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  1. Different people use their vehicles differently, and that’s why Bendix has a range of brake pads to suit differing driving needs. Whether it’s everyday general driving, off-roading, towing or even the odd track day, Bendix has just the right brake pad to suit. The new Bendix Heavy Duty pads are designed for every ute, van and pick-up on the road. Manufactured using a specifically developed compound, the Heavy Duty delivers real performance for all sorts of load carrying situations. Whether it’s the stop-start city driving, frequent towing or the hard grind of construction sites, the Heavy Duty will handle any situation that involves heavy loads. The Bendix Heavy Duty brake pads come with an exclusive insulation layer between the friction material and backing plate for cooler braking and longer rotor life. The Bendix Blue Titanium Stripe means that no bedding in is required for the Heavy Duty brake pads. Find out more about the Heavy Duty HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  2. This is part two of a three-part article. For non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads, please see part one, for semi-metallic compounds, please see part three. In part one, non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads were discussed. These brake pads are suitable for a wide range of driving styles, with their low dust, consistent brake performance at relatively low temperatures and speeds. However, when cars regularly travel at higher speeds or require greater performance, brake temperatures rise, and this can cause brake fade, reducing stopping performance. In these situations, brake pads with Low Metallic compounds excel. Low Metallic (Low-Met) brake pads are suited to performance and high speed driving styles, and contain high levels of mineral abrasives to provide better stopping power. The Bendix Ultimate and Street Road & Track contains these ingredients to provide exceptional stopping power and shorter stopping distances. It is also more resistant to brake fade at high temperatures, delivering consistent brake pedal feel lap after hot lap. The Bendix Ultimate and Street Road & Track is recommended for high performance vehicles that do spirited driving or track racing, where braking performance is paramount. Bendix Ultimate brake pads feature HPC technology that reduces brake dust, without compromising stopping performance. Bendix Ultimate and Street Road & Track brake pads also come with Bendix’s proprietary brake shims, featuring a nitrile rubber coating that absorbs noise and vibration under braking. The next article will feature Semi Metallic brake pads suited for, commercial vehicles, utes or cars that often carry heavy loads. The choice of friction material will impact on your braking experience which is why it’s important to match your driving needs and vehicle with the right brake pad formulation. Visit HERE to select and fit the right Bendix brake pad for your driving style. Make sure that at your next brake service, ask your mechanic for the right Bendix brake pads to suit your driving style, or Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockist. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist.
  3. February’s EOMM 2017 went bonkers, with heaps of quality cars showing up this month. So much so that there’s not just five, but TEN Cars of Bendix that we’ve decided to feature! The night was lively, with the adjacent race track playing host to PowerCruise. Tough V8s were heard through the EOMM venue, mixed in with the thumping music and the occasional revving. Check out the mad rides that made it into the Feb’s Cars of Bendix! 1971 Datsun 1200 coupe First up is Travis’ 1971 Datsun 1200 coupe. Fully restored from the ground up, it was toughened up with a turbocharged, imported Z18 with a L series bottom end. The power is then pumped to the rear views using a Fiat diff and a FJ five-speed gearbox. To prevent the classic looks from being spoiled, Travis opted for a water-to-air intercooler, resulting in a timeless looking butt kicking Datsun. 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Damien’s vision of a WRX STi was to be able to make it dance at gymkhanas, yet drive it to work daily. The first thing that you notice are the additional fenders on the already blistered fenders, attempting to contain the fat Koya Racing wheels. Inside, you’ll find a roll cage, and a Sparco bucket seat so that Damien doesn’t go out the side windows in high-g manoeuvres. The WRX STi is ready to execute all those Ken Block gymkhana moves thanks to a hydraulic handbrake, plated 1.5 way differentials, adjustable centre differential and big billet driveshafts. Motive power is generated by a forged EJ25 breathing through a Blouch 1.5 XTR turbo, making a responsive 300kW at all