Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine - July 2022

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JULY 2022

THE KNOWLEDGE YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR CUSTOMERS’ TYRES AND WHEELS SAFE

POWER UP WITH BATTERIES AND CHARGERS

AAAA ANSWERS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW MOTOR VEHICLE INFORMATION SCHEME



ABOUT THE COVER Century Batteries is entering the Lithium market with its new Lithium Pro product offering

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

Consumer Law......................................... 98 HR Matters.............................................. 99 Shopfront.............................................. 100 Performance & Racing........................... 102 4WD...................................................... 106

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KEEPING YOU INFORMED Automotive Apprentice Survey results released.................................................................... 6 Queensland Members celebrate .......................................................................................... 7 AAAA answers questions about the new Motor Vehicle Information Scheme......................... 9 Repco and Castrol reward the trade................................................................................... 10 New acquisition for 4x4 Aftermarket Auto Accessories Group............................................. 11 mycar unveils EV ready technicians and workshops............................................................ 15 Driving away from manual transmissions............................................................................ 16 New Sydney home for Don Kyatt Spare Parts...................................................................... 17 Industry Movements ......................................................................................................... 18

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FEATURES Milestones: CTEK celebrates 25 years of innovation.............................................................. 19 Cover Story: Century Batteries - a trusted name in lithium has arrived.................................... 20 Product R&D: Bendix - brake hoses....................................................................................... 24 AAAA Most Innovative New Aftermarket Products: Tools and Equipment........................................ 70 Member Feature: ALLIN Towbars - a family affair.................................................................... 72 Batteries & Charging: Power up with batteries and chargers.................................................... 74 Tyres & Wheels: The knowledge you need to keep your customers’ tyres and wheels safe....... 88 Trade Talk: Ty Osborne - Brainstorming for success.............................................................. 96 Members in Motorsport: MEYLE is racing ahead..................................................................... 101

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AAAA NEWS

NEW MEMBERS

CALENDAR 2022 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/

Aussie Tune Dandenong Pty Ltd 54 Kirkham Road West KEYSBOROUGH VIC 3173 Ph: 03 9794 0997 E: nigel@aussietune.com.au

Lambley Pty Ltd 321 Sandgate Road SHORTLAND NSW 2307 Ph: 02 4955 9416 E: admin@kandmmechanical.com.au

B.J. Auto Engineers 49 Wodonga St BEVERLEY SA 5009 Ph: 08 8244 4959 E: bjauto@outlook.com.au

Mega Gas Australia 53 O.G. Road KLEMZIG SA 5087 Ph: 08 8369 1550 E: sales@megagas.com.au

Blue Peter Motors 18A Diane Street MORNINGTON VIC 3931 Ph: 03 5975 5224 E: salesbluepetermotors@gmail.com

Oxford Spares 207 Oxford Street LEEDERVILLE WA 6007 Ph: 08 9444 8888 E: toddc@oxfords.com.au

CD Batteries Pty Ltd Unit 5/14 Steel Street BLACKTOWN NSW 2148 Ph: 02 9011 5630 E: info.cdbatteries@gmail.com

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

Premium Car Care 107-109 Parramatta Road GRANVILLE NSW 2142 Ph: 02 9760 0017 E: anthony@premiumcarcare.com.au

Clocksprings Australia 2/30 Brisbane Street LAUNCESTON TAS 7250 Ph: 03 6144 6464 E: bas@clocksprings.com.au

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

Rova Range Automotive 2-4 Murra Street BENTLEIGH EAST VIC 3165 Ph: 0433 344 443 E: service@rovarange.com.au

Cockys Auto Mart 144 Commercial Street East MT GAMBIER SA 5290 Ph: 08 87231077 E: ccockysa@bigpond.net.au

Susspension Supplies Australia 219 Toombul Road NORTHGATE QLD 4013 Ph: 02 3370 3200 E: sales@ssa.com.au

DFI Sales and Service Pty Ltd 2/32 Neumann Rd CAPALABA QLD 4157 Ph: 07 3823 4762 E: info@dfisalesandservice.com.au

Torque Tyres and Automotive 3/149 Mickleham Road TULLAMARINE VIC 3043 Ph: 03 9338 0277 E: info@torquetyres.com.au

Dodson Auto Garage 15 Maple Avenue FORESTVILLE SA 5035 Ph: 08 8297 4466 E: will@dodsonautogarage.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

A NEW ERA FOR THE AFTERMARKET The day has finally come. A momentous day for the entire automotive aftermarket. On the 1st of July the Motor Vehicle Information Scheme (MVIS) became law in Australia. This is a game-changing win for our industry and is the first law of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The new law enables a fair and level playing field for independent workshops and will ensure consumers have a choice of repairer. Around the country, as an independent workshop, you can now register to access the service and repair information that you need from vehicle makers, and the Law states that this must be provided at a fair market price. From software updates, to wiring schematics, technical information, security information and EV information, you can access what you need, when you need it. The law also future proofs your business. As vehicle technology, software and hardware evolves, you will be able to stay up to date thanks to this new data sharing scheme. I’m very proud to say the AAAA played a leading role in making this law become a reality for the industry, and we were able to do this through the support of our members. I’ve talked to many of you who have spoken about how the new law will make a real difference to your business. Hearing these comments makes the long and challenging journey worthwhile. I want to sincerely thank everyone that has helped us throughout the campaign. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster, but we’ve done it! Given the law is now operational, you may be wondering how you access the data, how much it costs and have other questions about how the scheme works. The responsibility of the day-to-day operation of the scheme and access to manufacturer vehicle information is handled by the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA). AASRA has created a subscription hub for you

to access manufacturer information. Joining AASRA provides you with a single location to easily and quickly access all of the participating manufacturer portals, which cover 90 percent of the vehicles that are sold in Australia today. As an AASRA subscriber, you also have access to the AASRA help desk, which will quickly action any missing information issues you have with a manufacturer. This important part of the AASRA subscription is possible because of AASRA’s direct lines of communication with all manufacturers. Signing up to AASRA is only $90 plus GST per year, per technician, for base level access and verification. There are also subscription options for security information and EV information. The pricing of each individual manufacturer’s information is now published on the AASRA website. I encourage you to visit http://aasra.com.au and sign up so you can begin accessing manufacturer repair and service information, efficiently and effectively. Given the sheer size and scope of this groundbreaking law, the complexity of the requirements, and the number of stakeholders involved, there will be elements of the scheme, and AASRA subscription portal that need tweaking as the scheme gets underway. AASRA welcomes feedback from subscribers to ensure the scheme is meeting your needs. Feedback can be sent to info@aasra.com.au You may still have questions on the scheme, so we have produced a Q&A that is designed to provide answers to common questions about the law. We hope this helps you to understand the new law and how it works for workshops in practical terms. This Q&A can be read on page 9. On another issue, we are excited to announce the dates of Autocare 2023. The event will be held across June 9 – 10 at the Brisbane Convention and

Exhibition Centre. Autocare is Australia’s largest education led automotive convention and trade show addressing the very latest developments and global trends in the industry. 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. And finally, at the same time as we ensure the successful roll-out of the MVIS, we are addressing another industry crisis. The skills shortage. We don’t have a second to waste taking the lead on this issue and rest assured we are on to it. The ground-breaking Automotive Apprentice Survey was a pivotal step in unearthing potential solutions at the apprentice level. The results of the survey have been released and the fascinating data will allow the industry, training providers and government to make changes to improve skill development, career pathways and job opportunities. You can read more about the survey results on page 6. If you are looking for the latest news, upcoming events, or access to our exclusive suite of member tools, research and advice, please take the time to explore our great website, www.aaaa.com.au

Stuart Charity Chief Executive Officer Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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AUTOMOTIVE APPRENTICE SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED

COOPERATION V COMPETITION

Invaluable new research provides vital insight

Cooperation can benefit businesses as much as competition

We regularly hear how good competition is for business. Economic theory tells us it encourages businesses to produce their goods or services more efficiently, to continue to improve in order to attract customers and grow market share and profitability.

In an industry first, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA) and the Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland), have joined forces to address a significant industry issue. David Fraser Group CEO, Capricorn Society Ltd

Cooperation, though talked about far less often, can do every bit as much as competition to contribute to the success of any business. Capricorn is a prime example of this. Our Members pool their collective power together. By working together, we create economies of scale that reduce costs and boost profitability, just as competition does. Collective membership enhances the individual. We often hear the phrase “competition is healthy.” While this is true, competition by its very nature also involves friction. On the other hand, cooperation has a natural advantage: trust. You’re working with other businesses, to achieve your common goals, in your joint best interests. There are many reasons for competitors to cooperate. At the simplest level, it can be a way to save costs and avoid duplication of effort. Of course, in the automotive industry we actually see cooperation happening a lot. If a vehicle repair is too big or too risky for one repairer to manage, working together with another workshop may be the only option available. So, general repair workshops often sub work out to a specialist repairer. Yet at other times these businesses may also be competing with each other for the same customer. Cooperation is all about working together when it’s in your joint best interests — and it works most effectively when both parties feel they are receiving a benefit and risking nothing. That’s where the value is created. Ultimately, getting the right mindset requires choosing the right people. Cooperating with your competitor doesn’t come naturally, but if you’re prepared to think differently and give the risks and rewards careful consideration, you may well get an edge over those stuck thinking only about the competition. Cooperation is fundamental to Capricorn’s business model. If you’re interested in how Capricorn’s cooperation can help you build a stronger business, visit capricorn.coop to arrange a visit from your local Capricorn representative. 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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The automotive industry is experiencing extraordinary skills shortages, so understanding the journey undertaken by apprentices is vital to support the sector into the future. Together, the AAAA, AADA and MTA Queensland commissioned ACA Research to run a comprehensive survey of automotive apprentices. The findings of this invaluable research will enable the industry, training providers and government to make the changes needed to improve skill development, career pathways and job opportunities. While some of the findings show young apprentices consider changing careers during their apprenticeship, the vast majority have a passion for and stay in the automotive industry. This commitment is connected to their initial career drivers and vision for the future through their true love and passion for all-things automotive. For policy makers there are key opportunities to design closer engagement with fourth year apprentices to educate on options post-qualification. Eighty eight percent of apprentices have a genuine interest in developing their own knowledge in the newest technologies and overwhelmingly recognise the importance of ongoing learning beyond the completion of their initial qualification. Students identified extension learning in specialisation areas like hybrid or electric vehicles, programming and diagnostics, assisted driver assistance system technology, or learning business skills to operate a workshop. The survey provided a great insight into the perspectives of women who work in the automotive industry. There have been significant improvements for women undertaking an apprenticeship particularly as they become familiar with the opportunities available for a long-term

automotive career and the successes of other women working in the industry. “This research shows how technicians become interested in our industry, the journey they take into our automotive workshops and why they stay,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said. “What is fantastic about the research is that it contains some very practical insights for our employers, about how to find employees and how to keep them engaged in developing long term careers and high-level skills within our industry. “The skills shortage issue is complex, and this research will enable us to work with industry on solutions that will be effective and enduring.” “Skills shortages are severely impacting Dealerships at the moment and the outlook for the future remains grim,” AADA Chief Executive Officer, James Voortman, said. “Automotive apprentices are essential, but the fact is that many of them leave the trade early and don’t complete their training. “It is critical, not just for our members’ businesses but also for our economy that we are able to keep cars and trucks on our roads and we need skilled and qualified tradespeople to do that. “This study has given us an important insight into the apprenticeship experience which we can use to develop strategies to attract and improve retention of apprentices in the future.” “The survey has enormous importance for policy making and the AAAA, AADA and MTA Queensland are committed to continuing to work together to improve the apprentice experience so that we keep our future workforce in the automotive industry and support their continuous learning journey,” MTA Queensland Group Chief Executive, Rod Camm, said. To access the report, please visit https://bit.ly/Auto-Apprentice-Survey


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THINKING A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY ABOUT THE STANDARD EMPLOYMENT OFFER New data is set to inform new approaches as the industry tackles the skills shortage The breaking new data and market intelligence on the experience of over 600 auto apprentices is a fantastic resource that will be put to good use to support a recruitment campaign and to guide employers on how to nurture and keep great talent. The data is going to be very insightful as we run it out – over 60 percent of the fourth year apprentices have considered leaving our industry and one in four female apprentices change their employer during their training years. We clearly have a large gap in finding staff and a big challenge in keeping them. Of course, you already knew that, but the research project was not designed to confirm what you already know – the data also provides much needed answers on what employees love about our industry and what would keep the senior apprentices engaged in our industry for many years to come. We have a big problem, but there is so much more that can be and the research brings ideas for action delivering optimism and hope for our future. We will be talking more about this research project over the remainder of this year, but in the meantime, some interesting intel is already being revealed. As we deliver the data to workshops from Western Australia to Queensland, sharing the top level information to get out some key messages, we are

already hearing of some impressive local initiatives to alleviate the crisis on a workshop to workshop basis. What’s interesting is that as we should have expected, workshops are already engaging in some pretty innovative activities to either recruit or to retain staff. It is very clear that the leading employers already undertake clever options to improve their ability to find and keep staff. For example, a larger number of workshops are using a four-day week – if you ask for a show of hands on a four-day week you can see this trend for improving work life balance and as a retention strategy is more prevalent than we would have expected. This is an option that is more likely to suit larger employers – because of course, the roster works to give everyone a chance to work their five days over four days and Monday and Friday is rostered to make sure that cars can continue to be serviced and repaired. There are also plenty of other initiatives in operation that support employees in new ways – supporting travel during school holidays, providing innovative ongoing training (88 percent of older apprentices believe that they need to keep learning). Another technique that we are seeing is declaring the salary up front in job ads. Many do not feel comfortable doing this, but from the

Lesley Yates, AAAA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy info@aaaa.com.au feedback it is pretty clear that ‘competitive salary’ is not as effective as simply telling a technician what they are likely to earn. The time to fill vacancies for the workshops that actually state the salary upfront in the job ad is generally two to four weeks instead of the expected eight to 12 weeks. The message here is that the data can provide us with real intelligence on how to design a recruitment strategy, it can support employers to have a conversation with employees about their intentions and we can use it to talk to government about changes to policy. But in the meantime, we do need to put into practice new options to recruit and retain and the reality is that we are in a market that is now competing for scarce resources and that means thinking a little differently about the standard employment offer.

QUEENSLAND MEMBERS CELEBRATE At AAAA Networking Event

On Tuesday the 21st of June, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) hosted a successful networking evening for Queensland members. Held at the beautiful Victoria Park Golf Club in Brisbane, the member evening took place a few weeks prior to the new Mandatory Data Sharing Legislation becoming law. Over 100 enthusiastic members, spanning the

breadth of the industry, came together to celebrate the new law, network and learn the latest industry updates from the AAAA team. AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, and AAAA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, Lesley Yates, joined attendees for the event; while AAAA National Membership Manager, Nigel Bishop, acted as MC. Stuart discussed with the group the new Motor Vehicle Information Scheme becoming law on the 1st of July, and the launch of the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA). The body will oversee and manage the release of security related information, service and repair information, provide education, follow up any missing information, provide a dispute mediation and resolution service, and recommend improvements as necessary. Lesley discussed the issue of the skills shortage and presented the findings from a recent industry

survey – which was conducted by AADA, MTAQ and AAAA – on this topic, which has made available new data and market intelligence on the experience of more than 600 auto apprentices. She outlined that this survey had highlighted key issues around keeping staff, and in particular thirdand fourth-year apprentices, before explaining that the AAAA is already actioning this data as it looks into fixes for this prevalent problem. The AAAA sends its thanks to all of the members who came and helped its team to celebrate. To see a listing of all upcoming AAAA events, please visit www.aaaa.com.au/upcoming-events Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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A NEW ERA FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE AND REPAIR INDUSTRY BEGINS The Motor Vehicle Information Scheme is now operational

Independent workshops across Australia have started a new chapter thanks to a transformational law that promotes a fair and level playing field in the automotive service and repair industry, and ensures consumers have a choice of repairer. As of the 1st of July, the Motor Vehicle Information Scheme (MVIS) became operational in Australia. The law, the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, compels vehicle manufacturers to provide all service and repair information to independent repairers at a fair market price. “The law is a game-changer for thousands of independent workshops across the country who now have access to dealer level vehicle information for all brands sold in Australia, including software updates, wiring schematics, technical, security and EV information,” Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said. “This ensures workshops can compete in the market on a level playing field, and it future proofs their businesses.” For many years, independent workshops struggled to obtain vehicle service and repair information from manufacturers and desperately sought a solution, turning to the AAAA to champion their cause. As vehicle technology advanced, the need for access to manufacturer level vehicle information for diagnosis and repair became ever more important. “The AAAA has long fought for a law that gives independent workshops a fair go and motorists a choice of repairer,” Stuart said. “After more than a decade of campaigning, we are

proud to see this law finally become a reality for the industry. “The new law will make a real difference to your workshop. I’ve spoken to many of our members who couldn’t wait for the new law to be operational so they can access the information they need, when they want it.” The responsibility of the day-to-day operation of the scheme and access to manufacturer vehicle information is handled by the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA). AASRA has created a subscription hub to access manufacturer information. Joining AASRA provides workshops with a single location to easily and quickly access all of the participating manufacturer portals, which cover 90 percent of the vehicles that are sold in Australia today. AASRA subscribers also have access to the AASRA help desk, which will quickly action any missing information issues workshops have. Nonparticipating brands are providing their own front door to subscription services. Signing up to AASRA is only $90 plus GST per year, per technician, for base level access and

verification. There are also subscription options for security information and EV information. The pricing of each is published on the AASRA website. To sign up, automotive businesses can visit http:// aasra.com.au and follow the prompts to begin accessing information efficiently and effectively. Given the sheer size and scope of this groundbreaking law, the complexity of the requirements, and the number of stakeholders involved, there will be elements of the scheme and AASRA subscription portal that will need tweaking as the scheme gets underway. AASRA welcomes feedback from subscribers to ensure the scheme is meeting your needs at info@aasra.com.au “I want to sincerely thank everyone in the industry that has helped us throughout this campaign, and in particular the support of our members,” Stuart said. “I’d also like to acknowledge the Australian Automotive Dealer Association, the Motor Trades Association of Australia and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries for their contribution to the new law.” For more from the AAAA, visit www.aaaa.com.au

AASRA TECHNICAL ADVISORY PANEL EOI NOW OPEN The Panel will play an important part in the operation of the new Vehicle Information Sharing Scheme The Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA) is seeking expressions of interest from technical automotive experts. They are seeking EOI from experts who can provide a clear and constructive review of complaints and disputes arising from the operation of the new Vehicle Information Sharing Scheme. In addition, advisory panel members will assist the AASRA Board to provide advice to the Scheme enforcement agency (ACCC) and to government on the operation of the Scheme. 8

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The Scheme became operational from 1 July, and panellists will be given the opportunity to provide technical input on any matters and disputes that arise when and as referred to the Technical Advisory Panel by the AASRA Board. The Panel will consist of 12 members, and panellists will be assigned in small groups to disputes based on their expertise relevant to the issue. This is a fantastic opportunity for industry experts to apply their experience and knowledge to ensure that the long-awaited Scheme operates as smoothly as possible from Day One.

If you are interested in putting your hand up for this important role or would like more information on the opportunity, email advocacy@aaaa.com.au


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AAAA ANSWERS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW MOTOR VEHICLE INFORMATION SCHEME The new scheme became operational on July 1

The game changing Motor Vehicle Information Scheme (MVIS) became operational on the 1st of July. The law promotes a fair and level playing field for independent workshops, and ensures consumers have a choice of repairer. As the scheme becomes operational, the AAAA has released the following answers to frequently asked questions about the scheme.

Who is overseeing the new law? The Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA) supports the day-to-day operation of the scheme and facilitates access to manufacturer vehicle information.

What happened on July 1? This was the date by which all manufacturers had to have made available their service and repair information to all verified automotive businesses on fair and reasonable commercial terms.

What information can I access under the law? All general repair and service information, as well as safety and security information for all vehicles manufactured after the 1st of January 2002 has been made available.

Can anyone access the information? No. You must be able to prove you are a legitimate automotive business involved in servicing, repair, modification, dismantling, smash repair, or are a specialist repairer.

What’s the best way to access vehicle information? AASRA has produced a unique subscription hub to verify your credentials and facilitate easy access to all participating manufacturers. AASRA also provides direct subscriber support.

What are the benefits of joining AASRA? 1. The process of obtaining information from participating manufacturers is quick and easy. Only a single verification check with AASRA is required to access all participating manufacturer data portals, saving you the time and trouble of applying to each manufacturer individually. 2. If you can’t find the vehicle information you need, you have access to a dedicated AASRA help desk that will quickly action the issue directly with the manufacturer.

How much will AASRA subscription cost? • General Service and Repair Information plus Verification: $90 plus GST p/a, per technician. • Security Information: $210 plus GST p/a. *Additional verification required. Service available Q2 of 2023. • EV/Hydrogen Information: $50 plus GST once off payment plus complete the unit: Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles (or equivalent). This is an eight to 10 hour commitment.

How much does the information cost? Details on the subscription costs from each manufacturer were released on the 1st of July to AASRA and have been made available publicly on the AASRA website. Data must be provided at a fair market price.

What is a fair market price? The benchmark for a fair and reasonable price will be determined by the charges in other comparable markets and the cost of supply. This will be monitored and enforced by the ACCC and independent repairers will be able to lodge a complaint if costs vary or are unreasonable.

What if the information I need isn’t available? AASRA has a help desk for subscribers to handle missing information reports, and a dedicated contact within each manufacturer to ensure missing information issues are handled in a timely manner.

How do the non-participating manufacturers fit in? A small number of manufacturers are not participating under the AASRA model and will provide their own separate access point for repairers. These manufacturers must provide details of how repairers can access their data sharing websites plus the costs and terms to AASRA. AASRA will have all of these details available as they become available at www.aasra.com.au

My workshop specialises in vehicles from a manufacturer that is not participating under AASRA. Why should I join? 90 percent of Australian brands (by sales volume) are participating under AASRA. As a specialist workshop it is likely you still service vehicles from other manufacturers and an AASRA subscription significantly simplifies and speeds up access to those manufacturer data portals. You also have access to the AASRA help desk that will quickly action any missing information you experience for any manufacturer, both participating and nonparticipating brands.

When and where can I join up? You can sign up via the AASRA website at www.aasra.com.au To ensure you stay up to date, join the AASRA email list by emailing info@aasra.com.au

What if manufacturers don’t comply? The ACCC holds a compliance and enforcement role under the scheme. The ACCC will monitor the scheme to ensure it is being implemented as intended, and ensure information is supplied at a fair market price. There are significant penalties in place for manufacturers that do not comply with the law.

How do I provide feedback? Given the sheer size and scope of this groundbreaking law, the complexity of the requirements, and the stakeholders involved, there will be elements of the scheme, and AASRA subscription portal that need fine tuning and tweaking as the scheme gets underway. AASRA welcomes feedback from subscribers to ensure the scheme is meeting their needs. Feedback can be sent to info@aasra.com.au For more information, visit www.aasra.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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AND CASTROL REWARD THE TRADE FAMILIES DRIVING REPCO teamed up to offer a range of BUSINESS SUCCESS TheRepcopairTradehaveinitiatives with exceptional prizes With 70 percent of Australian businesses being run by families, Auto One is no exception

Many people believe mixing personal and business lives together when running a business is often a recipe for disaster. However, the data proves that myth wrong. In fact, successful family businesses make up about 70 percent of all businesses in Australia. Many of these Australian family businesses are run by passionate and determined family teams. Auto One, an automotive aftermarket business, has many family-owned franchisees within the company and is proud of its thriving parent and child duos who pursue their passion for all things ‘Auto’.

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Castrol and Repco, over many decades, have forged a strong partnership between its two market-leading brands. “We share a common passion for our customers within the automotive market and this drives us every single day,” Repco Merchandise manager, Tania Karinja, said. “This commitment brings new ideas and innovation, motivates us to continuously improve, and enables us to bring top quality products and service to our customers. “Our expertise has been built from the ground up, and with over 200 years of combined industry experience, we can provide our customers with the most effective solutions to meet their oil and lubricant requirements.” “This has enabled Repco to provide the total solution for these customers as the one stop shop for all automotive products, whilst still allowing existing customers to continue purchasing Castrol oil,” Tania said. “Repco truly has a market leading lubricant product offer directly aligned to our customer value proposition.”

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Repco and Castrol team up many times throughout the year to bring a range of Repco Trade initiatives

Please note this article has been corrected from an earlier version.

AUTOCARE 2023 DATES ANNOUNCED

The AAAA event will be held in Queensland next year Autocare 2023 will be held across June 9-10 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Autocare is a two-day National Convention for aftermarket parts, service and repair professionals and is an “If you are involved in the automotive exciting addition to the automotive industry event parts, service and repair sector please save the date, as you won’t want to miss this fantastic landscape. opportunity to learn, uplift your team and grow AAAA says Autocare is a game changing event your business.” which addresses the very latest developments and global trends in our industry, bringing Autocare will identify industry experts international ideas for us to consider as we plan from around Australia and across the globe to provide the very latest information and for the future. practical tips on how the industry and individual Australia’s automotive industry has never before businesses can tackle challenges to not only been offered a Convention of this scope and survive, but thrive by taking advantage of the depth, says the AAAA. many opportunities that will arise as our industry “Autocare is Australia’s largest education led changes and adapts. automotive convention and trade show addressing For more information, visit www.autocare.org.au the very latest developments and global trends in the industry,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said.

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Auto One Midland is one of those stores whose family bond fuels their success and makes their business stronger. Run by Father Jeff, and son Chris, they continue to nurture their automotive passion as a team. “My father started the business 30 years ago, but I became a partner in early 2010,” Chris said. “I have grown up around my parents in the auto industry, so it was a natural progression for me to want to join them. That being said, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing but when the roads were rough it made our bond and business even stronger. “My dad is my idol. We both have different motivations for work. He works harder than anyone I know to provide for the family, and I work my arse off so mum, and dad don’t have to work as hard. We work hard for each other which is why Auto One Midland is so successful.” Established in 1988, the Auto One group is a champion of the independent network in Australia. Hosting two banner groups, Auto One and A1 Autoparts, it has more than 80 outlets Australia wide and remains the only independently owned national chain in the automotive parts industry. For more information and franchise member enquiries, please visit www.autoone.com.au

to customers, with exceptional prizes to be won along with great promotions and sales. “Our passion for customers brought an exciting ‘Win a Ford Raptor’ trade promotion which ran earlier this year,” Tania said. “We are delighted to congratulate the winner of the new Ford Raptor, Mr Chris Ireland, owner of LPG Auto Network Brunswick VIC. “Mr Ireland has been a loyal Repco Trade and Castrol customer for over five years, and is a deserving winner, particularly with the challenges of Covid faced by many businesses over the last couple of years. “Do you want your chance to win awesome prizes like this, thanks to Repco and Castrol? Ask your local rep or Repco store to keep you informed on upcoming promotions and competitions. Good luck!” For more information, visit www.repco.com.au


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NEW ACQUISITION FOR 4X4 AFTERMARKET AUTO ACCESSORIES GROUP This is the fourth strategic acquisition for the Aeroklas Asia Pacific Group Aeroklas Asia Pacific Group (AAPG) – a division of Aeroklas – recently completed its fourth strategic acquisition in the Australian 4x4 automotive accessories market, which it says places the business amongst the industry’s largest players. With an eye on international growth, the Aeroklas Asia Pacific Group says it has big plans for the Australian Market. On the 1st of July, AAPG acquired a 100 percent shareholding in 4 Way Suspension Products Pty Ltd. 4 Way Suspension Products designs, manufactures and distributes suspension products including shock absorbers, coil springs, leaf springs and other accessories for four-wheel drives and SUVs under the “Tough Dog” brand. Aeroklas, a manufacturer of light weight premium dual skinned plastic canopies and ute liners for major OE vehicle manufacturers, has made several significant acquisitions in the Australian 4x4 accessories market. It first acquired well known 4x4 accessories retailer TJM in 2015, and then in 2018 the business added Flexiglass (fiberglass canopies) and Bocar (aluminium trays and accessories). The company’s latest acquisition looks at the underside of off-roading and further complements

the business’ complete offering to the four-wheel drive market. These acquisitions represent an overall investment in the Australian automotive parts manufacturing sector of over $100M in the last seven years and the company plans to continue to grow both locally and within the lucrative Asian, US and European markets. Within Australia the AAPG business has more than 100 retail outlets throughout the country, most recently opening new Aeroklas fitment centres in Western Australia and new TJM locations in Tasmania. Locally, Tough Dog will continue to enjoy a strong relationship with automotive retail groups and independent automotive retailers throughout Australia as the brand continues to grow and expand. The owners of 4 Way Suspension Products have been retained under an earn out provision as part of the deal. Tough Dog will continue to operate independently from other Aeroklas brands to ensure the ongoing success of the brand in its key markets. It is for this reason Aeroklas will also be retaining the Tough Dog management team. Group General Manager of the Aeroklas Asia Pacific Group, Greg Kelly, spoke about the acquisition and where the group is heading.

“The Tough Dog brand is a well known and wellloved Australian made product with excellent growth prospects and wider distribution opportunities both at home and in overseas markets,” Greg said. “The business has a proven track record of developing innovative and market leading suspension products for over 30 years and is a welcomed addition to the Aeroklas Group’s already extensive range of high-quality four-wheel drive accessories. “In recent years we have seen a shift in consumer preferences towards four-wheel drives, utes and SUV models. We know that with the addition of Tough Dog, coupled with our other market leading brands, our business is well placed to service the growing needs of consumers in this market. “Aeroklas is in an excellent strategic position to provide our customers with the very best in 4x4 automotive accessories so that they can optimise the performance of their vehicles with specialised light weight and durable products to get the most out of their motoring experience.” For more information, visit www.aeroklasasiapacificgroup.com

WEBFLEET MOBILITY CONFERENCE A VIRTUAL HIT Webfleet Solutions presented the first global edition of the annual Webfleet Mobility Conference Webfleet Solutions, one of the world’s leading telematics solutions providers and part of Bridgestone Mobility Solutions, presented its first global edition of the annual Webfleet Mobility Conference virtually recently. Under the theme ‘Mobility 2032: Are you ready?’ industry experts from across the fleet and mobility landscape shared their insights and best practices to equip fleet decision-makers and business leaders with knowledge, inspiration and practical tools to design the fleet of tomorrow. To open the conference, Bridgestone Mobility Solutions Chief Executive Officer, Jan-Maarten de Vries, took a dynamic look at the rapidly changing world of mobility and the challenges fleets will need to overcome to thrive in this time of constant disruption. The following keynote speeches then shone a light on the evolving mobility landscape from different angles: • Urban mobility in smart cities with Greg Lindsey: the future of urban mobility promises to be filled with scooters, stores and drones seemingly

with a mind of their own. These technologies are already transforming the way we see, understand and get around cities. Greg Lindsay, an internationally known futurist and urbanist, took a trip through the smart city as it will look in 2032 and explained how to get ready to do business in it. • The truck of the future with Volta Trucks: from autonomous platooning to alternative fuels and everything in between, technology is changing the trucking sector. The team from Volta Trucks, a cutting-edge manufacturer, revealed their innovative new electric commercial vehicles and explained how they differ radically from the traditional urban delivery vehicle. • Partnerships: The key that can unlock the full potential of mobility solutions: experts from Mercedes-Benz Connectivity Services, project44 and EasyPark discussed how data interconnectivity and integrations between Software-as-a-Service mobility providers will unlock the true, full potential of mobility across

the coming decade and what it means for commercial fleets and suppliers. The one-day virtual conference was free of charge and held simultaneously in 21 countries globally. Alongside the international presentations, local experts tackled various mobility themes in more than 50 sessions including roundtable discussions, interviews and best-practice presentations. The subject matter ranged from adding electric vehicles to commercial fleets to sustainable data solutions and new product integrations as well as country-specific advice on how to deal with existing and future legal requirements. For more information, visit www.webfleet.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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THE WORLD RETURNS TO FRANKFURT Over 80 percent of Automechanika Frankfurt exhibitors are coming from abroad The international automotive aftermarket is getting back together in Frankfurt: from 13 to 17 September 2022 and then in even-numbered years. Numerous leading companies from over 60 countries have already confirmed their participation for Automechanika Frankfurt 2022. Event organisers state that recent statements by major industry players have underscored Automechanika’s significance as the sector’s most important international meeting place. The Automechanika Innovation Awards have also received a record number of submissions; while in-person networking is proving more important than ever, with additional networking lounges now available. Other areas of focus at the show will include automotive logistics, sustainability, training, professional development and recruiting. Be it electromobility, connectivity, autonomous driving or digital solutions for workshops and car dealerships, manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive aftermarket will have a wealth of new products and innovations on tap for the upcoming Automechanika Frankfurt. Automechanika Frankfurt Director, Olaf Mußhoff, is delighted with the positive feedback from the sector. “I look forward to seeing numerous international key players and trade visitors from all over the world back here in Frankfurt,” Olaf said.

