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  1. Brake noise after fitting new brake pads, Bendix investigates why. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  2. All Japan Day in Adelaide is always a perfect day for South Australia to flaunt its impressive and diverse range of JDM cars. The event showcases everything from street to race and quite often there’s a number of really nice restored and original vehicles for event goes to take a look at. With Adelaide turning on another warm but perfect Summer day, we headed along to check out some great Cars of Bendix. Georges Turbo LS3 Nissan Skyline R34 Originally built in 2007 for Drift Australia, George’s R34 puts out roughly 700hp at the wheels courtesy of a turbocharged Chev LS3 engine fitted with a roller camshaft. The turbo is a Garrett GT47BB and the power is pushed through a modified T56 6-speed gearbox. As the car has been in storage for a while, George recently blew off the dust and gave it a new lease on life, including a new white paint job, which is a change from the red people know it well for. As well as drifting the Skyline, George has also run the car at the drags and managed a best time to date of 9.80 at 150mph. Keep an eye out for it this year at upcoming drift events. Kimi’s RB20 powered Nissan drift car 180SX After being a drift spectator for many years, Kimi decided it was time have a go and built herself this 180SX. Keeping with the girly theme Kimi originally had the car painted pink camouflage, but recently had it coated in a fresh hot pink sparkle which is definitely hard to miss. After a lot of development, the 180SX had ended up being fitted with a trusty RB20 engine which is boosted by a 28/71 turbo on a custom manifold with a 45mm wastegate and screamer pipe. The ECU feeds the engine via a set of GT-R injectors and on 18psi it makes a healthy 237kW at the tyres. Robert’s 1970 Mazda Cosmo Original imported into South Australian in 1970, Robert purchased this Mazda Cosmo from Mazda Australia after they’d had it since 1984. Being the only one of its kind in South Australia and only one of a handful in the country, it’s quite rare. Having only ever had minor restoration work done, the car has been maintained meticulously and only ever driven on weekends or special occasions. Being such an iconic car, it certainly stood out at All Japan Day. Being a Mazda fan, Robert also owns a Mazda Luce. Morris’ S15 Silvia When Morris first bought this S15 Silvia it was dead stock. The first part of the build was to do a custom olive green paint job, which he did himself. From there he set to work doing neat, but subtle changes to the body, as well as added custom carbon option to make it look much sleeker. Under the bonnet, Morris had two unfortunate engine failures before he put the current SR20DET in. This SR is a Japanese built race engine from Japan which originally was fitted to a very competitive Time Attack car that we’re told was able to lap Tsukuba Circuit in about 60-seconds. Since being fitted to the S15, it was tuned and makes a comfortable 285kW at the tyres. Kristians R34 Skyline GTR N1 R1 All Japan Day event organiser Kristian brought along his own immaculate R34 GTR N1 R1. Being number 8 of just 18 produced make it extremely rare, but never the less he insists that the car is built to be driven. Packed with factory race options such as carbon bonnet, Nismo built RB26 engine and full Nismo GTR body kit, it’s definitely a piece of JDM motoring history in the making. Stewy’s Laurel drift car This Laurel is one of Stewy’s cars which he previously used in Japan to compete in Japanese drifting competitions. Since then he imported it into Adelaide and to now uses at local events. Under the bonnet is an RB20 engine fitted with a turbo from a Mitsubishi Evo 8 which has been midwifed to fit the factory Nissan turbo manifold. Stewy says it’s an effective and cheap alternative and that it makes just under 300kW at the tyres. Being the owner of Accostal Suspension, the car runs all of his own components and is a great way for him to do R&D on any new gear that is being released. Enkie HR385 wheels tucked under the guards give the Laurel a timeless JDM look and Stewy tells us that he’s planning on giving the regularly used drifter a well deserved birthday very soon. Joel’s MX36 Cressida When classic Japanese style meets modern technology Joel’s Cressida ticks all the box-es to make an impressive unassuming street car. Fitted with a VVTi 1JZ from a 1999 Toyota Chaser, the engine makes a comfortable 190kW at the tyres after power is trans-mitted through an MV Automatics built Toyota auto. Compared to the original engine combo, it packs a lot of punch. The suspension and braking have also been upgraded. Joel replaced the fronts with Skyline brakes and custom-built coil-overs with Tokico shocks and in the rear he’s fitted anti-squat leaf springs to a custom fitted Dana 30 diff from a Volvo. Joel completed the conversion 8-years ago and has since done almost 60,000kms in the Cressida. One of his largest trips being from Darwin to Adelaide. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  3. Cause: After fitting new brake pads, customer came back for a check up and we found huge uneven pad wear. Solution: Uneven pad wear is often a caliper problem, caused by faulty seals, sticking or bent slide pins. Overhaul the calipers on that axle. Ensure you have used the correct lubricant, such as Bendix Ceramasil Brake Parts Lubricant on the right component Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  4. With the start of the V8 Supercars season kicking off next week at the Superloop Adelaide 500, Bendix are pound to be displayed proudly on the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang driven by Chaz Mostert. A strong partnership that will span the 2019 season. “We at Bendix are extremely proud to partner with Supercheap Auto Racing in the upcoming Supercars season,” said George Kyriakopoulos, CEO of Bendix. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship with Supercheap Auto, and it is very exciting to be a part of this extremely professional racing team”. “Bendix offers a braking product that allows you to ‘put your foot down with confidence™ and there is no doubt that Chaz will be doing a lot of that as he heads for the podium in 2019” George said. Now in their 22nd year of involvement in the V8 Supercars Championship, Supercheap Auto Managing Director Chris Wilesmith is also pleased with the partnership that aligns Australia’s leading automotive friction material manufacturer with Australia’s premier motorsport category. “We are delighted to bring Bendix aboard the Supercheap Auto Racing Ford for the 2019 season,” Wilesmith said. “Bendix is a tremendous partner of Supercheap Auto, and of course produces high-performance braking products. It is only natural to pair them with the high-performance industry of auto racing, particularly Tickford Racing and the Supercars Championship.” Mostert enters the 2019 season optimistic, having finished the previous campaign with a string of top five and top ten finishes, including a dominating win on the streets of Gold Coast in October. “Supercheap Auto has so many great trade partners who have supported us the past several years, and its great to add Bendix to the fold. They’re very excited to be a part of the team, and really we appreciate that enthusiasm. It’s been a good start to the year, and hopefully we’ll share plenty of success together in 2019.” Tickford Racing recently attended the preseason test at Phillip Island on February 14th with its four team-prepared Mustang Supercars, ahead of the 2019 season opening Adelaide 500, February 28 – March 3. Team Principal and CEO of Tickford Racing, Tim Edwards is confident the team will show their strength in 2019 and is keen to get the season underway, “Obviously everyone’s looking forward to the new season with the Mustang making its race debut, so it’s a great time to add a valued brand to the team in Bendix. It’s been a very busy offseason, but the goal is that makes for a very successful racing season with Supercheap Auto Racing.” About Bendix FMP Group (Australia) Pty. Ltd., the makers of Bendix, are Australia’s largest automotive friction material manufacturer, Bendix provides a number of products designed to efficiently stop a variety of automotive vehicles. From pads and discs to sensors and cleaners, Bendix products give the consumer all they need to “Put Your Foot Down with Confidence™.” https://www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop https://www.facebook.com/TickfordRacing https://www.facebook.com/scauto https://www.facebook.com/chazmozzie
  5. Our customers will welcome the new Bendix website complete with Australia’s most comprehensive and up to date online catalogue and data book on brake pads and brake shoes with the wealth of information the new site provides. The theme ‘Put Your Foot Down with Confidence™’ with the website and online catalogue is designed to provide high levels of confidence for all of our trade and do it yourself retail customers. It contains a wealth in technical information and the electronic catalogue and data covering passenger vehicles, 4WD’s and light commercial applications, provides the most up to the minute vehicle listings and vehicle data available. This valuable information is being constantly updated into the future. Search engines allow users to search by vehicle or part number along with comprehensive details on the full Bendix product range offering the widest range to customise disc brake pads for any customers driving style for longer, smoother and safer braking. The comprehensive data base also enables a search by the OEM part number for European vehicles and images of the brake parts allow easy identification of the right part each and every time. Importantly, vehicle definitions are consistent with other trade catalogues within the industry. The technology section of the new website covers information on the new Stealth Advanced Technology developed by Bendix engineers to deliver whisper quiet braking