four. 2012 Expensive Daewoo Cruze CRi Are you ready for a blast from the past, but updated with all the latest trends? This is Rick and Michael’s pet project, a father and son undertaking. It’s a superbly modified 2012 Expensive Daewoo Cruze with a ton of special touches. Starting off with that outrageous custom body kit, paint and wheels, you would not have picked it as a Cruze if this rolls pass you. The bonnet is modified with a custom VF Late model camira reverse intake scoop, and those massive Rotiform wheels add a finishing touch to the whole package. Inside, it’s been retrimmed, and a massive sound system will be going in later too. It’s not just show and no go; the Cruze packs a custom fabricated turbo kit, and it sits in an engine bay so clean you could eat off it. 1974 VW Type 2 The old school Volkswagen camper van and all its iterations are universally adored. You just can’t hate them. And nothing brings a smile to the lips like spotting a baby blue, original 1974 VW Type 2 single cab ute rolling up at EOMM. Alex owns this and another VW camper van, just out of sight in this picture. The gorgeous blue is mostly untouched, except with a home job stencil of Alex’s grandfather’s business card on the side of the door, and some pinstripe design down the side. It’s in fantastic condition too; rust was minimal when Alex bought it, sight unseen on eBay. It’s full of character, and exudes a vintage charm that we can’t help but feature this! Mazda RX-7 FC3S The Mazda RX-7 in its 4th and 5th generation was the personification of gentleman motoring; a stark contrast to what lay brapping away in the engine bay. James’ FC3S has that classy 3-piece automotive suit: smooth clean body in metallic gun metal grey, tasteful, period correct FR Simmons wheels, and lowered just right to look good and not impractical. Pop the hood though, and it flexes its bridgeported 13B rotary muscles. Pumped up with an old school T04Z setup, and a Motec dash and computer, this FC3S has the power to back up its refined looks. Honda S2000 ‘Itasha’ – a Japanese word that means ‘painful’. It is also a term for the emerging trend of wrapping cars up with eye-catching Japanese cartoon motifs, and no type of car is safe from it. Garry’s Honda S2000 is usually more at home on the race track, or on twisties with the roof down. But rather than settling for the typical race-inspired cosmetic enhancements like the Voltex GT wing, Js Racing carbon diffuser, massive front Spoon monoblock brakes and Flow Design lip, Garry wrapped the car up in a design based off a Japanese anime called Re:Zero. It certainly stood out from a sea of silver S2000s with its colourful wrap. Expensive Daewoo Kingswood Belmont HQ Ute Affectionately known as Rosie, Jesse’s 1974 Expensive Daewoo Kingswood Belmont ute has been lovingly and sparingly modified and restored. Jesse and his family are professed HQ enthusiasts; there’s another two Kingswood at home belonging to mom and pops! In the two and a half years Rosie has been with Jesse, all the rust spots have been fixed, a set of period correct steelies (with white walls, of course) got stuck on, and the venerable 202 got cleaned up. Running a small Edelbrock cam with a soulful exhaust and intake, Rosie could sing her heart out while cruising along. Nissan 200SX The Nissan 200SX; it’s an iconic sports car of the early 2000s. Rear wheel drive and turbocharged, the 200SX takes all of that and wraps it up in a svelte body that still turns heads in this day and age. Will’s 200SX keeps the original factory body kit, and added a dash of Mazda’s Velocity Red to the car to make it stand out. Those massively wide, black Rays TE37SL is given the slammed perspective; all cambered, aggressive and Instagram worthy. It’s got some power too, with Tomei cams, full exhaust, an intercooler and boost controller making sure the venerable SR20DET pulls hard. 2000 Toyota Chaser JZX100 This is a family friendly 300rwkw daily driver. It’s probably no surprise to die hard Toyota fans, but for those new to the Chaser, it might be shocking to see this wide, low, dressed up ‘Camry’ leave them dead at the lights. Rohan’s Chaser is outfitted with the sought after, genuine TRD kit, wide and tilted 18in AME Tracers, and its 2.5 litre straight six is fitted with Supra DNA…the 1JZ with VVTi. Thanks to that, a GTX3076 turbocharger and E85, the Chaser thumps out a skid inducing 305rwKW. Step inside and it’s spacious as an Aurion, and the rare Thule roof racks is ready for surfboards or snowboards. It even has a Recaro baby seat, imported straight out of Germany. Mitsubishi 3000GT In the golden era of Toyota Supras, Honda NSXes, and Nissan Skyline GTRs, Mitsubishi rolled out the 3000GT, also known as the GTO. The flagship 2+2 coupe showcased Mitsubishi’s advanced technology in the day. Packing features such as electronically controlled suspension, four wheel drive and four wheel steer, active aerodynamics, and changeable exhaust modes, the 3000GT was ahead of its time. The top spec twin turbo’d 3.0L V6 was no slouch either, pumping 300hp out at four wheels and smashing the quarter mile in 13 seconds. For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Bendix Facebook page. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes’ range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  4. If you had to choose only one car to do everything, you’d be hard pressed to go pass the Ford Mondeo XR5 Turbo. Released in 2008, it featured a Volvo sourced, turbocharged inline five engine, pumping out 162kW through the front wheels. Only available with a manual six-speed gearbox, it’s a car for enthusiasts who enjoy driving. Thanks to its fantastic chassis and uprated suspension, the Mondeo is a joy in corners, while providing a comfortable, cossetting ride. The Mondeo XR5 Turbo is sleek and svelte inside and out, the understated styling belying the potent power under the hood. Inside, a mix of black suede and leather adorn the seats and interior trim, and the XR5 is fitted with all the comforts and technology to make daily commuting easy. It’s quite spacious too, swallowing five regular sized adults with ease. Blessed with a braked towing capacity of 1600kg, the Mondeo XR5 isn’t afraid to roll up its sleeves and get to work. Towing a small camping trailer is easy peasy for the Mondeo XR5, and with its spacious and well-appointed interior, the whole family can go away on weekends easily. With such well-rounded capabilities, the Bendix Heavy Duty perfectly suits the Mondeo’s driving style and needs. The Heavy Duty brake pads are engineered to provide strong braking performance, even when towing or carrying heavy loads. The consistent pedal feel and better stopping power allows the XR5 Turbo to shine on windy roads too. The Heavy Duty brake pads also come with an exclusive insulation layer between the friction material and backing plate, to increase brake rotor life by lowering heat build-up. Find out more about the Heavy Duty HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  5. This article is the first part of a three-part series on brake compounds. While brake pads appear to be simple components, they play a critical role in the braking system and have a complex manufacturing process. Brake pads are manufactured using a combination of ingredients; these include Fibres, Functional Fillers, Friction Modifiers, and Resin Binders. Different driving styles and vehicles require different amounts and mixes of each ingredient in order to provide full confidence when braking. There are three main types of friction material used for the manufacture of brake pads. They are Non Asbestos Organic (NAO), Semi Metallic (Semi-Met), and Low Metallic (Low-Met), and each material is suited to different applications. This article will discuss NAO formulations, also known as ceramic materials. These are used in Bendix General CT and 4WD/SUV brake pads. Ceramic brake pads have low levels of noise, dust, and rotor wear, while providing a consistent pedal feel. Bendix NAO brake pads use a combination of synthetic glass fibres, aramid fibres and natural organic fibres as the main reinforcing ingredients. Braking performance for each car make and model is further fine-tuned by adding organic or inorganic modifiers. The manufacturing process of Bendix NAO brake pads is complex, with heat and pressure applied cyclically up to 10 times during the procedure. Why is heat applied up to 10 times? It allows the gasses to escape from the friction material, if this is not done it could cause issues down the track. Bendix’s production methods dramatically increase the lifespan and durability of NAO brake pads. The ingredients are carefully picked to finetune braking performance for each individual car model. When braking, a Bendix NAO brake pad applies a coating to the rotor called a transfer film. The pad uses this film for 90% of everyday braking work, to protect the brake disc from wear. The transfer film constantly gets worn away and built up again through general, everyday city or country driving. The Bendix General CT brake pads are highly suited to small to medium sized cars that do daily driver duties. For heavier 4x4s, all wheel drives and SUVs, the Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads provide the required performance for extreme conditions and on road feel. For performance cars that are driven hard or, or vehicles tend to tow on a regular basis, brake pads with higher metallic content is needed. This is where Ultimate and Bendix Heavy Duty range of brake pads come in. Semi Metallic and Low Metallic compounds will be covered in the next two articles. The choice of friction material will impact on your braking experience which is why it’s important to match your driving needs and vehicle with the right brake pad formulation. Visit www.bendix.com.au/content/bendix-brake-selection-guide to select and fit the right Bendix brake pad for your driving style. Make sure that at your next brake service, ask your mechanic for the right Bendix brake pads to suit your driving style, or Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockist. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist.
