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  1. Monster Sale, Get the 4th Tyre free or up to $100 cash back when you buy 4 selected car or SUV tyres Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *Conditions apply. All offers valid between 01/05/2019 and 31/05/2019 and are redeemable in store. Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  2. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *Conditions apply. All offers valid between 01/04/2019 and 30/04/2019 and are redeemable in store. +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
  3. Black Thunder: Mitsubishi Evo X Build As lifelong car enthusiasts, my partner and I needed something we would both enjoy on a daily basis and complement our weekender. My name is Ashlee, and this Mitsubishi Evo X that I share with my partner Sharni perfectly complements our Evolution VI. The last of the Evolutions were designed to be easier to drive, equipped with a Twin Clutch Sport Shift Transmission that eliminated the clutch and manual gearbox. It also featured a brand new engine codenamed 4B11, ending nine generations of the previous 4G63 engine. Based off the current generation of the CJ Lancer chassis, the CZ4A received the same treatment as the previous Evolutions. That meant pumped out, vented guards to fit extra wide wheels and a massive rear wing on the boot. More vents adorned the front bar and the bonnet. The rear bumper has a massive diffuser built in, with stock twin tail exhausts for an aggressive look. The dynamics of the Evo X are fantastic; the Super-All Wheel Control 2 system putting every horsepower from the turbo engine to good use. It’s not lacking in the stopping department too, with the Brembo brake calipers clamping down on huge two piece brake rotors up front. Inside, the factory Recaros are incredibly comfortable, yet hug you when cornering hard. It’s one of my favourite things about the Evo X. Buying the Evolution two years ago seems like yesterday. As car nuts, we had the standard, stock car for about two weeks before we set about buying coilovers and wheels for it. Out came the very capable stock suspension for even better brand new BC coilovers. As for wheels, we found Gramlights Xtreme in 18x9.5in sizes for a really good price, and it even came with tyres! With the basic mods sorted, we drove the Evo X around as is for about a year before we felt it was time for more power. First, the stock wastegate actuator was replaced with a higher rated one to take more boost pressure. Then, a high quality Hypertune exhaust manifold was ordered to increase flow for the turbo. As the stock intercooler is still pretty good, we replaced the original pipes with a Plazmaman piping kit that feeds it more air while looking good in the engine bay whilethe stock air intake was swapped out for a K&N cold air intake kit. The twin tailpipe exhaust was replaced with a custom titanium single exit pipe, which saves on weight and sounds wicked. We then had it taken to Benchmark Solutions in Newcastle for a tune, and it came back with a staunch 210kW at all four wheels, with 450Nm of torque! It makes the 4B11 sing, crackle and pop like crazy. Equipped with newfound power, the fantastic, legendary AWD of the Evo X wasn’t keeping it up for some reason. It was cutting power, or get all confused when trying to put all the torque down exiting out of corners. It seemed like the tyres had had it. Even though there was still plenty of tread on them, the compound wasn’t grippy enough to deal with the Evo X’s capabilities. A good mate who owns a tyre shop recommended the Bridgestone Potenza RE003s when I asked him for advice for an affordable, long lasting tyre that will suit the power upped Evo. At first I was sceptical, as I thought I’d have to purchase a motorsport style tyre to suit the Evolution, but once the RE003s were fitted, my perceptions changed. Right from the get go the Evo X cornered on rails. It was a completely different experience compared to the previous tyres. My confidence grew as more and more mileage passed under the tyres. Throwing the Evo X at corners and full blasting out of them was fun again, thanks to the RE003’s amazing ability to hook up to the tarmac in nearly any condition. Despite me or my partner abusing them to street legal limits, the tread holds up beautifully too. I can tell that the RE003s will last the Evo X awhile! As a daily driver, the Evo X may not have been the right choice, but it’s a fun one. There are no future plans for the moment, as I try to dedicate most of my time and money to the project car instead of the daily. However I might be tempted to take it out for a track day, just to see how the Potenza RE003s fare… LINKS Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  4. Buy a not so second-hand car The goal to buying a second hand car is to buy one as un-second hand as possible. What we mean is getting the one you want, in the best condition, for a good price. Here are some tips to make the experience a smooth ride. Not just auto alley With the amount of choice at your disposal, buying a used car has never been easier. You’re no longer restricted to a few car yards down the road, there are a boot full of used car sites, private sales and reputable dealerships. It really is personal preference, however searching online will quickly narrow down your choice. Too small, too big Search for the type of car that fits your lifestyle and