Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine - October 2023

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ABOUT THE COVER Fifty-five years is a long time to have been facing the challenge of designing, manufacturing, exporting, and improving on automotive spare parts – Don Kyatt Spare Parts has been doing just that through its Terrain Tamer 4WD brand since its beginnings in 1969.

REGULAR DEPARTMENTS Calendar.................................................... 4 New Members........................................... 4 AAAA Report ............................................ 5 News......................................................... 6 Products.................................................. 30 Milestones............................................. 102

New Appointments................................ 103 Shopfront.............................................. 106 Services................................................. 107 PRTC..................................................... 109 4WD...................................................... 114


KEEPING YOU INFORMED The future is here................................................................................................................. 6 Australia-first research shows we are gearing up for EV......................................................... 7 AASDN to launch East Coast chapter................................................................................... 8 AAAA helping regional technicians to be future ready......................................................... 10 Century Batteries powers partnership with BIA .................................................................. 12 Are your customers sharing their data?............................................................................... 16 Do something cool this summer......................................................................................... 17 Haltech revs up Summernats 36........................................................................................ 20


FEATURES Cover Story: Terrain Tamer: Leaders in Australian innovation................................................ 24 Product R&D: TAG Towbars: Designing an extreme recovery towbar for the 4WD market....... 28 Member Feature: FUCHS Lubricants: Moving your world....................................................... 74 Replacement Parts: Parts for your customers’ vehicles.......................................................... 76 Air Conditioning: Looking after your customers’ air conditioning needs.................................. 90 Trade Talk: 2023 Capricorn Rising Star: Chelsea Bowers.................................................... 100 Members in Motorsport: Liqui Moly inks new Supercars partnership..................................... 108


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CALENDAR 2023-24 AAPEX The Venetian Expo, Las Vegas 31 October – 2 November 2023 SEMA Show Las Vegas Convention Center 31 October – 3 November 2023 Automechanika Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center 29 November - 2 December 2023 PRI Indianapolis, Indiana 7 – 9 December 2023 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 11 – 13 April 2024 Collision Repair Expo Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 11 – 13 April 2024 Automechanika Frankfurt Frankfurt Exhibition Grounds 10 – 14 September 2024

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

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From the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo to industry programs and groundbreaking research, we are working hard to help members prepare for what’s coming As we move into the final quarter of 2023, it has been another exceptionally busy time for the AAAA and the aftermarket as a whole. We have been proud to officially launch the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAE) and the co-located Collision Repair Expo (CRE), with registrations opening soon for what is the nation’s only comprehensive exhibition for Australia’s $25B aftermarket industry. Across the new dates of April 11-13, which allow us to avoid the Melbourne Grand Prix, the Expos will bring together the industry’s best and brightest while showcasing hundreds of the country’s leading companies, all under one roof. Across the coming months you will see some very exciting announcements about what to expect at the Expo, which will be held under the very timely theme of ‘The Future is Here,’ so be sure to keep an eye out and register for what is sure to be an unmissable three days in Melbourne. Our Expo theme aside, you no doubt have been hearing a lot of talk about the concept of ‘The Future is Here’ thanks to the rapidly changing face of the automotive landscape both here and abroad. At the AAAA we are working around the clock to ensure our members are ahead of the curve when it comes to the future of our industry, our car parc, and the needs of our workshops and their customers. Just one example of this is when recently, together with the Auto Innovation Centre, we were pleased to launch an exciting new EV initiative for the aftermarket thanks to a partnership with the Victorian Government via the ZEV Commercial Sector Innovation Fund. As you would have read in a recent edition of this magazine, the AIC has taken delivery of two exciting new EVs – a Polestar 2, and what is currently Australia’s only commercially available Ford F-150 Lightning.

The AIC will be undertaking a range of tests and modifications on the vehicles to understand the suitability for various markets and usages and access will also be provided to individual companies for their product development purposes. These new vehicles are forming the foundation of a dedicated joint AAAA and AIC campaign to support the aftermarket through the coming EV transition with training and product development opportunities, and to help promote the uptake of EVs in Victorian fleets. This program is already gaining lots of attention in the industry and from political partners, and we were pleased to host The Honourable Melissa Horne MP for a tour of the cutting-edge AIC and our new EVs to showcase how the industry is already benefiting from our ZLEV grant in the weeks following the program launch. In all of this, knowledge is critical, not only when it comes to working on EVs, but in knowing what is happening in the market, and what is likely to come next. For this reason, research is a key benefit that we are proud to deliver to our members, hand in hand with our research partners, Fifth Quadrant (formerly ACA Research). A number of key research projects have been released recently, and one which you can read more about within the pages of this magazine, is the launch of the AAAA’s Australia-First Future Readiness Index. I was proud to see this groundbreaking research reveal that fifty percent of our industry’s workshops are either already EV ready or investing heavily in future readiness, and that many of these workshops have been successfully and safely servicing and repairing EV and hybrid vehicles for some time. On top of that, a further 39 percent are not ‘EV rejectors,’ but simply waiting until

the investment required lines up with their local market demand. While the findings of the Future Readiness Index, which we have been sharing at member nights around the country in recent weeks, gives us the data we need to advocate for our industry with those who may seek to make decisions for us, other research projects delivered by the AAAA and Fifth Quadrant aim to arm our members with key data to make the decisions they need for themselves. In addition to the recently released Workshop Employment and Technician Survey research, which included key salary benchmarking information you would have read about in last month’s magazine, our industry leading and regularly updated Consumer Insights and Car Parc Data form part of a rich catalogue of member-exclusive research which provides all the information members need to make informed and strategic decisions for the future of their businesses. The future well and truly is here, and from our Expo to advocacy to breakthrough research and more, the AAAA looks forward to continuing to deliver for our members to ensure they have the knowledge and the tools they need to best prepare and position themselves for success.

Stuart Charity Chief Executive Officer Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



WHAT’S NEXT? Is “good enough” ever really good enough? When you are a leader, whatever standard you say is “good enough” is the standard your team will work to. As business leaders, we always David Fraser set the level. The Group CEO, standard we accept Capricorn Society Ltd is the standard others follow. So, taking that into consideration, is “good enough” really ever good enough? Shouldn’t we all have our sights set on excellence? This month we’ve been exploring what it means to create a culture of excellence in a workshop and have been speaking to several Capricorn Members who have created a culture of excellence in their businesses in order to learn from their insights and experience. Capricorn Member John Edwards, of John Edwards Automotive in Queensland, shared his thoughts. “Sometimes it’s just the little things, leading by example,” John said. “If there’s some rubbish or litter in the driveway, just pick it up. Let people see you care for your place, that you’re prepared to do the crap. “When they see it, hopefully, it brings them along. Most people react favourably to that kind of servant leadership— leadership that’s not high and mighty.” In other words, if it is good enough for John to pick up the litter, it is good enough for his team to do the same. It is a very small gesture, but in doing it he is setting a standard, an expectation and an example for his team. What does good enough mean in your workshop? And is settling for “good enough,” good enough? On CAP Hub, we’ve got a range of online articles with tips and advice, including how to avoid some of the common management mistakes that can so easily stop us from achieving excellence, how networking can build our reputations as leaders in our industry and in our community and what that means for achieving excellence in our workshops. They’re all available at Yours in cooperation, David Fraser Group CEO – Capricorn Society Ltd For more on Capricorn Society membership, visit 6

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THE FUTURE IS HERE The Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo has been officially launched

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has officially launched the 2024 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAExpo). Following a popular date change to avoid a clash with the Melbourne Grand Prix, the Expo will be held from the 11th to the 13th of April 2024 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Registrations for this huge event will open soon at Co-located with the Collison Repair Expo (CRE), the AAAExpo is the nation’s only comprehensive exhibition for Australia’s $25B aftermarket industry, bringing together the industry’s best and brightest while showcasing hundreds of the country’s leading companies, all under one roof. Further cementing Expo as a truly world class event is the fact that it will host the return of the International Pavilion, which is making its comeback after a mandated pause in 2022, due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions at the time. This means visitors to the Expo will have the opportunity to connect with suppliers not only from across the country, but from across the globe, right in the heart of Melbourne. “We are very excited to officially launch the 2024 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo. We have some game-changing features lined-up to make AAAExpo24 a must-attend event for business owners, managers and technicians,” said AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity. “Designed by the industry for the industry, AAAExpo will deliver a multitude of opportunities for visitors to connect, learn and build their businesses. “As we have already demonstrated with our decision to move our event dates, we are committed to putting our event visitors first while delivering a show that is designed to inspire and uplift workshops, suppliers and manufacturers.” With a number of fantastic new features to be announced, the AAAExpo will run with the theme ‘The Future is Here’ and will showcase the latest vehicle repair and servicing equipment, parts, tools and accessories, new technology and trends.

A comprehensive training and education program is also in development, including some free opportunities for attendees, with more details about the program to be released in the coming months. “The automotive industry in Australia is in the midst of revolutionary change driven by the complexity of the car parc, rapid changes in vehicle technology, and the evolving capabilities and needs of our workforce and customers,” Stuart said. “Those that prepare today will be the ones who succeed tomorrow, and it is our mission at the AAAA and with AAAExpo to provide our members and trade visitors with the tools and knowledge they need to make the right future-focused decisions for their businesses. “As part of this, training will be a key focus of the Expo. Off the back of the impressive attendance at Autocare’s seminars earlier this year, AAAA are pulling together a truly incredible education program for the Expo which will deliver an unprecedented calibre of speakers and depth of technical content, as well as increased ‘hands on’ training to satisfy industry demand. “Additionally, such was the success of the Workshop of the Future at the 2022 AAAExpo, and with the fast-paced development of our industry in the time since, AAAA will be bringing an enhanced Workshop of the Future concept to the 2024 show. It will be so comprehensive that it requires two sections – one focused on EVs, and one on ADAS calibration. “Similarly, the 4WD Innovation Zone was a huge hit in 2022 and will evolve and grow to ensure visitors to the 2024 4WD Innovation Zone are even more impressed than they were at its inaugural appearance. “In short, we are pulling out all of the stops to create a program that is simply unmissable, with some truly amazing announcements coming up soon.” The combined Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and Collision Repair Expo are the nation’s only comprehensive exhibition for Australia’s $25B aftermarket industry, and will attract an estimated 9,000 trade visitors. Further announcements and exciting additions will be released over the coming weeks. To get involved as an exhibitor or sponsor at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo or Collision Repair Expo, please contact



As the AAAA continues to advocate for the industry on the subject of EVs, groundbreaking new research has shown fifty percent of Australian workshops are either already EV-ready or actively investing in skills and equipment with a future focus At the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) we were proud recently to release, together with research partners Fifth Quadrant, our Australia-first 2023 Future Readiness Index research. This is the first ever research of its type, commissioned to determine if Australian workshops are effectively preparing for upcoming market changes and to measure their stance on technological advancements. It will not be news to readers of this column that our industry has long been dealing with assumptions around our EV readiness, misunderstandings about our attitudes towards EVs, and questions around what kind of regulation or oversight is needed. What this research shows is that a large portion of our industry’s workshops, fifty percent in fact, are either already EV-ready (one in 10) or already investing heavily in future readiness, prioritising skills and equipment to create a safe and productive working environment. In fact, many of these workshops are already successfully and safely servicing and repairing EV and hybrid vehicles, and have been doing so for over a decade. And importantly, the majority of those that aren’t actively investing right now (39 percent) are not ‘EV rejectors,’ instead they are simply waiting until it makes more commercial sense in their specific local markets to make such investments, which is completely understandable given that current trend rates expect Australia’s national fleet will still be comprised of 90 percent ICE vehicles in 2030, even if sales of EVs in 2030 reach as high as 50 percent. Together this sees 50 percent of our market either Future Ready or actively preparing, and a further 39 percent open to upskilling and investing in equipment for newer models when their local market demands it.

Clearly, our workshops are ready to be, and in a lot of cases already are, the trusted partner for EV and hybrid owners Australia-wide. There is no question we have the knowledge, the skills, the equipment, and a proven track record; and this is all only going to increase as more and more workshops invest in this area. Before now, no one had a sense for how much workshops were gearing up for EV, as no one had this data. But now we do, and it proves what we have been saying – we are a sophisticated industry, one that is highly skilled, equipped and future-focused. Further, the data backs our assertions that automotive technicians are the right choice when it comes to who should be servicing and repairing EVs and not only are we ready, but we are also only going to become increasingly more so. This is important when it comes to our dealings with government and any questions that may be raised about regulation and oversight. While we of course welcome government assistance and there are certainly areas the AAAA wants to work on with our government partners, this research makes it clearer than ever that any calls for introducing regulation on something we are already doing safely and successfully, and any pushes for members of other industries (such as electricians) to be tasked with servicing and repairing cars, are not required. It also means any judgements of the auto industry as being behind the times or out of touch with what is coming is an unwarranted stereotype as we in the industry already knew – our workshops and their technicians are experts in their field, constantly learning and investing in skills and tools, and ideally placed to continue servicing EVs and hybrids, as they have been for many years.

Lesley Yates, AAAA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy

Of course, no industry is homogenous and Australia’s car parc is deeply varied, so it good news also that while there is a large focus on EVs and hybrid readiness, some workshops also remain committed and focused on ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) servicing and repair, ensuring all customers can access expert servicing and repair for their car, no matter what it is. With a massive number of ICE vehicles in our car parc, it is important workshops continue to service these vehicles, and this research shows many of our workshops are still placing a focus on the safety and emissions of our existing ICE vehicles at the same time as they are preparing for the future. The online survey which formed the basis of this research, and which will be repeated in the future, was conducted across July and August 2023, surveying automotive workshop decision makers spanning a range of different business sizes amongst not only AAAA members but also the wider automotive industry across the country. A sincere thank you to all of you who took part in this vitally important research. Rest assured – we will be taking up all opportunities to use this new data as we continue to advocate for our industry amidst this incredible period of change in our industry. The full research findings are available exclusively to AAAA members via the AAAA member portal. Non-members can access a free Summary report or purchase the full report at Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



AASDN TO LAUNCH EAST COAST CHAPTER It is a busy time for the Australian Automotive Service Dealers Network The Australian Automotive Service Dealers Network (AASDN) is a cooperative association of workshops which was formed ten years ago to provide support, training and mentoring to leading workshops in Australia. It is currently gearing up to launch its East Coast chapter with a special November launch event at the AAAA’s Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) at 7 Bastow Place, Mulgrave, at 6.00pm on Wednesday the 15th of November. The information evening on the AASDN will host like-minded workshops from across Victoria, with AASDN Vice Chairman, Mike Carnemolla, reporting that the Association expects to host around 30 businesses at the event. Also in the works is a launch into Queensland, which is currently expected to occur in the New Year. “I have been a member of AASDN for four years now and have found it a great way to meet like-minded workshop owners and to share experiences. I would like to see other great workshops join AASDN and benefit from the networking the same way I have,” Mike said. “AASDN’s association with the AAAA has spanned more than 10 years, and we thought if we were to hold a launch in Melbourne, the Automotive Innovation Centre is an amazing venue to showcase what AASDN is all about. “Following from our launch into Melbourne we will be looking to host a similar event in Queensland in the New Year, but if you want to get involved, you don’t need to wait to join at an event – you can apply online through the AASDN website now.” It has been a busy time for the AASDN of late, with its Annual General Meeting and Gala Dinner held across September 22 and 23. Sixty-four attendees joined AASDN management for the weekend at the Hunter Valley, enjoying two great days featuring the AGM followed by a golf tournament, wine tasting, day spa and happy hour drinks. “Across two big days, we were so pleased to


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host AASDN members for not only our AGM but also plenty of fun activities and networking opportunities with our preferred partners, who spent quality time discussing problems and working out solutions,” Mike said. AASDN is also looking forward to attending the 2024 Bathurst 12 Hour event, with this three day event previously attended by 40 AASDN members. “This is a fantastic opportunity to network while watching the race from the AASDN corporate suite. In 2024, we will be bringing a number of key speakers and tickets are subsidised for AASDN members,” Mike said. Also in the works are several PICO scope training events to be held in Huskisson and Kariong in New South Wales. “From the beginner to expert, these are hands-on courses with something for everyone and are a great way to enhance your skills. Tickets to these events are also subsidised for our members,” Mike said.

10 years of service The AASDN is a network of leading, independent automotive workshops around Australia assisting each other with advanced technical and business training, networking with like-minded progressive business owners, access to shared, specialised tools, and advice on solving technical and business problems. “Running any type of business is tough, especially in the automotive industry where members have the added problems of staff shortages, high ongoing requirements for technical training, high business tooling expenses, and low levels of customer trust to deal with,” Mike said. “Recognising this, a group of workshops in New South Wales and the ACT got together to collaborate and share technical training, advice, and to network with like-minded business owners so that we can collectively better look after our customers, run a better business, and provide a premium level of care. AASDN members don’t have to do it alone.

“Over the last 10 years, membership has grown to more than 50 leading workshops in New South Wales, the ACT and Queensland, with an objective to grow our membership base further, especially into Queensland and Victoria. AASDN WA also has 50 members, with our national network covering more than 100 members. “Member benefits include annual membership to the AAAA including access to the HR and legal hotline, annual reports and discounted tickets to the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo; annual membership to The Automotive Technician (TAT); and group technical training for technicians to skill them on the latest automotive technologies. “Also included is business training including topics on marketing, product offering, time management, profitability, recruitment and culture; networking opportunities with likeminded business owners; social activities such as Christmas parties, attendance to the Bathurst 12 Hour and Gala nights; and access to a shared tool library for quality, specialised tools and diagnostic equipment. “Our trusted preferred suppliers provide members with the quality products and technical knowledge needed to service and repair today’s modern cars. “AASDN members don’t have to do it alone. Together we’re all stronger.” For more information about the AASDN, visit


RYCO INNOVATION RECOGNISED IN PRESTIGIOUS AWARD The company has been recognised in the BOSS Magazine awards RYCO Filters has again been recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative companies in the latest instalment of the Australian Financial Review’s (AFR) prestigious BOSS Magazine awards. The awards announcement in early October saw the company place second in the Manufacturing and Consumer Goods category with its RCC360 Catch Can – the fifth consecutive year in which RYCO Filters has been featured in the AFR awards. The RCC360 Catch Can was three years in development and draws on RYCO’s filtration expertise, technology advancements and the

company’s recent experience as the official filtration partner of Supercars, one of the most demanding motorsport categories in the country. Specifically developed with hardworking fourwheel-drives in mind, the RCC360 Catch Can provides owners with additional peace of mind by helping remove oil droplets from the air before being recirculated into the engine. By removing contaminants down to one micron in size from crankcase to emissions, the RCC360 Catch Can helps protect the engine, which can lead to improved performance and longevity. Other benefits of the RCC360 include an internal bypass system and service indicator, that lets owners and mechanics know when it is time to change the filter. Additionally, the RCC360 Catch Can features a ‘Quick Connect’ elbow fitting with 360-degree swivel motion, allowing for a range of mounting options, while a 12mm drain fitting provides faster draining. In commenting on the BOSS Magazine award, RYCO Filters General Manager of Engineering and Innovation, Alastair Hampton, said the company had a strong culture of innovation and constant improvement. “RYCO continually looks to push the boundaries with a view to developing the best and most

innovative products possible for its customers,” Alastair said. “This is the fifth year in a row that we’ve ranked in the top ten. Our second placing in 2023 reinforces the hard work of our team and we’re extremely humbled. “The result also motivates us to continue working hard to deliver market-leading filtration solutions for motorists.” RYCO says it has been a market leader in filtration manufacturing, design and development for over 80 years. Now owned by GUD Holdings, RYCO continues to innovate and expand its range of filters, catering to Australia and New Zealand’s diverse automotive aftermarkets across passenger, light and heavyduty segments. For more information, visit

AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST SHOW N SHINE EVENT RETURNS The Autobarn Wax On Show Off competition is back Autobarn, which says it is “Australia’s home of top automotive gear and low prices,” is once again proudly hosting Australia’s biggest Show ‘n’ Shine event, the Autobarn Wax On Show Off competition, during October and November 2023. The second edition of this exciting national store and social media based competition kicked off on October 15 and will finish on November 12, 2023. This highly popular Autobarn competition saw many thousands of motorists participate nationwide last year and is set to become even bigger in 2023. Entering is simple – any motorist can just snap an

image of their car or bike at any Autobarn store, then share the image on Autobarn’s Facebook page via the Wax On Show Off post pinned to the top of the page, or upload the image to Instagram by using the hashtag #waxonshowoff during the competition period. By sharing their car or bike images, Australian motorists can place themselves in the running to win a grand prize of $5,000 to spend in any Autobarn store across the country; with minor prize packs worth a minimum of $500 each. Autobarn Gift Cards and special prize packs from Autobarn’s top selling product suppliers will also be given away from a product prize pool worth more than $20,000. Each image posted gains one entry for the chance to win the grand prize and automatic entry into one of the sub-categories. As was the case during last year’s highly popular inaugural Autobarn Wax on Show Off competition, entries will be judged across several unique automotive categories. These include Offroad Warrior, Bike, Ute, Aussie, Hot Hatch, Stance,

JDM, Wagon, Most Unique, Old School/Retro, Euro, and Muscle. Any entrant has the chance to win the top prize, as the Autobarn Wax on Show Off major prize of a $5,000 voucher to spend at any Autobarn store(s) across the country will be randomly selected once entries close. This exciting Autobarn competition also coincides with the Australian automotive accessories, parts and tools retailer’s national “Head Turning Deals” advertising campaign that will generate national motorist attention. For more information or to locate your nearest Autobarn store visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023




The Association has been working with training providers to deliver EV training to regional workshops It is often difficult for regional technicians to travel to major cities for training, so the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has been coordinating training programs with TAFE, JAS, CoolDrive, HSY, Valhalla and Bosch to take training programs to country technicians. The Victorian training is part of the grant the AAAA/Automotive Innovation Centre received from the Victorian Government under their ZEV Commercial Innovation Fund. When a training centre is not available, the training has been conducted in an AAAA member’s workshop.

NEW ACDELCO AUTO PARTS ONLINE STORE An innovative new service is now available for Aussie motorists

ACDelco Parts Direct has officially launched, with the extensive catalogue available for everyone to purchase a wide range of automotive parts, including filters, wipers, chemicals, spark plugs, brakes and even power tools. “ACDelco parts have been preferred by the automotive trade industry for over 50 years and, with the launch of ACDelco Parts Direct, are now available to consumers across Australia,” ACDelco General Manager Marketing, Chris Payne, said. “Now the secret’s out and the best parts in the business are no longer only reserved for the automotive trade, anyone can now order ACDelco professional grade products, to suit almost all kinds of vehicles.” ACDelco is a well-known international brand that is designed, tested and backed by General Motors, offering products at a price that will meet the needs of vehicle owners, whether they be DIY users or auto enthusiasts. “Workshops in the know have been relying on ACDelco auto parts for decades. Now the same high quality auto service and repair products

are available to order directly from our vast warehouse,” Chris said. This is the very first time ACDelco is available for the public to order online, with the new service promising prompt delivery and competitive pricing, all from a trusted brand. “The official opening of the ACDelco online store coincided with Bathurst, where ACDelco proudly supported multiple categories including TGRA Toyota 86, SuperUte and of course Supercars,” Chris said. The new Parts Direct service means parts are available for home delivery direct from the warehouse and the catalogue has items suitable for most makes and models of 4x4s, SUVs, passenger cars and even light trucks. For more information or to place an order, visit


AASRA continues to work for the industry as Scheme Adviser for the Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme Act 2021

Victorian courses have been held at Ballarat for Western District workshops, and Wonthaggi for South Gippsland workshops – the AAAA sends its thanks to Edan at Edan Cassell Edge Automotive (pictured) for the Western District session, and Peter and Jake at Autopro Wonthaggi for the South Gippsland session. The training not only provides an understanding of Hybrid Electric and EV systems, with the Certification also allowing individual technicians to be able to access manufacturer information on the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA) portal. “The current EV restrictions of BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes and Volvo make it especially hard for technicians outside of large cities,” AASRA Executive Officer, Rodger Nardi, said. “This AAAA initiative should greatly benefit regional technicians.” For more from the AAAA, visit 10

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The Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA) continues to work diligently to serve the industry while ensuring the Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme Act 2021 is working effectively. New members are joining AASRA every day, with account applications processed within the same day or the following day. Vehicle Security Professionals are a growing category of AASRA membership with more than 27 percent of all members applying for this upgrade. Twenty percent of all accounts now also have an EV certificate. You may just use AASRA to find information missing from your current data provider software, which can provide numerous possibilities for your workshop - service brand new fleet vehicles, use genuine data to solve a diagnostic problem, use genuine software to do a complete health check or programme new controllers. AASRA is pleased to share that GM has now automated its key, immobiliser, radio code security process. Vehicle Security Professionals (VSP) still complete and upload the proof of ownership document via their AASRA account. A

message will appear advising it is completed and instructing to then log into the ACDelco account or register to pay and get the code. A PDF (titled GM Automated Security Requests) with the full instructions is on the AASRA GM page. Renault diagnostic software for J2534 has also recently been added to the AASRA site. In addition, more popular brands (Kia, Hyundai, Genisis, Mazda, Nissan) day and month diagnostic software should be available late October to midNovember. AASRA is a non-profit industry organisation set up under the Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme Act 2021 as the Scheme Adviser. To renew your account, simply log into your AASRA account, select Account on the left-hand menu, then click on your email address. This will open to your full account details. At the top of this page click on “Renew Account”. To join, visit


COOLDRIVE SUPPORTS THE NEXT GENERATION OF AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONALS AT WORLDSKILLS The company was a sponsor of the 2023 WorldSkills National Championships CoolDrive Auto Parts recently demonstrated its ongoing commitment to supporting skills excellence in the automotive industry through its sponsorship of the 2023 WorldSkills National Championships. Held in Melbourne in August, the WorldSkills National Championships saw the country’s best trainees and apprentices go head-to-head in highpressure skills competitions across a variety of categories.

