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  1. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *Conditions apply. All offers valid between 01/06/2019 and 30/06/2019 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
  2. When you're heading north to Cape York, don't forget to swing by the 5 Beaches Run for some of the best beach driving Australia has to offer. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia -www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook -www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  3. Cape York offers some of best tracks in Australia, from harsh dirt tracks, to deep rivers and plenty of mud -Cape York has it all!. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  4. After a long day on the 4x4 tracks, Graham unveils some of the best locations to set up camp. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  5. 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
  6. Getting to the tip of Cape York is no easy feat. Graham Cahill relies on his Dueler tyres to tackle the hardcore demands of off road driving. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  7. Amongst the rough terrain in QLD, even the largest beasts can get bogged. Watch as Graham releases his 4WD with the help of Bridgestone's tough Duelers. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  8. Meet TREV; my Mitsubishi MQ Triton build project. I’ll apologise in advance that TREV isn’t another outlandish 79 Series build, but honestly, I couldn’t afford the fuel and TREV is my daily drive. TREV might look more mild than wild, but if you scratch below the surface, you’ll see that just enough has been done to make this MQ Triton work better both on and off-road. I wasn’t interested in wrestling with a 4WD with a big lift, bump-steer, a load of additional weight and compromised handling for the 340 days a year I’d have to drive it on the bitumen. You can read more about the TREV backstory in Issue 4 of the Loaded 4X4 magazine, but this Triton needed to drive better both on and off-road, which meant being smart and keeping this build realistic was a priority. For example, there’s a quality Australian designed and engineered Karrman front diff-drop kit fitted. Fitting this kit increased down-travel by 70mm and allowed us to run perfectly flat CVs with a modest 25mm front suspension lift. That means more suspension travel off-road, less chance of breaking a CV shaft or joint and legal amounts of clearance between the control arms and their bump stops. We took the same sensible approach with TREV’s suspension and had our suspension guru, Brendan O’Keefe from The Ultimate Suspension, custom valve a set of Dobinson monotube shocks. We avoided the remote canister type as that introduces more joints that can leak, and TREV has a full schedule of off-road adventures in his future. Adventures that don’t have leaking shocks on the guest list. Now, all that good gear is tucked away, out of sight, underneath TREV, and while it works a treat, it’s the wheels and tyres that set TREV apart from the average Triton and getting this part of the build right, wasn’t as easy as you might think. CSA recently released its sexy HAWK alloy, and it was available in an 18x9 positive 20 offset fitment, which would just fit the MQ, so I locked a set of those in. That was the easy part. It was the tyres that I had to get right if our intentions to improve both on and off-road driveability were going to be met. I travel to Corryong every year with the same bunch of mates, to tackle the Snowy Mountain tracks in the region, and there has always been three of four in the group who’ve sworn black and blue, that Bridgestone Dueler A/T 697s were the best tyres they’ve ever run on their 4WDs. Those conversations came back to me during the TREV build, as each of them had waxed lyrical about the performance of these tyres both on and off-road. They talked about improved wet weather handling and braking on bitumen, and better traction off-road. One of them even claimed his Dueler 697-fitted Triton, which was resting back in Brisbane at the time, would walk up a track we were struggling with on the day. Now that’s a big claim, but there was passion behind his words, and it’s always stuck with me. It seemed logical to give the Duelers a run on TREV. As luck would have it, Dueler A/T 697 are available in the perfect size (LT285/60 R18) for the rims I’d chosen and the space available under TREV’s guards. With a rolling diameter of 799mm, they were also 1mm under the legally allowed 50mm increase in rolling diameter over the factory fitted tyres. The Dueler 697 285/60 R18s are a tyre built specifically to suit the 200 Series Landcruiser, but they fit TREV perfectly, and he’s taken to them like a duck to water. Compared to some US brands of light truck construction 4WD tyres that I’ve run in the past, the Dueler A/Ts are quieter, in fact, they are nearly as quiet as the Triton’s factory fitted Bridgestone Dueler Highway Terrain tyres. This can of course change as tyres with higher tread blocks wear, but so far, so good. Compared to the Triton’s stock tyres, the Dueler 697s provide a noticeable improvement in grip, handling and braking on bitumen, particularly in the wet. Off-road they are in their element, with a reasonably aggressive tread pattern – they’ve got to be close to being categorised as an aggressive all-terrain – that offers plenty of grip. TREV hasn’t seen any mud or High Country trails since the build, but he has clocked up around 15,000kms, including around 6,000kms of tough outback tracks and a crossing of the Simpson Desert, none of which has bothered the Dueler 697s. Importantly for me, I’ve ended up with a 4WD that boasts well-rounded credentials. It’s a dream to drive on-road and more capable than ever off-road, so that’s mission accomplished in my book. As an aside, if you own a Triton, remember to get a decent wheel alignment when fitting new tyres. The factory settings cause excessive tyre wear, and a wheel aligner that knows their trade will ensure that your new tyres wear nice and evenly. The Bridgestone Dueler A/T 697s on TREV show no sign of uneven wear after 15,000kms. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  9. Watch as Graham Cahill explores the tracks of Cape York to head to the most northerly point of the Australian mainland with Bridgestone. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU/