don't be tempted to stray. You'd be surprised how many people end up buying a completely different car that's totally unsuitable. Inspection time Once you've narrowed down your options, it's time to kick a few tyres. But before you go, do some research on the car, read reviews and find out what to look out for in the used car you're after. Set yourself a budget and try not to stray too far from it. Just remember, you’ll have registration and stamp duty fees and probably a servicing to add to the cost of purchase. It’s not a new car you’re buying and there’s a chance some mechanical repairs will pop up. Here are some other considerations when inspecting: Ask more questions. Try and find out as much as you can about the car's history. Are you speaking with the first owners, where did they buy it from, how long have they owned it, when do they mostly use it? Four eyes are better than two. If you can, bring along a trusted friend who knows more about cars than you to check things you’re not sure of. They might spot things that you didn’t even think to look for. You can't see in the dark. No matter how eager you are to see a car, never carry out an inspection in the dark, bad light or rain, they can all hide scratches, dents and rust. Tyre tick. You can check the tread depth 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, it’s time to replace it. Body check. Run your eyes along all panels and carefully check the paint job for scratches or dents. Check the joins for uneven matching, welding or variation in gaps as this could mean crash repairs. Look under the bonnet and carpet for rust and signs of welding or paint overspray. Leaks are messy. Check the engine block and under the engine and on the floor for any oil leaks. The engine bay should be clean and tidy. Check oil levels are correct on the dipstick and the oil is clean. Transmission oil should be a clean pink or red. Worn Belts and rubber. All belts should look new and not shabby. Look for tears, nicks or frays. Feel all the hoses - they should be firm and not rubbery or loose fitting. Go under. Bring a torch. Take a crawl and stick your head under the car (as much as you can). Check the exhaust system is clean with no rust spots or holes. Service please. Always ask for the service book and see if all the right rubber stamps are on the right pages at the right time, especially the big services like timing belt replacement. Get behind the wheel If it passes your first inspection, it’s time for a test drive. Take a seat and look around - you should feel comfortable from the start. Here's what you should look for on your test drive: The car should start first time and settle into a smooth idle. Keep the radio turned off and listen for any clunky engine or suspension noises. Test the air con to see if it's powerful and cold on maximum setting. Test the brakes on a quiet road to ensure a firm and smooth stop. Test the handbrake on a steep hill to make sure it’s correctly adjusted. Drive through all gears in a manual - they should engage smoothly and quietly, with no clutch slip. An auto should also change gears quickly and smoothly. Drive the car at highway speeds if possible to give a better impression of handling. Ask for the spare set of keys. If you need to buy another they can be surprisingly expensive. Shake on it Your nan will have advice on how to negotiate a car deal - everyone does! But it all depends on how much you want the car and how eager the seller is to move it on. Best advice - be fair and reasonable. Some other points to remember if you buy: Do a REVS check (revs.com.au) to see if there's any money owing on the car. Ensure registration and service history details match seller and car. Consider stamp duty and transfer fees in the price. If you feel comfortable with it - pay with cash. It's a great bargaining tool! Organise insurance before driving away. Make a car “less second hand” with new tyres If you have any doubt about the quality or roadworthiness of the tyres on your used car, one of the best things you can do is replace them. New quality tyres can improve performance, comfort, handling and above all safety. Have an expert at your local store www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ advise you on the right tyres to make your used car feel good as new. Had any good or bad experiences buying used cars? Do you prefer buying from a car dealer or owner? Share them with us and let us know in the comments below, or join the conversation on www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU.
  5. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *Conditions apply. All offers valid between 01/03/2019 and 31/03/2019 and are redeemable in store. +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
