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  1. From the 1970s to the 80s, fun, affordable sports cars were dying a slow death. The fun European convertibles had a reputation for being unreliable, and the Americans were obsessed with stuffing low powered V8s into their muscle cars with ancient suspension. On one hand, the Japanese were gung ho with continuous releases of their turbocharged, rear wheel drive coupes, but they were mostly priced outside of people’s reach. Enter the Mazda MX-5. Released in 1989, the MX-5 won the hearts and minds of those who enjoyed pure driving, without breaking down and at a reasonable price. While the spec sheet won’t set any records on fire, the tiny convertible was rear wheel drive with exquisite 50-50 weight balance. Once you get behind the wheel, you’ll understand why it became the best selling sports car in the world, with over 900,000 sold through its generations. The steering wheel, pedals and gear shifter is placed exactly where you need them to be. You sit really low in the car, with your bum mere inches off the ground. Drive out with the roof down and it feels like a go kart, instantly responding to your inputs. The MX-5 featured here has the later 1.8L engine. While you may scoff at the sub 100kW output, it is more than enough for a car that weighs less than a ton. The beautifully balanced chassis meant every turn of the steering was responsive and joyous. The topless classic is so much fun to drive, but we feel that it can be improved even more, with a little bit of Bendix magic. The Bendix Ultimate brake pads are a perfect match for the MX-5, providing high performance braking, with a strong resistance to brake fade. It also provides better brake pedal feel, so you can dive deep into corners without fear. The special fibre impregnated rubber steel shims help prevent noise and heat transmission to the brake caliper and brake fluid. This means you can enjoy your MX-5 on winding roads or the track without fear of brake fade. Brake Pads’ Parts Numbers Mazda MX-5 1.8L 1993-2001 Front: DB1282 Ultimate Mazda MX-5 1.8L 1993-2001 Rear: DB1283 GCT For more Mazda MX-5 brake pads, click HERE. Find out more about the Bendix Ultimate brake pad HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  2. Honda owners have a bad rep due to a few bad apples. It’s amplified by the accessibility and affordability of Honda cars. However, ClubITR is a Honda club with a difference. Its members are mainly mature owners who have a lifelong passion for everything Honda, and this reflect in their meets. ClubITR meets are always friendly, close knit, and showcases some of the best modified examples in Australia. Honda NSX Let’s kick things off with Japan’s first proper supercar, the Honda NSX. We all know that it’s driving dynamics is tuned by legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna, and Honda’s famed reliability and everyday useability put a leg up on the European exotics. Roland’s example here is what happens when you take the NSX and decide to get a bit wild with the mods. Those massive forged Advan GT wheels draw the eye to the curvey, wide lines of the fattened NSX. Thanks to a mix of Sorcery and Marga Hills kit, with a bit of customization, Roland’s NSX is a visual shock to the senses. The air suspension helps the NSX gets around the tough streets of Sydney, while blowing passer-by’s’ minds when laid on the ground. Honda Concerto 4WD Ram’s pride and joy is a Concerto in extremely rare real time 4WD trim. Made for those who needed traction in all types of weather conditions, the Concerto RT4WD is believed to be the only one in Australia. Found tucked away in a warehouse, it arrived in Australia as a personal import. It wasn’t running and damaged, and Ram took a little over 6 years to bring the car to this state. Its beating heart is a rebuilt, more modern D16Y with VTEC, and complimented by a rare Jackson supercharger kit with water to air intercooler. The transmission and diff was rebuilt, along with a full respray in the original Florence Blue colour. The Watanabe wheels’ retro look compliment the 80s angular design, and the chassis’ handling has been improved with Innovative traction bar, Hardrace gear, Eibach springs and Koni shocks. Inside you’ll find Recaros from the Proton Satria GTi, a classic Honda Momo steering wheel, and other OEM optional goodies. Civic EK 1996 There were no shortage of modified Civics at the meet, but this one stood out for the understated modifications… on the outside. Jack’s Civic began life as a base model version, going through several owners before ending up in Jack’s hands. He began to strip the car of its modifications back to bare shell before beginning on the K20A engine swap from the 2002 Civic Type R. While the ‘K-swap’ is well known in the Honda tuning scene, it’s still surprising what a massive difference it makes. The new, lighter engine makes 130kW stock, and power is available from low down till a screaming 9000RPM. It might not sound like a lot, but considering the Civic weighs only a little over a ton, it’s enough for a rapid street car. The six speed gearbox has been rebuilt with harder internals for future power mods, while MCA Purple XR coilovers