Meritor introduces universal knuckles for use with front steer axles

Due to the increased use of air disc brakes, Meritor has introduced a universal knuckle for its front steer axles that enables any type of brake to be used.

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Meritor, Inc. has introduced a universal knuckle for use with its non-drive front steer axles, giving global customers a new solution  to outfit drum or air disc brakes.

“We are seeing a significant increase in acceptance of air disc brakes in North America, and the redesign of our existing front steer axle with the universal knuckle will accommodate either brake type globally,” says Ken Hogan, General Manager, North America axles. “Our EX+ air disc brake, which can now be paired with our universal knuckle front steer axle, is a great example of a brake option that has less maintenance than drum brakes and meets the reduced stopping distance regulation.”

Built on Meritor’s history of highly durable knuckles, the universal knuckle front steer axle has one service part instead of the previous two knuckles on each axle. Service parts are no longer dependent on brake types and simplifies inventory needed.

The new component offers customers higher payload capacity, which increases productivity, and eliminates the need for a heavier and more expensive 13,200-pound axle.