Drive tire gets SmartWay OK

A new drive tire from Toyo Tires designed for long haul highway applications has been verified by the U.S. EPA SmartWay program. The G-rated M657 utilizes Toyo's e-balance technology for a stiffer belt package, stiffer bead construction, and optimization through simulation technology. Benefits include improved tire life, endurance, irregular wear resistance, and fuel consumption, Toyo said. Available

A new drive tire from Toyo Tires designed for long haul highway applications has been verified by the U.S. EPA SmartWay program.

The G-rated M657 utilizes Toyo's e-balance technology for a stiffer belt package, stiffer bead construction, and optimization through simulation technology. Benefits include improved tire life, endurance, irregular wear resistance, and fuel consumption, Toyo said.

Available in sizes 11R22.5, 295/75R22.5, 11R24.5 and 285/75R24.5, the tire is suitable for either single or twin drive-axle applications. It has a 28/32-in. tread depth, a multi-pitch groove design to enhance traction, and large parallel-arranged center tread blocks for stability and traction.

Stone ejectors help protect the casing against stone drilling, Toyo said, and the shoulder design resists irregular wear in long-haul applications.

A high elongation steel cord in the number-four belt helps protect the casing against impact and cuts and promotes multiple retreads, the company said. A special cap and base compound provides cooler running and longer casing life, Toyo added. www.toyotires.com

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