New Dunlop Tires Are SmartWay Verified - Tire Review Magazine

New Dunlop Tires Are SmartWay Verified

Goodyear announced a new line of Dunlop fuel-efficient, long-haul tires that qualify as EPA SmartWay-verified technology. The line of “FM” steer, drive and trailer tires – when used in all positions – is expected to save owner-operators and fleets up to 4% in fuel bills, as compared to using standard Dunlop long-haul tires, according to the company.
  
The Dunlop FM tires featuring new fuel-efficient compounding include the SP 384 FM steer tire, SP 456 FM drive tire and SP 193 FM trailer tire in standard (11R22.5) and low-profile (295/75R22.5 and 285/75R24.5) sizes. The Dunlop casings support Goodyear Fuel Max retreads to further reduce life-cycle costs while achieving excellent fuel efficiency, the tiremaker said.

The SP 384 FM Steer Tire features special compounding and an enhanced manufacturing process to help make the tire roll with less resistance. The tire’s five-rib design features a barrel footprint to help optimize treadwear performance. To help reduce irregular wear, a pressure distribution groove, located on the outer edge of the shoulder rib, reduces pressure build-up. Goodyear said that when cornering, the reduced pressure helps improve shoulder wear, while lateral sipes and slots on the three main ribs help provide excellent traction and handling.

SP 456 FM drive tire’s 26/32-inch tread depth features large, stable tread blocks, which help reduce squirm for enhanced fuel economy while promoting even wear. Two circumferential and extended lateral grooves, coupled with a non-evolving tread design, provide excellent traction.  A closed shoulder design further helps with even tread wear, according to the company.

The SP 193 FM trailer tire has a 12/32-inch tread depth for high mileage. To help reduce rolling resistance, the SP 193 uses cool-running, triple-compound construction, which reduces the amount of energy absorbed by the tread. The casing features an all-steel, four-belt package to help provide a solid foundation for multiple retreads, the tiremaker said.

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