The validation testing began as a part of Dana's Engineering Week and continued through the Easter Jeep Safari. Dana engineers used the diverse terrain to take testing out of the lab and into the field, proving that its exciting product concepts could tackle the toughest conditions.
"Dana is committed to developing the highest-quality products for our customers, which requires that we rigorously test and validate them before they are introduced to the market," said
On customized Jeep® Wranglers, Dana evaluated its automated Spicer®
Enhanced tire inflation technology
The Spicer® CTIS excited Jeep enthusiasts with the opportunity to spend less time inflating and deflating tires, and more time having fun on the trails.
Originally created for government and vocational vehicles, the system allows drivers to adjust tires to optimal pressure level based on the terrain – from paved surfaces to sand, mud, and steep inclines – via a convenient push-button operation.
The CTIS technology was evaluated for its ride and handling enhancements along with component durability. After the tough testing, all CTIS components remained intact with no damage or degradation of system performance.
Bolt-in aftermarket axle upgrades
Dana also successfully validated its Ultimate Dana 80™ rear axle assembly and Ultimate Dana 60™ kingpin front axles. The axles were conceptualized as potential aftermarket products to satisfy off-road enthusiasts' desire for tires larger than 40 inches and HEMI® or LS V8-engine swaps.
If produced as aftermarket solutions, drivers could use the robust axles to safely upgrade their Jeeps without fear of overwhelming the existing drivetrain.
"Dana is a trusted name for serious off-roaders, and we have built a legacy with the Wrangler brand and lifestyle," said
In addition to testing the product concepts, Dana demonstrated the performance of its line of recently launched Dana aftermarket axles and Spicer® drivetrain components for the Jeep® Wrangler JL. The line of drivetrain upgrades – including Ultimate Dana 60™ front and rear axles and Spicer® Performance nodular iron differential covers, chromoly axle shafts, bearing kits, and expanded ratio gears – also successfully endured the tough
With its dedication to rigorous product validation in varied environments, Dana continuously holds real-world testing events throughout the year. In February and March, the company hosted several OEM customers at its winter testing activities in Arjeplog,
For more information on Dana's technologies, visit dana.com.
About the Easter Jeep Safari
Easter Jeep® Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day-long trips, departing from
Dana is a world leader in highly engineered solutions for improving the efficiency, performance, and sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery. Dana supports the passenger vehicle, commercial truck, and off-highway markets, as well as industrial and stationary equipment applications. Founded in 1904, Dana employs approximately 30,000 people in 33 countries on six continents who are committed to delivering long-term value to customers. The company reported sales of more than
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