and Hardrace suspension parts ensures the Civic sticks to the ground easy. The popular Enkei RPF-1s in 16x8 sizes is probably the only clue to what’s under the bonnet. Integra Type R 1999 The thing about Hondas is unlike most modified cars, the great ones are often understated and under the radar, until you take a closer look. Kenny’s Integra Type R is a great example of this. It’s a Mugen themed Type R, meaning it has all the goodies from Honda’s racing/skunkworks division. Each piece is mostly rare, discontinued or downright expensive. Its extensive list of modifications read like a Honda fanboy’s wet dream: Mugen instrument cluster, room mirror cover, seats, Formula Shift gear knob and a very rare FG360 steering wheel adorn the inside of the car. Under the bonnet, a genuine Mugen Gen 2 strut bar straddles the shock towers, over a Mugen valve cover and oil cap. Maximworks headers direct spent gasses through a ubiquitous twin loop muffler from, you guessed it, Mugen. Tonight, Kenny has put on Spoon SW888 wheels for the meet, instead of the usual Mugen MF10 he normally rocks. The exterior modifications are kept simple with only rare optional side skirts and rear pods. The car has only 120,000kms on it, extremely low mileage for a Honda. Widebody S2000 Paul’s widebody S2000 came about when he bought Enkei wheels that were simply too wide, and then promptly decided to make them fit. Now it runs Circuit Garage front over fenders, with ASM rear overfenders with extensions to tuck those 18x9.5in NT03s under the guards. The visual impact doesn’t stop there, with a full AP2 facelift upgrade, inside and out. It’s not just a pretty boy though. Pop the custom vented bonnet and the F20C engine’s VTEC power is complemented by a GReddy turbo kit. The brains managing the power is a Haltech Elite 750, and power is sent to a toughened up R200 rear differential. At the rear, expensive Car Shop Glow taillights decorate the bum, sandwiched between a rare Tamon rear spoiler and Top Secret rear diffuser. Paul says his next plan is to turn the boost up on the stock motor, and he’s got a spare low-comp engine to replace it with. Exciting times ahead. Honda NSX Nathan’s NSX is about being simple but enhanced. It is diametrically opposite to Roland’s red widebody NSX also featured here. Understated Volk Racing RE30s in double staggered sizes fill up the wheel arches, while customized tail lights from Car Shop Glow bring the NSX into the 21st century. The sweet handling dynamics are enhanced with a set of Tein coilovers. Little modifications like the NSX Type R teardrop gear knob and short shifter assembly dramatically improve the already fantastic driving experience. An RF-Yamamoto GT exhaust amplifies the sweet V6 voice as it rushes to the 8000RPM redline, and…that’s it. No other modifications; Nathan has set out only incrementally improve the NSX, in order to keep the driving experience pure and accessible. Integra 1993 DA9 Here’s a run of the mill Honda that only required simple mods to stand out from the crowd. Jack’s incredibly tidy Integra sits on SSR SP3Rs, lowered on coilovers. Inside, creature comforts such as Recaro seats, a Mugen steering wheel, and an eye wateringly expensive NSX gear knob ensures Jack cruises in style. While the stock B18A1 under the hood isn’t a firecracker like the later Type R engines, it’s still good enough to do 7 seconds to the century mark, and would surprise many cars off the line. Jack has had the car for over 8 years now, and he plans to keep it relatively stock. An engine conversion is on the cards once the current one is up for replacement, and he might chuck on the ultra-rare lip kit he has in storage. Nonetheless, the clean lines of the 1980s Integra is something to behold. Mazda MX-5 Daniel was once a proud owner of a Honda, but even though he’s moved on to other cars, the vibe and people at ClubITR meets always entice him to attend with his latest project. This time, he has brought out his classic Japanese roadster, the MX-5. When Daniel was first handed the keys, the MX-5 already had a Jackson supercharger kit, running a lively 110kWatw. However, the rest of the car wasn’t up to his exacting standards and Daniel set out to build it to his vision. The horrid aftermarket bumper came off and was replaced with the original bumper with the ubiquitous GV front lip. A set of Enkei Apache II wheels gave it a period correct look, while having modern day fitment. Daniel is more at home in his modern Euro cars, so the interior had a massive makeover. A Momo Prototipo wheel, Revlimiter cluster and HVAC faces, Jass Performance gearknob and e-brake button compliment the quilted leather door cards and IL Motorsports door pulls. The retro hazard light toggle and chrome AC vents add a British roadster touch to what is a bare bones, functional JDM interior. For updates and news visit our Facebook page To learn more about the Bendix Brakes range of products visit: www.bendix.com.au
