Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine - August 2022

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AUGUST 2022

STEERING & SUSPENSION: ALL THE LATEST ON IMPROVING RIDE AND HANDLING

AUTOMOTIVE ORGANISATIONS REACH HISTORIC AGREEMENT

EV & ALTERNATIVE FUELS: POWERING INTO THE FUTURE



ABOUT THE COVER Suspension specialist Monroe is providing intelligent solutions for the new Mercedes-AMG SL-Class Roadsters

REGULAR DEPARTMENTS Calendar.................................................... 4 New Members........................................... 4 AAAA Report ............................................ 5 News......................................................... 6 Industry Movements................................ 17 Products.................................................. 26

Consumer Law......................................... 88 HR Matters.............................................. 89 Services................................................... 90 Shopfront................................................ 91 PRTC....................................................... 93 4WD........................................................ 96

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KEEPING YOU INFORMED Automotive organisations reach historic agreement.............................................................. 6 Automechanika Frankfurt officially launched........................................................................ 8 Celebrating innovations....................................................................................................... 9 REDARC wins Award for excellence in Manufacturing......................................................... 10 Fulcrum increases K’gari Clean Up efforts.......................................................................... 11 Pedders Award Winners and Hall of Fame inductees celebrated......................................... 12 Capricorn’s brightest stars announced............................................................................... 15 Burson Crew 17 hits the dirt for Camp Quality.................................................................... 16

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FEATURES Cover Story: Monroe: Supplying intelligent suspensions........................................................ 20 Product R&D: MAHA Australia: Products tested for success................................................. 22 AAAA Most Innovative New Aftermarket Products: Performance................................................. 60 Member Feature: Bilstein: Thinking ‘Way Ahead’ since 1954................................................. 62 Steering & Suspension: All the latest on improving ride and handling...................................... 64 EV & Alternative Fuels: Powering into the future..................................................................... 78 Trade Talk: Stuart Hamilton: Family first focus driving R&J Batteries CEO forward................ 86 Members in Motorsport: Nulon is moving on up in racing ....................................................... 92

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AAAA NEWS

NEW MEMBERS

CALENDAR 2022

A to Z Vehicle Certification 12 Leonard Parade CURRUMBIN QLD 4223 Ph: 0417 619 817 E: robbie@atozimports.net Albury Wodonga 4X4 4 Kane Road WODONGA VIC 3690 Ph: 02 6056 1138 E: sales@albwod4x4.com.au Alex’s Auto Services Pty Ltd 63 Bay Street BOTANY VIC 3101 E: info@alexautoservices.com.au All Wheels Alignment Centre Pty Ltd 28 Stockland Drive KELSO NSW 2795 E: awacbx@gmail.com Australian Autofitouts 4 Rutherford Road SEAFORD VIC 3198 E: josh@autofitouts.com.au AutoKing 36 Midas Road MALAGA WA 6090 E: muoi@autokingwa.com.au Battery House Australia Pty Ltd 50/50 Mollison Street WEST END QLD 4810 Ph: 0411416105 E: michael@batteryhouse.net.au BF & R Leslight Pty Ltd 4 Regatta Road FIVE DOCK NSW 2046 Ph: 02 97449904 E: regatta@regatta.com.au Blue Peter Motors 18A Diane Street MORNINGTON VIC 3931 Ph: 03 5975 5224 E: salesbluepetermotors@gmail.com Central Comms 5 Whittaker Street ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 E: invoices@centralcomms.com.au Cummins Garage 40 Bruce Terrace CUMMINS SA 5631 Ph: 08 8676 2246 E: dylan@cumminsgarage.com.au DFI Sales and Service Pty Ltd 2/32 Neumann Rd CAPALABA QLD 4157 Ph: 07 3823 4762 E: info@dfisalesandservice.com.au Goodyear Autocare Queanbeyan 36 Yass Road QUEANBEYAN NSW 2620 E: queanbeyan@goodyear.com.au Hunter Cuthill 9 Autumn Street GEELONG WEST VIC 3218 Ph: 03 5229 4299 E: service@huntercuthill.com.au Hunter Mechanical Perth Pty U14, 1736 Albany Highway KENWICK WA 6107 Ph: 08 9367 0888 E: salesperth@huntermech.com.au Kyabram Tyre Service 33 Bradley Street KYABRAM VIC 3620 E: dean@kyabramtyreservice.com.au Matt Gates Automotive U3, 18-20 Leighton Place HORNSBY NSW 2077 Ph: 0403 549 214 E: mattgatesautomotive@outlook.com

Automechanika Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main 13 – 17 September 2022 www.automechanika.messefrankfurt.com

AAPEX The Venetian Expo Las Vegas, Nevada 1 - 3 November 2022 https://www.aapexshow.com/

SEMA Show Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, Nevada 1 - 4 November 2022 www.semashow.com

Automechanika Dubai Dubai World Trade Centre 22 – 24 November 2022 www.automechanika.messefrankfurt.com

PRI 2022 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 8 – 10 December 2022 www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow

Mirack Products 66 Boulder Road MALAGA WA 6050 Ph: 0450 290 600 E: lewis@mirack.com.au Modkingz Wheels, Tyres and Performance 323 Hume Hwy CABRAMATTA NSW 2166 E: orders@modkingz.com.au Nick Combes Automotive 33/8 Victoria Avenue CASTLE HILL NSW 2154 Ph: 02 9899 6381 E: ncauto1@optusnet.com.au Opposite Lock CRANBOURNE 226 South Gippsland Hway CRANBOURNE VIC 3977 Ph: 03 8652 0415 E: cameron@freewayford.com.au Opposite Lock MIDLAND 181 Great Eastern Highway MIDLAND WA 6056 Ph: 08 6374 6384 E: marchi.hami@oppositelockmidland.com.au Opposite Lock MILDURA 2 Bothroyd Court MILDURA VIC 3502 Ph: 0439 379 263 E: info@milduraoppositelock.com.au Opposite Lock NOWRA 4/218 Princess Highway NOWRA NSW 2541 Ph: 02 4421 7130 E: southnowra@batteryworld.com.au Oxford Spares 207 Oxford Street LEEDERVILLE WA 6007 Ph: 08 9444 8888 E: toddc@oxfords.com.au Pedders Suspension & Brakes Cranbourne 55 Futures Road CRANBOURNE WEST VIC 3977 Ph: 03 8725 9063 E: cranbourne@pedders.com.au Pedders Suspension & Brakes Lonsdale 68 O’Sullivan Beach Road LONSDALE SA 5160 Ph: 03 8489 1150 E: lonsdale@pedders.com.au Pedders Suspension & Brakes Murwillumbah 36 Durrington Street MURWILLUMBAH NSW 2484 Ph: 03 9357 6500 E: murwillumbah@pedders.com.au Performance Parts Express 4 Bellonda Court PHILLIP ACT 2606 E: ppeenquiries@gmail.com Premium Car Care 107-109 parramatta Road GRANVILLE NSW 2142 Ph: 02 9760 0017 E: anthony@premiumcarcare.com.au Protune Automotive & Perform 3B Shanahan Road BUNBURY WA 6230 Ph: 08 9725 4648 E: admin@protuneautomotive.com Rapid Tune Beenleigh 55 Main Street BEENLEIGH QLD 4207 Ph: 07 3386 1376 Rapid Tune Hoppers Crossing 1/308 Old Geelong Rd HOPPERS CROSSING VIC 3029 Ph: 03 8368 2237 E: hopperscrossing@rapidtune.com.au

Rapid Tune Melton 4/ 122 High Street MELTON VIC 3337 Ph: 03 8798 9710 E: melton@rapidtune.com.au Rapid Tune Sunshine North 196 McIntyre Road SUNSHINE NORTH VIC 3020 Ph: 03 9454 0888 Rapid Tune Williamstown North 221 Kororoit Creek Road WILLIAMSTOWN VIC 3016 Ph: 03 9958 5646 Ray Sargent Consulting 20 Endeavour Close BALLINA NSW 2478 Ph: 02 6686 3388 E: rjsargent@bigpond.com Ready Parts Pty Ltd 15 Kammer Place TAHMOOR NSW 2573 Ph: 0407 291 273 E: ian@thinksoftwaew.net.au Riviera Automotive Services 46 Forge Creek Rd BAIRNSDALE VIC 3875 Ph: 03 5152 3355 E: rivieraauto46@gmail.com Select 4WD Products Unit 1 / 8 Cornwall Road INGLEBURN NSW 2565 Ph: 02 9829 3880 E: brendan@select4wd.com.au Skippy Automotive 20 McIntyre Street SEYMOUR VIC 3660 E: info@skippyautomotive.com.au Smart Start Australia 1/ 11 Zakwell Court COOLAROO VIC 3048 Ph: 1300 256 900 E: marita@smartstartinterlocks.com.au Torque Tyres and Automotive 3/149 Mickleham Road TULLAMARINE VIC 3043 Ph: 03 9338 0277 E: info@torquetyres.com.au Ultra Tune Cleveland 70 Shore Street CLEVELAND QLD 4163 Ph: 07 3286 5575 E: cleveland@ultratune.com.au Ultra Tune Fawkner 1383 Sydney Road FAWKNER VIC 3060 Ph: 03 9958 2099 E: fawkner@ultratune.com.au Ultra Tune Hampton Park 535 Gippsland Highway HAMPTON PARK VIC 3976 Ph: 03 8787 8879 E: hamptonpark@ultratune.com Ultra Tune Meadow Springs 1/63 Gordan Road GREENFIELDS WA 6210 Ph: 08 9585 0723 E: meadowsprings@ultratune.com.au Ultra Tune Wallan 16 Commercial Drive WALLAN VIC 3756 Ph: 03 5730 5114 E: wallan@ultratune.com.au Vic Offroad 32 Drake Blvd ALTONA VIC 3018 Ph: 03 9360 0501 E: eddy@vicoffroad.com.au

AAAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN Mark Pedder (VIC) Pedders Suspension Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9706 3500

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN Wayne Bryant (VIC), Repco Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9566 5444

SECRETARY Janelle Gonzalez (NSW), Blue Toro Pty Ltd Ph: 1300 258 386

TREASURER Don Cormack (SA) ADRAD Pty Ltd Ph: 08 8243 9888

DIRECTORS Craig Baills (QLD), Highfields Mechanical Ph: 07 4696 7116

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Michael Carnemolla (NSW) 313 Automotive Pty Ltd Ph: 02 9713 9476

Darren Robinson (VIC), HELLA Australia Pty Ltd Ph: 1800 061 729

Craig Magill (VIC), Burson Automotive Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9914 5555

Peter Rogers (VIC) Repco Authorised Service Ph: 0428 896 597

Adam Pay (NSW), mycar Tyre & Auto Service Ph: 02 9680 6500

Graham Scudamore-Smith (QLD) Fulcrum Suspensions Pty Ltd Ph: 07 3892 9000


AAAA NEWS

UP AND RUNNING WITH THE MOTOR VEHICLE INFORMATION SCHEME Workshops have wasted no time signing up to access manufacturer information thanks to the new Motor Vehicle Information Scheme (MVIS) which began on the 1st of July It is fantastic to see this game changing law that we fought so hard for finally in action, and making a real difference for technicians servicing and repairing vehicles around the country. Over a thousand automotive professionals have now joined the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA) portal to access this manufacturer information, with more joining every day. The AASRA portal is a specialised hub built for technicians as a single location to easily and quickly access all participating manufacturer portals. The beauty of subscribing to AASRA is that it removes the need to manually sign up and get verified with each manufacturer. Subscription is only $90 per year, per technician, for standard level access. AASRA subscribers also have the benefit of help desk support to quickly action any missing information with the manufacturer on your behalf. A common question we receive is how much each manufacturer charges for the information. This pricing can be accessed via the AASRA website under each manufacturer’s information page. Vehicle security and reprogramming information has proven to be a sought-after component of the scheme. To facilitate access to this information AASRA offers Assisted Initialisation Reprogramming (AIR). This system enables AASRA subscribers to receive assistance in solving their security and reprogramming requirements through vetted vendors and dealers. The AIR is an interim solution for security professionals and AASRA is working to fast track the dedicated Vehicle Security Professional (VSP) program so they can access this information directly, with the goal of having the program online in the fourth quarter of 2022.

I encourage all workshops who require vehicle information as part of their operations to subscribe at https://aasra.com.au. It is a small investment that can make a big difference for your business. If you have general questions on how the MVIS and AASRA portal works, check out our great Q&A article here at www.aaaa.com.au/mds-qa/ Although the scheme is off to a solid start, the scale and complexity of the scheme has resulted in some technical issues for some applicants and users which AASRA has acknowledged. Please be patient if you encounter an issue, the AASRA team is working hard to improve the system and respond to feedback as quickly as possible. To bolster support for the program, AASRA has appointed a new staff member to assist with applications and administration, a phone help line will soon be available, and a video has been produced to walk applicants through the sign-up process.

AIC ZEV Grant I am excited to report that the Auto Innovation Centre will become a new Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) hub, supporting the transition to electrification within the aftermarket manufacturing, service, repair and modification sectors. The AIC was awarded a grant by the Victorian Government as part of their Zero Emission Vehicles Commercial Sector Innovation Fund. As a unique, cutting-edge facility designed to support the aftermarket with leading technology and services, plus with a well-equipped workshop and training spaces, the AIC is the ideal platform to launch a project of this nature. The timing for the Grant is perfect given ZEVs are an area of increased focus for the Association and the aftermarket industry.

The AIC will become a hub for aftermarket companies wishing to develop new products for these vehicles, and become a key training facility for technicians to gain the specialist knowledge required to repair and maintain ZEVs. We look forward to working closely with the AIC to support this evolution for the automotive industry.

Apprentice Survey In an environment that is being dramatically impacted by skills shortages, it’s been great to see so many workshops taking advantage of the research findings from our Apprentice Survey. The findings are fascinating, and provide great insights that will assist your efforts to attract new talent and retain valued staff members moving forward. If you are a workshop manager or owner and haven’t done so, we encourage you to download the free survey results at https://bit.ly/Auto-Apprentice-Survey

Membership I would like to thank our fantastic members across Australia, small and large. Our membership renewal levels are incredibly strong and new businesses are regularly signing up to realise the benefits for their business, and for the prosperity of the industry. It is our members that continue to drive our purpose and we appreciate your ongoing support.

Stuart Charity Chief Executive Officer Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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ARE YOU FEELING HAPPY WITH YOUR LOT IN LIFE? Capricorn Society Group CEO David Fraser says, if the responses received in the third annual State of the Nation report are anything to go by, you probably are.

Almost 2,000 David Fraser Capricorn Members Group CEO, across Australia Capricorn Society Ltd and New Zealand took part in this year’s survey and two-thirds of respondents said they were either extremely or very happy with their careers in automotive. Once again, making customers happy was the top positive given for working in the automotive industry, with the satisfaction gained from solving problems a close second and a passion for auto coming in third. Above everything else State of the Nation tells us this year (and, believe me, the results this year are extremely revealing), it is the data around happiness that I find most reassuring. With all the challenges we face — from finding qualified staff to shortages of spare parts to COVID-related absenteeism to the switch to electric vehicles — it’s always good to know the overwhelming mood in the industry is positive. Confidence has also grown since last year, with significantly more people (four percent more than 2021) saying they were either very or extremely confident in their business’s future. This is especially important considering the period of transition we’re entering as an industry. The challenges I listed above are growing. But it’s the long-term structural changes ahead of us that may challenge us most. This year’s State of the Nation has lots of fascinating insights and data we hope you’ll find useful and informative, so be sure to keep an eye out for it later this year. Yours in cooperation, David Fraser Group CEO – Capricorn Society Ltd For more on Capricorn Society membership, visit www.capricorn.coop 6

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AUTOMOTIVE ORGANISATIONS REACH HISTORIC AGREEMENT Industry Summit held on electrification of the national motor vehicle fleet

Australia’s peak National, State and Territory automotive representative organisations have reached a historic agreement at an Industry Summit on critical positions and pathways to achieve the considered and practical transition and electrification of the national motor vehicle fleet. The Summit was attended by: • Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) • Australian Automotive Dealer Association • Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries • Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce • National Automotive Leasing and Salary Packaging Association (NALSPA) • Motor Trades Association of Australia, • MTA SA • MTA WA • MTA QLD • MTA NSW Representing thousands of businesses that make, sell, distribute, provide novated leasing, service, repair, supply aftermarket parts, components, and accessories, dismantle, recycle, and train tens of thousands of automotive professionals, the peak organisations developed and agreed to more than 25 principles including: • Embracing the electrification of the Australian motor vehicle fleet. • Mandating CO2 targets, not Electric Vehicles (EV) targets. • Supporting the Federal Government in developing a National Zero and Low Emission Vehicle (ZLEV) Electrification Transition Strategy.

• Considering the entire registered vehicle fleet and the needs and requirements of Australians who own and operate them. • Maintaining the safety, security, service, repair, and efficiency of the legacy Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) fleet. • Opposing the introduction of bans that limit consumer choice and remove options for meeting car owners’ needs and Australia’s emission reduction targets. • Ensuring Government targets and milestones are ideally Federally led (or at least nationally consistent), are realistic, supported by facts and sound qualitative data, and applied to an Australian context. The organisations welcomed and congratulated the Albanese Labor Government for its decisive action in fulfilling its Fringe Benefits Tax exemption for Electric Vehicles promise. The legislation was in the first batch of 13 Bills introduced to the Parliament and will encourage the uptake of EVs once passed. Automotive Organisation leaders shared and discussed comprehensive global and domestic data analysis on the future production and delivery of ZLEVs past 2030 (particularly to the Australian market); impacts and use of targets, milestones, incentives, subsidies, and penalties; jobs and skills; tariffs and taxation; fuel standards and security; legacy fleet management and maintenance; and awareness and education. Over the coming weeks, the automotive organisations will engage with stakeholders, governments, and communities and share critical data and information to better balance discussion and partner with the Commonwealth Government to plan the actions necessary to reduce motor vehicle-sourced CO2 and GHG emissions. For more from the AAAA, visit www.aaaa.com.au


NEWS

NEW LAW CELEBRATED AT VASA WIRE AND GAS AAAA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, Lesley Yates, was pleased to present on the subject of the new Motor Vehicle Information Sharing Law at VASA’s recent conference The VASA Wire and Gas Conference was a remarkable gathering of auto elec technicians, providing a wonderful opportunity to not only explore the new Motor Vehicle Information Sharing Law but also to share experiences around the initial roll out.

The VASA conference is unique, bringing together highly skilled technicians who are at the forefront of the new technology wave to talk about the generation of vehicles that will be prevalent in the decades to come.

The Law was only one month old when the conference was held across July 29-31, but there was plenty of buzz in the air that it was live, and the data was starting to flow.

I was encouraged by the number of VASA members who had joined the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority via the portal aasra.com.au and the many others who showed interest in coming on board in the near future.

It has been an incredible feat to onboard all of the car makers that are active in Australia and to provide instructions on how to access the new Scheme to over 100,000 auto technicians.

It was probably the best environment to attend in the early days of the Law, to provide a live demonstration and to seek feedback on what’s working and what is not.

While the Scheme is certainly not fully operational yet, the feeling of optimism and goodwill at VASA Wire and Gas most certainly offset any trepidation around whether it is actually going to work and also outweighed some initial problems technicians have experienced in accessing the registration process.

There are still so many unknowns about how this Scheme will work on a daily basis, but the VASA members were positive about what is there currently, and the feedback is that whilst all of the functionality is not up and running, the information that is there is a giant leap forward from where we were, with many reporting the window into access to Technical Service Bulletins alone is worth the leap into the unknown.

It was so great to see the industry coming together in person and the volume of noise and the number of people that were meeting each other in person for the first time was remarkable.

We are grateful to VASA for the years of support they have shown for Mandatory Data Sharing

Lesley Yates, AAAA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy info@aaaa.com.au – they were there from the beginning in 2009 and it was so rewarding to present how the law is structured, how it works and what happens if information is not provided at VASA Wire and Gas. This all remains a work in progress, and it was clear from the feedback that the VASA community are optimistic that because we have come this far and achieved so much, we can continue to work together to live through the early difficult stages of unknowns, unexpected glitches and grey areas to make this Law work. A full report on the VASA Conference will be included in the September issue of AAA Magazine. .

APPRENTICE INSIGHTS Protecting the future of the automotive industry

Offering more support to fourth year apprentices has been identified as a key opportunity for policy makers and the automotive industry, as an extraordinary industry wide skills shortage grips the country. The experience for fourth year apprentices, and other crucial apprentice insights have been revealed via the unprecedented nationwide Automotive Apprentice Survey, a joint project by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Australian Automotive Dealer Association, and the Motor Trades Association of Queensland, in conjunction with ACA research. “The automotive industry is experiencing an unprecedented skills shortage and we must tackle it head on. This ground-breaking research is a practical way to learn, and develop strategies at government, industry and workshop level to attract and improve retention of apprentices in the future,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said. Amongst all apprentices, satisfaction is lowest amongst those in their fourth year. As these

apprentices are just reaching the launching point for a career in automotive, they are disengaging and considering other options. It is critical to retain these talented and committed individuals in the industry they are passionate about and that desperately needs them. Encouragingly, 88 percent of fourth year apprentice respondents are keen to receive further support beyond the completion of their apprenticeship in the areas of training, career prospects and development. This clearly signals both a commitment to and passion for the automotive aftermarket. Technology based training is at the top of the wish list for fourth year apprentices and includes specialisation areas such as hybrid or electric vehicles, programming and diagnostics, and advanced driver assistance systems technology. First year apprentices were also targeted in the Survey. With a passion for automotive, 75 percent were satisfied with their situation despite some challenges around pay. Youth remains a dominant source of industry new-starters, with 68 percent

of apprentices starting their career path during, or straight after completing school studies. As a clear opportunity to introduce more and new skills into the automotive industry, providing improved career pathways for women was highlighted as an important piece of the puzzle. The Apprentice Survey offered a welcome insight into the perspectives of female apprentices. Encouragingly, females are generally satisfied with their career choice and are committed to the profession long term. However, lack of diversity and challenges in the workplace were seen as areas for improvement. For further insights and to view the report, go to www.aaaa.com.au/news Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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AUTOMECHANIKA FRANKFURT OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED Organisers claim the world’s industry leaders are coming to Germany in September and are eager to network face-to-face In keeping with the current times, Automechanika Frankfurt was officially launched recently to an international audience via an online video conference.

The focus of this year’s trade fair will be on innovations and trends with extra emphasis on the physical event and personal encounters with more networking possibilities in additional areas, including daily happy hours. Sustainable solutions and knowledge transfer as well as education and training will be high on the agenda.

will also make its premiere on September 15 and will include a summit of decision-makers, who will discuss innovative solutions in the supply chain and logistics of the automotive aftermarket industry. This year’s trade fair will also incorporate a special show called Innovation4Mobility, which will include exhibits in the areas of: • E-mobility: battery, drive, infrastructure • Hydrogen: direct burner and fuel cell • Alternative fuels: from LPG, bio- and refuels to synthetic fuels • Connected car: operating systems, software and autonomous driving There will also be an outdoor area with a future mobility display and special experience course, including the following displays: • E-charging systems and stations • Electric Vehicles • Storage and Battery Technology • Alternative Drives • Alternative Fuels • Filling Station of the Future • Fuel Dispensers • Filling Station Infrastructure • Future Workshop (service and conversion) • Photovoltaics (generating electricity from solar) The Test Area will feature passenger cars, E-Vehicles, alternative drivers, autonomous driving (vehicles), cargo and commercial vehicles, and micromobility. This year’s trade fair will also address the ongoing shortage of specialists in the automotive aftermarket. Since March, the newly established ‘Talents4AA’ association has been working to bring new people into the industry.

Automechanika Supply Chain Management Day

The breadth and scope of exciting challenges and

However, it was made clear that while the launch was online, this year’s exhibition – to be held in Frankfurt in Germany from September 13 to 17 – will be all about the industry getting together to meet face-to-face. Organisers described the trade fair as the first choice for the world, stating there will be ample opportunity for networking with industry colleagues from around the globe. It was revealed to the international trade press that over 80 percent of the exhibitors are coming from abroad, while 85 percent of international exhibitors said Automechanika Frankfurt was “the most important trade fair” they attend. Meanwhile, the re-launched Automechanika Innovation Awards (see separate story) have received a record number of registrations. “In times of radical change, innovations are more important than ever,” Automechanika Frankfurt Director, Olaf Mußhoff, said. The Automechanika Innovation Awards have been taken to the ‘Next level’, with new categories and an international jury. There were 133 entries from 99 companies, with nearly 60 percent of entries from abroad, with the winners to be announced in a “huge” presentation ceremony on September 13.

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career opportunities on offer in the automotive space is immense. Yet parts manufacturers and suppliers and workshop owners all face the same challenge: finding skilled personnel to staff their operations. In response to this issue, twelve companies got together in March and launched the Talents4AA initiative. The initiative is aimed not only at young newcomers, but also at talented individuals of all ages, backgrounds, genders and professions. Automechanika, which is a member of the Association, will be putting this agenda at the forefront in Frankfurt. “The automotive aftermarket offers a wealth of innovative technologies such as electrification, digitalisation and connectivity, yet many schoolleavers and graduates are barely aware of the fascinating topics and perspectives that companies in the automotive aftermarket – including major, prestigious, innovative and international players – can offer them,” Olaf said. “That is why we are delighted to be supporting the Talents4AA initiative. It also nicely complements the broad-based training and professional development programme and recruiting presence for which our trade fair has long been known.” The organisers also announced that moving forward the event will be held in even years (2024, 2026 and so on). For more information, visit www.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt


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CELEBRATING INNOVATIONS

Nominees and Finalists for the Automechanika Frankfurt’s Innovation Awards have been chosen The submissions for Automechanika Frankfurt’s Innovation Awards clearly illustrate the aftermarket’s trend towards smart digital solutions. A 14-member international panel – for the firsttime including experts from Australia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the USA – met on 21 July to determine which of the 133 submissions from 99 companies were most deserving. Amongst the panel was Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity. The independent panel has selected the best products and assigned them to three award classes: ‘Nominee’ for innovative products and solutions, ‘Finalist’ for outstanding technological innovations, and ‘Winner’ for the top product in each category. The panel ended up selecting 96 ‘Nominees’ and 35 ‘Finalists’. The companies chosen as the winners of the coveted Innovation Awards will not be announced until the awards ceremony at Automechanika, which is taking place on 13 September at 5.00pm in “Harmonie” hall in the Congress Center. “The sheer scope of this year’s submissions is impressive, ranging from rescue systems for vehicles with battery fires and radar-supported turning assistance systems for trucks all the way to highly complex laser scanners able to measure entire vehicles in a matter of minutes,” said Dr Gerhard Angerer, an expert assessor who helped evaluate the submissions. “The digitalisation trend has also continued to accelerate, with approximately one third of submissions coming from this area. Forwardlooking topics like new mobility, alternative drive systems and sustainability were also prominent in the submissions received.” Five of the finalists have also been recommended for the Green Award, which will also be presented during the awards ceremony at Automechanika Frankfurt. This year marked the first time that the panel of representatives from associations, industry,

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retailers, academia and the media has been expanded to include international aftermarket experts. The products submitted were evaluated based on the following criteria: degree of innovation and excellence of the solution, cost effectiveness, user benefit, functionality and user-friendliness, market potential and relevance to the aftermarket, quality, durability and safety, as well as their contributions to sustainability, energy efficiency, climate protection, environmental protection and resource conservation.

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Innovation Award Finalists Electromobilty Category: • SAS Vignal Group - SESA Tunes Advanced AVAS and Multi-Function Audible Solution • Autel Europe – Maxicharger DC Wallbox • AVL DiTest – AVL DiTest HV SAT • CTEK – Njord Go EVSE Data and Connectivey Category: • Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH ContiConnect 2.0 • WESP - Parts Performance Dashboard • Herth+Buss Car Parts - Herth + Buss Product Detector • Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH - Fast Track AI • AVL-DiTEST - VClone Workshop and Service Solutions Category: • MAHLE Aftermarket GmbH - Battery Diagnostics Feature for Diagnostic Tool TechPRO from MAHLE • Beissbarth GmbH - Q.DAS: Modular Digital Driver Assistance Systems (FAS) Calibration • GelKoh GmbH – LiBaRescue • Oxyhydrogen Technologies S.L. - OXHYTECH DPF PLUS • TEXA - TEXA ET CHECK • MAROLOTEST - MAROLO E-lift and E-Motofixe • ZF Friedrichshafen AG - WABCO Modular ABS Sensors • AVL DiTEST - AVL DiTEST noLEAK • Robert Bosch GmbH - Bosch ADAS ONE Solution Software Parts and Technology Solutions Category: • ams OSRAM GmbH - NIGHT BREAKER LED H4 • EnerSys (EH Europe GmbH) - ODYSSEY Battery • Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH - Braking Torque Reduction System • Schaeffler - LuK GearBOX hoch e • Brembo - Greenance Concept

ZF Friedrichshafen AG - ZF Aftermarket Turning Assistance System CV Retrofit Solution

Body and Paint Category: • Celette France SAS - Eagle – Electronic Car Body Measurement System • Multichem Sp. z.o.o. - Profix Refinish Systems – All Colours of Innovation • KMWE Michael Köberlein - CLAIR 5000 MULTI • Carbon GmbH - CBR Carbon Body Repair System • Herrmann Innovations – IONSTAR Car Wash and Care Category: • Lederzentrum GmbH - ColourScannerPRO – Scanner incl. Formula Database • Lake Country Manufacturing – UDOS 51E Accessories and Customising Category: • CTEK Sweden AB - CTEK CS ONE fully automatic battery charger and maintainer with APTO technology • Dropracks AS - Dropracks – Elevating Roof Racks Commercial Vehicles Category • Hunter Engineering Company - Quick Check Commercial Autonomous Vehicle Inspection • ZF Friedrichshafen AG - ZF Aftermarket Turning Assistance System CV Retrofit Solution • SAF-Holland Group - SAF TRAKr electric axle for regenerative braking A list of all companies awarded as nominees and finalists can be found in the Automechanika exhibitor search on the show’s website (simply search for ‘Innovation Award nominee’ or ‘Innovation Award finalist’ in the search bar.) For more information, visit www.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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MASSIVE BURSON REDARC WINS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE MANUFACTURING AUTO PARTS TRADE IN The company was recognised at the Caravan SHOW SEASON Industry Association of Victoria Hall of Fame and Business Awards CONCLUDES More than 400 Burson Auto Parts suppliers exhibited at national shows between May and June

Australia’s Burson Auto Parts completed a season of outstanding national trade shows from mid-May through to the end of June 2022. This series of shows made the most of the unrestricted ability to stage these large, informative and enjoyable events in proximity to as many trade customers as possible. The Burson Auto Parts trade shows covered New South Wales in Griffith, Randwick and Rosehill; Queensland at the Gold Coast and in Cairns; Tasmania in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie / Davenport; South Australia in Adelaide; and Victoria in Shepparton and Melbourne.

