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All Bridgestone/Firestone Tyres Stuff

All Bridgestone/Firestone Tyres Stuff

So,the compound on the Firestone and Bridgestone tyres, is generated from computers. Of course, to provide the tyres with tread pattern . Naturally, with, high-void all-terrain pattern. Including, with interlocking tread blocks.

Consequently, this is also backed. So, by placing the sipes in a way. That rejects and throws out pieces of grit and gravel. At one time tyres with many sipes would also be noisy when driving on normal tarmac roads. The Firestone tyres, with all their siping can now run much quieter, on normal tarmac roads, due to the computer design

Firestone Indy 500 Tyre-American tyre maker Unveils special tyres for 100th Indy 500

Firestone Indy 500 Tyre

Firestone Indy 500 Tyre; Motorsport news from Formula 1, GP2, GP3, Formula E, WEC, Indycar and MotoGP

As a tyre dealer for over 40 years. I have always admired the Firestone tyre brand?

Firestone Indy 500 Tyre
Firestone Indy 500 Tyre

Firestone tyres were plagued by problems in the early days of steel belted tyres. The North American tyre company were primarily making bias belted tyres for the American market. These bias tyres suited the type of suspension that was used on many of the American cars at the time.

However radial tyres were being fitted to cars in the European car market and were coming out with staggering mileage figures. These tyres were becoming the buzz word in the tyre markets of Europe, with Michelin X tyres leading the way.

Other tyre manufacturers were struggling to keep up with the performance of the steel belted tyres from Michelin. The problem was to be that the tyre manufacturers could not find a way of coating the steel wire which made up the steel belts, with a protection from oxidisation, (rusting).

Michelin had patented their method.Hence, of protecting the steel cords from rusting. When a tyre steel belt rusts. Then it causes the tyres layers to separate.Thus, causing an “egg” to form and the tyre goes out of shape and vibrates the car. This makes the car almost impossible to drive and the tyre has to be changed.

Firestone tyres.Were to be the victims of the same thing. Along with Goodyear tyres. Firestone started to have major problems, when making their first steel radials. Tyres were separating causing all sorts of problems, both in the USA and in Europe.

Firestone Indy 500 Tyre

Firestone has always had a long-established connection to the motor-racing scene including the making of the Firestone Indy 500 Tyre. Eventually, Michelin sold the patent for making their steel wire rust proof and the tyre world’s steel belt issues fell.

Firestone then suffered a second period of tyres with best problems, mainly on Ford 4X4 trucks. This time, Firestone were sued and became very close to bankruptcy.

The company was bought by the massive Bridgestone tyre corporation of Japan. Since then Firestone tyres have begun to regain some credit and now make any excellent tyre product. The Firestone Indy 500 Tyre, is a perfect example of the quality of the tyres that are produced today.

Firestone has always been an iconic tyre brand, for all my tyre life and they still are. I must congratulate them for producing such a great looking tyre.

 

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Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat Tyres-What are run-flat tyres?

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat Tyres

Bridgestone DriveGuard run-flat In some ways, car makers see the spare wheel as a necessary evil, but run-flat tyres are one solution that means a spare wheel doesn’t need to be carried. Spare wheels take up space, and modern car design increasingly likes to use every available millimetre so […]

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat Tyres

When run flat tyres first appeared. Hence, the tyre companies gave us all sorts of reasons for their very existence. Therefore I was very sceptical when they first came out. In fact I must say that I did not think that they could possibly keep going.

What are run-flat tyres?

I gradually got used to them. As a result of educating myself. Thus, about a more indepth understanding as to why this development was necessary. The original reason was to do with the environment.

Consequently, a very slim spare wheel would be much lighter than the regular wheel fitted to the vehicle. Many things were tried by car manufacturers to reduce the overall weight of the car. Hence, in some ways, car makers see the spare wheel as a necessary evil, but run-flat tyres are one solution that means a spare wheel doesn’t need to be carried.