  3. The Ford Focus ST is the modern ‘Euro’ hot hatch. The first fast Focus, the ST170 was built in Germany, and critics applaud it as a step forward for Ford small cars. It rode well, handled brilliantly, and although lacked power, was incredibly fun to drive. Fast forward to 2013, and the Focus ST is now in its third generation. It’s come a long way from its warm hatch days, with even more firepower, handling, refinement and panache. Modern hot hatches now juggle the fine line between premium, sporty looks and affordable pricing. While the Focus has a certain European quality to its design, features and materials, it stays on the reasonable side of pricing. Inside you’ll find leather or Alcantara adorning the touch surfaces, with a pair of Recaro arm chairs up front. Sink into it and you’ll notice the vast glasshouse with heaps of vision everywhere…except the rear quarters. All the must have gadgets such as reverse camera, Bluetooth audio, 10 speaker and subwoofer sound system by Sony is there, as expected of a hot hatchback. The rear seats are spacious too, with a massive boot for all your storage needs. Fire up the 2L EcoBoost engine and suddenly the 181kW turbo four cylinder thunders into life. That lively centre exit exhaust likes to make itself heard when you plant the foot down, but otherwise your Spotify playlist will drown it out in daily traffic. The steering still retains the playfulness of the previous generation, and the big wide wheels have no trouble providing masses of grip. All that power through the front wheels do introduce some torque steer, but we’ll notch that up as character. The Focus ST is a great, well rounded car, packing just the right amounts of oomph, comfort and liveability. So when it comes to replacing the brakes, the Bendix General CT keeps that well roundedness that makes the Focus ST such a great car to live with. Made to match, and in most cases, exceed OEM brake pads’ performance, the General CT is extremely low dust and noiseless. The unique Blue Titanium Stripe means there is no need for complicated bedding in. Instead, the titanium stripe delivers great pedal feel and instant friction out of the box. Noise absorbing shims combined with its Stealth Advance Technology means that General CT brake pads are quiet and perform without you knowing it’s even there. Brake Pads’ Parts Numbers Ford Focus ST 2013 Front: DB2353 GCT Ford Focus ST 2013 Rear: DB1763 GCT For more Ford Focus brake pads, click HERE. Find out more about the Bendix General CT brake pad HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  4. Bendix's latest Ceramasil Brake Lubricant is formulated to provide longer lasting lubrication and protection on brake components. Check out our video on why sufficient brake lubrication is important for quiet, long lasting brakes. For more information on Bendix brakes, cleaners and other ancillary solutions, click HERE. To follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and news, click HERE.
  5. Join the Bendix Facebook and Instagram contest to win a set of Bendix brake pads for your car! Simply follow these simple steps: Step 1: Post up a pic of your ride on Facebook or Instagram, and tell us about your car and how you use it. Step 2: [email protected]_Workshop or #bendix_workshop Step 3: Follow @Bendix_Workshop on Facebook or Instagram Step 4: Get your mates to like your post! Here’s an example from our Bendix Quality Manager: “Purchased in January 1990, I’ve owned it for over 27 years, and we’ve gone over three colour changes in it. It’s packing a sweet little 161 straight six, with a stage 3 Yella Terra head, roller rockers, twin Stromberg carbs, extractors and a mild Speco cam. We’ve taken it to two Summernats in the late 90s, and now we’re planning the ultimate rebuild for it, with a new driveline from a late model Commodore, while retaining the classic 60s style.” The top 3 posts with most likes will win: Bendix Front and Rear Brake pads to suit their vehicles, with 1 x Bendix Jacket, 1 x Bendix Ceramasil Brake Parts Lubricant Tube, 1 x 500ml bottle of Bendix High Performance DOT4 Brake Fluid and 1 x Bendix Brake Cleaner & Parts Degreaser The top ten runner ups from 4th to 10th place will receive: 1 x Bendix Ceramasil Brake Parts Lubricant Tube, 1 x 500ml bottle of Bendix High Performance DOT4 Brake Fluid and 1 x Bendix Brake Cleaner & Parts Degreaser For the full terms and conditions of the Bendix competition, click HERE. For more information on Bendix brakes, click HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  6. The cold obviously never bothered car enthusiasts, as June’s EOMM was once again flooded with cars at Sydney Dragway! A wild and varied mix were on show this month, from feisty little hatchbacks to low-riding Caddys, all the way to show cars with massive sound systems, and little racy coupes setting fast times at the track! Andrew’s 1982 Nissan Stanza SSS “A Nissan what?” you may ask. The Stanza was never a popular car worldwide, slotting in between the Sunny and 200B. It was assembled locally by Nissan Australia from 1979 to 1982, and did well amongst local buyers. Andrew’s Stanza SSS was immaculately repainted and restored by the previous owner, and once he took possession of it, promptly went to the drags and ran a 12.9sec quarter mile with a standard SR20DET. Now it’s back meaner than before, with a forged motor under the bonnet, sucking air through a GTX3076 turbo. Andrew reckons it’s on 270kw on the run in tune, and