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  2. 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.
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  5. 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: www.bendix.com.au
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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 - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  7. 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 - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  8. 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 - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  9. 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

      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

      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

      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. 

  10. 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: www.bendix.com.au
  11. 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 - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  12. 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.
  13. Once in a while we stumble in on ‘small’ meets such as the Wise Guys’ Cars and Coffee. The Wise Guys is a barbershop somewhere in Kellyville, where apparently a huge amount of petrolheads resides. As such, many of them visit the Wise Guys’ to get their fades looking fresh. The Wise Guys’ owners are motor maniacs themselves, so lo and behold, a monthly Cars on the Avenue meet was born. We drop into one and see what the fuss is all about. Shaun’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6 Ah, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. A line of fast four doors that’s secured its place in motorsports, both professional and amateur, every incarnation is a force to be reckon with. Shaun’s Evo 6 is no different; it’s armed to the teeth with power and handling. The bulletproof 4G63 works with a set of GSC S2 camshafts, MXP V2 manifold, a Tommi Makinen turbo with upgraded titanium wheel, and a Plazmaman intercooler piping kit to pump out 240kW on E85 at all four wheels. To keep it all reliable, it runs a coil-on-plug kit, an AT Performance catch can, and a AEM wideband gauge to keep an eye on the air fuel ratio. Built to attack the track and skidpan, handling is also important. He’s sorted it out with a MFactory helical front LSD, RS rear differential conversion, Whiteline swaybars front and rear, and finished off with MCA’s XR coilovers, designed for track and street use. Jack’s Ford Focus RS The Focus RS has been threatening the ranks of super hatches for the past few generations, and now with the third gen, it comes out swinging with the big guns. Jack has obviously sat up and taken noticed, selling his modified Golf R Mk6 in favour of this nitrous blue blooded Ford. As a big fan of motorsports, he’s got his work cut out. Straight away, the stock suspension was chucked out in favour of KW Competition shocks, Suspension Concepts custom camber tops, Hardrace camber and toe arms, and front roll centre adjuster. A Hambini short shifter helps Jack snap through gearchanges. To hold him down, Sparco Pro2000 bucket seats were installed, alongside a customs Bond’s half cage for safety and stiffening the chassis. 18in x 9in wide Koya wheels shod with sticky A050 rubber complete the ready-to-race package. Move over XR6 Turbos, the new fast Ford is here. 1932 Ford Coupe The legendary Ford ‘Deuce’ Coupe…it has been immortalized in the film American Graffiti and countless songs. The 1932 Ford Model B was sought after by many young men after World War 2, as it was a cheap V8 equipped car to modify. The Coupe was the most desirable model; compact, purposeful and easily modified in a variety of ways to go fast, also known as hot rodding. To have a hot rod is slang for a modified car in the good ol’ days. Now extremely rare, Ford Coupes like these draw attention like nobody else, and invariably the owner is usually an older gentleman with fond memories of the 50s and 60s before the muscle car craze. As such the Ford here has been immaculately restored to its glory days, with fender deletes to showcase the thumping V8 under the long bonnet. And of course, it’s got to be red, the fastest colour in cars. Luke’s 1999 Toyota Chaser Big quick luxobarges are often the domain of German automakers, but you can’t deny that Toyota has made a few decent ones too in the 90s. Luke’s 1999 Toyota Chaser is one of them. That big square sedan look is unmistakeably Japanese. Inside is a plush interior that’ll rival any European make in terms of quality and features. Fitted with a rare Traum bodykit, the JZX100 looks every bit a Wangan uber-cruiser. Lowered on MCA Purple coilovers, wide and big SSR SP5 wheels, the big sedan handles sweetly thanks bigger Cusco front and rear sway bars. With the steering abilities sorted, Luke revealed that his stash of go faster bits include a bigger Garrett GTX 3076 turbo, full Bosch fuel setup, and an aftermarket