Tires and wheels

Oliver Rubber’s wide-base drive-axle retread

Oliver Rubber’s SmartWay-verified Ultra Low Profile Vantage Drive is a wide-base drive-axle retread suited for 18-wheel tractor-trailers in line-haul and regional applications. The retread uses the company’s VDI Plus tread feature designed to resist stone retention and road debris and help enforce any pull-point schedule. The retread is pressed with Oliver’s proprietary compound engineered to deliver added traction, wear and low rolling resistance. It is available in a 390 width. Oliver Rubber Co., www.oliverrubber.com

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Minimizer’s flaps for trucks, trailers

Minimizer’s Fast Flaps, initially available for vocational trucks, now can accommodate all major truck and trailer applications. The Fast Flap Mounting Bracket attaches to the frame, thanks to multiple slotted holes designed to fit most patterns commonly found on trucks and trailers. The bracket is manufactured with carbon steel and is powder-coated black, and the holes on the bracket arm are predrilled to facilitate quick and easy Fast Flap attachment. Minimizer, www.minimizer.com

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Wheel-Check’s loose nut, hot wheel identification device

Wheel-Check is designed to identify a loose wheel nut and is heat-sensitive to help prevent brake and bearing problems. When the wheel nuts are torqued properly, a Wheel-Check can be placed on each wheel nut in a uniform pattern; once a wheel nut has loosened, the attached Wheel-Check will appear out of sequence for easy identification. If a brake binds or a bearing seizes, the heat is transferred through the stud and nut; once the ...

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American Racing’s custom truck wheels

American Racing Custom Wheels’ ATX Series “Big Rig” Custom Wheels for semi-trucks are available in four designs and finished in a highly detailed satin black with special window milling or a traditional bright luster polish. The wheels also can be manufactured with a color finish specified by the customer for a customized personal appearance. They are manufactured with high-quality forged 6061 aluminum alloy and are engineered for high load limits. The wheels also feature bolt-on ...

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Michelin launches premium X Multi D Regional Drive Tire

Michelin Americas Truck Tires launched its X Multi D Regional Drive Tire designed to provide premium mileage, scrub resistance and traction in regional, urban and light-construction and medium-duty applications. User segments, according to the company, include less-than-truckload, pickup-and-delivery, food and beverage, energy, construction and other vocational segments. Key performance attributes include long-lasting tread life, all-weather traction, scrub resistance and a durable casing, all targeting enhanced driver satisfaction. The X Multi D, which replaces Michelin’s XDE M/S, is ...

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Bridgestone America’s Firestone wide-base radial

Bridgestone America’s Firestone FS818 wide-base radial tire is engineered for all-position use in on-and-off-highway severe-service applications. Suited for higher payloads and added flotation, the tire uses special tread compounds to help resist cuts, chips, tearing and irregular wear. It is designed with a deep self-cleaning tread pattern for added traction and long original mileage, while stone rejector platforms in every groove offer added durability. Block sipes help slice through water and provide added grip on ...

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Pirelli’s long-haul drive tire

Pirelli’s SmartWay-verified Pentathlon D long-haul drive tire is designed for high mileage, energy efficiency, even wear, high traction and high retreadability. A dual-layer tread compound is incorporated into the design to facilitate long-lasting performance, while a specialized undertread compound translates to lower rolling resistance, fuel consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions. An optimized pattern geometry and belt evolution is engineered for durable even wear, and a directional tread pattern adds to grip on both wet and dry ...

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