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Old April 25th, 2012, 09:46 AM
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Price on 8.25R16 Michelin XZL

Just called up a few places on this tire, since ill be in the UK for some business soon.


best price i could find was 394 GBP per tire plus the 20% VAT

$635 bucks a tire...holy crap


They said that it was special order but Michelin had them in stock..so i guess if you have the coin, go for it

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Old April 25th, 2012, 10:00 AM
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Asking out of ignorance - what's the significance of this type/size of tire?
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Old April 25th, 2012, 10:26 AM
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There was a part worn set on ebay a few weeks ago, wich i'd have got them.


What's good about them? taller and wider than the 7.50 (wchich is a good tyre anyway, don't get us wrong), but the 8.25 isn't as heavy (very heavy) as a 9.00, and isn't too tall for a rover (the 9.00 is a very tall tyre)

SImilar to the BFG 255/85/16, it's a good compromise between factory size and silly-ly big
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Old April 25th, 2012, 10:35 AM
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It's a military tire, priced for military budgets.. Good for getting that look. UltraHD for carrying max loads on rough terrain.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 11:30 AM
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they are the skinniest 34in ish tall tire that you can find, what im looking for

If i get a set, ill get them siped at a local place making them a touch better on ice/snow
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Old April 25th, 2012, 11:45 AM
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they are the skinniest 34in ish tall tire that you can find, what im looking for

If i get a set, ill get them siped at a local place making them a touch better on ice/snow
Interco does a tire around that size. 34x9x16, which matches the 8.25-16 almost exactly. They are pretty low cost. I use them for a compact spare.... Picked up a set used for $200....

http://www.intercotire.com/tires.php?id=8&g=1
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Old April 25th, 2012, 12:56 PM
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Interco does a tire around that size. 34x9x16, which matches the 8.25-16 almost exactly. They are pretty low cost. I use them for a compact spare.... Picked up a set used for $200....

http://www.intercotire.com/tires.php?id=8&g=1


I was looking at those but was never really a fan of Superswampers, I still prefer the look of the Michelin.

but, They may be ok if I get them siped as well


EDIT: is the intercor bias or radial?
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That one's a bias ply. The SSR is a radial and they have a 35x10.50R16 which might suffice... I have a set.

http://www.intercotire.com/tires.php?id=9&g=1
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Old April 25th, 2012, 01:11 PM
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That one's a bias ply. The SSR is a radial and they have a 35x10.50R16 which might suffice... I have a set.

http://www.intercotire.com/tires.php?id=9&g=1


yea the 10.50 is wider than i want

Finding someone to sipe tires in the NE is a huge pain in the ass to
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XZLs aren't performance tires, they're durability tires.

How much do you care about flats and does it matter in the places you go?
I run XZLs on the 110 and the Disco (8.25 and 7.50 respectively) and I carry two spares.
I hate unrepairable flats in far away places so for me, Two is one and one is none.
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I really like mine. Wish there was something in between the 7.5 that's around 31.5" and the 8.25 that is said to be 34". In addition to being a great tire, IMO, its one of the few modern tires that really looks right on a defender. On the trucks running the 8.25, what sort of suspension set up do you have?
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XZLs aren't performance tires, they're durability tires.

How much do you care about flats and does it matter in the places you go?
I run XZLs on the 110 and the Disco (8.25 and 7.50 respectively) and I carry two spares.
I hate unrepairable flats in far away places so for me, Two is one and one is none.
Jack, any pics of the 110 on 8.25's
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You can get the VAT back, when you leave the country...
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That is the coolest rig/build I have seen in a while. Love the color, deep dish wolfs, cage, veggie oil option and especially the 100". Maybe someday I can build one up a lot like that - I think a 100" would be perfect.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 10:21 AM
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When you say durable, I assume you mean tough? The ones that I've seen wear out as quick as a Swamper on pavement.

-Jeff

That's exactly what I mean.
When I ran the Rubicon there was a truggy with XCLs that actually had holes in the sidewall and the truck was still rolling. These tires were ancient and the guy was reaching into the tire to pull out rocks, but they still held together.

http://www.expeditionexchange.com/ru...n001%20255.jpg

I had a set of 7.50s on the 110 that I got from a friend before the 8.25s. I was like the the fourth person to run this set and they were at least 20 years old. They were completely roached but I still never had a failure.

As far as longevity, John Lee put 90K miles on a set but they were pretty bare at the end. Mine seem to wear well as long as the alignment is true.
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Jack, any pics of the 110 on 8.25's
My 110 has 8.25's :

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=21725
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Interesting tire. It seems that it is a radial with 1 steel sidewall ply and 4 ply steel tread.

I'm guessing that it has an enormous amount of rubber in the sidewall to be able to get torn up that badly without losing air.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 11:11 AM
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Think I still want these, I am looking for a radial
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 11:51 AM
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Who would be interested/ready to commit on a set of 5. 350-400 a tire. Brand new manufacturing

8.25r16
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