GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Michelin Retread Technologies launched a new tire that promises year-round drive axle traction and optimized features for difficult winter driving.
The Michelin XDS 2 Pre-Mold offers a 10% improvement in tread life over its predecessor, the XDS Pre-Mold, Michelin claims.
“The Michelin XDS 2 Pre-Mold delivers traction for the life of the tread, and with a 10% improvement in tread life, this translates into maximum customer value,” said Ted Becker, vice-president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “Its ability to provide excellent snow, water and mud evacuation makes the XDS 2 the ideal retread for demanding and changing weather conditions.”
The new tire, at 25/32nd of depth, provides exceptional traction using deep sipes with zigzag groove walls, as well as V-shaped transverse shoulder grooves, according to Michelin.
An engineered tread compound that delivers wear resistance in high scrub applications has improved the tire’s tread life. The tire contains a wide contact patch for force distribution and a directional tread that reduces heal/toe wear.
Retread plants follow a consistent and rigorous nine-step process to deliver uniform results in their patented Pre-Mold and Custom-Mold tires.