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August 8, 2014 8:15 AM, EDT
Peterbilt Offers Lighter Aluminum Wheels as Factory-Installed Option
Peterbilt Motors Co.

Peterbilt Motors Co. is offering Alcoa Ultra aluminum wheels with a lower weight as a factory-installed option for all of its heavy-duty trucks.

The wheels are compatible with air-disc brakes, which are standard on the steering axles of Class 8 Peterbilts and 5 pounds lighter than previous offerings.

“This is a great new option for our customers in weight-conscious applications and other markets who want to run lighter and have confidence in the proven durability of Alcoa’s aluminum wheels,” Robert Woodall, Peterbilt director of sales and marketing, said in a statement.

The wheels are manufactured from a MagnaForce alloy that provides additional strength and lower weight and has the same load rating of 14,600 pounds as heavier wheels, according to the company.

“The MagnaForce alloy reduces weight without sacrificing strength, and the new Ultra wheels feature the polished finish and styling customers love,” Woodall said.