“It is a long-awaited opportunity to do business in person and enjoy an up-close experience of new products and live presentations. “We have created new formats for the occasion and put important trend topics on the agenda.” Event organisers state that no other trade fair covers the entire value chain of the automotive aftermarket like Automechanika Frankfurt, with an international Who’s Who of the industry set to get together at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds. Today more than ever, the focus is on innovations and trends, and it’s not just the exhibitors’ stands where these can be found. The ‘Innovation4Mobility’ showcase presents pioneering solutions for connected vehicles and climate-neutral mobility; while more products than ever before have nominated for the Automechanika Innovation Awards. Also planned is a forum focusing on automotive supply chain management, an area in which the industry urgently needs greater dialogue and new ideas. Attracting young people and talents of all ages to the automotive aftermarket is another area where action is needed, so the fair’s management has put training, professional development and recruiting at the top of the agenda. Special events for pupils and newcomers are planned, as are accident repair management workshops and training for professionals.

The industry’s new ‘Talents4AA’ initiative will also be shining a spotlight on employment and career opportunities at the fair; while sustainability is yet another area of focus with the show set to host ‘Remanufacturing Day.’ Remanufacturing Day, which is held in collaboration with the international Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA), takes place on 14 September and features experts presenting the latest developments in remanufacturing and the circular economy. The topic will also be present in the exhibition halls, with a special green remanufacturing logo identifying those exhibitors offering products and services in this area. At the FIA Smart Driving Challenge sub-event sponsored by Automechanika that takes place in advance of the trade fair, the focus is on driving in the most sustainable and resource-conserving manner possible. Anyone who drives and also owns a smartphone is free to participate. The goal is to collect as many points as possible through intelligent and environmentally friendly driving – the winner will be honoured at Automechanika Frankfurt. For more information, visit www.automechanika.com

TEST YOUR PARTS TO THE MAX At the AIC Hydraulic Durability Testing Facility

Aftermarket product developers can now test their latest product designs to the limit and beyond thanks to the cutting-edge Hydraulic Durability Testing Facility of the Auto Innovation Centre (AIC). Hydraulic Durability Testing (HDT) offers aftermarket companies a number of advantages during the development phase. Demonstrating the accelerated life span of a component, both in breaking strength and fatigue strength in a short time frame, allows the aftermarket to fast-track product development. “The AIC’s HDT facility is a service for aftermarket manufacturers to understand the strength of their products’ real world loading conditions, confirm results of simulation modelling and devise ways to improve or remedy any faults before the products are released in market,” AIC Managing Director, Luke Truskinger, said. The AIC’s dedicated HDT room houses hydraulic rams controlled by state-of-the-art equipment 12

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that enables testing of up to 10 tonnes of load and 500mm of stroke. Durability testing is customisable via a range of fixtures and moveable rams. The facility can also apply multiple loads, or torsional loads in different directions and the equipment can operate nonstop for days on end to complete millions of cycles. “GVM upgrades and general suspension component testing are perfect examples of how companies are already using HDT at the AIC,” Luke said.

Hydraulic Durability Testing adds to the Auto Innovation Centre’s suite of services that serve automotive aftermarket businesses across the country.

“One of our recent customer tests involved a 300 Series Toyota Landcruiser rear axle assembly setup to fatigue test the spring mounts and bump stop overload capacity.

The AIC offers a growing database of high-quality 3D vehicle scans, dynamic vehicle testing, product level testing, 3D printing plus a vehicle fleet and fully equipped workshop for hire.

“We have setup the facility to be totally customisable, and our engineering team works with customers to devise a testing solution suited to their specific requirements.”

To enquire about Hydraulic Durability Testing with the AIC, please contact testing@autoic.com.au or call 03 9545 3333. To learn more about the AIC, head to www.autoic.com.au



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CARMAGEDDON TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE The Queensland automotive industry will converge on Eight Mile Plains this July The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) says tickets for Carmageddon are now on sale, with the event set to see attendees discuss the latest in automotive innovation and technology. Now in its fifth year, the leading one-day auto innovation symposium will take place on Thursday the 28th of July at the Sir Jack Brabham Automotive Centre of Excellence. Program topics will explore hydrogen fuel technology, the automotive workforce crisis, service stations of the future, changing business models for dealerships, recycling automotive plastics, and the uptake of the latest safety features and technology. Some of the subject experts include: • Rod Camm – CEO, MTA Queensland • Scott Nargar – Senior Manager of Future Mobility and Government Relations, Hyundai • James Voortman – CEO, Australian Automotive Dealer Association • Carla Hoorweg – CEO, Australasian New Car Assessment Program • Adrian Salinas – CEO, Electromotiv

• Mark McKenzie – CEO, Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (ACAPMA) • Nicholas Pappas – Group Managing Director, Servco Australia • Mark Woelders – Managing Director, Motorama Mitsubishi • Tania Meli – Senior Executive Southport West and Springwood, Frizelle Sunshine Automotive • Andrea McCarthy - Director MTA Queensland Board, I-CAR Australia Industry Advisory Board, Chair National Auto Collision Alliance • Paul Wessel – Principal, Wessels Petroleum, Queensland Board Member ACAPMA • Nick Manolis - Managing Director, Genesis Autoworks • Fraser Brown - Dealer Principal, Q Automotive The event will also feature a fantastic exhibition of the latest new-fuel vehicles including Tesla, Audi E-Tron, Hyundai’s Kona, Ioniq, and Nexo models, and the N55 JAC EV Truck, as well as the latest e-bikes and scooters. The Queensland University of Technology’s autonomous vehicle pilot prototype, the ZOE2, will

also make an appearance, while local businesses will show off their cutting-edge innovations for retrofitting vehicles with electric engines and charging stations. “We are really excited to have Carmageddon return for 2022 with a fantastic line-up of experts from industry,” MTA Queensland Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Kellie Dewar, said. “The program topics are directly relevant to our automotive businesses. Now nationally recognised as a signature event on the automotive events calendar, we expect tickets to be snapped up quickly! “New to the expo this year, we are excited to see some amazing tool technology on display from MotorTech and Milwaukee Tool.” For more information, visit www.mtaq.com.au/carmageddon

BATHURST 12 HOUR SPECIALIST TRAINING EVENT A SUCCESS FOR COOLDRIVE From 13 to 15 May, CoolDrive hosted a training event for workshop technicians and owners at the renowned motorsport event Mount Panorama’s legendary surrounds and the dynamic atmosphere of the Bathurst 12 Hour played host to one of CoolDrive’s Specialist Training Events for 2022. The event provided attendees opportunities to hone their skills and learn new vehicle system technology from the industry’s leading trainers and experts. The event kicked off with a number of training sessions hosted at Bathurst TAFE including Servicing the Modern Hybrid and EV, BUS

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Diagnostics, Smart Charging Systems, ADAS Systems, Air Conditioning Diagnostics and Sensor Diagnostic Training. Saturday saw the action move to Mount Panorama with CoolDrive’s Corporate Suite hosting industry talks and discussions around what is happening within today’s automotive industry and what technicians and workshops foresee for the future. Guests were able to watch Qualifying and the Top 10 Shootout from the comfort of the Suite and also had the opportunity to experience course car rides, a podium tour, pit tours and take part in a Q&A session with the CoolDrive Aussie Racing Car Drivers, Reece Chapman and Josh Anderson. Sunday’s “Race Day” kicked off with an early morning grid walk experience before sunrise, with guests getting up close to the GT racing cars and drivers, and experiencing the roar and lights of the rolling start before heading up to the mountain to see the GTs blast through Skyline, the Dipper and Forrest’s Elbow. “The Bathurst 12 Hour Specialised Training Event was a resounding success this year with positive

feedback received from all attendees,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Category Manager – Tools and Equipment, Matthew Douglass, said. “Participants found the training programs on offer to be incredibly helpful and took away a lot of learnings that can be applied in their day-to-day running of their businesses. “The event was also a networking platform for fellow automotive professionals to connect with one another, to share knowledge, as well as ensuring they remain up-to-date with new technologies to prepare for the future of the industry.” The line-up of trainers at the event included Clint Flower, ex-Automate and current NSW TAFE automotive trade teacher; Ken Fendle, Head Auto Electrical Trainer WesTrack Caterpillar Australia; Mick Jurgens, Service Manager at Lennock Hyundai and Darren Todd, Senior Technical Trainer from Bosch. For further information on CoolDrive Auto Parts, visit www.cooldrive.com.au


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MYCAR UNVEILS EV READY TECHNICIANS AND WORKSHOPS The company says it is embracing the next generation of vehicle ownership with EV servicing options Leading Australian tyre, automotive service and repair business, mycar Tyre & Auto, says it is delighted to announce a number of EV ready stores across Australia.

As an employer of choice and the leading employer of apprentices in Australia, mycar says it is invested in training the next generation of vehicle professionals.

“mycar is here for our customers, today and tomorrow,” mycar Managing Director, Adam Pay, said.

“Through Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence in Victoria, we have trained a dedicated team of technicians from various locations around Australia,” Adam said.

“The EV market in Australia is growing and we want to ensure our customers have a trusted auto expert ready to deliver quality service regardless of the vehicle they own – electric, hybrid, petrol or diesel.”

“They are ready to service and provide support to EV owners. “In addition to this being a convenient and easy option for EV owners, it’s also an exciting time for our team as they have the opportunity to grow and develop new skills as the EV market expands.” mycar currently has eight sites around Australia which are EV ready, with another 22 planned by August. To date, 35 technicians have been trained and are skilled-up, ready to support customers. Supplementing logbook servicing, from August 2022 mycar EV servicing packages will be available across all 30 EV ready stores. EV servicing will be complemented by all 276

mycar stores who are already able to assist EV owners with general requirements such as tyres for their vehicles, along with wipers, globes etc. In addition to training technicians, mycar says it is investing heavily in rolling out its EV network across Australia through enhancing store fit-outs, increasing the amount of in-store EV chargers, providing personal protective equipment and tools for technicians and ensuring all new safety requirements are met to protect both team members and customers. For more information and the details of the EV ready stores, visit www.mycar.com.au

MORE WIRE AND GAS SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED Final countdown to VASA’s Wire and Gas Convention continues VASA has proudly announced that Peter Coll, the President of its North American counterpart Mobile Air Climate Systems Association (MACS), will be travelling from the United States to attend the Wire and Gas 2022 convention that takes place from July 29-31 at the lavishly refurbished JW Marriott Gold Coast. Peter will be participating in the industry panel session with MAC Partners Europe President Michael Ingvardsen (from Denmark) and VASA President, Ian Stangroome. This meeting of minds at the forefront of automotive air-conditioning, electrical and thermal management will provide valuable insight into how the sector is faring globally, what the future holds

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and what opportunities are to be found among the challenges. Also travelling a significant distance to participate in Wire and Gas 2022 will be Sally North, the Director of WorkSafe Service Industries and Specialists at the Western Australia Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. Sally, who coordinated the development of the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities position paper on flammable refrigerant gases published in 2018, will be participating in the refrigerant safety panel session hosted by Refrigerants Australia Executive Director, Greg Picker. Greg and Sally will be joined on the panel by Kylie Farrelley, General Manager of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia and Rodney Cumming, Compliance and Training General Manager at the Australian Refrigeration Council. The panel will discuss and explain issues around flammable refrigerants, how to approach them safely and legally, what to do when a system has been charged with a mix of refrigerants, and the responsibilities of technicians and business owners when it comes to keeping themselves and their customers out of harm’s way.

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Wire and Gas 2022 is promising to be a great success as the number of attendees, sponsors and exhibitors, as well as the level of broad industry support, are surpassing expectations. VASA says it is honoured and grateful to be able to host such a large, significant and well-attended event. The event will take place from July 29-31 at the lavishly refurbished JW Marriott Gold Coast and landmark VASA HQ/SuperTest facility in Ormeau, Queensland. VASA is Australasia’s trade association for specialists in auto air-conditioning, electrical and thermal management, disciplines that are converging and ideally placed to benefit as electrification becomes increasingly mainstream across everything from passenger cars to heavy vehicles and earthmoving equipment. To book tickets and for more event information, visit www.vasa.org.au/wg2022 Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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BOSCH PLANS ACQUISITION OF THE MOTEC GROUP

Portfolio and market expansion underway for Bosch Motorsport Bosch plans to acquire the MoTeC Group, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. MoTeC offers a wide range of technology for the motorsport market. Contracts for the planned acquisition were signed by Bosch and the MoTeC Group in June 2022. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction is subject to approval by the merger control authorities. In organisational terms, MoTeC will become an integral part of Bosch Motorsport, a business unit of Bosch Engineering GmbH, a 100 percent Bosch subsidiary based in Abstatt, Germany.

The MoTeC portfolio includes vehicle and engine control units, displays, data loggers and onboard power supply control units for both conventional and electric motorsport vehicles. The company serves its customers in Australia, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the US and Japan through a global network of around 250 dealers. With the acquisition of the MoTeC Group, Bosch Motorsport is extending its product portfolio and distribution to serve additional racing series as well as grassroots motorsport participants. “With the MoTeC Group’s many years of experience and comprehensive expertise, as well as its worldwide dealer network, we are strengthening our position in motorsports and ideally complementing our product portfolio,” Bosch Motorsport Vice President, Dr Klaus Boettcher, said. The MoTeC Group employs 54 people worldwide between its headquarters and a sales and technical customer service office in Banbury, UK. The MoTeC Group business will continue to operate as a separate legal entity under its own brand. For more from Bosch, visit www.bosch.com.au 16

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DRIVING AWAY FROM MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS Australian consumers are fickle, and nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to their car choices

This makes life challenging for OEMs and the aftermarket, as they work to stay up to date with latest trends, while also introducing new technological advances and innovations. One example of this is vehicle transmissions, where it could arguably be said that the ‘traditional’ manual driving experience is on its way to extinction. A snapshot of the car parc shows that almost one in four vehicles first registered before 2006 are equipped with manual transmissions, the remainder largely automatic, and CVT almost non-existent. We then see a shift away from manual, as OEMs made the switch to automatic between 2006 and 2012. We’ve since seen a correction in the data, with around one in six recently registered vehicles (i.e., 2013 – 2020) using a CVT transmission. While this is being driven by a combination of consumer demands and technological advances, does it mean that CVT is the future? Looking at it the other way, in another five to 10 years will OEMs still produce vehicles with manual transmissions?

Approaching this question through another lens, there used to be significant differences between 4WD and non-4WD vehicles. Looking back to pre-2006 data, 4WDs were more likely than non-4WD vehicles to be manual, with automatic transmissions viewed as subpar when undertaking ‘serious’ 4WD activities. Technological improvements to automatic transmissions over the intervening period then show them increasingly penetrating the 4WD market, with 4WDs registered between 2013-2020 more likely to be automatic than their non-4WD counterparts.

1. The Workhorse: while the Toyota Hilux is still the cornerstone of Aussie work trucks, it has transitioned from a primarily manual Ute to being almost fully automatic. This speaks to a larger trend, where Utes have crossed from being work trucks to family vehicles, needing to accommodate different driving behaviour as a result. 2. The Hot Hatch: a significant transition is also evident for the Subaru WRX, a poster child for Japanese hot hatches. While the proportion has fallen from its historic highs, around one in three are still manual, with the rest split between automatic and CVT. This suggests that a core consumer segment is still chasing the ‘driving experience,’ whilst others enjoy the WRX styling, but are willing to trade off other elements. To quote one auto enthusiast: “Running through the gears, being involved in the mechanical process, getting that perfect heel and toe downshift just puts a smile on your face!” 3. The Runabout: finally, one of the most ubiquitous vehicles on Australian roads. The Toyota Corolla has always skewed to automatic but has made the biggest shift to CVT in more recent iterations as it aims to deliver the greatest efficiency for daily driving use.

The market is clearly changing, but based on this data it’s impossible to say that manual transmissions are dead. However, it can be said with certainty that they’re visibly on the path to a more niche space in the market. From a ‘parts and servicing’ perspective, a choice must be made, which is deciding the importance of catering to (specialising in) these vehicles, as opposed to a ‘mass market’ alternative. Ultimately, this will come back to understanding your current and prospective customers, and the composition of your local car parc, and then making a specific choice about which direction offers the greatest opportunity going forward.

Diving deeper into the details, we’ve considered the impact of these changes on specific vehicle models:

This column was prepared for AAA 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


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NEW SYDNEY HOME FOR DON KYATT SPARE PARTS Don Kyatt Spare Parts’ new Sydney warehouse is located at 5 Ultimo Place, Marsden Park Don Kyatt Spare Parts has moved its Sydney branch into a new, state-of-the-art facility in Marsden Park in the city’s North West. From this exciting new location, the company will continue to service the customers of both its Terrain Tamer 4WD and Flashlube brands. Don Kyatt Spare Parts was previously operating from a branch in Seven Hills, where it had operated for more than 30 years since opening in 1988. The branch had outgrown this former home however, and work on planning the new facility started in early 2020 before COVID-19 slowed down those plans. Working with a team of architects and project managers, the company navigated the slowdown of building permits and supply issues due to the

pandemic, and held all design meetings online to finally deliver the new premises in May 2022. Built on a large 4500m2 site, the new building features two adjoining warehouses providing ample space and covers an area of a little over 1900m2. Landscaping features bottle trees and timber totems of varying heights, to give the building an organic, outback feel. This outback theme is complemented by a red stone “corroboree” area at the building’s main entry, and a visually striking façade which features an aboriginal painting from long term Terrain Tamer customer, Kurun Warun, that has been digitised and laser cut onto a steel sunscreen which spans the width of the building. Titled “Dry Water,” the painting depicts two men travelling on the same journey and assisting each other when things get broken and pays homage to the roots of the Terrain Tamer brand, assisting the likes of Bill King who ran outback tours in the 1970s. It also depicts Terrain Tamer’s various locations as billabongs, across the outback and beyond, as a symbol that customers are never far away from the company’s network and support, wherever their travels take them. “The Aboriginal input into the screen and the

inspiration for the landscaping gives the building an element of soul and timelessness which is very hard to do with a modern building,” says Adam Wright of Building Principals, who Project Managed the build. “It has turned what could have otherwise been just another building into a truly meaningful connection to what the brand represents.” Don Kyatt Spare Parts General Manager Brent Hutchinson agrees. “Having Tio (Kurun Warun) paint our story for us is one thing, but to be able to present it across a 40-metre building has really brought the culture of the company into light,” Brent said. “Terrain Tamer is more than just moving boxes, and our connection with our customers is achieved with a great amount of passion.” For more information visit www.donkyatt.com.au

OEC EXPANDS GLOBAL DELIVERY

The aftersales technology provider has opened a new technology centre in India OEC, which says it is a leading technology provider for the aftersales industry, recently opened a new centre in Chennai, India, to build its digital expertise and improve its service offering globally.

artificial intelligence and proof of concept for new software products. It will also increase OEC’s capacity for customer support, automation and software testing.

The expansion into a new Technology Centre of Excellence comes as a result of OEC’s growth, acting as an extension to the technology and operations teams in North America and Europe. Having a new base in India allows OEC to offer support 24 hours a day to manufacturers, dealers, repairers and insurers around the world.

Technology industry veteran Shan Nagappan will head up the new facility in India, bringing his 27 years of experience in technology leadership to the company. Before joining OEC, Shan was the chief operating officer for India at Replicon and managing director for India at Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions and Pride Technologies.

Opening on 6 April 2022, the new centre welcomed 300 employees, with OEC investing to attract and retain people with digital skills in the hub of automotive experience in Chennai. Chennai is the Indian base for many leading global automotive companies, including Ford, Daimler, BMW, Renault, Nissan, Ashok Leyland and Mahindra and Mahindra.

“I am thrilled to be joining OEC at such an exciting time for the company. This expansion in India will make the most of the incredible pool of automotive and software talent in Chennai,” Shan said.

The office has been designed to enable an agile way of working, building the technology provider’s expertise in business intelligence, data analytics,

“We cannot wait to grow our team to build on our services and innovate new products for our customers around the world.” “Shan’s experience will be a huge asset for our ambitious plans at the new Technology Centre of Excellence in Chennai. The office is well positioned to support our global operations and will enable us

to offer support 24 hours a day to our customers across the aftersales industry,” Roger Heinz, the Managing Director (International) for OEC, said. OEC was also recently a Gold Partner for June’s International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) Global Summit, at Le Méridien in Monaco. The three-day event brought leaders of the global auto collision repair industry together for a face-to-face networking event, where bodyshop technology and vehicle repair solutions took full focus in a series of plenary assemblies and conferences. For more information about OEC, visit www.oeconnection.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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NEW PHASE FOR GRAEME MCLEAN

After more than 60 years in the industry, Graeme McLean is taking a step back After more than six decades in the motor industry, well-known industry identity Graeme McLean is stepping back, however he won’t be retiring or disappearing altogether. His career started with a three-year cadetship with one of New Zealand’s major Stock and Station Agency companies, training to take up a role as a grain agent. However, following this Graeme took up the opportunity in 1960 of joining his eldest brother Bob who had returned to New Zealand after extensive auto electrical experience overseas. Bob had at that point purchased an old established auto-electrical business in Christchurch and Graeme was to run the office, spare parts store and assist in the workshop alongside his brother and one other tradesman. Over the following period of almost twenty years the company developed to a team of thirtyfour with Graeme as General Manager, with ten tradesmen in the workshop, two in the instrument division, a team in the warehouse, five sales people in the field and extensive sales throughout New Zealand with major brand lines. Throughout this period Graeme took an active part in New Zealand Motor Trade affairs in roles such as Chairman of the Canterbury Branch Autoelectrical division, President of the Canterbury

Branch of the MTA, a branch representative on the executive and ultimately chairing the National Vehicle Repairers Division of the NZ Motor Trade Association. He was a Motor Trade Association representative on the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce and was ultimately elected in his own right to the Chamber and became the inaugural Chairman of the Chamber Small Business Group. In 1978 Graeme left the family business after accepting a role as National Sales Manager and ultimately Marketing Manager of Hella-New Zealand Limited, based in Auckland. The next major step was in 1988 with a move with his family to Australia, with Graeme taking up the appointment as Marketing Director for Aftermarket Sales at Hella Australia Pty Ltd in Melbourne – a role he filled with distinction over the following almost nine years winning both national and international marketing awards. Graeme then took up the role of General Manager – Sales with Siemens VDO with responsibility for both Aftermarket and OE sales. Following this appointment, he spent four years in management roles in the automotive chemical manufacturing and distribution field before finally establishing his own Marketing and Public Relations Company in January 2003.

Graeme McLean and Associates Pty Ltd has successfully worked with some of the major brand names in the Australian automotive and specialised manufacturing market up until semiretirement at the end of 2021. “I have been privileged to work with some amazing people and companies in the industry and in the media over a long period since 1960, however it was time to pass the work on to younger people who more easily adapt to the challenges of changing markets,” Graeme said. “I will continue to work with feature stories in the industrial area and lesser work also in the automotive field for the immediate future as to retire completely is something I could not imagine.” To contact Graeme, email graeme@mcleanassoc.com.au

LIQUI MOLY MANAGING DIRECTOR RETIRES Ernst Prost had been a part of Liqui Moly since 1990 After more than three decades of serving the people and the company, Liqui Moly Managing Director Ernst Prost has retired. “The field has been tilled. But over the past 31 years, we have plowed the company and the industry vigorously,” Ernst said. When Ernst says “we”, that is Ernst Prost and Günter Hiermaier. On October 1, 1990, they moved together from a car care product manufacturer to what was then still a small company in Ulm. Ernst began as Head of Sales and Marketing and Günter was employed as Retail Sales Manager, Germany. “More than 30 years ago, he was my apprentice, which was the name of given to trainees at the time. We were always together,” Ernst said. Now the two are taking separate career paths. Günter Hiermaier, who has been the second Managing Director since 2018, will now lead the fortunes of Liqui Moly on his own. “We still celebrated our pearl 30th wedding anniversary. But now it’s definitely over for me. The past 30 years have been strung together like 18

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pearls on a necklace. Each of them is a treasure trove of my life,” Ernst said. Ernst Prost and his team turned Liqui Moly around and transformed the small additives company into Germany’s most popular motor oil brand, which is active in 150 countries. In 1990, the company posted a turnover of around 15 million euros with 118 employees. At the end of 2021, this amounted to 733 million euros and 1008 employees. By 1998, the trained mechanic gradually bought company shares from the founding family and became managing partner. In this way, he saved the company from going out of business and secured dozens of jobs. The entry into the engine oil business provided the decisive boost to growth. In 2006, the Meguin mineral oil plants in Saarlouis became a wholly owned subsidiary. This marked the final step towards becoming an independent engine oil manufacturer. In 2017, Ernst Prost sold his shares to the Würth Group, but remained as Managing Director. Until the end, he remained true to his line, foregoing state subsidies and short-time work

even during the hard Corona period. He even hired people and countered the crisis with investments worth millions – from on-board funds, as he says. “They were tough but fulfilling years. Work is my lifeblood and Liqui Moly my life’s work. I know that I am in the best hands with my friend Günter Hiermaier and his team. Life is finite. And that’s why I’m finally looking forward to a phase of life that is no longer meticulously timed and determined externally, but offers freedom,” Ernst said. For more from Liqui Moly, visit www.liqui-moly.com.au


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CTEK CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF INNOVATION 25 years ago in Vikmanshyttan – a small village in Dalarna, Sweden – CTEK was born

CTEK is the brainchild of the company’s founder and Swedish inventor Bengt Wahlqvist, coming about after he developed the first ever battery charger to use electronic pulse technology. A constant quest for innovation has been central to the company’s success to date. CTEK has several product world-firsts and a raft of prestigious awards under its belt which has helped the company to sell over one million battery chargers in 70 countries, all over the world, every year. Following about a decade of innovation since it was founded, by 2012 CTEK was introduced into the Australian market offering technology to meet the demands of vehicle owners, professional workshops and applications in many other industries. Locally, CTEK’s DC-DC range has proven to be popular with Australia representing the largest market for this product anywhere in the world. A testament to Australia’s great love and appreciation for the great outdoors and the quality of CTEK’s versatile product range. CTEK has subsequently gone on to develop a whole host of revolutionary products and solutions including the PRO range of professional workshop chargers. The latest innovation from CTEK is the CS ONE, which represents the only battery charger in the world driven by CTEK’s revolutionary APTO (Adaptive Charging) technology and is due for local launch in Australia later this year. Recently, the CS FREE, the world’s first multifunctional portable battery charger and smart maintainer with adaptive boost technology was launched in Australia to great acclaim. The CS FREE can be recharged off-grid via a solar panel accessory, cig socket or auxiliary battery, making it the perfect product for Australia where we love to make the most of our beautiful natural environment. Based on its technological leadership, CTEK says it has established strong and long-standing customer relationships with more than 50 of the world’s most prestigious vehicle OEMs.

The company also has a strong emphasis on research and development with two research centers based in Norrköping and the company’s founding city of Vikmanshyttan. “We have CTEK super fans in our local market. There are those that have been using the same CTEK charger for ten or more years and are huge fans of the reliability and ease of use of our charging range,” CTEK Regional Sales Manager for APAC, Paul Oddy, said. “CTEK after 25 years remains a company that is firmly focused on the needs of its customers. “We conduct independent surveys that understand the changing needs of our customers and it is from these insights that some of our most innovate products have been ideated. “CS FREE is a perfect example of this. Our customers wanted a product that was a four-inone solution that they could take off-grid and from this feedback CS FREE was born.” Having acquired Swedish electric vehicle charging specialist CHARGESTORM in 2018, CTEK says it is also now one of the market leaders in the fastgrowing EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) market, backed by 10 years of experience. Globally, CTEK is also playing its part in driving for a greener future, though these products are yet to be launched in the Australian market. In 2021, CTEK achieved a public listing on the Stockholm Nasdaq main market, further

demonstrating its world leading position within its sector and ensuring the company is ready for the next step in their growth journey. “The CTEK brand is synonymous with top quality, highly trusted vehicle charging solutions the world over, and our success is down to our unique culture that’s based on a passion for innovation,” CTEK Chief Executive Officer, Jon Lind, said. “Also central to every CTEK product is intelligence, and we are devoted to harnessing the most advanced technology to meet our mission, which is to deliver innovative, safe, flexible, reliable and easy-to-use charging solutions for all types of vehicles. “As we go from strength to strength, we’re proud that our technological innovations have earned us prestigious awards from the international automotive press, including ‘product of the year,’ ‘best in test’ and ‘must have product,’ along with a solid reputation for quality and reliability, and the respect of our customers, partners, and peers.” CTEK says it continues to evolve from strength to strength in Australia and has several exciting products on the horizon including new innovations for workshops. As cars become more complex and reliant on sophisticated electronic systems, CTEK says it has risen to the challenge, innovating a selection of battery charging equipment that is assisting with keeping vehicles working reliably and on the road. For more information, visit www.ctek.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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THE TRUSTED NAME IN LITHIUM HAS ARRIVED Century Batteries is entering the Lithium market with its new Lithium Pro product offering Incorporating Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) technology, the Century Lithium Pro is designed to provide long lasting power in recreational deep cycle applications – by offering a compelling energy density in a relatively lightweight footprint when compared to conventional lead-acid batteries. Capable of delivering over 3000 cycles at 80 percent depth of discharge, Century says the Lithium Pro offers a longer service life compared to lead-acid batteries, whilst also providing more usable energy and up to 10-times faster recharging. One of the most important aspects of any Lithium Deep Cycle battery is the Battery Management System – or BMS. The role of the BMS is to regulate and protect the charge and discharge of the Lithium battery cells, in order to protect against short circuits, over-charging or over-discharge, and operating temperature. In this respect, the Century Lithium Pro has an advanced BMS system which also incorporates a state-of-the-art Bluetooth monitoring system to monitor battery capacity, state of charge, plus voltage readings, state of health, and remaining run time. Century says the superior energy capacity, operating temperature range and lightweight

design makes Century Lithium Pro batteries ideal for use in a range of applications where longer life, faster recharge and dependable power is required – such as a 4x4 or Marine dual-battery system, power for caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes, or as a primary power source for golf carts or personal mobility vehicles.

subjected to additional rigorous testing achieving further certification for the whole battery and its components. This includes achieving IE62619 for safety, IEC61960 for performance, and IEC60095 for vibration.

Century says the most important aspect which sets Century Lithium Pro batteries apart from competitors is that they’ve been developed and tested in accordance with industry standards relating to performance and safety.

The Lithium Pro C12-100XLi offers 100Ah of power, which is comparable to the Century N70T flooded deep cycle battery with 102Ah.

Beyond the standard UN38.3 which covers the battery cells, Century Lithium Pro batteries were

The real draw card of the Century Lithium Pro is its weight – or lack thereof.

Both products are also nearly identical when it comes to their external dimensions. But when it comes to weight, the Lithium Pro battery is almost half the weight – clocking in at just 13.5kg compared to the N70T’s 25.1kg. Additional size options – including 100Ah slimline and 200Ah sizes – will also be added to the Century Lithium Pro range in the near future. This weight saving can provide additional flexibility when it comes to the installation – making it ideal for weight restricted and GVM applications. Century says it is even more convenient especially when you consider Lithium Pro can be tilt/angle mounted on angles up to 90° side-mount. When compared to conventional lead-acid deep cycle batteries, Lithium Pro can also deliver more usable energy – and be discharged to 80 percent (20 percent capacity remaining) without compromising performance over time. This delivers more usable energy for the same size case when compared to lead-acid, which carry a maximum recommended discharge of 50 percent of their rated capacity.

