Meritor announces the Opti-Lite brake drum

by Truck West

TROY, Mich. – Meritor announced the release of its new Opti-Lite brake drum Oct. 11, designed for linehaul and weight-sensitive applications, such as tanker/trailer and freight.

“Developed on the same platform as our established STEELite™ X30 brake drums, the Opti-Lite drum maintains the high quality associated with its genuine product heritage and offers similar weight and fuel savings,” said David Reid, senior product manager, aftermarket for Meritor. “The lower price of the Opti-Lite will appeal to customers in search of an economical drum option produced in the United States.”

Opti-Lite drums are offered in the most common wheel-end configurations for steer, drive and trailer axle applications.

The new drum offers a reduction in vehicle weight by more than 200 lbs in a tandem axle tractor/trailer combination when compared to full-cast drums.

“Opti-Lite drums do not require welded-on weights and offer an optimized balance spec for smoother performance on the road,” Reid said.

Visit and search for publication number SP-16169 for more information.

Opti-Lite brake drum.
Opti-Lite brake drum.

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