nails. Hard compound make them wear long but not stick well. Not so good in rain or snow.

IMO they seem a bit too narrow on defenders. 235/85 are a bit wider. 255/85 look great but are taller.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 04:10 PM
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XZL's have reputation for being squirelly - especially in the wet. I use the 235/85R16 BFG KM2's and really like them.



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We use them on a Disco 2 Trek vehicle at work as a promo and off road vehicle. I have driven it to VA from ATL. to Mar twice. rides far better than it did with previous BFG mud terrains. they really dig in off road and will sling the mud. I have driven it in rain at hwy speeds and it was fine. I would imagine like all mud tires the emergency stopping distance would be increased, but I have not experienced this.
They do look really skinny unless you have wheel spacers or aftermarket wheels which "push " the tires out towards the fender. I was really surprised when we installed them at how smooth the on road ride is.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 09:50 AM
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We use them on a Disco 2 Trek vehicle at work as a promo and off road vehicle... I was really surprised when we installed them at how smooth the on road ride is.
How many on road miles do they have and still feel good? 1k, 5k, 20k...were they smooth compared to beat/cupped BFGs?
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Old October 19th, 2010, 11:20 AM
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xzl's have about 3000 miles on them. the BFG's had about 18k when they became impossible to balance and very rough at hwy speeds. But they lived a hard life. All the BFg's I have had before were very good and lasted a long time.
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Old October 24th, 2010, 02:13 PM
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Thanks for the replies. Todd, what size tire do you run on the Disco?
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they are the standard 7.50 x16 inch. let me just say that the only reason we put these on is we got a great deal on them. I am not saying they they are worth the extra money over the BFG, only that they have been very good for us. If you have your heart set on them then go for it, they are great tires. They look really cool too!
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Old October 24th, 2010, 06:28 PM
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I used the Michelin 900r16 XL's. The biggest issue has to do with gear ratios. Without changing your gear ratios I found it made the D90 a little "piggish" and slow on the road, but great off-road.
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I just put on a set of XZL's about 200 miles ago. Very early still but love them so far.
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