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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Dana Corporation’s Ride and Control Systems Division has introduced a new integrated trailer suspension module — the AdVANtage Trailer Air-Ride Suspension.

Featuring tandem weight capacity ratings from 36,000 to 46,000-lb, the AdVANtage system was designed to meet the unique needs of the van and refrigerated trailer markets.

“The AdVANtage system will offer air-ride modules to our trailer customers demanding a soft ride and cargo protection,” says Greg DiMarco, general manager, Ride & Control Systems. “The suspension has been configured to incorporate several of the ‘intelligent’ product offerings our Advanced Chassis engineers have developed that are common in both tractor and trailer applications.”

The AdVANtage Trailer Air-Ride Suspension Module features a low-weight yet robust design, the proprietary Stay-Align system that reduces tire wear, a new Ride height lock mechanism eliminates dock walk, and a rigid axle-to-beam connection that improves alignment and reduces maintenance.

The module’s 146mm axle tube provides greater strength, at a reduced overall weight. Single or Double Anchor Pin brakes provide parts commonality between the tractor and trailer allowing for fleets and dealers to reduce their parts inventories. As well, larger pivot bushings provide greater durability, longer life, and less need for maintenance.

Optional product features of the AdVANtage Suspension Module enhance the system’s performance and value to the customer. The Spicer LMSTM Hub System significantly reduces wheel seal failures and eliminates the need for wheel-bearing adjustment.

Eaton’s optional Tire Maintenance System keeps tires at recommended pressure levels, resulting in improved tire wear, better fuel economy, and improved road handling. As well, ABS technology can be incorporated to help improve trailer stability and control while increasing driver control.

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