Tiger Trailers selects Xlite as OE wheel for lightweight Clearspan Curtainsider
Xlite forged aluminium wheels have been selected as the OE fitment for a new lightweight tri-axle Clearspan Curtainsider trailer from Tiger Trailers, which is 500kg lighter than its conventional equivalent. The trailer will allow operators to carry a greater payload of up to 29.5 tonnes. Reducing weight on vehicles is a key factor for increasing the sustainability and profitability of fleet operations.
The trailer uses steel components that are twice the strength of the structural steel typically used in chassis construction without adding any additional weight, which has allowed Tiger Trailers to develop one of the lightest tri-axle clearspan curtainsider currently available in the UK.
Xlite forged aluminium wheels in size 11.75×22.5 in a machined finish are homologated across all three axles, giving a further 114kg weight saving against standard steel.
The wheels, like Xbrite products, are spin forged from a single aluminium billet by Wheels India using a CNC machine to produce a higher degree of production accuracy and a truer running wheel. European exclusive distributor MWheels says they are five times stronger and 40 per cent lighter than the standard steel equivalent as a result.
Xlite is available in machined and polished finishes, while 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. Wheels are available in 17.5, 19.5 and 22.5 inch sizes.