has introduced a new line of haul steer tires, the G395 LHS, designed to
provide improved ride quality, better tread stability and greater retreadability.
has a limited warranty of seven years with a maximum of three retreads.
The tires are made using Goodyear’s new, patent-protected IMPACT System,
which means Integrated Manufacturing, Precision Assembly, Cellular Technology.
System could only be implemented using advanced computerization, developed
with assistance from Sandia National Laboratories. This cooperation is
available only to American owned companies.
IMPACT System, as many as 25 individual tire parts or components are pre-precision
manufactured into subassemblies, then brought together for final assembly
before molding and curing. Quality is checked using lasers during all stages
of the computer controlled manufacturing process. The result is a tire
that exceeds benchmark performance levels by about 30 percent, weighs 3
to 4 pounds less than comparable tires and improves ride quality.
LHS features a pressure distribution groove that separates sidewall stresses
from the tread, resulting in a barrel-shaped footprint ideal for the steer
position. It has five straight ribs with sipes and edge blades for traction
and to minimize uneven wear. Angled grooves are exposed as the tire wears,
enhancing traction and handling.
a 16-year veteran driver from Danville, VA, said, “That was my first time
to drive on the new tire, and, wow, it felt like I was floating. The tire
hugged the road. It was a real smooth ride. I can tell a world of difference
in the tires.”
in production now, using new, proprietary equipment that cost more than
$60 million. The tire carries a premium price, about 10 percent higher
than the current G397s. Goodyear plans to eventually expand the IMPACT
System to the manufacture of all truck tires.
Abelson, technical editor