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  3. Bendix Ultimate brake pads is specifically formulated to provide high friction, high temperature tolerance, and exceptional performance. It is perfect for sports, performance and prestige vehicles. Under extreme testing, the Bendix Ultimate pads offer proven reduced stopping distances, with excellent pedal feel. Its tolerance to extreme temperatures means you can put your foot down over and over again with confidence. It is highly suited to enthusiastic drivers with an energetic driving style or for premium high speed touring cars. It is also ideal for vehicles that does the occasional track day. Find out more about the Ultimate brake pads HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
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  5. Toyota and Subaru has worked together to bring back the fun, affordable, rear wheel drive sports car. Back in the 80s, Toyota released a two door hatch and notchback. A feisty 1.6l twin cam engine was mounted up front, and power was fed to the rear wheels. The car was light, brilliant to drive, and easy to enjoy, whether you were a novice or a racing driver. It was reliable, cheap to repair, and helped personified the spirit of Japanese cars. This car was the famous Toyota Corolla GTS, also known by its chassis code, the AE86. The Toyota 86 uses the same recipe, but updated it for the 21st century. The svelte, sporty lines of the body replace the sharp angular ones of yesteryear, and the twin cam engine has made way for a modern boxer flat-four, supplied by Subaru. The lightweight, low mounted engine made it possible for the Toyota 86 to have a centre of gravity that’s mere inches off the ground, resulting in dynamic handling and feel. The car turns into corners like it was born to do so. The boxer engine is not short on character either; it loves revs, and every prod of the throttle sends precise power to the rear wheels. Step inside and the interior feels premium. When the Toyota 86 was first launched in 2012, many criticized the lack of refinement inside, with chintzy trim pieces and hard plastic everywhere. The face lifted 2017 Toyota 86 fixed all this. Soft suede-like cloth cover most hard plastics, with classy white stitching providing contrast on the steering wheel and seats. The instrument cluster has been updated with a futuristic digital info screen, while maintaining the massive rev counter in the centre. While many will bemoan the lack of horses under the hood, the Toyota 86 and its precursor was never about power. Instead, it’s a sports car that a driver can enjoy, whether in traffic, or on the track. The popularity of the Toyota 86 has been staggering, and the aftermarket industry has responded in kind. It can be modified in just any way you want, from a grand tourer, to every day race car. Bendix has a range of brake pads to suit daily drivers to track day warriors, or anywhere in between. The Bendix Ultimate is a high performance brake pad that is engineered for pure stopping power on windy roads or on the track. However, daily drivability is not compromised, thanks to the special Bendix noise absorbing shims. Providing excellent pedal feel from the get-go, the Bendix Ultimate is highly tolerant of extreme temperatures for fade free braking. Bendix Brake Pad Part Numbers Toyota 86 GTS/GT Front Brake Pads: DB1491 Toyota 86 GT Rear Brake Pads: DB1803 Toyota 86 GTS Rear Brake Pads: DB1789 Find out more about the Bendix Ultimate brake pad HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  6. Chilly weather, but chilled vibes were had at the April EOMM 2017. There was an awesome mix of different car cultures this month, from lowriders to modern muscle cars, drift spec Nissans to clean restored vintage Toyotas, all the way to track ready MX5s and Euro hot hatches. We were determined to showcase a slice of them all this month, so get ready for not five, not eight, but TEN Cars of Bendix for April1 Mazda Eunos Roadster The first thing you notice about Brandon’s Mazda Eunos Roadster (a.k.a. MX-5) is the fantastic LED headlights conversion. Plucked straight from the Jeep Wrangler’s aftermarket catalogue, it plopped straight into the Roadster’s flip up recesses. The Lamborghini grey paint gives it a stealthy look, making the 15x8 wide 949 Racing 6ULs pop. Inside you’ll find a retro Revlimiter.net instrument cluster, and Mazdaspeed Type F bucket seats. Mazdaspeed 4-2-1 headers and a 2.5in full catback exhaust provides the soundtrack for top down driving. Lexus CT200h Steven’s VIP styled Lexus CT200h shocked us to the core when we saw it, lying flat on the ground with Rotiform CCVs at each corner. The flawless OEM paint has been buffed to a shine, looking like liquid candy red under the lights. Subtle details like snakeskin vinyl wrap on the outside pillar trims and interior bits adds more character to the build. Allowing the CT200h to travel sensibly is Airlift’s air suspension, so it can be raised or dropped at a touch of a button. Finally the cherry on top is the hydro-dipped engine cover panels in tasteful woodgrain. Holden VH Commodore Not only did it looked clean (114,000kms, original paint), Justin’s VH Commodore featured a Nissan surprise under the bonnet. A gleaming, rebuilt RB25DET resides between the strut tops, breathing heavily through a GTX3076 turbocharger. The only clue it had something special was that a rather incongruous intercooler was hanging out the front of the VH. Making about 250kWs on the dyno