CoolDrive sponsored the Auto Electrical, Auto Mechanic (Light and Heavy Vehicle) and Motorcycle Mechanic categories, as a show of support towards the next generation of mechanics and auto electricians. CoolDrive’s Technical Training Team Member, Clint Flower, also served as a judge in the Auto Mechanic category and played an instrumental role in mentoring several competitors from New South Wales within this field. “At CoolDrive, we are dedicated to fostering skills excellence and innovation within the automotive industry, and events such as WorldSkills provide the perfect opportunity for us to nurture the next generation of automotive professionals,” CoolDrive Auto Parts General Manager – Training and Development, Scott Williamson, said. “These young talents are the future of our industry, and through these sorts of partnerships CoolDrive aims to inspire, mentor, and collaborate with these bright minds to drive progress. “The 2023 WorldSkills National Championships

was a fantastic event, and we would like to express our admiration for all those who competed – well done to you all.” REDARC and SP Tools, partners of CoolDrive, also supported the Auto Electrical and Auto Mechanic categories through sponsorship and by providing tools and equipment. For further information, visit

LANOTEC EXPANDS INTO NEW HEADQUARTERS The company has moved into a new Park Ridge facility Lanotec, an Australian-made leader in sustainable multi-purpose lubricants and protectants, has taken the next step in improving its service to its widespread customer base, by moving into an allnew headquarters to the south of Brisbane. The modern 1,670 m² facility in Park Ridge is set up to accommodate considerable future growth, with the design featuring modern warehousing space paving the way to improved distribution to diverse fields, such as automotive, mining, agriculture, marine, aviation, construction, electrical and more. The facility is complete with corporate offices to support the sales, product development and administration functions of the business. The location is perfectly situated to assist in improving distribution to key trade and retail partners, as well as export channels, with Lanotec’s products available throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.

The move comes at a busy period for the company, which in 2023 is celebrating its 25th anniversary, a milestone that has been marked by an expanded product lineup, featuring all-natural formulations specially developed for general-purpose use, as well as dedicated lines for marine and electrical applications. “It has been an incredible effort by the entire Lanotec team to have our new base operational; this is a fantastic platform for us to continue our growth journey, both here and abroad,” Lanotec Australia General Manager, Robert Doncon, “After 25 years, Lanotec is now really hitting its stride with a diverse offering that ticks all of the boxes for users in various fields. “We are incredibly proud that our range of lubricants, penetrants, corrosion inhibitors and degreasers are the safest and most versatile you can use, with the various formulations designed to outlast and outperform the competition. “Progressively, industries understand the positives of switching out petrochemical options in favour of more environmentally friendly products, while at the same time, we are benefitting from the support being shown to homegrown Australian manufacturers. “From our new base, we can continue to take the

game up to the established international players, with proven products that simply make a lot of sense.” At the heart of the Lanotec offering is lanolin, an organic substance produced by sheep to shield the coating on their fleece, which carries its amazing protective properties into a wide range of real-world uses, with the non-toxic formulations ideal for use in environmentally sensitive locations. Supplied by Australian wool producers, Lanotec’s expanded product offering includes MPX, a multipurpose consumer lubricant and penetrant, MGX, for use in the marine setting, and EGX, which has been specially designed for electrical applications. Complementing Lanotec’s lanolin-based range is Lanotec Citra-Force, an organic industrial-strength cleaner and natural degreaser, which safely cleans a wide range of finishes, including aluminium, stainless steel and anodised surfaces without streaking. Lanotec’s new headquarters can be found at 47 Prosperity Place in Park Ridge, Queensland. For further information, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023




Remembering an automotive aftermarket industry stalwart As we head towards the end of the year, AAAA would like to take the time to remember industry legend, Jeff Burt. The Bathurst 1000 and the festive season were Jeff’s favourite time of year, and he was preparing for another Christmas last year when he sadly passed away. Jeffrey Robert Burt was born at St Margaret’s Hospital in Darlinghurst on the 23rd of March in 1959. He started school at Sadlier School in Liverpool, before the family moved to Adelaide for a few years and then returned to Sydenham in Sydney before the family eventually settled in Mt Druitt where Jeff graduated from Mt Druitt High in 1975. At the age of 16 he left school and became an apprentice mechanic at a service station in Hebersham. An incredibly loyal person, Jeff went on to work at Mercury Mufflers for 40 years before retiring in July last year. A man with a great sense of

humor, he made many friends over his years in the automotive industry. Jeff’s first car was a Ford Panel Van that he purchased at 18, starting his lifetime love for cars and the Ford racing team – particularly loving the Bathurst 1000. Always a handsome man, in the 80s his brother-in-law, Bruce Smith, nicknamed him ‘Magnum’ after the TV character due to his perfectly groomed mustache. While Jeff was a tough businessman, he was a kindhearted and soft family man at home. His proudest achievement was his children, and his family was his number one priority. Jeff welcomed his first child, Danielle, in 1988, and three years later in 1991 Natalie was born, followed by Nathan in 1994. He was excited to be retired and looking forward to the future – particularly his daughter Natalie’s engagement party and upcoming wedding. Wayne Harrigan.was best friends with Jeff for 39 years and said, “we never had a single fight.” “Thinking back on when we first met, I still cannot understand how he stayed so clean as a mechanic at St Mary’s Muffler Shop,” Wayne said. “I always valued Jeff’s opinion, as he always had a positive attitude even when times became tough; he always appreciated the best in people; his advice was always good, and he listened to others’ opinions.” His long-time workmate, George Panousis, said his 15 years of working for Jeff was an absolute privilege.

“As the state manager he earned my respect, and the respect of all his employees, customers, peers and colleagues,” George said. “He was able to perform any and all employees’ duties. He was frequently the first to arrive at work and almost always the last to leave. “Jeff understood the customers and knew the importance of being a reliable and dependable supplier to them. “Jeff was so well-liked by many customers that some would call him just to chat when they weren’t busy, but even though he was busy he would always make a little time for them, often resulting in him taking work home. Just another example of how good a man he was.” The AAAA holds the Burt family in their thoughts as they approach the anniversary of Jeff’s passing.

CENTURY BATTERIES POWERS PARTNERSHIP WITH BIA The collaboration will encompass various initiatives Century Batteries, which states it is Australia’s oldest battery manufacturer with a history of designing, manufacturing and supplying batteries since 1928, has announced a partnership with the Boating Industry Association (BIA). “We are excited to combine our battery expertise with the Boating Industry Association’s deep-rooted connections within the boating community,” Century Batteries Automotive General Manager, Shaun O’Brien, said. “By leveraging our technological innovation and the BIA’s industry insights and network, we aim to educate marine business and the boating public on the importance of appropriate battery usage.” The collaboration between Century Batteries and the BIA will encompass various initiatives, including member offers, and promotion of the boating lifestyle via the 2023-24 Discover Boating advertising campaign and at the 55th Sydney International Boat Show in 2024. The partnership will also entail educational 12

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campaigns to raise awareness about proper battery usage, maintenance, and disposal, promoting a greener and more responsible boating environment. Century Batteries, a leading brand in the battery manufacturing domain, is recognised for its cutting-edge technology, reliability, and commitment to sustainable solutions. The flagship Century Marine Pro batteries are designed and built right here in Australia specifically for boats to handle our harsh and demanding marine environments. “BIA is thrilled to partner with Century Batteries to further our mission of enhancing boating experiences while promoting safe, responsible and enjoyable boating, as well as environmentally sustainable practices,” BIA Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Scott, said. “It’s great to have a quality brand like Century Batteries on board to help industry and the boating public to power up their battery needs.

“It has not missed our attention that breakdowns while boating due to battery issues can and do happen out on the water, and this partnership will help us highlight the importance of choosing quality batteries as well as help promote their proper care and maintenance.” For more from Century Batteries, visit


MEYLE GETS HIGHEST RATING IN TECCOM EXCELLENCE PROGRAMME The parts manufacturer was already a TecDoc Premier Data Supplier MEYLE, a renowned manufacturer of highquality automotive spare parts, has become the first parts supplier to be awarded five stars by TecAlliance as a TecCom Certified Supplier. The validation and certification as part of the TecCom Excellence Program aims to improve message quality on the TecCom B2B platform and make order management processes more efficient. MEYLE has been using TecAlliance solutions for more than 15 years. Its products are available in the TecDoc Catalogue and can be ordered via the TecCom platform. The parts manufacturer has already been awarded the title of TecDoc Premier Data Supplier for the outstanding quality of its catalogue data. As a result of the validation and certification of message quality in the “TecCom Excellence Program,” MEYLE is now the first parts manufacturer to receive the quality seal of


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TecCom Certified Supplier with the top result of five stars. TecAlliance says participation in the certification process is an important step for TecCom suppliers to meet the demands of wholesalers for data consistency and standardisation. “As with our products, we are always interested in delivering the highest possible quality to our customers,” said Tim Apel, SAP Key User in the Sales and Distribution division at MEYLE. “It was therefore clear to us that we wanted to put our message quality on the TecCom platform to the test and optimise it. “The Excellence Program is ideally suited for this purpose, as all processes are examined and compared with the applicable platform rules,” Tim said, explaining the reasons for participating in the certification process. Working closely together, TecAlliance supported the sub-manufacturer in bringing message quality to the highest level and

finding customised solutions for the company’s individual requirements. “The improvements made as part of the Excellence Programme have enabled us to work more efficiently and accurately in many areas so that we can meet our customers’ requirements even better,” Tim said. MEYLE plans to continue expanding its cooperation with TecAlliance in the future, stating that the complete digitisation of business processes supports the parts manufacturer in providing innovative solutions and spare parts of the highest quality with optimum service. For more information, see



Jeff was a pioneer of software technology and innovation in the Australasian tyre industry since 1979 The tyre and automotive aftermarket industry bids a heartfelt farewell to Jeff Malley, a visionary entrepreneur who left an indelible mark on the sector. Jeff was known for his relentless pursuit of creating tyre-industry-specific software that forged a legacy which continues to propel the tyre industry forward today. Jeff’s vision began with Megabus, a business he founded in June 1979. At a time when personal computers were non-existent, Jeff recognised the potential of microcomputers for business applications. This led to the development of the first tyre retailing system with Bob Jane T-Marts in Melbourne in 1981. As PCs gained traction in the 90s, Jeff and Megabus were at the forefront, introducing the iconic Marlin-branded software, an industry first to include integrated accounting, multi-location support and live communications. This found solid backing from Marathon Tyres, Bob Jane T-Marts, Bridgestone, Quickfit/Jax,

Midas and ABS, as well as expanding into a number of Australia’s top tyre wholesalers. One of Jeff’s significant contributions was introducing the first subscription model, a gamechanger that predated mainstream models like iTunes and Netflix. This move, albeit risky, enabled many smaller tyre retailers to leverage the power of software without the hefty upfront capital investment, epitomising Jeff’s penchant for breaking barriers to foster industry growth. Jeff’s workplace ethos, marked by camaraderie and risk-taking, was legendary. He created a haven at Megabus where staff could thrive and learn. Many long-standing staff worked their whole career with Jeff, as he created a family within Megabus that stood by him through thick and thin. Jeff’s enduring legacy was on nurturing relationships, continual customer focus and customer confidentiality. Sadly, Jeff was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and the Malley family knew in 2015 it was time to place the flourishing Megabus in the safe hands of long-

term software investors Constellation Software to continue to support the legacy of his vision for countless tyre retailers and wholesalers who relied on the Megabus software for their own businesses. Jeff’s vision was his lifelong work and Megabus is a testament to the power of innovation, resilience, dedication and a life accomplishment of gluing our industry together. The AAAA and all at Aftermarket Magazine join with Megabus in saluting an industry icon.

GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PROTECT ROADSIDE WORKERS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS RACV is campaigning for the ‘Slow Down, Move Over’ rule RACV is calling on the Victorian Government to change the road rules to ensure emergency roadside assistance workers and tow truck drivers who work alongside fast-moving vehicles are protected, as well as their customers. Known as the Slow Down, Move Over rule, Victoria remains one of the few jurisdictions in Australia that does not have the rule that requires drivers to slow to 40 kilometres per hour when passing emergency roadside assistance vehicles or tow trucks. RACV General Manager Automotive Services,

Jackie Pedersen, said RACV is asking the Victorian Government to amend Road Rule 79A, to give emergency roadside assistance workers the same protection as in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT. This means the rule would apply to vehicles with flashing yellow lights, not just those with red and blue lights. The rule will also protect customers who are waiting on the side of the road. “Safety is the number one priority for all Victorians,” Jackie said. “Every day, hundreds of RACV service providers put themselves at risk of injury and death from fast-moving vehicles while helping over 820,000 Victorians annually. “Road Rule 79A – or the Slow Down, Move Over rule, states that a driver must not drive past, or overtake, a stationary or slow-moving police vehicle, emergency vehicle, enforcement vehicle, escort vehicle or incident response service at a speed greater than 40 kilometres per hour, highlighted by red and blue lights. “We are calling on the Victorian Government to

urgently introduce a 40 kilometre per hour speed limit when driving past or overtaking any incident response service, including roadside assistance vans, such as RACV patrol vans, and tow trucks who have yellow flashing lights. “I am sure every driver who has needed the help of an emergency roadside assistance worker or tow truck driver would be disappointed to know that the Victorian Government is not protecting these essential responders. “Victoria’s emergency roadside workers and tow truck drivers are exposed to the same risk as other responders, such as paramedics and police, while working at the side of the road. Emergency roadside assistance workers are often the first in attendance at the scene of an incident or breakdown.” For more from the RACV, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023




The company will distribute Michelin automotive accessories in Australia Bar’s Leaks Australia (along with its parent company H.O.Wiles Ltd) has reached an agreement with UK-based, ML Direct Ltd, to take over the distribution rights for Michelin automotive accessories in Australia effective from the 6th of November, 2023. Due to the retirement of its principal, Jeff Rittenbaum, Rittco Distributing will no longer hold the distribution rights of the Michelin automotive accessories range. Bar’s Leaks Australia LP and H.O.Wiles Ltd have together manufactured and marketed some of the most trusted names in automotive chemicals and have done so for more than 60 years. These include Bar’s Leaks radiator products and “market-leading” Bar’s Bugs glass care range and more recently, Metal Rescue rust removal products, Armor Corrosion Inhibiting Packaging and Motor Club products.

Bar’s Leaks Australia LP and H.O.Wiles Ltd say the Michelin product range will complement the existing business and work well with its already established distribution channels. The Australian head office and manufacturing plant is located at Taren Point in Sydney’s southern suburbs. Business enquiries and orders can be emailed to The New Zealand head office and manufacturing plant is in Auckland, NZ. Queries and orders can be emailed to For more information, please visit 16

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ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS SHARING THEIR DATA? In this article, Fifth Quadrant takes a look at data sharing and how your customers feel about it Data sharing is a hot topic right now, with consumers and businesses alike concerned about how and where their information is being used, and the risks to which they might potentially be exposed as a result. This has become increasingly relevant off the back of a series of well-publicised corporate data breaches, along with the advent of new and innovative tools such as generative AI, which draw in vast amounts of data with the promise of delivering a better product, service, or experience for end customers. While much of this discussion sits outside of automotive, it is also a hugely relevant issue in this sector, with modern vehicles increasingly connected to the world around them. As can be seen in the chart below, consumers do in many cases recognise the value of sharing the information from connected vehicles with ‘relevant’ providers, seeing how it might simplify their day-to-day lives, or benefit the broader community. Interesting to note is that in most cases, overall attitudes have not shifted significantly since 2018, with between a quarter and a third of consumers open to most of the options presented. The only one to increase is sharing data with insurance companies, which could be a response to rising premiums (and broader living costs) over this period. As we saw in 2018, the most widely accepted option is sharing vehicle performance data with workshops so they can book vehicles in when they need a repair or service. This is a positive outcome for the service and repair industry, but does also create a note of caution, with the risk that this could funnel customers back to dealership workshops at the expense of aftermarket alternatives. In this environment, active control over data sharing becomes increasingly critical, with consumers ideally owning their data, and having the option as to whether it is shared, and if so, with who.

Diving deeper into the data, we can see that despite the overall numbers being largely unchanged, attitudes have shifted considerably across different age groups. In most cases, this is a positive outcome for data sharing proponents, with consumers in most age groups more willing to share data with third parties. This is most clearly evident for Gen Z, with more than half of this cohort (as well as 47 percent of Gen Y) willing to share data with workshops – these statistics line up with other studies into this cohort, showing that they understand and accept the value trade-off, appreciating the benefits of a world that is more tailored to their unique circumstances. At the other end of the spectrum, Boomers are the only segment pulling back from data sharing, being generally less willing in 2023 to share almost all types of data with government or private sector providers.

While the conversation around data sharing and privacy will continue through the foreseeable future, these insights highlight the importance of individual workshop operators actively leveraging the information they hold about customers today, to personalise their service and repair experiences as best possible. Doing this successfully will help build stronger relationships (particularly with younger customers), ensuring that when they get the choice of where to direct their vehicle’s information, your business is top of their list. This column was prepared for AAAA Magazine by Fifth Quadrant, the AAAA’s partners in the AAAA Aftermarket Dashboard which is delivered to AAAA members each quarter. For more information about their services, visit or contact Ben Selwyn on


DO SOMETHING COOL THIS SUMMER Alcius has a new Summer trade promotion on offer

Continuing its commitment to ranging the most automotive cooling and climate control components in Australia, Alcius is launching a national trade promotion with JAS Oceania during October and November 2023. Ensuring that AC specialists and auto electricians have the parts they need when they need them throughout the busy summer months, trade customers have the chance to do something cool this summer when they spend with Alcius. For every $300 spent on any Alcius product (see the website for terms and conditions), trade customers will receive one automatic entry into monthly draws to win their share of over $30,000 worth of prizes. Twelve lucky winners will be randomly selected each month. The two first prize monthly winners will receive a Flight Centre gift voucher valued at

$5,000, and ten second prize monthly winners will receive $500 VISA Debit gift cards. Alcius offers a comprehensive range of automotive cooling and climate control components specifically designed to meet the needs of Australian workshops. The Alcius complete program has more than 7000 genuine OE brands and quality aftermarket parts to suit Australia’s market of passenger motor vehicles, light commercials, heavy-duty trucks, mining, and agricultural applications. Alcius continues to provide customers with a blend of quality aftermarket products and OEmanufactured brands.

“The Alcius product range provides Australian automotive repairers with a total one-stop air conditioning parts solution,” BAPCOR Group Category Manager, Mark Caldone, said. The comprehensive and accessible range of automotive climate control components within the Alcius program is specifically designed to withstand the demands of the Australian climate, with Alcius guaranteeing confidence in the technical and performance quality. Further, it explains this commitment to quality is underpinned by a 24-month extended warranty. For more information, terms and conditions, visit

RACV NAMES CHEAPEST ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR 2023 The announcement comes as part of the release of RACV’s Annual Car Running Costs Survey results RACV has revealed the MG ZS Excite Standard Range RWD Wagon as the cheapest electric vehicle (EV) to own and operate for the second year in a row. Released as part of RACV’s Annual Car Running Costs Survey, the EV affordability data captures the overall cost of ownership, including factors such as purchase price, loan repayments, insurance, charging costs, tyres, servicing, repairs and auto club membership – averaged out over five years. Rounding out the top three most affordable electric vehicles were the GWM Ora Standard

Range Hatch and the BYD Atto 3 Standard Range Wagon. RACV Electric Vehicle Manager, Liam Brady, said the growing affordability of electric vehicles was making them a more attractive option for new car buyers. “For those looking to purchase an electric vehicle as their next car, there is reason to be excited as more models enter the market and competition for your dollar increases,” Liam said. “The appeal of the MG ZS Excite electric vehicle is in its running costs. Based on an average of 15,000km driven over 12 months, an MG ZS

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Excite owner will pay just $1,216.56 in charging costs, compared to $1,992.96 paid by the nonelectric MG3 Core owners for fuel.” Liam said that RACV offers a range of EV products and services and is an ideal partner for motorists making the transition to owning an electric vehicle. “Whether you’re looking to charge at home, power a commercial fleet, or install chargers at a retail location, RACV’s team of experts can help,” Liam said. “RACV is also supporting the expansion of EV charging networks, through our investments in leading Australian EV companies like Chargefox and JET Charge.” RACV recently assumed ownership of a number of Victorian based Chargefox fast charging stations. For more information, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



STRONG RISE IN EV NOVATED LEASING FleetPartners Group recently presented its thoughts and results in this space At Sydney’s Macquarie Emerging Leaders Conference recently, FleetPartners Group (formerly Eclipx) reported that electric vehicles are rapidly increasing in popularity, hitting 45 percent of all vehicles delivered to its Australian novated customers in June of 2023 and 22 percent for the nine months to June 2023 – an 18-times increase over the comparative nine-month period to June 2022. FleetPartners Group stated that Corporate Fleet customers across Australia and New Zealand are also increasing their EV acquisitions, albeit at a lower rate, with EVs representing six percent of leases delivered in June 2023, given the heavier fleet requirements towards light commercial vehicles like utes, but the trend to electrification across commercial fleets is also clearly growing. Across the entire vehicle supply picture, FleetPartners reported that it also continues to experience strong demand, with new orders for June 2023 at 1.5 times pre-COVID levels. When added to the existing order backlog driven by the COVID impacts on the global supply chain, FleetPartners’ order pipeline now stands at 3.2 times pre-COVID levels, which it states provides a good buffer for future revenue and earnings as and when the current supply chain constraints eventually ease. The company also reported that it continues to leverage the benefits of its extensive operational and strategic repositioning initiatives implemented over the last three years, with the first stage of its

current Accelerate program completed during the Quarter, within budget and three months ahead of schedule. There’s no doubt that the growth in demand (and supply) for EVs will be of particular interest; particularly the prospect of increasing conversion of commercial fleets in line with the strong take-up of EVs by individual Novated lease customers that FleetPartners is now seeing, with the company stating that: • The Australian government’s Clean Car Discount policy is clearly working as evidenced by the demand in Novated, and the proposal to introduce a fuel efficiency standard is another great step to drive EV adoption with both consumers and corporates. • The next element to solve for the Australian government and state governments needs to be public charging infrastructure (like New Zealand) in order to remove the last hurdle for corporate EV adoption. • In New Zealand, consumer adoption of EVs has also been ahead of corporate take-up. But as consumer adoption has grown there, it is driving corporates to move to EVs. That makes sense because it becomes easier to ask employees to drive an EV for their work car if they are willing to drive one for their private transport. • Almost all FleetPartners NZ Corporate customers now intend on transitioning to EVs. The biggest challenge around that

transition for New Zealand corporates that FleetPartners is helping them solve is their charging solution. Each business will have a different solution however what is clear is that New Zealand needs a stronger public charging infrastructure to support these charging strategies. • Corporate Fleet leasing of EVs in Australia still lags behind New Zealand. However, FleetPartners expects it to follow the same path as New Zealand over the next few years. Given the significant step up in private EV adoption which the Company is seeing in its Novated business, it is becoming easier for Corporates to follow as has been the trend in New Zealand. • The top three models of choice by FleetPartners novated customers are the Tesla Model Y and Tesla Model 3, followed by the BYD Atto 3. For more from FleetPartners, visit

NEW CAR THEFT STATISTICS RELEASED Savvy has released new statistics on Australian car theft Online financial broker Savvy reports that every 11 minutes, a passenger or light commercial vehicle is stolen, resulting in a staggering 38,187 thefts across Australia in 2021 alone. When it comes to statistics by state, Queensland takes the unfortunate lead with over 11,000 incidents reported. In contrast, Tasmania, the Northern Territory, and the Australian Capital Territory had the lowest totals of car theft, likely due to their smaller populations. However, the Northern Territory had the highest rate of car thefts, averaging 4.15 thefts per 1,000 registrations. Car theft prevention is crucial in combating this problem. Advances in security technology have made it nearly impossible to hotwire modern cars, debunking the popular belief that hot-wiring is still a common method used by thieves. To prevent car theft, it’s important to take measures such as adequately protecting your keys 18

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and storing them out of sight. It is also crucial to avoid putting personal details on your keys, as this can provide thieves with access to your address and belongings. The Holden Commodore VE MY06_13 was found to be the car model that is stolen the most in Australia for three consecutive years. Interestingly, the impact of COVID-19 on car theft rates has been significant. In 2021, the theft of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles decreased significantly, likely due to COVID-19 lockdowns. The restrictions imposed during the pandemic may have limited opportunities for thieves to steal cars, resulting in a decrease in car theft incidents. Savvy also reports that nearly 70 percent of Australians have actually never had their car or any belongings from their car stolen. According to Budget Direct’s 2021 Car Theft Survey of 878 Australians, only 7.4 percent of

Australians have had their car stolen, while 18.2 percent have had their belongings stolen from their car. The survey also revealed interesting demographic trends, with respondents aged 18-24 years having the least experience with car theft. Men were more likely than women to have their belongings stolen, possibly due to women storing their car keys out of sight. For more information, visit car-theft-statistics-in-australia-2023-report



The engine management “wizards” return as the naming rights partner for the Horsepower Heroes Dyno Comp Haltech is once again going to be a part of the Summernats action for the festival’s 36th instalment, sponsoring the Horsepower Heroes Dyno Comp at the popular event. “Haltech and SUMMERNATS have been cruising together longer than Thelma and Louise, we are something of a SUMMERNATS power couple!” Haltech Marketing Manager, Richrd Shumack, said. “If you’ve been living under a rock, or maybe just a really big tyre, SUMMERNATS is the Coachella of car festivals, minus the flower crowns and plus a whole lot more engine roar.” The Horsepower Heroes dyno competition is billed as the stage on which Australia’s toughest rides battle it out for the crown across several classes including Boosted and Aspirated V8, Six-Cylinder, Four-Cylinder and Rotary. At SUMMERNATS 35, competition was still in the MPW Dyno Cell with Barra challenging LS for the top spot. When the dust settled, it was Cody Hunt and his 2009 VE Clubsport sitting at the top of the table. Laying down 1643hp at the hubs during the finals


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on Sunday, Cody’s 427ci, twin-turbo Dart LS wagon took out both the outright win as well as the Eight Cylinder Forced Induction award. The Clubsport is controlled by a Haltech Nexus R5 system and tuned by Aaron from ASG Motorsports. “This partnership is like putting a monster turbocharger on a big block, and we’ve got something special planned,” Richard said. HALTEH have enjoyed a long-term partnership with SUMMERNATS, and this year, they are ramping up their commitment. “For the first time SUMMERNATS 36, entrants will be able to book their spot on the Horsepower Heroes dyno before the event to ensure they don’t miss out,” Richard said. The online Horsepower Heroes registration portal will be launched soon, so keep an eye out for more details. “We couldn’t be happier to have the legends from Haltech back to headline the Horsepower Heroes dyno comp. It’s been an awesome partnership so far,” Summernats Co-Owner, Andy Lopez, said. Richard said Haltech isn’t kidding around when it says it is cooking up something special.

