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MARCH 2020




ABOUT THE COVER NAPA Auto Parts is set to become the most comprehensive aftermarket parts distributor in Australia and New Zealand.

REGULAR DEPARTMENTS Calendar................................................ 6 New Members........................................ 6 AAAA Report ......................................... 7 News..................................................... 8 Products.............................................. 28

Consumer Law.................................... 104 HR Matters........................................ 105 PRTC................................................ 106 4WD.................................................. 110


KEEPING YOU INFORMED Invest in your future success at Autocare 2020............................................................. 8 AAAA celebrates 40 Years of serving the automotive aftermarket..................................... 9 ECB achieves IATF 16949 certification...................................................................... 11 Can the end of Holden provide an opportunity for Australian workshops?........................ 12 The rise (and fall?) of the 4WD.................................................................................. 14 GPC Awards Dinner hailed a success!......................................................................... 15 Bilstein wins multiple reader polls.............................................................................. 19 Vale: John Bruderlin................................................................................................. 21


FEATURES Cover Feature: NAPA - The new name in automotive aftermarket.................................... 22 R&D: Monroe develops suspension for Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior.............................. 24 2019 Innovation Awards: Most Innovative New Product - Chemical ................................. 63 Future Auto Innovations: Milwaukee Tool - Disruptive innovation...................................... 64 Member Feature: LED Autolamps - Lighting the way forward.......................................... 65 Auto Electrical & Lighting: Looking after your customers’ auto electrical & lighting needs.... 66 Brake Clutch & Driveline: All the latest on brakes, clutch & driveline............................... 82 Trade Talk: Leading with passion - Craig Magill.......................................................... 102 Workshop: Autocare speaker makes early trip to Australia............................................ 112


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CALENDAR 2020 Automechanika Dubai Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre 7 – 9 June 2020 www.automechanika-dubai.ae.messefrankfurt.com

Autocare Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre 19 – 20 June 2020 www.autocare.org.au

NEW MEMBERS Auto One Scone 154 Kelly Street SCONE NSW 2337 Ph: 02 6545 2241 E: sspscone@westnet.com.au

Outback Armour Pty Ltd PO Box 500 HAMILTON CENTRAL QLD 4007 Ph: 07 3265 4142 E: lorelle.catelan@outbackarmour.com.au

Capital Auto and Tyre 3/180 Katherine Avenue AMAROO ACT 2914 Ph: 02 6156 8863 E: admin@capitalautoandtyre.com.au

Repco Authorised Service Emu Park (Zilzie Workshop) 2 / 5 Henry Street EMU PARK QLD 4710 Ph: 07 4939 6343 E: zilzieworkshop@bigpond.com

Infastech (Australia) Pty Ltd 92 Logis Boulevard DANDENONG VIC 3175 Ph: 03 9293 8400 E: chris.harding@iefast.com.au

TAPA Show Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Bangkok, Thailand 3 - 5 September 2020 www.thailandautopartsfair.com/

Key Tubing & Electrical Pty Ltd 6 Manfull Street MELROSE PARK SA 5039 Ph: 08 8374 1400 E: ian.mason@kte.com.au

Automechanika Frankfurt Frankfurt AM Main 8 – 12 September 2020 www.automechanika.messefrankfurt.com

Taipei AMPA Hall 1 & 2, Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei, Taiwan 21 – 24 October 2020 www.taipeiampa.com.tw

Norweld Australia 139-143 Hartley Street CAIRNS QLD 4870 Ph: 07 4035 4722 E: isaac@norweld.com.au

Ultimotive Australia Pty Limited Unit 1, 33 Brushwood Avenue KINCUMBER NSW 2251 Ph: 0451 530 109 E: chris@ultimotive.com.au Wuli Pty Ltd 77 Summit Street SHELDON QLD 4157 Ph: 0412 040 203 E: msmeeton@wuli.com.au

AAPEX Sands Expo, Las Vegas, NV 3 – 5 November 2020 www.aapexshow.com

SEMA Las Vegas Convention Center 3 – 6 November 2020 www.semashow.com

Automechanika Shanghai National Exhibition & Convention Center, Puxi, Shanghai 2 – 5 December 2020 www.automechanika-shanghai.hk.messefrankfurt.com

Performance Racing Industry Trade Show Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana 10 – 12 December 2020 www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow

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

Stuart Charity Chief Executive Officer


John Benson (VIC), Davies, Craig Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9369 1234

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Sean Buckley (VIC), Ultra Tune Australia Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9815 9200 Nikki Gerling (VIC), Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9541 5555 Craig Magill (VIC), Burson Automotive Pty Ltd Ph: 03 9914 5555

Darren Robinson (VIC), HELLA Australia Pty Ltd Ph: 1800 061 729 Graham Scudamore-Smith (QLD) Fulcrum Suspensions Pty Ltd Ph: 07 3892 9000

Mark Pedder Chairman


THE LOSS OF AN AUSTRALIAN ICON AND BREAKING NEW GROUND Like the rest of the automotive community, I was deeply saddened to hear the news of General Motors’ decision to ‘retire’ the Holden brand in Australia Holden is about as ‘Aussie’ as it gets and holds a special place in the hearts of many who own or have owned a Holden. It is a great loss to the country and the Australian automotive industry. Implications for more than 600 employees of this iconic brand, plus the large network of dealerships and aftermarket suppliers involved with product and service support, can’t be underestimated. I have directly and indirectly been involved with Holden on several ground-breaking initiatives over the years. In my previous role as Executive Director of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Holden was instrumental in the establishment of the Formula SAE competition in Australia, becoming a consortium member of the project. Over the years Formula SAE has provided hands on opportunities for thousands of student engineers, to develop real world skills in a fun, competition-based environment and reinvigorated automotive engineering at a student level. In addition to this, Holden itself has been responsible for employing and developing a great number of world class engineers, many of whom are now in senior leadership roles across the industry globally. During my time at the Australian Trade Commission in the early 2000s, I also worked with Holden management and their supply chain partners to facilitate the export of the then new Holden Caprice into China. Another significant decision by Holden that has not received enough credit in my opinion, was their commitment in 2014 to become the only car manufacturer to allow the sharing of full dealer level service and repair information with independent workshops across the country. With the recent announcement of Holden’s demise, this commitment will leave Holden owners with peace-of-mind that their vehicles can be serviced and repaired to the manufacturer’s specifications by their workshop of choice for the life of their vehicle. As the year quickly unfolds, we are now only a few short months away from Autocare 2020 which will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre across the 19th and 20th of June. Autocare is an education-led convention, designed to ensure all businesses have access to the latest information and training to enable

them to adapt to the unprecedented change and disruption taking place in our industry. The economic value of electronic content on a modern vehicle now exceeds 40 percent. Each model year brings more and more systems and components that are monitored or controlled by sensors or actuators. Vehicles with active and passive safety systems, pass through technology, embedded telematics (‘connected car’), hybrid, electric and semi-autonomous are on Australian roads today and these vehicles will need to be safely repaired and maintained for their useful life anywhere in Australia. Add to this the complexity of the Australian car parc with 68 brands and over 300 models of vehicles sold, skills shortages, together with the need for automotive technicians to continually upgrade their skills and knowledge and you have a combination of factors that will have a profound impact on every single business at every level of the value chain. Addressing the theme Invest in Your Future Success, Autocare 2020 will feature industry experts from across Australia and the globe. The convention will provide the very latest information and practical tips on how you can tackle these challenges to not only survive, but thrive by taking advantage of the many opportunities that will arise as our industry changes and adapts to this new reality. For further information or to register for this Convention, visit www.autocare.org.au Our recent Victorian Member Networking evening was another landmark event for the AAAA. A record 160 attendees got to experience our new Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) first-hand and heard presentations on the important topics of vehicle standards, modifications and new vehicle technologies. With an undeniable buzz in the room, it was an informative and inspiring evening for all. Another ground-breaking moment for the industry occurred with the announcement at this event that the AIC was able to offer our industry access to a pre-release Chevrolet Silverado 1500. This is significant as it is the first time a vehicle importer has allowed aftermarket manufacturers the opportunity to get a head start on the product development process for parts and accessory

programs on a new vehicle platform. Sessions will be available for measuring, 3D scanning and nondestructive product test fitment and we hope that this will be the first of many such opportunities across a range of vehicle makes and models into the future. A strong area of future growth for our automotive manufacturing sector is exports and the evergrowing global car-parc. With a favourable Australian dollar and Australian designed automotive products globally recognised for their quality and advanced technology, international interest is at an all-time high. To capitalise on this, our specialist Automotive Product Manufacturer and Exporters Council (APMEC) continues to support and promote the interests of Australia’s diverse and internationally competitive automotive components manufacturing sector. The recent APMEC Seminar in Melbourne on March 16th addressed important questions around exporting, entering new marke, overcoming trade issues and cyber-attack prevention. It featured government and industry speakers. These AAAA led activities and industry-firsts are all examples of how we are continually breaking new ground to ensure the best outcomes for our members and to advance the interests of the aftermarket industry. To read more about the impact of Holden’s exit from the Australian market see page 12. For further information on any of these activities, contact the AAAA National Office on 03 9545 3333 or info@aaaa.com.au

STUART CHARITY Chief Executive Officer Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



A GREAT DAY HAD BY ALL A field of 54 golfers enjoyed the latest annual AAAA Golf Day in February The golfing party was made up of members and guests alike who all enjoyed a fantastic day of golf on Friday the 7th of February. Across the golf day, which was held at the Gardiners Run Golf Course in Melbourne, attendees were able to network with their industry colleagues.

Team Denso were the overall winners on the day, with Tycab’s Sam Jackson presenting the award to team members Michael Pettingill, Michael Harman, Arny Awasthi and Dominic Moran (not pictured). The AAAA would like to thank all of our sponsors, without whom this day would not have been possible. Their contribution and support ensures that this automotive aftermarket industry event is a major success.

The sponsors included: • Major Sponsor – Tycab Australia • Pre-Dinner Drinks Sponsor – Capricorn Society • Refreshment Cart Sponsor – Automotive Recruitment • Sunscreen Sponsor – HELLA Australia • Nearest the Pin (Front 9) – Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine • Nearest the Pin (Back 9) – Burson Auto Parts • Longest Drive – Auto Innovation Centre • Hole Sponsor – Alemlube


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INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE SUCCESS AT AUTOCARE 2020 Autocare is Australia’s largest education-led automotive convention Addressing the very latest developments and global trends in the industry, Autocare is designed to transform, grow and inform all businesses involved in the automotive parts, service and repair sector. Hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Autocare will run across the 19th and 20th of June 2020 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Brisbane’s South Bank precinct. Created for the industry, by the industry, Autocare 2020 will bring together thousands of professionals directly involved in the $14 billion Australian automotive parts and mechanical repair industries. Two high profile international automotive aftermarket industry leaders will headline Autocare 2020. Bill Hanvey, the President and CEO of the Auto Care Association in the US, will discuss the threat connected cars and other disruptors present to our industry, and the steps being taken globally to address these; while Frank Massey, regarded as one of the most respected automotive technicians and trainers in the world, will provide advanced training on diesel, DPF and EGR diagnostics and oscilloscopes. Both of these keynote speakers will impart their insights across two, not to be missed sessions. Each of the three concurrent Autocare conference streams will run tailored programs, although registered delegates are able to attend sessions across any of the streams. The streams are: • Mechanical Repair – Technical: advanced training for automotive technicians • Mechanical Repair – Business Improvement: targeting workshop owners and managers • Automotive Suppliers: targeting senior managers from aftermarket parts and accessories companies Each conference stream is designed to help delegates to ‘Invest in Your Future Success’. The conference programs feature respected industry leaders, covering a range of topics that will provide valuable knowledge and training to foster business growth in the fast-changing automotive landscape. To complement the outstanding education programs, there will also be a free Autocare Trade Show. Close to 100 top automotive companies will exhibit products, services and interactive displays while a special demonstration stage will enhance education opportunities and allow companies to

showcase new technology and products. Anyone working in the industry can register for the Trade Show free of charge via www.autocare.org.au To enhance the significant networking and business development opportunities available at Autocare 2020, a special Happy Hour will take place from 4.00pm – 5.00pm at the Trade Show (sponsored by Gates Australia) on Friday the 19th of June ahead Pre-Dinner Drinks (sponsored by MAHA Australia) before the Autocare Gala Dinner (sponsored by Pedders Suspension and Brakes). The industry dinner will host inspirational Zimbabwe auto technician, Taurayi Raymond Sewera, and celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA). “Autocare is a cutting-edge educational forum with practical advice and thought-provoking insights,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said. “Learning where the market is heading and how you can take advantage of changes is a sound investment. “Autocare also provides fantastic networking and business development opportunities. What I love is the positive atmosphere at Autocare – that optimism inspires everyone who attends.” Autocare 2020 will display a number of highperformance race and show cars while also offering a range of interactive exhibits and opportunities to test new products and technology. The recently launched Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) will also exhibit some of its cutting-edge capabilities on offer to the automotive industry. Many of Australia’s top automotive companies have thrown their support behind Autocare 2020, because they understand the importance of this event in sustaining and growing the industry. The Autocare 2020 platinum partner is Repco, and supporting partners include ACM Parts, Burson Automotive, FMP Group, MAHA Australia, Microhouse Australia, Pedders Suspension and Brakes, Ryco Group and ZF Services Australia. There is still a very limited number of exhibition spaces available and a small number of sponsorship opportunities available. For further details, contact nina@iecgroup.com.au


AAAA CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF SERVING THE AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET Across four decades, the AAAA has championed and positively resolved many issues facing the industry The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is celebrating its 40th year serving and protecting the automotive aftermarket industry in 2020. As the only independent, national, memberowned organisation representing the Australian automotive aftermarket, the AAAA has had a wide-reaching and definitive impact on the industry, AAAA members and their customers. In 1980, the AAAA was founded by a group of businesses that became concerned with regulatory developments in Australia and their impact on the automotive aftermarket. Putting aside competitive pressures, they came together as the ‘Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association’ to better serve and protect the industry. The Association was setup as a not-for-profit organisation, operating under the direction of an Executive Director and Board of respected industry representatives. They used their deep experience, underpinned by an inspiring vision and purpose, to pave the way to a prosperous future for the automotive aftermarket. “This year is a special milestone for the AAAA and one we are very proud of,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said. “For 40 years, and through the support of our members, we have acted in the best interest of the industry and continuously affected positive change. “As an association, we can hold our head high and be proud of our achievements.” From humble beginnings under the leadership and vision of founding Executive Director and

President Graham Rose, the industry has seen huge changes across four decades and the AAAA has championed and positively resolved many issues facing the industry. Legalising extractors, eye level brake lights and trolley jacks were some of the first major undertakings of the AAAA in those formative years. Through the 80s and into the 90s, the introduction of fuel injection and the rise of Japanese and European vehicles required market adaption and regulatory support. In more recent times, the burgeoning 4WD modification market and performance scenes have generated growth in the industry, and at the same time, created their own set of challenges and opportunities. The AAAA has also long championed arguably the aftermarket industry’s largest issue of modern times; mandatory data sharing. It was only last year that the Government officially announced that Mandatory Data Sharing would become law. This was a milestone moment for the Association after so many years of work and not only was this result fantastic for the AAAA, but the process of working side-by-side with members to achieve this success was testament to the passion, dedication and teamwork of all involved. “Although we are proud of the past and have learned some important lessons over the course of 40 years, the AAAA continues to look forward,” Stuart said.

“As time has marched on, the AAAA has grown and evolved as an organisation. The world today is more complex and fast paced, and we have to continually adapt to ensure we have the strength, knowledge and resources to effectively represent our members, their customers and the broader industry. “The automotive aftermarket can be assured we will continue to be here for them, in their corner, as we always have been. We look forward to collaborating with members to help them be prepared for what the future holds.” The AAAA will celebrate its 40th anniversary with members and industry stakeholders over the course of the year, including with a special Gala Dinner at Autocare 2020.

Graham Rose at his desk in the St Kilda Road offices of the AAAA.

George Weatherstone and David Tennent.

For more on the AAAA, visit www.aaaa.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



ARE YOU READY FOR THE EOFY? In this column, Capricorn Society Group Chief Executive Officer, David Fraser, updates us on all things Capricorn Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about the EOFY! The EOFY has always been a good time for workshop owners to get a great deal. This is partly due to the specials that appear as equipment suppliers look to move stock and meet their end of year targets. But more so in Australia, it’s due to a little-known tax break, that enables workshop owners to claim an instant asset write off for equipment costing less than $30,000. If eligible, this means you can get the new wheel balancer, diagnostic tools and other workshop equipment you need right now, before claiming the full value back on your 2020 tax return.  Capricorn is helping our Members take advantage of this tax break by providing equipment finance loans. This helps interested Members to update their workshops with new equipment, without having to wear the initial expense outlay themselves. Of course, Capricorn Members benefit all year round from access to favourable finance terms that include $0 set up fees and enable Members to earn Capricorn Rewards Points on the value of any loan, when purchasing equipment from a Capricorn Preferred Supplier. Capricorn Members also have access to interest free, short term loans as another benefit of membership. For any Capricorn Member interested in taking advantage of this tax break, I encourage you to be quick. The Australian Tax Office have indicated that this $30,000 instant asset write off may not be offered again after 30 June 2020. You should also speak to your tax accountant to ensure you are eligible for the tax break. For more information on finance and the many other benefits of Capricorn membership, visit www.capricorn.coop 10

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BATHURST 12 HOUR HOSTS ADVANCED TRAINING BY OPUS IVS Opus IVS Powered by Autologic Advanced Theory and Practical Training was held over three-days during the popular event During the recent Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, a special three-day Opus IVS Powered by Autologic Advanced Theory and Practical Training event was held. On the first day, delegates from all around the country attended the TAFE NSW Bathurst Campus while days two and three were conducted at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour itself from the OpusIVS Pit Garage Suite. OpusIVS trainers focused on BMW M-series, Mercedes AMG, Volkswagen and Audi R and RS and Jaguar R vehicles as well as EV and PHEV systems including practical onvehicle training. In the BMW M-series course, delegates learned a brief history on the M-series cars as well as technical information and common faults on the S variant engines fitted to all M cars from BMW. For Mercedes the course followed a similar structure with a history on the Mercedes AMG vehicles along with common faults and technical training for AMG engine variants. Joe and Joey Vasile of Auto Trans Australia, a leading transmission specialist based in Sydney, shared their knowledge of both six and seven speed DSG transmissions from the VAG range of vehicles. The course detailed how to identify common faults, how to understand the cause of the fault and how to adapt to the vehicle after repair. In the superb facilities of the Opus IVS Pit Garage Suite, delegates enjoyed a session learning about the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology, a future technology Opus IVS says we are likely to see more of as it becomes more available in coming years. Delegates also enjoyed plenty of networking while enjoying the catering on offer with plenty of other activities including a talk from Aussie Racing Cars driver Reece Chapman from Great Lakes Automotive in Forster, NSW.

Reece talked about his experience of using the Autologic legacy products, and the very latest DrivePRO, at his workshop on a daily basis to quickly identify faults on the predominantly European vehicles they see coming through the workshop. Delegates were then taken on a tour of the Aussie Racing Cars paddock area. Other activities included a podium tour and six lucky delegates won the opportunity for a hot lap of the Mount Panorama Circuit in a Mercedes AMG sports car. However, a highlight of the weekend was the grid walk early on Sunday morning, prior to the 12-hour race. Those behind the event said there was simply no better way to enjoy a weekend of training and networking than to share the experience at the OpusIVS Pit Garage suite during the LiquiMoly Bathurst 12 Hour. The organising team sends its thanks to Nigel White and John Ewing and the team at TAFE NSW (Bathurst Campus) as well as Supercars for their help in organising the event.

New ‘Getting to Grips with Diagnostics’ training announced by Opus IVS powered by Autologic Opus IVS Aus/NZ says it will continue to deliver top class training throughout 2020. One of the biggest issues faced when operating in today’s modern workshop is how to handle the complex vehicles that pass-through the door each day. Traditional fault diagnosis can be very time consuming and may lead to misdiagnosis, poor workshop efficiency and worst of all, many nonchargeable hours spent on the job. Opus IVS says its “Getting to Grips with Diagnostics” training has been designed to provide workshop technicians with a quick and efficient guide from fault diagnosis all the way through to resolution, using the DrivePRO diagnostic tool and the Autologic PicoScope product.  “Getting to Grips with Diagnostics” will run at different venues through Australia and NZ throughout 2020. For further information and dates, please visit https://au.autologic.com/autologic-training/seminars


ECB ATTAINS IATF 16949 CERTIFICATION The certification is said to be the highest quality standard recognised by automotive manufacturers East Coast Bullbars, a leading local manufacturer of alloy Frontal Protection Products supplying both the OEM and aftermarket sectors, has announced it has achieved the globally recognised IATF16949 certification. It explains that this certification is recognised as the highest international quality standard in the automotive industry. The certification covers all of the company’s Clontarf Manufacturing and finishing factories, R&D and warehousing facilities and ECB says it solidifies its commitment to operate at the world’s best standards. Both of the company’s Clontarf Manufacturing and finishing sites also hold ISO 9001 certification. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949 is a certification that denotes requirements for a quality management system for organisations within the automotive industry. To qualify and meet certification requirements, both ECB’s Clontarf Manufacturing and finishing facilities underwent a thorough and exhaustive certification assessment, which consists of a two-stage audit that is based on the stringent automotive requirements. “This highly recognised international certification

creates a solid foundation for the business to grow from, creating further opportunity in new market segments where this level of certification is required to become supply partners,” East Coast Bullbars General Manager, Duane Rutherfurd, said. “Segments such as OEM, government, defence, fleet and mining will provide opportunity for ECB to deliver on our future growth strategy and will ensure ECB continues to manufacture all our products here in Australia and strengthen our position for our partners and staff alike. “Being one of a small handful of businesses in Australia to hold this level of accreditation certainly has ECB excited about our future opportunities. “This certification could not have been achieved without all of our 95 employees turning up each and every day and contributing over the past 12 months to deliver this result, I am extremely proud of the entire team to be able to achieve this global accreditation within a 12 month period.” East Coast Bullbars is a subsidiary of the AMA Group Ltd. (ASX: AMA). Manufacturers of Alloy Nudge Bars and Bullbars since 1971, ECB is an Australian owned company and its products are

available at over 500 outlets throughout Australia and several countries worldwide. Its products are manufactured using a hi-tensile alloy and are designed to be “lighter, stronger, better” and 49 years on, ECB says it is the largest private employer on the Moreton Bay Peninsula with over 95 employees. Every East Coast Bullbars product is ADR compliant, airbag compatible, and covered by ECB’s exclusive lifetime warranty. For more information about IATF16949, please visit www.iatfglobaloversight.org/ iatf-169492016/about/ For more information about ECB, please visit www.ecb.com.au

BOSCH AUSTRALIA TO HELP WILDFIRE VICTIMS $500,000 donation announced In response to the catastrophic bushfires that affected communities across Australia, Bosch Australia has pledged a corporate donation of AUD$0.5 million in aid to provide assistance and support to communities. The funds will be allocated to an appropriate project in the first quarter of 2020. “It’s critical that businesses are a part of the rescue effort for devastated communities at a time like this. The economic impact of this crisis is likely to deepen. We must make sure that the response and rescue effort by businesses reflects the scale of the disaster,” Bosch Oceania President, Gavin Smith, said.

activity by hosting events, meetings, and conferences in bushfire-affected communities when it is safe to do so. “This is a great initiative, by pledging to hold events in these small towns, we are helping affected communities get back on their feet. We are supporting what will be a long and difficult recovery process”, Gavin said. This pledge has already been fulfilled by the Bosch Automotive Electronics division. It held a leadership retreat in Beechworth for two-days in late-February, with more divisions to follow suit in the coming months.

Further to this, in January, Bosch Australia announced it will take part in the Victorian Government’s Business and Sport for Bushfire Recovery Program.

The leadership retreat hosted Jenny O’Connor, the Mayor and CEO of Indigo Shire Council. Jenny spoke to the group about leadership in a time of challenge including how business can support regions under economic pressure.

Along with other businesses, sporting organisations and government agencies, Bosch Australia says it aims to stimulate economic

As a global company, the Bosch Group employs roughly 403,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). Bosch Australia has

From left to right: Actor Rachel Griffiths, CEO Visit Victoria Brendan McClements, Premier Daniel Andrews, General Manager Clubs & Broadcasting, Australian Football League Travis Auld, The Hon. Martin Pakula and Bosch Australia President Gavin Smith.

communicated to associates globally that now is the time to visit Australia – although bushfires have torn through communities, these towns rely on tourism to survive, and associates have been strongly encouraged to take a trip Down Under. For more from Bosch Australia, visit www.bosch.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



FILPRO ACQUIRES CAN THE END OF HOLDEN PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AUSTRALIAN POWERDOWN WORKSHOPS? Filpro says the acquisition strengthens its position in the automotive aftermarket and suspension industry

Filpro Automotive, a supplier of automotive aftermarket products, acquired ride control components manufacturer Powerdown Australia on the 18th of February, 2020. Under the acquisition agreement, Powerdown will continue to manufacture and/or distribute all current Powerdown branded OEM and aftermarket products for trucks, heavy commercial trailers, buses and light commercial vehicles; and RAW 4x4 branded products for four-wheel drive vehicles.

Filpro Australasia Managing Director Roger Lassen (Left) with outgoing Powerdown Managing Director, Bruce Gatgens.

The announcement was made at the Powerdown annual sales conference in Newcastle by the Founder and outgoing Managing Director of Powerdown, Bruce Gatgens. Roger Lassen, the Managing Director of Filpro Automotive Australasia, will be taking the reins by incorporating Powerdown into the Filpro Automotive group. Filpro Automotive has established warehousing and distribution networks within New Zealand and Australia and has partnered with market leading brands and world class manufacturers to deliver a range of industry-leading products including FRAM Filters, Safeline Brakes, Indy Oil, Prestone, Redex, Simoniz and Holts products. The Group’s manufacturing capabilities and extensive distribution network will reportedly greatly expand the availability of Powerdown’s suspension products to customers in Australia, New Zealand, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the US. Combined with the vast resources available to Filpro Automotive, Powerdown brings 37 years’ experience in the heavy vehicle industry. For more information, visit www.filpro.com or www.powerdown.com.au 12

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ACA Research, the AAAA’s partner in the AAAA Aftermarket Dashboard, takes a look at the demise of Holden Holden’s retirement from the Australian market has been widely publicised, with the loss of 600 – 800 jobs expected from the Design and Operations Office in Melbourne and the test track at Lang Lang to mark the end of its proud 78-year history. Although GM’s decision to shut the brand is ultimately not that surprising given recent sales history and its global shift away from right hand drive markets, it has caused a certain level of anxiety within the sector. Afterall, if an iconic Australian brand like Holden isn’t viable, what does that mean for other brands in the highly competitive Australian market? Looking to the future, Holden’s press release attempts to reassure customers by offering servicing and spare parts through an aftersales network for at least 10 years. At this time however, the specifics of these networks are unclear. While it appears that dealers within the existing network will be provided the opportunity to remain Holden service centres, we’re unsure at this time how many will take up that option, and how the offer would be promoted in practice. As of February 2019, there were almost 2.2 million Holdens in the Australian car parc. While many of them are older, out of warranty vehicles, almost one in six were purchased within the past five years. As can be seen in the table below, these vehicles are most likely to be serviced within the dealer network, but we do still have 634,430 Holdens that are currently returning to dealer workshops for their servicing and maintenance needs. Age of vehicle Number of Holdens  in Car Parc

Number serviced at dealership

< 5 Years



5 – 9 Years



10 or more years






Note. Dealership servicing estimates based on ACA Research Consumer Automotive Survey Given the level of uncertainty around Holden’s future plans, and the fact that customers don’t need to service their vehicles at a Holden dealership to maintain warranty coverage, this provides a significant opportunity for independent and chain workshops to pick up a share of this business.  Obviously though, you need to know whether

there’s enough Holdens in your area to make it worthwhile. For a workshop operator, this demonstrates the importance of having a sound understanding of your local area. To help with this, we’ve pulled out the LGA with the greatest number of Holdens in each state or territory. Looking at the data, if you are operating a workshop in Blacktown in Sydney, Casey in Melbourne, or Playford in Adelaide, then it’s probably worth trying to chase down some business. LGA  LGA  Total Vehicles  Number of  Holdens  NSW  QLD  VIC  ACT  WA  SA  TAS  NT 

Blacktown Brisbane   Casey Canberra  Swan  Playford  Glenorchy  Darwin 

313,348   979,119   283,270   265,695   134,871   87,365   67,023   70,452  

34,883   78,166   43,215   26,150   18,359   21,803   9,178   5,857

On top of this, AAAA members can supplement this by using the local car parc data. This tool (accessed through the member area on the AAAA website), lets members go deeper by breaking out the top makes and models by the age of vehicle. Using this data, and assuming that around two thirds of the vehicles under warranty will be serviced within the dealer network, it becomes easier to estimate the possible size of the prize.   There is no doubt that GM’s decision to axe Holden has caused widespread sadness amongst Australians – including its competitors at Ford, who thanked Holden for “keeping us on our toes and inspiring us to keep aiming higher.” It would however be unwise to overlook the automotive aftermarket opportunities that could be gained from such a loss, which could help grow revenue for local businesses.  This article was prepared for AAA Magazine by ACA Research, our 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


THE RISE (AND FALL?) OF THE 4WD Australia is a large country made up of diverse terrains, and wide-open spaces Given this, it is no surprise that Four Wheel Drives have long been a popular option on Australian roads. For some, they are the secret to the ultimate boys’ weekend, for others they are the key that unlocks adventurous family holidays roaming the outback, or driving down sand dunes; and for others still, they are an essential tool for business. In the past 10 years, more than three million 4WD vehicles have been sold in Australia. ACA Research, our partners in the AAAA Aftermarket Dashboard, say that in pulling that figure apart, some clear trends emerge which align with changing consumer preferences over the past decade.

Looking at the vehicles currently on our roads, ACA Research points out that pre-2010 models are made up mostly of the traditional workhorses which paved the way for off-road activities such as fishing and camping. Moving into the 2010s, we start to see a notable shift as utes came into vogue. While this was driven by fleet purchases, in many cases these vehicles were doing double duty, carrying a load of tools during the week and a load of sporting equipment on the weekend. More recently again, the past five years have seen the rise of the SUV, becoming the family car of choice.

