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mic646
12-01-2002, 02:16 PM
This will be my 1st winter with my Dodge. The stock tires are Michelin LTX A/S 265 75-16. I have had them siped for better winter traction but lucky for us we have not had any snow here in the North West. Although they are rated all season I am used to running a little more aggressive tires all year round. Is there any of you that has had the chance to drive in the snow with the stock tires? If so what's your opinion on them. <br><br>

JKlender
12-01-2002, 02:39 PM
I ran them for the 1st time last winter and they seems to be great. Of course, they had 3.5 tons of truck shoving them down to something to bite on. If you change to another size, remember tall and skinney beats short and wide anyday on deep snow.

RATTLINRAM
12-01-2002, 02:40 PM
I've got the A/S and with the weight of the diesel up front and none in the rear,,,,,,,,,, not too good! when it comes to snow. I was caught at work for 16 hours, while it snowed the year I bought my truck. I made it home,,,, but 2WD and the A/S tires made for a very slow, must have got lucky trip. I'm due for new tires this month and I'm going to try the Michelin LTX M/S in hopes of a little bit better traction in bad weather. I really don't want/need anything too aggressive as the truck stays on hard suface as much as possible. But, there are times when a little more bite would be helpful. Just a couple of weeks ago, I got stuck on a level grassy spot after a few days of rain. (My fault and I should have known better!) The M/S may have helped a little better that day. [undecided]<br> We rarely get enough snow in our area to warrant buying snow tires and if I know it's coming,,,, I've got a 78 CJ-5 Jeep with 33&quot;x12.50&quot; *GO ANYWHERE* tires to take me anywhere I need to go. ;D ;D

Shovelhead
12-01-2002, 03:10 PM
It's even worse in a rear wheel drive Dually.<br>Studed snow tires won't even help then.<br>On days like that, it's nice to have Wifey's Landcruiser in the garage.

scottrod
12-01-2002, 04:08 PM
My truck came with them and to be honest they are horrible in the snow. I traded them in on a set of 285-75-16 BF Goodrich TA KO's. These tires are waaaayyyyyyy better in every driving condition that I have been in. The only reason I would like to have my old ones back is to smoke em till they explode ;D

muddymess
12-01-2002, 04:44 PM
im not impressed at all with the stock tires

DHeadington
12-01-2002, 06:05 PM
I have michelin 265/75/16 M&amp;S they work well in snow but I put 500 lbs just inside tailgate. We had 22&quot; of snow and live at bottom of hill did well in 4 wheel drive up hill and around town.

DPG
12-01-2002, 06:40 PM
I just got Cooper 215/85/16 A/T's on my 99 4X2 dually Friday. They are way better than the stock Michelins in the snow. We got about 8 inches this weekend. I do have a 74 gallon aux. tank in the bed that I keep full in the winter, and 800 pounds of crushed granite in 50 pound bags the ride over the rear axle.

99 cummins
12-01-2002, 06:46 PM
I don't know that I have ever heard mention of them on here but after looking for months for an aggressive tire in an E load range I found the only ones I think in production. A company called INTERCO makes them. They are called truxes mud radials and so far after the first 10k miles on them, my opinion is they are the greatest thing going. this is a farm truck so it sees alot of highway and mud and so far I have gone places in 2WD that I wouldn't have made it in 4WD with the set of Wranglers I had before. By looks you would think these things would just howl down the highway but they also make less roadnoise than the previous tires also.

dminer
12-01-2002, 07:12 PM
<br>I'm going to echo the same.... with the 4x4 the stock tires work fine !

brownpike
12-03-2002, 10:59 PM
I think the Michelin's work great in the rain, but terrible in the snow, at least when it gets cold, below zero. I run 4 studded snows from about Oct. 1st-May 1st. 235/85's Nokian is the brand, made in Sweeden I think , they sell alot of them up here.