Eric Roberts

Bridgestone Driveguard Run Flat Tyres

Bridgestone DriveGuard Run Flat Tyres

Spare wheels take up space. Modern car design increasingly likes to use every available millimetre. So there isn’t always room for one. Space-saver spare wheels take up less boot space. While many car makers substitute a spare wheel for a puncture repair kit. However, these aren’t much use if you’ve got anything worse than a nail in the tyre, as the sealant solution is only really designed to fill small holes. So rather than carry these alternatives, some car makers offer run-flat tyres on their cars as a means of getting you home should you suffer a puncture.

Bridgestone Dueler HP tyres-fitted to new Mercedes-GLC SUV – Etyres

Bridgestone Dueler HP tyres

Bridgestone Dueler HP tyres

Bridgestone Dueler HP tyres

Bridgestone Dueler HP tyres have been chosen by Daimler for the 2015 worldwide launch of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV. The luxury mid-sized SUV leaves the factory fitted with Dueler H/P Sport tyres in four sizes across the model range.

Bridgestone tyres have done a deal. With the giant Mercedes-Benz organisation. Hence,  to fit their Bridgestone  tyres. Thus, onto the new GLC SUV mid-sized SUV car.

As you would probably noticed. Of course, all the big tyres companies. Are fitted as new original equipment tyres.

Because of  the tyre quality. Has been previously tested and proven and it is very rare that any problems would occur, when the cars go out into the open market.

This is not always true. Hence, as there have been some major tyre problems on some 4X4 vehicles. Especially,  in the USA in recent times. I believe that Firestone(now owned by Bridgestone). Had issues on some Ford vehicles. Therefore, with tyre treads lifting. But in general, the tyres supplied are of excellent quality. Thus,  and fit for purpose.

The tyres are provided to the car makers at knock-down prices from the factory gates. This is because the percentage of drivers that will buy the same replacement tyres is very high. We find that the newer the car is the more likely that the driver will replace the tyre with the same tyres and this is where the tyre manufacturers make their profits. Tyres sold to the replacement market are more expensive and more profitable than when they are sold to the car companies.

Bridgestone Dueler HP tyres

Also, we find that the customers who buy the Mercedes and BMW’s are better of or use them as company cars. When the Dueler HP tyres were fitted to the Mercedes, need replacing then they will be superseded by the Bridgestone Dueler HP tyres, a same match. This is simply because the first time owners can afford to buy the most expensive tyres.

The second and third owners of the cars will probably go for a cheaper tyre brand or a mid-range brand, such as Apollo Tyres or Yokohama tyres.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/Bridgestone/Dueler+H!2fP+Sport

 

 

Bridgestone Winter Tyre Tips-Winter Driving Tips-Watch out for the cold snaps

Bridgestone Winter Tyre Tips

It’s December first and the heavy frosts are beginning to set in as the evenings grow colder. Despite our mild Winter experience so far in 2016, rest assured these helpful tips from Bridgestone tyres will help keep you safe as the cold snaps hit. Managing Director of Bridgestone Robin […]

Bridgestone Winter Tyre Tips

Bridgestone Winter Tyre Tips

These winter tyre tips come from Bridgestone tyres MD, no other than Robin Shaw.

Managing Director of Bridgestone Robin Shaw has recommend these simple tips to protect drivers over the Winter period. “Driving in winter conditions is something everyone must prepare for. It is not only about having the right tyres; the driver’s behaviour is also essential in these conditions as he or she needs to understand and adapt to different winter hazards.

I must admit that in my opinion all the hard work. Hence , from the tyre industry regarding winter tyres, is starting to pay off. Our winters here in the UK have become more severe and spasmodic. As a result, over the past twenty years or so.

Last year was extremely mild. For this reason, we only had a couple of frosty nights, here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Other years have brought some heavy snow falls. Catching motorists out.

Therefore, a large majority of our car owners now prepare their cars for winter. Winter tyres have become very popular because of their contribution to safer driving in extreme weather  conditions. Especially, in hilly and mountainous regions of the country. Including here at the foot of the Pennine mountain range.

“It is therefore crucial to not only prepare our vehicles, but also ourselves when the weather gets cold.”