“We’re not just slapping our name on a banner and calling it a day,” Richard said. “We’ll have hand-picked selection of customer cars on display, with a few hitting the dyno to prove the metal, which will ensure that Horsepower Heroes delivers a sensory overload in the best way possible! “To sum it up, Haltech’s Horsepower Heroes is like adding nitrous to your Nana’s minivan, it’s going to be an unforgettable ride. “Mark your calendars, book your accommodation and get your tickets and don’t forget your earplugs. SUMMERNATS 36 is going to be LOUD, and Haltech’s making sure of it!” For more from Haltech, visit



The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) says it is tackling the ongoing skill shortage in the automotive industry head-on, announcing the launch of a new online job platform to connect local employers with the global labour market. With the competition to attract and retain talent stronger than ever, MTA Queensland says its Automotive Jobs Queensland platform, developed in partnership with WorkinAUS, will deliver an all-new outlet for automotive employers to put their job openings in front of the domestic and international labour pool at the same time, saving time and money, and reaching a greater audience. Partnering with WorkinAUS, whose marketleading technology matches thousands of international job seekers to local employers each month, will give employers access to a wide network of industry and Government job boards, while also assisting with recruitment marketing and compliance requirements.

MTA Queensland says the platform also features advanced technology including built-in video capability, applicant tracking system integration, and simple workflow, allowing employers to focus solely on the advertising while knowing everything else is taken care of. For jobseekers, MTA Queensland says Automotive Jobs Queensland will be the go-to site for skilled workers seeking to further their careers, newstarters looking to enter the industry, and international talent to make Queensland home. “The ongoing drastic skill and labour shortage that continues to impact the Australian automotive industry requires an outside-the-box approach to attract new talent pools,” MTA Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Rod Camm, said. “As the peak body representing automotive employers in Queensland, we are thrilled to be able to bring this global jobs platform to market to ensure our members have the capability to cast the widest net possible to find and recruit talent.

“With jobs available across the state, the Automotive Jobs Queensland platform will not just advertise jobs, but advertise Queensland as the ideal place to come work and live, creating an ongoing pipeline of experienced candidates for businesses to connect with. “The platform is innovative, easy to use, and price competitive, and I am optimistic that it will be considered a strong avenue of recruitment going forward.” The Automotive Jobs Queensland platform is now live, and employers can visit to learn more.

DENSO PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES R&D INVESTMENT PLAN The Fortune 500 advanced automotive technology supplier will invest €63 billion to kickstart new era of safe and sustainable electromobility In his first European public appearance as President and Chief Operating Officer of DENSO, Shinnosuke Hayashi revealed that the business plans to invest €63 billion (¥10 trillion) in research and development over the next ten years in line with its pursuit of zero emissions and zero traffic fatalities within mobility and society. During an announcement at IAA Mobility in Munich, Germany, the recently appointed DENSO President highlighted the role of the wider automotive industry in tackling carbon-emissions, calling upon the sector to find collaborative solutions to make transport as a whole safer and more environmentally friendly. According to Shinnosuke, businesses like DENSO have a duty to preserve the planet for future generations through the creation of advanced technologies that overcome the twin challenges of environmental pollution and traffic fatalities. To enable the growing shift towards electric-powered engines, it was revealed that a significant package of investment would allow DENSO to develop technologies for electrification and further expand its product portfolio to accommodate the evolving needs of the mobility ecosystem. The business is ramping up its global production capacity and is on track to produce around 12 million inverters per year by 2025, while consolidating its

expertise within vehicle semiconductor production and thermal management systems. Advancements within these areas will support improved electric vehicle functionality and range, paving the way towards electrification. During his speech, Shinnosuke reaffirmed DENSO’s unwavering commitment to leading the industry in carbon neutrality. This pledge follows the recent unveiling of plans to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the entirety of the company’s supply chain by 2050. With the successful attainment of carbon neutrality (with credits) within its facilities across Japan and Europe the company is already well on course to achieving operational carbon neutrality by 2035. Shinnosuke also emphasised the transformative impact of innovative technologies such as carbon capture and recycling, as well as the implementation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) technologies at DENSO’s Japanese facilities. Having proven their effectiveness in Asia, these technologies are poised to be introduced to a range of European facilities in the coming times. “Throughout history, human beings have pulled together to rise to significant challenges. Against one

of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced, it is vital that organisations like DENSO collaborate and harmonise with partners across the globe to solve the problems facing our planet,” Shinnosuke said. “We believe mobility has an important role to play within this journey, and wish to lead the industry in the development of new technologies and solutions to achieve safe and high-value mobility and manufacturing. “We’re making huge strides in our own manufacturing activities and by doing this, we believe we can empower the entire industry to do the same, to the benefit of society over the medium and long term.” For more information, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



COUNCILS RACE AHEAD WITH CLEAN TRANSPORT More than 100 local government leaders rallied together in Melbourne recently The rally of these leaders which hailed from Wagga Wagga to Launceston was designed to accelerate the uptake of clean transport in their communities, as part of the Climate Summit for Local Government in September. Ahead of World EV Day, councillors and council staff took the latest zero-emission cars for a spin as part of the Cities Power Partnership two-day national summit to explore opportunities for cities and regions to create a clean energy future. “Local governments have the power to make zero-emission transport more accessible to all Australians,” Cities Power Partnership Director, Dr Portia Odell, said. “Councils are effectively revving up the electric car second-hand market by purchasing EVs for their fleets. They are also rolling out charging infrastructure networks, educating the community and enabling more Australians to choose public and active transport – like walking and bike riding - more often. “Transport is Australia’s third highest source of greenhouse gas pollution that is driving climate change. By shifting gears to renewable powered electric cars, buses and even garbage trucks, councils are playing a crucial role in rolling out Australian climate solutions.” Nillumbik Shire Council Chief Executive Officer, Carl Cowie, said collaboration was a must. “As a Green Wedge Shire, Nillumbik understands we cannot work alone to affect change and is committed to educating our community, working actively and collaboratively to help address climate change,” Carl said.

“As a member council of Northern Council Alliance, we have been collaborating closely on a Regional Transport Advocacy and Community Electric Vehicle Transition Plan ready to be launched early October. “This plan is a comprehensive strategy that will prepare communities and businesses across Melbourne’s north for transition to electric vehicles. “We also regularly host and support sustainability workshops, events and celebrations for our community; have invested in hybrid fleet vehicles and EV charge stations; and every one of Council’s buildings has already received some form of retrofit energy efficiency upgrade to help reduce our grid sourced energy consumption.” Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action Chair, Cr Trent McCarthy, is calling for national targets. “Councils across Melbourne’s north have been collaborating for over two decades to create and share zero emissions solutions for our communities,” Cr McCarthy said. “Powering up the local transition to EVs and other sustainable transport options has been high on our advocacy agenda. Along with other Victorian Greenhouse Alliances, we’ve called for national targets for electric vehicles, the use of government purchasing power to encourage investment in the industry, a national training program to upskill workers, and rapidly-raised fuel efficiency standards.” Mildura Rural City Council’s Councillor Jason Modica said the council is actively increasing its EV fleet. “Mildura Rural City Council has been at the

forefront of the transition to renewable energy for many years, boasting rooftop solar on the majority of our larger council buildings and facilities, powered by cheap, reliable, green energy which is in abundance,” Cr Modica said. “Over the last two years we have sharpened our focus on transitioning our vehicle fleet to EVs, purchasing six vehicles and developing policies to transition our light and heavy vehicle fleets to EVs by 2030 and 2040 respectively. This will reduce our organisation’s carbon footprint and costs for council and ratepayers.” The Climate Summit for Local Government 2023, said to be the premier climate and energy event for local government leaders in Australia, was held across September 6-8 at RMIT Storey Hall in Melbourne. It explored opportunities in clean transport, clean energy transformation, climate risk, building resilience and adapting to climate change, and working together for greater impact. For more information, visit or

NEW RHD MY24 CHEVROLET SILVERADO HD REVEALED The reveal took place during a trip to Australia by a senior General Motors executive General Motors Senior Vice President and President, GM International, Shilpan Amin, spent time with the GM team at the brand’s Head Office in Melbourne in mid-September. During his visit to Australia, Shilpan took the opportunity to walk the line at GM Specialty Vehicles partner, Premoso, in the stand-alone Chevrolet Silverado facility in Dandenong. “The establishment of GM Specialty Vehicles, which was founded in November 2020, is a proven success bringing highly desirable, niche models to customers in Australia and New Zealand,” Shilpan said. “GM ANZ is developing into a true triumph for GM thanks to the focus of the teams working across business units including GM Specialty 22

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Vehicles, ACDelco, Chevrolet Racing and Isuzu Trucks NZ.” As part of the visit to the dedicated full-size truck line, Shilpan had the chance to see the first righthand drive pilot of the highly anticipated MY24 Chevrolet Silverado HD, recently returned from its gruelling quality test-trip, spanning almost 5000kms across the Australian outback. “I am thrilled to confirm that the new MY24 Chevrolet Silverado HD is scheduled to start arriving in showrooms around Australia later in Q4,” Shilpan said. “Following its impressive debut in North America, I anticipate it is going to be equally as successful in Australia.”

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TERRAIN TAMER: LEADERS IN AUSTRALIAN INNOVATION Fifty-five years is a long time to have been facing the challenge of designing, manufacturing, exporting, and improving on automotive spare parts Don Kyatt Spare Parts have been doing just that through its Terrain Tamer 4WD brand since its beginnings in 1969. In the company’s early years, Managing Director Frank Hutchinson recognised the need for strong, durable parts, when he met tour operator Bill King, who pioneered tour groups through the outback in the 1970s with Bill King’s Northern Safaris, and eventually formed what is today known as AAT Kings. If Bill ever experienced breakages and needed a service or replacement parts, and he did with most trips through Australia’s harsh and unforgiving outback, he would come straight to Don Kyatt Spare Parts. He liked the service there and Frank was able to provide him with parts that would not only fit his vehicles, but last the distance. From there, Terrain Tamer’s journey began – not only supplying standard replacement parts, but researching, designing, testing, and manufacturing 4WD parts that are equal to or stronger than their original equipment equivalent, finding practical solutions to the common problems that customers like Bill would report. Such solutions included increasing the strength of the Toyota Landcruiser 79 series gearbox by up to three times, with a specially designed input shaft – one of Terrain Tamer’s earliest innovations to improve on its OE counterpart. “No-one was really improving on parts back when we started,” Frank said.


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“I had mentioned the idea to many people and was always met with the same reply – why would you? Genuine was the pinnacle and they were not interested in fixing what they didn’t think was broken, but so many of these parts just weren’t standing up to what they needed to do.” As 4WDs have increasingly become the vehicle of choice for industries and drivers, the problems that Frank assisted Bill King with all those years ago have now become the problems of mine operators, cattle station owners and drivers around the world, constantly presenting Terrain Tamer with new parts to modify and new challenges to solve. With this, Terrain Tamer’s innovations have also evolved to address the challenges of the modern 4WDriver and industries like mining, where vehicles work all night and day in extremely harsh conditions, and the constant maintenance of vehicles comes at a considerable expense. The most recent of these innovations comes in the form of the Terrain Tamer Fortified Plus Clutch Kits, which come several years after the release of the brand’s original Fortified Clutch range, and extends on the company’s existing catalogue of standard replacement and heavy-duty clutch kits. Following the company legacy of producing stronger, improved parts, the Fortified Plus clutch was purposely designed with the extreme weight and engine capacity of armoured vehicles in mind. It offers up to an impressive 80 percent increase in torque capacity, making it perfect for vehicles with GVM upgrades, where the clutch is often the weakest point; or for those carrying extremely

heavy loads or with increased power from upgrades such as chips, aftermarket exhausts and turbos. After many years of developing and testing a variety of designs and friction materials, the Fortified Plus Clutch range employs exclusive Terrain Tamer tooling, and all components have been made in Japan – including an innovative clutch disc design that utilises Clutchtex Kevlar material on both the engine and transmission facings, to combat shuddering, a technology not previously used in the 4WD industry. This Kevlar compound offers a significant increase in strength, and a longevity of up to two to three times the OE counterpart, paired with smoother engagement and a softness that ensures the flywheel and pressure plate remain unmarked. This design also features an increase in damper spring capacity, friction material coefficient and the burst strength of the facing. Where applicable, it also features a three-stage damper design. The Fortified Plus Clutch cover assembly is anodised for maximum corrosion resistance and features a spheroidal graphite anti burst pressure plate casting in order to both assist in the extended life of the clutch, and allow it to run cooler in extreme situations. It offers higher clamp loads and additional drive straps for strength, where required. Possibly the most notable example of Terrain Tamer’s ground-breaking releases in recent times, however, has been its 4WD Parabolic Leaf Springs, which have been attracting positive attention for their truly innovative nature in the category, ever since their release in 2018. Containing fewer leaves than standard leaf packs, the springs get their name from their tapered ‘parabolic’ design, which is thicker in the centre and thinner toward the ends, rather than the usual linear style. This design directly addresses the issues that come with traditional leaf packs being thick, heavy, and clunky; essentially adding to the weight of vehicles that are often dangerously close to their GVM limit. Traditional leaf springs can also be uncomfortable,

COVER STORY loud and can create a safety issue, offering little to no flex when a driver hits a bump, or finds themselves in a rough offroad situation, with the rigidity of the pack causing the opposite wheel to lift and lose traction, effectively endangering the driver. Essentially, Terrain Tamer Parabolic Springs use new technology on an old trucking design idea to provide a quieter, more comfortable ride with a strength not afforded to traditional springs. Reducing the unsprung weight of the vehicle not only frees up the weight needed for practical use, but also acts to create a quieter and more comfortable ride when the vehicle is unloaded, addressing the varying and ever-changing applications that the modern day 4WD is used for and ensuring it is comfortable whether empty or loaded. Additionally, the flex afforded with a Parabolic Spring allows it to give a little, allowing the differential housing to rotate with the springs and effectively providing a smoother ride. This reduces the shock transferred to the crown wheel and pinion, stopping the wheel from spinning, and maintaining safety and drive. Terrain Tamer states the same force with a standard leaf pack would almost certainly cause more shock to the vehicle and driver. Terrain Tamer says its Parabolic Springs have become so popular and widely praised that the range has been expanded, on request, to include Heavy Duty, Extra Heavy Duty and Armoured versions, for vehicles such as those used in military and mining applications requiring a load of up to, and in some cases upward of 700kg. Similarly, Terrain Tamer’s Heavy-Duty Wheel Bearing Kits were specifically designed and manufactured to extend the service life of wheel bearings in vehicles used for heavy towing or operating in extreme conditions. It is not unusual to find evidence of heavy contamination during a wheel bearing service.

Operation in sand, water, and dust or with unsuitable lubricants can dramatically shorten the life of a good quality bearing and lead to the replacement of bearings, seals, grease, or even spindles and housings. It is costly, messy, and time-consuming, but needs to be done to ensure safety and reliability. In response to this, Terrain Tamer developed Heavy Duty Bearing kits. These include all components for a wheel bearing overhaul, such as gaskets, nuts, gear lever seats and bushes, boots, washers etc, but more importantly, they come with two major Terrain Tamer innovations, utilising exclusive tooling. The first of these is a Heavy-Duty hub seal which rotates on its own internal surface, without relying on the condition of the shaft and thus eliminating wear on components that would prove expensive to replace. Again, taking inspiration from trucking, the seals utilise a labyrinth construction with four sealing surfaces, to better prevent the loss of oil and lubricating fluids and better protect against the ingress of dirt and other contaminants, making them perfectly suited to harsh conditions.

The second is a heavy-duty bearing with a Rockwell hardness rating 2.5 points higher than the OE equivalent. These bearings are made in Japan and combine a new forging technique with an upgraded heat treatment procedure to enable a longer service life. The new technologies used to create these bearings mean they hold up to contaminants better, and for longer, doubling the service life of their OE equivalent in clean grease, and up to 10 times the longevity in contaminated lubricant. When tested in an underground mine operating in heavy slush, who were previously changing bearings every 10,000km, Terrain Tamer’s new Heavy-Duty Bearings were checked at 20,000km and, due to uncontaminated grease, were able to continue being used until 40,000km of use. With bearing replacement being up to a full day’s mechanical work, this increased service time saved the customer an exorbitant amount of money and downtime of vehicles. Ultimately, Terrain Tamer’s history of innovation has always been driven by customer feedback, and by recognising and meeting a need in the 4WD industry. However, working in the parts industry since the beginning of the rise of 4WD culture, being far enough away from the rest of the world that problem solving is a necessity, and having access to develop and test parts in Australia’s distinctly isolated and harsh environment is what has facilitated these ongoing product advancements, and has seen the Terrain Tamer range grow, part by part, to now exceed 60,000 unique lines, each benefiting 4WD owners the world over. Exporting its Australian parts since it first expanded into New Zealand in 1986, the brand has recently opened its eighth international branch in Chile in early 2023, and is now regularly shipping into 80 countries worldwide, wherever a need for such innovative and heavy-duty parts is recognised. For more information on Terrain Tamer’s range or brand, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



DESIGNING AN EXTREME RECOVERY TOWBAR FOR THE 4WD MARKET In late 2021, TAG introduced a groundbreaking product to the Australian 4x4 sector the TAG Extreme Recovery Towbar (TAG XR Towbar) TAG says this innovative towbar was born out of a keen observation of the market’s needs and a determination to provide a competitively priced, well-thought-out solution that minimises weight, maximises clearance, and boasts Australian manufacturing quality.

Identifying market needs The development of the XR Towbar was initiated following the recognising of a gap in the market, when TAG noticed the demand for a competitively priced towbar that excelled in both functionality and aesthetics. Australian 4x4 enthusiasts were seeking a product that combined practicality with eye-catching design. As a response to this need, the TAG design team embraced the challenge of designing a towbar that would not only meet practical requirements, but also turn heads for all the right reasons. The goal was clear: to create a towbar that Australians would be proud to have on their adventure vehicles.

Key design features The XR Towbar was conceived with two key features in mind. Firstly, it had to be practical. This meant being heavy-duty (class 4), featuring a three-piece design for ease of fitment, providing excellent clearance, incorporating easy to access recovery points, offering additional plug brackets, and maintaining a weight-conscious design. On the topic of weight, Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) is a hot topic of late, with off-roaders wanting to

keep their vehicles within the legal limits. A lighter towbar could be the difference in avoiding an expensive GVM upgrade. Secondly, aesthetics played a crucial role. Today’s 4WD enthusiasts don’t just need high quality gear that works, it also needs to look good and contribute positively to the overall look of the setup. This meant that the XR towbar needed to exude toughness and quality, and its finish had to be visually striking and suit most 4WDs on the road.

Design challenges TAG reports that its design team was excited to tackle the unique challenge of achieving the desired balance between aesthetics and practicality. To start with, they aimed to emulate the appearance of a cast recovery point without incurring tooling costs, while also ensuring the towbar maintained a lightweight design. To achieve this, TAG ventured into CNC machining for the first time. Using this process, its team were able to cut the recovery points directly out of the end plates, allowing for easy customisation of the recovery points during the design process to match the styling of any vehicle, and allowing it to squeeze in every millimetre of ground clearance possible. TAG explains that this flexibility ensures the XR Towbar seamlessly integrates with a wide array of 4WD models, providing customers with a highly engineered recovery towbar that complements their vehicle’s unique style.

The recovery points are also bevelled to suit and extend the life of soft shackles – a feature that is important for any real 4WD enthusiast. The new CNC manufacturing process has allowed the XR Towbar to save an impressive amount of weight, with TAG reporting that some models come in as much as 40kgs lighter than competitors’ recovery towbars for the same vehicle. Most importantly, TAG states the reduction in weight has not had any negative impact on the strength and durability of the product. Further, TAG notes that its dedication to safety and quality assurance is evident through its in-house testing to ADR standards, specifically ADR62/02. Moreover, the fact that TAG’s site is Rover approved underscores the company’s commitment to delivering top-notch products. TAG also took on the challenge of testing the Working Load Limit (WLL) rating for the recovery points in-house, which it states is a testament to its relentless pursuit of product excellence. It is also important to note that exceptional towing systems don’t just stop at the towbar, with plug and play wiring solutions being a crucial element for hassle free setup. TAG says this is why it has ensured it has vehicle specific wiring solutions available for all TAG XR towbars. This, paired with the three-piece towbar design ensures fitment is safe and easy – whether that is in the workshop or in the home garage.

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PRODUCT R&D Further, TAG states its lightweight design makes it accommodating for owners that need to be conscious of every kilo that gets added to the vehicle. Overall, TAG notes the XR Towbar range is not only extensive but also competitively priced, making it an attractive option for 4WD enthusiasts. And finally, TAG states the towbar’s distinctive bevelled recovery points which are load rated up to 4,500kg each (9,000 combined), set it apart as a visually appealing and capable product.

Fair dinkum TAG takes immense pride in the fact that the XR Towbar is a product of Australian ingenuity and craftsmanship.

wagons and styleside/tub body utes, catering to a broader spectrum of 4x4 enthusiasts. This expansion posed its own set of challenges, especially considering the limited clearances in these setups compared to cab-chassis. The expansion of the XR Towbar range has further solidified TAG’s presence in the 4WD market, offering consumers a wide selection to suit their specific needs. With more vehicles added to the range every month, TAG is gunning to make the XR towbar a staple for any 4x4 on Australian roads today.

Market uptake and perception Upon its release, TAG says the XR Towbar garnered instant attention and uptake in the market, appealing to both installers and retail customers. The company reports that installers appreciate the ease of fitment, while retail customers are captivated by the quality of the product and its striking aesthetics.

Over the years the XR Towbar has been put through its paces by some of the best-known experts within the 4WD industry, with some of the most notable vehicles including the chopped Y62 Patrols for DMW, TRED and 4WD/247, Legendex’s 79 Series Landcruiser and chopped Jimny (well known as the Little Rig), 4x4 Australia’s Isuzu MU-X project, and Mitsalloys Next Gen Ranger – TAG says you would be hard pressed finding a recovery towbar that has seen as many real-world recovery scenarios.

Best on field TAG explains that its XR Towbar boasts several key advantages over other offerings in the market. First and foremost, it says it is easier to fit, saving both time and effort for trade professionals and retail customers alike. Additionally, TAG says it offers superior clearance, ensuring it can handle rugged terrains with improved departure angles which can be a game changer for serious offroaders.

