The primary control component of any vehicle is its steering system. High-quality steering systems ensure that drivers don’t struggle when controlling their trucks and buses.
More control reduces driver fatigue and improves your truck’s fuel efficiency. It also cuts down on delivery time when transporting goods over long distances.
Enabling your drivers to control your trucks and buses more efficiently holds immense benefits for your business. Shorter delivery times means you can serve more clients in less time.
ZF Aftermarket is a reputable supplier of affordable aftermarket parts for European trucks like DAF, IVECO, MAN, Volvo and many more. The company has been providing high-quality steering components to Australian truck owners and dealers for decades. Read on if you are in the market for a new steering system for your truck or bus.
What You Should Know About ZF
ZF Aftermarket traces its origins to the town of Friedrichshafen in Germany. It was established in 1915 by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH to manufacture gears for Zeppelins and other airships. The name ZF is an acronym for Zahnradfabrik, which means ‘Gear Factory’ in English.
After World War I, ZF shifted its focus to the automobile industry. It has been consistently supplying the automotive industry with essential components ever since. ZF’s leading automobile products include transmission systems, clutches, shock absorbers, Chassis, Steering systems and lubrication oils.
ZF Aftermarket consists of a collection of famous manufacturing brands and is often referred to as the ZF Group. These brands include ZF, Lemforder, Sachs, TRW, BOGE and ZF Openmatics. ZF’s success is attributed to the combined efforts of this group of world-class companies.
ZF Steering Solutions
The ZF Group supports each of its brands to focus on its strengths. As such, the company develops its steering and chassis components under two brands, Lemforder and TRW. This ensures that each member adheres to the highest quality standards in the market.
Lemforder Steering Components
Lemforder is a world leader in the manufacture of steering and suspension systems for commercial vehicles. The brand focuses on reduced downtime and continuous optimization of your truck’s performance.
As such, Lemforder manufactures complete light-weight and ready-to-install solutions for commercial vehicles. Lemforder steering components also have dynamic controls that can be adjusted without being dismounted from your truck. Below are some examples of Lemforder’s Steering Components.
- Tie Rods with fine-tuning systems
- Angle Ball Joint
- Drag links
All Lemforder aftermarket parts for trucks are made to meet OEM quality. They also come in a variety of space-saving designs and offer longer service life.
TRW Steering Components
TRW focuses on developing OE quality steering, suspension and braking systems for commercial vehicles under the ZF aftermarket brand. TRW is famous for high-quality innovative solutions.
TRW boasts a track record of producing quality commercial vehicle components since 1906. TRW is best known for the production of world-class steering gears. These are the components that attach a steering wheel to the steering linkage. Today, one in every three European commercial vehicles is equipped with a TRW steering gear.
TRW Steering Gear
TRW has designed two iconic types of steering gears aimed at enhancing the performance of your truck or bus. These are the TAS and THP type of steering gear.
- The TAS type steering gear is designed with minimal moving parts to enhance torque output. It is used to improve the steering control and handling of vehicles with medium and heavy axle loads.
- The THP type steering gears provide faster steering ratios. This improves the lock-to-lock turns. It also offers a smoother return-to-centre response.