REDARC says it was honoured to receive the Excellence in Manufacturing (other than Caravans and RVs) award at the 2022 Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIAVIC) Hall of Fame and Business Awards recently. The award is judged on several criteria including a business’ safety and wellbeing practices, employee growth opportunities, community outreach programs, product quality and export to international markets.

REDARC says this award represents its unrelenting dedication to quality, innovation and excellence in manufacturing that is shown throughout every department in the business. “This is a testament to everyone across all departments of REDARC,” REDARC Managing Director, Anthony Kittel, said. “It is fitting recognition for the pride everyone takes in their contribution to every product that leaves our Lonsdale facility with the REDARC logo attached.” Held on Friday the 1st of July at the Crown

The overwhelming trade customer response to these shows reflected how important it was for Burson Auto Parts, its suppliers and customers, to be amongst each other again after being forced apart for so long. “We couldn’t be happier with the response to our national trade show season,” Bapcor Trade Executive General Manager, Steve Drummy, said. “It was clear that our trade customers need these events to stay up to date with the latest products and information to help them operate more efficiently. “I’d like to thank our participating suppliers for the effort that they made in executing these trade shows so professionally across the country and of course all of our customers who took the time to invest in their business success by taking part.” More than 400 Burson Auto Parts suppliers exhibited at all of the national trade shows and over 5,000 trade customers took part, making this the most successful Burson Auto Parts trade show season in the company’s five-decade history. For more information, visit www.burson.com.au 10

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Palladium in Melbourne, the awards were attended by nearly 500 guests from across the Victorian Caravan Industry Association including suppliers, manufacturers, and leisure park owners. 2022 marks the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards’ 20th anniversary. The awards recognise achievements of manufacturers across the state and showcases the vital role of manufacturing in Victoria. REDARC says the evening was also a great opportunity to connect with many of its Victorian caravan customers and celebrate their many achievements from the past year. To find out more about the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria, their awards and the winners, visit www.ciavic.com.au To learn more about REDARC, visit www.redarc.com.au

GCG TURBOCHARGERS AUSTRALIA RECEIVES INDUSTRY ACCOLADE The company was awarded at the Garrett Motion Global Conference GCG Turbochargers, based in Sydney Australia, has been named among the top performing automotive aftermarket distributors at a global conference organised by Garrett Motion. The company won the prestigious Performance Turbocharger Distributor at the conference in Algarve- Portugal, which brought together 150 turbocharger Aftermarket professionals from Europe, South America, North America, Australia and Asia. The event combined a mix of business briefings focused on the global market and upcoming technologies mixed with social activities, culminating in a gala dinner on the final night, where awards were presented marking distributor excellence across a number of business areas. “Receiving such a prestigious award from Garrett is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone at GCG Turbos in meeting the replacement and performance turbo requirements of garages and their end

customers,” GCG Australia and Japan Director, Brett Lloyd, said. “It was also great to be able to connect with so many like-minded professionals at the conference. Finally, I would like to thank our customers who have supported us during some testing times in business, and we look forward to defending our title in 2024.” Garrett’s turbo portfolio extends to around 8,000 models. For more information, contact GCG Turbochargers Australia on 1300 TURBOS.


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FULCRUM INCREASES K’GARI CLEAN UP EFFORTS The company was part of a huge effort to clean up 8.2 tonnes of rubbish recently Fulcrum is continuing to support, sponsor, and attend the Fraser Island (K’gari) Clean Up to help rid the beautiful World Heritage listed island from harmful marine debris. Along with Four Wheel Drive Queensland (4WD QLD), the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) and other affiliated clubs and sponsors, a total of 6.2 tonnes of rubbish was collected in 2021. This year’s 2022 Fraser Island (K’gari) Clean Up was no different and was yet another big success with a total of 22 affiliated clubs and sponsors from all over Queensland attending and managing to net 8.2 tonnes of rubbish, a whopping two tonne more than 2021. Fulcrum states the increased rubbish collected this year may be caused by the flooding

Queensland and North-East New South Wales experienced earlier this year. Of all things, pontoons from the Brisbane River and scooter helmets were found scattered across the island’s beautiful sands. Fulcrum states that together with the great efforts from everyone that helped clean up Fraser Island (K’gari), great lengths of the island was returned to its usual untamed golden sands. Fulcrum attended the event with several people in tow including Sam Young, the crew from HD Automotive and multiple team members from Fulcrum’s Signature Store. Further, Fulcrum created a YouTube video of the event to spread awareness of the importance around keeping Australia clean and pristine whilst also managing to capture what it’s like camping and travelling on a World Heritage Island. This YouTube video has gained over 135,000 views since its launch with hopes to bring more attention around the importance of doing the best we can as a community to continue to fight against pollution in Australia. Fulcrum says the video is worth the watch as it is highly entertaining and exhilarating with emotional highs and lows.

Fulcrum is already looking forward to attending, sponsoring and supporting the 2023 Fraser Island (K’gari) Clean Up and says it hopes its efforts during this year’s clean up continue to spread environmental awareness and encourage more people in joining the massive clean-up for years to come. Founded in 1976 by Graham ScudamoreSmith, Fulcrum Suspensions has grown from its humble beginnings as a wheel alignment workshop in the Brisbane suburb of Moorooka to a global organisation that offers a diverse range of suspension solutions for almost any vehicle. Today Fulcrum has over 200 employees across multiple locations which includes an in-house R&D department. It has company stores, franchises and a dealer network spread throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.fulcrumsuspensions.com.au

ONLY AT AUTOCARE 2023

The show will deliver international speakers, industry experts, intensive learning and networking opportunities With three streams of education sessions focusing on only the most relevant topics for our industry, Autocare is set to be Australia’s must attend event for automotive service, repair and modification businesses in 2023. Hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Autocare will see the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre become the only location where business managers and technicians can learn the latest information, techniques and skills to propel their business success and personal development forward across two jam-packed days in June (9-10).

Australia’s automotive industry has never before been offered a Convention of this scope and depth, says the AAAA. With a focus on excellence and industry evolution, Autocare 2023 will deliver advanced training and insights to delegates across their choice of business improvement and technical subjects, and Australia’s first 4WD Modification Summit will allow visitors to participate in highly topical discussion about complex issues impacting vehicle modification. The technical stream will feature extended session times so that delegates can gain hands-on, indepth experience and skills from expert trainers on cutting edge subjects using the latest technology. International guest speakers will headline the convention, along with a carefully selected panel of Australia’s leading experts on topics that matter now and for the future of workshops. Visitors will see much of what they learn come to life on the trade show floor, where hundreds of exhibitors will showcase their latest products, offers and technology.

This will provide outstanding opportunity for apprentices through to business owners to explore opportunities to invest in themselves and their businesses, to ensure their future success. The AAAA says it is an incredibly exciting time to be in the automotive aftermarket and Autocare 2023 will demonstrate that to everyone who attends. “Autocare is Australia’s largest education led automotive convention and trade show addressing the very latest developments and global trends in the industry,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said. “If you are involved in the automotive parts, service and repair sector please save the date, as you won’t want to miss this fantastic opportunity to learn, uplift your team and grow your business.” For more information, visit www.autocare.org.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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PEDDERS AWARD WINNERS AND HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES CELEBRATED Pedders recently celebrated success and achievement at its 2022 Pedders National Conference Each year the Pedders Suspension and Brakes group comes together for the annual Pedders National Conference. The conference gives the Pedders network the opportunity to celebrate success, to learn and be inspired, and to build relationships with other Pedders People. Each year the business hosts the conference in a different location and 2022’s event saw the Pedders group travel to Hobart. A cornerstone of the National Conference is the prestigious Awards Dinner ceremony where the business celebrates the achievements of its store network and team members. This year the dinner was hosted at the IXL Atrium where guests were joined by Supercars commentator and Pedders brand ambassador Neil Crompton.

This year Pedders announced 17 awards and two Hall Of Fame inductees. The awards cover many areas of the business such as Top Authorised Dealer, Top Retail, Top Store overall and more. Pedders Cannington WA franchisee, Bevan Phillips, was inducted into the Pedders Hall Of Fame as his store has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, winning multiple awards. Bevan has been a part of the Pedders family for over 30 years – his career commenced in 1991, a couple of years after his parents Reg and Anne Phillips commenced their Pedders franchise in 1989. Bevan and Kristy Phillips took over the Cannington store in 2004. David Fahey, Senior Executive Franchising and Standards, was the second inductee into the Hall Of Fame this year. Over the last 20 years, David has held many roles within the Pedders Group including Technician and State Manager. David has been an integral part of the Head Office team for many years and has helped countless franchisees build successful businesses.

Pedders 2022 Conference Award Winners: • Top Store – Cannington • Top Retail Sales – Cairns

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Top Labour Sales – Granville Top Trade Sales – Cannington Top Sales – Cannington Top Regional Store – Bendigo Top Group B Store – Toowoomba Top Group C Store – Bundaberg Top Warehouse – Lawnton Bill Orders Top State – Western Australia Roy Pedder Award – Murwillumbah Brakes Sales Domestic – Beresfield Brake Sales International – Indonesia Top Authorised Dealer (under 20,000 population) – Deni Car Care • Top Authorised Dealer (under 50,000 population) – Ward Motors • Top Authorised Dealer – Shepparton Service Centre • Export Award – Ozparts For more information, visit www.pedders.com.au

VALE ROD WILKINSON

Precision Automotive Equipment company co-founder Rod Wilkinson passed away peacefully on May 25, 2022, at the age of 64 Following a number of years in the automotive industry, selling both spare parts and equipment throughout the ACT and New South Wales, Rod together with his wife Karen and three children moved to Queensland. The move north made Rod realise that there was a need in the workshop equipment market for a customer focused service business, thus Rod and his business partner Phil Atkins established Precision Automotive Equipment in Brisbane in 1997, initially operating from Rod’s home garage. After working as a workshop equipment service technician during the formative years of the business, Rod gained a strong understanding of the problems that automotive workshop owners and operators were having with their equipment. Many of his equipment service customers asked him to source quality replacement workshop equipment. Rod never lost sight of his career-long emphasis on providing excellent and responsive after-sales 12

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service, making Precision Automotive Equipment a preferred choice for updating or establishing the smallest to the largest automotive workshops. Precision grew strongly in Queensland and then branched out successfully to both New South Wales and Victoria in later years, establishing the foundations to become the country’s only national workshop equipment sales and service company. Rod travelled the world to personally select and inspect workshop equipment products to suit the Australian service and repair market. Precision enjoyed outstanding success with their exclusive Powerrex range, opening the gates to other exclusive deals with world leading brands including the globally renowned Hunter Engineering wheel service product range and the world leading Rotary Lift hoist range. The core of the company’s success was the fact that for the majority of its 25-year history, Precision Automotive Equipment was Rod’s

family business, with his wife Karen and son Brent actively involved. While now a part of Bapcor, the family business culture and focus on customer service embedded by Rod, his family and team of employees has remained the same. The team at the AAAA and Aftermarket Magazine extends its deepest sympathies to the Wilkinson family and all at Precision Automotive Equipment at this sad time.




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SUPER MECHANICS CELEBRATED ACROSS AUSTRALIA Supercheap Auto received 492 nominations of super mechanics as part of its Your Super Mechanic promotion Recently Supercheap Auto Trade held its Your Super Mechanic promotion to help drivers pay homage to those unsung saviours of the road – our super mechanics – with $12,500 in prizes up for grabs. The leading automotive retailer launched the promotion via Triple M on Monday 6 June to recognise and reward those Aussie legends who tune-up, top-up, repair and replace whatever is needed to keep our rides running. Now, ten inspiring mechanics have won $1,000 each in Supercheap Auto gift cards to spend in-store – whether they want to trick out their workshop or kit out their home garage.

Drivers who nominated their mechanic also went in the draw to win one of 50 x $50 vouchers to spend in one of Supercheap Auto’s 260 stores nationally. The ten winners – who stood out for providing excellent services, quality care and great advice to their customers - included JCM Mechanical, Precision 4WD, Macarthur Auto Electrical & Mechanic Repairs, Campbelltown Automatic Transmissions, Technique Automotive, InFront 4x4 and Jeep Auto Worx. Supercheap Auto Trade General Manager Peter Coyne said Supercheap Auto has helped people Make it Super since 1972, and its Trade program is no different – offering mechanics all the gear they need, under one roof. “Our research shows more Australians than ever are investing in their cars – particularly in the past two years – repairing and upgrading them rather than replacing them,” Peter said. “This has seen mechanics across the nation step up and deliver service and advice that consistently goes above and beyond to their car, bike and truck-loving customers.

“Supercheap Auto Trade has been a one-stopshop for tradies and small business owners for years and we were delighted to launch Your Super Mechanic to show our appreciation for the super things mechanics do for their customers and communities.” Supercheap Auto Trade Members receive special offers, tailored pricing, a 30-day credit, monthly Trade catalogues, exclusive competitions, a Trade Discount Card and a 7-day Trade hotline. For more information, visit www.supercheapauto.com.au/trade/

CAPRICORN’S BRIGHTEST STARS ANNOUNCED The Capricorn Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year finalists have been revealed In its fifth year running, Capricorn’s prestigious Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year Awards received 341 nominations from automotive businesses across Australia and New Zealand. Capricorn says the high calibre of entries received in 2022 is a testament to the ongoing value and importance of apprentices in the industry. By recognising the contribution of automotive apprentices, Capricorn aims to help build a more sustainable industry and forge deeper relationships with young repairers and workshops. The top five Capricorn Rising Star Apprentice of the Year competition finalists are: • Marama Thompson – Auto Super Shoppe Eurotech, New Zealand • Harrison Oastler – NQ Kool Cars and Kustoms, Queensland • Jessica Smith – Harris Automotive, Victoria • Jackson Vogelsang – Fleurieu Crash Repairs, South Australia • Chelsea Bowers – John Edwards Automotive, Queensland Capricorn Chief Executive Officer Automotive, Brad Gannon, said the awards showcased the talent and diversity of automotive aftermarket apprentices from panel and fabrication to auto

electrical, general mechanical, heavy diesel and more. “Unlike other apprentice competitions that focus purely on the technical proficiency of nominees, Capricorn Rising Stars prioritises rewarding apprentices who demonstrate a passion for the automotive industry, a positive can-do attitude and a strong commitment to forging a long career as a repairer,” Brad said. “The unique judging criteria created a level field for first to fourth-year apprentices across all disciplines. This encouraged Capricorn Members to nominate apprentices who demonstrated outstanding character and potential. “Completing an automotive apprenticeship is no easy undertaking. The qualified technician shortage highlights how important it is to train the next generation, support our apprentices and create a pipeline of talent for the future.”

voucher, $1,000 cash from Castrol and tickets to two Repco masterclasses.

Strong female representation has also been a prominent feature of this year’s Rising Star awards, with women making up three of the five finalists for the first time in 2022.

The overall winner will also receive an additional $5,000 in prize money from Castrol and a Capricorn Rising Stars trophy. The winner’s workshop will also receive complimentary enrolment in the Workshop Whisperer’s Service Advisor Pro online program.

The Rising Stars Apprentice of the Year Awards is delivered by Capricorn in partnership with Castrol, Repco and the Workshop Whisperer.

The five finalists will now go on to compete for the coveted title of Capricorn Rising Star 2022, which will be announced in August.

The top five finalists receive a $1,000 Repco

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BURSON CREW 17 HITS THE DIRT FOR CAMP QUALITY The team formed part of a five car Southern Stars Victorian esCarpade team which raised an impressive $82,000 Burson Auto Parts Ravenhall (VIC) store manager David Sizeland and Burson trade customer Simon Henderson of Total Maintenance and Fabrication (VIC) played their part in helping the Camp Quality children’s charity recently by taking part in the 2022 esCarpade. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022, the Camp Quality esCarpade included cars 20 years of age or older and covered more than 2,000 kilometres, with more than 75 percent of it on inhospitable gravel roads, including lots of mud and several water crossings. The Burson Crew 17 machine was the trusty 1993 Ford ED Falcon Station Wagon with a mere 300,000 plus kilometres on the clock.

This week-long event held in April was all about fun as well as raising much needed funds for this most worthy of children’s charities. The Burson Crew 17 duo travelled from Narrandera to Cootamundra, through to Forbes, Mudgee and then onto Gilgandra, Coonabarabran, Manilla and Armidale, finishing up in beautiful Coffs Harbour, with mystery locations thrown in just for good measure – most locations being where a 29-year-old Falcon station wagon definitely should not go! David and Simon showed some initiative on the esCarpade by kidnapping a couple of toy mascots (Bundy and Kermit) from another team and taking them on tour around Mudgee on their official day off, sending pics to their extremely worried owners, demanding more fundraising to ensure their safe release. The Burson Crew 17 Team formed part of a five car Southern Stars Victorian esCarpade team that raised an impressive $82,000 between them. These included long-term Camp Quality esCarpade participant and loyal Burson Auto Parts trade customer Graeme McMahon from Barwon Tyre and Auto in Belmont (VIC) in his VP Commodore Wagon (Car 88). They were joined by Car 86, a VR Commodore Ute,

Cruiser 1 – an 80 series Toyota Landcruiser and Benza, representing Europe’s finest in a 1970s Merc. The team contributed to the overall Camp Quality 2022 esCarpade total of over $1.1 million that was raised to help children suffering from cancer and their families. Rejuvenated with plenty of quality parts and accessories from Burson Auto Parts, the ED Ford Falcon Wagon was initially set up back in 2017 for the team’s inaugural esCarpade with help from several Burson suppliers including JAS, Narva, Roadsafe, Dayco, KYB and Milwaukee. The car was also dyno prepared and tuned by Burson customer Michael J’s & Son in Fairfield (VIC). To find out more visit www.campquality.org.au

AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY CVT NZ 2010 Ltd and CVT Parts Ltd are up for sale New Zealand’s CVT NZ 2010 Ltd and CVT Parts Ltd specialise in supplying parts and re-manufacturing CVT transmissions. The businesses are situated in an ideal location at 125 SH 5, Tirau, with the central North Island site making for a quick turn-around for collection and delivery of vehicles requiring parts and repairs. The businesses distribute worldwide to 130 countries, has a large database of regular clients and is also a preferred Capricorn Society supplier. Marketing agent Steve Pett, of Bayley’s Commercial Sales, Business and Brokerage in Hamilton, said this prospect is hard to equal, with purchasers having the opportunity to purchase the land and buildings including a four-bedroom home. There are also qualified staff already in place for the business, and several secured domain names. “This is an exciting opportunity to acquire a leading brand in the automotive industry with high volume sales,” Steve said. “CVT NZ 2010 Ltd and CVT Parts Ltd holds a 16

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unique strategic position in New Zealand as one of the only businesses of its kind. “It is locally owned and operated, and for more than 25 years it has been run as a family business with experience in the automotive sector and servicing 130 countries worldwide. The opportunity is here for a new owner to make this business their own.” The company has more than 1,200 different parts in stock and supplies parts to every country in the world. More than 180 different CVT transmissions are available which are used in cars and fourwheel-drive vehicles, and they also manufacture some parts no longer available from the original manufacturer. “The aim is to make it easier for workshops to overhaul CVT transmissions due to the manufactures not supplying parts or not supplying information for these transmissions,” Steve said.

understand the working and diagnose problems and how to solve and repair them.” The property (zoned Rural 1A) includes a workshop floor area of 24m x 12m and a mezzanine floor area of 105sqm. The total land area measures 40m x 34m, there is an outside area for the loading and unloading of vehicles and a large area for short term parking.

“The business aims to get parts available for every CVT transmission and will supply and support businesses making it easier for all mechanics to

For more information, contact Steve Pett on steve.pett@bayleyswaikato.co.nz or +64 7 834-3232 or +64 27 560-4838.




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ZF IN OCEANIA CONFIRMS CHANGES TO LEADERSHIP TEAM ZF in Oceania has announced a number of personnel changes within its local Leadership Team With the integration of WABCO into ZF, Blair Rundle – the former Product Support Manager of WABCO’s Australia and New Zealand operations – has joined ZF and the Oceania Leadership Team in the newly formed role of Head of Sales OE Trailer and Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Oceania. Also joining the Leadership Team in 2022 is former Warehouse and Distribution Manager, Brett Moyes, in his new role as Head of Operations AM Oceania. Stefanie Fischer, formerly the Head of Marketing, Communications and Strategy, has been promoted to the ZF Global team as the new Head of Global Marketing Business Line Passenger Car. “We are really excited to welcome Blair and Brett to the ZF Oceania Leadership Team,” Head of ZF in Oceania, Mark Lowe, said. “Both experienced proven performers in their respective areas, Blair and Brett bring a wealth of industry and business knowledge to the Leadership Team, as well as their unique insights and perspectives. “Whilst we are saddened for Stefanie to have left the Oceania team, we are absolutely thrilled for her with her new opportunity with ZF Global and wish her the very best.”

Nivi Nandini, previously the Marketing and Communications Manager Oceania, has been appointed Head of Marketing and Communications Oceania. Joining Blair and Brett on the ZF Oceania Leadership Team are current members: Mark Lowe, Head of Oceania; Martin McKinley, CFO; Darren Leyshon, Head of Sales PC AM; Gary Bain, Head of Sales Specific OE; Shane Trenbath, Head of Sales Industrial, New Mobility and Service; and Alana Wilson, HR Business Partner. ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF says it offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility. With some 157,500 employees worldwide, the company operates 188 production locations in 31 countries. For further information, please visit www.zf.com/au

DBA DRIVING FORCE TO RETIRE Gary Davison is retiring after 34 years with Disc Brakes Australia Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) says Gary Davison’s departure comes as the company continues its transition “from being Australia’s leading rotor manufacturer to supplying complete wheel-end braking solutions.”

offers a complete range of brake rotors and drums, pads and shoes, calipers, hydraulic cylinders, hoses, and fluids.

When Gary Davison joined DBA in Brisbane in 1988, the company had only just opened its first interstate branch in Queensland.

In his current role, DBA says Gary is one of the dedicated staff who have made DBA’s uncompromising ‘first to market’ approach possible.

Initially tasked with running the Queensland operations, Gary went on to become the State Sales Manager and the Warehouse Manager. He then went on to put his wealth of knowledge to invaluable use in DBA’s product and cataloguing department. At the time of Gary joining the business, DBA’s range of brake rotors consisted of only a few hundred part numbers. By contrast, the current product range is the most comprehensive and complex in the company’s history, consisting of over 10,000 SKUs (part numbers), each with multiple vehicle applications. No longer limited to brake rotors, DBA these days

One thing however hasn’t changed – Gary’s commitment to customer service.

With his in-depth knowledge of the Australian and New Zealand vehicle population, Gary is usually the first to raise the flag about any new, incoming vehicle models. His VOR (vehicles on road) projections then trigger the DBA engineering department to jump into action, ensuring that not one but a range of replacement options are being engineered, tested, manufactured, and launched to the market. Likewise, Gary as part of the cataloguing team ensures the completeness and integrity of DBA’s parts listings in a range of market leading global databases, including Oscar, Parts DB, Aces and Pies, SEMA Data Co-op, TecDoc, and more.

Gary in his own words describes it as “an honour” to have served the business over such an extended period of time. Undoubtedly, his legacy will live on though DBA’s mantra of being ‘first to market’ and its marketleading vehicle coverage and product cataloguing. DBA, the AAAA and the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine team wish Gary well for his future. For more information, visit DBA at www.dba.com.au or on Facebook and Instagram. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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MONROE: SUPPLYING INTELLIGENT SUSPENSIONS The suspension specialist is providing intelligent solutions for the new Mercedes-AMG SL-Class Roadsters The much-anticipated 2022 Mercedes-AMG SLClass of luxury roadsters will feature two of the latest intelligent suspension technologies from Monroe’s Intelligent Suspension portfolio. The new models, representing the eighth generation of the iconic SL range, will be offered with Monroe’s CVSA2 semi-active suspension or integrated CVSA2/Kinetic suspension. Developed for supercars and ultimateperformance SUVs, Monroe says CVSA2 technology provides a superior ride experience in virtually all operating environments. The system, which will be standard equipment on SL 43 and 55 models, comprises lightweight semi-active dampers equipped with two externally mounted electro-hydraulic valves that independently control rebound and compression. Each damper is continuously adjusted by software monitoring multiple data points, including steering wheel angle, vehicle speed, acceleration, and body displacement. Monroe says the technology allows for a highly flexible tuning range between minimum and maximum damping levels, enabling exceptional comfort, handling, and stability. Available as an option on the SL 55 but as

standard equipment on the range-topping SL 63, the CVSA2/Kinetic suspension combines all the benefits of CVSA2 technology with an innovative, active roll control system that reduces vehicle weight by eliminating the need for anti-roll bars. Together, Monroe says the systems provide exceptional traction, steering response, brake balance and comfort as well as front lifting functionality for increased ground clearance. In addition to the new SL-Class, CVSA2 technology has enjoyed considerable recent success on Mercedes-AMG models, including the G-Class SUV and the AMG GT Black Series. Many vehicle brands including Audi, BMW, Ford, Infiniti, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo offer models equipped with adaptive suspensions from the Monroe Intelligent Suspension product portfolio. To ensure Australian automotive service workshops and suspension specialists have access to the most advanced replacement shock absorbers that are completely compatible with Monroe manufactured Original Equipment electronic suspension systems, Monroe Intelligent Suspension – RideSense was launched in 2020 and continues to grow.

Monroe Intelligent Suspension - RideSense shock absorbers connect directly to a vehicle’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU). The ECU sends the shock absorbers vehicle performance data, including acceleration, body displacement and steering angle. Each RideSense shock absorber then uses this data to adapt its compression and rebound force settings within ten milliseconds to provide superior handling, comfort, and vehicle safety by ensuring constant tyre to road contact. Featuring a host of Monroe leading-edge technologies including highly advanced valving, Monroe says these new shock absorbers ensure the continuation of an “as new” driving experience for motorists driving vehicles fitted with Monroe developed Original Equipment electronic suspension systems. Monroe also provides its industry leading five-year product warranty on all RideSense shock absorbers.

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To learn more about Tenneco’s latest advanced suspension technologies, Monroe invites you to visit www.monroeintelligentsuspension.com and https://bit.ly/MonroeCVSA2 and https://monroe.com.au/products/monroe-ridesense


COVER STORY Monroe supports driver safety and grows your suspension business Monroe says it is committed to ensure your business can service and repair the very broad variety of makes and models on Australia’s roads by “providing the latest in ride performance technology, while also providing this country’s largest range of general passenger, commercial/ heavy duty, 4WD and SUV model ride performance replacement products.” An important vehicle safety factor that tends to be overlooked is the checking of worn shock absorbers. According to independently sourced market statistics, the current Australian industry standard for shock absorber replacement is eight out of every 100 vehicles serviced or inspected. Based on known shock absorber wear rates and national averages for annual distances travelled, it is clear from these suspension replacement statistics that not enough vehicles are being checked for shock absorber wear. If your workshop’s shock absorber replacement rate is low, then your customer’s vehicles may not be in the safest condition possible and you’re missing out on shock absorber replacement business. All too often, many customers only learn their shock absorbers need replacement when something has gone terribly wrong. By informing your customers of the increased emergency stopping distances, reduction of steering response and excessive tyre wear effects of worn shock absorbers, you are assisting them to make sensible and highly responsible vehicle maintenance decisions. Monroe says that when you select its products, you are selecting the peace of mind that comes with more than a century of engineering in every shock absorber, and a global manufacturer who backs their quality “Built To Last” promise with a fiveyear Monroe OE Spectrum range warranty that is unrivalled by any competing ride performance products.