before the clutch started slipping, Justin was confident that it will make 350rwkW once the tune is finished. He’s also building an RB30 engine block on the side, because you can’t have too much horsepower in a Commodore. Toyota Celica 1976 Dave’s Celica rocks the 70s old school muscle car look incredibly well. With the funky Cosmo purple paint, the subtle black graphics, and matt black wide flares, the RA23 Celica was visually stunning. Sitting on Insanely deep dished Longchamps XR4s, it looks ready to cruise the Wangan in search of highway battles. The Celica has the firepower to back it up too, its feisty four pot 18R engine swapped out for a twin turbo 1G-GTE 2L straight six from a Supra GA70. Despite the intensive work, Dave says the car has never been off the road for longer than two months, as he simply loves driving it too much. Nissan Silvia S14 Corey’s S14 looked exactly like what we imagined a Top Secret Silvia to look like; champagne gold, Vertex body kit, dumped on wide Work Meister S1s with massive eight piston front brake calipers hiding behind the wheels. Under the bonnet, the SR20DET didn’t disappoint either. After a catastrophic oil pump failure, it’s been repaired with a billet crankshaft, forged rods and pistons, it makes 310rwkW on pump fuel, thanks to a GT3076R turbocharger. The SR20DET gearbox has insides rebuilt with billet gears to hold the power. A pair of Bride recliners hold the driver and passenger comfortably and securely, with a rocking sound system for great daily duties. Yes, Corey drives this beast to and from work! Honda Civic FD1 Jamie’s Civic pays homage to the FD2R, the Japan-only Civic Type R that is considered to be one of the best front wheel drive cars that no one in Australia could buy. Equipped with Type R side skirts, rear wing, front bar (with a Mugen lip) and rear bar, the exterior was then finished off with a pair of Type R badges. The 18x8.5in wide Enkei RPF1s sit fairly aggressive, and the Spoon banner added the finishing touch. Inside, the Type R homage continues, with very rare genuine Type R front seats to hug the front occupants during touge runs. Renault Clio RS 197 The Renault Clio RS is a heavily underrated car. Featuring an atmo 2L engine that punches out 197hp, Ismail’s little French hot hatch features all the best bits from its facelift model, the RS 200. Recaro bucket seats and a functional rear diffuser makes it look the part, while the lowered stance and aftermarket rims further sharpen its cornering ability. Peek between the spokes and you’ll spot the factory Brembo brakes; massive for a car of its size. 1973 Chevrolet Impala One of the highlights of the month was spotting this classic Chevrolet Impala, equipped with airbags, all shined up and pumping classic rap music. It felt it just arrived from Compton, with old school beats from Dr. Dre and Warren G blasting from the stereo. The owner Luke bought this interesting vehicle as a toy, and other than upgrading the sound system and having period correct wheels, he’s left the car as is. We could see why; no need to mess with perfection! Mazda RX-7 An insanely clean example of the last Mazda RX-7. Impossibly lowered on Work Meister SP3s in Super Black Coat (SBC), its smooth, ageless curves have been accentuated with a subtle rear duckbill, OEM rear pods, front lip, side-skirts and extensions, Ganador mirrors and a rear diffuser. Details such as reflector and rear wiper delete, adds to the velvety bodywork. It’s the little details that most people miss, yet when added up becomes more than a sum of its parts. BMW E30 Never had such a square shape ooze sex appeal. This white E30 sports some ridiculous fitting wheels, courtesy of Watercooled Industries, and zero wheel gap thanks to Air Lift suspension. It’s not just the wheels though, the chunky MTech body kit adds Teutonic muscles to the boxy shape. HELLA high beam covers gives the front end a certain aggression, and suggestions to a potent inline six engine under the bonnet. For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Bendix Facebook page. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes’ range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  7. Truckie John Fabian has been recognised with a Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award for his efforts helping out at the scene of a head-on crash on a remote stretch of South Australia’s Eyre Highway in February.The Redstar Transport driver was one of the first on the scene of the crash, which occurred around 150km west of Ceduna, and the award recognises his efforts in coordinating a response and assisting emergency services.Having spent 10 years in the military and three years contracting in Iraq, Mr Fabian’s instincts kicked in immediately – contacting his operations team in Melbourne to relay his location to local emergency services before walking the scene to check on those involved.He discovered occupants of both vehicles had sustained bad injuries and required medical attention as quickly as possible. Speaking directly with the emergency services team, the truckie outlined details of the accident and the injuries, ensuring paramedics were well prepared when they arrived.Mr Fabian received universal praise for his composure, which ensured emergency services arrived at the crash quickly and well prepared.