Next-Gen Cooper Steer Tire Is an Energy Saver

Aug. 16, 2021

Updates to the Cooper Pro Series Long Haul Steer tire feature extra toughness on its edge to minimize irregular wear and damage by curbing.

The Cooper Pro Series Long Haul Steer 2 is even more fuel efficient than its predecessor, the company says. It features Cooper ECO (Energy Conservation Optimization) technology, which combines tire design, compounding and construction for an ultra-low rolling resistant tire that exceeds SmartWay standards by 15%.

It also offers lower rolling resistance than EPA greenhouse gas (GHG) standards set for 2027.

The tire is available in size 295/75R22.5 (load range G and H), and additional sizes are to be released in October.

The Cooper Pro Series Long Haul Steer 2 tire builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, and features a patent-pending shoulder decoupling rib. This provides added toughness on the edge of the tire to minimize irregular wear and damage caused by curbing.

The tire has 18/32nds of tread depth and features a wide footprint, which helps distribute weight and promotes long and even wear, as well as enhanced traction.

“This is a premium steer tire designed to lower costs for our customers through fuel efficiency and long miles to removal,” says Gary Schroeder, executive director of Cooper’s global truck and bus tire business. “We’ve built on the success of this new tire’s predecessor and continued to innovate with improvements made on this new product. Cooper has made this high performing tire even better with the new decoupling rib, which has a unique size and shape that adds to its rigidity, allowing irregular shoulder wear to be minimized, which results in added durability in highway applications. Another unique feature on this new steer tire is a patented stone ejector design with a stepped groove wall in the tread pattern. This feature helps prevent stone drilling to ensure the integrity of the casing for multiple retreads.”

The Pro Series Long Haul Steer 2 features Cooper’s Wear Square on the tire’s shoulder ribs. This visual indicator shows tread depth through five different evolving image icons, and also shows when the tire should be pulled for retreading or replacement. Since the Wear Square is placed on both sides of the tire, it also serves as an alignment indicator. If the icons on each side don’t match, the tire technician knows there is an alignment problem or an uneven tire wear issue and can take corrective measures.

The Cooper Pro Series Long Haul Steer 2 tire features four-belt steel design construction and a seven-year, two-retread warranty. The tire is also warranted for full replacement value for the first 50% of treadwear.

Cooper is a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.