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Airtek provided on Freightliner Classic XL

Hendrickson International has announced that Freightliner Trucks will offer the Airtek integrated front axle and air suspension on Freightliner's Classic XL model. Freightliner currently offers Airtek on its Century Class S/T, Columbia, and Coronado models.

Airtek improves vehicle ride, handling, and maintenance. Testing demonstrates improvements of up to 30% in ride and 64% in roll stability compared with traditional steel spring and I-beam axle front suspensions.

This suspension is 90 pounds lighter than Freightliner's standard leaf-and-a-half spring front suspension and I-beam axle. Rubber suspension bushings eliminate lubrication requirements while the two-piece knuckle design simplifies serviceability. Airtek also reduces noise, vibration, and harshness.

Airtek is currently available on Freightliner vehicles in a 12,000-lb capacity with both 4.25" and 5.50" drop axles offered.

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