Our OTR tires have stood the test of time, and earned OEM status - we've even designed them to be OEM - which should tell you everything you need to know, but we thought you might like to know a little more.
If you don't see your answer below, email us at [email protected] or call us at (+1) 303-900-3770 and ask us - we're here for you.
What does OEM approval really mean?
Well, it depends on the company. With some smaller manufacturers, or even large fleet accounts, much of the control can rest with the tire manufacturer, who has the internal R&D, design and engineering capabilities that the smaller OEM might not - and not all factories have this, but ours does.
On the other hand, when you go through the OEM process with a major OEM, as we have many times, it's a very intensive process involving legal documents, stacks of enginneering paperwork, compound characteristics, simulations, test results and just about everything under the sun.
That's what OUR OTR tires went through and they passed the test. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it to be able to tell you that these tires were approved to go on machines you know from among the largest OEMs in the world.
Square apertures are something we came up with as a solution to the problems posed by holes, which most people don't know about.
Well, you know that holes don't really do much of anything for ride quality. It's a big old solid tire, a bunch of little holes help a little bit, but only so much.
However, holes have sharp edges that rip when caught on things, and, most importantly, they are usually designed to intrude as close as possible to the center of the tire, coming from both sides, which means they nearly meet, creating a point of failure internally where they're close together.
Our square apertures, on the other hand, are visibly a much larger aperture on the outside, but leave the core of the tire intact by not approaching the center as dramatically, which means you get a softer ride, better heat transfer and a more stable tire.
Give them a try and see for yourself!
When we tell customers that our standard black tread layer is, other than additives needed to make a tire, pretty much made of all-natural rubber they almost don't believe it, until they take a look at the finish
when the tire rolls out of the container.
See, over time, one way a lot of tires have become cheaper (or more profitable for factories) is by taking out natural rubber and putting in other stuff. Sometimes, in some applications that's a good thing - and we do that too, where it makes sense for our customers - but our basic tread layer hasn't been touched in many. many years, except to make minor improvements in the oils and additives that go into any part of a tire.
Thailand produces more natural rubber than any country in the world, look it up, and that's why we can afford to make such a high quality tire with all-natural rubber. It's also why when oil prices skyrocket, we don't need to worry about raising the cost of our tires the way some factories who rely heavily on synthetic rubber might.
Natural rubber, among other things, provides greater rebound resilience, meaning that every time that tread rolls down under pressure and then rolls back up, the natural rubber takes less of a beating than synthetic rubber would. Additionally, natural rubber holds together better after getting gashed or ripped on. When you see cracks or tears in a synthetic tire you can start the clock on it, while a natural rubber tire taking a beating from cuts and rips is more likely to hold together and not fail.
You just can't beat all-natural Thai rubber, and that's why we use it - you should too.
People often ask us, "What's your warranty?" and the answer is one of those answers that's so simple that it flummoxes a lot of folks:
If we broke it, we'll fix it. Period.
Just like any other company, large or small, we've turned out a bad product here and there over several decades, and when we have - you can ask our customers - we've studied the situation, put our engineers on it, looked up every detail of production for that tire (we keep extensive records on every single tire, what goes into it, how it got made and who made it) and if we did something wrong then we've warrantied the tire. Done deal.
We know in a world of 12 page warranties citing everything from act of God to international terrorism you're used to seeing a telephone book's worth of language to explain a very simple concept like "we stand behind our products," but we think it's best not to complicate the obvious and just say, you know, we stand behind our product.
Anyone who needs a ten page contract to tell you how they stand behind their product, well, the other 9,000 words in there probably aren't there to explain how they stand behind their product.