Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is rolling out two new versions of its wide-base truck tire, with one designed specifically for long-haul operations and the other for regional applications.
The new G392 SSD drive and G394 SST trailer wide-base tires feature the tire maker’s Fuel Max Technology. They are also flat-resistant as they are equipped with Goodyear’s DuraSeal -- a gel-like inner liner that instantly seals tread punctures of up to 1/4-in. The tire maker noted, though, that the DuraSeal liner does not seal sidewall punctures.
“We feel our new wide-base tires are game-changers in the wide-base tire segment,” said Donn Kramer, director of marketing for Goodyear Commercial Tire. “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.”
He added that DuraSeal should help improve confidence among customers considering wide-base tires, which are designed to save weight and improve fuel economy by replacing the typical dual-tire setup on on each wheel end of tractor drive and trailers axle with just one wide-base tire.
“The combination of our G392 and G394 can save more than 1,100 lbs over a dual assembly,” Kramer noted.
The G392 SSD for tractor drive axles is available in load range “L” in a 445/50R22.5 size.
The G394 SST for trailer axles is available in load range “L” in a 445/50R22.5 size.
To further help fleet owners reduce tire costs, Goodyear plans to offer matching retreads for both the G392 SSD and G394 SST by 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,” said Kramer.