As most motorists rely on their mechanic’s opinion in relation to the replacement of shock absorbers, Monroe says your reputation for providing total customer care can only be enhanced with Monroe’s industry only five-year warranty, with every set of Monroe OE Spectrum shock absorbers fitted. Monroe says your business can make the most of its five-year warranty initiative by joining Monroe’s long term alliance program with repairers, suspension specialists and re-sellers across Australia, the Monroe Safety Specialist program. Monroe explains that its Safety Specialist Program enables any automotive workshop no matter what size, to become a direct part of Monroe’s national marketing strategy. Monroe Safety Specialists are listed on the Monroe Dealer Locator page located at www.monroe.com.au which is used by more than 20,000 consumers per month, which along with a dedicated freecall 1800 number, directs consumer enquiries to their closest suspension inspection and replacement expert. In addition to this, Monroe says it also supports suspension replacement business growth through equipment that increases productivity and assists technicians in testing worn shock absorbers. Monroe explains that the Monroe Shock Absorber Tester is an easy-to-use handheld high-tech tool that enables automotive technicians to test shock absorber wear on passenger and light commercial vehicles within seven minutes. The tool reportedly makes it easier to clearly identify an otherwise invisible danger to vehicles that you are servicing. Technicians can also Bluetooth-link the tester to print reports for their customers. To watch the instructional video on the Monroe Shock Absorber Tester, go to www.monroe.com. au/products/monroe-shock-absorber-tester.html Monroe also exclusively provides another important tool to assist workshops in increasing their suspension business, productivity rates and

workplace safety: the Branick 7600 Strut Spring Compressor. This complete metal spring compressor is suitable for use across a vast range of simple and more difficult coil configurations, featuring a long handle that provides extra torque to make compression both easier and safer. It can be wall or trolley mounted and can safely handle the entire spring exchange requirements for most Australian workshops including Heavy Duty, Ford F-150, Toyota Hilux and FG Falcon models, without the need for additional adaptors. Whether it is the instructional training and tools that increase shock absorber inspection rates, the successful Monroe Safety Specialist program. or the industry’s only five-year OESpectrum range warranty, Monroe says it is dedicated to driver safety and supporting your business growth. Monroe invites you to become a Monroe Safety Specialist or find out more about Monroe’s workshop tools by contacting your Monroe Territory Manager or calling Monroe Australia’s customer service team on 1800 088 205. For more information, visit www.monroe.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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PRODUCTS TESTED FOR SUCCESS MAHA Australia has been servicing the aftermarket industry since the early 1980s MAHA has been manufacturing high quality, specialised workshop equipment for over 50 years and says it is renowned worldwide for being a leader in brake testing technology. The company supplies products that cover various inspection devices for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and special-purpose vehicles. With the option of linking individual test devices to form universal test lanes, MAHA states it has become a skilled technical partner for clients all over the world. MAHA asserts that its products meet the highest quality standards, representing reliability and long service life while satisfying the most demanding requirements. “MAHA Australia has a long history of outstanding customer service being ISO 9001:2015 quality management system certified for 31 years running,” MAHA Managing Director, Mick Lauster, said. “Our success in Australia rests on our ability to control the complete supply chain from manufacturing in Germany right through to delivery, install and across the service life of its product. “With an extensive range of spare parts and standard MAHA products in stock, we can also supply urgent spare parts for maintenance and installations of MAHA products. “Our equipment is used in facilities all around Australia, New Zealand and now the Pacific Islands with many new sites enjoying the speed and safety of our rising bed load simulation. “The strong relationships we have with both Inspection-based and private customers are due to the unique fact that we are a brake and suspension testing-equipment supplier that can manufacture, supply, install, repair and calibrate our equipment,

which is a good reason for most serious clients to give fair consideration for this equipment.” The types of equipment MAHA can install into a dealership, workshop or testing facility includes but is not limited to brake, weight, and suspension testing equipment; the MAHA 18T Roller Brake Tester for dynamic brake testing and gross weight; the MAHA Rising Bed option for dynamic load simulation; and the MAHA 20T Axle Play Detector. MAHA says potential customers can be confident the company will support them throughout the whole process, from planning the workshop layout and conducting the civil works, including concrete cut plus pour, to installation, training and on-going support from an extended sales and support process. MAHA’s Civil installation process is completed with the full support of the customer and completed within a week by MAHA technicians, who are able to streamline planning, civil works, electrical and coordinate the whole process for a time-efficient professional outcome.

Brake, weight and suspension testing equipment New testing facilities are supplied complete with a drive-on/drive-off system for high volume testing with iPad operation for the inspector. Using these systems, wheels are rolled at three kilometers per hour while the drag, brake force, load simulation, imbalance and gross weight are all checked in the same process. The vehicle is then parked with the axle on the suspension tester while the inspector views for defects underneath. MAHA says the benefits and advantages of this testing process include: • Time efficiency, offering easy access to a mandatory testing system • Speed and safety during load simulation

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Accuracy Repeatability Dependability Minimal staffing requirement for hassle-free operation MAHA says it has hundreds of satisfied customers that have experienced decades of fault free operation, maximum reliability and consistency of readings, and states these unfailing results have kept operations running smoothly, avoided costly downtime and generated optimum performance for clients around the country. “We are particularly proud to show new customers our existing sites because it showcases the standard and quality of the German engineering behind the MAHA brand,” Mick said. “Some units have been in service for over 25 years and are still as accurate and reliable as the day they were in installed. “This is partly due to the German manufacturer’s build quality, but also because we utilise our inhouse team of factory trained technicians to service and calibrate all machines and support clients across the country. This is unique to the Australian market and is what sets MAHA apart from our competitors.”

MAHA 3.5T to 18T Roller Brake Tester When it comes to the MAHA Roller Brake Testers, they are available in 3.5 Tonne, 15T and 18T “Axle” capacity and offer the following features: • Roller Brake Tester speed three to five km/h, this does not engage ABS systems but allows a full rotation of the testing wheels to obtain the most accurate and repeatable test results • Includes drag detection – for example, wheel bearing or sticky caliper piston 22

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PRODUCT R&D larger vehicles and long wheelbase vans and is now available from stock. The customer can choose from numerous additional options, including the LED lighting kit or the 5.5 specific wheel fork supports for special and electric vehicles, which allow unrestricted access to the underside of the vehicle and thus facilitate the removal and installation of vehicle batteries. These supports are also ideal for municipal vehicles such as street sweepers, which often do not have mounting points for support arms. All models are available with variable installation width and are finished with your choice of powder coating or are supplied in standard RAL 7040 window grey on the columns and RAL 7016 anthracite grey on the support arms. The lifts boast the following features as part of standard delivery:

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Includes warped rotor or oval drum test Optional license plate recognition Static and dynamic Gross Vehicle Weight Front and rear brake force and park brake test Electric park brake or air park brake test 4WD mode – an original MAHA Patented feature • Bi-directional testing • Electronic, temperature-compensated strain gauge system for highly precise measurement results under all environmental conditions for repeatable and accurate readings. MAHA’s system doesn’t just provide a “Pass/ Fail” Brake test result. MAHA says users are also able to comprehensively diagnose faults with the Brake system without removing the wheels, providing maximum accuracy and allowing for faster throughput in the workshop.

MA Star Two-Post Lift MAHA has brought to Australia the German-made MA Star two-post lift, which has a 3500kg load capacity. It has a triple safety feature and a 20-year plus proven spindle-nut system with self-locking thread and comes with a five-year warranty. The MA Star two-post lift comes in several models: the MA Star 3.5A Asymmetrical and MA Star 3.5S Symmetrical and a now available 5500kg load capacity version. The MA Star 3.5A includes asymmetrical columns turned by 45 degrees for a generous door-opening angle, and asymmetrical support arms. The support arms have a 180-degree range. The optional MA Star 3.5S comes with symmetrical columns for a reduced overall width and symmetrical support arms. The MA Star 5.5 has been designed to accommodate

• Two asymmetrical columns with control panel at operating column • Four asymmetrical support arms • 80mm standard pick up pad height suitable for lowered vehicles (MA STAR 3.5 only). • 50mm and 100mm extensions that can be combined to achieve 150mm for large side steps • Adjustable Cable bridge for low ceiling installation MAHA lifts are manufactured in Bavaria in Germany and hold Factory approvals with the German OEMs. These approvals are only obtained by adhering to strict lift requirements across the entire range, says MAHA. The features of the MA Star 3.5A and MA Star 3.5S are further highlighted in a YouTube video, which can be found on the MAHA Australia and New Zealand YouTube Channel. For more information, please contact the team at MAHA Australia on 1800 006 242 or visit www.maha.com.au

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine Publisher, Cameron McLachlan, takes a look at the products driving the automotive aftermarket. cameron@aaaa.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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LAUNCHES NEW BCDC CORE NARVA HEAVY-DUTY REDARC The company says the new release offers the LED WORK LAMP perfect in-cabin charging solution RANGE EXPANDS

The range is now broader than ever

Narva continues to expand its heavy-duty LED work lamp range, offering a broad choice of models to suit a wide range of user applications. The latest entrants are available in either a spot or flood beam pattern and are designed to provide users with added convenience and practicality. Both feature strong light output courtesy of 9x5W Cree LEDs that produce and impressive 3600 Lumens of bright white light (5700°K), for optimum visibility. These figures translate to 135 metres of penetration for the spot beam lamp (part no. 72712HS) and coverage of 50 by 20 metres for the flood beam variant (part no. 72712H). A key feature common to both lamps is a large, integrated handle that allows easy adjustment, as well as an integrated on/off switch at the rear. This versatility makes the new lamps ideal for applications where regular adjustment is required.

REDARC says it is excited to launch the new BCDC Core range of in-cabin DC to DC chargers. Available in 25A and 40A variants, REDARC says the BCDC Core is the perfect DC to DC charging solution for in-cabin, canopy, or battery box setups where dust and weatherproofing isn’t required. Each BCDC Core features REDARC’s tried and tested dual input DC charging tech plus an MPPT solar regulator and Green Power Priority, all in the familiar and compact BCDC form factor. These features allow the BCDC Core to efficiently charge from both the alternator and solar simultaneously, ensuring maximum charge capacity no matter the situation. The BCDC Core is compatible with all common battery chemistries including Lithium (LiFePO4). Suitable for 12 or 24-volt alternators, the Core range is compatible with both standard and smart alternators. To coincide with the release of the BCDC Core, the current 25A, 40A, and 50A dual input BCDC variants that you know and trust will now be known as the BCDC Classic. REDARC says with fully sealed electronics, the BCDC Classic remains the only ultra-rugged DC to DC charger – suitable for engine bay installations,

water crossings, desert heat, mud pits and wild weather. “You name it, the BCDC Classic can handle it,” says REDARC. “REDARC’s BCDC range has long been the market leader in DC to DC charging where weatherproofing is paramount,” REDARC Product Manager for the BCDC Core, Albert Atkins, said. “With the BCDC Core we’re launching a new range of chargers for installations in the vehicle cabin or canopy where dust and water proofing isn’t required. “The BCDC Core is built in Australia with REDARC’s legendary reliability but features a new price point to suit every budget.” Like all REDARC products, the new BCDC Core is backed by nation-wide support, including a hassle-free warranty, REDNetwork certified installer network and after-sales service to answer any questions. For more information, visit www.redarc.com.au/core

AUNGER SILENCES THE NEEDS OF THE EXHAUST INDUSTRY The full Aunger range is offered through CoolDrive Auto Parts Given the nature of the work and tough environments that the work lamps will likely be used in, they feature heavy duty construction and are fully sealed and waterproof to IP68. Other benefits to aid longevity include a powder-coated aluminium housing, a “virtually unbreakable” polycarbonate lens, stainless steel mounting hardware and the reliability of an inbuilt Deutsch connector. Narva says these heavy-duty LED work lamps are also EMC-approved, meaning they won’t interfere with on-board electronic and communication devices, while a low current draw of 1.4A @ 12V ensures minimal drain on vehicle batteries. The new lamps are also backed by a comprehensive five-year LED warranty. For more information, visit www.narva.com.au 26

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Those behind the Aunger brand say it has quickly become one of the preferred suppliers in Australia for high-quality exhaust accessories and hardware. Available from CoolDrive branches and online are Aunger rubber and rubber-to-metal bonded parts, universal hangers, gaskets, wire mesh rings, extractor gaskets, brackets, clamps, studs and fasteners, stainless steel flex bellows and tube connectors to cater for any exhaust requirement. All Aunger products are manufactured by an ISO and IATF certified factory, giving workshops peace-of-mind as to the quality and durability of these components. The raw materials used include the finest grades of natural and synthetic rubbers and steel sourced from internationally reputed companies. With all Aunger exhaust products reverse-engineered

from the genuine part, the risk of misfit or failure is eliminated. CoolDrive Auto Parts says it continues to focus on the quick development of new Aunger products to ensure its customers are a step ahead within the industry – with it stating the age-old promise of “Quality Without Compromise” rings true at the family-owned business. With a rich history spanning more than 50 years, the Aunger range at CoolDrive includes shock absorbers, suspension components, car care products, wheel hub assemblies and bearing kits, and a comprehensive workshop equipment range. For more information on Aunger products available at CoolDrive, visit www.cooldrive.com.au




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BRAKE SHIMS

In this article, Bendix explains brake shims and why they’re important Brake shims are an important component in the braking system that help absorb vibration and reduce noise, leading to a quieter and more enjoyable driving experience. Attached to the friction pad backing, brake shims provide a barrier between the brake pad and the caliper, helping to prevent small vibrations. It is important to recognise that some level of noise is inevitable when brakes are applied, given the friction that’s occurring between the pad and disc rotor. When the brake pad meets the rotor, coupling occurs and subsequently vibrations follow, building into noise.

A well-engineered braking system and accompanying hardware can minimise the noise, with high quality shims playing a part in this process. Using a clever multi-layered design and composition that includes varying grades of metal, viscoelastic polymers, elastomeric rubbers, fiberglass and bonding materials, brake shims provide dampening qualities. Bendix explains that its brake pad shims for passenger cars are fibre impregnated, with the rubber shims designed and engineered to meet OE standards and to work within manufacturers’ tolerances, ensuring they continue to meet the original engineering ‘tune’ of the vehicle. This tune which is honed during vehicle NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) testing, aims to keep brake noise emissions to a range that falls outside human hearing, or at the very least to minimise it so it’s not audible in the cabin. In Bendix’s high performance brake pad, the ‘Street Road track,’ the shim is made from carbon steel with nitrate rubber coating on both sides.

Bendix says this unique formulation delivers even quieter braking performance, while improving vibration installation and longevity. Brake pad shims also help prevent heat transmission from the brake pad to the caliper and other components – braking performance is increased when heat is minimised and can’t impact system components such as fluid, lubricants and moving parts. Bendix states that its coated shims minimise heat transmission much better than standard shims, while also lasting longer. Given the important role that brake shims play in reducing braking vibration and noise, as well as assisting braking performance through their heat suppression, Bendix recommends the replacement of brake shims at the same time as the brake pads. For more information, visit www.bendix.com.au

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TERRAIN TAMER FILTER INSERTS A quick, simple and whole solution for workshops If dust happens to enter a vehicle’s air filter, the particles are bound to eventually get into the motor. This causes potentially dangerous and expensive wear to the internal components very quickly, in a way that is akin to rubbing sand paper up and down the inside of the engine. Of course, it is good practice to remove the air filter on a regular basis, and clean it or replace it if required. However, for vehicles doing a lot of work off the bitumen, the air filter will not last the service interval given by the manufacturer. Unfortunately, the original design of the airbox on several Toyota Landcruiser and Hilux models only compounds this. The upper filter housing of the V8 LandCruiser VDJ76/78/79, VDJ200 and Prado 120/150 series, as well as some Hilux KUN/GUN/TGN models, features a seal surface which is too narrow to match the seal of the filter itself. As a result, the filter doesn’t seal properly and is

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not able to be fully effective, allowing dust to pass through the airbox and enter the engine intake, causing havoc with engine components. After sitting down with Original Equipment filter manufacturers, Terrain Tamer says it became clear that they were oblivious to the problem. Despite there being a lot of talk about the issue in forums and Facebook groups and among mechanics, it was a problem that seemed to become most apparent after the new car warranty was rescinded. One Facebook group dedicated entirely to “Toyota 76/78/79/200 1VD Dusted Engines” for example, boasted over 7,300 members, with some reporting over $30,000 worth of damage as a result of the issue. Terrain Tamer began to research and design a range of vehicle specific, stainless-steel filter inserts for the most problematic vehicle models. The inserts, when fitted, create a surface area that perfectly matches the filter, aligning in the correct position to properly seal, and effectively working to reduce the issue of dusting.

A simple and affordable innovation, the insert holds the airbox structure, which of course means that the risk of engine damage from dust particles is greatly reduced. The Air Filter Inserts are sold in kits, which also include the corresponding Terrain Tamer Air Filter, as well as the sealant required. This makes it a quick, simple and whole solution for workshops or home mechanics to fit without needing to source anything extra. For more information, visit www.terraintamer.com


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AEROFLOW PERFORMANCE RELEASES NEW PRODUCTS The new releases include a camshaft retaining plate and long crankshaft key Aeroflow has recently expanded its inventory with a few new products, including a camshaft retaining plate, a long crankshaft key, a throttle cable bracket, a 31 Spline full spool, and aluminium half and full donuts.

Aeroflow has also added a long crankshaft key to suit GM LS to its inventory. Worn crankshaft keys can lead to incorrect positioning between the timing gear and dampener, which can result in inconsistent timing.

designed to locate the crank sprocket on the nose of the crankshaft. These woodruff keys are manufactured to OEM specifications for quality and dimensions to ensure a proper fit. The Aeroflow Performance 105mm throttle cable bracket is designed to suit the Aeroflow Performance 105mm cable throttle body (AF642270) and aftermarket 105mm 4-bolt throttle bodies, which are sold separately. It allows for an easy install of the OE throttle cable to the throttle body. This throttle body bracket also allows for throttle pedal adjustment and/or the addition of a nitrous plate. Another new product from Aeroflow is a Ford 9” 31 Spline full spool, which is designed to give needed traction by locking the axle shafts together, forcing the rear tyres to turn at the same speed. This eliminates the gear failure caused by case deflection or differential side-gear failure. This lightweight steel spool weighs only 6.1 lbs (2.76kg) and is designed to suit 3.062” bore Ford 9” case.

The Aeroflow Performance crankshaft keys can replace a worn key. These crankshaft keys are

Aeroflow also offers aluminium half and full donuts, now available in 2.75”.

The Aeroflow Performance camshaft thrust plate is designed to suit all GM LS engines and replaces the genuine GM part number GM12589016. These solid steel plates protect your engine investment by returning your timing gear alignment back to desired specs. The thrust plate features an O-ring seal that is moulded onto the back of the plate with a new Viton O-ring included. These have counter sunk bolt holes, and the one time use T40 Torx Bit tapered bolts are included and also sold separately.

Premium T6063 grade aluminium donuts from Aeroflow Performance are primarily used for tight/compact installations that require custom application for tight bends and corners. The donut can be cut at any degree of bend needed. These donuts have a thick 2mm wall and are sold either by the half or complete full donuts that are welded on the outside only. For more information on Aeroflow Performance products, visit www.aeroflowperformance.com

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LEADING MEYLE HD PARTS

After 20 years of Meyle HD, Meyle continues to successfully optimise spare parts The long-standing family-run business Meyle has reason to celebrate – it has been 20 years since the Hamburg-based spare parts specialist developed the first technically refined Meyle HD part, triggering a revolution in the independent aftermarket.

3D technology and close examinations at the Meyle quality laboratory by means of specially developed test procedures.

Since then, the Meyle engineers have worked day in, day out, to identify new ways of making OE parts longer-lasting, more reliable and more sustainable.

2. Definition – thinking in terms of perfect solutions: elaborate simulations are used to determine whether there is a recurring problem and to identify the cause of the OE-part failure. Possible solutions are then determined and turned into precise specifications for the Meyle HD part.

In keeping with this pioneering spirit and to mark the 20th anniversary of the HD product line, Meyle began to produce its Meyle HD steering and suspension solutions carbon-neutrally for the first time this year.

3. Development – making it better: development of the HD part starts on the basis of the specifications. The engineers work on the part until a solution is found that lives up to the Meyle experts’ high standards.

Meyle says that for its business, manufacturing means to always improve and to create the perfect spare part.

4. Prototype – being thrilled: the development phase is followed by the highlight for any Meyle engineer, which according to Meyle Head of Steering and Suspension, Stefan Bachmann, is “when, after identifying a weak point, researching the causes, development work and numerous tests, we have succeeded in holding a first prototype in our hands, it is something special for us every time. In the end, these are exactly the moments for which we give our best every day.”

It says that because of this, a comprehensive process of six clear steps it calls the Meyle HD principle are called for, as follows: 1. Identification – looking closely: every optimisation process for a new product begins with an analysis of the relevant OE part and any possible premature failures. This involves

5. Production – doing it ourselves: only once comprehensive quality tests have been conducted under realistic conditions, the experts know whether a Meyle HD part is ready for mass production. All Meyle HD steering and suspension parts are manufactured by SIO automotive, the company’s own production site. Out of conviction, the manufacturer

unconditionally offers a four-year guarantee* on all Meyle HD parts. 6. Launch – continuing to think: once a new Meyle HD product has been rolled out, Meyle says its optimisation process does not end as potential improvements and future challenges are precisely what drive and inspire Meyle. For 20 years, with every new Meyle HD part, Meyle says it has been realising its aspiration to develop perfect as well as durable solutions for its customers and to be the “DRIVER’S BEST FRIEND”. Throughout, Meyle says it has had its eye on the environment and on future requirements and so workshops, partners and customers can rest assured that the Meyle engineers will not stop until they have found the perfect solution. For more information, visit www.meyle.com/guarantee.pdf

REPCO’S NEW JACKS

Trolley Jacks must now meet a higher standard for increased durability and longevity In December 2019, new standards came into effect for Trolley Jacks sold in the Australian market (AS 2615:2016). As part of the updates to the mandatory standards, a requirement was set that all Trolley Jacks must now meet a higher standard for increased durability and longevity.

Year Trade Warranty supported by the nationwide network of Repco stores. Repco says its 1800kg Low Profile Aluminium Service Jack (RJF1.8T-AL) has been designed with the professional workshop in mind.

This led to many manufacturers having to reduce the rated capacity on their existing Trolley Jacks as well as move away from Aluminium construction.

The two-stage hydraulic, 1800kg lifting capacity covers the majority of passenger vehicle applications, combined with it’s 95mm minimum height making it perfect for getting under low profile cars.

In line with the new standards, Repco says it has developed a leading range of Trolley Jacks that cover a wide range of lifting capacities to meet the requirements of Australia’s professional workshops.

Aluminium Trolley Jacks have a significant weight saving advantage over their Steel counterparts, making them ideal for mobile mechanics, track day use plus anyone who uses a Trolley Jack daily who is looking to reduce fatigue.

Repco 1800kg Low Profile Aluminium Service Jack (RJF1.8T-AL) has been designed with nylon wheels making it far quieter than steel wheels when rolled across workshop floors, while also having the additional benefit of protecting the epoxy coating found on most workshop floors.

All Repco branded Service Jacks come with a Two-

To reduce workshop noise and disruption, the

For more information, visit www.repco.com.au

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INTRODUCING THE IOPEDAL THROTTLE TUNER

Those behind the German-made product say it could be the most advanced throttle controller in the world Throttle controllers have been on the market for quite some time and are well-known amongst not only car enthusiasts, but by every car owner who demands instant response from their vehicle – especially at busy intersections, roundabouts and when completing overtaking manoeuvres on the open road. The IOPEDAL has been designed from the ground up with only one goal in mind: to design and manufacture everything in the best way possible. All previous insights were reportedly set aside so new and innovative concepts were developed. IOPEDAL says the same requirement from any throttle controller is achieved by connecting the cable harness and main module to the accelerator pedal, but this is where the similarity ends with other controller types. The main module is tucked away safely under the dashboard or behind the lower footwell cover panel. It says the flexibility to mount the remote control, without restrictions, anywhere in your vehicle is undoubtedly the best form function. The wireless remote controller can be installed

anywhere on the dashboard or, if you prefer, put it in the glove box, centre storage or keep it with you in your pocket. The IOPEDAL reportedly eliminates the logistical nightmare of the cable harness. IOPEDAL’s wireless remote controller’s intuitive interface allows all functions and settings to be easily accessed and activated. Toggling through the different driving modes is as easy as selecting left or right buttons. Special functions include Secure and Valet modes. Valet mode allows the owner to change the throttle responsiveness to eliminate the risk of joy rides or hooning and when the keys are handed over to inexperienced drivers or repair shops. Secure mode is an extra layer of anti-theft protection which works by disabling the throttle pedal.

offer is SportMode and XtremeMode, TrafficMode and EcoMode, along with StockMode, ValetMode and SecureMode.

The IOPEDAL offers an interchangeable cable harness resulting in a seamless transfer to another vehicle. The owner can simply purchase a cable harness to match the new vehicle.

IOPEDAL options are available for most vehicle models from 1998 onwards and include Petrol, Diesel, Hybrid and EV (full electric) vehicles such as the well-known Tesla.

With four different driving modes and five fine adjustments within every mode, there is a setting for every drive no matter what the conditions. On

For more information or to become a reseller partner, contact the Australia Distributor, IOPEDAL Australia, on 08 6116 8106.

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OUT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE GRAB YOUR GEAR STAND AND THRILLS FROM With LED Merchandising REPCO Bathurst trackside stores and The Garage at Supercars rounds make for an exciting day at the races

The “Trackside” Store will return to Mount Panorama for the Bathurst 1000 again this year. The 1000-square metre shop will be packed with most of Repco’s great regular range of products as well as camping gear and racetrack essentials for Supercars fans to purchase over the actionpacked weekend.

This year Repco will have double the fun, with two trackside stores as it will set up a second, smaller store called Mountain Side on the hill, meaning that customers camping up the top won’t have to walk as far to visit their favourite motoring shop and grab some of their exciting products. Repco is the major partner of the Supercars Championship, including the famous ‘jewel in the crown’ Repco Bathurst 1000. The automotive aftermarket retailer, known for its racing pedigree and heritage, takes its support of Supercars very seriously and the big winner is the fans, thanks to ‘The Garage.’ At Bathurst this year, The Garage is a must visit attraction with cool cars, great vantage points, games, giveaways, prizes and money-can’t-buy opportunities. Online, The Garage is the home of all things motorsport – news, history, videos, podcasts, prizes and more. If you can’t make it to the track this year, The Garage is home to all things motorsport and the Great Race - news, videos, history, podcasts, prizes and more. It is clear that Repco loves its motorsport heritage, it loves the Supercars, and the best bit, Repco shares that love and passion with the fans. For more information, visit www.repco.com.au/thegarage 36

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LED Autolamps says it is synonymous with the Automotive Aftermarket industry and has stood the test of time with its signature red bays and signage designed to be visually appealing and configured to engage customers at the point of sale. LED Autolamps prides itself on delivering fastmoving, neat and profitable product displays that not only look great but will also enhance any retail space. Its passion and attention to detail when building the right retail merchandiser display is said by LED Autolamps to engage customers and provide a rewarding retail experience. LED Autolamps says the secret to its success is a four-step process aptly named “Build-a-Bay” which semi automates and streamlines the method and includes the following approach: 1) Input and evaluation requirements, 2) Layout and optimisation of the display, 3) Photorealistic instore digital visualisation, and 4) Final installation by a dedicated area representative, including follow up to gauge the success of the install. It says this process ensures a seamless fit and rapid quoting, explicitly tailored to your specific requirements. LED Autolamps says its determined, dedicated sales team is ready to work with store managers and are also willing to work with you and your customers to incorporate merchandiser displays into their retail environment. Those behind the company says the benefits of working with its team include stock rotations, new product alerts, and marketing and promotional assistance. Picture re-order cards which come standard with every merchandiser display take the stress out of the re-order process by giving you a clear indicator of the product and barcode which populated that location on the bay. LED Autolamps says you can rest assured LED Autolamps’ 20 plus years of experience in retail displays, proven quality products, and competitive pricing will give you peace of mind and the edge over your competition. “We pride ourselves on delivering fast-moving, clean, smart and profitable product displays that get excellent results,” LED Autolamps National Sales Manager, Ashley Piper, said. “Years of fine-tuning and perfecting our Builda-Bay process has enabled us to cover more customers with less stress and has been a huge hit in the market place.” No matter what sized merchandiser display you have, LED Autolamps says it offers a range of light-up displays that will reinforce the

purchaser’s decision and assist in driving more sales for your business. These striking displays are said to instantly grab the attention of the customers and by adding matching signage, creates the final package. “We have created the perfect, uncluttered solution for our clients’ customers’ retail experience. We believe this will benefit everyone as a whole, and it is a win-win,” Ashley said. LED Autolamps says its entire operation is certified to ISO9001:2015, the internationally recognised Quality Management Standard and in addition, its main production facility is certified to IATF16949:2016 standards. But, more importantly, LED Autolamps says you are guaranteed conformity of production, exceptional service, technical expertise, supply reliability and dedicated after-sales care. LED Autolamps explains that it can offer the following benefits to enhance retail stores with an “industry proven” LED lighting product range that is customisable to your specific requirements: • Expert LED advice and support • Signage and marketing assistance • Fast moving products • Install assistance • Product training and advice • Visually pleasing, clean layout • Stock refresh or turnover • Stand out, generate more sales “We provide an ongoing professional service to our customers as well as our customer’s customers that is unmatched in the industry,” Ashley said. “Faster moving products and the ability to consistently adapt gives us the edge. The key to our success is making sure every installation is a success!” To learn more about “Build a Bay” or if you require a stock upgrade or refresh, LED Autolamps invites you to call its team on 03 9466 7075 or visit www.ledautolamps.com



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INNOVATIVE PARKING SOLUTIONS

The leader in foundation brake systems has produced its 200 millionth Electric Park Brake (EPB) unit The inventor of the Electronic Park Brake (EPB) motor-on-caliper brake more than 20 years ago, ZF says its EPB is now in its sixth generation and the true embodiment of an intelligent mechanical system. ZF says its EPB is remarkable in its ability to deliver benefits such as enhanced fuel economy due to weight reduction in the brake system. It is said to be a prime example of the electrification of mechanical systems allowing for integration and advanced functions when combined with other vehicle systems, and was an important first step toward the electrification of braking systems. The technology also helps to enhance driver safety by enabling two-wheel anti-lock emergency stops and driver convenience and comfort as the system is activated by the touch of a button. In addition to providing park brake functionality, EPB is a fully integrated part of the brake system with features such as dynamic actuation, brake pad wear sensing and offers reduced degradation associated with mechanical systems.

recognise the engineers, designers, and the employees who produce this technology in locations throughout the world including Europe, the Americas, and Asia,“ said Manfred Meyer, Senior Vice President, Active Safety for ZF.

