MUSKEGON, Mich. — SAF-Holland has introduced a Neway ADZ Series drive axle air-ride suspension for vocational trucks it claims is 220 lbs lighter and 54% more durable than its predecessor.
The new suspension also boasts 27% less rolling resistance, the company says, and fewer components require less maintenance.
The ADZ Series is designed for vocational trucks and tractors, including applications such as mixer, construction, logging, mining, oilfield, refuse and heavy-haul. The suspension is available in 23,000- and 26,000-lb capacities and can be configured for single, tandem or tridem axle applications.
The new suspension features a one-piece integral lower module, which the company claims is the industry’s first one-piece assembly that includes cast equalizing beams permanently assembled to the transverse beam with no fasteners.
The ADZ’s V-rod upper control arm directs lateral forces towards the crossmember and frame rail junction, improving bushing life and allowing for a lighter-weight crossmember, SAF-Holland says.
The ADZ 23K series is currently available through select specialty vehicle manufacturers and is being submitted to major truck OEMs for databook consideration, SAF-Holland says. The 26K series will be launched in mid- to late-2010. The ADZ will eventually replace the company’s Neway AD 23K and 26K series.
“The creation of the Neway ADZ Series exemplifies SAF-Holland’s commitment to managing and introducing new technology to the vocational vehicle marketplace,” said Sam Martin, chief operating officer for SAF-Holland. “The Neway ADZ Series delivers on our promise to leverage SAF-Holland global technologies and create products that offer our customers the best balance of performance and value possible.”
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