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    Michelin Defender T+H

    Anyone out there have a set of these on their CX-5? Have been comparing to the Altimax RT43's. There's quite a price difference but the new Defender seems to edge out the General in just about every meaningful metric for the 225/65r17's.

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    Arrow Michelin Defender T+H

    General AltiMAX™ RT43 definitely is not the best performed tire available on the market. But compare to Michelin Defender T+H, RT43 225/65R17 102H has several advantages over T+H:

    1. Price: $113.99 vs. $165.07 @ Tire Rack.

    2. UTQG on Temperature rating: "700 A A" vs. "820 A B". I'd never get a tire with B-rated Temperature on UTQG for safety reason.

    3. Tire weight: 25 lbs. vs. 27 lbs.

    4. Maximum inflation pressure: 51 psi vs. 44 psi. Higher MIP means newer design technology and more safety margin.

    If you really want a Michelin, Premier LTX is a much better choice. It has better performance, and the price is cheaper ($153.97 @ Tire Rack). Costco now is running $130-off promotion for a set of Michelin's until 6/17/2018.

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    I just got a set of Michelin Defender 225/65r17's recently. It's only been six days, so not much driving yet. Initial thoughts from me are, a lot more smoother riding, and quieter. I looked at the Premier also, but for a few dollars more the Defender had a 90,000 mile limited warranty as compared to, I believe it was 70,000 for the Premiere. They were $165.00 per tire at a Discount Tire store. I went to Discount because over the years they had fixed two slow leaks with no charge, and I had never bought anything from them. That is the way to gain customers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goguinness View Post
    I just got a set of Michelin Defender 225/65r17's recently. It's only been six days, so not much driving yet. Initial thoughts from me are, a lot more smoother riding, and quieter. I looked at the Premier also, but for a few dollars more the Defender had a 90,000 mile limited warranty as compared to, I believe it was 70,000 for the Premiere. They were $165.00 per tire at a Discount Tire store. I went to Discount because over the years they had fixed two slow leaks with no charge, and I had never bought anything from them. That is the way to gain customers.
    Michelin Defender is a different tire from Michelin Defender T+H. Defender 225/65R17 102T has lower "T" speed rating than H-rated Defender T+H. And B-rated UTQG Temperature is a concern too. Premier LTX offers 60,000-mile / 6-year warranty. There're too many unknowns during 90,000-mile tire life. To me any tire mileage warranty over 60,000 miles such as Michelin Premier LTX is good enough.

    Yeah I like Discount Tire Store too and I'm getting new tires from them all the time. They fixed and balanced my flat with no charge on my OE Toyo A23 tire.

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    The Defender also has a tread depth of 10/32, versus 8.5/32 for the Premier. Just drove over some speed bumps for the first time, they take those things a lot better..
    Last edited by Goguinness; 06-20-2018 at 04:13 PM.

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