School Bus Fleet

September 2014

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43 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 • S C H O O L B U S F L E E T Available for school bus applications, the Good- year G661 HSA offers long mileage and enhanced toughness. "The G661 HSA contains a scrub-resistant tread with multi-compound construction to help extend tread life in applications that require fre- quent turning, backing and braking," says Norberto Flores, marketing manager, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems. The tire also features sidewall protector ribs and a scrub- resistant compound to protect against curbing and sidewall abrasions; four full-sized, super-tensile steel belts for extra toughness; and a 22/32-inch tread depth to help deliver long tread life. The G661 HSA is available in a wide range of popular sizes, including 11R22.5; 11R24.5; 12R22.5; 245/70R19.5; 225/70R19.5; 285/75R22.5; 295/75R22.5; 265/75R22.5 and 275/70R22.5. Hankook's AH24 is a premium regional haul/all-position tire, approved by SmartWay, and designed to provide excep- tional vehicle fuel effciency, according to the supplier. "With a focus on high-scrub conditions, the AH24's all- position, deep-groove design is an ideal choice for school bus and other pickup and delivery applications," says Bri- an Sheehey, director of commercial tires, Hankook Tire America Corp. Solid wide ribs are designed to provide gratifying ride control, while the improved kerf design displaces water for outstanding road grip in adverse weather conditions. An enhanced sidewall fghts against damaging abra- sions and cuts to extend casing durability and tire life cycle performance. The AH24 also provides re- sistance to high-scrub situations where endurance, durability and high mileage are vital to intense driving conditions, company offcials said. Kumho's KRS02 is a premium regional all-position steer tire that features fuel-effcient compounding, a solid shoulder to resist uneven wear in high-scrub applications, a fve-rib design and Tread Centering Groove Technology (TCG). This all-position tire is designed and engineered to meet the demanding re- quirements of the regional tire application, company of- fcials said. The MICHELIN XZE 2 is Michelin's regional, all-position radial with extra-wide, extra-deep tread designed to help deliver the best wear in high-scrub applications, according to the supplier. Michelin's school bus-focused products in- clude curb guards and shoulders designed specifcally for these situations. Extra strong curb guards help protect side- walls against most impacts and abrasions for long casing life, company offcials said. Solid shoulders are optimized for high-scrub applications. Additionally, the tire has Matrix Siping technology that helps to prevent irregular wear and increase trac- tion. The Matrix sipes lock together for the stability normally associated with solid tread blocks. MICHELIN KUMHO TIRE Goodyear's G661 HSA contains a scrub-resis- tant tread with multi-compound construction to help extend tread life in applications that require frequent turning, backing and braking, according to the supplier. The AH24 tire from Hankook features solid wide ribs, which provide ride control, while the im- proved kerf design displaces water for outstanding road grip in adverse weather conditions. Kumho Tire's KRS02 is an all-position steer tire that features fuel-effcient compounding, a solid shoulder to resist uneven wear in high- scrub applications, a fve-rib design and Tread Centering Groove Technology. The MICHELIN XZE 2 with extra-wide, extra- deep tread is designed to help deliver the best wear in high-scrub applications, according to the supplier. The tire also has Matrix Siping tech- nology that helps to prevent irregular wear and increase traction. Kumho Tire's KRS02 is an all-position steer Centering Groove Technology. THE GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER CO. HANKOOK TIRE AMERICA

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