The folks at Western Star are always busy trying to make their trucks the best they can possibly be. We caught up with Marc Sutton, Product Planning Analyst at Daimler Trucks North America, and asked him what new and exciting initiatives he and the rest of the team have been working on for Western Star trucks.
Before the first flakes fall, make sure to look into the belly plow package for the 4700. Designed for high ground clearance applications, this package boasts rectangular fuel tanks which provides a unique solution for municipalities with strict ground clearance requirements. You’ll also want to look into the Plow Light Prep option which includes six additional high power switches for snow plow applications that are routed to a fuse box located inside the cab behind the passenger seat.
Also new for the 4700 are Hendrickson/Watson Chalin lift axle options which allows customization for specific vocational applications. The benefits are unique for each lift axle option and can be SPIF compliance, varying weight savings, optimized packaging, durability, etc.
Speaking of SPIF compliance, Western Star offers a 22K pusher axle package for the 4800 and 4900 that meets Ontario, Canada SPIF requirements. The lift axles are automatically deployed and pressure is equalized between the pusher and the rear suspension when the truck is loaded. The pusher suspension and the drive axle suspensions that are included in the installation will provide equalization without any addition of a proportioning system.The electronic controller used in the system combined with the standard drive and pusher suspension will provide automated control in full compliance with SPIF schedule 23.
If you highway drivers are interested in maximizing fuel efficiency by improving aerodynamic performance, you might consider looking into the new roof fairings and side extenders option for the 4700 tractor configuration. And, if you’re looking for a car hauler that doesn’t cramp your style, consider Western Star’s tried & true 4900 car hauler package which provides a roof height of 103″ out of the factory in a 123″ BBC. This 100% factory built model is available in day cab and sleeper configuration. Or, if you need an ultra low roof and shorter BBC, consider the TMS AutoMax 112 day cab or bunk version. Produced via partnership with Truck Modification Systems (TMS), this 112″ BBC offers a lowered cab and a new roof which drops it another 5.25″. This modification maintains the stock windshield, doors and head room to provide factory fit and comfort, not to mention superior visibility.
If we’re going to switch gears here, let’s go automatic. Allison 4500 & 4700 RDS (Rugged Duty Series) are now available options in the 6900 Twin Steer configuration. Automatic transmissions were never available on twin steer until now, and the smoother shifting improves performance, durability, and fuel economy making this an ideal option for oilfield applications.
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