HIGH-TECH STEER TIRE
Bridgestone’s new R280 is a “high-tech steer axle radial incorporating innovative technologies to fight irregular wear,” the company says. It’s designed primarily for long-distance and long regional hauling, segments “where steer radials tend to be removed for irregular wear before they are worn out.”
Pacbrake now offers a micro-processor-controlled exhaust brake in a 4″ exhaust pipe version. The MCXB comes in applications for Cummins B, ISB, C, ISC and ISL; Caterpillar 3116, 3126, 3126B and 3126E; and Navistar HT530E, DT466E and DT530E engines. Pacbrake says, “The Class 6 and 7 truck driver now has an exhaust brake that approaches the effect of engine brakes in Class 8s, without the noise.” The MCXB electronically adjusts and closes off more at lower RPM, providing adequate supplemental braking without the need to downshift.
HUB AND LUG NUT COVER
Rearwheels Cover Co.’s new Cover-Up Hub Covers have a low-profile design for aluminum wheels. The company says, “This is the only system that covers the axle and the lug nuts and features the patented Thread Lock bracket.” The covers are made of non-magnetic 304L stainless steel, so they “will not rust, pit, corrode, or turn yellow.”
Realwheels Cover Co.
SMART AIR SUSPENSION CONTROL
The SAMS (Smart Air Management System) from Hadley Products is an electronically controlled system designed to reduce excessive air consumption for vehicles with a mechanical height control valve system. The system has multiple programmable options. An axle weighing system can be incorporated.
DWG International says its Dri Wash ‘n Guard “cleans, seals, polishes and protects vehicles without using a single drop of water.” The product is a combination wash, polish and protective glaze, which is applied directly to a dirty surface without the use of water.
A new back-up alarm system is available from Hendrickson either as a trailer manufacturer installation or as an aftermarket item from Hendrickson distributors.
TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM
Sterling Truck Corp. now offers the Dana Spicer Central Tire Inflation (CTI) System for Sterling L-Line vehicles. The factory-installed technology gives the operator the ability to change tire pressure while in motion, which can be helpful for navigating soft terrain and other off-road applications.
Sterling Truck Corp.
RHINOHUB LUBRICATION SYSTEM
RhinoHub’s lubrication system is easy to install, completely eliminates bearing repacking, keeps dirt and water out and allows the grease level to be easily checked, the company says. RhinoHub works because the axle hub is filled with grease until the grease forces the RhinoHub piston outward about 1/2-inch. Because the piston is spring loaded, the piston exerts a slight pressure against the grease. All air is eliminated from the hub. As the wheel and bearings heat up under a load and the grease expands, the piston moves outward to allow for the expansion. An automatic pressure relief feature prevents over-filling and over pressurization. Grease can be added to the hub through an easily accessible grease fitting located in the center of the piston.
ReycoGranning’s new Class 40 K system of air ride suspension, slider and axles is available either with its own axles (20AR/RS3062) or as a suspension and slider that allows the trailer manufacturer to install an axle (19AR/RS1062). Rated at 40,000-pound capacity per tandem axle arrangement, the system is a “lightweight design that does not compromise strength or durability,” the company says.
Tuthill Transport Technologies