  6. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *The 4th tyre free offer is valid on purchases of four selected Bridgestone Ecopia and Supercat tyres in one transaction. ^The $80 cash back offer is valid on the purchase of four Firestone car tyres in one transaction. All offers valid between 01/02/2019 and 28/02/2019 and is redeemable in store. Offer excludes wholesale purchases and all other tyres manufactured or distributed by Bridgestone. Not available with any other offer and while stocks last. Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  7. The Blue Suit: Lexus ISF Build If you’re looking for me in my happy place; that would be in the garage until the wee hours of the morning, tinkering with carburetors, rewiring some gadget or painting something. My name is Kevin San, and my hobby is restoring old cars. But when it comes to motorsport, I don’t tend to use my project cars. Old cars need more skill to push hard, and having things wear out faster due to track days tends to make a restoration that little bit harder to complete. And if things do go pear-shaped, the consequences are much harder to resolve. So rather perversely, when it comes to motorsport, it’s the cars that I use for daily driving that get pressed into active duty. In recent years, I’ve been pretty lucky to have some nice cars to drive to work everyday. The MX5 was the friendly, approachable sweetheart that everyone knows and loves and felt equally at home in Super Sprints or drift events. The 911 that replaced it was a superb road car, whilst slightly tricky to tame on the circuit. While I loved it, I never quite felt like I came to terms with driving it on the limit. The beautiful RX-7 that replaced it was the most wonderfully pure and focused drivers car, which got better the faster you went. It might come as a surprise to learn that the car that I’m driving today is the fastest of the lot, and it’s an automatic family sedan. It’s a 2011 Lexus ISF. The ISF evolved quite a bit during its 6-year production run, and the 2011 model got some tasty upgrades compared to the launch edition; specifically a torsen LSD and a revised suspension that made it a much faster proposition on the circuit. So when it was time to move on from the RX-7, it was a 2011 or newer model that I was looking for. It’s a pretty nice package out of the box, and unusually for a Japanese car, doesn’t feel like it’s crying out for a round of ‘necessary’ modifications. So the modifications it does have are pretty light; just an X-Force dual exhaust to let more of the V8 snarl out, an intake tube and some better Endless brake pads. When I first got the car, I eagerly took it to its first track day and came away pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was. The handling balance is dominantly power oversteer, and you could really make the most of the monstrous brakes and 420 horsepower of brute force coming out of corners. Going fast was quite easy, but nailing the perfect lap was a real challenge, as the car starts to feel its weight at the very limit. You have to be very precise to manage its momentum, especially when getting it to pivot into corners and in the esses. Go a little too hard and it’s easy to spill the car over into messy oversteer, which looks and feels great but isn’t so flash on the stopwatch. So when the opportunity arose to try the new Potenza S007As, I jumped at the chance. It’s been my experience that modern supercar tyres are really very impressive. They do everything a good road tyre should do, offering good wet grip, quiet operation and long tread wear life…but then they also are capable of surprising lap times on a circuit. There’s no free lunch though, and the catch comes in the form of a relatively small window before they get too hot and the grip levels start to fall. Whereas track day tyres are designed to stay consistent and nail identical times lap after lap, the high end road tyres can’t keep it up for too long before starting to lose their edge. You can’t have everything! The OEM tyres that were fitted when I bought it were great on road and reeled off an impressive 1’10.2 lap time around Wakefield Park, just a smidge shy of the RX-7’s best time and a couple of seconds faster than the 911. But as expected, they had a sweet spot of a few hot laps before you had to back right off and let them cool down again. I eventually replaced them with the a different brand, this time opting for a track spec tyre, which brought the PB down to 1’09.6, beating the RX-7s best time and as expected of a track day tyre, they had the consistency to do lap after lap with largely identical times. As expected, the gap in ultimate performance between a really good road tyre and a track day tyre wasn’t that big. But the consistency of a track day tyre comes at a cost of reduced lifespan, greater noise and unpredictable wet grip on the road. I’d had the Bridgestone Potenza S007As fitted for a few weeks before the track day, which allowed me to get a feel for how they performed as an everyday road tyre. The initial verdict was that they were very good indeed; the ride had a plusher edge to it and they were impressively quiet. On a winding road, the steering was less darty and as you approached the grip limit, the breakaway was very soft and progressive. This meant that you had a lot of feedback as to where the grip levels were, and it instilled more confidence to allow you to really lean on the tyres. The big question was how they would perform on the track. The S007A’s compound is somewhere between a track day tyre and a sports road tyre in terms of softness, and that bodes well for the grip. Rolling out of the pits into the first corner, they kept their softer edged characteristics from the road, and instead of messy and fidgety stabs into oversteer, they settled into long and gentle powerslides which were easy to manage. Compared to the other tyres, these had less understeer and more of a tail-out balance. Grip levels were high, and immediately the lap times tumbled into the 1’09s, eventually settling to a best of the day of 