Dana Spicer, Neway announce integrated air-ride suspension/axle package

FT. WAYNE, Ind. (March 23) — The Spicer Trailer Products division of Dana Corp. and air-ride suspension manufacturer Neway Anchorlok International will jointly offer an integrated air-ride suspension/axle subassembly package for heavy-duty trailers.

The suspension will be marketed to OEMs by Dana under the name iPAC. Standard equipment includes Neway’s RL-228 air-ride suspension with its E-Z Align non-welded alignment feature; Neway’s Goldseal spring brakes; and a 71.5-inch-track Spicer axle with Spicer foundation brakes and Spicer automatic slack adjusters. iPAC also carries a five-year, 500,000 mile warranty on the air-ride suspension and on the axle.

The suspension is attached to the axle using Neway’s NEWeld non-welded axle connection, an industry first, the companies said. There is no weld on the axle tube inside of the brake spiders, allowing for the use of thinner wall axles and short camshafts which reduce weight and cost to the trailer OEM.

iPAC options include a wider 77.5-inch-track axle, Neway’s Lifeseal spring brakes (with a six-year warranty), and Dana Spicer foundation brakes with Carlisle linings.

iPAC is available in 22,500-pound and 25,000-pound capacity rated models and is offered in both top-mount and underslung designs in a variety of ride heights.

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