after it’s all done, would love to get low 11s on street radials. Chris’ 1966 Cadillac DeVille Classic American luxury coupes are a thing in the Australian car culture, and it’s no wonder; all you need to do is to take a beautifully restored Caddy, put it on bags, and slam it! Chris’ DeVille was restored in Nevada, before being imported here and sold to Chris. Arguably the best looking version of the old school Caddys, the 1966 coupe pictured here featured a vinyl roof and paintjob in Inverness Green, period correct wire wheels with white walls, and of course, air bags for that gangster low look. Elliot’s 1990 Corolla FX-GT It’s a Toyota Corolla, but before you start yawning, it’s a mint one that you can’t go on Gumsales.com.au and buy for $500 with 6 months rego. The rare, two door hatchback was only available in Japan, and this one here was a personal import. With only 149,000kms on the clock, and a full, up to date Japanese logbook from Nagano, it’s certainly a collector’s item. Elliot’s own modifications include a Toaster White respray, custom DIY flares, and 9.5in wide BBS style wheels. Inside it has a mint interior other than some wear from Japanese tweed, and a bit of ciggie burn on the rear seat from a JDM dart. It really has character, something that can’t be said for most of today’s Toyotas. Steven’s 2014 Toyota 86 Steven’s list of modifications look like a JDM fan’s Dear Santa letter; from the TRD and Varis body kit, right down to the massive AP Racing big brake calipers on the front. Under the bonnet, the parts are from Japan’s most well-known tuners; Cusco, Revolution, HPI, GReddy, HKS, Blitz, etc. The wide Wedsport rims are running Yokohama AD08Rs, made to run very quick lap times on the track. Despite being an automatic, Steven has lapped the Wakefield track in the 1:10s, a very respectable time for any circuit racer. Jayden’s 1990 Nissan Patrol We walked past this hulking monster and had to double back after spotting an out-of-place straight six petrol engine inside this 4WD. Jayden had chucked out standard issue 2.4L diesel engine, making way for the updated 4.2L turbocharged petrol straight six from the more modern Patrols. A Garrett 3540 hangs off the side of it, and Jayden says it makes 300hp, but with 800Nm of torque on the fat 35in tyres. A 5in lift kit with external reservoirs are needed for serious off-roading Jayden often does, and those knobbly BFG KM2 tyres provide serious grip in all sorts of conditions. Best thing is, it’s all built in the backyard with his mates! Laura’s HSV Clubsport Laura’s HSV Clubsport is one of a kind, with a custom body kit and pink paintjob, it definitely stood out at EOMM. The LS1 has been given a tickle with a cam, full exhaust system and an OTR intake, along with an accompanying tune. Looks and speed isn’t enough for Laura though; she’s serious about the Clubsport, with plans to enter it in this year’s prestigious MotorEx car show. Pop the boot and doors, then stand way back, it is jam packed with the best gear from Pioneer, all arranged in a simple but pleasing way. Laura tells us it’s not complete yet, with air bags on the to-do list. Can’t wait to see this lay rail on the ground! Nathan’s 2002 Toyota Crown Athlete V The Crown Athlete V isn’t a car you see every day. Nathan purchased it in Japan via an import broker, and registered it just last month. Powered by the renowned 1JZ-GTE, the Crown is all about cruising the roads in aristocratic luxury and style. The imposing presence is heightened by the lowered stance and wider 7Twenty Style49 wheels. Inside the all leather interior has been garnished with the choiciest Junction Produce curtains and neck rests, Garson DAD dash mats and passenger table. Even the OEM TV has been tweaked to mirror Nathan’s iPhone. Airbags, engine work and proper Leon Hardritt wheels will soon join the mod list. Lachlan’s 2005 Mini Cooper S Despite the updated, modern retro shape, the new Mini still retains all the fun character of the original; go kart like handling and the ability to put a smile on your face. The updated supercharged engine in Lachlan’s Cooper S means push is upgraded to shove. The enhanced Cooper S makes quite a bit pony more than from factory, thanks to a 17PSI pulley, aftermarket intercooler, custom hurricane exhaust, and tuned to pump 220whp. The 18x7.5in wheels don’t look lost in the wheel arches, and are wide enough to provide awesome grip around corners. 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
