You can’t just have axles lying around
16,500kg to 23,500kg. Thanks to a larger air compressor, the gross combination mass (GCM) of the truck, trailer and load increases 26,000kg for the six-speed manual and 32,000kg for the nine-speed manual and automatic models.
The new lazy axle kit, which is fitted by Australia’s 36UD dealers, maintains the Wabco anti-lock braking system of the standard truck. The Hendrickson air suspension is also retained.
This sets the rig up to gain Road Friendly compliance, which allows it to operate on more routes.
UD previewed the lazy axle at the International Truck Trailer and Equipment Show in Melbourne in March and says the positive feedback from customers motivated it to bring the kit to market.
It says customers are keen for a factory-developed kit because local suppliers had been unable to come up with a way to develop a lazy axle system for the Condor due to its taper roller braking system.
The Condor range introduced a new cabin, a 22 per cent stronger chassis and a fresh 7.0-litre ECO Fleet sixcylinder engine running Selective Catalytic Reduction emissions control system.
The new engine boosted power by up to 6 per cent and torque by up to 13 per cent. The strongest engine in the line-up develops 206kW and 883Nm.
Lift-off: Lazy axle kit gives the Condor greater load capacity