LOUISVILLE, Ky. - At the Mid-America Trucking Show yesterday, ArvinMeritor introduced a new tandem-axle suspension and a new air suspension for vocational trailers.
According to Brad Arnold, vp and general manager-axles, the MT-40-143-MA-N was designed to reduce issues relating to driveline angularity. The 40,000-lb. GAWR axle features a rear carrier with Amboid gear designs that provide above-centerline positioning of the drive pinion. This greatly reduces interaxle driveline angularity—which in turn minimizes driveline vibration.
The new axle will be available in July through all OEMs and will be covered by a 5-year/750,000-mile warranty.
The FS Series vocational trailer air suspension joins the company’s newly renamed RideStar suspension line. According to Sergio Carvalho, vp and general manager-trailer products and suspensions, the new unit provides exceptional ride quality, stability and durability for trailers in such specialized vocational markets as flatbed, tanker, auto hauler and lowboy. Production of the first model, the FS230 Top Mount, will begin this fall. The suspension will carry a 5-year/500,000-mile warranty.
ArvinMeritor also announced two alliances with other suppliers. Starting April 1, the company will offer ANCRA International’s heavy-duty cargo restraints to its warehouse distributor and OEM customers as part of its Euclid product line. And ArvinMeritor will distribute the GRA-MAG line of air-suspension seats as replacement parts to Merit or-brand warehouse distributors and OEM customers.
In other news, ArvinMeritor unveiled XpresswayPlus.com, its new commercial vehicle aftermarket web site. Designed to facilitate online parts ordering and cataloging, the site can be used to place and check on all Meritor- and Euclid-brand product orders.