October 4, 2019 12:30 PM, EDT

Meritor Launches Weight-Saving Suspension for Vocational Trailers

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Meritor Inc. introduced its MTA-Tec6 suspension, calling it the market’s lightest trailer suspension. It offers up to 23,000-pound capacity for tankers, flatbeds and other demanding vocational applications.

The standard fully dressed top mount offers up to 39 pounds of weight savings, and the fully dressed low mount is up to 53 pounds lighter compared with competitive suspensions, according to Meritor. The Troy, Mich.-based company supplies drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket products for commercial vehicle and industrial markets.

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The new lightweight suspension is built with Meritor’s 6-inch-diameter MTec6 axle, which the manufacturer said was the industry’s lightest trailer axle. The advanced design of the MTec6 axle offers 21% increased stiffness to deliver better tire-to-road contact and an average 40-pound weight savings compared with traditional 5-inch axles, Meritor said.

The suspension’s plug-and-play design is interchangeable with other trailing arm air ride suspensions and fits within the narrow hanger footprint of current trailer configurations to offer easy installation, according to the company. Its proprietary bolt-on cam bushing design allows for camshaft service without removing the hub, saving an average 30 minutes per wheel-end without affecting the warranty, Meritor said. — Transport Topics

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