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Overdrive Staff | July 01, 2011

Handheld onboard scale

The Smart Scale system features a backlit handheld wireless receiver and an expanded memory capacity from last year’s model. The system has a signal range of up to 500 feet and allows driver monitoring from in the cab or away from the truck. Sensors are available for both air-ride and mechanical suspensions, can be installed without tools and run off of AA batteries. Data can be stored for multiple trailers.

TRUCKWEIGHT, truckweight.com, (877) 757-7888



Torsional viscous dampers

The torsional viscous dampers for Caterpillar C10, C12 and C13 engines are direct replacements for the original parts. They are recommended for installation at the 300,000-mile crankshaft vibration damper service or during an engine rebuild. The dampers are made of steel and coated with a rust preventive, and they self-tune to exact engine harmonic frequency across the engine’s entire rpm range. The maker recommends installing the parts at a Caterpillar service center.

Vibratech TVD, vibratechtvd.com, (716) 592-1000



Direct pressure clutch

The New Lipe Clutch, a 15.5-in. cast iron direct pressure clutch, has a torque rating of 2,400 pounds and is made for severe service applications and for high-horsepower, high-torque engines.

SETCO AUTOMOTIVE, setcoauto.com



Automated-manual transmission

The AMT3 automated-manual transmission, designed for M2 vehicles, uses a two-pedal shift system to equalize driver performance. It eliminates the torque converter and couples the engine to the transmission with a hydraulically actuated clutch, helping reduce torque interruption during shifting and providing constant lock-up.

FREIGHTLINER, freightlinertrucks.com



Surface-mounted LED

The UL 844 Class 1 LED surface mount has a 30-watt output, high color rendition index and a 5-year bulb life, the company says. The lights carry both Class 1 and Class 2 Division 1 ratings and are available in lengths of 2 feet and 4 feet.

LARSON ELECTRONICS.magnalight.com, (800) 369-6671



Severe duty tire

The G278 MSD super single tire is designed for off-road, severe-duty vocational applications and features a crisscross tread design that offers improved off-road traction and helps route water from the tread, the company says. The grooved angles have full-width interlocking groove protectors. The tire is available in 385/65R, 425/65R and 445/65R sizes.