1’09.3. It’s the fastest the ISF has ever gone around Wakefield. The S007As seem to like softer pressures, so they have that in common with track day tyres. So notwithstanding the stellar lap times that they’re capable of, the S007As are excellent road tyres that are more than capable of doing a track day. For those looking for outright track speed there are a few more dedicated tyres in the Potenza range like the RE-71R that I would love to try out and would probably recommend for those who spend hours lapping round their local circuit chasing extra 10ths of seconds. I really do like them as road tyres, and considering they’re quiet and ride well they are a good option over daily driving race rubber, and have excellent winding road manners. The fact the S007A also has the potential to run with the big dogs at a track day is a mightily impressive bonus. The stopwatch doesn’t lie. View my trackday video here Now that I felt I’ve extracted the very best out of the standard Lexus ISF (albeit with three very different tyres), it’s time for me to start the major modifications. I will be ordering coilovers, wheels and as well as installing a very tasty WALD carbon ducktail to fit. Keep and eye on all my build thread updates More information on the Bridgestone Potenza S007A can be found here LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  8. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *The 4th tyre free offer is valid on purchases of four Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres in one transaction. ^The $100 cash back offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Dueler or Alenza tyres in one transaction. #The $80 cash back offer is valid on purchase of four Supercat passenger or LVR tyres in one transaction. All offers valid between 26/12/2018 and 31/01/2019 and is redeemable in store. Offer excludes wholesale purchases and all other tyres manufactured or distributed by Bridgestone. Not available with any other offer and while stocks last. +Available on Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres, only at Bridgestone stores. Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  9. If you followed the build of our Mighty Car Mods "240Z" you would have seen that we bought a classic 1975 Nissan/Datsun S30 240Z Fairlady off the internet. Then we flew over to Japan to service it, throw it on a race track and then and imported it back to Australia. Due to Australia’s import laws relating to asbestos, we couldn’t easily keep the original 2 litre engine so with the help of some mates we installed a turbocharged RB26 engine from a Nissan Skyline GT-R, and replaced pretty much every piece of drivetrain, suspension and braking componentry to ensure the vintage machine could handle having more than three times its original power. Our final power figures came out at around 330kw at the wheels in a car that weights around 1100 kilos. To put this into perspective, the power to weight ratio is similar to that of a Bugatti Veyron. A large part of this upgrading process was replacing the Japanese tyres with modern high-performance Bridgestone Potenza RE003 rubber. Although the bias ply tyres which came on the S30 looked to have decent road-legal tread depth, the age of it made it necessary to install some new rubber. We also got a good look at just how far tyre technology has come in the last 45 years when we discovered the Zed’s original spare wheel in the boot, which was still wrapped in the original Bridgestone Super Speed-5 bias-ply tyre! The Super Speed-5 is the same model of tyre which was fitted to the highly desirable Z432 high-performance variant of the S30 Fairlady when it was launched at the 1969 Tokyo Motor Show, and is a thoroughly out-dated piece of equipment today thanks to evolutions in tyre construction that make tyres safer and able to handle higher power and speeds. While the first commercially successful pneumatic tyre appeared in 1888, and the first pneumatic car tyre was released in 1895, the largest leap in tyre technology happened in 1946 with the development of a new type of tyre construction, called the radial-ply. Traditionally car tyres had been made using bias-ply (or cross-ply) construction, which offered smooth ride but wore out faster and were more prone to sudden, catastrophic blow-out failures. The key difference between how a radial or cross-ply tyre is made comes from how the piles of cord in the tyre’s carcass are arranged. The cords give the tyre carcass form, and radial tyres run their cord at 90-degrees to the direction of travel to provide lower rolling resistance, improving fuel efficiency. Radial tyres also feature woven steel belts as part of the carcass, to help strengthen the whole tyre. While the radial tyre was quickly picked up in Europe, the UK and Asia by the 1950s, American automobile manufacturers resisted until public pressure peaked in 1968 to switch over to the safer, better-performing radial tyres. Bridgestone had launched its first radial tyre, the RD10, in 1967, although many Japanese cars still featured cross-ply tyres if they were being sold into the American market. This is why it is highly likely the Super Speed 5 tyre found on the MCM 240Z’s spare wheel is the original item. While it may be tempting to fit a vintage tyre for 'period correctness' the reality is the rubber will have dried out and be unsafe to use at speed, risking a blow-out occurring. After all the hard work we put into our classic Fairlady, we’re definitely not going to risk destroying it for the sake of one old tyre! The RE003s have worked brilliantly on the road and on the track with so many of our cars, and with the power available from the RB26, we might need some wider ones soon! Marty & Moog LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  10. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage – The Secret Agent My name is Chris, and this Aston Martin V8 Vantage is my weapon of choice. I’ve always lusted after the Vantage ever since it was released in 2006. The design was inch perfect; it was a bespoke Savile Row suit personified in automotive form. The delicious 4.3L V8 that roars into life then settles into a throaty purr at idle. I can’t help but feel superbly classy whenever I drive the car. When you press the start button, and the exotic instrument cluster says Power, Soul, Emotion, you can’t help but feel you are driving something special, and yet quintessentially British. Let’s start from the beginning, from when I first purchased the Aston Martin. Exterior The Aston Martin was originally obsidian black, but I had a respray in Lamborghini Grigio; a special kind of grey that’s eye catching yet subtle. Black paint is really hard to maintain anyway, and an Aston Martin looks best in steely, stiff upper lip silver or grey. I then had an expensive carbon fibre lip kit and front grill fitted, to add some aggression to that dapper front end. A carbon fibre ducktail wing was also added for that extra curvature on the rear. All the indicators and UK-spec reflectors were blacked out, along with the factory diffuser, to ensure the monotone look. The red rear tail lights were swapped out for clear versions to keep colour uniformity throughout the car. Engine and Suspension The V8 doesn’t need more power, with 380hp on tap from the factory. However I thought it could sound a lot better, so I had the factory exhaust system replaced with a custom made one. Now it makes a thrilling noise every time the throttle is applied. With the roar of the V8 up front and the intoxicating exhaust note behind me, it was aurally captivating to drive. When the V8 Vantage was released, the press gave it very favourable reviews in terms of looks, styling and power. However, in the handling department, most people favoured the Porsche 911, its rival. I could see why, as the Aston wasn’t built to be an out and out sportscar. It’s actually pretty comfortable on stock suspension, and I’d happily drive long hours or through traffic with it. That meant it wasn’t as capable as I liked on the twisties, so I had the shock absorbers replaced with custom Bilstein ones, and fitted H&R lowering springs to suit the setup. Coupled with black 19in Brixton Forged WR7 monoblock wheels, the transformation was visually dramatic. Tyres With the wheels, I ordered the brand new Bridgestone Potenza S007A. I love anything James Bond related now I have an Aston, and the 007 inclusion is spot on. It replaces the previous S001, meaning it’s a quiet, sophisticated premium tyre that’ll eat up miles in silence and comfort, yet has high performance grip. The difference was immediate the second I drove the car out from the Bridgestone tyre centre. Gone was the previous tyres’ chundering road noise, and despite the thin sidewalls, cat eyes’ on the roads were no longer spine damaging. Combined with the Bilstein suspension, the steering became quick and laser focused, responding to every input immediately. The original suspension made it a bit lazy off centre, but now the Vantage is alert, ready to carve a line through corners or traffic. Future mods Where to from here? As is, the Vantage is currently perfect for me, but I think I can do with more power. That entails a lot more planning and budgeting, as miscellaneous items such as brakes and more suspension work will be required for the car to handle more power. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy driving around this very special piece of British engineering. For more information on the Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE003, click HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  11. The open road awaits Road trips are as much about the journey as they are about the destination. The further we travel down the long stretch of highway, the more it clears our minds and sets us free of the trivial worries of our domestic life. Road trips are just simply good for the soul and this country calls out for them. Although you want to embrace the unexpected and spontaneous, it’s a good idea to have a loose plan in the back pocket. Here're a few things to keep in mind before you hit the road. Set course Set your route and stops along the way. Have an idea of when you'll reach your destination. Check your GPS and map to see where the stops are for sight seeing. It's always good to have an old traditional map in case your GPS lets you down. If we're talking long road trips, which may have you driving for days, plan when you'll be passing towns and sleeping. Drive no more than 10 hours a day and book accommodation in advance, as you don't want to roll up to a town in the evening and find every camping site/motel with no vacancies for weary travellers. This can easily happen during summer school holidays. Saddle-up Start with a check list before piling everything in the back or on the roof. This will