For fleets and owner-operators seeking an initial lower cost and high-quality aftermarket brake shoes without the core charges associated with remanufactured products, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) is now offering a new steel/coreless shoe with its Basic Friction and Advanced Friction product lines.
“With so many truck vocations and fleet applications out there, the more options Bendix can provide, the better we can equip the commercial vehicle industry for putting safer trucks on the road,” said Keith McComsey, BSFB’s director of marketing and customer solutions, which is a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC
“We recognize that some customers prefer not to deal with remanufactured shoes – which carry core charges, plus require collecting used shoes and returning them to the manufacturer,” he added. “Yet, until now, our aftermarket shoes with Basic and Advanced frictions were solely available as remanufactured products. With the new steel/coreless shoe, we’ve filled that niche in our aftermarket line, giving vehicle operators another option to best meet their particular needs.”
In addition to eliminating core charges, the new steel/coreless shoe also uses an E-coat process, which offers improved corrosion protection to help prevent rust jacking. A combination of brake shoe corrosion and lining failure, rust jacking occurs when rust builds up on the steel beneath a brake lining, exerting upward pressure on the friction and eventually causing cracks in the friction material, McComsey said.
In addition to the new steel/coreless shoe, Bendix continues to offer its reman brake shoe series – a three-level aftermarket friction portfolio that includes friction engineered to deliver safety, performance, and value across a broad spectrum of customer needs. The Basic line features “economically priced” friction pads such as BB200 and BB230, designed for good wear and consistent stopping power under normal operating conditions, in low to midrange temperatures. Meanwhile, the Advanced Friction includes solutions certified to maintain compliance with the federal reduced stopping distance (RSD) rules and is also designed to provide higher torque and perform in higher temperatures with less fade, making it suitable for more demanding applications, higher weights, and steeper terrain.
Then there is the OE Friction level; the company’s highest performing friction pad offering, which includes the exact materials found on original equipment.
“Regardless of a fleet’s or operator’s budget, it’s important for every commercial vehicle on the road to be properly equipped for safe operation,” McComsey noted. “That’s why we listen every day to our customers and dedicate our resources to help them maintain safety and manage their operating costs.”