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oilpan4

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 7:53:04 PM

I see a lot of posts here on what might happen as far as renewable stuff goes and it almost always involves a lot of government money.
How about a renewable concept that is fully replacing an oil product and making money with out government help?

Who would like an affordable, quiet, grippy, LRR tire that lasts a long time and is made from renewable resources?

Orange oil tires use orange oil extracted from very renewable orange peels to make tires. Orange peels something most people would consider trash and not think twice about tossing in the garbage can.

From what I am finding these tires just don't use a small squeeze of orange juice to make them smell nice and up their green appeal for advertising. It appears that they have truly found a way to replace most if not all the petroleum oil used in the manufacture of the tire's man-made rubber. No doubt about it, these tires are made from oranges.

I started out very skeptical about this orange oil tire thing. The whole concept screamed "too good to be true" and as we all know when something sounds too good to be true it almost always is.
The further I looked into it the better it started looking. It turns out these tires have been around for a while, but no one is really paying attention to them.
In the meantime the front tires on my bug were getting smoother and smoother.
I looked up the price for a pair in OEM size, 205/55R16 tires and found that they were on the lower end of the price scale for tires in that size. I have put the cheapest tires on other vehicles in the past and it’s no fun.

So I bought a pair of them for my bug.
They showed up at my door where I promptly brought them in.
First thing I noticed is they didn't stink up the living room with the lovely smell of a hot tire plant as other tires do. My guess is that would be a result of using the orange oil. I would wager that since these tires are not off gassing all that stench the rubber compound is more stabile.

I have since installed and tested them, putting about 1,500 miles on them and all I can say is they have made a good and proper tire. They are far quieter, have more grip than I thought any LRR tire would ever have and they are T speed rated (118MPH). I didn’t even know T rated LRR tires existed. These tires have no problem operating at the upper limit of their T rating.
So they have managed to make an affordable, higher performance tire that has a high tread life rating, rides quietly and smoothly and stuffed all that into an LRR rated package made of orange oil.
Good job.

Edit: Something I for got to add. About 4 months ago I put a pair of these in 225/60R17 on the back of our hyundai sonata. That size is about an inch taller than the original size and they were $30 per tire cheaper than OEM size. In that time we put about 7,000 miles on it.
I look forward to putting a pair on the front before winter.

And who do you think would come up with this technology?
Surely it would take unlimited money and infinite resources of one or 2 of the largest tire makers working together to develop such a thing, right?

Nope, Yokohama tire did it and they are the only ones doing it, making them all in Roanoke Virginia.

tirerack

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Oil_Tires

http://www.yokohama-online.com/Sustainability/BluEarth
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cools1611
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2013 3:45:13 PM

Good Article!!!!

I never knew or even imagined a tire made out of the this natural source and long lasting.

Hope every money follows this technology and save the environment and cost.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2013 11:36:35 AM

OK.
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smugutu1234
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2013 10:08:00 AM

Seems it does a lot of things.
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2013 8:51:45 AM

Good Morning oilpan4,

Than you for the informative post. This is news to me. It will be interesting how well these tires fair in the market place.

Take care :-). MGY
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oilpan4
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2013 2:31:20 PM

Looks like the main thing they will still need oil for is making the polyester tread and side wall plies.
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smugutu1234
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2013 5:20:21 PM

New to me.
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oilpan4
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2013 12:30:32 PM

They didn't get the best reviews for wet traction, but I am in newmexico. The other grand touring class tires in my size cost $30 to $80 per tire more.
My logic was: Living some where it doesn't rain a lot and paying more for tires just so I can drive faster in rain we dont have is stupid.

"Sounds like a great tire! I wonder how they are on snow and ice?"
Customer reviews on tirerack said they do ok in the snow and ice for something that is not a dedicated snow and ice tire.

"how hard have you pushed them so far traction and handling wise"?
Handling wise they are on the back of 2 of our front wheel drive vehicles, so no burn outs. On our turbosport new beetle I am going to move them up front any day now.
On our hyundai we will be putting orange oil tires on all 4 corners before winter, so I wont know how they feel on that car till then.

"Goodyear is also using renewables in the form of soybeans for their tires."
The goodyear tofu tire use a food crop in their production.
The yokohama tires use orange oil from the orange peel, a waste product.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2013 12:16:36 PM

Will be interesting to see just how well they last
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2013 12:10:20 PM

Sounds like a great tire! I wonder how they are on snow and ice?
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2013 12:04:41 PM

Yep, I heard about those orange oil Yokohamas for some time now. Glad you like them. Goodyear is also using renewables in the form of soybeans for their tires.
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 8:17:34 PM

That's interesting, how hard have you pushed them so far traction and handling wise?

Wonder what they smell like when you do a burn out?!
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