As a family-owned business, TAG manufactures its towbars right here in Australia, contributing to the local economy and showcasing the quality and innovation that can be achieved on home soil. The success of the XR Towbar is not only a testament to TAG’s commitment to excellence but also a testament to the support the company receives from installers and customers alike. TAG says its Extreme Recovery Towbar (XR Towbar) represents a remarkable journey of innovation, craftsmanship, and dedication to meeting the needs of the Australian 4WD market. Combining practicality, versatility, aesthetics, and affordability to offer a product “that stands head and shoulders above the competition,” with impressive features and Australian manufacturing heritage, TAG says the XR Towbar is a true reflection of its commitment to quality and innovation. As it continues to make waves in the 4WD market, it serves as a shining example of what can be achieved when passion and expertise come together in pursuit of excellence, says TAG. For more information, visit

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With CoolDrive’s Engine Cooling Range Originally established as an automotive airconditioning supplier more than 45 years ago, the CoolDrive business strategically expanded into a variety of other industry segments, including engine cooling, when it began importing and distributing radiators in 2001. “When we first introduced radiators to the CoolDrive business, it was warmly received by our customers, and so began our engine cooling range,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Chief Executive Officer, John Blanchard, said. “Over the past 20 years we have grown to become a market leader in the engine cooling industry, selling approximately 100,000 pieces annually across Australia and New Zealand. “With the ever-changing car parc, we need to ensure we can adapt quickly to the requirements of the market and our customer base, which is now strongly catered for by our own Jayrad products and other global brands.”

TOP VEHICLE UPGRADES FOR TRADIES Pedders says it has the solutions to upgrade your Tradie vehicle for Work or Play If you are a Tradie that regularly carries heavy equipment, tows a trailer or your rig has a custom canopy setup, you might want to consider upgrading your vehicle to suit your needs. Factory suspension and braking systems are designed with a wide range of uses in mind and can struggle to perform under specific circumstances such as towing and load-carrying. Here are some improvements to consider.

Pedders Lift Kits A lift kit will give your vehicle an increase in ride height, improving its all-round performance when it comes to off-road driving, towing and load-carrying. Pedders lift kits are available with heavy duty and constant-load springs that prevent the vehicle from sagging while carrying heavy loads, plus highperformance shock absorbers.

Pedders GVM+ Upgrade Exceeding the maximum GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) rating and overloading the vehicle is not only unsafe but illegal. In many cases an overloaded vehicle will not be covered under insurance in the case of an accident. Pedders, as a Second Stage Manufacturer, can increase the certified GVM rating of a number of popular Tradie vehicles to allow the vehicle to legally carry more weight. Depending on the vehicle, Pedders is able to do this by upgrading the vehicle’s suspension and brakes to a heavy-duty product that is engineered to carry additional load.

Pedders Heavy Duty Spring upgrade CoolDrive Auto Parts says its Jayrad product development team is one of the most experienced in the industry, to ensure the range offers premium products at a competitive price. Jayrad’s extensive range of radiators, intercoolers, heater cores, water pumps and fan clutches are manufactured to the very highest quality and exacting standards to meet or exceed the original equipment, says CoolDrive Auto Parts. Rounding out CoolDrive’s engine cooling offering are a vast array of products from many of the world’s premier manufacturers of heat exchange products including Koyorad and Koyoair, Aisin, Denso, Delphi, Dayco, Mahle, Valeo, Nissens, Tridon, CPC, and many more. CoolDrive Auto Parts says workshops can find the right part for the customers’ vehicle on CoolDrive’s iShop via the Vehicle Part Search functionality, or by contacting their local branch. For more information, visit 30

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If your suspension is struggling to cope when you carry your tools and equipment a heavy-duty spring upgrade could be a cost-effective option to upgrade your vehicle. Heavy-duty springs are available for leaf and coil spring applications and can withstand additional weight without compressing. If you’ve noticed your factory suspension sag after fitting a bullbar or canopy, Pedders says this is the solution for you.

Pedders AirAssist Air Bag kit Pedders AirAssist Air Bag Suspension kits are designed to help level a vehicle’s suspension when additional weight is being carried.

The air bag is located within the suspension and can be inflated to match the load added to the vehicle. These kits are ideal for vehicles that are multipurpose – for example a daily driver ute that is used to tow a caravan or boat on the holidays. The AirAssist kit can work with a standard or lifted suspension package, which allows the driver to retain every-day comfort while also ensuring their vehicle is level and stable when load is added.

Pedders Brake Upgrade It is no surprise that adding weight to a vehicle increases its stopping distance and puts additional pressure on the vehicle’s braking system. Pedders says for peace of mind you can upgrade your vehicle’s brakes, stating that a simple highperformance brake pad such as Pedders Kevlar Ceramic can provide a noticeable improvement, while upgrades such as a Pedders Big Front Brake Kit or Rear Drum-to-Disc Conversion will take your braking performance to the next level. Many Tradie vehicles come from factory with oldtechnology rear drum brakes, but Pedders says it has the solution – stating that its Rear Drum-toDisc Conversion kit is available for most popular dual-cab ute models and provides superior braking performance.

Hayman Reese Towbar Pedders is an Authorised Dealer and installer of Hayman Reese Tow Bars. Hayman Reese Tow Bars are engineered and certified to tow the load you need and there is a wide range available – from the traditional removable hitch right up to the X-Bar.

Pedders LoadRyder Onboard Scales LoadRyder Onboard Scales is Pedders’ innovative new real-time vehicle weight monitoring system. These onboard scales product can accurately measure vehicle weight in real-time, provide detailed axle load metrics and warn the driver if their vehicle exceeds its Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) rating and becomes overloaded. This Australian-first system can play an important role in keeping Tradies safe and legal while on the road, says Pedders. For more information, visit



Milwaukee Tool’s Packout range offers more than 65 easy to use tool storage solutions Global tool manufacturer Milwaukee Tool says it is revolutionising tool transportation, organisation, and storage for the trades with Packout, a market leading modular storage system that offers near limitless customisation opportunities for users. Launching in the US market in 2017, and the Australian market in 2018 with eight products, the Packout Modular Storage System has rapidly grown to include more than 65 innovative organisation solutions for all trades, allowing for seamless transport of tools from home to the jobsite, workshop and everywhere in between. In Australia, the professional storage category is worth approximately $900M* and Milwaukee says its superior Packout storage system continues to disrupt the market with its unique cleat system, ease of use and ‘garage to site’ flexibility. “We conducted extensive market research in Australia which revealed that over nine in ten tradespeople were using some sort of tool storage,” Milwaukee Tool Head of Research and Insights, Jeanine Whalley, said. “Of those trade professionals who participated,

most were looking for a storage solution that was durable, that works in all environments, across multiple sizes and styles.” Packout’s exclusive customisation features allow users to interchange and interlock, creating multiple compact configurations that allow maximum versatility. The promise of a tough and durable product sets the system apart, with items constructed from impact resistant materials to withstand harsh job site environments. “We found that many of the traditional storage systems on the market limited users to a single footprint or box size, offering very little versatility to fit their needs,” Milwaukee Tool Product Manager Storage, George Mavrogiannis, said. “This gap in the market became a driver for the Packout innovation. It is a game-changer for end users because it is the first cross-platform system that allows boxes, organisers, and totes of multiple sizes and configurations to easily stack and lock together.” “Since launching the entire Milwaukee storage category in 2014, the line-up has grown to include

a breadth of solutions that deliver on the versatility and ‘Nothing But Heavy Duty’ promise demanded by users. With the introduction of the Packout Modular Storage System, Milwaukee is taking this commitment to the next level.” Milwaukee says while ease of use, adaptability and versatility are core product features of the range, Packout has been designed as an advanced solution for the trades - maximising productivity, reducing downtime, and optimising the lifespan of tools and inventory. For details of the full range, visit *Source: Milwaukee End User Segmentation, Total Respondents n=806

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With the drastic changes and push towards new technologies and more complex vehicle systems in the industry, workshops need their diagnostic equipment to be adaptive more now than ever before. The surge in Electric and Hybrid vehicle sales in Australia means preparations must be put in place now to ensure suitable diagnostic tooling is field ready and accessible. To stay ahead of this curve, Mount Auto Equip Services says it offers a solution, providing diagnostic tools to match the latest vehicular technology. Amongst its range are diagnostic scan tools which are Hybrid and EV ready, hybrid and electric vehicle oscilloscope kits and accessories, insulation test equipment, high voltage CAT III and CAT IV multimeters and milliohm test equipment, and also the latest in advanced driver assistance system ADAS calibration processes. Mount Auto Equip Services says Pico Technology UK, the “world’s largest automotive oscilloscope, NVH and electronic test equipment supplier for most major car, truck and off road equipment repairers,” has responded to new EV challenges from vehicle manufacturers by developing some exciting new technologies considered essential for the huge growth in electric and hybrid vehicle testing. This technology is now available to the aftermarket. Mount Auto Equip Services explains that the Pico Milliohm and Motor tester is a new, exciting addition to the product range that brings the most

precise diagnostic results during low resistance testing. The tool can test the windings of a three-phase electric motor in under a minute and with accuracy down to 0.1 milliohm. All of which is in real time and is all accurately compensated for temperature using the included sensor. Various selections of hybrid and electric specialist tooling is also available, including insulation test meters to allow testing of the high voltage wiring found on high voltage vehicles, the two pole tester to safely check for the presence or absence of voltage up to 690v AC and 950v DC, current clamps to test hybrid and EV electric motor current, or the 25MHz 700v differential oscilloscope probes to measure signals not referenced to ground using a standard earthed oscilloscope such as the Pico. These products can either be bought separately or found in Mount Auto Equip Services’ tailored four channel Pico EV Kit or EV upgrade kits, allowing you to add on to your current Pico 4425 or 4425a models. Mount Auto Equip Services explains the Pico EV kit features more than 30 separate attachments and probes to give you the greatest manoeuvrability in an all-in-one professional solution, stating that the Pico EV Kit is indispensable for those keeping at the forefront of the automotive trade, looking to welcome the latest drivetrain solutions on our roads. The company notes that the need for upgrading diagnostic scan tools to competently maintain

and repair the modern vehicle is always most important as the vehicle systems are constantly upgraded. As such, Mount Auto Equip Services offers a number of advanced options to manage this new wave, including the Zenith Z5 Oceania diagnostic interface and software, or the Bosch KTS560/590 with Esi(Tronic) 2.0 software and their latest hybrid and electric vehicle testing capabilities. These flagship products are equipped with SGW (secure gateway) access solutions and are compatible with the latest DOIP and CAN-FD protocols now used by vehicle manufacturers. With these products, high voltage battery SOH State of Health and SOC State of Charge testing, motor phase UVW current graph and recording, Li battery temperature monitoring can all be easily performed whilst accessing a broad range of diagnostic information and technical resources. For more information, please contact Mount Auto Equip Services on 02 9905 8055 or or visit

LIQUI MOLY LAUNCHES VIDEO SERIES WITH ONLINE CREATOR ‘SHMEE150’ German engine oil manufacturer and world-famous YouTuber revamp the BMW 1M Together with ‘Shmee150’, the online alias of Timothy Burton, Liqui Moly is launching a widespread online collaboration. Taking the example of a BMW 1 Series Coupé in the 2008 sporty M model, the video shows how Liqui Moly products can help to give cars a ‘makeover’. The first part of the series is now online and is causing a stir among fans and followers. The British content creator has one of the most popular channels on YouTube. He has attracted over 100 million people and has more than ten million subscribers. During a three-part video series, the BMW is refurbished in a Liqui Moly partner workshop near London. 34

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Tim Burton bought this car as an inexpensive used car. “I am convinced of the quality of Liqui Moly products and know that the BMW will also run better than ever thanks to their use. My viewers can already look forward to the next two videos. The videos focus on topics that most car fans can relate to,” Tim said. Liqui Moly Marketing Manager Peter Baumann is equally convinced of the synergies of the cooperation. “Shmee150 has gained a wide following in the digital world over the years and plays at the top of his game. His channels have a highly professional content. What’s special is that you can often meet Tim in person at numerous car events.

You immediately notice that he himself is one of the ‘community’. Together with his endorsement of our products and services, this is a solid foundation for exciting value-added content that can benefit our customers, partners and end consumers alike,” Peter said. The first video can already be seen on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook. Parts two and three will be released in the coming months. Visit



Selecting the right sized pure sine wave inverter for your customers is essential in making their remote travel aspirations a reality While it would be great to say it is a one size fits all situation, as with many aspects of 12V power, finding the perfect inverter for a customer’s setup means taking several considerations into account. When choosing an inverter, it is important to have a good idea of what your customer is looking to power as this will dictate the size of the inverter required. Choosing an inverter that is too small will mean there won’t be enough power to run necessary devices and can risk overloading their inverter, whereas choosing an inverter that is too big will draw unnecessary power from their batteries. For smaller applications like power tools, phones, and laptops, a compact 350 or 700W inverter may be enough, however when customers are looking to run more power-hungry devices like toasters, hairdryers, coffee machines and air conditioners, choosing a larger capacity model is critical. Once an appropriately sized inverter is selected, it is important to ensure your customer’s battery bank and DC charger can keep up. While having a little extra inverter capacity can be great, selecting an inverter that aligns with the

other components involved will mean avoiding any future issues and maximising the longevity of equipment. With built in Automatic Transfer Switching (ATS), REDARC explains that its range of RS3 Inverters goes a step further in protecting your customers’ batteries, saving them from unnecessary damage by switching seamlessly between inverter and mains power. When mains power is available, say at home or a powered campsite, the inverter detects this and seamlessly switches between sources. This provides your customers with uninterrupted power and safeguards sensitive appliances from potential damage. It also means they are never wasting limited battery power when they don’t need to. Available in 1200, 2000 and 3000W variations across both 12 and 24V, the RS3 range is built to REDARC’s strict durability and quality standards, with robust vibration resistance and integrated safety features. Seventy five percent quieter than comparable models, REDARC says this range of inverters

ensure they won’t disrupt your customers quiet campsites. RS3 Inverters integrate seamlessly with REDARC’s entire range of off-grid power products including chargers, batteries and vehicle management systems. Like all REDARC products, the new RS3 Pure Sine Wave Inverter range is backed by nationwide support, including a “hassle-free” warranty, REDNetwork certified installer network and aftersales service to answer any questions. To make choosing an inverter for your customer simple, REDARC has also created a handy inverter selection guide on its website. For more information, please visit

TRANSFORM YOUR GARAGE Elevate your space with Rhino Linings Flake Flooring Rhino Linings says you can bid farewell to your mundane garage floor and say hello to a space that is as stylish as it is resilient. It explains your garage’s concrete slab can now be transformed into a captivating feature with a myriad of options at your disposal. The company reports that leading the charge in this garage revolution is the “enchanting” world of flake flooring, a concrete coating that turns your often-overlooked space into a visual masterpiece. “Picture this: a garage floor that not only catches the eye but also boasts a seamless blend of colours tailored to match your unique style,” Rhino Linings Marketing Manager – Australasia, Lance Meredith, said. “Welcome to the world of flake flooring, where a diverse palette of mixed colours allows you to customise your garage like never before. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about making a statement. “But wait, there’s more to flake flooring than meets the eye. “Beyond its visual appeal, these floors are a powerhouse of durability. They seamlessly resist

the challenges of everyday life in your garage, from oil spills to chemical exposure. “Worried about cracks and imperfections in your garage floor? Fear not, as the preparation stage covers them up, leaving you with a flawless finish.” Lance says Rhino Linings can be your partner in transformation. “Enter the world of Rhino Linings, where cuttingedge products make this transformation possible,” Lance said. “The lineup includes Rhino Linings concrete repair or Rhino ArmaFloor 200SC for flawless patching, the ArmaFloor 200SC epoxy primer system, the vibrant ArmaFloor 500AU Polyaspartic base coat, the captivating Rhino Linings Flake, and the protective ArmaFloor 500AU Polyaspartic clear topcoat. “Need slip-resistance? Introduce Rhino Aggregate particles for that added safety factor.” Lance explains that the applications for flake flooring aren’t confined to your garage either. “It is a versatile choice for elevating entertaining areas, pool surrounds, car parks, warehouse floors, and similar spaces craving a resilient floor coating,” Lance said.

“Your garage will no longer be just a place for your car; it will be a showcase of style and durability, increasing your property value and earning envious glances from your neighbours.” As you embark on this transformative journey, Lance encourages you to remember to adhere strictly to Rhino Linings’ Technical Data Sheet (TDS) and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for flawless execution. For optimal results, he says you should trust the application process to professionally trained experts. “It is time to redefine your garage and make it a true reflection of your style and sophistication,” Lance said. For more information, contact Rhino Linings on 1300 887 780 or visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



SMARTER LUBRICATION = SMARTER BUSINESS Better oils go further, says LubeWise

LubeWise says it has all of your truck’s oil needs covered, nose to tail, with full OEM approvals, Industry Licensing, and Manufacturer’s Warranty protection. “LubeWise’s focus is purely on lubricants and effective lubrication and unlike most oil companies, we do not offer just one brand and we don’t offer brands that aren’t up to the job,” LubeWise Business Development Manager, Troy Henson, said. “We offer Shell, Phillips 66 (Conoco), Mobil, and PETRONAS and make these globally recognised products available directly, nationally and indirectly through our distributor chain. “If you are looking for one of America’s finest diesel engine oils for your rig or workshop, you can’t go past the synthetic blend, Phillips 66 Guardol ECT Ti 15W-40 CK-4 Diesel Engine Oil.” This oil is specially formulated for compatibility with exhaust aftertreatment systems using diesel particulate filters (DPF), diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC) and/or selective catalytic reduction (SCR). It is also backward serviceable for use in pre-2007 diesel engines.


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“What makes this engine oil standout is not just its synthetic blend base oil and low SAPS additive package, but its unique Liquid Titanium protection chemistry which provides long drain and anti-wear protection, superior to most diesel engine oils in the Australian market,” Troy said. “Creditable workshop mechanics tell us that they know when an engine is running a Phillips 66 engine oil simply by its distinctly cleaner sump and valve gear. When you see it, you can believe it.” Furthermore, LubeWise has OEM approved Eaton Road Ranger and automated manual Transmission oils and Meritor/Dana approved differential oils and carries the full range of European Engine and Drive Train Lubricants as well. “If you want the best for your truck or your fleet of trucks, we understand that you want to keep costs down. Searching for cheaper oil seems to be all that you can do – right? Well not necessarily,” Troy said. “Lubricants typically represent around one percent of your operating expense for Linehaul operations. Yet countless hours are spent looking

for a small price savings on that one percent. That’s much effort, for little gain. “Stop wasting your valuable time looking for risky and cheap oils and save much more by seeking out OEM Approved oils which enable you to enjoy the full Oil Drain Intervals recommended by your OEM. Better oils go further (recommended by the OEM). “Reach out to LubeWise and we will appoint one of our Lubrication Experts to show you how you can increase your trucks’ productivity and reliability, while producing real savings for your business. LubeWise is your next, Wise choice.” For more information, visit or call 1300 162 866.


WHAT IS AN ELECTRIC WATER PUMP? Davies Craig explains why you should care

A Davies Craig remote-mount Electric Water Pump, or EWP, is an electrically driven component that pumps and circulates engine coolant around the cooling system. Sounds simple, but wait, there’s more, one immediate benefit of an EWP is in the name, ‘Electric’. Because the EWP utilises the vehicle’s electrical system, requiring very minimal current draw, an EWP isn’t reliant on the vehicle’s engine power per se. The EWP continues to operate as long as there is life in the vehicle’s electrical system and will run-on after hot engine shutdown to prevent heat soak. This is especially crucial with alloy and/or higher horsepower engines.

Consider a race car, a drift car or streetcar running a high revving naturally aspirated or turbo engine. A talented driver can pound a drift car around a circuit and the engine will be constantly operating at the high end of the rev range. The driver completes his event and switches off the engine. A mechanical water pump immediately stops operating; therefore, the coolant is no longer circulating through the engine or the radiator. The engine block and cylinder and head temperature and system pressure increase for a period of approximately three to 10 minutes, depending on the engine design. This can lead to severe engine damage, usually a head gasket and potential damage to the radiator. Another major benefit of an EWP is the constant coolant flow rate and system pressure, regardless of engine revs. Innovative Australian manufacturer Davies Craig designed the compact, remote-mount Electric Water Pumps and Booster Pumps with flow rates ranging from 23 litres to 150 litres per minute. All will deliver constant coolant flow, as they’re not dependent on the engine. The Electric Water Pumps draw current from the vehicle’s electric system, reducing parasitic power

loss, allowing this extra power to be transmitted to the drive wheels. Furthermore, there is less strain, a reduced drive belt and better fuel economy. The EWPs are remote-mounted, lightweight, and very compact, which means they can be conveniently installed in most engine bays on the bottom radiator hose. The EWPs are supplied as a simple do-it-yourself kit with most of the items included for easy installation. To find out which Davies Craig EWP model could be installed in your set of wheels visit the Davies Craig website, and examine the simple EWP Selection Guide. Technical Support is also readily available by calling Davies Craig on 03 9369 1234.

BOSCH ASSISTING WORKSHOPS WITH EV SERVICING Esitronic diagnostic software offers a helping hand when working on electric and hybrid vehicles For vehicle workshops, the growing number of hybrid and electric vehicles on the roads is presenting new challenges. Work on electric and hybrid vehicles requires specialist expertise, and workshop technicians need specific training to be able to handle the high-voltage systems in electric vehicles. To support workshops that work on these alternative powertrains, Bosch’s Esitronic 2.0 Online diagnostic software now covers well over 200 electric and hybrid vehicle models.

Safely disconnecting the high-voltage system For many jobs on electric and hybrid vehicles, the priority is to isolate the high-voltage system, making it safe and to protect workshop technicians from potential electrocution. This involves disconnecting the high-voltage system from the vehicle and discharging any residual current. After disconnecting the system, technicians must always ensure that the vehicle cannot be switched on again and they also need to check and document that no voltage is present.

Once these steps have been completed, it is safe to work on or near high-voltage components. Depending on the manufacturer and vehicle model; however, the voltage disconnection process specified by the manufacturer and the corresponding instructions may vary. Compliance with the manufacturer’s specifications and correctly isolating the battery are particularly important for the safety of workshop technicians. In Esitronic 2.0 Online, therefore, Bosch provides detailed instructions for the vehicle-specific isolation process based on manufacturer specifications and data.

Anomalies in the diagnosis of Tesla models Currently, Esitronic includes the Tesla Model S and Model X types. The U.S. manufacturer has brought many innovations to the field of diagnostics. As a consequence, it is important to be familiar with, and observe certain special features in order to run diagnostics successfully on Tesla vehicles. For example, on the Model S and X, the brake pedal must be depressed to put the vehicle into the mode that allows access to the CAN diagnostic functions.

This enables the workshop to perform diagnostic work quickly and efficiently. The ‘Important information about the brand’ link in the Esitronic 2.0 Online diagnostic software explains these special features, giving the Esitronic user a quick overview of diagnostics on Tesla vehicles. Other Tesla models, as well as electric and hybrid models from other manufacturers, will be added to the Bosch diagnostic software as part of the regular updates offered. For more information please visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023




Manta Performance Exhaust says it offers “the best” aftermarket exhaust systems According to Manta Performance, one of the most common first steps a car owner takes to improve their vehicle is to upgrade to a performance exhaust. Manta Performance notes that this is the case because vehicle manufacturers are limited by a variety of factors that do not prioritise a vehicle’s power or sound. Manta Performance explains that car exhaust systems are designed so that they fit easily onto a vehicle as it is moving down an assembly line and are made of materials that keep the overall cost of the car down. They are also built to meet relevant emissions targets and noise requirements for any location the vehicle may be sold. What you end up with from the factory is the addition of mufflers to keep the system quiet, as well as smaller pipe sizes for easier assembly and lower cost. The pipes are the heart of any exhaust system, and the better the quality of the tube used to make it, the longer it will last.


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Manta Performance states that it offers a choice of two top-quality pipe materials: aluminised (comes with a two-year warranty) or stainless steel (10year warranty). To give your exhaust system maximum longevity, Manta Performance explains that it typically uses 409 automotive grade stainless steel for pipes and 304 stainless steel for mufflers. The company also asserts that it was the first exhaust manufacturer in Australia to back its products with a 10-year warranty, stating that by doing so, “you can drive into the future with confidence.” So, when you are looking to add some power, sound and extra appeal to your vehicle, Manta Performance says it doesn’t get much better than a performance exhaust. Amongst a long list of aftermarket car exhaust systems in the market, Manta Performance says that by working with its team, you can ensure you don’t “end up with a system that is more trouble than it is worth, with issues like poor fitment, low quality materials and limited warranties.”

