Michelin Latitude Cross

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I have a 150 Series Prado and am about to replace the original Grandtrek AT20's with something that can handle a bit more off-road use.
Has anyone had any experience with the Latitude Cross, as they're at a great price of $270 fitted at the moment from Jax. Tyre size 265 65 R17. Dunlop's will get around 60K, which I think is poor for the style of driving I do and the care.
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Reply By: Kimba10 - Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 14:30

Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 14:30
Hi Peter, 60k is pretty good out of the grandtreks for general driving. I run mine at 40psi for round town. Just a thought, have you thought about running two sets of wheels, keep the alloys (worth a fortune if you damage one) with the grandtreks for around town use, and run another set of rims with your off road tyres, even a set of steel rims, not that dear to buy compared to the alloys ?? I am doing that with my prado.. Im running bf muddies for off road use........Also check out pradopoint.com, heaps of info on there for all model prados and from blokes who own them and use them for off road and touring...Regards Steve
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Follow Up By: Peter B8 - Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 13:07

Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 13:07
Thanks Steve. I'm not doing enough off-road to warrant a second set of wheels. We're doing a trip up the middle of Oz next year, but once that's done it will be hwy kms for 99% of my driving.
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Reply By: Member - Snoopy2 (NSW) - Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 09:17

Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 09:17
Hi Peter,

I'm running Latitude Cross on my Landcruiser 100 series in 275/70 R17 and have had them on for 15,000klms so far. On the road they are very quite and grip extremely well in both the wet and dry. So far I have only had them off road on clay and sandy soil, some of which was very soft. On clay they do slip a bit but then what tyres do not slip on wet clay. The treads self clean and don't clog up. On sand they are a dream, especially running them at 20-25psi. I have not had to go lower yet as they float very well and have lots of traction.

After 15,000Klms they are showing very little signs of wear and I expect them to last match if not better the A/T Duelers 694's that they replaced. The Duelers, I've had 2 sets so far, averaged around 75,000Klms per set and I'm always carrying at least 300Kgs in extra weight. I've been very happy with the Dueler 694's and they work well on road and off.

Hope this helps.

Michael
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Follow Up By: Peter B8 - Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 13:09

Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 13:09
Hi Michael,
It is difficult to find anyone using these tyres.
Are the Latitude Cross up to the Duelers?
I would expect them to be better on road, but how about off-road.
Thanks,
Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Snoopy2 (NSW) - Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 20:19

Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 20:19
Hi Peter,

On damp clay they were about the same as the Duelers. In soft sand I did not have to lower the air pressure as far. To get the same flotation in the Latitudes at 25psi I would have had to drop to around 20Psi in the Duelers so to me that indicates thet they have better flotation and traction. Not really a scientific test as there are too many variables (size and shape of the sand granuels, moisture content of the sand etc).

I have not really tried them out on rocky country yet, but on gravel roads they certainly track and corner better than the Duelers.

The only thing I'm dissapointed with is that I did not get the LT version.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Michael
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Follow Up By: Peter B8 - Thursday, Apr 07, 2011 at 12:54

Thursday, Apr 07, 2011 at 12:54
Thanks Michael,
I have gone with the Michelin's. I don't believe they have the LT version, but it's not something I think I need anyway.
It's amazing just how much opinions vary depending on which tyre fitter you talk to. But, I found that anyone who was independent gave the Michelin's a good wrap.
It will be interesting to see just how they perform in the long run.
Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Snoopy2 (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 21:07

Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 21:07
Hi Peter,

You should be happy with them, I know I am happy with mime. The only thought I have (just this weekend as I saw a car with a destroyed tyre (not a Michelin. It seems he had a slow leak and just kept on driving until the tyre died)) is that if I ever destroy one out in the bust I may have trouble getting a replacement to match away from the city.

Hopefully I will never need to try.

All the best,

Michael
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