“Mr Fabian’s ability to calmly assess the situation and pass critical information on to emergency services meant that not only were they on the scene quickly, but they were also prepared for what awaited them,” Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Andrew Moffatt said.ATA Chair Geoff Crouch also praised Mr Fabian for his efforts in coordinating a rapid emergency response to the accident.“All truck drivers have a basic set of protocols to follow in these kind of situations, but John’s response is indicative of someone with a wealth of emergency experience,” Mr Crouch said.“We are lucky to have a driver of his calibre on the roads, and I commend his ability to remain calm and composed and to take charge of the situation.”The Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award honours the great community service performed by professional truck drivers who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those around them during the course of their normal work.Find out more about the Highway Guardian Award or nominate a potential candidate with the Australian Trucking Accossiation.LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  8. Get $100 cash back^ When you buy 4 Bridgestone Dueler 4WD or SUV tyres. Promotion is valid from 30/04/2017 to 31/05/2017. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. Get the full terms and conditions here LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  9. Available on Firestone and Supercat passenger vehicle, SUV or light van tyres. Firestone Always dependable. Firestone tyres have been working hard for over 100 years. They have been time-tested consistently for passenger car, SUV and commercial vehicles, always delivering dependable, reliable quality. Learn more about the Firestone range. Supercat Excellent Value Performer A proven performer in Australia, the Supercat is a mid-level touring tyre that has been engineered to deliver low road noise, long tyre life and safe handling in wet and dry conditions. Learn more about the Bridgestone Supercat. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. Promotion is valid from 30/04/2017 to 31/05/2017. Available at participating Bridgestone Select, Bridgestone Service Centre and Bridgestone Tyre Centre stores only. Get the full terms and conditions here LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  10. March was cold, wet, and windy, and so the EOMM copped the same conditions. Nevertheless, hundreds of car enthusiasts braved the weather and still turned out for the meet. We had a good walk around and found a few interesting rides for this month’s Cars of Bendix, before the rain and wind got too wild and the meet had to end for safety reasons! Nissan Silvia Varietta The Nissan Silvia came in quite a few different levels of trim, including this rare and relatively unknown convertible version, known as the Varietta. The Varietta featured an electric hardtop, and only came with a non-turbocharged engine (the standard Silvia S15s were turbocharged) and an automatic gearbox. Marvin’s own touches means that this car has more of a chance of chopping you than your hair dresser. The stock engine has been converted to a turbocharged, cammed SR20DET, pushing 300kW through a Skyline manual gearbox to the rear wheels. It’s been fitted with extra wide Cosmis Racing wheels, and the body lines has been pumped out thanks to a wide body kit from Origin Labo. The 78 Works headlights adds a classy finishing touch to the now muscular bodywork. Mazda RX-8 The menacing stance of Jeremy’s RX-8 caught our eye as it came through the rain, so we just had to have it for the Cars of Bendix. Jeremy’s Mazda RX-8 has been transformed to mirror hardcore GT race cars whizzing around on Japanese race tracks. The massive wing on the rear provides downforce on the wider rear wheels at high speeds, and the RENESIS engine under the bonnet has been rebuilt and bridgeported to provide that signature rotary bark and extra power. We were told that the fresh engine has just been rebuilt, and once it has been ran in and tuned, it will rev to an amazing 10,000 RPM! Honda Civic Sam’s Honda Civic started life as an Indy Special; an Australian base model that came in Phoenix Yellow, a boot spoiler and dealer fitted alloys. Deciding he had enough of the stock single cam putter, Sam chucked in a B16A2, a more powerful engine from the performance model, the Civic VTi-R. The engine was rebuilt to OEM specs for extra reliability. Other performance bolt-ons include an aftermarket computer, cold air intake, exhaust, coilovers, and stickier tyres. Although Sam has spent quite a bit of dosh on the Civic, it’s perfectly reliable and he drives it to work and back without a care. Since he came all the way from Orange to attend this meet, we must say we are impressed! For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Bendix Facebook page. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes’ range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  11. Red Bull Holden Racing Team share the spoils with Shell V-Power Racing Fords as they took one-two wins in Race 3 and Race 4 respectively at Tyrepower Tasmania Symmons Plains. Race 3 was cut short when a horrific pile up was caused by contact between Fabian Coulthard (DJR Team Penske), which then set off another incident between Garth Tander (GRM) and Cameron Waters (Prodrive). It then spread to the rest of the field causing carnage amongst 12 cars in total. Will Davison attempted to bypass the carnage by running on to the grass strip, but speared straight into Rick Kelly’s Sengled Racing Nissan Altima, leaving both cars seriously damaged. Will Davison was later hospitalized when he complained of back pain. That left Shane van Gisbergen leading his team mates Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes across the finish line, after the race was suspended for 50 minutes. Jamie Whincup drove brilliantly to take pole position for Race 4, but a combination of safety cars and pit lane strategy saw Fabian Coulthard soar six places to finish first, leading his teammate Scott Mclaughlin across the line. Jamie Whincup claimed the final spot on the podium. XForce Performance Exhaust will be keeping tabs on the RBHRT cars, when they return to Phillip Island. The fast and flowing course will put the new Dunlop tyres to the test with the new format of two 250km races. Phillip Island 500 should see plenty of strategic pit stop action, and tyre management will be key to fast, consistent laptimes. LINKS: XForce Performance Exhaust – www.xforce.com.au XForce Authorised Dealers – www.xforce.com.au/where-to-buy
  12. A brand new public reserve featuring sporting fields, a playground, fitness equipment and sheltered picnic facilities has been opened in Salisbury, South Australia on the land that formerly housed Bridgestone’s Adelaide manufacturing plant. Unveiled by the City of Salisbury, Bridgestone Reserve also boasts a new car park, barbeques and footpaths, while extensive stormwater and wetland management works have also been undertaken. Redevelopment of the 6.8ha site cost $5.3 million and was assisted by a $2.21 million grant from the Australian Government’s Water for the Future Initiative and in-kind support from the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. The land was donated by Bridgestone after the manufacturing plant closed back in 2010, recognising the community and Council support the company received throughout the factory’s 46-year history. Extensive public discussion followed, with residents, potential user groups, school sport coordinators and other stakeholders all consulted before the Bridgestone Feasibility Study was completed and endorsed by Council in 2014. The opening of the Reserve realises Bridgestone’s desire for the area to be used as an open community space and will provide a huge boost for the local community. “The opening of the reserve acknowledges the long-standing relationship between the City of Salisbury and Bridgestone,” Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Andrew Moffatt said. “We hope that this facility will invigorate the area and provide a space to be enjoyed by all members of the community for years to come.” LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  13. And what is the benefit?. Unless we all want to sit in a cramped hot rough vehicle and travel between 8 and 5 I see no point in this futile challenge.
  14. Are OEM serviceable parts better than aftermarket parts? When it comes to brake pads, it’s a clear, resounding, no. OEM brake pads are usually more expensive, exclusively sold by dealerships, but are outperformed by aftermarket brake pads, in every way. Different Brake Pads for Different Driving Styles and Needs OEM brake pads are good for all round usage. Designed to be quiet, effective on the road, and long lasting, it works well off the showroom floor. However, aftermarket brake pads will stop even better, last longer, and in most cases, cost much less than OEM brake pads. Aftermarket brake pads also come in different formulations that will better suit your driving style and needs. For example, you may have a big sedan that does a lot of towing. Brake pads like the Bendix Heavy Duty can handle heavy loads and frequent stops, without losing braking performance or stopping power. Specially formulated to handle heat build-up generated from towing, the Bendix Heavy Duty brake pads would provide safer, better braking for a longer period of time, compared to the OEM brake pads. Aftermarket brake pads also provide more features when compared to OEM brakes. For example, many of Bendix’s brake pads come with a Blue Titanium Stripe, which removes the need for bedding in. Just install and drive normally, for instant stopping power. Other features such as Bendix’s propriety Stealth Advance Technology reduces vibration and noise at the source. Specially designed shims and backing plates by Bendix also help increase brake efficiency and reduce noise. Quality and Ease of Installation Bendix brake pads are also designed to be easily installed, with the right backing plates and auxiliary parts. For modern European cars, electronic brake sensors are also included, where applicable to ensure fuss free installation. Bendix brake pads are tested to SAE and ISO standards, and these international tests define the highest standards of braking performance. With proven quality and OE fitment, Bendix brake pads easily qualifies for OE logbook servicing, so you won’t void the manufacturer’s warranty. Widely Available, Biggest Range Older, rare or imported cars may have problems finding spares or parts. Not brake pads though, as Bendix has over 2500 applications for cars, trucks, vans or utes. With the widest range of brake pads in Australia and New Zealand, there’s no longer any need to order or wait for brakes to fit your car. For more information, visit the Bendix website HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  15. The Western Sydney University Solar Car Project team is comprised of engineers and designers. The group of motivated students came together to compete in the gruelling 3000 kilometre solar powered endurance race from Darwin to Adelaide, determined