Troy’s Meritor Introduces New Lightweight Trailer Suspension

Troy-based Meritor Inc., a supplier of commercial vehicle components, has introduced the MTA-Tec6 suspension, what the company calls the market’s lightest trailer suspension offering up to 23,000-pound capacity for tankers, flatbeds, and other vocational applications.
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Meritor's MTA-Tec6 trailer suspension
Meritor says its new MTA-Tec6 trailer suspension is the industry’s lightest. // Photo courtesy of Meritor

Troy-based Meritor Inc., a supplier of commercial vehicle components, has introduced the MTA-Tec6 suspension, what the company calls the market’s lightest trailer suspension offering up to 23,000-pound capacity for tankers, flatbeds, and other vocational applications.

The standard, fully dressed top mount offers up to 39 pounds of weight savings, and the fully dressed low mount is up to 53 pounds lighter compared with competitive suspensions, Meritor says. The new lightweight suspension is built with Meritor’s six-inch-diameter MTec6 axle – the industry’s lightest trailer axle.

The design of the MTec6 axle offers 21 percent increased stiffness to deliver better tire-to-road contact and an average 40-pound weight savings compared with traditional five-inch axles.

“We built the MTA-Tec6 suspension to deliver next-generation productivity from Meritor’s proven MTA suspension family,” says Dave Pritchard, general manager of Meritor’s trailer business.

The suspension’s plug-and-play design, says Pritchard, 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 30 minutes per wheel-end without affecting the warranty.

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