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Automatic slack adjuster for specialty applications

Bendix has released the Versajust GS slack adjusterBendix has released the Versajust GS slack adjuster, which is similar to Versajust automatic slack adjusters but for specialty applications.

The Versajust GS is designed for vehicles requiring grounded automatic slack adjusters because the brake envelope cannot accommodate slacks that use the more common link-style construction. The new slack expands and enhances the Bendix portfolio of slack adjusters to serve a wider range of the marketplace, the company says.

“Our link-style Versajust, the LS, has proven its worth over countless miles since Bendix revolutionized slack adjuster technology with its launch in 2010,” says Keith McComsey, director of marketing and customer solutions, Wheel-End, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake.

“But while the LS suits the needs of about 90 percent of applications, we wanted more fleets to be able to experience its benefits. And in cases where fleets need both link-style and grounded adjusters, the availability of the GS can simplify parts management and streamline maintenance for increased uptime,” McComsey says.

The body of the Versajust GS was engineered to accept higher torque capacities for those applications that may see higher frequency brake applications at higher loads — refuse, for example. Several versions of the Versajust GS are available to fit a variety of axle geometries used in specialty applications or, in some cases, other truck applications requiring high-capacity axles, Bendix says. In many of these cases, a slack adjuster cannot be directly aligned with the air brake chamber, requiring an arm with an angle. The Versajust comes in 5-in., 5.5-in. and 6-in. lengths, in multiple angle configurations.

The Versajust LS slack adjuster is available as a factory-installed option at all major North American truck manufacturers. The Versajust GS is now available in the aftermarket. Fleets interested in spec’ing the Versajust GS should ask their OE about availability, the company says.

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