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    Why SEMA is a bucket-list must

    I found the best gear to be at the PRI show.
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    Why SEMA is a bucket-list must

    Every year one of the world’s largest aftermarket vehicle trade shows kicks into gear in Las Vegas. While SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association Show) is open for trade only and not the public, if you can get in, it is a must-see for any car enthusiast. Home to thousands of the latest and best bits of car gear going around, the show attracts over 70,000 visitors every year…yes, it’s huge! Because so much new kit is premiered you’ll get a first-in look at SEMA before anyone else. Suppliers put on some of the best shows in the business and there’s literally millions of dollars’ worth of gear and custom hot rods, street and dragsters on display. The show caters for all and any into aftermarket modding. There’s the latest and upcoming products from well-known to small start-up brands such as K&N, Holley, Diablo Sport, Edelbrock, Derale Performance, Moshers, Hamburger’s and Optima. And their bits of exclusive kit is fitted to one-off show cars such as a chrome Nissan GT-Rs, monster trucks, rock-crawling Jeeps, drag cars, jet fuelers, classics, hot rods, muscle cars and more. Needless to say, SEMA shapes up as one of the must see events that any enthusiast should try and see at least once in a lifetime and if you really want to get yourself in there’s a few ways to do so: Become a supplier Have a good idea for a new product? Get to work. SEMA is open for registration to any supplier of parts or goods for vehicles from cars to bikes. And you don’t have to fabricate the world’s most efficient manifold; there’s tens of thousands for suppliers showcasing everything from paint protection to car art. Once you’re up and running you’ll need to apply to SEMA for a seller’s badge and you’re good to go. Work in the industry if you don’t have the time to start up your own business, you’re eligible if you work for one that’s in the automotive industry. As long as you can prove that you should be there, you can apply to attend - even if the company doesn’t have a booth. If you work in the media you might be able to apply for a media pass. Beyond just the cars, SEMA is also a great place for networking and seeing the future direction of the industry. But if you’re just there for the show and can’t get in, you’ll still get to see most of the best cars putting on a display for the general public outside the centre at the end of the week. For more information on the Potenza RE003, click HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  5. As many in the trade know the CX-5 was first vehicle Mazda built entirely without the support of ex-partners Ford, and it’s the first to use Mazda’s new ‘SKYACTIV’ platform. The CX-5 is still a relatively young platform and has only gone through one facelift in 2015 and a new model launch in 2017. With the medium SUV market the largest for new car sales across 2018 and the Mazda CX-5 sales in August reaching 2,599 models sold (the CX-5 was the 5th most purchased vehicle in Australia) and the CX-5 the top selling SUV in 2017 this would be the right time for workshops to start stocking brake pads on the shelf for this high selling vehicle model. 2012- 2017 KE Mazda CX-5- First Generation The Australian production of the Mazda CX-5 was first introduced in 2012 and was available in Maxx, Maxx Sport, Grand Touring and Akera variants. The initial models were available in either a 2.0 gasoline engine or a diesel engine with front wheel drive and all-wheel drive as options (only the 2.0 was available with FWD). Automatic was standard on all wheel drive models (manual was available on the 2.0 gasoline Maxx FWD) The braking system remained the same across the variants making it simple to keep Bendix Brake pads on the shelf. We recommend using the Bendix 4WD/ SUV pad in the Mazda CX-5. Bendix Part Numbers: Front brake pads DB2226 4WD/SUV Bendix 4WD SUV compound Rear brake pads DB2414 4WD/SUV 2015 On - Bendix 4WD SUV compound Rear brake pads DB2227 4WD/SUV 2012 On - Bendix 4WD SUV compound 2017 to present KF Mazda CX-5- Second Generation The second generation CX-5 was unveiled with an overhauled design and new tech at the 2016 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It arrived in Australia in 2017 with updates to the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 gasoline and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engines and a new sharper image. Underneath the braking system remains unchanged and still uses the same brake pad as the first KE generation. About Bendix 4WD SUV brake pads: Bendix 4WD/SUV pads are manufactured for extreme strength and structural integrity utilising the best available technology. Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads are built to withstand heat build-up that comes from frequent braking in heavy city traffic one day and towing or outback driving the next. All 4WD/SUV front pads are grooved which significantly improves performance especially when trekking off road. The groove is used to help expel any water, dust or dirt that comes into contact with the pad which becomes more prevalent when travelling off the beaten track. Find out more about the 4WD SUV click HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
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    Toyota 86 Build

    The White Wolf Toyota 86 Build My name is Brad, and I am really excited to own my Toyota 86 GTS. I fell in love with them when it was first launched in 2012. Over the course of five years, my yearning for them grew and grew. I’d keep up with the latest news and available modifications, and when the circumstances were right, I bought one of the first facelifted models in Australia last year. Top of the range, it came with leather seats, HID headlights, bigger brakes and all the trimmings. I’ll be writing this in a timeline format, as I’ve made a lot of changes with the car through the year I had it. Stage One In the one short year it’s been with me, I’ve never stopped tinkering with the Toyota 86. Within the first few months, my 86 received a Invidia N1 exhaust, Tomei exhaust manifold, Pedders Xtreme coilovers, and Rays 57 XTreme SP wheels. They were the basic ‘must have’ modifications that most car enthusiasts start out with. Immediately the Toyota 86 felt more agile thanks to wider wheels, better tyres and stiffer suspension. The N1 exhaust had really livened things up, with an intoxicating exhaust note every time I prod the throttle. It was then tuned by IXA Battle Garage, which dramatically improved torque throughout the rev-range, thanks to the more efficient Tomei exhaust manifold. Inside, I changed out the plastic rings on the climate controls for blue metal ones, and I mounted a CarJoying head unit that’ll not only play music, but provide gauges for my car’s engine, so I can keep an eye on temperatures and oil pressure. I topped it off with a Rocket Bunny GT Wing, so not only do you hear me coming, you’ll see me going past with that massive spoiler on the rear hatch. Oh, and I had to add aftermarket Valenti tail lights and rear fog lamp set. It is a must do for all Toyota 86 owners. Stage Two Stage one was short lived though. While I loved the noise, attention and the dramatic transformation, I soon got defected for the exhaust and outlandish wing. To clear the defect, I got rid of those, and decided to go with a more subtle approach for stage two. Swapping the noisy N1 for a more subdued MXP Competition RS Ti catback, my ears finally stopped ringing after every drive. To keep the excitement of a noisy exhaust, I had Cosmic Performance add a pop and crackle tune. Every time I get off the throttle after pushing the engine hard, the exhaust will, you guessed it, pop and crackle. I loved hearing that noise, as it’s a sign of a good hard drive. A short shifter kit from IRP was added to improve shift gate action, important in a car where the feel of driving was more important than going fast. The car looked more sedate without the wing, too sedate. In that case, I went with Ewing Concepts to create a custom diffuser and lip kit for me. The front splitter comes with adjustable rods to vary the attack angle. Overall I’m quite satisfied with the looks for now. Stage Three While the 86 made a great noise and goes rather well, I soon needed more firepower under the bonnet. Sydney Motor Engineering provided a complete turbocharger kit that promised 300kW with the right modifications and tuning. Named the Spec R kit (R for Race, I think), it featured a massive GT3076 turbocharger mounted right up front, and came with precise mandrel bent piping and a huge intercooler. To get it running correctly, the stock injectors were replaced with Injector Dynamics 1000cc versions, and the fuel pump replaced with a DeatschWerks DW300C. The MXP exhaust was deemed too restrictive for the turbocharger, so I upgraded to a custom titanium 3in exhaust made by PSI Factory. Parramatta Vehicle Services tuned the car on 98 RON fuel and it made 208kW at the wheels, with a conservative 5lbs of boost. Although finally happy with the power levels, the grip from my tyres weren’t keeping up. As there was a Bridgestone Service Centre up the road from work, I wandered in and asked for recommendations. My Toyota 86 is a daily driver, so I’d need tyres that’ll have decent tread life, yet grips well in dry and well. They recommended the Bridgestone Potenza RE003, a tyre I’ve heard a lot about from my mates, but never had the chance to try out. On my daily commute, I didn’t think too much of them. The RE003s were quiet and comfortable, and there was no increase in ride stiffness. I soon discover why the RE003s are the choice of car enthusiasts once I took it for a good drive on the Old Pacific Highway. The grip was astounding, holding on for life even if I pushed the throttle hard. Even with the extra power, the traction control barely needed to intervene. The steering came alive, and with my modifications, it finally felt like the sports car Toyota should have built from the factory, and then personalised for me. Stage Four? Where to next? I haven’t thought much about this, as I am just starting to enjoy the turbocharger kit and Potenza RE003s. Once I’ve gotten used to the newfound power and handling, I’ll make another decision. Perhaps a change of wheels, or a wide body kit. Before that, I’m planning to take my Toyota 86 on epic drives and maybe a couple of track days, where I can safely unleash all the power! For more information on the Potenza RE003, click HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
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  9. In this edition of Cars of Bendix, we visited 'Last Minute Meet' hosted by Tuned. at Sydney Motorsport Park. Despite the unpredictable weather Sydney have been hit with, a diverse mix of cars still came down for the show and we picked out our favourite 8 cars of this edition's Cars Of Bendix. Follow Bendix on Facebook by clicking HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit:
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    Volkswagen Golf R Mk7.5 Street Build