“EPB is a great success story and today we

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“EPB is a testament to the relentless pursuit of innovation. ZF was already a global leader in the foundation brake market in the early 2000s but sought to transform a purely mechanical service brake function into something much more. “Today, the technology is featured on many of the world’s most popular vehicles across the spectrum of small cars through to larger pick-up trucks and sport utility vehicles.” ZF offers a range of park brake solutions including the integrated park brake through to full EPB systems including standard EPB, EPBi, which eliminates the need for a separate Electronic Control Unit (ECU) as it is integrated within the electronic stability control system, and EPB for front axles which is more suitable for smaller vehicle segments.

advanced safety, automated driving and vehicle electrification, braking systems will play a key role in helping to meet regulations, enable new functions and provide regenerative brake energy recovery,” Manfred said. “This requires higher levels of integration with other onboard systems and a greater degree of vehicle control and systems like the Electric Park Brake and ZF’s Integrated Brake Control Systems will have greater applicability than ever before.” The ZF Group has also produced more than 500 million of its first-to-market Integrated Park Brake (IPB) units. For more information, visit www.zf.com.au


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NEW FROM PENRITE

Penrite has released its new VW 508 00 / 509 00 OEM approved engine oil Penrite Oil is a 100 percent Australian family owned and operated business and says it has been producing world class products for over 95 years. Penrite says it is proud to have a reputation of being first to market with new specifications of lubricants to provide the trade with OEM approved and compatible products to service Australian and New Zealand vehicles. Once again, Penrite says it is leading the way with the launch of its new Enviro+ G4FE 0W-20 that meets VW Standard 508 00 and 509 00 and is Fully ACA Licensed and OEM Approved for warranty use in vehicles requiring this specification of engine oil. It also meets API SN Plus, ACEA C5 and Porsche C20 specifications. Penrite Enviro+ G4FE is a 100 percent synthetic lubricant formulated with a PAO base that provides superior performance and fuel economy to older grades while reducing C02 emissions and boosting environmental sustainability. It is suitable for vehicles fitted with particulate filters (DPF/GPF) and is designed to provide excellent protection for vehicles with stop/start

systems including hybrid vehicles and those running on biofuels or LPG. Penrite says the new product offers the following key features and benefits: • Manufacturer approved to maintain vehicle warranty and specifications • 100 percent synthetic lubricant formulated with PAO (PolyAlphaOlefin) for maximum performance • Increased wear protection, minimum sludge formation and reduced piston deposits • Long drain engine oil intervals • Enhanced LSPI (Low Speed Pre-Ignition) protection • Better wear protection for “Start-Stop” engines • Suitable for hybrid petrol/electric, diesel- and gas-powered vehicles • Superior fuel economy, lower emissions • Excellent protection for emission control devices GPF/ DPFs and Catalytic converters • High resistance to viscosity and thermal breakdown even in extreme service

• Superior cold start performance, minimising friction and wear at start-up Penrite Enviro+ G4FE is available now through your nearest trade lubricant reseller. For more information, visit www.penriteoil.com.au

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INTRODUCING NRS BRAKE PADS

CIRCO Group Global is bringing the range to the Oceania region for the first time Right out of the box, galvanized NRS Brake Pads have unique technology you can actually see, says CIRCO Group Global.

in-situ galvanised hook fixing system on the galvanised backing plates.

Rust resistant, unpainted, galvanized steel with zinc plating incorporates an awardwinning attachment technology called NRS.

• Corrosion resistance: zinc plating technology ensures brake pads are protected, preventing corrosion and ensuring the pads can withstand harsh environments without the fear of delamination or separation. These unique features make NRS Brake Pads perfect for mine spec and off-road vehicles. • Long life: NRS Brake Pads offer remarkably low levels of wear, even when used in extreme conditions. Testing here in Australia has shown a use-life improvement of over 50 percent. This is exceptionally important when it comes to fleet programs where service life equates to cost. The backing plate fixing method also ensures the friction material will never delaminate, providing a longer life and safer brake operation for the entire life of the pad. • Low noise: the NRS Noise-cancelling Piston Cushion Insert is designed to attack a known NVH problem area, caliper/pad/rotor interface, thus helping to reduce noise levels by up to 90 percent. Additionally, all NRS Brake Pads are fitted with the correct anti-squeal shim and all hardware usually expected on an OEM level product. • Low dust: the NRS compounds are renowned for putting out extremely low levels of light coloured ‘dust’. Compared to OEM brake pads, NRS Brake Pads offer a significant improvement in low-dust and ease of cleaning. European vehicles which are notorious for

CIRCO Group Global says these brake pads are amongst the longest lasting, most reliable options of friction material for Emergency Services Fleet, 4x4, Mining and EV vehicles in the world. Manufactured in Canada, NRS Brakes are on the way to the Australian automotive market and will be distributed by CIRCO Group Global (CGG) from Yatala, Queensland. Whilst this is a freshly inked agreement, CGG already have an initial batch of stock on the way from Canada and will be building the application stock list through the remainder of 2022. NRS Brakes is owned by Canada’s “worldrenowned” NUCAP Brake Components, which has been innovating the brake component industry since 1994. NRS Brakes are manufactured in-house using all NUCAP componentry, including the patented

Key features and benefits:

elevated dust levels benefit immensely by simply switching to NRS brake pads, says CIRCO Group Global. • Environmentally friendly: galvanized brake pads are paint free, copper free and 100 percent recyclable. NRS also specialises in fleet programs tailored to specific customer types. For example, NRS supplies brake pads for police programs in the USA as well as courier service providers who rely on NRS to increase brake service intervals. When it comes to electric vehicles, NRS EV Galvanised Brake Pads are designed specifically for the sector with “unmatched commitment” to the environment which it says means you can expect NRS to deliver the longest lasting, safest, and most environmentally friendly brake pad for electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles. Vehicle fitments include Tesla, Hyundai, KIA, BMW, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Ford. NRS Brakes is distributed throughout Oceania by CIRCO Group Global who are the parent company for CIRCO Brakes and Motorsport Brakes in Yatala, Queensland. For all trade, fleet or distribution enquiries, contact Marty Beckton on 07 3412 3643 or sales@circobrakes.com

BUSINESS FOR SALE An exciting opportunity exists to acquire a leading brand in the automotive industry with high volume sales. CVT NZ 2010 Ltd and CVT Parts hold a unique strategic position in New Zealand as one of the only businesses of its kind. Locally owned and operated, CVT NZ 2010 Ltd and CVT Parts is a preferred Capricorn supplier, is one of New Zealand’s specialist remanufacturing transmission businesses and is currently being run as a family business with over 50 years of experience in the automotive sector. Servicing 130 countries worldwide, the opportunity is here and now for a new owner to make this business their own.

The company is situated in the central North Island and specialises in supplying parts and remanufacturing CVT transmissions. It has more than 1,200 different parts in stock and supplies parts to 130 countries worldwide. More than 180 different CVT transmissions used in cars and four wheel drives are available, and the company also manufactures some parts which are no longer available from the original manufacturer.

The option exists to relocate the business to other parts of New Zealand, however being centrally located allows for the cost of retrieving and returning to clients a very cost effective option.

For more information contact Steve Pett, Commercial Sales, Business & Brokerage Ph: 0275 604 838 Email: steve.pett@bayleys.co.nz Web: www.bayleys.co.nz/2312787 Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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EGR COOLER REPLACEMENT

Goss has re-engineered the PX Ranger cooler The Ford PX Ranger is a popular truck and like all mass-produced vehicles, Goss says they exhibit common failures after a period of time, with the achilles heel of this mighty truck said to be its EGR cooler. Goss says original units have been known to leak coolant either externally (from around the flanged joints on either side of the cooler) or internally, whereby coolant leaks into the engine’s intake system – pulled along by the recirculated exhaust gasses. Both of these failures are cause for EGR cooler replacement. Goss says it has re-engineered the PX Ranger cooler and developed a new manufacturing process to produce a superior product which is less prone to cracking or leakage. Unfortunately, using a quality replacement part is only half the battle – installation of these units requires additional inspections and a very concise coolant bleed procedure.

Step one: inspect the failed unit to determine the cause of the original failure. A leak due to corrosion will require the cooling system to be flushed before installation of the new unit. A split core may have been triggered by over pressurisation. Be sure to check for cylinder combustion leaks. A leaking coolant hose can draw air into the system resulting in hotspots and poor flow through the cooler. Make sure the heater core has not been bypassed. This practice removes a critical part of the cooling system – again resulting in reduced flow through the EGR cooler. Check if the EGR valve itself has not been blanked

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off. The EGR needs to function to ensure correct and efficient cooler operation. When installing the new cooler, replace the mounting bolts with new units and torque to manufacturer specifications using mild strength thread locking compound as they are prone to vibrate loose causing the cooler to crack.

Step two: bleeding procedure Goss says vacuum bleeding is the only way to guarantee there are no airlocks within the system during coolant fill. This will prevent repeat failure of the cooler. Attach the bleed adaptor to the coolant fill point and open the air valve. After a few minutes of operation, the coolant hoses will flatten, and the pressure gauge will stabilise with a negative value. Close the valve and disconnect the shop air supply. Monitor the gauge for a few minutes for any rise in pressure. This indicates an air leak that must be

rectified before continuing. If the gauge remains at negative pressure during this interval, then the refill process can begin. Keep an eye on the coolant level in the fill container – do not let the suction hose lift air or you will need to start again. When the gauge rises to zero the system is full with no air locks, start the engine and allow it to warm up. Confirm the thermostat opens by checking temperature at both top and bottom hoses. Remember to recheck for any leaks through a full temperature cycle of the cooling system. Goss is a leading provider of Genuine Alternative aftermarket and Original Equipment Supplier (OES) parts. With over 75 years sourcing and developing the world’s leading OES and aftermarket parts, Goss says it prides itself on offering workshops “the Genuine Alternative.” For more information or the details of your nearest stockist, visit www.goss.com.au




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GET CONNECTED WITH NAPA AUTO PARTS NAPA Auto Parts says it has all you need for a quality connection Whether you’re starting, charging, lighting or connecting, there’s a lot to consider for any electrical job, but NAPA Auto Parts says you can rely on its bright sparks to have everything you need to complete the job at hand. NAPA Auto Parts explains that it offers a large range of automotive electrical from leading brands to ensure the best possible outcome of your next specialist electrical project. Its range covers everything from connectivity, circuit control and protection, voltage control, alternators and starter motors, towing, communications, batteries, chargers and jump starters to safety, visibility and lighting. Whether you’re in a workshop, dealing with commercial transport and equipment, or even working with mining industry machinery – professional jump starters are a staple in day-to-day business, which means you need a powerful, fast charging starter you can rely on. NAPA Auto Parts recommends Projecta Jump Starters which feature “revolutionary” technology called Rapid Recharge Technology (RRT), which gets your vehicle back up to running in no time. Rapid Recharge Technology allows you to leave the jump starter connected to the vehicle battery

for just 40 seconds after starting the car, and the jump starter will recharge to the state that it was pre-jump start, meaning that it can be ready to start the next vehicle straight away. The Projecta Intelli-Start IS1500 Professional Lithium Jump Starter is the most powerful lithium jump starter in Projecta’s range, making it perfect for workshops. It packs a punch at 1500 amps, and a 24,000 mAh battery. With the juice to jump start a diesel engine up to 6.0L in capacity or a petrol engine of up to 8.0L, this professional jump starter will make light work of any tough diesel workhorses or thumping V8 street machines. The IS1500 also includes handy LED indicators and offers maximum protection. NAPA Auto Parts explains that this jump starter is not only simple to use, but also super safe for the engine, user and jump starter with a simple battery clamp connection. The handy LED display allows for simple monitoring of the charge level and status when in use, or when charging in the included docking station – providing the perfect clutter-free charging solution for the shelf in the garage or workshop. NAPA Auto Parts explains that Projecta uses a

special Lithium Iron Phosphate battery (LiFePO4) which can absorb a much higher current charge compared to other lithium and lead acid batteries. The lithium iron phosphate battery also means a longer operational life – up to 1,800 battery cycles – which NAPA Auto Parts says is up to four times higher than competitor products. The Projecta Jump Starter comes with a 240V charging dock, which is used to increase the battery life further (by up to 20 percent). You can also access this revolutionary RRT in smaller compact home-use Projecta jump starters – the IS920 and IS1220. For more information about Projecta, or NAPA Auto Parts’ wider range of jump starters and automotive electrical, visit www.napaparts.com.au/locations for your nearest store.

NEW LOOK FOR COLORSPEC MotorActive has undertaken a full revamp of the paint brand MotorActive, the company behind Supercheap Auto’s exclusive automotive paint brand ColorSpec, recently implemented a full revamp of the brand. Market research results showed that ColorSpec was predominantly a grudge purchase made by customers who were looking to fix a problem and who were already planning on buying paint before entering the store. MotorActive was faced with the challenge of attracting new customers while also retaining the brand’s professional-grade character. “This was a fantastic opportunity to reposition the brand,” MotorActive Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Morrison, said. “We concentrated on two key elements; invigorate

the livery to make it more attention grabbing and enhance the satisfaction-of-purchase. “Witnessing the spectacular success of the bright and vibrant colours of the new Meguiar’s Hybrid Ceramic range gave us the confidence that adding just the right splash of colour will draw in customers – without generating any negative perceptions about quality. The vibrant colours contrast extremely well against the modern, sophisticated satin black.” “With 30-years’ experience maintaining Meguiar’s as the premier car care brand, we’re well aware of the dangers of resting on your laurels. “Also, ColorSpec was 10 years old – its original look and feel was designed around it being a true, professional grade, clear-over-base automotive paint system. “Typically, professional products do not have overly flashy labelling and lack sex appeal. It needed a facelift, because this becomes a bigger and tougher job if you wait until things are in decline.” MotorActive not only introduced the new livery and a sharper point-of-sale area but also revamped the website and produced a number of How-To videos. The videos are meant to educate as well as inspire

different ways to utilise the brand through DIY projects. “Building excitement around the brand has proved to be a double win,” Bruce said. “Not only has it generated new business by getting customers thinking about projects it could be used for; but we have seen firsthand the change in the attitude of the store’s retail teams. “By investing time with them, making the product fun and showcasing its capabilities, they’ve become more excited about the brand. “And it goes without saying, getting retailers and their teams excited about your product or brand is a powerful way to maintain growth and ensure its longevity well into the future.” For more information, visit www.colorspec.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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HELLA GUTMANN SOLUTIONS TERRAIN TAMER DIGITAL HEAVY DUTY SWIVEL CSC-TOOL HUB BEARING KITS Join the digital revolution Designed and manufactured to extend the service life of wheel bearings in vehicles used for heavy towing

Terrain Tamer has expanded its range of heavy duty swivel hub bearing kits to also include combination swivel housing kits for a range of Toyota and Nissan 4WD vehicles. The first of these is a heavy-duty bearing that has been made in Japan, with a Rockwell hardness rating that is 2.5 points higher than the OE equivalent. These bearings combine a new forging technique with an upgraded heat treatment procedure to enable a longer service life. While the tapered roller bearing design looks very similar to any other, Terrain Tamer says the new technologies used to create the bearing means that they hold up to contaminants better, and for longer, doubling the service life of their OE equivalent in clean grease, and working up to 10 times longer in contaminated lubricant.

The CSC-Tool Digital is the latest calibration solution from HELLA GUTMANN. Equipped with a state-of-the-art ultra-short throw projector, this tool allows targets to be projected in high resolution onto a 200cm screen – the largest of any ADAS calibration tool currently available. The projector has been carefully designed to maximise performance by eliminating frequency flicker, screen reflection and manipulation of the OE target size often associated with LCD displays. Patented green line laser technology also makes it quicker and easier to ensure absolute alignment of the vehicle’s camera or radar sensor using its rear axle. The solution incorporates an accompanying CSC-Tool Digital app which provides workshop technicians with access to over 20 calibration targets across multiple vehicles makes and models. This ensures the latest targets are available to workshops quickly and effectively. Targets are easily interchanged at the touch of a button, greatly reducing set-up time in comparison to conventional systems which provides workshops more time to focus on the calibration task. Additionally, having the targets in a digital format eliminates the risk of damage that may occur with

physical targets as well as the need for physical storage. Enhancing the capabilities of the CSC-Tool Digital is the HELLA GUTMANN mega macs series diagnostic devices, specifically the mega macs X. The mega macs X is a flexible, modular system with advanced diagnostic technology. The CSCTool Digital, when used in conjunction with the mega macs X diagnostic device (or other mega macs devices), can easily generate a calibration report which serves as a permanent record that calibration has been carried out in accordance with industry regulations and standards. HELLA GUTMANN provides flexible licensing options so workshops can choose between purchasing and renting target images based on their needs. For more information, visit www.hella.com.au

GABRIEL ULTRA

Delivering “the ultimate in safety and performance” The second element of the kits is an innovative new range of Heavy-Duty hub seals, which rotate on their own internal surface, without relying on the condition of the shaft and thus eliminating wear on other components. These seals utilise a labyrinth construction with four sealing surfaces, to better prevent the loss of oil and lubricating fluids and better protect against the ingress of dirt and other contaminants. This internal track also makes these seals ideal to fit on previously damaged, corroded or rusted sealing surfaces, as the ribbed rubber surface of the seal simply fits to the vehicle and stays put, rotating only within its own design. As with all Terrain Tamer bearing kits, the HeavyDuty kits also include all required components for a wheel bearing overhaul and all parts are covered by a 12-month warranty. For more information, visit www.terraintamer.com 46

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From the wide range of Gabriel products, the Ultra is the premium product amongst the range, given its vast coverage of Passenger Cars, Light Trucks and SUVs. Gabriel Ultra shock absorbers and struts are said to be the result of more than 100 years of Gabriel innovation, engineering expertise and continuous improvement in ride control products. Precision engineered for the ultimate in safety and performance, Gabriel says its Ultra shock absorbers feature G-Force Technology which includes: • StableSteer Valving: improves tyre contact with the road for safety and control • G-Force Piston: sintered iron construction for durability and maximum shock performance • Orifice Control Disk: for consistent comfort and stability • OE-Design Single-Lip Oil Seal: to minimise friction for best comfort and performance

Gabriel says it goes to great lengths to ensure all of its light vehicle shock and strut designs are extensively tested for proper fit, ride and durability to provide motorists with high quality, long-lasting performance and easiest installation. For more information, visit www.gabrielshocks.com.au




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INTRODUCING TOPO DC POWER’S MAG SERIES Two Way Magnetic DC Power Distribution Boards Topo DC Power MAG Series is the world’s first product of its kind, designed for Australia’s automotive aftermarket industry. The boards have been designed to complement Topo’s lithium power systems and are compatible for all existing 12 Volt power systems wanting to add, daisy chain, or extend additional low draw 12V auxiliary outputs.

Key features and benefits: • Solid magnetic mounting system which is clearly labelled and covered with high-density foam.

• Simplified and more innovative installation solution, addressing a problem faced when fitting and positioning all custom 12Volt power outlets. • Reduces and saves on installation costs, avoiding costly reworks and complicated wiring. • Mountable on any ferromagnetic surface or mounting plate. • Simple Plug and Play from your 12V power sources. • Offers a range of 12V outputs to suit most accessories. • 12V outputs protected in a tough two-tone Anodised aluminium casing. • Two wire Positive and Negative connection. • Fused protection. • Long-lasting. Topo DC Power products are said to be serviceable and repairable even in today’s throwaway society. The product guides users into a more straightforward and imaginative custom 12V setup

and the non-permanent mounting system gives users the freedom to reconfigure, extend, and take their power with them within arms each. Made in Australia backed with Australian after sales and technical support, the durable design and materials used promise that with basic care and maintenance, these products will withstand Australia’s harsh conditions. For more information, visit www.topodcpower.com.au

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INTRODUCING THE INNO!WEIGHT WEIGHING SYSTEM From STENHØJ Australia

STENHØJ Australia says it is introducing a groundbreaking all-in-one solution for the rapid weighing of vehicles up to 3,200kg of total weight. The German-made inno!weight weighing system with a total capacity of 3200kg consists of four wheel load scales, an intuitive app as visualisation and is safely stowed in a trolley case for easy transport. Due to the lightweight die-cast aluminium structure and low profile design, inno!weight

wheel scales do not require additional ramps and can be easily moved and quickly repositioned. Standard AA batteries for power supply provide flexibility in use with a run time of over 200 hours, and no Connection cable is needed while an intelligent floating master BT-BLE standard is used for a stable radio connection with greater ranges to your mobile device. The app can be downloaded from the app store (available for iOS , Android and Windows) to save weighing records on your mobile device and create comprehensive and transparent documentation. If you want to view a record at a later time, that is no problem as thanks to the integrated database, records can be retrieved at any time and reprinted or forwarded.

Key features: • Available for iOS, Android and Windows • Modes: live, center of gravity, details view, axle view and corner balancing • Light mode and dark mode

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Tare-function Battery status Selection between Kg/lb percentage unit Higher capacity scales up to 12000kg total capacity

For more information, please contact STENHØJ Australia on 1300-665 627 or sales@stenhoj.com.au


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KNIPEX TWINGRIP SLIP JOINT PLIERS A powerful solution for stuck bolts and screws

The new Knipex TwinGrip Slip Joint Pliers can be used to securely grip and reliably loosen stuck bolts and screws, even with a worn profile. An asymmetrical pipe grip ensures that flat workpieces can also be machined from the side to optimum effect. The slim, ergonomic pliers also have five adjustment positions thanks to convenient pushbutton adjustment. The Knipex TwinGrip Slip Joint Pliers are now available in Australia (82 01 200/82 02 200). Tridon, the exclusive distributor of Knipex in Australia, says the pliers offer the optimum solution for stuck bolts and screws. It states that thanks to the clever combination of front and side gripping functions, an extremely resilient box-joint and finely serrated push-button adjustment, the range of applications for this powerful tool is broad.

Tridon states that users from the plumbing, construction, automotive, industrial, agricultural and DIY sectors will find the Knipex TwinGrip a reliable addition to their tool inventory. It says these very slim pliers with a narrow turning zone for quickly tightening and loosening screws enable powerful gripping and ergonomically comfortable working even in confined spaces. The strong gripping front jaw has robust teeth and a high gear ratio at the tip of the mouth. Serrated gripping surfaces in the plier’s axis support safe gripping from the front, while the high gear ratio allows the Knipex TwinGrip to easily grip, tighten and loosen even heavily worn screw heads. Even flat workpieces can be reliably gripped from the front thanks to the asymmetrical pipe grip with its three-point system and side-gripping is just as powerful and handy with the Knipex TwinGrip – the serrated gripping hole also firmly grips round materials and hexagonal profiles in this position. The geometry of the two-zone gripping jaws is optimised for maximum grip when loosening

and tightening screws, thanks to the opposing alignment of the teeth. A slip joint with five push-button settings can be precisely adjusted to large front and side gripping capacities for diameters and widths across flats from four to 22 mm. The push-button engages securely and thus prevents unintentional shifting while a pinch stop ensures safety against crushing injuries. The Knipex TwinGrip is 100 percent made in Germany. Forged from chrome vanadium electric steel and oil-hardened; its teeth are also inductively hardened to approximately 61 HRC. For more information, call Tridon on 1300 362 263 for the details of your nearest distributor.

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BURSON GOES BIGGER IN WIPERS Two new ranges from Burson Auto Parts have been released

Burson Auto Parts – which says it is Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts, tools, equipment, and accessories – has presented the auto trade with two new quality windscreen wiper product ranges. The first is the Eyon Glide windscreen wiper replacement product range, manufactured by Trico, a world leader in automotive wiper engineering, design, and technological development. The new Eyon Glide wiper range includes modern Beam Blade wipers along with conventional wiper blade assemblies that cover the vast majority of vehicles in the Australian Car Parc. Burson Auto Parts says the features of the Eyon Glide Beam Blade replacement wiper range include: • Advanced rubber technology that provides a longer life cycle • Symmetrical spoiler that reduces wind lift at high speed • Can be used to update conventional wiper assemblies to more efficient Eyon Beam Blades • Slimline design to suit modern vehicles • UV treated rubber wiping element and housings • Multi-fit universal adapters included to ensure easy installation For service and repair technicians seeking replacement conventional wiper assemblies, Burson Auto Parts also offers a full range of Eyon Glide powder coated, galvanised and UV treated conventional wiper assemblies that also feature one inch blade increments for accurate sizing. Burson Auto Parts explains these quality Eyon Glide conventional wiper assemblies are also supplied with universal adapters to match most vehicle wiper arm types for ease of installation. All Eyon Glide conventional wiper assemblies have been designed as direct OE replacements for vehicles fitted with this style of assembly. Corrosion resistant materials combined with premium quality rubber refills deliver an efficient wipe and a long service life and each Eyon Glide wiper assembly also includes a preinstalled J-Hook adapter to suit most makes and models. Along with the Eyon Glide windscreen wiper range, Burson Auto Parts also offers the trade the high value ONmech range of conventional wiper assemblies and wiper refills. Burson Auto Parts says the ONmech wiper range delivers excellent performance and durability for 9mm Hook, 7mm Bayonet and Pin on Arm wiper applications, perfectly suiting older passenger and commercial vehicles with wiper lengths from 380mm to 700mm. The ONmech windscreen wiper product range offers two refill styles, Twin Rail refills in 6mm and 8mm widths, or Plastic Back refills which are also available in 6mm and 8mm widths. All ONMech wiper blade refills can also be easily cut to length as required and feature easy metal snap off rails along with durable stainless steel or Noryl polymer backs. It is important to note that for the safest and most efficient windscreen wiper performance, it is recommended that vehicle wiper assemblies be replaced every three years and wiper inserts once a year as a minimum. These important safety components are subjected to constant external climate extremes and as a result, lose efficiency over time. The condition of windscreen wipers should always be included in any vehicle safety check and at every service interval. For more information, visit www.burson.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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RYCO 4WD FILTRATION KITS Making life easy with one innovative product to get the job done Many 4x4 owners are aware of the benefits of fitting both a catch can and fuel water separator, more often as soon as they purchase their vehicle. In-fact, research undertaken by Ryco discovered that a number of OE engines produced excessive crankcase vapours from the factory and benefit immediately with the install of a crankcase filter assembly. Ryco says its team have spent significant time with 4x4 enthusiasts to determine their needs and wants – compared to what was currently available. Generally, the options on the market have been “universal” solutions, that require custom fitment – a challenge for the DIYer and an expensive exercise from an automotive workshop. With its 4WD Filtration Kits, Ryco says it has made it possible to purchase one package, under one part number, purpose designed to fit the specific

engine bay – meeting not just enthusiasts needs, but workshops tasked with installing the solution. Plus, in the case of installation and routine maintenance, the kits have been designed not only to offer an OE like fit using engine bay specific mounting hardware and moulded emission hoses, but also provide adequate tool clearance for the job at hand. The specialised mounting hardware and vehicle specific fitting components are combined with Ryco’s RCC351 advanced crankcase filter assembly which prevents crankcase gases from contaminating engine air intake components, by separating the liquid oil and impurities from any blow by gasses before they are recycled back into the intake system, keeping it clean and operating efficiently. The high efficiency filter presents a low restriction to the engine PCV system – which Ryco says is an absolute must to retain the integrity of the crankcase emission control system. A key feature to the RCC351 crankcase ventilation system also eliminates the opportunity for contaminants to clog the intake system causing a loss of engine power. The unit has been designed to incorporate a storage sump large enough to hold enough captured contaminants to allow vehicle owners to

complete a regular engine service interval without the need for draining. The upgrade is complemented by Ryco’s improved Z980K16 fuel water separator which is particularly important for today’s common rail diesel vehicles that typically have a high-pressure pump installed between the low pressure or delivery pump and the fuel injectors. These components benefit with this increased level of protection to avoid blockage or abrasions damaging performance. Ryco says the result is a one-stop preventive maintenance solution, incorporating an OE-like fit, a crankcase filter assembly with the largest catch can sump on the market, quick release brackets for servicing, moulded emission hoses, plus the upgraded fuel water separator with quick connect fuel fittings for easy installation. For more information, visit www.ryco.com.au

BREMTEC EVOLVE BRAKE PADS For Electric Vehicles

With the number of electric vehicles steadily increasing on our roads, manufacturers of automotive components need to ensure their products meet the specific demands of these types of vehicles. In particular, electric vehicles have increased demands of their braking systems due to their higher acceleration capabilities, heavier vehicle mass and a lack of vehicle noise. One such product is the new Bremtec Evolve range of replacement brake pads which are available through CoolDrive Auto Parts. CoolDrive Auto Parts says the Bremtec Evolve brake pads benefit from years of research and development and are ideally suited for performance and electric vehicles. The “class-leading” characteristics of the Evolve brake pads include a “GG” friction class to ensure adequate braking torque to counter the increased weight of the vehicle due to the inclusion of the battery pack. Quieter engines, such as those installed in electric 54

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vehicles, require quieter brakes. The Evolve brake pads are reportedly tested to the extreme to meet Bremtec’s strict safety, durability and performance standards, which are said to exceed the industry’s requirements. These include road tests and a NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) test to specification SAE J2521. CoolDrive Auto Parts says cleaner-looking wheels are also assured with the Evolve brake pads, which are manufactured using a next generation Performance Ceramic+ formulation to deliver zero brake dust. Further benefits of the Bremtec Evolve pads including greater rust removal ability, a high heat tolerance and a long life. In proof of its commitment to continue to deliver innovative solutions to the aftermarket, Bremtec Brakes recently conducted benchmark tests where its brake pads were fitted to a 2020 Tesla Model 3 F and a NIO ES8 electric vehicles and tested against the OE pads.