hopefully stop you from taking more than you need, especially if you're travelling with kids. Pack the big items first like suitcases and boxes and get as many things into each one to save room. Then fill in the gaps between with other essentials. With wagons or SUVs, dont pack so high that it blocks your rear vision. Keep things like shoes, coats, blankets, toys and snacks in easy reach, so you're not pulling out everything to find them. For a long road trip here are some essential you should make room for: First aid kit Torch Map USB mobile device charge Lighters Duct tape Tyre pressure gauge Jumper cables Water Toilet paper Snacks Emergency numbers You're good to go. Make sure your car is There are plenty of other memorable moments you’d enjoy looking back on, rather than having your car break-down by the side of the road between towns. So you need to make sure your car is up for the trip. If you have any doubts about the reliability of parts of your car or find yourself nearing a due service, do yourself a big favour and book it in with your mechanic. Also, make sure your roadside assistance membership is up to date. Here are the car essentials you need to check before hitting the long open road. Fluid levels: Check brake, coolant, engine oil, clutch, transmission, power steering and water. You don’t want to run dry of any of these vital fluids. Coolant hoses: Ensure your hoses are in good condition and secure, with no coolant leaking. Check where they're joined and make sure they're tight and the rubber not brittle. If you’re heading into the outback, pack a spare radiator hose. Belts: Check the tension on your belts and look for tears or loosening of belts. It’s not a bad thing to carry a spare fan belt so if it needs to be replaced, you’re not relying on a garage to have one for the make of your car. Tyre pressure: Ensure your tyres including the spare are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s specification for your journey. An under or over-inflated tyre can affect comfort, control and fuel economy. Read more about tyre pressure. Lights: Check all your lights - headlights, high - beam, reverse, indicators and brake lights. Spare keys: It’s not a bad idea to take the spare keys along. You’ll pat yourself on the back if ever you lose the original set. Tyres are a biggie One of the most important things to check before rolling out of the driveway is the condition of your tyres. Look for any cracks, tears or bulges in the sidewalls. Make sure you have sufficient tread on all tyres (including your spare) by looking for the tread indication bars found at regular intervals around the tyre. If the tread pattern is equal to the tread bar, it means you only have the legal minimum of 1.6mm of tread left. When you consider most new tyres start with about 8-9mm of tread, it’s probably a good idea to have them replaced. Especially when you consider the safety of all in the car depend on your tyres. If there’s any question about the roadworthiness of your tyres, please consult an expert at your local Bridgestone store Give yourself a break Remember to give yourself a break at least every two to three hours or whenever you feel like it. If your driving along one of our long, straight stretches of highways, just be aware of mental fatigue. It can be easy to lose focus and concentration. If you’re feeling in any way that driving is becoming too much of a task, then give yourself a break. What’s your all time long road trip? Had any memorable mishaps along the way? We’d like to hear them. Tell us in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  12. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *The 4th tyre free offer is valid on purchases of four Bridgestone Ecopia, Bridgestone Potenza, Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus or Supercat tyres in one transaction between 01/11/2018 and 30/11/2018 and is redeemable in store. Offer excludes wholesale purchases and all other tyres manufactured or distributed by Bridgestone. Not available with any other offer and while stocks last. +Available on Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres, only at Bridgestone stores. Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  13. The heat is on Australia seems to be getting hotter every Summer. Those soaring temperatures that stifle the months of January and February have become merciless. It’s over this time your car requires a little more summer loving to keep cool. Here are a few things you should know to make the Summer holidays trips a breeze. Keep cool Overheating on hot days is one of the most common causes of cars spoiling your fun in the sun. That’s why it's crucial to check the radiator for coolant to help keep the engine at low temperatures. Carry extra coolant if you need to top up on a long road trip. But remember, wait till the engine has cooled before opening the radiator cap. Give your belts and hoses a good once-over for signs of wear and tear. If they look brittle, dry or loose have them replaced. Depending on the age of your car, you may want to have your water pump checked by a mechanic. If you’re planning a road trip or two on the Summer holidays and are in-between services, it won’t hurt to have your oil replaced, as it plays a big role in cooling your engine. If you notice your temperature gauge rising, turn off your air conditioning to relieve the strain on the engine. If you can bear it, turn