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Old 04-26-2016, 06:19 PM   #61
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Peter, I have bought tires from Costco for other vehicles and found them to be competitive. So I checked one of the VT Costco locations: Defender LTX M/S for $187.99 ea. $15 per tire for mounting and disposal. It also says free shipping. This is the new LTX Defender. Good luck.

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Old 04-26-2016, 06:30 PM   #62
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Buying as Costco seems like a good idea then. I'm not sure about mounting, as I wonder if they'd have the right equipment for mounting/balancing - kind of doubting it. But that $188 is a lot cheaper than the prices I was seeing - just the savings on 1 tire would cover the annual membership fee for Costco.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:14 PM   #63
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Peter here's what I got

... Also the MB dealers I talked to said they would not mount RIBs because it was not an approved tire by MB.
That's curious since my MB dealer strongly recommended the RIBs. Seems to be lots of smoke and mirrors around this whole wheel/tire issue and the Sprinter.

For my part operating primarily in the Western US in Spring/Summer/Fall conditions I find the "Summer" RIBS to be a good fit for my use case. Just measured the dB level in my BMW X5. The cab of the Unity MB Sprinter is actually quieter at highway speeds with the RIB's than my BMW.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:43 PM   #64
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Turbo you are correct every dealer seems to have their own ideas as to what is acceptable for the sprinters. I checked with 4 dealers in SW Florida none want to put on RIBs then I call my dealer in Atlanta '''I've used for 30 years and he recommends nothing but RIBs at least for us southern RV owners.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:03 PM   #65
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....then I call my dealer in Atlanta '''I've used for 30 years and he recommends nothing but RIBs at least for us southern RV owners.
That was the clear drift I picked up cruising around other RV forums which were not Sprinter specific. Everyone seemed to like them. Only negative comments were price but several admitted with longer service life the price difference was not significant.

For my part lower road noise and higher reliability means a great deal to me operating in the western US. Very high summer road temperatures and generally higher average speeds out in the west stress the tires a great deal particularly when you are operating at the GVWR for the vehicle.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:58 PM   #66
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For those leaning towards the LTX MS2 radials to replace their Conti tires, here are a few photos I took of my new LTX MS2's treads when they were installed on the Alcoa wheels. You can do your own comparison of the Conti vs Michelin LTX MS2 tires. As you will discover, there's a lot more tread on the Michelins. J&B
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:29 AM   #67
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What about ribs in front and non ribs in rear?
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:32 AM   #68
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What's about mixing and using Michelin ribs in front?
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