to build a car that pushes the boundaries of innovation all while demonstrating the incredible potential of electric vehicles. Founded in 1987, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge encourages teams from across the globe to come together to champion the cause for sustainable transport. Universities such as MIT, Stanford and Cambridge are among the competition, producing some of the most efficient electric vehicles on the planet. After entering the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge for the second time in 2015, the Western Sydney U Solar Car Project team released a documentary following their journey to designing, building and racing their state of the art solar car, UNLIMITED. Here’s a teaser. Competing for the first time in 2013 with SolAce, the Solar Car Project brings students into a practical environment to apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom, giving them the opportunity to improve their skills and collaborate with industry professionals. The Western Sydney U Solar Car Project entered again in 2015 with high hopes. Armed with the drive to return even stronger after their successful debut, the team worked day and night to make a car that was faster and lighter, manufacturing custom carbon-fibre suspension components and producing a car weighing just 150 kilograms, with a top speed of 129 km/h. With the manufacturing process behind them, UNLIMITED was put through rigorous testing, spending over a thousand kilometres on the track and Outback in preparation for the challenge ahead. After passing scrutineering and getting the green light to compete, the team placed third in qualifying to start the race. Racing starts at 8am each day with contestants stopping where they are along the Stuart Highway at 5pM to set up camp for the night. In the heat of the Outback, this is an incredible test of stamina for the driver, who is confined to a small and uncomfortable cockpit with no air conditioning. Air-conditioning is an unaffordable luxury when it comes to energy efficiencies and aerodynamics. The journey to Adelaide was not all smooth sailing, with UNLIMITED crashing after a suspension failure. Stranded on the side of the road, the team rallied together to fix the problem, re-joining the journey to Adelaide after just half an hour. Despite the accident, the team pushed through to repair UNLIMITED, arriving in Adelaide in an incredible 10th place in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge’s Challenger Class. Preparation is well underway for the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge with the Western Sydney U Solar Car Project team raring to hit the road!! Bridgestone will once again be supporting the team as a sponsor, supplying low rolling resistance tyres designed and tested specifically for the event. The complete UNLIMITED Solar Car documentary is available to view on the Western Sydney University YouTube Channel. Follow the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge action on the Bridgestone Australia Facebook page and The World Solar Challenge on Twitter. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  16. Boostin Juice Performance is holding a HUGE OPEN DAY at our shop premises in Wetherill Park. We have spoken with our close suppliers and businesses and have managed to secure some UNREAL DEALS for those there on the day. Team Wild Speed will be there with a MASSIVE pop up shop and a HUGE array of parts available for all makes and models. Everything from HKS oil to MISHIMOTO radiators will be there and lots of specials will be announced for those in attendance. GTpumps performance turbochargers will be setup on the day with their class leading turbochargers for Mitsubishi's and Subarus. Make sure you get the opportunity to speak to the brains behind the operation. There's a reason why all the top performing cars run Mark's turbos! Intima Performance Brake Pads have announced that they will be there with their full range of stock for everything from brake pads for your daily driver Yaris through to super high temp track pads for your GTR. Intima have been a big supporter of our business for a long time and their products speak for themselves. We all use them on our cars and recommend them for all applications! Track Day Club are going to be here with a stand to show off the trackdays they have on offer. There will also be special pricing on the day, as well as invaluable tips and tricks for getting the most out of your car at the track. With almost half a century of track experience between them, the Track Day Club are certainly the ones to talk to about going FAST! Safely, of course! OZGRIP TYRES will be there, showing off their huge range of street and high performance tyres, as well as track wheel alignments and tyre specials on offer. Quality tyres at amazing prices - what's not to love? There will also be a TONNE of cars on display, including 4 of BOOSTIN JUICE PERFORMANCE biggest builds, along with the famous Bosozoku Skyline and Honda NSX from Team Wild Speed, a very quick EP3 track car and S15 Silvia from Intima Brake Pads, a 9 second nitrous weapon Ford Capri and a big power R32 GT-R from Incar Racing, a few awesome dedicated race cars from Track Day Club and lots more! All visitors are welcome to see what we do and talk to our expert team about any automotive queries they may have. There will also be prizes and giveaways on the day for different catagories including best presented, most outrageous and more!
