Accuride Corp. has rolled out a new drum brake line through its Gunite subsidiary called the Gunite Optimum Lightweight Drum (GOLD) aimed at reducing brake weight without compromising performance.
“GOLD brake drums are designed to balance durability and thermal capability, yet save as much as 170 lbs. vs. standard full cast drums on a typical tractor-trailer combination,” said Larry Taylor, Accuride’s senior vp--sales and marketing. “In addition, our field-testing has indicated that GOLD drums can yield longer life compared to other drums.”
During two years of field tests, drum life expectancy increased in front (steer) axle applications by 50% to 75%, rear (drive) axle brake life went up 20% to 50%, and trailer drum brake life jumped 20% to 40%, according to Omar Fakhoury, vp & gm at Gunite. He added that the new GOLD design also helped reduce brake drum “squeal” compared to lightweight steel shell composite brake drums.
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