CARY, N.C. (May 15)—Lord Corp. is testing its "surface effect" mount technology on passenger vehicles. The devices recently gained their second original equipment contract in cab mount applications on General Motors Corp.'s 2002 GMC TopKick and Chevrolet Kodiak medium-duty trucks. The mounts use friction damping rather than fluid damping, thereby eliminating leaks and viscosity problems associated with hydromounts in very cold temperatures, said Lord Sales Manager John Games. Additionally, the mounts typically weigh 40 to 60 percent less than their equivalent steel and hydraulic-oil counterparts, are quieter and offer a wider range of damping forces, Lord said. There is, however, a price premium for the surface effect mounts. In medium-duty truck applications, they run about $20 each compared to $8 for a conventional cab mount. Lord is testing the technology in door and lift-gate applications on passenger vehicles.