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sure management systems, and coupling products,
along with a full line of genuine and premium
aftermarket parts to support all of those products.
When considering replacement part options,
Eric Coffman, senior product manager at Meritor,
says it's important to recognize that "same as"
is not always "equal to." For example, "Meritor
Genuine RSD friction [brake pads] are carefully
engineered and selected for their application,"
Coffman points out. "Meritor RSD frictions deliver performance that is capable of exceeding the
250-foot regulation by 25 feet, representing nearly
two car lengths."
On the other hand, if a fleet is exploring the
value of all-makes parts options, Coffman says the
offerings of proven industry leaders can provide
some peace of mind. The aftermarket all-makes
offerings of OE component suppliers provides
opportunity from shared engineering, testing
facilities, and technical support. For example,
"Meritor's PlatinumShield III offers premium
protection against rust-jacking, and is available
in both OE and aftermarket [parts]," Coffman says.

The case for aftermarket parts

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Parts vendors can help fleets make wise purchasing decisions. "Our job is to provide as much choice
as possible for any make of truck, including OE, a
national branded part, or a high-quality aftermarket part," says Larry Gruendike, director of category
management for Rush Enterprises.
In addition to Rush Truck Centers, Rush
Enterprises also operates Rig Tough Parts, a
premium line of aftermarket parts for all makes
and models of heavy duty trucks. Robb Nixon,
vice president of aftermarket sales for Rush
Enterprises, says Rig Tough Parts are backed by
a warranty that is as good or better than other
parts sold by Rush Enterprises.
While some fleets will only go back to genuine
parts, others have a different philosophy that
more strongly emphasizes operating cost. Partsrelated decisions often hinge on vehicle age, as
well as the type of component.
"A cosmetic part is typically less of a concern
to a fleet," Rush Enterprises' Eppes says. "If a
high-quality aftermarket part is available,
they'll often use it over OE. On the other hand
is something like an internal engine or transmission part. Should that part fail, the cost of
downtime far outweighs the cost savings of
going with an aftermarket part."
Abe Aon, regional aftermarket sales leader
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime - How you can make the most out of your shop's ROs
Foundation for success: How do you find and keep technician talent?
Vehicles - Examining the e-systems available for today's fleets
In the Bay - Do techs understand the fundamentals of electrical system diagnosis?
Shop Operations - How to assess replacement parts
Reman, Rebuild, Replace - Reasons fleets should consider reman
Economic Outlook - Uncertainties with today's global economy
Tire Tactics - Factors to help determine the lifecycle of tires
Management - The "shop improvement" conundrum
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Classifieds
Guest Editorial - Increase shop efficiencies through fluid management
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Fleet Maintenance - Uptime - How you can make the most out of your shop's ROs
Fleet Maintenance - 9
Fleet Maintenance - Foundation for success: How do you find and keep technician talent?
Fleet Maintenance - 11
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Fleet Maintenance - Vehicles - Examining the e-systems available for today's fleets
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Fleet Maintenance - In the Bay - Do techs understand the fundamentals of electrical system diagnosis?
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Fleet Maintenance - Shop Operations - How to assess replacement parts
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Fleet Maintenance - Reman, Rebuild, Replace - Reasons fleets should consider reman
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Fleet Maintenance - Economic Outlook - Uncertainties with today's global economy
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Fleet Maintenance - Tire Tactics - Factors to help determine the lifecycle of tires
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Fleet Maintenance - Management - The "shop improvement" conundrum
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