Cooper Tire, Oliver Rubber introduce new premium tread

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Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. and its subsidiary, Oliver Rubber Co., says its new premium retread, Vantage Drive, features a new, technologically advanced tread compound called Black Armor that offers the same benefits found in premium truck tires. Vantage Drive delivers remarkable treadwear with exceptionally low rolling resistance that optimizes fuel efficiency, while delivering long-lasting casing durability, according to Cooper Tire.

Extensive real-world testing by Oliver and an independent testing facility have proven that the retread delivers up to 4 percent better fuel economy than other available retreads, the company says. Vantage Drive — which utilizes state-of-the-art precure process technology — also offers a stone ejector and VDiplus, a visual depth indicator that helps enforce any pull point schedule.

Vantage Drive is available in 205mm (8), 210mm (8.5N), 220mm (9) and 230mm (9.5) sizes with a deep 26/32-inch tread depth, and is designed and recommended for drive positions in long-haul, over-the-road applications. The tread — which fits most tire sizes used on over-the-road vehicles, including 19.5- through 24.5-inch sizes — also offers V-shaped grooves and a closed shoulder design locked to provide additional tread stability for even wear.

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