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Meritor unveils FUELite tandem axle

ABR Staff Writer Published 22 March 2012

Meritor, a supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle markets, has unveiled the new FUELite tandem axle at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The new FUELite is the first member of the company's SoloDrive Series axles which features 6x2 tandem rear axles, and is designed for line-haul applications to increase weight savings and fuel efficiency.

Based on the company's 160 series drive axle, the new FUELite tandem axle will deliver nearly 400 pounds in weight savings and about a 2% increase in fuel efficiency when compared to a traditional 6x4 configuration.

It features the company's 160 DualTrac housing that allows the option of running wide-based single tires or duals for improved efficiency and residual value; a 2.50 to 4.10 ratio range available to match your application.

The new FUELite tandem axle also includes a 12.7 mm wall housing that is compatible with all current 40,000-pound tandem air suspensions and all SoloDrive Series axles that will utilize the same rear-tag axle for simplified maintenance and are designed to function optimally with Meritor brakes and options.

Meritor general manager of rear drive axles Charlie Allen said that the company has engineered the FUELite axle to accommodate all 40,000-pound linehaul suspensions, delivering an optimum solution that is lightweight yet heavy on performance.

"The Meritor SoloDrive Series is designed to provide lightweight axle solutions with greater efficiency by providing one driving axle in a tandem configuration," Allen said .