AKRON (Aug. 8, 2013) — Goodyear has rolled out two Unicircle retread products to help fleets extend the service life of the tire maker's wide-base truck tires.
The G392 SSD UniCircle has a 24/32-inch tread depth, while the G394 SST UniCircle comes with a 12/32-inch tread depth. Both products' tread designs are optimized to help provide a uniform footprint and confident handling, Goodyear said.
The G392 SSD UniCircle drive tread and the G394 SST UniCircle trailer tread are available to fit size 445/50R22.5. The tire maker said it also offers flat precure G392 SSD drive and G394 SST trailer retreads to fit 445/50R22.5 and 455/55R22.5 sizes.
The recently introduced products "offer many of the same performance benefits as their wide-base, new tire counterparts—the G392 SSD DuraSeal+Fuel Max and the G394 SST DuraSeal+Fuel Max," said Brian Buckham, marketing manager, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems.
"In addition, they are offered with Goodyear's exclusive UniCircle Technology, which helps enhance tread wear. UniCircle retreads are spliceless and adhere snugly to the tire's casing to enhance traction and help reduce tearing and chunking."
Because there is no cutting or splicing during the UniCircle tread application process, the retreaded tires are uniform and balanced—helping extend casing life and mileage, he added.
Goodyear said another benefit of UniCircle treads is that the UniCircle cure is optimized to help deliver lower rolling resistance than a flat retread, which also helps boost truck fuel economy.
"By matching the G392 SSD UniCircle and G394 SST UniCircle retreads with G392 SSD drive and the G394 SST trailer casings containing Goodyear's exclusive DuraSeal Technology, retread performance should be just like that of a new tire," Mr. Buckham claimed.
DuraSeal Technology, built directly into a tire at the time of manufacture, instantly seals nail-hole punctures of up to ¼-inch in diameter in the repairable area of a tire's tread. That, Mr. Buckham noted, "ultimately helps fleet owners and owner-operators drive down their operating costs."