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So, I finally have my new factory HPD 18 inch wheels in hand (weighed in at 29 lbs 11 oz w/o TPMS or valve stems on my Park Tool bike scale). I‘m going to stick with 245/60-18 tires and I’ve narrowed my options to either the Michelin Defender LTX M/S or Falken Trail ATs (for reference, I have Falken Wildpeak AT3Ws on my 4Runner). I live in San Diego, so weather is irrelevant and both tires can fully meet my needs. I suspect the Michelin will be quieter, last longer, and perhaps offer slightly better mpg. The Falken subjectively looks better, is superior off road, and most importantly is wider thus offering better rim protection (I love my wife, but she curb parks by Braille). It’s a tough call. For those of you with relevant tire perspective, I’d welcome your input. For those of you who have gone from OEM to all terrain tires, did you see any change in mpg? FWIW, Falken is about 4 lbs heavier, but does present a softer more aggressive tread pattern. Thanks in advance for any thoughts on the two tire options posed above.