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Lithium Pro can also be recharged faster – up to 10 times faster in fact – for less downtime and quicker deep discharge recovery. Century Lithium Pro batteries can be recharged using a DC to DC charger, solar panel/blanket or ‘smart’ battery charger configured for Lithium batteries.

Century’s new range of battery chargers and maintainers To accompany the new Century Lithium Pro range, Century says its new range of battery chargers and maintainers are here to make maintaining batteries simpler and easier than ever before – consisting of three new models which can charge

and maintain a wide range of battery types across many different usage applications.

pulse reconditioning to repair heavily discharged lead-acid batteries.

The Century charger range caters to AGM, GEL, EFB flooded and Calcium SMF lead-acid batteries – with the flagship CC1212-XLi also gaining compatibility with the latest Lithium (LFP) batteries.

Backed by a comprehensive five-year warranty, the Century charger range also has a built-in “battery maintainer” mode, which automatically engages once the battery has reached full charge.

Suitable for charging batteries from 3Ah up to 240Ah, the Century charger range includes features such as a nine-stage charging process, selectable output current, reverse polarity protection, and an eco power mode to reduce energy consumption.

In this mode, the charger can be left connected 24/7 to periodically trickle charge batteries from 3Ah up to 360Ah to ensure they remain fully charged.

In addition, all chargers feature a patented rejuvenation feature built-in, which uses peak

Century says this is ideal for lead-acid batteries which see occasional or infrequent usage, such as boat, motorcycle and ride-on mower starting batteries, or deep cycle battery systems installed in caravans or camper trailers. In the event that a battery has been heavily discharged for an extended period of time, the Century CC1212-XLi and CC1206 are capable of activating on batteries reading as low as two volts, and initiating the charging process. The CC1212-XLi can also be used on Lithium (LFP) batteries where the Battery Monitoring System (BMS) has entered “sleep mode” because the cell voltage dropped below the minimum threshold. In this situation, the Century CC1212-XLi has a Lithium LFP Wake Up mode, specifically designed to wake up the BMS and commence charging. For more information on Century’s Lithium Pro or Charger ranges and to understand how your business can benefit from becoming a stockist, Century invites you to contact your local Century Yuasa representative on 1300 362 287. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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BRAKE HOSES Bendix explains that brake hoses might be a small component, but they have a big job When thinking about braking systems, hoses are likely to be well down the list in terms of the components that immediately come to mind for most people. Although brake hoses may not have the same prominence as other components such as brake pads, disc brake rotors, calipers or even the brake master cylinder, the humble brake hose is actually one of the most regulated components of a vehicle. This gives an indication of how critically important brake hoses are to the overall performance of a braking system. In a nutshell, brake hoses are responsible for carrying brake fluid from a vehicle’s brake lines – which are fixed to the car or truck’s underbody – on the last part of the fluid’s journey to the brake calipers which of course are located at the wheels. The fact that there’s wheel movement going on as part of the suspension assembly as well as for steering, means that brake hoses need to flexible yet tough.

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Another reason they need to be robust is because the brake fluid travels through under high pressure once the brake is applied and the brake master cylinder comes into play. Brake fluid is non compressible, so the pressure that’s generated at the pedal is maintained to deliver the necessary braking force to safely bring a vehicle to a standstill. In order to maintain this pressure, the hose must retain its original shape. It is no surprise then that the regulations and testing that govern the manufacture of brake hoses is strict.

In fact, the testing benchmarks are set in such a way that they are unlikely to ever be replicated in real world driving conditions

Brake hose standards To meet governing DOT and SAE J1401 standards, brake hoses must pass the following tests: • Burst pressures – must withstand water pressure of 4,000 psi for two minutes. • Whip testing – must endure being continually bent for 35 hours under pressure. • Tensile testing – hose assembly must withstand a pull of 325 pounds (approx.


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147kg) without separating from its end fittings in a ‘slow pull’ test and 370 pounds (approx. 168kg) in a ‘fast pull’ test. Cold resistance – hose is chilled to -45°C for 70 hours and must not show visible cracks when bent around a cylindrical shape. Chemical resistance – hose is subjected to 120°C for 70 hours while filled with an SAE ‘compatibility fluid’; afterwards the hose is subjected to a 4000 psi burst test. Ozone resistance – hose assembly is exposed to ozone for 72 hours at 40°C and then inspected for cracks under magnification. Fitting corrosion resistance – hose assembly is exposed to salt spray for 24 hours and must show no base metal corrosion to the end fitting surface.

Replacing brake hoses Most OEMs don’t have set schedules for replacing brake hoses, so they should be inspected during vehicle servicing, both visually and by feeling the hoses with the hands to pick-up any potential cracks or deformities that are out of sight. If any of the following flaws are detected during an inspection, the brake hoses should be replaced: • Cracks – even if very small, there’s a risk they’ll grow, leading to possible bursting. • Bubbles or other deformities – the hose should not change shape under braking pressure (have someone pump the brake pedal during this test). • Leaks and stains – a leak or stain is not normal and will allow air and moisture into the braking system – this means reduced braking force and an increase in corrosion within the system. • Corrosion – while brake hose fittings are plated to resist corrosion, when this protection wears away, corrosion will occur faster, potentially compromising the fitting.

Bendix braided brake hoses Bendix offers Ultimate 4WD Brake Hose Kits for standard height vehicles as well as in longer lengths for those four-wheel-drives equipped with raised suspensions – all meet the SAE J1401 standards as described earlier as a minimum. To ensure high levels of performance and durability, the Bendix brake hoses are constructed from PTFE (Teflon) tubing which is then covered by woven stainless steel 304 braid, and finished with the Bendix blue protective layer that further safeguards the braid from dirt, dust and grime. While steel braiding isn’t required under SAE J1401, this added component helps to deliver a more consistent and firmer brake pedal feel and prevents over expansion of the hose under high braking pressures. For additional performance, the Ultimate 4WD Brake Hoses are terminated with 12L14 steel and chrome plated; they also feature a rubber

over-moulding designed to minimise coupling-tohose fatigue which provides a longer life in tough environments. Bendix says that countless hours go into the research and development of its brake components and brake pads to make sure they perform to the highest standards. It states that all of its components are tested to extreme tolerances to make sure they withstand anything that is thrown at them and then some more. In Australia, Bendix (FMP Group Australia) is said to be the country’s largest automotive friction material manufacturer.

This technology base, together with its strong global links, reportedly gives FMP Group the ability to tailor friction solutions for all customer’s applications. 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

The company is a joint venture between Garrett - Advancing Motion and Pacifica Group Pty Ltd, (100 percent owned by Robert Bosch Pty Ltd). The company’s manufacturing plant in Ballarat, Victoria, manufactures a large range of disc brake pads and components. Specialising in providing a full range of friction material for passenger and commercial vehicles, along with industrial applications, Bendix says it has gained a reputation for manufacturing, marketing and distributing quality products with high levels of customer service. Further, it states that its past affiliation with one of the world’s largest aerospace companies, Honeywell Inc (USA), gives its team access to the latest technology and techniques.

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 July 2022

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NEW CONVOY DPF CLEANER

The new product has been recently released by Penrite Penrite has recently released the new Convoy DPF Cleaner, a new diesel fuel additive. This new additive has been specifically formulated to improve the operation and reduce maintenance of Diesel Particulate Filters in light and heavy duty diesel engine applications. The new Convoy DPF Cleaner acts as a catalyst to assist in the regeneration of diesel particulate filters (DPFs) by initiating passive regeneration (soot oxidation) at lower temperatures for more thorough regeneration. This replaces the need to remove and clean the DPF or replace it completely from high soot loading.

INNOVATIVE AUTOMOTIVE SOLUTIONS The need to ease the workflow in a workshop has resulted in an intelligent automotive diagnostic device

A drive to make work processes in a workshop more efficient was the start of Voltas IT, the creators of intelligent automotive diagnostic device, OBDeleven. Voltas IT, a new member of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), was established in 2014. Since then the company has been developing and perfecting its automotive diagnostic device called OBDeleven, which help daily drivers to diagnose and customise their vehicles with a simple-to-use mobile device application. The progress and success with the device resulted in Voltas IT being recognised as the winner of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe 2019 award, as the company demonstrated growth of revenue of 5734 percent between 2015 and 2018. Voltas IT says perhaps the secret behind the success was the fact that the three founders were always present in the automotive industry, working on cars throughout their careers. Thus, automotive engineering expertise was the foundation upon which OBDeleven was built, resulting in a pocket-sized device that is as easy to use as it is loaded with features, including dealer-level diagnostics.

The one litre pack treats 200 litres of diesel fuel and provides improved economy, lower emissions and improved fuel combustion for reduced particle matter, maximising engine efficiency and DPF life, says Penrite. It can be used in both light and heavy duty diesel fueled vehicles and is safe for use in vehicles equipped with SCR systems and exhaust catalysts. Penrite – which is 100 percent Australian family owned and operated – has been producing world class lubricants for more than 95 years. Fast approaching 100 years of Australian production, Penrite says it continues to invest into the future for future Australians and continues to lead the way in lubricant manufacturing in Australia. Whether it be the latest specification product, packaging innovation or cleaner and more sustainable manufacturing, Penrite says it is the innovator that other companies follow. To find out more about Penrite and its Australian Made products visit www.penriteoil.com.au 26

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parts, such as parking sensors, and cruise control, customising the look of your car by changing your light flickering, changing the color or theme of your cockpit, or fine-tuning the performance by adjusting the electronic differential lock, for example, everything can be done with One-Click Apps. These ready-to-use programming functions act as a simple solution for those who have no time, interest, or even knowledge about coding within a vehicle and improve a car at a moment’s notice by enabling various hidden features, or disabling something that might annoy a driver, such as the Auto Start/Stop function. Nevertheless, due to the need to make car coding easier, OBDeleven is also suited for more advanced users who are enthusiasts or workshop professionals working with multiple cars at a time.

But what makes the device unique? After all, many tools in the automotive diagnostic market can read codes and showcase to a user whether there is anything wrong with their car.

Voltas IT says the functionality of OBDeleven is almost limitless, as with Coding / Long Coding, as well as Adaptations / Long Adaptations, users can tinker around with the control unit and sub-control unit software, retrofitting parts or changing the functionality of the car with the software.

One of the primary selling points of OBDeleven is that the device offers a functionality of dealershiplevel software in a mobile device, meaning you can carry it everywhere with you or always keep it in a glove-box of your car.

A crucial feature of the device is the ability to conduct a full scan of an automobile’s control units and to see the full log of data about any active, critical, or passive faults your car might have.

“Once we realised that our community has continued to grow massively, we wanted to make sure that our number one priority – quality – would be continued to be offered to our users, resulting in us working with the Volkswagen Group (VAG) and BMW,” Voltas IT Chief Executive Officer, Edvardas Astrauskas, said.

With the Freeze Frame function, you can gain further knowledge about a car you are about to buy, for example, as you can see the history of the control unit and any faults that it might have had in the past.

“The two automakers granted us an official license in 2016 and 2019, respectively, allowing us to provide our users with all of the functionality that they would need when diagnosing or customising their cars.” Having full access to every control unit also allows users to customise their vehicle with their mobile devices. Whether that would be retrofitting aftermarket

It could also be an indicator of odometer fraud, especially if the mileage on the data and the odometer do not match up. OBDeleven also allows owners of VAG-made vehicles to modify even the newest models with access to SFD-protected control units. OBDeleven was the first third-party tool in the market to provide such a solution. For more details about OBDeleven, and opportunities to become a distributor, contact Voltas IT via distribution@voltasit.com




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PEDDERS EXPANDS TESLA PRODUCT RANGE New Tesla Model 3 Coilover Kits, Lowering Springs and Replacement Shocks are now available Pedders has 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.

Adjustable Sports and Performance Coilovers 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 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.

Lowered Coil Springs 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 says these lowered coil springs have been designed to lower the Tesla Model 3 and provide that visually enhanced lowered appeal and on road feel, stating they are a must for those that have aftermarket wheels that are larger in diameter.

Replacement Shock Absorbers Pedders’ range of shock absorbers are also now available to suit all model 3 Tesla vehicles. It states that these shock absorbers are ideal for those looking to replace their worn-out shock absorbers or perfect for those accident damaged vehicles that need an affordable replacement quickly and safely. Key features and benefits include:

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Improved ride and handling Lowered visual appeal Direct bolt-on installation

All of these new products are offered with a twoyear/40,000km nationwide warranty. For more information, contact your local Pedders outlet or visit www.pedders.com.au

XS INJECTORS From Injectors Online

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. Improperly matched performance fuel injectors can have a flow variation as high as up to nine percent. At that range, a customer will never get a good tune no matter how good the data is. This potential variation in flow, coupled with generic tuning data (one size fits all), makes tuning difficult and sometimes impossible. Injectors Online says the key to an elite fuel injector set is having all fuel injectors working at not only the exact same performance, but adjusting the tune to match the fuel flow rate. It states it is widely known that a set of 1000cc injectors generally never flow at exactly 1000cc; a

set might all be tightly matched but could flow at 915cc or even 1001cc. As an example, a set of eight injectors might flow at 943cc. The generic tuning data provided by other injector companies with their product is likely to be calculated for a flow rate of 1000cc. In this example case, the tune would have a 5.7 percent error. Professional engine tuners would continue to adjust the engine tune to get it perfect, but this can take significant time and cost to the client. Injectors Online says the time savings achieved by using XS Injectors provides substantial extra value to engine tuners. It states this is all done at a price point, per injector set, that is comparable to all leading premium performance injector brands. Further, Injectors Online asserts that the precision testing of each XS Injectors set is like nothing seen before in the industry. Whilst the testing of fuel injectors is governed by International Standard J1832 and is tightly controlled, the allowable tolerances just don’t

work for performance engine tuners who are looking for every piece of horsepower. Every XS Injector is tested under the strict conditions set out by the J1832 standard: • Pressure must be 3 bar +/- 0.5% • Fluid temperature 21° C +/- 2° C • Voltage 14V +/- 0.05V Injectors Online says 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 states the result is “the world’s most accurate performance fuel injector.” For more information, visit www.xsinjectors.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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NEW FOR AMAROK

Carbon Offroad has launched what it says is one of the largest bore shock systems available for Amarok Carbon Offroad says it is proud to release its Volkswagen Amarok platform MT2.5 big bore premium monotube coil over and rear shock. It says this project is the result of a three-year R and D program, which has concluded with one of the largest bore shock systems available anywhere in the world for the Amarok platform. Renowned as a difficult suspension system to work with, the team at Carbon Offroad says they carefully identified limitations and opportunities to optimise a performance coilover system that would enhance vehicle characteristics over existing OE and other aftermarket options and simply be a OE replacement fitment. Using steel shock housings, and a 6061 billet CNC seal head design which Carbon Offroad says has been proven for no leaks in over 200,000km of on road testing, the shock system has reportedly been able to address shaft seal leakage issues common across many other brands. The system features a massive 65mm body, 18mm shock shaft with integrated bumpstop, and custom made aluminium coilover top mount.

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All of this is partnered with Carbon Offroad’s custom made flat ground coilover coils. Carbon Offroad says this system provides best in class ride quality for daily driving. And for when conditions get bad, the large piston provides over double the damping force capability compared to a standard 35mm bore twin tube shock. On road driving, braking, cornering and all other performance metrics are massively improved, and the vehicle will simply handle better than most drivers’ capabilities at the wheel, says Carbon Offroad. The shocks are fully rebuildable and Carbon Offroad provides shock rebuild services from its headquarters, located in Coomera on the Gold Coast. Carbon Offroad says the shock system is also “extremely well priced, providing offroad racing level performance for a fraction of the cost of other more established brands.” “The quality of manufacturing on this shock

system is as good as world leading premium shock brands,” it added. The system is available to be shipped worldwide. It can be optimised for either 2.0L or 3.0L engine variants and various accessory loads through the availability of a number of coil rates in stock. For more information, contact Carbon Offroad on 1300 780 141 or visit www.carbonoffroad.com.au



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IR ‘HEAT GUNS’ BOOST WORKSHOP EFFICIENCY In this article, Bendix takes a look at this measurement technology Bendix says the wider availability and increasing affordability of non-contact, infra-red (IR) heat measurement technology is increasing workshop efficiency by helping technicians diagnose braking faults more quickly, and often without the need for brake tear downs. Most commercial units are calibrated and operate with a simple point and click temperature measurement and have the capacity to measure in the range of 0-500°C, covering most automotive applications. The main consideration when using these heat guns is to keep a consistent distance from the gun to the component that’s being measured for comparative purposes. Depending on the heat gun manufacturer, this distance will vary slightly, but generally the ideal distance is between 15 and 20 centimetres.

Checking brakes on commercial vehicles Bendix says IR heat technology is particularly useful in commercial vehicle workshops given the number of axles that trucks and trailing stock typically have.

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One of the most important considerations when checking brakes in commercial vehicles is to ensure that the brake loads are distributed evenly across all axles within the combination. This means that each of the brake assemblies are doing their share of the work, preventing overloading of the other brakes which can lead to excessive heat, brake wear and excess mechanical stress. Before checking the brakes, the vehicle should be driven (preferably loaded) and perform approximately 10 stops from 80-60 km/h to warm up the brakes. Following this, the brake temperature should be taken at the brake drum/ disc, usually at the centre of each to ensure the same location for all brakes. Next step is to compare the temperatures across all brakes – if the temperature between brakes varies by more than approximately 50°C, then they should be inspected for wear and correct operation.

Tips for measuring temperatures When ‘heating the brakes, Bendix says the ideal temperature is 100-200°C. This will clearly

show any differences in operating performance. Brake temperatures should also be measured on one side of the vehicle at a time, as they can cool quickly – measuring brakes close to each will give best results. Note, it’s not the absolute temperature we’re interested in but the difference between brakes. 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




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Motorsport Brakes’ brake pad range covers almost 1,800 applications and counting Motorsport Brakes is a business dealing in quality products offering personal service focused entirely on quality and rapid response to crucial requirements in specialist fields including Motorsport, street performance, OEM, Fleet and Government. Its existing range of brake pad compounds covers almost all areas of world motorsport, and the business is capable of supplying categories from club level right through to FIA world championship organisations. At the same time its product range caters to every area of performance vehicles, including street, tuning, enthusiast, club, rally, circuit and also the growing Performance 4x4 Heavy Duty market. As part of its range, Motorsport Brakes says it is proud to distribute Winmax and Circo products in Australia.

Winmax W1 “These pads are for those cars which are not seeing any track work, but whose performance-minded drivers are looking for improved performance and temperature ability over OEM style brake pads – for instance, for when they get a hard time in the odd mountain pass,” Motorsport Brakes Director, Marty Beckton, said. “Our pads for street use are designed to improve the experience and stopping power for road going performance cars and are manufactured using organic non-metal materials. “Using these materials means lower levels in dust

and noise properties. The friction range is 0.29 – 0.32µ and the operating temp range is 0 – 450°C. When it comes to making recommendations to our customers, we advise that they consider using Winmax W1 instead of other products such as Endless NS97, Ferodo DS Performance, Pmu NS-EP and Bendix Ultimate.”

Winmax W3 Winmax W3 brake pads are a semi-steel based compound suitable for performance and light trackday use. The low steel properties mean this pad is popular for those looking to upgrade to exceptional performance without compromising on too much comfort, says Motorsport Brakes. Naturally with increased friction and temperature ability, the chances increase of some brake noise and increased ‘dust’. But this is not always the case though, says Motorsport Brakes, which states Winmax W3 is the perfect cross-over pad that will perform when needed most. Further, it says the bonus is that they work from ambient temperature as well, so there is no need to warm them up before the daily commute. Motorsport Brakes carries Winmax W3 in over 100 pad shapes including standard OEM calipers right through to upgrade kit options.

Circo Racing Brake Pads MSB explains it acts on behalf of Circo in all racing category supply including for V8 Supercars, the Australian Rally Championship, TA2 Muscle Cars, Touring Car Masters, the RX8 Cup Racing Series and more.

“Circo pads are 100 percent manufactured in Japan to world class standards,” Martysaid. Circo Racing Brake Pads feature proprietary compounds designed for specific applications and standards. The compound range is broad and covers all types of competition. Compounds on offer include Circo S83 (friction range 0.30-0.38µ; temp range 0-600°c; Circo S88 (friction range 0.30-0.38µ; temp range 0-650°c); M119 (friction range 0.48-0.51µ; temp range 50-800°c); and M207 (friction range 0.45-0.56µ; temp range 250-920°c). For more information, visit www.motorsportbrakes.com.au

VALVOLINE PROFESSIONAL MULTI-VEHICLE 5W-30 ENGINE OIL Exclusive to workshops

Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 Engine Oil allows workshops to streamline their engine oil requirements. It comes in 20L, 60L and 208L drums, suits Petrol vehicles that specify SAE 5W-30 requiring API SN PLUS, SN, SM or earlier, and caters for more than 45 percent of Australian vehicles sold since 2009. Valvoline says that not only does the Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 engine oil service the fastest growing segment in the Australian automotive marketplace, it can rationalise up to five engine oils from the Valvoline range. This means workshops could save time in choosing which oil to use and improve workshop efficiencies by potentially holding less stock. The one engine oil could mean less oil storage space on the workshop floor, leading to greater efficiency. Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 engine

oil also meets the API SN PLUS specification which protects against Low Speed Pre-Ignition (LSPI). LSPI is an abnormal, uncontrolled combustion event that can occur in modern Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (TGDI) engines. In some cases, this can result in catastrophic engine failure. Research suggests that LSPI most commonly occurs during rapid acceleration and in GDI and TGDI engines operating in low speed and high load driving conditions. Whilst protecting against LSPI, another benefit of the Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 engine oil is that it can improve fuel economy by 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. In addition, Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 engine oil contains Mid SAP’s technology.

This means it is ideal for use in various Japanese and Korean diesel vehicles fitted with DPFs. Many of these vehicles can now be serviced with the Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 engine oil where the vehicle specifies SAE 5W-30 requiring ACEA C2 or ACEA C3. For more information, speak with your local Valvoline representative or contact Valvoline Customer Service on 1800 458 237. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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NAPA KNOWS BRAKING IGNITE EXPANDS it comes to braking, NAPA Auto Parts says it WITH REPLACEMENT When has everything you need from start to stop LED GLOBES Ignite continues to prove itself as an innovator in LED lighting and lighting accessories

A new range of retrofit LED globes from CoolDrive’s own Ignite brand are said to be an easy-to-fit upgrade from standard halogen bulbs, with plug and play architecture. Headlining the new Ignite range are the anti-glare headlight LED globes – available in a quantity of two – which deliver a powerful and precise bright white light, for 50 percent more light than standard halogens with 1800 lumens per globe. The 6-32 Volt globes have a colour temperature of 5700K and provide an ultra-long life of up to 30,000 hours and a perfect beam. Also new to the Ignite range are LED signalling globes for off-road use available in White, Amber or Red beam options, which deliver an ultra-long life of up to 50,000 hours.

Whether it is a minor servicing job or a braking repair, NAPA Auto Parts says you can trust it to have a wide range of market leading braking brands to get that car off your hoist and back on the road quickly. NAPA Auto Parts says that RDA Brakes has been trusted and used by Australia’s best mechanics for 35 years, and has one of the largest brake rotor, drum, shoe and pad ranges of its kind. The range encompasses over 3,000 vehicle applications including brakes for the every day and high-profile car brands like BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, Subaru, Toyota, Volvo and many more Australian, Japanese and European vehicles.

With in-built electronic drivers, the new Ignite headlight and signalling IP65-rated globes can operate in temperatures from -45 to +85 degrees Celsius and are shock and vibration resistant. All the globes come with a two-year warranty, under standard driving conditions. CoolDrive Auto Parts says Ignite – established in 2004 as a manufacturer of halogen products – has become a leader of LED lighting in Australia, with products suited for professional workshops, manufacturers, fleets and auto electricians.

NAPA Auto Parts says you can fit in confidence as the RDA GEN 3 compounds are low metallic copper free, dense semi-metallic copper free and have an advanced ceramic fibre compound.

From brake shoe adjusters to thickness testers, specialist tools and consumables, NAPA Auto Parts says it has everything you need to complete the job and keep your workshop moving.

NAPA Auto Parts says RDA’s GP Max Brake Pads are “one of the most advanced general purpose brake pads on the market.”

RDA Brakes is part of NAPA Auto Parts’ wide range of braking products. NAPA Auto Parts’ braking range also includes products from Kelpro, Bendix, and TRW. For more information, please visit www.napaparts.com.au/locations for your nearest store.

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With Bang Shift Pistol Grip OEM replacement shifter handles Rocket Industries says the Bang Shift Attack OEM replacement billet shifter handles are perfect for those that want the race orientated look while still retaining the factory OEM automatic shifter assembly. Further, the Rocket Industries team says the replacement handles are also perfect for people that have late model engine swaps in hot rods and muscle cars using the late model shifters.

Coming soon to the range will be a number of Electronic Canbus and Resister Canbus Kits. For further information on the entire Ignite range, visit www.cooldrive.com.au or visit your closest CoolDrive branch.

The pistol grip handle is a handy two-piece bolt together design that allows interchangeable billet side plates to be purchased separately. Detent activation is controlled by a trigger lever

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RDA’s GEN 3 technology, also expands across their wider braking range, including the RDA rotors and drums. The GEN 3 Anti-Rust coating used on the rotor and drum range increases surface rust resistance on non-braking areas, ensuring maximum stopping power.

This quick and easy to install handle will enhance any interior of the modern-day car without the hassle of a new shifter assembly, says Rocket Industries.

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All three ranges are designed to reduce excessive brake dust commonly associated with OE R90 brake pads and all come with features and benefits you would find from OE.

RDA Brakes provides a range of brake pads (GP Max, Extreme and Phantom) for various vehicle applications and are all manufactured using RDA’s GEN 3 compounds.

RDA Brakes Extreme Brake Pads are designed specifically for frequent or heavy duty braking, whereas RDA’s Phantom Brake Pads suit everyday driving, but have low fade at high Offering a large range of wattage options and base types, including bayonet, single, twin, wedge and festoon, the new Ignite signalling globes have a low current draw for maximum lighting performance.

temperatures for aggressive driving styles and performance vehicles.

mechanism that is pulled in towards the gear shifter handle to activate and control the lockout. The Bang Shift Attack OEM replacement billet shifter handles are available to fit a variety of OEM automatic transmission shifter handles including VT -VF Commodore and Mustang, with a choice of either black or silver colour options. For more information, contact Rocket Industries on 02 8825 1900 or sales@rocketind.com or visit www.rocketind.com



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BULL BAR TO SUIT 2020 TOYOTA HILUX From Bocar

Aeroklas Australia says style, durability, and functionality collide in the genuine Bocar Stockade series of black-steel Bull Bars which suit the 2020 Toyota Hilux. Featuring an ultra-strong steel body construction and thick Ø63 mm rounded tubing, this Bull Bar is said to be ready to tackle even the toughest of challenges head-on. Pricing starts at $1,499 without fitting and $1,862 with fitting. “With an upgraded engine, safety improvements, and bold look, the 2020 Toyota Hilux is a powerful vehicle that demands powerful accessories,” Aeroklas Australia Head of Customer Experience, Matt Logan, said. “Here at Bocar, we have engineered a class leading-quality Bull Bar to integrate seamlessly with the ruggedness of Toyota’s design.” The result of more than six decades of industry innovation, the Stockade series is packed with performance-enhancers.

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The steel construction body comes in a matt-black textured powder-coat finish and features in-built winch compatibility. In addition, the model to suit the 2020 Hilux comes standard with a three-in-one LED light (indicator, park, and DRL) and purpose-built light-housing for optional LED fog lights. Weighing in at 80kg, Aeroklas Australia says the Bull Bar perfectly complements the Hilux’s safety features and is ADR Approved and airbag compatible. It also comes with a two-year, 40,000 km warranty, giving drivers total peace of mind onroad and off. “We could not be happier with the performance and longevity of Bocar’s industry-favourite Bull Bars – and our bar to suit the 2020 Toyota Hilux model is no different,” Matt said. “Drivers can shop directly from us via our Aeroklas Fitment Centres or Flexiglass Branches, or one of our trusted resellers or new car dealers and take advantage of several customisation and fitting options.”

The Bocar team – as well as authorised resellers – are equipped to install and adjust Stockade Bull Bars on the 2020 Toyota Hilux. Customers can request add-ons, too, including LED fog lights and a winch. “We are proud to bring this exceptional product to market. We really do stand by the quality of what we offer at Bocar, and we cannot wait to see our 2020 Hilux Bull Bars out on the road,” Aeroklas Australia General Manager, Greg Kelly, said. To get an instant quote on Bocar’s 2020 Toyota Hilux Bull Bar, visit www.bocar.com.au or reach out via www.bocar.com.au/contact or call 1300 022 200 for more information.


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VALEO 48V BELT STARTER GENERATOR

The belt-driven reversible starter generator delivers hybrid functionalities in the packaging of an alternator As the regulations on CO2 emissions and pollution become stricter worldwide and a growing number of consumers turn to more ecological offers, carmakers and equipment suppliers are faced with the need to develop products that are more sustainable. Valeo says it has successfully risen to the challenge of increasing the performance of vehicles driven by internal combustion engines, while also reducing their fuel consumption. Its Valeo 48V Belt Starter Generator is fitted in the engine in place of the alternator and turns the vehicle into a MHEV (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle) – bringing hybrid functionalities in the packaging of an alternator.

The Valeo 48V Belt Starter Generator replaces the alternator to recover energy while braking and electrically boost the engine. This 48 Belt Starter Generator is composed of a DC/DC Converter to bridge and balance 12 and 48V networks. A 48V battery pack is added to store more energy, and a Valeo Electric Rear Axle Drive is added to allow full electric drive and all-wheel drive mode.

Key features and benefits: • Recharges the battery to assist the engine and to supply power to the vehicle’s equipment. • Assists the engine when the vehicle is driving at a constant speed (on main highways, for example) in order to cut fuel consumption. • Delivers a boost effect to the engine when accelerating. • Allows the car to be in 100 percent electric mode over short distances. • Mechanics don’t need specific tools to replace an iBSG product.

• Provides additional torque to the engine to assist engine transients during short acceleration phases or to slightly assist engine during long phase. • Regen, Boost, Coasting and Electric Drive functions are available. According to Valeo, the iBSG system has now been fitted on several hundreds of thousands of vehicles, including Asian and European vehicles. For more information, visit www.valeoservice.com.au

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Bosch has developed what it calls a particularly powerful new brake fluid As a developer of modern vehicle safety systems, Bosch says it also focuses on the brake fluids used.

times of ESP systems, for instance, while the high wet boiling point reduces the risk of formation of vapor bubbles – the main cause of brake failure.

It notes that the performance of modern brake systems are being continuously improved while the reaction times of ABS and ESP are getting faster and faster.

So far, Bosch says this combination of both of these features is absolutely unique and makes ENV6 particularly reliable and safe.

In response, it has developed its Bosch ENV6 Brake Fluid to cope with the high strains caused by modern and future brake systems With ENV6, Bosch says it provides a particularly powerful and reliable brake fluid meeting the growing demands of modern and future brake systems.

A unique combination of characteristics: low viscosity and high wet boiling point Bosch says ENV6 stands out for being the first brake fluid ever developed to combine both a very low viscosity – ie: very high fluidity – and a very high wet boiling point in comparison with conventional brake fluids. The lower the viscosity, the shorter the reaction

As a result, Bosch says ENV6 can be used to replace several different brake fluids such as DOT3, DOT4 or DOT5.1; stating that only “very rarely used brake fluids based on mineral oils (LHM) or containing silicones (DOT5)” are the only ones not compatible.

