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Dana intros new tag axle

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Dana has introduced a new patent-pending tag axle designed for 6 X 2 vehicle configurations re...

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Dana has introduced a new patent-pending tag axle designed for 6 X 2 vehicle configurations requiring reduced weight in heavy-duty truck applications.

Weighing in at only 255 lbs., the Dana Spicer tag axle features the same external geometry as a standard drive axle to enable the use of conventional torque rod brackets and axle seats that are compatible with air-ride suspension systems. This is achieved without adding the complexity, cost, and weight associated with common tag axle configurations, say company officials.

According to Patxi Garcia, engineering supervisor for Dana, the new tag axle provides operators with one of the lightest 6 x 2 packages in the commercial vehicle industry when specified with a Dana Spicer(r) 23,000 lbs., or 21,000 GAWR single-reduction, single-drive axle.

“We’ve also maintained the excellent durability and reliability features that are a hallmark of Dana axles,” added Garcia. “The axle is fabricated at Dana’s technologically advanced manufacturing facility in Humboldt, Tenn., utilizing high-strength hot-formed steel with a very strong square-edge box section. This is the perfect tag axle selection for customers looking to reduce weight, reduce cost, reduce maintenance, and standardize suspension brackets.”

Designated as axle model number R22BS and rated up to 22,000 lbs., the tag axle housing profile and box size are common with the popular Dana Spicer DS404 tandem drive axle for 6 x 4 configurations. The R22BS also includes standard “R” series spindles, which are compatible with standard truck wheel-ends or the Dana Spicer LMSTM hubs to help ensure consistent, reliable road service.

For more information on the new Dana Spicer tag axle and other Roadranger products and services, visit the Internet at, or write to Roadranger Marketing, P.O. Box 4013, Kalamazoo, Mich. 49003.

To reach a Roadranger right now, dial 1-800-826-HELP (4357) in the U.S. and Canada. In Mexico, dial 01-800-826-4357.

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