  17. Different people use their vehicles differently, and that’s why Bendix has a range of brake pads to suit differing driving needs. Whether it’s everyday general driving, off-roading, towing or even the odd track day, Bendix has just the right brake pad to suit. The General CT is the Bendix’s brake pad for everyday driving. Designed to eliminate brake dust and noise, the General CT brake pads suit the commuter who needs quieter, cleaner and more consistent performance for everyday driving. Patented STEALTH Advanced Technology reduces noise and vibration by using diamond-shaped pads. Bendix General CT also features a Blue Titanium Stripe for instant friction without the need for bedding in. Available for over 95% of cars on the road today, the General CT promises dust-free, quiet and reliable braking performance. Find out more about the General CT HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  18. With the number of luxury SUVs on Aussie roads growing rapidly, the demand for premium tyres to match is at an all-time high. Introducing the Alenza, a premium tyre built on performance and safety that is designed to bring out the diverse capabilities of luxury SUVs such as BMW’s X-class, Mercedes’ GL-class and Porsche’s Cayenne. “We have engineered an innovative product with a focus on safety, delivering high levels of grip without sacrificing the features customers expect from a premium SUV tyre” – Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Andrew Moffatt. The Alenza adopts several key technologies that allow drivers to unleash the full potential of their vehicles. Nano Pro-Tech® rubber Developed by nanotechnology, the tyre compound combines silica with a polymer to enhance performance through control of the rubber’s structure. This improves wet performance and provides wear and abrasion resistance to increase tyre longevity. Improved block structure Comprising of a multi-round structure, chamfered and 3D M-shaped sipes, the Alenza delivers excellent steering response and higher braking performance. Key features • Superb riding comfort and excellent steering performance • Excellent safety in both wet and dry conditions • Engineered to provide long wear life The first pattern, the Alenza 001, will be introduced alongside the existing Dueler and Ecopia ranges offering drivers a wealth of choice in Bridgestone’s SUV brand product tree. The Alenza 001 will be offered in a wide range of sizes and widths from 215/65R16 to 285/45R22. Find out more about Alenza here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  19. What if you could have a device that would know how and when to change the sound of your exhaust easily, precisely and automatically? With our Varex Smartbox Bluetooth exhaust controller, now you can add all these functions and more to your Varex exhaust system. We are sure that you'll love it, so in April, we are offering a Money Back guarantee! For more information on Smartbox visit: www.xforce.com.au/varex-smart-box To find your nearest Authorised Xforce Dealer visit: www.xforce.com.au/where-to-buy *Money back offer extends to RRP of Smartbox only. *Product must be returned in a saleable condition including packaging. *Offer extends for April 2017 purchases only. *Retain dated proof of purchase for refund.
  20. Everyday driving for the everyday commuter can be demanding. Slogging through traffic, picking up kids, doing the groceries may all be simple tasks, but all the wear and tear adds up over time. In this Test Pilot program, we will be helping out Josh and his Suzuki SX4. For Josh, the Suzuki SX4 is a versatile daily car, with a spacious interior, good safety rating, and great fuel economy. Check out Episode #67 of Bendix TV to find out more about Bendix’s General CT brake pad range: As part of our Test Pilot Program and for this month’s Bendix TV episode we’re going to be helping Josh choose the right brake pad to suit his Suzuki SX4. When selecting brake pads it’s important to match the right brake pad formulation to suit your driving needs and vehicle. To achieve the best possible braking performance and stopping distance we asked Josh how he uses his vehicle. “I use it to commute to work, drive around the city, pick up the groceries and do the school run.” “It’s really cheap to run, yet it’s safe, spacious and very practical” says Josh. With its tall body, frugal 2.0 litre engine, and massive boot, the Suzuki SX4 handles anything you could throw at it. It even has switchable all-wheel drive to take on any road or weather. Based on Josh’s driving needs, the most suitable Bendix product is the General CT pad. The General CT is specifically designed for general suburban, city and freeway driving. It is a low dust and noise brake pad without compromising stopping performance. It also features the Bendix blue titanium stripe, granting instant stopping power without require bedding in the brake pads. The Bendix General CT brake pads are ideal for those who require an economical, low dust and quiet brake pad that is easy to install. The General CT is available for over 95% of the cars and light commercial vehicles on the road, so you can be sure to find a General CT replacement for your brake pads. For more information about the General CT, click HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  21. Team Penske and the Shell V-Power Racing Fords have proven to be this season’s rivals for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, scoring 1-2 wins in two races at the Australian GP. The non-championship round saw Fabian Coulthard nearly sweeping all four pole positions, with one held by Jamie Whincup after an inspired qualifying lap. Fabian Coulthard and Scott Laughlin set the pace by finishing first and second in Race 1 and Race 2. Both were on the podium for Race 3, with Coulthard taking the win and Jamie Whincup finishing ahead of Scott McLaughlin. Chaz Mostert claimed his first win this year when he finished Race 4 ahead of Shane van Gisbergen, who made a valiant comeback after the difficult earlier races. Jamie Whincup was on course to win Race 4 when Fabian Coulthard when front left tyre failure, handing the lead to Whincup. However, the rear tyres on Whincup’s Commodore were cooked and also blew out, due to a broken brake bias cable. This left Chaz Mostert to sweep his first win in Supercars since 2015. Jamie Whincup put down his tyre failure to a broken bias brake cable, saying: “From the second lap it started winding itself back so I ended up with full rear brakes. I had no front whatsoever,” Whincup explained. More teams are starting to uncover secrets of the new control tyre from Dunlop, as the tyre failures of Whincup and Coulthard revealed a high sensitivity to heat and tyre pressure. The two XForce sponsored Holdens will be back in action April 7th at Symmons Plains, where the Triple 8 Engineering cars have had a great record since 2015. LINKS: XForce Performance Exhaust – www.xforce.com.au XForce Authorised Dealers – www.xforce.com.au/where-to-buy
  22. This is part three of a three-part article. For non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads, please see part one, for low-metallic compounds, please see part two. In the previous parts, we discussed brake pads and its different compounds for passenger and performance cars. What about commercial vehicles, trucks, utes or cars that stop frequently or often tow heavy loads? Hardworking vehicles such as utes, trucks, vans or cars that do frequent towing, require a brake pad that can resist brake fade, lasts extra-long and still stay quiet. Semi-metallic brake pads such as the Bendix Heavy Duty range are highly suited to these vehicles. Containing relatively large amounts of steel and iron, the brake pads are specially designed to be fibrous. This allows gasses that formed during the manufacturing process to be released, increasing the structural integrity of the brake pad. Bendix Heavy Duty brake pads have an Insulayer to increase its endurance and braking performance, without lowering brake rotor life. It also generates less brake dust, and Bendix’ proprietary brake shims with rubber coating reduces noise from the brake pads. By increasing brake pad and rotor life, running costs for commercial vehicles are lowered by saving in servicing costs and spending less time off the road. The choice of friction material will impact on your braking experience which is why it’s important to match your driving needs and vehicle with the right brake pad formulation. Visit HERE to select and fit the right Bendix brake pad for your driving style. Make sure that at your next brake service, ask your mechanic for the right Bendix brake pads to suit your driving style, or Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockist. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist.
