NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 15, 2004) – Bridgestone Corp. is launching its Greatec wide-base radial truck tire line in North America through authorized Bridgestone dealers, truck stops and original equipment manufacturers.
“In our view, the market niche for wide-base radials is weight-conscious fleets, like bulk haulers, flatbed haulers or fleets that tend to 'gross out' before they 'cube out.' Such fleets may be able to convert weight saved into extra revenue-producing payload,” said Kurt Danielson, director of truck and bus tire marketing for Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire L.L.C. (BFS).
Greatec radials, which were launched in Japan four years ago, are available initially in only one size, 445/50R22.5, which is equivalent in overall diameter to regular low-profile 22.5-inch radials.
Switching to Greatec radials does not change vehicle height, an important advantage over other wide-base radials, BFS said, and the wide footprint of Greatec radials also meets requirements imposed by some state laws regulating footprint pressure as a function of tread width.
Depending on the types of tires and wheels converted, Greatec radials could reduce overall vehicle weight by 600 to 1,200 or more pounds, BFS said. For a gasoline hauler, this could mean 200 or more extra gallons of fuel per load.
BFS is offering Greatec radials for drive axles with a 26/32-inch tread depth and a tread pattern that resembles that of Bridgestone's M726 and M726 EL drive radials. For trailer axles, Greatec radials have 14/32-inch tread depth and a tread pattern similar to the Bridgestone R195F.
BFS cautions that vehicle modifications may be necessary in some cases. On trailers, retrofit may be possible using 2-inch offset wheels, if axles and axle end components are of the proper type and in proper condition.