AKRON (Aug. 14, 2006) — Goodyear has introduced the latest addition to its Wrangler SilentArmor line—the Wrangler Pro-Grade for heavy-duty pickup trucks.
The Wrangler SilentArmor Pro-Grade fits the most popular “working trucks” on the road, Goodyear said, including the Ford F-250 and F-350, Chevy and GMC 2500 and 3500 models, and Dodge 2500 and 3500. The tire is made for contractors, landscapers, boaters, horse enthusiasts and any other professional or private pickup truck owner who regularly hauls or tows heavy loads.
“Three-quarter and one-ton pickups generate more torque than full-size, half-ton trucks, and that extra torque can contribute to faster tread wear, especially on vehicles that are frequently loaded or towing,” said Todd Hershberger, Goodyear general marketing manager for light truck and SUV tires. “The new Wrangler SilentArmor Pro-Grade helps provide a tough tread for those who use their trucks in heavy-duty, high-torque applications—all the while delivering the comfortable and quiet ride they expect from Wrangler with SilentArmor technology.”
The tire comes with two high-tensile steel belts and a layer made with DuPont Kevlar aramid fiber to help absorb road noise and provide a smooth and quiet ride, the company said. Two layers of Kevlar are built into Load Range E sizes.
The Wrangler SilentArmor Pro-Grade also features a rugged tread pattern for a consistent tread contact patch at a variety of load and speed conditions. Goodyear claims its Durawall rubber compound reinforces the sidewall to help resist punctures and cuts and is present in the tread region to enhance resistance to rock drilling in the tread grooves.
The tire expands the availability of Goodyear's SilentArmor technology, currently available in 33 sizes covering P-metric, LT-metric and high-flotation applications for 15- to 18-inch rims, with 14 select LT sizes with load ranges D and E and rim diameters ranging from 16 to 20 inches. Goodyear said it will add seven more sizes in 2007 to its 47-size lineup.
With the new tire Goodyear is offering its Wrangler Utility Package warranty, which includes a 50,000-mile treadlife limited warranty, a 30-day no-obligation trial period, online product registration and off-road assistance.
The Wrangler SilentArmor Pro-Grade is being made at Goodyear's Union City, Tenn., Gadsden, Ala., and Fayetteville, N.C., plants, Mr. Hershberger said.