Business Class gets front drive axle option
Sep 1, 2005 12:00 PM
Freightliner Trucks announced that factory-installed Meritor front drive axles, which allow for an all-wheel drive (AWD) option, are now provided for immediate delivery on Business Class M2 106 and 106V truck models.
The front drive axle option can be activated by the operator when AWD is needed during traction-poor conditions. The AWD option can be engaged at or below 10 mph or while the vehicle is coasting on a level grade.
These axles use straight front-to-back frame rails, eliminating the need for a step frame for optimized cab height. The transfer case of the front drive axle is mounted between the transmission and rear axle. The axle bowl is offset by 11 inches to the passenger side, matching the driveline angles and eliminating the need for a lift kit.
Front drive axles are available in a 4×4 or a 6×6 configuration on Business Class M2 106 or 106V truck models running MBE900 or Caterpillar C7 engines.
The Business Class M2 106 and 106V AWD option is offered at 12,000-, 14,000-, and 16,000-lb ratings and comes in combination with various single and tandem rear suspensions including flat-leaf, spring, and Freightliner'sAirLiner suspensions.
The new front drive steer axle requires taper-leaf front suspensions rated at 12,000, 14,600, and 16,000 pounds. The AWD option is available on vehicles spec'ed with Allison 3000 series or Eaton Fuller manual transmissions.
Engine and transmission power take-off operation is not affected by the engagement of the front drive axle.
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