Cooper Tire has launched its new Pro Series Long Haul Steer 2 tire that replaces its predecessor, the Cooper Pro Series Long Haul Steer tire, and is available now in size 295/75R22.5 (load range G and H), with additional sizes becoming available in October. The Cooper Pro Series Long Haul Steer 2 tire features a shoulder decoupling rib on the edge of the tire to minimize irregular wear and damage caused by curbing, according to the manufacturer.
The new tire features Cooper’s Energy Conservation Optimization technology, which combines tire design, compounding and construction to provide an ultra-low rolling resistance tire that exceeds SmartWay standard requirements by 15%, the tire manufacturer noted in a press release. It also offers lower rolling resistance than EPA greenhouse gas standards set for 2027.
At this year’s TMC Fall meeting held in Cleveland, Phil Mosier, Cooper Tire manager of commercial tire development, walked us through the innovations surrounding the company’s newest steer tire, the Pro Series LHS 2:
The Cooper Pro Series Long Haul Steer 2 tire also provides 18/32nds of tread depth and features a wide footprint. This helps distribute weight more efficiently and promotes long and even wear, as well as enhanced traction.
Helping improve tire maintenance is Cooper’s Wear Square on the tire’s shoulder ribs, the manufacturer noted. This is a visual indicator that shows tread depth through five different evolving image icons. A “square” shape indicates full tread depth, while an “L” shape shows only half the tread remains. An icon also shows when the tire should be pulled for retreading or replacement. Since the Wear Square is placed on both sides of the tire, it also serves as an alignment indicator. If the icons on each side don’t match, the tire technician knows there is an alignment problem or an uneven tire wear issue and can take corrective measures.
The Cooper Pro Series Long Haul Steer 2 tire features four-belt steel design construction and a seven-year, two-retread warranty. The tire is also warranted for full replacement value for the first 50% of treadwear.