the heating on full, as it will divert the heat away from the engine. It could be the trick that gets you to the next town. Otherwise pull over somewhere safe, don’t open the bonnet and wait for help or until the engine cools down. We all want to jump into our cars and blast the air conditioning. But try and keep your cool, as there are ways to make your A/C work faster and more effectively. Open the windows and drive for a few minutes to allow hot air to escape If not using the automatic mode, start with a lower setting, as turning it up to maximum levels will lead to faster wear and tear Always use the recirculation option to ensure hot air from outside isn’t being pulled in. With the interior cooling, the air conditioning won’t have to work as hard to continue cooling It can be a long time between service stations and towns depending where you're heading. So, keep plenty of extra water and a few snacks in the car for the trip. You'll be thankful if you ever find yourself on the side of the road. No summer holiday for tyres While you're making yourself comfortable and cool in the car, outside your tyres are feeling the heat. Long distance driving in searing temperatures and a heavy holiday load can be testing on the rubber. There are a few simple things you can do to check your tyres are up for the ride. Walk around the car and do a visible check for any cuts, tears, bulges or worn tread. The legal minimum tread depth for cars is 1.5mm across the central three-quarters of the width of the tyre, and across the entire circumference. Before your tread gets as low as this, or even with the wear indicator bars moulded at the bottom of the tread grooves, you’ll need to replace the tyre. Make sure tyres (including your spare) are properly inflated to vehicle specification. Under-inflated tyres on long high speed freeways in the heat can cause a blowout. Check your owner's manual or label inside the driver's door for correct pressure. If you are heading off on a bit of a journey and clocking up the kms, it's not a bad thing to rotate your tyres before heading off. It will give them better, even wear on the open road as the front pair tend to wear out faster. Your tyres are hugely important when it comes to keeping you and your family safe on the roads. If you’re ever not sure of something, it’s best to consult an expert at your local Bridgestone Store. Summer madness Like some sort of summer migration, caravans, jet skis, boats and trailers towing all sorts of things suddenly appear on the road. Your path to rest and recreation becomes congested with families and car loads of friends travelling at the same time, so be extra cautious during summer holiday time. And as a last tip - never drive with your arm out the window, apart from being illegal, it can get badly sunburnt in a very short time before you know it. Ever broken down in the scorching Australian sun? Have any favourite tips for long Summer drives? Tell us your experience and join the conversation on Facebook. For more information on the Potenza RE003, click HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  14. Every year one of the world’s largest aftermarket vehicle trade shows kicks into gear in Las Vegas. While SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association Show) is open for trade only and not the public, if you can get in, it is a must-see for any car enthusiast. Home to thousands of the latest and best bits of car gear going around, the show attracts over 70,000 visitors every year…yes, it’s huge! Because so much new kit is premiered you’ll get a first-in look at SEMA before anyone else. Suppliers put on some of the best shows in the business and there’s literally millions of dollars’ worth of gear and custom hot rods, street and dragsters on display. The show caters for all and any into aftermarket modding. There’s the latest and upcoming products from well-known to small start-up brands such as K&N, Holley, Diablo Sport, Edelbrock, Derale Performance, Moshers, Hamburger’s and Optima. And their bits of exclusive kit is fitted to one-off show cars such as a chrome Nissan GT-Rs, monster trucks, rock-crawling Jeeps, drag cars, jet fuelers, classics, hot rods, muscle cars and more. Needless to say, SEMA shapes up as one of the must see events that any enthusiast should try and see at least once in a lifetime and if you really want to get yourself in there’s a few ways to do so: Become a supplier Have a good idea for a new product? Get to work. SEMA is open for registration to any supplier of parts or goods for vehicles from cars to bikes. And you don’t have to fabricate the world’s most efficient manifold; there’s tens of thousands for suppliers showcasing everything from paint protection to car art. Once you’re up and running you’ll need to apply to SEMA for a seller’s badge and you’re good to go. Work in the industry if you don’t have the time to start up your own business, you’re eligible if you work for one that’s in the automotive industry. As long as you can prove that you should be there, you can apply to attend - even if the company doesn’t have a booth. If you work in the media you might be able to apply for a media pass. Beyond just the cars, SEMA is also a great place for networking and seeing the future direction of the industry. But if you’re just there for the show and can’t get in, you’ll still get to see most of the best cars putting on a display