% split of 4x4 and 4x2 models over time (total market view)

Exploring the first cohort in more detail, we see vehicles with a rich off-road legacy. There is no question that the Landcruiser and Nissan Patrol are quite happy working their way around the countryside, albeit on many occasions they were also the precursors to today’s Mazda CX-5s on the school run. Looking at these vehicles though, we can see that in the majority of cases, they were either only being sold as 4WDs, or that the 4WD variant made up the vast majority of sales. Let us focus now on the ute, which dominated 4WD sales between 2010 and 2014. Whilst utes began rolling off the production line in 1934, David Ford, former Chief Engineer of Ford Australia, pointed out that “the earliest

utes didn’t have anything like the present level of suspension technology.” As we move into the 2010s, we see a clear shift in 4x4 sales, with many of the top selling utes being sold as 4x4 varieties, which allowed owners to use their vehicles for both work and play. As utes have evolved, they’ve also made the leap from the traditional workhorses into luxury and sports models designed to cater to a growing desire to own a ‘truck’. In the years since 2015, we’ve seen a similar transition for the SUV, which now sees consumers focusing less on offroad capabilities and more on add-ons such as enhanced safety, high tech connectivity, or greater levels of comfort.

Looking out into the future, SUVs and utes both appear to be here for the long haul. Despite less of a focus on 4WD models in the past five years, new models coming to market seem to be offering strong off-road capabilities regardless, with the Mercedes-Benx GLB including 4WD and drive modes suited to rougher terrains, while the SsangYong Rexton is an SUV model based on a ute. As such, ACA Research thinks we can safely say that the 4WD is far from dead when it comes to Australian roads. This column was prepared for AAA Magazine by ACA Research, our 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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AUSTRALIA SLOW ON EV TAKE-UP But EVUp expects current numbers of electric vehicles to increase rapidly AAAA member company and EV expert, EVUp, says the question of ‘how many electric vehicles are there in Australia’ is a bit of a tricky one to answer as Tesla doesn’t release its sales figures, but states there are roughly up to 20,000 EVs on the road in Australia currently. EVUp says this number is pretty insignificant when you consider there were 19.2 million registered vehicles in 2018 and 19.5 million in 2019. In fact, it states EV sales in Australia are much lower than comparable developed countries and we’re almost at the bottom of the EV uptake list for OECD members. However, it explains due to the delivery roll out of the Tesla Model 3 and the popular Gen 2 Nissan LEAF, the numbers of EVs on Australian roads have doubled in just the last three months. Some legacy manufacturers are now picking up their EV game to catch industry disruptors like Tesla and Rivian, and many experts are expecting the rapid sales trajectory to continue. EVUp says this expectation is backed by evidence from a 2018 Roy Morgan poll that showed a slow decline in public interest for diesel vehicles, but

a steady increase in interest in purchasing an EV. There is also plenty to suggest Australian drivers are holding off on the purchase of a new car until an electric vehicle that meets their size, range and price requirements comes on the market. Globally, there are over 5.6 million EVs on the road. More than 2.6 million of them are in China alone, a figure that doubled within the space of 12 months. In Norway, strong climate targets have led to a 60 percent market share for electric vehicles, a number which could be higher if not for the waiting lists as dealers struggle to import enough vehicles. Elsewhere in Europe, the continued rapid uptake of electric vehicles is now a certainty following policy decisions, such as that by the British Government recently that new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars will no longer be sold after 2035. While Australia is slow on the uptake, EVUp says we can’t help but follow the rest of the world in transitioning to low-emission, zero-tailpipe vehicles. However, EVUp says that we can expect to see a good mix of premium and family-budget-friendly

electric vehicles enter the Australian market throughout 2020. The MG ZS EV, Mini Cooper SE hatchback, Polestar 2 and Glory EV will be priced in the $40,000 to mid-$60,000 range, putting them almost at price parity with ICE counterparts. The Tesla Model Y price is still unknown, but the Audi e-Tron, Mercedes Benz EQC and Porsche Taycan will all cost you over six figures, however the Volvo XC40 is a little lower, starting at $73,000. EVUp has a team of electric vehicle charging infrastructure specialists who are creating an intelligent, integrated and connected network of AC and DC charging for Australian EV owners. For more information about providing EV charging for your customers visit www.evup.com.au, call EVUp’s Emma Sutcliffe on 0409 040 499 or email emma@evup.com.au

GPC AWARDS DINNER HAILED A SUCCESS! The inaugural GPC Asia Pacific Hall of Fame Supplier Awards Dinner (formerly Repco Hall of Fame) was held on the Gold Coast on Tuesday February 18, 2020 This year marked the first year the awards night recognised the best suppliers to not only Repco, but also the wider GPC Asia Pacific group of businesses including NAPA and its other trade businesses, in a reflection of the single vision of the Group. The warm and humid conditions didn’t stop some of the best Australasian automotive aftermarket suppliers stepping out to celebrate a tough but successful 2019. Spirits were high and nominees were suitably excited. Laughing, reflecting and celebrating was as common as networking and

introductions, as attendees took the opportunity to meet new faces and suppliers from across the wider GPC Asia Pacific business. Mark ‘Beretts’ Beretta provided MC duties for the special evening, which is regarded by many suppliers as one of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Mark is no stranger to sport and motorsport, best known for his time as Sport Presenter on Breakfast TV show ‘Sunrise,’ and as a host of Seven’s major sport broadcasts, including the Bathurst 1000. Prestolite Electric Inc took home Best New Product for its innovative work on the M128 Starter Motor range; while Milwaukee took out the Digital Activation Award in a fantastic reflection of the work put into this new strategic partnership. Other winners included Penrite, Century Yuasa, Castrol and Ryco; each veterans of the Hall of Fame having all won awards in previous years.

Paul Maclean, Strategic Account Manager, Transportation, Milwaukee with Brett Jennings, General Manager Consumer Merchandise.

Brown and Watson Industries were the stars of the night, with a total of five nominations and three wins, including the most prestigious award: GPC Asia Pacific Supplier of the Year.

Shayne Quaile, General Manager Merchandise Automotive Specialist accepting on behalf of Prestolite Electric Inc.

The big news to be unveiled during presentations was the GPC APAC’s big plan for a new superstore concept, titled REPCO MAX. “Repco is taking it to the Max. This will be the very best of what Repco has to offer and truly represent our customer value proposition,” Repco Australia Executive General Manager, Wayne Bryant, said. The first of its kind store will be located at Logan City (Brisbane) at the current NAPA Auto Parts site and will feature a 1400sqm store, special garage equipment ranges, a market-leading car care offer and unrivalled service from the same team managing the store currently. A full wrap up of the night can be found on pages 56 – 59. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



COOL CUSTOMERS DBC2 CELEBRATES 20 YEARS Adrad has developed partnerships with quality suppliers from around the world Adrad says it maintains close relationships with these key manufacturers and indeed, with a number of suppliers it has enjoyed long associations spanning decades. Koyorad’s Chairman and senior executives from the company’s Japan and Singapore operations were recently welcomed at Adrad’s head office in Beverley, South Australia.

The Australian automotive aftermarket is arguably in the best shape in its history

One marketing agency that’s ridden the ups and downs as the industry has become such a significant player in the economic landscape is DBC2. In 2020 the specialist auto marketing agency celebrates its 20th year and its Founder and Managing Director, Dale Brittain, says it is the only full-service marketing agency that services the auto aftermarket exclusively; proudly representing some of the biggest and smallest brands in the industry. “It’s humbling to think that a business that started from a desk in my spare bedroom is about to go into its 21st year. From very simple beginnings, we now employ a dozen talented people and are about to open our third location, which will be a bold venture in Sydney,” Dale said.

(L – R) Mr Kazumoto Ejiri - Chairman Koyorad, Mr Takuma Ejiri - Vice President Koyorad Singapore, Mr Don Cormack - CEO Adrad Group of Companies, Ms Ayu Ejiri - Business Development Manager Koyorad Japan, Mr Shane Brown - Product Development Manager Adrad Aftermarket and Mr Effendy Wong - Sales Director Koyorad Singapore at the Adrad head office.

Adrad says face-to-face meetings such as these are held regularly to grow and strengthen connections between the businesses and also to identity and develop future opportunities that are mutually beneficial. Adrad Owner and Managing Director, Gary Washington, has a long association with Koyorad spanning more than 20 years and was instrumental in helping to grow distribution of Koyorad aftermarket parts in both Australia and New Zealand. Koyorad radiators and Koyoair A/C condensers are significant products in Adrad’s heat exchange and air conditioning parts range. “Koyorad and Adrad share similar values as manufacturers. Both are dedicated to producing and supplying the highest quality products for our markets,” Gary said. These products are available everywhere that you can buy Adrad parts including Natrad outlets and Adrad Radiator Experts workshops. For assistance locating your nearest outlet, please contact Adrad on 1800 882 043. 16

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“Like any small business, we’ve had our fair share of tough times but there’s no doubt that remaining 100 percent focused on the auto aftermarket and becoming a specialist in our industry has been the key to our longevity.

are passionate about the subject matter. We have a fantastic team of people now at DBC2 and I am incredibly proud of that.”

“We’ve been tempted many times to venture outside of the aftermarket but staying true to what we know and are passionate about was the best decision we could have made. The compliments we consistently receive from clients is that ‘we just get it’ and for me, there could be no better accolade.”

“In 2010, at the start of our second decade in business, we opened DBC2 Digital offering digital and content marketing services,” Dale said.

DBC2 originally started as DBC (standing for Dale Brittain Consultancy) and was headquartered in Canberra. In 2010, the business relocated to Melbourne and rebranded to DBC2. “When we moved to Melbourne, the home of the auto aftermarket, the opportunities were far greater that we could even have imagined. We grew very quickly: five staff become 10 almost overnight and if I’m completely honest, we probably grew too fast. Personally I learnt a lot during those first two years in Melbourne and we are a better business because of the mistakes we made,” Dale said. “One of best learnings was to employ car people and turn them into great marketers, not employ marketers and turn them into car people. Our staff learn and develop so much better when they

So where does DBC2 go from here?

“At the time, almost all of our clients thought we were going insane. The industry just wasn’t ready for it then. We had to wait three years before clients were prepared to move some of their budgets from traditional marketing and then after five years, wow, it just took off. “Digital marketing now represents 80 percent of business mix and I’m so grateful we had the foresight to be ahead of the game. As we move into our third decade, there are two major areas we will be working with our clients on. “We need to continue to refine our digital marketing into a bona fide sales tool, not just a marketing tool. Ultimately, it’s now about getting proper ROI from digital spends. “Secondly, we need to understand better the rapid car parc change that’s hitting the industry as we speak. As this change rolls out, there are so many opportunities for aftermarket businesses to capitalise. We want to be at the forefront of this.” As DBC2 recognises its 20th year, the agency has developed both a celebratory 20-year logo and Mustang race car livery that will be seen throughout the year. For more information, visit www.dbc2.com.au


REDARC ADOPTS ICONIC LOGO Redarc Electronics will now carry the Australian Made logo Redarc Electronics celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2019 and now this family-owned, South Australian company is continuing its celebration of Australian manufacturing and Australian-made products in 2020. On the 27th of February, Redarc celebrated its partnership with the Australian Made Campaign by officially launching the iconic Australian Made logo. “It’s fantastic that Redarc has chosen to celebrate its Australian credentials by carrying the trusted Australian Made logo on its products,” Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive Officer, Ben Lazzaro, said. “While Redarc is making a powerful statement about its product offering, it is also demonstrating its commitment to promoting local manufacturing and its support of the local electronic products industry.” Redarc researches, designs, develops and manufactures advanced electronic products in South Australia. It is well known for its range of electronic voltage converters, power supplies, DC to DC battery chargers, brake controllers and trailer braking products. After 40 years in business, Redarc says it is still determined to continue to excel as a manufacturer in Australia.

“With a growing export portfolio, the time was right to bring more attention to our Australian-made products, because we believe that ‘Australian Made’ is a point of competitive advantage,” Redarc Managing Director, Anthony Kittel, said. “We know that fellow Australians also feel strongly about supporting local industry, and using the Australian Made logo is the easiest way for customers to identify these products.”

Australian Made and tested for Australia’s harshest conditions “When a product is known to be made in Australia, there is an immediate connection to higher quality standards,” Anthony said. To ensure that quality remains Redarc’s hallmark, it says its products are built and tested for Australia’s harsh conditions while its state-ofthe-art manufacturing and testing capability coupled with continuous improvement processes means that Redarc products benefit from an everincreasing level of durability. In export markets, the Australian Made logo makes the ‘Australian connection’ instantly and clearly, providing recognisable third-party accreditation and delivering confidence to consumers. Redarc is currently taking its domestically proven products to relevant export markets including

Redarc Group Managing Director, Anthony Kittel with Australia Made Campaign Chief Executive Officer, Ben Lazzaro and Sales Manager, Astrid Wemyss-Smith.

North America (USA, Canada, Mexico), the UK and Europe, New Zealand, the Middle East, South Korea and South Africa. “Australian Made is a strength that we place front and centre in our communications, and the logo is a brilliant tool that reinforces this message visually,” Anthony said. The Australian Made logo will make its debut on many of Redarc’s popular products including its range of Tow-Pro Electric Trailer Brake Controllers; gauges; BCDC In-vehicle Battery Chargers; Battery Management Systems such as The Manager series; its recently launched control and distribution system, RedVision; safety products such as the Truck Roll Over Sensor and Battery Master Isolation Switch; and many more. For more information, visit www.redarc.com.au

IAG TO CREATE ONE STOP MOTOR SHOP With purchase of NRMA MotorServe In late January, IAG finalised an agreement to acquire the NRMA’s MotorServe business, providing a range of services for customers including mechanical vehicle repairs, safety inspections and general servicing at 23 sites in NSW and the ACT. IAG Chief Executive Officer Australia, Mark Milliner, said the agreement – which was announced in-principle in November – followed the success of a IAG trial at the NRMA MotorServe at Seven Hills Sydney, which focused on providing the most convenient experience for customers following an accident. “We’ve been exploring ways to deliver real change in how our customers experience the motor claims repair process, from the moment they lodge a claim to when they pick up their car. Our focus is on customer convenience and getting cars back on the road quickly with a quality repair,” Mark said. “The NRMA MotorServe business fits in well with IAG’s strategy to provide a one-stop-shop for our

customers and now includes mechanical repairs and car servicing, as part of our enhanced Motor Repair Model. “An element of this model is our use of customer hubs – one-stop facilities serving customers in metropolitan areas as a single drop-off and pick-up point. “This will reduce the time currently spent on multiple trips to have a vehicle assessed, quoted and then repaired. Depending on their policy, customers will be able to pick-up a hire car onsite to keep them mobile or will be provided a taxi voucher. “We’ve had great feedback from our customers who took part in the trial and we look forward to exploring how NRMA’s MotorServe team can support our customers into the future as part of IAG.” NRMA Group Chief Executive Officer, Rohan Lund, said the agreement would result in a better customer service experience for IAG customers and NRMA Members.

“Delivering a positive customer service experience is a key focus for both NRMA and IAG and (this agreement) will help deliver this to our customers and Members,” Rohan said. “By working together we can ensure better outcomes for people getting their cars serviced or repaired. MotorServe locations will help IAG grow in the automotive market and this is great news for customers and employees.” The agreement will cover IAG brands including NRMA Insurance, CGU Insurance and WFI Insurance. For more information, visit www.iag.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



SHOWS RESCHEDULED Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City, the Auto Maintenance and Repair Expo, TAPA 2020 and the AMPA 3-in-1 show have all been postponed in the wake of Novel Coronavirus concerns Following the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, a number of key industry shows originally scheduled to be hosted across March and April have been postponed until later in the year. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it had listed the Novel Coronavirus outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The assessment signifies that the spread of the virus has become a public health risk, thus, the WHO calls for greater international collaboration on disease control.

Following the outbreak and subsequent concerns by exhibitors and visitors over event participation in combination with international travel restrictions implemented by many countries, show organisers have made the decision to postpone their respective events as follows:

2020 Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City (AMHCM) AMHCM was scheduled to be held in Ho Chi Minh City across March 5-7, 2020. At the time of printing, show organisers Messe Frankfurt were preparing to release updated show dates and details in the near future.

The Auto Maintenance and Repair Expo (AMR) AMR was to be held in Beijing across March 15-18, 2020. At the time of printing, show organisers Messe Frankfurt were preparing to release updated show dates and details in the near future.

2020 Thailand International Auto Parts and Accessories Show (TAPA 2020) TAPA 2020 was scheduled to be held across April 2-5, 2020 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre. It has now been rescheduled by organisers to September 3-5.

AMPA 3-in-1 The 2020 AMPA 3-in-1 show, which includes the Taipei AMPA, Autotronics Taipei and Motorcycle Taiwan shows, was to be held across April 15- 18, 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center (TaiNEX) in Taipei. Show organisers TAITRA have now confirmed the event will be postponed to October 21-24 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 2 (TaiNEX 2). For more information and updates, please visit the following show websites: • www.automechanika-hcmc.com • www.amr-china.cn • www.thailandautopartsfair.com • www.taipeiampa.com.tw

AUTO ONE EVOLUTION UNVEILED Exciting new plans for the reseller were revealed at its Business Forum and Awards Dinner National Automotive parts and accessories reseller Auto One marked a significant transitional year by hosting a successful Business Forum and Awards Dinner at the Sofitel Hotel in Sydney on the 29th of November 2019. Last year saw the group re-position itself with the launch of a new Member agreement, a new consumer led branding and advertising strategy and an investment in key infrastructure projects. 2019 also marked the 30th anniversary for the business, and the Business Forum and Awards dinner provided an opportunity to engage with store owners and thank the groups’ valued supplier partners. “Our 30th year has been one of transformation which will provide the foundation for the group to continue to grow into the future,” Auto One Managing Director, Andrew Boath, said. “Our group is re-investing to ensure we can meet the current and future needs of the customer in retail, the trade and on-line.” Auto One’s central focus will be a fast-tracked implementation of a national ERP system, 18

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providing improved efficiency at store level and a framework to introduce an Ecommerce platform to the market. The group will also look to expand its distribution network and has already invested in key personnel to drive greater returns to its stores. The November event featured both Member only and supplier partner business sessions throughout the day and culminated in Auto One’s traditional Awards dinner in the evening. Members were updated with details of the new national marketing and advertising strategy which is set for launch in early 2020. “The group is undertaking an unprecedented investment in a co-ordinated national marketing plan which was shared at the Business Forum,” Andrew said. “The feedback has been tremendous, and we are all excited about what is to come in 2020 and beyond.” The Member awards acknowledged the best performers in many areas including corporate

identity, merchandising, and the coveted award of Auto One store of the Year. Simon Hall and Karl Witzlsperger from Auto One Castle Hill (NSW) took out store of the year in the up to $1.5 million revenue category. For the second year in succession, Rachael and Ross McKinlay were awarded store of the year in the $1.5 - $2.5 million category for continued excellence at their Windsor (NSW) outlet; while for the sixth time, Brad Markovic and his team in Kalamunda (WA) were awarded Auto One store of the year for revenue of $2.5m and above. The national Auto One supplier of the year was awarded to John Firth and the tremendous field team at Penrite. For more from Auto One visit www.autoone.com.au


BILSTEIN WINS MULTIPLE READER POLLS The company has been recognised for its suspension technology and shock absorbers Success on the race track can be measured by lap times, but in other respects the benchmarks for success are difficult to define. The reader polls of various publishers are an important indicator, says Bilstein, and in 2019 the company once again won several titles in important categories. The latest addition to the trophy cabinet is “The Best Brands of All Time” award from the German car magazine “Auto Bild.” In the “Sports suspensions” category, 62.77 percent of the readers voted for Bilstein, while the best competitor only achieved 37.23 percent. The shock absorber experts also set another benchmark when it came to the 27th Sport Auto Award. In that poll, 12,352 people chose their favourite brands from 19 categories and Bilstein was ranked as the Best Brand with 70.2 percent in the “Shock absorbers” category. That was already the 13th victory in a row and Bilstein was even able to improve its previous result – the company also made it to the top of the podium in the “Sports suspensions” segment, where 65.7 percent of reader votes underscored a clear victory. The complete result can be read in “Sport Auto” issue 12/2019, which was published on the 22nd of November 2019.

Bilstein says it was also once again featured in the lavish coffee-table book “German standards – Brands of the century” in 2019. The book from the renowned “Die Zeit” publishing group covers 200 popular and outstanding German brands, which were chosen according to a demanding qualification process. Good news has also come from Switzerland with the “Auto Illustrierte” magazine asking their readers to choose the “Best of Brands” from 433 companies and 16 categories. In the “Suspension” segment, Bilstein was victorious with 21.30 percent of the vote with the next best company achieving less than 11 percent of the votes. In the “Auto Zeitung Top Brand 2019” poll, 26 percent of readers of the “Auto Zeitung” magazine ranked Bilstein first in the “Sports suspensions” category which resulted in the award of the “Golden Top Brands 2019” seal. The German suspension specialist says it was thus able to leave all its well-known competitors behind. In the “Best Brands” reader poll for “Auto Motor Und Sport,” which took place for the 14th time and is reportedly regarded as one of the most

prestigious brand awards, 68.3 percent of readers were convinced by Bilstein sports suspensions, leading to a first place in the coveted category. Fans of classic cars also rely on Bilstein with this shown by the vote for “Best Brand” in the “Suspension” category by the readers of “Motor Klassik” and Bilstein says the racing scene loves its products too with the results of the latest reader poll published by the “Motorsprot Aktuell” racing magazine firmly underlining this. Here, Bilstein became the Best Brand in the categories of “Sports suspensions” (64.2 percent) and “Coilover suspensions” (52.3 percent). Bilstein would like to express its sincere thanks for the numerous votes and the great trust. It says that of course, the company will not rest on its laurels and will continue to do its best on the road and on the racetrack. For more information, visit www.bilstein.com.au

BURSON AUTO PARTS CELEBRATES DAYCO Burson Auto Parts has recognised Dayco Australia as Supplier of the Year for the second consecutive time Dayco Australia has been presented with its second consecutive Burson Auto Parts Supplier of the Year Award at the Bapcor Supplier Awards Dinner held at Melbourne’s Park Hyatt Hotel on Tuesday February 4. Dayco Australia has once again gained this prestigious accolade against strong local and global supplier competition, voted by Australia’s preferred trade supplier of automotive parts. In addition to receiving this award, Dayco Australia was also ranked in the Bapcor New Zealand/BNT top three finalists for the New Zealand Supplier of the Year Award.   “We were delighted to win this award last year and we were very proud to have won it against such strong competition. To win it again this year is truly an outstanding achievement,” Dayco Australia Managing Director and Vice President Aftermarket Asia Pacific, Arnold Mouw, said.   “It is also a tribute to the hard-working team that we have at Dayco Australia.  “We were up against the best of the best, so this award speaks volumes for the efforts of our entire

team both at our head office and distribution centre in Hallam and our dedicated team at Wagga who have ensured that our product quality and supply continues to meet and exceed the expectations of our largest customer.” Dayco Australia says its recent extension and modernisation of its Hallam (Victoria) based warehousing and distribution centre has also ensured that Burson Auto Parts and all of Dayco’s Australian and New Zealand based customers are provided with the most extensive Dayco aftermarket product range along with excellent customer service. “Dayco Australia continues to extend the boundaries of excellent customer service and this award reflects the efforts of our Australian team to ensure customer satisfaction,” Dayco Global Aftermarket President, Bruno Vallillo, said. “We strive to be the supplier of choice for all of our customers around the world, so for Dayco Australia to achieve this with Burson Auto Parts across two consecutive years is outstanding.” The entertaining cocktail and dinner event in

(From left) Bapcor Chief Operating Officer Jeff Nicol, Dayco Australia Managing Director and Vice President Aftermarket Asia Pacific, Arnold Mouw, Executive General Manager - Burson Trade Craig Magill, Dayco Australia Business Development Manager James Barrett and Bapcor Chief Executive Officer Darryl Abotomey.

Melbourne gathered most of Burson Auto Parts’ and Bapcor group company suppliers, making it an enjoyable night of networking and socialising. Bapcor Chief Executive Officer, Darryl Abotomey, provided a detailed briefing relating to the current and future plans for the ever growing Bapcor group of companies, which now has an unparalleled footprint of 1,000 locations across Australia and New Zealand. Dayco Australia says it is honoured to be recognised for a second consecutive year as the Burson Auto Parts Supplier of the Year. For more from Dayco Australia, visit www.dayco.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUTO ONE SINGLETON Auto One Singleton is a strong supplier to the local mechanical trade along with farming and mining companies The Auto One group is celebrating the transition of its A1 Autoparts Singleton outlet to an Auto One store, with the successful rebranding being completed late last year in time for the 2019 Christmas promotions.

The store formally known as Mike’s Auto Parts was purchased by the group in October 2018 and is led by well-known local Adam Thiecke, who has managed the store for several years. “The Singleton store is the first store in our group to transition from A1 Autoparts to Auto One,” Store Operations Manager, Cassandra Towill, said. “We see this as a natural step for many other A1 Autoparts stores who would like to take advantage of the expanded services that the Auto One brand provides.” As part of the store rebranding, a full renovation was completed of the retail showroom including improved lighting, new fixtures and fittings as well as an expanded retail merchandise range. Auto One Singleton is a strong supplier to the local mechanical trade along with farming and mining companies. “We have a great team at Singleton, and they are all excited by the new opportunities to grow the retail side of the business,” Cassandra said. “We have already experienced a positive effect on sales from the Christmas and Boxing Day promotions and the Auto One Club loyalty program will also foster greater engagement with our customers.” For more information, visit www.autoone.com.au 20

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PROGRAMMING THROUGH OPUS IVS DRIVEPRO Powered by Drew Technologies Opus IVS says it is pleased to announce the launch of GM ECU programming, including GM Holden vehicles; available now through DrivePro and RAP (Remote Assist Program) services. Whether you are an Automotive Repair or Collision Workshop, Opus IVS powered by Drew Technologies understands that J2534 programming can be a difficult task but by using the DrivePro, they have the solution. Opus IVS helps independent automotive shops repair complex vehicles safely and fast. Established in 2018, the business has grown through uniting expertise and technology from DrewTechnologies, Autologic, Farsight, Bluelink and Auto Enginuity to develop innovative solutions for more than 50,000 workshops around the world. With locations throughout the US, UK and Australia, Opus IVS is a part of the world-leading vehicle inspection and intelligent vehicle support company, Opus Group. Opus IVS has developed an easy-to-use approach on multiple brands, helping you finish the job correctly while keeping the vehicle in your workshop, along with increasing profits and customer satisfaction.

DrivePro and the expert knowledge from IVS 360 OEM-Trained Master Technicians can support you remotely on the toughest of jobs, with pre and post programming checks enabling a complete end to end solution. The award-winning Drive RAP, already used by many technicians daily in the US and UK, is helping workshops to complete the job in-house where a software update or replacement ECU is required. Once only available separately, it is now available on the DrivePro diagnostic tool. For further information go to www.opusivs.com or call 03 8561 7600.

NULON MANUFACTURING ON THE MOVE Fuchs is moving the manufacturing of Nulon to its Sunshine and Beresfield plants Fuchs has made the decision to move the manufacturing of iconic Australian brand Nulon to its world class production facilities in Sunshine (Victoria) and Beresfield (New South Wales). “We are investing $4m to upgrade these two facilities to manufacture Nulon products and engine coolants with a greater level of automation,” Fuchs Australasia Managing Director, Wayne Hoiles, said. The business is also investing over $1m in new IT systems and technology which will reportedly make working with them even more seamless. “The move means that we will have greater capacity to increase production volume and allows Nulon improved scope to deliver innovative new products to the market,” Wayne said. “We will remain the only automotive fluids supplier who is manufacturing lubricants, additives, greases and engine coolants in Australia.”

Customers will further benefit from Fuchs global technology and local manufacturing capabilities. Utilising the decades of manufacturing experience within both Nulon and Fuchs, all Nulon products will benefit from world best practice production standards and customers will continue to receive best in breed products that their consumers rely on them to provide. “We are committed to manufacturing Nulon products in Australia and will continue to market Nulon as a separate iconic Australian brand,” Wayne added. For more information on Nulon and Fuchs, visit www.nulon.com.au or www.fuchs.com.au


VALE: JOHN BRUDERLIN The automotive industry veteran recently passed away at the age of 86 All at the AAAA were saddened to hear of the recent passing of John Bruderlin, a founding member of the Association and the first in 1980 to achieve the Outstanding Service to Industry Award. After starting out with Qantas as an aircraft engineer in 1949, John set up Bruderlin and Thomas MG wreckers with Leon Thomas in 1955. While that enterprise earned a lot of money, John didn’t like the fact it was all about dismantling rather than building, so in 1958 the pair established Lynx Engineering and built 23 Lynx Formula Junior race cars, most of which are still racing today in England. While this endeavor was fun, it didn’t make much money. By the early 1960s, John held many hill climb records at a wide variety of events and during that same decade, Lynx Engineering began manufacturing what would become the largest range of carby adapters and four and six cylinder inlet manifolds in the world, while also designing the patented crossover manifold which far outperformed all other four cylinder single weber manifolds of the time. Then in 1969, John invented the RAMFLO air filter which has since sold more than 2.6 million units worldwide. With this product, he became the only foreigner outside of the US at the time to win the Best New Product Award at the SEMA Show. Buoyed by this success, in 1970 Lynx Engineering opened what was the biggest engineering shop in Australia on Parramatta Road in Croydon (NSW) doing work for clientele including the Royal Australian Navy. At the same time they were manufacturing Sidewinder boats under the name ‘Lynx Marine.’ In the early 70s, John and Leon would finish their partnership, with Leon taking the marine

business and John the automotive business, with John going on to have all products manufactured in-house from the toolroom where the press tools and pattern plates and so on were made and maintained. This press shop boasted more than 10 Heine power presses ranging in capacity from five to 60 tonnes for Ramflo and linkage part manufacture while the in-house foundry cast the range of manifolds, carby adapters and the bolt-on oil cooler adapters which he had also pioneered. All of the packaging for KC, Autofix and ARP Bolts was done in-house on a skin packaging machine, which Lynx had also manufactured in-house; and an engine shop was always full of used engines ready to be rebuilt while John’s two Superflow dyno test cells were frequently in use by many race teams looking to get the best performance from their engines. With all of the above unfolding across more than 60,000 square foot of building space with the work of more than 110 employees, for more than three decades Lynx was a dominant force in the performance industry distributing the world’s biggest brands including TRW, Holley, Weiand, Edelbrock, Mallory, MSD, Felpro, Comp Cams, ARP, Wiseco, Brodix, Richmond Gear, Dellorto, Ram, Permacool and SA Books. For many years, Lynx was Holley’s biggest customer in the world with more than two million USD of business a year back when a 350 Holley cost just $27. Lynx was also Pan Am’s biggest air freight customer in the world at the time. During the 1980s, he bought Jack Brabham Aviation from Jack Brabham himself and purchased a brand new Beachcraft Baron 58 from the US, flying it back to Australia. The purchase included 13 planes with a flying school, a service hangar and charter operations including

contracts with the Police Air Wing, prisoner transfers and other charter deals including for Playboy Magazine. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, John saw that the parts industry was changing and so he made the decision to consolidate Lynx and change direction – building the 2000 seat Sportsworld Stadium under a three acre roof on 25 acres in Western Sydney. Up until 2017, John ran many shows and events including rodeos, show jumping and dressage and held contracts with El Caballo Blanco, The Man From Snowy River, PBR and many more. However, the most satisfying thing for John was putting on many rodeos over the years for thousands of physically and mentally disadvantaged children totally free of charge, with his theory for those days being that no money was to change hands. All at the AAAA send their condolences to John’s family and friends at this sad time.