Haltech ECU to help punch out 400hp reliably from the straight six turbo motor. Adrian’s Mazda RX-7 Type RS Finding a mint Mazda RX-7 is always a treat for us. Adrian’s Series 8 is a modified example that retains that sweet curvy shape, while packing some power under the bonnet. He’s left the exterior pretty stock, but what drew our attention is the magical spinning double Doritos under the bonnet. The fiddly factory sequential turbo setup has been binned in favour of a big Borgwarner EFR single turbo. Keeping tabs on the air pressure is a TurboSmart Hypergate 45mm wastegate, and cooling the intake charge is an AutoExe intercooler system. The original 13B has been pulled apart and given a mild port before getting refurbished for a long lifetime of service. The two stroke magic of converting air and fuel into power and fumes are funnelled out the back with a 3in full exhaust system. Looking after everything is a Haltech ECU, still on a run in tune. Adrian expects a lot more than 400hp, which was what the previous engine setup ran. 1970s Toyota Corolla Swapping a modern, lightweight, powerful, and affordable V8 into a muscle car of choice has never been so easy. It’s so easy, in fact, it’s become something like the Midas touch. Nearly any car in the world has an example where the General Motors LS-series motor has been shoehorned in. And here is just one; a KE30 Toyota Corolla with a worked LS V8 shoehorned into its tiny tiny engine bay. With an increase of over five times the capacity, and nearly six times the horsepower, the Corolla underwent major surgery to make sure it could put every HP to use on the drag strip or road. The rear has been fitted with a custom ladder chassis and suspension setup, as well as drag slicks for maximum traction. Ensuring nothing goes boom when the clutch drops is a 9in rear differential. Rob’s 1966 Pontiac GTO One of a kind probably doesn’t describe Rob’s 1966 Pontiac GTO…how about one in a million? This is an incredibly rare, right hand drive conversion, sold brand new in Australia back in the muscle car heydays of the sixties. That’s right, no yellow plate VINs here, it’s true Aussie blue. It’s been repainted in charcoal blue and the interior has been restored immaculately. Under the bonnet, it’s rocks the factory 389ci XS block, which is a rare factory option, even in the US of the A. Keeping it period correct are 3x2 barrel Rochester ‘Ram Air’ carburettors as the only engine mod, and swapping out the stock rims for Cragar SS ones. Meticulously kept, Rob’s ‘Daddy’ of muscle cars turns heads whenever he takes it out for a drive. For more information about Wise Guys’ 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: www.bendix.com.au
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    Save more on four When you buy 3 tyres, you’ll get the 4th for $10!* Get 4 Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus car tyres from $385. Based on RRP of 205/65R15 Get 4 Supercat car tyres from $217. Based on RRP of 175/70R13 82H Get 4 Supercat SUV tyres from $355. Based on RRP of 205/70R15 Get 4 Supercat light van tyres from $289. Based on RRP of 185R14C Promotion is valid from 01/08/2018 to 31/08/2018. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *The 4th tyre for $10 offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres or four Supercat tyres. ^The up to $100 cash back offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Ecopia tyres. Discount to be given off invoice and is not redeemable for cash. Both offers apply on purchases made in one transaction between 01/08/2018 and 31/08/2018 and are redeemable in store. Offers exclude government, fleet and wholesale purchases. Not available with any other offer and available while stocks last. +Available on Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres, only at Bridgestone stores. Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
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    Get up to $100 cash back^ Available on Bridgestone Ecopia tyres for your car or SUV. Get 4 Ecopia car tyres from $282. Based on RRP of 175/70R13 Get 4 Ecopia SUV tyres from $600. Based on RRP of 215/65R16 98H Promotion is valid from 01/08/2018 to 31/08/2018. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *The 4th tyre for $10 offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres or four Supercat tyres. ^The up to $100 cash back offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Ecopia tyres. Discount to be given off invoice and is not redeemable for cash. Both offers apply on purchases made in one transaction between 01/08/2018 and 31/08/2018 and are redeemable in store. Offers exclude government, fleet and wholesale purchases. Not available with any other offer and available while stocks last. +Available on Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres, only at Bridgestone stores. Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
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    Are You Ready for Winter Driving?