  6. Different people use their vehicles differently, and that’s why Bendix has a range of brake pads to suit differing driving needs. Whether it’s everyday general driving, off-roading, towing or even the odd track day, Bendix has just the right brake pad to suit. For more information on Bendix’s products, visit www.bendix.com.au To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  7. Cars are a big part of Australia’s culture, so what better way to celebrate 2017’s Australia Day than coming out to the first End of Month Meet for 2017? A massive crowd of car enthusiasts showed up, undeterred by double demerits, and stayed on their ‘best behaviour’. Read on for this month’s Cars of Bendix! Rob brought his rally inspired Mitsubishi to the first EOMM of the year. Tastefully modified, the classy black Evo has been tweaked just right, according to Rob. Focusing on suspension, Rob increased the Evo’s handling ability with aftermarket coilovers and body braces. Bigger and wider TE37SLs not only look fantastic, it also ensures that the power from the E85-tuned turbocharged 4G63 is fully utilized. John has gone pretty all out with his Volkswagen Golf R. Already packing a serious punch from the factory, the Golf R now sports an APR Stage 2+ kit, promising at least 100hp more than stock! With such a big jump in power, John added a Brembo big brake kit, with two piece lightweight rotors. George’s 1977 Mazda 323 is a sleeper no matter how you look at it, and it is a massive ‘snorer’ as well. A rebuilt 13B rotary engine lies under the stock bonnet, armed with bigger injectors and a massive GT42 turbocharger. Packing 400hp worth of heat at 14lbs of boost, this little Mazda would spring a surprise on anyone that lines it up. A European car, built by an American company and modified Japanese style; if that isn’t globalisation, what is? Brandon’s Ford Focus XR5 goes JDM with racecar inspired cosmetic enhancements, starting with aftermarket carbon fibre lip kits and a stance inspired by Super GT500 race cars. The carbon fibre hood mimics the Focus RS, but instead of being subtle like a European, it’s bared to show off its functionality. The bumper has been cutaway to allow more fresh air in, as well as showing off the aftermarket intercooler. For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Bendix Facebook page. To learn more about the Bendix Brakes’ range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  8. It's the first EOMM of 2017, and being Australia Day, there was a great crowd! A lot of awesome cars attended, from your JDM heroes to Euros, tough muscle cars and plenty of Aussie Flags.! Find out more about Bendix here: https://www.bendix.com.au/ Can you spot yourself or your friends in the video? Tag away! #Bendix #EOMM #CarsofBendix For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  9. Australia has posted its third new car sales record in four years with 1,178,133 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles sold in 2016, an increase of 2 per cent on the 2015 calendar year record. Vehicle sales in December totalled 98,763, slightly down (0.9 per cent) on December 2015. The 2016 record year also marked a continued shift in buyer preference and market dynamics with a light commercial vehicle, the Toyota Hilux, topping the national vehicle sales charts over a 12-month period for the first time in Australian automotive history. Releasing the 2016 full-year sales results, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said the past decade had seen a remarkable change in the traditional composition of the Australian vehicle market as evidenced by the success of the Hilux as the nation’s top-selling vehicle in 2016, and the ever-growing strength of Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) sales. “Calendar year 2016 marks the seventh year in a row that the Australian new car market has topped 1 million sales, and this result posts the industry’s third record in four years,” Mr Weber said. “It is an intriguing and exciting time for industry watchers as there’s little doubt we are observing a significant and dynamic transition in consumer preference. While buyer demand for traditional passenger cars remains healthy, it’s clear consumers are gradually transitioning into other segments. “The growth, as was witnessed in 2016 and appears certain to