  23. Introducing the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R – the ultimate in street legal track performance. Engineered to provide outstanding street and track performance, the Potenza RE-71R has built a strong reputation in both Japan and America, and thanks to popular demand, the Potenza RE-71R is coming to Australia. The Potenza RE-71R utilises UltimateEYE™ technology to maximise grip and response across street, track and wet driving conditions. Bridgestone’s newly-developed high-grip compound adapts to the road surface, maximising the Potenza RE-71R’s contact patch with the road and in turn providing an increased level of grip at high speeds and temperatures. Stiffer sidewalls, a wide centre rib and extreme shoulder block all work to promote better steering and cornering response, giving you the confidence to push harder through the corners whilst maintaining safe handling on the street. A rounded shoulder profile further improves the length of the tyre’s contact patch with the road surface, improving traction and minimising sliding during hard cornering. Wet weather performance isn’t sacrificed with the Potenza RE-71R, allowing you to maintain confidence even when conditions start to get slippery. Bridgestone’s unique directional “7-shaped” lateral grooves and use of wide circumferential grooves work to effectively drain water and maximise traction and steering response on wet surfaces. Impressions of the Potenza RE-71R have been extremely positive the world over. Tests have seen the Potenza RE-71R receive praise in America and Japan from both car enthusiasts and racing drivers alike, noting its outstanding grip and confidence-inspiring stability. A test day conducted by Bridgestone America allowed journalists to come and test out the Potenza RE-71R for themselves in a controlled environment. The tyres were fitted to stock Scion FRS’ and journalists took the cars out to play on a cone course. The Potenza RE-71R was praised for its immense levels of grip, allowing the driver to brake later and hold tight through corners. Autos.ca states “This kind of adhesion will inspire pure joy in track day enthusiasts”. CNET notes how the Potenza RE-71R neutralised the FRS’ natural oversteer characteristics, allowing the car to corner like it was on rails. Successful Super GT racing driver, Tetsuya Yamano, expresses his thoughts on the Potenza RE-71R in the video below. To benchmark the improvements of the RE-71A on the track, a Nissan Skyline GT-R 34 and a Toyota GT 86 hit the Tsukuba 2000 circuit. When tested against the previous RE-11A , the Potenza RE-71R for both cars returned a 1.4% faster lap time. On the 2nd hairpin and final corner, the test cars recorded a staggering 12% more G-force, and 3% greater minimum speed. Bottom line - if you’re looking for a tyre that you can drive to the track, put out some fast lap times and drive back home with, look no further than the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R. If you’re interested in purchasing a set, contact your local Bridgestone store. To find your nearest Bridgestone store visit: https://www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/find-stores Note: Due to the specialised nature of this tyre, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71 is going to be initially available by order only. Customer orders are expected to take up to 4 months to fulfil. Follow us on social media: Bridgestone Australia Facebook Bridgestone Australia Website Bridgestone Australia YouTube Sizing Availability Inch Size LI/SS Inch Size LI/SS Inch Size LI/SS Inch Size LI/SS 14" 185/60R14 82H 17" 205/45R17 88W XL 18" 225/50R18 95W 19" 235/40R19 92W 165/55R14 72V 215/45R17 91W XL 215/45R18 93W XL 245/40R19 98W XL 15" 185/55R15 82V 225/45R17 94W XL 225/45R18 95W XL 265/40R19 98W 195/55R15 85V 235/45R17 94W 235/45R18 94W 225/35R19 88W XL 165/50R15 73V 245/45R17 95W 245/45R18 100W XL 235/35R19 91W XL 195/50R15 82V 215/40R17 83W 265/45R18 104W XL 245/35R19 93W XL 205/50R15 86V 235/40R17 90W 215/40R18 89W XL 255/35R19 96W XL 16" 195/55R16 87V 245/40R17 91W 225/40R18 92W XL 265/35R19 98W XL 205/55R16 91V 255/40R17 98W XL 235/40R18 95W XL 275/35R19 96W 195/50R16 84V 245/40R18 97W XL 285/35R19 99W 205/50R16 87V 255/40R18 99W XL 305/30R19 102W XL 225/50R16 92V 255/35R18 94W XL 20" 255/40R20 97W 205/45R16 87W XL 265/35R18 97W XL 245/35R20 95W XL 215/45R16 86W 275/35R18 95W 285/35R20 100W 225/45R16 89W 285/30R18 93W 295/30R20 101W XL 295/30R18 94W Source http://www.autos.ca/auto-product-reviews/tire-review-bridgestone-potenza-re-71r/ https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/tire-tech-the-bridgestone-potenza-re-71r-ultra-high-performance-tire/