jfpointer
12-04-2002, 06:49 AM
<br>I think the Michelin's work great in the rain, but terrible in the snow, at least when it gets cold, below zero. I run 4 studded snows from about Oct. 1st-May 1st. 235/85's Nokian is the brand, made in Sweeden I think , they sell alot of them up here.<br><br><br>Wonder if I got a defective set of Michelins, then, 'cause mine are just plain scary in the rain. No hydroplaning that I can tell, but I can't keep the rear end planted at all when accelerating. It breaks loose in 4th gear when it rains, and the truck is bone-stock. Guess I need about 8 more sandbags in the bed... :)

dodgeman01
12-04-2002, 10:08 AM
I buy Buck shot Maxxis mudders. They are about 120.00 a piece and last about 25-30k miles. That is just as good as the Wild Countrys I had.

red_rattler
12-04-2002, 11:36 AM
I tried puttin the michelins in a little mud a couple of weeks ago and they are lousy, Glad i had a winch. The bad thing it wasn't any serious mud just a couple of places and they wasn't bad.

Marine
12-04-2002, 12:21 PM
I was hunting in MT and had to buy new tires because the stock michelins are TERRIBLE! Especially in wet snow.<br><br>Mike

smokinjoe
12-04-2002, 12:45 PM
I upgraded to the Michelin M/S when I bought the truck new and don't have any complaints. Do have 4-wheel and anti-slip. Haven't been stuck yet!! Runs rite down the road in rain and snow!! Have over 50 K on tires and will probably get them again. Have checked into some other tires and it is hard to find anything else in load range E (8-plys).

Good luck!!

:) :) :)

BIG&BAD
12-04-2002, 01:15 PM
i have no clue what you guys are talking about.....<br>i just got some michelin's ltx 235/85/16<br>these tires are great in sand, snow, mud, and rain<br>maybe you just need to learn how to drive you trucks offroad<br>im not trying to sound like an edit here<br>i seen trucks lifted to the sky with huge tires that cant go anywhere.. its sad.. my brother's truck is like that. <br>i got me 2 sets of tire chains....now i dont care what tires you have, how big they are, you will not be able to follow me without tire chains on... i would put money on that one <br>

red_rattler
12-04-2002, 07:55 PM
<br>i have no clue what you guys are talking about.....<br>i just got some michelin's ltx 235/85/16<br>these tires are great in sand, snow, mud, and rain<br>maybe you just need to learn how to drive you trucks offroad<br>im not trying to sound like an edit here<br>i seen trucks lifted to the sky with huge tires that cant go anywhere.. its sad.. my brother's truck is like that. <br>i got me 2 sets of tire chains....now i dont care what tires you have, how big they are, you will not be able to follow me without tire chains on... i would put money on that one <br> <br>OH BOY I can see trouble coming with this one, But i ain't gettin in it. ::)

CaptainDD
12-04-2002, 09:29 PM
The stock Michelin's are a very poor tire in wet freezeing snow. The thread design is to close together to make them self cleaning. The wider more aggressive thread design is needed if you are going to run wet snow and ice.

brownpike
12-04-2002, 09:51 PM
Agreed, even with the mud and snow rating they don't do well in either situation, at least that's my expierence. On the other hand I think there the best tire available for long tread life, quiet on highway, and RAIN handling. They don't do well in the cold, tread gets to stiff/hard/SLICK below zero.<br><br>brownpike

KC
12-05-2002, 10:18 AM
I just had Nitto Grappler AT's put on last night, I will let you know how they are, others I have read state they do well in the snow and rain!<br><br>KC

hellotbone
12-05-2002, 10:44 AM
Lots of snow here in nothern canada use the coopers they are a great snow tire but for all season can't beat the michelin LTX M/S tires.

BIG&BAD
12-05-2002, 12:22 PM
OH BOY I can see trouble coming with this one, But i ain't gettin in it. ::)


i didnt mean to start any trouble
but you dont need mud tires....
we have a 85 250 gmc 4x4 no lift no big tires
just plain old stock size highway tires, with tire chains on this truck is unstoppable.... i mean 4 feet of snow, and much much more.
i think im getting way off topic here... so i better shut the......

sorry if i ****** off anybody [undecided]

phox_mulder
12-05-2002, 12:32 PM
But Mud tires look sooooo much cooler 8).<br><br>phox