AKRON-Lighter-weight tire studs, said to cut related road damage by half, may be the key reopening the state of Michigan to studded tire use, according to Bruno Wessel Inc. a Sarasota, Fla.-based tire stud distributor. Bruno Wessel, the firm's president, says current Michigan law will permit the use of studded tires, providing they meet certain criteria relating to reduced road wear-criteria today's radial tires, equipped with lighter-weight studs, easily should meet.
Michigan's law, he says, was predicated on road wear experienced with yesterday's bias-ply tires and older, heavier studs.
He says he'll try to persuade Michigan officials that combining the 40-percent better treadwear of radials with the benefits of lighter-weight studs justifies reopening state roadways to studded tires.
The lighter-weight studs will be the only ones allowed on Oregon's highways beginning in November 1996-which may set the pattern for other states, he believes.