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Focus on steer axles: The importance of application and how they work with brakes and tires

“Location, location, location” is a well-known real estate industry mantra; in the fleet world, we can change that to “application, application, application.” There’s no part or component on the truck that isn’t affected by the application the truck runs in, and this should be the first thing on any fleet manager’s mind when spec’ing a

Western Star adds new drive axle option for snow plows on 4700

The Western Star 4700 set-back (SB) all-wheel drive (AWD) 6×6 and 4×4 trucks can now be spec’d with an 18,000-lb. front drive axle, the company announced. The company says that this option is ideal for snow plow applications, provides enhanced maneuverability required for harsh winter conditions. The heavy-duty front drive axle from Meritor also contributes to

Meritor announces standard position supply agreement with Wabash National

Meritor, Inc. and Wabash National Corp. have signed an agreement for various Meritor products to be standard on Wabash’s dry and refrigerated van trailer products. The three-year agreement takes effect Jan. 1, and positions Meritor’s loose axles as standard equipment; the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) as the preferred automatic tire inflation system; and Meritor

Watch: Let’s talk electric trucks and electric axles

While electric trucks, in both hybrid and pure electric forms, are being built now, the biggest focus for electrification is on the future, and that applies just as much to the axles that power these trucks. After all, in an electrified powertrain, with no engine present, it’s the axle that controls the power that moves

Kenworth introduces T880S Twin Steer

Kenworth is adding a factory installed twin steer configuration to its T880S vocational model. The Kenworth T880S Twin Steer features a set-forward front axle with a 61-in. axle spread to maximize payload. The Kenworth T880S Twin Steer offers a 114-in. BBC, which the company says allows larger bodies to be installed farther forward and closer

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AxleTech, Thor Trucks to develop heavy-duty e-Powertrain system

Specialty powertrain solutions providerAxleTech has announced that it is developing a heavy-duty e-powertrain system with Thor Trucks, a fleet-focused transportation lab building fully electric commercial trucks. AxleTech and Thor Trucks will integrate AxleTech’s e-axle technology with Thor’s proprietary battery technology to create a fully electric commercial vehicle powertrain. “Electric powertrains for on-highway use are rapidly

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Meritor announces front drive steer and tridem rear-drive axle for severe duty applications

Meritor has announced the new MX-610 front-drive and MZ-610 tridem rear axle for multiple severe-duty applications. “The front-drive steer axle and tridem are the next-generation axle combinations from our award-winning 610/P600 series and two of many new products Meritor is bringing to market as part of the company’s M2019 growth initiative,” said Tony Nicol, Meritor’s vice president

Meritor expands North America authorized rebuilder program for axle carriers in the United States

Meritor Inc. has announced the U.S. launch of its North America Authorized Rebuilder Program for drive axle carriers, including the company’s 145, 14X and 160 products. Five rebuilders in the United States, along with four already serving the Canadian market, brings the total number of North America locations to 62 that supply wholesale distributors and

Meritor P600 planetary axles offer new features for off-highway applications

  Meritor has announced that its P600 planetary axles are available with optional 5-planet wheel-ends and can now be configured for use with central tire inflation systems (CTIS). The optional 5-planet wheel-ends allow a 20% higher gross combined axle weight rating (GCWR) over the 4-planet version and feature integrated cooling technology to reduce axle operating

Watch: Let’s talk tire choices for 6×2 axle configurations

Let’s talk tire choices for 6×2 axle configurations. As you may recall, 6×2 axle configurations were seen as the next big thing in the trucking industry a few years back. And while the market for 6×2 configurations has not been quite what many envisioned, there is still a decent amount of interest from some fleets

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Where should the motors go on electric truck axles?

There are three options currently being used for motor placement in an electric powertrain: centralized direct drive solutions, centralized motor with a gearbox or deep reduction axle gearing, or an e-axle in which the motor is placed directly onto the axle itself. According to Steve Slesinski, director of global product planning for Dana, the latter

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Application awareness is key when spec’ing axles

Application is key when spec’ing your truck’s components, and that goes for parts as big as the engine to those as small as wheel bearings. For now, let’s start at the beginning of the alphabet and talk about how application should affect your axle choice. First things first: The axle, of course, works very closely

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