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How to Evaluate Performance of Improved Tire Designs
By Pressure Systems International
Tire companies continue to make improvements to existing products on an ongoing basis. New materials in combination with new and improved design construction may significantly help tire performance.
The front-facing barrel and chute on this Oshkosh S-Series allow the driver to place the concrete right where the crew wants it, and front-driving axle helps get it through sand and mud. Here the chute is stowed for travel, with its extensions flipped up.
Test Drive: Oshkosh S-Series Mixer
By Tom Berg
Precise concrete placement is a traditional feature for this front-discharge mixer, but relatively new is natural gas power.
Peterbilt’s Model 220 features the PX-7 engine, Allison automatic transmission and all the visibility a driver could hope for.
Quick Spin: Peterbilt Model 220
By Jim Park
Peterbilt's new Class 6/7 COE is ideally suited for city P&D as well as landscaping applications.
Vocational Sales Climb as Construction, Energy Grow
By Tom Berg
Demand for vocational trucks and trailers continues to be pushed by oil and gas producers, road building and municipal business, according to truck manufacturers and researchers. Revivals in housing and commercial construction are also factors as vocational Class 8 retail truck sales are up 9.2% through July compared to last year, and should be up by 16.4% for all of 2014.
Front-axle brakes designed to meet reduced stopping distance rules may not run hot enough under normal driving conditions. 
What’s Going on with my Brakes?
By Jim Park
When we started looking at wheel-end issues for this month's Tires & Wheels story, we discovered that reduced stopping distance rules have had some unintended consequences.

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TRW’s New Steering Systems Improve Control and Efficiency TRW’s new steering technologies, ReAX and ActivMode, are designed to improve control and stability in power steering and reduce power consumption in commercial vehicles.
New TRW Torsion Rod Design 30% Lighter TRW’s new lightweight radius torsion rod for trucks is up to 30% lighter and has been optimized for vehicle manufacturers.
Skygo Dual Fuel System Approved By EPA The Skygo duel fuel conversion system for Cummins ISX engines has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection agency.
SAF Holland Expands CBX Series Suspension Axle Systems SAF Holland is expanding its offering of CBX Series air suspension and axle systems for trailers with the new CBX46 and CBX50 suspensions.
Weather Guard Packages Made for Ford Transit Van Weather Guard is now making storage packages specifically for Ford’s 2015 Transit vans, designed for a variety of industry trades including electrical, mechanical and plumbing.

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