continue in 2017, is in SUVs and light commercial vehicles, particularly dual cab utilities. “New models with significant performance and comfort attributes, combined with the existing vehicle mix, continued to make Australia one of the most competitive new car markets in the world. “It’s this level of competition, and the diversity of more than 400 models on offer, which drives value for the Australian consumer. “This variety of choice and value, combined with 24 quarters of national economic growth and low interest rates has created a confluence of positive factors to encourage motor vehicle sales.” Mr Weber said SUV sales, in particular, continued to grow in 2016 with that vehicle type now accounting for 37.4 per cent of the market, up from 35.4 per cent in 2015. Light commercial vehicles held 18.5 per cent of the market in 2016, up from 17.2 per cent in 2015. Among the states and territories, those that experienced sales growth during 2016 compared with 2015 were New South Wales (+4.4%), Victoria (+3.4%), South Australia (+3.9%), ACT (+4.3%), Northern Territory (+2%) and Tasmania (+0.3%). The two states to decline were Western Australia (-5.6%) and Queensland (-1.1%). Business sales increased by 13 per cent compared with 2015, and rental sales rose 6 per cent. Private sales declined 5.8 per cent and Government purchases by 1.4 per cent. For calendar year 2016, Toyota led the market with 17.8 per cent, followed by Mazda with 10 per cent, Hyundai (8.6 per cent), Holden (8 per cent) and Ford (6.9). Australia’s top-selling vehicle for 2016 was the Toyota Hilux with 42,104 sales. This was followed by the Toyota Corolla with 40,330 sales, The Hyundai i30 (37,772), Ford Ranger (36,934) and Mazda3 (36,107). The December 2016 market saw Toyota remain the top-selling brand with 20.2 per cent. Mazda was in second place with 9.9 per cent, Holden (7.8 per cent), Hyundai (7.1 per cent) and Mitsubishi (6.8 per cent). Australia’s best-selling vehicle in December was the Toyota Camry with 4850 sales. It was followed by the Toyota Hilux with 4,086, the Ford Ranger (3,367), Mazda3 (3,141) and the Toyota Corolla (2,927). Key Points: The December 2016 market of 98,763 new vehicle sales is a decrease of 853 vehicle sales or 0.9% on December 2015 (99,616) vehicle sales. December 2016 (25) had the same amount of selling days as December 2015, which resulted in a decrease of 34.1 vehicle sales per day. The Passenger Vehicle Market is down 1,787 vehicle sales (-4.0%) over the same month last year; the Sports Utility Market is down by 6 vehicle sales (0.2%) versus December 2015 Toyota was market leader in December, followed by Mazda and Holden. Toyota led Mazda with a margin of 10,154 vehicle sales, or 10.3 market share points. For more information, visit www.bendix.com.au Follow Bendix Workshop on Facebook.
  10. It’s holiday season, and it is tradition for many Aussie families to hold long road trips to the bush, or visit relatives. It is also a very busy period for mechanics, who are flooded with vehicles getting a last-minute check over and a service before hitting the road. One of the most important safety aspects to check is the brakes. It could mean between stopping safely or not at all. Fortunately, Bendix has a checklist that’ll make a brake inspection quick and easy. 1. Spongy brake pedal – Does the vehicle have a spongy brake pedal recently? If that is the case, it’s most likely time to do a brake fluid flush. The spongy brake pedal comes from air bubbles present in the braking system. With bubbles, the brake fluid cannot provide maximum pressure to the brakes, reducing braking capabilities. Brake fluid flushes should be done according to manufacturers’ recommended intervals. However, if there is no service history for the car, a brake fluid flush should be done for peace of mind. 2. Low on brake fluid: If the brake fluid flush has been done recently, check the brake fluid reservoir and ensure that the fluid is at the maximum or full line. If there is brake fluid missing, it is normal, just top it up with the car manufacturer’s recommended brake fluid specifications (DOT3, 4 or 5). Make sure to only use brake fluid from a sealed, unopened bottle. As brake fluid absorbs moisture over time, brake fluid from previously opened containers will be unsafe to use. 3. Brake pads: Visually inspect if the brake pads require replacing. For a thorough inspection, jack the car up and remove the wheels. Check if the brake pads have reached the wear marks or has uneven wear. Replace if its past the wear indicator or has uneven wear. It’s best to replace them with new brake pads if its worn close to the indicator. As long road trips are much harsher on cars, there is a chance the pads will be very worn before the journeys are over. 4. Uneven wear on brake pads: If there is significantly more wear on a