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    Air suspensions can be engineered for the most complex vehicles and rugged operations.

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Producers who have mixers with Hendrickson, Neway or Ridewell walking beam suspensions can switch to air with Raydan Manufacturing's Air Link retrofit kits. Raydan air suspensions can also be specified from Mack, International and Condor.

— Paul Abelson is a former director of the Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association and is currently on the Board of Truck Writers of North America. E-mailtruckwriter@anet.com.

Here is a sampling of vehicle suspension products. Circle the reader service number for more information.

Rugged air-ride model

The Primaax air-ride rear suspension features an upgraded main suspension beam that reduces the unit's weight and improves reliability in severe-duty applications. The retooled suspension geometry improves roll stiffness and handling, suitable for rear-discharge mixers. Capacity reaches up to 26,000 lbs. for single-axle configurations, up to 78,000 lbs. for tridem-axle applications. Hendrickson. 866-743-3247. www.hendrickson-intl.com.

Lightweight construction

The Meritor Air Link suspension combines light suspension weight with stability and smooth ride. Suitable for on- or off-road applications with GVWR up to 52,000 lbs., the product can save as much as 450 lbs. per tandem compared to competitive suspensions. The walking-beam configuration permits equal weight distribution between axles, and high wheel articulation. Arvin-Meritor. 248-435-1000. www.arvinmeritor.com.

Tandem-drive suspension

The RD-202S Dynalastic suspension features rubber spring-cushioned torque beams, individually jointed for traction and stability. The design transmits the entire axle load from the frame to the center trunnion, where the load is distributed equally along the compensator. Top load capacity is 65,000 lbs. Ridewell Corp. 877-434-8088. www.ridewellcorp.com.

Air-ride front tandem suspension

This air-ride steering suspension continually equalizes weight, even in the event of a loss of air pressure. The unit offers up to 46,000 lbs. load capacity per tandle axle grouping. The four-corner axle alignment helps extend tire life. The suspension works with minimal air pressure, resulting in a softer ride and reduced driver fatigue. Raydan Manufacturing Inc. 888-472-9326. www.raydanmfg.com.

Tandem truck suspension

The 800-46 suspension provides a maximum capacity of 46,000 lbs. It comes in low-, high-, extra-low-, and extra-high-mount configurations. The vertical or beam-type shock kits are optional. The HS model offers the driver high stability on high center of gravity applications. Shock kits, which are recommended for all tractor applications, are also available. Chalmers Suspensions. 905-362-6400. www.chalmerssuspensions.com.

Front-tandem suspension

The AMS40TAA (air-assisted) front-tandem suspension combines the durability of springs with the comfortable ride of an air suspension. Load capacity reaches up to 40,000 lbs.; top axle load capacity is 20,000 lbs. Simard Suspensions Inc. 800-423-5347. www.simardsuspensions.com.