Goodyear adds wide-base tires to lineup
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has two new wide-base tires available: the G392 SSD drive and G394 SST trailer tires. They are designed for long-haul and regional-haul applications.
The new wide-base tires feature Fuel Max and DuraSeal technolgies. DuraSeal is a gel-like inner liner that instantly seals punctures of up to 1/4-inch in the repairable area of the tread (DuraSeal does not seal sidewall punctures).
“We feel our new wide-base tires are game-changers in the wide-base tire segment,” says Donn Kramer, director of commercial tire marketing. “If a standard wide-base tire hits a nail or other debris and goes flat, there is no limp-home capability, and in about 30% of the cases, the tire deflates to a level where it ruins a $450 wheel.
“With Goodyear’s DuraSeal technology, our customers can now run confidently with wide-base and reap the weight-saving benefits of the tires, while gaining excellent fuel economy and long miles to removal. Our DuraSeal technology, which has been in use in our mixed service and trailer tires for several years, has been saving our customers money and downtime."
The G392 SSD and G394 SST are SmartWay-verified, joining Goodyear’s complete line of long-haul and regional SmartWay-approved tires.
“While our line of long-haul dual tires with Fuel Max technology continues to deliver fuel economy improvements of up to 5% over traditional non-SmartWay-verified tires, there is a segment of the market that wants the weight savings of wide-base,” says Kramer.
“The combination of our G392 and G394 can save more than 1,100 pounds over a dual assembly, and achieve comparable fuel economy numbers to other SmartWay-verified tires in the marketplace."
Both tires are available in size 445/50R22.5, load range L.
G392 SSD DuraSeal + Fuel Max
Goodyear’s unique nine-rib design, with eight wide, circumferential grooves, provides all season traction in dry, wet and snowy conditions. Combined with its deep, 25/32-inch tread depth for long initial tire life, the tire tested "with superior results" in wet and dry traction at Goodyear’s test facility in San Angelo, Texas, and snow performance testing in Minnesota.
“Our tire’s footprint remains constant to allow uniform wear,” says Kramer.
G394 SST DuraSeal + Fuel Max
Featuring a five-rib design with minimal blades, the G394 SST has tread compounding for SmartWay verification and long miles to removal. Its 12/32-inch tread depth provides a balance to maximize fuel economy, weight and tread life.
The optimized tread and mold design provides for a uniform footprint to help resist irregular wear while providing a quiet ride.
To help fleets and owner-operators further reduce their tire costs, Goodyear will offer matching retreads for both the G392 SSD and G394 SST in the fourth quarter of this year.
“The retread looks and performs like the original tread, plus features the same tread depth on the trailer tire, and 24/32nds of tread on the drive tire to maximize miles to removal,” adds Kramer.
Goodyear first introduced the tire to dealers at its 2011 Dealer Conference in Grapevine, Texas, in Janaury (see "Goodyear introduces 11 commercial products").