set of brake pads than the other (left to right), this usually indicates a problem with the brake caliper. Usually, it’s just a simple regrease of the sliding pins, but in extreme cases, the caliper may need a rebuild or replacement. Be sure to use Bendix Ceramic High Performance Synthetic Lubricant on all moving parts of the caliper when replacing the pads. 5. Brake rotors: With the wheels taken off, make sure the rotors are cool before inspection. Feel around for rough spots, irregular grooves, or cracking. Check for any uneven wear by visually inspecting the edges. If one side of the rotor is thinner than the other, it may have severe disc thickness variation (DTV). Ensure the rotor is not worn down to its wear markers. If any symptoms are present, the brake rotors should be machined or replaced (if its worn down to the markers). After checking the rotors and pads, ensure to clean with Bendix Brake/Parts Cleaner & Degreaser to remove any contaminants present on brakes and its parts. Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockists. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist. Follow us on our Facebook page for the latest news, technical bulletins and product releases: www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop
  11. Still found on many cars, especially older ones and some commercial vehicles, drum brakes may look a bit alien and outdated compared to disc brakes. Although the technology is not new, drum brakes are still factory fitted on the rear of new cars. Drum brakes have two common configurations on the rear axle; combined handbrake and foot brake shoes and handbrake only shoes. Handbrake only shoes are often fitted inside the disc rotor, like standard drum brakes, and are normally sealed away. This makes visually checking for wear and tear not easy. How do drum brakes work? Drum brakes slow down the car by pressing a brake shoe against the inside of the drum brake, the rotating component that spins with the wheels. The drum is made from an iron alloy that is specially formulated to be extremely long lasting. The brake shoes consist of a friction lining bonded to a metal backing plate. How to tell if your brake shoes need changing? Inconsistent brake pedal feel. If the rear brakes are drum brakes, the driver may feel vibrations under braking. The initial bite when the brakes are still cold may be lacking. This is because the brake shoes are so worn that they cannot firmly press against the drum. Hand brake feels loose. If the hand brake requires a hard yank to keep the car from rolling off, chances are the brake shoes need replacing. On a steep incline, if the car moves an inch or so before coming to a rest, the drum or brake shoes would need to be inspected. There is a possibility it could be a loose hand brake cable, which is a much easier fix. Scraping noise while braking. When brake shoes are worn away so much that only the metal shoe platform remains, under braking you would hear a metallic scrapping noise. Once it is this severe, you may have to machine the drum or replace it all together. When replacing brake shoes, choose Bendix Brake Shoes for stopping power, low noise and dust, and durability. Specially formulated for all driving conditions, you can put your foot down with confidence, every time. Bendix products are available from leading automotive stockist. Click HERE to locate your nearest stockist. Follow us on our Facebook page for the latest news, technical bulletins and product releases: www.facebook.com/bendixworkshop
  12. It's the final EOMM of 2016, and it seemed like the whole of Sydney turned up! Tons of quality cars attended, from your JDM heroes to balling Euros, tough muscle cars and even nostalgic classics. Can you spot yourself or your friends in the video? Tag away! For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  13. Sydney Dragway this month played host to United We Meet, with many car clubs showing up despite the drizzling rain! Some eye-catching cars were out and about, and these are our picks for October. 1974 Volkswagen SuperBug Dave’s Volkswagen Beetle was a 16th birthday present from his dad, Steve, and built this car as a father-son project. This particular model was a 1974 SuperBug, or also known as a 1303S, with a special aerodynamic windscreen and a MacPherson strut front end. Dave and his dad fitted a 944 rear end with matching brakes to improve the chassis and handling. Its 1.6L motor has been stroked to 1.9L and breathes through twin 40mm Dell’Orto carburettors for some old-school motive power. Its headlights came from a classic Porsche 911, while the wheels are off a more modern 996. It’s clear to see a ton of love and care has gone into this Superbug. We could go on listing the mods but it’ll take up at least 6 pages, so we’ll end it here! Mitsubishi Legnum VR4 Black, sleek