    Get your car winter ready. There’s nothing like being caught in lashing rain on an endless freeway, with struggling windscreen wipers to remind you of the hazards of winter driving. Yes, winter conditions on our roads can throw-up some challenging situations. So, to minimise the risk of any terrifying experiences on the road this winter, and to get your car winter ready, here are some tips to keep you safe and in control. See clearer Winter driving conditions mainly affect visibility. Low light, fog, heavy rain and falling snow all make seeing the road ahead harder. Clear windows and mirrors before you set out. If you're heading to the snow, carry a screen scraper. De-mist the inside of your windows before you start-off. Not only is trying to clear your screen annoying as you’re driving, it’s also dangerous. Regularly cleaned windows also don't fog-up as much. Frosty mornings can leave a sheet of ice on your windscreen. Use cold water instead of hot water to melt the ice or you’ll run the risk of cracking the glass. Windshield wiper blades can get brittle after summer, so it's not a bad idea to invest in a good quality pair - they’ll make a big difference if you’re caught in lashing rain on a freeway. Keep your windscreen wiper fluid topped up - you'll use more if you’re going up to the snow. Check that your headlights and tail-lights are all in working order. Drive with your headlights on if your car doesn’t have daytime running lights or automatic headlights to make you more visible. Winter is a slug on batteries It’s not only you who finds it hard to get going in winter. Your car battery can also become sluggish in cold temperatures. The ability to start and run your car is more draining on a battery in the cold. That’s why it’s a good time to replace an old one if you’ve had it under the bonnet longer than you can remember. Best Brakes Of course, your brakes should be well maintained throughout the year, but having them inspected and at their winter best is a safe bet. You don’t want them too soft or too touchy - and any shuddering, pulling or grabbing to one side on wet or icy conditions can lead to a white-knuckle ride. Some assistance Most cars are fitted with safety assist technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Check your car manual to understand how they help your driving in severe weather conditions. But don’t let this technology lull you into a false sense of safety. Get a grip on winter with your tyres Grip on the road in winter conditions becomes all-important in keeping you and your family safe. Don’t put off replacing worn tyres, especially when you consider your car is only connected to the road by the equivalent of one handprint of tread from each tyre. When your tyre depth reaches just 3mm your wet grip is dramatically reduced and braking distances is affected. You can check your tread depth with this simple 20 cent coin test. Learn this easy life hack here. Chains for the snow Snow chains are compulsory for 2WD vehicles in some national parks, such as Kosciuszko in winter months. So, if you’re planning a holiday anywhere in the snow, carry a set of properly fitting snow chains in the boot. Practice fitting them on at home if it’s your first time using them. Check tyre pressure Cold temperatures reduce tyre pressure and affect grip, so check your tyres are properly inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications throughout the winter months. If there’s any question about the roadworthiness of your tyres, please consult an expert at your local Bridgestone Tyre Store. Winter proof your car The best thing you can do to ensure your car is winter ready is to have it serviced. Spark plugs, batteries, engine fluids and timing belts are all things that can be affected by the cold. Slow is the way to go Here’s a good rule for winter driving: everything you do - do it slower. That’s because you want to reduce the chances of losing control of your car and give yourself the best chance of correcting a situation if it happens. Drive at a speed where you feel comfortable and in control of your car Accelerate gradually - especially in snow and ice Anticipate conditions ahead and brake early. Avoid sudden stops. Slow down and avoid hard braking or turning to reduce your chances of aquaplaning. Allow adequate stopping distance between you and the car in front and start slowing down earlier before intersections, traffic lights and other turns. It’s all about safety It’s easy to lose sight of the truth that tyres are one of the most critical safety features of your car and provide safer motoring for you and your family. See why safety is at the heart of everything we do here. How do you feel about driving in winter? Share your tips in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  