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Looks kinda mad max... I'm not a fan of the wheel and tire choice at all, seems like flat black steelies would have been better with the street tires. Anyways, first wrapped Ridgeline I've seen in person. I think a matte navy blue would look pretty cool.
 

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It looks cool, but I too am not a fan of the rims. However, despite the way they look, those Michelins are some of the best performing tires out there in street, rain, snow, ice, sand, or mud. I've always thought a more aggressive tread was need for off-road performance, but if you drive on pavement the LTX M/S tire has no equal. Honda did a good job in picking them as the OEM tire for the Gen1.

 

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It looks cool, but I too am not a fan of the rims. However, despite the way they look, those Michelins are some of the best performing tires out there in street, rain, snow, ice, sand, or mud. I've always thought a more aggressive tread was need for off-road performance, but if you drive on pavement the LTX M/S tire has no equal. Honda did a good job in picking them as the OEM tire for the Gen1.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEYv2XzsT90
I'd agree about the LTXs being great tires, a relative's set on his 09' RL lasted around 4 years and 90k miles, still had plenty of tread but the sides were so cracked we decided to replace them for safety's sake, lots of cracking in the tread itself as well, strange stuff. I'd still have put that brand and model on my RL, but needed something a little more aggressive for the off road trails we'll run in the fall every year.

With the hardcore appearance of the wrapped RL, I figured, especially with the overdone wheels, it would have some sort of gnarly tread instead of street tires, maybe they traveled a lot, or the lot changed them, who knows.
 

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I'd agree about the LTXs being great tires, a relative's set on his 09' RL lasted around 4 years and 90k miles, still had plenty of tread but the sides were so cracked we decided to replace them for safety's sake, lots of cracking in the tread itself as well, strange stuff. ...
You're right, they do seam to dry rot fairly quickly. Mine are pretty cracked as well, so I'm looking for new tires. For the type of driving and towing I do, I can't find a better tire then the LTX M/S. It's too bad they don't make them anymore. I hope Michelin's replacement tire, the Defender LTX M/S, is just as good but dry rots less.
 

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Yes, I see the same with my Michelin's, but from what multiple tire places have said, when looking at mine, unless you can insert a penny (US $0.01), they don't even want to see it as they won't warranty its replacement. But I've had two locations say, up to 6yr old (date of production) that Michelin is pretty generous in their replacements $. I'm going to run mine for another 6-8 months or until a major road trip presents itself (this year it's highly unlikely), proper pressure and inspection (professional rotation) with documentation is key. YMMV

As for the OP's post, who knows, maybe the original owner had more aggressive tread, but were worn out, and those sitting in the basement.
 

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You're right, they do seam to dry rot fairly quickly. Mine are pretty cracked as well, so I'm looking for new tires. For the type of driving and towing I do, I can't find a better tire then the LTX M/S. It's too bad they don't make them anymore. I hope Michelin's replacement tire, the Defender LTX M/S, is just as good but dry rots less.
Just put Defender LTX M/S on my 2011 RTS. Very quiet ride, great performance in the rain. Went through TS Hermine with no hydroplaning or jerking of the wheel when hitting pooled water.
 
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