  7. The WRX nameplate has an illustrious history of providing motorsport excitement, while retaining everyday driveability and affordability. A mainstay of the Australian automotive scene, the WRX offered hot hatch performance, with the versatility of a medium sized four door sedan. Since its introduction in 1994, the WRX has evolved over the years, adding more power, a bigger engine, and a more modern interior. The 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX finally received the wide body treatment that was reserved only for the WRX STi, making it look aggressive on the road. Only the trainspotters could tell the difference, but otherwise, it’s a car you’d look back at when you get out and walk away. The massive boot, comfortable interior, and on point suspension tuning meant that the WRX is an easy car to live with, despite its fierce looks. Under the bonnet, the 2.5L turbocharged boxer engine makes 195kW, putting the power to the ground efficiently through Subaru’s signature all-wheel drive system. The torquey engine makes the WRX feel lightweight, as it just flings itself up the straights. Steering the car is still easy, and has a lightweight clutch and manual gearbox that’s effortless to shift. This makes the WRX easy to drive fast, whether in a straight line or attacking corners. With its duality nature, the WRX needs brake pads that can stop well and yet be easy to drive with on a day to day basis. Bendix Ultimate brake pads are designed for cars that see daily traffic, windy roads and track days. The brake compound provides reduced stopping distances without screeching to a halt, thanks to Bendix’s noise dampening shims. The Ultimate brake pads also has great pedal feel, and is highly brake fade resistant for repeated hard stops. Bendix Brake Pad P/Ns Subaru Impreza WRX (2008-2014) Front – DB1491 Subaru Impreza WRX (2008-2014) Rear – DB1803 For the full range of Impreza WRX brake pads, click HERE. Find out more about the Bendix Ultimate brake pad HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  8. Uneven brake pad wear is when a brake pad or a set of brake pads wear out quicker compared to the other side of the car, truck or van. When this happens, brake pads will have to be changed well before its used up, costing time and money to buy and install a new set of brake pads. A common cause of uneven brake pad wear is DTV (Disc Thickness Variation). Variation in the thickness of your rotors chew away at the brake pad as they come in contact with flat spots in the disc, causing the pad to wear unevenly. Depending on the extent of the impact of DTV on your rotors, they can be machined to iron out any flat spots. Rotors can only be machined so many times though so be mindful of that. It’s also important to hit your newly-machined rotors with Bendix Brake/ Parts Cleaner & Degreaser to get rid of any machine dust. The key to avoiding the effects of DTV is taking measures to prevent it in the first place. If you’re installing a new set of rotors, preparing them properly beforehand is an important step to take. Make sure to give them a hit of brake cleaner before installing them to clear any dirt and anti-rust coating. Issues with the operation of the brake calipers are also major contributors to uneven brake pad wear. Often, components within the caliper, such as the guide pins, can seize and cause the brake pad to drag along the rotor whilst the brakes aren’t applied which in turn leads to uneven brake pad wear. If it’s come time to replace your brake pads and you’ve found there to be some uneven wear, check the caliper guide pins. If one or both of the guide pins are seized, it’s time to pull them out and regrease them with Bendix Ceramic High Performance Synthetic Lubricant. If they’re a bit worse for wear, it’d be a good idea to replace them. If this doesn’t rectify the problem, the issue might require a caliper rebuild or replacement. For more information on Bendix brakes, cleaners and other ancillary solutions, click HERE. To follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and news, click HERE.
  9. The Nissan Silvia was an affordable sports car with all the right ingredients. Turbocharged power, rear wheel drive, and striking good looks is a timeless recipe, and the last Silvia had all of them in the right proportions. This Silvia, or 200SX when it was sold here by Nissan Australia, is the last generation made, going by the chassis code, S15. The previous generations were already legendary mainstays in the modified car scene, thanks to the balance of power, handling and styling. The S15 has the most powerful factory engine ever in a Silvia, and is paired with a six speed gearbox, driving a helical LSD in the rear. It drives as good as it looks, too. Without any modern electronic nannies other than ABS, the driver has full control over the S15. To use grip for the racing line, or hang the tail out for fun, the S15 can do both in equal measures. The longevity of the S15 has been bolstered by the staggering amount of aftermarket parts for it. From extreme wide body kits, to off the shelf racing and drifting suspension setups, the S15 can be fully customised for drag, drift, racing or just for the street. Bendix has just the right brake pads to match the S15’s versatile roles. The Bendix Ultimate is a high performance brake pad that is engineered for pure stopping power on windy roads or on the track. However, daily drivability is not compromised, thanks to the special Bendix noise absorbing shims. Providing excellent pedal feel from the get-go, the Bendix Ultimate is highly tolerant of extreme temperatures for fade free braking. Brake Pads’ Parts Numbers Nissan 200SX (S15) 1999 – 2001 Front: DB1170 Ultimate Nissan 200SX (S15) 1999 – 2001 Rear: DB325 Heavy Duty For more Nissan 200SX brake pads, click HERE. Find out more about the Bendix Ultimate brake pad HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  10. 