Significantly increased replacement intervals Bosch says that thanks to its very good technical characteristics, the replacement intervals of this high-performance brake fluid have been significantly increased as well. It states that while standard DOT4 brake fluids need to be replaced every two years, the ENV6 replacement interval comprises three years. Bosch explains that its high lubricity prevents noises and protects the brake system against wear

and corrosion. At the workshop, ENV6 can thus be used to replace several different conventional brake fluids. Bosch says this reduces the risk of filling the brake system with inappropriate brake fluids or mixing different ones and also reduces the required storage space at the workshops. Bosch supplies ENV6 in 500ml and 1ltr tins in Australia. Distributors include: Super Cheap Auto, CoolDrive Auto Parts, Burson Auto Parts, Automotive Superstore, Stopmaster Brakes, Central Coast Brake and Clutch, and Specialised Brake and Clutch. For more information, visit www.boschaftermarket.com.au

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NEW LOOK FOR ROADSAFE Roadsafe is innovating for the road ahead

Roadsafe has been manufacturing and supplying Australia’s automotive trade with what it calls the widest range of replacement steering and suspension components for more than four decades. It says that as Australia’s leading supplier of automotive aftermarket steering and suspension components, it has embarked on a new brand marketing platform that 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 (at www.roadsafe.com.au) 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. Moving forward for The Road Ahead also means that there is no compromise on product quality, with all Roadsafe steering and suspension components subject to stringent manufacturing standards and rigorous local testing. The company’s products have been tested vigorously including cyclic, FEA, destruction and drop testing, ensuring their complete suitability and reliability in Australian conditions. This is particularly important and relevant for the Roadsafe 4WD product range. Offering an unsurpassed range of chassis products in Australia, Roadsafe says it is its expertise that makes it Australia’s leading steering and suspension product supplier. The company’s own R&D and Innovation Centre is said to be equipped with the most modern technology to custom design suspension components to best suit the Australian automotive aftermarket. Roadsafe says highly experienced and attentive

customer service is also integral to the company’s market leading success, with warehouse locations across multiple states ensuring that high demand is met by strong national supply rates, supported by industry leading print and online cataloguing. Further, it says that the highest level of Roadsafe innovation and development is found across the entire Roadsafe steering and suspension product range, headed by the company’s precision engineered and solution oriented 4WD product range, designed by passionate four-wheel drivers for their fellow four-wheel drivers. Roadsafe says it makes 4WD steering and suspension enhancement easy through the company’s engineering experience, stating this is a major reason why this is also the destination for so many Australian 4WD Specialists for their suspension product replacement requirements. The Roadsafe steering and suspension product range also 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. To locate your nearest Roadsafe stockist, visit Roadsafe online at www.roadsafe.com.au or call 03 8687 1700.

BILSTEIN LAUNCHES NEW CORPORATE DESIGN Bilstein is evolving its brand identity

With new logos, a new claim, a new typeface and revised design guidelines, the shock absorber expert says it is focusing on the future of suspension technologies, the customer experience, and the brand itself. Bilstein says its new claim – ‘Way Ahead, Bilstein’ – summarises its aspiration to offer all customers and partners a headstart, whether in terms of development, market coverage, or the use of suspension technologies.

approach both online and offline. The evolution of the logo, with its simplified representation of the shock absorber and streamlined basic shape, also follows this idea. With this update, the German company is taking an important step towards implementing the new Bilstein brand strategy.

At the same time, it says ‘Way Ahead’ serves as a product promise for leading technologies, comfort, safety, and performance.

The intention is to clearly refocus corporate communications on Bilstein’s characteristic drive to make a meaningful contribution to the future, says Christoph Henkel, Bilstein’s Vice President Aftermarket Business, Sales, Product Management and Marketing.

The new presence has been developed as a direct expression of this claim. Bilstein says the stripped-down look is flexible and accessible in use, enabling a modern and clear customer

“Bilstein aims to be ‘Way Ahead’ together with all partner companies and all drivers. We offer groundbreaking solutions, an outstanding driving experience, and a look that expresses our brand

identity in a future-proof way everywhere,” Christoph said. The launch of the Bilstein brand identity took place across all official Bilstein channels from the 23rd of May 2022. Bilstein also presented its new look at the 24hour race at the Nürburgring and at Tuning World Bodensee in late May. From now on, the design elements and guidelines will serve as the basis for all aspects of Bilstein communication. For more information, visit www.bilstein.com Photos: Copyright Bilstein 2022. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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RHINO LININGS SEAMLESS UTE LINERS Rhino Linings says it offers the world’s number one sprayed-on protective coating Rhino Linings has been developing industrial strength coatings since 1988 and says it has been the international brand trusted by experts since then. Rhino Linings’ trained Applicators have specialised equipment that sprays a 2:1 mixture of two parts resin to one part ISO, to form the Tuff Stuff polyurethane membrane. The recommended thickness is a 3-4mm coating of Tuff Stuff on the vehicles’ bed with 2mm on the sides where the general wear and tear is not as prevalent. Rhino Linings says this can be increased to virtually any thickness depending on the customers’ requirements. The company explains that the advantages of a sprayed-on Rhino Linings Tuff Stuff tub liner over a standard drop in plastic liner or other competing products are many. Rhino Linings Tuff Stuff is seamless with no nooks and crannies to harbour debris; and is waterproof, shielding any moisture getting between the lining and the substrate which prevents rust

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and corrosion beneath anywhere the coating is adhering to. Rhino Linings Tuff Stuff won’t crack, split, rip or tear from extensive flexing and the tub liners are non-porous, making it extremely easy to clean and maintain. Rhino Linings formulations are applied in continuous coats and can be spray-applied to any thickness; while the non-abrasive and antiskid texture holds your valuable load in place. The texture can also be varied from fine to coarse depending on the customers’ requirements. Rhino Linings says the soft but deceptively strong consistency is ideal for animals to be transported more safely. The polyurethane is also much cooler on the paws and the anti-slip characteristics stop your animals sliding everywhere. Clear or pigmented Rhino Shine Ultra and UV topcoats protect against sun fade and discolouration. Rhino Linings says its product is the proven sprayed-on ute bed liner with the most applications, product usage and largest dealer network in the

world; stating there is no substitute for Rhino Linings’ experience as “the world leader for protective coatings since 1988.” Rhino Linings states that Tuff Stuff mixes naturally without heat or pressure, making Rhino Lining the most flexible, resilient, stable, insulated, and dense lining available. Rhino Linings Tuff Stuff is a unique polyurethane that hardens in seconds and permanently bonds to virtually any substrate including steel, rubber, aluminium, concrete, fibreglass, wood and more. The formulations are 100 percent solids and environmentally friendly. They are safe to apply and contain no hazardous waste. For more information, visit www.rhinolinings.com.au or phone 07 5585 7000.



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BENDIX EXPLAINS REGENERATIVE NEW STYLE NUDGEBAR/TEKRACK BRAKING Regenerative braking is a feature of hybridExclusive to Allbar

Allbar says it is proud to announce the latest in product development for its range of ladder racks: a more practical, durable and safety-conscious rack with capped ends and removable pins. Allbar states it is a proactive partner in the product research and design space, aspiring to facilitate stakeholder desires in the rapidly evolving automotive industry. In line with providing offerings for commercial and recreational markets, Allbar says it is proud to now introduce its TekRack System. This product has been purpose-built to meet the appetite for larger and more unique load-carrying operations while facilitating the recreational lifestyle that Australia has on offer.

electric and full electric vehicles

Regenerative braking aims to capture energy as the vehicle slows or brakes. In a traditional car, van or truck, when the brakes are applied the energy of motion (kinetic energy) is transformed into heat energy via friction, and ultimately dissipates into the atmosphere – it is wasted energy. Regenerative braking systems can harness some of this lost energy, by capturing and storing it in the vehicle’s battery system, adding charge and ultimately extending its operating range. The secret to capturing the energy lies in the electric engine. Electric and hybrid electric engines (when running on electric power) are designed to run in two directions. One direction drives the wheels and moves the vehicle when accelerating, but once the accelerator is lifted or brakes applied, the engine will spin in the opposite direction and recapture energy. In vehicles with regenerative braking, this transition from accelerating to accelerator lift off is quite noticeable, because once the accelerator is de-pressed, the vehicle will slow down much faster compared to a conventional vehicle.

Key features and benefits: • Improved design of rack holders that now sit behind the Nudgebars, complying with ADR. • New 32mm reinforced HRack Extrusion with better design and stability. • Hi-vis 20mm safety yellow pins for awareness to remove HRack when not in use, made from Polypropylene with UV stabiliser. • The safety yellow pins are locked into the 32mm reinforced HRack extrusion tube so the end caps will never fall off – you can always remove the pins to have a plain top. • Easy to fit, reinforced steel brackets for most nudgebars. Allbar VFPS (Vehicle Frontal Protection Systems) will be streamlined to utilise the new TekRack to comply with the ever-evolving industry requirements. Allbar says it remains committed to the testing and certification for all frontal products, including ADR and ADAS requirements of frontal vehicle accessories, ensuring its customers remain safe on the road. For more information, visit www.allbars.com.au 46

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Most modern electric vehicles allow the driver to adjust the resistance of this function to suit their preference, but to gain the most from the system you need to keep a high regeneration setting rather than allowing more roll-on. This sensation of the vehicle virtually self-braking can take a little while to get used to, but with practice drivers will find that they will need to rely on their hydraulic brakes a lot less, reducing disc rotor and pad wear and tear. Yes, hybrid-electric and full electric vehicles still do have conventional hydraulic braking systems, allowing the vehicles to stop much faster if required.

Brake pedal and ABS pressure sensors also come into play when the brake pedal is applied, with standard braking and regenerative braking working in tandem to bring the vehicle to a halt if the driving situation requires it.

Bendix EV-Hybrid Disc Brake Pads While electric and hybrid vehicles don’t require special brake pads, Bendix says it identified that owners of these cars were more likely to be environmentally conscious about all operational aspects of their vehicle, not just their power source. This prompted the development and release of the Bendix EV-Hybrid brake pad range last year. The EV-Hybrid range is locally designed in Australia using organic materials to deliver a lower environmental impact along with low dust and noise levels, resulting in cleaner wheels and longer disc brake rotor life. The copper-free organic brake friction materials used in Bendix EV-Hybrid disc brake pads are certified to the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers’ Association (AASA) ‘N’ rating. This rating confirms Bendix EV-Hybrid disc brake pads contain less than 0.5 percent of copper by weight and permits Bendix to use the AASA LeafMark ‘N’ icon. Certification as ‘N’ rated under the AASA LeafMark backs Bendix’s commitment to copperfree brake pads, to minimise environmental impact. The AASA LeafMark for friction materials represents one of the most stringent environmental standards for brake materials and the Bendix EV-Hybrid material has been tested and accredited by an independent lab and certified to meet this high standard. Bendix EV-Hybrid disc brake pads are available for popular EV and Hybrid brands including Toyota, Lexus, Honda and Mitsubishi. 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



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NEW NARVA LED GLOBES Providing lightbar comparable high beam output

Narva have developed purpose-built LED globes to provide a super powerful output for high beam use only. The new LED globes offer an incredible light output of up to 12000 lumens (per pair), with a light beam reaching 300 metres at one lux – performance similar to that of a 14-inch 5W LED light bar – but without the inconvenience of installing a light bar with wiring, switches or a mountable bull/nudge bar. This light output is produced in a crisp white 6000K and creates up to two times the beam width of standard halogen globes. With up to 25 times more life than a standard globe and extreme durability, thanks to no filament or moving parts, Narva says its new high beam LED

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globes will be a fit and forget option for any suitable vehicle, and that drivers can retain standard halogen globes in their low beam lights should they desire. A removable locator ring, external driver and 360° adjustable globe orientation (for H7 fitment) allow the globes to be easily retrofitted at home. Narva’s High Beam LED globe kits (as a pair) are available in HB3, H7, H8/9/11 fitments from leading stockists.

Narva develops third generation LED headlight conversion kits In other globe news from Narva, the company has released its Gen III Performance LED headlight conversion kits, which offer significant upgrades over previous Gen II Performance LED globes. According to inhouse Narva testing, per kit the latest release produces up to 70 percent more effective lumens and 30 percent more low beam distance, as well as a broader high beam output compared to its predecessor. When compared to the standard halogen globes fitted to many vehicles, Narva says this represents

up to 300 percent brighter output and a light beam that’s 60 metres longer (low beam). In addition to performance improvements, the Gen III LED globes feature updated circuitry and vibration resistance to make them even more reliable. Compared to halogen globes, Narva says owners should expect 30 times longer life from the latest kits. In spite of these performance upgrades, Narva says the Gen III globes will cost the same as previous Gen II globes. The latest kits are available in H1, H4, HB3, HB4, H7, H8/9/11 and HIR2 fitments. The new Gen III globes and High-Beam LED globes can be purchased from leading automotive and 4x4 stockists. For more information, visit www.narva.com.au


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PASM COMPATIBLE BILSTEIN SHOCK ABSORBERS For Porsche models with actively controlled suspension “Comfortable or dynamic?” A few years ago, Bilstein says car manufacturers had to decide on one of these two focal points early on in the development of their vehicles. After all, passive shock absorbers of classic design only have one characteristic curve that defines the damping behaviour. Their tuning can therefore only ever be a compromise between comfortable and dynamic tuning, explains Bilstein. It says modern shock absorbers with active control, on the other hand, enable the perfect balancing act, as the suspension can be adapted to the prevailing situation on the road: either completely automatically or at the touch of a button. One example is “Porsche Active Suspension Management” (PASM), which is based on Bilstein’s innovative DampTronic technology. Accordingly, the suspension specialists from Germany also offer suitable products with full PASM compatibility in the independent aftermarket (IAM). “For Porsche, we are one of the very few suppliers that offer these shock absorbers in

the aftermarket,” said Mustafa Yavuz, who is responsible for the technical support of workshops at Bilstein Technical Support. “Of course, in the IAM we also benefit significantly from our expertise in original equipment.”

“Two suspensions in one”: why PASM compatibility is important With PASM, Porsche drivers can set different damper characteristics and thus damper settings. In other words, the active suspension system combines two suspensions into one: a dynamic and comfortable one for the long haul and a particularly dynamic one for the circuit. This high spread between more responsive driving dynamics and high comfort is particularly important for Porsche and its discerning clientele. As with the OEM parts, the PASM-compatible suspension components from Bilstein are said to be easy to install according to the plug and play principle. Bilstein says this applies to OE replacements and improved OE replacements as well as to the performance segment.

It says the harmonious damper settings were developed on the test bench and in Bilstein road tests. However, it states Bilstein shock absorbers support all factory features, and not just for Porsche. “Whether it’s PASM for Porsche, Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) for Volkswagen, C.A.T.S. for Jaguar Land Rover or the adaptive suspensions for BMW or Mercedes-Benz: workshops will find the right solution from us in the field of adjustable shock absorbers for every vehicle model,” Mustafa said. For more information, visit workshop.bilstein.com Photo: Copyright Bilstein 2022

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AUTEL INTELLIGENT ADAS IA800

Confirming your ADAS calibrations are “faster, more accurate and repeatable every time” Autel’s IA800 Intelligent ADAS optical positioning system enables technicians to accomplish frame to vehicle placement in minutes prior to ADAS component calibration. Autel explains that the Intelligent ADAS optical positioning system features six high-resolution cameras to deliver three-dimension adjustment for the most accurate frame centering and vehicle distance recognition. Designed for seamless integration with Autel’s standard calibration frame, this new component system optically measures four wheel clamp targets to significantly cut down setup time and increase placement precision. Wheel clamps with camera targets are attached to the rear wheels and a standing target component is placed in the front or to the side of the vehicle, depending on the vehicle make, model and year. It can recognise the positioning targets and calculates the current angle, distance and offset position of the frame to the vehicle. The technician simply follows the onscreen

instructions to move the frame or adjust its angel until the current values match the required values. A green check mark displays for each parameter once the required position values are achieved and the vehicle is ready for calibration. Ensuring a vehicle is correctly aligned, especially one that has been involved in even a minor collision, is essential to ensuring a correct ADAS component calibration. The Intelligent ADAS system provides a precalibration alignment verification to confirm OE specified alignment tolerances before ADAS calibration begins. The Alignment Pre Check capability uses the IA800’s camera system and targeted wheel clamps attached to all four wheels to determine the vehicle’s current alignment specifications and compare them with the vehicle manufacturer’s allowed tolerances. If within OE-specified tolerances, the technician can proceed to optical positioning of the frame to the vehicle. If the vehicle is shown to be out of the

OE’s tolerance range, a four-wheel alignment is recommended. Autel says the IA800 system is incredibly userfriendly with the tablet displaying vehicle- specific, step by step instructions for the technician; stating that it is a true game-changer for pre-calibration setup in both speed and accuracy. Powered by Autel diagnostics, the Intelligent ADAS optical positioning system reportedly confirms your ADAS calibrations are faster, more accurate and repeatable every time. For more information or to order, please contact your local Autel distributor.

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MAXLINER AUSTRALIA RELEASES NEXT-GEN RANGER ACCESSORIES The range will add style, function, and protection Maxliner Australia is celebrating the further expansion of its product portfolio with the launch of a range of accessories suitable for the soon-tobe-released Next-Gen Ford Ranger launch. With a range of accessories arriving in Australia from July 2022, Maxliner says it will be one of the first automotive aftermarket accessories companies to have accessories arrive. Maxliner Australia says the range will add style,

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function, and protection and will offer customers an alternative aftermarket product to personalise the Ranger. The first release of the Next-Gen Ranger product range will include exterior protection with Australia’s newest canopy style, an ABS, and Alloy hard lid along with interior protection with two types of tub liners and floor liners and exterior styling of flares and door moldings. More accessories will arrive in quarter four, including a retractable sidestep that operates as a step or rock rails depending on the position. All Maxliner Ranger accessories are designed using the latest R&D processes in Maxliner’s purpose-built production facility in Thailand. Maxliner Australia says the accessory design approach includes modern scanning tools, CAD design, and actual vehicle fitment trials, ensuring the accessories enhance the styling and functionality of the Ranger without compromising vehicle functions.

Through parent company Vandapac, Maxliner explains it has been producing OEM quality vehicle accessories for over thirty years, resulting in vehicle manufacturers globally sourcing genuine accessories and production parts from the business. Before being released to the public, all Maxliner Australia accessories are tested with stringent engineering verification procedures that give customers peace of mind that the products will offer optimal performance and longevity. The first release of the 2022 Ford Ranger product is available for pre-order at Maxliner Distributors and Stockists across Australia and also online. For more information, visit www.maxliner.com.au


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HIGH QUALITY LUBRICANTS AND FLUIDS From Unique Auto Parts

Over the years Unique Auto Parts has become well known in the industry for supplying top quality new parts for European makes including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Mini, Audi, Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda, Peugeot, Renault, Citroen, Porsche, Alfa, Fiat, Range Rover and Volvo – but did you know they also stock high quality lubricants and fluids? Unique Auto Parts says it has got all bases covered with products available for application areas such as engine, transmission, differential, power steering and brake systems. Products available also include fuel system and engine cleaners and windscreen fluid. In recent years Unique Auto Parts has introduced Carlube oils and Bluecol coolants to the Australian market and although Carlube has rebranded its products recently, it hasn’t changed the OEM quality consumables contained within. Unique Auto Parts says Carlube oils are not only recommended for all modern vehicles with a specific focus on European makes, but they also come with approval from some of the world’s

leading car manufacturers such as Mercedes Benz, Renault, Volvo and many others. Unique Auto Parts stocks a wide range of Carlube low ash/low SAPS oil, fully synthetic and semi synthetic oils that are suitable for large variety of passenger and commercial vehicles. It says all Carlube engine oils are manufactured using the highest quality refined ingredients which means they not only meet, but in many cases surpass the stringent requirements set forth by car manufacturers. Unique Auto Parts says they are also formulated for maximum fuel efficiency with added environmental benefits without compromising lubricant durability. The Carlube Driveline range covers transmission fluid for both automatic and manual transmissions as well as power steering and brake fluid. Driveline fluids are designed for exceptional wear and tear protection and temperature control, and also help to prevent bearing failure and offer corrosion protection.

In addition to a wide variety of oils, Unique Auto Parts also stocks selected Bluecol coolants and a number of Carlube additives designed to clean and improve efficiency and performance including fuel system cleaner (petrol and diesel) and carburetor and engine cleaner. Each of Unique Auto Parts’ warehouses are fully stocked with these great products as well as many others and a premium delivery service is available from all five locations around Australia. For more information, call 1300 864 864 to be connected to your nearest store or visit www.uniqueautoparts.com.au

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M12 FUEL DIGITAL TORQUE WRENCH From Milwaukee Tools

Automotive warranty claims are a minefield for Automotive Workshop Owners. In most cases, these end up in a stand-off between the workshop owner and the component suppliers. The component suppliers argue that the component was installed incorrectly, while the workshop owner position is that the component was faulty and failed. Of course, proving the case, either way, is difficult when the engine or gearbox is spread all over the road. In most cases, the failure will destroy the evidence ending in a stalemate, in which the workshop owner is left to remedy the issue. Milwaukee identified this issue and set about developing a system that would provide workshop owners with the data necessary to prove that components had been installed to specified torque specifications set up by automotive and component manufacturers. Milwaukee product engineers were charged with developing a new and innovative digital torque

wrench that would add additional functionality to their existing One-Key tool management platform. The brief was to allow workshop owners to quickly and easily develop customised reporting that would save ‘successful events’ on the tool and generate a Torque Record in the One-Key app. Milwaukee’s One-Key is a collaborative tool and equipment platform that helps jobs run smoother. It is compatible with all inventory management methods. It is designed to help automotive workshop owners keep track of tools and equipment, from asset ID tagging and equipment trackers to barcode scanning and geofencing. In addition to tool tracking and security, Milwaukee’s One-Key allows users to dial in precision settings, view utilisation data, and get alerted before equipment needs repair. While the new M12 Fuel 1/2” and 3/8” Digital Torque Wrench are the first motorised torque wrenches on the market, Milwaukee Tool says the true innovation is in the updated OneKey technology that has been integrated into the range. The combination of which delivers increased productivity, precise torque accuracy, and user demanded reporting functionality. This user demanded reporting functionality provides automotive workshop owners with the

data required to shift the burden of warranty claims to the component manufacturers in the event of a catastrophic failure. This tool provides simple one-button recording functionality to save the data and then customise a report of this data to provide verification for inspectors or engineers - ultimately removing the need to manually record the torque value for each fastener. Up to 28,500 torque events can be saved on the tool, and unlimited events can be stored within the One-Key app. These One-Key reports can be easily customised and organised for the job at hand. In addition, One-Key allows users to wirelessly connect to the tool through their smartphone to customise the tool settings, track its location, manage it in their equipment inventory, and lock out the tool for added security. For more information, visit www.milwaukeetools.com.au

SENSIUM CONNECT

A game-changing way to manage live electric vehicle data From the Nissan Leaf’s debut in 2011 to the present growing electric vehicle industry in 2022, Sensium says its development breakthroughs address a decade of fleet management challenges. Its Sensium Connect Dashboard allows not only the management of live data, but also securely encrypted remote vehicle control for electric vehicles as well, while remote vehicle shutdown, door lock and unlock are all also now possible with ease. However, it’s not just drivers that are taken care of when live-reporting tyre pressure information, tyre temperatures, seat-belt status, battery temperature and driver identification – the capitalised value of an electric vehicle at the conclusion of a lease term can also be maximised. The condition of the battery is the most significant factor in determining an electric vehicle’s value at the conclusion of a lease. Consumers who buy second-hand are specifically concerned with battery health, so therefore peak battery condition is crucial. Before the electric vehicle is put up for sale, a 54

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thorough report can be created using Sensium Connect, maximising the sales price by including many details of the automobile’s condition. To pull all of this together, Sensium says its proprietary CAN Monitoring software runs on its locally developed and manufactured TB220 Vehicle Telemetry Device and continually monitors and interrogates the CAN bus for certain data being sent around the vehicle, such as: • Odometer • Battery State of Charge • Battery Temperature • Battery State of Health • Driver & Passenger Seatbelts • Tyre Pressures • Tyre Temperatures • DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) • 12v battery Condition • Outside Air Temp • EV Charging State • and many other pieces of data applicable to fleet management and driver safety

These are not simple Service Mode 1 messages, and require decoding per vehicle make/model/ year. The data is packaged by the TB2-20 and sent to the platform, which then decodes the message, and understands the contents. This is securely passed to the cloud platform, stored (for a minimum of seven years), and displayed in an easy to understand User Interface (UI). This data, in a decoded form, is also made available to third party software in API. This helps Pool Vehicle Booking Software to automatically select the best vehicle for a driver’s needs. The Vehicle Status dashboard from Sensium Labs, as an add-on to Sensium Connect, is also now available in beta to early access customers and EV industry advocates and is already being utilised to make educated decisions about electric vehicle use. For more information visit www.sensium.com.au




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DBA PRODUCT FAMILY CONTINUES TO GROW

DBA is expanding its comprehensive program of brake Master- and Wheel Cylinders with a new addition to its range of brake product lines Having enjoyed tremendous success with its new range of Street Series brake pads since its market introduction in 2021, Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) says it is excited to announce the expansion of the Street Series family of products into the hydraulic space. With a continuously increasing number of SKUs of brake calipers forming the base of the new hydraulics program, DBA is about to grow its offering even further by adding a comprehensive range of brake Master- and Wheel Cylinders. “We’re on track to becoming the number one brake solution supplier to the ANZ market, with our product range now comprising of the most complete market coverage for brake rotors/ drums and friction products, and with hydraulic components catching up quickly,” Disc Brakes Australia Head of Product, Innovation and R&D, Brian Johns, said.

market leading position for its rotor and friction lines. All hydraulic products are easily identifiable by displaying the letters ‘dba’ on the cylinder body. Importantly, like all DBA parts, the new range has been meticulously catalogued on DBA’s online ‘Part Finder’ catalogue, accessible via their website dba.com.au This includes a unique database of competitor-to-DBA cross-references to facilitate part identification. Technically, DBA says like with all its products, it makes no compromises when it comes to quality and durability of the new range. The hydraulic parts are manufactured to the highest available quality standards, conforming to TS 16949, the internationally recognised Quality Management System specification for the automotive industry.

“However, we’re not going to stop locally. With our export business becoming an increasingly important and fast-growing part of our business, the range will cover many applications found in markets around the globe.”

Full traceability is integral to the success of the manufacturing process and ensures complete compliance at all stages of manufacturing from raw materials to the finished goods. As such, Disc Brakes Australia explains that as a business it is compliant to ISO 9001, guaranteeing all processes are continuously monitored.

Available to the market from July will be a range of over 900 SKUs. By the third quarter of 2022 this is expected to grow to over 1,200 SKUs, offering an estimated market coverage of up to two thirds of the Australian car park, thus supporting DBA’s

As part of its quality assurance process, DBA scans all OE products as a reference. All DBA sub-components and sub-assemblies are likewise measured and inspected at each stage to ensure the product is equal to or exceeds any OE

specifications. Particularly, all plastic components and reservoirs are 1:1 re-engineered to OE specs to be impervious to the required fluids. Prior to sign-off and shipping at completion of production, randomly selected parts are both performance-tested and environmentally tested. DBA says it ensures all parts go through a full durability test regime inclusive of ambient and high/low temp testing. Internal checks are carried out for bore roundness, roughness and hardness. All reservoirs are pressure tested, as well as all springs and seals for completeness. Each product is also sealed prior to boxing, ensuring the product is free from particulate matter for direct use at the workshop straight from the box. All hydraulic components are covered by DBA’s product warranty of 12 months or 20,000km. For further information, head to www.dba.com.au or call 1800 730 039.

KNIPEX PLIERS WRENCH XS

With 100 millimetres of pure gripping strength, this wrench is small, handy, and versatile Knipex says its tried and tested Pliers Wrench is now also available as an XS version with a length of just 100 millimetres. With a width across flats of up to 21 millimetres, the small all-rounder has a continuous gripping capacity for all common widths, both metric and imperial. Knipex says this new attractive member of its range of pliers wrenches, the Pliers Wrench XS (86 04 100), is the smallest pliers wrench in the product portfolio of the German based pliers manufacturer. With a length of only 100 millimetres, Knipex says the versatile tool with a width across flats of up

to 21 millimetres can tighten and loosen screws gently and much, much more. It has a continuous gripping capacity for all common widths, both metric and imperial. The high lever transmission joint means that workpieces can be securely gripped, held, pressed or bent. Thanks to its compact design and very slim head, the Pliers Wrench XS is also said to be perfect for working in the most confined spaces. The tool can be easily fine adjusted with one hand and has ten adjustment positions for different workpiece sizes by simply pushing.

making, and is also suitable as a compact onboard tool for cyclists or motorcyclists. Knipex says it is a real “everyday carry tool” that is the perfect solution for many everyday tasks. The smallest pliers wrench is also highly suitable for delicate materials.

The sturdy slip joint offers great stability and longterm resilience, while a pinch stop prevents crush injuries.

Smooth jaws ensure absolutely gentle assembly of delicate fittings with surface finishes. This means that you can work on the entire surface of a fitting without worrying about damaging the chrome.

Small enough to fit in a pocket, the classically embossed and chrome-plated Pliers Wrench XS is extremely versatile: it can be used in precision engineering, plumbing applications or model

For more information, call 1300 362 263 for your nearest distributor or visit www.tridon.com.au

Tridon is the exclusive distributor of Knipex in Australia.

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NEW REAR COMBINATION LAMPS FOR VEHICLE AND TRAILER From LED Autolamps

LED Autolamps, designer and manufacturer of high-quality LED Automotive lighting, says it is excited about its new 310 range of rear combination lamps. The lamps come packed with features, including a super low profile, intensely bright LEDs and all necessary functions inbuilt. The 310 series rear combination lamps offer a modern design to upgrade from the older style globe type. Purpose-built and manufactured to the highest standards, you can rest assured they are up to any task, says LED Autolamps. A specially designed hardened acrylic lens with enhanced optical performance reportedly amplifies the high powered SMD LEDs while highimpact plastics with solid-state circuitry ensure shock and vibration resistance. LED Autolamps says they deliver a super bright, even spread output that looks incredible while being UV resistant and exceeding all required Australian Road standards. This range is available as a surface-mounted screw fit and features a low profile of only 22mm and an overall size of 310mm x 105mm. LED Autolamps says these are perfect for retrofitting to certain popular brands and ideal for

any new installation for multiple ranges of vehicles and trailers. There are also matching screw caps to ensure a seamless, tidy installation. The 310 Series offers three variations to the design: • P/N. 310ARR12B - Stop/Tail/Indicator, 12 Volt Only with a clean white PCB design, perfect for Caravan/RV. • P/N. 310ARW12-2 - Stop/Tail/Indicator/ Reverse, 12 Volt Only with a clean white PCB design, suitable for Landcruiser/Hilux. • P/N. 310ARWM-2 - Stop/Tail/Indicator/ Reverse, 12-24 Volt with a slick black PCB design, suitable for Hino. All three designs offer a handy inbuilt Reflex Reflector as standard. LED Autolamps also offers an accessory multi-fit steel mounting bracket (P/N. 310BKT). LED Autolamps said its entire operation is certified to ISO9001:2015, the internationally recognised Quality Management Standard and states its main production facility is certified to IATF16949:2016 standards – which LED Autolamps says is your guarantee of conformity of production, exceptional service, technical expertise, supply reliability and dedicated after-sales care. The 310 series offers a low current draw on

electrical systems, is environmentally tested for extreme environments, and is 100 percent submersible with IP67 water and dust ingress protection. The lamps are said to enhance any application and are the perfect fit for vehicle, trailer, caravan, bus or motor home applications. LED Autolamps offers the Stop/Tail/Reverse versions in a retail twin blister pack and bulk for the Stop/Tail/Indicator versions. LED Autolamps says it takes complete control of the design, development and manufacture in producing the lamps, so it can confidently offer a five-year warranty. The new lamps are available to order now. For further information, visit www.ledautolamps.com for your local distributor or call LED Autolamps on 03 9466 7075.