with silky smooth operation and a reduction in brake dust. Also developed by the company’s engineering team is the now well established Blue Titanium pads designed to provide instant bedding in, plus the Ceramic Technology used in the General CT pads, a premium grade ceramic formulation for superior noise reduction, vibration and harshness control, constant pedal feel, enhanced durability and high fade resistance. Not only does the new website include all products and vehicle application data to help your day, but you are kept up to date with Bendix news including the latest Technical Bulletins and B-Mail plus more than 100 videos containing valuable technical data for the mechanic. Help is provided with answers to frequently asked questions from both mechanics and drivers on brake problems. Technical tips on ABS/ESC and replacements, what brake pads to use with Active Cruise Control and safety tips for the mechanic and there is a members portal plus a guide to the nearest Bendix stockist plus easy contact with the Bendix Help Line. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  6. In this episode we look at the causes of brake smoke and odour and what that means to your braking system. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  7. This 1980s Celica Supra is something special in the way of build, fitted with a 2JZ sporting triple webers it sounds as good as it looks. Let's take a look at James Linney build which is known as 9lives because of its never ending upgrades! Visit Bendix @: https://www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop/ https://www.youtube.com/user/BendixTV https://www.instagram.com/bendix_workshop/
  8. Our video investigates what causes of low stopping power after brake rotors were machined Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  9. Brake noise is annoying, and a sign that there might be something wrong with your braking system. Our video investigates what causes brake noise and how to prevent them Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  10. Hot Import Nights is an Automotive Lifestyle festival which centres on cars, but incorporates much more. The 21year old show originating in the USA had a great second running in Sydney with a bigger venue and more sights and sounds packed in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHXw01q2cPY&feature=youtu.be Visit Bendix @: https://www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop/ https://www.youtube.com/user/BendixTV https://www.instagram.com/bendix_workshop/
  11. Hot Import Nights is an Automotive Lifestyle festival which centres on cars, but incorporates much more. The 21year old show originating in the USA had a great second running in Sydney with a bigger venue and more sights and sounds packed in. It was good to hear Michael Munar; founder of Hot Import Nights reflect on how the car culture is evolving and we are starting to see greater diversity in builds & also higher quality. This year, along with the cars, we saw Miss HIN ‘18 being crowned, street dance battles, a 3 on 3 basketball competition, RC drift cars, sneaker meet and import models; what better place to go and find the cars of Bendix for December. 1. Jimmy’s 2005 BMW E46 M3 - VPOOR This newly wrapped E46 in Avery Dennison dark gloss grey has a nice and aggressive look thanks to plenty of custom body work & inspiration borrowed from the two limited production E46s – the GTR & the Coupe Sport Leichtbau (CSL). The customised OEM front bar has been finished off with a Status Gruppe front lip & customised lower lip. Running back from the quad xenon headlights you’ll find an OEM GTR styled bonnet with dry carbon vents added by Top Stage, which sits above the GTR style front guards and canards from Aero Image Garage. Down the side you’ll find AGT Styling carbon side skirt extensions which run into a GTR Style rear bar sitting on top of an AeroPerformance diffuser, and topped off with a CSL ducktail bootlid & custom roof wing. The car sits on 18” Volk TE37s wrapped in Nitto NT01 Tyres with Bilstein PSS10 coilovers & Turner MotorSport adjustable camber tops & rear arms. Brakes have also been upgraded with a Big Brake Kit – 6 piston 380mm in the front and 4 piston 345mm in the rear to help Jimmy with a bit more stopping power during track activity. The subframe has been reinforced, TMS Swaybars, a Function Autowerks boot brace & Mason Engineering strut brace have also been added to stiffen up the car. A little bit of weight reduction has also taken place with a CSL carbon fibre intake, SuperSprint catless race exhaust with lightweight race muffler & CCC Motorsport Lightweight flywheel & clutch. The interior is also pretty lush with Macht Shnell billet floor mounted Recaro Sportster CS seats retrimmed in Imola red Nappa leather to match the interior styling, an Alcantara flat base steering wheel, Awron vent gauge, & RTD V4 centre locking shifter. This is all finished off with a half cage & fire extinguisher to make it a track-spec luxury machine. 