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Dana introduces service-free u-joints to HD driveshaft line


Friday, March 11, 2011
The new SPL-250 and SPL-170 service-free u-joints have been designed for main and tandem drive inter-axle driveshaft applications for a variety of Class 8 heavy-duty truck applications . (Courtesy: DANA HOLDING CORP.)
The new SPL-250 and SPL-170 service-free u-joints have been designed for main and tandem drive inter-axle driveshaft applications for a variety of Class 8 heavy-duty truck applications . (Courtesy: DANA HOLDING CORP.)

MAUMEE, Ohio — Dana Holding Corp. has announced the introduction of service-free u-joints to its heavy-duty Spicer Life Series driveshafts.

This technology delivers a permanently lubricated driveline that reduces maintenance costs over the life of the product, according to Tom DeHaven, senior manager of driveshaft products.

The new SPL-250 and SPL-170 service-free u-joints have been designed for main and tandem drive inter-axle driveshaft applications for a variety of Class 8 heavy-duty truck applications and borrow from Dana’s industry-proven service-free technology that has been available in Europe for over 13 years, he said. 

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“Dana has equipped more than four million trucks around the globe with our service free u-joint technology,” DeHaven said.  “Our customers are looking for reliable, low-maintenance drive shafts.  The introduction of Dana’s permanently lubricated SPL u-joints enables customers to purchase the most reliable, high-performance driveshaft in a service-free option.” 

Dana recently upgraded the performance and durability of its entire line-up of SPL heavy-duty universal joints.

DeHaven said enhancements feature a new bearing package that includes larger needle bearings for increased capacity, a special Viton synthetic seal for improved grease retention and a thermoplastic seal guard to exclude contaminants.

In addition, a new premium synthetic lubricant provides further improvement in bearing life.  Dana’s SPL line of universal joints offers customers up to 40-percent improvement in dynamic bearing capacity — in the same compact package — to create a driveline with 70 percent more power density compared with it nearest competitor.

These industry-leading features became standard on SPL service free u-joints and were made available to all OEM’s in March 2011.

Warranty coverage is available for up to four years or 400,000 miles of service for line haul applications.

 For more information on Dana driveshafts, universal joints and other Roadranger products and services visit www.roadranger.com.

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