    Hi, my name is Brad, and welcome to my build thread. As a fan of sleeper cars, the Golf R really appealed to me with its passive aggressive looks, while providing incredible performance and daily useability. I went with the facelifted Mk7.5 as it has the latest features and updated exterior all around, as well as the EA888 engine and MQB chassis. My build focuses on getting the handling and power of the Golf R into supercar territory while keeping every day useability and anonymity. I will also attend a few track days this year as well, so it needs to be reliable as well. Suspension As I work for a suspension specialist, the Golf R’s handling received the first few upgrades shortly after owning it. Bilstein B16 Damptronic coilovers were installed as I wanted something firmer and stiffer for the track. While they are firmer than stock shocks, the ride is still great for everyday usage. The Damptronic feature lets the Golf R keep the factory Dynamic Chassis Control system, allowing me to switch damper settings on the fly or leave it up to the computer. I also set the ride height lower for a more aggressive look, while also lowering the centre of gravity. Alloy front control arms from SuperPro were then fitted to get a more aggressive caster and camber setting on the front, for better steering feedback and front end grip. The rear sway bar was swapped out for a thicker, adjustable H&R version to improve corner turn-in. Tyres With the suspension setup sorted for now, I found the OE tyres couldn’t support the new aggressive camber and caster settings. The sidewalls were too soft, causing unpredictable handling at the limits. It also overheated during track day sessions, resulting in understeer and missed apexes. To remedy this, I ordered a new set of Bridgestone Potenza RE003s, which were highly rated for street/track use. Not surprisingly, the RE003s lived up to their reputation and then some. From the first turn of the steering wheel I could feel the difference. The turn in is immediate, and the traction is abundant. I would brake hard into the corner, nail the apex, and the tricky DSG and turbo motor would rocket the Golf out of the bends, with the RE003s holding it all together. On stock tyres, I could feel the traction control kicking in on corner entry and exit. The RE003 is also very communicative; it’ll let you know about any camber, uneven tarmac, potholes, and how much grip is left. This feedback is provided through the steering wheel, and it makes every drive highly involving. Around town, the RE003s are quiet, and grip brilliantly from cold. It handles the rainy days easily too; all those grooves eject water out of the way very efficiently. Power With handling and traction sorted, it was time to focus on the power side. I had a chance to ride in a high powered Golf R, and that torquey push into the seat was addictive. My turbo was swapped out for an International Autohaus one, and it gulps air via an Eventuri intake. A bigger Milltek dump pipe was fitted to help the turbo expel exhaust gasses quicker, and an APR intercooler was installed kept the charge air nice and cool. Fuel system upgrades were also included to make sure there’s enough juice for the engine. The DSG was tuned to make sure it coped with the newfound power and to shift even faster. With all these parts, it was tuned to 300kW at the wheels. I was ecstatic. The newfound power rush is still as addictive, yet utterly docile in traffic. The all-wheel drive, suspension mods and Bridgestone RE003s ensures all 300kW is transferred on to the road efficiently, without traction loss. Future Mods For now, I’m happy with how the Golf R performs. It’s unassuming when in traffic, but when the road opens up, there’s no other car I would rather be in. The Bridgestone RE003 tied all aspects of the car together; without it I wouldn’t have the traction to fully enjoy the suspension setup and upgraded power. Next, I’ll take the Golf R back to Sydney Motorsport Park, and set a new lap time. After that, I’ll start focusing on cosmetic and functional mods, such as a bigger brake kit, lighter wheels, and some aerodynamic upgrades. For more information on the Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE003, click here Follow Bridgestone on Facebook.
  11. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *The 4th tyre free offer is valid on purchases of four Bridgestone Ecopia, Bridgestone Potenza, Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus or Supercat tyres in one transaction between 01/11/2018 and 30/11/2018 and is redeemable in store. Offer excludes wholesale purchases and all other tyres manufactured or distributed by Bridgestone. Not available with any other offer and while stocks last. +Available on Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres, only at Bridgestone stores. Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  12. It is often said that brake pad manufacture involves more art than science, but this is generally not true. In fact, with more than 2000 materials and substances that are available to brake pad manufacturers, a scientific approach to brake pad manufacture is a requirement and luck can therefore have no part in the formulation of brake pad friction materials. Thus, if you have ever wondered what ingredients, substances, and materials go into the making of modern, high-quality brake pads, this article will answer all the questions you have ever wanted to ask, starting with answering this question: Are Aftermarket Brake Pads just as good as OEM? As with everything else in life, you get what you pay for, but in the case of Bendix brake pads, your customers pay for brake pads that meet, and often exceed OEM specifications in terms of durability, reliability, and smooth, silent operation. In fact, Bendix brake pads include several proprietary technologies such as their Blue Titanium Stripe that eliminates bedding-in, and Stealth Advanced Technology that ensures the optimum pad/rotor contact area to prevent overheating and brake fade in applicable applications. Given the above, it is fair to say that Bendix ranks high among the aftermarket brake pad manufactures that meet, and often exceed OEM brake pad performance levels on a consistent basis, so yes, aftermarket brake pads often outperform OEM brake pads, provided you fit Bendix brake pads to your customers’ vehicles. So, what goes into a Brake Pad? While brake pad manufacturers never publish the exact formulations of their brake friction materials, and are in many jurisdictions not obligated to, this article can only provide an overview of the materials that are most commonly used in brake pad manufacture. Consider the chart below. This chart is the result of diligent research, and it that shows the average percentages of the main categories of materials that are most commonly included in the products of most reputable brake pad manufacturers. As stated elsewhere, brake pad manufactures have a list of more than 2000 substances they can use legally, but since limited space precludes listing all 2000 substances here we will cover only some of the most commonly used materials, and explain what functions these substances have in the overall formulation of brake pad friction materials, starting with- Binders Fibre glass functions both as a binding agent and a structural material, and can comprise between 5% and 25% of the total volume of the friction material, depending on the application Phenolic resins are most commonly derived from cashew nut shells, and functions as both binding agents and performance enhancers. These resins typically account for between 10% and 20% of the total friction material volume, depending on the application Abrasives Mineral fillers derived from quartz or synthesised silicates are used as abrasives to enhance friction, and can account for between 5% and 35% of the total volume. Note that mineral fibres are typically not used in metallic brake pads Oxides of various metals, typically iron oxide and aluminium oxide, function as both abrasives and fillers/binders in metallic and semi-metallic brake pads. Note that it is almost certain that even so-called “organic” brake pads will contain a small percentage of metallic oxides. Depending on the application, oxides of metal can account for up to 70% of the total volume of the friction material Brass filings or chips are used to boost friction in wet conditions. Depending on the application, brass chips can account for up to 5% of the total volume of the friction material Pure carbon fibre is used as both an abrasive and a binder in mostly racing brake pads, although minute quantities of carbon fibre is present in some performance oriented aftermarket brake pads, with the price of the brake pads being a somewhat reliable indicator of how much, or how little carbon fibre is present in the pads. Performance enhancers Cashew resin derived from cashew nut shells is used to resist brake fade, and to reduce, if not eliminate brake squeal. Depending on the application, cashew resin can account for up to 20% of the total volume of the friction material Carbon in various forms exists in most brake pads, and it is commonly used as both a cheap friction booster and/or a lubricant, depending on the application. Carbon can account for up to 30% of the total volume of the friction material Metal sulphides such as copper sulphide, lead sulphide, or antimony sulphide are used to stabilise friction coefficients across a wide range of brake operating temperatures. Depending on the application and the particular sulphide(s) used, sulphides can account for up to about 30% of the total volume of the friction material Calcium hydroxide (lime) is used as a rust inhibitor in both metallic and semi-metallic brake pads “Friction powder” is a generic term that applies to proprietary blends of several (usually unspecified) compounds that all brake pad manufacturers use for a wide variety of purposes and functions. Typically, though, friction powder is used as a flame retardant, friction modifier, lubricant to reduce dust creation, and brake noises. There is no verifiable information available on the average friction powder content of high quality brake friction materials Fillers Fillers such as barium sulphate, potassium titanate, common household steel wool, and rubber derived from recycled tyres are commonly used to bulk up the total volume of a friction material formulation. Although the filler content of brake pads vary widely, these substances are used mainly to increase the wear resistance of brake pads Structural enhancers Mineral-based fibres that are spun from alumina, silica, calcia, magnesia, and vermiculite are commonly used to strengthen the overall structure of brake pads, although these fibres are also used to resist brake fade caused by high brake temperatures. Depending on the application, mineral fibres can account for between 10% and 20% of the total volume of the friction material, but note that mineral fibres are typically not used in metallic brake pads Ceramic materials occur in an enormous variety, and provided that any given brake pad contains actual ceramic material and not common clay, the ceramic component of the pad can fulfil any of the functions any of the other substances listed here, and in some cases, a brake pad can consist of nothing but highly refined ceramic. However, the problem with ceramics is that many brake pad manufactures define the word “ceramic” very loosely, with the result that many semi-metallic and even some organic brake pads are labelled as “ceramic” when in fact, there is no, or very little ceramic materials present in the pads. Copper is commonly used in ceramic brake pads in small percentages to prevent brake fade, but also as a lubricant to reduce brake noise. Note though that since the use of copper in brake friction material has been banned in some jurisdictions, copper may have been replaced in some friction material formulations by hexagonal boron nitride Kevlar in various forms is used in some specialised applications as a friction booster, but there is no verifiable information available regarding other possible uses. Note though that very few, if any brake pad formulations contain more than about 3% Kevlar. At this point, astute readers will have noticed two things; the first being that the number of friction material ingredients listed above represents only a small fraction of the possible total, and the second being that the numbers listed above do not add up to 100%. The latter point is because no brake pad manufacturer will ever list complete lists of ingredients and percentages, but despite this, the items and numbers listed above cover the most ground, which brings us to- Which type of brake pad is the best? While there is no clear, unambiguous answer to this question, reputable brake pad manufacturers like Bendix produce brake pads for specific applications, each of which works better on the application it was designed for than on any other. However, there are five main categories of brake pads, and while choosing the best formulation within each category for a given application is not always easy, it helps to understand that there are few, if any purely metallic, ceramic, semi-metallic, or organic brake pads on the market anywhere in the world. Nonetheless, Bendix produces high quality brake pads in each of these main categories, but it must be understood that given the extensive list of requirements a particular friction material formulation must satisfy, it is common for brake pad manufacturers to mix and match the characteristics and ingredients of two or more categories of brake pads to obtain the best results in a particular application. In fact, it would be fair to say that brake pads should therefore really be marketed as “predominantly ceramic”, “mainly metallic”, “mostly semi-metallic”, or “largely organic”. Having said that though, below are some details of the chief characteristics and advantages of each of the four main brake pad categories- Metallic brake pads Excellent wear resistance, which is their single biggest advantage over other types of brake pad Outperforms most other types of brake pads at high brake temperatures The disadvantage of metallic brake pads is that they are often not compatible with brake rotors on some high-end applications, which could result in severe brake noise and/or rapid wear of both pads and rotors. Semi-metallic pads These pads offer the best possible compromise between wear resistance, performance, and quiet operation Most new vehicles are factory fitted with semi-metallic brake pads, even though they are more expensive than metallic pads and organic pads Most high quality aftermarket brake pads produced by reputable manufacturers are of the semi-metallic variety While semi-metallic brake pads typically do not outperform competing types in any particular area, these pads offer satisfactory performance in all areas, which makes them a great choice for variable driving conditions, with the exception of track racing or other motor sport applications. Organic brake pads Quiet and smooth operation, which is their single biggest advantage Outperforms other types of brake pads at lower brake temperatures, which makes them an excellent choice for city-driving conditions The disadvantages of organic pads include the facts that they are not particularly hardwearing, and that due to their composition they overheat easily, which destroys their ability to withstand brake fade. Ceramic brake pads Ceramic pads offer excellent performance in all the important areas; they outlast all other types of brake pads even under extreme operating conditions, they are quieter and produce less brake dust than all other types of brake pads, and they offer the best performance over the widest range of brake temperatures and operating conditions However, both pure ceramic and semi-metallic brake pads that contain significant amounts of ceramic are the most expensive categories of brake pads for all applications, which makes them unattractive options for customers on budgets. Film transfer brake pads These are specialised brake pads in which the formulation of the friction material is designed to transfer some of the friction material to the rotor in the form of a thin film. In practice, these pads do not act on the rotating rotor directly; instead, the thin coating of friction material that was deposited onto the rotor forms a barrier between the pad surface and the rotor surface, but since the film and the pad consist of the same material, braking action is greatly increased. This characteristic makes this type of pad an excellent choice for drivers who do a lot of towing, or who participate in motor sports that place high, if not extreme demands on brake components. However, the biggest disadvantages of film transfer pads are that very specific bedding-in procedures must be followed and that very high brake temperatures are required for the transfer of friction material to take place. As a practical matter though, since the required temperatures are seldom, if ever reached during normal driving, film transfer brake pads are not recommended for normal street use. Conclusion From the above, it should be obvious that there is no single “best” brake pad that will satisfy all the requirements of all applications under all possible operating conditions. Nonetheless, brake pads are life-and-limb components on any vehicle, and as such, it is incumbent on us as experienced technicians not only to learn as much about brake pads as we can, but also to be aware of both the characteristics and limitations of the various types of brake pads. More information about brake pads in general, and specific recommendations for various applications in particular, is available at To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: Follow Bendix on Facebook by clicking HERE.
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    5 Most Iconic Muscle Cars