17. Choosing the right Bendix brake pad to suit the driver’s needs goes a long way in meeting product expectations and customer satisfaction. With a large variety of Bendix brake pads to suit different driving styles and vehicles, it’s easy to determine which brake pad to use by answering the following questions. What factors are important to the driver? There are three main areas that are important; positive brake feel, brake noise, and the amount of brake dust. Each factor will influence the other to a certain degree. Low brake noise and good pedal feel could meant that the brake pad generates more brake dust to be quiet while providing great braking feedback. How does the driver use his/her vehicle?Also just as important is how the vehicle is being used. Does the vehicle owner spend most of the time in stop start traffic, long highway drives or lots of enthusiastic driving? The type of driving done will determine if the vehicle requires a high friction, high performance brake pad, or a quiet long lasting one, for low speed multiple stops. What vehicle are the brake pads getting fitted to?Vehicles are used in a wide variety of roles, but it can only be best at a few. A delivery vehicle or a taxi that does frequent stopping and carries passengers and goods will require a high friction, long lasting brake pad, such as the Bendix Heavy Duty. Is the vehicle is used for towing?If so, check if the trailers used have brakes. Whether they are towing once a year or every day, it’s an important factor when picking brake pads. Does the owner haul heavy loads regularly?It goes without saying but a heavier vehicle will be more demanding on brakes. This is the case especially if the vehicle usually carries heavy loads. The answers to these questions will determine which Bendix brake pad will be suitable. For OEM replacement brake pads with better performance, less dust and noise, choose the General CT or 4WD SUV for sedans, hatches, crossovers and SUVs. For more information on the Bendix General CT, click HERE. If your customer requires high performance brake pads and are less concern about dust and noise, pick the Ultimate or Street Road Track pads to satisfy their needs. For information on the Bendix Ultimate brake pad, click HERE. For details on the Street Road Track, click HERE. Finally, for commercial vehicles, trucks and utes that tow or carry heavy loads, we recommend the Heavy Duty brake pads. The Heavy Duty is long lasting yet provides the tough, stable performance required for everyday towing or carrying loads. For more information on the Heavy Duty brake pads, click HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. To follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and news, click HERE.
  18. Accept the Potenza S007A mission James Bond never settled for anything but the best. Throughout every Bond film ever made, 007 had it all: the most iconic cars, the most beautiful women and of course the coolest gadgets from Q-branch. Bridgestone’s own top-secret assignment, the Potenza S007A, has now been de-classified and is available to the every-day James Bond as the ideal tyre for high performance cars such as Aston Martins, BMW M3, AMGs and Lexus sports models to name a few. While your car might lack the ejector seats, smoke screens and heat-seeking missiles that Bond has, the Potenza S007A has been developed to enhance responsiveness, stability, grip and cornering to give you the edge over any international villains you may have uncovered. The new Potenza S007A is available in 42 sizes to cater to sports cars and is also suited to staggered fitment. View the features and benefits of the new Potenza S007A or find out more from your local Bridgestone store. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
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    Save more on four When you buy 3 tyres, you’ll get the 4th for $10!* Get 4 Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus car tyres from $385. Based on RRP of 205/65R15 Get 4 Supercat car tyres from $217. Based on RRP of 175/70R13 82H Get 4 Supercat SUV tyres from $337. Based on RRP of 205/70R15 Get 4 Supercat light van tyres from $280. Based on RRP of 185R14C Promotion is valid from 01/07/2018 to 31/07/2018. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *The 4th tyre for $10 offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres, four Firestone car, SUV or light van tyres, or four Supercat tyres. ^The $100 cash back offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Dueler or Bridgestone Alenza tyres. Discount to be given off invoice and is not redeemable for cash. Both offers apply on purchases made in one transaction between 01/07/2018 and 31/07/2018 and are redeemable in store. Offers exclude government, fleet and wholesale purchases. Not available with any other offer and available while stocks last. +Available on Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres, only at Bridgestone stores. Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  20. Do you spend more than 2 hours behind the wheel per day? Are you one of the many people who spend more than two hours behind the wheel as part of your daily ritual? While it’s true to say that most people don’t love sitting in traffic, many don’t ever think about whether they could be spending all that time in the car differently? Interestingly, a recent study published by the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre and the University of Leicester* revealed that driving for two hours or more a day can actually put our IQ in reverse. The surprising research recruited more than half a million British drivers aged 37-73 over five years, and found that 93,000 of those included in the study typically had lower brainpower. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your brain ticking along while you’re sitting in your car. In fact, there are plenty of things that you can do while sitting in the driver’s seat to keep you entertained and stimulated. Keep your spark If you do drive long hours daily, there are a few things that you can do to make the most out of that time on the road. 1. Put the hours to good use Spending hours on the road can take a big chunk out of your day, but that doesn’t have to mean that your mind sits idle while car idles. Make the most of those hours while keeping your mind sharp by: Listening to podcasts Catching up on a new audio book Learning that language you’ve always wanted to learn 2. Calm driving stress Driving can be a stressful exercise, if we let it. However, you can also choose to make your car a zen zone by: Appreciating the time to yourself Listening to relaxing music Turning off your mobile Taking deep breaths at stop lights Adding natural scents like peppermint or lemon Looking for the beauty around you 3. Sit up Sitting in your car for hours can place stress on the neck, back muscles and spine. But you can easily tackle this by ensuring you're sitting in the correct position, just keep your: Pelvis at the same height as knees Elbows and Knees slightly bent Shoulders against the backrest Bottom tucked into the back of the seat Hands at the 9 and 3 position Keep yourself upright and try not to slouch. Also, if you need extra lumber support, roll-up a towel and tuck it behind your lower back. When stationery at lights, do some simple neck exercises by turning your head slightly back and forth and left and right. 4. Stay hydrated To keep your mind sharp, make sure you stay well hydrated on long drives. Always bring a bottle of water with you. Your car will need extra TLC too It’s important to remember that you’re not the only one doing the heavy-lifting on the road, your car suffers from fatigue too. Here are some general tips to keep your car on the road for longer: Up the routine maintenance Your vehicle service manual will have the ideal maintenance schedule. However, it's not a bad idea to see your mechanic for check-ups in-between to help avoid any unseen costly repairs. Brakes, alternators, fan belts and starter motors in newer cars are just a few big-ticket items that feel the wear of more driving. Check car battery A faulty battery is the number one cause of cars not starting. Check the connections are tight, terminals are clean from corrosion, water levels are topped up and that it's sufficiently charged. There are a couple of ways you can check your battery strength between services. The first is to look at your dash or display; newer cars will tell you if your battery level is low. The second is to idle your car and turn on your headlights, then start the engine and see if they get brighter; if they do, your battery is running low on power. Regularly check oil and coolant levels Low fluid levels such as engine oil, transmission oil and radiator coolant are simple to check. Depending on the age of your vehicle, it's not a bad idea check levels at least once a month. Check your fan belt A snapped fan belt can seize-up your engine and do major damage. Most guides recommend you check your fan belt every six months with service. However, you may want to do it more regularly with more driving. Listen for any squealing sounds coming from the engine, feel for looseness in the belt and look for cracks, fraying, splits or brittle surfaces. Check tyres You can simply check the tread depth of your tyres by looking at the tread wear indicator bars moulded into the tyre tread. These are found at the bottom of the tread grooves around the tyre. When the tyre is worn to the point where any of the bars become equal with the adjacent