The Steertek NXT fabricated front steer axle is now a standard offering on Blue Bird and Freightliner Custom Chassis (FCCC) models, maker Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems announced.

The axle, with its continuous beam architecture to minimize stress points, is available on Blue Bird Type C and D school buses and FCCC’s motor home chassis.

According to Hendrickson, the rigid, box-shaped cross section of the axle resists horizontal, vertical and twisting forces more effectively than traditional I-beam axles. The axle is compatible with both drum and disc brakes with either 5/8 in. or ¾ in. fasteners.

“We are pleased to provide school bus and motor home operators with new innovations in front steer axle technology by offering Steertek. The launch of Steertek NXT demonstrates our philosophy of continuous product innovation and our commitment to the school bus and motor home markets,” said Doug Sanford, vice president and general manager for Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems.

The product’s unique axle design easily integrates with a variety of suspensions, allowing Steertek NXT to serve as the platform for Hendrickson’s Airtek and Softek front suspension systems as well as OEM proprietary systems, the company said.

Hendrickson added that the patented two-piece knuckle assembly simplifies kingpin bushing serviceability and includes a double lip seal to further improve bushing life. In addition, integrated steering arm and tie rod attachments increase strength and further reduce weight.

Available in capacities up to 14,600 lbs., Steertek NXT is approved for on-highway and medium-duty truck, bus and motor home applications.