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THE NEW NAME IN AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET NAPA Auto Parts is set to become the most comprehensive aftermarkets part distributor in Australia and New Zealand

NAPA Auto Parts is the new name in automotive aftermarket parts for Trade, Industrial and Mining specialists in Australia and New Zealand. The internationally recognised name is the latest brand to be added to the GPC Asia Pacific stable, and will be the face of the specialist automotive parts business. GPC Asia Pacific is best known for brands like Ashdown-Ingram and Repco, with Ashdown-Ingram and other trade and specialist businesses now transitioning to NAPA Auto Parts. Standing alongside Repco, NAPA Auto Parts says it will leverage the extraordinary heritage held by Ashdown-Ingram, Appco, Autostop, Covs, Global Auto Spares, R&E Auto Parts and Sulco to become the most comprehensive aftermarkets part distributor in Australia and New Zealand. NAPA Auto Parts is already the world’s largest supplier of automotive parts and accessories, operating 57 distribution centers and 6,000 Auto Parts stores throughout America. There are currently 12 NAPA Auto Parts locations in Australia – there are eight in Western Australia, three in Queensland and one in New South Wales. The first New Zealand NAPA Auto Parts location is also expected to open

later this year; while over the coming years, there is expected to be a further 120 NAPA Auto Parts locations. Having a comprehensive range of products and leading brands is a major draw card for current GPC businesses, however NAPA Auto Parts is also backed by NAPA Know How: “a philosophy of service through specialist knowledge to ensure the right part, every time.” Those behind NAPA Auto Parts say this ‘Know How’ and service excellence stems from the pedigree of over 90 years of experience in the Australian automotive aftermarket through the GPC Asia Pacific brands. GPC Asia Pacific says it is investing significantly into NAPA Auto Parts to enhance the product offer and service experience to customers. As a specialist aftermarket parts destination, NAPA Auto Parts has a range that includes: • 4x4 solutions; • Brakes; • Starter motors; • Alternators; • Compressors; • Condensers; • EFI modules; • Engine management tools; • Under-bonnet and under-body components; • Workshop tools and equipment; • Workshop consumables; • Filters; • Lubricants; • Belts; • Shock absorbers; • and more.


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It says this includes improved storage for more products and brands, as well as inventory increases to show it is serious about providing the parts you need, more often, to complete your jobs in a more convenient location.

Celebrating success Having launched at the 2019 Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo, NAPA Auto Parts has been operating in Australia since April 2019. The NAPA Auto Parts teams joined Ashdown-Ingram, Covs, Global Auto Spares and R&E Auto Parts in celebrating success through 2019 at the recent Branch Managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conference. The conference was the first time all businesses were able to come together

as one under the NAPA brand to learn more about the future of the business and recognise the achievements and significant growth of 2019. It was here the team celebrated Western Australia as Region of the Year, Ashdown-Ingram Sunshine West as Branch of the Year, various Sales and Safety achievements and inducted another longstanding team member into the Hall of Fame. The conference was supported by platinum sponsors Brown and Watson, Ecco and Redarc, along with leading brands available from GPC Asia Pacific. For more information about NAPA Auto Parts and to view its full list of locations, visit www.napaparts.com.au or follow NAPA Auto Parts on Facebook for regular updates.

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MONROE DEVELOPS SUSPENSION FOR NISSAN NAVARA N-TREK WARRIOR The first units were delivered to customers in December DRiV owned Monroe Shock Absorbers and Monroe Springs are reportedly integrally involved in an Australian engineered Nissan Navara 4WD model variant – the Nissan Navara N-TREK Warrior – which was launched in October of 2019. Premcar is the Melbourne-based vehicle engineering company enlisted by Nissan to develop and manufacture the Navara N-TREK Warrior to OEM standards and this specially enhanced Navara model is being assembled at the company’s new 6,300 square-metre production facility located in Epping (Victoria). Monroe Australia says its ride performance product engineers worked together with Premcar to locally design, develop and rigorously test this significantly enhanced suspension system. Combined with several Warrior model exclusive additions, Nissan now has a formidable competitor in the lucrative Dual-Cab 4WD market, which accounts for 60 percent of all Utes sold in this country. The Monroe Australia engineering team developed a new suspension set-up for this top of the range Nissan Navara with dual-rate springs and upgraded premium Rancho dampers that have


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been designed to improve handling, ride comfort, stability, steering response and ground clearance. The Nissan Navara N-TREK Warrior is equipped with unique 17-inch wheels, (which are smaller than the N-TREK’s standard 18-inch wheels) to accommodate larger 32.2-inch 275/70 Cooper All Terrain Tyres. These increase the ride height by 25mm and combined with a 15mm lift from the new springs and dampers, ground clearance has been increased by a total of 40mm (to 268mm). ‘Track’ has also been boosted to 1600mm across both the front and rear, giving the new Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior an instantly visible taller, wider and tougher stance.

The Navara’s standard dampers were replaced by Monroe Australia’s specially developed Rancho 4WD shock absorbers which feature a larger outer tube diameter containing greater oil volume for better cooling and rough-road capability. These locally developed 4WD shock absorbers include a thicker piston rod for increased strength, as can be found in all Monroe TDT Gas Magnum 4x4 and Rancho 4WD replacement shock absorbers, but with the added feature of a Premcar specified internal valve code to match the springs and tyres, including more compression damping for quicker response. Jointly the Monroe Springs engineers worked closely with Premcar to design, develop and manufacture the front and rear coil springs to achieve the desired, fine-tuned ride performance for Nissan. Building on the experience of over 90 years of designing and manufacturing springs in Australia to OE standards with expertise in both on and off road segments, namely with Rancho, Monroe says its springs were integral to meeting the project’s demanding timing and OEM quality standards. Monroe says the end result was a softer primary spring rate to improve ride comfort and offroad articulation, coupled with a higher but more progressive secondary rate. This was done to maintain composure and performance for cornering, heavy duty off-roading and for towing. The upgraded suspension set-up also reportedly improves the Navara’s off-road ability without reducing comfort, safety or its 3,500 kilogram towing capacity. The detailed suspension modifications also improve the vehicle’s approach, departure and rampover angles. Development testing of this locally engineered Nissan Navara model took place on varied road surfaces at the Australian Automotive Research

PRODUCT R&D solution that would improve both on and off-road manners. Nissan pulled up short of specifying the high-end, racing-derived by-pass dampers for the Warrior, but did ask Monroe for something matched to the new coils,” said Unsealed 4X4 / Pat Callinhan’s 4X4 Adventures. “There is a bespoke spring and damper package, built locally by Monroe. The spring rates are reduced on both axles, both for greater wheel articulation off-road and more balanced handling on-road,” Chasingcars.com.au noted. According to DRiV South East Asia Pacific Marketing Manager, Brydon Tweddell, this is an outstanding example of the skill and expertise of the Monroe Australia shock absorber and Monroe Springs engineering and manufacturing teams. “Our engineers worked closely with Premcar to develop a 4WD suspension solution that is unrivalled in the Dual-Cab 4WD market in this country,” Brydon said. Centre (AARC) and on sandy tracks, gravel roads and rough Mallee terrain between Ouyen in Victoria and Pinnaroo on the South Australian border across several months. The work that Monroe Australia and Premcar have done to enhance and develop this new model’s exclusive suspension has already gained wide acclaim from the Australian motoring media. “The high riding Monroe developed suspension has big-bore shock absorbers and taller springs, delivering an extra 40mm of ground clearance and an unmistakably tough stance,” News.com.au reported. “A longer free-standing spring height achieves the required lift and is a much better way to go for an off-roading 4WD. You don’t want stiff springs as

this ain’t no bitumen-bound race car. These are matched up by new dampers made by the same OEM supplier (Monroe),” reported CarAdvice. “Revised spring rates and damper setting were developed with Adelaide-based Monroe to provide an improved progressive rate performance, raising the ability of the suspension to conform to the ground surface and not be subject to bounce, reducing the tyre contact patch pressure and thereby maintaining higher levels of control,” said Delivery Magazine. “At the rear, the already (twice, over the years) stiffened up standard Navara coils have come in for their third harden-up session for the Warrior with the Navara’s OE suspension supplier Monroe tasking its Australian engineers with a

“We are very proud to bring our Australian-based engineering and manufacturing expertise to the exciting new Nissan Navara N-TREK Warrior and look forward to the opportunity to contribute to other local development opportunities that come in the future. “The market has shifted considerably in the last two years with Ute sales leading the way, but Ute buyers are looking for a higher grade with more features that make their vehicle stand out,” Nissan Australia Managing Director, Stephen Lester, said at the launch of this exciting new addition to Nissan’s Ute range. “The Nissan Navara N-TREK Warrior is locally designed and engineered for Australian conditions and we expect this to be a strong addition to the Navara line-up.” For more from Monroe, visit www.monroe.com.au

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine Publisher, Cameron McLachlan, takes a look at the products driving the automotive aftermarket. cameron@aaaa.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



SPORTSRYDER SUSPENSION Extract your ride’s maximum potential With a long history of expertise in fixing, modifying and designing its own automotive aftermarket products, Pedders believes it knows a thing or two about suspension options for sports performance vehicles under the SportsRyder brand. With the driving enthusiast in mind, Pedders says SportsRyder suspension has been precision engineered to realise the maximum potential from a vehicle’s chassis. Directly aimed at fulfilling the needs of car owners who wish to extract the most of their vehicle dynamics, Pedders’ SportsRyder products sharpen a vehicle’s handling characteristics with the result equating to improved road handling, ride quality and traction; without headaches and without compromises in ride quality. With a comprehensive range of SportsRyder Coil Springs, Shock Absorbers as well as Adjustable Coil Overs suspension bushes, sway bars, and strut mounts, Pedders says it aims to help the enthusiast turn street cars into usable track day weapons.

NEW ICON SERIES HOSE CLAMP RANGE Now available at Burson Auto Parts Australia’s Burson Auto Parts has introduced a premium quality hose clamp range to its vast automotive aftermarket offering: Icon Series Hose Clamps. This new Burson Auto Parts hose clamp range consists of a variety of clamp types including Perforated, Fuel Hose, Nut and Bolt, CV Boot, Solid Band, Spring Loaded, T-Bolt, P Type, Ear Type, Quick release, Multi-Purpose and Universal Band, amongst others. The Icon Series Hose Clamp product range is available to automotive repairers nationwide in a variety of clamp materials including full and part Stainless, 316 Stainless and treated steel. This new Burson Auto Parts hose clamp range also features variants with a range of protective coatings including rubber and vinyl. Burson Auto Parts also offers the new Icon Series Hose Clamp range in trade workshop packs including a MultiPack that features a range of popular hose clamp sizes and model variants. Burson Auto Parts says it ensures total quality with the precision engineered Icon Series Hose Clamp range. Manufacturing certifications include ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 Auto Industry, UPC approval from IAMPO, NF

approval of France, CE approval of Europe and BSCI approval from TUV. “Automotive repairers can rely on Icon Series Hose Clamps for correct operation, excellent durability, temperature stability, high clamping force and vibration resistance,” Burson Auto Parts Product Manager, Martin Farrell, said. “As with all of the automotive aftermarket products that we offer to the trade, quality and value for money are the two distinct advantages of this new hose clamp range which is now available across our nationwide store network.” To contact your local Burson Auto Parts store, call 1300 BURSON (287 766).

DENSO INJECTOR PARTS Denso distributor CFI Australia says you should only trust genuine Denso injector parts From the many suppliers of diesel fuel injectors, CFI Australia believes that you can only trust genuine parts. The Pedders SportsRyder range consists of: • Shock Absorbers • Coil Springs • Adjustable Coilovers (Pedders eXtreme XA and Supercar range) • Slotted Brake Rotors • Kevlar Ceramic Brake Pads • Rubber Bushes • Urethane Bushes • Sway Bars (adjustable and non-adjustable) • Sway Bar Links and Strut Mounts • High Horse Power CV Drive Shafts • Wheel Alignment Products • Performance four Wheel Alignment • Plus a host of additional ancillary products and services. For more information, visit www.pedders.com.au 28

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CFI Australia is Denso’s exclusive distributor of genuine remanufactured Common Rail Injectors, available from Denso’s Service Dealer Network. It warns that there are non-authorised injector remanufacturers which don’t use genuine Denso replacement parts when repairing injectors. CFI Australia cautions that genuine parts get substituted for cheaper replacement parts and unfortunately for the vehicle owner, nongenuine parts means underperformance and lower efficiency. CFI Australia says that while it saves money up front, it is not worth the risk to choose inferior, non-genuine Denso injectors in your vehicle. It states that injector remanufacturing requires precise and exact tolerances which are only possible with specialised equipment and tests sanctioned by Denso, the manufacturer.

Denso X-Change injectors are reportedly put through a test process with very tight tolerances to ensure injectors are produced back to manufacturer standards. These procedures are set by Denso and all results are recorded and reported to Denso headquarters, says CFI Australia. CFI Australia also offer others genuine Denso products sold through the Service Dealer Network, including: • Genuine Denso Diesel Pump Assemblies • Genuine Denso Diesel Pump Overhaul Kits • Genuine Denso Diesel Components For more information, visit www.cfiaust.com.au


ASTON MARTIN AND BILSTEIN: A SUCCESS STORY From the DB7 to DBX, Bilstein and Aston Martin have a long-standing relationship Bilstein explains that its long-standing collaboration with Aston Martin dates back to the 1990s. At that time, as part of its development cooperation with the company based in Warwickshire (England), Bilstein produced the shock absorbers for the legendary DB7, which revived the traditional type designation DB at Aston Martin and was the most successful model of the sports car manufacturer until the V8 Vantage. Bilstein Key Account Manager Norbert Müller still remembers the beginnings of the cooperation. “Driving on English country roads with an Aston Martin developer for the first time was a great experience,” Norbert said. The engineer has worked for Bilstein for around 30 years and has been the central contact person for all matters relating to Aston Martin right from the very start. After a creative break, Bilstein says it succeeded in relaunching Aston Martin with a technological innovation in 2007.

“With Aston Martin’s wish for an adjustable shock absorber, we were back in,” Norbert said with some pride. Bilstein’s adjustable shock absorbers Bilstein DampTronic I – which at that time were reportedly the first choice for sports cars due to their integrated, continuously adjustable damping system – were used in the DBS (from October 2007), the V8 Vantage (from January 2008) and the DB9 (from March 2008). Since then Bilstein has been the supplier for all vehicles of Aston Martin. “It is a very, very pleasant cooperation at arm’s length, a genuine partnership,” Norbert said. When asked why the cooperation between Aston Martin and Bilstein is so successful, the engineer has a concise but convincing answer.

for Aston Martin with the British sports car manufacturer set to launch its first SUV on the market. The “DBX” is also the first Aston Martin with air suspension. Thus, the specialists for exclusive and particularly noble sports cars are breaking new ground with the SUV.

“We have the right product, we can always react flexibly to customer requirements and see ourselves as a partner for the customer,” Norbert said.

Bilstein says it is proud to be able to support Aston Martin and its DBX with its Bilstein DampTronic sky shock absorbers, which is its high-performance solution in the range of the adjustable shock absorbers.

At the end of 2019, a new era was dawning

For more from Bilstein, visit www.bilstein.com.au

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BRAND NEW POWER STEERING PUMPS From BG Automotive Power steering is often taken for granted however it is a key component in delivering the additional force we are all used to. By far the most common method employed to assist steering is a hydraulic based pump system. Hydraulic power steering pumps, typically powered by drive belts, deliver pressure to the rack to give its assistive steering power. In recent years, electro-hydraulic systems have started to appear where an electric motor is used to drive the pump, and finally purely electric motor driven gear systems are used in some cases. BG Automotive (BGA) says it is the former two which it specialises in, and explains that common reasons for failure are as follows: • Contamination of fluid – from maintenance, aging hoses which lead to moisture ingress, to degradation of internal components; the fluid gets old and the contaminates exacerbate wear leading to failure. • Low Fluid Levels – low fluid levels reduce the amount of pressure the pump can develop meaning it has to work harder and thus wears


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out faster. PSP fluid also acts to cool the pump meaning low levels bring on overheating adding to additional wear and fluid contamination. • Belt alignment or damage – an incorrectly fitted or functioning belt can pull on the pulley causing uneven wear to the bearings in the pump, eventually leading to leaks, poor operation and failure. • Worn out pump – either by age, use, heat or contamination; as the pump ages the pump will become louder and weaker indicating it is time to change it. BGA says it is an automotive pump specialist and you shouldn’t “settle” for re-manufactured, as it supplies 100 percent brand new power steering pumps of OE quality or higher. It explains that none of its pumps are remanufactured and that where possible and/or required by market demand it re-engineers the OE parts to remove any issues with the design and then manufactures the pumps from scratch. As a result, BGA says the pumps are free from the inconsistencies, contaminations, micro-fractures

and shortened life that is it says are “unavoidable” with re-manufactured products. Further, it says BGA Pumps often feature upgraded internals to the OE part too and every pump is manufactured using the latest in OE technology in its state-of-the-art, environmentally controlled facility. During manufacture, each component is reportedly individually measured and tested for conformity and quality assurance. BGA says it provides the best and largest range of brand new, OE quality or higher power steering pumps available to the aftermarket. For more from BGA, visit www.bgautomotive.co.uk


GB AUTO ELECTRICAL CONVERSIONS In 2019 GB Auto’s subsidiary, GB Electric Vehicles, became the exclusive distributor in Australia for the Tembo 4x4 e-LV Electric Cruiser and Electric HLX GB Auto explains that these are essentially battery powered, 100 percent electric Land Cruiser and Hilux vehicles. It explains that the electric conversion of the Land Cruiser and Hilux is completed in Australia and results in a vehicle which produces zero emissions, less noise and less heat – making them the perfect choice for use in underground mining situations. The Tembo 4x4 e-LV Electric Cruiser and Electric HLX utilise liquid cooled Lithium-Ion NMC batteries in conjunction with a 110kW electric motor and custom-designed reduction box. This configuration leads to a calculated 1,800Nm at the wheels for “excellent” torque characteristics. Each part of the Tembo 4x4 e-LV has reportedly been selected for durability, easy maintenance and availability with the Tembo 4x4 e-LV using proven technology from the European automotive sector. With IP67 ingress ratings on vital parts such as the inverter, the EVCU and all electric connections and special coatings, all parts are protected against corrosion and the Tembo 4x4

e-LV is expected to have a long lifespan in the toughest conditions. GB Auto says the electrical conversion not only offers zero emissions and increased performance, but also generates huge savings on operational costs as the high reliability of the electrical components means less maintenance is required and therefore, less downtime will occur. The company also has experience planning and installing GPS solutions for entire sites including fleet management, vehicle tracking and specific mining and construction applications; supplying and installing many brands of light vehicle tracking systems and stocking all major commercial radio brands and models. GB Auto says it is a leading provider of services, products and technology to fleet, heavy vehicle and mobile equipment in Australia with experience working on all types of fleet and equipment. It says its team of more than 130 highly skilled personnel is committed to maintaining its

reputation for the best service, quality and products. A seven-day breakdown service in the field is provided and GB Auto has five workshops across New South Wales where it says it can service all your auto electrical, air conditioning and mechanical logbook service needs including repairs, maintenance, rebuilds and refurbishment. These workshops are conveniently located in Orange, Singleton, Gunnedah, Mudgee and Arndell Park and GB Auto says the parts store in each of these workshops combined with its fleet of 60 field service vehicles offers more than 10,000 different parts from a range of quality brands. It states this means it can always find the right product for its customers quickly and efficiently, minimising down-time. For more information, visit www.gbauto.com.au

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DEATSCHWERKS FUEL SYSTEM COMPONENTS Available from GCG Turbochargers GCG Turbochargers says that while it has been known as ‘the turbo experts’ for over forty years, it is also a distributor of Deatschwerks fuel system components. GCG Turbochargers says its ever-expanding product range now includes Deatschwerks’ 5.5 litre staged surge tank. It explains this product is engineered to provide “massive” amounts of fuel flow reliably and consistently for high power applications up to and beyond 2,000hp.

NEW FROM COMMAND AUTO GROUP New Mothers CMX products launched Command Auto Group says it is very excited to bring the new Mothers CMX products to the Australian enthusiast. Building on the release of what it calls the “game changing” CMX Ceramic Spray Coating, Command Auto Group says it can announce that CMX is now a family of products and “the only retail brand with a complete solution that gives the consumer the proper tools for DIY ceramic coating.” Command Auto Group says these products are dedicated to the DIYer achieving “an even higher premium quality in car care, significantly increasing ease of use and professional lasting results.” Mothers CMX Products are suitable for Automotive, Marine, Caravan applications and more. The new Mothers CMX Products are due to be available by March 2020.

Mothers CMX Ceramic Wash and Coat Mothers CMX Ceramic Wash and Coat contains Sio2, and boasts High Efficiency (HE) cleaning power – like laundry powder, it is fast acting, low sudsing, environmentally friendly, and offers the latest in cleaning technology with the added benefit of a coating.

Features include: • Three-into-one Merged -10AN outlet for optimised flow and simplified plumbing • Fits all standard-sized 39mm pumps and 46mm DW400 • Wiring flexibility for single staging or dual staging of pump triggers • Submerged pump design for quiet operation, cool fuel, and long pump life • Anodized for use with all fuels including e85 and methanol Fitment kits include all necessary hoses, clamps, filters, and electrical connectors.

Part Numbers: • 6-000-55ST 5.5L SST Tank: only $1171 RRP • 6-201-55ST 5.5L SST Tank + three DW200 Pumps + three Fitment Kits: $2418 RRP • 6-301-55ST 5.5L SST Tank + three DW300 Pumps + three Fitment Kits: $2978 RRP • 6-401-55ST 5.5L SST Tank + three DW400 Pumps + three Fitment Kits: $3537 RRP For more information, call 1300 TURBOS or visit www.gcg.com.au 36

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Command Auto Group says this product is perfect for all consumers who have bought the Mothers CMX Spray Coating for ongoing care and increased protection, or for any consumer with ceramic coating already applied as a factory finish or increased protection on any vehicle.

Mothers CMX Trim Restore and Coat Mothers CMX Trim Restore and Coat is said to be “the most durable trim restorer and coat ever, taking all exterior rubber, plastic and vinyl trim restoration and protection to the highest level.”

It boasts an environmentally friendly formula using no propellant, instead working with compressed air. It also contains Sio2 creating a unique long lasting shine to your trim.

Mothers CMX Surface Prep Mothers CMX Surface Prep is designed for use throughout the detailing process when cleaning up compound/polish residue or waxes, silicones or other dressings before application of coatings. Command Auto Group says it is safe for use on virtually every exterior surface and notes that proper surface prep before applying waxes, sealants and coatings is essential to optimal adhesion and maximum results.

Mothers CMX 3-in-1 Ceramic Polish and Coat Mothers CMX 3-in-1 Ceramic Polish and Coat can be used at any stage in the coating process – as a primer for your coating, or to refresh your existing coating. It utilises “brand new and state-of-the-art mild abrasives” and contains Sio2, providing a base where after application, the consumer can use the CMX Ceramic Spray Coating immediately.

Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating Command Auto Group explains that the abovelisted products complement the “immensely successful” Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating which is already popular in the market. This product provides extreme depth and reflection, ultra-durable protection, relentless water beading and super-hydrophobic protection. It is easy to use with a spray on and wipe off formula, and can be applied in layers for increased depth and durability. It is also suitable for use as a booster over waxes and sealants. For more information, visit www.commandauto.com.au


10 OUT OF 10 Castrol has expanded its 10L range Ensuring you’ve got the right product, for the right car, without flooding your workshop with engine oils is no easy feat. Castrol says life has just gotten a little easier with its new-look 10L range extended to incorporate four of Castrol’s most popular Magnatec products, including: • Magnatec 10W-40 – Castrol says this is one of Australia’s most trusted and popular engine oils. It is a part-synthetic engine oil recommended for use in petrol/diesel vehicles where a higher viscosity is preferred. • Magnatec Stop-Start 5W-30 – a full synthetic SAE 5W-30 petrol/diesel product for use across a broad range of Japanese, Korean, US and Australian cars where a fuel-efficient oil is not required. • Magnatec Stop-Start 5W-30 A5 – a full synthetic fuel-efficient petrol/diesel product carrying Ford WSS-M2C913-D approval, making it suitable for a range of Ford vehicles including Ranger, Mustang and Focus. • Magnatec SUV 5W-30 C3 – a full synthetic

ACEA C3 product specially formulated for SUV vehicles and suitable for use in vehicles fitted with DPFs - carrying Dexos2 and MBApproval 229.31/ 229.51. • Also available are Edge 5W-30 A3/B4, Magnatec Diesel DX 5W-40, Magnatec Diesel 15W-40 and GTX Diesel 15W-40 With the days of a ‘one-size fits all’ engine oil long gone, making sure you’ve got the right product for the right car in the workshop can be a real challenge. For many, this means having to carry more lubricants than ever before with 10L and 20L ‘small packs’ often needed to fill the gap. Castrol says that thankfully its range of 10L packs are designed to make life in the workshop, and inventory management, easier than ever before. Designed for both upright and side-pour, Castrol’s new 10L packs also feature Smooth Pour Technology; delivering a smooth and easily controlled flow. Gone too is the need to awkwardly “tip” the oil you need with just one handle as

Castrol’s new 10L packs have two handles to give you ultimate control while filling. Castrol explains its new 10L packs are designed with a much smaller footprint to free up space in the workshop, leaving more space on the floor, on the workbench, and on the drum stand. With a growing range of 10L packs available from Castrol, the company says you can now be confident in not just having the right product, for the right car…but also the right amount. Castrol’s new 10L packs are available from all good lubricant retailers, or directly from Castrol. To find our more, speak to your local Castrol rep, call Castrol on 1300 554 890, or visit www.castrol.com.au

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WHEN CAR LOVERS MAKE INJECTORS As far as a performance car build goes, there are many components to consider If you are chasing big power or even just reliability out of a performance car, a component that is crucial but often overlooked are the fuel injectors. The right delivery of fuel to your chosen engine can make a large difference in the overall power output of a vehicle, but also ensures a performance engine is reliable and safe while it is put through its paces. Trusting a fuel injector supplier to deliver a product that is worthy of installation in the engine bay of your pride and joy can be difficult – and that’s where Injectors Online says it comes in. Injectors Online is an Australian owned and operated company with a huge passion for performance automotive applications, whether it be for vehicles built locally or abroad. Being car lovers and into performance builds themselves, the Injectors Online team says it sources the best possible injector technology available across the globe to provide Australians with the right fuel injector application to suit a


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stock engine, performance naturally aspirated builds or forced induction powerhouses. Injectors Online explains that its performance injectors are aptly named ‘Xspurt’ and are its own product. It says Xspurt injectors use the renowned quality of a Bosch injector as a solid base and they are modified when necessary to get the maximum flow. Injectors can be purchased ‘off the shelf’ for most common performance cars and engines, including Ford’s Barra, Boss and Coyote engines, Holden and HSV’s Ecotec, Aussie 5L and LS applications, Nissan’s RB, SR and VR range, Toyota’s 1J and 2J motors, as well as road and rally legend Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru Impreza performance engines. If a build is more unique or requires special parameters, the Injectors Online team says they are happy to make something up to suit. Operating online since 2004, the team says it prides itself on providing an easy and seamless process of purchasing the best fuel injectors

to workshops, tuning companies and DIYers by being able to shop at any time and in any location. In late 2019, the company explains it implemented a totally new website which was built from the ground up to give an even greater user experience, with plenty of technical information to ensure you find the right set of injectors for your application. The new website is also optimised for mobiles and tablets, and supports all forms of payment including credit cards, Apple Pay, PayPal and even the new payment options of Zip Pay and After Pay. To see how they can help you with your performance fuelling needs, visit www.injectorsonline.com


VALVOLINE IS READY Valvoline will soon launch a range of oils which meet and exceed the performance of ILSAC GF-6 Stricter emission and economy regulations around the world have driven leading car manufacturers to introduce newer, more powerful and efficient engines such as Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (TGDI) or Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines. These engines require an improved engine oil in order to protect them from a phenomenon called “Low Speed Pre-Ignition” or LSPI. Using the wrong type of engine oil can lead to catastrophic engine failure. However, many vehicle owners are not aware of this and consequently may choose the wrong oil. Valvoline explains that managing LSPI requires improvements in engine lubrication chemistry and that it is ready for the task.

It is all about efficiency In order to meet emission and fuel economy regulations, vehicle manufacturers have made a number of changes to their engine designs. These include downsizing, introducing gasoline direct-injection (GDI), turbocharging and gasoline particulate filters (GPF). Most new passenger cars and light commercials from leading vehicle manufacturers come with these new generation engines. The needs of

these engines are different and require higherperformance engine oils that aid in fuel economy, provide emission system compatibility, protect against low speed pre-ignition (LSPI) and aid cleanliness by fighting turbocharger deposits.

Protect your vehicle Vehicle owners have an expectation that the engine oil used will protect their car engine and meet its lubrication requirements. However, Valvoline says it is important to note that older oil specifications such as API SN/ILSAC GF-5 and earlier will not meet all the performance needs of these modern engines. While ILSAC GF-5 addresses fuel economy and deposit control, for these modern engines, LSPI protection is also required. Engine oil needs to deliver on all three of these important performance characteristics. Usage of older generation engine oils (API SN/ ILSAC GF-5) in such modern engines can lead to catastrophic effects. Industry bodies have recognised this and have launched the ILSAC GF-6, a new specification which is designed specifically to protect modern engines. To demonstrate the difference, a field trial was conducted in two identical cars – both having

modern gasoline engines. One car was filled with older generation engine oil and other with ILSAC GF-6 oil. A comparison of their pistons clearly showed the impact the wrong engine oil can have on engine components. Valvoline says it is ready and will be shortly launching an improved range of fully synthetic higher performance engine oils which meet and exceed the performance of ILSAC GF-6.

A step-up in quality Valvoline says its engine oils with ILSAC GF-6 will be a significant boost in performance characteristics; reformulated to pass stringent engine tests for fuel economy, LSPI, chain wear, sludge and varnish, oxidation and deposits, wear and corrosion limits. The chart shown above demonstrates the benefits vehicle owners can expect over earlier generation GF-5 oils, says Valvoline.