tread, your tyre may be deemed unroadworthy. Or, 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 for any significant cracking in the tread grooves or sidewall or bulging of the tread face or sidewall. If you've got a spare wheel make sure it's got plenty of tread and it's inflated ready for use. Also, make sure the jack is in good condition and easily accessible, along with any wheel removal tools. If there’s any question about the roadworthiness of your tyres or if your car needs a service, please consult an expert at your local Bridgestone Tyre Store. Check tyre pressure Your tyre pressure is essential to keeping you safe. Too much or too little air in your tyres will cause uneven or excessive wear over time. It’s not a bad idea to check every four weeks. Look inside the driver’s door or inside the petrol cap for your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure. It’s easy to lose sight of the truth that tyres are one of the most critical safety features of your car and provide safer motoring for you and your family. See why safety is at the heart of everything we do here. Do you drive more than two hours daily? Share your tips in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  21. Get the lowdown on this month's Cars of Bendix here! V8 trucks, turbo RWDs, and a 600hp bayside blue GTR, there's something for everyone. Matt’s 1997 Suzuki Swift GTi If there is a miniaturized Saturn V on four wheels, this would be it. Matthew’s 1997 Suzuki Swift GTi hot hatch days may seem to quaint in this age of 200kW turbocharged fire-breathing uber hatches, but pop the bonnet and you’ll see some additional firepower. The venerable 1.3L was a 8000rpm screamer back in the days, but it’s taken a liking to forced induction now. A Garrett GT25 turbocharger sits way down in the engine bay, with only a wastegate to show for. The air/fuel mix is ignited up with an MSD Blaster coil and leads. Exhaust gasses are expelled via a custom, ‘quiet’ 3in mandrel bent exhaust. Pumping 124kW means this Swift is packing some power per pound. On lowered Lovell springs and 16in Buddy Club wheels, the GTi looks stuck to the ground, standing still or going around corners. Matt is the new owner of this Swift, with the previous owner doing all the work (also named Matt). Emre’s Nissan Skyline GTR 34 VSPEC 2 What’s with all these crazy Nissans that keep coming to the shows? We always try hard not to favour one manufacturer, but it’s hard when there are so many quality Datsuns and Nissans show up. Emre’s Nissan Skyline GTR 34 V-Spec 2 (phew, what a mouthful) is a sweet cruiser bruiser. Just fresh from having its RB26DETT heart rebuilt by B2R Motorsports with forged internals, cams and other expensive gear, it powers all four wheels to the tune of 600hp. In between, an expensive Nismo Coppermix twin plate transmits the power from engine to the clever ATTESSA system. Outside, Emre left the car pretty stock, as the GT-R V-Spec 2 kit is already pretty aggressive. The only changes were TE37SL wheels with Tein coilovers, and a slightly more aggressive front lip. Built as a weekend cruiser, Emre definitely has necks snapped his way when he’s cruising the Bayside Blue beast! Andrew’s 1998 Toyota Starlet Let this be an inspiration to you; take your daily and turn it into this! Andrew’s Toyota Starlet started life as a humble A-to-B econobox. With a lick of paint (Midnight Purple III), JDM Glanza bodykit conversion, and some zero offset Work Equips, it’s an amazing head turner in traffic. The GT rear brakes replace the rear drums, and inside you’ll find hugging Recaro seats from the Evolution 6. Andrew says the weak stock engine will be pulled out soon in place of a turbocharged 4-EFTE that the Japanese models came with. Rob’s 1997 Holden Commodore SS Question: what do you do when you buy a mint Holden Commodore SS that’s only going to shoot up in value, but you have that modifying itch? Rob’s incredible 1997 Commodore VS looked like it just came out from the factory. With only 137,000kms on the clock, it’s a blast from the past. The paint and condition is immaculate inside out. Having owned it for 3 years, Rob has made some very small modifications to it to bring it into the 21st century. First off, he chucked on 20in Walkinshaw remakes that looked right at home tucked slightly under the guards. The brakes were upgraded all round for better stopping power…and that’s it. Other than keeping the SS in mint condition, there is no need for other modifications. Emmanuel’s 1976 Toyota Celica TA23 It’s a funny thing with old school Toyota Celicas. They mainly fall into 3 categories; mint, restored examples, old Outlaw-styled with patina, or high powered, no expenses spared monsters. One look at the bright Ford XA GT orange paintwork and you sort of know