CoolDrive Auto Parts says in pleasing results – and proof of Bremtec’s expertise – the Evolve brake pads outperformed the OE pads when it came to stopping ability, thickness loss and noise level, delivering on Evolve’s promise of unrivalled braking for spirited street driving. For further information on the Bremtec Evolve range available through CoolDrive Auto Parts, please visit www.cooldrive.com.au




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IN-DEMAND PARTS FROM HPP LUNDS LandCruiser and Hilux used cars are in demand, and so are parts Car prices are soaring at the moment; supply is limited, and so used cars are sought after. Some are in demand more than others, with Toyota LandCruisers top of the list for many buyers. HPP Lunds says these vehicles are better than money in the bank, which means keeping them on the road is a top priority. Moody’s Analytics shows used cars have sold for a 65 percent higher price tag in the first quarter of 2022 than they did three years ago before the pandemic. LandCruisers have experienced the biggest jump in value because they have a solid reputation, as has the Toyota Hilux ute.

Automotive website ‘Drive’ recently reported that a customer in Ballarat who had bought a Hilux in 2014 sold it for almost the price he paid for it despite it now wearing 225,000 kms on the odometer. With this information in hand, it is critical to know where to purchase good quality LandCruiser and Hilux parts, especially those that wear out the most due to offroad or continuous tradie use, such as steering and suspension parts. HPP Lunds stocks a plethora of aftermarket LandCruiser and Hilux parts ranging from body hardware to replacement mechanical parts. HPP Lunds says its CV/swivel hub kits and steering racks are competitively priced, and the CV kits include Japanese made bearings while the racks are now sourced from a new supplier that offers superior quality and a more consistent supply rate. As an example, brand new steering rack assemblies are available for the LandCruiser UZJ100, UZJ200, VDJ200, KDJ120, KZJ95R, KZJ120, RZJ95 and HDJ100. For Hilux they cover KUN26 and GUN125/126 models.

Another often serviced part, the CV/swivel hub kits are available for LandCruiser FJ45, BJ42, FJ40, FJ45, FJ60, FJ62, HJ45, HJ47, HJ60, HJ61, HJ75, FJ75, Fj80, FZJ75, FZJ79, FZJ78, HDJ78, HDJ79, HZJ78, HZJ79, FZJ80, HDJ80, HZJ80 HZJ75, 105 series and VDJ78/79 series. HPP Lunds says its orders are usually despatched same day or for larger orders, the next day, and sent by courier or on customer freight accounts to ensure quick delivery. HPP Lunds has a catalogue available for LandCruiser parts and one specifically for Hilux which can be downloaded from the HPP Lunds’ website. Lunds 4WD parts are also listed on AutoInfo (Oscar) with more than 28000 entries. For more information, visit www.hpplunds.com.au or contact the HPP Lunds Call Centre on 1300 306 781.

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CLUTCH INDUSTRIES FLYWHEEL PROGRAM BG AUTOMOTIVE the amount of wasted hoist time when EXPANDS PRODUCT Decreasing completing a new clutch installation OFFERING A total of 22 new products have been added across various product categories

BGA (BG Automotive) is an automotive aftermarket parts supplier with over 90 years of history in the OE manufacturing space.

The company says it has one of the largest ranges of competitively priced aftermarket parts, including gaskets, power steering, timing chain kits, timing belt kits, and much more. BGA states that it continually invests in research and development to ensure that the most recent applications are covered with new products, which are released each month. Most recently, BGA has added 22 new references across a range of product categories: oil control valves, sump pans, timing chains, thermostats, water pumps, rocker arms, crank pulleys, and power steering pumps. New oil control valves have been introduced for Ford, Land Rover, Kia, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mazda, Volvo, Mercedes, Peugeot, Citroen, Audi and VW with ‘OCV2310’ fitting popular models such as Ford Focus 2012-2017 and Range Rover Discovery Sport 2017 onwards. The sump pan ‘SP0128’ was added to BGA’s lubrication range, which covers applications such as the Audi A3 2012-2016 and the VW Golf 2016-2018. The BGA thermostats range has been extended with applications for Audi, Seat, Skoda, VW BMW, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes, Nissan, Renault, Volvo, Citroen, Peugeot, and Ford with ‘CT0930’ fitting BMW 1 and 2 series 2019 onwards and 5 series 2017-2020. For more information BGA invites you to contact its sales team on +44 (0) 1793 491 777 or visit www.bgautomotive.co.uk 58

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Clutch Industries offers a range of OEM style replacement flywheels at a comparable price to a flywheel grind. Offering this range at a comparable price to a grind solves several issues. It reduces installation time – on average 4.5 hours of hoist time is wasted waiting for the flywheel to be ground. Replacing the flywheel cuts the installation time and gets the customer back on the road faster. It also keeps the original geometry, ensuring correct engagement and disengagement. When machining a flywheel, the overall height decreases which can cause actuation issues. Replacing the flywheel reverts the vehicle back to the original equipment flywheel height ensuring that no engagement/disengagement issues are experienced due to flywheel height changes. Clutch Industries explains that the cost is comparable to a grind. On average the trade price of a flywheel grind is $70; while the average trade price of a replacement flywheel in the program is $80. This with the cost savings from the reduced installation time means that replacing is cheaper than machining for the mechanic, says Clutch Industries. The main purpose of the program is to deliver workshops a quality product at a price that is comparable to a flywheel grind.

To make the program viable, Clutch Industries had to tool up castings as opposed to making the flywheels from a billet. The initial investment to make the tooling was a risk and Clutch Industries says is why other manufactures did not have a similar program. In partnership with distributors Repco and NAPA Auto Parts, Clutch Industries has gone to market with a program that delivers the trade an alternative to grinding. It says this has been done by not only having a quality range of popular flywheels but also having them stocked in key branches at a low price. Clutch Industries says this gives Repco and NAPA customers an advantage over their competitors by increasing the profitability of their hoists. It reports the trade has embraced the program with over 25 percent of applicable clutch kit purchases now including a flywheel. For more information, visit www.clutchindustries.com.au

BAW IS ON TRACK WITH JMACX JMACX GVM packages for Landcruiser 70 Series

BAW Automotive says a JMACX 3900 GVM Coil Conversion can take 70s series models from brute beast to offroad weapon. JMACX LC70 Series products are said to cater beautifully for your daily drive, whilst still setting you up comfortably for work and play – ready to maintain comfort with all load types. “At BAW Automotive, we’ve all seen the DIY conversion kits…this Kit is the real deal,” BAW Automotive Director, Brent Westbrook, said. “One of the toughest coil conversions of the market, these beauties are road legal in Australia and ready to roll. With extra articulation making it unrivalled on the beaten path, you’ll be impressed with the ability to take on more technical and challenging drives, which let’s face it… is just much more fun. “The diff housings are in a class of their own with full fabricated units that leave the factory original unit in the dust. “At BAW Automotive we were impressed that the parts maintain OEM Toyota bushes, so parts

can be easily found, no matter where your travels take you. “It goes without saying that we love a vehicle that is as unique as our customers and with the JMACX Kits, you can bet that custom colours are absolutely on the table. “Conversions with a JMACX Kit take around week at BAW, pending the accessories that are being fitted and our crew can answer pretty much any question you might have when it comes to these units.” For more information or to book a conversion, visit www.bawauto.com.au or call 0417 783 415.



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2022 AUSTRALIAN AUTO AFTERMARKET INNOVATION AWARDS AAAA Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product - Performance The competition for AAAA Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product – Performance award was exceptionally close with six entries in total from five AAAA members. In this issue, we take a look at the entrants who vied for this award including the winning eSG50 StraightGate50 Electronic External Wastegate from Turbosmart. For more information about the Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards, please visit www.aftermarketawards.com.au

Turbosmart, eSG50 StraightGate50 Electronic External Wastegate - WINNER Turbosmart says its eSG50 StraightGate50 is a world first (patent pending) electronically actuated butterfly style wastegate which provides more flow and greater control, specifically at low opening angles than any other wastegate available. The StraightGate is smaller than a 60mm wastegate and has control greater than any 38mm or 40mm wastegate. The electronic actuator uses no springs or vacuum hoses so is not limited to the tuning window associated with pneumatic solutions meaning virtually any boost level can be achieved with no limits or compromises to boost and torque management. Turbosmart says the StraightGate50 is lighter, faster, more accurate and responsive and with a wider operating range than any other wastegate in the world. It can provide a tuning window from zero boost, all the way up to all of the available boost and does so with less mechanical complexity and less wearing components for a longer service life. For more information, visit www.turbosmart.com

Valvoline, Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 Engine Oil The solution of Valvoline’s mission to address the “why so many 5W-30 engine oils” bugbear was the introduction of the Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 Engine Oil. This new engine oil has the ability to replace up to five different engine oils within the Valvoline range and meets the OEM requirements of over 45 percent of Australian vehicles sold since 2009. Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 is a full synthetic, multi-vehicle engine oil developed exclusively for use in professional workshops. With latest generation Mid SAPS technology combined with Low Speed Pre-Ignition (LSPI) protection, this engine oil is a multi-application workshop exclusive product suitable for use in various modern petrol and diesel vehicles. Another benefit of the Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 engine oil is that it can improve fuel economy up to 1.5 percent in certain vehicles. It also protects engines from wear by up to 72 percent when compared to standard engine oils. For more information, visit www.valvoline.com.au

Superformance, Superformance Ultimate Independent Front Suspension Systems Superformance’s Ultimate independent front suspension is designed, engineered, and built in Queensland. The designers have integrated several reputable products, including Wilwood pro spindles and disc brakes, Flaming River rack and pinions, Aldan or QA1 coil overs, and Slam Specialties or Ridetech Shock Wave air bag options. Superformance says this new product offers superior handling and varying stance options. It explains the front suspension features premium shim adjustable control arm shafts for simple adjustments that can be handled by any competent Wheel Align shop. Superformance says it has not included bushed rod ends that prematurely shorten bush life and that “gimmicky eccentrics” and camber bolts are also not included as these are either not understood or require major vehicle dismantling to set up and adjust correctly. Superformance’s new independent front suspension is currently manufactured for 1960-65 XK-XP Falcons, LH-LX Torana, Chev and Ford Pick Up Trucks 1946 to 1998. For more information, visit www.superformance.com.au

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Australian Clutch Services, Xtreme Clutch Performance Concentric Slave Cylinder Xtreme Clutch’s performance Concentric Slave Cylinder (CSC) is a modular system, allowing the CSC to be utilised in a large range of applications such as engine or gearbox conversions with the change of a few minor parts. It incorporates a billet 6061 alloy housing, high quality EPDM rubber seals, alloy piston, guide pin and a threaded adjustment sleeve (where required) for universal applications. The CSC has two main mounting options depending on the application. It can be mounted to the transmission using a supplied spacer/adaptor plate which is specific for each vehicle application, or it can be fitted directly to the transmission and held in place using the supplied guide pin. For some applications, such as gearbox or engine conversions where height adjustability is critical, the CSC can be fitted with a threaded sleeve which can be turned in or out to setup the CSC height in relation to the clutch diaphragm. For more information, visit www.australianclutch.com.au

Australian Clutch Services, Xtreme Clutch 230mm Sprung Twin Plate Organic for Subaru WRX STI Xtreme Clutch 230mm Sprung Twin Plate Organic kits for Subaru WRX STI have been specially designed to provide a performance clutch solution for high horsepower street cars that require a high torque capacity clutch with reduced shock loading on the transmission. The new kit fits all six speed versions of the WRX STI, from the GD produced in the early 2000s all the way through to the current model. The new CSC has significantly reduced the amount of work involved with converting the vehicle to push type. The final solution offers exceptional performance with a recommended torque capacity of 1000 Nm and ease of driveability for high performance street applications. The kit also offers exceptionally easy fitment, and everything required in the one box to significantly transform the vehicle’s driveline and performance capacity. The final product is a kit that meets the requirements of performance tuners and enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.australianclutch.com.au

Injectors Online/CoolDrive Auto Parts, XS Injectors Performance tuners who tune modified engines know that it is a very precise business, with the smallest of margins potentially making a huge difference to the tuning outcome – especially when it comes to fuel delivery. XS Injectors were developed as a bespoke product to provide performance vehicle engine tuners with data that is exactly matched to each set of injectors, rather than generic flow rate data. Injectors Online says the time savings achieved by using XS Injectors provides substantial extra value to engine tuners. The precision testing of each XS Injectors set is said to be like nothing seen before in the industry. XS Injectors’ matched sets provide tolerances within one percent on fuel flow rate and two percent on injector dead times and each injector has over 6,500 flow points recorded to create a flow profile. It says the result is “the world’s most accurate performance fuel injector.” For more information, visit www.xsinjectors.com.au

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THINKING ‘WAY AHEAD’ SINCE 1954 Bilstein says it offers exactly what customers in Australia want: a product range extending from OE and aftermarket products to street and off-road performance suspensions When August Bilstein laid the foundations for the innovation incubator Bilstein in Altenvoerde in Germany in 1873, nobody had any idea of the crucial influence the company’s products would one day have on the driving comfort and safety of cars. Bilstein says this did not become apparent until 1954, when its engineers in Ennepetal used the discovery of the Frenchman Bourcier de Carbon to bring the first mono-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers to market. Three years later, for the first time, a MercedesBenz production vehicle was equipped with this innovation, which became standard in modern cars. Monotube gas pressure shock absorbers developed and tested by Bilstein have since found their way into virtually all leading car marques, such as Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Bugatti, Ford, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lotus, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Porsche, Subaru, and Volkswagen.

A new identity In 2022, Bilstein adopted a new brand identity out of this self-confidence. With new logos, a new claim, a new typeface and revised design guidelines, the shock absorber experts say they are focusing on the future of suspension technologies, the customer experience, and the brand itself. Under the new claim ‘Way Ahead,’ Bilstein summarises its aspiration to offer all customers

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and partners a head start, whether in terms of development, market coverage, or the use of suspension technologies. At the same time, ‘Way Ahead’ serves as a product promise for leading technologies, comfort, safety, and performance. Bilstein says this is backed up by impressive facts, noting that today Bilstein is also the leading option for electric cars, such as the iconic Tesla brand which is successful worldwide.

International thinking with a local focus Bilstein states that it thinks internationally, but also knows that the demands of customers differ from country to country. In Australia, Bilstein has acquired extensive market knowledge over many decades and also with the support of the Bilstein Service Center, Sydney Shocks, which carries a wide range of “Bilsteins” suitable for all popular vehicles. Bilstein reports that this includes a rich shock absorber and suspension range for cars typical of the Australian market, such as the Holden Commodore or the locally developed and built Ford Falcon. It states this also resulted in a corresponding tuning programme and numerous options in the areas of street and off-road performance. Moreover, with the series replacement shock absorber B4, a wide range of popular European and Asian vehicles is covered as well.

Meeting conflicting demands with confidence Today one of the most advanced Bilstein suspension systems is installed in the current Mercedes S-Class ex works. Bilstein says this system shows what is technically possible today, because at last a longstanding conflict of goals has been convincingly resolved. The demands of customers are particularly high when it comes to luxury vehicles: a premium segment saloon should be especially comfortable, yet still as dynamic as a sports car if required, and also extremely safe. Bilstein says it makes this possible with stateof-the-art suspension technologies, setting new benchmarks in this segment at the same time. The innovative Bilstein DampTronic Sky is its adaptive shock absorber system with two-valve technology for the independent adjustment of the damping forces in the rebound and compression stage, while playing a major role in driving dynamics, comfort, and safety. This modern “Airmatic” air suspension combines air bags and adaptive shock absorbers, which reportedly respond particularly sensitively. The damper recognition is controlled individually at each wheel fully automatically – with separate rebound and compression damping. “In this way, we achieve a very high spread, a particularly wide range of driving modes from especially comfortable to dynamic,” Bilstein Head of Product Development, Andreas Mai, said. However, a wide damping force spread is not only an interesting solution in the luxury class, but also for sports cars. The Maserati MC20 and the Porsche 911 (992) were the first to be equipped with the new DampTronic X shock absorbers from Bilstein. Bilstein reports that the high adjustment dynamics allow the required damping forces to be adapted to the demand determined by the central control unit in just a few milliseconds.


MEMBER FEATURE customers a better solution can, however, fall back on the Bilstein B4 and B6 aftermarket shock absorbers with the DampTronic add-on. These absorbers replicate all the features of the OE shock absorbers and are just as easy to install according to the plug-and-play principle, says Bilstein. For vehicles with air suspension, Bilstein also offers its B4 air suspension modules, stating that “unlike many remanufactured products (reconditioned old parts), they continue to support active suspension control.”

Further, the control concept calculates and adjusts the damping several hundred times per second, depending on the driving situation and wheel selectivity. In this way, agility as well as driving comfort and safety can be increased. “It is a very good system that offers a wide spread between comfort and a sporty and dynamic set-up,” Bilstein Technical Project Manager, Marc-Raphael Stratmann, said. “We have the only inboard system on the market that works with pilot-operated pressure relief valves in both the rebound and compression stage. The excellent controllability combined with very high dynamics is impressive.”

Leading aftermarket solutions With its expertise, the German specialists say they do more than just ensure that modern premium vehicles from sports cars to SUVs and luxury limousines set standards in terms of suspension technology. If the need for aftermarket spare parts and performance upgrades should arise later, Bilstein says all factory features are supported almost without exception.

A good example of the technology transfer is the Bilstein EVO SE coilover suspension for the new Porsche 911, which is the only product in its class to support the original electronic damper control, meaning deactivation has become a thing of the past. Bilstein notes that simply rebuilding or imitating such a complex system without OE knowledge and the necessary patents is almost impossible, as the development effort is huge unless a technology is already known from a company’s original equipment activities. If shock absorbers for active suspensions are defective or worn out, it explains that replacement is significantly more expensive than conventional “products” and notes that owners of older cars in particular are therefore looking for affordable alternatives to original parts. Fair value replacements from the aftermarket are significantly cheaper, but rarely support active control, says Bilstein, which notes this turns an active high-tech suspension into a passive one. It states that garages that want to offer their

Further, it says the Bilstein B4 gas pressure shock absorber is 100 percent the same as the factory-fitted components in terms of quality and functionality – but at a lower price; and this applies to the actively controllable DampTronic variants just as much as to the basic product used for passive suspension systems. Bilstein explains people who have to master particularly tough everyday conditions with their vehicle or simply want to increase its performance can opt for the Bilstein B6 DampTronic. It states this product represents improved OE replacement in combination with active suspension systems; explaining by going beyond the original, it offers a noticeable plus in safety and performance – without lowering or changing springs. In addition, the B6’s higher performance reserves are said to be particularly effective on poor or winding roads, in dynamic driving, in dangerous situations, when towing a trailer, when transporting external loads – such as bicycle racks or roof racks – and generally with heavily loaded vehicles.

A real alternative Defective air suspension modules are often replaced by relatively inexpensive remanufactured parts. However, the price advantage comes at the price of various disadvantages in terms of performance and functionality. Bilstein says its B4 air suspension modules, on the other hand, are a real alternative to expensive original parts. “As one of the few aftermarket options, they are completely brand-new, while remanufactured old parts include used shock absorbers with uncertain wear status,” Bilstein Regional Sales Manager Asia/Africa/Oceania, Martin Hyar, said. “In addition, manufacturers of remanufactured components often disable the electromagnetic control valve instead of replacing it. This turns a highend system with active control into a passive one. “With Bilstein B4 air suspension modules or Bilstein B4 and B4 DampTronic and B6 and B6 DampTronic shock absorbers, on the other hand, cars drive like they did on day one.” For more information, visit workshop.bilstein.com Photos: Copyright Bilstein 2022 Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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SAVE TIME AND MONEY With Roadsafe Complete Replacement Control Arms Roadsafe, one of Australia’s leading undercar component suppliers for the automotive aftermarket for over four decades, offers a suspension replacement innovation that saves workshop labour time and money while ensuring an accurate and complete control arm and related bushings replacement. The company has been one of Australia’s leading undercar component suppliers for the automotive aftermarket for over four decades. It says its Roadsafe Replacement Control Arms ensure that general automotive technicians and suspension specialists are fitting a completely brand new, OE quality specified control arm as a bolt in replacement with no pressing required. The use of Roadsafe Replacement Control Arms reportedly reduces suspension component fitment issues, by eliminating the process of fitting new parts into unknown worn components. Whether the reason for repair is worn suspension arm bushings or a worn ball joint, the other components fitted to the arm have done exactly the same amount of work over its lifespan. This means that in reality while still serviceable, these components could be on borrowed time, requiring dismantling a second time in the near future. Another complication with modern vehicles is the use of what are referred to as “time positioned” bushings – where the centre hole is offset rather than being dead centre of the bushing. The complication here is when pressing in a new bushing, the positioning of the bushing

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is absolutely critical and if pressed in only a few degrees out can lead to alignment issues, harshness, noise and most importantly, shortened service life of the bushing. This usually leads to a come-back job that no workshop needs. To eliminate all of these issues and create a better result for your customers, while saving workshop time for your business, Roadsafe says you can instead replace the complete suspension arm and get the job right the first time. Roadsafe explains that offers a vast range coverage across almost five million vehicles for these innovative suspension repair components. Applications cover local and imported passenger vehicles, 4WDs, SUVs and light commercial vehicles, with the range constantly expanding to meet Australian car parc replacement requirements. The Roadsafe Replacement Control Arm range includes upper arms, lower arms, radius arms and strut rods across both front and rear replacement applications. The quality of these automotive aftermarket suspension components is backed by a 40,000 kilometre, two year warranty, ensuring that you are providing your customers with a premium level repair.

Top tips from Roadsafe - Sway Bar Link Performance Roadsafe’s commitment to its customers’ success expands outside of developing and introducing new products, with its team frequently publishing expert advice to help workshops.

When it comes to sway bar link performance, Roadsafe shares the following insights and tips for ultimate success. Various chassis parts will affect the way a car can handle, its tyre wear, the vehicle noise and vibrations generated, and the general comfort any commute. All of these factors have some impact on how a driver engages with and trusts their vehicle. Relatively simple chassis components, such as sway bar links, can have a very significant effect across all of these factors.


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A worn-out sway bar link can create noise and vibration by clunking or knocking underneath a vehicle creating all sorts of noises and vibrations. When in good and serviceable condition, sway bar links will be silent and provide a confident sure-footed feeling that enhances comfort and confidence in any vehicle. Often sway bar links can be fitted incorrectly, which is known as being ‘handed,’ meaning that there are opposing left- and right-hand links fitted. On first glance they may look identical, but it is the small things that can get technicians caught out. It is therefore important to check the part numbers to see if they are in fact ‘Left Hand’ or ‘Right Hand’ to ensure that they are fitted to the vehicle correctly. If sway bar links are fitted incorrectly, they will not last. They may be noisy due to the change in operating angles of the sway bar, potentially making the sway bar contact and hit other nearby suspension components. Often the link will not be able to extend as far as required if installed backwards and will fail in a very short period of time. As this is deemed a fitment issue and not a product related issue, and given the regularity of it occurring, it is an important suspension servicing topic to discuss. It is important to note that a 4WD fitted with aftermarket suspension which has been raised more than 30mm also requires the connection from the sway bar to the chassis to be extended to compensate for the lift.

When fitted correctly, sway bar links keep the roll of a vehicle under control providing renewed driver confidence in vehicle cornering and steering response. Roadsafe explains that it offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of sway bar link pins for OE replacements as well as an extensive range of aftermarket extended Heavy Duty options for raised suspension vehicles. All Roadafe sway bar links are E-Coated in a black, corrosion resistant OE style finish, and most applications include POM Inserts for long lasting durability; and each component comes with full hardware kits including nuts, washers and bushings.

An expanding product range Roadsafe states that its constantly expanding the precision engineered Roadsafe range through steering and suspension product innovation and development. The Roadsafe steering and suspension product range includes specific vehicle application engineered Ball Joints, Tie Rod Ends, Rack Ends, Drag Links, Relay Rods, Track Rods, Idler / Pitman Arms, Sway Bar Links and Control Arms. All Roadsafe suspension components have been designed and manufactured to meet or exceed OE specifications. The company’s own R&D and Innovation Centre is equipped with the most modern technology to custom design suspension components to best suit the Australian automotive aftermarket. All of its products are available from Burson Auto

Parts and other quality independent auto parts resellers nationwide; with warehouse locations across multiple states ensuring high demand is met by strong national supply rates, supported by industry leading print and online cataloguing.

A new look Roadsafe recently embarked on a new brand marketing platform that it says captures the factors that make Roadsafe the country’s “unparalleled leader for these integral automotive replacement products.” “Roadsafe - For The Road Ahead” is said to signify how this Australian steering and suspension component brand is always moving forward, constantly expanding the precision engineered Roadsafe range through suspension product innovation and development. A brand new Roadsafe logo accompanies the new “For The Road Ahead” positioning statement, along with brand new product packaging, a new website and new marketing collateral across all of the Roadsafe product categories. These categories include Roadsafe STR (Street and Passenger Vehicles), Roadsafe 4WD, Roadsafe HD (Heavy Duty) and Roadsafe CLS (Classic Vehicles). These product segments are boosted by new and innovative steering and suspension components engineered by Aussies for Aussies in order to best meet the demands of our specific driving conditions. To find out more about Roadsafe, call 03 8687 1700 or visit www.roadsafe.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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FOR A SMOOTH RIDE

Carbon Offroad says with new products, it is providing a smooth ride for LC200 owners Carbon Offroad says it is a business to watch, quickly stamping its authority on the upper end of the performance shock market. The team behind the company says its focus on custom made premium performance solutions in shock absorber supply sets Carbon Offroad apart from any other business in Australia. A recent release is the Monotube 2.5 inch Big Bore OE Replacement Coilover and Rear Shock Kit for the LC200 Landcruiser. The MT2.5 shocks feature a “massive” 63.5mm diameter outside body, with an impressive 3.75mm wall thickness on the brushed finished nickel-plated steel shock housings. Carbon Offroad explains that the housings are precision machined and highly polished internally for minimal oil contamination, and low friction during operation. The shafts are 18mm thick and feature a heavyduty custom-made strut top mount with natural rubber bushings to aid in lowering NVH and improving ride quality. The end bushing housings on the shocks are machined 6061 T6 alloy and feature either Teflon coated rose joints or natural rubber bushings.

Carbon Offroad states the valving system uses a high flow variable velocity valve stack design giving arguably what is the best on road driving comfort found in the market, along with true high performance vehicle handling characteristics. Further, Carbon Offroad asserts that the seal head design is one not seen on the open market before. It says this has led to supreme reliability in the harsh road conditions we see here in Australia. Proven from Cape York to Kununurra and through some of the toughest conditions in the Victorian High Country, Tasmania, Fraser Island and Western Australia, Carbon Offroad says the seal head design is definitely one of the most reliable in the Australian market, with not one seal leak seen in over 200,000km of pre market testing. To date, through testing and initial rollout to market, Carbon Offroad says not a single 2.5 body monotube shock from Carbon Offroad has suffered a failure in seal leakage, bushing failure, shaft breakage or any other common issue found across other products on the market. It says this is a testament to the time and commitment the team at Carbon Offroad have invested in supplying what is “the highest quality, most reliable monotube shock absorber from an

Australia company ever seen at the premium end of the market.” With an RRP of $2995 for fully assembled coil overs and a rear shocks kit with adjuster spanner, Carbon Offroad says “there is simply nothing else on the market that compares.” For more information or to sign on as a new Carbon Offroad dealer, please visit www.carbonoffroad.com.au

PEDDERS PARABOLIC LEAF SPRINGS For 70 Series LandCruiser

Pedders Suspension and Brakes says it is proud to release its new Parabolic Leaf Spring set for the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series. The parabolic leaf spring is designed to be uprated with increased height which is better suited to tough Australian conditions as Parabolic springs are more flexible than traditional multi-leaf springs. Parabolic leaf springs feature a tapered length of spring steel, consisting of fewer laminates while continuing to offer a progressive spring rate with increased ride comfort. Parabolic leaf springs weigh less than multi-leaf packs, and Pedders Suspension and Brakes says they are therefore easier and safer to install. Further, it states the reason why Pedders Parabolic springs are able to offer a premium ride quality is due to the dramatically reduced inter-leaf friction. It states this also allows for increased articulation with less restriction of a traditional multi-leaf spring, providing superior off-road performance.

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Pedders eXtreme Adjustable Coilovers are its ultimate performance suspension product which allows the driver to quickly adjust suspension firmness and handling feel, while also setting the ride height to their exact requirements.

Pedders expands Tesla product range

Pedders says these coilovers feature a 30 position adjustment dial for both front and rear coilovers, and they are designed using the lessons learnt from its experience in motorsport.

