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Tread Designs

The function of the tread is to increase the durability and operational life of the tire. It is the pattern of the tread combined with specially formulated rubber compounds that gives each tire its specific performance characteristics.

Recognized as a leader in tread design, Yokohama is continually researching new tread compounds and innovative tread patterns to improve tire performance and fuel efficiency.

The Yokohama tread designs below are examples of basic types used throughout the industry. Yokohama combines the best of these basic designs, as in the rib-block example, to create a wide range of tires that enhance quality and durability to meet all consumer needs.



Rib-Block Tread Pattern Rib-Block Type

This pattern combines block-type tread in the center with a shoulder rib design and has the following advantages:
Low rolling resistance
Comfortable ride
Relatively low noise generation
Good traction on snow or in muddy terrain
Lug Tread Pattern Lug Type

In this pattern, the grooves are cut across the tread, and has the following advantages:
High braking force
Excellent traction on unpaved surfaces
Block Tread Pattern Block Type

In this pattern, the grooves are cut across the tread, and has the following advantages:
Outstanding braking force and traction
Good traction on snow or in muddy terrain
Rib Tread Pattern Rib Type

In the rib-type pattern, the tread and grooves follow the circumference of the tire and have the following advantages:
Low rolling resistance
Comfortable ride
Good Steering
Relatively low noise generation
Combined Block-LugTread Pattern Combined Block-Lug Type

This pattern combines a rib-type in the center with a lug-type design and has the following advantages:
Good steering stability and less side slippage than the rib tread
Excellent traction and braking force
Suitability for paved and unpaved surfaces