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Burleigh Heads Tyre Shop Gold Coast
BURLEIGH HEADS

13 Flagstone Drive
Burleigh Heads
(07) 5535 2660
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SOUTHPORT

1/277 Southport – Nerang Road
Southport
(07) 5591 8633
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Tyre Guide

Tyre Size Fitment Guide  

The meaning of the numbers on tyre sidewalls.

If you’d like to check whether we have the tyres you need in stock, or get prices before you visit us, you’ll need to tell us the tyre size printed on the sidewalls of your tyres. But what do all those numbers and letters mean? Check out our handy tyre size fitment guide.

Radial Tyres

Radial tyres are made to give you a more comfortable ride, and they have lower rolling resistance, which reduces fuel consumption. In radial tyres, the layers of which the tyres are made run radially across the tyre. The sidewalls also have greater flexibility, and this factor, combined with the tread-layout, adds up to comfort and fuel efficiency.

Components of a modern tyre

You might think that there isn’t much to tyres, but a lot of ingenuity goes into the design of a modern tyre. Nowadays, tyres offer better handling, stronger traction, longer-lasting tread, better fuel savings, and greater comfort than they did in the past.  

Tread

Each tyre-maker offers its own version of tread – that’s the rubber or rubber composite that’s in contact with the surface of the road. Tread is made up of grooves, lugs, voids, and sipes and each of these has a specific function which we’ll examine next. How much tread should a tyre have? It’s depth should be 1.5mm or more.

Rain grooves

These carefully-thought-out grooves channel water away from the tyre, preventing your car from aquaplaning on wet roads.

Sipes

Sipes run perpendicular to rain grooves and contribute to the prevention of aquaplaning. They also help to cool the tyre when driving on hot tarmac.

Ply

Tyres are made from layers of cords covered with rubber. The layout of plies, and the number of layers, have a big role to play in tyre performance.

Voids

The gaps or spaces between the raised portions of your tyres’ treads allow for flexibility and they’re as important to traction as the tread blocks themselves. Different tyre makers each have their own pattern of treads and voids.

Wear bar

Tyre wear bars or wear indicators are there to help you to see when your tyres are becoming too smooth for safety. When the wear bars are making contact with the road surface, it’s time to get new tyres.

Lugs

The parts of a tyre’s tread that are in contact with the road are known as “lugs.”

Sidewall

The sidewall is the part of the tyre between the tread and the “bead” which contacts the rim. It’s made of rubber reinforced with steel cords or fabric.

Bead

The bead is the portion of the tyre that fits onto the rim of the wheel. It’s reinforced, usually with steel, and fits snugly onto the rim, keeping the tyre in place.

Shoulder

The slightly rounded-off portion of the tread as it transitions to the sidewall is known as the “shoulder” of the tyre.

Tubeless Tyres | Run Flat Tyre Markings Explained

Each tyre manufacturer has their own abbreviations to denote “run flat” tyres. As a result, there’s no single, standard marking to indicate a run flat tyre.

Tubeless Tyres

The term “tubeless tyres” is a synonym for “run flat tyres.” These tyres have extra-strong sidewalls to temporarily prevent the tyre from collapsing when it’s punctured. This allows the driver to travel to a safe place or to their nearest tyre dealer as long as he or she drives at a reduced speed. How far you can go with one of these tyres, and the speed at which you can drive is dependent on the specific brand and its tread pattern.

Markings Indicating Run Flat or Tubeless Tyres

As with other tyre specifications, the markings for run flat tyres are found on the sidewall. Here are the letters different tyre makers use to mark tubeless tyres.

  • DSST: Dunlop
  • EMT: Goodyear
  • HRFS: Hankook
  • RSC: BMW
  • SSRF: Pirelli
  • SSR: Continental
  • ZP: Michelin
  • ZPS: Yokohama
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