“With none of the issues of cheaper, poor-quality alternatives, our systems are an investment that’s built right here in Australia and made to last,” Manta Performance’s Shane Allen said. “Our exhaust systems don’t have manufacturers’ limitations; they are made using high quality materials and they are a perfect fit for your vehicle. “That all comes together to give you the sound and power you expect in your performance exhaust.” For more information, visit


TUNGSRAM EXTENDS +200 RANGE The brand says these new halogen globes illuminate 200 percent ‘more road’ Tungsram, a premium quality automotive lighting manufacturer, says it is proud to announce the launch of its new extended range of halogen globes. It says these state-of-the-art automotive lighting solutions build on an already impressive line-up by delivering an astounding 200 percent more of the road compared to standard halogen bulbs. The extended range of Tungsram Automotive Globes is available in a variety of base types. Included in the range are H1, H4, H7, H11, HB3, HB4, and HIR2. With this extensive selection, Tungsram says it ensures compatibility with a wide range of vehicle models, catering to the diverse needs of automotive enthusiasts and professionals alike. Tungsram is distributed in Australia by Invision Sales, with Managing Director Wayne Blackman stating that what sets Tungsram Automotive Globes apart is their cutting-edge technology. These halogen bulbs incorporate an ultra-fine filament design, a 100 percent xenon gas filling system, and precise engineering to create an

advanced OE (Original Equipment) quality product. Wayne says the result is an extraordinary output of light that significantly enhances visibility, thereby enhancing safety and driving comfort. “Tungsram is setting the bar very high with these new bulbs,” Wayne said. “Not only do they deliver amazing performance with the additional light, but they are also ‘E’ approved and meet all ADR (Australian Design Rules) requirements. “When you choose Tungsram bulbs, you can rest assured that you are investing in a premium quality product. “Tungsram Automotive Globes deliver not only unrivalled performance but also the confidence that comes with fitting original equipment quality lighting solutions to your customer’s vehicle. “As the automotive industry evolves, Tungsram remains at the forefront of innovation, continuously pushing the boundaries of what is possible in automotive lighting.

“With the launch of the extended range of halogen globes, Tungsram reaffirms its commitment to delivering superior lighting solutions that enhance safety, performance, and driving pleasure.” For more information about Tungsram’s extended range of halogen globes and other innovative automotive lighting products, please visit the Invision Sales website. To learn more about Invision Sales, visit or call 03 9336 2066.

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SHEDDING LIGHT ON HEADLIGHT AIMING FOR ROAD SAFETY AutoTest’s Headlight Align ensures vehicles meet the necessary standards Headlights are not just an accessory for vehicles; they are an essential and mandatory component ensuring road safety, especially in low-light conditions. Proper headlight aiming and usage is critical to enhance visibility and comply with legal obligations. Drivers must adhere to certain regulations concerning the use of headlights to maintain safety on the road, including avoiding lights that dazzle other road users; refraining from using high beams when vehicles are nearby; and proper use of fog lights based on specific weather conditions. Drivers also have legal obligations regarding headlight maintenance and replacement. Newer vehicles come equipped with daytime running lights, enhancing vehicle visibility, and reducing the risk of accidents, especially during the day. Not all headlights are created equal. Modern vehicles often incorporate powerful LED headlights, while some drivers opt for aftermarket LED bulbs. However, incorrect installation can result in hazardous glare for oncoming drivers.


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The AutoTest Headlight Align Proper headlight alignment is crucial for optimum visibility and to prevent blinding oncoming drivers. Misaligned headlights can compromise safety, making correct alignment essential. To ensure accurate headlight alignment, AutoTest says its Headlight Align stands as a reliable and professional beam aligner suitable for various headlamp types. AutoTest says that by being packed with features such as a laser pointer, digital lux meter, and manual optic alignment visor, it aids in precise headlight aiming.

AutoTest: ensuring roadworthy compliance AutoTest says investing in accurate alignment tools like the AutoTest Headlight Align ensures vehicles meet the necessary standards, contributing to safer journeys for all road users. AutoTest is Australian made and owned, and says it is the only quality, locally owned and accredited roadworthy equipment manufacturer in Australia. With a focus on developing testing and diagnostic

instruments, AutoTest says its invests in research and product development and its in-house product designers and engineers are consistently at the forefront of developments. AutoTest says accredited, roadworthy compliant testing products is its number one priority for all of its automotive diagnostic products. Many AutoTest products have NATA accreditation and are designed to Australian Standards and Design Rules. For more information, email or call 03 8840 3000, or visit


INVICTA LITHIUM BATTERIES RANGE EXPANDS New products have been released, and there is more on the horizon Invicta Lithium Batteries continues to see growth and with the release of a wide range of new products in multiple spaces, including the Automotive, 4WD and recreational industries, there is no doubt there is more to come from them. Already known for its successful range of lithium deep-cycle and lithium hybrid starting batteries that have been in the market for years, the brand has now released a range of super-slim batteries that are only 65mm wide, and a portable power station that can handle up to 1600W and is fully certified for the Australian market. The super slim design is nothing new for the 4WD industry. However, Invicta says its latest addition has been thoughtfully designed to be a top performer in the category and can fit in even the tightest spaces thanks to its 65mm width.

Invicta has also released its latest Invicta Lithium Power Station range, which again is nothing new for the industry, but includes a number of features that Invicta says “will get even the most die-hard 4WDer or weekender excited” – especially if they need to occupy the kids with some Mario Kart for a few hours. It includes a built-in 1600W pure-sine inverter to keep your home appliances running, solar input with MPPT regulator, 12 AC and DC power outlets, and active cooling. The Invicta Power Station also comes with a host of certifications and protections to ensure it is operating as safely as possible, something Invicta says it has been increasingly known for across its range of batteries.

This latest battery comes in two sizes, 100Ah or 200Ah, and includes Bluetooth connectivity, robust metal casing, and prismatic cells.

Further, Invicta says these are available “at a price that won’t break the bank,” stating that “it looks to be a safe offer for any family to add to their weekend setup.”

In addition, the 200Ah model can handle a “whopping” 250ah max continuous discharge which is compatible with a 3000W inverter.

With the latest expansion of Invicta lithium batteries, there is more to come, and Invicta reports it is working on something “truly exciting that will

push the boundaries of what lithium batteries can do,” while also sticking to Invicta’s ethos of providing “some of the safest, most reliable and top performing lithium batteries on the market.” Invicta is a quality lithium battery brand of Sealed Performance Batteries (SPB), a company with over 25 years in the energy storage industry with a highly technical team specialising in energy storage and power distribution. For more information, visit

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Providing “state of the art” brake, suspension, alignment and weight distribution data The European engineered SafeTstop system performs technologically advanced testing so you can best evaluate the safety and efficiency of the vehicle entrusted to you. Those behind the product state it delivers an accuracy-proven method of measuring a vehicle’s braking performance. The SafeTstop tests are performed at walking pace, inside the service centre/workshop, limiting the need for technicians to test drive vehicles on public roads. SafeTstop incorporates a test date and time stamp and what SafeTstop describes as a “world-first” Photo-Proof feature, taking a photo of the vehicle whilst it is being tested.

The test measures the brake force on each individual wheel and calculates brake imbalances which may lead to dangerous emergency braking problems. SafeTstop detects wheel alignment drag which can cause excessive tyre wear – when correctly aligned you can achieve improved fuel efficiency and reduced tyre wear. Shock absorber performance can also be assessed. The track, underlying Sensors and low voltage data cables are water resistant, while the Stainless-steel Top Grip Plates are designed to be Slip proof when wet. SafeTstop says it can even accommodate an alloutdoor system which includes waterproofed monitors and lockable security cabinets for all peripheral components. The System requires one standard double 240v PowerPoint, so no three-phase special power or electrical contractors are required. Tested by the Adelaide University’s Automotive Safety Research Centre and Government Approved, Plate Brake testing is increasingly becoming a far

more popular alternative to conventional Brake Test methods. SafeTstop says this is due to not only the accuracy, measurement speed, and the ease of use these tests offer, but also the greatly improved safety offered by removing the need for technicians to perform regulatory brake testing on vehicles on public roads. There are also benefits of reducing demands on time and staff and improved legal compliance/ reduced insurance risks. SafeTstop has been implemented at more than 1400 Locations in Australia and New Zealand, including independent mechanical workshops, large dealership groups, Government organisations, TAFE institutes, and Victorian Fire Services as well as waste and recycling companies such as JR Richards, bus operators and freight companies. For more information, call 02 9832 0045.

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A range of new products have been introduced to the market by Aeroflow Since 2010, Aeroflow Performance Products has grown to design and manufacture close to 13,000 quality products. Amongst the latest releases are the following products.

Timing tapes Accurate ignition timing is one of the most vital adjustments you can make to your engine. The Aeroflow Timing Tape comes with eight different sizes to suit most factory or aftermarket harmonic balancers ranging 5.25” to eight-inch in diameter. The tapes are marked in one-degree increments from 14 degrees ATDC to 64 degrees BTDC. They are printed on tough, chemical-resistant material with a clear coat over white background with black print to ensure an easy read.

Heater Hose T-Piece to suit Ford BA-BF and FG XR6 The plastic heater hose T-piece found in the Ford Falcon BA-BF and FG Barra engine is notorious for breaking down and causing engine coolant leaks, says Aeroflow, which notes this is due to the brittle nature of the plastic breaking down over time. Being a discontinued item from Ford, Aeroflow Performance has made a new billet aluminium version to combat this problem, made from billet 6061 aluminium and black anodised for corrosion protection.

Replacement Nut for V-Band External Wastegate Clamps This replacement nut has been designed to suit all Aeroflow external wastegates and will suit both inlet and outlet clamps. Manufactured from 6061 alloy to withstand the extreme temperature, Aeroflow says these replacements nuts are handy to keep around for


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those that have damaged or misplaced them during removal or installation.

Boosted Parachute Safety Flag The Boosted by Aeroflow Performance parachute safety flags are designed to mount on your parachute after it has been re-packed. They feature in yellow writing the phrase, “Remove Before Race.” These parachute flags keep your chute safely packed and from being deployed while you are working in the pits or waiting in the staging lines for your next pass down the quarter-mile. They are sold individually

Toyota 2JZ GE (Non-Turbo) Turbo Manifolds Aeroflow Performance steampipe turbo manifolds are a series of pipes that collect exiting exhaust gases which can be channelled into Aeroflow’s merge collector which are perfectly matched to its Boosted range of turbochargers. Aeroflow says its merge collector design allows all pipes to enter at the exact same angle, and merge together at a point in the middle, pointing straight into the turbine. No pipes enter across each other, so airflow is not disrupted, meaning a perfect balance between boost control and flow. With minimal back pressure where the manifold meets the turbo, Aeroflow says you can be sure that you are getting the best flow possible from this turbo manifold. Aeroflow further states that its turbo manifolds are finished to the highest of standards and constructed from thick wall 3mm mandrel bent steam pipe with CNC Machined header and turbo flanges. Each flange is milled after welding to ensure precise surface finish.

These manifolds are supplied with a short wastegate starter pipe designed to allow the fabricator to choose the size of the wastegate required, and the position the wastegate sits in.

Twist Mount Turbo Adapter to suit Subaru EJ20 and EJ25 This DIY Subaru twist mount turbo manifold adapter is specifically designed to suit the EJ20 and EJ25 Right Hand Drive vehicles. This steam pipe turbo adapter will allow you to fit an aftermarket Boosted turbocharger or similar when the factory bolt on turbocharger can no longer fit in the OE position or you wish to upgrade and move away from the factory bolt on style turbochargers. This adapter will only suit the factory Subaru 3-Bolt Single-Scroll Headers. On the other end it has either a single entry T3 flange or a AF8080-1016 V-Band flange to suit Boosted 4849 up to Boosted 6862 turbochargers. This twist mount adapter features a 45mm wastegate flange and pipe already welded to this adapter to allow the perfect position for your external wastegate.

Female -20AN to Male -20AN Extension This extension has a -20AN female on one side and male -20AN flare end on the other end. Aeroflow says this makes it great for radiator hoses and custom applications that require -20AN fittings to be spaced out for clearance. These -20AN extensions are 1.5” (38mm) in length. For more information, visit



BAC Systems explains it is an Australian manufacturer of sturdy and reliable workshop furniture, including workbenches, toolboxes, tool storage solutions and integrated reel cabinetry. One of the items commonly requested is the BAC Mobile Trolleys toolbox range. Occasionally, customers will also request BAC Mobile Workstations instead of fixed workbenches. BAC Systems says of course these seem like understandable requests for a vehicle workshop. However, BAC states it has identified some key questions that need to be asked when looking at purchasing some Mobile Workshop Furniture for your vehicle workshop, in order to ensure what you purchase ends up being functional and sensible for your situation. Firstly, a customer needs to identify if they actually have a need for mobile solutions. One reason regularly stated is so the floor can be cleaned beneath the workbench or toolbox. BAC says it likes to point out the BAC fixed cabinetry sits down flat onto the floor, so rubbish and dust will not be able to make its way beneath the cabinetry. It says that most of the time,

customers see this response as relevant to them and stick to the fixed furniture solution. There are some occasions, though, when a customer has a high likelihood of fluids making their way beneath the cabinetry, and in this case, of course, mobile furniture is sensible. Other common reasons for Mobile Workshop Furniture include the fact mechanics often need to work at locations other than in front of, or next to, the vehicle in their bay, or on a vehicle out in a yard, or that a mechanic is not allocated a permanent work bay but is instead regularly moved around. The next question that is asked is, “do you have room to manoeuvre the unit around the workshop?” The placement of hoists can have a bearing on this. Of course, hoist arms can be lifted up to allow the passage of BAC Trolleys or BAC Mobile Workbenches, if appropriate. In some workshops, the number of vehicles and parts positioned about the place also limits the ability to move a bench around the workshop. In a clean and efficient workshop, this is not a problem and so the Mobile Workshop Furniture is still considered. Finally, it must be considered whether it is worth losing the storage space in order to select a mobile option, as adding wheels to a BAC Trolley means that the toolbox loses one or two drawers to allow for the height of the wheels. BAC recommends wheels or castors with a diameter of at least 100mm to allow for the storage load and also to account for imperfections in the ground around the workshop.

It says if your need for a mobile unit is so rare that it is hardly to be moved, it might be more prudent to have a fixed unit that can be moved on those rare occasions with a forklift. In a large percentage of workshops BAC visits, it says it finds toolboxes that have sat in the same place for so long that no one can remember seeing them anywhere else. If you have asked questions like these, and still see a need and ability to have Mobile Workshop Furniture in your workshop, BAC encourages you to consider asking its team for a complimentary site survey where one of the BAC Technical Sales Team will come to your site and help you work out the best configurations for BAC Mobile Workbenches or BAC Trolleys in order to suit your space, how you wish to work, and your inventory of tools and equipment. For more information, visit

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FROM KYB FLASHLUBE GROWS NEW Replacement steering components for the CATCH CAN PRO aftermarket have been released by KYB FITTING KIT RANGE The Catch Can Pro has been on the market for around six years

Since the launch of the Catch Can Pro, Flashlube has been growing a range of vehicle specific fitting kits for popular Common Rail Diesel models. The Flashlube Catch Can Pro is a German designed and manufactured premium oil fume filter. It is used to protect the engine by filtering out damaging oil mist and condensation, which are released from the engine via the breather port and flow back via the air-intake pipe. This oil mist and condensation is often the cause of carbon build up in the engine and EGR valves, which can lead to loss of power, reduced fuel economy and expensive engine repairs.

KYB has more than 50 years of experience in designing and manufacturing steering components for OE customers and says this extensive experience has enhanced the development and quality of the KYB aftermarket range. KYB recently commenced the global release of ‘indemand’ replacement steering components to the automotive aftermarket industry. Within the Australian aftermarket, five KYB Steering product groups will be initially stocked by Niterra Australia which include ball joints, tie rod ends, steering rack ends, stabiliser links and control arms. “These components are crucial parts of a vehicle’s steering and suspension system and must be in excellent working condition, as they have great influence over a driver’s ability to maintain vehicle control and comfort,” KYB Group Product Manager, Larry Coulthard, said. Steering and suspension components have a longstanding partnership given both product groups

are generally integrated to work cohesively with each other. “KYB is the brand of choice for suspension products within the Australian aftermarket. It goes without saying using the manufacturer and designer of premium steering components is a smart approach,” Larry said. “KYB is well regarded for its vehicle specificity, making each part ideal for its corresponding make and model. “Just as it is with our suspension components, our process rings true with KYB steering components. Perfect fit first time, every time. KYB has been steering you in the right direction for over 50 years.” To view the full listing of products, please visit


Flashlube says its vehicle specific installation kits are design protected and have considered the final outcome of the installation, utilising existing mounting points where possible and including easy to follow installation instructions. The kit’s components focus on both looks and function, including laser cut brackets, finished in gloss black paint, as well as OE manufactured moulded hoses, which have been designed to deliver and maintain airflow requirements without restriction. Flashlube’s growing range of Catch Can Pro vehicle specific installation kits are available to match over 40 different vehicle makes and models. Uniquely designed for DIY installation, Flashlube says they also include the required tap and drain hose and all additional hardware, such as nuts, bolts, washers, and hose clamps. For more information on the Flashlube Catch Can Pro, or the available range of Fitting Kits, visit 54

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MAHLE Aftermarket is now bringing its MPULSE Mobility Magazine to smartphones as an app. The new app offers customers a digital channel that combines all service offers and information in one place. The main topics are new products, innovations, and exciting stories about motorsports. And thanks to the integration of the MAHLE Training Portal and the Technical Messenger, support for the daily workshop routine is also now just a click away. The MAHLE MPULSE app can be downloaded from the App Store and the Google Play Store. “The smartphone is always with us. That is why we are now offering our customer magazine MPULSE as a user-friendly app,” MAHLE Management Committee Member and Head of the Aftermarket, Philipp Grosse Kleimann, said. “As a partner of the independent workshops, we use the app to provide mechanics with useful information, service, and further training – easily available, from a single source.” MAHLE says the MPULSE customer magazine from MAHLE Aftermarket for workshops and hobby mechanics has been a success story since 2017. After switching to an online-only magazine, MAHLE Aftermarket is now taking the next step with the app.

Readers now have even easier access to industry news, training programs, tips and tricks on maintenance and repairs of all kinds of vehicles, and the fan store. In addition, MPULSE continuously shares knowledge about new automotive technologies and trends. The app offers all the functions of the online magazine, such as search or translation functions and filters by topic. In addition, users can save relevant articles and information using a personal watch list and call them up at a later date. And thanks to push notifications, they will not miss any exciting topics. In addition, the articles can be shared with colleagues and friends directly in the app. For more information, visit


THE IMPORTANCE OF DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTERS Air quality is a major focus of today’s vehicle design In 1992 in Europe the first emission standard was introduced – Euro 1. Australia has lagged somewhat behind Europe in adopting vehicle emission regulations, but in November 2013 Australia adopted Euro 5, which had been adopted in Europe in 2009. In November of 2022, the European Commission proposed the introduction of Euro 7 standards, whereas Australia is still on the equivalent Euro 5 standard. The main reason for these standards is to improve our air quality because noxious emissions from vehicle exhausts can cause serious health issues from asthma to lung disease, cancer and heart disease. DPF Australia says that using a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) can reduce these health risks. Since diesel vehicles and petrol vehicles are inherently different in their combustion methods and the make-up of their fuel, the way each is regulated to comply with Australian Design Regulations (ADRs) differs. With diesels, Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) and Diesel Oxygen Cats (DOC) were introduced to remove the ‘nasties’ from the exhaust gases. Soot and nitrogen oxide (NOx) are two of these ‘nasties’ and these are catalysed by the DOC or

trapped by the DPF so they do not escape into the atmosphere, instead remaining trapped in the DPF for the “life” of the vehicle. NOx is formed in diesel engines due to high temperatures and high oxygen concentrations. Particulate matter, which is mainly carbon nanoparticles from partially burnt fuel, is formed when temperature and oxygen concentrations are low. There are several ways to reduce emissions, but each has its own technical problems. Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) returns a portion of the exhaust gas to the engine’s air intake, reducing the amount of air (hence oxygen) entering the cylinders. This also reduces cylinder temperatures, all of which helps cut NOx emissions. The downsides are a reduction in fuel economy and therefore an increase in CO₂ emissions, as well as reduced power and an increase in particulate matter. The system is also prone to fouling by particulate matter and maintenance costs can be increased. Low pressure EGR systems are a way of reducing fouling as this system draws exhaust gas from after the DPF, meaning that the EGR gas has been filtered. DPF Australia says DPFs are widely recognised

as the most practical way to meet the 80 percent reduction in particulate matter emissions required by the Euro 5 standard. While DPFs capture and store emission ‘nasties,’ there comes a time when the ceramic filter in a DPF can hold no more particles, though generally this takes between 200,000 and 300,000 kilometres. DPF Australia warns this number is drastically reduced if the vehicle is not serviced regularly or well. Another problem is a diesel vehicle that is only doing short runs, as it is unable to heat up its exhaust to the right temperature. If you have a query about DPFs, then DPF Australia offers extensive technical knowledge of DPFs specifically with respect to Australian road conditions and local diesel fuel blends. For more information, visit

PROJECTA IDC25X WINS AUSTRALIAN GOOD DESIGN AWARD Projecta’s new IDC25X DC to DC charger was recognised in the Product Design Category The Good Design Awards are amongst the highest honours for design and innovation in the country, and reward diverse projects across 11 design disciplines covering more than 35 categories and subcategories. Each year, the Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian and international market. This year’s Awards attracted high-quality projects from Australia and around the world, which were evaluated by more than 70 Australian and international jurors, including designers, engineers, architects and thought leaders. More than 900 entries were evaluated according to a strict set of design evaluation criteria and the IDC25X struck a chord with judges. Projecta’s IDC25X is a 25A Intelli-Charge lithium DC-DC dual battery charger with MPPT Solar; offering the latest in technology to provide users with the versatility to charge their auxiliary battery using solar panels and/or their vehicle’s alternator. Developed and tested in Australia for extreme conditions, Projecta says the IDC25X features a

super-efficient design that won’t de-rate in hot conditions. It reportedly reliably performs in temperatures as high as 90°C, so is perfect for under bonnet fitment providing a full 25A of charge up to 75°C where even the best competitor reduces its charge at 55° by up to half. Additionally, the IDC25X is fully potted with thermal epoxy resin that draws heat away from electronics to the outer housing; helping it maintain this consistent charge output of 25A. The unit is also vibration and shock proof (to Heavy Vehicle Standards), ensuring the outback’s corrugated tracks pose no problem. Also assisting performance and durability is its IP68 and IP69K rating, ensuring superior protection against ingress of dust, water and even high-pressure water, should owners want to thoroughly clean their engine bays. Along with these durability features which make the IDC25X perfect for 4WD, RV, camping, boating and other applications, Projecta explains the units boast clever technology that delivers extremely efficient operation for users.

For greater flexibility and scope for owners to customise their battery management systems, the IDC25X’s multi-chemistry technology supports charging of AGM, GEL, WET, Calcium and Lithium batteries with pre-set charging modes. The unit also offers Automatic Temperature Compensation, further protecting valuable batteries. Projecta’s award-winning IDC25X is backed by a five-year warranty and is available nationwide from leading four-wheel-drive, caravan, camping and marine outlets for a recommended retail price of $595.00. For more information, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023




The Ford Falcon lower front ball joint project is just one example of Roadsafe’s product development Roadsafe is one of Australia’s leading automotive chassis and suspension component manufacturers which has designed and developed premium quality aftermarket products for the Australian car parc over the past four decades. The company explains that all of its products undergo testing that is compliant with globally recognised standards, bolstering its reputation and trade customer trust. Roadsafe chassis and suspension product development and testing is conducted in a purpose-built research and design facility located in Melbourne, along with the use of local sealed and unsealed roads. Roadsafe states it has the experts, the testing technology and the facilities to ensure the delivery of highly improved automotive chassis and suspension components to the Australian automotive aftermarket. The Ford Falcon lower front ball joint project is one shining example of many Roadsafe automotive product developments that have been introduced over the past four decades. The Ford Falcon lower front ball joint found in the AU / BA / BF models manufactured from 2000 to 2008 forms part of an uncanny suspension system that does not have a great history. The front suspension system fitted to these models has two lower front ball joints which are in a constant, axial load carrying tension position. This means that when the ball joint is installed to the vehicle and it is parked, there is approximately 600 kilograms of force on each ball joint, trying to pull them apart. While performing its normal ball joint duties of oscillating and articulating, it has been calculated that each ball joint will endure up to 800 kilograms of load at its peak. Roadsafe identified this as an issue and started to


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investigate a solution, as the OEM Ford ball joints were suffering a higher failure rate compared to industry standards. Roadsafe is and has been firmly entrenched in supplying a wide range of steering and suspension chassis parts to the automotive industry that serviced the Australian Taxi industry for many years. Roadsafe reports it was able to collect many failed OEM ball joints for review and identified a number of areas of improvement for the internal ball joint design. Roadsafe then worked on re-engineering the internal design of the Ford Falcon lower front ball joint to provide a more robust solution that would aim to exceed 100,000 kilometres of use. There were multiple elements that were reviewed and improved including: • Insert material upgraded to a more durable Polyoxymethylene (POM) material. • Developed a more robust two piece insert maximising the contact area of the ball stud. • No unnecessary voids or gaps that would allow deformation. • Increased internal ball stud diameter for more even load distribution. • Increased material properties of backing cap to prevent bowing, which would create and allow internal movement. Roadsafe says that each time the ball joint design was advanced, sample ball joints were manufactured and tested using Roadsafe’s “unrivalled” chassis component testing facilities. This included cyclic testing machines running for up to 1,000,000 cycles. Each machine load was applied at up to 600 kilogram pull, 400 kilogram push and 15 degrees off-centre rotations applied concurrently to simulate the forces applied when fitted to the car. Once the Roadsafe engineering team were

satisfied with the results, real world vehicle testing took place. The Roadsafe ball joint improvements were trialed over a 12 month period in Taxis driven in Melbourne that had shown to be particularly hard on these components. The Taxis also drove the kilometres needed to validate Roadsafe’s findings in real world conditions. The trials exceeded 100,000 kilometres without failures or excessive wear. As this specific ball joint is located close to the brake rotor, excessive heat was of major concern and the material used needed to be matched so it could perform consistently within this harsh automotive environment. Roadsafe explains that this and several other factors were considered and overcome in its evolution of this premium quality aftermarket ball joint. Roadsafe reports that it continues to enjoy an excellent success rate to this day for the Australian company’s BJ426 and BJ426+ARM components with a negligible return rate. Roadsafe offers strong national distribution, owning and operating warehouses in Melbourne and Brisbane and also having distributors and reseller customers Australia-wide. To find out more about the Roadsafe product range, call 03 8687 1700 or visit


BURSON AUTO PARTS ELECTRIFIES THE FUTURE And your workshop, with its EV range

In a world increasingly focused on sustainability and environmental consciousness, the automotive industry is undergoing a monumental transformation. “Electric vehicles (EVs) are not just the future; they are the present. Burson Auto Parts continues to evolve with extending our current EV range, allowing both mechanics and car enthusiasts to embrace the electric revolution,” BAPCOR Trade – Group Marketing and Communications Manager, Fiona Gotas, said. Since 2019, EV sales in Australia have increased over 2000 percent since 2022. With more than 50,000 vehicles sold to date in 2023. “Our EV range extension includes products from brands such as Knipex, Autel and EFO. With a wide selection of EV components and accessories, we are enabling everyone to electrify their workshops, making sure they are ready for the future that is already here,” Fiona said. Amongst the range are Autel’s Home MaxiCharger AC Wallbox, which was voted as a Redot winner in 2022: the MaxiCharger DC Fast 60-240kW for

commercial convenience and quick charging: and the Knipex Electric Vehicle Kit: as well as new safety equipment from EFO. “In the first half of 2023, Tesla consumed around 60 percent of Australian EV car sales, with a mass of familiar car brands such as Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Hyundai and Kia electric models hitting Australia’s roads,” Fiona said. “EVs are no longer a novelty; they are a choice for many consumers. As the demand for EVs continues to surge, it is essential for workshops and mechanics to adapt and equip themselves with the right tools and knowledge. “Burson Auto Parts’ EV range provides the perfect solution. Whether you need charging equipment, specialised tools, or replacement parts for EVs, we have you covered. “Electrifying your workshop isn’t just about keeping up with the times; it is about staying competitive. As governments worldwide enact stricter emissions regulations and incentivise the adoption of EVs, repair and maintenance of these vehicles will become increasingly crucial.