    Fast, loud, some might even say brutish, but there’s something about the classic muscle car that strikes a chord in the hearts of so many revheads. And while the days of a big V8 engine might be numbered, these classic muscle cars have stood the test of time, proving themselves some of the most iconic. 1. 1967 Ford XR Falcon GT The XR Falcon GT was the first model GT Falcon and also the first Falcon to win at Bathurst. It effectively replaced the Ford Cortina GT500s in the 1960s when they were no longer eligible to race. Developed by Ford but with input from the police force which required a new pursuit vehicle, the XR GT was powered by a 289 cubic inch small-block V8 topped with a four-barrel carby that produced 168kW and was mated to a close-ratio four-speed transmission. It was a little cracker of a motor. Available only in bronze-gold paint, the XR GT also gained some extra gear such as improved suspension, lower ride height, Stewart-Warner gauges and some other interior bits. Only 596 were built, and it’s one of Australia's most iconic classic muscle cars. 2. 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 The Holden HK Monaro was a big success and so Holden kept on going in the same guise with the HT Monaro. But the 327ci V8 of the HK was replaced with a larger and more powerful 223kW 350ci V8 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. It enjoyed racing success but was the last Monaro to race at Bathurst before the Holden Torana took to the grid. The 350 GTS differentiated itself with racing stripes, different alloys and bonnet scoops. HT Monaro fans that wanted a self-shifter could rely on GM’s venerable 2-speed Powerglide. 3. 1972 Chrysler VH Charger E49 To the uninitiated, the Chrysler Valiant Charger might not strike fear in to the heart. Unlike its Ford and Holden rivals with their burbling V8 engines, the Chrysler relied on a stove-hot six pack – so hot, in fact, that it was the quickest of the lot and a fierce competitor on the track. The VH Charger came with a ‘Six Pack’ triple Weber carburettor manifold fitted to its 265 cubic inch straight six motor. It was matched to a 4-speed manual rather than 3-speed which hindered the earlier 1971 E38 Charger. Producing a powerful 225kW of power and 434Nm of torque, it was capable of accelerating 0-100km/h in 6.1sec and running the quarter mile in almost 14sec flat. It was the fastest Australian muscle car for many years. 4. 2002 Tickford T3 TE50 In the late 1990s Ford Tickford’s counterpart, Holden Special Vehicles was winning the big engine race. At the time, compared to Ford's 5.0-litre V8, HSV had a larger and more powerful 5.7-litre LS1 to play with. So, keeping up with the Joneses, Tickford lengthened the stroke of the Windsor donk and increased capacity from 5.0 to 5.6-litres. The bigger engine produced 250kW at 5,250rpm and 500Nm at 4,250rpm and was mated to a Tremec five-speed manual transmission. It was good for 0-100km/h in 5.9sec, but most of all it is one of the best sounding V8s ever fitted to an Aussie muscle car. Other inclusions for the TE50 included a body kit and extra features inside, but it was the engine that stole the show for this Blue Oval. 5. 2017 HSV GTSR W1 Priced at $169,990 new, the W1 is not only the most expensive muscle car on this list but also the most powerful and sophisticated bits of automotive engineering ever to be produced Down Under. Shoehorned into the front via myriad modifications is a Corvette-sourced LS9 producing 474kW and 815Nm of power. It’s the most powerful Aussie muscle car ever and it rockets 0-100km/h in 4.2sec and completes the quarter mile in just 12.1sec - a fair improvement on the 14.4sec record set by the E49 Charger in 1972. The GTSR W1 is also fitted and developed with many other bespoke bits and pieces but only 300 will be built. What do you think, are there more deserving muscle cars that should have been on the list? Let us know in the comments below, or jump in on the thread on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  16. Australian consumers choose Bridgestone Select for car servicing Independent consumer comparison and review website, Canstar Blue has ranked Bridgestone Select as joint number one in its annual Most Satisfied Customers - Car Servicing category. The Most Satisfied Customers ranking sees hundreds of everyday motorists surveyed, ranking their experience at car servicing providers throughout Australia across a number of areas: time taken, cost of parts, customer service, value for money, quality of car servicing, effectiveness of repairs, and overall satisfaction. Bridgestone Select achieved joint top position with five stars in overall satisfaction and all but two of the criteria, with Canstar Blue awarding the network the title of 2018 Most Satisfied Customers - Car Servicing. “Customer satisfaction is the core of our Bridgestone Select model, and we’re delighted that our customers are driving away feeling like we have delivered on our promise of good customer service, fair pricing and convenience,” said Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Stephen Roche. Bridgestone Select launched its Auto Service offering in 2009 and has since seen 166 of its stores add car servicing and mechanical repairs to their extensive range of services. According to Canstar Blue editor, Simon Downes, it’s proven a winner with customers. “Quality repairs, sound advice and fair prices – that’s ultimately what consumers want when they take their vehicle for a service. Our research is designed to provide a high-level guide to which car servicing chains are doing things right by their customers, and this year Bridgestone Select is one of them,” Mr Downes said. “Car servicing chains rely on repeat business, and to earn it they need to earn the trust of their customers. Bridgestone Select has performed very well in our latest review which is a good sign that the majority of motorists driving away from its centres do so happy that they got a fair deal.” Bridgestone Select was also the Gold Winner of the 2018 Readers Digest Quality Service Awards in the tyre retailer category. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  17. Buy 3 tyres and get the 4th FREE* Available on Firestone or Supercat car, SUV or light van tyres. Get 4 Firestone car tyres from $267. Based on RRP of 175/65R14 Get 4 Firestone SUV tyres from $417. Based on RRP of 215/65R16 Get 4 Firestone light van tyres from $285. Based on RRP of 185R14C Get 4 Supercat car tyres from $216. Based on RRP of 175/70R13 Get 4 Supercat SUV tyres from $345. Based on RRP of 205/70R15 Get 4 Supercat light van tyres from $279. Based on RRP of 185R14C Get $100 cash back# Get 4 Dueler 4X4 tyres from $600. Based on RRP of 205/70R15LT Get 4 Alenza SUV tyres from $640. Based on RRP of 215/65R16 Promotion is valid from 01/10/2018 to 31/10/2018. *The 4th tyre free offer is valid on purchase of four Firestone or Supercat tyres in one transaction. ^The $100 cash back offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Dueler or Alenza tyres in one transaction. Discount to be given off invoice and is not redeemable for cash. All offers valid between 01/10/2018 and 31/10/2018 and are redeemable in store. Offers exclude government, fleet and wholesale purchases and all other tyres manufactured or distributed by Bridgestone. Not available with any other offer and while stocks last Full terms and conditions here. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. Get the full terms and conditions here LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  18. At Bendix, we believe it’s important to provide quality educational material for those in the automotive trade. Take the poster below for instance. Pictured is a detailed diagram of a car’s entire braking system, showcasing each component. This poster was designed to give a greater understanding on how each part works together to create a car’s braking system and to do this, the diagram had to be as detailed and accurate as possible. To do this, we asked our agency for a hand and here’s the back story to end result. What’s the best way to create a diagram as accurate as possible? Not by conjuring it up from scratch on a computer, but by grabbing it straight from the source. To create the diagram, the first step was to grab every single braking component there is in a car. One trip to the wreckers later and we had everything we needed thanks to one Mazda 6 donor car. The next step was to rebuild the brake system in the same layout that it would sit inside a car. To do this, measurements were taken from the Mazda 6 were taken and a rig was made up out of wood to simulate the chassis of a car. The rig was built complete with wheels so it could be moved around with ease and painted white to make the editing component of the project just that little bit easier. With the rig built, it was time to piece the brake system back together. Each component had to be placed in a certain way so that the end result simulated a floating invisible car with nothing but its braking system exposed. Countless Mazda 6 diagrams were consulted to ensure that what was being built was as accurate as possible. A few hours of hammering and spannering later and we were left with this. With all the hard work done, all that was left was the photography and editing stage of the project. The rig was wheeled into and all-white studio and a number of snaps of it were taken of it all kinds of angles to showcase the braking system. Once all the photos were taken, they went straight into the editing suite for some touching up. All the white was blended together to make it seem as though the braking system is situated in mid-air and here’s the final result. With all the photos of the complete braking system taken, all that was left was to take photos of each component close-up for use in educational content. This was a matter of photographing each component and erasing the rest of braking system around it in the editing suite. Take this brake booster, pedal and fluid reservoir for instance. And there you have it! You wouldn’t believe the amount of work that goes into something as seemingly simple as an educational poster, but the end result is worth it to provide educational material that’s as detailed and technically accurate as possible. For more information on Bendix brakes, cleaners and other ancillary solutions, click HERE. To follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and news, click HERE.
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    6 Ways Your Car Can Fail You