MOUNTAIN TOP FOR NEXT-GEN FORD RANGER The company has released a range of accessories for the Next-Generation Ford Ranger For the past two years, Mountain Top’s engineers and R&D department have been working closely with Ford’s product development team to design, validate and manufacture a range of accessories for the Next-Generation Ford Ranger. Mountain Top says its resulting range suits the various Australian, European, and International standards used in vehicle homologation around the world. During the last 15 years, Mountain Top says its close relationship with Ford has enabled its team to develop products for eight global markets, including production-level and licensed dealer fit accessories. For the Next Generation Ford Ranger, Mountain Top has designed, tested, and developed five new products that adhere strictly to the Ford Licensed Accessories guidelines: EVOe - Electric Roll cover; EVOm - Manual Roll cover; Cargo Carriers/Carry Bars; Bed Divider; and a Cargo Slide. “We have a strong commitment to delivering highquality products that are built to last, incorporating innovative designs and strategies that are efficient and sustainable,” Mountain Top Managing Director, Australia, Matthew Greenhill, said. 58

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“We are motivated to reduce our carbon footprint as a global organisation and manufacture products with restricted substances to encourage recyclability. Being ISO14001 certified, we’re proud to commit to the UN’s global compact and demonstrate continuous improvements in the impact we create for tomorrow. “Having 40 years of experience in the automotive industry, we have established long-lasting OEM relationships over the years and are renowned across the globe for our high-quality pickup truck accessories. “We remain competitive in the market by listening to our customers, monitoring the market trends, and testing and meeting OEM standards for our products. By building state-of-the-art production facilities in the US, sEurope and Asia, we’re able to accelerate our development and delivery of our cargo solutions.” Leveraging many years of experience with designing and manufacturing aluminium roll covers, Mountain Top recently launched its new EVO series.

“Designed, developed, and tested in Australia and Denmark, the EVO series is Mountain Top’s toughest, smartest, and most secure roll cover on the market,” Matthew said. “With innovation being at the core of Mountain Top, the EVO series features a range of technological advancements including a six-point water management system, easy-to-use click-tech design, and secure interlocking aluminium slats that are knife proof making it impossible to force them apart. “In addition to providing roll covers to the world’s most popular automotive brands, we continuously improve our products and processes in order to build world-class cargo solutions for vehicle owners around the world.” For more information, www.mountaintop.com.au




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JB WELD SILICONES

A wide range of products are available now through HPP Lunds Many companies worldwide are finding the supply of silicone is becoming difficult, but Americanbased JB Weld says it has no supply problems and states the company’s strong ties with its Australian distributor, HPP Lunds, means the large range of JB Weld Silicones remain on shelves now and into the future. JB Weld uses 100 percent silicone for its product range which it says is ideal for gaskets because it has very low shrinkage when cured, and the material remains compliant without being hard or brittle. It is also resistant to gas, diesel, oil and other automotive fluids, so it won’t disintegrate over time. Products include: • Ultimate Black RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanized) is commonly used in OEM applications and has a higher resistance to heat with maximum oil resistance, high flexibility and it is sensor safe. Suitable for sumps, valve covers, timing gear covers and transmission pans. • Ultimate Grey RTV is for high torque uses like intake manifolds where high torque loads are applied to the sealant. This sealant is more flexible when cured and remains oil resistant. It

is temperature resistant to 260ºC and is sensor safe. Hi Temp Red RTV is designed for use in mechanical assemblies where the existence of higher, continuous temperatures up to 288ºC or 343ºC intermittent might exist. Upon curing the silicone forms a tough, waterproof seal on most surfaces. It will not shrink or crack, resists weathering and is sensor safe. Copper RTV is three times more oil resistant than conventional silicones and designed to resist the high operating temperatures of turbocharged or high-performance engines. It is also designed for use in mechanical assemblies where high torque or closely spaced bolt profiles can lead to higher loads and cause gasket and sealing failures for average silicones. Blue RTV is a general-purpose silicone. Uses include sumps and water pumps as it is waterproof, flexible and does not shrink. It is also very useful for mechanical assembly bonding of uneven surfaces. Black RTV is a general-purpose product used for sealing a variety of metals, rubber and glass. It

has high flexibility and is waterproof and is also very useful for mechanical assembly bonding of uneven surfaces. • White RTV is a general-purpose silicone for use in mechanical assembly applications and forms a tough, waterproof, mildew and mould resistant seal. • Clear RTV is good to use where you don’t want the product to be easily seen such as sealing windscreens. It works on ceramics, cloth, carpet, glass, rubber and metals. While JB Weld RTV silicone is ideal for permanent seals it can also be used in applications where repeated removal is necessary, such as valve covers. For more information visit www.hpplunds.com.au or call Ben Leonard on 07 3722 1111.

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THE COMPLETE CLUTCH SOLUTION From Australian Clutch Services

Australian Clutch Services (ACS) says it continues to provide the complete clutch solution to its customers around the world. With an emphasis on delivering the most comprehensive clutch kits in the market, ACS says its team is constantly reviewing vehicle applications to ensure that common components within the clutch system are incorporated into their range. This philosophy is carried across all of ACS’ leading brands including ClutchPro, Xtreme Clutch, Xtreme Outback, AG Clutch and ClutchPro Commercial. ACS clutch kits are structured into four different stages with varying components included in each, ensuring customers can purchase the kit best suited to their requirements. Availability of each kit is vehicle specific depending on the components required for that application. The four stages include: • Standard Series: Pressure plate, friction disc (plus release bearing where required) • 400 Series: Pressure plate, friction disc and concentric slave cylinder • 500 Series: Pressure plate, friction disc and flywheel (plus release bearing where required) • 600 Series: Pressure plate, friction disc, concentric slave cylinder and flywheel In addition to the various kit options, ACS includes an alignment tool and spigot bearing where required in their ClutchPro Plus kits and across the performance range. “We are always looking for ways to add value to our clutch kit range,” ACS Sales Manager, Colin Jevons, said. “Our kits are developed to offer a complete solution to customers and provide everything they need in the one box. “This delivers a significant benefit to workshops who are looking to save time and ensures that the critical clutch system components are replaced whilst the clutch assembly itself is being installed.”

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stages, ACS includes critical components for specific vehicle applications. “With our experience in the industry, we often come across vehicles that require additional components to be added to the kits, so we look to provide these when required,” Colin said. “One of the most common additional components we add are flywheel bolts which we add to kits when the vehicle left the factory with torque to yield flywheel bolts as standard.” ACS also offers a comprehensive range of individual clutch system components such as hydraulics and accessories. “Our hydraulics and accessories program enables us to offer the complete solution to our customers,” Colin said. “The program includes a comprehensive range of clutch hydraulics such as master cylinders, slave cylinders, braided and standard clutch lines, boosters and dampers.

In addition to the existing comprehensive kit

“In addition to this, we also offer accessories such as replacement clutch forks, pivot balls, fork boots, guide tubes and cables. These components are available individually with popular components

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stocked around the country throughout our warehousing network.” ACS says its focus on providing the most comprehensive clutch solutions possible has been a major factor in the successful growth of their brands. “Our kits have been developed to offer the best solution to our customers and vehicle owners,” Colin said. “We offer a complete boxed clutch solution that includes everything down to spline grease to ensure that workshops can save time and improve efficiency. “It is this constant development and thought process which has made our ClutchPro brand so beneficial for the trade. We will continue to evolve this concept with the addition of even more comprehensive kits in new vehicles fitted with the latest technology including DCT.” For more information on the ACS range of products, please visit www.australianclutch.com.au or call 1800 CLUTCH (258 824).



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MICROSHIELD CABIN AIR FILTER For Isuzu N and F Series Trucks from Ryco

On the road, drivers are exposed to air pollution daily – in fact professional drivers can receive up to six-times the particulates, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and other air pollution compared to regular commuters. Fine particles are highly hazardous to health, and they find their way into the cabin through the Heating, Cooling and Ventilation (HVAC) system, normally guarded by a cabin air filter. These filters deliver safer breathing conditions for vehicle occupants, keeping the cabin clean and protecting against harmful exhaust gasses, noxious odours, dust, and pollen containments that can develop into mould and bacteria. Ryco says its MicroShield Cabin Air Filter (RCA428M) is a world first and industry leading

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product, designed and developed with the advanced skillsets of local engineering. It says the product showcases not only the ability to innovate and create a filtration product, but a health focused solution, which will improve the lives of thousands of professional drivers, previously exposed to road pollution daily. The filter can be easily fitted to Isuzu N and F series trucks by untrained operators and integrates seamlessly into the ventilation system (HVAC) providing full airflow and a service interval that matches the other standard service filters. To fit the vehicles whilst using the existing bolt profile connection points and ensuring a highly accurate surface seal (to eliminate filter bypass), 3D scanning, and CAD modelling technology was utilised when designing the prototype models for both N and F series trucks. 3D printing enabled a rapid prototype series to be produced and Ryco’s own MicroShield media fitted. Ryco says special care was taken to design a housing that not only provided the required seal and air flow characteristics, but also took advantage of existing fasteners for ease of fitment on both models.

Ryco’s engineering team developed the RCA428M using the MicroShield N99 flame retardant media. The media integrates an anti-viral and bacterial prefilter to eliminate biological agents, an activated carbon barrier to remove chemicals and odours and an electrostatically charged nano-fibre filter to capture fine particles. The MicroShield N99 filter element features a genuine 0.3-micron filtration capability proven with lab testing. These filters combine an order of magnitude improvement in filtration while meeting serviceability requirements and customer demand. For more information, visit www.rycofilters.com



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NARVA EXPANDS PERFORMANCE GLOBE RANGE New ‘Plus 200’ range released

Narva has released its highest performing halogen headlight globes to date, with the release of the powerful ‘Plus 200’ range. Narva says this new range offers a remarkable 200 percent greater light volume compared to standard halogen globes. Along with this impressive light volume comes longer beam penetration of up to 80 metres more distance. Another key benefit of Plus 200 performance globes is their quality of light which is 20 percent whiter (3750°K) than standard globes – with Narva explaining that white light more closely resembles daylight and helps to reduce driver eye fatigue for improved visibility and added safety.

EQUIP YOUR WORKSHOP FOR THE ROAD AHEAD Snap-on has you covered

Feedback from the Snap-on franchisee network is that at the moment, the industry is buzzing with activity and workshops across the country have never been busier. The knock-on effect from two years of disruption has created a backlog of vehicle servicing and maintenance work. Meanwhile, new car shortages means more second-hand cars are on the road with an increased focus to maintain and extend the life of these vehicles. This is good news for workshops but they are not without their own challenges. Ongoing skills shortages and staff availability are still impacting day-to-day operations. It is no wonder workshop owners are not getting the chance to stop and take stock. However, Snap-on says now is the time to ensure your workshop has the best tools and equipment to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your business.

Charging forward with diagnostics With Snap-on’s range of diagnostic test equipment and scan tools, workshops can streamline and optimise repair operations. Available are smart tools, including thermal imagers that can identify electrical faults or hot spots, through to vehicle diagnostic platforms with class leading software packages offering guided test procedures.

Unlike many LED globe upgrades, Narva says the Plus 200 range is ADR-approved and totally street legal, providing a safe and efficient upgrade to OEM lighting and making them suitable across a variety of automotive applications. Despite the notable performance benefits, Narva says there is no increase in power consumption or heat displacement with Plus 200 performance globes, meaning that they can safely be used in polycarbonate headlamps. The new globes are available in two fitment options: 12V H4 (60/55W) and 12V H7 (55W), in single and twin packs from leading automotive and transport outlets nationwide. This latest release adds to Narva’s extensive performance globe range with ADR-approved globes to suit all driving requirements, be it more light, whiter light or longer life. Narva is Australian owned and is a leader in the development, manufacture and supply of automotive lighting and electrical components for the automotive, marine and transport industries. For more information, visit www.narva.com.au 66

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There is also a full range of scanners, thermal imagers and test equipment on offer, so technicians can be ready to effectively diagnose and repair the latest vehicle technology with confidence.

Revolutionise your servicing range and speed This year, Snap-on tools has released new workshop equipment solutions including hoists, air conditioning stations, wheel balancers and tyre changers. This is alongside its extensive range of technician tools and ever-expanding diagnostic solutions. Vehicle hoists are the heart of the workshop and Snap-on says it has a range to suit your floorspace

and workflow from its 3.5T double service scissor to its 4.5T and 5.4T two post options, as well as a 5.4T four post model. These are heavy-duty units that allow you to efficiently manage the increased demand in your workshop. Snap-on says you can maximise technician efficiency with its scissor lift capable of a nominal load lift in only 45 seconds. Meanwhile, its two post lifts - with dual stage front and rear arms, allows a wider range of vehicles to be raised.

Air Conditioning Snap-on’s latest automatic air conditioning stations reflect the growing demand for highquality units that make AC service work both safe and profitable. Blizzard IV and Breeze IV units that work alongside leak detection kits, cordless work lights and digital dual thermometers can increase billable repairs, when performing recovery and recharging of both R134A and R1234yf refrigerants.

Wheel and tyre service Snap-on’s new range of dual speed tyre changers (available in 22” and 24”) allow technicians to quickly demount, install and safely bead with precise control. The 24” unit has a top mount pneumatic bead assist making short work when seating the most stubborn tyres. For fast and precise weighting, Snap-on says its SAPE arm equipped wheel balancers automatically enter wheel configuration then use laser technology to accurately pinpoint weight placement with a fast 4.5 second cycle time.

Build workshop performance with the right tools Service and repair processes can be simplified and streamlined by just having the right tools on hand. It’s now more important than ever to meet customer demands by making your business the “go-to” workshop. Snap-on says your local franchisee can talk in detail on how to incorporate Snap-on’s range in a way that optimises your shop’s workflow. Equipment and tools can be purchased with the help of Snap-on finance solutions. For more information, visit www.snapontools.com.au




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NEXT GENERATION WIPER BLADE TECHNOLOGY From Trico

Trico Products has announced the release of its new Swift Top Lock Connector system, which it says is a revolutionary new multi-fit connector system designed to be simple, fast and easy to use. Trico Products says the secret to its popular Trico Force and Trico Tech beam blade wipers is this new system.

Trico says the new system significantly improves the connector mechanism that the arm adaptor uses to connect to each blade.

Designed to make installation a simple task, the new connector system ensures the correct arm mount is securely attached to the blade simply and easily.

Designed with simplicity and performance in mind, the new connector removes any of the guess work when it comes to ensuring a secure blade connection.

To complement the new Swift Top Lock connector, each Trico Force and Tech blade is supplied with a range of multi-fit adapters for hook, pinch tab, push button and side pin wiper arms.

Designed with a sturdy rail and slot system, the installer simply locks the connector in place by engaging the locking button, to remove disengage the lock button and slide the connector off.

The new Swift Top Lock connector system replaces the outgoing L-Bracket connector (Force) and OFF SET connector (Tech).

By locking the connector to the blade, the new system ensures the blade cannot accidentally disengage from the connector.

By aligning both Trico Beam Blade ranges with the same adaptor system Trico says it hopes to streamline its fitment instructions across both of its already easy to install multi-fit beam blades.

Broad wiper blade coverage Whilst some wiper brands require 30 to 40 SKUs to cater for popular vehicles. Trico Multi-Fit beam blades reportedly provide over 96 percent of the Australian Car Parc fitment demand. Trico explains this means retailers and workshops have an opportunity to dramatically increase stock turns with upwards of 70 percent less SKUs to cover their vehicle demand, all with just 12-part numbers. Trico says that as a leader in global windscreen wiper blade manufacture, it has “always been the brand that offers superior wiper performance and quality,” stating that its products “provide superior visibility solutions making tomorrow safer for everyone on the road.” For more information, visit www.tricoproducts.com.au or call 03 9271 3288.

PROTECT YOUR 4WD WITH HULK 4X4 Hulk 4x4 vehicle protection accessories are available now from CoolDrive Auto Parts For the ultimate vehicle protection accessories, CoolDrive Auto Parts says you should look no further than Hulk 4x4 with its comprehensive range catering for the most popular four-wheeldrives on Australian roads.

With a waterproof backing, a velcro fitting system and a rear map pocket, these foam-backed seat covers are extremely comfortable and also have the added benefits of being machine washable and airbag compatible.

It says a must-have for any owner wanting to protect their vehicle’s interior is Hulk 4x4’s vehicle-specific heavy duty canvas seat covers, comprising of a 50/50 cotton polyester blend, for comfort, protection and durability.

Vehicle fitments include popular models from Ford, Holden, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.

These seat covers have been specifically engineered from quality 12oz canvas, which extends across the front, back and skirt for complete all-over coverage.

Hulk 4x4 also has a range of universal seat covers, constructed from its heavy-duty canvas, or a premium 470gsm automotive grade neoprene. The universal seat covers are airbag compatible, and can be installed with a simple-to-use buckle fitting system. Protecting the interior further, is Hulk 4x4’s deep dish floor mat set of two front mats and one single rear mat. Made from a new heavy-duty TPE compound, which offers increased strength and odour resistance, the deep dish floor mats are easy to clean and come with an anti-slip backing. Universally-sized, the mats can be trimmed to custom fit most models. Vehicle owners can also protect their vehicle’s

trays with Hulk 4x4’s tailgate seal that reduces the amount of dust, water, dirt and moisture entering the tray due to its double-lipped design. Constructed from heavy duty EPDM rubber, and coming with 3M VHB double-sided tape, the seal will fit most tailgates (trimmed to size) and can be fitted with or without a tub liner. Also available from Hulk 4x4 are its fender flare kits, designed to prevent damage to vehicles when driving on mud and stone surfaces and are essential for running wider wheels and tyres. The kits are constructed from PVC with two sizes – the 2” option which is 51mm wide, or the 3.5” set which is 89mm wide. Both kits are universal, coming in a 3m length and can be cut to suit the vehicle’s requirements. For further information, visit www.hulk4x4.com.au or contact your closest CoolDrive Auto Parts branch. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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2022 AUSTRALIAN AUTO AFTERMARKET INNOVATION AWARDS AAAA Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product – Tools and Equipment The competition for AAAA Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product – Tools and Equipment award was exceptionally close with ten entries in total from eight AAAA members. In this issue, we take a look at the entrants who vied for this award including Autel Intelligent Technology Corporation’s winning MaxiSys IA900WA. For more information about the Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards, please visit www.aftermarketawards.com.au

Autel Intelligent Technology Corporation, MaxiSys IA900WA - WINNER The new IA900WA can be used to calibrate ADAS sensors and cameras, and also to perform wheel alignments. It comes with all the necessary software to perform both tasks. Autel explains this versatility is all the more interesting because often, before proceeding with the calibration of ADAS equipment, the verification and correction of wheel alignment are required. As such, Autel says this process can improve maintenance shops’ efficiency and profitability. Thanks to a 24-inch touchscreen monitor, which can be simulcast from a MaxiSys Ultra, the IA900WA includes bidirectional control functionality and further, Autel explains that inside its ADAS calibration software is the industry’s fastest and most accurate frame placement. For more information, www.autel.com

Autel Intelligent Technology Corporation, MaxiSys Ultra The MaxiSys Ultra is Autel’s most ambitious diagnostics tablet, designed to maximise technician intelligence. It features a 12.9-inch touchscreen tablet with Android 7.0 OS powered by an octa-core processor (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), and 256GB built-in memory, all powering the new splitscreen multi-application navigation to provide diagnostic guidance and test components to confirm vehicle repairs. Combined with dynamic topology module mapping, enhanced Autoscan features, and Intelligent Diagnostics options, the Ultra offers technicians step-by-step repair guidance. The new MaxiFlash VCMI functions as a four-channel oscilloscope, waveform generator, multimeter, and CAN BUS tester, and the convenient docking station both charges and houses the Ultra. For more information, visit www.autel.com

Three Point Classic, The Elevated Creeper Three Point Classic says The Elevated Creeper is a technician must have which will revolutionise your ability to work from the top side of the engine compartment. It says it is the perfect solution for any technician or tradesman working in hard-to-reach spaces or awkward spaces and has a generously padded support deck fixed to a high-grade, adjustable mount with attached ladder. It is available in two options – standard, or a convenient portable foldaway model; features industrial strength bearings and whisper-quiet wheels; while the tough, durable construction supports up to 158kg. Ergonomic controls create flexible and adaptable operation while the padding protects both the vehicle paintwork and provides added comfort. For more information, visit www.threepointclassic.com

WERP International Pty Ltd, The WERP (AKA The Wheel Edge Ring Protector) The patent pending WERP is said to be the world’s first wheel edge ring protector tool. This first of its kind device took over four years to design and develop. It is a metal ring that works in conjunction with a durable rubber band that allows The WERP to be securely latched on to the wheel to protect the wheel edge during tyre removal and installation. WERP International says the design means no slipping, no scratching, no denting; and regardless of the profile of the tyre, the risk of damage to the wheel rim is now almost zero – saving shops thousands per year in wheel repairs. For more information, visit www.thewerp.com.au 70

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INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS Robert Bosch Australia, Secure Diagnostic Access Software Bosch’s Secure Diagnostic Access (SDA) software is a central, integrated and standardised solution allowing straightforward access to protected vehicle data for different vehicle manufacturers. SDA allows workshops to continue performing comprehensive diagnostics on vehicles with protected diagnostic data easily and without any restrictions. Using SDA, workshops don’t need to worry about billing and costs from manufacturers as Bosch SDA offers a flat rate with the costs already included within the license fees. Bosch says that by gaining access to diagnostic content with restricted access via Bosch Secure Diagnostic Access, workshops can save time and money. For more information, visit www.bosch.com.au

GPC Asia Pacific, Repco 1800kg Low Profile Aluminium Service Jack Repco says its 1800kg Low Profile Aluminium Service Jack has been designed with the Professional Workshop in mind. The two-stage hydraulic, 1800kg lifting capacity covers the majority of passenger vehicle applications, combined with a 95mm minimum height making it perfect for getting under low profile cars. Aluminium Trolley Jacks have a significant weight saving advantage over their Steel counterparts, making them ideal for mobile mechanics and for track day use. The Repco 1800kg Low Profile Aluminium Service Jack has been designed with nylon wheels, making it far quieter than steel wheels when rolled across workshop floors, while protecting the epoxy coating found on most workshop floors. For more information, visit www.repco.com.au

HELLA Australia, HELLA GUTMANN CSC-Tool Digital HELLA Australia says the CSC-Tool Digital is efficient, easy to use and provides even more flexibility than ever before, delivering technicians access to more than 20 calibration targets across multiple makes and models. These targets are easily interchanged, greatly reducing set-up time; and there is no need to physically store multiple panels. Targets are projected in high resolution onto a 200cm screen, using a state-of-the-art ultra-short throw projector – reportedly the largest of any ADAS calibration tool currently available. In addition, patented green line laser technology makes it quicker and easier to ensure absolute alignment of the vehicle’s camera or radar sensor using its rear axle. For more information, visit www.hella.com

Alemlube, Varcombo – Ravaglioli Commercial and Passenger Vehicle Alignment System The Ravaglioli Premium Truck and Car Wheel Aligner is an advanced wheel aligner utilising leading European software technology, together with local assembly and sourced computer and accessories for a “bullet proof “and reliable Car/truck wheel aligner. It is supplied complete with the master control unit, 24” LCD display, keyboard, mouse, battery charger, printer, and six measuring heads, as well as both car and truck wheel clamps, a pair of each car and truck turntables, a brake pedal depressor, and steering wheel holder. The Bluetooth transmission ensures reliable and accurate information, and the data management and display program systems contain in excess of 90,000 vehicle data sheets. For more information, visit www.alemlube.com.au

Milwaukee Tool, Milwaukee - Wrench-Compatible Socket The innovative design of Milwaukee’s four-sided socket includes four parallel flats around the base of the socket, creating a square. These flats are wrench-compatible and help to deter rolling when sockets are tipped over or dropped. The material removed to create the flats does not carry any of the load – Milwaukee says removing this material has no effect on the socket’s strength. In fact, Milwaukee notes that testing has proven that the new sockets are as strong or stronger than all other sockets on the market For more information, visit www.milwaukeetools.com.au

Milwaukee Tool, Milwaukee M12 Fuel 1/2-inch and 3/8-inch Digital Torque Wrench While its new M12 Fuel 1/2-inch and 3/8-inch Digital Torque Wrenches are the first motorised torque wrenches on the market and provide automotive workshop owners and their customers with the peace of mind that the repair or upgrade has been completed using the exact torque specifications specified by the OE manufacturer of the vehicle or the supplier of the components. This tool provides simple one-button recording functionality to save the data and then customise a report of this data to provide verification for inspectors or engineers – ultimately removing the need to manually record the torque value for each fastener. For more information, visit www.milwaukeetools.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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A FAMILY AFFAIR

Founded in 1946, ALLIN Towbars has built a reputation for quality, performance, and customer service Punching well above its weight against much larger competitors in what is becoming an increasingly complex market, sisters Penni Donato and Kylie Walden have set this fiercely Australian company up for long-term success. Initially established more than 70 years ago by Noel Allin, who also lent his name to the new entity, ALLIN started building trailers on the same site in Richmond, South Australia that the business still operates from today. There is little doubt that Noel would recognise the site on which it all started if he paid Penni, Kylie and the rest of the team at ALLIN Towbars a visit today. Since taking the reins full-time in 2014, the dynamic duo has successfully evolved what was still a good, albeit old-fashioned business, into a start-of-the-art manufacturing, design and installation enterprise.

“It was certainly a challenge, and I was thrown into the deep end, but we made it through, and while we didn’t know it at the time, it gave us a small glimpse into the future.” Ron overcame his health issues and returned to the business, and Penni moved back into hotel management. For a while, the family’s world returned to normal until Ron’s health took a turn for the worst, and when he sadly passed in 2014, the next generation stood up to continue his legacy. “Sam, Kylie, and her husband Grant had stayed on following Dad’s first health scare, but I have to admit it was a bit of a shock to the system returning to the business after a three-year absence,” Penni remarked. “Dad had built an excellent business with a fantastic reputation, but we hadn’t done any succession planning before he passed.

“Our family affair with the automotive aftermarket started when our father Ron Gynell, and a second partner, bought into the business back in 1983,” Penni said.

“So as a family, we had to decide if we were going to sell or pull together and have a big crack at evolving into something that would make him proud and set up a legacy for future generations, and that’s what we’ve done.”

Under Ron’s stewardship, the company grew quickly, and the new management team focused on towbar manufacturing, leaving smaller fabrication shops to fight over the increasingly competitive yet fragmented trailer market.

With the decision made, the shares were signed over just two days before Ron passed, and the baton was firmly placed in the hands of his three daughters and son-in-law.

“During these 15 years, the business went from strength to strength and one of the key times was when Dad and his partners secured the OE contract with Mitsubishi,” Penni explained. “It grew quite quickly, and as a result, they bought adjoining properties and developed the site, increasing its footprint three-fold.” Of course, nothing lasts forever, and the everpresent pitfalls of dealing with a huge OE manufacturer finally took their toll. In the early 2000s, Ron parted ways with the other two shareholders, taking a 100 percent stake in the business. “It was an exciting time for my father and our whole family,” Penni said. “Around the same time, Kylie and our other sister Sam joined Dad before I did a stint as General Manager in the mid-2000s when Dad got sick.” Penni had already built a successful career in hotel management and was working at Aristocrat before stepping in to lend a hand. “When Dad took ill the first time, it was all hands-on deck, and as a family, we really pulled together,” said Penni. 72

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“It was perhaps the biggest decision I’ve ever made, but looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Penni.

Not wasting any time, the family started making changes quickly. “As I’m sure you can imagine, the business was a bit of a boys club when we took the reins in 2014,” Penni explained. This is certainly not uncommon for longestablished manufacturing businesses in any industry. Still, Penni and the rest of the family knew it would take a significant culture shift to secure long-term success. “Before we started making any significant changes, there was one critical issue that we needed to address urgently, and that was to build a female bathroom,” Penni said with a smile. “Back in the day, we didn’t have a ladies’ room, so


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myself and my two sisters had to avail ourselves of the facilities of the pub across the road anytime nature called. It certainly wasn’t an ideal situation, but it gives you some insight into the challenges ahead.” Any executive that has managed, or been privy to a culture change project, will attest to the considerable effort that needs to be invested to truly change workplace culture, not just pay it lip service. So, Penni, Kylie and the rest of the family knew they’d have their work cut out for them. “That blokey culture was certainly rusted on, but we worked with a consultant, built out a set of company values, and developed a playbook that we share with our employees and use as a tool when hiring new team members to make sure their values align with ours,” Penni explained. “It has provided our team with more structure and allowed us to share our vision, knowing it was for the common good. “Ultimately, some people didn’t want to change and join us on the journey, so they left the business,” Penni explained. “The key to being able to push forward was to work out the people that weren’t prepared to change and remove them from the business so we could focus our efforts on those that were prepared to change. Building trust took time, especially when they were used to dealing with our Dad in a certain way, but the results have exceeded our expectations and those of our employees.” Running in parallel, the team undertook a rebrand that captured the essence of the new direction while still embracing the business’ long and successful history. The result was a fresh look that cemented the business’s contemporary culture and a renewed focus on quality, excellence, and customer service.

“We’re known as the fix-it people, and like everyone, we make mistakes, but as part of our company culture, we own them and fix them fast. We don’t want a single unhappy customer, and that’s something we certainly leant from Dad,” said Penni. It’s this reputation as the ‘Fix-it’ people that drove the family to reinvest heavily in plant, equipment, people, technology and expertise, transforming the business and vertically integrating all activities from product development and design to manufacturing, testing and installation. “While it might not seem like it to an outsider, the tow bar industry is quite complex,” said Penni. “If a vehicle has a tow rating, we manufacture a tow bar to suit.” This complexity extends from the fact that all towing products are application-specific, and every time a new model is released, there is a race to be first to market with a towing solution. To counter this effect and insulate itself from mass production imports, ALLIN has a team of design and mechanical engineers committed to getting new products to market fast without sacrificing quality. “Unlike bigger manufacturing companies, our size and vertically integrated structure keep us agile,” Penni explained. “Our competitors can’t make things happen quickly, but we can. For example, if we need to change something or rework something or a customer comes in with an order for 20 tow bars that they need next week, we can do it.” This engineering grunt feeds into a state-of-theart manufacturing plant. It is supported further by a licensed, in-house ADR testing facility, a fully equipped workshop and an impressive retail space.

When you add all these elements together, you start to realise just how much the business has evolved since 2014. “We’re adaptable, we’ve got a skilled team with a diverse set of skills, but that has thrown up new challenges,” Penni added. There has been much press about Australia’s severe shortage of skilled labour. Still, the team at ALLIN has somewhat countered this issue by rolling out in-house, mature-aged trainee and apprenticeship programs. “At any given time, we’ve got between two to four employees completing apprenticeships and this has significantly reduced pressure on staffing and resourcing,” Penni said. ALLIN’s reputation has earned it the credibility to align itself with the 4WD industry giant ARB, with the quality ARB range considered a complementary fit for ALLIN. So when the opportunity arose to become an official ARB stockist and installer, ALLIN jumped at the chance. “The ARB range fits hand-in-hand with all our other products and has seen us become a one-stop-shop for the massive 4WD market,” Penni said. “We offer our customers a wide selection of quality products including canopies, bull bars, side steps, snorkels and of course tow bars.” ALLIN is also proud to stock Smart Bar, an innovative product also manufactured in South Australia that highlights its commitment to staying Australian-Made and supporting Aussie businesses. “Part of our business ethos is to support Australianmade products,” Penni said. “On the manufacturing side, we use all the Australian Made steel we can get our hands-on, and apart from a couple of small components and the wiring looms, we source products used to manufacture our tow bars locally.” Of course, a large part of the business’ continued success is its substantial retail presence. “Over many decades, Dad maintained relationships built on the highest levels of customer service and quality advice, and we’re proud to continue his legacy,” Penni said. Today, the ALLIN’s team still welcomes second and third generation customers, many of whom make comments like, ‘My grandpa came here, and my Dad came here, so of course, when I needed a tow bar, I didn’t think twice’ – such is the reputation the company enjoys. In addition to its substantial retail business, ALLIN is also the preferred supplier to various government departments, including the Department of Transport, SA Police and SA Water. There is little doubt that Penni, Kylie and the rest of the family have not only paid tribute to their father’s legacy, but their commitment, vision and application have also set up ALLIN Tow Bars to enjoy many more decades of success. For more information, visit www.allintowbars.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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CHALLENGES OF CAR BATTERY TESTING

AutoTest says the key problem lies in the difficulty of testing batteries, and this applies to repair shops, retail outlets, and service garages There is a significant shortfall in a reliable method of estimating the state-of-charge, which is based mostly on voltage and charge counting, says AutoTest. Assessing capacity is the leading health indicator of a battery. Measuring the open circuit voltage and checking the internal resistance do not provide conclusive evidence of battery state-of-health, it explains. A dead battery is easy to check, and most testers are 100 percent accurate. The challenge comes in evaluating a battery in the 80–100 percent performance range while in use. AutoTest says most service and repair workshops struggle to introduce good battery test procedures. It states that when testing a battery and trying to determine the state of health, the following must be considered: • Capacity – the ability to store energy. • Internal resistance – the ability to deliver current. • Self-discharge – cell integrity and health. The top indicator of a battery’s health is capacity (energy storage). A new battery should deliver 100 percent of the rated capacity.