Uprated capability to handle weight Improved bump stop clearance and ride height Superior flexibility and articulation Longer service life compared to regular leaf springs • Two-Year/40,000km nationwide warranty Pedders has also recently added to its catalogue range of replacement and upgrade suspension parts to suit the Tesla Model 3 rear wheel drive (RWD), long range allwheel drive (AWD) and performance (AWD) models. Now available is a new Coilover Kit, Lowering Springs and Replacement Shock Absorbers, expanding the range of vehicle-specific products on offer for the electric vehicle. Across the Sports and Performance range, Pedders now offers eXtreme XA Adjustable Coilovers for both RWD and AWD/Performance Tesla Model 3 vehicles.

Pedders now also offers lowering springs to suit both RWD and AWD/Performance Tesla Model 3 vehicles, providing improved handling and visual appeal in a cost-effective way. Pedders’ range of shock absorbers are also now available to suit all model 3 Tesla vehicles. All of these new products are offered with a twoyear/40,000km nationwide warranty. For more information, visit www.pedders.com.au




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AUTO ONE ADDS TEKNOROT

The Teknorot brand has been added to Auto One’s product portfolio Established in 1988, Auto One says it is a champion of the independent network in Australia. Hosting two banner groups, Auto One and A1 Autoparts, the Auto One group has more than 80 stores Australia-wide and remains the only independently owned national chain in the automotive parts industry. Already home to over 110 industry brands, Auto One says it is thrilled to announce the latest addition to its online and in-store offerings: Teknorot products. “Auto One is honoured to be working with Teknorot to deliver its range of products to the Australian Market,” Auto One Head of Merchandise, Sean Hegarty, said. “Teknorot’s product offering greatly adds to our ever-expanding list of industry brands and honours our commitment to selling the biggest brands at the most affordable prices.” Auto One states that Teknorot is Europe’s largest manufacturer of steering and suspension

components for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. It says Teknorot prioritises customer satisfaction, ensuring that all its products are equal to, or superior quality than original parts. Auto One will stock the following products from the Teknorot range: • • • • • • •

Stabiliser bars Sway bars Tie rods Ball joint Lateral arms Control arms Control arm repair kits

Customers can select the best Teknorot product suitable for their vehicle, through the Auto One My Garage service. To access My Garage, users enter their registration number and/or search for their vehicle make, model and year through the Auto One website. Then users can filter the results by the Teknorot

brand. Alternatively, in-store Auto One team members can provide professional advice on what Teknorot product will work best for the customer’s vehicle. For more information and store locations, please visit www.autoone.com.au

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STEERING TIPS FROM ZF AFTERMARKET

Suspension and steering parts must be checked regularly, as they play a decisive role in the safe handling of a car The experts at ZF Aftermarket have shared some useful tips when it comes to inspecting, diagnosing and replacing common steering and suspension components.

Strut Mounts The top fastening of the suspension strut is attached to the chassis via the strut mount. As the strut mount must have both a damping force and a rotatable mounting for unhindered steering resetting, there are strict requirements for its function and wear resistance. A worn or defective strut mount can be recognised by various symptoms, including squeaking during spring movements of the chassis; poor cornering; crackling noises during steering wheel movements; restricted resetting of the steering after cornering; and knocking sounds when driving over uneven surfaces. If the suspension strut mount has been checked and a defect has been detected, ZF Aftermarket recommends that it should be replaced as follows: 1. Remove the wheels. 2. Remove the suspension strut and clamp it in an appropriate fixture. 3. Compress the suspension spring using a spring tensioner until it is released from the seat of the suspension strut mount 4. Remove the nut on the damper connecting rod. 5. Position the new strut mount in its installation position. In doing so, check that the lower part of the mount is seated correctly on the suspension spring. 6. Fit the bolts and fastening components and tighten the lock nuts to the torque specified by the vehicle manufacturer. 7. Carefully release the spring tensioner. In the process, continue to check that the suspension spring is placed on the strut mount and on the suspension strut plate correctly. 8. Refit the suspension strut in the vehicle. 9. Refit the wheels and perform a full wheel alignment. Finally carry out a test drive.

TIP: Like other chassis components, suspension strut mounts should always be replaced in pairs.

Control Arms Control arms are installed as pairs on the front and rear axle, connecting the chassis to the wheels. A defective control arm can manifest in the following ways: noise (squeaking, creaking, rumbling); deteriorating driveability; increasingly woolly and imprecise steering; and uneven tyre wear. The exact steps are set by the relevant vehicle manufacturer, with the below steps from ZF Aftermarket a guide for workshops to follow: 1. Lift the vehicle using a car lift, which makes it easier to correctly tighten the control arm fixing screws. TIP: Depending on the axle design, the control arm may need to be secured against falling with a suitable device, for example, a transmission lifter. 2. Treat the fixing screws and nuts of the control arm with rust solvent for a few minutes to loosen the components. 3. On vehicles with automotive headlight levelling, it may be necessary to detach the levelling sensor from the control arm. 4. If the stabiliser is connected to the control arm, loosen and remove the corresponding stabiliser fixing screws. 5. Loosen and remove the control arm fixing screws. 6. Loosen the ball joint at the steering knuckle with a suitable tool, such as a puller. 7. Remove the old control arm. 8. Clean the mounting flange of the ball joint on the steering knuckle with sandpaper and then brake cleaner. This is to prevent single rust particles entering the new control arm joint via the ball pin, potentially leading to premature failure of the joint. 9. Fit the new control arm with the supplied accessories and attach new fixing screws and nuts. 10. Reattach the stabiliser and, if applicable, the

levelling senor for the headlight levelling to the control arm. 11. Lower the vehicle until the suspension is compressed. 12. Tighten the fixing screws with the torque specified by the vehicle manufacturer. 13. Lower the vehicle entirely. 14. Measure the chassis and adjust if necessary. 15. Check and, if necessary, adjust the headlight settings on vehicles with automotive headlight levelling where the levelling sensor is attached to the control arm. 16. To conclude, test-drive the vehicle. TIP: If the control arm is in working order, it is possible to only replace the defective bearings and joints; however, replacing bearings, bushings and ball joints can be complex and costly. Replacing the entire arm is generally safer and often less expensive.

Replacement Parts from ZF Aftermarket ZF says its Lemförder brand is one of the world’s leading brands in suspension and steering technology in the automotive sector. Part of ZF’s global portfolio of premium brands, Lemförder products are fitted as original equipment and available to the aftermarket for passenger cars, light trucks and larger commercial vehicles. Passenger car steering and chassis parts from Lemförder include stabiliser mounts and links, rubber-to-metal components like axle bearings and suspension and strut mounts, control arms and bearings, tie rods and suspension joints. Also available from ZF in Oceania are OEM-quality Sachs shock absorbers and TRW steering and suspension components. For additional information, visit www.aftermarket.zf.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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STEERING YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION Steering, Suspension and Alignment: it is much more than a smooth ride An accurate and early diagnosis of a potential issue can help keep your customers safe and save them money. “Excessive tyre wear, poor steering control or an off-centre steering wheel are all signs that your customer’s vehicle may have steering or suspension issues,” Carline Automotive General Manager, Brad Gilliland, said. “Several items can affect steering and ride control, and our skilled automotive technicians are trained to quickly identify these faults to bring them to our customers’ attention.” A properly maintained steering and suspension system is critical as it provides optimal ride comfort and maximises handling performance. “Even if used in normal road conditions, every vehicle will eventually experience reduced vehicle stability and driver control because of the wear and tear on shocks, struts, and springs,” Brad said. “Regular suspension and steering services can help your customers avoid premature tyre wear and expensive repairs.”

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When it comes to absorbing bumps, many vehicle owners are under the impression that their shock absorbers take care of everything, but they are only half right. “Coil or leaf springs handle most of a vehicle’s ride compliance, while shock-absorbers manage the rebound of the springs, and it is the combination of which help keep your vehicle under control,” Brad said. Symptoms of worn shocks, struts and springs include excessive bouncing over road bumps, loss of control during sudden stops, excessive swerving while changing lanes, front-end nosediving during hard braking, and vehicle sag in the front or rear. Steering is directly affected by suspension performance and is impacted further by accurate wheel alignment.

on your customers’ tyres, recommending a wheel alignment is a relatively inexpensive procedure. “It could save them a lot in terms of longer tyre life, better fuel economy, and safer handling.” Carline has its origins in the USA as part of Tenneco Automotive. Following its success in the states, Carline was launched in Australia in the early 1990s.

“It’s important to complete a wheel alignment when major suspension components are replaced,” Brad said.

Over the last 30-plus years, Carline says it has endured and grown, cementing its position as “one of the best-established and well-respected brands in automotive repairs and maintenance.”

“If you notice unusual or irregular wear patterns

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SUSPENSION ANALYSIS TIPS FROM BILSTEIN

The suspension expert has released its latest Suspension Fundamentals video, focusing on shock absorber fault analysis and diagnosis Not all shock absorbers are the same. From Mono-tube shock absorbers to twin-tube shock absorbers and electronic systems, each different type requires a different approach to fault analysis in the workshop. Bilstein says all the information workshops need on this subject can be found in part five of its video series, Suspension Fundamentals – powered by Bilstein Academy – the highlights of which are detailed here.

Mono-tube and twin-tube shock absorbers Whether you are dealing with a mono-tube or a twin-tube shock absorber is not always obvious at first glance. “Shock absorbers where the tube tapers are usually a twin-tube shock absorber because there is another tube inside,” Bilstein Academy Head, Rainer Popiol, said. “The mono-tube shock absorber is always cylindrical in its design because the working piston travels through the entire tube.” In the mono-tube shock absorber, the working piston operates in a tube, with the working chamber (filled with oil) and the piston chamber located here between the closure package and a separating piston. From the piston chamber, the oil is pressed back and forth through the valve (spring disc pack) in the working chamber, creating the required damping forces for the compression and rebound stages. Behind the separating piston is the gas chamber, with this gas having two tasks. “One task is to compress the oil column so that no

bubbles form – so-called cavitation. This ensures the mono-tube shock absorber remains stable,“ Rainer said. “In addition, the gas chamber must accommodate the volume of the piston rod, because when the shock absorber is working, the piston rod is pressed into the working chamber.” “In the twin-tube shock absorber, the working piston also works in a working chamber filled with oil. When the piston rod is pressed into the shock absorber, the oil is displaced and forced through the bottom valve into the compensation chamber, which is located between tube one and tube two.” “Unlike the mono-tube shock absorber, however, the twin-tube shock absorber does not work independently of position.” “If the shock absorber is inclined more than 45 degrees, it pulls the gas into the inner tube due to the inclined position. Then the gas pressure shock absorber no longer works force-locked.” Whether it is a mono-tube shock absorber or a twin-tube shock absorber, mechanics have to keep a few things in mind. “Usually it is like this: if the shock absorber loses oil, it becomes softer. But then there is a type of construction where the shock absorber becomes tighter,“ Rainer said.

“This means that the piston rod no longer enters the shock absorber properly. This is the monotube shock absorber. “When it loses oil, the separating piston moves upwards towards the working chamber. At some point the piston rod then touches the separating piston and that gives a loud knocking noise and the car behaves harder.” MacPherson struts are usually used on the front axle. Bilstein sates that sturdy piston rods with a larger diameter are used because they take on wheel guidance tasks and therefore have to absorb large forces. Often, therefore, mono-tube shock absorbers are used in an upside-down design. “Then the damper is completely turned around. The piston rod is no longer at the top but at the bottom. Two plain bearings then take over the guidance so that the high forces can be transmitted. With the mono-tube shock absorber, no oil can escape from the top because the piston rod is at the bottom,“ Rainer explains.

Electronic shock absorber systems Electronic systems can usually be recognised by their wiring and externally mounted valves. “I check the electronic system with my diagnostic tools, go through the fault memory and look at the whole thing,“ Rainer said. “I check if something is wrong with the cable, if I have a cable break or too much contact resistance, etc.” But looking at the electronic system is only part of the fault analysis, warns Rainer. “If the driving behaviour is still bad, then it is quite possible that we are dealing with normal wear and tear. And then I have to check in the same way as with the passive systems,“ Rainer said. For further information, check out Part 5 of Suspension Fundamentals – Powered by Bilstein Academy, on workshop.bilstein.com/en/suspension-fundamentals/ Photos: Copyright Bilstein 2022

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KONI SPECIAL ACTIVE Available from Toperformance

Just as a chameleon adjusts to its environment, Toperformance says Koni Special Active seamlessly transforms to suit various road conditions and driving styles. Vehicle damping has always been a compromise between comfort and roadholding. A good example is a Formula One racing car, which offers the best possible roadholding but with minimal comfort. An example at the other end of the spectrum is a large American saloon or 4WD, with a plush ride but when taken through a sharp bend feels as if the vehicle might tip over – lots of comfort but low roadholding. These days one expects to experience the ultimate in comfort, combined with safe roadholding. Minimum damping is required for your comfort whilst strong damping is needed for safe and stable driving. This conflict of goals cannot be solved with conventional front and rear dampers, says Toperformance. It says Koni shock absorbers with Active damping technology offer the solution. Specifically designed for each application, Koni Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology combines the ultimate in comfort and roadholding. Being a purely mechanical technology, Toperformance says this system removes any cost, reliability, or complexity problems which can arise from using electronically controlled suspension components. Koni Active high-performance dampers are the

first choice in solving the everlasting problem of “all condition vehicle damping.” Toperformance explains conventional dampers are unable to solve the conflict in terms of comfort and handling, however if you can create a damper which is able to change the damping force level in relation to the frequency of the movement, you will be able to solve this conflict – and it states Koni Active technology does just that.

How does it work? In standard shock absorbers the main damping characteristic is defined by oil flow going through the piston assembly. Combining this standard damping characteristic with the Active feature, Koni added a special valve (FSD) which can control a parallel oil flow next to the one going through the piston. This parallel oil flow is closed by the Active feature, giving a rise in damping force almost linear to the time that the piston is moving in one direction. Put simply, the Koni Active feature is a hydraulic amplifier that delays the build-up of pressure. One could say that an extra tuning option has been created to get the best possible combination of handling and comfort. Since it is an integrated part of the hydraulic valve system inside the damper, no additional cables, sensors, or any other electronic devices are needed to operate a Koni Active damper.

REGULAR SAFETY CHECKS: A MUST DO

Toperformance lists the following as the advantages of Special Active Shock Absorbers: • Improved safety and road holding • Original equipment technology proven on over 1.5 million factory equipped vehicles • Secure and stable feeling for spirited driving • An unrivalled aftermarket solution which can be fitted to most new, older and some classic vehicles • Driving refinement for cars, trucks, 4WDs and some light commercial applications etc. • Technology that rivals expensive original equipment electronic systems Toperformance says Koni Special Active not only creates an improved driving experience it also creates a “calmer chameleon.” For more information, visit www.toperformance.com.au

Jax Tyres and Auto recommends car owners get their steering and suspension checked regularly Steering and suspension are two key elements of any vehicle that work together to ensure drivers maintain control and safely navigate the roads, which is why it is so important to check them regularly. A car’s suspension performs six basic functions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Control the vehicle’s direction of travel Maintain correct vehicle ride height Support vehicle weight Reduce the effect of shock forces Maintain correct wheel alignment Keep the tyres in contact with the road

Importantly, both the front and rear suspension must be in good working condition to deliver all six functions. Compromised suspension can lead to a great deal of damage to a vehicle and compromise the safety of the driver and others on the road. In fact, the braking distance can be increased by two metres, travelling at 50kmh, when a car’s shock absorbers aren’t working properly.

To ensure a vehicle’s suspension and steering is performing at its best, Jax Tyres and Auto recommends a regular wheel alignment to help the car’s tyres perform correctly, improve overall handling, prevent issues with steering and help them last longer. A wheel alignment helps ensure that a car’s tyres are not misaligned which can lead to more serious issues and is a great way to ensure a car is performing at its best. Misaligned wheels can cause issues with fuel efficiency, increased tyre wear, and impact on safety and handling. This ultimately means the tyres tend to drag more which means the vehicle needs more fuel to get moving, leads to rapid tyre wear and the need for early tyre replacement. The most serious impact of bad wheel alignment is the impact on handling. It may seem trivial, but could cause more serious safety issues if an emergency stop or manoeuvre is needed and the car doesn’t respond as it should. Finally, it is also recommended that a wheel

alignment be undertaken when new tyres are fitted to a vehicle as this will help extend the life of the tyres and keep the driver safe on the road by ensuring all tyres meet the road at the correct angle and are properly centred. Jax Tyres and Auto offers a complimentary vehicle inspection, which includes a check of a car’s steering and suspension to give its customers total ‘Peace of Mind’ driving. For more information, search ‘Jax’ today or call 1300 367 897. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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POWERING INTO THE FUTURE IM Group General Manager of of Circular Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Power Solutions, Dickson Leow, takes a look at the current EV landscape

A recent article about the cessation of the Prius model from the Australian market signifies some maturity of the electrification of models in Australia, although Australia still lacks behind many regions around the world in the adoption of EVs. The Prius nameplate was synonymous with technology and electrification, and after 15 years, each Toyota model line has a hybrid drivetrain and more electrification of the powertrain from the likes of Tesla, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, and many new technology-turn car makers are on this electrification journey. It is, however, more than just a transition to a new battery-derived drive train and more about how we transition towards sustainable electrification, where our next generations have a sustainable future.

A better tomorrow Although the uptake of EVs and derivatives such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and HEV has been slow in Australia, their numbers are increasing rapidly each year. With such an increase and expansion in the uptake of these alternative fueled vehicles, state and local governments must consider the ways these vehicles will impact road operations and the potential opportunity of harnessed energy it creates – especially with the growing availability of models and because of the potential for reduced operating costs, oil displacement and some environmental benefits. The primary value of EVs (and their derivatives) is

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the reduced fuel costs by substituting some petrol with electricity, but this benefit is offset by higher purchase costs (in comparison to the ICE variant, largely due to the cost of batteries). According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), as of 2019, there were 19.5 million registered vehicles on Australian roads, with an average age of 10.2 years. According to VFACTS, an average of about one million vehicles are sold, of which Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) – account for less than one per cent.

There are many reasons attributed to the low uptake rate in Australia including vehicle price, model availability, access to charging infrastructure, charging time, incentives, service support and education. However, as mentioned sales are encouraging over the past three years. Many manufacturers are waking up to the trend and allocating an alternative fueled vehicle to the mix in their model line-up. You can now purchase an EV across many car brands, including Hyundai, MG and Mercedes Benz. In a March 2020 article by Infrastructure Magazine, the Chief Technology Leader and National Leader, Future Transport Systems at NTRO, said, “By supporting the transition to EVs and ZEVs, road operators can help shape how charging infrastructure is modelled – as opposed to random third party install – what incentives could be considered to generate greater uptake, and how road design, planning, maintenance, build and implementation could be influenced.” This article also stated the benefits of supporting the transition, including: • Life-saving technology and contribution to ‘Towards Zero’ • Fewer GHG emissions than fossil fuel-powered vehicles • Reduced energy consumption by returning energy to the grid • Reduced dependence on the importation of fossil fuels • Possible creation of tens of thousands of jobs


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Another benefit of battery-powered vehicles is the potential of data sharing with insights to many sensors monitoring the road surfaces or vehicle movements. Also, the information on origin and destination information could be collected to better plan road network loading and peak periods of charging. This is due to the charging of EVs and PHEVs, where there is an indirect impact on the operational requirements of the energy utility company as the load may trip a blackout over-loading scenario.

The information will allow for better optimisation of energy required and production.

The new labour force

necessary, such as suspension, brakes, electronics and interior components, lighting and wiring, steering, and transmission servicing to name a few.

Over the next decade, the required knowledge and skill sets of existing manufacturers and suppliers will need to shift dramatically due to several variables and factors driving this. As vehicles get “smarter” and communicate with each other and infrastructure, the software and connected sensors become critical, and the needs of these digital talents are essential. Research suggests there are shortages of employees across the industry supply chain as we transition from mechanical components to electronic and electrical circuitries. However, wireless “over-the-air” updates to diagnose faults could be the norm rather than having to book your vehicle in for a mechanic to check your faults. As the chemistry of the vehicle changes, the automotive workforce will also follow suit. A new kind of “mechanics” and “technicians” are needed to complement the future vehicle labour force – essentially transitioning how an auto mechanic trains to become a data analyst to determine why a vehicle is discharging energy abnormally or investigating how the cooling system is ineffective and triggering the battery management system to display a fault code. There are, however, many similarities between EVs and ICE vehicles. The service process and moving parts, although they can be different, are still

A smart mobility society focuses on total solutions for sustainable mobility without impact on the environment and this includes the various powertrains such as EVs, PHEVs, Hybrids and even Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles. The EV aftermarket offers a stepping-stone into the broader world of smart mobility. Of interest is the use of the EV batteries once they are no longer suitable for powering vehicles, but adequately amped for stationary energy use, like as a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). It has been suggested that stationery and transportation energy storage combined markets are estimated to grow between 2.5 to 4 terawatthours (TWh) annually, approximately three to five times the current 800-gigawatt-hour (GWh) market. This rapid transition toward transport electrification and decreasing battery storage costs triggered an increase in research and market deployments of BESS to ensure the readiness of the sector for electrification. IM Group at its Hallam facility is conducting such a pilot of BESS to store and manage energy in collaboration with Sustainability Victoria and its technology partner. The findings will be released later this year and IM Group says the results will be of interest to the automotive industry. For more from IM Group, visit www.im-group.com.au

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A WIDE RANGE OF EV SPARE PARTS ZF offers a broad spare parts portfolio for electric vehicles Public perception of electric vehicles can often focus on the electric drivetrain, which is considered quite reliable, requiring little maintenance. The brakes and chassis systems of these cars, however, can be more susceptible to damage and wear than conventional vehicles due to the stresses exerted by the extra weight of the battery. ZF Aftermarket supports automotive workshops working on electric vehicles with an extensive range of spare parts under its Lemförder, Sachs and TRW brands.

Chassis and brake noises are more annoying in e-cars A common question to workshops around electric vehicles is how great is the need for maintenance and repair? After all, the energy storage and drive technology of practically all e-cars have so far proven to be extremely durable and lowmaintenance. ZF explains that due to the high mass of the traction battery being 300 to 500 kilograms heavier than conventional vehicles of comparable size, significantly more strain can be put on springs, dampers and support joints. The high

torque of the electric motors also puts greater stress on the chassis parts and increases tyre wear. Workshops should therefore take a close look at the chassis of these vehicles. And the brakes? Here, too little load is more likely to cause problems. Because these vehicles decelerate electrically in many driving situations, the service brakes are hardly used which can result in the brake discs corroding and the pads glazing over. As electric cars are very quiet, owners quickly notice any rattling suspensions or grinding brakes which can limit driving comfort much more than with petrol or diesel cars, because the engine typically drowns out these noises.

Low-noise brake pads for electric cars With an extensive range of spare parts from its Lemförder (steering and suspension components), Sachs (shock absorbers) and TRW (brakes) brands, ZF Aftermarket says it supports automotive operations in many chassis repair cases. The range extends from the Nissan Leaf to the Tesla S and X models. A special brake disc for the Tesla Model S is available under the TRW brand

and the low-noise brake pad branded TRW Electric Blue is suitable for practically all electric cars in the local market. ZF Aftermarket is set to expand its portfolio for electric cars even further with suspension and steering components for the VW ID.4, ID.3 and Skoda Enyaq models, which are projected to be released in 2022. ZF is also an original equipment supplier for the Volkswagen electric models. For further information on ZF in Oceania, please visit www.zf.com/au or call 1800 ZF SALES (1800 93 72537).

HYBRID AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE REPAIR TRAINING The MTA Institute says it is leading the way in this important training area The MTA Institute (RTO.31529) says it is proud of the leading role it continues to play in delivering crucial knowledge and upskilling opportunities in the evolving area of hybrid and electric vehicle repairs, servicing, and maintenance to the Australian automotive industry. MTA Institute states it is the leading independent provider of automotive training and apprenticeships in Queensland. It commenced delivering dedicated hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and battery electric vehicle (BEV) technology training in 2018 through the accredited AURSS00035 – Battery Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skill Set (now superseded and equivalent to the AURSS00064 – Battery Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skill Set) and AURSS00037 – Hybrid Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skill Set course. The innovative MTA Institute was one of the first Registered Training Organisations in the country to offer accredited training in the area and has trained hundreds of technicians over the last four years, attracting mechanics from across the country and the world. As HEVs and BEVs continue to increase in popularity among local car buyers, training that 80

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delivers the required skills and knowledge to correctly service and repair the vehicles has never been more sought after. It is now imperative that all workshops ensure their workforce is upskilled and prepared for the influx of vehicles expected to come in for repairs and maintenance in the coming years. A key component of the three-day course offered by the MTA Institute is the completion of AURETH101 – Depower and reinitalise battery electric vehicles. This unit of competency has been identified as a prerequisite for automotive technicians to access safety information under the new Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme which commenced on the 1st of July, 2022. “We take great pride in delivering industry leading training that directly improves the skills of technicians in the automotive sector,” MTA Institute General Manager, Paul Kulpa, said. “Our training delivers critical knowledge at a time where electric vehicle technology is increasing on the workshop floor. “Understanding this technology is complicated and dangerous, it is not something you can learn solely on the job, so it is vital for automotive

professionals to complete the accredited training prior to attempting to inspect or service a hybrid or electric vehicle. “And now with the introduction of legal requirements to access safety service and repair information in Australia, workshops must upskill their employees now to ensure they can access hybrid and electric vehicle data and work on those vehicles.” The AURSS00064 – Battery Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skill Set and AURSS00037 – Hybrid Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skill Set course is regularly scheduled throughout the year, with places in hot demand. For more information, visit www.mtai.edu.au


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ANSWERING THE CALL FOR TESLA PARTS ASV Euro Car Parts is working hard to meet demand The market for electric vehicles is ever-growing and evolving. On the back of the recent news that the ACT government is set to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2035, and rising fuel costs, market demand is only set to increase.

“It is undeniable that the world is moving towards electric vehicles. Volvo, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Porsche are all heading in this direction,” ASV Euro Car Parts Chief Executive Officer, Vic Soghomonian, said.

With this increase of EVs and in particular Teslas on the roads, so too does the demand for quality aftermarket options, especially for commonly replaced parts such as steering and suspension.

“Tesla just happens to be leading the way and as we are industry leaders too, we want to be on the front foot of the EV revolution and have the stock and solutions for our customers.

In 2020, ASV Euro Car Parts’ executive team made a decision to diversify the company’s current offering and expanded from being a one stop shop for European cars to introduce the Tesla brand to the suite of vehicles they source and supply quality parts for.

“Genuine Tesla parts are hard to come by. ASV is currently dismantling and selling pre-used parts from a number of ELV Tesla’s each month, however, there is demand for new parts as well which is why we have sourced aftermarket Tesla parts to offer cost effective options and alternative solutions to the dealership network.

ASV explains that it has long term, established relationships with most of the mechanics and smash repairers who are now Tesla approved and trained, stating they knew the customer demand was increasing. But ultimately, ASV says it decided to start dismantling and working with Tesla because they first and foremost represent the same qualities as European cars.

“With our expert product and purchasing team and quality assurance processes, we have secured quality aftermarket brands to supply Tesla parts including Brembo, ASV Airbags and OSSCA.”

control and suspension arms from OSSCA which all come with a two-year guarantee, as well as brakes from Brembo Brakes. It also has shock absorbers with a two-year or 60,000km warranty from its own ASV Airbags brand which are suitable for Tesla.

Testament to this quality, ASV says it is offering a two year guarantee on these brands and parts.

As the largest seller of new and used European parts, ASV says it has the delivery network and stock available to provide customers with competitively priced, quality Tesla aftermarket parts with an express delivery service Australia-wide.

ASV currently has in stock a large range of new

For more information, visit www.asv.com.au

A LOOK AT THE CURRENT EV CHARGING LANDSCAPE With a recent report, Savvy looked into the current state of EV charging infrastructure and what is planned for the future With EV sales making up a small 1.6 percent of all new vehicle registrations in 2021, one of the most cited reasons that people are reluctant to take up electric vehicles is a lack of charging infrastructure. A research report by online broker Savvy utilising March 2022 data from the Electric Vehicle Council of Australia sought to answer questions such as, how many public charging stations are there in Australia? How many are planned for the future? Where are they now, and where will they be located?

How many public charging stations are there in Australia? Note that the number of public charging locations does not reflect the number of individual charging points.

There may be many points at one location. • Fast charging – as of January 2022, there are 293 fast charging locations around Australia. This represents an increase of 85 percent since August 2020 (157). Unsurprisingly, the distribution of these stations matches the population density of each respective state. • Regular charging – as of January 2022, there are 1,580 regular charging stations in Australia. This represents an increase of 29 percent since August 2020 (1219) This also matches population density, though WA with 202 is an outlier.

Finding charging stations The EV community has pitched in to help fellow drivers by providing a free cross-platform app called PlugShare. PlugShare allows users to find charging stations in Australia and worldwide, map new ones and share their EV activity with other enthusiasts. Google has already rolled out an EV charging station finder in the United Kingdom and United States, with countries such as Australia and New Zealand to follow.

The future of charging State and federal governments are supporting the rollout of additional fast charging stations around Australia. The Electric Vehicle Council, based on estimates of funding from state and federal governments, says that 700 new fast charging locations will be added across Australia over the next five years. Each location will have multiple charging points to accommodate many vehicles. Other state government programs will increase the density of fast charging equipment currently in use, so more cars can take advantage of charging at the same time. To learn more by viewing the full survey report, visit www.savvy.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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BENDIX EV-HYBRID DISC BRAKE PADS Sustainability is at the heart of these brake pads, says Bendix As well as being locally designed at Bendix’s Ballarat R&D facility to suit the needs of EV and hybrid electric braking systems, Bendix says it has applied broader sustainability goals around its entire EV-Hybrid Disc Brake program.

