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Understanding Truck Tyres

Semi Trailer Truck

If you're constantly carrying or towing heavy loads with your truck, van, or ute, you may be wondering what truck tyre will give you the best performance.

For everyday operations, finding the right tyres for your industrial or working vehicle becomes crucial. For example, commercial or light truck tyres are typically ideal for stability and reliability.

The best tyre for your truck will depend on a number of factors, including the type of truck you have, the conditions you'll be driving in, and your personal driving style. Talk to your mechanic or our tyre specialists to get the best advice for your specific situation.

At Tyrepower Kogarah, we provide a wide range of truck tyres from top-notch brands, including Pirelli, Continental, Toyo and Michelin. We have different tyre types and sizes in stock to fit most trucks.

Why should I get truck tyres?

Safety and performance are two important factors to consider when working in the goods and transportation industries. Basically, if you drive a truck or bus you should get truck tyres. Light truck tyres generally won’t come in the right weight capacity or sizing. Truck and bus tyres are ideal when it comes to overcoming any challenges the road may present.

Truck tyres are definitely not for quiet driving. They are designed for long hours of muscle work, such as towing, lifting, and rolling on tough terrain. Some truck tyres are also designed for sealed roads. Among their benefits are better fuel economy and longer tyre life.

Truck tyres based on axle position

There are different types of truck tyres for different axle positions. These are steer, drive and trailer. Steer tyres are typically installed in the front, while drive and trailer tyres are typically installed in the back.

These tyres are designed to perform optimally in that specific axle position. As a result, each type of tyre should only ever be mounted on the corresponding axle.

The best tyres are determined by factors such as weather, tyre size, and performance standards. The most crucial elements for commercial fleets to take into account are downtime reduction, fuel efficiency, and mileage.

Semi Truck

Steer Axle Tyres

As mentioned before, steer truck tyres are designed for the front axle of your truck. These tyres take all the stresses and strains of turning your vehicle. That’s why they need to have optimal handling performance for accurate and smooth steering.

Drive Axle Tyres

The drive axle tyres are in charge of converting engine power into forward motion. Their optimal tread pattern allows them to achieve this, as they are designed to maximise traction. They also need a strong grip to minimise braking distances.

Trailer Axle Tyres

These tyres are made to maximise mileage and fuel efficiency while meeting the challenge of static and dynamic loads. Additionally, they must be protected from scrubbing, which can cause tyres to wear out quickly and unevenly. If this happens, you may need to replace your tyres sooner than expected.

Truck tyres, based on the car you drive

Depending on the vehicle you drive, and the loads you are carrying, there are different types of truck tyres available, including tyres designed for on-road use, off-road use, or a blend of surfaces.

What are Light Truck (LT) tyres?

Light Truck (LT) tyres are commonly used on utes, vans, caravans, light trucks, and trailers. Their internal construction is robust, and they are designed for a heavier load capacity.

LT tyres typically feature improved protection from carcass damage and puncture resistance, ensuring safety and stability when towing or carrying additional weight.

A great example of an LT-construction tyre that is suitable for commercial vehicles is the Bridgestone Duravis R630.

Bridgestone Duravis R630

Bridgestone Duravis R630 tyre

The Bridgestone Duravis R630 is a great option for light trucks and vans that typically perform medium-duty workloads. It provides safety, better handling, and ride comfort when compared to passenger tyres of similar sizes.

Its key features include a non-directional tread pattern, advanced tread design suitable for all axles and optimised compound designed to maximise service life and durability.

Truck and bus tyres

Commercial tyres designed for trucks and buses are a step up from light truck tyres in that they are built to withstand much heavier loads, often while travelling for extended periods of time, without needing to be replaced.

These tyres generally offer good traction and grip in wet and dry conditions. They can handle different types of surfaces, including uneven trails, pavement, dirt roads, and more.

Toyo M143

M143 tyre

The M143 is a tubeless, 70 series highway-rib truck/bus tyre suitable for all axle positions. The M143 has a wide tread width, wide shoulder ribs and a flat crown radius for optimum handling and wear qualities.

Falken Ohtsu RI103

Falken Ohtsu RI103

The Falken Ohtsu RI103 is a versatile, all-position tyre for highway service. It provides excellent steering stability, and it’s been built to last. This tyre has a solid shoulder design that resists heel and toe wear on vehicles equipped with air suspension.

Find truck tyres at Kogarah Tyrepower

At Kogarah Tyrepower, we have the right truck tyres for your vehicle. We also stock passenger and off-road tyres for all kinds of vehicles, including SUVs, and 4WDs. We provide advice and service to Kogarah, Sydney, and surrounding areas, including Hurstville, Sans Souci, Arncliffe and the St George area.

If you still don’t know what tyres to choose for your truck, bus, or van, call us on (02) 9587 3366 for expert advice or come to our store, located at 7 Lindsay Street, Rockdale.

Our large selection of tyres makes it easy to pick the right tyres. We also offer a variety of tyre services for your truck, including tyre-fitting, replacement, repair, and balancing.

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