    Don’t let me down This article is about six ways your car can fail you although, it could be seen as six ways you might fail your car. That’s because failure is often a two-way street, and it’s usually the things we don’t do to maintain our vehicles that causes them to pack-up on us. 1. Try and be genuine Buying cheap, basement bin replacement parts will save you money. However, this is very much a case of “you get what you pay for". Try and stick to genuine or quality brands you can trust. Otherwise, get advice from a reliable mechanic. Remember, the labour to replace some car parts can cost more than the part itself, so do it right the first time. 2. Electrical gremlins Modern cars have a road map of wiring. They bristle with new electronic technologies and sensors that make driving safer and enjoyable. They control everything from your smartphone connectivity, safety systems, fuel delivery systems to engine operation. On-board diagnostics and new service technology have made it much easier to find problems however, an electrical hitch can bring your car to a halt. 3. Suspect suspension The thing with suspension failure is most of us let it go on until it becomes too bad to ignore. The banging sounds, the rough ride and bouncing out of every pothole isn’t just annoying – it’s also dangerous. Replacing broken shock absorbers, suspension bushes and drop links is crucial, as they’re designed to help keep your tyres firmly planted on the road. 4. Engine troubles You can spot engine troubles. It’s usually the car on the side of the freeway with the hood up. That's because engine problems can bring a car to a dead stop if not seen to. Low engine oil, broken hoses and timing belts and leaking radiator coolant can result in an instant heart attack for your car. 5. Brakes don’t fail me now Just the mention of brake failure is frightening. And, most of the time it’s failure on the car owner’s behalf. If you live in the city or where there are lots of hills, your brake pads will wear out more than any other part of your car - especially the front pair. Damaged rotor disks, worn pads and loss of hydraulic brake fluid pressure all can contribute to a massive fail. 6. Get a grip Driving on worn tyres places you and everyone else on the road at risk. Tyres should be replaced if you've clocked up a lot kilometres and your tyre tread is wearing down. The minimum legal tread depth of 1.5mm means no part of the tread across the tyre can be shallower than this. Even when your tyre tread depth reaches just 3mm your wet grip is dramatically reduced. Some simple tyre maintenance tips: Check tread depth Use our simple 20 cent coin test to check on your tyres’ tread. Learn this easy life hack here with just a 20 cent coin. Check tyre appearance Inspect each of the tyres and make sure there aren’t any cuts, tears or bulges on any of them, or that there’s no significant cracking of the rubber in the tread grooves. Check pressure Your tyre pressure is essential to keeping you safe. Look inside the driver’s door or inside the petrol cap for your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure. Rotate for even wear One of the best ways you can look after your tyres is by rotating them regularly, about every 5000km even if there is no sign of uneven wear. Replace with premium tyres Budget tyres tend to have similar looking tread patterns to the premium options however, other comparisons soon fall short. Premium tyres like Bridgestone are formulated with quality rubber compounds and developed with durable, long-lasting materials. Tread patterns are rigorously tested in research centres, which replicate all driving conditions and trialled extensively in real world applications. Even though good quality tyres may cost more initially, they’ll last longer and more importantly, provide safer motoring for you and your family. If there’s any question about the roadworthiness of your tyres, please consult an expert at your local Bridgestone Tyre Store. It’s all about safety It’s easy to lose sight of the simple truth that tyres are one of the most critical safety features of your car and provide a safer drive for you and your family. See why safety is at the heart of everything we do here. Had any major car failures as of late? Share them with us and let us know in the comments below so we can help others avoid the same experience, or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
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    Australian Driving Distances