This means a 10Ah pack should deliver Ten amps for one hour. If the battery fails to perform after 20 minutes, then the capacity is only 33 percent – AutoTest states, capacity defines end of battery life. Lead acid starts at about 85 percent and increases in capacity through use before the long and gradual decrease begins. Lithium-ion starts at peak and begins its decline immediately, but at a very slow pace. Knowing when to replace a battery is difficult – battery problems only become apparent with increased breakdowns, which may be caused by a lack of battery maintenance. AutoTest explains that battery replacement depends on the application. Using battery Analysers typically set the replacement threshold at 80 percent capacity but in some applications, you can keep the battery longer than others and cost decisions need to be made in different situations. More than 40 percent of all roadside car failures are battery-related, and 30 percent involve either a discharged or defective battery. Additionally, only a few starter batteries reach the average age of five years. The average car is driven 13 kilometres per day and mostly in cities. The most common reason for battery failure is undercharge or sulfation. Battery failure in the warranty period is uncommon, and driving habits are the main culprits. AutoTest says its Battery System Tester uses the adjustable load test to decide whether your battery is still usable or needs to be replaced. These testers measure the voltage drop when a voltage load that is half the battery’s CCA rating is used.

The load is applied for about 15 seconds and the voltage drop is measured. If the drop reading does not fall below 9.6 volts, then your battery is ideally conditioned, and is therefore, considered good. This accurate method of testing is exactly how the AutoTest Battery System Tester evaluates a battery. AutoTest says it not only gives a complete view of battery health, but is a conveniently portable, easy to use battery analysis tool designed for automotive service, fleet maintenance and breakdown assist diagnostic use – taking the guess work out of battery diagnosis and alerting you to replace batteries before they fail. AutoTest says the Battery System Tester is a professional quality unit that tests all 12V auto batteries, including new auxiliary batteries for hybrids. It reportedly uses advanced conductance testing technology to easily, quickly and accurately measure the actual cold cranking amps capability of the vehicle starting battery, the health of the battery itself, and common faults in the vehicle starting system and charging system. AutoTest says it can help maintenance personnel to identify problems quickly and accurately, thus leading to efficient vehicle repair. For more information, visit www.autotest.net.au

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With Hulk Professional Series DC-DC Battery Chargers A modern 4WD’s alternator is not designed to fully charge auxiliary batteries. An insufficient charge can cause sulphation, resulting in shorter battery life and impaired performance of the vehicle’s battery. CoolDrive Auto Parts says the answer to this is the Hulk Professional Series DC-DC Battery Chargers, which it states are “some of the most powerful and reliable units on the market.” Available in either 25 or 40 Amp with a 12V output, CoolDrive Auto Parts says they are engineered to operate in the toughest conditions Australia provides, whether mounted under the bonnet or elsewhere. 74

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The units can charge auxiliary batteries to their optimum levels whilst driving, and can accommodate optional solar power. Fully automatic with a unique seven-stage charging algorithm, the Hulk Professional Series DC-DC battery chargers reportedly ensure that the batteries are charged to 100 percent, irrespective of size or type. With reverse polarity protection and a built-in battery isolator, the Hulk DC-DC Battery Chargers are also sealed against dust and water ingress and are safe to operate in temperatures from -20°C to 85°C. Remote LCD displays, terminal blocks, mounting

brackets, and more are available in the Hulk 4X4 range available through CoolDrive Auto Parts. For more information, visit www.cooldrive.com.au or www.hulk4x4.com.au




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OZCHARGE LITHIUM PRO SERIES From Zylux

Zylux has been developing world-leading battery chargers and automotive accessories for over 20 years and it was in 2001 that it began the development of automotive battery chargers and maintainers. After four years of development and testing the OzCharge battery charger and maintainer was released – an easy-to-use solution to combat rapidly deteriorating batteries and allow the consumer to avoid needing to purchase an expensive new battery or risk damaging their current battery by charging it incorrectly. Next came the OzCharge Lithium Pro Series – Zylux’s most advanced charger yet and completely re-designed to charge and maintain batteries with improved performance, efficiency, and safety. The PRO-L range of battery chargers have the versatility to work with any 12V vehicle battery, including lithium (LiFePO4), making them the ideal solution for both the professional and hobbyist. All OzCharge battery chargers tailor the charging profile specifically for the individual battery to ensure a safe, and fast charge is delivered and now

have a dedicated lithium (LifePO4) charging profile catering for all types of 12V LifePO4 batteries.

Key features and benefits: • Multi-Chemistry: charge, maintain and repair AGM, Calcium SMF, EFB, GEL, WET and Lithium (LifePO4) batteries. • Multi-Output: customise the rate at which you deliver charge to your battery. • Repair, rejuvenate and revive dead batteries. • Automatic diagnosis: the charger will automatically diagnose the battery upon connection and repair if required. • Automatic battery rejuvenation: break down battery sulphation and bring dead batteries back to life. • Over-temperature protection • Reverse polarity protection • Short circuit protection • Over-charge protection • Redesigned micro-clamps which are sleeker, sturdier and more versatile • Integrated ring terminals: connect your way

with two options in one harness. Ring terminal for more permanent charging solutions or crocodile clips for quick access. • Super-wide access: connect with ease to any battery terminal with the new ultra-versatile clamp design. • Textured casing: the textured casing provides greater grip when accessing hard to reach battery Terminals. For the full range of OzCharge products including chargers, jump starters, batteries and accessories, please visit www.ozcharge.com.au

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REPCO AGM STOP-START BATTERIES Repco can help you save fuel and reduce emissions Vehicles with stop-start engines are becoming increasingly more common on our roads, and with the advancement of this technology, you and your customers need to rely on the battery in these vehicles, time and time again. With Repco’s range of AGM Stop-Start batteries, made by Century, Repco says you can rely on your battery.

reliability and confidence every time you start your car, at every start at a traffic light and for all the driving in between, says Repco. The batteries have been designed to deliver superior cycling performance, rapid recharging between repeated engine starts, and the extra power required to run your vehicle’s on-board electrics whilst the engine is stopped.

Offering outstanding value, coupled with superior and reliable starting power, your new AGM StopStart battery from Repco will provide long term

Repco states its batteries represent the latest in performance for vehicles with AGM Stop/Start and Micro Hybrid technology. Across the latest six-part number range, 54 makes and 391 models of cars are covered, so Repco says it is bound to have the stop/start battery that you need. Repco’s AGM Stop/Start batteries also come with a 36-month warranty. Repco explains that it works alongside Century to help the environment, and make it easy for you to do your part too. By recycling your battery at Repco, you too can make a positive change to the environment – it explains that 98 percent of a battery can be recycled with the plastic, lead and acid

components all able to be reprocessed and manufactured into products like cabling, detergents and more. Through its recycling program, Repco has recycled more than 31,000 batteries in 2021 and in 2022 and states that it wants to continue to increase this number. You can recycle batteries by dropping them down to your local Repco store during opening hours. Battery recycling through Repco is free and can be done at all stores. Repco explains there are plenty of benefits to recycling batteries including: protecting wildlife from harmful chemicals, reducing landfill, conserving natural resources, and helping to build a cleaner Australia for future generations. For more information, visit www.repco.com.au

REDARC GROWS GOBLOCK CAPABILITIES New accessories have been launched

REDARC says it is pleased to introduce the newest additions to the GoBlock accessory and wiring range. New to the range is REDARC’s PowerDock to Terminal Block Wiring Kit and its GoBlock Inverter Accessory Cable. The PowerDock to Terminal Block Wiring Kit provides the parts necessary to connect the dock terminal to a terminal block behind the PowerDock installation. This kit makes wiring from the vehicle and solar simple, as only an allen key is required to complete the installation. REDARC says this kit is perfect for those replacing an existing battery installation with a GoBlock, or for customers who prefer to supply their own wiring. The GoBlock Inverter Accessory Cable is designed to allow the connection of a 350W REDARC inverter to your GoBlock. Featuring lug terminals to connect to the inverter and an Anderson plug on the opposite end, this allows users to have a portable, plug and play 240V power solution. “It’s never been easier to go off grid on our own terms with REDARC’s newest additions to the award winning GoBlock range,” REDARC General 78

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Manager of Aftermarket Sales ANZ, Ben Marsh, said of the new accessories. “The Inverter Accessory Cable and Terminal Block Wiring Kit add further flexibility to the GoBlock and the newly released PowerDock.” Both accessories are designed to be used with REDARC’s latest innovation in portable power, the GoBlock, and the accompanying PowerDock docking system. Featuring REDARC’s proprietary DC charging technology and paired with lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO₄) battery cells, REDARC says its GoBlock provides up to four times more charge cycles than other portable power solutions available on the market. Further, REDARC states that its PowerDock not only provides a secure way to transport the GoBlock in a vehicle, but it also allows for rapid charge from both the vehicle and solar. PowerDock has been tested to suit relevant crash and vibration standards and features a patented design, providing both restraint and connection with a single-action mechanism, as well as a neat anti-theft feature. The winner of a Good Design Award in 2021, REDRAC says the GoBlock is the culmination of customer feedback and extensive market research

relating to the limitations of some existing 4WD dual battery systems. Designed, engineered, built and tested from the ground up in Australia, it has been purpose built to thrive in Australia’s harshest conditions. Available in both 50 or 100ah models, REDARC’s GoBlock, PowerDock and accessories all come with nation-wide support, including a two-year “hassle free” warranty and after-sales service. REDARC invites you to make the most out of the system which has been built for the most rugged and remote adventure and create a true all-in-one solution with PowerDock and GoBlock accessories. For more information, visit www.redarc.com.au/powerdock




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ACDELCO AUTOMOTIVE BATTERIES The brand says you can depend on its products

ACDelco says it has built a worldwide reputation as a premium source of experience, dependability, technology and performance. The brand is well recognised as a leader in the automotive aftermarket and says its backing by General Motors further reinforces its range of quality products. Among its range of batteries, ACDelco Automotive and Commercial ranges consist of batteries of various sizes to suit a wide spectrum of applications. The ACDelco range of automotive batteries consists of Premium (SMF), Enhanced Flooded Battery (EFB) and Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) products. The Premium automotive range carries sizes to suit all makes and models of vehicles. Featuring leadcalcium alloy grid, full-frame technology plates and calcium/calcium chemistry, ACDelco says these batteries are built to meet or exceed original

equipment specifications from manufacturers around the world. ACDelco EFB and AGM batteries are specifically designed for modern vehicles with advanced systems such as Stop/Start which puts extra demands on batteries compared to their conventional counterparts. These batteries are built to perform in extreme conditions and challenging situations. ACDelco EFB batteries are constructed with full frame positive and negative plates, giving them the durability and reliability needed by stop start vehicles. ACDelco says its AGM range represents the very best in advanced battery technology. They are designed with high compression Absorbent Glass Mat separators which significantly increases the cycle life and improves charge acceptance compared to standard flooded lead-acid batteries. These batteries provide high cranking power even when the state of charge is low.

range of commercial applications, the combination of commercial grade plates made from lead calcium alloy and liquid gas separator lids deliver a maintenance-free experience for commercial fleet and business operators across Australia. The commercial range batteries consist of tough PE separators and lock-bonded plate groups for the highest durability and service life. All ACDelco batteries are laboratory-tested, field-proven and have undergone numerous quality control checks prior to being available in the market. The strong warranty coverage on all ACDelco batteries is another testament to its quality and performance capabilities.

ACDelco Commercial batteries are built with the understanding that commercial vehicles are subjected to gruelling environmental conditions and varied terrains on a regular basis.

ACDelco Batteries are available from R&J Batteries branches and stockists in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

The batteries in the range provide both high cranking power and the reserve capacity needed for continual demand applications. Suitable for a wide

For more information, contact your local R&J Batteries branch or stockist, call 1300 769 282 or visit www.rjbatt.com.au

TAG PORTABLE JUMP STARTERS Get back on the road quickly with a TAG Portable Jump Starter On top of its range of high-quality towbars, TAG also offers a wide variety of towing accessories. The newest addition is the JS02 Portable Jump Starter, a handy compact tool that will offer peace of mind to a lot of drivers that get off the beaten track. TAG Portable Jump Starters have a variety of functions and can be a lifesaver when stuck in a remote location.

Of course, the main function is as a jump starter, and it has you covered whether you need to jump start your jet ski, tractor, or daily commuter. The JS02 is able to jump start a vehicle up to 30 times in one charge with the 16000mAh (1000 Peak Amps) 12v battery, while the JS01 is a great option for smaller passenger vehicles with a smaller 12000mAh 12V battery. The TAG Portable Jump Starters also serve as a backup battery charger for your mobile devices. You can charge your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and most other mobile devices using any one of the various charging options including USB (5V/9V Output), 16V DC Output and USB-C Quickcharge Input. Both the JS02 and JS01 devices offer Wireless Qi Charging, making them a great compact tool that can be used every day while on the go. Each Jump Starter has an energy efficient ultra-bright LED Flex-Light, a great feature that becomes invaluable for those night-time roadside emergencies. TAG says another great attribute of TAG Portable

Jump Starters is their size. Both units are light and easy to carry with one hand, and once put away the slimline carry case is smaller than most first aid kits and easy to hide under your seat for when you need it. TAG says its Portable Jump Starters – available now – offer peace of mind and will get your vehicle back up and running no matter what the vehicle. For more information, visit www.tagtowbars.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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REDARC ANNOUNCES BCDC FIRMWARE UPGRADE The upgrades deliver a number of enhancements

REDARC is excited to announce an update to the firmware of its BCDC in-vehicle dual battery chargers, its flagship range of DC to DC automotive and off-road battery chargers. “The improved firmware offers additional features that have become relevant with changing needs of our customers,” REDARC Product Manager, Dylan Pinkard, said. “There is no change to the form factor, and they will continue to connect and integrate with the range of BCDC accessories.” The additional features include: • Enhancements to the charging conditions for Smart alternator systems, especially with IdleStop vehicles. This includes new Turn On, Turn Off voltage thresholds coupled with a better explanation of these voltages and new Blue wire connection points, as described in the Installation Manual. • An increase in the Boost charging time limits on the Lithium charge profile from two hours to three hour and 40 minutes before activating a timeout. The charging in boost will resume at four hours if the lithium auxiliary battery still needs boost charging, meaning only a

20-minute rest period, every four-hours, maximising charge time. • Charging profiles for smaller capacity batteries (recharged in less than two hours) and other types of batteries (acid, gel, etc) will retain their existing settings of two hours before activating a timeout to maximise customer safety and battery life. REDARC will transition to the new version of the BCDC across the next six months, with the update only applying to REDARC’s dual-input dual battery chargers (part numbers BCDC1225D, BCDC1240D and BCDC1250D.) Customers with existing BCDC products seeking the firmware upgrade can contact REDARC via power@redarc.com.au to have their unit’s firmware updated for a fee. The existing BCDC will need to be returned to REDARC to facilitate the upgrade. For stockists, REDARC says the firmware upgrade has been designed to be as seamless as possible. Part Numbers and pricing of the BCDC range remain the same and a subtle silver sticker on the retail packaging will confirm which units contain the new firmware to assist with inventory management and product recommendations.

REDARC says BCDCs featuring previous firmware versions continue to lead the market and the firmware upgrade only improves the new units so far as the above enhancements. For the past 40 years, REDARC says it has pioneered DC-DC charging systems that can perform in extreme conditions on vehicles in offroad and long-haul situations, serving five primary markets including automotive, outdoor recreation, defence, mining and industrial. For more information, please visit www.redarc.com.au

OMEGA PRO FULLY AUTOMATIC BATTERY CHARGER Available from Shinn Fu Australia

The Omega Pro Fully Automatic Automotive Battery Charger is made for professional workshops who need a versatile 12 Volt car battery charger. With its variable charging rate, you don’t need to buy multiple chargers for differing battery capacities. It is suitable for Automotive, Calcium, Marine, Deep Cycle, AGM, GEL and LiFePO4 Batteries. The Omega Pro Fully Automatic Automotive Battery Charger provides extra value with built-in alternator check, battery tester and maintenance; to help promote a longer-lasting battery lifespan.

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Alongside several safety features including overcharge and overheat protection, the charger boasts spark-free terminal clamps and short-circuit protection; meeting the AS/NZS 3350.2.29:2001 safety standards. With a Intec Power XT3 microprocessor, the charger delivers pulsating charging current throughout eight charging stages: 1. Analysis – checks the battery’s condition. 2. Soft Start – to prevent damaging the plates from sudden change in voltage. 3. Bulk Charge – the charging rate is at full power of the set Amps. 4. Absorption – to slowly top up the battery and fully saturate it. 5. Equalisation – a controlled overcharge to remove sulfate crystals. 6. Dynamic Analysis – performs test to determine the battery’s health. 7. Reflash – helps improve battery condition if the previous stage detects poor health. 8. Auto Maintenance – dispenses a float charge to keep batteries in fully saturated charge and optimum condition.

Key features: • Eight stages of charging, with auto wake-up to keep batteries fully charged and in optimum condition. • Pulse charging to help desulfate built-up Leadsulfate deposits on plates, ensuring consistent and reliable battery performance. • Has a battery maintenance charging mode, to promote longer battery lifespan. • LiFePO4 compatible, provided the batteries are 12V with a minimum capacity of 15Ah. • Comes with several safety features, including spark-free terminal clamps, overcharge and overheat protection. • Designed with an integrated carrying handle, with cable and clamp storage. For more information, visit www.shinnfu.com.au



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LV ALTERNATOR SENSING IGNITION RELAY 12/24V Available from JAS Oceania

JAS Oceania Technical, Training and Quality Control Manager, Paul Keenan, explains that the LV Alternator Sensing Ignition Relay 12/24V product ((LV4505) is a game-changer – providing an ignition source anywhere quickly, easily and safely, while being “practically Plug’n’Play.” Paul says the LV Alternator Sensing Ignition Relay from the Australian Auto Electrical Specialist has a compact design, with the same footprint as a five-pin mini relay and is ECU safe. Plus, it says it removes the headache of dealing with a CANBUS system for an ignition source. The product is said to be unique in that it differs from VRS (Voltage Sensing Relays) as its input trigger is sourced by the frequency of the alternator, sensing the ripple produced as the alternator charges. This feature overcomes the issue of modern vehicles that have smart alternators, whose charge voltage drops below 12.8 (cut-out voltage of VSR) when the battery is fully charged. These modules can be mounted in a caravan to

operate a DC-DC without the need to run ignition wiring through to the towing vehicle, sensing the frequency as far away as 50 metres. It also has the added flexibility, if so required, to connect in the same way to operate as a VSR. For example, wiring to a generated circuit that doesn’t produce a ripple.

Key features and benefits: • Multi-modal: this single unit has several modes of operation; it can be frequency operated, voltage sensing and manually turned on or off remotely. • Flexible uses: the unit can be used as a controlling device to switch large amperage relays, giving the customer complete flexibility in how they use the product. • Varied applications: it will supply a ready solution for daytime running lights, DC to DC converters and beacons and comes with a three-year warranty. • Simple and easy installation: it can be installed with as little as three wires and is a sturdy, solid-

state construction with no moving parts. It also offers zero risk to CAN or ECU lines. • Reduces risk: there is no need to locate an ignition source for accessories under dashes or in engine bays. It eliminates warranty issues with vehicle manufacturers. • Save time and money: easy installation saves time in labour costs running long cables to activate accessories in the rear of vehicles or trailers. Paul said, “the aim of the LV Automotive brand is to be a trusted leader in the Australian market for quality and reliability, offering the latest technology and durable components. This latest product reinforces the value and quality of our own-branded product.” For more information, visit www.jasoceania.com.au

PROJECTA LAUNCHES ALL-NEW MODIFIED SINE WAVE INVERTERS Four new models are available

Projecta has released an all-new range of Australian designed and engineered Modified Sine Wave Inverters, that provides several benefits over outgoing models, while maintaining the affordable pricing of the predecessors. Available in four models (300W to 2000W) with six variants including two 24V options, a key characteristic of the range is 200 percent startup power for half a second – meaning a 2000W inverter can briefly output a peak power of 4000W. Projecta says this provides the necessary ‘kick’ to power up common household appliances that require more power to start up than they do to run – something inferior inverters with similar (continuous) power output can struggle to do.

Other range-wide features include a 5V DC 2.1A USB socket offering convenient power and charging for small devices such as phones, tablets, cameras, power banks and toys. There is also noise-free EMC filtering which combines with large capacitors to deliver smooth power delivery and reduced sound and screen interference in sensitive appliances. The new Projecta Modified Sine Wave Inverter models are ideal for a range of recreational and trade applications. Starting the range is the IMW300 which is capable of supplying power for charging and powering equipment including phones and tablets, digital cameras, radios, portable gaming consoles and fans. The larger IMW600 can also power a desktop and laptop computer, some power tools and site lighting. Next-up in the range are the IMW1000 and IMW1000-24, which have additional capacity to handle a microwave, small fridge, iron and coffee machine. The range-toppers are the IMW2000 and IMW2000-24 variant, which further up the ante,

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providing enough output to satisfy more powerhungry versions of the equipment described earlier, along with hairdryers and toasters. With low battery voltage and overload protection, approved mains sockets designed to Australian standard AS4763 and a full internal bonded earth system, the new inverters are engineered to deliver safe and hassle-free performance, whether for powering the smallest devices right through to high-consuming equipment. And along with the safety and functionality that the latest range delivers, Projecta says the new inverters also introduce a stylish and contemporary design that’s highlighted by smooth, rounded edges, making them more visually appealing for open view installation. The latest Projecta Modified Sine Wave Inverter range is available now from leading automotive, camping and trade outlets Australia-wide. For more information, visit www.projecta.com.au


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ENERGY ANYWHERE Federal Batteries launches Remco Lithium

It is hard to ignore the market’s growing desire for Lithium battery technologies. Increasingly, well known and unknown brands are launching Lithium products to gain market share in this rapidly growing product segment. As Lithium is a relatively new automotive and recreational product category, it can be difficult to navigate the market and locate the products that are both high quality and reliable. Federal Batteries has responded to the market demand for Lithium technologies with the launch of its new Remco Smart Lithium Deep Cycle battery. It says the new battery range boasts all the most attractive benefits of Lithium: lighter weight, longer lifespan, higher power density and faster charging. Federal Batteries says the new Smart Battery Management System (BMS) is an outstanding feature of Remco Lithium batteries. The BMS is built into the battery and is paired with a mobile phone app, so battery owners can

monitor and manage their battery’s condition and performance in real-time. Over the past 30 years, Remco has become a reputable aftermarket brand, known for being reliable, superbly built and trusted by leading Australian OEMs and resellers. Remco is supported by the Federal Batteries’ team of product experts who are involved in every aspect of the product development and production process. Each battery is designed to suit Australia’s unique environment. Federal Batteries says Remco has always strived to provide customers with an all-encompassing energy solution. The addition of the new Lithium range has increased Remco’s SKU offering to more than 50, ensuring that customers have access to the right batteries to fit their specific applications. These applications may range from camping and caravanning, 4x4 touring and marine to industrial uses such as UPS systems, solar and mobility.

Staying true to the brand’s new tagline ‘Energy Anywhere,’ Federal Batteries says the Remco Lithium range will be available to consumers from Autobarn and Opposite Lock stores Nationwide, whilst the entire Remco battery range is available to the trade via Bapcor’s Trade networks such as Federal Batteries and JAS Oceania. “More than two years of research and development has been invested in the Lithium range to ensure that this new generation of Remco batteries perform to the standards expected by our customers,” Remco Product Manager, Anthony Trigona, said. For more information, visit www.remcoenergy.com.au

A COMPLETE PLUG & PLAY LITHIUM BATTERY SYSTEM Topo DC Power presents the wireless-ready 144AH Long Range Lithium and Wireless Battery Monitor Topo’s lithium power systems are a complete allin-one Plug and Play 12V power system. The Topo DC Power wireless-ready 144Ah Long Range Lithium Model (T-LRR-144AH-MO) is the first in its product line to include its world’s first innovative design features and technologies. Three different battery capacities and models are available to choose from to suit user’s needs. Simply packed full of features, Topo DC Power says the plug and play system keeps your 12 Volt power easy, neat, and straightforward. Built-in a tough protective slimline steel casing is a powerful 12Volt/144Amp, Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery. Topo DC Power says it is long-lasting and a vastly more stable battery than other lithium types,

providing you with safe and convenient energy storage and transfer. The complete portable 12V System weighs in at 21kg(144AH), making it a much lighter alternative, and its slim design makes it fits behind seats, tucked away easily and nicely.

Protection Topo’s power management system ensures your battery is protected through a number of avenues: • Protected from over and undercharging and over-discharging. • Built-in Audible alarms. • Built-in Automatic High and Low Voltage shutdown. • Built-in Vehicle Charge Sense protects your vehicle starter battery from going flat when connected to vehicle charge. • Outputs protected with Magnetic circuit breakers. • Individually Colour coded, keyed, and clearly labelled Inputs and Output connections for Vehicle, Solar, Mains charging, and 12V Output make it truly Plug and Play.

Built-in fast charging Utilise Topo’s built-in 40Amp DC/DC Charger for vehicle fast charging when out on the road where Mains power is non-existent. A dedicated Solar charge input is available for an unregulated solar

power source, so you can charge, collect and store solar power from the sun when stationary to be used later in the evening. Topo DC Power says its product and design are the first systems of their kind to allow charge from one or all input charging sources simultaneously.

Battery Monitoring and Wireless feature Wireless-ready to suit Topo’s Plug and Play handsfree wireless monitor, the product features: • Mode indicators for available Charging sources, Mains, Vehicle, Solar. • Mode indicators for Boost, Float, and Alarm. • State of Charge Battery Fuel Gauge. • Net Positive or Negative Amp meter display. For more information, visit www.topodcpower.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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CTEK’S CS FREE

A “world first” battery charger and maintainer CTEK’s CS FREE battery charger and maintainer gives you the power to go, wherever you are. It is the first of its type to offer Adaptive Boost technology, says CTEK, which allows the innovative charger to get a flat battery going quickly and safely, without needing to plug into mains power. The CS FREE features an internal lithium battery that charges the battery through the unit’s fast USB-C input, and when fully charged, the unit will hold its charge for up to a year, allowing it to be stored in a vehicle for whenever it is needed. Unlike traditional boosters or jump starters, the CS FREE analyses the battery using Adaptive Boost technology, which works out the quickest and safest way to power up and protect the battery to get motorists back on the road within 15 minutes, without damaging the battery or the vehicle’s electronics.

“The CS FREE is the first in a new generation of battery chargers that you can simply charge up, and take with you – it’s a complete charging solution you can take anywhere, just throw in the boot of your car and forget about,” CTEK Regional Sales Manager for APAC, Paul Oddy, said. “There’s no need to be tied to a power outlet, so when you’re out on the road, or simply don’t have access to mains power at your home, it’s a really convenient tool to have.” In addition to its portable capabilities, when plugged into mains power the new CS FREE acts as a maintenance charger, allowing it to be a complete four in one product that is capable of maintaining the long-term health of your battery. For the modern workshop, CTEK says this useful tool is perfect for use for day-to-day maintenance charging, while also having the benefit of portability for battery related issues when testing out on the road. The CS FREE comes with a two-year warranty. For more information, visit www.ctek.com.au 86

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GROWING OPTIONS Including a new aftermarket alternative

Independent workshops are progressively seeing more hybrid and electric vehicles arriving for service and repair. The heart of these vehicles is battery technology and it’s moving fast. Thankfully so are the aftermarket solutions available to keep these vehicles on the road and your customers happy. In February 2020, the Injectronics’ hybrid battery remanufacturing exchange program was announced, delivering Australia’s first scalable component re-use and resource recovery program of retired battery packs from hybridelectric vehicles. Part of IM Group, Injectronics says it is Australasia’s leading supplier of quality new and remanufactured automotive electronic components, as well as the preferred repairer of electronic and mechatronic parts. In September 2021 hybrid.injectronics.com.au launched, and sales of newly re-manufactured Prius and Camry 40/50 series batteries began. Fast forward to June 2022 and the solutions from Injectronics have progressed significantly with re-manufactured batteries and a new option of a aftermarket hybrid battery. The range now covers 11 models commonly found on Australian roads. Propulsion, or drive batteries work best when operating in a stable environment. If the cells become too hot or too cold, their life span is reduced significantly. OE manufacturers carry out heat management of their battery packs in different ways with the option of forced air-cooling using ECM controlled fans the most popular. One of the problems encountered by OE manufacturers of traditional prismatic cells (commonly found across the Toyota Hybrid range of vehicles), is the ability to keep them cool while performing charge and discharge cycles. This is due to the lack of airflow around the closely assembled cell packs.

New Aftermarket The engineers at Injectronics use cylindrical cells in their new aftermarket hybrid batteries. These cells carry the same capacity as their predecessors but due to their shape and size,

allow even airflow and therefore heat transfer away from the pack. If you have tried to purchase an OE battery in our global economic state, you will no doubt be aware that these are in very short supply. Injectronics - a local Australian business, have genuine alternative battery solutions for your customer’s vehicle.

Remanufactured Injectronics says that as Australia’s first largescale hybrid remanufacturing program, it can provide a cost-effective and sustainable solution. Giving hybrid batteries a second life, NiMH batteries can be remanufactured to provide exceptional battery performance and efficiency. All Injectronics hybrid batteries whether remanufactured or new aftermarket are said to be true “Plug and Play” components. This simply means the pack comes fully assembled – no extra purchases, no extra time, no confusion, and no hassle – it is Plug ‘n’ Play. Injectronics says it has a high standard when it comes to environmental sustainability and states this is evident right down at the packaging and shipping level where each battery pack is delivered in a purpose-built case which is used to return the core for remanufacturing. Injectronics says the Circular Economy is at the heart of its program, whereby waste is minimised or eliminated from landfill and handled in the safest possible way. Injectronics is currently offering replacement battery packs for Gen 2, Gen 3 and C model Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry 40 and 50 Series, ZWE186 Corolla, Estima, and LEXUS vehicles including GS450H, RX400H and RX450H. With access Australia-wide, Injectronics says its battery packs are a convenient option for automotive technicians, providing a cheaper repair solution for your customers, along with a vastly reduced environmental impact. For more information, visit www.hybrid.injectronics.com.au or call 1300 308 060.



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WHEEL AND TYRE CARE TRIPS Courtesy of ‘shine authority’ Meguiar’s

Meguiar’s has been cleaning and caring for wheels and tyres on the world’s planes, trains and automobiles since 1901. It says the below is what it has learnt in those 120plus years: 1. Wheels must be cool to the touch for cleaning. If they’re hot or even warm, you run the risk of damaging their finish. 2. Wash your wheels first – otherwise there’s a good chance crud from cleaning the wheels and tyres will splash all over your freshly washed paintwork. 3. Clean your wheels regularly. Brake dust left for too long will etch into the wheel’s surfaces – at which point it will be almost impossible to ever get them looking new again. 4. Avoid highly acidic wheel cleaners, when used incorrectly they have the potential to ruin your wheel’s finish. If in doubt, test on a small inconspicuous area. 5. If your wheels are heavily soiled, you’ll need a powerful wheel cleaner – like Meguiar’s Factory Equipped Wheel and Tyre Cleaner. Even then,

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Meguiar’s only recommend it for OEM wheels that are clear-coated or chromed. For regular wheel cleaning, as well as for polished/billet wheels, Meguiar’s says its Ultimate All Wheel Cleaner is its safest, most gentle wheel cleaner. It also has a colouractivated formula to help with the cleaning process. *Note: Wheel cleaning only removes contamination, therefore billet and/or uncoated wheels will need to be periodically polished to keep them shining. Wheel and tyre cleaning is always more effective with agitation. Meguiar’s says its Wheel Face Brush and Universal Wheel Brush are ideal for getting into every surface and into all those fine detail areas. Use an old chamois or drying towel to dry your wheels. This is especially important with polished/billet/un-coated wheels, as they’re quite prone to water spotting. Compressed air, or an electric leaf blower are also great for drying wheels. After scrubbing the tyres clean, apply a tyre

dressing to improve appearance. A premium dressing will also protect against UV attack, cracking, browning and premature ageing. Beware of cheap dressings, they wash off at the first sight of water and have a horrible tendency to sling residue up the side of your car. 10. Meguiar’s has three different dressings for a few different looks. Long lasting Endurance Tire Gel will give your tyres that ‘new’ look through to moderately shiny. Whereas, Insane Shine (aerosol) and Hot Shine (pump pack) deliver a deep, dark, ultra wet-look that Meguiar’s says lasts for weeks. For more information, visit www.meguiars.com.au

MEGABUS SOFTWARE DELIVERS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION Megabus Software’s Marlin Blue is said to be transforming the Tyre and Auto industry For many years, Tyre and Auto Workshops have relied on Megabus software to manage day-to-day operations like estimating, invoicing, workshop planning, stock control, accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, STP compliant payroll and eCommerce. “The product mix, service offerings and sourcing of customers for your workshop have changed – prepare for the future with one solution - Marlin Blue,” Megabus Software Sales Executive, Gary Garner, said. “Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of your business. It fundamentally changes how you operate, deliver value and interact with your customers.” “In the Tyre and Auto industry, what we are describing is elimination of paper, manual entry, double handling, and the use of mobile technology.” “Using technology such as SMS, e-mail, eCommerce, online vehicle look-up, online parts catalogues and web carts, website integration, tyre fitment finder, visual business planner – we are on the road to digitally transforming the way we work, setting new experiences for your staff and customers.” So what does digital transformation look like? Megabus Software says an element of digital transformation is the transition to SaaS and cloud 88

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platforms. Overhauls of process, operations and customer experience are all essential components of a digital transformation.

Transforming processes Digital transformation means using digital technologies in reshaping processes to gain efficiency. An example is eCommerce – a process sending information between trading partners. Here you generate a purchase order, which travels instantly to the supplier’s eCommerce system. The supplier then sends a Delivery Docket or Invoice back then accepted with one click on delivery, updating inventories and general ledger immeaditely. Employees no longer spend time drafting and submitting purchase orders; and your inventory is accurate, you know what you owe your suppliers, and your Back office will be in better shape, flowing through to your P&L.

Transforming operations An example here can be found in your online parts portal. Here, your customer needs brake pads. From Marlin Blue you move to your portal, find the correct parts, understand how long the job takes – and order whilst there. Parts will be returned to your customer quote, and your supplier sends a document via eCommerce – eliminating errors and delays, ensuring the customer experience is best as possible.

Transforming the customer experience Digital transformations change the way that we interact with customers. Digital interactions with customers include: • accepting enquiries and bookings into your Business Planner via website; • emailing quotes and setting follow ups; • sending SMS to confirm booking and pick up times; • sending real-time information while a vehicle is in the workshop and gaining instant approval for additional work if required; • emailing your Invoice and accept payment via popular payment platforms; • staying in touch with your customer for maintenance; • sharing special offers to bring them back for regular checks and repairs; and • selling via online market places such as your website, Amazon, Facebook, EBay and Catch For more information, contact Megabus Software on info@megabus.com.au - quote AAA Magazine promo for implementation savings.


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TYRES FROM ROCKET INDUSTRIES Rocket Industries has a range of tyres available, including “record breaking” Mickey Thompson Tyres

Mickey Thompson manufactures a large range of tyres for street and racing ET Street Street R applications to suit all styles of vehicles. Rocket Industries says Mickey Thompson Tyres are synonymous with breaking records and are one of the most trusted motorsport tyre brands in the world. Amongst the range available from Rocket Industries are the following.

ET Street S/S A street tyre that can be driven on the track, the ET Street S/S from Mickey Thompson is a high performance street to strip tyre with radial construction, R2 compound and more; offering 15- to 20-inch fitments. It has an equivalent tread void as the ET Street Radial II, redistributed for improved hydroplane resistance while providing plenty of tread contact for excellent dry traction. Rocket Industries says the proven R2 compound is the same proven compound used on the quickest “drag radials” on the planet and provides superior traction at the strip with little or no burnout required; while the tyre’s tubeless construction provides leak-free seal without the expense and hassle of tubes.

ET Street R A drag tyre that can be driven on the street, the ET Street R from Mickey Thompson is a D.O.T street legal (in America) drag tyre with proven race compounds and incredible traction. Rocket Industries explains that the minimal tread void of this tyre provides excellent tread-contact. It is available in most popular sizes and its tubeless construction provides leak-free seal without the expense and hassle of tubes.

Sportsman S/T Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/T tyres are designed for original muscle car owners demanding performance, quality and style. Available with optional raised white letters or a black sidewall with a low-profile look, the tyre provides the wide all season performance handling muscle car drivers demand. It is available in popular sizes for muscle cars and features a flat tread profile for both handling and long tread life as well as radial construction for a smooth ride and long mileage.

Sportsman S/R Rocket Industries says the Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R is the “undisputed classic hot rod tyre.” The Sportsman S/R radial is built in Mickey Thompson’s unique “flamed” tread pattern which SR S/T provides improved wet traction, and the extra wide rears with matching skinny fronts reportedly make for the best combination available. The matching front and rear tread pattern allows for staggered fitments. Rocket Industries explains that the radial construction of these tyres provides higher mileage and a smooth ride. Custom sizes are available for street rods and muscle cars, as are tyres for 15-, 17-, 18-, and 20-inch wheel diameters. For more information, please contact Rocket Industries on 02 8825 1900 or visit www.rocketind.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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BRIDGESTONE RECOGNISES LEADING STORES Bridgestone Names Hendra, Broome and Warrnambool as Top Performing Stores in Annual DRIVE program Bridgestone Select Hendra in Brisbane continues to set the benchmark for Bridgestone with backto-back National Franchise of the Year titles for the store owned by Caleb Sos. National honours also went to James and Lynda Hagan’s Bridgestone Service Centre Broome for the Service Centre of the Year category, Peter Baulch and Bridgestone Service Centre Warrnambool for the Truck Store of the year accolade, while Garth and Leanne Pettersen and Bridgestone Select Keperra in Brisbane claimed New Store of the Year. According to National Franchise of the Year store owner, Caleb Sos, the back-to-back wins were a surprise to him, but a team-wide effort. “Our focus at Bridgestone Select Hendra has always been to go above and beyond – putting our customers first and ensuring that we have a safe and healthy environment for our staff, and clearly that is a formula that is working,” Caleb said. “It’s a huge honour to win store of the year once, but to win two years in a row is amazing and reflects the incredible commitment from the team, led by store manager Darren Proctor.” DRIVE is the national recognition program for Bridgestone Select and Bridgestone Service Centres around the country. Launched in 2020, DRIVE sees stores benchmarked in line with Bridgestone values of customer centricity, delivering a leading customer experience and exceptional value for tyre and auto services. The program recognises the top stores nationally and by region across three main categories: Franchise of the Year for Bridgestone Select stores, Store of the Year for Bridgestone Service

Centres, and Truck Store of the Year for the best performing store for Bridgestone truck, bus and retread sales. A dedicated New Store of the Year Award is also awarded amongst Bridgestone Select locations in their first three years of trading – contested between 17 stores in 2021. Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Heath Barclay is proud that the focus of the Bridgestone network remained on the customer despite the challenges of 2021. “We’re delighted to recognise our DRIVE program winners and showcase their commitment to customers – especially our national winners: Bridgestone Select Hendra, Bridgestone Service Centre Broome, Bridgestone Service Centre Warrnambool, and Bridgestone Select Keperra,” Heath said. “The DRIVE program highlights the effort our network makes in delivering exceptional service, value for money and continuing to build trust with customers. Despite lockdowns and a continually changing business landscape, our stores have remained fixed on these core values and continue to do our brand proud.” The following stores were recognised as part of the DRIVE Program: • Franchise of the Year - National Winner/QLD – Bridgestone Select Hendra - NSW/ACT – Bridgestone Select Rutherford - VIC/TAS – Bridgestone Select Hobart - SA/NT – Bridgestone Select Norwood - WA – Bridgestone Select Busselton

Bridgestone Select Hendra manager Darren Proctor and store owner Caleb Sos have won back to back DRIVE titles.

• New Store of the Year: Bridgestone Select Keperra (QLD) • Service Centre of the Year - National/WA – Bridgestone Service Centre Broome - QLD – Bridgestone Service Centre Charters Towers - NSW/ACT – Bridgestone Service Centre Laurieton - VIC/TAS – Bridgestone Service Centre Warrnambool - SA/NT – Bridgestone Service Centre Mount Gambier • Truck Store of the Year - National/VIC – Bridgestone Service Centre Warrnambool - QLD – Bridgestone Service Centre Gladstone - NSW/ACT – Bridgestone Service Centre Kempsey - SA/NT – Bridgestone Service Centre Ceduna - WA – Bridgestone Service Centre Wedgefield (Port Hedland) For more information, visit www.bridgestone.com.au

PUNCTURE REPAIR

A convenience product can help keep you driving Holts Tyreweld Emergency Puncture Repair requires no tools and has a unique twist button, automatic transfer system. By simply attaching the end of the tube to the tyre valve and twisting the red button, the driver can move away from the roadside, whilst the Holts Tyreweld goes to work, dispersing into the tyre in seconds and working instantly by coating the inside of the tyre to seal the puncture. The gas inside the can inflates the tyre, making it possible to drive on immediately. The temporary repair system is sufficient in getting the vehicle to the tyre shop for a full repair; withstanding a maximum speed of 80kph.

Holts Tyreweld is a water-based rubber solution that can repair punctures up to 5mm in diameter, which accounts for approximately 95 percent of punctures. It is not toxic; easily washed or wiped away and is non-damaging to rims and tyres; and can easily be disposed of by tyre repair shops, as it is not hazardous or flammable. Holts Tyreweld can be safely stored inside the vehicle in both hot and cold weather, as the Tyreweld cans are made from one piece of aluminium, and can withstand temperatures of up to 97°C. When cold weather is at play, Tyreweld will work in temperatures as low as -10°C.

Holts says it is compatible with all Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems and will not cause damage. It covers tyre sizes for small cars, 2WD and 4WD vehicles, with three different sized cans. For further information, contact Filpro Automotive Australia on 08 8193 9675 or info@filpro.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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RACING WHEEL NUTS THE “MOVABLE Aeroflow has landed a “huge” shipment of wheel MOBILE” nuts, both black and chrome AUTOALIGN VH8 3D WHEEL ALIGNER Available from Interequip

Interequip says the new VH8 3D aligner is made with unique and cutting-edge technology, a market leader for wheel aligners based on years of development of manufacturing since 1998. Interequip says the VH8 is thirty percent less in price than Italian-made 3D aligners, and is reliable, easy to use/maintain, and being mobile, can be moved between alignment bays for busy workshops.

Aeroflow Performance Products has continued to increase its already 11500-part numbers range, to now include a range of wheel nuts. The Aeroflow Performance range of racing wheel nuts are designed to keep your wheels on your car, but also add some class at the same time. These wheel nuts have been designed and constructed to strict engineering quality standards, explains Aeroflow. Made from Grade 6 steel for structural integrity, then hardened and tempered, the nuts have reportedly reached the depth of hardness needed for their unsurpassed level of safety. They are treated with high corrosion resistance to combat rust in any environment, and then nickel plated in chrome or black for lasting beauty, says Aeroflow. The range of Aeroflow Performance wheel nuts are available in a variety of thread sizes, shank lengths, seat or conical styles in both open and closed to suit all wheels available in today’s market. With convenient packaging of five x pieces per pack, Aeroflow says these wheel nuts are a great option for both retail and trade sales, and wholesale bulk enquiries are also welcomed. The Aeroflow wheel nut range is available now in stock at Rocket Industries. The Rocket Industries team invites you to get in touch to discuss availability and pricing at any time. For more information, contact Rocket Industries on 02 8825 1900 or sales@rocketind.com or visit www.rocketind.com

ROH WHEELS

Available from Tough Gear Trading

Key features and benefits: • Automatic camera beam movement allows the technician to fit plates and measure from the base lift position to full height while having the camera beam track the whole procedure. • The mobile base with movable cabinet makes the VH8 an ideal and unique 3D aligner for the busy workshop, able to move within the workshop with precision and accurate work. • Attractive 32-inch LED TV display and DELL PC, printer. • Autodata licensed AUS full vehicle database free updates for two years. • Advanced Alignment Functions: Wheel Deviation, Axis Deviation, Vehicle Lifting adjustment, Tire Removing adjustment, Steering wheel Level adjustment, Body Dimension, Engine Bracket adjustment, Lock Toe, Toe Curvature, Zero Toe Camber, Scrub Radius, Body Height. • Self Centering Three Point Clamps and water and oil prof targets • 6.2 Megapixel cameras for higher accuracy For more details, visit www.interequip.com.au or call 18000EQUIP (1800 037 847). 92

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Tough Gear Trading (TGT) is a Brisbane based, Australian 4 x 4 accessories company and is also a proud distributor of ROH Wheels. “ROH is Australia’s most respected name for alloy and steel wheels that mark the intersection of style, performance, and innovation,” TGT Administration Manager, Rene Turner, said. “The ROH wheels are built extremely tough, ready to handle the harshest of Australian conditions, all while making your vehicle standout from the crowd with premium styling and highly detailed finishes. “We’re so confident with the strength and durability of these wheels, on offer is a lifetime structural warranty on the entire range of wheels, along with a three-year finish guarantee. “At TGT our mission is to provide automotive solutions and offers to clients through high quality products and service. “We believe that building trusting relationships with business partners including suppliers and clients, is the key contributor to a long term and valuable business.” Trading globally and with more than 25 years of business experience in the auto parts sector, TGT says it provides quality 4x4 accessories and products including, but not limited to, camping gear, leisure products, recovery gear, and security auto applications to mining, fleet, retail markets and so on. After many years of international trade, TGT says local business has taken off tremendously whilst realising the need for quality service and top-notch products in the local market. TGT says the quality of its products and its brand is to mention but one aspect of the company’s service. It states there is also exceptional support and service extended to both the customer and supplier. “We take pride in our reputation of commitment to deliver not only a great product but personal service and quality care,” Rene said. “Visit our new showroom opening at the end of September in Brisbane at 134 South Pine Road, Brendale.” For more information, email enquiry@toughgeartrading.com or contact Kiana at 0435 862 436, or visit www.toughgeartrading.com



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BILLET WHEELS From Superformance

Superformance says it has been Australia’s preferred Performance Superstore for more than forty-four years. It states it has the largest self-serve performance showroom outside of the USA and can provide you with all the parts that are required for your exciting new project. If you are searching for something different, or to stand out from the rest – Superformance says it is known for its commitment to custom parts, engines and car builds. Lots of options are available from building from scratch, to turnkey or even supplying the parts only.

width, backspace and tyre selection that suits your application.” Superformance explains that it deals directly with the American manufacturers to take the stress out of selecting custom wheels. Other wheel options include American Racing, Detroit Steelies, Foose, US Mags, Wheel Vintiques and others. “We can also source the tyres to suit your new Billet Wheel set. From Master Craft Avenger GT for that nostalgic look to Mickey Thompson, M&H Tyres for the Street or Strip,” Clare said. “Some of the other major brands we supply are BF Goodrich, Coker, Firestone, Michelin, Nankang and Pirelli.

The Superformance showroom reportedly features “only the best Billet Wheels on display, including Billet Specialties, Intro and Schott.” “But we don’t stop there! We also deal directly with Budnik and Colorado Customs,” Superformance Sales Manager, Clare Maxwell, said.

“Some of the range we have sourced for customers recently includes a 1953-56 Ford F100 Pickup with 15 x 12 Billet Specialties wheels using a 29/15/15 Tyre and a 1960-61 Ford XK Panel Van on Steel wheels running a Front 185/50/15 and Rear 29/15/15 Tyre.

“We offer wheel measuring services to ensure our customers receive the best fit out of their Custom Billet Wheels - assisting with diameter, overall

“Or our current Mustang build of a 1965 Mustang Coupe with custom made Schott EXL Series Vulcan Wheels: Front Wheel 19 x 10 with a

285/30/19 Michelin Pilot Super sport Tyre and Rear Wheel 19 x 12 with a 385/30/19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tyre. “Whether it is Retaining Leaf Springs, Coil Overs or on Air Bags, we have the right contacts and experience since 1978 to supply Wheel and Tyre Combinations to suit your ride quality and the style of your build.” For more information, call Superformance on 07 3488 7888 or email info@superformance.com.au

AUTOMATE FOR SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY With Corghi’s Artiglio 50 Tyre Changer

Corghi, which says it is renowned worldwide for innovation, quality and precision, is helping workshops embrace the latest in automated technology. It says its feature packed Artiglio 50 Tyre Changer is the most cost-effective way to introduce automation into your workshop. “This centre post, fully lever-less machine is designed to keep your staff safe, increase productivity and reduce the chance of rim damage,” Corghi Australia General Manager, Andrew Cornwell, said. It is ideal for passenger vehicles, SUVs, and light trucks and suitable for wheels up to 30-inches in diameter.

The fully automated Artiglio 50 features Corghi’s lever-less technology that completely removes the risk of damaging particularly delicate or demanding rims and comes standard with a built-in tyre lifter for safe, single-person operation. “The Artiglio 50 comes standard with a huge range of power-assisted arms to make light work of even the toughest tyres,” Andrew said. The Artiglio 50 is fully automated for accuracy, repeatability, and productivity. “From low profile to run-flat tyres, this machine has been designed to slash working time on all latest-generation wheels,” Andrew said. The Artiglio 50 is compact and features a singlearm bead breaker unit with a 180° swing arm that ensures there is absolutely no contact with the rim during the mounting process. “As safe work practices in tyre service workshops are coming under increasing scrutiny,” Andrew said.

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Corghi has a range of Tyre Lifters that can be retrofitted to your existing balancers, tyre changes, aligners and hoists. Andrew encourages you to “keep your staff safe and ask us about a great deal on any of our three most popular models.”

“There has never been a more critical time to invest in tyre lifting equipment.

“We’re committed to helping tyre service workshop owners reduce risk, improve safety and increase productivity,” Andrew said.

“With its built-in tyre lifter, the Artiglio 50 is a great investment.”

For more information, visit www.corghi.com.au or call 1800 CORGHI (267444).


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TJM PRO SERIES TWIN AIR COMPRESSOR Equipped with an industry first, patent-pending convection cooling system

If you’re an outback lover and can’t get enough of exploring all this land has to offer, you can’t be without a high-performance air compressor. The best, non-invasive and most cost-effective way to avoid getting bogged is to air down and reinflate later with an air compressor. Why? It’s all about traction. When tackling loose terrain, lowering your tyre pressure elongates your tyres’ footprints, making it easier for your vehicle to gain traction, keep momentum and avoid getting stuck. But to hit the highway you’ll need to pump those tyres back up again. TJM says it has successfully created an industry leading air compressor that can combat the harsh Australian environment and inflate tyres quicker than ever before through a new, revolutionary design. TJM says the Pro Series Twin Air Compressor has been revered for its best-in class performance when tested against its direct competitors. In tests carried out by the TJM R&D team, the TJM Pro Series Twin Air Compressor reportedly outperformed major competitors for the lowest average critical temperature and for the industry’s fastest single tyre and four tyre inflation. TJM says this “monumental” 12V air compressor can inflate four tyres (from 16 to 40 PSI) in five minutes and 21 seconds with “zero chance” of automatic shut-off caused by overheating and allows a consistent and continuous airflow while operating. Further, it states that the compressor’s multifunctional design can power air suspension systems or air powered tools when combined with TJM’s 5L Air Tank. It can even inflate a single tyre from 0 PSI to 40 PSI in two minutes and 30 seconds – a feat TJM says is “seriously impressive.” Now, for 4WD adventurers being able to deflate and reinflate your tyres at a moment’s notice is an all too real luxury. However, with an air compressor comes an exceptionally high heat output, that can result in many air compressors shutting off completely due to overheating – turning the short inflation time into a couple of hours of waiting for the unit to cool down. Fortunately, through constant innovation, testing and perfecting the design, TJM says the TJM Pro Series Twin Air Compressor has solved this pet hate to minimise time spent sorting your tyres out to get you back on the road faster. While air compressors are nothing new to the aftermarket industry, the technology behind the TJM Pro Series Twin Air Compressor certainly is, with TJM explaining that the TJM Pro Series Twin Air Compressor achieves a 100 percent duty cycle to maximise operation time and prevent the air compressor from shutting off. For more information, visit www.tjm.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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BRAINSTORMING FOR SUCCESS A young entrepreneur is helping automotive businesses to innovate their processes and save thousands Ty Osborne established BrainStorm in 2013 and has grown the company to now have staff working across the eastern seaboard of Australia alongside a development team in India and contractors in South East Asia. The company currently services around 30 customers on a regular basis, mostly in Australia but also in the USA and New Zealand – with about half of those being in the automotive space – and Ty is showing no signs of slowing down. While he was born in Victoria, Ty grew up on the remote Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory and while his career is now firmly cemented in the land of IT, it didn’t get off to the easiest start. “In year 9 I failed IT, it was the only subject I ever failed,” Ty explained. “I was very interested in design and animation (which is hard when you are colour blind) and eventually that led me to looking at Flash animation to build websites. “I always admired my older brothers (I have four brothers and one younger sister) and one of my brothers Reece owned a Diesel Truck repair business, while the other was the IT Manager at one of Australia’s largest Newspaper Publishers, the Star News Group. “In the year 11 Summer holidays I did work experience with them both, one as a Mechanic, one as a Junior IT tech – only one of them was hiring though! So, after the holidays I had my

ticket out of school as an IT Trainee with Star News Group. Before being offered a role with Star, my career could have gone either way.” While IT might not have come naturally to a teenage Ty to begin with, an entrepreneurial spirit and a love for automotive has always been at the forefront. “Before landing my job at the Star News Group, I had my own small business cutting, splitting and selling firewood as a teenager,” he said. “And I have always been into cars, but for me it has always been more about 4x4s and going bush. We had a Landcruiser growing up and that took us to every corner of Groote Eylandt. Now I love getting out and exploring with my kids and doing the same, I have also been riding Dirt/Enduro Motorbikes since I could walk. These have always been a big part of my life and are a real passion of mine.” The Star News Group was an important launching pad for Ty, ultimately providing him with the varied background necessary to be able to one day become the successful Founder of his own company. “I am so grateful for my time at Star News Group, without it I could never have been exposed to such a variety of technologies or had the opportunity to explore each of them so deeply,” he reflects. “I started as a trainee, and eventually I filled the role of networking specialist, developer,

server administrator, team leader and finally IT Manager. In total I was at Star for seven years before starting with Baxters Automotive, another fantastic company that taught me so much. I was with Baxters for two years, and then I decided to start Brainstorm.” Ty is supported in his vision by a loving family who have played a large part in pushing him forwards. “I have a beautiful selfless wife Claire and four wild and fun little kids who keep us very busy. We had four under four as our last two are twins. When Claire told me she was pregnant with Sophie, my perspective on the world shifted. It was only a few days later I decided I needed to create a change to build a better life for my future family. Within weeks I had decided to resign and start BrainStorm – it was a scary gamble at the time,” he said. In the early days, Ty went door to door as he looked to develop his fledgling enterprise, which has grown since not only in size, but also focus. “When I started Brainstorm, it was with the intention to grow an IT company. I went door to door and eventually got a few opportunities, however, they were all development related – not what I originally had in mind. After a couple of months, I landed a large ERP customisation project where I had the opportunity to leverage both the programming and ERP skills I had,” Ty explains. “BrainStorm is now bigger than I ever originally

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TRADE TALK underpinned by our philosophy that IT needs to be the business’ servant, not its master. So as long as we can get the business leaders to articulate the vision they have and what they would like technology to deliver, we know that we can not only deliver on the technology, but do it in a way that the business can generate terrific return-oninvestment.” When it comes to his advice for others looking to enjoy success, Ty points out the importance of mentorship. “Surround yourself with great advisors and be humble enough to learn from absolutely everyone around you. I have been lucky to have people around me who supported me, encouraged, and at times really questioned my thinking,” he said. “My mentors are very different from one another in skills, personalities and approaches to solving problems. These differences help me see problems objectively and find the best outcome. In addition to my mentors, I have always watched and learnt from the great leaders around me, particularly within our customers in the Automotive Industry.” When asked if he believes skill or attitude is most important, Ty has a measured response.

imagined it would grow as an IT company and we still have a lot of potential to continue to grow. Today we have between 30 and 40 people in our extended team, led by Jo Clark OAM OLY, our General Manager who does an incredible job of leading and inspiring our team day to day. “About two years ago we opened an office in India led by Vikas Thakkar, one of the most brilliant people I have ever worked with. Vikas is affectionately known as the Wizard for the magic he creates, and we call our team in India, The Wizards, after him. “We have also grown our ERP consulting team led by Keith Osborne (my dad) and Evelyn Carter, another two great examples of exceptional people really leading their industry. I could go on all day, these are just a few of the truly incredible team, and it is the core reason we can create so many amazing business changing solutions for our awesome clients. “As CEO, my primary role is to create an inspiring vision for our team and help steer the company in that direction. Day to day though my job varies, and I spend a lot of time with my team BrainStorming cool solutions for our clients and sometimes I even get to indulge in programming or experimenting with technologies like AI. “And as about 50 percent of our clients are in the Automotive Aftermarket space, I also spend a lot of time exploring technologies directly related to the industry that many of our clients are using or are looking to start using.”

Ty says there are plenty of exciting projects ahead for him and his team. “From a technology perspective, BrainStorm is developing some truly mind-blowing stuff that just hasn’t been possible before. Our proprietary ‘Brain’ technology is getting smarter all the time and the solutions it creates are going to help our Automotive customers operate using all sorts of new technologies to help solve their most critical pain points,” he said. “We are just about to launch our first standalone software WaBI for warehouse management, that doesn’t require an ERP. This is very exciting as it will open up the gates to those companies that only require a niche without the ERP. We are also working on a few more standalone products to launch by the end of 2023. “We want to continue to be at the forefront of emerging technologies and build our community of industry and innovation leaders. Behind the scenes the team is head down working on building solutions (we call them Brain Apps) that provide great returns for businesses and that can operate and integrate on any platform (think ERP agnostic), and on their own. We have set a target that we want a million users engaging with our software. “A big part of our focus comes from the requirement or major pain point that an executive running a business has, looking for technology to serve and solve the business need. “This is a big thing for BrainStorm and is

“Attitude is more important, but I would also like to add that I believe it is critical not to mistake introverted personalities as lacking enthusiasm or the right attitude. If I had done that at BrainStorm, we would have missed out on hiring some of the most passionate, dedicated and brightest people I have ever worked with,” he said. He also cautions against burning the candle at both ends. “At the start of my career, I worked extremely long hours, and I often justified it by saying the role demanded it. For example, one night at about 4am, after a week of insane hours, I remember laying some office chairs down to try and make a bed. Looking back now, I was very wrong to work like that and miss personal time. I used to work hard, not smart,” he said. With his business having such an automotive focus, Ty says the company’s AAAA membership is an important tool in its toolkit. “Probably more than half of our clients have business in the Australian automotive industry, and being members of AAAA gives BrainStorm credibility that this is our industry of focus,” he said. “It is also super-important to have a strong industry body for any industry and we’re keen to do what we can to support that, which includes our AAAA membership.” As a special offer to AAAA members, BrainStorm Software is offering free 30-minute consultations, to help businesses roadmap what a future technology implementation could look like. To learn more about BrainStorm Software, visit www.www.brainstormit.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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CUSTOMER SUPPLIED PARTS

The next topic in Industry Legal Group’s article series, based on Emma Dalley’s presentation at the AAAA Expo At the AAAExpo, Industry Legal Group’s Emma Dalley presented a seminar on the top five most common legal enquiries Industry Legal Group receives. In this edition, Industry Legal Group takes a deeper look at the topic of customer supplied parts.

Liability for customer supplied parts If a customer supplies parts to a business, then the business is not the supplier of the parts for the purpose of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) consumer guarantees relating to the supply of goods. This means that if there is a defect with the parts, the customer does not have a basis to make a claim in relation to that defect under the ACL consumer guarantees relating to goods. However, the ACL consumer guarantees relating to the delivery of services remain relevant when fitting customer supplied parts, including the: • guarantee as to due care and skill (section 60), that the business will provide the services, such as fitting the part, with due care and skill; • guarantee as to fitness for a particular purpose (section 61), that if the consumer lets the business know (including by implication), that they would like the service for a particular purpose, there is a guarantee that the services (and the resulting product), will be reasonably fit for that purpose; and • guarantee as to a reasonable time for supply (section 62), that the business will deliver the services within a reasonable time. Even though the business is not liable under the ACL in relation to the supply of goods, the customer may still make a claim against the business that the business will need to defend. Additionally, the customer relies on the skill and judgment of the business in the delivery of the services. This reliance on skill and judgment is complicated when the customer supplies parts. For example, if the business has suitability concerns regarding the part, it is prudent for the business to let the customer know why the business has the concern, as using an unsuitable part, and failing

to advise on this, may result in the business not meeting its consumer guarantees relating to the provision of services.

Must a business accept customer supplied parts? The business may choose to fit customer supplied parts.

Relevant considerations If the business is considering accepting customer supplied parts to fit to a vehicle, relevant considerations for the business include, whether: • the part is correct or if parts are missing; • the part is fit for purpose; • the business is familiar with the part quality, history or specifications; • fitting the part could have a detrimental impact on the vehicle (if so, has the customer been informed); • the part comes with a warranty; and • the business will suffer loss of profit (eg. due to the time taken to fit an unfamiliar part).

Precautions that may be taken Precautions that may be taken by the business when accepting customer supplied parts include: • set the customer’s expectations, for example, if the part is unknown to the business and/ or potential outcomes of fitting the part are unknown to the business, let the customer know that the part may not achieve the desired result; • ensure the customer is aware of any potential issues with the part; and • if the business does not consider the part is fit for purpose, or has a defect that the business has noted, then the business should not fit the part and inform the customer that the business is of the opinion that the part is not fit for purpose or has a defect. If the business has provided such information to the customer, Industry Legal Group recommends setting the information provided out in writing, having the customer read the information, and sign and date the next to the information. While doing this does not prevent a claim being made against the business, it does provide evidence that the business can use in its defence should a claim arise.

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• acknowledgement that the business does not offer a warranty on the part and are not the supplier of the part for the purpose of the consumer guarantees; and • agreement that they release and indemnify the business from loss or damage caused by the part. Industry Legal can provide the following to your business under the membership retainer: • a notice regarding customer supplied parts and potential issues; and • a deed of release setting out the part supplied by the customer and clarifying that the business is not a supplier under the ACL for the parts (noting that the ACL consumer guarantees relating to services will apply to the business and cannot be contracted out of).

Takeaways The key takeaways are: • the business can choose whether or not to fit customer supplied parts; • if the business does accept customer supplied parts, Industry Legal Group recommends the business take precautions, including an acknowledgement that the part was supplied by the customer, providing information on potential issues or short comings with the part in writing signed by the customer and entering into a deed in respect of the parts; and • if the business accepts customer supplied parts, the business will not be the supplier of the parts for the purpose of the ACL consumer guarantees relating to the supply of goods, however, the ACL consumer guarantees relating to the supply of service will apply to the business. This document is intended for general information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please contact Industry Legal Group if you require legal advice.

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


HR

2021 – 2022 ANNUAL WAGE REVIEW DECISION ANNOUNCED National Minimum Wage and Award Minimum Wages increases confirmed

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced a 5.2 percent increase to the national minimum wage and a 4.6 percent increase to award minimum wages (subject to a minimum increase of $40 per week for full time adult employees) following its 2021-2022 annual wage review.

Commencement Date The commencement of the increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2022, with the exception of certain awards in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors. Relevantly, increases for the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award, Clerks Private Sector Award and Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award will operate from 1 July 2022.

Award Employees Members can request updated pay guides from Employer Assist. The Fair Work Ombudsman will also release updated pay guides in due course. If you are already paying your employees more than the minimum award rate, you may be able to absorb the increase depending on the particular employment arrangements.

If not, the agreement rates will need to be increased to at least match the base award rates.

This is because the $450 per month eligibility threshold for when SG is paid is being removed.

Award Free employees

You only need to pay super for employees under 18 when they work more than 30 hours in a week.

The new national minimum wage that will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2022 will be $812.60 per week or $21.38 per hour.

Members can contact Employer Assist for specific advice on whether absorbing an increase is possible based on individual circumstances.

This constitutes an increase of $40 per week for full time (38 hours) employees. The national minimum wage applies to employees who aren’t covered by an award or registered agreement.

Enterprise Agreements

Superannuation

If a registered agreement applies to the workplace, you will need to ensure the minimum base rates in the agreement remain at least equal to the base award rates.

The Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate is set to increase to 10.5 percent on 1 July 2022. Also, employees will be eligible for SG, regardless of how much they earn.

Next steps Members can contact Employer Assist for updated pay guides. In the meantime, you can start reviewing your current wage arrangements to determine whether the increase can be absorbed or if you need to budget for the increase. Now is a good opportunity to review existing employment contracts or if there are no existing employment contracts, implement new employment contracts. Employer Assist can review existing employment contracts and provide members with advice on any amendments required or improvements that can be made. Employer Assist can also provide members with template employment contracts tailored to suit any individual requirements. This article is intended for information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please contact Employer Assist for advice.

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AUTOBARN GOES BIGGER AND BETTER IN ROCKINGHAM WEST STORE SHOWCASES AIRPORT Autobarn store is now open at AUTO ONE’S NEW A67KnewMatthews Avenue, Airport West in Melbourne STORE LIVERY The new store is located at 75A Dixon Road, Rockingham

Auto One is celebrating the launch of its newest store, a smart retail-focussed offering in the heart of Rockingham, Western Australia. Operated as a franchise store under the ownership of The Magic Group, Auto One Rockingham presents an exciting 700 square metre showroom to the local market and will carve a niche in the 4WD/Travel/Outdoor market. The new store is spread over two units and is located on busy Dixon Road and its showroom offers an expanded range of key categories such as car care, tooling, batteries, lubricants and performance products.

It also showcases supercharge batteries on an impressive wall display and has invested in a full range of Auto One’s newest car care partner, Bowden’s Own. The second unit is dedicated to the 4WD/Travel/ Outdoor market and ranges a comprehensive display of Rhino Roof Racks, Hard Korr, Mean Mother 4WD, All States Trailer Spares and Auto One’s extremely successful partnership with GME UHF products. “Our team are very excited about the new store and will focus our offer to become the destination for 4WD enthusiasts in the Rockingham area, Store Manager, Nate Taubman, said. The new outlet also sports Auto One’s new livery, which offers a vibrant, contemporary look. “Our new look heralds a bold new era for Auto One and we look forward to expanding it throughout our full network of stores,” Auto One Franchise Operations Manager, Adam Townsend, said. Auto One Rockingham is open seven days and can be contacted on 08 9329 2555. For more information about Auto One franchise opportunities, visit www.autoone.com.au/become-a-franchisee or call 02 8845 1100. 100

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One of Australia’s premier automotive accessories, tools, and parts retailers, Autobarn, is now much bigger and better in Melbourne’s Airport West. The well-renowned and highly trusted Australian owned and operated company has opened a new 1,000 square metre store located at 67K Matthews Avenue, Airport West, conveniently accessible from both the Tullamarine and Calder Freeways. The friendly team at the new Autobarn Airport West super store is headed by highly experienced store manager, Ceanne Beggs, who is enjoying vastly positive customer feedback about the new Autobarn Airport West shopping experience. “Autobarn Airport West is one of Melbourne’s larger stores and it is already generating excellent feedback from our customers,” Ceanne said. “Most of the feedback that we receive relates to the new store offering a much more inviting atmosphere, making it an enjoyable and seamless automotive shopping experience. “We also have a super helpful and knowledgeable

team who are dedicated to providing excellent customer service.” Like all of the 135 Autobarn stores located across Australia, the new Autobarn Airport West store offers on site fitment services for a number of products including windscreen wipers, batteries, car audio, dash cameras, roof racks, auxiliary lighting, seat covers and baby seats. Autobarn Airport West also offers a 30-minute Click and Collect service accessible from the highly user friendly www.autobarn.com.au website, for customers who don’t have the time to shop and know exactly what they need. Autobarn invites you to visit the new Autobarn Airport West super store at 67K Matthews Avenue, Airport West or contact Ceanne Beggs and her team by dialling 03 9310 3511 for any automotive accessory, tool, or parts requirements. For more information, visit www.autobarn.com.au

NEW SPECIALIST HYBRID AND EV WORKSHOP TO OPEN ‘Sydney Hybrid and Electric Cars’ will open soon in Wetherill Park, NSW Those behind Sydney Hybrid and Electric Cars say it is the first ‘ground-up’ independent Tesla and EV service centre and customisation facility for the city. Gerry Marson, who readers may know as the owner of Mobile Auto Diagnostics, is responsible for the new workshop. “After 18 years of helping the auto trade workshops in Sydney with diagnostics and troubleshooting, I have now started working on my new workshop in Wetherill Park, NSW,” Gerry said. “Over the next two months I plan to fit out my new workshop solely for hybrids and EVs. “We are an independent Tesla and custom centre, the first of its kind in Australia.” Sydney Hybrid and Electric Cars will be hosting special training events, starting with a presentation by Automotive Career Development Centre (ACDC) Chief Executive Officer, Craig Van Batenburg, in July. “Craig, from Boston, Massachusetts (USA), is world-renowned for delivering training, including

master technician level classes in Hybrids and EVs,” Gerry said. “If you are interested in his training, there is a two-day weekend event focusing on HEV and EV lessons he has learned in the USA coming up across July 23-24 from 9.00am to 5.00pm each day. Lunch is included. “For bookings go to the ACDC website or email craig@fixhybrid.com.” Sydney Hybrid and Electric Cars is located at Unit 2, 19-26 Durain Place Wetherill Park, NSW 2164. For more information, contact Gerry on 0403 147 717 or info@autodiag.com.au or visit www.sydneyhybridelectriccars.com.au


MEMBERS IN MOTORSPORT

MEYLE IS RACING AHEAD

The leading aftermarket company is expanding its motorsport involvement in 2022 MEYLE has a long-running connection to motorsport and that is no surprise, given that it plays a key role in the company’s product development. The Hamburg manufacturer was delighted to announce the continuation of its sponsorship and technical cooperation partnership with T3 Motorsport for a fourth season recently, alongside its ongoing support as technical partner and parts supplier for the SL Trucksport 30 teams, and engineering and parts support to Christian Riedemann in the German Rally Championship. In addition to T3 Motorsport lining up in the ADAC GT Masters, the Dresden racing team is also taking part in the DTM Trophy for the first time in an Audi R8 LMS GT4 where it will benefit from MEYLE’s engineering expertise. Another special highlight for MEYLE in 2022 is its continued support of the junior team in the Opel e-Rally for yet another season, with this rally demonstrating that motorsport and sustainability can go hand in hand. “These motorsport partnerships play a key role in our product development, in particular as a test ground under real-life conditions. The MEYLE engineers draw on the knowledge gained in motorsport to test and optimise parts such as MEYLE ORIGINAL wheel bearings or steering components under extreme conditions,” MEYLE Global Sponsorship Manager, Isabel Boscaro, said. “With the T3 Motorsport team, we are fielding a Lamborghini Huracán Evo GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters. What is new this year is that in addition to Max Paul, who joined Lamborghini’s junior programme last year, we have got a Lamborghini factory driver alongside us this season and we’re all hoping to be up front this year. “In truck racing, our more than 15 MEYLE parts installed in Sascha Lenz’s race truck are used successfully. He is in second place in the championship and is persistently trying to build on last year’s success again this year. The first two race weekends have started very well for Sascha,

who has already managed to score a few podium finishes. “The e-Rally boys have only driven two races this year, so we will have to wait and see how the season develops. The Opel Corsa-e is ready for a ‘green season’ and the duo already managed to finish at top position at the second race, finishing seventh once and sixth once and hopes to do so in the rest of the season as well. “For Christian Riedemann himself, the first race weekend this season got off to an outstanding start in his new Hyundai i20N Rally2. He finished second twice during the weekend and is now looking forward to the next races with high motivation.” With such a wide-ranging motorsport partnerships portfolio, the aftermarket industry can rest assured MEYLE’s products have been through the testing ringer. “We test our parts in motorsport and prove our manufacturing competence by ensuring that our parts withstand the heavy stress on the racetrack,” Isabel said. “We are currently developing a brake pad for the Lamborghini Huracán Evo GT3, with the aim of gaining an advantage in qualifying through a modified material compound. After the successful testing on the racetrack, the new brake pad will also be included in the standard product range. “Our MEYLE parts have been used successfully in truck racing for years, and Sascha Lenz has installed more than 15 MEYLE parts in his truck that withstand the heavy conditions in truck racing. “Other teams also receive support from us in the form of brake discs that excellently withstand the extreme braking conditions at the races. All of this testing and the subsequent ability of our products to withstand the tough conditions on the racetrack are additional proof points for the durability of our spare parts.” MEYLE AG develops, produces, and sells highquality spare parts for passenger cars, vans and trucks for the independent aftermarket under the MEYLE brand.

“With our three product ranges – MEYLE ORIGINAL, MEYLE PD and MEYLE HD – MEYLE offers precise solutions and parts for every situation and every driver, from competent workshop employees and ambitious rally drivers to classic car enthusiasts and every driver around the world who needs to be able to rely on their own car,” Isabel said. “We offer more than 24,000 reliable and durable spare parts manufactured in their own plants and at the facilities of select production partners and the MEYLE product portfolio is correspondingly sophisticated. “We have more than 1,000 employees worldwide, including nearly 500 in Hamburg at the logistics centre and our company headquarters. “We are proud to work with our partners, workshops and car mechanics in 120 countries to ensure that drivers can rely on our superior parts and solutions – and that’s how we help workshops to become the ‘DRIVER’S BEST FRIEND.’” MEYLE products are available in Australia via www.repco.com.au To learn more about MEYLE, visit www.meyle.com

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NEW PARTNERSHIP TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP CONCLUDES IN STYLE FOR AEROFLOW The Burson Auto Parts sponsored Lamattina The partnership will begin immediately

Aeroflow Performance Products has signed a multi-year agreement to become the naming rights partner for the 400 Thunder Drag Racing Series. The series will now be known as the 400 Thunder Aeroflow Drag Racing Series, encompassing both the sportsman and professional divisions. “Aeroflow have been part of the fabric of drag racing for so long now, and this announcement is about reinforcing their commitment to the future of the sport,” 400 Thunder General Manager, Jason Hedges, said. “Having worked with the team from Aeroflow on the Aeroflow Future Stars Program for junior competitors, it is clear to me that they are want this sport to flourish. “This is a considerable investment in the future of the 400 Thunder Series and will help to cement the 400 Thunder Aeroflow Drag Racing Series for years to come.”

Top Fuel Racing Team took runner-up honours in 2022

The inaugural Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel Championship came to an end at the spectacular Nitro Up North event held at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Dragstrip on June 17 and 18. While Lamattina Top Fuel Racing (LTFR) team owner and driver Phil Lamattina missed out on the title in a duel that included racing his Burson Auto Parts team mate Shane Olive twice, it was rival Peter Xiberras who took home the 2022 Burson Auto Parts Top Fuel Championship trophy after an impressive season long performance. “Congratulations to Peter and his team, they have done a great job and deserve the rewards,” Phil said.

The Darwin track provided some challenges for each car’s tune-ups. Along with the heat and humidity, track conditions were challenging with no racing on the dragstrip held during the day, and very limited racing on the surface in the lead-up to the event.

“We have nothing to complain about, we had a good season. I was the first driver to win two events and my teammate Shane won his first event in a rookie year, plus a stack of podiums.

Phil finished the championship as Runner-Up with 500 points, 40 behind new champion Peter Xiberras. Shane finished in sixth with 330 points in what was an outstanding rookie season.

“None of this would be possible without the support of Burson Auto Parts and Fuchs Lubricants, we are lucky to have such awesome support from them as well as Dayco, Rocky Lamattina and Sons and everyone else who has helped along the way.” Aeroflow Brand Manager, Glenn Collett, agreed with Jason’s sentiments. “Drag Racing is home for us, these are our people. The appointment of Jason Hedges to the 400 Thunder General Manager role has made this decision an easy one for us,” Glenn said. “Drag Racing has such a loyal and passionate fan base, and with the excellent Kayo / Fox Sports broadcast agreement bringing more fans to the sport, I can only see positives for 400 Thunder in the future. “We look forward to bringing the 400 Thunder Aeroflow Drag Racing Series to fans across the country over the coming years.” The partnership will begin immediately, and Aeroflow will have a presence at many upcoming events. The partnership will also see a refresh of the 400 Thunder brand with a co-branded 400 Thunder Aeroflow Drag Racing Series logo. For more information on Aeroflow, visit www.aeroflowperformance.com For more information on the 400 Thunder Aeroflow Drag Racing Series, please visit www.400thunder.com.au 102

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Xiberras. In his rookie season, Burson Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster driver Shane Olive arrived at the event with 260 points and at sixth position in the championship.

While the team results saw Phil Lamattina fall just short of the championship title, this marquee event was fantastic for the teams and the fans, held in conjunction with the Supercars and the Australian Superbikes Championships at the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown. Phil went into the final with 450 points, just 10 points behind championship leader Peter

Team boss Phil explained, “of course we are disappointed, but that’s racing, you win some, you lose some.” “We will be in Alice Springs to start the new Burson Auto Parts Top Fuel Championship season in just two months, so now we will prepare for that. Whether it is myself or Shane, it’s time for some gold for the trophy cabinet.” The 2022/23 Burson Auto Parts Top Fuel Championship gets underway as one of the major attractions of the Red CentreNATS event taking place in Alice Springs on September 1 and 2. For more information, visit www.topfuelchampionship.com.au


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SCHAEFFLER EXTENDS SPONSORSHIP WITH GRM The company is backing Dylan O’Keefe in the Supercheap Auto Touring Car Racing Austraila Series Automotive and Industrial supplier Schaeffler has announced its renewed sponsorship with Garry Rogers Motorsport’s (GRM) race driver Dylan O’Keeffe for the upcoming season of the Touring Car Racing (TCR) Australia Series. Continuing their partnership from 2021, the sponsorship deal will not only allow Schaeffler to offer its full support to the partner team by being officially affiliated with all aspects of Dylan’s racing programme but also strengthen Schaeffler’s position as a recognised automotive aftermarket player and connect with its audiences in Australia. “As an iconic brand in Australia Motorsport, we are excited to continue our partnership with Dylan and GRM,“ Schaeffler Australia Head of Automotive Aftermarket, Warren Barnett, said. “As one of the leading automotive aftermarket suppliers, motorsports provides one of the most important platforms in heightening the Schaeffler brand. “Dylan’s on-track excellence and off-track technical expertise at GRM continues to be an excellent representative of Schaeffler’s automotive competence in technological and engineering expertise.”

As the latest in a worldwide factory-derived motorsport program based on four and five-door production models from the small car segment, the TCR Australia series includes sporty iterations of models popular with the Australian market, including the Honda Civic, Hyundai i30, Renault Megane and Volkswagen Golf. With seven races in different locations across the country scheduled for the 2022 season, Schaeffler’s renewed partnership follows as interest for the racing series increases, garnering over 1.2 million in viewership across five races in 2021, with a 75 percent year-on-year growth in viewers in 2021 compared to 2019. “Dylan’s continued professionalism and passion for racing both on and off track continue to impress after becoming the first Australian to compete at the opening round of the World TCR Cup at Belgium’s Zolder circuit, a feat that can be considered to be the golden pinnacle of TCR racing,“ Garry Rogers Motorsport Team Principal, Barry Rogers, said. Part of Schaeffler’s sponsorship benefits includes Schaeffler’s logo signage on Dylan‘s race suit, car, front of his helmet, and logo placements on pre and post-event email newsletters.

“It is great to have Schaeffler onboard as a major sponsor to help maximise GRM’s potential to get results for our sponsors and ourselves,“ Dylan said. With the brand’s active involvement in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) in Europe with drivers Sophia Flörsch and Marco Wittman, the sponsorship comes as Schaeffler looks to get increasingly involved in Asia Pacific’s motorsport scene. “The TCR series has the potential to become what DTM is to our European colleagues, and I think Australian motorsport fans feel the same way. It is the excitement and the willingness that TCR drivers have to push themselves beyond their limit,” Warren said. For more information, visit www.schaeffler.com

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THE PERFECT MATCH FOR EVERY AMG Whether on the Nordschleife or Down Under

Australia loves AMG vehicles: in hardly any other country in the world is the market share of the sporty sub-brand greater in relation to Mercedes sales. But Mercedes-AMG is not only on top Down Under: in the legendary 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 2022, the factory teams, which are all equipped with Bilstein suspensions, took second and third place.

The 24h race celebrates its anniversary – two places on the podium for Mercedes-AMG From 26 to 29 May, the legendary endurance event in Germany took place for the 50th time and it was extremely exciting right up to the end. Certainly, numerous petrolheads from Australia followed the action live on the screens. And who knows, maybe some of them even mingled with the 230,000 spectators at the track. Towards the end, unpredictable weather gods challenged the teams to a game of tyre poker. Although Mercedes-AMG’s choice proved disadvantageous in this gamble, GetSpeed’s trio of Maximilian Götz, Adam Christodoulou and Fabian Schiller still took second place with the number three car. Right behind them, their teammates came in with number four – alternately driven by Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella. The Mercedes-AMG Team Bilstein by HRT with start numbers 12 and 6, painted in the suspension manufacturer’s striking blue and yellow, also achieved a respectable success with places seven and eight. The number 6 was also driven by Nico Bastian, among others. “The 24h Nürburgring was a real highlight, as always. I got to drive the top qualifying, the start and the finish,” Nico said. The 32-year-old racing driver is also known to workshops as the presenter of the video series

‘Suspension Fundamentals – powered by Bilstein Academy.’ As a result, he is now very familiar not only with racing suspensions, but also with the subject of standard replacements for road use. As an AMG fan, he naturally knows exactly what Bilstein has to offer customers in this regard. Car number 12 also played a special role, presenting the new Bilstein logo with ‘full speed,’ featuring a simplified depiction of the shock absorber and a simpler basic design. The reduced look enables a modern and clearly staged customer approach: flexible and userfriendly. Under the new claim ‘Way Ahead,’ Bilstein also summarises its own ambition to offer all customers and partners a head start, be it in development, in terms of market coverage or in the use of suspension technologies.

Perfect replacement for air suspensions and electronically controlled suspension systems In the aftermarket, for example, the German suspension experts offer the perfect shock absorbers and air suspension modules for the C-Class W205 and the E-Class W213, including the AMG versions. Unlike many other IAM suppliers, all components are 100 percent compatible with the factory features, including the electronic damper control. Moreover, the quality is also completely at OE level. After all, Bilstein is the OEM for many Mercedes models. The Bilstein B4 gas pressure shock absorber, for example, is 100 percent the same as the factory-fitted components in terms of quality and functionality – but at a lower price. This applies to the actively controllable DampTronic variants just as much as to the basic product used for passive suspension systems.

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The Bilstein B6 DampTronic shock absorber is available for people who have to master particularly tough everyday conditions with their vehicle or who simply want to improve its performance. It stands for improved OE replacement in combination with active suspension systems. Going beyond the original, it offers a noticeable plus in safety and performance – even without lowering or changing springs. Its higher power reserves are particularly effective in the following scenarios: on poor or winding roads, when driving in a dynamic style, in dangerous situations, when towing a trailer, when transporting external loads – such as bicycle racks or roof racks – and generally with heavily loaded vehicles.

Bilstein B4 air suspensions Defective air suspensions 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 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 new from the factory, while remanufactured air suspension modules include used shock absorbers with uncertain wear status. In addition, manufacturers of remanufactured components often disable the electromagnetic control valve instead of replacing it. This turns a high-end system with active control into a passive one. Not so with Bilstein: B4 air suspension modules or B4 DampTronic and B6 DampTronic shock absorbers let cars drive like on day one. For more information, visit workshop.bilstein.com Photos: Copyright BILSTEIN 2022.


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ACL PARTNERS WITH RACING WITH AUTISM AUSTRALIA ACL Bearing Company (Australia) has a long and rich history in Motorsport ACL has an extensive series of partnerships with many global motorsport teams at all levels of professionalism and participation. Now, a chance meeting between ACL General Manager Chris Brooks and Jessica Benge, the Founder of Racing with Autism Australia (RWAA) at the Symmons Plains Supercars round, has progressed to a new partnership. Chris says this partnership with RWAA is an extension of the Launceston-based company’s support for motorsport and the broader community. “We are very pleased to be involved with RWAA, the programs and support they provide for their racers is fantastic,” Chris said. RWAA originally began as a small project in June 2020, with an aim to support five people on the Autism Spectrum involved in racing. It is now a not-for-profit incorporated association which supports 33 racers across Australia. These racers are called “Racing with Autism Australia Supported Racers” and are involved in numerous genres of motorsport including karting, speedway, motocross, and circuit racing. RWAA has also recently launched its “Pit Stop” which is a safe place for people with disabilities

to attend at community and motorsport events. The Pit Stop provides an inclusive and understanding environment that has equipment that can be utilised by people who may need to take a break at a large event. Jessica says that the partnership with ACL has allowed RWAA to purchase a reliable and sturdy custom marquee which gives a professional and welcoming look for the Pit Stop. “We cannot begin to express our gratitude for this partnership and for Chris and the team at ACL for realising the importance of our purpose and our goals. We look forward to continuing the partnership with Chris and ACL into the future,” Jessica said. “Racing with Autism Australia is based around not just creating awareness, but educating people about the autism spectrum, providing opportunity for people on the spectrum and by doing that, creating acceptance for every individual. “It has become a family environment for many of our supported racers who at times previously had felt as though they were alone in their day-today struggles. We will make a difference, we will educate, we will inspire, and we will change people’s lives.”

RWAA is also working towards a school, community, and corporate presentation plan where they will provide education around the Autism spectrum and how people can be more inclusive in today’s society. These presentations will be based around the inspirational stories of its supported racers and will be linked to the story of Canada’s Austin Riley who with his father began the original Racing with Autism program. To learn more about Racing with Autism Australia, search for ‘Racing with Autism Australia’ on Facebook or Instagram. For more information on ACL RACE Series performance engine bearings, visit www.aclperformance.com.au

ACL BACKS THE LOCALS

The Tasmania-based company is supporting a new championship in its home state ACL Bearing Company (Australia) Pty Ltd has been a long-time supporter of Australian Motorsport across the breadth and depth of the country from Grassroots to Supercars. It says it has been thrilled to partner this year with the recently formed Hyundai Excel Racing Tasmania (HERT) series in its home state. The 2022 Tasmanian Championship consists of six rounds and kicked off in March with the final to be held in November, with events alternating between the major Tasmanian tracks of Baskerville and Symmons Plains. “We have been involved with the category in Victoria for the last couple of years and we are excited to be naming rights sponsor for the category in its first full season here in Tassie,” ACL General Manager, Chris Brooks, said. “We developed a RACE Series Performance Engine Bearing product for the Hyundai Excel a few years back and we are excited to be the naming rights

sponsor for the Hyundai Excel Racing Tasmania category in its first full season. “To have such an exciting development category in our home state is a great opportunity to watch the growth of local drivers as they set out on the development of successful motor racing careers.” Brooks said that Tasmania has a rich and successful Motorsport heritage and has produced many fine motorsport exports over the years. It is hoped that HERT will unearth the next crop of drivers to continue the tradition. “We are very pleased to partner with a highly respected, iconic Tasmanian automotive company

for our series,” Hyundai Excel Racing Tasmania President, Craig Twining, said. “The support of ACL will enable HERT to provide a professional administered development race category for developing drivers within the state. “Hyundai Excel racing is growing nationally, and it is a low-cost entry-level category for circuit racing as a development platform for young drivers. The participation at our events is growing with over 20 cars on the grid for the recent rounds.” For more information on Hyundai Excel Racing Tasmania, visit www.facebook.com/x3tas For more information on ACL RACE Series performance engine bearings, visit www.aclperformance.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022

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MARKS 4WD TRANSMISSION HANDBRAKE For the Toyota LandCruiser

Marks 4WD has developed a transmission handbrake upgrade to suit Toyota LandCruisers (VDJ 76/79 Dual Cab/ Wagons). Designed and manufactured at Marks 4WD’s Dingley Headquarters in Victoria, the new handbrake is designed to replace the factory drum in disc setup. Marks 4WD says the factory handbrake is well known for filling with debris, quickly getting out of adjustment and giving the driver little confidence in its effectiveness. Marks 4WD explains it has relocated the handbrake to the transfer case, allowing the brake to be up and out of the road of grime and debris, which it says maximises the servicing life and reduces service intervals.

INTRODUCING NEXT-GEN FORD RANGER ARB ACCESSORIES Two iconic brands have joined forces to bring a best-in-class personalisation of the NextGeneration Ford Ranger

Those behind the strategic collaboration between Ford and ARB say the partnership has resulted in the best range of accessories available, so you can take your new Ford Ranger to the next level. The exclusive partnership offers a wide range of accessories that have undergone a rigorous evaluation process by both Ford and ARB engineers to ensure they are fully compatible with the Next Generation Ford Ranger, delivering optimal integration and performance. The collaboration between Ford and ARB began in early 2019, with ARB and Ford engineers joining forces to design, test, and validate before ultimately manufacturing over 160 Rangerspecific parts. Amongst the range are the following: • Summit Bar

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Ascent Canopy Old Man Emu BP-51 Suspension Rear Step Tow Bar Base Rack Roof Rack Modular Drawer System

You can find the full range of ARB NextGeneration Ford Ranger accessories at your local Ford dealerships, or ARB dealer. For more information, visit www.arb.com.au

FRAM 4WD FILTER KITS A complete servicing solution

A clear advantage of the transmission brake is that it locks the entire drive-train, including all four wheels, when the transfer case is locked in 4WD. As the handbrake is mounted before the differential, you also gain the 3.9:1 differential ratio advantage over braking at the wheels. Marks 4WD says the Transmission handbrake has shown to work exceptionally well in mining environments, offering increased reliability and safety, reduced service intervals and a large 240mm diameter drum designed for 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles with GVMs up to 6000kg Installation of the handbrake is said to be straightforward and supplied with an Adaptor Housing, Handbrake drum, Bash Plate, fitting kit and instructions. For more information on the Marks 4WD Transmission Handbrake or other products, visit www.marks4wd.com or call the Marks 4WD sales team on 03 9552 6555. 106

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Filpro Automotive explains that its range of Fram 4WD Filter Kits cover a wide range of common 4WD models, providing “maximum performance and durability” on and off road. Conveniently packaged in the one box, with one reference number, Filpro explains that the Fram 4WD Filter Kits are the solution for complete servicing requirements. Filpro says that whether it is for off road driving, or the everyday drive, Fram 4WD Filter Kits are optimised for both on and off road performance. Every Fram Filter is designed, developed, tested and manufactured to meet or exceed OEM filtration specifications, with a warranty to meet OE specified vehicle service intervals, and will not void New Car Warranties. Filpro Automotive explains that each Fram 4WD Filter Kit contains Oil Filter, Air Filter, Fuel Filter, and Cabin Air Filter (where required) as follows. Fram Air Filters provide superior protection, for strenuous driving conditions, from idling in heavy traffic, to driving on dusty roads and towing heavy loads. The advanced filter media has been stringently tested and has an increased dirt holding capacitysurpassing ISO 5011 testing standards. Fram Fuel Filters serve a vital function in today’s modern tight-tolerance engine fuel systems, says Filpro Automotive.

By removing rust and dirt particles from petrol or diesel, fuel filters protect fuel pumps and injectors from rapid wear and failure. Fram Oil Filters are ideal for drivers who push their vehicles, whether in stop and go traffic, by towing, or driving in extreme weather conditions. Filpro Automotive states that a blend of cellulose and synthetic microscopic fibres provide an ideal balance of dirt-trapping and dirt-holding capacity, whilst providing optimum oil flow to the engine for lubrication of moving engine parts. Fram Cabin Air Filters (where required) allow travelers inside the vehicle to breathe cleaner air by filtering out pollen, allergens, exhaust fumes, dirt and dust that enter the vehicle through the cooling/heating system. Fram Cabin Air Filters can eliminate up to 98 percent* of these impurities, providing a more enjoyable ride. To find the right filter fitment, visit www.framfilters.com.au to use the online catalogue tool. For further information, contact Filpro Automotive on 08 8193 9675 or info@filpro.com.au *Road dust and pollen particles ranging in size from 5-100 microns.



4WD

NEW WINCH SHACKLE

Saber Offroad says this new shackle is the strongest in its class A new 4x4 winch shackle, made from 7075 aviation-grade aluminium, is the strongest in its class and will make winch recoveries safer, according to Ben Bartlett and Steve Handbury of Saber Offroad. The owners of the leading four-wheel-drive recovery company based in Melbourne say they are significantly changing the 4x4 recovery game in Australia with the release of the new design-registered and patent-pending Saber Alloy Winch Shackle Pro (AWS Pro). “A winch recovery is one of the more dangerous recovery situations you will encounter. At Saber Offroad, we are always looking to innovate by making recovery gear that’s safer, smarter and stronger – and the newly released AWS Pro is a testament to that,” Saber Offroad Director of Product Development, Steve Handbury, said. “The Saber Offroad AWS Pro replaces the need for a standard winch hook and being that it’s made from aircraft-grade alloy and for soft shackle use only, means the overall winch system is lighter, fully contained and therefore safer. “Typically, a winch hook can weigh up to 1.62kg, but the new AWS Pro weighs in at only 900g, giving a 45 percent reduction in weight.” Steve said the company was working through the patent process for AWS Pro as it represented a unique way of connecting the winch shackle to a soft shackle that focused on a much larger bend radius. “The patented channel through the AWS Pro offers optimal support for soft shackles, another safer 4x4 recovery option than the metal bow shackle, and

it also eliminates the risk of damage to the soft shackle, compared to other products with a smaller bend radius,” Steve said. “Any sharp bend in a rope under load decreases its strength substantially and may cause premature damage and failure. Where a rope bends more than 10 degrees across any surface, the diameter of the contact surface should not be less than three times the rope diameter. “A ratio of four to one (or larger) would be better because the rope durability increases as the diameter of the surface over which it is worked increases. “The AWS Pro has a diameter of 60mm, making it almost double the radius required on our larger soft shackles. Its design makes it exclusively for use with soft shackles. “The AWS Pro is the only design of its kind on the market, and conveniently holds the winch rope tightly against the fairlead to protect it, while also allowing for quick and easy use when needed.” Meanwhile, Saber Offroad Founder and Director, Ben Bartlett, said the worldclass design made the AWS Pro the strongest aluminium winch shackle on market. “The AWS Pro is rated to 18,000kg and far lighter than many lower-rated standard winch hooks on the market,” Ben said. “And each batch of our aluminium products are individually tested at a NATA facility in Australia. We believe this is the ultimate winch hook replacement.” The AWS Pro is cleaned, coated, finished and packaged right here in Australia using a number of local Victorian suppliers passionate about their craft. While the CNC work is done offshore, Saber says it is driven to involve Australian manufacturing as much as possible while still allowing the AWS Pro to remain at an obtainable price point.

Key product information: • Manufactured from aircraft grade 7075 aluminium • 40mm thick aluminium, weighing 900g • Winch rope eye is held in place by a 16mm 304 stainless steel pin and internal circlip • Three Rubber Fairlead Engagement Pads (RFEP) softly engage with, and protect the surface of, an aluminium fairlead • Black powder coated finish (from Prismatic Powders USA) gives strong UV stability, and a durable hard-wearing surface • Saber Offroad specific product, designed in-house in Melbourne, Victoria. • Designed and finished in Australia • Batch tested in Australia at a NATA testing facility The Saber Alloy Winch Shackle Pro (AWS Pro) can be purchased from 110 Saber Offroad dealers around the world, or online at the company’s website. For more information, visit www.saberoffroad.com 108

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine July 2022