Goodyear introduces Wrangler SilentArmor Pro-Grade

Aug. 14, 2006

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the Wrangler featuring SilentArmor Technology Pro-Grade geared for the most popular “working trucks” on the road.

The Wrangler featuring SilentArmor Technology Pro-Grade has a new tread compound for enhanced toughness and tread wear capability to suit the needs of contractors, landscapers, boaters, horse enthusiasts and any other professional or private pickup truck owner who regularly hauls or tows heavy loads.

It is available in 14 LT sizes with load ranges D and E and rim diameters ranging from 16 to 20 inches and is designed for some of the best-selling heavy-duty and super-duty trucks such as the Ford F-250 and F-350, Chevy and GMC 2500 and 3500 models, and Dodge 2500 and 3500.

Pro-Grade expands the availability of Goodyear’s SilentArmor Technology to 47 sizes. It previously was available in 33 sizes covering P-metric, LT-metric and high flotation applications for 15- to 18-inch rims. Seven more sizes are scheduled to be added to the lineup of premium Wrangler tires next year.

The Wrangler SilentArmor Pro-Grade has a chip- and chunk-resistant tread compound that enhances tread wear in heavy loading and towing applications. Two high-tensile steel belts and a layer made with DuPont Kevlar (two layers of Kevlar in Load Range E sizes) help absorb road noise and provide a smooth and quiet ride. The tire also features an enhanced Rim Lock, offering a more stable bead area to reduce rim slip for minimal balancing throughout the life of the tire and a rugged rim guard which helps protect expensive wheels from curb damage.

The Wrangler SilentArmor Pro-Grade also has a rugged tread pattern for a consistent tread contact patch at a variety of load and speed conditions, to maximize traction in all conditions, and enhance tread life and resistance to uneven wear.

Traction ridges are also used within the tread of the tire for enhanced traction in wet or muddy conditions, and the tire bears the industry’s mountain-snowflake symbol, certifying it for “severe snow” usage.

Goodyear’s Durawall rubber compound, borrowed from Goodyear’s tire for severe off-road use, the Wrangler MT/R, reinforces the sidewall to help resist punctures and cuts; it also appears in the tread region on the Wrangler Pro-Grade to enhance resistance to rock drilling in the tread grooves.

“Three-quarter and one-ton pickups generate more torque than full-size, half-ton trucks, and that extra torque can contribute to fast tread wear, especially on vehicles that are frequently loaded or towing,” said Todd Hershberger, Goodyear general marketing manager for light truck and SUV tires. “The new Wrangler SilentArmor Pro-Grade helps provide a tough tread for those who use their trucks in heavy-duty, high-torque applications –- all the while delivering the comfortable and quiet ride they expect from Wranger with SilentArmor Technology.”

The Pro-Grade icon, with the Goodyear wingfoot design between Pro and Grade, appears on the tire’s sidewall.

The Wrangler SilentArmor Pro-Grade carries a consumer-friendly “Wrangler Utility Package” that includes a 50,000 tread life limited warranty, a 30-day no obligation trial period, nationwide warranty service, online product registration and off-road assistance.