which category Emmanuel’s Celica falls into. Pop the bonnet and the 1JZ-GTE basks snugly between the front radiator support and massaged firewall. Boosted by a GTX3582, drunk on E85 and putting power through a R154 gearbox, the Celica makes 380kW. Yes, let that sink in. Finished just two weeks ago, Emmanuel plans to take it down the drags and see what time it sets, but mostly he built it to be a fun cruiser. With only 235s on the back on 15x8in rims, it’ll be a very, very fun cruiser. Tyler’s Mini Cooper Clubman GT Tyler’s Mini Cooper has been restored and rebuilt to race in the Bathurst motorkhana for light cars. Inspired by the rare Aussie only Clubman GT, Tyler decided to add the external flares, restore the interior and pump the engine up from 1275cc to 1380cc. You may laugh at the tiny four piston in the engine bay, but slurping fuel and air through that massive Weber, it will propel the lightweight Mini towards the horizon without fuss. 13x6in wheels at each corner will give it plenty of grip on the race track. Painted a bright blue hue, Tyler’s Mini is sure to bring smiles wherever he drives it. Wayne’s 1976 Ford F100 The Ford F-truck is the truck that other trucks look up to. Wayne’s F100 however, is the car in the poster F-truck owners have on their bedroom walls. Nine litres of supercharged Detroit V8 muscle will do that. With just under 900hp and 800lbs of torque to play with, Wayne has to be very careful with the throttle on his daily drive to work. Yes, this truck is a daily. Sure, Wayne is on first name basis with the local gas station owner, telling us once he spent nearly $400 on fuel a week, but nothing else puts a bigger smile on his face. “Just a bit too pokey on the throttle and the Mickey Thompson tyres on the 10in wide rear wheels will light up,” Wayne chuckles. As it’s his dad’s truck, the F100 has been in the family for 30 years, and he hopes it continues to stay in the family. Ryan and Nelson’s 1996 BMW 318i A pair of mates working out of their garage has put together a pretty amazing DIY turbo Beemer. Pop the hood of the 318i and you’ll see the ethos of having a go installed in the engine bay. The rubbish 4 pot has been tossed in favour of a proper straight six from the E46 330i. Nestled next to it is some eBay T3/T4 hybrid turbo, but that’s not important. Ryan and Nelson knew that while the turbo can be junked in the future, the manifold is where most of the power can be made. They spent over a grand on the custom high flow exhaust manifold. Next up was making sure the M3 cammed motor would be able to handle the boost. A big money Motec M130 GPR ECU was purchased to handle the duties, along with the required sensors. Nelson did most of the wiring and tuning, road and dyno. As he’s just a young P-plater, we were impressed. With 230kW at the wheels, it was finished just in time for the meet! 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: www.bendix.com.au
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  23. Time has definitely flown by. We’re now at the third Meet and Eat of the year, and its popularity has simply exploded. New food trucks, trade stands, and so many car makes and models were on display. People just turned up and made new friends, discussing their cars and others. Check out the video and see what cool cars were at May’s Meet and Eat. 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: www.bendix.com.au
  24. Tyres: your car’s sneakers We've all had a pair of reliable shoes that lasted well beyond their years. Eventually though, they lose their grip, become slippery, the rubber wears through under your heels or you wear a hole in the toe-end. In many ways, our tyres are like the sneakers our cars get around in. They too wear down, lose grip, grow uncomfortable and might even become dangerous in the wet. But holding off on buying new shoes for your car until you’ve squeezed every last kilometre out of them isn’t always the best plan. Splashing out on new sneakers Every now and then a new sneaker will be released that sends people lining up around the block with people keen to get their hands on the very first pairs. We’re not saying that buying a new set of tyres is quite this exciting, but they do play a big role in the safety of your car. Buying a new set of tyres can be a costly exercise depending on the car you drive, but you’re receiving very good value over the tens of thousands of kilometres you’ll travel on them. Today’s tyres offer longer life, significantly improved safety, and more impressive performance than we’ve ever come to expect from rubber tyres of the past. When to switch out your car’s shoes OK, analogies aside. There's no hard-and-fast rule to determine how long tyres last. Generally speaking, you should have your tyres inspected five years from