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Tire Terminology...

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Fabric An array of parrel cords used in tire manufacturing.
Fiberglass A material used in belt construction, consisting of fine spun glass coated with adhesive
Flotation Tire A tire designed to minimize soil penetration and compaction.
Flush Fit A condition where the mounting pad of the wheel goes into place freely and without obstruction against the hub mounting surface.
Follower Joint A non-load-carrying ball joint that maintains the position of the steering knuckle and provides the correct steering axis inclination angle; sometimes called pilot joint or friction joint.
Footprint The mark let by a loaded tire's tread as it comes in contact with the road surface.
Footprint Area The amount or area of contact in square inches the tire has with the road. This is dependent upon both load and inflation pressure as well as tire dimensions.
Fore-and-Aft Weight Transfer A load factor where weight is transferred from the front tires to the rear tires during acceleration and from the rear to the front tires during braking.
Front Wheel Independent-Dead Rear A suspension system found only on front wheel drive cars. It has a solid rear axle which does not transmit driving torque since the car has front wheel drive. It just holds up the rear wheels.
Front Wheel Independent-Live Rear A suspension system found only on rear wheel drive cars. the rear wheels are connected together through an axle which is in turn connected to the frame. A live rear axle includes the differential and transmits driving torque through itself to the rear wheels.
  G
g A unit of acceleration. "g" is a symbol that represents the acceleration of gravity. Acceleration at 1g equals 32 feet per second.
Green Tire A tire which has not been vulcanized or cured.
Grooves Circumferential channels between the tread ribs of a tire.
Grooving A tread cutting process in which grooves of varying depths and angles are cut into a tire's tread to improve forward traction, braking, or lateral stability.
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) The maximum weight that the front or rear axle can carry. The front and rear gross axle weight must not exceed the front and rear GAWR's.
Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) The total weight of the loaded tow vehicle and the loaded trailer.
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) The total weight of the vehicle, including passengers, fuel, cargo and attachments.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) The maximum permissible loaded weight of the vehicle and takes into account the capabilities of the engine, transmission, frame, spring, brakes, axles and tires. The GVW must not exceed the GVWR.
 

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