The anatomy of tough

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The com­pany that cre­ated the first all-ter­rain 4WD tyre in 1976 has de­liv­ered the Bf­goodrich All-ter­rain T/A KO2, the tough­est All-ter­rain tyre ever, and it’s be­ing put to good use since its ar­rival in NZ last year.

En­gi­neered from Bf­goodrich’s cham­pi­onship off-road mo­tor­sports rac­ing tech­nol­ogy, the KO2 4x4 tyre de­liv­ers ex­cep­tional tough­ness, dura­bil­ity and trac­tion for travers­ing harsh con­di­tions, in­clud­ing gravel, dirt, rock, mud and snow.

The KO2 tyre is the first con­sumer tyre to in­cor­po­rate the com­pany’s race-proven and racewin­ning Core­gard™ tech­nol­ogy that gives it un­matched tough­ness against side­wall split­ting. Com­pared to the al­ready for­mi­da­ble KO tyre, the new KO2 is 20 per­cent stronger in this crit­i­cal off-road per­for­mance area.

The KO2 uses Core­gard tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped in the Baja T/A KR2 for split and bruise-re­sis­tant side­wall rub­ber and a thicker, ex­tended shoul­der to pre­vent side­wall fail­ures. Com­puter mod­el­ling was used to pre­dict ob­ject paths and cre­ate a side­wall de­sign most likely to de­flect pro­trud­ing ob­jects, re­duc­ing the chances of splits and snags.

The KO2 has a new tread de­sign and rub­ber for­mu­la­tion that helps it last twice as long on gravel and 15 per­cent longer on as­phalt than the pre­vi­ous tyre – the tread rub­ber has been op­ti­mally blended to re­duce chips and tears on gravel. A new foot­print shape and in­ter­lock­ing tread de­sign pro­vide more uni­form wear over the long haul. Spe­cial stone ejec­tors push ob­jects out of the tread to re­duce drilling into the tyre.

In ad­di­tion, the KO2 im­proves its all-ter­rain per­for­mance with 10 per­cent greater trac­tion in the mud and 19 per­cent greater trac­tion in the snow com­pared to the pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion KO tyre. Side-biter lugs in the side­wall im­prove trac­tion in mud, snow and rocks. Raised bars in the shoul­der help re­lease com­pacted mud for bet­ter trac­tion in soft soil. 3-D sipes cre­ate bit­ing edges for bet­ter snow trac­tion. The KO2 has an ob­vi­ous ap­peal for the of­froad en­thu­si­ast, but it also ap­peals to any­one who reg­u­larly faces chal­leng­ing con­di­tions. The KO2’S tough­ness, dura­bil­ity and trac­tion – as well as its im­proved tread­life and great road man­ners – de­liver strong ben­e­fits, whether for work or play. The KO2 is avail­able in a range of 15 – 20 inch fit­ment sizes. For more in­for­ma­tion Freep­hone 0800 474 639 or go to www. bf­goodrich.co.nz

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