“By investing in the Burson Auto Parts EV range, mechanics can position themselves as leaders in the industry, attracting a broader customer base and ensuring their longevity in the business. “As the world accelerates toward an electric future, Burson Auto Parts is helping workshops and mechanics electrify their operations and be ready for the exciting journey ahead. Reach out to your local Burson Auto Parts store today to get your workshop ready.” For more information, visit

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BENDIX BRAKE PADS TRANSGOLD MOVES NEW Bendix is first to market with new pads for CLOSER TO PEAK PY Ranger, Everest and Staria VEHICLE COVERAGE When you set out to build a business, you aim to become the go to guys

Transgold says that for its business, this was certainly the case, stating that over the last 20 years it has built an enviable reputation in the supply of OEM standard rubber suspension, engine mount and transmission parts. To ensure reliability, Transgold explains it insisted on ISO:9001 or TS:16949 certification from its manufacturers, and to ensure speed of delivery, it invested heavily in warehousing across Australia. It says the real challenge came in ensuring it had vehicle coverage, as repair shops want to know you can supply the right part for both common and uncommon vehicles. Australia has more than fifty different car manufacturers selling ranges of models here, so there is considerable diversity across the 20 million cars on our roads.

Transgold says it now offers more than 400 transmission kits, which it says gives it vehicle coverage of 99 percent; and for engine mounts it totals 2500 part numbers with 97 percent vehicle coverage. In the suspension range its work continues. Back in 2018 the company had built the range up to 1500 suspension bush kits for more than 80 percent vehicle coverage. In the last five years, it has added another 1000 part numbers and vehicle coverage now tops 90 percent. But Transgold says it is still not satisfied, with Managing Director Keith Yong stating, “I think the rubber suspension category has more in it.” To further enhance its service, Transgold has also upgraded its online portal where mechanics can ensure they are ordering the right part, with vehicle registration and VIN number searches now available in addition to the standard manufacturer and model search. For more information, visit 62

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Bendix has released new brake pads for the latest Ford PY Ranger and Everest, as well as Hyundai Staria vans and people movers. Bendix says this latest release is part of its ongoing commitment to offering Australian and New Zealand motorists high quality yet costeffective aftermarket braking solutions. The new Ranger and Everest are now covered by Bendix’s popular 4WD disc brake pad range (both front and rear). Bendix explains that these pads are engineered for extreme conditions and hardworking 4WD applications and feature Enhanced Phenolic Resin (EPR), which increases material strength and heat resistance at high temperatures. For owners of the visually striking Hyundai Staria models, on offer are front and rear pads from Bendix’s General CT and Heavy Duty ranges. The General CT pads feature proven compounds that deliver reliable and secure stopping performance, coupled with a smooth and consistent pedal feel. Other benefits include noise and vibration absorbing shims for added driver and passenger comfort. Designed specifically for working vehicles that are often carrying loads and working in demanding start and stop operating conditions, Bendix’s Heavy Duty pads feature an exclusive insulation layer for cooler braking and longer life, helping to reduce vehicle running costs. This ‘insulayer’ lies between the backing plate and friction material assisting the adhesion of friction material to the backing plate and minimising heat transfer. Both ranges also feature Bendix’s Blue Titanium Stripe technology, which provides superior stopping power ‘out of the box’ without the need for bedding in. Along with these new releases for Ranger, Everest and Staria, Bendix has increased its coverage of many other models – these include new

components for GWM Cannon, Haval H6, LDV G10, RAM 1500 Classic, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Suzuki Jimny, Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, Holden Astra, Ford Fiesta and the Hyundai i30 sedan.

Bendix releases 2023 Databook These new products are featured in the recently released new Bendix Databook. The Databook offers almost 1,100 pages of clear, concise and easy-to-find brake component technical information that Bendix says will save time on every job. With so many passenger car, EV, 4x4 and light commercial vehicles available in Australia and New Zealand, it can be daunting to efficiently identify the correct braking components for the model in question – ordering incorrect parts wastes time and money. The 2023 Bendix Databook makes the job of selecting the right parts easier by offering Bendix’s comprehensive range in the convenience of a single resource. Further helping technicians are descriptive illustrations and accurate scale drawings – brake pads are actually shown in 1:1 dimensions with precise measurements and descriptions. Along with providing a full overview of the Bendix brake pad and shoe line-up, the 2023 Bendix Databook includes brake wear sensors, each with their respective colour markings allowing accurate selection of the required component. The Databook also provides selection advice allowing technicians to choose from a variety of compatible braking solutions, based on their customers’ application and driving style. As with earlier Databook releases, Bendix explains three distinct cover logos (OE Logbook Servicing, Leading Technology – Stealth and Best Range) emphasise its credentials as a quality manufacturer of replacement brake parts that will not void new vehicle warranties, while delivering one of the most advanced and comprehensive ranges available in the market. Copies of the 2023 Databook can be purchased by contacting your local Bendix representative. For more information, visit


SET YOUR STANDARDS HIGH WITH OEX In today’s world, energy efficiency is more important than ever As businesses look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs, lighting is one area that often gets overlooked. But OEX says that with their latest LED technology, upgrading your lighting has never been easier – or more cost-effective. OEX Linear Highbay Light as an example, is a simple plug-in replacement for fluorescent 240V lights delivers energy-efficient, crisp white LED lighting that is perfect for workshops and warehouses with ceilings up to eight metres. The die-cast aluminium body and cooling fins provide maximum heat dissipation, making it a reliable and long-lasting option for your lighting needs. With an impressive 11,625 lumen output and a three-year warranty, OEX says this highbay light is “a must have for businesses looking to upgrade their lighting.” Another example is the LED Highbay Light, with OEX stating this light takes things to the next level. Available in 150W (LLX4105) and 200W

(LLX4100) versions, this highbay light is designed to illuminate even larger spaces with ease. With an impressive 22,000 lumen output, the LLX4100 is perfect for large warehouses and workshops with ceilings up to 10 metres. Meanwhile, the LLX4105 delivers a centre beam average of 4626 lx at 1m and a beam diameter of 1.87m, making it ideal for smaller spaces. Both lights feature a die-cast aluminium body and cooling fins for maximum heat dissipation, while the included die-cast hook mount makes installation a breeze. Plus, with a three-year warranty, you can trust that these lights are built to last, says OEX. One of the major benefits of upgrading to LED lighting is the cost savings involved. Compared to traditional metal halide lights, LED lights use less energy and have a longer lifespan, which means lower electricity bills and less frequent replacements. OEX says this is especially true for the LLX4100 and LLX4105, which have already proven to be popular releases.

With businesses needing to be conscious of their impact on the environment, and their bottom line, upgrading your lighting to energy-efficient LED technology is one way to achieve both goals. The complete OEX range is well stocked throughout Australia and New Zealand in both NAPA Auto Parts and Repco, so accessibility to the energy efficient range is convenient and local. For more information on the OEX range and any of its products, speak with your local NAPA Auto Parts or Repco team. Visit or for your nearest location.

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FIRST CHOICE FOR AUTOMOTIVE WORKSHOPS FUCHS is ready to assist you in consolidating workshop inventory without compromising on quality With the ever-increasing size and complexity of the Australian car parc, it is becoming more and more difficult for workshops to ensure they are equipped with the right lubricants to best serve customers. FUCHS explains that its core automotive workshop lubricant range, known as the Magnificent Seven, has been expertly designed to address this issue, which FUCHS states is a key reason why its products continue to be first choice for workshops. Featuring FUCHS’ high level of OEM approvals and advanced technology, the Magnificent Seven range allows workshops to consolidate their lubricant stocking levels whilst reducing working capital through its broad application coverage, which includes the following:

Engine Oils • TITAN GT1 FLEX C23 5W-30 – covers ACEA C2/C3 requirements in one product and covers many Toyota Landcruisers, Prado, HiAce, RAV4 and Hilux as well as Petrol SP spec (Product Code: 5080). • TITAN FORMULA SP SEM 10W-40 – a semi synthetic multi-purpose engine oil suitable for


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both petrol and diesel vehicles (Product Code: 5085). • TITAN SUPERSYN F ECO-DT 5W-30 – ideal for many Ford Rangers, as well as a broad range of Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Also covers ACEA A5/B5 (Product Code: 4496). • TITAN GT1 PRO C-3 5W-30 – offers a strong coverage across the Audi and VW car parcs with OEM approvals including VW 504.00 and 507.00. Also covers the Petrol SN spec (Product Code: 3943).

Transmission Oils • TITAN ATF 4400 – suitable for approximately 8.6 million cars across Australia and New Zealand, including a large selection of American and European models as well as Japanese step type transmissions (Product Code: 4935). • TITAN ATF 6400 – provides strong coverage across many current generation American and Japanese vehicle applications with OEM approval for Mercon LV (Ford) and Dexron CI (GM) (Product Code: 4932).

Gear Oil • TITAN SUPERGEAR LS 80W-90 – extensive car parc coverage for both transaxle and limited slip requirements and negates the need to carry standard 80W-90 gear oil (Product Code: 2137). By investing in the Magnificent Seven range, which is also expertly supported by the new FUCHS small pack range, FUCHS says workshops can be assured their customers are receiving the highest performance and reliability for their vehicles, whilst at the same time, saving money and workshop floorspace. For more information, visit


ELECTRIC DRIVES FOR LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ZF’s CeTrax lite has begun series production

ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division announced earlier this year that its new CeTrax lite electric central drive has entered series production in Friedrichshafen, using the Group’s competence from passenger car technology. Using synergies from ZF’s development and production of passenger car drives, the new driveline is adapted to use in light commercial vehicles. Designed as a highly integrated electric drive, ZF says CeTrax lite provides significant advantages for manufacturers worldwide, particularly supporting emission-free urban and ‘last mile’ deliveries. “As an electric central drive, CeTrax lite allows our customers to electrify their existing vehicle platforms,” ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions Division Head of Product Line for Driveline Systems, Winfried Gründler, said. “This proves our technical approach and further demonstrates the trust customers are placing in our electric solutions. “Designed for silent, emission-free inner-city and ‘last mile’ freight delivery, CeTrax lite provides leading levels of performance and efficiency.

“As such it represents an important new milestone in our ‘Next Generation Mobility’ strategy and reinforces our commitment to decarbonisation of the industry.” Providing a smart ‘turn-key’ solution to support the needs of light-duty commercial vehicles, ZF’s CeTrax lite technology supports the architectures of conventionally fuelled vehicles as well as manufacturer’s electrification strategies. This is achieved by leveraging in-house developed components and wider eMobility system synergies including sharing test benches in Friedrichshafen. Designed for light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes, CeTrax lite has a peak performance of 150kW and a torque of 1,500Nm. The optimised compact design of CeTrax lite helps maximise space for electric components and batteries. The module is a fully integrated system, housing the electric motor as well as a one-speed transmission stage and power electronics. In addition to its enhanced flexibility, the system offers a lightweight design at around 120 kilograms.

ZF says the technology has already received orders from Asia and the Americas, with one of the first customers, Japanese manufacturer Isuzu, to install the drive in its new ELF EV. Cetrax lite will shortly be available for ZF customers in the Oceania region, including Australia and New Zealand. For further information, visit

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PROTECTIVE PACKAGING WORRIED ABOUT ARMOR THE ENVIRONMENT? Corrosion prevention and rust removal solutions Morey’s says you should turn to its products

Currently in Australia alone, there are more than 20 million vehicles registered on the road, with only around four percent of these vehicles being EVs or Hybrids. So, how do you help contribute to protecting the environment? According to Morey’s, there is one simple answer, “turn to Morey’s.” The average passenger vehicle emits around 4.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year, and the larger the vehicle, the more carbon dioxide emitted. Even your Hybrid vehicle is going to be emitting carbon dioxide whilst running on its combustion engine. Only all electric vehicles and PHEVs running only on electricity have zero tailpipe emissions. Morey’s says a well maintained vehicle is definitely going to help with this, although it states the use of fuel treatments like Morey’s Diesel Smoke Killer for diesels and Morey’s Upper Cylinder Lubricant for petrol vehicles will achieve a much better result for a longer period of time.

Since 1908, the team at H.O Wiles Limited have been manufacturing trusted automotive chemicals in both Australia and New Zealand. Some of its well-known products include Bar’s Bugs Windscreen Washer Additive and Bar’s Leaks Stop Leak. H.O Wiles says it is now proud to extend its range to include Armor VCI Protective Packaging. Its technical team explains the range offers clean, safe, and environmentally friendly products that help remove, prevent, and protect metals against rust and corrosion, stating: “Our Protective Packaging takes safe and effective water-based rust preventatives (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors) and impregnates them into easy-to-use packaging materials to prevent rust during shipping, storage, or in-process applications. No grease, oils, or harsh chemicals are required. Our team and VCI technology solutions protect products and brands.” The team goes on to explain that Armor has been a key corrosion management supplier globally, for more than 35 years, focusing resources on automotive, industrial, and military markets.

It states that its products “offer superior yet affordable solutions for both large and smaller scale projects where corrosion and rust are costing companies time and money.” The broad array of VCI Packaging, Desiccant Systems and Rust removal products include: VCI Paper, VCI Film, VCI UV Protection, VCI Bags, VCI Foam Emitters, VCI Desiccants, Smarty Paks (Emits vapor and controls moisture), Metal Rescue Rust Removal Bath and Gel and Dry Coat Spray. For more information, visit or e-mail the local team at


If you are after service parts, Unique Auto Parts says all it takes is one call to its team, and you can get everything you need.

As your vehicle burns fuel over time carbon deposits start to form, the longer this is left the more carbon builds up and vehicles tend to run less efficiently and use more fuel, as well as producing more carbon dioxide through the exhaust. Morey’s says Morey’s fuel treatment – which is also a fuel stabliser – prevents this excess carbon build up, creates a better fuel burn, cleans the combustion area, cleans fuel injection systems and lubricates moving parts and seals, which will also help with reducing costly repairs. For Hybrid vehicles, if you don’t use the combustion engine a lot, your fuel could also go stale and reduce the properties of the fuel. This can affect how the vehicle runs and poor fuel can produce gummy residue which could cause damage internally or fuel blockages. For more information, visit or contact the head office for your nearest re-seller on Free Call 1800 637 173. 70

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Unique Auto Parts explains it has containers arriving regularly to fill a constant need for the most common service items including filters, brakes, wipers, oil and cleaning additives for European makes including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda, Audi, Volvo, Peugeot, Renault, Porsche, Citroen, Land Rover, Range Rover and Mini. Unique Auto Parts says it only stocks “the best of the best” when it comes to filters, and this includes TJ filters. It says TJ Filters has always been a reputable name and while the brand itself has been around for more than 40 years, it has recently been given a new lease on life by Quinton Hazell (QH), a brand which is imported and distributed in Australia by Unique Auto Parts. The QH range includes oil, air, fuel and cabin filters, all of which are available from Unique Auto Parts. Unique Auto Parts is also the exclusive Australian importer for Carlube oils which it explains are high quality oils and lubricants which are not only recommended for all modern vehicles but have a specific focus on European makes.

Unique Auto Parts also stocks an extensive range of products for all application areas such as engine, transmission, differential, power steering and brake systems, as well as selected Bluecol coolants and a range of Carlube additives. Brakes and windscreen wipers are also amongst some of the most required service items. Unique Auto Parts stocks a range of zinc coated brakes from JP group which it states are exceptionally durable and have a higher temperature tolerance compared to others. When it comes to wipers, Unique Auto Parts says it “only trusts the best” and stocks a complete range Bosch wiper to suit both European passenger and commercial vehicles. For more information, call 1300 864 864 or visit


NARVA EXPANDS POPULAR EX2 LED RANGE Light bar and RGB options have been added

Several new LED light bar options have been added to Narva’s EX2 range, providing owners who want to give their vehicles a unique and stunning look even greater choice, while not compromising on lighting performance or durability. Initial EX2 models were launched earlier this year and were available as four, six, seven and nine-inch diameter driving lights – the addition of EX2 LED bars including 10-inch single and double row, 20-inch single and double row, and 30-inch single and double row models, now broadens the range, making it suitable for even more applications and vehicle types. As with Narva’s driving light counterparts, the EX2 LED bars feature high power 5W ‘Cree’ LEDs that deliver an intense hybrid beam pattern, providing strong lighting penetration and width without dark spots or hot spots. Output per bar ranges from 2,235 effective lumens and one Lux at 284m and one Lux at a width of 34m for the 10-inch single row model, to 15,084 effective lumens and one Lux at 724m and one Lux at a width of 100m for the 30-inch double row lamp. A versatile three-inch pod light is also available within the range. For many owners a major attraction of the EX2 is the high customisation levels they offer. The EX2 lamps and bars come standard with two interchangeable trim colours (Electric and Slate), with a further six trim colours available (Sunburst, Volcano, Juiced, Hyper, Bubblegum and Stealth) to order on-line at no extra cost, allowing owners to truly express themselves. Narva says even more customisation is possible

by selecting from the EX2R line-up with RGB, with options available across both driving lights and light bars.

Get the ‘R’ factor with EX2R If the kaleidoscope of trim colours is not just enough, Narva also offers an ‘R’ spec which features an ADR-approved white front position light enabled with RGB technology. RGB stands for red, green blue, and this technology allows many different light colours to be created by mixing the three. Available via a 12V RGB Bluetooth Controller Kit, this technology allows up to 48 other colour selections for the front position lights when in use off-road. This customisation is accessed via a smart phone app to make changing the position light colours easy to match the driver’s mood. The 12V RGB Bluetooth Controller Kit features a pre-fused cable and is included within the pair of seven-inch (p/n 72174) and a pair of nine-inch (p/n 72184) EX2R driving lights kits and with the 20-inch (p/n 72844) and 30-inch (p/n 72852) EX2R double row light bar kits allowing users to change their position lights from ADR approved white when in use off road. For all other EX2R LED Lamps and Light Bars available separately the additional 12V RGB Controller Kit is also available separately should customers wish to unlock the RGB capability. Along with this impressive ability to customise, and high-quality lighting performance, prospective owners can rest easy knowing that the expanded range has been designed, engineered and tested in Australia to withstand demanding local conditions.

To achieve this, they feature a tough, pressure die-cast aluminium housing and virtually unbreakable, UV resistant, hard-coated polycarbonate lenses; they’re also sealed to IP68 and IP69K for water and dust ingress. Lightweight yet extremely durable composite mounting brackets and stainless-steel mounting hardware, further adds to the durability. Once fitted, simple tilt adjustment using an Allen key will soon have the lamps in their optimum position. Another notable benefit of the EX2 range is its ease of installation for the DIY enthusiast. The lamps and bars’ revolutionary internal switching system (patent pending) does away with the need for a wiring harness or for any connecting wires to pass through the firewall. In many cases such as with positive switched vehicles the lamps are simply patched into the high beam wire and fuse directly to the battery; only three wires need to be connected to be up and running. The new Narva EX2 and EX2R LED driving lamps and light bars are backed by a seven-year “no fault” warranty (see website for details) and can be purchased from leading automotive, four-wheel drive and transportation outlets nationwide. For more information, visit


Burg Design says it pioneered the introduction of these sensors into the Australian market 30 years ago When first presented to the market, Burg Design says the initial comments were very negative from most people questioning, ‘why on earth would anyone put those annoying beeping things on to their car?’ However, Burg Design says it eventually found a well-known car dealer who was willing to give its Parksafe sensors a go, and so the company installed a sample set onto a new Toyota Prado demo vehicle. A few days later, Burg Design explains it received a call from that dealer asking when it could install five more sets onto various models which had been sold to customers who loved the rear sensors and had ordered them for their new vehicles.

As a direct result of the demand for the rear parking sensors, Burg Design says it was eventually approached by many of the various car companies operating in Australia as well as overseas and sales grew rapidly into the millions of sets. As the years passed, Burg Design says it eventually developed front parking sensors which also very quickly became just as popular as the rear sets, and then came reversing cameras systems and blind spot radar for all types of vehicles which it says are also extremely popular . As time passes by, thousands of vehicles are involved in accidents every day and naturally many of the items noted here are damaged and need replacing.

Burg Design says Parksafe has put together Australia’s most comprehensive range of individual replacement parts for Parking Sensors, Reversing Cameras, and Blind Spot Radar Systems which are all displayed on its website. For more information, visit or contact Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



FUCHS LUBRICANTS: MOVING YOUR WORLD Keeping the world moving with unconditional reliability – that is what drives FUCHS

As the world’s largest independent lubricants manufacturer, FUCHS says it continues to be first choice by offering an extensive range of premium lubricants capable of servicing millions of vehicles across the Australian car parc. FUCHS states it is fully committed to supporting the Australian automotive aftermarket. With a local history spanning more than 100 years, FUCHS continues to listen to its customers and invest in Australia. With two state-of-the-art manufacturing plants – one located in Sunshine, Victoria and the other in Beresfield, New South Wales – being close to the customer continues as a key strategy. “The recent investment in a new state-of-the-art distribution centre is testimony to this,” FUCHS Australasia Director and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Ferm, said. “Keeping in mind that FUCHS is the only lubricants manufacturer to produce lubricants, coolants, greases, and additives locally, there are many reasons why FUCHS is first choice.”

Backed by the power of German technology With 24 labs, 576 engineers and scientists and 600 current research projects underway, the


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FUCHS Lubricants National Distribution Centre

FUCHS Group has invested almost $100 million into developing innovative new lubricant solutions. Backed by leading development partners, an extensive know-how network and outstanding testing capabilities, FUCHS locally manufactures a comprehensive and OEM approved product portfolio based on world leading German technology.

The state-of-the-art 17,000m2 facility is managed and operated by FUCHS Lubricants Australasia’s partner Linfox and serves not only the automotive aftermarket, but also the mining, agricultural, industrial, construction and transportation markets across Australia and New Zealand.

Continued local investment

“The new NDC meets the highest quality, safety, and environmental standards,” Joe said.

Building on its commitment to supporting the local market and being close to its customers, as well as further improving the customer experience, FUCHS recently opened a new National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Derrimut, Victoria.

“It features a high degree of digitalisation, advanced warehouse management systems and order fulfillment processes and numerous initiatives supporting a sustainable operating environment.”

MEMBER FEATURE globally for the four, five and seven-litre pack sizes, not just visually but also in terms of handling and environmental friendliness,” FUCHS Brand and Channel Marketing Manager, Australasia, India and South East Asia, Anthony Ficarra, said. “With a premium new bottle design featuring clearly structured labels, images, pictograms and lubricant quality categories, the FUCHS new small pack range is ‘easy to choose’. “Thanks to improved ergonomics in the redesigned bottles and a new tamper proof screw cap, FUCHS’ new small pack range is ‘easy to use.’ “And manufactured using recycled and recyclable packaging via a CO2-compensated production process as well as improved residual emptying, FUCHS’ new small pack range is ‘easy on the environment.”