2. Michael’s 1999 Nissan Silvia S15 - 15MAK One of the cleanest S15s in the country, there has been countless hours poured into Michael’s 15MAK. The car has been widebodied with a mix of Garage Mak pieces with front & rear fenders, front bumper, front splitter, side skirts & canards. This is all set off in Ferrari Rosso Corsa paint; the same shade that you’ll find the F40 in. At the rear, you’ll find an Origin 3D GT Carbon wing sitting above a JSAI Aero rear diffuser. The 18” AME Tracer TM-02 wheels match the canards nicely, and they’re tucked under the guards thanks to the Fortune Auto 510 Series coilovers with Swift Spring upgrades and a combination of Parts Shop Max, SPL Parts, Cusco & Nismo goodies for arms, braces & bushings. Michael has gone with 6 piston front & 4 piston rear brakes. 15MAK still runs on a SR20DET with Stock Internals & T28BB Turbo which runs through a custom 3” exhaust with Magnaflow catalytic converter & resonator, Turbosmart Blow-Off Valve, finished off with an Apexi control valve giving Michael the ability to select between loud & quiet modes. 3. Street Works Team’s 2017 Ford Mustang S550 Coupe Terry and the Street Works Team certainly draw some attention in their widebodied Ford Mustang sporting the Alpha X S550 body kit from Alpha Male Performance which adds a front spoiler with carbon fibre splitter, carbon fibre front canards, over fenders, side skirts with carbon fibre splitters, rear bumper Side Splitters with carbon fibre blades, a rear diffuser & 3 piece ducktail. Thanks to an Air Lift airbag suspension kit there is some serious tuck under the over fenders with a set of RSV Forged 3 piece wheels with 24k Dubai gold on the dish wrapped in Nitto tyres. 4. James’ 1983 Toyota Celica 9LIVES Perhaps this Celica is a cat, or maybe because it’s gone through so many changes that James has plated it 9LIVES. One thing is certain – it does deserve a second, and maybe third look. The late 70s/early 80s charm of the body has been retained with little modification. The majority of the suspension mods have been taken care of by Techno Toy Tuning from the U.S.A. with coilovers, control arms, knuckles, tie rods and roll centre adjusters, combined with Whiteline sway bars. The real work has taken place under the hood as James has managed to squeeze a 2JZ-GE JZA80 Supra motor in there along with triple Weber 45 DCOE Carburetors on a custom intake manifold with 1 ¾” side blast pipes, and a Fenix S13 radiator. The running gear on this Celica Supra is also an impressive feat with a V160 GETRAG gearbox, a Munro Racing 6 puck clutch and Toyota Racing Development 1.5 way LSD. 5. Erin & Adam’s Nissan S14 Silvia – These guys were in good company, having only finished the car the night before Hot Import Nights, and starting to tune it on the drive over. The car looks immaculate in the Nissan Pearl White paint with an Origin Labo Stylish kit, 30mm JSAI widebody front guards in BN Style and 50mm BN Sports widebody rear guards. Inside there is a Work 6 point roll cage, Recaro seats all around with SR3s in the front and custom trimmed in the rear, and a Nardi steering wheel. The real magic happens under the bonnet with an SR20DET running HKS 264 cams, Tomei cam gears, valve springs & head gasket , and ARP headstuds. The GT2871 Turbo is by Garrett, and everything is managed with a Link ECU. A custom stainless 3 ½” exhaust brings the noise. Under the car you’ll find a GKTech solid subframe which holds an RB25 gearbox, Ogura twin plate clutch & KAAZ 2 way LSD. HSD provide the coilovers and get the car sitting nicely on the Work VSXX Wheel. 6. Oz Mover’s 2016 Daihatsu Copen Sedan – LBGTK Kei-cars are almost exclusively sold in Japan. The translation is literally “light automobile” and are the Japanese legal category for the smallest and most limited power, highway-legal motor vehicles. It’s not often that you’ll see one of these driving the streets. Even more rare is to see one decked out like this; the first of its kind in Australia. It has been fitted with a Liberty Walk Daihatsu Copen GT-K kit which transforms the car to look like a widebodied Nissan GTR, complete with GT Wing and quad tip mufflers. The Work Meister CR01 3 piece rims complete the look, matching very nicely with the decals. 7. Steven’s BMW E36 Convertible Steven’s E36 has been kitted out with a Pandem Rocket Bunny Aero kit, painted in BMW Daytona Violet, and dropped to the ground with AIRBFT struts in an Airlift management system. The 18” BBS RS 16” to 18” Triple Step Slant wheels complete the look. Steven gives us a little insight into the origin story for this build: “The E36 has always been a favourite shape of the older BMWs and the convertible; you can say it’s a midlife crisis. The plan was to restore it to its prime until a lady hit me at a round-about. I brought it to Auto Elements for an inspection and said why don’t we go wild! Hot Import Nights was coming up, they hooked me up with Ronnie from Carbon Plus and now I own a Pandem E36 in one my favourite colours in the world.” ==== The interior is soon to be redone, with M3 seats and a few other touches. An engine swap is also planned in the future as well. Visit Bendix @: https://www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop/ https://www.youtube.com/user/BendixTV https://www.instagram.com/bendix_workshop/
