The Spicer Life Series Model 250 universal joint assembly (SPL-250) from Dana Holding Corp. (NYSE: DAN) has been updated to offer a 40% improvement in dynamic bearing capacity, resulting in a driveline with 70% more power density, according to the company.
“As a trusted partner for innovative technologies and unrivaled service for more than 100 years, Dana is constantly seeking ways to improve our products to meet customers’ needs,” said Tom DeHaven, Dana senior manager of Driveshaft Products. “As the world’s leading driveshaft supplier, these changes reflect our continued commitment to designing products and processes that deliver value, innovation, and best-in-class performance.”
Packed in the same space, the updated SPL-250 includes larger needle bearings for increased capacity, a special Viton synthetic seal for improved grease retention and serviceability, and a thermoplastic seal guard to exclude contaminants.
Bearing life is improved through a new premium synthetic lubricant. It includes a 3-yr./350,000-mi. lubrication interval.
The assembly is also offered with the Spicer Quick Disconnect feature, making it easier to service the powertrain, Dana said.