AKRON (Aug. 9, 2006) — Goodyear will expand its self-sealing commercial tire technology to include more mixed-service tires for vehicles that require maximum off-road traction.
The Akron tire maker said its DuraSeal technology will be available in Unisteel G177 severe-service drive tires. The technology previously had been available only in Goodyear Unisteel G287 MSA and G288 MSA mixed-service tires. DuraSeal is a gel-like, solvent-free compound built into the inner liner of the tire that helps seal punctures up to 1/4 inch in the tread area, according to Goodyear.
Rich Cottrell, product manager for mixed-service tires, said the technology's expansion into the G177 “is a no-brainer... a perfect fit. Adding DuraSeal Technology to the rugged G177 will reduce vehicle downtime due to punctures.”
The tire features high-tear strength tread compound to help resist rubber chipping and chunking. An enhanced casing design helps improve strength, puncture-resistance and retreadability, Mr. Cottrell said.
Available in sizes 11R22.5 H, 11R24.5 H and 12R22.5 H, the G177 is manufactured in Goodyear's Danville, Va., plant. A 12R24.5 H size will be available in September, the company said.