Western Star is making two new suspension options available on its various truck models and configurations. The first – a Neway 60,000-lb. capacity AD 260 tandem air suspension system – is available for all Western Star truck models using Dana D60-190 axles.
The OEM said the Neway choice will contribute to vehicle road-holding and handling and positive axle alignment, “virtually eliminating tire hop and providing superior traction.” The highest capacity air suspension in the industry, the Neway system also provides predictable roll stiffness for high center of gravity loads – particularly important for front and rear discharge mixers, Western Star noted.
In addition to the Neway system, the 40,000-lb. TufTrac all wheel drive (AWD) high-performance vocational suspension is available optionally on the Western Star 4800 with 40,000-lb axles. Designed for on- and off-road high articulation operations “where it’s important to navigate bumps, ridges and washboard without bottoming out,” noted the OEM, the 40,000-lb. TufTrac mounting is a lighter, more affordable alternative than the 46,000-lb. option.
Western Star cited additional benefits of the 40,000-lb. TufTrac to include a “uniform load over each wheel, maximum traction and a smooth and quiet ride.”