Lightweighting

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June 5, 2015

ULX40 Follows Trend Toward Mechanical Suspensions on Vans

Air-ride's more complex and requires more maintenance, so some fleets that watch costs very closely never got on the air-ride band wagon.

April 29, 2015

Figuring Out Wide-Base Single Tires

Wide-based single tires have proven weight- and fuel-saving properties, but not every fleet can make them work. Yet there may still be options.

April 9, 2015

Peterbilt Adds 58-Inch Sleeper for Model 579

Peterbilt has introduced a 58-inch sleeper for its Model 579 in both low- and mid-roof configurations for weight conscious short- and regional-haul operations.

April 6, 2015

Ford Details 2015 F-150 Weight Reduction

Ford has given additional details about how it achieved an approximately 700-pound weight reduction on its 2015 F-150 truck beyond its use of military-grade aluminum in the body panels.

April 5, 2015

Alcoa, Metalsa Offer 2,500 lbs in Future Weight Savings

At the Mid-America Trucking Show, Alcoa showcased several vehicle components currently in development that could reduce the weight of a typical highway tractor by as much as 2,500 pounds.

March 26, 2015

V-Flap II is An Aerodynamic Mud Flap

Mudguard Technologies announced the V-Flap II aerodynamic mud flap, the second generation of the company’s V-Flap product.

March 20, 2015

12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks

Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.

February 18, 2015

Larger, Lighter But Stronger MTec6 Trailer Axle Coming from Meritor

Meritor has developed a larger trailer axle said to be stronger but lighter than its current 5-inch-diameter tube-type product. The MTec6 experiences less bending at the wheel end and better tire wear, and cuts out 40 pounds of material.

February 4, 2015

Heavy Duty Trucking Names 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators

The editors of Heavy Duty Trucking have announced the 2015 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, four fleet executives being recognized for their leadership and forward thinking.

January 26, 2015

Powertrain Specs: More Science Than Art

Torque is both an enabler of downspeeding and a source of concern about delivering peak torque at very low engine speed.

January 20, 2015

Fontaine Adds Lightweight Mounts to Fifth Wheel

Fontaine Fifth Wheel is replacing two of its adjustable plate mount fifth wheel brackets with a single, lightweight model called the PML Adjustable Plate Mount.

October 3, 2014

"Aluminum" F-150: Lightweight and Lots of Fun (Video)

This is a driver's view of the 2015 aluminum F-150 with the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 blasting away from the start line, then rapidly snaking through the slalom course. The inset shows the driver -- HDT Senior Editor, Tom Berg -- at the wheel, havin' fun.

September 29, 2014

Dana Unveils Global Single-reduction Drive Axle

The new global axle concept from Dana allows common components to be used across many different markets, but regional needs and specific applications can still be accommodated.

September 25, 2014

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.

September 23, 2014

Navistar Adds Lightweight Tremec Transmission

Navistar announced it will offer the Tremec 10-speed manual transmission in its International ProStar model with the company’s 13-liter engine, for weight-sensitive applications such as bulk hauling.

August 22, 2014

UPS Offers Keys to Fuel Efficiency

You would be hard-pressed to find a company more enthusiastically pursuing efficiency than UPS. After all, this is a company that has determined that its no-left turns policy across North America has saved almost 10 million gallons of fuel over the last 10 years. So we asked UPS to distill its fuel-saving philosophy into three bite-sized ideas.

August 7, 2014

Peterbilt Offers Alcoa Aluminum Wheels As Option

Peterbilt is offering new, lightweight Alcoa Ultra aluminum wheels as a factory-installed option for all Peterbilt heavy-duty trucks.

July 29, 2014

Aluminum Parts Save 707 Pounds in F-150 Weigh-In

A 2015 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost engine scaled at 4,942 pounds, while a comparable 2014 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 with a 5.0L V-8 weighed 5,674 pounds.

July 29, 2014

Webb Ductile Iron Hub Sheds 3.5 Pounds

Webb Wheel OEM has redesigned its ductile-iron TN-model trailer hub to make it lighter and to simplify brake drum installation. The hub now weighs 35 pounds, which Webb claims is the lightest ductile iron hub available for 25,000-pound-rated TN trailer axles.

July 24, 2014

Commentary: Lightweighting the Way

Is lightweighting actually new? Well, not really, at least not in our world of big trucks and long trailers, says Rolf Lockwood in July's "Locking It In" column.

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