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So I wasnt intending to purchase but I found a great deal and well shall we say the rest is history. Only things Ive changed are tires, stock goodforyear were having vibration issues. Moved over to Michelin LTX AT2’s. So far, loving it! The new trucks have many many more options for tires for stock sizes.
 

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Looks awesome!

Glad you got a great deal. Dealerships in my part of Florida have only got one wt/Gasser 2500 that is for sale. I have been telling the sales people to call me asap as soon as one comes in that's not sold. I would like to test drive one. They are playing the waiting game too.
 

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My local dealers are getting some in, but most are sold. I didn't buy locally, I drove a ways to get mine.
 

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Watch out for paint chips with those AT2s....rock magnets and stone tossers.
Might think about adding some flaps.
 

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Watch out for paint chips with those AT2s....rock magnets and stone tossers.
Might think about adding some flaps.
Dito. I ran those tires for along time and had to install mud flaps because the front of my black boat had about a million tiny rock chips on it. I still run Michelins, just a different model.

And congrats on the truck - I'm jealous! Exactly the truck that's on my list! Probably for '21 though.
 

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I've probably logged around 200-300k on AT2's over the years, never had any issues with rock chips. I've run them on both GM and Ford trucks for the past 10 years at least. I could definitely see why they might pickup some rocks due to the tread pattern. All I know is the stock Goodyear Trailrunners were already showing vibration/balance issues when I drove it home from the dealer. I literally came home, and the next day went down to my local tire shop and they gave me $225 per goodyear towards the Michelins. Smooth as butter and seems to be more solid going down the road with the Michelins.
 

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I didn't care for the lack of mileage life,
and the noise at 50% life wasn't enjoyable.

Like I said, keep an eye on your new paint.
Maybe they'll work out for ya.

 

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I'm trying to get dealer to install Michelin Defenders before I even pick up my truck.
It is at the rail yard now, hope to get it trucked before the end of the week.
 

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I didn't change models because of the rock chips, I changed because while those tires get awesome grip in the rain, the X-Radials they sold at Sams got even better wet traction. Best I've ever experienced and all-in-all, just great tires. They discontinued them a year or so ago so the last set I went with Defenders because I'd never tried them. I like them ok but they do make a bit of noise I wasn't used to with the X-Radials and they don't get near as much wet traction as the Xs or the AT2s.

All in, I have close to 1 million miles on Michelins of those 3 models over the years and unless something changes I will probably never buy another brand if I can help it. I do think I'm gonna go back to the AT2s next set because wet traction really matters in this part of the country.
 

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So I wasnt intending to purchase but I found a great deal and well shall we say the rest is history. Only things Ive changed are tires, stock goodforyear were having vibration issues. Moved over to Michelin LTX AT2’s. So far, loving it! The new trucks have many many more options for tires for stock sizes.
Can you post a picture of the door weight sticker? Also, what is the load rating on the tires?

Very nice! Hope to buy one next year but it will be close on handling my pin weight.
 

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Lots of talk on the Defenders...
I didn't change models because of the rock chips,....
I didn't either....ran several sets of the AT2s. I will admit, while they did have a longer life on a towing daily 1-ton, than other brands tried, they still didn't get close to the mileage warranty claim.

But while the road noise as they aged was annoying, it was the not holding a balance that did it. 7+oz of weight on a new tire, excessive IMO.
Luckily DT got me some $$ on the mileage warranty (because of inability to balance), applied to the new brand set. Instead of trying to run 'em down to the onion skin 2/32 Mich (fine print in warranty) requires for a warranty adjustment.

The R500s I switched to, exceed all of those issues with the Mich.
1-2oz to balance, and they hold balance and don't cup the edges of the front tires towing heavy (braking).

As a result, I forget and lapse on rotations.
Instead of 5k, I wind up at 12-15k before I notice a 'tremble' and head back to DT.

Had a road hazard take one, then the other out, replaced by new. But with 2 out of 6 new, too much of a mismatch on rotations....about 60k miles of wear.

So I started anew with another set (sold the used set), hoping for 80-100k miles on this 2nd set. :wink2:
 

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So I wasnt intending to purchase but I found a great deal and well shall we say the rest is history. Only things Ive changed are tires, stock goodforyear were having vibration issues. Moved over to Michelin LTX AT2’s. So far, loving it! The new trucks have many many more options for tires for stock sizes.
Can you post a picture of the door weight sticker? Also, what is the load rating on the tires?

Very nice! Hope to buy one next year but it will be close on handling my pin weight.



Here ya go, 3750 load rating... these are the same size and rating as all of the michelins you see on super dutys.
 

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Looking at door sticker, GCWR minus Curb weight leaves you with 21270 Lbs trailer tow capacity?
WOW!
 

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Looking at door sticker, GCWR minus Curb weight leaves you with 21270 Lbs trailer tow capacity?
WOW!
Good luck hitting that weight without exceeding the rear axle/tires weight rating. And if it's a bumper-pull...well, a 20k bumper pull will suck for other reasons. ;)
 

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Good luck hitting that weight without exceeding the rear axle/tires weight rating. And if it's a bumper-pull...well, a 20k bumper pull will suck for other reasons. ;)
I've done this. 23k actually. Never busted 45 mph and all back roads. Was just a little nervous. But it was the only time since I go this truck that I was able to reach every thing in the toolbox w/o climbing in the bed.>:)
 

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Here ya go, 3750 load rating... these are the same size and rating as all of the michelins you see on super dutys.
Thank you!

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I've done this. 23k actually. Never busted 45 mph and all back roads. Was just a little nervous. But it was the only time since I go this truck that I was able to reach every thing in the toolbox w/o climbing in the bed.>:)
Nice. What was the load?
 
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