Stay protected Valvoline says it is important workshops and mechanics vehicle are aware about these changes and more importantly, what they mean for vehicles. Next time you buy an engine oil or arrange to have your car serviced, make sure you choose the right quality engine oil and understand the reason behind it. For more from Valvoline, visit www.valvoline.com.au

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X-1R OCTANE BOOSTER From Burg Design Burg Design says its X-1R Octane Booster is a proven formula which has been developed by NASA. It is said to be a powerful fuel improver concentrate which eliminates knocking, increases performance and restores lost horsepower. Those behind the product say it is also excellent as a Racing Formula. Burg Design says its X-1R Octane Booster has been proven as “the world’s number one Octane Booster.” It contains MMT, Nitromethane and POWR-XTM, increases RON by 30 Points Plus and contains Synthetic Detergency. Further, Burg Design says the product is an excellent Lead Substitute and can extend the life of stored fuel while coming in a compact size at a low cost. Burg Design provides the following testimonial as proof of its product’s success. “My wife and I recently travelled from Melbourne to Perth via Darwin driving 2008 NS Pajero 3.8ltr petrol, towing a 2010 Coromal pop top Caravan,” explains Burg Design customer, Peter Morgan.


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“Before we left I spoke to Ray Graham of Burg Design. He told me the benefits of his products and asked me to evaluate the X-1R Octane Booster. I am a retired Motor Mechanic and have seen similar products come and go for years, so to say I was sceptical was an understatement, but I did agree to test the product for him. “We left Melbourne and travelled to Mildura. I normally average around 20 to 24 litres per 100 kms and on reaching the park I checked the fuel usage and found I had averaged 21l/100kms. On filling the tank I again added another bottle of the Octane Booster (the third such bottle). “After reaching Peterborough I filled again and found the usage was down to 19l/100kms, I added another bottle and we continued. After we arrived in Alice Springs our consumption the fuel usage averaged out at 17l/100kms. “I then found that I had no additive left so we continued on and while the first tank after Alice Springs averaged 19l/100kms, the rest of the trip averaged between 20 and 23l/100kms. Our trip lasted for four months and we covered around

17,000kms and I believe that had we used the X-1R Octane Booster for the whole trip we would have saved around 10-15 percent of our fuel cost. I now get my X-1R Octane Booster by the carton.” Also on offer from Burg Design is the X-1R Diesel Fuel Treatment which it says is a powerful yet low cost concentrate which thoroughly cleans the entire fuel system to eliminate knocking and pinging, increase the octane rating, reduce exhaust smoke, increase performance and restore lost horsepower for a much smoother running engine. It can also extend the life of stored diesel fuel, says Burg Design. For further information, contact Burg Design on 03 9555 9277 or sales@burgdesign.com.au or visit www.x1r.com.au


MOBIL 1 REDISCOVERED “Absolute performance, unsurpassed protection and pioneering innovation”

Mobil 1 says it pioneered full synthetic oil back in 1974 and today remains the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand. However, for the past couple of years five-litre and one-litre packaged Mobil 1 products have been somewhat difficult to get hold of. With the 2019 appointment of MotorActive as the Mobil 1 distributor for Australian retail, Mobil 1 says availability issues are a thing of the past. Premier automotive outlets including Autobarn, Auto One and Repco have shelves bursting with a comprehensive line-up of Mobil 1 synthetic engine oils – along with select stocks of the advanced Mobil Super range. MotorActive is also making larger bulk sizes available to independent workshops.

Why Mobil 1? Mobil 1 has used F1 as the ultimate test bed since 1978 and continues this today with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. Additionally, more than 70 of the world’s top performance vehicles come factory-filled with Mobil 1 from day one, including iconic performance brands such as Porsche, Mercedes-AMG, Aston Martin, HSV, Corvette, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Bentley, McLaren and Nissan. As with anyone looking for absolute performance from their engine, these premier manufacturers reportedly insist on Mobil 1. With its “world-leading,” full synthetic technology, Mobil 1 says it is renowned for its unsurpassed anti-wear properties, stating this comes from being part of ExxonMobil and its end-to-end control over every drop – from selecting the absolute best base stock (Group IV/V PAO/Esters) from its own oil rigs, to the refining process, through to developing proprietary additive packages. Mobil 1 says that simply put, it keeps your engine running like new even under the most extreme conditions. Manufacturers are continually striving to increase power output, while simultaneously reducing emissions and fuel consumption. Innovations in engine and motor oils are a key contributor to gains in these areas. By working hand-in-hand with OEMs, Mobil 1 says it is at the forefront of this pioneering innovation – creating formulations that help highly stressed engines cope with ever higher demands. It says a prime example is ExxonMobil’s development of fuels and lubricants in conjunction with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1. Extracting maximum power whilst keeping the engine reliable was a huge challenge for all involved, says Mobil 1, which states that the lessons learnt there flow down to all Mobil 1 products. To check out the range and find your nearest stockist, head to www.M1oils.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



TOP TEC MOTOR OIL SERIES Premium oil for modern cars, made in Germany by Liqui Moly Liqui Moly says it has been elected as the best lubricant brand in Germany for many years in a row. It states that the cornerstone of this success is its high quality products, like the Top Tec motor oil series. Liqui Moly explains that these premium oils are suited for modern cars, deliver great performance and carry official approvals from car manufacturers.


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The Top Tec series are top-notch products with state-of-the-art HC base oils and powerful additive packages, says Liqui Moly, which states that all of them provide premium lubrication. The Top Tec products are said to reduce friction and thereby safeguard from wear and lower fuel consumption; while their high shear stability gives the engine extra protection and their aging stability allows extended oil change intervals (depending on the manufacturer’s specifications). In addition, the products feature cleaning additives to help keep deposits and contaminants off the engine and the oil system. Today motor oil is like a fluid spare part which needs to fit precisely to a certain engine. Pouring in the wrong motor oil is like installing the wrong spare part and may result in engine problems, excessive wear and tear and even serious engine damage. Liqui Moly warns that if a car mechanic uses the wrong oil, he may be held liable for the consequences. Each Liqui Moly Top Tec oil is reportedly developed for a specific engine technology. For

instance, Liqui Moly says Top Tec 4200 is “a mighty” engine oil which combines many of the different oil specifications of the Volkswagen group, including Audi, Skoda and Seat. With this product, it says that garages serving these models would benefit from the fact that they need to keep just one oil in stock. Top Tec 4100 meanwhile is a versatile oil which covers specifications by Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and Ford. Liqui Moly says both oils listed here are just an example of its premium motor oil series and both deliver exceptional performance during the complete oil change interval, resulting in increased engine reliability and lifetime. For more information, visit www.liqui-moly.com.au


A NEW CHOICE FOR BLOCKED DPFS IN QUEENSLAND Diesel Particulate Filter cleaning is saving workshops and customers thousands An expensive brand-new Diesel Particulate Filter is reportedly now not the only solution to a blocked DPF. DPF Cleaning Queensland says it has an alternative, stating that with trialled, tested and proven-to-work methods, it can clean Diesel Particulate Filters and save workshops and their customers thousands of dollars. DPF Cleaning Queensland also offers free technical support to Queensland workshops and mechanics to diagnose the cause of blocked DPFs. Until recently, DPF Cleaning Queensland says blocked DPFs have been unnecessarily replaced because awareness around DPF cleaning has yet to become mainstream in the mechanical industry. Owner and founder of DPF Cleaning Queensland, Adam Hopkins, said DPF cleaning can save mechanics and their customers thousands. “DPF cleaning is still a relatively new service and isn’t the go-to for many workshops when faced with a blocked DPF,” Adam said.

“We want to support other mechanics by providing them with an affordable DPF cleaning solution whilst also providing free technical support that assists them in accurately diagnosing the cause of a DPF problem which will ultimately save themselves and their customers time and money.” DPF Cleaning Queensland is urging mechanics and workshops to contact them for DPF cleaning and diagnosis technical support to help save their business and their customers thousands.

Benefits of cleaning versus replacing • Lower cost – replacing a vehicle’s DPF can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $6,000 or more, depending on the vehicle. DPF Cleaning Queensland says it can have the DPF cleaned and ready to work for substantially less, saving you and your clients thousands. • Keep your customers happy – DPF Cleaning Queensland says it knows that customers are what keep businesses rolling and keeping them happy certainly helps. By offering them

a more affordable solution for their blocked DPF that cuts their costs and decreases vehicle downtime, it says you are going to have happy customers that keep coming back. • Reduces waste – cleaning DPFs rather than replacing them is a form of recycling which reduces waste. For more information, visit www.dpfcleaningqld.com.au or email support@dpfcleaningqld.com.au

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HPP LUNDS LAUNCHES TWO NEW CATALOGUES Hunting for HiLux and LandCruiser parts just got easier HPP Lunds says hunting down that part for a Toyota Hilux or LandCruiser has been made so much easier with the release of its two new catalogues. The company says that it has the most comprehensive range in the aftermarket and both these up-to-date books can help eliminate mistakes in parts ordering or supply with a new user-friendly format of listing parts. HPP Lunds says this means you can easily look up the part and be assured that it will fit the vehicle, making these catalogues the go-to item for auto parts stores. The HPP Lunds range includes mechanical parts and some body hardware parts, brake and clutch, drivetrain, electrical, engine and cooling parts, as well as steering and suspension components. Both catalogues have been configured to ensure that parts are now listed within specific models.

The 180-page Hilux catalogue lists parts for models ranging in age from 1979 through to 2015. In the LandCruiser catalogue, the parts are listed as they pertain to each model with the years covered from 1964 through to 2015. LandCruiser Prado models are also covered from 1996 to 2009. The LandCruiser catalogue is 326 pages in length. Tabbed, coloured and labelled outer stripes on each page enable you to easily recognise to which vehicle the page refers, such as ‘Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ75 – 4.5L 1FZFE Petrol 4WD [08/1992-09/1999].’ Most of the line items in the catalogues also come with notes to add more clarity, for example, whether the ball joint is left or right, or whether the component is for the front or rear differential, or if the part is for a vehicle with manual or auto locking hubs.

Approximately 99 percent of HPP Lunds’ parts are directly imported from the manufacturers with stock available in its Brisbane warehouse. Both of these new comprehensive books are available in hardcopy and also can be downloaded from www.hpplunds.com.au HPP Lunds 4WD parts are also listed on AutoInfo (Oscar) with more than 28,000 entries. For more information or to obtain a copy contact HPP Lunds’ inhouse 4WD specialist, Jason Mulcahy on 1300 306 781.

ONE PIECE MOULDED CARPETS From Tru-Fit Carpets When it comes to Moulded Replacement Carpets, the Tru-Fit name has been around since 1978. The company says it has decades of experience in the manufacture of Moulded Carpets and is the only Australian manufacturer of One Piece Carpets. It states that One Piece Carpets are better and easier to fit, while providing a great look “just like factory.” There are also no overlapped edges that may lift up over time, which prevents dirt getting in between and so makes them easier to clean. Tru-Fit Carpets says it has worked with Australian Tufting Suppliers to bring back 1.8mt wide Automotive Carpet in both Loop and Plush Pile, with 14 different colours available in its standard colour range and more OE colours to come. It says that even Carmine for VB Commodore and Cerulean for VK Commodore have made it back after the company used to make them as Original Equipment (OE) for the HDT Brocks. Its moulds are reportedly taken and tested from genuine vehicle floor pans to provide a guaranteed quality fit and it says it also ensures the finest quality carpet for your vehicle while cautioning you “to not be fooled by competitor’s statistics…our weights are Yarn Weight only, before any backings are added. We apply a latex coating to our carpet, before adding our mouldable or flat mat backing, giving us 100 percent Tuft Lock Guarantee.” The company says this means that the carpet fibres won’t pull or vacuum out unlike others, giving you more carpet for your money. Tru-Fit Carpets’ current range includes a large selection of Holden and Ford models, but it will be growing the selection as the year progresses. For more information, visit www.trufitauto.com.au 52

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KEEP YOUR TOOLS SAFE The HSP Tail Lock allows you to sync your tailgate with your existing vehicle remote The product works by engaging and disengaging your existing handle when your vehicle locks and unlocks. Giving you the peace of mind of knowing that when your car is locked, so is your tailgate, HSP says its Tail Lock product is the perfect addition to any Ute, with or without an existing barrel lock. Tail Lock by HSP fully integrates with your existing factory key and runs in sync with your vehicle’s pre-programmed key functionality. This also includes working with proximity sensor door handles and automatic timed lock functions.

Recently HSP Ute Lids has also announced it has teamed up with German automotive part supplier Hella to introduce a new actuator across all models. It says this is a crucial update which now gives the unit optimum performance and reliability.

No drill installation and Plug and Play wiring The unit mounts into factory points so there is no drilling involved and HSP says it is proud to say this is the only system in Australia with a guaranteed no drill fitment across the whole range. With Plug and Play wiring, HSP says it is also the first in the industry to offer not only a non-drill system for the whole range but also plug and play wiring; dramatically reducing the fitment time and fitment errors arising from the wiring.

it would be very easy for someone to force your tailgate open. HSP explains this would both damage the canopy as well as give full access to your vehicle tub. Adding the Tail Lock unit to your tailgate ensures that even if there was a break into your vehicle’s canopy, it would be very hard to remove items with the tailgate up, says HSP.


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HSP says its Tail lock tailgate central locking is one of the best ways to keep your tools safe. It says that most canopies simply ‘lip’ over the tailgate, meaning that if your tailgate is unlocked

For more information, visit www.hsputelids.com

The HSP Tail Assist can be shipped to your door within 48 hours of the purchase date and has a flat rate of shipment around Australia.

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DON’T SEND AIR SUSPENSION WORK AWAY Arnott says independent repair shops can profit from air suspension work Many luxury cars, SUVs, and trucks come with standard or optional air suspension and air suspension specialist Arnott says a lot of aftermarket shops consider this work to be difficult and unprofitable. Arnott predicts air suspension work will become even more common in the future as carmakers rely more heavily on technology that can offer their customers superior ride quality, increased safety and load-leveling capability. According to consulting firm Markets and Markets, the air suspension market is projected to reach $8.4 billion by 2025 so Arnott says there is an opportunity for independent repair shops to profit from air suspension work. It explains this is true given that the first time an air strut needs replacing is typically after the vehicle’s warranty has ended. Vehicles now last over 10 years and most vehicles with air springs may replace them two or three times in their lifetime. Servicing air suspension systems can be easier than many shops realise, says Arnott, which states that if a technician can service brakes or traditional suspension systems, they have the skills needed to repair air suspensions. And with problem-solving engineering and some aftermarket options, like the rear air springs for Mercedes-Benz W211 E-class, Arnott says they can be easier to install than the OE parts. Accurately diagnosing problems can be the first profit point for shops. Consumers often miss the

early warning signs of air suspension problems. These include: • Warning lights on the dash • Sagging suspension • Air suspension compressor constantly working/ not working • Vehicle bottoms out over bumps, rides roughly, pulls to one side • Vehicle’s front-end pitches forward when stopping or continues to bounce after hitting a bump • Uneven tire tread wear • Oily or damaged shock portion of the strut If air suspension failure is detected, replacing the leaking air spring or strut with a remanufactured unit restores the original OE damping and auto leveling functionality of a vehicle with active

damping. Shops can also replace a leaking air strut with a new passive aftermarket part – providing auto leveling and excellent ride comfort but without any core handling. Determining repair options for customers depends on the customer’s budget, the age and mileage of the vehicle, customer use of their semi-active dampers and whether or not the vehicle has true active damping; but Arnott says the bottom line is that replacing air springs is not a job only for dealer service departments. Indeed, it says independent shops can get in on this profitable work with a minimum investment in tools and training. Arnott says it offers an extensive line of affordable, high-quality air suspension products for more than 150 automotive and motorcycle applications. For more information, visit www.arnottindustries.com

MODULAR COOLING HOSES Gates offers 191 modular hose part numbers The cooling system in today’s cars is much more complex, requiring cooling (and heating) to supplementary areas of the vehicle; auxiliary heaters, turbochargers, fuel systems, motors, inverters and so on. The manner in which coolant is transported to these areas, via the radiator or heater hose, has seen immense change with a variety of components now built into the hose and sold as assemblies. These hose assemblies are what are referred to as ‘modular’ hose. A Modular hose can be defined as a “coolant hose assembly with one or more components which are built into the hose and have coolant flowing through the component(s).” Gates explains modular hose is predominantly found in European manufactured vehicles and OE manufacturers are increasingly integrating 56

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modular hose into their designs as it saves time and money to engineer one modular hose rather than multiple single hoses. Modular hoses are more complex than traditional moulded hose as they now have quick-connects, sensors, restrictors, valves, and other components built in. The quick connects and brackets are for ease of assembly and orientation and Ts are used to route additional hoses to new vehicle systems. Gates says the significant rise in sales of European vehicles in Australia has created a new segment for the automotive aftermarket to provide an OE alternative. It states it is the largest manufacturer to offer modular hose to the automotive aftermarket and that it has the most extensive range of modular hose available with 191 modular hose part numbers providing distributors great vehicle coverage and sales opportunities they previously didn’t have.

It says its modular hose delivers value to all distributors, resellers and workshops as modular hose needs to be replaced more frequently than traditional moulded hose. Gates says this means increased sales volumes for all levels of the aftermarket as you have increased sales of a product with better profit margins. Further, Gates says its extensive range means all levels of customer have better availability through Gates than any other manufacturer or supplier. For more information, visit www.gatesaustralia.com.au


THE NECESSITIES OF STEERING MACNAUGHT’S CLEVER SOLUTION GEOMETRY Fatiguing manual pumps no longer a problem Macnaught says the clever use of patent pending technology, combined with innovative design and intuitive operation means that the BOP20 Battery Operated Pump for 20L drums not only solves the problem of fatiguing manual pumps, but also reduces the likelihood of spills while providing an expandable platform of oil handling efficiencies for businesses.

In this second article of a two part series, Autodata looks at King Pin Inclination and Toe-in and Toe-out

Autodata has a dedicated Wheel Alignment module to assist technicians with wheel alignment procedures and help provide workshops with an additional revenue stream. Within the module there is a comprehensive guide, which includes information on subjects such as camber angle, ride height, tyres and adjustment procedures together with manufacturer-specific data.

Toe-in and Toe-out, commonly referred to in automotive terms as tracking, is the most frequent steering geometry adjustment undertaken.

of the front wheels steer out or in from the vehicle centreline when observed from the front. A situation where the wheels are pointing in towards the vehicle centreline is called Toe-in whereas wheels pointing away from the vehicle centreline is identified as Toe-out. Making sure the vehicle’s Toe-in or Toe-out measurement is correct offers many advantages, including improved straight-line stability, better road handling characteristics and more effective steering response. Should it be necessary, this adjustment will also allow minor tweaks to correct suspension bush disparities caused in production or by accepted wear levels. If adjustment is needed, it is worthwhile remembering to adjust the track rods equally. Although, there is one notable exception to the rule which requires the repositioning of a misaligned steering wheel by minutely adjusting one track rod more than the other. Guaranteeing precise steering geometry alignment is vital in prolonging the life of tyres and ensuring vehicle stability. Regular steering geometry checks are advisable, and not only when changing worn tyres, steering or suspension components. Checks should also be carried out if subframe removal is required to facilitate gearbox or clutch repair work. Finally, it must be pointed out that rear wheel geometry can influence steering stability as well. It is possible to have the front steering geometry angles correctly aligned and still have a vehicle that pulls to one side or displays abnormal tyre wear patterns. In such circumstances, it is imperative rear wheel geometry is also considered when confronted with a vehicle experiencing unusual tyre wear or stability issues. To read the first part of the article visit www.aftermarket.com.au/the-necessities-ofsteering-geometry/

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After looking at Camber Angle and Castor Angle in the last issue of this magazine, this issue Autodata explores two other common wheel alignment issues: King Pin Inclination and Toe-in/Toe-out.

King Pin Inclination (KPI)

The BOP20 reportedly achieves this in two distinctively integrated ways. Firstly, it employs powerful 18V Lithium Ion battery technology. Macnaught says using this technology gives the ability to provide on-demand power for the accurate delivery of specialised oils up to SAE90. Battery power is common in the modern automotive workshop and the BOP20’s Lithium Ion rechargeable battery is complemented with a desk charger to provide a full recharge in just one hour. Secondly, it has a portable, self-priming pump which is capable of single handedly dispensing oils from 20 litre containers, on-demand. Macnaught says the on-demand feature comes from an internal pressure switching mechanism which senses the fluid pressure when the control nozzle is closed, thereby interrupting the pumping process. Flow resumes when the control nozzle is opened due to the pressure drop in the delivery hose detected by the pressure switching mechanism. Pumping oil from small containers in automotive workshops is a binding association individuals have with the trade and practice of using manual pumping equipment. Macnaught says the BOP20 addresses this inefficiency but rather than just simply creating a solution for that one aspect, it provides so much more in an innovation enhanced experience. For more information, visit www.macnaught.com.au 62

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1. Toe-in. 2. Vehicle centreline. 3. Toe-out.

1. King Pin Inclination

King pin inclination (KPI), also called steering axle inclination (SAI), is achieved differently depending on the suspension arrangement. Typically, with the MacPherson strut type suspension, KPI is attained by leaning the strut. While with the control arm type suspension, the angle of the upper and lower swivel joint pivots is offset. KPI, being non-adjustable, can often be left unchecked or overlooked in collision situations. Incorrect KPI caused by worn or damaged suspension components usually results in accelerated tyre wear along with poor directional stability and increased steering effort – particularly when the vehicle is implementing a parking manoeuvre.

Toe-in and Toe-out


2019 AUSTRALIAN AUTO AFTERMARKET INNOVATION AWARDS AAAA Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product – Chemical Additives, Lubricants and Car Care The competition for the AAAA Most Innovative New Packaging and Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product – Chemical Additives, Lubricants and Car Care award was certainly competitive. In this issue, we take a look at the entrants who vied for this award including the winning Nulon EZY-SQUEEZE and Nulon FILLER-TOOL. For more information about the Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards, please visit www.aftermarketawards.com.au

Nulon: Nulon EZY-SQUEEZE and Nulon FILLER-TOOL – WINNER The game-changing combination of the Nulon EZY-SQUEEZE pouch and Nulon FILLER-TOOL empowers DIYers to perform their own fluid change at a much-reduced cost, no longer forcing them into an OEM service centre. The Nulon EZY-SQUEEZE Gearbox, Differential and Transmission fluid range sees the first use of a pouch to market automotive lubricants in Australia, while the Nulon FILLER-TOOL range represents the first time a range of tools specifically designed to enable the DIY consumer to easily change their transmission fluids have been made available through Automotive Aftermarket retail outlets. For more information, visit www.ezysqueeze.com.au

CRC Industries Australia: CRC BioDegreaser CRC BioDegreaser has been scientifically formulated for use across the automotive, service industry and industrial sectors with a focus on personal and environmental safety without sacrificing the highest levels of performance when it comes to penetrating and dissolving tough grease, oil and contaminants for easy removal. It is biodegradable, non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-flammable, pH balanced and water soluble and the advanced formula is powerful but non-abrasive, non-corrosive and contains no solvents. These properties make it ideal for use in workshops and garages, especially where there are regulations or restrictions in place. For more information, visit www.crcindustries.com.au

Nulon: Nulon Pro-Strength The Nulon Pro-Strength range of fuel and engine treatments has been specifically designed to increase performance, improve reliability and restore normal vehicle operation. Formulated with the latest world class additive technology, Nulon says the Nulon Pro-Strength range of fuel and engine treatments delivers superior performance for all petrol and diesel passenger, light commercial and heavy duty applications. For more information, visit www.nulon.com.au

Trico Products: 303 Touchless Sealant Trico says 303 Touchless Sealant is an easy-to-use protection product which will allow you to receive the same protection you would expect from a wax in a fraction of the time. Its fast and simple spray-on-rinseoff application process means you don’t have to touch your car’s paint with anything in order to apply 303 Touchless Sealant and so greatly cuts down on the risk of ruining your paint’s impeccable finish. Trico says 303 Touchless Sealant will give you durable protection that exceeds what you can expect from a traditional wax. For more information, visit www.303products.com.au

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Milwaukee Tool says it is setting the standard for the future of cordless hand-held automotive equipment While much of the emphasis in the media on the changing automotive industry of late has been around the electrification of drivelines, Milwaukee Tool says its focus is on providing the right tools to work on the vehicles of tomorrow, and it claims its range of high torque impact wrenches will set the benchmark. Milwaukee Tool claims that it continues to set the standard for cordless impact wrenches by taking the performance of the new M18 FUEL ONE-KEY High Torque Impact Wrenches to the next level. Available in three different models – half-inch friction ring, half-inch pin detent and a three quarter-inch friction ring – the M18 FUEL ONEKEY High Torque Impact Wrenches provide a powerful fastening solution to outperform pneumatic, corded and other cordless products in the market today. The M18 FUEL ONE-KEY High Torque Impact Wrench allows users the opportunity to finally eliminate hoses and cords once and for all. The new range delivers up to 1491Nm (half-inch friction ring), 1897Nm (half-inch pin detent) and 2043Nm (three-quarter-inch friction ring) of nut busting torque. With the addition of ONE-KEY features, it says users have greater control over performance and deliver repeatable torque results resulting in reduced damage to materials and efficiency across the job site. The new models are designed with a four-mode


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Drive Control feature, providing the user with the versatility to switch between modes to match the power and speed to the application at hand. A new Bolt Removal Mode provides maximum nut-busting torque to remove the most stubborn bolts or nuts and, as soon as it senses the bolt or nut is broken free, the tool then shifts to 750RPM for unmatched control when removing fasteners.

The ONE-KEY System The ONE-KEY system is the first digital platform for tools and equipment. The application offers a variety of functionalities to increase company and user productivity – including the ability to manage inventory, track tools in real-time, and even customise compatible products. With community Bluetooth tracking, barcode scanning and geofencing, staying on top of your equipment is easy. ONE-KEY gives the end user complete control and visibility of inventory across any job, crew and location; while real-time alerts help prevent loss and expensive setbacks. Importantly, the ONE-KEY inventory management puts time back into the end user’s day, so they can focus on the job at hand. It streamlines processes with one digital catalogue that the user’s team can access from anywhere to gain more insight on how the equipment is working for them. Through ONE-KEY, users will be able to customise, track, and manage the new impact

wrenches. The ONE-KEY Integrated Tool Tracking functionality will also allow users to identify where and when their impact wrench was last seen. Records and locations will update when any device with the ONE-KEY app comes within 30m of the impact, allowing the user to quickly pinpoint missing tools. At the same time, Integrated Tool Security will provide an extra layer of protection to prevent theft and tampering.

Disruptive Innovation Milwaukee Tool says that, since the company began in 1924, it has been an industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, accessories and hand tools for professional users worldwide and says its commitment to improving


productivity across the job site by providing performance-driven and trade-focused solutions is a testament to its disruptive innovation and game changing technology. It says the M12 and M18 cordless solutions were developed to be the ultimate combination of professional grade power, extreme performance and superior ergonomics. With patented technologies, innovative motors, advanced electronics and the industry’s best battery technology; Milwaukee Tool explains that the M18 family has been the fastest growing 18V cordless system on the market since its inception. Milwaukee didn’t just stop at cordless power tools either, it says, stating that it began to breathe new life into the jobsite by going beyond

the requirements of the end-user and providing productivity enhancing solutions that are unparalleled in the industry. With its range of storage solutions – including the revolutionary PACKOUT Modular Storage System (which is designed to provide users with the ability to interchange and interlock a wide assortment of heavy duty toolboxes, organisers, and storage totes in multiple configurations); a range of Steel Storage Systems with built in charging ports; and diagnostic tool storage; a range of accessories optimised for cordless productivity – its hand tools (with innovative features unseen in any industry to date) and high output lighting, Milwaukee says it works side by side with users to understand the demands of a constantly changing workplace and how they can

best deliver solutions that help the user work both faster and smarter. As such, Milwaukee says it knows that professional users sweat the small stuff, and so does Milwaukee; so it says it pays attention to the small details that make a big difference and this user focus not only leads to solutions for real jobsite challenges, but fuels the disruptive innovation seen across all product lines. Milwaukee Power Tools began at the same time as Henry Ford started assembly lines for his famous invention, the T Model Ford. In fact it was Henry who was responsible for the company’s very first tool that itself became a legend. Known as “The Hole Shooter,” aptly named for what it did, this tool was commissioned by Ford as a result of his daily visits to the factories. He noticed that the workers on the line that drilled holes in the metal parts were using cumbersome, heavy and unwieldy drills. Not only was it wearing out employees, but it was also slowing down the other lines. He asked Milwaukee Tool’s founder, a chap called Petersen, to design and build a small, lightweight drill with enough “grunt” to replace the existing clunkers. Within months Henry Ford held the compact and powerful Hole Shooter in his hand. He was so delighted that Petersen knew that he was on a winner and Ford’s first orders confirmed it.

FUTURE AUTO INNOVATION Fast-forward to 2020 and Milwaukee Tool has grown into the company you see today with a core trade and user focus with the automotive sector firmly in sight. It even now has a dedicated Automotive Solutions team across Australia servicing the automotive industry. For more information visit, www.milwaukeetool.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



LIGHTING THE WAY FORWARD The family-owned LED Autolamps is a true success story of the Australian automotive aftermarket LED Autolamps began its journey in 1987 when Tony Ottobre started the company Auto Trade Supplies which ran a mobile auto electrical parts van supplying auto electricians all across Victoria. In the early 2000s, Tony made an overseas trip to a trade show in Taiwan to source new products and it was there he saw the latest in LED lighting. Tony began researching the market and could not believe the lack of LED representation in the Australian automotive aftermarket industry. He then set about creating, designing and registering the first range of “interchangeable” lenses for rear tail lights (the 80 Series) with the same shape and design so that everything from small trailers to large trucks could use this product range. At the same time, he recognised the need to be in full control from concept to market to ensure consistency and product quality while protecting his brand family; and so LED Autolamps Pty Ltd commenced business in Victoria on the 1st of July, 2002. A small factory in Thomastown was LED Autolamps’ first base of operations, mainly employing Tony and his immediate family. Risking everything on a vision and a business plan laid out on his return trip from the Taiwan trade show, he set about building his dream. It was not without trouble, especially when it came to locating reliable overseas manufacturers, but the tiny family-run business continued to push into the market delivering industry firsts as well as innovative product ideas and excellent value thus far not seen in the industry. Going from strength to strength, 2005 saw LED Autolamps’ first move into a bigger factory, which was also located in Thomastown. Two rows of pallet racking, a single forklift and a small twoperson pick and pack area handled the growing demand for LED Autolamps’ products while the office – situated in a steel shed within the factory – hosted two full-time office staff while there were three reps on the road. It was here in this factory that the famous 150 Series began with a simple idea of making the best trailer light in Australia. This building also saw the design infringement court case in which Tony would defend and successfully win against pirated copycat practices towards his registered designs.  In 2008, the company experienced continued success in both OE and retail sales and the business expanded into a larger temporary factory to allow the housing of the ever-growing stock 66

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inventory. It was also in 2008 that the Europe Office was established and while this office began with only two people, today it services all of Europe and employs more than 24 sales and support staff. At the same time, Tony wanted to ensure that even though his company was growing, that its core values remained the same with next day deliveries Australia-wide and a customer-first attitude. In 2012, LED Autolamps developed its purposebuilt contemporary Head Office located in Bundoora, Victoria, including a 1473sq metre warehouse facility and logistics room. With this new Head Office, LED Autolamps says its customers now enjoy a professional and modern welcoming environment as friendly staff meet client needs. It states that this new location makes a statement to visitors about its professionalism, with LED Autolamps General Manager, Michael Ottobre stating “first impressions always count!” Today, LED Autolamps employs more than 26 staff servicing all of Australasia and continues to grow, improve and remain vigilant of an ever-changing marketplace while staying flexible in meeting customer needs. “It has taken many years to fine tune and perfect our business practices,” Tony said. “LED Autolamps has developed and registered many new products, investing in more than $3.5 million in moulds and tooling. “A significant aspect of our success is finding the right people and building the best team of professional high achievers to thrive and promote our brand name within the industry, from the forklift driver right through to field staff and highend managers.” LED Autolamps’ customer base includes major retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors and the company also supports small automotive and auto electrical businesses through its distributor network.