  24. I just picked up 4 of these for my Evo 8. Really happy with them
  25. The quickest and most powerful Golf to wear the Volkswagen badge, the Golf R hits 0-100kph in 5 seconds flat, thanks to its turbocharged 2L 206kW engine and all-wheel drive grip. Defined by its point and shoot handling, the Golf R is efficient in dispatching corners with tenacious grip. Bridgestone Potenza RE003 adds to the Golf R’s well-judged handling and ride, allowing the driver to indulge in the car’s immense handling, braking and traction. For more information on the Potenza RE003, click HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  26. Different people use their vehicles differently, and that’s why Bendix has a range of brake pads to suit differing driving needs. Whether it’s everyday general driving, off-roading, towing or even the odd track day, Bendix has just the right brake pad to suit. The new Bendix Heavy Duty pads are designed for every ute, van and pick-up on the road. Manufactured using a specifically developed compound, the Heavy Duty delivers real performance for all sorts of load carrying situations. Whether it’s the stop-start city driving, frequent towing or the hard grind of construction sites, the Heavy Duty will handle any situation that involves heavy loads. The Bendix Heavy Duty brake pads come with an exclusive insulation layer between the friction material and backing plate for cooler braking and longer rotor life. The Bendix Blue Titanium Stripe means that no bedding in is required for the Heavy Duty brake pads. Find out more about the Heavy Duty HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  27. We've been very quiet on the forum, mainly because we've been so busy in the workshop! Anyway, some interesting developments are brewing, including new Evo X dog sets, and most exciting for us - new Klingelnberg-cut transfer case crown wheel and pinions. You'll hear about these in the next few weeks, available for Evo 4-6; 7-9 and X. Anyway, a few things we've come across recently. Evo X with peened and polished gears, PAR final drive, and our centre diff upgrade. Evo II with an Albins 5-speed dog box getting ISF micro polished. VR4 viscous couplings getting checked for breakaway torque. Notice the variations of values - all should read the same!
  28. This is part two of a three-part article. For non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads, please see part one, for semi-metallic compounds, please see part three. In part one, non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads were discussed. These brake pads are suitable for a wide range of driving styles, with their low dust, consistent brake performance at relatively low temperatures and speeds. However, when cars regularly travel at higher speeds or require greater performance, brake temperatures rise, and this can cause brake fade, reducing stopping performance. In these situations, brake pads with Low Metallic compounds excel. Low Metallic (Low-Met) brake pads are suited to performance and high speed driving styles, and contain high levels of mineral abrasives to provide better stopping power. The Bendix Ultimate and Street Road & Track contains these ingredients to provide exceptional stopping power and shorter stopping distances. It is also more resistant to brake fade at high temperatures, delivering consistent brake pedal feel lap after hot lap. The Bendix Ultimate and Street Road & Track is recommended for high performance vehicles that do spirited driving or track racing, where braking performance is paramount. Bendix Ultimate brake pads feature HPC technology that reduces brake dust, without compromising stopping performance. Bendix Ultimate and Street Road & Track brake pads also come with Bendix’s proprietary brake shims, featuring a nitrile rubber coating that absorbs noise and vibration under braking. The next article will feature Semi Metallic brake pads suited for, commercial vehicles, utes or cars that often carry heavy loads. The choice of friction material will impact on your braking experience which is why it’s important to match your driving needs and vehicle with the right brake pad formulation. Visit HERE to select and fit the right Bendix brake pad for your driving style. Make sure that at your next brake service, ask your mechanic for the right Bendix brake pads to suit your driving style, or Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockist. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist.
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