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. Under extreme testing, the Bendix Ultimate pads offer proven reduced stopping distances, with excellent pedal feel. Its tolerance to extreme temperatures means you can put your foot down over and over again with confidence. It is highly suited to enthusiastic drivers with an energetic driving style or for premium high speed touring cars. It is also ideal for vehicles that does the occasional track day. Find out more about the Street Road Track brake pads HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  11. Take a normal, everyday garden variety Lancer, and give it a shot of steroids, some gamma ray radiation, and arm it with superhero technology. You’ll end up with the Lancer Evolution, and in this case, the Evolution 8 MR. Thanks to motorsports, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution exists. Back in the early 90s, participating car manufacturers in Group A of World Rally Championships had to produce 5000 road going versions of their competition cars due to homologation rules. Mitsubishi was one of them, and the first Lancer Evolution featured a turbocharged two litre engine and a wickedly intelligent all-wheel drive system. The cars proved so popular that Mitsubishi continued making them. And with every Evolution, the car got bigger, meaner, and faster. With the Evo 4, 5 and 6, Mitsubishi swept four World Rally Championships in a row, cementing the car’s legendary status. The 8th Evolution has packed even more technology into the AWD drivetrain, more firepower under the bonnet, and other chassis improvements, such as a lightweight aluminium roof, front fenders and bonnet for weight reduction. The wing has been tweaked for more downforce, and what Mitsubishi engineers call a vortex generator has been mounted on the roof to allow the wing to work more efficiently. Inside, it’s all business. The standard Recaro seats bear hug your body, so you are properly seated for the duration of the performance. A slick, mechanically notchy six speed gearbox on the left and a Momo steering wheel ahead of you provides the necessary controls for this rally bred road missile. The entire driving position is focused, so it doesn’t distract you from the task at hand, or noticing the rather pedestrian interior. Under the bonnet lies the tried and trusted 4G63. Its roots can be traced back all the way to the first Evolution, displacing the same two litres of force fed air. It’s been updated with a more efficient turbocharger, exhaust and intake, reaching its monstrous power band at 3000RPM. Channelling the power through a very clever all-wheel drive system, the Evo 8 MR makes it easy for the driver to just get on the power through the corners; it will simply just grip, and go. A rally bred road racer like the Evo 8 MR requires weapons grade stopping power, and Bendix’s Street Road Track brake pads are more than up to the task. The Street Road Track brake pad is an ultra-high performance brake pad for the road going race car. With its high friction mu and extreme tolerance to heat, the Evo can go hard and stop harder, every time. The specially developed shims reduce heat and noise, enhancing the Street Road Track performance on the track, and useability on the street. Bendix Brake Pad Part Numbers Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 5 to 9 Front Brake Pads: DB 1678 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7 to 9 Rear Brake Pads: DB 1521 Find out more about the Bendix Street Road Track brake pad HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  12. Bendix Ultimate brake pads is specifically formulated to provide high friction, high temperature tolerance, and exceptional performance. It is perfect for sports, performance and prestige vehicles. Under extreme testing, the Bendix Ultimate pads offer proven reduced stopping distances, with excellent pedal feel. Its tolerance to extreme temperatures means you can put your foot down over and over again with confidence. It is highly suited to enthusiastic drivers with an energetic driving style or for premium high speed touring cars. It is also ideal for vehicles that does the occasional track day. Find out more about the Ultimate brake pads HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  13. Toyota and Subaru has worked together to bring back the fun, affordable, rear wheel drive sports car. Back in the 80s, Toyota released a two door hatch and notchback. A feisty 1.6l twin cam engine was mounted up front, and power was fed to the rear wheels. The car was light, brilliant to drive, and easy to enjoy, whether you were a novice or a racing driver. It was reliable, cheap to repair, and helped personified the spirit of Japanese cars. This car was the famous Toyota Corolla GTS, also known by its chassis code, the AE86. The Toyota 86 uses the same recipe, but updated it for the 21st century. The svelte, sporty lines of the body replace the sharp angular ones of yesteryear, and the twin cam engine has made way for a modern boxer flat-four, supplied by Subaru. The lightweight, low mounted engine made it possible for the Toyota 86 to have a centre of gravity that’s mere inches off the ground, resulting in dynamic handling and feel. The