for the general public outside the centre at the end of the week. For more information on the Potenza RE003, click HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  15. The White Wolf Toyota 86 Build My name is Brad, and I am really excited to own my Toyota 86 GTS. I fell in love with them when it was first launched in 2012. Over the course of five years, my yearning for them grew and grew. I’d keep up with the latest news and available modifications, and when the circumstances were right, I bought one of the first facelifted models in Australia last year. Top of the range, it came with leather seats, HID headlights, bigger brakes and all the trimmings. I’ll be writing this in a timeline format, as I’ve made a lot of changes with the car through the year I had it. Stage One In the one short year it’s been with me, I’ve never stopped tinkering with the Toyota 86. Within the first few months, my 86 received a Invidia N1 exhaust, Tomei exhaust manifold, Pedders Xtreme coilovers, and Rays 57 XTreme SP wheels. They were the basic ‘must have’ modifications that most car enthusiasts start out with. Immediately the Toyota 86 felt more agile thanks to wider wheels, better tyres and stiffer suspension. The N1 exhaust had really livened things up, with an intoxicating exhaust note every time I prod the throttle. It was then tuned by IXA Battle Garage, which dramatically improved torque throughout the rev-range, thanks to the more efficient Tomei exhaust manifold. Inside, I changed out the plastic rings on the climate controls for blue metal ones, and I mounted a CarJoying head unit that’ll not only play music, but provide gauges for my car’s engine, so I can keep an eye on temperatures and oil pressure. I topped it off with a Rocket Bunny GT Wing, so not only do you hear me coming, you’ll see me going past with that massive spoiler on the rear hatch. Oh, and I had to add aftermarket Valenti tail lights and rear fog lamp set. It is a must do for all Toyota 86 owners. Stage Two Stage one was short lived though. While I loved the noise, attention and the dramatic transformation, I soon got defected for the exhaust and outlandish wing. To clear the defect, I got rid of those, and decided to go with a more subtle approach for stage two. Swapping the noisy N1 for a more subdued MXP Competition RS Ti catback, my ears finally stopped ringing after every drive. To keep the excitement of a noisy exhaust, I had Cosmic Performance add a pop and crackle tune. Every time I get off the throttle after pushing the engine hard, the exhaust will, you guessed it, pop and crackle. I loved hearing that noise, as it’s a sign of a good hard drive. A short shifter kit from IRP was added to improve shift gate action, important in a car where the feel of driving was more important than going fast. The car looked more sedate without the wing, too sedate. In that case, I went with Ewing Concepts to create a custom diffuser and lip kit for me. The front splitter comes with adjustable rods to vary the attack angle. Overall I’m quite satisfied with the looks for now. Stage Three While the 86 made a great noise and goes rather well, I soon needed more firepower under the bonnet. Sydney Motor Engineering provided a complete turbocharger kit that promised 300kW with the right modifications and tuning. Named the Spec R kit (R for Race, I think), it featured a massive GT3076 turbocharger mounted right up front, and came with precise mandrel bent piping and a huge intercooler. To get it running correctly, the stock injectors were replaced with Injector Dynamics 1000cc versions, and the fuel pump replaced with a DeatschWerks DW300C. The MXP exhaust was deemed too restrictive for the turbocharger, so I upgraded to a custom titanium 3in exhaust made by PSI Factory. Parramatta Vehicle Services tuned the car on 98 RON fuel and it made 208kW at the wheels, with a conservative 5lbs of boost. Although finally happy with the power levels, the grip from my tyres weren’t keeping up. As there was a Bridgestone Service Centre up the road from work, I wandered in and asked for recommendations. My Toyota 86 is a daily driver, so I’d need tyres that’ll have decent tread life, yet grips well in dry and well. They recommended the Bridgestone Potenza RE003, a tyre I’ve heard a lot about from my mates, but never had the chance to try out. On my daily commute, I didn’t think too much of them. The RE003s were quiet and comfortable, and there was no increase in ride stiffness. I soon discover why the RE003s are the choice of car enthusiasts once I took it for a good drive on the Old Pacific Highway. The grip was astounding, holding on for life even if I pushed the throttle hard. Even with the extra power, the traction control barely needed to intervene. The steering came alive, and with my modifications, it finally felt like the sports car Toyota should have built from the factory, and then personalised for me. Stage Four? Where to next? I haven’t thought much about this, as I am just starting to enjoy the turbocharger kit and Potenza RE003s. Once I’ve gotten used to the newfound power and handling, I’ll make another decision. Perhaps a change of wheels, or a wide body kit. Before that, I’m planning to take my Toyota 86 on epic drives and maybe a couple of track days, where I can safely unleash all the power! For more information on the Potenza RE003, click HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU