Hendrickson Truck System Group launched production of the new lighter-weight Softek front steer suspension and axle system, which combines Hendrickson's Monoleaf steel spring and the rigid, box-shaped Steertek axle for outstanding ride and stability with a substantial weight savings.
At a capacity of 12,000 pounds, Softek lets fleets trim up to 92 pounds compared with traditional two-leaf suspensions. It also comes in a 12,350-lb-capacity system.
Monoleaf spring technology reduces weight and eliminates inter-leaf friction.
The front fabricated beam provides an extremely durable and lightweight front axle. With its box-shaped design, Steertek resists horizontal, vertical, and twisting forces more effectively than traditional I-beam axles, enabling tires to maintain better contact with the road to help improve handling and steer tire life.
Softek incorporates features to help reduce maintenance costs. Integrated steering arm and tie rod attachments increase strength, while the two-piece knuckle assembly simplifies kingpin bushing serviceability.
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