  12. Bendix would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are humbled with the responses to our tech and Cars of Bendix program, and would like to thank everyone for making 2018 such a great success. We look forward to sharing more brake information, car culture and great offers in 2019. Our Forum Admins will be on holiday leave from Saturday 22nd December 2018, and will be back in the office on Monday 7th January 2019. Also, our CRM team at Ballarat will be away from Monday 24th December 2018 and will be back on the 2nd January 2019. If you have an urgent inquiry during the holiday period please call the Bendix Brake Advice Centre on 1800 819 666 or contact us directly using the contact form here: http://www.bendix.com.au/content/contact-bendix For updates and news visit our Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  13. This is not your average Mitsubishi Evo 8, built and owned by father and son team Mark and Paul at their Kustom Kraft Fabrications workshop in Western Sydney it’s a testament to good old Aussie engineering. What’s different about a modified Evo I hear you say? How about a rear wheel drive drift car! When we asked Mark why he built this unconventional car he said, “I choose the Evo for something different, it’s not your everyday drift car” That is for sure, check out the video and you can see the build quality and man hours that have gone into this project, Bendix Street Road Track brake pads are stoked to be on board! Visit: https://www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop/ https://www.youtube.com/user/BendixTV https://www.instagram.com/bendix_workshop/
  14. The Nissan X-Trail SUV is a large five-seat SUV with the option to upgrade to seven seats for those needing to accommodate larger families, hence the appeal of this original SUV crossovers which started production all the way back in 2000. With so many models sold over the 17 years and 3 generations of X-Trail there is still a high demand for this SUV in Australia (Ranking top 5 for SUV sales in Australia 2017). It’s not surprising that automotive workshops are now stocking brake pads on the shelf for X-Trail models. Bendix have developed the 4WD SUV brake pads for those consumers who are more likely to be towing/ carrying larger loads or driving outside of the metropolitan area on dirt roads. First generation T30 2000- 2007 In Australia the T30 was made available in standard ST, mid spec ST-S, high spec Ti and luxury spec Ti-L, with limited editions ST-X, ST-R, ST-S 40th anniversary models. Initially powered by a QR25DE 2.5 L four-cylinder engine initially producing 132 kW in 4WD and 2WD models. The X-Trail was equipped with full electric windows, electric mirrors, single CD player, two airbags and remote central locking. ST-S adds sunroof, alloy wheels, climate control, six disk CD player and fog lamps which was a fairly decent specification at the time for an SUV. Second generation T31 2007-2013 To be fair the second generation of X-Trail did not really see massive improvements in looks or specification. It maintained its box like physical appearance and the 2.5 litre petrol engine remained with still a choice of 4WD and 2WD transmissions. What was new in the line-up was the 2 Litre clean diesel engine making a tidy 130 KW and 350 NM of torque. Third generation 2013- Present What’s clear in the latest generation of X-Trail is that Nissan has followed the modern trend of softer, more family-friendly motoring with an on-road bias, as opposed to something more utilitarian like the first- and second-generation X-Trails. Nissan has five main variant lines spanning from the ST, ST-L, Ti, up to the diesel-only TS and TL variants. Continuing for the petrol models is the 2.0-litre four-cylinder developing 106kW, and the 2.5-litre four-cylinder producing 126kW. Both 4WD and 2WD options are on offer, along with a six-speed manual or CVT automatic, depending on the engine and trim level. Braking systems have remained unchanged in the 17 years of production for the X-Trail with Bendix producing the 4WD SUV brake pad compound to suit most consumer driving needs. Part numbers:
 Front brakes available in 4WD/ SUV
 DB1946-4WD Front brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix Rear brakes available in 4WD/ SUV
 DB1509-4WD Rear brake pads available in 4WD SUV from Bendix 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.
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  15. If you have encountered steering vibrations under braking, chances are that your brake rotors have DTV (Disk Thickness Variation) To eliminate this issue, your brake rotors will require machining or replacing completely. In the video below we go into further details about Steering Vibrations. Follow Bendix Brakes on Facebook HERE. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au