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R287 M726EL (Nashville, Tenn., 11-29-04) Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC is introducing three new sizes to its lineup of Bridgestone R287 steer and Bridgestone M726 EL drive radials, already available in the popular 295/75R22.5 size.

The Bridgestone R287 steer radial offers proven irregular wear-fighting technology for even wear and low cost per mile. The new 11R22.5, 11R24.5 and 285/75R24.5 sizes are built also to deliver exceptionally long tire life.

The Bridgestone M726 EL drive radial offers an ultra-deep 32/32" tread and promotes remarkably high removal mileage, lower cost per mile and outstanding traction. Fleets that want one of the deepest drives in the industry now have an additional three sizes to choose from, including the 11R22.5, 11R24.5 and 285/75R24.5 sizes.

All sizes of the Bridgestone R287 steer radial use a high-tech tread compound that is stiffer and is engineered to fight abrasion that occurs during hard braking and cornering.

In addition, the R287 features the exclusive Bridgestone Side Groove™ feature that helps prevent edge and wavy wear and shoulder tearing. The inside of the groove is engineered to prevent stress cracking. A patented Equalizer Rib™ structure fights the initiation and spread of edge wear, including river and wavy wear, on the main ribs.

All sizes of the M726 EL incorporate a revolutionary tread compound and wider tread to help the 32/32? deep tread wear slowly and evenly, with better stability and heat resistance.

Its next-generation compound also produces stiff blocks that resist heel-and-toe wear, while the buttressed block shape fights tearing for even more miles of smooth wear. A long-wearing solid shoulder design fights irregular wear by distributing weight and torque.

Large, aggressive blocks with computer-designed shapes are engineered and positioned to bite into soft surfaces for outstanding wet traction.

For additional tire benefits and specifications on all sizes available for both R287 steer and M726 EL drive radials, ask your Bridgestone representative, contact any Bridgestone dealer or truckstop, call 1-800-543-7522, or visit

Nashville-based Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT) is a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BFNT develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton and associate and private brand tires. The company is focused on wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off-road, motorcycle, agriculture and other tires to its customers in the Americas.

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