Users of Bendix EV-Hybrid Disc Brake pads will also notice that the packaging is different – the brake pads are not shrink-wrapped – there’s no sign of plastic whatsoever. Instead, the pads are cocooned in a material called Hexcel Wrap.

The disc brake pads feature copper-free, organic brake friction material that sees them certified to the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) ‘N’ rating. This measure confirms the pads contain less than 0.5 of copper by weight, allowing Bendix to use the AASA LeafMark ‘N’ icon.

While protecting and cushioning the brake pads in a similar way to plastic shrink wrap and bubble wrap, Hexcel Wrap is a paper product that is 100 percent recyclable.

The organic friction material used in the EV-Hybrid disc brake pads comprise of a range of ingredients including synthetic glass fibres, aramid fibres and natural organic fibres as the main reinforcing elements. Added to these are organic modifiers and binding resins. Together Bendix says they deliver strong stopping power, and low noise and dust emissions while providing a low environmental impact.

Complementing the Hexcel Wrap is exterior packaging which is FSC Certified – this means that 70 percent of the packaging comes from FSC certified or recycled materials, while 30 percent is made from controlled wood. Once the Bendix EV-Hybrid Disc Brake Pads are fitted, all packaging can be disposed of in kerbside recycling. When the brake pads themselves ultimately need replacing, they can be recycled in the workshop’s metal recycling bin, making Bendix EV-Hybrid

Disc Brake Pads a completely recyclable product. Bendix says its EV-Hybrid disc brake pads are the smarter environmentally sensitive choice, and are available for popular EV and Hybrid brands including Toyota, Lexus, Honda and Mitsubishi, with additional coverage coming soon. For more information free call the Bendix Brake Advice Centre on 1800 819 666 or +61 3 5327 0211 from overseas (8am-5pm Monday to Friday EST), e-mail brakeadvicecentre@bendix.com.au or visit www.bendix.com.au

PROFESSIONAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES Bosch has the answer for diagnostics and ups the ante on training FSA 050 Workshop customers have high standards. So, if a vehicle has a problem, diagnosing the fault needs to be quick, thorough and affordable. With vehicle systems and components becoming ever more complex and diverse, Bosch says workshops are best equipped to conduct quick and efficient repair and maintenance on customer vehicles with its products. Bosch says reliable analysis and diagnostics save unnecessary work on a vehicle, which can save both time and money; and workshops can make a lasting impression on new and existing customers

while demonstrating their expertise using its modular diagnostics systems. It states the FSA 050 is an important and simple diagnostic module for testing vehicles with electric and hybrid drive. With the ability to work wirelessly, it is capable of performing multimeter functions such as voltage, resistance, capacitance, insulation and continuity tests, with measurements on the high voltage side up to 600 V (CAT IV1) as well as testing insulation resistance up to 200 GOhm at test voltages of 50 to 1,000 V. The FSA 050 can be used in a variety of different ways, either as a device on its own for diagnostics of electric and hybrid vehicles, or as a special accessory for existing PC systems. Thanks to its compact dimensions of 220 x 110 x 65 millimetres (H x W x D) and its weight of just under 600 grams, Bosch says the FSA 050 is suitable for every workshop.

Automotive Technical Training With increasing numbers of hybrid and electric vehicles on our roads, all workshops need to have some understanding of the key components and vehicle architecture and as with any high voltage system, safe servicing procedures are also essential. Bosch says an investment in training adds a competitive edge to any workshop focused on customer satisfaction, productivity and profitability. 82

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It states its courses are delivered by highly skilled and experienced educators, who have the knowledge to provide professional training on the latest system innovations, diagnostic procedures and test equipment. Further, having the appropriate training can give you access to the information of vehicle manufacturers’, allowing you to work safety and diagnose efficiently. The new ‘Right to Repair’ legislation which became active on 1 July allows access to the manufacturers’ information, however Hybrid and Electric Vehicle information is excluded to those who have not completed recognised training, such as the ‘Bosch HEV101 – Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Systems’ training. For more information and to enrol, please email automotive.training@au.bosch.com To learn more about Bosch FSA 050, please visit www.boschaftermarket.com.au



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MYCAR READYING FOR EV

From August, mycar will have 30 EV ready stores around Australia mycar Managing Director, Adam Pay, says his business is working around the clock to ready for the coming car parc evolution. “mycar is a people first business, and in order to remain our customer’s preferred servicing partner, we need to anticipate their future needs. That’s why we’ve been pursuing a leadership position in the EV servicing space,” Adam said. “We’re investing heavily in rolling out support services for EV customers across Australia, initially with a select number of stores, and with a goal to scale the service across our network. “From August 2022, we’ll have 30 EV ready stores around Australia. Not only are we shifting the mindset of our business so we can better support early EV adopters, we’re altering our store fit-outs and adding in-store EV chargers, providing personal protective equipment and tools for our technicians, and ensuring new safety requirements and standards are in place to protect both mycar team members and customers. “Through the Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence, we’ve trained a dedicated team of technicians to serve in these locations. The program has been designed to ensure these technicians are ready to service any EV vehicle, no matter the make or model.” mycar EV servicing will be complemented by all

276 mycar stores who are already able to assist EV owners with general requirements such as tyres and general inspections for vehicles, along with brakes, suspension, wipers and globes etc. “The uptake of EVs is an evolution, not a revolution,” Adam said. “There’s going to be petrol and diesel cars on Australian roads for many years to come. Our strategy is about ensuring we deliver the best service to all customers, whatever vehicle they own. “Fixing cars and doing right by our customers is the lifeblood of our business, whether your vehicle is petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric. “As a leader in automotive car care and supporting auto customers, we’ve a big role to play in growing Australia’s EV market and ensuring our customers have a trusted auto expert ready to deliver quality service, regardless of the vehicle they own.” Contrary to popular belief, EVs still have many of the basic serving needs that petrol and dieselpowered vehicles do – such as tyres, brakes, suspension, wipers and so on. “mycar is investing in solutions that enable us to better understand our customers’ needs and the demands of the wider market, EVs are a big part of this shift,” Adam said.

“What’s important to an EV owner can be somewhat different to that of a petrol or diesel car owner, but what’s crucial is to understand what your customer wants, regardless of technological disruption. “Knowledge about EVs is the first step to incorporating an effective EV service and repair solution into our existing mycar stores. “It’s crucial to implement tools and programs, train existing and new team members and provide industry information sessions alongside respected industry bodies like the AAAA to build industry understanding of EVs.” For more from mycar, visit www.mycar.com.au

BOSCH IS JOINING THE PUSH FOR A HYDROGEN ECONOMY Bosch is taking its experience and expertise and making it available to partners and customers Bosch says it is playing a prominent role in the establishment of a hydrogen economy and actively supporting the move to alternative energy. “On the path to a climate-neutral future, we have to make it possible for energy-intensive industries to shift to renewables. Hydrogen will be a key element in security of supply,” says Rolf Najork, the Bosch management board member responsible for industrial technology and the company’s Manufacturing Technology Chief. Bosch says it can offer the technology needed for hydrogen use in various sectors. The company is developing fuel cells for mobile and stationary applications, equipping hydrogen filling stations with compressors, and producing hydrogen in its own plants. In addition, Bosch plans to enter the electrolyzer components business. “We are getting hydrogen-based technologies out of the laboratory and into industrial practice – onto the roads and into factories,” Rolf said. 84

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Through a newly established project unit, Bosch is making its hydrogen expertise available for other companies and recently presented its hydrogen activities at Hannover Messe from May 30 to June 2. In its Industry 4.0 lead plant in Homburg, Germany, Bosch is demonstrating what a hydrogen cycle may look like in the factory of the future. Using renewable energy, an electrolyzer produces green hydrogen. This hydrogen will then be used for manufacturing operations and mobility, with fuel-cell vehicles refueling with the hydrogen that Bosch technology has already compressed. By the end of the decade, Bosch aims to invest up to 500 million euros into the volume production and marketing of the core component of hydrogen electrolysis: the stack. Bosch hopes to launch its smart modules in 2025. For industrial processes, a stationary fuel cell developed by Bosch converts hydrogen into heat and electricity. Energy flows in the plant

are controlled in line with demand, using Bosch Industry 4.0 software. The Energy Platform is already being used in more than 120 of the company’s plants. Manufacturing operations account for some 90 percent of Bosch’s global energy consumption. A solution developed by Bosch Rexroth and Maximator Hydrogen for compressing hydrogen for filling stations, storage tanks, and pipelines is also to be trailed at the Homburg plant. For more information, visit www.bosch.com.au


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FLEET INSIGHTS AND THE SHIFT TO EV

In this article, ACA Research takes a look at fleet electric vehicle uptake and what it means for Australian workshops We’ve talked in previous articles about the coming electrification of the Australian car parc, and the impact that will have on servicing and repair businesses. To quickly recap the story so far: 1. We know that the number of electric vehicles will increase substantially over the next decade. 2. If we assume that up to half of the vehicles sold in 2030 could be electric, that means around one million electric vehicles operating in Australia. 3. From a workshop perspective, there are decisions to be made around whether that warrants investment in the certifications, training and equipment needed to service these vehicles, or if it is better to focus on the (much) larger ICE parc instead. When we think about the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia though, it is also important to consider who will be driving that change. In the initial stages, fleets will play a significant role in this journey, also feeding ex-fleet vehicles into the second-hand market. In fact, even when we consider fleets at the smaller end (for example, less than 20 vehicles) some are already trialling EVs, testing how they perform in day-to-day operations. These will however be limited in terms of both

numbers and usage, with hybrids playing a much more significant role at this point in time. In fact, from a servicing and maintenance perspective today, it is more important to be equipped to service hybrid vehicles (such as the hybrid Toyota Rav4) than it is to service electric ones.

Looking to the future though, this is going to change, with Small Fleets consistently expecting electric vehicles to become a genuine alternative to ICE over the coming decade. While vehicle availability (in terms of total volumes and fit for purpose options) will delay this in the short term, these issues will be overcome with time. Looking at EV servicing requirements, there will be a higher proportion of dealership servicing in the initial phase, but that naturally shifts to the aftermarket as the pool of vehicles increases, and more of them start moving beyond new vehicle warranty periods.

Fleet business is important for many independent and chain workshops, and so in the same way that fleets are currently making decisions about when they should be investing in EVs, workshops that are catering to these businesses should be considering what preparations they need to make to ensure they can continue meeting the needs of their customers through the coming transition. This column was prepared for AAAA Magazine by ACA Research, the AAAA’s partners in the AAAA Aftermarket Dashboard which is delivered to AAAA members each quarter. For more information, visit www.acaresearch.com.au or contact Ben Selwyn on bselwyn@acaresearch.com.au

EV BATTERY COOLING

Penrite manufactures a range of OEM approved coolants suitable for electric vehicles With increased development of batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles, the Automotive OEMs are facing the increased challenges of keeping the batteries cool enough to function at peak performance and charge quickly and safely throughout the vehicle’s life cycle.

This results in range reduction, longer charge times and reduced life cycle of the battery. An overheated battery can also cause damage to sensitive electrical components that can be very expensive to repair – no different to an overheated internal combustion engine.

In the early days of EV and Hybrid vehicles, batteries were air cooled but as the technology advanced and safety standards increased, liquid cooling has become the preferred option for these types of vehicles.

To offset the performance losses of batteries, OEMs incorporated liquid cooling into the battery system by employing cooling channels throughout the battery to maintain operating temperatures at peak performance levels. This is generally between 20 to 40 degrees Celsius.

In a vehicle with an internal combustion engine, the engine generates heat from the movement of the pistons up and down the cylinders and the actual combustion process itself. This heat is largely wasted energy and dispersed via the vehicle’s exhaust system. The engine oil accounts for a good percentage of cooling and the cooling system maintains the engine at its peak operating temperature. In an electric vehicle the battery can lose efficiency very quicky if it is overheated.

The preferred coolant for EV vehicles and batteries is a mixture of Glycol and water, the same as used in internal combustion engines. Penrite manufactures a range of OEM approved coolants including Penrite Green OEM Coolant which is suitable for electric vehicles and OEM approved by Tesla for use on the vehicles. Penrite says its Green OEM coolant has excellent stability at high temperatures and excellent

corrosion protection in a broad temperature window. This coolant also offers low electrical conductivity for improved safety performance. Penrite Red, Blue and Purple OEM Coolants are also suitable for electrified vehicles to keep their batteries at ideal operating temperature to enable optimum driving range and performance. Penrite Oil is a 100 percent Australian family owned and operated business and has been producing world class products for over 95 years. For more information, visit www.penriteoil.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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FAMILY FIRST FOCUS DRIVING R&J BATTERIES CEO FORWARD At work and at home, a focus on family is what spurs Stuart Hamilton on The son of a mechanic, R&J Batteries Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Hamilton, says he was always destined to work in the automotive space. “I was born and raised in Bendigo Victoria and through various employers, traveled around Australia a bit up and down the East Coast before settling in Ballarat where I currently am in 2006,” he said. “From a very young age, I was always destined to be a motor mechanic. I was aways into cars, I get that from my father. I left school at 15 and duly got my apprenticeship at Ron Poyser Holden because my father was a mechanic. “I may have always been destined to be a motor mechanic, but it didn’t last terribly long, I was at the dealership straight out of school for six years as a mechanic, but then I realized it wasn’t for me, so I moved out of being a mechanic and had a variety of roles and careers spanning everything from car sales and media to business banking. “It is daunting when you leave school at 15 and go into the big wide world, but Poyser’s was a wonderful place for a young fellow to learn his trade and grow up in the world and I was there for 11 years all up: six years as a mechanic and five years in car sales.” While he eventually moved out of mechanics, Stuart’s love of cars has never wavered. “I love the Australian classics. I always used to be a Holden man, dyed in the blood. But as you get older, you appreciate all sorts and I will always have a soft spot for the Australian classics,” Stuart said.

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“After I finished up at Poyser Holden, through a friend of a friend I was given an opportunity to apply for a role in one of the local television stations in advertising sales, which I did for a couple of years. “Through that company, which at the time was known as Southern Cross Ten and is now part of the nationwide Austereo network, I was given my first job in management, which saw my wife and I shipped to Gippsland. “A year or two later, we took a promotion to Canberra and then another promotion a year or so later saw me take up a General Sales Management role in Coffs Harbor. I was doing that role quite happily until the company got taken over and the role I was in was made redundant. “I was offered redeployment back to Victoria, which was fortuitous at the time because my wife and I got to be home in time to spend a bit of time with our parents; particularly our dads who were getting on in years and have since passed away. It was a difficult time, but in hindsight, it was fortuitous.” That relocation back to Victoria would ultimately lead to Stuart taking on his current role with R&J Batteries. “The relocation back to Ballarat was still with Southern Cross Ten as they were then known and R&J Batteries was and still is a large advertiser with them in regional Australia,” Stuart explains. “I had met (R&J Batteries Co-Founder) Ray Robson and his then partner, John, hence R&J,

through a variety of advertising related activities and we just became good acquaintances and got to know each other a bit. “I then went on to take a role in business banking with Westpac, but Ray and I kept in touch and saw each other at mutual gatherings. “When the time came that John wanted to get out of the business, it was amicable and Ray bought his share of the partnership and then reached out to me one day just to say, ‘there’s a change happening in the business. I wouldn’t mind having a chat with you.’ “I didn’t hesitate to say ‘I would love to have a chat and come on board,’ and that lead to me joining the business as the Southern Region Manager. I was in charge of the southern half of Australia at the time and there was another chap in charge of the northern half. “From that formative role of Southern Region Manager I became General Manager following


TRADE TALK “But it’s no good looking back. Provided you learn from it of course – you have always got to learn from your mistakes, accept that other people make mistakes and just move forward. But yes, I’ve made some clangers in poor appointments or poor business decisions, but that’s somewhat inevitable if you’re willing to throw the bat and take a risk. Look back only enough to learn from the mistake, then go full steam ahead and don’t make it a second time.” Away from the office, Stuart likes to spend time with his family and says he is hoping to find more time for hobbies in the future.

a consolidation of the company, and then as we expanded into New Zealand and appointed General Managers in each country, I moved up to being Chief Executive Officer.” As a high achiever, Stuart has valuable advice for those wanting to start out in the industry. “Honesty, empathy, and hard work are the oldfashioned tenants that never, ever change. And if you are heading into or have aspirations to be in management or leadership, you must never lose sight of the fact that your staff are the most important asset,” Stuart said. “Without question, if you look at the long and difficult journey it takes to make a profit in any business, you can never lose sight that the core foundation is good staff – finding, developing, and retaining good staff. And in this current environment, it’s never been more critical.” Like any successful businessman, Stuart can look back and pick out both decisions he feels he got

really right, and some he would redo if he had the chance. “I suppose the biggest one I got right was, given where I am now and what I do, is accepting the role with Ray. I had always admired the way Ray went about his business and at the time I was talking to him, there was another employment opportunity coming my way. I decided to go with Ray and looking back, that would be one of the best decisions I have ever made. “On the other side of things, there is many, and to be honest, I think if anyone says they can’t look back and see how they could have done things better, they are either ignorant or they’re lying. We are human and we do make mistakes. “There’s not one single thing that stands out where I go, ‘I stuffed that up,’ but there’s been a variety of business and personnel related issues where I look back and go, ‘I could have handled that better. I could have made a better choice.’

“I don’t do enough (hobbies) – ask my wife and she’ll tell you that. I mean, there’s no doubt that in roles such as mine, it’s not a nine to five, it’s not a 40- or 50-hour week job. Past times outside of work are minimal, but I enjoy tinkering around the shed. I don’t have a hobby car, but I do like just getting out, mucking around the shed, finding time to do whatever it is around the house,” Stuart said. “It’s a cliché, but I love spending time with the family. I’ve got grown up kids, a 21-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son. Their interests have grown into their own world and my wife and I love being part of those. “I’m also a passionate follower of the Australian Supercars – not withstanding the fact that we now sponsor one!” he smiled. “I’ve followed them all my life from the Dick Johnson and Peter Brock days, right through to now. I also love my Collingwood Football Club and I love helping out my son with his local footy team. “Family’s everything to me. It’s the way I was brought up, the way my wife was brought up. Christmas is one of our highlights of the year, but it’s not because we get gifts. It’s because we’re all together. “Family’s number one and without a question, it’s our biggest priority. But further to that, it’s one of the fundamental tenants of R&J Batteries. “I’m not here to plug R&J, but we’re a privately owned company owned by Ray and Rhonda Robson. And we have the luxury, if you like, of being a family owned business. We can make decisions at a variety of levels that promote the wellbeing of families. “And most businesses will say staff are important but very few have the luxury of being able to make a decision in a family orientated way. “Unfortunately, bigger businesses sometimes have board shareholders, stakeholders and so on that would look more towards the dollar. Whereas I have the good fortune of working for a genuinely family owned business that holds those values. “It’s very important to me and It’s very important to Ray and that’s reflected throughout the business.” To learn more about R&J Batteries, please visit www.rjbatt.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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UNPAID INVOICES

The next topic in Industry Legal article series, based on Emma Dalley’s presentation at the AAAA Expo Unpaid invoices can impact on cashflow and, if a vehicle remains at the workshop pending payment, may impact on productivity due to reduced available workspace.

of available legal rights and commercial considerations, including the size of the debt, available contractual and legal options, and time away from the business to address the debt.

There are several ways of addressing unpaid invoices and tools to assist with payment. First, we will consider the repairer’s lien, followed by general options for unpaid invoices, after which contractual options that may be available under the trading terms for the business will be considered.

Options to recover a debt include:

Repairer’s lien and contractual lien Briefly, the repairer’s lien is a right available at common law that enables a person who improves goods to retain the good until full payment for the work is made. A vehicle can be held by the business under the repairer’s lien until payment is made where: • a repairer receives the vehicle for repair/ improvement; and • the vehicle has been provided by the owner or a person with the owner’s authority; and • the vehicle has been repaired/improved (or increased in value), by a person with the required skills; and • possession of the vehicle has remained with the repairer at all times. A contractual right to a lien can be broader than the repairer’s lien (for example, a contractual lien can include the right to hold a vehicle where only an assessment (and no improvement) is made), such a lien may be included in the terms of trade used by the business. This is a brief overview of the repairer’s lien, please contact Industry Legal if you have any questions.

Options for unpaid invoices There are several options available to recover a debt, there may be several factors that inform the option the business decides to take. The business may assess options from the perspective

• follow up the customer, they may have forgotten to pay the account; • issue a letter of demand for payment; • engage a debt collector; • sell the debt (noting that when selling a debt, the business assigns the debt to a new entity and will not receive the entire amount of the debt owed); • if appropriate, consider issuing a further demand or, if appropriate in the circumstances and the requirements are met, consider issuing a statutory demand (threshold debt amounts and other requirements apply); • if the business did not recover the debt (for example, after sending a letter of demand), consider commencing legal proceedings (legal proceedings may be costly and such costs may exceed the debt amount itself, consider also the customer’s capacity to make payment (enforcement action may need to be taken, which may be costly), and if there is sufficient evidence to prove the claim, ie. evidence regarding the service/parts the business agreed to supply and the amount the customer agreed to pay for the service/parts); and/or • negotiate a commercial settlement (for example, establishing a repayment plan or accepting a reduced amount). If the vehicle is ready for collection and the customer cannot be contacted or they will not collect the vehicle, consider if the vehicle may be disposed of under the uncollected goods legal regime applying to the state or territory in which the business is located.

Contractual options Options that may be available under the terms of trade for the business may include (check the terms of trade for the business for availability): • apply the interest stated in the terms of trade to the debt and let the customer know the interest is being applied; • if storage fees may be charged under the terms of trade, let the customer know that storage fees are being charged (note that the right of the business to charge storage fees should be agreed by the customer before services are supplied and the repairer’s lien does not give the right to charge storage fees); • if there is a general lien under the terms of trade that may be relied on to hold the vehicle until

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payment is made, use this option (available in addition to the repairer’s lien at common law but may be broader (see above)); and • if the terms of trade allow the business to seek the cost of debt recovery from the customer, consider recovering those costs.

Trading account If you have terms of trade for your trading account, then, in addition to the above contractual options that may be available, consider if any of the options below are available under the terms of trade for the business: • is there a director’s guarantee in respect of the trading account, under which the director has guaranteed the obligations of the trade account holder? If so, the business may be in a position to make a claim against the director of the trading account holder; • do the terms of trade allow the business to suspend or cancel the trading account if a payment is overdue? If so, consider steps to suspend or cancel the trading account; and • for the sale of parts, is there an option to register a purchase money security interest (PMSI) on the personal property security register in relation to that trading account? If so, and there is a PMSI registered, then this will provide the business with greater protection in the event the holder of the trading account is in financial difficulty. This document is intended for general information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please contact Industry Legal if you require legal advice. Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation.

AAAA Member Benefits Industry Legal provides advice to members on commercial law matters. If you have any questions relating to the above information, please contact Industry Legal on 1300 369 703 or aaaa@industrylegalgroup.com.au


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MANAGING EMPLOYEES – THE WARNING PROCESS This article from Employer Assist details the process employers should take when issuing an employee with a formal warning Employer Assist often receives calls from employers who are dealing with employees who are not performing their duties to a standard reasonably expected or who are engaging in unsatisfactory workplace conduct despite efforts to manage their performance (for example, through a performance improvement plan).

Step two – investigate the issue

In many of these circumstances, Employer Assist advises the employer to issue the offending employee with a written warning which sets out clear expectations and consequences for the employee. Following is the process employers should take when doing so.

This may even involve meeting with any employees involved to obtain their statements. If the issue was raised by a customer, if appropriate you may need to discuss the matter with the customer or review the complaint in detail. It may even be necessary to have a preliminary discussion with the relevant employee.

Step one – identify the issues Before discussing the matter with the employee, it is important that you identify the issues so that you can clearly articulate your concerns with the employee. Does the issue relate to the employee’s performance or conduct? Has there been a breach of the employment contract or a policy? Has the employee failed to follow a reasonable and lawful direction? If the issue relates to the employee’s duties, you should review the employee’s contract of employment, letter of offer and position description in order to confirm that the employee has been instructed to perform those duties. Alternatively, if the issue relates to the employee’s conduct, you should review any workplace policies which might relate to such conduct. The policy may include a formal process which should be followed to address the issue. It is important to record any times and dates that the employee has not performed or has engaged in unsatisfactory conduct. Particularly if the issue relates to the employee’s failure to follow directions. It is not uncommon for employers to identify a combination of the above.

You should take steps to investigate the matter before you issue the employee with the warning letter. It is important to provide procedural fairness to the employee and to have gathered all facts and evidence before proceeding to the formal warning stage.

Step three – prepare a draft warning letter Once you have completed the above steps, you should put the warning in writing. If the issue is only a minor issue, a first warning should be sufficient. However, if the issue is more serious, a first and final warning would be more appropriate. It is best to seek advice before deciding how best to proceed. The main elements of a warning letter include: 1. Details of the performance or conduct issue; 2. Why the performance or conduct is unsatisfactory; 3. If the issue involves a breach of contract or workplace policy, refer to the document and provide the employee with a copy; 4. Details of expectations of the employee going forward and actions required by the employee; 5. If appropriate, a timeframe for improvement; and 6. Confirm that if the performance or conduct issue does not improve, disciplinary action may be taken against the employee up to and including termination of the employee’s employment. Note: The above is a guide only and as warnings are regularly relied upon in the case of unfair dismissal applications it is best to seek advice before attempting to draft your own warning letters.

Step four – meet with the employee Before issuing a written warning, you should arrange a meeting with the employee to discuss the issues and provide them with an opportunity to respond. Agree on how to go forward including expectations on how performance and conduct issues will be managed, measures to be taken by the employee, review periods and expected outcomes.

Step five – provide the written warning Amend the draft warning letter as needed based on your meeting with the employee (for example,

after considering the employee’s response, you may find that the facts differ to what was inserted in the draft warning letter and need to be amended or you may agree upon additional measures or supports to address the performance and/or conduct issues that need to be inserted into the draft warning letter). Once finalised, you can provide the employee with a copy of the warning letter after the meeting. Note: Always ensure that you provide the employee with an opportunity to have a support person present at any disciplinary meeting.

Step six – follow up Once a warning letter has been issued, you should monitor the employee to ensure their performance or conduct has improved. If a timeframe or review date was included in the warning letter, it is important that you have a review meeting with the employee in accordance with the letter. This will show that you are treating the matter seriously. If the employee’s performance or conduct has not improved, further disciplinary action may be required up to and including termination of the employee’s employment. For instance, a show cause process may be appropriate where the employee has not made any attempts to improve or has continued to perform poorly or engage in unsatisfactory conduct. If the warning letter was a final warning and the employee has not improved, termination may be the next step. Before you proceed to termination, you should contact Employer Assist for advice. Liability limited by a scheme approved under the professional services legislation.

AAAA Member Benefits Employer Assist can provide advice and assistance with all employment matters, including warning, show cause, termination and other disciplinary processes. Please contact Employer Assist on 1300 735 306 or aaaa@employerassist.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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CLUTCH REBUILDS

ACS says it is proud to offer this important service Many years ago, Australian Clutch Services (ACS) started out as a clutch rebuild facility, essentially building remanufactured clutch kits. Fast forward 30 years and the industry has changed focus to a ‘new replacement’ model; however, ACS continues to offer rebuild services for rare applications and maintains a fully operational rebuild facility. Although rebuilding older clutch kits may seem like a thing of the past, it is still an important service for some areas of the industry such as in vintage vehicle restoration or the agricultural sector. In-cases where new components are simply no longer available in the market, Australian Clutch Services offers a rebuild service to bring worn clutch components back to as new condition. “Although ACS is geared towards the supply of new clutch kits and components, we still retain a rebuild facility that enables us to recondition clutch kits for customers that require this type of service,” ACS Workshop and Technical Support Manager, Darren Schreuder.

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to restoration businesses around the country that require a clutch solution for extremely rare vehicles as well as the motorsport industry where people prefer to freshen up their motorsport twin plate as a more economical solution.”

components, we are often able to either source the correct components or find alternatives that are suitable for the application.”

The service is conducted in-house at Australian Clutch Services using its state-of-the-art testing facilities to ensure the clutch is operating to the correct tolerances and specifications. Each clutch kit is analysed to check for rebuild suitability and current pressure plate clamping force and so on before being completely disassembled and rebuilt, often using various new components that ACS keep in-stock.

“We still get a lot of requests for rebuilds for tractors and old farming equipment where sourcing new components is no longer possible.

“Our inventory of rare clutch components is substantial, and we have managed to source a wide range of specialist individual components over more than 30 years in business,” Darren said.

“In addition to this, we also offer this service

“In instances where we don’t have these

After the clutch kit has been restored, ACS technicians will check the specifications of the clutch to ensure it meets the correct tolerances and will then supply the clutch back to the customer. “The process varies depending on the specific clutch kit. Sometimes in motorsport applications we just need to resurface the flywheel and install new friction discs, intermediate plates and casting, in other cases we need to completely rebuild a vintage tractor or commercial application which includes restoring each individual component,” Darren said. The ACS rebuild service is accessible through ACS’ nationwide distributor network. For further information, please visit www.australianclutch.com.au or call 1800 CLUTCH.