the date of manufacture, regardless of tread depth. This is because the rubber compound and oils in tyres deteriorate over time and can affect tyre performance. Also, tyres should be replaced if you've clocked up a lot of kilometres and your tyre tread is wearing down. When your tyre tread depth reaches just 3mm your wet grip is dramatically reduced, and your braking distance is affected. Look for signs of significant cracking in the tread grooves or sidewall or bulging of the tread face or sidewall. These are sure signs your tyres have reached the end of their life. Factors that take a toll on tyres How your tyres wear depends on a combination of many things including driving style, tyre manufacturing materials and design: a high performance tyre may wear faster than a tyre designed for comfort. Driving habits are a major factor in tyre life. Constant hard braking, fast cornering and rapid acceleration are quick ways to wear tyres. Impact with kerbs can damage the tyre sidewall and lack of tyre maintenance can also see tyres wear prematurely. Factors such as extreme heat, rough or unsealed roads and potholes all contribute to tyre damage and replacement. If there’s any question about the roadworthiness of your tyres, please consult an expert at your local Bridgestone Tyre Store. Maintenance makes a difference Some simple tyre maintenance will help get longevity out of your tyres and could save you trouble further down the line. Driving on neglected tyres could lead to problems with your braking, handling and fuel efficiency. Here’s how you check the condition of your tyres: 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 tyre tread depth You can simply check the tread depth of your tyres by looking at the tread wear indicator bars moulded into the tyre tread. These are found at the bottom of the tread grooves around the tyre. When the tyre is worn to the point where any of the bars become equal with the adjacent tread, your tyre may be deemed unroadworthy. Or, use our simple 20 cent coin test to check on your tyres’ tread. Learn this easy life hack with just a 20 cent coin. Check tyre pressure Your tyre pressure is essential to keeping you safe. Too much or too little air in your tyres will cause uneven or excessive wear over time. It’s a good idea to check every four weeks. Look inside the driver’s door, glove box cover or near the petrol cap for your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure. Tyre rotation for even wear Different vehicles wear tyres at different rates. For example, a front-wheel drive car will wear tyres very differently to a rear-wheel drive. 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. 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. See why safety is at the heart of everything we do. When did you last check on your “sneakers”, is it time to change yours? Do you have your own trick for knowing when it’s time to replace them? Let us know in the comments below, or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  25. Brake wear sensors are getting more and more common in modern cars, so how do they work and function? Watch our video to get an in-depth look at brake wear sensors. Bendix’s brake wear sensors are a guaranteed fit for most common makes and models. To check with your nearest Bendix stockist for brake sensors to suit your car, click HERE. To follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and news, click HERE.
  26. Bridgestone

    Buy 3 tyres and get the 4th FREE*

    Buy 3 tyres and get the 4th FREE* Available on Bridgestone Ecopia or Firestone car, SUV or light van tyres. Bridgestone Ecopia A fuel saving tyre solution. Get 4 Bridgestone Ecopia car tyres from $246. Based on RRP of 175/70R13 82H Get 4 Bridgestone Ecopia SUV tyres from $507. Based on RRP of 205/70R15 96H Always Dependable Get 4 Firestone car tyres from $267. Based on RRP of 175/65R14 82H Get 4 Firestone SUV tyres from $477. Based on RRP of 215/65R16 98H Get 4 Firestone light van tyres from $285. Based on RRP of 185R14C 100/102Q Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. * *The 4th tyre free offer is valid on purchase of four Ecopia or Firestone tyres in one transaction. All offers valid between 01/06/2018 and 30/06/2018 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. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  27. Get $100 cash back^ When you buy 4 Bridgestone Dueler 4WD or Alenza tyres. Promotion is valid from 1/06/2018 to 30/06/2018. Get 4 Bridgestone Dueler tyres from $600. Based on RRP of 205/70R15LT 106S Get 4 Bridgestone Alenza tyres from $776. Based on RRP of 215/65R16 98H 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
  28. 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.
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