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Old February 16th, 2012, 04:22 PM
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There are way better tires out there for highway use than the Michelins Jason. When Ken says he likes them, remeber he's in a diesel 90 soft top ie 100db in his ears already. Michelin's are hard, noisy, and ancient design/technology. Yes they wear like iron but that usually means you give up ride quality and traction.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 04:28 PM
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There are way better tires out there for highway use than the Michelins Jason. When Ken says he likes them, remeber he's in a diesel 90 soft top ie 100db in his ears already. Michelin's are hard, noisy, and ancient design/technology. Yes they wear like iron but that usually means you give up ride quality and traction.
Yeah, agreed...I'll probably end up with the BFG A/T's (or just stick with the KM2's, which have been great so far anyhow).
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Old February 16th, 2012, 04:31 PM
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Why not put the XZLs on the series and use the ATs from that for your highway tires?
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On snow covered or icy roads the XZL's are down right scary. Nice in deep snow on a trail or in a field, but not on the road. I have them on my Series 3 (they came off the 110). They do look the part though and I don't find them too noisy, but both trucks are diesels, so who can tell. Like them the rest of the year.

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Old February 16th, 2012, 04:33 PM
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You are probably best off with BFG ATs...they are my favorite tire on a NAS 90 and 110....Doug is correct regarding the noise issue....when driving the diesels, tire noise is kinda irrelevant. I was running a stock NAS Setup on it originally. They were quieter, but the XZLs are taller and seem to give my truck longer legs on the highway.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 04:44 PM
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Why not put the XZLs on the series and use the ATs from that for your highway tires?
I had a set of (6) 15" rims that came with the Series, so I've stuck with that size...which with a bigger tire looks ok on an 88, but ain't gonna work on the D .
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I put about 11k miles on XZLs last year in my exMOD 110. I love them and wish they were easier to find. They might be loud, but I didn't notice it.

I took the truck off the road to do an engine swap before the snow started flying, but I'm sure they would suck on icy roads.

I'm also running them on 5.5" wide rims, you don't need to use the heavier wolf wheels.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 04:52 PM
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Not really what you are asking for, but IMO Duratracs are the best choice for a good on road tire that works decently off road. They work well on ice and snow and can deal with some mud (much better than the BFG ATs).
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What was wrong with the 7.5 R16 tires sitting in my garage? They have your name on them.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 05:02 PM
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What was wrong with the 7.5 R16 tires sitting in my garage? They have your name on them.
Cripes...I actually forgot you had those! We'll talk...
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well if you dont need or want them let me know. im looking for a set or two.
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well if you dont need or want them let me know. im looking for a set or two.
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I run these 7.50R16 Michelin XZL on my 110 200tdi station wagon and I think they are great, They a good off road, been all over Wales with them on and they are great on road. My car does 75mph happily and i've never had traction problems on wet roads. noise is not an issue either as defenders are noisy anyway.
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That's the 235/85 pattern XZL's you've got there
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I've used them for over a year with no complaints. Xzl's are not noisy, IMO. For that matter, they ride pretty well compared with wider AT tread styles. The fear people have of mud tires is largely misplaced. Aside from older bias ply styles, new design mud tires are not loud and rough, anymore than a defender is ever going to be mistaken with a luxury car.
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4500 miles on XZLs, over every terrain imaginable, in the last five weeks. They are bitchin'. Tough as nails off road, great in the dirt, mud, rocks, sand and the gravel roads. Way quieter than my siped KM2s ever were.

I have driven 110,000 miles in KMs and KM2s in a Defender and there's no way that I would ever go back to BFGs.

That they look like proper Land Rover tires and not Jeep tires is icing on the cake.
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4500 miles on XZLs, over every terrain imaginable, in the last five weeks. They are bitchin'. Tough as nails off road, great in the dirt, mud, rocks, sand and the gravel roads. Way quieter than my siped KM2s ever were.

I have driven 110,000 miles in KMs and KM2s in a Defender and there's no way that I would ever go back to BFGs.

That they look like proper Land Rover tires and not Jeep tires is icing on the cake.
Quieter on road than the km2s?

I drove a 110 with them for a few miles and thought they were better riding than km2s but I didn't go that far so wasn't sure.
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Way quieter than the KM2s. I couldn't believe it.

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------ Follow up post added June 24th, 2013 09:40 AM ------

I don't know this for a fact but I suspect that noisy tires are wide tires. My days of running big Jeep tires on my trucks are over. Skinny tires have worked so well for me off and on road.
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Waaaay less drag too (depends how wide of a tire you use). Some people hate them but I like mine. I cruise my Disco up to 90mph on the XZLs and XCLs. (knock on wood)
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