car turns into corners like it was born to do so. The boxer engine is not short on character either; it loves revs, and every prod of the throttle sends precise power to the rear wheels. Step inside and the interior feels premium. When the Toyota 86 was first launched in 2012, many criticized the lack of refinement inside, with chintzy trim pieces and hard plastic everywhere. The face lifted 2017 Toyota 86 fixed all this. Soft suede-like cloth cover most hard plastics, with classy white stitching providing contrast on the steering wheel and seats. The instrument cluster has been updated with a futuristic digital info screen, while maintaining the massive rev counter in the centre. While many will bemoan the lack of horses under the hood, the Toyota 86 and its precursor was never about power. Instead, it’s a sports car that a driver can enjoy, whether in traffic, or on the track. The popularity of the Toyota 86 has been staggering, and the aftermarket industry has responded in kind. It can be modified in just any way you want, from a grand tourer, to every day race car. Bendix has a range of brake pads to suit daily drivers to track day warriors, or anywhere in between. The Bendix Ultimate is a high performance brake pad that is engineered for pure stopping power on windy roads or on the track. However, daily drivability is not compromised, thanks to the special Bendix noise absorbing shims. Providing excellent pedal feel from the get-go, the Bendix Ultimate is highly tolerant of extreme temperatures for fade free braking. Bendix Brake Pad Part Numbers Toyota 86 GTS/GT Front Brake Pads: DB1491 Toyota 86 GT Rear Brake Pads: DB1803 Toyota 86 GTS Rear Brake Pads: DB1789 Find out more about the Bendix Ultimate brake pad HERE. To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE. For the latest Bendix news and updates, visit our Facebook page.
  14. Chilly weather, but chilled vibes were had at the April EOMM 2017. There was an awesome mix of different car cultures this month, from lowriders to modern muscle cars, drift spec Nissans to clean restored vintage Toyotas, all the way to track ready MX5s and Euro hot hatches. We were determined to showcase a slice of them all this month, so get ready for not five, not eight, but TEN Cars of Bendix for April! Mazda Eunos Roadster The first thing you notice about Brandon’s Mazda Eunos Roadster (a.k.a. MX-5) is the fantastic LED headlights conversion. Plucked straight from the Jeep Wrangler’s aftermarket catalogue, it plopped straight into the Roadster’s flip up recesses. The Lamborghini grey paint gives it a stealthy look, making the 15x8 wide 949 Racing 6ULs pop. Inside you’ll find a retro Revlimiter.net instrument cluster, and Mazdaspeed Type F bucket seats. Mazdaspeed 4-2-1 headers and a 2.5in full catback exhaust provides the soundtrack for top down driving. Lexus CT200h Steven’s VIP styled Lexus CT200h shocked us to the core when we saw it, lying flat on the ground with Rotiform CCVs at each corner. The flawless OEM paint has been buffed to a shine, looking like liquid candy red under the lights. Subtle details like snakeskin vinyl wrap on the outside pillar trims and interior bits adds more character to the build. Allowing the CT200h to travel sensibly is Airlift’s air suspension, so it can be raised or dropped at a touch of a button. Finally the cherry on top is the hydro-dipped engine cover panels in tasteful woodgrain. Expensive Daewoo VH Commodore Not only did it looked clean (114,000kms, original paint), Justin’s VH Late model camira featured a Nissan surprise under the bonnet. A gleaming, rebuilt RB25DET resides between the strut tops, breathing heavily through a GTX3076 turbocharger. The only clue it had something special was that a rather incongruous intercooler was hanging out the front of the VH. Making about 250kWs on the dyno before the clutch started slipping, Justin was confident that it will make 350rwkW once the tune is finished. He’s also building an RB30 engine block on the side, because you can’t have too much horsepower in a Commodore. Toyota Celica 1976 Dave’s Celica rocks the 70s old school muscle car look incredibly well. With the funky Cosmo purple paint, the subtle black graphics, and matt black wide flares, the RA23 Celica was visually stunning. Sitting on Insanely deep dished Longchamps XR4s, it looks ready to cruise the Wangan in search of highway battles. The Celica has the firepower to back it up too, its feisty four pot 18R engine swapped out for a twin turbo 1G-GTE 2L straight six from a Supra GA70. Despite the intensive work, Dave says the car has never been off the road for longer than two months, as he simply loves driving it too much. Nissan Silvia S14 Corey’s S14 looked exactly like what we imagined a Top Secret Silvia to look like; champagne gold, Vertex body kit, dumped on wide Work Meister S1s with massive eight piston front brake calipers hiding behind the wheels. Under the bonnet, the SR20DET didn’t disappoint either. After a catastrophic oil pump failure, it’s been repaired with a billet crankshaft, forged rods and pistons, it makes 310rwkW on pump fuel, thanks to a GT3076R turbocharger. The SR20DET gearbox has insides rebuilt with billet gears to hold the