The company says it has also spent the best part of 10 years designing and developing lighting for Military applications – namely the Hawkei PMV which was developed for the Australian Defence Force – and also actively works with customers to support private branding as well as bespoke lighting and cabling specific requirements. LED Autolamps’ Australian and European operations are both certified to ISO9001:2015, the internationally recognised Quality Management Standard. Its main production facility is certified to IATF16949:2016 standards, which the company says provides customers a guarantee of conformity of production, exceptional service, technical expertise and dedicated after-sales care. “We intend to maintain growth through further development of high quality, innovative and uniquely designed products, releasing up to 25+ new products every year,” Michael said. “To maintain this expectation, we carry out thorough market research and ensure stringent product testing and development of all available

MEMBER FEATURE new and emerging technologies and production sources.”

A range of firsts LED Autolamps says it prides itself on changing the industry for the better and that it has worked hard to be the first with many of its achievements within Australia while improving LED automotive product affordability with savings of some 50 percent over its competitors. Company firsts include: • Developing a lighting system of the same shape and design; • Solely specialising in automotive LED lighting; • Introducing a Five-Year LED warranty; • Introducing a Seven-Year LED warranty; • Introducing a product with a Lifetime LED warranty; • Designing a plug-in wiring system for box and boat trailers; • Uniquely designed a plug-in harness system for heavy vehicles; and • Winning a copy infringement case over importers of copies of its products, setting a precedent to protect Australian designs.

Research, design, development and manufacturing Paramount to staying ahead in the market and providing industry-leading warranties with affordable, high-quality products is LED Autolamps’ investment and dedication into research, development and manufacturing capabilities. LED Technologies, the parent company of LED Autolamps, says it can conceptualise, design, develop and manufacture products from the ground up with expert knowledge and state of the art facilities. It also has in-house industrial designers and engineers that can bring ideas to life with professional CAD design software and 3D prototyping capacity. LED Autolamps says its technical engineers have expert knowledge of all components and plastics as well as specialised developments with glues and sealing processes; and are also capable of photometric testing, electrical and optical engineering as well as environmental testing to ensure products can meet the market with confidence.

Further, control of the manufacturing process enables them to rapidly adapt and cater to market needs as well as the customers’ own ideas and design requirements. The main production sites are quality assured with IATF16949 certification, which is the highest standard achievable for quality management systems to ensure conformity of production with the same condition in every product batch. LED Autolamps says just some of its manufacturing capabilities include: • PCB Quality Control during production • Automated PCB Circuit Placement • Advanced Gluing sealing • Automated Optical Inspection

• Ultra Sonic and Vibration Welding • Wiring Harness and Cabling “We are tested and trusted by manufacturing companies that incorporate our LED brand into their product designs,” Michael said. “Our clients put our auto lights through some of the harshest conditions before they are used to ensure that their customers are receiving the best product on the market that will not fail.” The future of LED Technologies and its LED Autolamps brand lies directly with its continued development of new and unique products, pushing the boundaries in design and innovation. “Ensuring we are directly involved with our LED products at every stage of their development guarantees there is no compromise on quality or service and also allows us the ability to adapt our designs to suit specific client needs,” Michael said. “Continuing hard work producing market-leading retail displays will also cement our long-term presence in the Automotive aftermarket industry. “But most importantly of all, the entire operation is still a family-owned and operated business with its people driven by passion and devotion to the company and what it stands for.” For more on LED Autolamps, please visit www.ledautolamps.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



CHARGE MULTIPLE LED LIGHTING SOLUTIONS From CoolDrive Auto Parts DEVICES WITH ONE NARVA CABLE Narva has added new charge and sync cables to its range of phone and portable device power accessories The new cables are designed to reduce clutter and provide convenience to those with multiple devices, by combining the functionality of multiple connectors into a single cable. A dual-faced, USB to Lighting and Micro USB cable (P/No. 81070BL) allows users the flexibility of powering, charging or syncing devices that utilise either connection type.

Large symbols on each side of the two-in-one connector allow the user to identify which way it should be facing when plugged in and the one metre cable offers up to two Amp charging and sync functionality in its sleek and durable, black aluminium housing. A very short, dual-faced cable is available as a keyring (P/No. 81073BL), ensuring users always have a charge cable handy. Also joining the range is a one metre USB to USB Type-C charge and sync cable (P/No. 81071BL) to meet the needs of many modern devices, where Type-C is fast becoming the standard choice of phone and tablet manufacturers. It features a slim black aluminium housing and three Amp charging with 480Mb/S data transfer speeds. Topping out the range is Part No. 81072, a one metre universal three-in-one charge and sync cable that offers the complete flexibility of three connector types in a single cable. Heavy-duty metallic connectors feature a clever slide-on, slide-off mechanism that incorporates USB Type-C and dual-faced Lightning. Micro USB connections are on one end, with USB and USB Type-C connections housed at the other. The shoelace style, anti-tangle cable offers power output of up to 1.5 Amps. The new cables are available from approximately $15.00. For more information, visit www.narva.com.au 68

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LED lighting has revolutionised automotive lighting over the past decade, delivering a potent mix of much more efficient and effective lighting and the ability to use lighting as a design feature. Indeed, car designers today use LED lighting to create a brand ‘signature’ that is carried consistently across its model range, immediately identifying a BMW from a Ford, a Mercedes from a Skoda. The light pattern produced by these designer lights are as good as seeing the badge. CoolDrive Auto Parts says it has long been at the forefront of automotive innovation, on trend with the latest in technology and fashion accessories through its extensive inventory. “LED lighting has changed the lighting landscape in so many ways,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Category Manager - Electrical Accessories, David Heydrich, said. “In automotive we’ve seen it in terms of vehicle headlights for passenger cars, SUVs, 4WDs and trucks, and the flow through to accessories like driving lights and light bars, trailer lights, caravan lights and now more broadly with work lights. “Roadside inspection lamps, flood lights for the roadside or workshop, general work lights, pocket torches as well as recreational lighting for caravanning or camping now all benefit from LED technology.” CoolDrive says it carries an extensive range of premium brand and budget conscious automotive accessory lighting. It says Ignite, Lightforce, Hella and house-brand Hulk 4x4 lead the line-up of quality lighting product available, embracing everything from driving lights to utility lights, single and dual row lightbars, search lights, hunting lights, trailer lights, lights for the camp site, roadside lights, inspection lamps, torches and lots more. At the forefront of this LED lighting revolution is Ignite, an Australian-owned automotive lighting specialist originally established in 2004 as a manufacturer of halogen products, and now a leader of LED lighting and accessories in Australia. Robust and lightweight, CoolDrive says the Ignite LED range offers products ideal for the professional workshop environment or the home garage as well as for recreational use such as camping or general handyman duties.

The premium Ignite products cover a range of vehicle applications, including heavy duty fitments such as the 9” driving lights which are said to be exceptionally popular with truck drivers who need to tackle long distances. Ignite’s 9” LED driving lights provide 12,000 raw lumens of light to increase long range vision and the flexibility of both a Spot Beam and a Driving Beam, making them ideal for outback highway use. Ignite’s offerings also include a range of LED inspection lamps and worklamps, consisting of hand-held work lights, flood lights, roadside inspection lamps, camping lights and pocket torches, as well as lightbars and trailer lights, including caravan lighting, plus fitting and mounting accessories, with the range totalling over 200 part numbers. CoolDrive’s house brand Hulk 4x4 is focused more towards the recreational 4x4 end of the market, part of a broader range of more than 150 parts and accessories now being offered by Hulk 4x4 to the active four-wheel-drive market. Among its on-vehicle lighting products are slimline multi-fit minebars, which are designed and manufactured in Australia. The Hulk 4x4 minebars each measure 1.2m wide, are made from heavy-duty black anodised extruded aluminium and feature different weather-proof light combinations suitable for 12 or 24-volt applications. Both Hulk 4x4 minebars feature a central amber 103 Series low-profile LED beacon, two ADR-approved LED rear combination lamps and a Brigade tonal reversing alarm, which provides the traditional “beep beep” sound. The Hulk 4x4 range also covers a range of LED utility lights, such as a work light with integrated speakers and torch, camping lights, a five-watt inspection lamp, as well as a handy headlamp torch. For more information, visit www.cooldrive.com.au


YOUR ELECTRICAL NEEDS SORTED Unique Auto Part carries â&#x20AC;&#x153;a huge rangeâ&#x20AC;? of electrical and ignition parts Unique Auto Parts supplies top quality replacement parts for passenger and light commercial European vehicles including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Mini, Seat, Skoda, Audi, Citroen, Peugeot, Renault, Volvo, Porsche and Volkswagen. The company has also recently added parts for three more European makes: Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Range Rover. As part of its extensive stock, Unique Auto Parts says it carries a huge range of electrical and ignition parts, the majority of which are sourced in Australia directly from well-known manufacturers, Bosch and Hella. Unique Auto Parts says Bosch is known to pride itself on being able to offer quality and reliable products, which is why Unique Auto Parts always makes sure to have some of the more common Bosch products on-hand, including air flow sensors, oxy sensors, alternators, starter motors, and spark plugs as well as non-electrical items such as wipers. Similarly, Unique Auto Parts explains it is also an official distributor for Hella, which is world renowned with a focus on designing and manufacturing automotive lighting and electrical equipment. Some of the great Hella products you will find at Unique Auto Parts include camshaft sensors, crankshaft sensors, oil level sensors, fan resistors, glow plug relays, oxy sensors, air con pressure sensors and ignition coils. Unique Auto Parts has five fully stocked warehouses in convenient locations

around Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and local delivery as well as interstate shipping is available from each location. In addition to parts from Bosh and Hella, each warehouse is fully stocked with a wide range of parts from national and international brands including JP Group, Quinton Hazell, Carlube, Meyle, Trucktec, Victor Reinz, BBR, Zimmerman and many more; including an extensive range of new parts to suit all needs including filtration, brakes, steering and suspension, cooling, sealants and gaskets. It also stocks an exclusive range of oils and lubricants as well as a line of specialty tools designed specifically for European vehicles. For more information, visit www.uniqueautoparts.com.au or call 1300 864 864 to speak to your closest branch.

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SUFFERING FLAT BATTERIES IN YOUR DEALERSHIP OR WORKSHOPS? Redarc says it has the solution Battery depletion at car dealerships is reportedly a common problem conveyed to Redarc’s Technical Support team. Those working in car dealerships would be aware of the ongoing issues with starting batteries going flat with vehicles in their showroom. These batteries are often depleted due to the high volume of interactivity of door openings, vehicle start-ups and feature testing from customers. When these batteries run flat, they need to be sent to the workshop for recharging, resulting in less time on the floor for the vehicles to attract potential new customers and unnecessary labour costs for their workshop staff. Redarc says its 30A Showroom Charger (Part Number SBC1230-S) from DEFA is the perfect solution for car dealerships experiencing these issues. As vehicle technology continues to improve, there is an increased demand for battery support and maintenance. The benefits are clear for not only vehicle showrooms but home garages with safe battery charging that is able to deliver a quick charge to batteries that may be used infrequently.

Redarc’s Showroom Charger from DEFA is an AC to DC portable battery charger which has been designed to automatically charge and maintain 12V automotive batteries. It is compatible with a range of common battery types including Lead Acid, AGM, EFB and GEL batteries up to approximately 250Ah. The Showroom Charger is designed for longterm battery maintenance charging, providing fast battery charge and is ideal for use in vehicle showrooms, or at home connected to infrequently used vehicles, caravans, boats and RVs. When in use, it can be placed under a vehicle, out of the view. The clamping cable is detachable and easily passed through the engine bay and the charger has no fan meaning it is noise free – all of which allows the unit to remain incognito in a vehicle showroom or garage. Redarc says the Showroom Charger is simple and easy to operate and only has one button and features a user-friendly display for monitoring the battery status. Compact in size and cased in a black anodised aluminium finish, it provides an attractive exterior that complements any modern showroom.

Through using the Showroom Charger, Redarc says the dealerships have eliminated the need to remove their most popular vehicles from the showroom, meaning that they are now in-front of customers on a full-time basis, ultimately generating an uplift in sales since the charger’s introduction. Redarc partnered with Norwegian manufacturer DEFA in 2018 and says the strategic partnership combines two-family orientated organisations who share similar values including a focus on continuous improvement, innovation and most importantly providing customers with great products of the highest quality. They also share a comparable product portfolio centred around charging and power supply solutions for all vehicles. For more information, visit www.redarc.com.au/ showroom-charger or contact Redarc to request a visit and demonstration from your local Area Sales Manager.

INVISION HAS THE ANSWERS Two solutions for headlight restoration While many cars headlights are heavily damaged and require a full restoration that includes fine grade sanding, many suffer from mild damage but are still functional while having a slight amount of yellowing. This yellowing looks pretty bad on a nice clean car and if not treated will continue to deteriorate.

suggest, Mild is for slightly damaged headlights while Heavy is for badly clouded ones that need the full process.

To meet the needs of these two levels of damage, Invision has introduced a new product that is designed to restore mildly damaged headlights to as new condition. It’s faster and cheaper than a full headlight restoration so you can make great margin on the service.

A full headlight restoration restores badly damaged headlights by removing the layer of discoloured plastic and smoothing it back to its original state.

“Most of today’s vehicles feature headlights that wrap over with a horizontal surface at the top that will display damage after a few years. The first sign of damage is a slight yellowing across the top of the lens which is easily fixed with this new product,” Managing Director of Invision Sales, Wayne Blackman, said. The program is now clearly divided into two categories, Mild and Heavy. As the names

The Mild kits include convenient sachets with pre-soaked applicators for both Yellow X cleaner and the UV Clear Coat. These make it fast and easy to service a slightly damaged headlight.

The final step is to apply the new protective gloss UV coating that effectively restores the headlight to as new condition. This coating is unique to the Invision system and delivers long lasting protection. The Invision Headlight Restoration Program has five kits in the range. The Mild range includes a one car DIY (HRK05) and ten car trade pack (HRK05TP). The Heavy range includes the one car DIY (the new look HRK01), 10 car Trade (HRK02) and 50 car PROKit (HRK03). The kits

include all cleaners, sandpaper, polishing cloths, UV resurface coating and detailed instruction sheets. The PROKit is designed for professionals to generate a profitable service within their business. All the components come in a solid case that can be easily restocked, with all ordering details on the inside lid. The kit is specifically designed with high volume workshops in mind as the included RO 3” electric sander dramatically shortens the time it takes to service a vehicle. For further information, contact Invision Sales 03 9336 2066 or visit www.invisionsales.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



ROBOTIC HEADLIGHT REPAIRS AEROFLOW NOW REALITY PERFORMANCE 3D Printing and Advanced Material AUTO ELECTRICAL Using by Plastfix RANGE Available from Rocket Industries Aeroflow Performance’s range keeps evolving and has now expanded to include a diverse and comprehensive range of auto electrical equipment. The line-up began with three styles of universal wiring harnesses, 21, 18 or 8 circuit, to suit all types of re-wiring jobs and now also includes three styles of compete LS conversion harnesses. Also featured are all of the associated plugs and adapters to wire your LS conversion easily.

After three years of intense research and development, in collaboration with research partners Swinburne University and Australian government IMCRC, Plastfix says it has developed the first known prototype of an automated headlight repair system using state of the art robotics, software algorithms, 3D scanning and the key factor, a custom automotive compatible polypropylene based 3D printing material.

With the successful prototype demonstrating quality repairs of broken headlight tabs, the patented solution is moving towards expanding its repair range and commercialising a more compact, industry suited, automated system that would be affordable and easily utilised in any collision repair facility worldwide. The network of Repairbots will be supported by Plastfix’s central control centre in Europe, managed via a cloud-based inventory of repair programs and headlight tab CAD data.

From the battery to the electric fans, Aeroflow says its Performance range has it all, including battery boxes and trays; battery terminals; coil harnesses and extensions; starter motors; alternators; coils; ignition systems; starter switches; electrical connectors; weather pack connectors; relays; fuse holders; electric water pumps; crimpers; strippers and lots more. There are also conversion EFI adapters for Bosch, USCAR and Denso to suit all manner of EFI conversions. So, whether you are swapping an LS into your street car or race car, installing EFI, or powering up your import, Aeroflow says that when you need specialist electrical components and tools you should get online and check out the Aeroflow Performance range. Aeroflow explains that its new and improved website allows you to shop online and contains a host of product images and information to help you choose the right product for the job and shipping is available across Australia and internationally. For more information, online shopping or your closest distributor, visit www.aeroflowperformance.com or call Rocket Industries on 02 8825 1900. 72

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The system essentially replicates the manual lug repair-kit solution that OEMs use to replace broken tabs for certain headlights. But instead of screwing the tabs into the provided repair points on the headlight, the Repairbot system 3D prints a set of staking posts and then uses a heat staking method to attach the pre-manufactured tab that results in a cleaner outcome than the screw heads being exposed. Research and testing is ongoing, with plans to 3D print the entire replacement tab directly onto the headlight as materials and technology evolve. “The team has been outstanding during this project as we overcame several significant obstacles, not the least of which was that we had to engineer our own polymer as commercial grades were unsuitable for our application,” Swinburne University of Technology Project Leader, Dr Mats Isaksson, said.

David Chuter, CEO of IMCRC who attended the launch event said “it is so amazing to see how far we’ve come since the idea was floated back in 2017. Australia is the perfect market for such innovation and this demonstration has been tremendous. Congratulations to the team at Swinburne and to all those involved throughout the journey.” “Watching the final demo was both exhilarating and emotional,” Plastfix and Tradiebot Industries Owner, Mario Dimovski, said. “To think three years ago this was a crazy idea and now we are witnessing a robot repair a broken tab on a headlight using 3D printing is just astonishing. “We now move into the exciting part of commercialisation. The Tradiebot EU team has been working on the project for the last 12 months side-by-side with Swinburne and are preparing a more fine-tuned commercial Repairbot system ready for use in today’s collision repair industry. “We have come so far and learnt so much and the advancements in technology and hardware is positive as the systems become faster and products are more affordable, ultimately allowing us to build an end product in reach of any collision repair or parts supply business no matter its size. “Our end goal is to have these Repairbot units on the shelf for sale by the start of next year retailing for approximately $20,000 USD (approximately 29,800 AUD) including an ongoing subscription and material cost. “We are currently exploring all market opportunities with collision groups, OEMs and part suppliers to determine the best fit for our solution. In the end, if we can assist the industry to repair more headlights instead of buying new, reducing repair costs and diverting them from landfill, it’s a win for business, consumers and the environment.” For more information, visit www.plastfix.com


SWITCH IT UP With the new ICS-01 switching system by Ionnic With competition for new motor vehicle sales increasing daily, vehicle manufacturers are opting for a more premium, tech focused interior in an effort to lure customers to their brand. With this comes the trend to reduce the number of, or remove entirely the provisions for aftermarket switches. While this might be preferable for vehicle manufacturers it does bring with it a new set of challenges for installers when fitting aftermarket accessories. The new ICS-01 switching system by Ionnic has been designed specifically to address this issue while at the same time offering a range of new and intelligent features as compared to traditional switches. The ICS switching system is suitable for use on both 12 and 24 volt vehicles; offering eight individually switched circuits each rated to 6amps with a maximum total system output of 40amps within a compact switch panel. The panel measures only 65mm x 65mm, allowing for a multitude of installation options in today’s modern motor vehicle.

The ICS-01 uses an in-cab switch panel and remote output module connected by a single data or communication line. The switch panel and receiver communicate using a proprietary signal which allows the switching system to be configured in multiple ways using a single output module for typical applications or with additional slave output modules on larger systems or vehicles. Key features include: • User programmable master switches – the ICS switch panel features three user programmable Master switches. These switches can be used to link any combination of the eight individual switches together to allow activation of multiple circuits via the switching of a single button. • On-board circuit monitoring – the ICS-01 incorporates the latest in onboard circuit protection technology. In the event of a short circuit the ICS panel immediately turns off the affected output preventing damage to the switch panel and devices controlled by it.

• Flexible mounting options – as well as being extremely compact, the ICS panel offers installers multiple mounting options. Utilising a single threaded mounting point on the rear of the panel, installers can quickly and simply attach the panel as required. Ionnic products are available from Auto Electrical Imports. For more information, visit www.ionnic.com

PROBLEM SOLVING BEAM ISSUES In the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT50 Injectronics says it is seeing vehicles being presented to repairers for no left-hand side low beam and/or inoperative high beams and in many instances, the globe is being replaced but the fault is remaining. Injectronics reports its customers have come across this fault on Ford Ranger PX 3.2L P5AT (2011-on) and Mazda BT50 UP 3.2L P5AT (2011-on) vehicles, with common faults and fault codes as follows: • Headlight inoperative • High beam inoperative • Unable to communicate with Body Control Module (BCM) using a scan tool • No left-hand side low beam • B1470 Headlamp input circuit failure • B1471 Lamp Headlamp input circuit open • B1472 Lamp Headlamp input circuit short to ground • B1568 Lamp Headlamp high-beam circuit open • B1570 Lamp Headlamp high-beam circuit short to ground • B1795 Low Beam Headlamp circuit open • B1797 Lamp Headlamp Low-Beam circuit short to ground 74

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Injectronics says the Body Control Module (BCM) detects a fault when the resistance is outside its normal tolerances. This can be caused by an open circuit in the system, such as a faulty globe, broken wire (short to ground), when aftermarket LED OR HID globes are fitted, or when accessorises such as light bars have been fitted to the vehicle without the proper circuit protection being added to the system. After a complete check of the vehicle’s wiring is completed and any faults (such as burnt or exposed wiring, broken or water damaged connector plugs/wiring) have been rectified and the correct globes have been fitted as per the manufacturers’ specifications, Injectronics says the technician is directed to complete a scan of the vehicle’s diagnostic system to confirm the fault has been rectified with an activation test of the lighting system with a suitable scan tool. If the vehicle still has no left-hand side headlight or high beam function, Injectronics says the fault can be in the BCM itself.

The solution The BCM in the Ford Ranger/Mazda BT50 runs a solid-state circuit protection system which monitors the load and resistances of the vehicle’s

electrical system. If an abnormality is detected, the BCM cuts any circuit outside of its tolerance. When a fault is detected, it triggers a counter in the BCM that can only happen a limited amount of times before the BCM cuts out the left-hand side low beam and/or high beams permanently and in some cases, communication with the BCM is lost. In the case where the BCM has been identified as the issue, Injectronics says the only option for the technician is to replace the BCM. This is normally a dealer only option, but Injectronics says it can now test and repair the customer’s own unit, saving valuable time and money for the end user. For more information, visit www.injectronics.com.au


HELLA STRENGTHENS SCANGRIP PARTNERSHIP Hella Australia has strengthened its partnership with leading European LED work lights brand, Scangrip From January 2020, Hella Australia has become the exclusive distributor in the Oceania region of Scangrip’s premium quality work lights for automotive professionals. Hella Australia says Scangrip is Europe’s leading brand of LED work lights and a name that’s become synonymous with high performance, quality, design and innovation. Designed and developed in Denmark, Scangrip’s comprehensive LED work lights range offers lights designed for every task, with “unrivalled performance and class-leading features.” The new Nova SPS series, for example, is said to be the world’s first professional LED work light to feature an exchangeable battery system which allows batteries to be quickly and easily replaced for extended use in situations where no other power source is available. With such clever features, combined with a heavyduty build quality that enables them to withstand the rigours of demanding working environments,

Scangrip says its work lights are made for work and built to last. Hella Australia’s relationship with Scangrip first began in 2013, with the formation of a strategic partnership to develop and manufacture a small range of Hella branded work lights; the quality, durability and functionality of which reportedly proved to be exceptional. This new phase in the partnership, which formally began on the 1st of January 2020, gives Hella Australia customers access to a much wider product range and will greatly improve the speed at which new products can be made available to the market. Customers will also benefit from Scangrip’s market-leading three-year warranty. In addition to the LED Work Lights range for automotive professionals, Hella Australia will also offer Scangrip’s ranges of LED flashlights and ExProof (explosion proof) LED work lights for use in hazardous areas like mines and quarries. “I’m absolutely delighted to have formed a new

and even closer partnership with Scangrip,” Hella Australia Managing Director, Darren Robinson, said. “Their uncompromising commitment to premium quality and innovation is evident throughout the product range, and these principles align closely with our ethos at Hella Australia, which is built upon delivering long-term value for our customers by offering premium products that they can rely on to provide many years of service.” To find out more about the Scangrip product range, please contact Hella Australia on 1800 061 729 or email info.au@hella.com

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NO PROBLEM BATTERY MAINTENANCE With the new Projecta Monocrystalline Maintainer Projecta has released a new Monocrystalline Battery Maintainer Solar Panel range that it says is ideal to help maintain battery charge in vehicles including passenger cars, four wheel drives, caravans, motorcycles, watercraft and other equipment without reliance on mains power.

The battery maintainers can even be used on seasonable vehicles such as agricultural machines or classic cars that mostly lie in storage and are only driven occasionally. Available in 12 Volt 5W (SPA5) and 12 Volt 10W (SPA10) models, the new battery maintainers offer a compact design that allows for convenient on-board storage and mobility, while the Monocrystalline technology – which Projecta explains is considered to be the most efficient material for converting sunlight into energy – provides reliable and hassle-free performance. Traditionally, battery maintainers have been known to be cumbersome and not truly portable, but Projecta says its units’ slim-line design means they can fit in a glovebox or even between the seat and center console. Projecta’s battery maintainer solar panels are equipped with removable suction caps for easy temporary mounting to windscreens, or alternatively, they can be secured via eyelets and elastic straps to vehicle sun visors or similar. Connecting to the vehicles’ battery is also simple using the included accessory plug (must be a live plug to be able to charge), or with the included battery clamps. To ensure complete functionality in demanding and varied Australian climatic conditions, the battery maintainers offer a large operating temperature range of between -40 to 70 °C. For more information, visit www.projecta.com.au


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PROBLEM SOLVED LED Autolamps says it has the products to meet your auto electrical and lighting needs Over the years, LED Autolamps has designed, developed and released more than 2000-part numbers suiting many different uses from your smallest box trailer, tray or truck right up to the largest semi-trailer rig for marine, hazard/ emergency, vehicle, trade, agriculture, mining, forklift, workshop and caravan applications. A full range of sidelights, markers, work lights, front indicators, forward-facing lighting, rechargeable torches, replacement globes, interior/exterior, plug-in cable harness systems, Canbus and accessories are available. LED Autolamps also offers bespoke wiring and cabling services to value add to lighting requirements and provide additional solutions to customers. Benefits of the LED Autolamps product range include: • ADR, ECE road approvals • Unconditional two, three, five, seven, 10 or Lifetime warranties • High-quality LEDs and associated components • Shock, rust, vibration and impact proof • Correct use of plastics and sealing methods • Tinned copper wiring • Dual Voltage and Voltage specific • Exterior products fully submersible sealed and waterproof • Innovative fitting options • Slimline compact designs with no visible screws LED Autolamps says its product range continues to dominate the market in quality and value, with some models reportedly selling extremely well for over ten years and all with a minimum warranty return rate average of under one percent.

Lifetime Warranty: a first in its time, now followed by others The benchmark 150 Series lamps are a flagship product for LED Autolamps and have been in production now for 14 years with over 1.2 million units sold. The 150 Series is entirely waterproof and rated to IP67 submersible to one meter and the cabling system has tinned copper wire, which is used in the marine industry for its resistance to corrosion. As such, LED Autolamps says the 150 Series will outlast any trailer or vehicle that it is fitted to, which is why it still comes with a solid lifetime warranty.

Versatile rear combination lamps LED Autolamps says its latest 82 Series range of lamps offer a versatility not seen since its

original “ground-breaking” designed 80 Series and 200 Series range was released. The 82 Series is packed with features including no visible screws, high-quality 3M tape and the flexibility of single-lamp or surface-mounted bracket combinations. They are adaptable to multiple ranges of vehicle and trailer applications. LED Autolamps offers the entire 82 Series range in separate bulk units including the brackets and says that with over 30-part numbers available, lamp combination options are nearly endless.

The smallest Category 6 side direction indicator on the market The 77 Series is a super compact, low profile Category 6 side direction indicator lamp for heavy vehicles or GVM upgrades. Trades, recreational and 4x4 vehicles with a GVM upgrade will need to upgrade the side direction lighting from the manufacturer’s Category 5 to a Category 6 Side direction indicator. LED Autolamps has specifically released the super-compact 77 Series for this purpose, instead of using the sizeable Cat 6 markers currently available on the market.

Branding and merchandising LED Autolamps says its name is synonymous with the Automotive Aftermarket industry as it has stood the test of time with its signature red bays and signage designed to be visually appealing and configured to engage customers at the point of sale. The company says it prides itself on delivering fast-moving, neat and profitable product displays that not only look great but will also enhance a retail space. It says its team’s passion and attention to detail when building the right retail merchandiser display will guarantee and engage customers and provide a rewarding retail experience. LED Autolamps says it also has a determined sales team which is dedicated and ready to work with store managers to ensure long-term success with the investment. For more information, visit www.ledautolamps.com


SEE FURTHER WITH GREAT WHITES Ashdown-Ingram says Great Whites provide “unsurpassed output” Ashdown-Ingram says Great Whites was the first brand in Australia to introduce a full range of high quality LED driving lights, pioneering high performance lights for 4WD enthusiasts and truck owner/drivers. A-I says that with an unsurpassed output, the Great Whites products quickly became known “as the premier lighting brand around the country.” LED driving lights are not new – there is a raft of competitors and quality variances. Without progressing into other options in the lighting space such as laser lighting, A-I says the only way to be innovative is to find new ways to project light further down and across the road and states that this is exactly what Great Whites has done with the Attack round driving light range. Great Whites use fewer LEDs yet project light up to one kilometer ahead, which A-I says is clear evidence of technological and design innovation.

