Chassis specifications for Volvo FH

 On this page, you find:

  • Chassis heights
  • Max. front axle load
  • Rear suspension
  • Coupling heights, tractors
  • Towbars
  • Fuel tanks
  • AdBlue tanks
  • Fifth wheels
  • Individual front suspension
  • Volvo Dynamic Steering
  • Tag axles
  • Pusher axles
  • Brakes

Download the complete chassis specifications as a PDF (2012 edition)

Chassis heights

  X-Low (tractor) approx 810 mm
Low approx 850 mm
Med approx 900 mm
High approx 1000 mm
X-High approx 1200 mm
 

Max front axle load (tonnes)

Air Leaf
X-Low 7.5 -
Low 8 -
Med 9* 9
High 9 10/18**
  X-High - 10/18** 
* With Individual Front Suspension 8.5
** With dual front axles (FAA20/FAA21)

Rear suspension

Type Axle combination Suspension type Axle/bogie load (tonnes) Reduction Other axles
Solo
RAD-L90 4×2 S-parabolic 13 Single/hub
RAD-GR 4×2 Air 11.5/13 Single/hub
  RAD-G2 4×2 Air 13 Hub  
 
Bogie
RADT-AR 6×2/8×2 Parabolic 19/21 Single/hub Fixed tag axle
RADT-GR 6×2/8×2 Air 19/20.5/22.5/23 Single/hub Fixed/steered tag axle/Selfs/Prep
RAPD-GR 6×2 Air 19/22 Single/hub Fixed/steered pusher axle
  RADD-G2 6×4/8×4 Air 21/23/26 Single/hub  
RADD-BR 6×4/8×4 Parabolic 21 Single/hub
RADD-TR1 6×4/8×4 Parabolic/conventional leaf 23/26 Single/hub
RADD-TR2 6×4/8×4 Conventional leaf 26/32 Hub
RADD-GR 6×4/8×4 Air 21/23/26 Single/hub
RAPDT-GR 8×2 Air 27/30/30.5/
31.5/32
Single/hub 3 axles/steered pusher and
steered or fixed tag axle
RADDT-GR 8×4 Air 27.5/33/36 Single/hub 3 axles/steered tag axle
RAPDD-GR 8×4 Air 27.5/32/35 Single/hub 3 axles/steered pusher axle
  RADDT-G2 8×4 Air 27/33/36 Single/hub 3 axles/steered tag axle

 

 

Fifth wheel coupling heights

Drive Chassis height Suspension Frame height 5W height* Tyre Min.coupling height Nominal drive height**
4×2 X-Low RAD-GR 266 140 295–55 867 912
X-low RAD-GR 266 140 295–60 887 932
Low RAD-GR 266 140 315–60 955 1015
Med RAD-GR 266 140 315–70 1014 1075
Med RAD-GR 300 140 315–70 1031 1092
High RAD-GR 266 140 315–80 1056 1147
Hight RAD-GR 300 140 315–80 1090 1164
6×2 Low RADT-GR 266 160 315–60 975 1035
Med RADT-GR 266 160 315–70 1034 1095
Med RADT-GR 300 160 315–70 1051 1112
High RADT-GR 300 150* 315–80 1160 1234
Med RAPD-GR 266 160 315–70 1034 1095
Med RAPD-GR 300 160 315–70 1051 1112
High RAPD-GR 266 160 315–80 1076 1167
High RAPD-GR 300 160 315–80 1110 1184
6×4 High RADD-GR 300 150* 315–80 1173 1234
8×4 High RAPDD-GR 300 160 315-80 1137 1207
* +60 mm mounting height.
** Approx. heights.


 

Towbars

Centrally mounted, semi-undermounted and undermounted towbar for centre-axle trailer. Towbars can be fitted at intervals of 25 mm.

Fuel tanks

Aluminium or steel tanks in volumes from 150 to 900 litres. Maximum fuel volume is 1480 litres for a 4×2 tractor.

AdBlue tanks

Volumes from 32 to 100 litres. AdBlue pump is integrated in AdBlue tank module. Plastic.

Fifth wheels

Certified installation permits up to 36 tonnes load. An ISO fifth wheel with L-shaped profiles at different heights is included in the range, offering considerable freedom of choice. The flange-mounted fifth wheel is a low-weight variant since it does not require any attachment plate. The fifth wheel’s height above the chassis is from about 140 mm. Integrated lubrication and trailer connection indicator is available as option for specific variants.

 

Individual front suspension

Avaliable for 4×2 and 6×2 with tag axle or pusher axle (only tractor), axle load up to 8.5 tonnes.

Volvo Dynamic Steering

Active steering system with torque overlay. Delivers more steering force at low speeds, reduces steering kicks and keeps the steering wheel straight forward when braking
on split friction. The steering wheel returns automatically to neutral position both when driving forward and when reversing. Available for tractors and rigids 4x2, 6x2, 6x4, 8x2 or 8x4 with single front axle. Volvo Dynamic Steering is also avaliable for dual front axles on rigids 8x2 and 8x4.*

* Available during 2015.

Tag axles

Available in several configurations – fixed with single or dual wheels, self steered or actively steered. Axle load: 7.5, 9.5 or 10 tonnes.

Pusher axles

Available in fixed and actively steered variants for both tractors and rigids. Axle load: 7.5 or 9 tonnes.


Brakes

Volvo EBS (Electronically controlled Brake System) disc brakes are available with EBS Standard and EBS Medium program packages for tractors and rigids. ESP is available for tractors and rigids with 4×2, 6×2 and 6×4 drive. In this way Volvo can offer ESP on virtually all ADR applications and EMS combinations. The brake range also includes Volvo Z-cam drum brakes with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System).


EBS MEDIUM

EBS status control
EBS status monitoring via the TEA2+ vehicle electronic system and Volvo Tech Tool.

Hill start aid
The brakes are only released once there is sufficient engine
torque to propel the vehicle forward.

Lining wear analysis
Brake lining warning – calculates the remaining mileage available with the current brake linings. Automatic 

Automatic parking brake release
The parking brake is released when the driver pushes the
accelerator pedal and a gear is selected (only I-Shift gearbox).
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Stretch Brake
Enables the driver to request puls braking of the trailer. The brake is then automatically activated and the risk of jack-knifing is minimised. Only for Rigid.

ESP (Electronic Stability Program)
The brake stability system applies the brakes individually on each wheel, thereby providing stability for the entire vehicle combination and counteracting jack-knifing, rollover and trailer swing. ESP fulfils the legislation of Electronic Vehicle Stability Control.

Emergency brake light
When panic braking from speed above 50 km/h, the brake lights flash with four flashes per second.

Hydraulic retarder
Gearbox-mounted compact retarder with a max effect of 440 kW.