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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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New tires - installed Michelin defender T + H

Replaced the tires on my moms 2017 Forester with 19k miles. Suprisingly the OEM tires still had 8/32nd and my mom drives hard. She picked up some nails and a screw. She decided to replace with the Michelin defender T + H. Quite the difference all around. Quieter handles better and seems smoother. We will see how these go. Bought through Discount Tire and they luckily have their Memorial day sale going on.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 05:27 PM
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Congrats on your purchase, I finally decided and went with goodyear weatherready tires. I knew immediately that I should have gone with the michelins. The weatherready may be a quality tire but on southeastern PA road are actually louder than the OEM geolanders and in terms of quiet and comfort, michelins are in another class.

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I ordered a four-set of Michelin T+H from Discount Tire when they first came out for my 2010 Forester Limited. When I went to have them installed DT could not get these tires to balance, even on their Road Force balancer. So I ended up switching to Pirelli's because I needed new tires for a trip the next day and couldn't wait for them to order in another set of Michelins. This was the first time I ever had a problem with Michelins and I've running been them on and off for nearly 40 years. My first set was the XZX which replaced the OEM tires on my 1981 Honda Civic. On the other hand, my wife has the Michelin T+H on her Honda Accord and they have been great.

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I put a set of the essentially identical Michelin X-Tour A/S (version of Defender sold through Costco and other membership stores) on our 2015 Premium last Fall. After about 5000 miles they've proven to be quiet, smooth, stable in wet (and the little bit of snow/ice we had this winter) and sure-footed. Costco fills with nitrogen, and they've lost no appreciable pressure in over 8 months. Bought during on of Costco's periodic Michelin sales, and they were a great deal.

As I noted elsewhere, my only issue is that the car runs so much quieter and smoother that at first I tended to drive enough faster that I thought MPGs had taken a hit. Now that I've reined myself in, things are back to normal (26mpg avg, 32mpg highway).

(I had the previous model Defenders on my 2005 Scion xB for years and they were also excellent.)
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My 2019 Forester came with 225/55R18 Falken tires... A quick check and that size is not available in the Michelin Defender T& H. What size did you go with and does it make a difference?

The Falken tires seem to be pretty quiet on smooth pavement, but do get noisy when the pavement is rough.

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Though I prefer Continental tires my new 2018 VW Alltrack came with summer bias Falken All-Season tires. After much research and multiple sourced reviews, I chose the highly praised Vredstein [winter bias] All-Season Quatrac 5 tires that "feature the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol branded on a tire's sidewall [which] indicates the tire meets required performance criteria in snow testing to be considered severe snow service-rated." The three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol branded on a tire's sidewall is what makes these tires street legal where winter tires are required, such as Quebec, Canada an meet winter road condition requirements in my home state of California, yet I can use them year round.

They performed so well, I fitted them to the 2010 Forester I recently bough my oldest daughter.

I bought these tires at Tire Rack, being a long time customer, and had my respective Dealers mount and balance them along with an alignment for the Forester.



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My 2019 Forester came with 225/55R18 Falken tires... A quick check and that size is not available in the Michelin Defender T& H. What size did you go with and does it make a difference? .
Put the michelins on a 2017 Forester with 225/60/17 tire size
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I put the Michelin Defender T&H on my wife's 2011 Forester at 47,000 last May. It is just under 55K now and have been very happy with them. I bought them at my local small town dealer to help the local economy. Probably priced just a tiny bit higher than the chains.

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