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KISSMYAURA



Member Since: 13 Jan 2018
Location: KENT
Posts: 39

United Kingdom 2003 Defender 90 2.5 TD SW Epsom Green
7.5 16 Michelin XZL alternatives Opinions welcome!
I have 16" Zoom Alloys on my truck with Michelin XZL 7.5 16's

They have served me very well over the last 5 years, but time to replace them.

About 75% of my drving is tarmac of tht 75% is motorway BUT due to where I live and a 100m dirt track steep uphill drive to my house and 1km of flat albeit bumpy dirt n pot hole track to said driveway I need to get home in the mud and snow.
I have never needed to use low range.

Appeciate any reccomendations based on above.



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Post #976512 3rd Jan 2023 10:07am
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TexasRover



Member Since: 24 Nov 2022
Location: Paris
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France 2002 Defender 110 Td5 DCPU Chawton White
Yokohama Geolandar are available in the standard 7.5 (skinny tall) size. Personally I think they look good as they are a bit square in look. Great tire otherwise. I have them, but that was because Michelin was not available (in the right size/type) where I was (Middle East).

If you are interested I can forward some pictures and more details.
Post #976519 3rd Jan 2023 10:42am
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KISSMYAURA



Member Since: 13 Jan 2018
Location: KENT
Posts: 39

United Kingdom 2003 Defender 90 2.5 TD SW Epsom Green
please interesting, i was hoping to go a little wider perhaps, considering

BF Goodridge
Cooper St pro's

keen to hear if others have used them and pro's and cons road noise, ride, wet stopping on road etc !
Post #976527 3rd Jan 2023 11:05am
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lord-haggis



Member Since: 12 Feb 2020
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I've had 235-85-16 General Grabbler AT3's which I was happy with

I've currently got 265-75-16 BFG KO2's which I've been very happy with, they do a lot of trudging through snow and mank and ice on the back roads on the farm, I drove them up an ice sheet of a back road the other week with no fuss, most FWD cars had to turn back as they were just spinning, I drove past them all abiet slowly but without incident.

I've also hit more deep pot holes and ruts that I'd like and they don't have a mark on them.

They are a bit noisier than the GGAT3, but its also a Defender, I did a week on Mull last week with them and they handled all the snow, ice and rain without a flinch. Belize Green TD5 110 Double Cab aka Le Farm Truck
Post #976559 3rd Jan 2023 2:29pm
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TexasRover



Member Since: 24 Nov 2022
Location: Paris
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France 2002 Defender 110 Td5 DCPU Chawton White
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Post #976594 3rd Jan 2023 7:26pm
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KISSMYAURA



Member Since: 13 Jan 2018
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United Kingdom 2003 Defender 90 2.5 TD SW Epsom Green
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JOW240725



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United Kingdom 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 XS CSW Orkney Grey
I love my 265x75R16 BFG KO2's, also highly rate 255x85R16 Toyo MT, surprisingly quiet on tarmac, but very much a mud terrain.

ST Pro's look great and perform great but are very noisy on tarmac. Also watch the speed rating, some sizes are only 68mph. Cooper AT3's always get good reviews. James
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Post #976643 4th Jan 2023 10:57am
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KISSMYAURA



Member Since: 13 Jan 2018
Location: KENT
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United Kingdom 2003 Defender 90 2.5 TD SW Epsom Green
Think i might ho for the toyo open country 255/85/16
Post #976660 4th Jan 2023 12:22pm
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Chicken Drumstick



Member Since: 17 Aug 2020
Location: Near MK
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Re: 7.5 16 Michelin XZL alternatives Opinions welcome!
KISSMYAURA wrote:
I have 16" Zoom Alloys on my truck with Michelin XZL 7.5 16's

They have served me very well over the last 5 years, but time to replace them.

About 75% of my drving is tarmac of tht 75% is motorway BUT due to where I live and a 100m dirt track steep uphill drive to my house and 1km of flat albeit bumpy dirt n pot hole track to said driveway I need to get home in the mud and snow.
I have never needed to use low range.

Appeciate any reccomendations based on above.



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KM?? Your profile says Kent. Something happened down there? Razz
Post #979300 23rd Jan 2023 12:50am
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Chicken Drumstick



Member Since: 17 Aug 2020
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KISSMYAURA wrote:
Think i might ho for the toyo open country 255/85/16

One of the few 255/85's, they will be taller than what you have now and may rub the arches, will also effect the gearing (not sure what engine you have).

The Toyo's are ok, more of an All Terrain than a Mud Terrain IMO. But probably better on the road than the XZL's.
Post #979302 23rd Jan 2023 12:53am
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Julie



Member Since: 07 Oct 2017
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France 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 SW Keswick Green
Re: 7.5 16 Michelin XZL alternatives Opinions welcome!
KISSMYAURA wrote:
I have 16" Zoom Alloys on my truck with Michelin XZL 7.5 16's

They have served me very well over the last 5 years, but time to replace them.


I got BFG KM3 7.5R16 on mine.

They last as long as Michelin Lattitude Cross 7.5R16

In the first 2 years they stink - then they become pretty noisy.
Post #981153 3rd Feb 2023 7:12pm
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