Overdrive Staff | December 01, 2010

Heavy-duty clutch

Heavy-duty clutches in the Advantage Series have a release bearing with robust bushing material, a bearing housing with three grease fittings, a grease reservoir that allows for extended grease intervals and composite slingers designed to retain grease and protect against contamination. For the series, the company offers 50,000-mile service intervals, as opposed to former 25,000-mile service intervals, and has a 2-year unlimited mileage aftermarket warranty.

EATON,, (216) 523-5000

Swinger Gladhands

The Swinger Gladhands are anodized to protect against magnesium chloride, road salt and other chemicals that cause corrosion. The gladhands work with intermodal and piggy-back trailers where straight or angled gladhands are exposed to damage. The gladhands can swivel 180 degrees and prevent airlines from kinking. Available for original equipment or retrofit.

PHILLIPS INDUSTRIES,, (800) 423-4512

Trailer aerodynamics package

The Next Generation trailer aerodynamics system avoids sideskirts and reduces drag by managing airflow underneath and above the trailer. The system is compliant with the California Air Resources Board’s greenhouse gas regulations and is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Program. The system is made of polyethylene plastic designed to withstand road debris, chemicals, ice and other abrasions.

SMARTTRUCK,, (864) 990-0781

Rear-drag fairings

The TrailerTail rear fairings use an aerodynamic design and ultra-light thermoplastic composite materials to reduce rear drag. The fairings are collapsible. According to a third-party test, the trailer can generate fuel savings of more than 6 percent, the company says. The fairings come with a 90-day risk-free offer.


Bluetooth earpiece

Cobra’s line of 2.1 Bluetooth wireless headsets for hands-free phone operation comes with noise cancellation technology and Voice Over Internet Protocol, meaning calls can be made through Internet connection. The headsets can be worn on either ear and store up to eight paired devices. Features include a one-touch on and off button and volume controls. The battery has time for five hours of talk, five hours of music streaming or 300 hours of standby. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.