power. A pair of Bride recliners hold the driver and passenger comfortably and securely, with a rocking sound system for great daily duties. Yes, Corey drives this beast to and from work! Honda Civic FD1 Jamie’s Civic pays homage to the FD2R, the Japan-only Civic Type R that is considered to be one of the best front wheel drive cars that no one in Australia could buy. Equipped with Type R side skirts, rear wing, front bar (with a Mugen lip) and rear bar, the exterior was then finished off with a pair of Type R badges. The 18x8.5in wide Enkei RPF1s sit fairly aggressive, and the Spoon banner added the finishing touch. Inside, the Type R homage continues, with very rare genuine Type R front seats to hug the front occupants during touge runs. Renault Clio RS 197 The Renault Clio RS is a heavily underrated car. Featuring an atmo 2L engine that punches out 197hp, Ismail’s little French hot hatch features all the best bits from its facelift model, the RS 200. Recaro bucket seats and a functional rear diffuser makes it look the part, while the lowered stance and aftermarket rims further sharpen its cornering ability. Peek between the spokes and you’ll spot the factory Brembo brakes; massive for a car of its size. 1973 Chevrolet Impala One of the highlights of the month was spotting this classic Chevrolet Impala, equipped with airbags, all shined up and pumping classic rap music. It felt it just arrived from Compton, with old school beats from Dr. Dre and Warren G blasting from the stereo. The owner Luke bought this interesting vehicle as a toy, and other than upgrading the sound system and having period correct wheels, he’s left the car as is. We could see why; no need to mess with perfection! Mazda RX-7 An insanely clean example of the last Mazda RX-7. Impossibly lowered on Work Meister SP3s in Super Black Coat (SBC), its smooth, ageless curves have been accentuated with a subtle rear duckbill, OEM rear pods, front lip, side-skirts and extensions, Ganador mirrors and a rear diffuser. Details such as reflector and rear wiper delete, adds to the velvety bodywork. It’s the little details that most people miss, yet when added up becomes more than a sum of its parts. BMW E30 Never had such a square shape ooze sex appeal. This white E30 sports some ridiculous fitting wheels, courtesy of Watercooled Industries, and zero wheel gap thanks to Air Lift suspension. It’s not just the wheels though, the chunky MTech body kit adds Teutonic muscles to the boxy shape. HELLA high beam covers gives the front end a certain aggression, and suggestions to a potent inline six engine under the bonnet. 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
  15. March was cold, wet, and windy, and so the EOMM copped the same conditions. Nevertheless, hundreds of car enthusiasts braved the weather and still turned out for the meet. We had a good walk around and found a few interesting rides for this month’s Cars of Bendix, before the rain and wind got too wild and the meet had to end for safety reasons! Nissan Silvia Varietta The Nissan Silvia came in quite a few different levels of trim, including this rare and relatively unknown convertible version, known as the Varietta. The Varietta featured an electric hardtop, and only came with a non-turbocharged engine (the standard Silvia S15s were turbocharged) and an automatic gearbox. Marvin’s own touches means that this car has more of a chance of chopping you than your hair dresser. The stock engine has been converted to a turbocharged, cammed SR20DET, pushing 300kW through a Skyline manual gearbox to the rear wheels. It’s been fitted with extra wide Cosmis Racing wheels, and the body lines has been pumped out thanks to a wide body kit from Origin Labo. The 78 Works headlights adds a classy finishing touch to the now muscular bodywork. Mazda RX-8 The menacing stance of Jeremy’s RX-8 caught our eye as it came through the rain, so we just had to have it for the Cars of Bendix. Jeremy’s Mazda RX-8 has been transformed to mirror hardcore GT race cars whizzing around on Japanese race tracks. The massive wing on the rear provides downforce on the wider rear wheels at high speeds, and the RENESIS engine under the bonnet has been rebuilt and bridgeported to provide that signature rotary bark and extra power. We were told that the fresh engine has just been rebuilt, and once it has been ran in and tuned, it will rev to an amazing 10,000 RPM! Honda Civic Sam’s Honda Civic started life as an Indy Special; an Australian base model that came in Phoenix Yellow, a boot spoiler and dealer fitted alloys. Deciding he had enough of the stock single cam putter, Sam chucked in a B16A2, a more powerful engine from the performance model, the Civic VTi-R. The engine was rebuilt to OEM specs for extra reliability. Other performance bolt-ons include an aftermarket computer, cold air intake, exhaust, coilovers, and stickier tyres. Although Sam has spent quite a bit of dosh on the Civic, it’s perfectly reliable and he drives it to work and back without a care. Since he came all the way from Orange to attend this meet, we must say we are impressed! 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


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