Top 10 of 17 — FlowBelow’s removable fairing

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Little tweaks can mean a lot, and so it is with the latest update to FlowBelow’s Tractor AeroKit system.

Based on SAE fuel economy tests, the fairings have ­demonstrated fuel savings of 2.23% when combined with the company’s wheel covers, controlling the air flow between and behind wheels. But that was little help to those who needed to chain up their tires in winter months.

The answer comes in the form of an updated option with quick-release fasteners that can be turned and released in three to four seconds. No tools are required. Pull them off, chain up, push them on, and you’re back on your way.  

Other Top 10 picks for the year include:

Over the Air engine programming

Paccar’s 12-speed automated transmission 

Accuride ROLLiant Hub System 

SAF-Holland’s lighter AeroBeam suspension

Truck-Lite’s smart trailer system 

Meritor’s high-efficiency linehaul tandem drive axle

Thermo King power management tools

Bendix’s greener air dryer cartridge

PeopleNet’s wireless backup camera

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John G. Smith is Newcom Media's vice-president - editorial, and the editorial director of its trucking publications -- including Today's Trucking,, and Transport Routier. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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