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Hendrickson Launches Next-Gen Front Steer Axle

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

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Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems now offers its next-generation SteerTek NXT axle on select International truck models. SteerTek NXT is the standard axle offering on International ProStar+, TranStar and LoneStar models.
SteerTek NXT includes continuous beam architecture, which minimizes stress points for added durability while providing a strength-to-weight ratio.
SteerTek NXT includes continuous beam architecture, which minimizes stress points for added durability while providing a strength-to-weight ratio.


SteerTek NXT includes continuous beam architecture, which minimizes stress points for added durability while providing a strength-to-weight ratio. The rigid, box-shaped cross section of the axle resists horizontal, vertical and twisting forces more effectively than traditional I-beams, says Hendrickson, and is designed to manage the increased brake torque resulting from the recently updated FMVSS-121 stopping distance regulations.

For brake option flexibility, SteerTek NXT is compatible with both drum and disc brakes with either 5/8 inch or 3/4 inch fasteners.

SteerTek NXT saves up to 23 pounds compared to traditional I-beam axles, according to the company. It can be combined with Hendrickson's monoleaf spring technology to form the Softek lightweight front suspension system. Softek provides up to 85 pounds of weight savings. SteerTek NXT can also be paired with Hendrickson two-leaf spring designs.

The patented two-piece knuckle assembly simplifies kingpin bushing serviceability and includes a new double lip seal to further improve bushing life, exhibiting Hendrickson's commitment to maintenance efficiency. In addition, integrated steering arm and tie rod attachments increase strength and further reduce weight, providing greater durability helping to reduce maintenance costs.

SteerTek NXT highlights a new integrated clamp group and axle seat, a feature that results in a platform for system integration of various next generation front suspension systems. SteerTek NXT's new clamp group also provides improved ground clearance and reduced part count compared to previous designs.

SteerTek NXT comes with a standard 10-year, one million mile limited warranty. The warranty coverage includes the axle beam, steering arm, knuckle assemblies and kingpins when used in Hendrickson approved applications in the U.S. and Canada and within the proper guidelines of SteerTek NXT.

Available in capacities up to 14,600 pounds, SteerTek NXT is approved for on-highway and medium-duty truck, bus and motor home applications.

For additional information on SteerTek NXT, go to www.hendrickson-intl.com.

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