Regional All-position Tire

Rolf Lockwood

Yokohama’s new 108R regional all-position/steer tire is now available to fleets in the U.S. and Canada. SmartWay-verified, the 108R comes in sizes 295/75R22.5, 285/75R24.5, 11R24.5, and 11R22.5.

The 108R will give fleets a competitive edge for extended regional-haul and urban high-scrub applications, the company says. With a deep, 22/32nd tread depth and 16-ply construction, the 108R aims to deliver more miles.

Benefits include longer service life, says Yokohama, achieved via a five-rib tread design that also enhances water dispersion and overall traction on the road.

Yokohama’s special STEM-2 (StrainEnergy Minimization) technology extends the life of the casing by directing normally destructive stress forces away from critical bead and shoulder areas, minimizing flex in the casing. As well, a sidewall abrasion guard reduces damage caused by accidental curbing and scrubbing in urban applications, and rock shield platforms keep rocks and debris from reaching the bottom of the groove where they can cause premature casing damage.

Rolf Lockwood

Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to

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