Peterbilt offers lighter drum-brake package

Peterbilt Motors Co. now offers Meritor SteelLite X30 brake drums for all of its truck models, a brake package designed so customers can spec lighter-weight vehicles. Denton, TX-based Peterbilt said SteelLite X30 brake drums have a one-piece steel shell that is stronger and lighter than standard full-cast brake drums with no weld seam for added durability and ready-to-mount convenience. Additionally,

Peterbilt Motors Co. now offers Meritor SteelLite X30 brake drums for all of its truck models, a brake package designed so customers can spec lighter-weight vehicles.

Denton, TX-based Peterbilt said SteelLite X30 brake drums have a one-piece steel shell that is stronger and lighter than standard full-cast brake drums with no weld seam for added durability and ready-to-mount convenience.

Additionally, said Peterbilt, the drum's cast-iron braking surface resists hot-spotting and heat-checking, helping the brake lining seat more quickly, to reduce the number of high-stress cycles during the drum's break-in period.

The package also reduces vehicle weight vs. standard brake drums by up to 15 lbs. on the steer axle and 70 lbs. per rear axle, the OEM added.

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