Overdrive Staff | April 01, 2012

Higher horsepower for XE13 powertrain

A 455-hp rating is available for the XE13 powertrain package. The package lowers engine rpm and is available on VN series tractors. The package boosts horsepower from the previous 425-hp XE13 package and includes components such as an I-Shift overdrive transmission with a 0.78:1 ratio and axle ratios of 2.64 to 2.69.




Tractor-trailer connection protector

The Sta-Dry Tracker swivel nose-box works to improve the connection between the tractor and the trailer to reduce damage, the company says. The Tracker allows electrical cables to swing with the movement of the truck and reduces chances of damage to air and electrical cables, nose-box, connectors and gladhands when truck and trailer are at a severe angle to one another. The product accommodates turns of up to 40 degrees on each side and is waterproof and protected from icing in colder weather.




Brake-stroke indicators for compliance

The brake-stroke indicators are designed to meet new safety requirements. The universal indicators fit on any vehicle equipped with airbrake chambers that have an exposed 5⁄8-in. diameter pushrod. They take about three minutes per wheel to install. The indicators are reinforced against breakage from vibration and impacts and require no maintenance.




Sky-Lite trailer lighting

Sky Lite, a 4-in. diameter hole cut in the sides of the trailer, helps sunlight enter to increase view of cargo inside the trailer. The polycarbonate lens features snap-in parts and an adhesive hold for easy installation.




Undertray System

The UT-1 Undertray System aerodynamic add-on improves airflow, fuel efficiency and tire and brake cooling with a two-component design, the company says. The system is easily installed, has significant ground clearance and reduces the high-drag, low-pressure wake behind tires. The two-part system is made of durable plastic, is easily upgradeable and is CARB-compliant.




Trim paint

Aerosol product Trim Paint is designed for durability and is made for all trim. It dries in one hour and is formulated for most flexible or rigid plastics. Coverage is dependent on surface color and porousness of the vehicle. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.