    The long open road From Perth, (one of the most isolated cities in the world) you can drive north to Broome, some 2300km on basically one road. For some comparison, the UK from top to bottom is 967km. Or if you're competing in the biennial Bridgestone World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide, you'll cover 3,000km and only manage to cross one border, a fact that staggers international competitors. Our roads are some of the longest in the world connecting distant capital cities, clustered around the coastal outer crust. Our sprawling suburbs are the result of families chasing the great Australian dream of a house on a plot of land and the pressure of housing affordability. These factors have made us very much a land of car people, measuring travel by hours and not distance. However, we love nothing more than to get away and drive to destinations where there are even more wide-open spaces. And along these roads you’ll encounter sights that are unique to Australia. Animals Kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, emus, camels, deer, sheep, snakes, giant lizards and a few other smaller marsupials: these are all the animals you can find sharing the road and which you don't want to hit or run over. In some states, like WA, they recommend no driving before 7am on outback roads to avoid Kangaroos. Road trains Road trains are amazing and intimidating to come across. They can be over 50 metres long, weigh 145 tonnes and travel at 100km/h. They are usually found in the outback servicing mines, ports or isolated towns. If you come across one, give them plenty of space and give yourself plenty of road ahead to overtake. Nothingness The escapism and feeling of space is what many drivers like about getting away. Driving for hours along a vast flat landscape, under an endless blue sky, feels like you have entered another dimension. The experience can be calming and mind opening. It certainly has the affect of making the problems of the big city fade away. To keep that positivity of a safe road trip, here are some tips for travelling long distances. Plan your journey: Well before you leave, take time to know where you’re heading. Plan to rest every two hours and give yourself plenty of time to stop to eat and stretch your legs. Try and arrive in towns before dark and plan to only drive 8 to 10 hours a day. Buy snacks: It can be a long time between service stations and towns, so keep extra water and snacks in the car for the road trip. Wildlife: Keep an eye out for wildlife especially at dawn and dusk. Slow down (if safe to do so) and beep your horn to alert an animal, and try and only drive in the day. Fix it: If there are any mechanical repairs you’ve been putting off, now’s the time to have them fixed. Make sure your car is ready for the trip, by booking it in for a service before you leave. Fluid levels: Check brake, coolant, engine oil, clutch, automatic transmission, power steering. If any of these run too low it can make a road trip end before it starts. Coolant hoses: Ensure your hoses are in good condition and secure, with no coolant leaking. Check where they're joined onto parts and make sure they're tight. Belts: All belts should be in good condition and tension checked. Look for tears or loosening of belts. A broken belt will seize up your engine and the trip. Tyre pressure: Ensure your tyres including the spare are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s specification for your journey. An under or overinflated tyre can affect comfort, control and fuel economy. All-important tyres: Check the wear and condition of your tyres - look for any cracks, bulges in the sidewall or tears. Make sure there is sufficient tread. Use our simple 20 cent coin check Learn this easy life hack here. If there’s any question about the roadworthiness of your tyres, please consult an expert at your local Bridgestone Tyre Store. It’s all about safety It’s easy to lose sight of the simple truth that tyres are one of the most critical safety features of your car and provide safer motoring for you and your family. Especially when you’re driving for hours or days on a road trip, basically living in your car as it travels at high speeds. See why safety is at the heart of everything we do here. Tell us about your road trip adventures. Any tips to keep the journey safe? Let us know in the comments below, or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  21. At Bendix, countless man hours go into the research and development of our brake pads to make sure that they suit your specific driving styles and perform to our high standards. We test them to the most extreme tolerances to make sure that they’ll withstand whatever you throw at them, and then some. To give you a deeper look at what goes into the research and development stage, we headed down to our Product Engineering Centre in Ballarat, Victoria and spoke to the brains of the operation, Bendix’s Head of Engineering, Andrew French. Research & Development The first phase of the process is developing the compounds that make up each brake pad. Each compound is developed according to various customer needs, from those who simply drive their cars around town, to more extreme use on the race track. Our formulations are developed right in our Product Engineering Centre, where the brake pads are then made and tested. The whole process happens in-house thanks to a wide variety of development, mixing, pressing, manufacturing and testing equipment. Both international and in-house procedures and guidelines are used to validate our materials and ensure that our brake pads are safe once installed. They then undergo extensive lab testing both on hub dynamometers and on vehicles. Our range of Bendix brake pads are catered to suit a wide range of driving styles, and of course, each brake pad type is developed differently to cater for your driving needs. General CT The General CT is the bedrock of Bendix’s brake pad range. But they aren’t just your standard OEM spec replacement brake pad. They provide improved quietness and smoothness across a wide range of operating conditions, whilst also delivering low dust and consistent pedal feel. One feature that helps the General CT stand out of the crowd is our specially developed Blue Titanium Stripe. This feature acts as an intermediate layer between the brake pad and the rotor and does away with the standard bedding-in process, providing maximum friction and pedal feel right out of the box. Noise, cleanliness and wear are all tested in-house using dynamometers. These tests are then validating with extensive in-field testing. 4WD/SUV Our 4WD/SUV brake pads cater for the avid adventurer, providing rugged and reliable performance in the most extreme off-road conditons. But we also understand, that most off-roaders also spend a lot of their time driving in urban conditions, so our 4WD/SUV brake pads deliver outstanding braking performance both on and off the road. To formulate our 4WD/SUV brake pads, we’ve taken General CT type manners and combined that with Heavy Duty performance for when its time to hit the rough stuff. Ceramic bases are used for our 4WD/SUV brake pads. There’s a wide variety of 4WD type bases available to suit a wide range of 4WDs, so it’s just a matter of selecting the appropriate base for the appropriate vehicle. The result is a brake pad that offers low dust, low noise and effective performance. Heavy Duty Our Heavy Duty brake pads cater for vans, trucks, utes and other load-carrying vehicles. These workhorses operate under higher load and temperatures compared to your average road car, and thus have very specific needs when it comes to brakes. The Heavy Duty brake pad is specially formulated to withstand the high temperatures and loads that these workhorses operate under whilst still providing consistent performance. Ceramic materials wear excessively in high heat applications, so a material with a high metallic content was needed for the Heavy Duty brake pad. This ensures that performance and wear life is maintained under heavy load conditions. The Heavy Duty isn’t just for trade vehicles either. The Heavy Duty brake pad is also available for most cars for when you need just that amount of performance over the GCT, such as when you’re towing a trailer. Euro+ It can be tricky finding the right parts for European cars, and this includes brake pads. Luckily, the Bendix Euro+ brake pads have been developed to meet and exceed OEM and European Union’s ECE Regulation 