Bridgestone Tyres+Buy American Tyre Retail Giants+Pep Boys for $835M cash

Bridgestone Tyres

Bridgestone Tyres

Bridgestone Tyres

Buy Pep Boys The all-cash deal follows pressure from activist investor Mario Gabelli

Bridgestone tyres may have joined the crazy world of tyre company buyouts. They have recently bought out American fast-fit network. Thus, known as Pep Boys.

In my opinion it all kicked off when Stapleton’s followed by Kwik-fit were both bought out by a Japanese bank. This gave a wholesaler a complete tyre distribution network of tyre retailers.

This was followed by Michelin tyres. Of course, buying an online tyre retailer in Germany. European wholesaler Ihle Baden-Baden AG. They also purchased 40 % stake in Allopneus. Of course, France’s largest tyre web shop. Subsequently, for 60 million euro. Then to complete the set. Purchasing the UK online tyre wholesaler Blackcircles. Offering tyre fitting across a network of UK fitting stations. Similar thing to what happened in the seventies and eighties.Of course, with the large tyre manufacturers buying up pieces of tyre retailers.Hence, to build their own chains.

These later became ATS who are still owned by Michelin tyres. The other chains such as Tyreservices group, Were formed by Goodyear tyres, who eventually fell apart. This also happened to Central tyres that were formed by Pirelli. So, they also fell apart.

Other tyre companies on the buyout trail

I worked for National tyre that was formed by Dunlop BTR, but yes as you can guess, they also fell apart, (although a smaller network still remains). BTR sold the company to Continental tyres and they then sold it to Axle Group Holdings Ltd.

I bet that with what’s happening now,  regret selling it. I have heard rumours that National is for sale, so with things as they stand watch out for a couple of bids? Who knows it could be Continental again or even Bridgestone tyres who are cash rich and on a spending spree.

The whole of the tyre market looks to be clambering for position. We also have tyre wholesalers Micheldever buying out independent tyre retailers here in the UK. A well-known Leeds retailer, Alba tyres have just sold their tyre business to Micheldever. It is well known that they are expanding their Pro- Tyre retail network. Then I would not be surprised at the whole being sold off, to a tyre manufacturer, once again Bridgestone tyres, are in the market for tyre retailer and wholesaler in the UK.

Bridgestone tyres are now the world’s number one tyre company and are extremely cash rich. Bridgestone tyres have not shown any past hesitation in buying out smaller tyre manufacturers and so in my opinion will not want to fall behind Michelin in setting up an internet and retail chain network.

I do find I strange that companies such as  Bridgestone tyres would allow their tyre products to be sold on a Michelin tyres owned website, and have them fitted in a Michelin owned Fitting station ATS?

Eric Roberts

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Firestone Tyre Technology Shared Between Race Cars And Passenger Cars – CBS Local

Firestone Tyre Technology

Firestone Tyre Technology

Technology used to develop the Firestone tires used by drivers in the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is also used for passenger cars.

Source: detroit.cbslocal.com

Firestone Tyre Technology

This is the kind of story that i like writing about?

The way that Firestone Tyre Technology.They are using different compounds and tread design on their racing tyres. This research will eventually get back into the development of the regular car tyres Therefore, that are used by you and I.

I am old enough to go back. Accordingly, when Firestone tyres were introduced to the British tyre market. In the early days Firestone were having many major problems. Especially, with the radial tyres that are imported and manufactured  in the UK.

Like all the other major tyre companies. Firestone were trying to emulate the success of the Michelin steel belted radial tyres. Firestone Tyre Technology. This tyre was very popular amongst the American car manufacturers. Because it was developed along with their type of suspension.

Firestone Tyre Technology

The Firestone 500 was their new radial tyre. This was to compete with Michelin. The radial tyres were more suitable.Hence, to the European cars suspension and Firestone Tyre Technology developed a radial tyre. As a result, that was to cause them all sorts of problems.

The main problem was the belts in the tyres. Hence, which were twisting because of rust entering the steel belt. This is known as separation.As expected, can still happen if your tyre has a puncture allowing the steel belt to slip.

However this was along time ago and only old folks like me can remember these things. Firestone have become part of the Bridgestone tyres empire now and enjoy taking part in many motorsport events. Firestone Tyre Technology now helps them in tyre development to create a better product for the normal cars that we all drive.

Eric Roberts