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Western Star rolls out extreme-duty 6900 XD (April 21, 2003)

WILLOUGHBY, Oh. -- Western Star has begun production of its extreme-duty 6900 XD the largest and most powerful of...

WILLOUGHBY, Oh. — Western Star has begun production of its extreme-duty 6900 XD the largest and most powerful of the company’s offerings.

The 6900 XD features advances steering and suspension advances, which the company says allows it to comfortably handle the most rigorous jobs.

“The new Twin-Steer 6900 XD is the largest truck Western Star has ever built,” says Cary Gatzke, director of engineering, Western Star Trucks. “With our highest GVW rating and a weight capacity of up to 70 tons, this truck was built for hauling bulky oilfield equipment, or other large objects, from job to job.”

Two independent steering systems reduce stress in steering components, while four asymmetrical taper leaf slipper springs improve the ride, the company says. The truck also features a non-torque-reactive front suspension design to control bump steer while improving tire wear.

Under the hood, the 141-inch BBC twin-steer 6900 XD features a 500-hp Cat C-15 engine, and the truck is available with a full range of manual and automatic transmissions. It boasts a front axle rating of 36,000-lbs and a rear axle rating of 110,000-lbs giving it a gross vehicle rating of 146,000-lbs.

“We equipped the new Twin-Steer 6900 XD with improved features that meet or exceed customer specifications to get the job done,” says Gatzke. “With a 40-degree wheel cut and 12-inch front axle articulation, our customers will navigate the tougher job sites, traverse more severe terrain and approach the steeper ramps. At the same time, our spacious air-ride cab, taper leaf front springs with shock absorbers and ladder-style cab platform steps will allow the work to be done more comfortably.”

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