90 rules. ECE Regulation 90 rules stipulate that our brake pads need a plus or minus 15% performance against that of the OEM item. To cater for such a wide range of vehicles, Bendix selects the right formulations to suit each vehicle. On top of that, we include all the hardware, such as sensors, required for that specific vehicle to ensure easy, stress-free installation. Our sensors are based on OEM designs and tested for correct fitment for each and every application. Compared to traditional European brake pads, which are known for higher dust levels, our Euro+ formula provides low dust, similar to our GCT. Ultimate and Street Road Track Developed especially for the car enthusiast, Bendix Ultimate and Street Road Track brake pads are perfect for those that like to push their cars hard. Developed specifically for performance applications, they maintain high levels of performance across all conditions and resist brake fade at higher temperatures. Because of this, testing for our high performance brake pads is different to the testing that our GCT brake pads see. Along with standard strength testing, our Ultimate and SRT brake pads are tested under track conditions, both on the dyno and on the track. Brake components for Commercial Vehicles Bendix also manufactures brake pads, brake shoe kits and brake linings for commercial vehicles such as long haul trucks, trailers and buses. To formulate these products, we’ve applied our learnings from out passenger car brake pad research and development and added material for improved strength and wear life to account for the kind of use that these commercial vehicles see. These commercial items see dyno testing and extensive field testing with fleet operators around Australia. This gives us feedback on a variety of real world conditons. Our research and development trickles down into our other brake products and accessories such as our Ceramasil Brake Lubricant, brake cleaner, shims, sensors and clips. All of our brake products are developed and tested for each and every application to ensure long lasting, reliable performance. For more information on Bendix brakes, cleaners and other ancillary solutions, click HERE. To follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and news, click HERE.
  22. We visited Cars Under the Stars for this month’s Cars Of Bendix. A monthly event that caters to lovers of old-school metal, the meet was packed to the brim with immaculate muscle and classic cars from all sorts of eras. Experience this blast from the past with our August 2018 edition of Cars of Bendix! Joe’s V8 Volkswagen Beetle Joe’s Volkswagen Beetle is certainly one unique build, as you can plainly see, with seemingly no bolt untouched. The first thing you notice is that the little Beetle’s layout has been drastically changed. Off the factory line, these old Beetles came equipped with a flat-four mounted in the rear. Now that’s all fine and well, but Joe decided that that didn’t suit a hot rodder such as himself. His solution? Move the powerplant to the front and replace it with a 410cin Chevy V8. This alone makes it one of the most unique Beetle’s in existence, but Joe didn’t stop there. Joe added a few race-inspired touches with a big GT wing along with some nicely-bolstered bucket seats and a roll cage. As for the bodywork, the devil’s certainly in the details. Along with that beautiful paintjob, Joe’s widened the fenders, and added a front grill and bonnet vents, giving the Beetle a much more aggressive face – as if it wasn’t menacing enough with that enormous blower hanging out of the bonnet. Classic Cruisers’ 1964 Hot Rod Bus We can’t think of a better way to cruise to your next formal event than in Classic Cruisers’ Hot Rod Bus! As you can plainly see, this ain’t your everyday school bus. Absolutely oozing style inside and out, this unique Hot Rod Bus is a favourite amongst Classic Cruisers’ customers. Completely decked out inside with a mega sound system, bars, mood lights and even a dance pole the Hot Rod Bus is essentially a modern limo inside that classic 1964 bus. But our favourite part? Under the bonnet lies a supercharged 427 V8 singing to the tune of 630hp, so it’s not all about low and slow cruising. Luke’s Holden Commodore VL Owner and operator at LS Autoworks, Luke certainly knows his way around the revered GM powerplant. Just one of Luke’s pride and joys, this genuine Holden VL Calais is a perfect example of just what Luke and his shop are capable of. Under the bonnet of the mint VL body lies a turbocharged LS3 fully rebuilt with forged rods and pistons. That monster powerplant gets the fuel it needs thanks to a Holley EFI system and AFI fuel cell. The result is a healthy 850hp at the wheels before the dyno topped out, so you can expect that this beast is capable of a whole lot more. Power is sent to the ground thanks to a race Turbo 400 transmission and a 3.45 ratio Borgwarner diff equipped with a Truetrac centre. Surprisingly, Luke’s also has a fondness for little Honda 4-bangers, something usually unheard of in the world of V8. Luke’s shop is also responsible for the world’s fastest FWD Honda CRX, which we’re certainly looking forward to seeing in the future. 1969 XW Ford Falcon GT When it comes to Australian motorsport legends, the Falcon GT is one of the first that springs to mind. The Falcon GT dominated the Aussie racing scene for years and thus, cemented its place not only in the history books, but in the hearts of Aussie car enthusiasts for years to come. These days, they fetch big money and it’s easy to see why. This particular XW Falcon GT was built as somewhat of a tribute to the Falcon GT race cars of old with subtle touches like the black steel wheels and checkered vinyl scatter in the car. Coated in Brambles red and in absolutely mint condition, the XW GT was certainly a favourite. Ford Model T Hod Rod Looking like it rolled straight of the set of Grease, this Ford Model T was an absolute blast from the past. A sight to behold, this Model T featured beautifully finished airbrushed flame graphics, completely chromed-out engine bay and under-body neon lights. This Model T was far from all show and no go, a fact made evident by the supercharger and enormous blower topping that V8 powerplant. Much more than a nostalgic cruiser, you wouldn’t wanna see this thing rolling up in your rear view! Roy’s 1923 Ford T-Bucket Another throwback to the golden age of hot-rodding, Roy’s 1923 Ford T-Bucket certainly caught our attention. Having been Roy’s pride and joy for more than 10 years, Roy’s kept the hod-rodding spirit alive, bringing his beast to as many shows as possible. As you could probably tell by looking at that beautiful exposed engine bay, Roy’s T-Bucket is packing some serious grunt. With 355 V8 stroked to 359cin and boosted by a supercharger, this Ford T-Bucket puts out an impressive 650hp. Weighing in at only 900kg, that’s more than enough to smoke almost anything else on the road that’s a whole lot newer. 1969 Madza R100 If there’s anything that we can’t get enough of, it’s old-school rotarys, and in a sea of RX3s and RX7s, this gorgeous Mazda R100 was one of the best we’ve seen. Going for an all black theme all-round from the immaculate paintwork, enormous Simmons wheels and even the black front-mount intercooler, this R100 looked positively menacing. Rolling past with that familiar rotary buzz, this little Mazda put all the big V8s on notice. Luke’s Holden Torana If you consider yourself an Aussie muscle aficionado, then you know just how valuable a genuine GTR Torana is. Michael certainly hit the jackpot, scoring such a rare ride. Not satisfied with cruising around in original form however, Michael took it just that extra bit further, as you can probably tell from the fat rubber and those hinting number plates. Much more than some pampered garage queen, Michael’s Torana was built to tear it up on the quarter mile. With a tubbed rear to accommodate those enormous rear treads and a 2 speed Powerglide transmission, the little Torana puts its power down to the tarmac with ease. Speaking of power, Michael’s Torana has it in spades, pumping out a gargantuan 1000hp from its small block Chevy V8 with the aid of the ol’ happy gas. Don’t let the plates fool you, this Torana is actually capable of cracking the 8 second bracket! Follow Bendix on Facebook by clicking HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit:
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    6 Greatest Engines on Sale Today

