Hendrickson SOFTEK NXT suspension and steer axle system now available at Peterbilt

Aug. 22, 2016
It is now an available option on both Peterbilt 579 and 567 set forward axle models.

Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems announces the launch of the SOFTEK NXT integrated monoleaf suspension and steer axle system. SOFTEK NXT is now an available option on both Peterbilt 579 and 567 set forward axle models. SOFTEK NXT is the next generation of Hendrickson’s road proven, weight-saving SOFTEK monoleaf suspension and steer axle system. 

SOFTEK NXT combines the STEERTEK NXT axle and monoleaf spring technology with an advanced integrated clamp group design. Setting the benchmark for lightweight front-end systems, SOFTEK NXT saves over 100 lbs compared to a traditional two-leaf spring and I-beam axle system, says the company. The integrated system is specifically designed for Peterbilt vehicles to help improve ride quality and durability with ease of maintenance.

“The development of SOFTEK NXT demonstrates our commitment to efficient designs that contribute substantial weight savings, a key priority for the industry as we prepare for upcoming fuel efficiency standards, said Gerry Remus, director of marketing for Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems. "Our launch with Peterbilt showcases our combined initiatives in advanced component integration."

SOFTEK NXT highlights a new, integrated clamp group and monoleaf spring design which are key design features for enhanced ride and handling characteristics. SOFTEK NXT’s patented clamp group design also provides greater weight savings and reduced part count compared to previous designs.
 
The STEERTEK NXT axle’s patented two-piece knuckle assembly simplifies kingpin bushing serviceability and includes a new double lip seal to further improve bushing life, exhibiting Hendrickson’s commitment to maintenance efficiency. In addition, integrated steering arm and tie rod attachments increase strength and further reduce weight. This provides greater durability and helps to reduce maintenance costs. 

“Peterbilt’s dedication to driver uptime solutions is well-matched with Hendrickson’s determination to integrate purposeful customer solutions with high quality products,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt assistant general manager of sales and marketing.

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