Overdrive Staff | April 01, 2010

durasealTire with puncture-sealing technology

DuraSeal Technology uses a gel-like, solvent-free compound built into the inner liner of the new G296 MSA tire. The compound seals punctures in the tread up to 1/4-inch without the need to repair the tire until it is retreaded. It does not seal sidewall punctures. The tire was developed for heavy on and off-road applications such as mixers, dump trucks, pumpers and other specialty heavy trucks. It is available in three sizes: 385/65R22.5 (load range J), 425/65R22.5 (load range L) and 445/65R22.5 (load range L). The tires offer 23/32-inch tread depth, which is up to 4/32-inch more tread depth than previous super-single mixed-service models. The new G296 MSA is lighter than the company’s previous model. Matching G296 MSA retreads will be available in the first half of the year.

GOODYEAR,, (800) 321-2136,

Battery isolator

The Smart Battery Isolator prevents loads on the auxiliary battery from draining the starting battery. Available in 85A and 200A versions, the isolator is smaller, lighter and generates less heat than other isolators, the company says. The device connects to the auxiliary battery after the primary battery is charged to 13.2 volts. It also allows bi-directional charging from the alternator or from other power chargers or converters and features an LED status indicator and operational start assist.

COLE HERSEE, (617) 268-2100,

phoneTrucker-specific iPhone application

UDrove is an online service and smartphone application that enables owner-operators to keep a log, track mileage for tax purposes, record fuel and business expenses, and electronically submit reports and documents. The application tracks loads in real-time through an online tracking system. The service’s subscribers can visit to access compliance and business activity information that is transferred directly from the smartphone application. Cost is $25 per month per driver for the first year, and the applications are free for download. Subscription to the online data-storage allows owner-operators and fleets to track performance and store info for compliance audits. UDrove is compatible with Blackberry, iPhone and Google Android-powered smartphones.

UDROVE,, (888) 983-7683

cordCrush-resistant cords

Ultra-Link Coil Cords are made of molded elastomeric material that resists crushing and seals terminals to help them resist moisture and corrosion. Die-cast sleeves increase dimensional stability, and polymer jackets on the coil cords can withstand temperatures from minus 55 degrees to 190 degrees Fahrenheit, the company says. The part numbers for all six Ultra-Link-Coil-Cords are consistent with those sold previously.

GROTE,, (800) 628-0809

Side skirts can reduce fuel use

Side Skirts 120 and 160 are made with galvanized, high-tensile steel braces that can be re-bent to their original shape if damaged. Both models are made with UV-protected fiberglass reinforced plastic. The U.S. EPA SmartWay-certified models can save fuel by more than 4 percent, the company says. Both side skirt designs are available as factory-installed options for new Utility trailers. Retrofitting for existing trailers is available through the company’s aftermarket department. 


Advanced air cleaner

Peterbilt’s new stainless steel cowl-mounted air cleaner and cap was developed in conjunction with Donaldson. It is available on models 389, 388 and 367 in 13-in. and 15-in. diameters for single or dual side installations. The air cleaner uses nanotechnology to trap submicron contaminants, extend maintenance intervals and prolong engine life, the company says. The air cleaner features a new air filter seal. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.