A new tire bar from Ken-Tool is said to offer improved strength over previous models in a lightweight design. The T45AS Super Duty Tubeless Truck Tire Iron combines the 52-in. length of Ken-Tool’s T47A and T47B and the bead- and user-friendly rounded ends found on the T45A, the company said.

The T45AS Super Duty Tubeless Truck Tire Iron utilizes a 7/8-in. (0.875 in. /2.2 cm) shaft for strength and durability. The 52-in. (1.32m) length provides the technician with up to 40% greater leverage than the T45A and the T45AC (at 37 in/0.93 m), and T45HD (41 in/1.04 m), Ken-Tool said.  The smaller diameter shaft delivers a tool which weighs 8.25 lbs. (3.7 kg), 25% lighter than the same length T47A or T47B tools.

The tool has heat-treated ends that are precision forged to deliver a slip-free grip on the rim and bead, the company pointed out, adding that the tip ends insert easily, and prevent the cutting or ripping of the bead or the sidewall.

On the mount end, the unique, trademarked curve design always grabs the bead edge. On the demount end, the angled tip easily slips between bead and rim and will not slip when demounting the second bead.