    What makes a great engine? Is it power alone, or something more? It’s not just the growl of a V8, or the force of a turbo. There’s something else about the best powerplants on the market, they have their own discernible personality. Bringing together power and personality, here are our 6 greatest engines on sale today. 1. General Motors 6.2 litre V8 supercharged LS9 engine General Motors’ flagship engine, the LS9 features in the brand’s most powerful and capable Corvette, the ZR1. But it also finds a home down under in Australia’s most powerful production vehicle the HSV GTSR W1. Built by hand in the states at GM’s Wixom, Michigan plant, the big V8 features a raft of special components such as forged titanium valves and conrods that help it handle a huge output of 474kW of power and 815Nm of torque at a roaring 6600rpm. 2. Mercedes-AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine Introduced almost 5 years ago, this four-pot is one of the world’s most powerful engines per litre. Producing 265kW of power and 450Nm of torque it catapults to a screaming redline of 6000rpm. Featured in smaller Mercedes-AMG cars such as the A-Class, CLA-Class, and GLA-Class, it has won engine of the year awards multiple times. But Mercedes-AMG isn't done yet and has tipped that it’s updated four-cylinder to be featured in the next generation A-Class will produce over 300kW. 3. Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine Voted international engine of the year six times in a row, Audi’s rambunctious five-pot screamer harks back to the company's 1980’s rally roots when its first five-cylinder turbo dominated on the gravel. Now featuring in its current RS3 and TT RS models, it produces a big 294kW of power and 480Nm of torque, but its charm is in its sound, which only a five-cylinder can achieve when pushed to 7000rpm. 4. Ferrari 6.5-litre V12 engine In this age of forced induction engines which seem almost mandatory in supercars, Ferrari has kept alive the beauty and ferocity of the naturally aspirated V12 engine in the 812 Superfast. Producing an absolutely belting 588kW at 8500rpm and 718Nm of torque, the Superfast is catapulted by its engine from 0-100km/h in just 2.9sec and reaches a top speed of 340km/h. Although interested punters have already missed out, with all Ferrari 812 Superfasts already sold out. 5. Porsche 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine Porsche’s latest naturally aspirated flat-six fitted the 911 GT3 increases capacity from 3.8 to 4.0-litre and it’s the best sounding six getting around. The sound and feeling it produces at its 9000rpm redline is absolutely eye watering. Power is delivered at an intense rate of knots, with 368kW at 8250rpm and 460Nm at 6000rpm... It’s not for the faint hearted. 6. Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre V8 turbocharged engine Mercedes-AMG’s devastatingly powerful V8 produces some of the meanest sounds of any and it’s hard to explain just how good this thing sounds. Beyond its harmonics is 450kW at 6500 and 850Nm of rubber melting torque from just 2500rpm. It’s a stunning engine that requires a lot of cojones to fully unleash. What do you think, have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below or on the Bridgestone Australia Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  24. Get $100 Cash Back on selected Tyres. Offer valid between 01/09/2018 and 30/09/2018 Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. The $100 cash back offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Potenza, Dueler or Alenza tyres in one transaction. Discount to be given off invoice and is not redeemable for cash. Offers exclude government, fleet and wholesale purchases and all other tyres manufactured or distributed by Bridgestone. Not available with any other offer and while stocks last Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  25. This months special is Buy 3 and get the 4th Tyre for free. Offer valid between 01/09/2018 and 30/09/2018 Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. The 4th tyre free offer is valid on purchase of four Firestone tyres in one transaction. Offers exclude government, fleet and wholesale purchases and all other tyres manufactured or distributed by Bridgestone. Not available with any other offer and while stocks last Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  26. Hi Chris, it says I've used 171% of my mailbox storage? How is this even possible? Don't want to delete them all as there's a bunch to go through and perhaps save,  if this is some kind of software database glitch are you able to help please? 

