Light levelling kit launch
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• Coventry-based GME Springs has launched an airload-levelling kit designed primarily for light commercials with stability problems.
The system was first produced for British Telecom which was having stability problems with its light commercials fitted with work platforms. GME developed the airload-levelling kit using a compressor first used in the United States on the space shuttle. The compressor is powered direct from the 12-volt truck or van battery and is claimed to be maintenance free.
A separate air tank is used to supply air springs fitted to the rear axle. They are designed to carry approximately 680kg per bag to provide a total capacity of around 1,000kg per axle.
GME says larger commercial vehicles can be fitted with a beefed-up version of the levelling kit, which can be linked to the vehicle's existing air system via a pressure protection valve. The load leveller stabilises the vehicle and improves the ride, claims the company.
GME managing director Robert Gerrard says the system is now approved by Leyland Daf for use on the 200 and 400 Series.
The kit for the 400 Series costs £650 ex-VAT. It can be fitted in six hours, or GME will fit it for £150. It is designed for vehicles from pickup size to 17-tonners.