1969-02-01

Vehicle Equipment Installation for Best Ride Match 690766

This paper emphasizes the need for correct component specification in the procurement of a vehicle so that expected performance results can be obtained. Areas of component selection affecting vehicle ride, handling, durability, and performance are utility body application problems, tire and wheel effects, related frame stiffness, and fifth wheel location problems.
Besides mechanical factors, interstate fleet operational problems with varying legal requirements by states will have an effect on vehicle usage.
Basic selection factors reviewed are vehicle capability from gvw-gcw characteristics and component minimums, correct selection of wheelbase, and component matching to static and dynamic requirements.
In conclusion, it is recommended that an immediate evaluation of a vehicle under actual operating conditions be conducted to determine its true effective capability. It is further suggested that a better exchange of ideas and needs between consumer, installer, manufacturer, and service personnel be developed through services of technical organizations.

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