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Old February 15th, 2012, 10:42 PM
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Looking for feedback: Michelin XZL 7.50R16 on 16x6.5 Wolf Rims

Anyone have any real world feedback on Michelin XZL's? Performance reviews for both on- and off-road - but mainly on-road.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 10:48 PM
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Noisy. Low traction on wet and ice.
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Noisy. Low traction on wet and ice.
Hmm...BFG All Terrain KO's it may have to be!
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Old February 15th, 2012, 11:13 PM
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That is a big difference. Serious mud tire to all all terrain..... What do you want the tires to do and be good at?
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Old February 15th, 2012, 11:18 PM
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That is a big difference. Serious mud tire to all all terrain..... What do you want the tires to do and be good at?
Agreed....I run the KM2's on the 110, and love them. Looking for an alternate set of rubber to mount on a secondary set of rims that I have. Like the look of the XZL's, and have a bead on a cheap set, but really the secondary set would just be for cruising highway/etc (like when I have to make the 7+ hour drive to NY). So that probably takes the XZL's out of the mix as an option...just didn't have any experience with them.
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BFG All Terrain are a great tire on road and off road. Not great in the mud, but if you are just cruising the highway I would put those on or a real nice LT roller style tire with no lugs. imagine a quiet truck again!
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XZL's are great in mud. aired down slightly really helps (although this is the same with most tyres)

A bit noisy, yes, but quieter than XCLs
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Not really an on road tire but siping might help.
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I just bought a set of BFG mud terrain km2s 155/85/16 and am very impressed with them in the snow and ice. I bought them for my 109 but bolted them on my 90 to give them a run and am pleased with the drive and traction they get.

I went with BFG due to how common they are and easy to find a replacement if something where to happen with one of them.
Well I did buy five! but up here getting XZLs are next to impossible.
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XZLs

I have been running a set for the past year on my ROW 90 diesel. Love them on the road. Have not wheeled them yet, but they have a very good off-road rep. They look really cool too.
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I have been running a set for the past year on my ROW 90 diesel. Love them on the road. Have not wheeled them yet, but they have a very good off-road rep. They look really cool too.
How's your feedback for them on-road? Noisy? What about rain/etc?
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BFG All Terrain are a great tire on road and off road. Not great in the mud, but if you are just cruising the highway I would put those on or a real nice LT roller style tire with no lugs. imagine a quiet truck again!
Are you referring to the BFG All-Terrain T/A KO?


I need to get off these crazy tires that came on my new D90. These things are giant, noisy and very unstable on the road (lots of bounce and wobble). They look pretty cool though... BFG Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 35x12.5.. My needs are 99% road and the once in a while "get lucky" off-road with nothing more than grandma in a jeep challenges - more than likely all dirt and no mud.
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I'm sure he is probably referring to the All-Terrain T/A KO, they're a pretty standard tire and actually what I run on the Series.
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Yeah get the BFG All Terrains - they're damn quiet compared to the Mud Terrain KM2s, last FOREVER, are GREAT on the road, and hold their own offroad. High on my list at one point was to take my KM2s off my boost wheels and swap in some AT's in their place for highway driving, and have KM2 mounted to some ANR1534s for offroading.

But now that I have the new Borla which is somehow louder than my old Borla, there is really no need to look for a quieter tire, even though I bet the ATs would give me a marginal improvement in fuel economy.
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new, the xzl's performed real well i thought and were not loud on a the 110's i had. i have at's on my wife's suburban and for hwy driving they've far exceeded expectations. but like you the xzl's look boss on a 110 and i don't really dig the look of at's on a 110 too much.
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new, the xzl's performed real well i thought and were not loud on a the 110's i had. i have at's on my wife's suburban and for hwy driving they've far exceeded expectations. but like you the xzl's look boss on a 110 and i don't really dig the look of at's on a 110 too much.
That about sums up my dilemma...interesting that Ken (BOBCAT110) said they were decent on-road. My concern however would be in the rain/weather/etc. We'll see if anyone else chimes in...I've got some time to decide.

Did you run the xzl's on the 110 at all in wet conditions?
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I've run a few sets of XCL's, which are very similar to the XZL (tall and thin).

In the wet on tarmac, obviously not as good as an AT which will have more rubber on the road, but they're not bad for an off road tyre. can lock up easily on wet tarmac though.
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Are you referring to the BFG All-Terrain T/A KO?


I need to get off these crazy tires that came on my new D90. These things are giant, noisy and very unstable on the road (lots of bounce and wobble). They look pretty cool though... BFG Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 35x12.5.. My needs are 99% road and the once in a while "get lucky" off-road with nothing more than grandma in a jeep challenges - more than likely all dirt and no mud.
Yup those. The BFG All-Terrain are quieter than the Mud-Terrains. the Mud-terrains have a softer rubber compound than the ATs which is nice for the first 2000-3000 miles. I thought they were quieter than my worn ATs (obviously worn tires will make more noise). The ATs rubber compound is harder so you get more road vibration noise but overall are quieter. MTs after that 3k point start to wear in and they get real loud and howl more.

If I was doing 99% street I would get a cheap LT or all season tire like "normal" trucks have. You will save your eardrums. I have driven my cross country on 35" BFG mud terrains and up to Nova Scotia and all over the east coast. I am stating to lose my hearing

My next truck will have tires like this. They are nice looking and functional for everyday use.
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As you know I run BFG AT's for my daily duty while keeping the SSR's in the garage for wheeling trips. I do admit that it gets annoying to swap tires back and forth which is the reason for my purchase of the KM2's that are also in the garage and getting mounted in the somewhat near future. I highly recommend the AT's for road purposes but would also recommend looking into something even less aggressive for highway purposes like Goodyear Silent Armor or some of the Cooper Discoverer...they will not look as good but you can ask Doug C. what a difference it makes for highway comfort and mileage
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highly recommend the AT's for road purposes but would also recommend looking into something even less aggressive for highway purposes like Goodyear Silent Armor or some of the Cooper Discoverer...they will not look as good but you can ask Doug C. what a difference it makes for highway comfort and mileage
2x on the Silent Armors and these look better than the BFG ATs IMHO.
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