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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/
  14. 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
  15. Hi Focus RS addicts, my name is Beau, and I love this outrageous rally refugee. When I was looking for a new car, I needed something that was easy to drive, had a tonne of power, yet have 5 seats and a practical rear boot. It was a straight fight between hot hatches or super sedans. Eventually I picked the Ford Focus RS. It’s one of the leading contenders when it comes to the hot hatch arms race. Everything about it screams overkill. All wheel drive, 260kW from the turbocharged 2.3L inline-four engine and Launch Control are just the tip of the factory spec list. Doing the 0-100kph sprint in just 4.7secs, the Focus RS is ready to embarrass sports cars twice its list price. It’s not shy with its intentions too, the nitrous blue paint sets off the deep scowling front end perfectly. If none of these features interest you, then we can’t be friends. As I work for the Australian distributor of H&R suspension parts, it very soon became a test car for the company. Nearly every day since it left the showroom, we’d dream up mods and plans for it on our lunch breaks. Pretty soon I worked out what we were going to do, but first, we had to set a benchmark hot lap! Suspension I set a base lap for the Focus RS at the Sydney Motorsport Park on a hot and humid day. While it was ballistic on the streets, around the track it wasn’t as quick as we expected. The stock suspension was stiff and proved fantastic around mountain roads, but at the track it wallowed and struggled for front end grip. The suspension settings were simply not good enough to go 10/10ths at the track. Back at work the stock suspension replaced with the H&R coilovers. The coilovers allowed me to lower the Focus RS to the exact height I needed. The higher spring rates also helps the RS corner flatter, putting down its power more efficiently. H&R’s front and rear adjustable sway bars were also installed to help with cornering. These sway bars are much thicker than factory, and can be adjusted to be stiffer or looser as required by the driver. Tyres Once the suspension upgrades were done, the Focus RS also received an aggressive alignment to take advantage of the new parts. While the RS handled and rode even better, we soon discover the limits of the OE tyres. While it was sufficient for the stock RS at the track, we felt that the upgraded suspension is now overwhelming the tyres’ limits. Under spirited driving, the car began understeering once the tyres were heated up, and I soon found that some delamination had occurred. The 260kW engine and all-wheel drive of the Focus RS was giving the stock tyres a really hard work out, so it had to be sorted out immediately. Based on professional recommendations, I ordered Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE003s. Regarded as a high performance street tyre that’s also suitable for the track, the RE003s received lots of great reviews. It wasn’t hard to see why, the difference could be felt immediately. The RE003s has much higher limits than the OE tyres, and the suspension worked really well with the new tyres to maximise grip through corners. I could pin the throttle earlier in the bends, helping the 2.3L engine build up boost to rocket up the road to the next corner. Now that the tyres have a higher threshold, the stock Brembo brakes feel like they stop even harder. The ABS rarely kicks in now, whereas it was intervening half way through a mountain pass ‘cruise’. Once, I was amazed at how I was easily keeping up with a mate’s extensively modified Audi RS3, packing a lot more power than my Focus RS during one of our cruises. At the next coffee stop, he persistently offered me the RS3’s keys to try and have a drive in my pocket rocket. No chance, buddy! Power As I felt the stock power levels were good enough, I equipped the Focus RS with a Milltek CS exhaust and a Mountune high flow induction kit to make it sound better. The acceleration has perked up, but it’s our ears that are reaping its rewards. The Focus RS sounds truly raucous at full throttle now. Future Mods I can’t wait to go back to the track with the new upgrades and test out the Focus RS. The Bridgestone RE003s gives me full confidence that I can use the chassis, power and suspension efficiently without wasteful understeer. I will bring the Focus RS back to Sydney Motorsport Park to check the improvements the modifications and new RE003s have made. It will also continue to be the test mule for H&R local Australian suspension tuning and parts testing, as Australian streets and tracks are very different to those in Europe. Stay tuned for other suspension mods such as I install the patented Triple C camber adjustment bolts and tinkering with our custom springs and shock valving. For more information on the Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE003, click here. To follow Beau's H&R Ford Focus RS build, click here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/Bridgestone


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