New Xlite and Xbrite+ forged aluminium wheels have been unveiled which are designed predominantly for DAF vehicles and petrol and powder tractor units with a weight saving axle.
Available from official distributor Motor Wheel Service Distribution (MWSD), two eight stud variations are available in 6.75” x 17.5” with the 24mm weighing 13.2kg and the 30mm just 13.1kg.
Both carry a load capacity of 2,725kg, making them suitable for Euro 6 vehicles, and will be of major interest to vehicle operators who have had to use steel wheels on the weight saving axle as forged aluminium sizes were previously unavailable.
John Ellis, managing director at MWSD, said: “Traditionally the wheel used on a weight saving axle has been steel, so to bring forged aluminium options to the market and the operational benefits they will bring is a great choice for operators looking to maximise pence per mile (ppm).”
Xlite and Xbrite+ wheels, which are five times stronger and 40 percent lighter than the standard steel equivalent, are forged from a single aluminium billet using a CNC machine to produce a higher degree of production accuracy. Wheels are available in 17.5, 19.5 and 22.5 inch sizes.
The Xlite wheel is available in machined and polished finishes, while the Xbrite+ goes through several automated treatment stages which permeate the metal deeper to deliver a wheel with the highest levels of corrosion resistance and shine.
The ultimate advantages of operating with forged aluminium wheels including extra payloads, reduced diesel usage, decreased CO² emissions and less wear on surrounding parts.