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Meritor expands wheel-end portfolio to include Opti-Lite brake drums


Thursday, October 13, 2016
by THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES

Opti-Lite drums are offered in the most popular wheel-end configurations for steer, drive and trailer axle applications. (Courtesy: MERITOR)
Opti-Lite drums are offered in the most popular wheel-end configurations for steer, drive and trailer axle applications. (Courtesy: MERITOR)

TROY, Mich. — Meritor has expanded its wheel-end portfolio to include Opti-Lite brake drums that offer aftermarket consumers a new lightweight drum option.

The Opti-Lite drum is designed for line haul and weight-sensitive applications such as tanker/trailer and freight.

“Developed on the same platform as our established STEELite X30 brake drums, the Opti-Lite drum maintains the high quality associated with its genuine product heritage and offers similar weight and fuel savings,” said David Reid, senior product manager, aftermarket. “The lower price of the Opti-Lite will appeal to customers in search of an economical drum option produced in the United States.”

Opti-Lite drums are offered in the most popular wheel-end configurations for steer, drive and trailer axle applications, Reid said. Fleets and vehicle operators will benefit from a reduction in vehicle weight by more than 200 pounds in a tandem axle tractor/trailer combination when compared to full-cast drums.

“Opti-Lite drums do not require welded-on weights and offer an optimized balance spec for smoother performance on the road,” Reid said.

For ease of identification and ordering, the Opti-Lite brake drums will carry the same base nomenclature as the genuine STEELite X30 offering with the number 50 included as a

prefix for product clarification.

The prefix 50 is associated with all Opti-Lite series part numbers.

Opti-Lite brake drums are covered by Meritor’s standard aftermarket warranty. For more information about the drums and specification details, visit Literature on Demand on meritor.com and search for publication number SP-16169.

Meritor is a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for

Meritor is based in Troy, Michigan, and is made up of approximately 8,400 employees.

who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries. Meritor common stock is traded For more information, visit the company's website at www.meritor.com.

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