The Magnificent Seven

The building has been designed to Five-star Green Star design standards, which includes a 99kW solar array and electric vehicle charging stations.

of the overall FUCHS sustainability strategy,” FUCHS Sustainability Manager Australasia, India and South East Asia, Thomas Blaikie, said.

Energy from the Sun

“At its peak output, the solar systems across both sites can generate up to 30 percent of total electricity required to power the manufacturing plants.”

Sustainability is important to both FUCHS and its customers and the new NDC is not the only facility harnessing the power of the sun to ensure sustainable operations. Large solar power arrays have also been installed atop the Sunshine and Beresfield plants. “The energy from the sun supports a sustainable manufacturing environment which is a key part

New Easy Small Pack Range FUCHS says that being first choice means it needs to make it easier for customers to choose and use the right FUCHS lubricant. “That is why we have optimised our small packs

FUCHS Lubricants Sunshine Manufacturing Plant

With the ever increasing size and complexity of the Australian car parc, it is becoming more and more difficult for workshops to ensure that they are equipped with the right lubricants to best serve their customers. “FUCHS’ core automotive workshop lubricant range, known as the Magnificent Seven, has been designed specifically to address this issue which is why FUCHS continues to be first choice,” Anthony said. “Featuring FUCHS’ high level of OEM approvals and advanced technology, workshops can be assured that their customers are receiving the highest performance and reliability for their vehicles, whilst at the same time – consolidating their lubricant stocking levels and reducing working capital.”

Rego Lookup Creating the perfect engine oil is a science, but choosing one for your vehicle shouldn’t be. “Thanks to FUCHS Rego Lookup, choosing the right lubricants for the job has never been easier!” Anthony said. “Workshops and customers alike can visit or simply scan the QR code which takes them directly to the easy to use platform.” “When they enter their vehicle’s registration, they will receive a comprehensive good, better, best list of lubricants to suit their vehicle, including engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and coolant.” “Don’t have the vehicle’s registration details? Not a problem! Users can also enter the vehicle’s make and model to access the same information.” “This even applies to light and heavy commercial vehicles, tractors and farming machinery, earthmoving, construction and industrial vehicles and equipment, and even marine equipment.” For more from FUCHS Lubricants, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



THE MAHLE EFFECT ACS RELEASES NEW SINGLE MASS FLYWHEEL KITS TO COUNTER ALTERNATOR FAILURE For BT-50, D-Max and Hiace The experts at MAHLE say you should keep in mind the following when replacing an alternator

When looking to find the cause of an alternator failure, uncovered is already half the job done, with MAHLE encouraging you to “grab leaks by the collar.” Just like with other components in the engine compartment, it is important to check the area. This will usually help track down the cause of the defect quickly, and the first clue is oily residue – this immediately tells you that something is wrong here. But how does engine oil even get into the alternator? Serious defects often have a simple cause: a small leak in the cylinder head area, or just carelessness when adding engine oil or changing the oil filter, and then the damage is already done.

The results include increased brush sparking and increased wear, overheating of the voltage regulator, and seized brushes. Oil and carbon dust bond together to form a slurry-like mass and become electrically conductive. When the “slurry” builds up between the slip rings on the rotor and the alternator housing, sooner or later there will be a short circuit. MAHLE therefore recommends that you: • Always cover the alternator with a rag when changing the oil filter. • Track down and fix any leaks in the engine, fuel system, or hydraulic system. • Always thoroughly clean up engine oil, diesel, and hydraulic residues.

Alternators for heavyweights, too MAHLE Aftermarket provides OE quality for the ten largest manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and it has plans to offer alternators for 80 percent of all commercial vehicle applications in the future. For more information, visit or email to 76

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Australian Clutch Services has recently released a new range of standard and heavy-duty single mass flywheel conversion clutch kits for the 2020-on Mazda BT-50/Isuzu D-Max 3.0L and the 2019-on Toyota Hiace 2.8L. These new kits are offered under the ClutchPro (Standard) and Xtreme Outback (Heavy Duty) brands and are available now through ACS’ nationwide distributor network. The new clutch kits for the 2020-on Mazda BT50 and Isuzu D-Max 3.0L have been designed as direct fit replacements. The ClutchPro kit offers a single-mass flywheel conversion for improved strength and reusability along with a wide-angle damper organic friction disc which has been integrated to minimise the increased noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) that is often introduced by a reduction in dampening when converting from a dual mass style flywheel. The kit comes complete with everything required for installation including flywheel bolts, pressure plate bolts, release bearing, spigot bearing and alignment tool. ACS explains the new Xtreme Outback alternate for this kit offers all the kit inclusions found in the ClutchPro kit whilst increasing the clamping force by 35 percent, which it says is ideal for modified vehicles that require a higher torque holding capability. “Our single mass flywheel conversion kits for the Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-Max help to fill a gap in the market for our distributor network who are seeing increased demand for these products,” Australian Clutch Services Sales Manager, Colin Jevons, said. “Like all ACS products, these kits have been through an extensive development process to ensure excellent performance and quality and we are proud to bring these exciting new kits to the market for such popular vehicles.” The new ACS Hiace single mass conversion

kits also fill a gap in the market for these highly demanded products. “Our standard replacement and heavy-duty clutch options for the previous generation Hiace models have always proven popular in the market,” Colin said. “With these vehicles being used for trade purposes and often having very high mileage under tough conditions, the opportunity to change to a single mass flywheel is a popular option and combined with our Xtreme Outback heavy-duty upgrade, we expect this to be a very popular option for our customer base.” Each kit for the Hiace comes complete with flywheel bolts, release bearing, pressure plate bolts, spigot bearing and alignment tool. ACS explains these kits also integrate a wide-angle damper disc to minimise the changes to NVH and the Xtreme Outback upgrade offers an additional 18 percent clamping force for those using the vehicles for towing heavy loads regularly. “Each of our new kits are offered as complete clutch solutions with everything required for the installation in one box,” Colin said. “We put a lot of work into ensuring that all of our ACS clutch kits, whether it is our standard replacement ClutchPro range, truck and bus ClutchPro Commercial range or our Xtreme Clutch and Xtreme Outback performance upgrades, are available as a complete clutch kit with all of the accessories the installer may need for ease of installation and to offer maximum durability to the new clutch.” ACS is a specialist in standard replacement and performance upgrade clutch components and systems. A part of GUD Holdings Limited, ACS is the parent company of leading brands ClutchPro, Xtreme Clutch, Xtreme Outback, ClutchPro Commercial, AG Clutch and Classic Clutch. Operating for more than 30 years, ACS is based in a purpose-built warehouse in the industrial hub of Adelaide, incorporating Manufacturing, Research and Development, Sales and Service, Warehousing, and Distribution into the one facility. For more information, please visit or call 1800 CLUTCH.



Updating Diesel Filtration is a delight, says Sakura Filters In the ever-evolving world of automotive technology, every gearhead knows that water and diesel is a bad combination. Sakura Filters says that is why, when it comes to keeping your diesel 4WDs and Utes in top condition, Filter Guard is the unsung hero you never knew you needed. And now, it is available in a new spin-on version. Filter Guard is not just a filter, with Sakura Filters describing it as your engine’s best friend in the fight against diesel impurities.

It utilises a fuel-water separator to ensure water and other nasties are removed before it can cause faults with vital engine components. Sakura Filters explains that vehicle/engine manufacturers are unlikely to warrant an engine if contaminated fuel is found. It says this means each time you fill up, you roll the dice, never knowing if you will get a bad batch. In most cases, your factory fuel filter will be sufficient, but Sakura Filters says Filter Guard ensures that water and bacterial blooms are removed and the cleanest fuel possible flows through your engine’s veins, helping to keep your injection system and engine contaminant free. Now, Sakura Filters says Filter Guard’s latest update is here to take filtration to a whole new level. A high-volume spin-on version has been introduced, with Sakura Filters stating it is “spinning heads and winning hearts amongst diesel fanatics.” Similar to its predecessor, this spin-on assembly can cater to various filtration needs with 30, 10, or 2-micron elements.

Plus, it comes with AN-6 or AN-8 adaptors, so you can tailor it to your specific needs. Whatever your needs, Sakura Filters says Filter Guard has you covered – and you can fit these spin-on filters to your pre-existing Filter Guard brackets with just a little tweak here and there. What’s more, these spin-on elements may be shorter in stature to make draining/maintenance a breeze, but they also pack a punch with more media than their predecessor. In conclusion, Sakura Filters states that its Filter Guard is not just a filter; it is a trusted sidekick for your diesel engine. With the introduction of the spin-on version, Sakura Filters is updating and increasing its range with new vehicle-specific kits. For more information, visit

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These stainless steel braided brake hoses for 4x4 are available from Australian Automotive Parts Australian Automotive Parts (AAP) states that Ultima Performance stainless steel braided brake hoses are highly regarded in the automotive industry for their superior performance and durability compared to traditional rubber brake hoses. These braided brake hoses have been designed for 4x4 applications and pair nicely with the Ultima Slotted 4x4 rotors and brake pads. They are made from a combination of (304 series) stainless-steel outer wire braid and an inner PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) tube, which AAP notes provides several benefits. Firstly, stainless steel braided brake hoses offer improved strength and resistance to expansion under high pressure. This characteristic helps to maintain consistent

brake pedal feel and responsiveness, especially during aggressive braking manoeuvres or under heavy loads. The stainless-steel outer braid acts as a reinforcement layer, preventing the hose from expanding or bulging when subjected to high hydraulic pressures. This ensures that the brake system operates efficiently and reliably, even in demanding conditions. Secondly, these braided brake hoses have excellent resistance to abrasion, corrosion, and heat. The stainless-steel outer braid protects the inner PTFE tube from external damage, such as road debris or contact with other components. Additionally, the PTFE inner tube is highly resistant to corrosion caused by moisture or harsh chemicals commonly found in brake fluids. Moreover, stainless steel braided brake hoses can withstand high temperatures (-70°C to 280°C) generated during braking without compromising their structural integrity. Furthermore, Ultima’s performance stainless steel braided brake hoses offer improved longevity compared to rubber hoses. Rubber hoses are prone to degradation over time due to exposure to heat, moisture, and chemicals. They can become brittle, crack, or develop leaks, leading to reduced braking performance and potential safety hazards. In contrast, stainless steel braided brake hoses have a longer service life due to their superior resistance to environmental factors and wear.

Additionally, AAP explains these braided brake hoses provide enhanced pedal feel and feedback. The PTFE inner tube has a smoother surface compared to rubber hoses, resulting in reduced friction within the brake system. This translates into a more responsive and precise braking experience for the driver. The improved pedal feel allows for better modulation and control, making it easier to apply the brakes with the desired amount of force. AAP says it is important to note that while performance stainless steel braided brake hoses offer numerous advantages, their installation and maintenance should be performed correctly. Proper installation techniques, such as using the appropriate fittings and ensuring proper torque specifications, are crucial to ensure a secure and leak-free connection. Regular inspection and maintenance, including checking for signs of wear or damage, are also essential to ensure the continued reliability and performance of these brake hoses. For more information, visit


Most motorists take their brake pads for granted and are happy to let their mechanic or service centre fit the replacement components they recommend without any consultation. Brake pads are just brake pads, right? Well not exactly, says Bendix. Although pads generally look similar in appearance, there can be significant differences in the brake friction materials that they use. Not only do these materials vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, there are also differences depending on the vehicle’s application. Even within the same range of brake pads, there can be variations in the composition of the friction material. Taking Bendix’s 4WD/SUV Brake Pads as an example, the make-up of a set of pads to suit a Toyota LandCruiser is not the same as a set developed for a RAV4. The differences consider factors such as vehicle weight and towing capacity. When making vehicle-specific friction material

formulas, Bendix makes adjustments to the core ingredients. These typically consist of a mixture of abrasive friction materials, filler materials including calcium fluoride and other minerals that help deliver wear benefits, lubricants such as graphite and petroleum coke, fibres including aramid fibre (Kevlar) and rockwool to reduce heat transfer, and finally resin to bind the ingredients. Bendix uses 15 or more different ingredients in its ceramic brake pads from a source pool of approximately 220 raw materials, with the final selection depending on the style of brake pad, intended application and vehicle make and model. Low metallic brake pads usually have slightly fewer input materials at around 12 to 15 materials, with semi-metallic often using only five or six materials. In deciding the composition of its brake pad range, Bendix says it calls on the expertise of its in-house

engineers, chemists and technicians based at the company’s Ballarat manufacturing facility. The team has access to the latest technology and equipment to perform chemical analysis, electron microscope scans, physical testing (sheer and compression testing), dynamometer testing and ultimately real-world vehicle testing to ensure all the key performance criteria are met along with Bendix’s own in-house requirements. The final result is an evolving range of highquality brake pads with an incredible emphasis on delivery bespoke braking solutions to suit users’ applications and vehicle type. For more information, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023




There are big differences between top quality and cheap options With fuel filters, it is like so often in life: it is not what is on the outside that makes the difference, but what is on the inside that really matters. Global filtration expert MANN+HUMMEL says that experts know this, and therefore rely on original equipment quality such as that from MANN-FILTER when it comes to changing fuel filters. Modern injection systems react sensitively to impurities in the fuel. Even microscopic particles can cause major damage. MANN+HUMMEL says this is why its brand MANN-FILTER offers fuel filters in original equipment quality with a high degree of filter fineness. It states these filters reliably protect all engines, preventing often expensive breakdowns and repairs, for example, to injectors and cylinders.

The smallest particles in the range of a few micrometers are reliably separated – this is dirt barely visible to the naked eye. Fuel filtration depends on qualities such as high filter efficiency, stability and a long service life. However, in-line fuel filters available on the market vary greatly in terms of type and quality. From the outside, these “cans” generally look very similar. Only a close look inside reveals more about the design, materials and functions of these top-quality filters. To demonstrate this point, MANN+HUMMEL examined two petrol fuel filters which had been in use for many years and have clearly been used in vehicles for longer than the specified service interval. Both were in-line fuel filters with metal housing and still with original seals: one is an OEM quality filter, the other is a low-quality variant. After opening the aluminum housings on a lathe, the cover of the OEM-quality filter was spotlessly clean, and the O-ring remained soft and elastic even after many years; while the front end plate of the low-quality filter was massively deformed, and the filter medium had collapsed. As such, MANN+HUMMEL states it is clearly in the interest of the car owner to regularly replace

the fuel filter with a quality filter. With inferior filters not being much cheaper, MANN+HUMMEL says branded products pay off not only for vehicle owners, but also for workshops, which invest in long-term customer loyalty. “Only a high-quality fuel filter optimally protects the sensitive injection system from abrasion,” MANN-FILTER Product Manager Fuel Filters, Frank Bartel, said. “But from the outside, even experts find it hard to distinguish the performance of the filters. You can find the quality on the inside. For these kinds of situations, you can rely on MANN-FILTER. The MANN-FILTER fuel filter range has almost 94 percent market coverage in Europe, with the current range including more than 980 OE quality fuel filters. For more information, visit or call 02 9621 4700.

REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR YOUR PRIDE AND JOY Superformance says it has been Australia’s direct importer for parts from major American brands since 1978 When it comes to classic American cars, pickup trucks, and vans, the passion for quality parts runs deep among enthusiasts. Whether you are restoring a vintage beauty or looking to upgrade your street machine, finding the right replacement parts can often be a challenging task, especially in Australia. Quality parts for these cars are often manufactured and located in the USA, making it an expensive nightmare to get them imported into Australia. Navigating the logistics of shipping car parts from the United States to Australia can be daunting; the distance, shipping costs, and the intricacies of customs regulations can be overwhelming for individual enthusiasts. This is where Superformance says it comes into play, bridging the gap by offering a diverse range of American automotive parts from major brands both available for direct import and stocked instore. Importing American car parts into Australia requires careful consideration, and Superformance says it has risen to the occasion 80

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to make this process smoother for automotive enthusiasts across the country. Remove the hassle of searching through catalogues and the internet only to find the wrong part that you can’t even import into Australia – the team at Superformance says it can locate and directly import the exact part you need straight from major American automotive brands. Superformance states that it understands that restoring or modding your American car, pickup truck, or van is a labour of love and says that is why it is committed to providing the parts you need, along with the expert guidance and support to make your automotive project a success. Superformance can supply bearings, bodies, brakes, clutch, differential, mounts, hub, panels, electrical, ignition, cooling, heating, fuel, steering, suspension, and more. Superformance says it takes pride in being a direct importer for some of the most renowned American automotive parts brands, delivering high-quality components right to your doorstep in Australia from brands such as AC Delco, Dayco, Dynacorn, Edelbrock, Energy Suspension,

Felpro, Ford, Gates, Monroe, Moog, SMP, US Motorworks, Wagner, amongst others. Situated on Brisbane’s bayside in Capalaba, Superformance is one of Australia’s largest performance automotive superstores. For more information, visit or call 07 3488 7888.


THE ALL-IMPORTANT AIR FILTER RYCO highlights the importance of this replacement part In only 10 minutes, 12,500 litres of air can pass through a car’s air filter. In a country like Australia that is considered a harsh, fine dust environment, that is a lot of dirt that could potentially get through your engine by using an ill-equipped filter. Unlike fuel or oil, air is the only substance in a vehicle that is not required to meet quality standards, because an environment cannot be controlled. This means that the role played by the air filter is an extremely important one. It serves as a good reminder that if you don’t want an engine choking on whatever’s floating in the atmosphere, the first line of defence against this dark entity is the engine’s air filter. RYCO offers its Air Filters as an example, explaining that some RYCO Air Filters can trap dirt that is up to 0.3 microns. For comparison, a human hair is 70 microns. Without investigating with a microscope, the naked eye would not be able to detect all the dirt these air filters capture. It could be hard to gauge the difference between


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RYCO Air Filters and other competitors, but RYCO says it is these microscopic differences that will create a long-lasting effect on a vehicle. For many customers, these filters may look identical, with the same size boxes lining the shelves. However, not all filters are created equal. RYCO states that the testing, development, and performance specifications that its team strives towards is what sets RYCO apart. It is easy to dismiss the necessity for air filters by writing them off as all doing the same thing, or suggesting oil and fuel filters are more important. The oil filter’s one and only job is to clean the lubricating oil, however, it is performing this task with both hands tied behind its back if silicates are allowed into the crankcase. Silicates which enter the engine in the form of dust particles and work their way past the pistons and rings and then contaminate the lubricating oil, can only get in via the air intake. Oil filters, fuel filters, and air filters will always work best if they are all working together to prevent contaminants entering the engine altogether.

RYCO says its engineers share the same goals as most technicians, and that is to ensure a driver’s engine runs without issue without succumbing to a silica-induced failure. As such, RYCO says you can protect the new car warranty of the vehicle you are servicing by using RYCO Filters*. For more information, visit *Conditions apply. Visit the New Vehicle Servicing section at the RYCO Filters website for full details.


CLUTCH INDUSTRIES AUSTRALIA GEARS UP FOR THE US MARKET The automotive aftermarket parts pioneer is getting ready to break into the United States market Clutch Industries Australia says it is gearing up to introduce its groundbreaking innovation, the UniClutch, to the United States. This momentous move marks a significant milestone for the company following a highly successful launch in Australia and New Zealand. The UniClutch, currently available in two variants – UniClutch and UniClutch Sport – has already made waves in the Australian market, offering a plethora of advantages to drivers, technicians, and parts distributors. At the core of the UniClutch’s appeal is its modular dual-core technology, a revolutionary advancement that substantially enhances torque capacity while maintaining excellent drivability. Clutch Industries says that what truly sets UniClutch apart though is its adaptable design, which allows the product to suit a wide range of vehicles. It says this innovation streamlines inventory management and dramatically reduces installation time, making it a “game changer” for the automotive aftermarket industry. Clutch Industries Product Manager, Julian Patane, is excited for the US launch.

“The system’s transformative impact on installation, eliminating the need for flywheel machining thanks to the innovative Flexi Fit system, which enables swift, bolt-on installation,” Julian said. He also highlighted the UniClutch’s appeal to enthusiasts “who want to make their beloved vehicles suitable for daily driving, thanks to its impressive torque capacity without the typical trade-offs in terms of drivability.” The UniClutch system is set to make waves at prominent automotive events, including Automechanika Middle East, where it has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious product of the year award. Clutch Industries is also planning to captivate audiences at SEMA by offering a sneak peek at its latest developments, such as its quad-disc clutch, designed to handle an astonishing 3,500Nm of torque. In the United States, the UniClutch and UniClutch Sport are exclusively available at NAPA Auto Parts, tapping into NAPA’s extensive distribution network of over 5,000 stores.

In Australia, the UniClutch range is available at both Repco and NAPA Auto Parts, making it “a truly global automotive revolution,” ensuring UniClutch’s innovative solutions are readily accessible to a broad audience of automotive enthusiasts and professionals around the world. Clutch Industries states that its UniClutch represents a significant leap forward in automotive technology, offering versatility, performance, and ease of installation that will undoubtedly reshape the automotive aftermarket parts industry, both in Australasia and now in the United States. For more information, please contact your local Repco or NAPA representative.

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ADRAD: MORE THAN COOLING PARTS The company stocks a diverse variety of parts for vehicle repairers ADRAD has proven to be highly successful in providing good quality parts and value for money. Many of these parts wear the ADRAD brand and are sourced from global manufacturers that must meet ADRAD’s stringent standards, meeting or exceeding OE specifications. Naturally, these products carry the same national warranty support from ADRAD’s branch and warehouse network across the country. Everyone knows that ADRAD has an extensive radiator and engine cooling products range, but

the brand has a diverse variety of quality parts to offer vehicle repairers.

ADRAD Gas Struts More than two years ago now, ADRAD released its range of gas struts. These parts are quick and easy to fit, and restore the operation of bonnets, hatches, tailgates and lids back to just like a new vehicle. Even better, ADRAD says they offer exceptionally good value, with a pair of struts selling for around the price of a single strut elsewhere. ADRAD states that quality is certainly not an issue either, with these parts backed by ADRAD’s twoyear national warranty. ADRAD Gas Struts suit 1,800 vehicle applications.

ADRAD Mass Air Flow Sensors Another product range added late last year is Mass Air Flow Sensors (MAFS). In an age where vehicles depend on a constant flow of information to operate correctly and efficiently, sensors are vital. ADRAD states that its MAFS are produced by quality accredited manufacturers and are backed by a national two-year warranty. Further, it explains that they are competitively

priced to provide repairers with excellent value for money. ADRAD says its ever-expanding range of automotive parts are becoming increasingly popular with mechanics and vehicle repairers; with its product selection chosen based on strong customer interest and high vehicle population. ADRAD is quality accredited to ISO9001:2015 which covers both manufacturing and distribution. This means that no matter where they are made, ADRAD’s products adhere to a rigorous quality assurance process as they make their way to the customer and throughout their service life. For more information, speak with your local ADRAD parts distributor or contact the ADRAD Customer Service Team on 1800 882 043 or

SUPERPRO RELEASES WORLD-FIRST SOLUTION For tyre wear on late model D-Max, MU-X and BT-50 SuperPro says late model Isuzu D-Max, MU-X, and Mazda BT-50s are commonly known to suffer from bump steer issues resulting in excess tyre wear. The issue presents itself in standard height vehicles and becomes more prominent as you lift them or add additional weight, like accessories. Prior to now, regular wheel alignments were the only tool available to owners to mitigate some of the excess tyre wear. Now, SuperPro says it has developed a world-first solution for the D-Max, MU-X, and BT-50, that when fitted to a standard height vehicle, reduces bump steer almost entirely. The new Steering Knuckle (TRC6680) bolts straight into the original mounting points in the vehicle and has been e-coated for the ultimate corrosion protection.

Why is bump steer an issue? Bump steer is the change in toe in or toe out as the ride height of a vehicle changes. This occurs constantly while driving as a vehicle oscillates over bumps in the road. This movement is amplified by increased weight from towing, heavy loads, accessories, or when a suspension lift is fitted. An excessive amount

of bump steer is known to cause premature tyre wear.

How does the SuperPro steering knuckle help? The SuperPro steering knuckle relocates the outer tie-rod pickup point to better optimise the steering geometry of the vehicle to reduce the amount of bump-steer at a range of ride heights. When fitted to a lifted vehicle, the steering knuckle reduces overall bump steer by around 75 percent. SuperPro says this figure is reduced by a further 10-15 percent when combined with fixed upper control arms. When the knuckles are installed in a standardheight vehicle, bump steer is reduced to almost zero. “We’ve seen a drastic improvement in the vehicles we’ve test-fitted the steering knuckle to,” Fulcrum Suspensions Capalaba Store Manager, Michael Sargent, said. “To say word spreads quickly is an understatement. We’ve got a backlog of people who want them fitted to their D-Max, yesterday. “Now that the product has been officially released, we can get those customers booked in and get the bump steer problems they’ve been having, fixed.

