TANK truck fleets are a definite target market for Goodyear's new widebase single drive- and trailer-position tires. Both feature Goodyear's Fuel Max Technology and DuraSeal Technology and are made at Goodyear's Danville, Indiana, plant. The new tires are available now.
The new G392 SSD widebase single drive tire and the G394 SST widebase single trailer tire can save more than 1,100 pounds over a dual tire assembly. The tires were designed for weight-conscious fleets with regional- and long-haul operations.
“Bulk fleets, with their focus on cutting weight wherever possible, are a major target for these new tires,” says Donn Kramer, director of marketing for Goodyear Commercial Tire. “These tires were designed for the North American market, and we believe they are game-changers in the widebase segment.
“In developing these tires, we paid close attention to the need to prevent tire failures, a key concern for truck fleets. If a standard widebase 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. Our DuraSeal Technology addresses the tire-puncture issue, and gives fleets greater peace of mind.”
Goodyear's DuraSeal Technology includes a gel-like inner liner that instantly seals punctures up to a quarter-inch in the repairable area of the tread. DuraSeal does not seal sidewall punctures.
The G392 SSD and G394 SST are SmartWay verified, joining Goodyear's complete lineup of longhaul and regional tires with SmartWay approval. “In addition to reducing fuel consumption, these tires offer a better ride, less noise, and cooler running,” Kramer says.
The G392 SSD was designed with Goodyear's nine-rib design and eight wide circumferential grooves for 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. The G392 SSD is available in load range “L” in a 445/50R22.5 size.
Featuring a five-rib design with minimal blades, the G394 SST has tread compounding for SmartWay and long miles to removal. Its 12/32-inch tread depth provides an excellent 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. The tire's robust shoulder design and casing construction helps it resist curbing damage. The G394 SST is available in load range “L” in a 445/50R22.5 size.