Sumitomo encounter tires
I'm trying out the Sumitomo Encounter tires. I installed two of them on the front. I still have the Michelin LTX MS2 on the rear.
Compared to the Michelin LTX MS2, the Sumitomo Encounter has much shallower sipes. I haven't driven with them in mud, snow, ice, or rain yet; so I can't say how that will affect the traction.
Some of the reviewers said that the Encounters catch in grooves in the road, but I have run over road grooves with no catching.
The Michelin LTX MS2 had 70,000 miles warranty; but now they have been replaced with Michelin Defender LTX MS2, which has 50,000 miles warranty. The Sumitomo Encounter has 60,000 miles warranty. The Encounter costs less than half of what the Michelin Defender LTX MS2 costs.
The Sumitomo Encounter tires are manufactured in Taiwan. The Michelins are made in USA.
So far, I am very pleased with the Sumitomo Encounter tires.
2001 F350 XLT 4X4 crew cab, dual rear wheels, long bed, black, 7.3l turbo diesel, automatic transmission, 4.10, shift on the fly, running boards, sliding rear window, 38 gal fuel tank, Odyssey extreme 65-PC1750T batteries, Michelin LTX-MS2 rear tires, Sumitomo Encounter front tires, Shell Rotella Ultra elc, 11,500 gvwr, 20,000 gcwr, 7500 gvw, completely stock, 114,000 miles when purchased, now has 240,000 miles, repairs so far: two starters, batteries, cps, brakes, tires, alternator, ball joints, locking hub, wheel hub, AC compressor, serpentine belt, power steering pump, driver's side window, ignition switch, o-ring, Spectra premium radiator, water pump, fan clutch, fan blades, thermostat, thermostat housing, tensioner. Stolen twice so far, but recovered both times with major damage.
2005 Nomad Rampage toyhauler made by Skyline. 11,500lb gvwr.
Last edited by DonWarkentin; 05-29-2018 at 11:27 PM.