Link Manufacturing, Ltd. Announces New DuraLift II Lift Axle

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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – The new DuraLift II is a 13.2 K capacity, self-steer, liftable suspension constructed of high strength steel and cast aluminum components. It’s one of the lightest, self-steering, liftable suspensions with standard wheel ends on the market today. The DuraLift II is over 10% lighter, boasts of one of the smallest installation envelopes in the industry and is more durable than other designs. The DuraLift II also utilizes the patented and exclusive, interchangeable and adjustable frame brackets found on the popular DuraLift suspension.

Compact, Lighter-Weight, Lift Actuators The new lift actuators utilize a more compact and lightweight rolling sleeve design in conjunction with zero wind-up bushings and cast aluminum lift arms. These actuators operate in-line (parallel), opposed to current angular designs, increasing reliability and durability of the lift system, as well as providing increased driveline clearance. This design also allows an integrated air kit to be installed inside the suspension system and maintain the same compact installation envelope. The compact installation envelope makes the DuraLift II an outstanding choice for single and multi-axle installations.

Lightweight The DuraLift II is over 10% lighter than the current DuraLift, utilizing strong, lightweight components in non-critical load-bearing areas, including cast aluminum lift arms and actuator components; a high-strength aluminum cross-member; and a tubular steel axle with cast steel ends. Weight-sensitive applications will benefit from the DuraLift II with increased payload, trip after trip.

Easy to maintain The innovative design increases reliability and durability, reducing the requirement for component service. Additionally, the bushings are easy to replace and do not require a press for replacement. The lift springs can be replaced with standard hand tools – no special tools required. The DuraLift II utilizes steel hangers avoiding issues associated with bi-metallic corrosion of the frame and hangars.

Integrated Air System The DuraLift II also offers an optional factory-installed, integrated air system. This pre-plumbed unit significantly reduces installation time.
Interchangeable and Adjustable Frame Brackets Three ride height bracket kits mount to the single base model, allowing the DuraLift and DuraLift II to fit any ride height and any frame width while keeping dealer inventory requirements low. Trailer mounts are available for 15″ – 19.5″ ride heights.

Link Liftable Suspensions are designed, tested and manufactured with quality, performance and durability in mind. Our customers demand a liftable suspension that performs well in the roughest applications. By combining Link quality with state-of-the-art equipment and manufacturing processes, we are able to deliver a complete line of Liftable Suspensions to meet our customer’s needs, both self-steer and non-steer designs. Link Liftable Suspensions continue be a favorite among heavy duty truck owners.

About Link In 1980 Link Manufacturing, Ltd., headquartered in Sioux Center, IA, was founded by a local truck driver searching for a better truck ride. With his invention of Cabmate, a cab air suspension system, truckers were able to enjoy a much smoother truck ride. Today, Link is a technology leader and manufacturer of Cabmate, the original cab air suspension system; a complete line of Liftable Suspensions, self-steer and non-steer; UltraRide, a complete chassis suspension for light & medium duty trucks; Cat’s Eye, a tire pressure maintenance system; FlexPro, a torsional elastomeric cab suspension; and Cab Organizer, one of Heavy Duty Trucking’s Nifty Fifty new products for 2004. Link also designs, develops and distributes a comprehensive line of Cargo Management Products, including a line of standard and custom aluminum ramp systems plus numerous products for the death care industry, nationally and internationally. Link is ISO9001/QS9000 certified, utilizing the latest manufacturing technologies and systems.

Link distributes and supports products for the medium and heavy duty trucking industry through all North American heavy truck manufacturers and their 2000 plus dealer networks, truck and bus body builders, up-fitters and independent truck equipment dealers.

For more information visit our website at www.linkmfg.com or call us at (800) 222-6283.