TN – Workers, who take their trucks
through muddy, off-road worksites, or off-road enthusiasts,
who tackle the toughest terrain, have a new replacement
tire option, the Firestone Destination™ M/T. The new
Firestone Destination M/T, introduced to the marketplace
on September 1, by Bridgestone/Firestone North American
Tire, LLC (BFNT), is a full traction-depth tire featuring
UNI-T® technology for excellent
wet and mud handling.
Destination M/T is the first Firestone light truck tire
to be built with the company’s exclusive UNI-T®
technology,” said Shu Ishibashi, president, North
American Consumer Tire Sales Group, and executive vice president,
BFNT. “We designed this to be a very tough, heavy-duty,
max-traction tire that is for off-road work truck applications,
such as use in gas or oil fields or use by border patrols,
park rangers, power company fleets, ranchers, farmers, or
just for fun.”
Destination M/T features a square footprint and more rubber
between the bottom of the skid and the steel belts, than
standard all-terrain or light truck tires, to protect the
body plies. It also features additional rubber between the
outside sidewall and body plies and has a high void to help
clear debris from the tread. No tread siping provides excellent
cut resistance and longer wear. Additionally, a 40 pitch-length
design around the circumference helps keep noise to a minimum.
tire, which is pinned for studs to assist in winter driving
conditions, incorporates Bridgestone/Firestone's DMR™
Max Traction Light Truck Tire innovative patent-pending
All sizes are built with Dura-Loc 3.0™, a unique high-strength
tie-in construction, which combines three full polyester
body plies, two high-tensile steel cord belts and a full
nylon cap for outstanding resistance to on- and off-highway
• Mud and Off-Road Traction, which is the result of
a unique over-the-shoulder tread/lug design that provides
Extraction Traction ™ to help pull the vehicle through
deep mud and ruts. Wide wrap-around lugs and special tread
element shapes and angles help deflect road hazards from
the shoulder areas as well as improve self-cleaning in muddy
and snowy conditions.
• Rim Guard™ Off-Road Protector Rib helps protect
the tire by deflecting off-road debris from between the
tire bead and rim area, and also keeps the lower sidewall
stiffer making the bead fit tighter to the rim.
Destination M/T also incorporates several elements from
Firestone’s extensive experience in the agricultural
tire industry to help increase traction, including design
elements taken from a 23? bar angle tractor tire, the best
angle for straight-ahead pulling.
all-position tire initially will be available in 11 sizes,
in load ranges ‘C’, ‘D’ and ‘E’
for a variety of heavy-duty and max-traction applications.
Destination M/T comes with a choice of blackwall or raised
target consumers for Destination M/T include those who do
extensive heavy-duty towing of boats, horse trailers or
travel trailers, Ishibashi said.
is an acronym for “Ultimate Network of Intelligent
Tire Technology” found only in Bridgestone, Firestone,
Dayton and select associate brand tires. One of its core
technologies is a Computer Optimized Component System, CO•CS®;,
which uses a super computer to help determine an ideal combination
of tread design, casing shape, materials and construction
for a particular application.
with UNI-T®; have a special O-Bead®;
that eliminates overlapped joints in the bead assembly,
affecting the way a tire interacts with the rim, and provides
a rounder assembly for improved stability.
use of L.L. Carbon®;, or Long
Link Carbon, an advanced form of carbon black, produces
a stronger tire, better able to resist cracking, chipping,
tearing and excessive wear.