IMPORTANT SERVICE EXPANDING, ASSISTING SKILLS SHORTAGE Wheelnutz Garage is a small family business teaching people with disabilities how to repair and restore vehicles The only one of its kind in Australia, the service delivered by Wheelnutz Garage was born out of a home garage on the Gold Coast in late 2020. Owner operators Gavin McCarthy and Jade Burgmann together enjoyed supporting people with disabilities to explore Southeast Queensland in the back of a four-wheel drive, packed with swags and kayaks. For many, Wheelnutz Garage is a stepping-stone to paid employment. And for the automotive industry, it offers a solution to staffing challenges with a commitment to strong community partnerships, building pathways for future training and employment, and promoting inclusion for people with disabilities in the automotive industry. A non-running Nissan Patrol at home was the inspiration to create an opportunity for these young people to not only enjoy a weekend of camping but to learn how to fix any mechanical issues and learn how to use the recovery gear they would often see, on their trips to the Sunshine Coast or the Glasshouse mountains. 90

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For Gavin and Jade, it was an opportunity to introduce young people with disabilities to the four-wheel drive community, and in turn, teach meaningful skills, pathways to employment and a social setting for those interested in cars, bikes and all things automotive. Now operating from two garages and with a third in the planning, they are determined to create an environment for people with Autism, sensory difficulties, acquired brain injury and neurological conditions to build friendships and grow their capacity for future employment and independence. Recognising the sensory challenges a working automotive garage brings, experienced, skills staff with an automotive background are handpicked, equipment selected and strategies now common place on the garage floor, ensuring that everyone can participate to their capacity, and everyone’s contribution is valued. Like all good things, the cost in time and money is significant. To ensure the program is accessible for

everyone, Gavin and Jade also work weekends to afford the tools and equipment for the program to run and to provide a free BBQ lunch each day, and for those who turn up daily without breakfast, they have something to eat before the program starts. Wheelnutz Garage is operated by Adventure Crew Pty Ltd, on the Gold Coast and in Logan, Queensland. For more information, visit www.wheelnutzgarage.com


SHOPFRONT

A WHIRLWIND JOURNEY

Paul Woosnam has had quite the journey to become a Snap-on Franchise Owner in New Zealand It takes guts to pack your belongings in a container and tell your dad, “I’ll let you know where to send it.” But that’s just what Snap-on Regional Franchisee of the Year for 2022, Paul Woosnam, did with his partner when they set off across the world well over a decade ago. Paul and his partner were originally based in the UK working in various roles before realising the pace was getting too much. A decision was made to take a break for a year, and they ended up in Australia. This is when a chance conversation led him to Snap-on and eventually to Christchurch in New Zealand. After checking out the Snap-on Sydney office and then heading over to New Zealand, starting his own Snap-on franchise happened fairly quickly for Paul. “There was a lot of hands-on teaching, which when you’re green, was brilliant. After ten days of training in the US, I literally landed back home, picked my truck up, and the next day was on the road, with support directly by my side for three weeks in the truck. It was great. The onboarding process was slick,” Paul said. Without a background in the auto industry – Paul’s previous life in the UK was across retail – Paul’s journey is testament to how a Snap-on franchise can be a career change and complements various

industry backgrounds. For Paul, the business skills he developed over many years in the UK came to the fore when running his own business. “The difference with Snap-on compared to starting a business from scratch is that solid foundation. If you set up your own business, you have to do everything: branding, logos, websites, business plans, you name it. But with Snap-on as a franchisee, you have that ready for you and everyone is there to support you 100 percent. There isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not touching base with someone in the network or with support staff,” Paul said. Paul saw quick success as Rookie Franchisee of the Year and now Regional Franchisee of the Year. Reflecting on his two awards, he says they are due to his immediate dedication to hard work when joining as a franchisee, as well as how useful his prior experience came to be running the business.

A day in the life “My week kicks off on a Sunday night. I get my prelist ready for Monday so I can just get up and go the next day. Most of my days, I’m out of the house before seven and they are relatively long days. My deliveries come Friday night and so I sort that out on the weekend. The more turnover there is, the bigger the volume of off-truck work,” Paul said.

Paul is up there as one of Snap-on’s most experienced franchisees in New Zealand. Not mincing his words, he responds instantly when asked what he thinks is key to succeeding as a franchisee with the brand. “Easy. Do what you say you’re going to do. If you say you’re going to ring someone back, ring them. If you say you’re going to deliver, then deliver. The Snap-on program is solid and it gives you the chance to create relationships and be personable. Here in New Zealand, we don’t have that level of competition like elsewhere, but our customers still have options. Being true to your word and paying attention to your client is key to keeping and building your business,” Paul said. Snap-on welcomes enquiries from those interested in becoming a Snap-on franchisee and encourages those from diverse backgrounds to get in touch. For more information, visit www.snapontools.com.au

REPCO DRIVES VALUE IN PALMERSTON Repco is proud to open the doors at their new store in Palmerston, NT

Motorists and car enthusiasts in search of topof-the-line auto parts and accessories now have access to an impressive selection at Repco’s newest store in Palmerston, Northern Territory. Conveniently located on Stuart Highway, the brand-new location features an extended range of car care products, engine oil and tools, as well as a large 4WD, caravan and camping range, making it Repco’s largest store in Darwin. Repco Palmerston’s store manager, Nick Morrow, reports that since the store opened in November 2021, it has featured an exciting, diverse assortment of deals alongside everyday staple products. The frequent rotation of special offers has generated buzz in the community, says Nick, and continues to encourage regular in-store shopping from both motor heads and novice drivers. The store itself has been expertly designed for

ease of navigation and boasts a fresh, modern look. Popular products such as engine oil, throttle controllers, dash cams and battery chargers have been bestsellers and customers continue to be impressed by the store’s mezzanine floor, which allows for a broader selection of products from the most trusted automotive and tool brands such as Castrol, Penrite, GME, Bowden’s Own, Milwaukee and more. Repco says the Palmerston store’s growing success is largely attributed to its skilled sales team. Hailing from a variety of stores in the wider Darwin region, the Repco Palmerston crew is backed by a combined 100 years of Repco experience, demonstrating passion and knowledge in all things

automotive and providing customers with top quality advice, says Repco. Repco states that whatever your level of expertise, the Palmerston crew is well equipped to support your vehicle needs, boasting a leading range of service parts. From brake pads and filters, alternators and starter motors, to drive belts and suspension, Repco says its Palmerston store is your one stop shop to keep your car in optimal condition and fuel your passion. Repco is also pleased to make available special offers, announcements, and promotions on its social platforms and invites you to follow its pages or sign up to its Ignition Loyalty Program. For more information, visit www.repco.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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NULON IS MOVING ON UP IN RACING

The company is a dedicated supporter of Australian motorsport, and its customers are reaping the rewards Over the years, Nulon has actively been involved in various motorsport categories from grassroots events that support the weekend racer all the way through to the pinnacle of Australian motorsport – Supercars. From a motorsport perspective, Nulon Marketing Manager Tom Murray says 2022 is a moving year for the lubricant company, as it has switched up gears with its involvement in multiple motorsport categories – increasing its presence and exposure with new partnerships. “Partnering with HMO Racing in TCR Australia has been a first this year for Nulon and in our first full year as a team sponsor, we certainly feel the category is growing and look forward to future successes with both the HMO team and the category as a whole,” Tom said. “This year we also stepped up our involvement with Team 18 in the Repco Supercars Championship. “While this is our third year partnering with the team, we have been fortunate this year to secure naming rights for Scott Pye’s Car 20 as Nulon Racing – a big step forward for our brand and an exciting opportunity to work with Team 18 in a new way.” For Nulon, the benefits of these partnerships are clear, not only for its business, but for its customers too. “Having been actively involved in grassroots and previously other categories such a V8 Utes, the current step-up is part of a longer-term plan to drive the Nulon brand forward in a new and exciting way,” Tom said. “Nulon is a premium lubricant company, so it makes absolute sense to showcase our brand and superior products at the highest levels of Australian

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motorsport in the most extreme and demanding conditions, and to be successful.” Nulon is proud to develop some of the highest performing lubricants anywhere. Its team is passionate about the brand and committed to delivering excellence to the company’s customers. “The Nulon Product, Technical and R&D team work with our motorsport partners, testing lubricant and product performance in various conditions and further developing our products,” Tom said. “This means that ultimately all of our products used and tested in Motorsport are available for the everyday driver so we can certainly stand behind their performance. “Since the earliest days of our involvement, we have continuously developed our product range and drawing upon Nulon’s vast expertise and technical resources, have developed a new range of engine oils – Nulon APEX+ engine oils. “This new range represents a major step forward in performance – with many of the products expected to be used in motorsport applications.” Nulon’s product-enhancing Supercars exposure even pre-dates its current formal relationships. “For a number of years prior to our active involvement in Supercars, Nulon had been a lubricant supplier to teams and engine builders alike,” Tom explained. “In fact, it was watching these teams perform and

succeed in the biggest and most gruelling race conditions that was the impetus for our brand to take the next step.” Even when things don’t go to plan, Nulon is making the most of the opportunities its partnerships offer. “Motorsport is fun, fast, exciting and almost always unpredictable. In 2022 we have seen some great race results for the Nulon Racing team and Scott has had some great drives to put the Nulon Racing Commodore near the front of the pack,” Tom said. “However, the unpredictability of racing can also lead to unexpected and undesirable results, but as they say, ‘that’s racing!’ “Where we have seen adversity, we have responded well and used that adversity as opportunity to leverage our brand involvement. “The Perth event in March was a great example of this, when in our first event as Nulon Racing the car was severely and spectacularly damaged on lap one. “At the time it was disappointing for all involved, however the way the incident unfolded caused a great deal of conversation and at Nulon we saw an opportunity to leverage the incident and develop behinds the scenes digital content for the re-build of the Nulon Racing Commodore which was very positively received by our audiences. “In what we hope is now the post-COVID era, we are using every opportunity available to us to bring our partners, customers and fans to events providing them with great race day experiences such as hot laps, pit tours, grid walks, driver meets and more. “For sure having a motorsport platform helps to provide a different and entertaining way to engage with all of our stakeholders which can bring business benefits, but it’s also about having some fun too.” Tom says that Nulon is unlike most other brands in the automotive aftermarket, and certainly within the lubricants space. “Of course, we want to be successful in all we do, but at the same time we want to have some fun along the way and not be afraid to challenge the status quo,” Tom said. For more information, visit www.nulon.com.au


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BILSTEIN DELIVERS MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE For the BMW 3 Series

Bilstein says it is proud to offer sports and threaded suspension systems for the BMW E30, G20 and all models in between. In 2022, the BMW E30 3 Series celebrates its 40th birthday. The first M3 was based on this model, and it became the most successful touring car of all time. The M3 has inspired every BMW 3 series right up to the 316. Bilstein, a company that has been active in the racing scene, notes that agile handling is one of the most important factors in creating an enjoyable driving experience with the BMW 3 Series. One of Bilstein’s specialties is finding optimisation potential. The company says it offers several suggestions to upgrade the BMW 3 Series for maximum performance. Bilstein says that one major upgrade that is inadequately catered for by the factories is lowering, with maximum values of around 15 millimetres. However, it says the Bilstein B12 Pro-Kit sports suspension allows for lowering of up to 40 millimetres for models in the E30 Series.

For the cars from the G20 Series, Bilstein offers up to 55 millimetres, for example, with the Bilstein EVO S, or SE with support for electronic shock absorber control, and T1 threaded suspension systems. Benefits of lowering include a sportier appearance, higher cornering speeds, and improved ride comfort. Race track enthusiasts also have the EVO R at their disposal. This racing suspension even allows a lowering of up to 70 mm. In terms of suspension technology, Bilstein says its B12 Pro-Kit can set E30 models on a course towards the M3. The current BMW 3 Series (G20) has been on the market for three years now, and Bilstein says its products can enhance its performance virtually infinitely. Bilstein says the EVO S threaded suspension system combines maximum performance and comfort with its cool Anthracite look. With its tighter characteristic curve, it reportedly allows higher cornering speeds than the standard

suspension system and offers more ride comfort than the off-the-shelf M suspension system. Thanks to the further development of the internal fixing of the spring cap, Bilstein says it allows lowering by up to 55 millimetres and offers a dualtuned shock absorber setting. The otherwise identical EVO SE variant also supports a factory-fitted electronic shock absorber adjustment. Bilstein says it has tailored its sharper variants of the EVO series to sporty drivers. Track day fans can adjust the EVO T1 individually to any racetrack in just ten clicks (rebound and compression stage) via an aluminium adjustment wheel. The maximum lowering is up to 55 millimetres. For more information, visit www.bilstein.com

AUSTRALIANS TO TAKE ON THE WORLD

A host of Aussies will compete at the FIA Motorsport Games in France across October 26-30 Motorsport Australia will again field a team of Australians to compete in the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games, with the first team members now confirmed. Stephen and Brenton Grove will again represent their country in the GT discipline, the pair backing up their 2019 bronze medal at the most recent version of the Games. Motorsport Australia can also confirm that Stephen Grove will take on the honour of being the Team Captain at the event, which will be based at Circuit Paul Ricard in France in October. “I’m really excited to be returning to the FIA Motorsport Games in 2022 to represent Australia once again,” Stephen said. “Personally, the added bonus will be the privilege of being Team Captain. I look forward to working with all of Australia’s competitors and hope we can bring home some great results for our country.” Meanwhile, Brenton was also eager to take on the best in the world. “We were quite disappointed when the last two games were cancelled due to COVID, so I’m thrilled to be back in France,” Brenton said. “We know the car much better now and have some experience at the track so we’re hopeful of another podium finish for our country.”

Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport and Commercial Operations, Michael Smith, congratulated the Groves for again proudly representing their country. “Stephen and Brenton are great ambassadors for our sport and following on from their success at the 2019 FIA Motorsport Games, we are proud to have them representing both the country and Motorsport Australia at this year’s games in France,” Michael said. “Stephen is also the obvious choice for Team Captain, given his significant experience in all facets of motorsport, as well as the passion and drive he has to perform, no matter the category he might be competing in. “We’re hopeful of announcing more competitors in the coming weeks and certainly encourage anyone else eager to take part to reach out to us to find out more.” This will be the second time the FIA Motorsport Games take place in its current form, following a successful debut in 2019 in Italy. There, Australia ended the event equal second, having claimed a gold medal in Esports, as well as the Grove’s bronze medal in GT. The expanded games in 2022 means even more disciplines and more competitors will be able to

take place across the following categories: GT, GT Sprint, Touring Car (TCR), Endurance, Formula 4, Rally2, Rally4, Historic Rally, Karting Sprint Sr, Karting Spring Jr, Karting Endurance, Karting Slalom, Cross Car Jr (off road), Cross Car Sr (off road), Auto Slalom, Drifting and Digital/Esports. While Motorsport Australia will provide various support in the lead up to and during event, competitors will be required to fund their own entry and event budget. Motorsport Australia will also confirm details of the selection process for the Digital/Esports category shortly, with a local competition to take place to find the potential Australian entrant. The event will also be broadcast in Australia, with specific details to be confirmed soon. Any interested competitors should email communications@motorsport.org.au for more information and cost estimates. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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SUPERCHEAP AUTO-BACKED BATHURST 1000 WILDCARD ANNOUNCED Craig Lowndes and Declan Fraser will pilot the Supercheap-Auto sponsored entry Triple Eight Race Engineering recently announced the return of its Supercheap Auto-backed wildcard for the 2022 Bathurst 1000. One of the most iconic names associated with the Bathurst 1000, Craig Lowndes, will team up with Triple Eight’s Super2 young-gun, Declan Fraser for this year’s Great Race, with the latter making his Supercars debut at the famous Mount Panorama Circuit. The wildcard features the iconic #888. It will be Lowndes’ 29th start in the Great Race, a race which he has won a staggering seven times, with his most recent win coming in 2018, the same year he retired from full-time Supercars racing.

“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Declan for the Great Race, and I’m so excited to guide him on his journey into the Supercars. I’m also thrilled to be representing Supercheap Auto at the mountain for the first time in my career. It will feel a little strange not being in a Red Bull Ampol car for the first time in a long time, but we’re all one team here at Triple Eight,” Craig said. “I grew up watching Lowndesy at Bathurst like every other kid did, so to see my name on the side of this car alongside his heading to Bathurst is super special, surreal even. I’m excited to get everything underway and see how it all pans out. To be associated with such a massive brand in Supercheap Auto, and for them to back me when they had a lot of drivers to choose from is an amazing feeling. I can’t thank them enough for enabling me to kick-start my career in Supercars in a pretty big way,” Declan said. Supercheap Auto first became involved in Australian motorsport as a team sponsor 25 years ago and were the naming rights sponsor of the Bathurst 1000 from 2005 to 2020. “The Supercheap Auto wildcard entry is about bringing our team and fans together to share our passion for the Bathurst 1000. We love this

sport and its fans, and we are always looking to capitalise on our amazing partnership with Triple Eight in the Supercars championship,” Supercheap Auto Managing Director, Benjamin Ward, said. “To have a legend of the sport like Craig representing our brand this October will be a dream come true for all of us here at Supercheap Auto. Craig’s partnership with an up-and-comer like Declan, at the infamous Mount Panorama circuit, is the ideal storyline for our wildcard program which continues the theme of pairing youth with experience. We hope fans get behind Lowndesy and Declan and follow us on this journey to the Great Race.” For more from Supercheap Auto, visit www.supercheapauto.com.au

CENTURY BATTERIES EXTENDS SUPERCARS SPONSORSHIP The battery manufacturer has locked in a multi-year sponsorship of famous Mount Panorama bridge Century Batteries has announced an extension of its partnership with Supercars, expanding its presence at Mount Panorama from the prominent Century Batteries Chase, to now also include the famous Century Batteries Bridge approaching Murray’s Corner. This iconic piece of Australian motorsport will now be adorned with the Century’s blue and yellow branding until at least 2024. A video has been released to unveil the new signage, which has been put in place ahead of this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000. Earlier this year, the famous Australian battery manufacturer extended its partnership as the Official Battery of the Repco Supercars Championship, also until the end of 2024. “We love our partnership with Supercars and Bathurst, so when the opportunity arose for us to secure an iconic part of Mt Panorama for the motor-race that stops the nation, it was an easy decision,” Century Batteries Marketing Manager – Automotive, Andrew Bottoms, said. 94

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“For the millions of people watching Bathurst on TV and the massive crowd at the event itself, when they look at the Mountain, they’ll also be looking at Century Batteries Bridge, with an eye-catching Australian-design to match our Australian-made batteries. “We’re proud to be involved as the Official Battery of the Repco Bathurst 1000 and you can expect to see the Century Batteries Bridge for many years to come”. This new agreement continues to build on Century’s long-standing support of motorsport across a diverse range of categories. “Fans around the world will see the famous Century Batteries branding on one of the most iconic parts of the Mount Panorama circuit, just before the final turn,” Supercars General Manager – Commercial, Jamie Black, said. “This commitment to further build their support of Supercars shows that Century Batteries values our current relationship and we’re thrilled to know

the Century Batteries signage will be at Mount Panorama for the next three years.” Century Batteries explains it is Australia and New Zealand’s oldest and most recognised battery manufacturer, employing over 600 people. The iconic blue and yellow Australian-made battery manufacturer first became the Official Battery of the Repco Supercars Championship and the Bathurst 1000 in 2019. For more information, visit www.centurybatteries.com.au


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XS INJECTORS PARTNERS WITH TA2 MUSCLE CARS ‘Exact match’ XS Injectors will be fitted to the series’ McLaren race engines

CoolDrive Auto Parts’ XS Injectors has formed a new partnership with the PROMAXX Performance Exhausts TA2 Muscle Car Series framed by Hytek as the new “Official Injector.” The two-year agreement will see the ‘exact match’ XS Injectors fitted to the McLaren race engines which power the expanding series. “XS Injectors are excited to be partnering with the TA2 Muscle Car series and are proud to see the competitors race with the world’s most accurate fuel injectors,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Product Manager for Performance Fuel Injectors, Simon Richards, said. “High performance and attention to detail is in our DNA, it has been a pleasure to work with the TA2 category to develop a fuel injector solution that meets the high demands of the TA2 competition.” The XS Injectors offering is a game-changer for performance tuners who seek precision. After two years and over 3,000 hours of product development, coupled with a combined 45 years of performance fuel injector experience, XS Injectors have been designed to revolutionise flow testing and data matching and are the most accurate injector sets available.

While typically allowable performance tolerances can be up to nine percent, CoolDrive Auto Parts says XS Injectors are able to offer unparalleled matching, with tolerances within one percent on flow rate and two percent on dead times. This has reportedly been achieved by each injector having over 6,500 flow points recorded to create a complete flow profile. A highlight of the XS Injectors range is the ‘exact match’ data for each set of injectors, which vastly reduces final tuning time, with both flow rate and dead time performance equalised, with each set coming complete with bespoke downloadable data files for all popular tuning software platforms. The TA2 Muscle Car engines are built by McLaren Engineering in the United States, and deliver 525hp in the Howe Motorsport built PBR-spec chassis. The cars arrive in Australia as a turn key race car with excellent spares, back up and on-track service from Queensland based PBR Distributions, featuring current bodied Ford Mustang, Chev Camaro and Dodge Challenger race cars with limited aero and low grip Hoosier tyres to promote close racing.

“With the right treatment our engines are built to last up to three seasons, therefore we need components that are manufactured to that performance and reliability level,” TA2 Technical Manager, Cameron Sendall, said. “Given that each injector set is supplied with individualised tuning data, and all are matched, we are guaranteed of the best all round performance from the moment you hit the start button. “And it’s a bonus they are an Australian company that we can support as well.” The TA2 Muscle Car Series is a six round national series which has also expanded regionally this year with the launch of TA2 West for competitors in Western Australia, plus additional Northern and Southern regional series to cater for the growing number of competitors on the East Coast alongside international expansion to New Zealand. XS Injectors and XSpurt Injectors joined CoolDrive earlier this year following the family-owned company’s acquisition of Injectors Online in its move into the performance product arena. For further information on XS Injectors, visit www.cooldrive.com.au

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NZ SUSPENSION SPECIALIST COMING TO AUSTRALIA Tough Gear Trading is bringing Xtreme Gravel Gear to the Australian market Like most established companies and corporates today, Tough Gear Trading (TGT) comes from humble beginnings. In 2015 Gary Turner had a vision which grew from a passion for the auto parts sector, in particular the 4WD industry. So, with the support of his family and an associate who also became a great friend and mentor, Gary embarked on a journey that led him to where TGT is finding itself today. Gary’s focus was on seeing his dream (to deliver a quality brand in the area of his passion – adventure and the outdoors) come to fruition. From this came a shared vision of a total solutions package from staff, suppliers, associates and customers alike. This was where the family’s idea to develop new products and expand the range whereby they began outsourcing and partnering with local manufacturers, came into play. Over the years TGT has partnered with toptier suppliers who bring quality products to its customer base and most recently with a NZ based

company who is known for its quality recovery and suspension gear. Now, TGT says it is elated and so proud to have partnered with Xtreme Gravel Gear NZ (XGG), which is now launching in Australia. XGG specialises in suspension and recovery gear and now, in this partnership with TGT, says it aims to infiltrate the Australian market and expand the already rapidly growing industry with this top tier brand. “Our passion allows us to focus on our brand and customer’s needs. Every decision is inspired by our main mission, which is to provide the highest standard of Off-road products and services to all our customers,” XGG Spokesperson, Billy Van Der Mescht, said. “In this rapidly changing industry, we’ve realized the importance of continually updating our approach to stay relevant in the market, and we are committed to just that by ongoing R&D and listening to feedback from our customers using the XGG gear, whether it be a day trip to the beach, a trip to the mall or cross-country overlanding.”

Tough Gear Trading and XGG say they share many of the same ideals including connecting with likeminded people and building communities who are keen to explore the outdoors but who are also passionate about off roading and adventure. For more information, email enquiry@toughgeartrading.com or kiana@toughgeartrading.com or visit www.toughgeartrading.com

NEW NAVARA LINER RELEASED Maxliner Australia has increased its line-up with a new liner for the 2021 Nissan Navara

The new five-piece tub liner for the 2021 Nissan Navara from Maxliner Australia features a non-slip floor that stops cargo sliding while driving and offers a closer fit than a traditional one-piece liner. The multi-piece design also allows for quick and easy fitting in workshops or customers to DIY at home. The liners are manufactured from lightweight and durable plastic material, High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), with a 100 percent anti UV surface. They are backed by a lifetime warranty. “Our manufacturing and engineering team is in the home of global ute production in Thailand. We stressed Aussies’ love of Navara and asked that we start the range with our most popular accessories, including floor liners, flares, and our five-piece liner,” Maxliner Australian Managing Director, Nigel Brownscombe, said. “Our factory in the heart of Thailand allows for robust and sustained relationships with most major automotive OEMs, allowing Maxliner Australia to bring products to market quickly.” The five-piece KD liner is also available for Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, and Mitsubishi Triton. It is delivered directly from Maxliner’s Australian warehouse in a single box as a knocked-down (KD) kit. For more information, call 1800 592 192 or visit www.maxliner.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine August 2022

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4WD TURBO KITS From Terrain Tamer

Terrain Tamer has recently released a range of Turbo Kits for popular 4WD diesel models, built to OE specification and including all parts required for a full replacement. Available for a range of Toyota, Ford, Mazda and Nissan models, the kits include a genuine Garrett OE replacement Turbocharger, leveraging engineering advances in aerodynamics, materials, bearings and electric actuation to offer one of the highest quality replacement turbos on the market. Complementing the Turbo unit is a Terrain Tamer Kit, consisting of all the parts needed for a full professional replacement install, to minimise the risk of incomplete fitment. These kits include air and oil filters, and all required gaskets, nuts and bolts, o-rings and pipes, as well as a vehicle specific, stainless steel Terrain Tamer Air Filter Insert.

PEDDERS TWO-PIECE BRAKE ROTOR UPGRADE For Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50

Pedders now has Two-Piece Brake Rotors available for the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT50 models as part of their Big Brake Upgrade Kit. Pedders says vehicles fitted with this Big Front Brake Kit and Two Piece Brake Rotor upgrade will benefit from increased stopping power and reduced brake fade thanks to improved thermal control, and a functional but stylish design. The Pedders Big Front Brake Kit includes larger diameter brake rotors, a new “monster” six piston red finish brake calipers, plus braided Stainless Steel hoses and Kevlar Ceramic performance brake pads. If you tow or carry heavy loads and want a boost in braking performance or you simply want the ultimate in stopping power for your Ranger or BT50, Pedders says this is the must have upgrade for your vehicle’s braking system.

Key features: • Improved stopping power

• Two Piece slotted and dimpled rotors to remove dust and dissipate heat • Large 14” / 356mm diameter rotors • Reduced weight compared to OEM Rotors • Stainless Steel braided hoses • Pedders Kevlar Ceramic Brake Pads • Bolt on installation • Approved by Australian engineers for ADR compliance • Two-Year / 40,000km nationwide warranty For more information, visit www.pedders.com.au

HULK 4X4 EXHAUST KITS The new kits have now arrived at CoolDrive Auto Parts

This insert has been designed to be fitted to the airbox, creating a surface area that perfectly matches the filter, aligning in the correct position to properly seal, and effectively working to reduce the issue of dusting. “Diesel Turbos have evolved quickly in the last 10 years. As they have become standard on many vehicles, the general mechanic has also needed to evolve and it is no longer just the role of the Diesel Specialist workshop,” Terrain Tamer General Manager, Brent Hutchinson, said. “This is where the need for a complete Turbo Kit, readily available across the country, has become important to our customer base, to ensure they are replacing all the required components. “Garrett is a well-respected OE Company and by preparing a complete kit under the Terrain Tamer brand, they have become an ideal partner to our organisation. “The next step is the many training nights that are rolling out around the country to ensure the quality of the product is met with the same quality of workmanship fitting each unit.” For more information on the available range, visit www.terraintamer.com 98

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The Hulk 4x4 range of top-quality accessories and aftermarket parts continues to grow with the arrival of the brand’s new 4x4 Exhaust Kits at CoolDrive Auto Parts. Designed for a wide range of the most popular local models, the kits provide an awesome note, while also paving the way for easy gains in horsepower and torque, at the same time improving fuel consumption figures. Currently available applications include the Toyota Hilux and LandCruiser, Ford Ranger and Everest, Mazda BT-50, Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara and Patrol, Holden Colorado, Dodge Ram, VW Amarok and Mercedes-Benz X-Class. The kits are 100 percent engineered and manufactured in Australia utilising 409 Stainless Steel mandrel bends, with pipe width between 2.5 and 3 inches, dependent on application. All kits feature laser-cut flanges, solid hangers, and fitting kits, ensuring ease of changeover. Where applicable, the systems come complete with double-wall stainless flex joints, along with a high-flow 200CPI catalytic converter. A choice of systems with a muffler delete pipe are also available. All Hulk 4x4 Exhaust Kits carry a “hulky” five-

year warranty and join an ever-growing portfolio of dedicated products to service the Australian and New Zealand off-road community. The range also includes other underbody enhancements such as freewheel hubs, as well as air, wheel and tyre accessories, caravan and trailer equipment, cargo management, electrical, lighting, recovery equipment, touring and camping, plus a wide variety of vehicle protection items. Another specialist enhancement area for Hulk 4x4 is brakes, with big brake upgrade kits, rear brake drum to disc conversion kits, plus brake upgrade kits for popular models, as well as dualdiaphragm performance brake boosters for the Toyota LandCruiser VDJ series. For more information, visit http://ishop.cooldrive.com.au/ or www.hulk4x4.com.au