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Meritor Introduces Lightweight Trailer Suspension

Oct. 7, 2019 - Meritor Inc. introduced the MTA-Tec6 suspension, which, according to the company, is the market's lightest trailer suspension offering up to 23,000-lb. capacity for tankers, flatbeds, and other demanding vocational applications.

"We built the MTA-Tec6 suspension to deliver next-generation productivity from Meritor's proven MTA suspension family," said Dave Pritchard, general manager, Trailer.

The standard, fully dressed top mount offers up to 39 lbs. of weight savings, and the fully dressed low mount is up to 53 lbs. lighter compared with competitive suspensions. The new lightweight suspension is built with Meritor's 6-in.-diameter MTec6 axle – 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-lb. weight savings compared with traditional 5-in. axles.

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. Meritor's proprietary bolt-on cam bushing design allows for camshaft service without removing the hub – saving an average of 30 minutes per wheel-end without affecting the warranty.

DriveForce, Meritor's North American sales and service organization, and OnTrac, Meritor's dealer technical support center, are available to assist customers with solutions before, during, and after the sale. Meritor has almost 6,000 authorized dealers throughout in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.


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