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Hendrickson launches next generation front steer axle STEERTEK NXT at International®

Release date: 5/1/2012

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Mark Slingluff
(330) 489-0050

WOODRIDGE, Ill. – Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems officials announce that the innovative STEERTEK NXT axle is now available on select International® truck models. STEERTEK NXT is the next generation of Hendrickson’s road proven, weight saving STEERTEK fabricated front steer axle. STEERTEK NXT is the standard axle offering on International® ProStar®+, TranStar® and LoneStar® models.

STEERTEK NXT includes continuous beam architecture which minimizes stress points for added durability while providing a superior strength to weight ratio. The rigid, box-shaped cross section of the axle resists horizontal, vertical and twisting forces more

effectively than traditional I-beams and is designed to manage the increased brake torque resulting from the recently updated FMVSS-121 stopping distance regulations.

For brake option flexibility, STEERTEK NXT is compatible with both drum and disc brakes with either 5/8 in. or ¾ in. fasteners.

“We are pleased to provide fleets and owner operators with new innovations in front steer axle technology by offering STEERTEK NXT. Providing an axle that accommodates multiple brake solutions to help meet the new stopping distance regulations has been a priority for Hendrickson. The launch of STEERTEK NXT demonstrates our philosophy of continuous product innovation and our commitment to the commercial vehicle market,” says Doug Sanford, vice president and general manager for Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems.

Through Hendrickson’s proprietary design and manufacturing process, STEERTEK NXT saves up to 23 pounds compared to traditional I-beam axles while combining rigid strength, outstanding maneuverability and reduced maintenance. Designed for optimal weight savings, STEERTEK NXT can be combined with Hendrickson’s innovative monoleaf spring technology to form the SOFTEK® lightweight front suspension system. SOFTEK provides up to 85 pounds of weight savings. STEERTEK NXT can also be paired with Hendrickson two-leaf spring designs.

The patented two-piece knuckle assembly simplifies kingpin bushing serviceability and includes a new double lip seal to further improve bushing life, exhibiting Hendrickson’s commitment to maintenance efficiency. In addition, integrated steering arm and tie rod attachments increase strength and further reduce weight, providing greater durability helping to reduce maintenance costs.

STEERTEK NXT highlights a new integrated clamp group and axle seat which is a key design feature that results in a platform for efficient system integration of various next generation front suspension systems. STEERTEK NXT’s new clamp group also provides improved ground clearance and reduced part count compared to previous designs.

To further display Hendrickson’s focus on providing value to their customers, STEERTEK NXT comes with a standard 10-year, one million mile limited warranty. The warranty coverage includes the axle beam, steering arm, knuckle assemblies and kingpins when used in Hendrickson approved applications in the United States and Canada and within the proper guidelines of STEERTEK NXT.

Available in capacities up to 14,600 pounds, STEERTEK NXT is approved for on-highway and medium-duty truck, bus and motor home applications. For additional information on STEERTEK NXT, contact Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems at 630-910-2800 or

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Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, the Monaco®, Holiday Rambler®, Safari®, Beaver®, McKenzieTM and R-Vision® brand recreational vehicles, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. It also is a private-label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. The company also provides truck and diesel engine and service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at

Hendrickson, a Boler company, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty mechanical, elastomeric and air suspensions; integrated and non-integrated axle systems; parabolic and multi-leaf springs; and bumper and trim components to the global commercial transportation industry. Hendrickson, based in Itasca, Ill., USA, continues to meet the needs of the transportation industry after more than 95 years. Visit the Hendrickson Web site at