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Old 18th June 2009, 12:00   #1261
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TATA Truck with lift axle.

What is the lift axle ? Had seen it yesterday on the W. express highway too.
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^^ What can be the use of that Lift Axle?
Versatiltiy, use just enough axles for the load its carrying, and save fuel.
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Sharma's Volvo and Merc buses in B'lore.

Merc buses looked ordinary.
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Versatiltiy, use just enough axles for the load its carrying, and save fuel.
That's a nice, interesting feature there.
Now, wonder if this feature can also be used on Roads which restrict trucks based on number of axles
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Merc buses looked ordinary.
Right said. That's the same thought which crossed my mind when i saw this Mercedes bus for the first time. It's very boxy, unlike the curved passenger window(glass) panes on the Volvo, which give them an elegant look. The rear view overhang mirrors look good, though.
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Versatiltiy, use just enough axles for the load its carrying, and save fuel.
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What is the lift axle ? Had seen it yesterday on the W. express highway too.
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^^ What can be the use of that Lift Axle?
Found this on TML Website
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The Tata LPT 3118 TC 8x2 BS II Truck is India’s first 8 X 2 Multi Axle truck with ‘Lift Axle’. It is fitted with Automatic Load Sensing Value for optimum Lift Axle function. The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is 31,000 kgs, thus offering more payload, minimum operating cost and in turn more earnings for the customer. It delivers a maximum power of 177HP@ 2500 rpm and torque of 650 Nm@1500 rpm and gradeability of 21%. It has a max gear speed of 79.1kmph, an overall length of 9290 mm (for cab) and a ground clearance of 248 mm. It has 3 variants - cowl, cab chassis and cab load body. Ideal vehicle for cement, containers, tankers, petrochemicals, fertilizers, food grain, timber and general cargo.
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Another thing is that these lift axles can also be configured to make steerable as well like it is in Ashok Leyland.

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I spotted what I think is a B9R in Hyderabad.

Don't know of any other buses here with two sets of tires in the rear and Volvo written on them.

Was too far to be able to read the B9R part.

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Wonder why the headlamps have been moved into the bumper, from their original positions in the facia (which now appear like they have been covered up with sheet metal).
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BTW this lift axle is steerable. There is a tie rod that I can a
see. Something like this
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TATA Truck with lift axle.
Hey can you please let me know whats the use of the lift axle. I have seen it on quite a few of the trucks on the highway but have failed to understand's its utility.
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Wonder why the headlamps have been moved into the bumper, from their original positions in the facia (which now appear like they have been covered up with sheet metal).
And looks cheap too. Wonder why, a manufacturer is skimping on a 3 digit expense on a vehicle with an ex-factory price in 7 digits.
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And looks cheap too. Wonder why, a manufacturer is skimping on a 3 digit expense on a vehicle with an ex-factory price in 7 digits.
It would be a temporary arrangement, until the chasis reaches the body yard.
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Saw a new BMTC 'Vajra' buses sporting the body code "8400" instead of "B7R" chassis code, on the rear side (most Volvo's attached to Depot-25 are these new ones). The model series has already been elaborated by binaiks in his earlier posts. It also displays "Common Rail Direct Injection" in the rear, but i thought every BS-III 'Vajra' has these engines, isn't it? So, is the 8400 superior in any means, to its predecessor? Or is it just the badging?
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Hey can you please let me know whats the use of the lift axle. I have seen it on quite a few of the trucks on the highway but have failed to understand's its utility.
When the truck is fully loaded, it uses all the axles. Many trucks go one way empty or with smaller loads, which is when they raise the extra axle so that both moving parts and tyres get preserved. You will see this application typically in oil tankers which go full-loaded one way but return empty once they empty their load in the petrol stations.
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Saw a new BMTC 'Vajra' buses sporting the body code "8400" instead of "B7R" chassis code, on the rear side (most Volvo's attached to Depot-25 are these new ones). The model series has already been elaborated by binaiks in his earlier posts. It also displays "Common Rail Direct Injection" in the rear, but i thought every BS-III 'Vajra' has these engines, isn't it? So, is the 8400 superior in any means, to its predecessor? Or is it just the badging?
Not all BSIII Volvos had CRDI Engines. A few of the earlier ones - especially the ones with registration marks before KA-01-FA-12xx - are non-CRDi versions. The CRDI version for City Volvos came sometime in mid-2007. However, CRDi badging even existed on Volvos, till the KA-01-FA-2xxx series.

The badging 8400 appeared starting KA-01-FA-23xx. Interestingly, Volvos with the 8400 badging also have "full" display boards at the rear - boards display destination in addition to route number.

The change from B7R to 8400 (and 9400 in case of intercity coaches) happened following a "re-structuring" exercise by Volvo.

I have attached an image of a JNNURM funded City Volvo for BMTC.
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