and menacing, Daniel’s Legnum VR4 wagon caught our attention when it drove past. Once we got Daniel to pop the carbon fibre bonnet, we realized this was not your standard Mitsi. It has twin TD04 turbos running on E85, and feeding those sweet fumes out the back was Daniel’s own fabricated turbo back exhaust. Making 230kw at the wheels, it runs an impressive 12.8 seconds down the quarter. Hauling it up are a set of Brembo calipers from the Lancer Evolution, paired with Bendix performance brake pads. Mustang EcoBoost Not loud, not garish, and we certainly did not dive out of the way when it left the meet. The new Ford Mustang is imposing, even in factory form. This model here has the Ecoboost 2.3L turbocharged inline four motor, which is good for 0-100kph under six seconds. The owner has big future plans for the car, such as a full turbo back exhaust system, intake and wheels. We are excited to see more Mustangs pop up at EOMM! Expensive Daewoo Late model camira VK Calais An immaculate Expensive Daewoo Late model camira VK Calais is a rare sight, at a meet normally dominated by Japanese imports and Euro cars. Painstakingly restored, Costa’s VK Calais has a subdued leather trimmed interior, with brand new bits used wherever possible. The old engine was swapped out for a fuel injected 5L from a VS Commodore. We love the period correct Venetian blinds on the rear window, and a set of HDT wheels with brushed metal finishing completed the whole look. Toyota 86 Tim’s Toyota 86 strikes the perfect balance between power and looks. Equipped with a full exhaust system, including extractors, the 86 brings the noise wherever he goes. With a slick tune using ECUTek, it’s got the bite to match its bark, putting down 133kw at the wheels. Programmed for flat foot shifting, rev matching, and launch control, the Tim’s 86 will take abuse all day every day, then ask for more. Handling is sorted out by a set of XYZ coilovers, and the rear is furnished with rare Junyan tail lights and the TRD duck tail. For more information about End of Month Meet and how to attend visit the Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  14. Brake shudder… You may have experienced it while driving, but what is it exactly? Brake shudder is the vibration that you feel through the steering wheel when you hit the brakes. Brake shudder arises as a result of issues with the brake discs. Namely, when the brake discs have been affected by Disc Thickness Variation (DTV). This refers to the uneven wear of brake discs and is the result of rotor run out. If your brake discs are unevenly worn the brake pads come in contact with the flat spots present in the rotor’s surface which causes the vibration that we call brake shudder. This kind of uneven wear to the discs can be the result of a number of things. For instance, the brake calipers not operating correctly, the rotors not having been installed properly or the proper bedding-in process not having been applied if new brake pads have been installed. How do we remedy brake shudder if it becomes apparent? First thing’s first, the source of the issue needs to be isolated. Generally, when shudder is felt through the steering wheel this indicates that it’s the front rotors that need to be looked at. If a shuddering pulsation is felt through the brake pedal, this usually points towards an issue with the rear brake rotors. If a brake disc develops DTV, the disc needs to either be machined to iron out the flat spots or replaced completely depending on the condition of the disc. Brake calipers that aren’t working the way that they’re supposed to can also contribute to brake shudder. If a caliper is holding the pad against the disc when the brakes aren’t applied this can lead to the disc wearing unevenly. If this is the case, seized slide pins in the caliper are usually the culprit. Simply take them out and regrease them with Bendix Ceramic High Performance Synthetic Lubricant. Otherwise, if the issue goes further than the slide pins, the calipers may need to be rebuilt or replaced. Another common source of brake shudder issues is an uneven mounting surface on the face of the hub. Uneven rust and scale deposits can build up onto the hub face over time, which in turn creates an uneven surface for the disc to be mounted on. If this is evident, clean the area with some sandpaper and WD40 until the rust and scale is gone. This should be common practice when replacing or refitting brake discs to help prevent any instances of brake shudder in the future. When installing a new set of brake pads, it’s important to bed them in properly. Subjecting your new brakes to abuse without having followed any kind of bedding-in process can lead to extreme thermal shock which can be a major cause of uneven wear. However, if the Bendix brake pads you’ve selected have our unique Blue Titanium Stripe, the bedding-in process is not required. Also, a small detail but one worth paying attention to is your wheel nuts. Torqueing down your wheel nuts evenly and to manufacturer specification using a quality torque wrench can help prevent rotor run out. When it comes to your brakes it’s important to keep them in top notch condition. After all, they’re the only thing slowing you down. For more information, visit www.bendix.com.au