The impressive light output of a Great White driving light is due to the lighting technology in both the LEDs and the iris reflectors. The high powered 10W LEDs are directed down the road by highly engineered reflectors; with the shape, depth and ansgled sides providing the optimum long distance beam. At the same time, smaller 5W LEDs with a diffused lens direct the light down and to the sides to ensure quality infill directly in front of the vehicle and full illumination of the peripherals and side of the road. A-I says what this means is, once you turn on a pair of Great Whites Attack round driving lights, you’ll have a thick beam of light focused down the road with a wide spread of light. This spread can reach up to 30 meters either side of your vehicle and up to one kilometer ahead. A-I says the best part is that because the light is so white and bright, it is like driving in the daylight. This is an important feature in driving lights because anything lower than 6,000 Kelvin has a yellow tone, providing inadequate visibility and has been proven to make you more tired when driving at night. As 6,000 Kelvin is the same brightness as the midday sun, your eyes don’t strain when using these lights. The backlight is also an innovation, says A-I, which explains that whilst bright, it is not as bright as a DRL which means they can be kept on at all times and don’t require a separate switch to operate. While other brands use rings or markers to differentiate and highlight their

brand, it is not as identifiable, nor as reliable. LED rings are often comprised of multiple small LEDs and should one of these LEDs stop working, dark spots start to appear on the edge of the light. As more fail, the many black spots are said to make the light appear cheap and low quality. Since launching the new ‘fewer LED’ design, A-I says some competitors have already started to follow suit in order to capitalise on the different look, though A-I states few have been able to achieve the light projection presented by Great Whites. A-I says fewer LEDs means a less cluttered look for the lights, providing a big point of difference when parked next to another vehicle; and states Great Whites have remained true to their brand promise of high quality, high performance driving lights while being successful in producing an affordable premium driving light for 4WD enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.greatwhites.com.au

PAT REVERSE LIGHT SWITCHES RANGE EXPANDED Delivering OE form, fit and function Premier Auto Trade has expanded its Reverse Light Switches offering as part of its developing Premium Sensors range, significantly increasing the number of parts and vehicle coverage now available.

Identifying if a vehicle is about to be driven in reverse will warn both pedestrians and other nearby vehicles of the driver’s intention to reverse and assist the reversing driver by illuminating the path when driving in the dark.

The PAT Reverse Light Switches range now includes more than 100-part numbers covering in excess of three million vehicle applications and is growing rapidly.

Premier Auto Trade says its reverse light switch range delivers OE form, fit and function, and is supplied in easy to see clam shell hang packs, allowing easy visual product identification and merchandising.

The range extends across models from Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA, from the 1950s onwards. The Reverse Light Switch (RLS) range is used when reverse gear is selected on manual transmission vehicles, allowing reverse light operation, and plays an important role in pedestrian safety.

The PAT reverse Light Switches are all listed in the OSCAR electronic aftermarket parts catalogue system from AutoInfo for specific vehicle applications, including reference images for easy identification. Premier Auto Trade says its Premium Range

includes premium brands and original equipment products from the world’s leading manufacturers including Bosch, Delphi, Pierburg, Hitachi, Denso, FAE, TI Automotive, Hella, Airtex, NTK, VDO, Bremi, Valeo, YEC, Walker Products and Intermotor. The full range of Premier Auto Trade replacement Switches and Sensors is now available in the aftermarket via a network of specialised resellers and leading automotive groups. For more information, visit www.premierautotrade.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



END ‘GHOST FAULTS’ CTEK says it can help There are spooky goings on in workshops that, according to CTEK – a leading global brand in the care and maintenance of vehicle batteries – can dramatically increase vehicle service times. By making sure that a vehicle battery is tested when it first enters the workshop, and supported during any diagnostic procedures, workshops can avoid frustrating and mis-leading ‘ghost-faults’.

So what exactly is a ghost fault? A ghost fault or ghost code is a fault that a diagnostic tool detects for one component, that has actually arisen from another. For example, when a vehicle arrives for service or to investigate a fault, service teams will immediately connect a diagnostic tool to identify potential fault or error codes. As part of this procedure, the memory on the vehicle Electronic Control Units (ECUs) is scanned, to see if there are any issues to address. Or in the case of a vehicle service, the service indicator needs to be reset. Whilst this procedure is being undertaken, it is crucial that the voltage across the vehicle system is correct: ideally between 13.5V and 14V. Voltage requirements do however vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and indeed from model to model.

If this diagnostic procedure is undertaken when the battery has low voltage, and isn’t supported, an error code or fault will be reported by the diagnostic tool. And that’s because in the quest to protect against the battery failing, the vehicle Canbus system, the main communication channel between all vehicle control modules, will start to shut down all the systems it doesn´t need like the radio, start/stop function, electric windows, air conditioning etc. Error codes may be reported for non-functioning systems, and if the service team don’t know that low battery voltage is the cause of the fault, they will start looking for, and trying to repair a fault that isn’t actually there – a ghost fault. To protect against this, CTEK recommends two important steps: 1. Test the battery: using something like the PRO Battery Tester from CTEK will help to identify if battery voltage is low; and 2. Hook the vehicle up to a battery support unit (in supply mode) before undertaking any diagnostic work. Many battery support units, such as the CTEK PRO60, enable a voltage to be specified, so that potentially timeconsuming ghost faults are not reported

A European workshop survey undertaken by CTEK identified that 51 percent of vehicles entering a workshop have a battery in need of attention. It says that using a smart battery charger and support unit, like the CTEK PRO60, means that as well as supporting the battery it will charge it too – protecting against battery voltage dropping even lower than it was when it arrived in the workshop. And so, says CTEK, testing and supporting the battery during vehicle diagnostic and service work will give the modern workshop confidence to tackle spooky ghost fault reports that can waste time and resources. For further information, visit www.ctek.com/au

PHILIPS’ LED WORK LIGHT SERIES Perform detailed work in comfort Vehicles require repair and maintenance every once in a while, and the work involved can take a couple of hours to several days often in a confined space, leaving you feeling exhausted. The professional LED work light series from Philips has been designed to provide optimal clarity and vision for your workspace, while drastically reducing eye strain with natural white light. The series includes high power LEDs with a high lumen output to guarantee more visibility and a wide beam angle that evenly distributes light. The LEDs come in 6000K true daylight color temperature, as if you were working outdoors on a bright sunny day. Further, the lights are water, dirt, and dust proof according to IP54 and IP67 standards and the light housings are impact and shock resistant, making them exceptionally durable for different environments. The lights are equipped with hooks, clips, detachable cables, or magnets, freeing both your hands as you work to repair your vehicles. The 80

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hands-free lighting also includes beams that are wide, focused, and shadow-free, for maximum visibility and focus. The Philips LED work light series includes seven products, each designed to meet various needs from simple inspections to thorough maintenance and repair. Products cover penlights and inspection lights to rechargeable work lights and multi-directional lighting systems. Batteries are built with a long life span, lasting from five to 11 hours, allowing you to work with minimal interruptions. The series includes (but is not limited to): • PEN20 – a high-quality LUXEON LED rechargeable compact light which produces up to 200 lumen with an 80° wide beam angle that can light up a large work area. • RCH21S – a robust rechargeable light with docking station and ultra-durable lithium battery which allows users to work hands-free with a 360° retractable hook . • RCH31UV – a high-power LED light consisting of a wide beam angle of 90° and a UV light

leak detector to quantify the performance of UV lights and ensure its performance is maximised. • CBH51 – a Hybrid LED bonnet light which can be used with a five-meter robust cable or cordless and has an integrated telescopic mounting, stretching from 1.1 to 1.8 meters. To find out more, visit www.philips.com.au/automotive


INTRODUCING AUTOPRO UP BRAKE LATHES Made in Korea AutoPro Up is based in South Korea and for more than 18 years it says it has been dedicated to manufacturing brake lathes and workshop presses with high precision and quality. Starting from the grass roots, AutoPro Up has reportedly built up its own reputation all over the world by supplying high quality equipment with very competitive prices.

HPP LUNDS READY TO HELP With a range of brake, clutch and driveline parts for Hi-Lux and LandCruiser As Toyota HiLux and LandCruiser specialists, HPP Lunds says it stocks a huge range of brake, clutch and driveline parts. Now, it says these have become easier to find with the release of the company’s two new catalogues. Brake and clutch parts for two of Toyota’s most popular models include all of the items needed to build a complete system from the smallest bleed screw cap to hydraulic hoses, wheel cylinders, discs and drums, clutch master, slave cylinders and more. Driveline parts include axles, differential parts and transmission parts, including gear sets and transfer case components. All of these parts are covered in more than 500 pages spread across two catalogues: one each for LandCruiser/LandCruiser Prado, and the other for Hi-Lux. Parts are imported by HPP Lunds direct from

manufacturers in China, Taiwan and Japan with stock available from its Brisbane Warehouse. HPP Lunds says its Call Centre has 4WD specialists available which means you can easily find the right part and be assured that it will fit the vehicle. Contact Jason Mulcahy at HPP Lunds on 1300 306 781 for a copy of the catalogue or for more information about the company’s range of brake, clutch and drivetrain parts.

GATES RPM MICRO-V BELTS Exclusive Australian importer for AutoPro Up, Interequip, visits the AutoPro Up factory each year and stated that it is equipped with high tech manufacturing equipment including laser cutters. In this factory all parts needed are manufactured and heat treatment of tooling and cone fixtures is undertaken to ensure maximum durability and precision. So if you’re in the market for a press with spring compressor or a brake lathe, Interequip says you should look no further “as nothing beats AutoPro Up in quality and price.” Available are: • DBLStar off car brake lathes for disk and drum (max rotor/drum weight 70 kg); • DBL5000 brake lathes for passenger cars to heavy trucks (max drum/rotor weight 80 kg); and • DBL9000 for heavy trucks and buses (max drum/rotor weight 350 kg). Also manufactured by AutoPro Up are optional truck cones and flywheel adaptors, chuck adaptors, workshop presses with spring compressors and wall mount sprint compressors. For more information, contact Interequip on 18000 EQUIP (1800 037 847) or email info@interequip.com.au 82

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Gates says these belts can handle more power “than any other belt on the market” Gates’ RPM Micro-V belts have been specifically designed for high output and forced induction engines. Many of the belts are reportedly crafted with a tough aramid cord which is five times stronger than steel, with Gates stating that there is no other belt built to take the punishment that forced induction and high output engines dish out. Specially-engineered to deliver optimum boost from forced induction engines, RPM belts are said to feature the most advanced technology to reduce heat, noise, vibration and belt slip for “increased durability, improved power transmission and unsurpassed boost.” Gates’ RPM belts feature an advanced, exact-fit and precision-ground belt profile with two layers of adhesion gum for maximum strength and durability. They also feature a high-modulus, low stretch aramid or polyester cord and nylon-fiber reinforced undercord for added strength. Further, Gates says all RPM belts follow strict dimensional specifications and these belts can handle more power and withstand more punishment “than any other belt on the market.”

Gates says these features are important in the performance car market as many of these applications have high under bonnet temperatures, tight spaces and high rpm engines often with turbocharged or supercharged configurations. As such, it says the added durability and performance of an RPM belt meets the requirement of these applications “like no product that has ever been developed.” Gates also notes that standard Micro-V belts are designed for standard OE belt replacement and are not designed for the rigors of a modified engine application. For more information, visit www.gatesaustralia.com.au


NEW FROM PROTEX Protex launches its most advanced brakes yet After almost three decades in the braking category, Protex has recently released its new and improved braking line-up. With a shifting competitive landscape and the changing needs of both mechanics and drivers, Protex says it saw an opportunity to get back to its specialist braking roots with a full upgrade to its brake offering. Every aspect of the Protex range was looked at from product reformulation and packaging right through to pricing to ensure that Protex delivered braking solutions that were relevant to the needs of today’s mechanics and drivers.

More benefits than ever before Protex explains that the latest innovation in product design and manufacturing has resulted in more advanced product features including: • Rotors with new “Ultracoat Z360” coating for anti-corrosion and faster fitting; • Optimised rotor design with various vane designs for better heat dissipation and to resist warping;

• Multi-layered pads with optimised shim, chamfer and slotting to reduce noise and vibration; and • Pre-scorched surfaces on all ceramic pads for instant braking performance straight from the box.

An expanded and upgraded range Adding more than 500 new part numbers to its range, Protex says it provides rotor and pad coverage for more than 95 percent of vehicles on Australian roads. With a larger range than ever before, Protex says it also provides more choice and better selection with the addition of two upgraded ranges. While perfectly suited to everyday driving, Protex says the upgraded 4WD and Performance/Plus ranges are designed with more features and benefits tailored to specific driving needs: • High carbon formulation on all 4WD and Ultra Performance rotors for better stability under high thermal stress;

• Custom slotting, drilling and various vane designs for optimised heat dissipation and better braking performance; • Copper free pads for better environmental impact and cleaner waterways; and • Assembly grease supplied with all 4WD and Ultra Plus pad lines including hardware kits, where applicable. Protex says a continued commitment to quality and safety ensures that it continues to deliver great stopping performance, every time. For more information, visit www.protexparts.com.au

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COAN TRANSMISSIONS Available now from Outlaw Speed Shop Outlaw Speed Shop says it is proud to be associated with companies that produce high-quality products, and states that Coan Transmissions are a fine example of one such company. Drag racer Dave Coan founded Coan Transmissions in 1976 in a small garage in Kokomo, Indiana and mainly focused on the Drag racing market. Since then he has reportedly built a solid reputation of products that have excellent performance and reliability; with a commitment to his customers which now range from the novice car enthusiast to the professional sportsman racer. Coan Engineering is said to have played a major role in introducing the first transbrakes for the GM Powerglide, TH400 and TH350 transmissions, which are now a standard in the industry. The company also pioneered the use of steel stators in its maximum performance torque converters to withstand extreme horsepower. Outlaw Speed Shop provides Coan Transmissions to customers who use them in modified and performance street/strip vehicles through to serious drag racing vehicles which require a

transmission which can handle an engine output of 2,500 horsepower. Outlaw Speed Shop in conjunction with Coan Transmissions can also cater for specialised applications exceeding well-over 2,500 horsepower requiring extreme engineering on all components. It stocks and distributes what it calls a huge range of Coan transmissions and parts, including; Transmissions: • GM: Powerglide, TH350, TH400 and TH700; small and big block engines • Ford: C4 and C6; Windsor, Cleveland and big block engines • Chrysler: Torque-Flight 727; small and big block engines Transmission Components: • Manual valve bodies • Transmission Drum and Sprag assemblies (steel or billet aluminium) • Bare transmission cases • Input shafts • Torque converters • Transbrake solenoids

• Gasket and seal kits • Cast alloy transmission pans • General rebuild parts (clutches, bands etc) Outlaw Speed Shop says Coan Engineering’s range is a valued addition to its “enormous” product range which covers nearly 80,000 different parts and 450 trusted brand names. It keeps a broad range of Coan Transmissions and parts in stock ready for purchase. Outlaw Speed Shop is a Capricorn preferred supplier and is located in suburban Adelaide at 50 Grand Junction Road, Rosewater, South Australia. For more information, visit www.outlawspeed.com.au or contact Outlaw Speed Shop on 08 8240 9500 or sales@outlawspeed.com.au

BECOME A BRAKE HOSE MANUFACTURER Heading into 2020 there are around 50 vehicle brands selling on the Australian market Each year they will sell nearly 1,000,000 vehicles covering numerous models, most of which will carry unique brake hoses designed specifically for that model. Stocking assembled brake hoses to competently service your customers’ requirements would not only require a dedicated storage facility but is financially unviable. BrakeQuip says its industry leading Brake Hose Manufacturing System can manufacture and test any hydraulic brake or clutch hose to suit every make and model car on Australian roads which not only complies with but exceeds Australian and International standards – usually while your customer waits. It states that making your own Brake Hoses gives you the opportunity to take control of your business while also eliminating downtime waiting for hoses to be delivered. It can also add a new income stream for little extra work, says Brakequip, allowing you

to automatically move up the order of your customers’ preferred suppliers by quickly supplying a replacement Brake Hose for a car that’s tying up a hoist. Businesses using the Brakequip Brake Hose Manufacturing System also benefit from Brakequip’s one of a kind cataloguing, says the company. Time is money, and there’s nothing like wasting both when it means picking up original hoses to replicate. Brakequip says it has done the groundwork and picked up all of the original hoses already and catalogued them with easy to follow and accurate vehicle data, build specifications, hose diagrams and helpful descriptions on how to build each hose and sample hoses are a thing of the past. Further, Brakequip says it offers Australia’s largest range, stating that as Australia’s leader in aftermarket Brake Hose Manufacturing it relentlessly researches and develops new hose ends to add to its “unmatchable” extensive range. The BrakeQuip Brake Hose Manufacturing System means carrying a small volume of fittings and hose in comparison to stocking assembled hoses, whilst still being able to service all your customer’s needs.


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In addition to industry leading hardware and range, BrakeQuip says it also boasts Australia’s largest range of brake plumbing accessory items including Tube Nuts, Banjo Bolts, Adaptors, Bleeder Screws, Joiners, T Pieces plus many more. To complement this huge plumbing accessory range, it also stocks its own line of ADR compliant Bundy Tube, Copper Nickel Tube and Stainless Tube. Brakequip says the efficiency and control that the BrakeQuip Brake Hose Manufacturing System provides is something that businesses benefit from by default. To enquire about distribution availability in your area, go to www.brakequip.com.au/aaaa where you can secure one of the new machines which just landed in February.


DBA: “DOING EURO BRAKES BETTER” Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) offers a look at OEM v DBA brakes with Penrite Racing driver, David Reynolds Penrite Racing Supercar driver David Reynolds was recently invited by DBA to drive two European vehicles back to back: one fitted with an OEM brake package and the other with a set of DBA Performance brake rotors and pads. With over forty years of manufacturing experience, exporting to more than thirty countries worldwide including throughout Europe, DBA says it offers a proven alternative to brands people commonly associate with European cars. DBA provides direct replacement brake components for a wide range of European brands including, but not limited to, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Citroen, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Range Rover, Mercedes, Porsche, Volvo, and Volkswagen. Importantly, DBA says its parts can be easily fitted without a need to modify any components on the European vehicles, meaning they can be a straight swap for OEM. DBA also has a range of Enshield rotors to provide clean, rust free performance, OE style cross drilled and slotted rotors and slotted rotors that are designed to suit most European vehicles. It is crucial to have trust and confidence in a car’s braking system to perform repeatedly and DBA says David discovered this in the DBA Performance package. The two European cars were tested in two disciplines on the tarmac at Victoria’s Haunted

Hills Hillclimb circuit. The Bathurst winner took the cars to the track for a circuit braking test and reportedly found that the DBA components consistently performed better than the OEM parts. It is here that the experience of being a test driver and race driver is put to the test and David said that the function of a car’s braking system can be woefully underestimated by drivers. “Upgrading brakes can be the paramount thing to save your life,” David said. During the punishing circuit tests, David reportedly noticed that the OEM equipment did not have as much bite and response to the brake pedal, more pedal pressure was required, and the car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS) was noticeably more engaged as a result. In comparison, when driving the car that had been upgraded to DBA’s equipment, David immediately noticed the bite and response of the pedal and observed that the brake fade exhibited in the OEM car was not felt in the DBA car, and the ABS was virtually nil in its usage. In a series of braking distance tests, stopping 15 times from 100kph to 0kph, David found that the DBA package immediately pulled up in a significantly shorter distance than the OEM parts. The first test had the DBA setup stop in two metres less than the factory fitted setup.

By the half-way mark, his tests showed the OEM’s braking distance had blown out to over four metres. By test 15, the final test, the gap had increased to over five metres, with the OEM displaying a clear fade in grip and stopping power compared to the DBA setup. At the end of the testing sessions, David reiterated that the DBA equipment as supplied and fitted outperformed the OEM package in performance and stopping distance. Stopping distance is critical for both road vehicles where every meter may be the difference between stopping quickly or having a serious accident, through to performance applications where repeated performance matters. DBA says it provides better value and performance, stating that David Reynolds’ expectations were exceeded and he confirmed that DBA “Does Euro Brakes Better.” For more information on DBA’s extensive range of European direct replacement brake rotors and pads or to see the David Reynolds comparison video, visit www.dba.com.au

SGF FLEXIBLE COUPLINGS Original flex couplings from Germany SGF designs and manufactures power transmission products such as flexible couplings for car companies and other industries around the globe. Flexible couplings are used to transmit rotational torque whilst compensating for axial, radial and angular misalignment in the drivetrain. In a car, they are typically located between the transmission output shaft and the driveshaft and can also be located between the driveshaft and the differential. SGF says its flex couplings are engineered to handle the operating and torque peaks of the engine in conjunction with cancelling the various vibration and harmonic frequencies generated by the drivetrain. Each coupling is designed and tuned to perform this task based on the vehicle model and powertrain configuration, so it is important to be aware that a coupling can differ for each make and model of a vehicle. SGF explains that its Flexible Drive Couplings 86

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are fitted as Original Equipment to many RWD and AWD vehicles with companies such as Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Hyundai running SGF Flex Drive Couplings at OE level. SGF says its product advantage is based on its expertise in the field and the utilisation of its trademark Tenpu fibre technology – a combination of unique cord inlays and rubber material that operate in tension load. Unlike common rubber couplings that work with shear load or pressure load on the rubber, SGF says the tension load principle ensures that the cord inlays transmit most of the load providing a better tolerance to shock loads and a higher power density ratio, resulting in the ability to transmit higher torque with a smaller coupling. SGF cautions workshops and mechanics against using cheap copy couplings as they say these do not offer the same NVH cancelling properties as

the original SGF product, resulting in vibration and noise issues. Further, it says that in many cases, copy couplings cannot handle the vehicle torque and RPM and so have the potential to cause serious injury and damage. SGF – a specialised German company with several state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing facilities as well as regional sales and distribution operations in strategic worldwide locations – offers a complete range of Original German-made Flex Couplings for European, Australian, American, and Asian vehicle brands. For further information, email sales@sgfasiapac.com or visit www.sgf.de


JP GROUP ZINC COATED BRAKE DISCS Supplied exclusively in Australia by Unique Auto Parts Unique Auto Parts has been involved in the automotive industry for close to 25 years and is continuously importing a growing range of parts for European passenger and commercial vehicles including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Mini, Peugeot, Renault, Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda, Audi, Citroen, Volvo and Porsche; as well as newly added makes, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Range Rover.

The baked-on zinc coating provides a durable barrier that protects the steel against oxidisation which in turn provides protection against rust and corrosion. This coating also makes the temperature tolerance higher which keeps brakes cool and can prolong the life of the disc, while also offering added benefits to the environment as there is no need for degreasing remedies.

For more than 16 years Unique Auto Parts has been the sole Australian importer and distributor of products manufactured by JP Group.

All JP Group brakes have been carefully tested at each stage of manufacturing to ensure that each component is of the upmost quality and manufactured according to OEM specifications.

Unique Auto Parts says the name JP Group is synonymous with quality and that it is one of the world leading aftermarket manufacturers. In recent years, JP Group has introduced a new line of zinc coated brakes which Unique Auto Parts is excited to supply to the Australian market.

In addition to zinc coated discs from JP Group, Unique Auto Parts also has a large supply of other brake and clutch components including brake pads, brake shoes, rotors, callipers, master cylinders, and brake hoses.

The word ‘coated’ indicates that the brake discs have a coating which has been baked on which offers many distinct advantages over discs which have been sprayed or painted with an inferior coating, says Unique Auto Parts.

All parts supplied by Unique Auto Parts come from world class international suppliers such as Quinton Hazell, Bosch, Meyle, Hella Pagid, Trucktec and JP Group. Other product groups stocked by Unique Auto Parts include filters,


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steering and suspension, seals and gaskets, electrical, mechanical, oils and lubricants and much more. Unique Auto Parts has five fully stocked warehouses in convenient locations around Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Freight is dispatched daily from each location using a combination of Unique’s own fleet of delivery vehicles and Australia’s fastest and most reliable couriers. For more information on JP Group’s range of zinc coated brake discs or any other parts, call 1300 864 864 to be connected to your closest branch or visit www.uniqueautoparts.com.au


ZF AFTERMARKET SWITCHABLE ENGINE MOUNTS Made for greater ride comfort Under its LEMFÖRDER brand, ZF Aftermarket now offers switchable engine mounts as OEquality spare parts. These intelligent components are mainly used in luxury vehicles, where they ensure the lowest possible vibration and noise both in idling mode and in operation due to their switchable characteristic curve.  Engine mounts function as the connecting element between the engine or the transmission and the vehicle body. It is not possible to use a simple solid screw connection as it can transmit vibrations, noises and movement from the drivetrain to the vehicle.  That is why automobile manufacturers use rubbermetal parts, or hydraulically dampened engine mounts to improve ride comfort. Yet even this approach cannot offer ideal vibration damping under all conditions, says ZF Aftermarket.   In order to counteract this, switchable engine mounts were developed so that one component would meet the demand for both a high level of comfort in idling mode and driving dynamics. 

An integrated air spring offers a possible variant here. If the engine is in idling mode, an air spring in the engine mount is activated via a switch. This air spring absorbs the low-frequency engine movements while the vehicle is at a standstill. During driving operation, the mount switches over to a hydraulic mechanism depending on vehicle speed and rotational speed. Doing so makes the mount considerably harder, simultaneously creating greater freedom of movement for the connected components. ZF says it has developed electronically switchable engine mounts which can actuate two different characteristic curves depending on vehicle speed and rotational speed. 

Noises and vibrations can signify damage Engine mounts are prone to wear, which can be difficult to diagnose as they are usually installed under cover and hidden behind cladding. Fluid leaks or signs of rubber deterioration; stronger vibration transmission to the vehicle body; noticeable engine movements (reverberation) when switching off the engine and clicking noises

during load changes are just a few problems which could indicate a defect. ZF Aftermarket recommends workshops use OEquality spare parts with exactly the same design as the OE part originally installed as even if the engine mount model fits into a different engine geometrically, like a gasoline engine instead of a diesel, there could be major differences in the engine mount design. It also recommends all engine mounts be replaced during repairs, not just the defective part. ZF Aftermarket offers LEMFÖRDER switchable engine mounts for several Audi and MercedesBenz vehicle models. For further information, contact ZF Services Australia on 1800 ZF SALES (1800 93 72537) or visit www.zf.com/au

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FIRST REPAIR SOLUTION FOR HYBRID 48-VOLT FUTURE New and only from Schaeffler for the automotive aftermarket: the INA FEAD KIT for 48-volt mild hybrids Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket says it is the first supplier in the aftermarket to offer a repair solution for the front end auxiliary drive (FEAD) for 48-volt hybrid vehicles. The 48-volt INA FEAD KIT is now available for the Renault Scénic and Mégane dCi 110 Hybrid Assist. The main components include the V-ribbed belt, tension and idler pulleys as well as all necessary accessories. During the course of this year, solutions for other vehicle applications will follow, says Schaeffler. 2020 is a key year for e-mobility for automobile manufacturers, and for the first time the CO2 limits set by the European Union are to be abided. For the automotive aftermarket, too, the question arises which spare parts will be needed in the future and how services can be provided. The technical challenges that garages will have to prepare themselves for in the future are manifold and complex – for example, hybrid cars with a P0 drive have an electric motor in the belt drive in addition to the classic combustion engine.

The 48-volt mild hybrid technology plays a central role in transforming the FEAD system from a power consumer into a power supplier: the starter motor and alternator are replaced by a belt alternator generator, or BAS short. In interaction with a 48-volt battery, the vehicle can “coast” with the combustion engine completely switched off, thus saving up to seven percent of CO2 emissions. Upon acceleration, the belt alternator generator can also increase the drive torque with the so-called “boost function”, thus increasing both performance and comfort. From a technological perspective, Schaeffler says it is very well positioned for hybrid vehicles in the aftermarket, given its original equipment expertise in powertrain systems. Today, it says its portfolio already offers chassis components for more than 85 percent of all hybrid vehicles. This corresponds to almost the same coverage as for vehicles with traditional combustion engines. For the timing and front end auxiliary drive, these aftermarket experts reportedly offer repair solutions for more than half of all hybrid passenger

cars with Schaeffler stating that already garages are frequently installing the following repair solutions from Schaeffler, amongst others: for the engine system the INA Timing Belt Drive KIT for the Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI e-tron, VW GOLF VII 1.4 GTE Hybrid and the Volvo D5 and D6 Hybrid; for the chassis repair (for example) the FAG WheelSet is installed in the Renault Scénic 4 with 1.5 dCi Hybrid Assist and in the BMW X5 and X6 Hybrid. For more information, visit www.schaeffler.com.au

PEDDERS REAR DISC BRAKE CONVERSION For ute drivers and fleet owners, braking performance under load and excess weight can create a safety issue Pedders says its rear disc brake conversion kits provide ‘simply epic’ braking performance; with independent testing showing a 34 percent improvement in braking efficiency under heavy GVM load. This “must have” upgrade braking kit is offered both in the Australian and International marketplace for Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max, Toyota Hilux, Mazda BT-50 and Toyota Tacoma. For ute drivers and fleet owners, braking performance under excess load and weight can create a safety issue. With Pedders’ rear drum to disc conversion kits, the braking performance is reportedly significantly improved. Pedders claims that often it finds that with suspension upgrades comes the need for brake upgrades, especially for vehicles that carry and/ or tow loads. The kits are available from more than 120 Pedders outlets Australia-wide and also from Pedders’ export partners. While most people think of performance as being related to speed orientated modifications, Pedders believes performance gains can also be 90

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made in stopping performance, which is exactly what it says this product achieves. The innovative product design uses kevlar ceramic high tech formulated brake pads for extra stopping power and has the added value benefit of low dust. Of particular interest is the performance of the kit when fitted to a Toyota Hilux Generation 8 model. Pedders reports a reduction in stopping distance of up to 34 percent, which represents a huge difference when compared to original equipment and could save lives.

Key features and benefits: • Easy inspection as the car owner does not have to remove the wheels to look at the disc brake system. • Increased stopping power over drum brakes – there is a smaller pad area, but more clamping efficiency while brake pedal feel and modulation are improved. • Completely self-adjusting disc brakes, with less moving parts. • It takes longer for the disc brake to achieve brake fade, because it has a wider surface area directly exposed to air.

• Disc brakes drain water quickly whereas once water enters a drum brake, it stays there longer, hindering braking efficiency. • Brake mounting is very easy with only two bolts needed to be removed to replace brake pads. • Kit is inclusive of all of the necessary hardware, including a pair of Pedders TrakRyder Geomet coated and slotted disc brake rotors plus a set of rear TrakRyder Kevlar Ceramic brake pads. • ADR 35/05 compliant – extensive testing to support Australian design rule certification. • Installation video supplied along with fitting instructions. • Two-year/40,000km Nationwide Warranty. Pedders states that each rear drum to disc conversion kit must be installed by a Pedders outlet or approved distributor. For more information, visit www.pedders.com.au


BORG & BECK BRAKING PRODUCTS Available from British Motor Imports To undertake service or repair work on a vehicle’s braking system, technicians need to be sure they are fitting a brand they can trust, with the product quality that both they and their valued customers can depend on. British Motor Imports (BMI) says Borg & Beck is a renowned and trusted aftermarket supplier and under its Borg & Beck brand offers a range of BECKTEC coated disc rotors and double rubber shimmed brake pads that provides the ideal solution for the discerning professional. BECKTEC coated rotors reportedly incorporate innovative water-based technology to produce a fully protected rotor, which not only looks good, but more importantly saves time during installation, as technicians do not have to remove any oil residue before fitting, so they can go straight from the box to the hub. As well as protecting the rotor inside and out against rust and corrosion, the water-based coating, which incorporates Zinc-Aluminium flakes, also provides improved thermal properties that result in better braking performance. BMI says Borg & Beck never compromises on

quality, and disc rotors are no exception as they are high in carbon content and dimensionally matching the OE specification, especially Vented rotors, which as you know is where some competitors can reduce costs by thinning the plates and reducing the product life expectancy. Borg & Beck’s BECKTEC double rubber shimmed pads reportedly offer a fine copper-free semimetallic compound consistent with the original equipment (OE) formulation, which mitigates the corrosive effects and noise associated with coarser, less expensive pads that wear quickly and perform less effectively. Plus, in-line with OE specification, the pads are chamfered and grooved, and, where applicable, are supplied with integral wear leads, sensors, bolts and accessories, offering a premium aftermarket solution. Another key area in braking is fitting kits. BMI explains it is best practice that when Brake Pads are replaced the Fitting Kits should also be replaced as tension in the springs reduces significantly over time and other parts may be worn and in need of replacement. Borg & Beck’s range of over 625 Brake Fitting kits are said to offer a comprehensive

solution that ensures the correct operation of the braking assembly is achieved, minimising the possibility of noise, uneven wear, or unequal brake effort following complete replacement. Borg & Beck braking products are available from British Motor Imports Pty Ltd (BMI). BMI has been operating in Australia for decades, distributing Land Rover parts. Over the past 15 years BMI diversified to include automotive components for MG, Rover, Jaguar, Triumph, Austin and Mini, carrying well in excess of 17,000 line items which BMI says makes it the largest independent British parts distributor in Australia. BMI is located 53 kms North West from the heart of Sydney. For more information, contact BMI today via www.lrparts.com.au or by calling 02 4587 7807.

GOING BUSH OR TOWING? Exedy’s new Exedy Safari Tuff range has been expanded Exedy says its product range is continuously evolving to meet the needs and increasing demands of its customers. Exedy says its Product Development team in Australia and Japan have been working hard to expand the Safari Tuff range to cover more of the most popular 4WD applications in the Australian market and the range is now available for Ford Ranger/Mazda BT50, Holden Colorado RG and Mitsubishi Triton.

For Ford Ranger/Mazda BT-50: Safari Tuff FMK-9041ST Engineered for vehicles with modified ECUs and other performance modifications, Exedy says its new Ford Ranger/Mazda BT-50 Safari Tuff clutch kit FMK-9041ST offers the improved durability

and increased torque capacity the Safari Tuff clutches are renowned for. Designed as a direct replacement for the original self-adjusting clutch system in Ford Ranger/ Mazda BT-50 models, Exedy says the new FMK-9041 kit is an exciting new addition to its range which will be available from your nearest distributor in April. The kit includes a concentric slave cylinder, spigot bearing/bush, alignment tool, high performance clutch cover and high performance clutch disc.

For Holden Colorado RG: Safari Tuff GMK-9005SMFST Exedy says another exciting addition to its Safari Tuff range to meet the demands of serious off-road driving is the new Exedy GMK-9005SMFST. It is built as a direct replacement for the original dual mass flywheel system in the Holden Colorado. It has been engineered to provide smooth engagement, optimum durability and enhanced clutch torque capacity and is available now from your nearest Exedy authorised distributor. The kit includes a concentric slave cylinder, clutch and flywheel bolts, single mass flywheel, spigot

bearing/bush, alignment tool, high performance clutch cover and high performance clutch disc.

For Mitsubishi Triton: Safari Tuff MBK-8971SMFST The new Exedy MBK-8971SMFST clutch kit is another inclusion to Exedy’s extensive performance clutch line-up. Manufactured as a direct replacement for the original dual mass flywheel system, the kit has been purposely designed for towing heavy loads such as caravans, trailers or boats, or for any other situations where the transmission of increased torque through the drivetrain is required. The new Exedy MBK-8971SMFST (including single mass flywheel) has been engineered to suit Mitsubishi Triton models with the 4N15 turbo diesel engine. Clutch kits will be available in April and include a concentric slave cylinder, high performance clutch cover, high performance clutch disc and single mass flywheel. For more information about the Safari Tuff Heavy Duty Kits, visit www.exedy.com.au/safari-tuff Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



ACS INTRODUCES CLUTCH FORK AND PIVOT BALL KITS The kits are now available for a variety of popular applications Australian Clutch Services (ACS) has recently launched a range of clutch fork and pivot ball replacement kits for a variety of popular applications under the ClutchPro brand. The kits are ideal for workshops looking to quickly source replacement components for worn clutch forks or pivot balls that can cause clutch release issues. “We always look to provide everything in the clutch system including hydraulics and accessories to ensure workshops have access to the parts they require as quickly as possible,” ACS Managing Director, Brenton Jordan, said. “Our new clutch fork and pivot ball kits are ideal for workshops looking to improve the efficiency of the job and for quick delivery.” The clutch fork and pivot ball kits also include fork boots and retaining clips where applicable and are now available for a variety of popular applications. “We have looked through the range of our most popular replacement clutch forks and combined

these with their respective replacement pivot ball and support hardware to provide a great solution for customers needing to replace these components,” Brenton said. “When replacing a clutch kit, it is critical to look at all of the components in the clutch system and assess if they need to be replaced at the same time. “Checking the clutch fork and pivot ball for excessive wear is particularly important to avoid having to remove the transmission from the vehicle a second time due to issues with clutch release or even cracking.” ACS is stocking the new kits in its nationwide warehouse network for fast delivery around Australia. “We are adding these kits to our interstate warehouses to help support customers looking for these items urgently,” Brenton said. “Unfortunately, these are items that often need to be ordered once the transmission has been

removed and the components inspected, meaning quick delivery will be vital for workshops looking to free up a hoist or work bay.” ACS also offers a wide variety of other accessories including nose cone repair kits, hydraulics, bearings, bolts and specialised tools. “We don’t just focus on our range of replacement or performance clutch kits,” Brenton said. “We look at every element of the clutch system and common replacement parts in specific vehicles to ensure we have all of the various components covered, even for niche vehicles that most don’t consider.” For more information on the Australian Clutch Services range of accessories including the clutch fork and pivot ball kits, please call 1800 CLUTCH or email sales@australianclutch.com.au

DRIVELINE LONGEVITY Only the best will do We all know that regular oil changes in combination with the use of a high-quality oil is vital for maximising the life, performance, emissions and fuel efficiency of any engine. The same holds true for a vehicle’s driveline; which MotorActive says is why Liqui-Moly puts as much effort into developing world leading driveline lubricants as it does into engine oils.

The right spec Vehicle manufacturers, oil companies and Gerald next door have all banged on, ad nauseam, about the importance of using the right spec. Modern drivelines utilise an incredibly diverse array of dissimilar metals and materials, which is why using the right spec is critically important. While you may think opting for a higherspecification would provide enhanced protection, the reality is material incompatibility can wreak havoc and actually compromise driveline service life. MotorActive says that’s not to say you shouldn’t use a superior, higher-grade lubricant like Liqui-Moly – it just needs to be the correct specification. After all, meeting manufacturer specifications does not infer it’s the best, rather it is the bare minimum. 94

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Boundary lubrication The primary job of any oil is boundary lubrication; that is, to form a lubricating film to reduce friction and prevent destructive, metal-to-metal contact. Driveline losses of up to 50 percent are not unheard of – it is the number one area for parasitic power loss. Here, any improvement in boundary lubrication can yield significant gains in overall efficiency, says MotorActive, which states that this is where Liqui-Moly driveline lubricants shine as they reduce drag without sacrificing protection or material compatibility; minimise wear and power loss; reduce noise; and help to facilitate gear changes. They also condition the seals while making the rotating shafts smoother – both of which helps fight the formation of oil leaks. Equally important are the anti-foaming agents, as foaming oil (most notably in differentials), is completely ineffective as a lubricant. Plus, the use of high-performance antioxidants provides critical corrosion protection for vulnerable raw metal surfaces.

Heat be gone

build-up, Liqui-Moly lubricants are said to feature superior thermal properties, with greater performance reserves than ordinary oils. Here, MotorActive says they’re able to capture and dissipate a greater amount of heat – especially from critical areas during high-load, high-stress driving – all without adversely affecting stability or lubricity. If you pride yourself on providing the best possible service, MotorActive encourages you to change driveline oils at regular service intervals and rely exclusively on Liqui-Moly driveline lubricants.

The driveline’s parasitic power loss is typically in the form of heat. To manage excessive heat

For more information, visit www.motoractive.com.au or www.liqui-moly.com.au


WORKSHOP TIPS: CLUTCHES From ZF Aftermarket Clutch repair is part of the daily schedule in any workshop. Many problems can occur with this wear part, and the causes are not always immediately clear. ZF Aftermarket has provided the following useful tips on clutches and clutch repair.

Clutch Noise There are multiple types of clutch noises. Whistling or whining from the clutch can be caused by several factors, such as the release bearing running-off-centre, an off-centre input shaft, or a defective pilot bearing. On the other hand, rattling noises may be due to load alterations if clutch discs are not furnished with preliminary dampers. These noises do not impair the function or service life of the clutch. Additional possible causes of clutch noises include the installation of the wrong parts, or installation of the clutch disc in the wrong position. If a clutch is making noises, consider the following: • Do the clutch noises occur during setting off or during disengaging? • Do they occur when the clutch pedal is pressed, while pedalling, or in neutral position? • Do noises occur when the clutch is engaged, while declutching, or at idle speed? If the clutch is making noises or whistling, always check the following: • Is the correct part installed? • Are all components in the correct installation position? • Is the pilot bearing installed, and not worn or defective?

• Has the condition of the actuating system been checked?

Clutch Slipping The problem of slipping clutches is very wideranging, with drivers reporting it occurring at different times and in different settings. For example, it may be reported that the clutch only slips at high speeds. Other drivers may state it occurs when the engine is cold, during starting, when setting off, or in first gear. Perhaps it’s only while accelerating, or after performance tuning. Clutch slipping systems and causes are just as varied as the symptoms. Even a brand new clutch can be slipping for a variety of reasons. Besides the clutch pressure plate and the clutch disc, clutch slipping causes can often be found in the release system. Additional causes include an incorrectly reworked flywheel or installation of the wrong clutch. Things to check: • Wear in release system, freedom of movement, adjustment? • Are they the correct parts for the vehicle? • Is the flywheel correctly reworked? • Is there contamination of the friction surfaces with lubricant? • Is there deformation and warping of the friction surfaces on the flywheel and pressure plate?

Clutch grabbing When alternating torques occur in the slip phase (eg. due to friction value fluctuations) and cause vibration of the driveline, this is called clutch grab. Instead of slipping evenly, the clutch grips suddenly, then loses contact. The driver

experiences these oscillations as vibrations, rolling or bucking. A grabbing or shuddering clutch produces severe vibration motion and can have various causes. Why does a clutch grab? In order to know how to stop the clutch grabbing, it is necessary to find out what causes the juddering problem. Apart from the clutch itself, poor engine settings or worn engine or transmission mounts can prevent smooth clutch engagement. Other possible causes for grabbing clutches are installation of the wrong clutch disc or incorrect installation. Check: • Are they the correct parts for the vehicle? • Associated system components/check all parts for wear and correct settings: - Clutch release system - Driveline bearings - Engine management - Deficiencies in the driveline

Clutch doesn’t disengage If the clutch no longer disengages, the problem is not necessarily damage to the clutch. Frequent causes as to why the clutch doesn’t disengage correctly can include faults in the release system (clutch release bearing, slave cylinder, clutch lever), a jammed pilot bearing, or non-compliance with important installation requirements. Check: • Were all check points observed during installation? • Are there worn components in the release system? - Cables, hydraulics, pivot points - Correct settings?

Sachs Clutches ZF Services Australia offers clutches, dualmass flywheels, and clutch actuation systems under its established product brand Sachs, as well as clutch kits that include all the relevant components needed for a clutch repair. For more detailed information on the full Sachs range and to view more useful Workshop Tips, visit www.zf.com/sachs 96

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X-1R PREMIUM CVT TRANSMISSION TREATMENT Helping to fix CVT Transmission problems For a number of years auto manufacturers have been developing a range of Continuously Variable Transmissions for use in primarily small to medium cars. Burg Design explains that the advantage of the CVT is many fold but generally, they have fewer moving parts which makes them cheaper to manufacture and thus the cost savings can be passed on to the consumer. It says most will also tell you that because the car is always in the optimum gear, fuel consumption is improved in cars fitted with a CVT. The idea behind the CVT is pretty easy to understand: a heavy-duty belt or chain runs between two grooved pulleys with a system of hydraulic actuators allowing the effective ratio to be ‘infinitely’ varied within a range of ratios seamlessly. Unlike conventional transmissions or most automatic ones, there is effectively no gears. Most big manufacturers are adopting some form of CVT to help them meet targets for overall fleet fuel consumption as stipulated by governments around the world. However, says Burg Design, there have been problems.

It says these continuously variable automatic transmissions keep the engine in its sweet spot for acceleration (or fuel-efficiency), but this is often to the detriment of noise and vibration, leading to complaints of a disconnected, ‘motorboating’ feeling when accelerating, in which the note of the engine isn’t connected to a sensation of speed. At their worst, CVT transmissions can feel sluggish, or as if something is uncertain or slipping. One of the main problems a lot of manufacturers are having is the low mileage at which the CVTs are failing. Burg Design says the primary cause of failure is wear and tear on the belt system due to the ever-changing position of the belt/chain – this can result in a loss of power, slipping, delayed gear engagement, improper shifting, bad odour, hesitation and shuddering. Burg Design even says it has heard unconfirmed reports that Nissan have been particularly hard hit by complete failures and that many Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Honda and Subaru CVTs experience excessive juddering. The company says that as it has identified a potential problem in the marketplace, it has also created a solution, stating that its formulators and chemists have been testing and trailing a product

for some nine months now that is specifically designed to alleviate the sorts of wear problems that lead to shuddering, seal leakage and complete failure of a CVT . The new ‘X-1R Premium CVT Transmission Treatment’ product is a fully synthetic CVT fluid Treatment which has been specifically formulated to exceed the performance requirements of a wide range of vehicles that have either a push-belt or chain CVT. For further information, contact Burg Design on 03 9555 9277 or sales@burgdesign.com.au or visit www.x1r.com.au

NEW FROM CLUTCHPRO COMMERCIAL A new clutch kit for 2012-on Iveco Daily 3.0L is now available ClutchPro Commercial – a division of Australian Clutch Services (ACS) which specialises in clutch kits, flywheels, hydraulics, accessories and tools for commercial vehicles – has recently launched a new clutch kit to suit the 2012-on Iveco Daily 3.0L 50C21 and 70C21. The kit includes a replacement pressure plate, dual-mass flywheel, sprung organic friction disc, thrust bearing, replacement bolts and alignment tool. “We always look to include everything required for the clutch replacement process in the kit to ensure the best efficiency for workshops around the country,” Australian Clutch Services Managing Director, Brenton Jordan, said. “Our kits include items such as hydraulics, bearings, bolts and an alignment tool which makes the job a lot easier and gets the vehicle back out on the street as soon as possible.” Australian Clutch Services says it is constantly expanding its range of ClutchPro Commercial kits and accessories and now offers more than 1500 kits to suit a wide range of Japanese, European, American and Chinese vehicles. 98

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ClutchPro Commercial also offers an extensive range of tools including clutch jacks and specialised checking tools, making the installation process as efficient as possible. “Our range of accessories and tools is a major benefit to our customers and is a big part of what sets us apart in the market,” Brenton said. “We have developed many different tools and accessories designed to make the job of replacing commercial clutch kits as easy, safe and efficient as possible for our customers around Australia and New Zealand.” The ClutchPro Commercial range of accessories includes components such as nosecone repair

kits and actuators for a variety of makes and models. “Our accessories range is constantly being reviewed and broadened to ensure the greatest range for our customers,” Brenton said. “When looking to replace a clutch it is critical to also consider the wear on the surrounding components. We keep a large range of popular items on the shelf throughout our warehouse network, helping to support workshops with the parts they need to finalise the job.” For more information on the ClutchPro Commercial range of kits and components, please visit www.australianclutch.com.au or call 1800 CLUTCH.


MEET THE â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;WORLDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GREATEST AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; AT AUTOCARE 2020 2019 AAAA Outstanding Service Industry Award winner Maurice Donovan says you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe the story of this much anticipated speaker Wow! Here we are in 2020 and so much is happening around the world as well as here in Australia. It has been a tragic start for many in our country who have been devastated by fires and drought, and while many like myself may not be feeling the direct effects in our cities, we do feel for our fellow Aussies who have lost so much. On a brighter note the auto industry is in for a fantastic year, with the fast-approaching Autocare 2020 to be hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) and Automotive Repair Council Australia (ARCA) in Brisbane across the 19th and 20th of June. This will be a mega event and is sure to be even bigger and better than the first Autocare which was held in Sydney in 2018. Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s automotive industry has never before been offered a Convention of this scope and depth and I believe Autocare is truly a game changing event; addressing the very latest developments and global trends in our industry while bringing forward international ideas for us to consider as we plan for the future. There will be a number of international guests attending and there are two in particular I wish to highlight. One of them is someone who many of you will already know: Frank Massey from the UK.


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One of the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading experts in the field of Automotive Training, specialising in Vehicle Diagnostics, Frank has more than 40 years of industry experience and is renowned in the motor industry for his unrivalled expertise and knowledge. The other visiting guest I wish to highlight and who perhaps will be less known in Australia is Zimbabweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taurayi Raymond Sewera. Taurayi only came to my attention around 12 months ago. He had grown up in poverty and earnt his living as a back yard self-taught mechanic. Soon after the sad passing of his son, Taurayi turned to alcohol. What first caught my attention and interest in Taurayi was seeing the people who he associates with. I become very inquisitive as to how a back yard mechanic from a developing country like Zimbabwe could afford to regularly travel to America and be trained by the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best trainers? And not only is he being trained by them, but he has also become very close to them and is highly respected by them all. Indeed Jim Morton, a very well knowing industry leader and trainer from America, recently posted this on Taurayiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook page: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first year you attended VISION, you wanted a picture with all of us, Now this year because you are so FAMOUS, we will all want a picture with YOU.



You see, Taurayi has an amazing story to tell. One day he decided he did not want to be just a drunken nobody and made a commitment to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Almightyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that he would give up drinking and that he would become the best mechanic in the world. Most of us make New Year resolutions but few of us see these resolutions through. And considering Taurayiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disadvantage of living in a developing country where opportunities are limited, one could be forgiven for assuming that is where his story would end. Well, it has been quite the opposite and today while Taurayi is not yet the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best mechanic he is well on his way as one of the very few technicians to have sat for and passed all of the


Advanced Level Specialist Certifications Series tests in the whole world. His very impressive CV now includes: • ACDC Certified Master Hybrid & Electric Vehicles Technician • ASE Certified Advanced Level Specialist in Hybrid & Electric Vehicles • ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician • ASE Certified Master Medium & Heavy-Duty Truck Technician • ASE Certified Advanced Level Specialist in Engine Performance • ASE Transit Bus Technician • ASE Certified Collision and Repair Technician

• Vehicle Electronics Technician (VET) USA • ASE Certified Undercar Specialist • ASE Certified Advanced Level Specialist in Medium & Heavy Duty Vehicles • Truck Electronic Diesel Engines Diagnosis Considering the fact that he has sat and passed at least 28 Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Exams, which makes me think he has sat for every possible test that ASE has, I suspect there is not another technician in the world who has as many ASE accreditations as Taurayi. Upon hearing Taurayi’s story, I just knew that I had to meet the World’s Greatest Automotive Technician and it was not enough for me to talk to

him over the internet – I want to know what drives Taurayi from one day living in hopelessness to the next day having a dream; a dream that would change his life forever. After all, who would have believed someone like Taurayi could have lived his dream, when you consider the limitation that he faced? Taurayi’s story is a testimony that with the right attitude and motive, it is possible to achieve great things no matter what boundaries we face. I am greatly looking forward to my dream of meeting Taurayi coming true soon, and I want to thank the AAAA and TaT for sponsoring Taurayi so he can come to Australia and be part of Autocare 2020. If you are as interested as I am in wanting to meet Taurayi, you need to come to Autocare 2020, so get your diaries out now and lock in the dates of the 19th and 20th of June. Taurayi will be telling his full story at the Autocare Dinner which will be held on the Friday the 19th of June and if you are like me, I am sure you will not want to miss that event – Taurayi’s story is inspiring and I believe very relevant for us: if someone in Zimbabwe can find a way to learn so much, then why can’t we do the same with so many resources at our disposal. If you would like to become one of Australia’s first ASE accredited technicians, the AAAA will be running a second ASE pilot test in all of our capital cities soon. For more information, please email John at the AAAA on jbraden@aaaa.com.au to register your interest. Until next time, Maurice Donovan Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020




With his decades of experience in the automotive industry, Craig Magill aims to ensure Burson Auto Parts and Bapcor remain leaders in the parts sector for the trade Burson Auto Parts Executive General Manager, Craig Magill, has always loved cars right from when he purchased his first set of wheels, a Ford TC Cortina XLE 250. He was born and raised in Parramatta (NSW) and after completing his High School Certificate he moved into a position as a Trainee Manager at Repco. His passion for all things cars kept him at Repco for the next 23 years, moving through the roles of Trainee, Sales Representative, Store Manager, Regional Manager, Sales Manager and State Manager before he took on various national operational roles. Following was a short stint with the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) in Western Australia where he oversaw the workshop business, after which he joined Burson Auto Parts. “I joined Burson Auto Parts in the role of General Manager of Sales and Marketing, then assumed responsibility for the entire Burson Auto Parts store network as General Manager of Operations. When the business was floated in 2014, I became the Executive General Manager of Burson Automotive,” Craig explains. With petrol running through his veins, Craig says he never really considered leaving the automotive industry. “Our industry has a tremendous range of opportunities for men and women; whatever the type of business, type of role or as geographically spread as you desire,” he said. “This is a global market so your skills are also transferable beyond borders in this industry.” He has the following advice for any newcomer into the industry. “There are a couple of key things that I would advise new starters to consider: one, choose a path and company then channel your energy into something you enjoy – if you don’t enjoy what you do and the company you do it with, you won’t be happy nor stick with it,” he says. “Secondly, set yourself career goals. If you know where you want to go you can put plans in place to get there and have a far better chance of achieving them as opposed to floating aimlessly. “Thirdly, find positive mentors along your journey who can help you. From my own experiences, there are very few senior people who will not go out of their way to assist people who want to be helped with their career goals. “And finally, opportunities come to those who are prepared. You may think the world owes you 102

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opportunities, but it is a very competitive world out there. “There are opportunities out there every day, but these are not always advertised. Prepare and present yourself for success with three key things: attitude, presentation and education. If you do this you will be surprised with what crosses your path.” Craig has lived his own advice by making sure he always had the best education well after leaving high school. “I went out of my way on personal time to do further education and it set me apart from others during my career,” he says. He is also a believer of not dwelling on the past and ‘what might have been’. “I don’t like to focus on negatives,’ he explains. “There is always a positive angle to take from any experience. I could have built more diversity into my work roles and experience base, but my specialisation of industry and operational workstream ended up helping me get to where I am.” In his spare time, Craig loves getting out into the great Aussie outdoors. “I love fishing, hunting and golf … one of my goals into the future is to have more time to enjoy them,” he says. “I am also a big 4WD enthusiast and love going on big driving trips that enable my other hobbies and enhance my family life. I built a fully decked out Prado, which just went to a new home, and I’m now building a full-on 200 Series for my next Aussie adventure.”

Craig Magill Craig believes he has been “blessed” in his personal life. “I met my wife a bit over five years ago and to say she completes me is the understatement of the year,” he says. “I’m not sure I really knew what happiness truly was before that. Kristy is my best friend and we feel totally blessed to have been able to welcome our first child, a baby daughter named Ava, to the world last December. I’m not sure who to thank but I must be one of the luckiest guys around.” Burson Auto Parts started in 1971 with the first store opening in the Victorian suburb of Braybrook after company founders Rod Burgoine (the “Bur” in Burson) and Garry Johnson (the “Son” in Burson) sold parts to mechanics from the boots of their cars in the late 1960s. This company has been and continues to be nothing short of an incredible Australian success story from those very humble beginnings.

TRADE TALK “We have great people, giving great service with great customer relationships,” Craig says. “This is supported by having the right products available in our stores, simple processes and competitive pricing. “You could say that our rapid geographical store growth was the driver that sparked the rapid financial expansion but focusing on our people and our business culture were key to making Burson Auto Parts what it is today. “Taking what was an amazing cultural base from the old Burson Auto Parts days and working hard to keep these positive elements as the culture evolved for the modern era has enabled everything else to happen. You can’t grow at pace without great people doing their thing. “Our great people are our competitive advantage. Our people deliver our customers excellent service. We are nothing without our people and our customers.” Burson Auto Parts grew steadily until Gary Johnson decided it needed to move to new ownership in 2011 when he sold it to Private Equity and the leadership moved to a new Chief Executive Officer, Darryl Abotomey – the current Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of parent company Bapcor. Burson Auto Parts grew quickly and delivered strong results leading to it becoming a public company in 2014. The group then changed names to Bapcor, a company whose entire focus is on the automotive aftermarket, encompassing many market leading companies across the trade, wholesale and retail automotive space and boasting an unparalleled footprint of 1000 locations across Australia and New Zealand. Ever since becoming a public company, Burson Auto Parts has continued to grow rapidly, adding more than 100 stores in the past eight years. Its workshop equipment business has also grown with the addition of Precision Automotive

Equipment and it is expected that this growth will continue well into the future. Today Burson Auto Parts is a trade specialist supplier of Automotive aftermarket vehicle parts, accessories and workshop equipment. It specialises as a B2B trade supplier and says it is proud to be Australia’s preferred trade supplier of parts, tools and equipment; hence its tag line ‘Your Trade Specialist.’ The company services the automotive trade in Australia and in New Zealand its BNT business is very similar as it also specialises in the trade. “We are also very proud that the Burson Auto Parts name and Australian trade service philosophy has now become international with the opening of Burson Auto Parts stores in Thailand. These are very exciting times and I encourage you to watch this space as Burson Auto Parts grows into the future,” Craig says. He believes that the strength of the company is its people.

However, like all companies, Craig says that Burson Auto Parts has its challenges ahead in a changing industry. “The market is tough. It is consolidating and every customer has options. So finding and retaining great staff to deliver on the promise can be difficult,” he says. “We put significant time and energy into staff training as we want to help our people grow and succeed within the Burson/Bapcor group of companies and we hope that this leads to them staying with us for a long time. “If we look at the macro side of it, improving supply chain efficiency is a critical challenge going forward. Bringing efficiency in to reduce working capital and overall end to end cost reductions is vital to remain competitive in our increasing globally influenced market. “Topically many people will talk about technology, introduction of electric vehicles and telematics as industry challenges and they are. But the market always has (and if we are smart always will) adapt to these challenges. They are opportunities as much as challenges for those who are up to it.” Craig believes the key for any business is to remain focused on doing what you are good at to the best of your ability. “Burson Auto Parts is a trade focused business. This specialisation is at its very core and we don’t want to waver from that focus,” he says. “We still have plenty of growing to do; we are planning 60, 70 or 80 more stores in the next few years and we’d like to be perceived by all as the undeniable number one supplier of choice to the trade in Australia and any country that we choose to operate in!” For more on Burson Auto Parts, please visit www.burson.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



COLLECTION OF UNSAFE VEHICLES BY CUSTOMERS In this article, Industry Legal sets out steps businesses can take in relation to the collection of unsafe vehicles If a customer instructs your business not to undertake recommended repairs, with the result the customer would be collecting an unsafe vehicle, the following steps are advised.

Advise the customer the vehicle is unsafe It is important that the customer is advised that the vehicle is unsafe to drive, and that the vehicle should either be repaired or towed to its next destination. The information provided to the customer regarding an unsafe vehicle should encompass the following: • that the vehicle is unsafe to drive; • the reason the business considers the vehicle is unsafe to drive; • the potential mechanical consequence of driving the vehicle and potential safety issue(s) (if known); • if the business considers that the vehicle is unsafe to drive and may be a danger to the driver and to others, advise the customer that the business considers that driving the vehicle is unsafe and poses a potential danger to the driver and to others; and • the recommendation of the business to either repair the vehicle before it is driven or to have the vehicle towed to its next destination (and not be driven from the premises).

How should the unsafe vehicle information be provided to the customer? It is important when providing the information to the customer that the information is put in writing. It is also helpful for the customer if the customer is told about the vehicle being unsafe and the recommendations of the business to have the vehicle repaired or towed. If the customer is collecting and driving the vehicle, the key step for the business is to set out the information and recommendations on the

invoice, ask the customer to read the information and then ask them to sign and date the invoice next to the information. This way the business has a signed acknowledgement from the customer that they have received the information. If possible, the information should be provided to the customer before the customer returns to the workshop: if the business has the customer’s email address, then the business can write the information to the customer; the business may also telephone the customer to provide the information. The following steps are key steps to be taken when the customer is at the business premises and the customer, having received the unsafe vehicle and recommendation information, is seeking to collect and drive the vehicle: • ensure the information regarding the unsafe vehicle and the business’ advice to have the vehicle either repaired or towed to the next destination is written on the customer’s invoice (refer to the earlier part of this article expanding on the information to be provided to the customer); • ask the customer to read the information regarding the unsafe vehicle and the business’ advice, then ask the customer to sign and date next to the information; • provide the customer with a photocopy of the signed and dated invoice, however, if the customer would like to keep an original, ask the customer to sign and date another copy of the same invoice and take a photocopy of that invoice for the business’ records. On a practical note, if the business in good faith considers that potential mechanical damage and resulting costs may be incurred by driving the vehicle, then the customer should also be advised of this. This may also encourage the customer to have the vehicle repaired or towed.

Records The business should keep a record of the communications made to the customer regarding the unsafe vehicle and the business’ recommendation; in particular, the signed and dated invoice (but also including making a note of the date any verbal information was given to the customer and a summary of the verbal information provided). These documents may assist the business in the event a dispute arises.

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customer. Whether a duty of care is discharged by the actions of the business will depend on the circumstances. It may be that providing the unsafe vehicle information and recommendations to the customer is sufficient or further steps may be needed. For further information please contact us. If it is considered that the vehicle should be reported to the appropriate authority, then if the business is an Australian Privacy Principals entity under the Privacy Act 1998 (Cth), the business should obtain the consent of the customer to disclose their personal information for this purpose.

Takeaways The key takeaways are: • provide the customer with information about the unsafe vehicle and the recommendation to repair or tow the vehicle; • record the unsafe vehicle information and recommendations in writing on the invoice, ask the customer to read, sign and date the invoice (keep the original and provide a photocopy to the customer); and • keep records of communications to the customer regarding the unsafe vehicle. This article is intended for information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please contact Industry Legal Group for specific advice.

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


THE NEW VEHICLE REPAIR, SERVICES AND RETAIL AWARD Make sure you are across the changes to the Vehicle Award and the Manufacturing Award From the 4th of May 2020, the Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services and Retail Award 2010 (Vehicle Award) will be varied and become the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award 2020 (New Vehicle Award).

What does this mean? Sections of the Vehicle Award relating to manufacturing have been removed and are proposed to be incorporated into the Manufacturing and Associated Industries Award 2020 (Manufacturing Award). Going forward, the New Vehicle Award will only include sections relating to vehicle repair, services and retail. Employers and employees who have previously been covered under the manufacturing sections of the Vehicle Award will not be covered under the New Vehicle Award. Instead, they should consult the Manufacturing Award. The New Vehicle Award will also take into account a range of other updates arising from other Full Bench decisions, correction of minor errors, terminology of rates issues and other award specific issues. For example, a new clause 24.3(e) has been inserted into the New Vehicle Award to explain how overtime is calculated. Specifically, it states “In calculating overtime each day’s work stands alone.”

To put this into context, consider an employee who works two hours of overtime each day between Monday to Friday (10 hours overtime in total). Under the New Vehicle Award (as with the Vehicle Award), an employee required to work overtime will be paid the overtime rate of 150 percent of the minimum hourly rate for the first three hours and 200 percent thereafter. Because each day’s overtime stands alone under clause 24.3(e), the 10 hours will be paid at the rate of 150 percent.

When will this take effect? The New Vehicle Award will take effect from the start of the first full pay period on or after 4 May 2020.

What should we do? Employers should: • familiarise themselves with the New Vehicle Award and if applicable, the varied Manufacturing Award; • consider and implement any changes that need to be made to employment contracts, policies and work arrangements (for example” the calculation of overtime); and • ensure that employees have access to a copy of the new applicable awards (ie. on a noticeboard, conveniently located at or near the workplace or through accessible electronic means).

Employer Assist will continue to provide members with updates in relation to the award changes. However, if members have any questions in the meantime, please contact the team at Employer Assist to discuss.

Where can we access new awards? The New Vehicle Award can be accessed on the Modern Award page of the Fair Work Commission website. A final determination has not yet been made for the Manufacturing Award however an exposure draft can also be accessed on the FWC website under “Awards under review.” Alternatively, you can contact Employer Assist to obtain a copy. This article is intended for information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please contact Employer Assist for specific advice.

AAAA Member Benefits Employer Assist provides AAAA members with advice on workplace relations and employment law matters. Please contact Employer Assist on 1300 735 306 or aaaa@employerassist.com.au if you have any questions about the content of this article or if you require any assistance with your business. Emma Dalley and the Employer Assist team. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



PEDDERS AND SUPASHOCK: OUT IN FRONT WITH SUPERCARS Pedders has partnered with Supercars, Supashock and Erebus Motorsport Pedders Suspension and Brakes says it has consolidated its position as Australia’s leading undercar experts by partnering with Australia’s premier racing category: the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. In conjunction with its technical partner Supashock, Pedders recently won the tender to supply the official control damper to the racing category. All three organisations have signed an exclusive five-year agreement. As a result of this exciting partnership, the following designations will be used: 1. Pedders Dampers By Supashock will be the Official Control Damper of Supercars; 2. Pedders will be the Official Suspension and Damper Partner of Supercars; and 3. Pedders will be the Official Suspension and Damper Partner of nine Supercars-managed events, including the iconic Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Pedders will also be the Official Suspension Partner of Erebus Motorsport from 2020 onwards, with Erebus racing on the Pedders SportsRyder eXtreme Racing Coil Springs in each of its leading Supercars vehicles driven by David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale. Pedders says it will now proudly integrate its official sponsorship of Supercars and Erebus into its general marketing program and share reciprocal marketing and networking benefits. “Our Australian owned franchise operation is a proud supporter of Australian motor racing and Australian manufacturing,” Pedders Suspension and Brakes Managing Director, Scott Pedder, said.

“We are very excited to once again be involved with the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Product innovation is a key driver for our business and our technical partnership with Supashock is a testimony to this. “It is also a huge honour for our two great companies to be the Official Control Damper to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. “Motorsport is part of our brand’s DNA. We enjoy watching, competing and manufacturing parts to enhance the performance and experience of vehicles. We are competitive by nature. We love the thrill of racing and the challenges it presents. It makes us compete on a higher level. “Our lessons learned on the racetrack are lessons we place into the design and manufacture of our great range of products. We enjoy enhancing our customers’ vehicles to make them perform, carry loads and tow better and this is how we improve the customer experience…by racing. “Supporting iconic names like Supercars, Supashock and Erebus Motorsport is a natural fit for the Pedders group. We will continue to educate and engage with motorsport fans across Australia and the world.” “We’re excited to welcome Pedders and Supashock as our damper and suspension partners at Supercars,” Supercars Chief Executive Officer, Sean Seamer, said. “Having two quality Australian companies partner together to make sure our cars continue to run as safely and smoothly as possible is great news for our Supercars teams. We look forward to the next five years ahead with Pedders and Supashock and we hope our teams will really benefit from this partnership.”

Supashock Founder and Managing Director, Oscar Fiorinotto, noted Supashock’s long history with Supercars. “Supashock’s roots run deep in both Australian and global motorsport, it is what our business was founded upon,” Oscar said. “The motorsport division at Supashock was proud to develop and manufacture the 2020 Supercars Control Damper at our state-of-the-art facilities in Adelaide. We are excited to bring an Australian made product alongside our knowledge and experience to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in what we think will result in tight, exhilarating racing. “Supashock takes product innovation to the next level with advanced engineering, manufacturing and testing facilities. Continuous improvement is what we strive for, and we have built our reputation around delivering excellence to our customers through our OEM, aftermarket, 4x4 and defence technologies. “We are proud to partner with Pedders being another great Australian company. We very much look forward to working with Pedders and Supercars on what is forecast to be a fantastic five year partnership on a world-class stage, using Australian made technology.” Barry Ryan, the Chief Executive Officer of Erebus Motorsport, said it was great for the team to be involved with another strong Australian brand. “When you think about your car’s suspension, you think Pedders. As a young car enthusiast, I always had the traditional red Pedders spring and they’ve been a top brand for 70 years now,” Barry said. “We could not be prouder to be involved with the ‘NO BULL’ Pedders crew and their Australian family-owned and operated company are a perfect fit for our team. Pedders are the leading suspension specialists and we look forward to working together on and off the racetrack.” For more information, visit www.pedders.com.au or www.supashock.com.au


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MOTORSPORT IN ITS GENES Schaeffler is using motorsport as part of its pursuit to supply tomorrow’s mobility solutions Schaeffler is an innovative technology group which is committed to taking part in shaping efficient and sustainable “mobility for tomorrow” above and beyond the context of drive technology. It says motorsport assists in these endeavours because on-track competition puts technologies and systems to extreme endurance tests. “We love competition and test our technologies under extreme conditions to make them ready for volume production,” Micah Shepard, President Southeast Asia and President Automotive Aftermarket at Schaeffler Asia Pacific, said. “The expertise gained in motorsport goes directly into the development of our components and systems. Always achieving the best possible results combined with outstanding quality and reliability is part of our DNA and that‘s why we race.”

Formula E In the ABB FIA Formula E electric racing series Schaeffler, as an exclusive technology partner and pioneer, has been demonstrating its expertise in the field of fully electric powertrains from day one. The company has been one of the protagonists in the Formula E scene since the first season in 2014/2015, demonstrating its position as an electric mobility pioneer on the racetrack.

DTM DTM is the most popular international touring car racing series, and since 1984 has been attracting fans with a combination of enthralling motor sport and a colourful program of entertainment. Schaeffler has been supporting drivers and teams with its expertise in motorsport and technology since the DTM’s earliest years.

Other commitments In addition to its involvement in the two major racing series of Formula E and the DTM, Schaeffler is also involved in other areas of motorsport, including:

For Schaeffler, Formula E and DTM motorsports provide ideal test laboratories for the development of electric mobility technology

• Formula Student – a design competition for students which delivers a fascinating combination of motorsport and engineering. Schaeffler has been supporting teams with its expertise and products here for many years. • Schaeffler Motorsport Academy – for years the Schaeffler Motorsport Academy has been a highlight for the Formula Student teams

Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt are racing in the Formula E 2020/21 season with the newly developed Audi Sport e-Tron FE 07

that are supported by Schaeffler. Since 2014, budding engineers have had the chance to meet Schaeffler experts and big names from the world of motorsport at the Motorsport Academy in Herzogenaurach. • The Schaeffler Motorsport Hall of Fame – the Hall of Fame includes all of Schaeffler’s previous areas of involvement from desert rallies and tractor pulling events through to the European Truck Racing Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). For more from Schaeffler, visit www.schaeffler.com

RACING TO SUCCESS ACL has extended its partnership with Kelly Racing ACL Bearing Company (Australia) Pty Ltd (ACL) says it is pleased to announce the extension of its partnership with Kelly Racing. ACL has been the official supplier of performance engine bearings to Kelly Racing since the team began in 2009.

ACL says the partnership and the ACL RACE Series Performance Engine Bearings have been instrumental in the success of Kelly Racing’s engine programs over the last 10 years. 2020 will see the start of an exciting new era for Kelly Racing with the team campaigning two Ford Mustangs for the season.  “ACL is very proud to be a partner of Kelly Racing. The team and its Mustangs had an excellent opening round at The Superloop Adelaide 500 with the team having a car finishing in the Top 10 for both races,” ACL Bearing Company (Australia) General Manager, Chris Brooks, said. “It was a remarkable effort and a great reward for the enormous effort by the team in building two new cars from scratch in 16 weeks. We wish

the team every success for the remainder of the season.” ACL says it has a long and rich history in motorsport with its range of RACE Series Performance Engine Bearings being “the first choice for discerning engine builders the world over.”  For more information on ACL RACE Series performance engine bearings, visit www.aclperformance.com.au For more information on Kelly Racing, visit www.kellyracing.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



EMMA’S REVVING IT UP IN RALLY SPORT Swan Ignition Coils is proud to be supporting Emma Smith’s Rallysport career From humble beginnings driving her first car – her grandfather’s hand-me-down Holden Barina – to today driving rally cars, Emma Smith has always had a passion for adrenaline and competition. Growing up competing in equestrian events, Emma’s interest in rally sport began when she attended a 2016 Australian Rally Championship event with her now husband, Ross. With Ross as her navigator Emma entered her first event in 2017, competing in the RAA Southern Rally driving a 1992 Ford Telstar Ghia TX5. Knowing that heading into the race as a novice with no experience wasn’t a good idea, along with Ross she decided to attend Rally School the morning after their wedding day. There was no immediate honeymoon to be, as the motorsport bug had truly bitten Emma. Her next venture was focusing on race team ‘Garage of Awesome’ which she now operates together with Ross. Part of their racing arsenal is a 1988 Nissan Skyline R31 which is used for off-road rallying with Emma as driver and a 1984 Nissan 300ZX Z31 used for tarmac rallying, with Emma as a navigator and Ross as driver.

Beyond what happens inside the car, Emma also assists mechanically and more specifically is responsible for tuning the 300ZX under the guidance of close friend Antus from PCM Hacking. Emma and Ross also run a professional IT consulting business under the same team name banner. With the race team taking form Emma put on the brakes when she fell pregnant with their son Charlie and for the 2018 rally season she played a support role, even taking Charlie with her on some race days. Upon her return to rallying, her first rally win as navigator came in 2019 in the Nissan 300ZX (which is powered by Swan Ignition Coils) at October’s Adelaide RallySprint. This win was followed with a remarkable podium (third) placing behind two much more powerful Porches at December’s Adelaide Rally, while she was also back in the driver’s seat of her Nissan Skyline doing a season of Khanacross and two intro rallies. Swan Ignition Coils says motorsport has surely opened the door to women, with Emma reporting that at all of the events she attends she is seeing

more and more women in all sorts of roles, from drivers to navigators, support crews, officials and the list goes on. With the balance equalling up, it is her belief that motorsport should not follow suite of other gender separated sports as there is no gender advantage in rally driving. It’s motorsport women like Emma that are helping to pave the way for the next generation as she encourages any young woman interested in the sport to join a junior development program, says Swan Ignition Coils. To follow Emma’s rally career on Facebook, svisit www.facebook.com/goaracing For more information about Swan Ignition Coils, visit www.acaparts.com.au or its Social Media Channels.

WHITELINE ADJUSTABLE SWAY BARS Engineered to ‘Activate More Grip’ Whiteline says it boasts a worldwide reputation as a leading manufacturer of replacement, enhancement and performance suspension components which deliver significant gains in vehicle balance, steering precision, grip levels and outright driving performance. It says the most notable of its products is the Whiteline range of Adjustable Sway Bars. Over the last 30 years, Whiteline has been producing sway bars for a large range of applications to suit popular performance and offroad vehicles. Whiteline Adjustable sway bars serve a multitude of purposes that go beyond traditional high performance and motorsport applications.


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With the growing shift in the Australian carpark, Whiteline says it has expanded its range to include a selection of 4x4 Adjustable Sway Bars to cater for the ever increasing 4x4 and dual cab segment. Whiteline 4x4 Adjustable Sway Bars are primarily designed to improve high speed stability and general road holding, especially when fully laden or towing large trailers such as boats and caravans. Engineered to “Activate More Grip”, Whiteline Adjustable Sway Bars are principally designed to reduce body roll or sway. Whiteline says larger diameter Adjustable Sway Bars offer a higher torsional resistance which in turn increases overall roll stiffness. The stiffer the bar, the more force required to move the left and right hand wheels relative to each other, essentially increasing the amount of force required to make the body roll – thereby increasing cornering grip and improving outright performance. Whiteline Adjustable Sway Bars offer from two up to four points of adjustment allowing, in some

cases, 10 distinct stiffness settings for precise handling bias adjustment. Bar size (stiffness) also allows for corrections to understeer or oversteer tendencies depending on vehicle type or how the vehicle is being used. Whiteline says its Adjustable Sway Bars give the driver the ability to dial in oversteer to increase vehicle rotation to help assist with initial turn in or create a more natural balance to allow for a more predictable driving experience which can be helpful for novice drivers. To see the full range of Whiteline Adjustable Sway Bars, head to www.whiteline.com.au or speak to the Whiteline sales team on 1300 882 355.


BURSON AUTO PARTS ENJOYS SUMMERNATS SUCCESS The company made its debut as a major sponsor of the 33rd running of the Summernats Australia’s Burson Auto Parts joined forces with one of this country’s most iconic national performance motoring events, Summernats 2020, from January 2 to 5. Established in 1988, the Summernats has become one of the most anticipated events for performance motoring enthusiasts. A total of 2,200 meticulously restored and performance modified vehicles took part in this year’s event which was also the first to be sponsored by Burson Auto Parts. The cars, their owners and friends, combined with a myriad of performance vehicle competition events, DJs, bands and much more to create four days of automotive summer fun in our nation’s capital.

Burson Auto Parts made its debut as a major sponsor of the 33rd running of the Summernats, enjoying a very strong brand and activation presence during this four day high performance motoring extravaganza. One of the event’s largest pavilions was converted into a complete Burson Auto Parts store during the event, ensuring that all automotive enthusiasts and mechanics in attendance had access to a large range of premium quality automotive parts, tools, equipment and accessories on site. This pop-up Burson Auto Parts Summernats store proved to be an outstanding success. Burson Auto Parts’ event signage and big screen coverage was visible throughout this high octane Australian performance vehicle spectacular that included more than 40 separate competition based events. These included burnout competitions, horsepower dyno competitions and show ‘n’ shine events to mention just a few. “The automotive aftermarket industry is always well represented at the Summernats and with Burson Auto Parts involved as a major sponsor for the first time this year, we took the aftermarket industry’s involvement to an entirely new level,”

Burson Auto Parts General Manager - Marketing, Anthony Hughes, said. “The event enjoys incredible support and goodwill from both the automotive trade and performance vehicle enthusiasts. We enjoyed being a part of it and there is no doubt that we gained more Burson Auto Parts customers as a result of the Summernats.” The competition events of the 2020 Summernats generated millions of live web streaming views and video content views. The iconic event’s social media reach includes 12.1 million Facebook likes, over 29,000 YouTube subscribers and almost 60,000 Instagram followers. For more from Burson Auto Parts, visit www.burson.com.au

XTREME CLUTCH DRIVERS TAKE ON THE LEADFOOT FESTIVAL Xtreme Clutch performance upgrades are used around the world by some of the top drivers and teams New Zealand drivers Daniel Woolhouse (also known as ‘Fanga Dan’) and Gaz Whiter recently displayed their exceptional car control by drifting their cars up the tight and technical track at the 2020 Leadfoot Festival. The Leadfoot Festival is held annually in Hahei, New Zealand, and is quickly becoming famous for the diverse range of cars competing as well as the world-renowned drivers in attendance. The track consists of a mile-long hill climb on the 150-acre Leadfoot Ranch and the drivers always put on a great display for the crowds of motorsport

enthusiasts who travel from throughout New Zealand and overseas to attend the event. Daniel Woolhouse has fitted his Ford Mustang RTR activation car with a 230mm twin plate ceramic upgrade. This kit has been designed specifically to offer exceptional heat and torque capacity and is popular throughout Australia, Europe and the US for high performance street and motorsport applications. With a lightweight aluminium pressure plate and 4140 chromoly flywheel, this performance upgrade offers exceptional performance whilst retaining low rotational inertia.

Managing Director of Xtreme Clutch parent company, Australian Clutch Services. “Drifting is the ideal category to test our products with the drivers having to push the clutch system to the limit to extract the most from their cars.

Xtreme Clutch driver Gaz Whiter also competed in the event in his newly built Nissan S15 powered by a 600 KW Supercharged LS3 V8. Gaz has been using Xtreme Clutch for several years now including in his previous competition car, a Nissan S14, in which he won the 2018 Red Bull Drift Shifters event held in Liverpool.

“We supply kits to drivers throughout Australia and also throughout the various European, US and New Zealand drift championships. It was fantastic to see two of our drivers putting on a great display at the Leadfoot Festival and we look forward to seeing these drivers push their cars to the limit throughout the 2020 season.”

“We have a long history of supplying motorsport upgrade kits to drift teams and drivers from around the world,” said Brenton Jordan, the

For more information on the Xtreme Clutch range of street and motorsport upgrades, please visit www.xtremeclutch.com.au or call 1800 CLUTCH. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



UPPER CONTROL ARMS From CalOffroad CalOffroad says its Upper Control Arms offer more tyre size options, correct wheel alignment, are ADR Compliant and suit GVM upgrades.

NEW FROM ARB ARB has recently released three new products ARB says it is consistently working on expanding the products available in its range. Three of its latest additions are as follows:

Greasable Pins Leaf spring bushes require periodic lubrication to ensure longevity. Old Man Emu Greaseable Pins facilitate this task without the need to remove the shackles, thereby greatly reducing the time and effort involved. These are now available in front-bush applications, complementing the already

available rear-bush application with prices starting from $90 (Australian East Coast Metro).

Frontier Tank for Colorado/D-Max The 140-litre Frontier Tank replaces the 80 litre OE tank, giving an increase of 60 litres. With a wall thickness of up to eight millimetres, the ARB Frontier Tank is durable and impact resistant. It is priced at $1,215 (Australian East Coast Metro) and can be ordered now.

Compact Sleeping Bag The new Compact Sleeping Bag from ARB is a lightweight yet warm sleeping bag made for temperatures ranging from -5°C to +5°C. The Compact Sleeping Bag retails at $139 (Australian East Coast Metro) and stock is available now from your local ARB store or stockist. They are available for: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Toyota Hilux N70 Toyota Hilux N80 Toyota Landcruiser 100 series Toyota Landcruiser 200 series Toyota Prado 150 Toyota Prado 120 Toyota FJ Cruiser VW Amarok Ford Ranger PX1, PX2 PX3 Ford Everest Mazda BT-50 Series 2 Isuzu MUX Isuzu Dmax Holden RG Colorado Holden Colorado 7 Nissan Navara D40 / NP300 Nissan Patrol Y62

CalOffroad upper control arms have been designed and engineered to correct ball joint angles and help correct wheel alignment with three degree built in caster and camber correction for raised vehicles. CalOffroad arms come complete with an upgraded bush and a special High angle ball joint already fitted. These arms are also designed to accept OEM, or aftermarket ball joints and bushes. For more information, call 02 6456 4100 or visit www.caloffroad.com.au 110

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

PIRANHA UNVEILS REVAMPED SHOWROOM The showroom in Boronia, Victoria, has undergone an overhaul Piranha Off Road Products, part of Struts Australia, has recently revealed its revamped showroom after months of work to create a more immersive experience for their customers. Apart from the standard Piranha dual battery management systems, the showroom now hosts an Enerdrive section that caters for solar controllers, DC2DC and ePower products. “The addition of Enerdrive products and Invicta lithium batteries offer our customers a variety of options to suit any budget,” Store Manager Dennis Dwyer said. “Our fridge range has previously been Engel; however, we are now stocking a full range of My Coolman fridges as well. These two proven products again cater for all budgets.” Another growing range in the showroom are lighting solutions, from Piranha performance light looms to AP LED and Nitro lights to suit a massive range of applications. Piranha also now has a lighting expert available. Dave Rowe has specialised in lighting for many

years and is on hand to help customers sort their specific lighting needs. The expanded line-up of products also includes a full range of GME radio and aerial equipment, RAM mounts, a whole recovery centre for towing and recovery gear and a fair range of Safari snorkels. There are some big-ticket items in Piranha branded ute trays and canopies plus a full range of Blue Max suspension products – all ready to be fitted without delays. “Piranha is working hard to supply customers what they want and need as a one-stop accessory shop for four-wheelers, caravanners and touring gear. Watch this space as we get positively engaged with more products for more people!” Dennis said. To find out more information about the range of products available, contact the team at Piranha Off Road Products on 03 9762 1200 or visit www.piranhaoffroad.com.au


AN ICON REINVENTED: THE NEW LAND ROVER DEFENDER The new generation of the legendary 4x4 icon relies on suspension expertise from Bilstein The Land Rover Defender is one of the classics of automotive history and the automobile world – both in general and the off-road scene in particular – felt a great loss when the last ever Defender left the assembly lines in Solihull, England in 2016. But rumours of a new edition quickly made the rounds and at Frankfurt’s IAA 2019, the Brits presented a completely new generation of the Defender. It was an icon redesigned for the 21st century, loaded with innovative technologies and visually completely new while clearly recognisable. “The original Defender was fun, but it had its pitfalls. We wanted to eliminate these weaknesses without reducing the fun,” Jaguar Land Rover Chief Engineer Vehicle Integrity, Mike Cross, said. Mainly designed as an off-roader, the Land Rover Defender was indeed unbeatable off the road but comfort on the road left much to be desired. The new Defender is designed to appeal to an increasingly demanding clientele that wants to cover longer distances on the road. After all, Land Rover’s Defender clientele now includes families, as well as adventurers and explorers.

During development, the engineers put a clear emphasis on continuing to be the benchmark on unsurfaced ground while offering the highest level of road comfort. To achieve this, Jaguar Land Rover is relying not only on independent suspension for the first time in Defender, but also on comprehensive suspension expertise from Bilstein. As a long-standing partner, Bilstein supplies both passive and active shock absorbers for the brand new Defender with its semi-active DampTronic technology with air suspension module enabling an unexpectedly wide overlap between off-road performance and road comfort. Bilstein explains the electronic damping force adjustment is carried out by a setup that adjusts automatically and seamlessly. With the help of additional sensors, the current driving situation and the current vehicle condition are recorded in a central control unit. The optimum damping force is then applied to each individual damper via a magnetically controlled valve and a multitude of different tunings can be implemented with just one suspension.

Before its world premiere, the four-wheel-drive vehicle had to pass more than 62,000 individual tests and prototypes had to cover several million test kilometres. “As a result, we now have the most capable Land Rover of all time – and a truly comfortable, modern vehicle that can be driven and used anywhere in the world with great pleasure to meet even the most diverse requirements,” Jaguar Land Rover Chief Technology Officer, Nick Rogers, said. For more from Bilstein, visit www.bilstein.com.au

HSP ELECTRIC ROLL R COVER Now available to suit Ford Ranger Wildtrak HSP says it now has the perfect solution for customers who have a Wildtrak or are thinking of getting a Wildtrak with an electric roll top option. Finished in a Mannix Black heavy-duty coat, it says the HSP Roll R Cover perfectly completes the Ford Ranger Wildtrak. The unit works with the existing sailplane and is available to purchase from all HSP distributors or HSP direct. HSP says there are a number of features that are only available on the HSP electric Roll R Cover outside of the electrics, including: • Interlocking extrusions • Built in LED light • Four point drainage with guttered side rails • Ability to pause in any position • Heavy duty canister protector barrier All HSP Roll R Covers are made in Australia and HSP often keeps stock of popular models on the shelf, so it can dispatch same to next day. If it is out of stock, HSP says its manufacturing turn around is just three to six days. HSP says it is always looking to expand the HSP family. It invites you to please contact its team on 03 9795 8206 or via info@hsputelids.com to find out more about this product as well as the full range of HSP products. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine March 2020



AUTOCARE SPEAKER MAKES EARLY TRIP TO AUSTRALIA ARCA’s Mike Smith was pleased to host automotive industry legend Frank Massey ahead of his upcoming appearance at Autocare A legend amongst technicians and respected throughout the global automotive industry, the UK’s Frank Massey really needs little introduction to those within the aftermarket. Having the opportunity to host him recently as he travelled to Western Australia for the Australian Automotive Service Dealers Network (AASDN) was my absolute pleasure and I look forward to seeing him again soon when he returns to speak at the AAAA’s 2020 Autocare convention in Brisbane across June 19 and 20. Frank really has an incredible background. After reconditioning thousands of engines over the first 13 years of his career, he went on to become an aircraft technician before returning to the automotive industry in 1985 with a passion to improve standards. He set up a tuning business and not long after, the electronic revolution began and for Frank it became obvious early on that the so-called automotive tools available were simply not up to the challenge. So, with his interest in electronics he began a crusade in acquiring oscilloscopes to test and diagnose systems faults. While he may have been met with ridicule back then when the focus was on serial communication using two and three digit codes with no data, Frank battled on for many years developing lab scope technology for diagnosing vehicle, mechanical and electronic systems. Now, 35 years later, it is safe to say he has played a large part in conjunction with oscilloscope manufacturer Pico in successfully turning what many saw as witchcraft into a highly-respected diagnostic science with many of the test principles he developed in common practice today.


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Speaking with Frank, it is obvious that even now he is still so passionate about improving the standards, skills and attitudes within and towards our industry, while remaining committed to researching new techniques in systems repair amidst technical developments and emissions legislation. Of course he also spends a lot of his time training other technicians, allowing them to benefit from his more than 50 years of experience. This is incredibly important as I feel there has never been such a demand for engineering skills, electronic intuition and process discipline in our industry as there is now. At Autocare 2020, Frank will provide advanced training on diesel, DPF and EGR diagnostics and oscilloscopes, including presentations on vibration analysis and its application to vehicle systems diagnosis. As part of his seminars, Frank will discuss his growing concern in regards to recent technical developments such as SENT sensor technology and the growing lack of accessibility for focused diagnostics. Frank tells me, and I agree, that it has been clear for many years that manufacturers are determined to dumb down diagnostics, relying on a serial interface with little or no regard for actual circuit and component interrogation. Further, the actual data whilst conducting serial led process is poor at best and often totally inadequate at worst. As such, at Autocare 2020 he will explain his thoughts on NVH as the latest tool in the everexpanding pico inventory. While NVH has in the past been based on opinion, it can now be presented with evidence thanks to tools such as the PicoScope NVH kits, so this presentation is sure to offer technicians an incredible insight to the very function of mechanical systems. Also as part of his appearances at Autocare 2020, Frank will be presenting several actual workshop problems with the corresponding diagnostic data. Faults with ignition misfire, pre ignition, dual mass flywheels and a VW T5 van with an engine vibration will all be covered and delegates will be presented with special notes from Frank to take away with them. He will also appear on the demonstration stage with a special demonstration each day for trade show visitors, focusing on the PicoScope NVH kit. Attendance to the trade show is free of charge for industry professionals. Training was also the focus of his visit to WA in

late February, where he conducted two seminars for the AASDN which focused on Common Rail Diesels and NVH testing. Frank discussed with attendees Common Rail Diesel priming and high pressure control and how Euro 5 has evolved with Euro 6 emission reduction, SCR NOx reduction and also undertook a fuel fault analysis exercise. This exercise created an open forum debate on Pico image interpretation and the diagnostic process, looking at an evaluation of the available data, observation and measurement of this genuine fault while asking the question – how might this problem be simplified using alternative test options? His talks for AASDN were certainly well received by attendees who walked away with some important insight into new technologies that they can now implement in their workshops, I have no doubt that attendees to Frank’s presentations at Autocare 2020 will similarly benefit. If you would like to hear Frank speak, I encourage you to visit www.autocare.org.au and register now for Autocare 2020.

In this series of articles, Automotive Repairers Council of Australia (ARCA) convener, Mike Smith, will take a look at issues that will affect automotive repairer workshops and topics of interest to the sector including occasional profiles of mechanics and other key personnel. msmith@aaaa.com.au

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