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The widening reach of wide-base truck tires 

Here’s where wide-base tire adoption stands with trucking fleets.

Yokohama Tire launches an ultra wide-base regional drive tire

Yokohama Tire unveiled its newest commercial offering, the 716U ultra wide-base. The manufacturer noted that it is a weight-savings drive tire, and it’s available now in the U.S. in size 455/55R225. Benefits of the 716U UWB, according to Yokohama, include: • The 716U UWB has a load range M (22 PR). The replacement of traditional duals

Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia and Steelworkers Union agree on new four-year contract at Salem Plant

Continuing its strong relationship with its union partners, Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia announced it has agreed in principle on a new four-year contract with United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1023. Tetsuro “Tex” Murakami, president of Salem, Virginia-based YTMV, made the announcement. Local 1023 represents approximately 500 employees at the Salem plant. The new agreement will replace

Yokohama Tire’s 121T regional trailer tire now on sale

Yokohama Tire’s latest commercial product – the 121T – is now on sale in the U.S. The 121T is specifically engineered for trailer use only. The new tire is severe snow service-rated in all weather conditions and is offered in sizes 215/75R17.5 and 235/75R17.5. Benefits of the 121T, according to the tire maker, include: • The

Yokohama Tire launches new drive tire

Yokohama Tire has added a new commercial tire to its continually expanding lineup: the 720R. The 720R is a 19.5-inch, N-speed-rated drive tire which is engineered specifically for pickup trucks and last-mile delivery operations, according to Tom Clauer, Yokohama’s senior manager of commercial product planning. The tire is offered in a 225/70R/19.5 size and is

Yokohama offers all-position waste/sanitation truck tire

Yokohama Tire has introduced a new all-position waste and sanitation tire. The new 506U replaces the MY627W Spec-2 offering and is now available in a 315/80R22.5 sizes. According to the tire maker, features of the 506U include: Enhanced durability: The 506U’s new wider tread pattern incorporates a wide outside rib to resist tearing. Additionally, rock

The one tire maintenance focus to bring you certainty in uncertain times

If there’s one thing we all need a little of right now, it’s stability. Something we can depend upon. Something that, no matter what happens, if we just focus on this one thing, everything will be okay. Lean in closer, fleet friends, because I know that one thing. Are you ready? Proper tire inflation. Now,

Scrap tire analysis thoughts from trucking’s top minds

See the rising sun behind the peaks of that pile of rubber? There’s gold in them there black hills, fleet managers. Gold in the form of information–a tale of your tire operations, maintenance and pressure management practices. So don some protective gloves and let’s start grabbing some scrap tire rubber out of the pile to

Yokohama releases regional pickup/delivery tire

Yokohama Tire has released its new 714R tire engineered for urban pick-up/delivery applications. The open shoulder drive tire, which debuted at the TMC show in February, is now available in sizes 225/70R19.5 (14) and 245/70R19.5 (16). “The 714R was engineered to deliver all-weather traction, significantly longer wear and outstanding fuel efficiency,” said Tom Clauer, Yokohama’s

Are you retreading your truck’s tires to the right position?

Let’s say you retread a pair of new, premium steer tire casings. Where on your truck do they go next? The most common answer is probably the drive position. But what if you equipped them back onto the steer position? Bridgestone Americas’ Kyle Chen, brand manager of truck and bus radial tires for the U.S.

Maximize fuel economy with wheel position in mind

Here’s a fleet fuel efficiency tire hack: Maximize the impact of wheel position on fuel efficiency. “The trailer wheel position, which carries the most weight, contributes the most to the overall fuel efficiency of a commercial truck at approximately 43%. This is followed by the drive position at 39% and the steer position at 18%,”

The true truck tire costs of fuel efficiency

Here’s the thing: Tire manufacturers could churn out heavy-duty truck tires that are far more efficient than what’s available today, but you probably wouldn’t want to equip the trucks in your fleet with them. Yes, fuel-efficient tires are necessary to build your ROI in much of the heavy-duty trucking world. The trouble is, if a tire