  15. The braking system is one of the main safety elements active in any vehicle. There are various components that make up an entire braking system but the two main components that cause friction are your brake discs and brake pads. Regular servicing and the use of quality parts such as brake pads, brake fluid, brake cleaner and lubricant will certainly extend and preserve the lifespan of your brakes. A quality brake system will also enhance your safety and reduce the risk of accidents. While brake wear is inevitable, how you use your brakes can increase the lifespan of your brakes. With careful use and avoiding excessive braking wear rates will reduce along with the number of costly repairs. Bendix recommends a few tips on how to preserve your brakes. When to get your brakes checked, Maintenance and Replacement Brake pads will wear at a predictable rate under normal driving conditions, but under certain conditions like towing, this wear can be extreme. If you notice that your brakes are wearing at an abnormal or accelerated pace you should have your brakes checked for faults and avoid the risk of further damage to your braking system. Each time you depress the brake pedal friction is generated between the brake pads and disc rotors over time the materials wear and require replacement. Worn components can be identified in a number of ways; such as comparison to manufacturer’s specifications to built-in warning devices. The Bendix Brake Wear Indicator is designed to make identifying worn brake pads easy. With a white wear line indicator printed on the side of Bendix brake pads you can see at a glance when you are due for a replacement. There’s also minimum thickness of the brake rotor which is indicated on the brake discs. It is important to remember that when the brake discs are replaced, the brake pads must also be changed. Brake Fluid Most brake fluids are hydroscopic, which means they absorb moisture, over time as the brakes heat and cool condensate can contaminate the fluid. Regular testing and flushing of the vehicle’s brake fluid during servicing will also help preserve brake components and minimise the risk of corrosion. Using a high quality brake fluid helps lubricate a vehicle’s brakes, making them function more effectively. Avoid Riding Brakes Some drivers have the habit of riding their brakes, especially when driving down steep hills. The more pressure people place on their brakes, the quicker they wear down their brake pads. Rather than ride the brakes, vehicles with manual transmissions can shift down a gear, allowing the engine to slow the vehicle. Drivers can also release the accelerator when descending hills and apply brakes in short spurts to slow the vehicle down. This reduces friction and heat that causes wear and tear on brake pads. Coasting The harder you brake, the more pressure and wear it puts on your brake pads. If you regularly decelerate quickly from high speeds then you could be putting a lot of unnecessary strain on your brakes. If you are driving on the motorway, try to indicate early and coast for a while to reduce your speed before you have to brake. Drive within Speed Limit By driving within the speed limit, drivers can avoid having to stop suddenly for changing lights or to avoid other vehicles that cross their path. Slamming on brakes for sudden stops generates friction and heat on brake pads, causing them to wear down faster. People who drive within the speed limit will be able to slow down easier without putting a strain on their brakes. Careful driving is a plus when it comes to preserving a brake system’s lifespan. Unload the car We are all guilty of leaving things in the car even though we don’t need them because we just can’t be bothered to unload them at the other end or find a permanent place for them to live. However, the heavier the car is, the more strain it puts on your brake pads. Regularly driving around with far more weight in the car than is necessary could dramatically reduce the lifespan of your brake pads. Simply by taking those unnecessary items out of the boot and finding them a permanent home could make a real difference. It may be a minor inconvenience to move them but it will pay off in the long run. FOR MORE INFORMATION Freecall the Bendix Brake Advice Centre on 1800 819 666 (8am-5pm Monday to Friday EST) or +61 3 5327 0211 from overseas. brakeadvicecentre@bendix.com.au www.bendix.com.au