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It may be time to fit your truck or trailer with lift axles to meet your changing needs and remain in compliance!
Make Vancouver Axle and Frame your lift axle fitter in the Fraser Valley, BC! All of our work is certified provincially and federally, and we are authorized to certify the safety of your vehicle with Transport Canada’s National Safety Mark (NSM). We do lift axle fitments right–to meet your needs AND satisfy all NSM requirements. We can install lift axles to most medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles. Contact us NOW to discuss an axle installation on your vehicle.
Lift Axle Basics
Manufacturers offer overwhelming choices in truck specifications. From a variety of transmission choices, to horsepower and torque ratings, to front axle ratings, rear axle ratings, suspension options, body and axle designs, trailer options—truck customers have infinite options!
Legal loads: a perennial issue in trucking
Truck loads are considered “legal” in a given province if the gross load, axle load, axle configuration, length and width fall within current laws for weight and size. Most commercial trucks operate at or below the GVW limits. Why? They max out on available space before they reach their weight limits.
Learn about Interprovincial laws for Gross Weight, Single Axle Weight, and Tandem Axle Weight
Lift Axles Offer Practical Solutions
- A lift axle is a non-fixed axle located on a tractor, semi-trailer or trailer that can be lifted from contact with the road.
- A lift axle gives extra support when a truck is carrying a load that is heavier than originally intended during vehicle configuration.
Advantages of Installing Lift Axles
- Significantly higher payload capability
- Cost savings on fuel and tire wear as lift axles can be raised for lighter loads/empty trucks
- In trucks with multiple axles, improved ability to corner and turn
- Added traction on inclines and slick roads as lift axles can be lowered
- Reduced damage to pavement
Lift axles and suspensions are available in “pusher” or “tag” configurations, steerable or non-steerable capacities from 10,000 lbs to 22,000 lbs.
Dump trucks preceding a tandem axle commonly use a lift axle. In concrete mixers, two lift axles are seen, with one lift following the steering axle and the other lift at the extreme rear of the vehicle.
Lift able suspension systems for heavy-duty trucks and trailers are also available. Air and spring-leaf lift axles for many types of trucks are options. These lift axles are increasingly used on vocational trucks and trailer bodies to optimize payload.