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Old 09-07-2010, 07:32 PM   #1
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LTX M/S vs M/S2 vs. A/T2

I've done some digging but wasn't able to come up with a post or series of posts that answered my question so I hoping you can help. My dilemma is this - I need new tires on my 2006 Ridgeline before winter. I have had great luck with the stock LTX M/S's but an intrigued by the other Michelin options, especially the M/S2's. I live in NE Ohio (snow belt) so I run into some deep stuff here and there and the M/S2's seem to be built to better cope with these conditions (according to Michelin's website). The additional wear rating would be a nice to have as well! The problem is the M/S2's aren't available in the stock 245/65-17 fitment, requiring my to bump up to a 70 profile. I saw the fitment guide posted here and don't believe I'll have any rubbing problems. That said, I'm concerned with the impact on handling and braking. The A/T2's are also intriguing and available in the stock size. My concern with these is that, just as with many A/T's I've owned in the past, I'll have wear issues regardless of how much I rotate, etc. Ultimately, I'm hoping for some insight. Has anyone tried the M/S2's or A/T2's? How'd they fair against the stock M/S's? What size did you opt for in the M/S2's? Any noticeable changes in performance? How about the A/T2's? Any noticeable oddities in their wear characteristics? Thanks in advance for all the help!
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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Re: LTX M/S vs M/S2 vs. A/T2

couldnt find the at2's in stock size! so i went with 245-70-17. they look awesome but i lost a little sidewall and the handling sucks! i got pics if u want em.
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:10 AM   #3
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Re: LTX M/S vs M/S2 vs. A/T2

Throw'em up...
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:34 AM   #4
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Re: LTX M/S vs M/S2 vs. A/T2

Just be careful with the load range. Some of the tires that you'll see at Costco for example that appear to be a great deal are load range C and will make your Ridgeline ride like a Dodge.
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Re: LTX M/S vs M/S2 vs. A/T2

Thanks for the replies!

96ws6ta - Where are you at in Cleveland? I live in Novelty (near Chagrin Falls/Hunting Valley). By handling, do you mean cornering or braking? I figured the cornering would suffer a bit due to the taller sidewall but wasn't sure to what degree. Interesting. Have you gone through a winter with the yet? If so, how do they compare to the stockers in the snow and ice?


shovelhd - No doubt. I bought an F-150 with D's on it...it rode like a lumber wagon.

Anyone with experience with the A/T2's?
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:28 AM   #6
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Re: LTX M/S vs M/S2 vs. A/T2

parma hts. just feels very unstable at highway speeds if u do any aprupt manuvers. i tried posting a pic but its too big?
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96ws6ta, I just noticed a post of yours - it seems you may have General Grabber A/T2's. Looking that the survey results from Tire Rack and the Consumer Report results published a couple years back, I might expect there to the Generals on-road mannerisms to be a bit worse compared to their Michelin counterparts. Decisions, decisions.... How do you like the Generals in the snow and ice?
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just got em 3 weeks ago. gimme ur email and i will send u pics
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:57 PM   #9
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Re: LTX M/S vs M/S2 vs. A/T2

I've had the AT/2's for over a year now and like them better then the stock tires.
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Re: LTX M/S vs M/S2 vs. A/T2

I got AT2's and so far so good - a little noise,softer on turns and a more concentrated tread but should be very strong off road (3 Steel belts) and when I try to get up my sisters driveway!
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