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    2. EvocentriK


      Hi mate, nope not fixed, says my message cap is 1000 and I have 1713 messages (171% of storage). I've got to do a clean up, but it should be impossible to get to 171% of my storage?

    3. weightless7


      So it was to do with (what our forums software provider said) was a group change, from one where you had a lot more allowance than your current group. Your current group allowance they made unlimited. So not sure why it still says that percent, it’s tied into forums upgrades, recent or in the near past,  but your members group is unlimited for sure...

    4. EvocentriK


      Nope, cannot send messages as I get the "Your inbox is full. You must delete some messages before you can send any more" message when I click on the message icon. Nevermind, thanks for trying. 

  27. We have attended possibly the last Meet and Eat at Sydney Dragway. While the cold weather have turned down the attendance a bit, we did spot some very clean and cool cars rolling about. Without much ado, here’s Cars of Bendix July 2018! Dayday’s Lexus LS430 There should be an award for the first dude to have three Cars of Bendix feature. We don’t at the moment, but we really should. Dayday’s next car building adventure swings wildly from loud, fast, bagged BMWs to loud, slow, bagged Lexys. For his latest project, he picked the big boy LS430 and pimped it all out, Yakuza style. This VIP styling isn’t new, but we definitely haven’t seen it get executed this well for a long time now. The big black sedan hunches menacingly over 19in Leon Hardiritts wheels, thanks to air suspension. Supreme labelled calipers on the front because Dayday keeps up with fashion. Premium Junction Produce parts are found all over the car; the neck pillows, table trays, maple wood panelling on the door pillars. The big V8 upfront has had a new exhaust system fitted, to get rid of the 8 silencers Lexus deemed fit to choke it with. As a result, it sounds bloody good just rolling about. Dayday has more plans for it, and unveil the final build at Hot Import Nights this year. We can’t wait! Nick’s Toyota 86 A next level Toyota 86 appeared at the Meet and Eat. Decked out in Varis Arising II kit and INGS fenders, the aggressive kit caught the eyes of everyone it rolled past. We got Nick to tell us more about the car, and we were impressed. Pop the bonnet and positioned front and centre was a HKS V3 supercharger kit. Fueled by 1000cc ID injectors, Walbro high flow fuel pumps, and breathing through an SME 4-1 headers, Blitz front pipe ad Fujitsubo Authorize R exhausts, the FA20 now makes 250kW on E85 fuel. A HKS Light Action clutch ensures all that extra power makes it to the rear wheels, driving through carbon fibre shafts rated to 600hp. The 86’s brilliant handling is enhanced further with Tein coilovers, Cusco sway bars, and wide meaty Ray 57 Xtremes shod in AD08Rs. Omar’s Audi S3 Omar and his pride and joy has been attending heaps of meets, making new friends and showing off his latest mods. We stumbled across his S3; from a distance it looked like every other understated uberhatch, but get in close and you’ll see Omar’s handiwork. The 2010 S3 has been given a stage 1 tune, pushing power up to 280hp. The Audi’s voice is heard via the twin pipes of an Akropvoic exhaust. Massive 2018 Mercedes C63 AMG wheels fill the arches, and we assumed this was won off some poor dude who lost a traffic light race. All around the car, lashings of carbon fibre break the black paint, providing a racecar texture. The rear diffuser added just enough aggression to let you know who is really ahead. Noah’s Subaru Forester Standing out in the crowd is Noah’s Subaru Forester, wrapped in Japanese animation (also known as anime), lowered on Tein coilovers, and massive mesh wheels. Noah calls his car the “Fozurai”, showing off his love for anime while incorporating his interest in cars. Inspired by similarly modified ‘itasha’ cars in Japan while browsing Youtube, Noah set out to transformed his Forester. A nod to other aspects of JDM car culture is the OEM+ Forester STi front bumper, canards, the Futo knot, usually found on VIP luxury cars. USDM influences are also abound, with roof racks, a roof basket and slap stickers around the car. To him, it’s the ultimate in self-expression and a great combination of two subjects he loves. Hernando’s Holden Kingswood Hernando breaks all stereotypes of being a Holden owner, much less a lovingly retro-modified HJ Kingswood owner. First off, the venerable man had a Nissan GTR 32 featured before. After going all out with custom midnight purple paint and a few choice performance pieces, he turned his attention to procuring a true Aussie cruiser bruiser. The 1974 Kingswood isn’t a true HZ GTS, but it has all the trimmings of one. Painted in stunning Atlantis blue, the show condition exterior hides a brawny Chevrolet 383 stroked V8 under the reverse cowl bonnet and Monaro front end. The bay has been shaved and tucked; so clean you could eat off it. There’s a built Turbo 700 to take the power and send it to the tough 9in Ford diff at the rear. The inside has been updated to original GTS specs, in absolutely mint condition, so Hernando can cruise in comfort and snap necks wherever he goes. Jonny’s Toyota Landcruiser It’s a show car legend; an impossibly slammed 100 series Toyota Land Cruiser. If you’ve seen a stock one, you’ll notice just how little room lay between the rails and the tarmac in this one. The custom work that’s been done so the Cruiser could tuck those dished 22in rims in is nothing short of an engineering marvel. Then there is the incredible paint job with custom airbrushing down the side. The deep velvet read is still spotless after all these years, and while the motifs have not aged as gracefully, it still adds a charm to the overall presentation. Chris’ Ford Focus ST The yella Ford Focus ST here is no stranger to car meets; the bagged Highness has had huge media coverage since its first aired down. This is the first time we have seen it though, and its presence is stunning. The fitment of those 18x9.5in wheels are millimetre perfection; just the slightest miscalculation would have ruined those muscular flared guards. Under the bonnet, the turbocharged 2l EcoBoost has been given a bit more breathing room thanks to a Cobb turbo back exhaust, intake and tune. The final exterior touch is a Maxton lip kit, which amplifies the low look. William’s Nissan Silvia S13 Neat Nissan Silvias are hard to find. While highly desirable cars, it’s rare to see one that’s extremely clean and maintained as lovingly as William’s S13. The Nissan was built in his backyard starting a little over 10 years ago, a leisurely tinkering that William did in his spare time. However, he had to get it semi ready for his wedding last year, and it’s been his steady cruiser ever since. That period correct Vertex kit has been coloured an electric shade of Camry blue, with the guards gently massaged to fit GTR sized 18x9.5in Enkei RFP1s all round. Taking care of handling is a set of JIC coilovers. The long running SR20DET is fettled with more aggressive BC camshafts, a Garrett GTX2871 turbocharger, and 740cc injectors, all of which is handled by an EMS Stinger residing in the ECU tray. When asked what are his future plans, he only replied two letters and a number; one, jay, zee. For more information about Meet & Eat events and how to attend visit the Facebook page Follow Bendix on Facebook by clicking HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit:
  28. The Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R is one of the best tyre choices when considering a new tyre that will improve handling and grip, but remain street legal. If you’re into occasional track day work, it’s a tyre that won’t require swapping wheels. Achieving both a high-performance track tyre while remaining safe in all conditions on the street isn’t easy. There are some compromises that must be made over a normal street tyre. However, the RE-71Rs are as track-oriented a street legal tyre as Bridgestone make. Compared to normal tyres, the RE-71R’s have stiffer sidewalls, a wider centre rib and provides shoulder block to improve performance when steering and under load. The street legal tyre features “7-shaped” grooves and drain water off quickly while exclusive Bridgestone rubber compounds also provide increased performance at high speed and temperatures. Being a softer compound, the tyres will be noisier and pick up some stones when hot, but Bridgestone’s newest “UltimateEYE” helps reduce wear that would happen to a track-only tyre, yet maximises grip in both street and track conditions - a compromise needed to stay safe and not burn through tyres. An established tyre choice in the North American and Japanese markets, the RE-71R has only been available in Australia this year. However, it is a proven performer and in testing at Tsukuba 2000 fitted on a Nissan Skyline GT-R 34 and Toyota GT 86, the tyre garnered a 1.4 per cent faster lap time compared to the previous leading RE-11A. The RE-71R also provided over 10 per cent higher G-forces. If you’re currently competing in track days or drive events with a club, the RE-71Rs will be a noticeable step-up in performance. It’s the sort of tyre that will be appreciated after cutting-teeth on a more street-oriented tyre and the differences when fitting something stickier is remarkable. It can also shave valuable seconds off track and gymkhana times at events. So, for those wanting improved performance and grip, the RE-71R is the logical next step. It will provide a proven advantaged on track conditions that will translate to the street too. The tyres are available in a variety of size from 165/55R14 through to 295/30R20. See all the specs on the RE-71R here. Have you given the RE-71Rs a test of you own? Let us know in the comments section, or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - Bridgestone Australia Facebook -
  29. One of the biggest automotive annoyances there is, brake noise usually comes in the form of that dreaded screeching sound. But why does it happen and how do you fix it? In our video, we debunk some brake noise myths and teach you how to keep your brakes quiet, effective and long-lasting. For all your braking needs, find your nearest Bendix stockist HERE. To follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and news, click HERE.
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