“I think people are fully aware how much the excess tyre wear is costing them every year and they want it fixed as soon as they can, especially with the pressure on a lot of households at the moment with general costs of living increasing.” The SuperPro steering knuckle is available now through and local stockists. Professional fitment at a suspension service centre is advised. For further information, visit or call 1300 360 922. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023




Bremtec Brakes has announced that its brake pads are now manufactured without copper, as part of the company’s move to make it products more environmentally friendly. “Traditionally, copper is used in the manufacturing of brake pads as it is a durable metal that dissipates heat quickly,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Category Manager – Brake Division, Steve Kreti, said. “The faster the pads dissipate heat, the cooler they run and the better they resist fade. As a result, this improves pedal feel, stopping distance and braking safety. “As brake pads are used, microscopic brake dust particles enter our environment; and with copper not breaking down, it can settle in our waterways and soil, causing long-term harm. “With this in mind, for the past few years, the team at Bremtec have been developing and trialling new formulations that still deliver the ultimate braking performance but are manufactured without copper.” Bremtec Brakes’ new copper-free brake pads


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will soon be launched across the range, and are available from CoolDrive Auto Parts. A trusted solution for distributors, technicians, performance professionals and enthusiasts alike, Bremtec Brakes offers a complete range of aftermarket brake products, all manufactured to exceed original equipment specifications. The Bremtec Brakes range is reportedly tested to the extreme to ensure an exceptional balance of performance, reliability, and comfort, all while remaining environmentally friendly. With more than 4,000 part numbers covering over 21.5 million cars, including all the latest makes and models, Bremtec Brakes says its brake pad and rotor ranges offer cleaner, quieter and safer braking. Bremtec Brakes is just one of the braking brands available at CoolDrive, with other leading brands including Fremax, ICER, Project Mu, Brembo, Bosch, Hulk 4x4 and Stolz to name a few, covering an impressive range of street, performance, track and off-road products. CoolDrive’s entire braking product range is

detailed within its exclusive digital braking catalogue, BrakeBook. With its strong depth of OE references and real-time updates, CoolDrive Auto Parts says BrakeBook simplifies the ordering of replacement parts, with users able to search in a variety of ways, including through vehicle make and model, a VIN search, rego search, or by part number. CoolDrive also has an extensive range of quality consumables, including brake fluids, cleaners, greases, and lubes, plus a dedicated Support Team to assist with technical queries. For further information, please visit


‘MADE-IN AUSTRALIA’ BY DISC BRAKES AUSTRALIA DBA says its locally made products are more in demand than ever Local business Disc Brakes Australia says it has transformed from being Australia’s leading brake rotor manufacturer into a premium, complete brake solutions supplier. Nearly 50 years since manufacturing its first ever brake rotor for a Holden HD, Disc Brakes Australia is going from strength to strength. “Australian manufacturing will always be at the core of what we do. It is what has made this company strong, it is the foundation of what we stand on today, it’s how we continue to learn,” DBA General Manager, Phillip Joseph, said. With its head office based in the Sydney suburb of Silverwater, the business firmly believes in its competitive advantage by keeping its core competencies local. “You always hear about Australian manufacturing struggling, being dead,” Phillip said. “But that’s not generally true. If you have the right product, R&D and intellectual property, and the right cost structure to produce it, there definitely is a case for ‘made in Australia.’ “Especially since the pandemic, we are seeing a lot of interest in supporting local business, rather than in importers that don’t provide the level of customer support we do.” Manufacturing, in DBA’s view, is more than machinery making parts, but a holistic view of the value chain. “The market research, the engineering, the product design, all the way to the strategic sourcing of raw materials – which by the way are 100 percent ethically sourced – the management of external partners along the supply chain, packaging and last but not least the marketing and sale of the product; we see these as integrated parts of the manufacturing process,” Phillip said.

DBA rotor hat machining at their Sydney manufacturing plant


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The days of DBA solely making and selling brake rotors are obviously gone. “We want to support customers in all their braking solutions. While we clearly see ourselves as the leader in rotor design and manufacturing, these days we aim to be a full-range supplier of brake components,” Phillip said. To achieve this, DBA’s design and engineering teams works closely with external partners who have built extensive knowledge in the production of brake pads, brake hydraulics and other, ancillary brake products. For all of them, the same wholistic view is applied. “Our brake pads, in fact all our braking products, are as impressive as our rotors in terms of design, manufacturing standards, quality, and performance,” Phillip said. When it comes to its ever-growing product portfolio, DBA these days thinks and operates in application categories more than product lines. This means three product tiers, being OE replacement, Upgrade and Performance. “Essentially, we cover every application, from a daily driver to the motorsport application, following a ‘good, better, best’ philosophy,” Phillip said. “Street Series (SS) is our label for anything OEreplacement. Our internal benchmark is to meet OE specifications or, as is often the case, exceed them. “We also pride ourselves on the most comprehensive vehicle coverage for the Australian car parc, including our ambition of being first-to-market whenever a new car hits Australian roads and demand for replacement or upgrade parts sets in.” Street Series is also the most comprehensive range in terms of the product types. Not only does it offer brake rotors/drums and pads, including those specifically developed for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, but also offers brake calipers, hydraulic master and wheel cylinders, brake hoses, and brake wear sensors. “Anyone opting for a Street Series product is guaranteed to be buying equal if not superior quality compared with the original part they are replacing,” Phillip said. The next level up is what DBA calls its Upgrade range. “The 4000 Series is our most versatile rotor and has proven its worth in countless 4WD, heavy towing, GVM upgrade, rally and track day applications, often under the most gruelling conditions that would send vehicles equipped with inferior products heading for the hoist,” Phillip said. Featuring DBA’s patented Kangaroo Paw ventilation design, this non-handed, direct replacement single piece rotor is cast from high-carbon alloyed iron and undergoes extra Thermal Stability Profiling (TSP) treatment.

Other features include DBA’s unique Thermographic Heat Paint (TGHP) stripes that change colour at particular temperature thresholds, thus aiding with the heat management of the brake system, and the optional, bi-directional T3 slot design, which enhances pedal feel and braking consistency. The 4000 Series rotor is best complemented by either Street Performance or Xtreme Performance pads. Street Performance is DBA’s most popular upgrade pad. It is aimed at drivers seeking notably improved braking characteristics over traditional OE brake pads. It was developed to provide an immediate and effective friction response to pedal application. Alternatively, drivers looking for extra bite and friction consistency from low to high temperatures might opt for Xtreme Performance. The range is best suited for performance cars and heavyduty applications, where higher friction levels are required to safely brake under extreme conditions. “Finally, our premium product is the two-piece 5000 Series performance rotor, with the aerospacegrade aluminium used to manufacture our extra lightweight hats, which helps reduce the unsprung mass of the vehicle and provide superior steering and braking characteristics.” Phillip explains. “It bears all the patents and hallmarks of the 4000 Series rotor. A notable benefit is that customers who wear out their brakes by taking their cars to race events have the option of replacing the rings only and reuse the hats, making this one of the most cost-effective alternatives in the market.” There are several options when it comes to pairing the 5000 Series rotors with the best suited bake pad. “The XP pad as described earlier should be your choice if you are looking for a serious performance upgrade while still using the car on road. If, however, you are in need of a serious track pad that should not be used on public roads, then DBA’s brand-new Race Performance (RP) pad might just be for you,” Phillip said. For more information contact DBA on 1800 730 039 or


WHICH BILSTEIN SHOCK ABSORBER IS SUITABLE FOR WHICH APPLICATION? The seventh episode of “Suspension Fundamentals” answers this question What characterises Bilstein B4, B6 and B8? In the seventh episode of the “Suspension Fundamentals – powered by Bilstein Academy” video series, shock absorber experts Rainer Popiol and Mustafa Yavuz give important tips on how automotive professionals can offer their workshop customers the right shock absorber from Bilstein.

Bilstein B4 OE replacement shock absorbers Bilstein Master Mechanic Mustafa Yavuz says Bilstein B4 OE replacement shock absorbers offer a driving experience just like on the first day. “In most cases, our Bilstein B4 OE replacement shock absorber is the right choice,” Mustafa said. “If the customer was satisfied with the driving characteristics of the intact OE suspension, then the B4 is exactly the right shock absorber for them. After all, it restores the optimal driving experience, just like on the first day. “This shock absorber offers the highest OE quality and has a high market coverage and availability, so workshops cannot go too wrong with it.”

Bilstein B6 shock absorbers The Bilstein B6 shock absorber offers higher performance reserves for a variety of demanding everyday situations. With its special damper setting, it is particularly suitable for vehicles that are often heavily loaded,

for trailer operation (caravans) or for cars with a gas tank. The use of BILSTEIN B6 shock absorbers is also recommended for external loads such as a bicycle carrier with heavy e-bikes. This is because the additional weight in the rear area greatly increases the drawbar load acting on the rear axle, which impairs driving stability. But even dynamic drivers benefit from the improved driving characteristics, says Bilstein, which notes a particular advantage is that an additional spring change is not necessary, and thus no lowering. Since 2022, there has also been a special product line, Bilstein B6 Camper and B6 Camper Advanced, especially for camper vans. “For all these applications, we have our Bilstein B6 high-performance shock absorber, which offers better damping performance and thus maximum driving stability and comfort,” Mustafa said. “Just like the Bilstein B4, the Bilstein B6 can be installed according to the plug-and-play principle.” Each vehicle application for the Bilstein B6 shock absorber is developed in the so-called Bilstein road test and has to pass an extensive range of tests, as the head of the Bilstein Academy, Rainer Popiol, reveals. “The tests we run are unique in the aftermarket,” Rainer said.

“Many other manufacturers of shock absorbers solely increase the damping force to enable higher loads. “Bilstein, however, tests the handling extensively in a wide variety of driving situations to be able to work out the perfect characteristic curves.”

Bilstein B8 Based on the B6 shock absorber, Bilstein has also developed the B8 shock absorber, which it says is the perfect OE replacement shock absorber for lowered vehicles. “It is the perfect high-performance shock absorber for especially racy driving,” Mustafa said. “It is shortened and can thus ensure the preload of lowering springs or sports springs. “The Bilstein B8 shock absorber is designed for almost all lowering spring sets and OE sports suspensions and offers a noticeable advantage in terms of safety and sportiness.” To view the episode in full, visit Bilstein’s YouTube channel. For more information, visit Photo: Copyright BILSTEIN 2022

A WIDE ARRAY OF REPLACEMENT PARTS Unique Auto Parts says it has you covered

Unique Auto Parts first began trading back in the mid-90s as a three-bay mechanical which specialised in Mercedes Benz. But as a gap opened up in the market, it shifted focus to the supply of replacement parts. Unique Auto Parts explains that by the end of the mid-90s, it was becoming more and more difficult to source parts for European vehicles in Australia while the demand was growing higher than ever. It was at this point that Unique Auto Parts says it began to search the world in order to find the highest quality products to supply to Australian workshops. Fast forward to the present day and Unique Auto Parts says it has made a name for itself in the industry for supplying quality new parts for Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda, Audi, Volvo, Peugeot, Renault, Porsche, Citroen, Mini, Land Rover and Alfa/Fiat. This includes a full range of replacement parts for both passenger and light commercial parts.

Unique Auto Parts says it has formed bonds with some of the world’s most prominent aftermarket manufacturers and has the Australian exclusive import and distribution rights to JP Group, Quinton Hazell and Car Lube products, while other great brands include Meyle, Trucktec, Bosch, SKF, Hella, Mahle and more recently Brembo and Elring. Unique Auto Parts states that it imports stock directly with containers landing continuously throughout the year, ensuring its warehouses are stocked full. Parts in stock range from water pumps and radiators to steering and suspension components including struts, shock absorbers, suspension arms, bushes, steering rack ends, tie rod ends, power steering pumps and power steering fluid. A full range of brake parts consisting of zinc coated brake discs, brake pads and reliable brake sensors and high-quality electrical items including alternators, starter motors, ignition coils and spark plugs are also available.

Other replacement parts include gaskets, seals and a large range of filters including oil, air, fuel and cabin. With five convenient locations around Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, Unique Auto Parts says it is well placed to provide a quick delivery service using a combination of its own fleet of delivery drivers and “the fastest and most efficient” couriers. It reports it has also simplified the ordering process by using VIN or rego numbers to help identify parts correctly. For more information, visit or call 1300 864 864 to be connected to your nearest branch. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023




CORGHI made a commitment to servicing motor vehicle air conditioning businesses in Australia, and says its Tecnomotor A/C 1600 does just that. The Tecnomotor is an automatic station for cars and light-duty vehicles employing R-134a (A/C 1600). This machine is a fully automatic A/C station incorporating both manual and automatic functions, recovery-recycle-recharge, and Hybrid vehicle management. As expected in today’s workshop environment the machine also has a seven-inch 800 x 480pixel TFT-LCD colour screen with simple to see and understand diagrams plus wireless connectivity.

TLC FOR YOUR A/C The summer season is fast approaching

Unique Auto Parts says now is the time to give your vehicle’s air con the TLC it deserves to make sure it is running at peak efficiency for another Australian summer. Unique Auto Parts stocks many air conditioning parts for European makes, including Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Mini, BMW, Skoda, Seat, Citroen, Porsche, Renault, Volvo, Peugeot, Audi, Land Rover and Fiat/Alpha. Parts in stock include everything vital to ensuring your air conditioning system is running at maximum effectiveness such as receiver driers, TX valves, evaporators, pressure switches, blower fans, cabin filters and more to suit both passenger and commercial vehicles. Unique Auto Parts also stocks compressors and condensers to keep the cold air flowing. Unique Auto Parts has five stores located around Victoria, Brisbane and Perth that provide a quick delivery service to the surrounding area, as well as close working relationships with many couriers which allow quick and efficient delivery Australia wide.

In addition to air conditioning components, Unique Auto Parts says it also has an unbeatable range of parts on their shelves including brake systems, steering and suspension parts, filters, clutches, alternators and starter motors, engine and transmission mounts, cooling systems and electrical and ignition components. All parts stocked by Unique Auto Parts come from quality suppliers such as the prominent aftermarket manufacturers JP Group, Quinton Hazell and Carlube, who are all exclusively imported and distributed by Unique Auto Parts, as well as Meyle, Hella, Mahle, Mann Filter, Bosch, SKF and most recently Brembo and Elring. For more information, call Unique Auto Parts on 1300 864 864 or email

ALEMLUBE: KEEPING YOU COMFORTABLE A range of premium air conditioning stations are on offer The CORGHI Tecnomotor A/C 1600 is capable of working with today’s hybrid vehicle systems and has a refrigerant tank capacity of 12 kg. Its full flushing and automatic refrigerant recovery functions mean operators can work on any vehicle with confidence. Inside the workshop-friendly casing there is a rotary compressor with a recovery efficiency of more than 98 percent, three oil tanks each 250ml capacity, and the casing sits on a set of sturdy lockable wheels to make manoeuvring around a busy workshop easy and quick. The automatic phases are: • Oil and refrigerant recovery • Vacuum • Micro leak testing • New oil and refrigerant charging. Maintenance is readily achieved via the rear access door plus there is a range of accessories available such as an electronic leak detector with nitrogen, purity analysers, a printer kit, and spare hoses. For more information, call 1800 CORGHI (267444) or visit 90

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Throughout Australia, Alemlube says it has built a reputation for excellence in distribution, sales and total support of all automotive workshop servicing products. Alemlube notes that a distinct and unique advantage of purchasing automotive air conditioning service units from its team is the country wide installation, service and support network provided by automotive workshop equipment industry experts. Alemlube states that its team provides an industry leading approach to product knowledge, advice and after sales support. The company says its air conditioning systems are easy to use and operate and explains that they recover, recycle, evacuate and recharge R134A refrigerant with excellent efficiency and consistency. Alemlube reports that it uses proven and tested technology to ensure that the correct amount of new refrigerant and lubricant is used as per the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation, while an extensive database and printer are also provided. Vacuum tests are easily performed to ensure that there are no cracks or damage to the customer’s vehicle air conditioning system that could cause gas to leak out.

With flow rates of up to 142 litres per minute, the recharging process can be completed within 30 minutes, providing fully replaced refrigerant for operating air conditioners providing refreshing cool air on demand. The Alemlube premium air conditioning stations include a free bonus UV light kit and UV glasses that work with the units ability to add UV tracer dye into the vehicle’s AC system to detect fine leaks which makes repairing easier to achieve. Solid, reliable and built to last, Alemlube says its air conditioning service units utilise the latest technology available and are an excellent addition to vehicle workshops. For more information, visit



The new Bosch cabin filter, for reliable protection against harmful substances Following extensive air-quality tests, the independent certification body OFI CERT, based in Vienna, Austria, has officially confirmed the quality of FILTER+pro, the new generation of Bosch cabin filters. Among other things, it tested how well allergens are filtered and reduced, as well as the filter’s ability to reduce the risk of germ transmission. The modified Bosch FILTER+pro will supersede the proven FILTER+ in the course of the year.

Bosch explains the FILTER+pro is an improvement on its predecessor, not only dealing with allergens, pollen, fine particulates, harmful gases and bacteria, but also combating viruses and mould.

Clean air and a boost for safety and efficiency In the FILTER+pro, several filter layers work in combination to ensure the best possible cabin-air quality. An antimicrobial layer works efficiently against viruses, bacteria, and pollen and inhibits fungal growth. A carbon layer neutralises harmful gases and unpleasant odours, while an ultrafine microfiber layer filters out more than 98 percent of all particulate matter measuring more than 2.5 microns. In this way, the cabin filters also contribute to road safety – allergic reactions can be reduced, such as sneezing, which can be potentially dangerous at the wheel. And in addition, windows steam over less, and on the inside of the windshield there are fewer deposits that can contribute to dazzle.

Deposits in the air-conditioning system are also reduced, which helps keep it functioning properly. With its range of cabin filters for workshops and the aftermarket – whether standard filters, carbon filters, or the new FILTER+pro – Bosch says it now covers 96 percent of all passenger cars in Europe. For hybrid and electric vehicles, market coverage is also very high, at 95 percent. Bosch now offers a total of 650 different cabin filters, which cover roughly 320 million vehicles in Europe. For nearly every customer, therefore, workshops have the right Bosch cabin filter, says Bosch. To maintain filter performance, Bosch recommends that the cabin filters be replaced every 15,000 kilometers, or at least once a year. For more from Bosch, visit

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CoolDrive Auto Parts has expanded its air-conditioning offerings, adding new Jayair and Bosch products The latest products from Jayair and Bosch are now available on the shelves of CoolDrive Auto Parts as part of its expanded air-conditioning range. Jayair has been a leading brand in the automotive air conditioning space for more than 40 years, with components for both passenger vehicles and heavy-duty applications. Headlining the new offerings is a A2L Vacuum Pump, which is a two-stage direct pump suitable for use with A2L refrigerant – R1234yf, R134a, R404A and R32. With a 150 litre per minute (L/M) direct drive, the unit achieves a deep 25-micron vacuum. The 1440 low RPM, high-torque motor delivers a long life, and the unit includes a solenoid valve to protect the system if a power failure occurs. There is also a new Jayair A2L Refrigerant Recovery Unit, an oil-less, single-cylinder, air-cooled machine, capable of recovering all commonly used refrigerants. With a thermally protected brushless DC motor and impressive high recovery rates – liquid 2.0kg/min, vapour 0.293 kg/min, push/pull

5.93kg/min – CoolDrive Auto Parts says the unit is a must-have for any workshop dealing with vehicle air-conditioning. Jayair has also introduced dedicated A2L Refrigerant Recovery Recycling Cylinders, in further support to its customers already reaping the financial benefits of recovering and recycling their R134a refrigerant. With R1234yf classified as a dangerous good, the Jayair cylinders meet AS 2030.5 and are clearly marked with one of the Class 2.1 flammable gas labels, and colour coded to identify either Recovery (yellow), or Red to define A2L refrigerant. Complementing these new Jayair arrivals are the new Bosch ACS 563 and ACS 553 service units, for both R1234yf and R134a AC systems. These new additions to the range offer the right balance between performance and functionality, covering service tasks such as refrigerant recovery, recycling, and refrigerant recharging. CoolDrive Auto Parts says these advantages are available at a budget-friendly price, ensuring both cost-effectiveness and quality.

CoolDrive also offers a full spectrum of Bosch ACS Series vehicle air conditioning service units, in a number of different specifications, with the systems feature-packed to include a wide range of user-friendly advancements. Moreover, CoolDrive Auto Parts explains that all Bosch charging stations come with a solid twoyear warranty, further enhancing their reputation for reliability and quality. For further information on the new additions and the entire air-conditioning range, visit


Spring and autumn are ideal times for cabin air filter replacement Efficient HVAC in summer is a driver’s desire. Warm, dry months see heavy pollen and pollutants, affecting filter efficiency. Come winter, this leads to foggy windows, reduced heating, and unpleasant odors. Apart from timing, what happens if you wait too long to change the filter? As you drive, a large amount of air enters your vehicle, carrying pollen, dust, smoke and more. These tiny particles can harm your health by causing inflammation and allergies. Cabin air filters protect you by stopping these harmful elements. This ensures clean air, clear windows, and helps you to focus. Additionally, these filters safeguard your heating and AC systems from dirty air. So, you can breathe easy and stay healthy on the road.

it states the only way to maintain a low level of contamination is by replacing the filter regularly.

Cleaning rules

However, MAHLE says it is best to change them once a year or after 15,000 km, stating that seeing the old filter is a strong reminder to get a new one.

odors and gases like nitrogen oxides, gasoline fumes, and ozone.

More carbon, more output

Filters capture larger particles first, and then smaller ones. MAHLE encourages you to make sure it is installed properly to maximise dirt absorption. For more information, email or visit

Cleaning is only effective if three conditions are met: 1. Filter element and housing have an exact fit. 2. High-quality filter medium with uniform, stable pleat geometry. 3. Low level of contamination. MAHLE says that with its Original and KNECHT filters, the first two criteria are easily met, but 94

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Here’s why: • Dirt trapped in the filter can lead to mould and bacteria growth, causing bad smells and health risks. • A blocked filter loses its effectiveness, resulting in up to six times more pollutants inside compared to outdoor air. It can also harm the heating/cooling system’s performance. • More contamination means more resistance in the filter, causing foggy windows and straining the fan motor.

Just replace it MAHLE cabin filters are designed to suit the replacement intervals specified by the vehicle manufacturers, which can be up to 24 months.

MAHLE says its clean solutions are available as pure particulate filters (LA), holding back solid substances such as pollen or fine particulates, or as powerful three-layer combination filters with activated carbon layer (LAK), which also absorb

Installation matters


SAVE WITH ADRAD AIR-CONDITIONING COMPRESSOR KITS Since their launch back in 2018, Adrad says its air-conditioning compressor kits have been a huge success The convenience of having all essential replacement air-conditioning parts packaged together in a range that has grown to over 200 kits and covers 1800 vehicle applications is something that air conditioning repairs have really embraced. Adrad says it has earned a reputation for having an extremely well supported and comprehensive national warranty system. This covers all the parts it manufactures and distributes and the company says it is a foundation component of Adrad’s ISO9001:2015 quality accreditation. An Adrad air-conditioning compressor kit includes the compressor, condenser, compressor oil, thermal expansion valve (or orifice tube), and a receiver drier/accumulator. Hoses and fittings can be cleaned out and refitted but the critical parts are all new. The kit includes a bottle of airconditioning system treatment and system guard straps for security and tamper protection. You even get a measuring cup!

As well as saving time and money when ordering, these kits include the benefit of a huge three-year national warranty. Adrad says it is a benefit that can be passed on to the vehicle owner by the repairer and used as a valuable tool to boost trade without compromising on price. A longer warranty gives both the repairer and customer peace of mind and can be the deciding factor when choosing between similarly priced alternatives.

As an added incentive, Adrad air-conditioning compressor kits to suit the VE Commodore (PKIT08) and PX Ranger (PKIT43) will be offered at special discounted prices during November. Adrad air-conditioning compressor kits are available to order online at the Radshop or Natrad Trade websites. For more information and details of your nearest stockist, contact Adrad on 1800 882 043.

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The Jayair LeakXpose is available now from CoolDrive Auto Parts CoolDrive Auto Parts says the latest leak detection solution from Jayair is a must-have for workshops this air-conditioning season. The new LeakXpose N2/H2 Nitrogen Hydrogen solution comprises of a non-flammable mixture of 95 percent nitrogen and five percent hydrogen that can quickly identify leaks in automotive airconditioning systems. When the system is pressurised with the LeakXpose trace gas, due to hydrogen’s small molecular size and low density, even the smallest of leaks can be found with a suitable electronic leak detector.

The new LeakXpose solution from Jayair is more effective than other leak detection methods such as liquid spray – which can still be applied using your traditional leak detection methods. Plus, being predominantly comprised of nitrogen, this solution is non-toxic and environmentally safe. Also new to the Jayair range is a straight Nitrogen N2 solution which can be used to purge airconditioning systems by helping to absorb moisture trapped within the unit and flushing out contaminates. Both of these new Jayair products are available in disposable cylinders, which provide easy handling and storage, ideal for mobile service repairs or jobs with limited access. CoolDrive Auto Parts says a key additional benefit of these disposable cylinders, in addition to no ongoing rental fees, is that workshops now have a quantifiable cost that be allocated against individual repairs. These new Jayair leak detection solutions are available individually, in multi-packs, or in kits which also include accompanying coupler, hose, regulator and leak detector. For further information, visit 96

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AIR CONDITIONING CONDENSER FANS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL Air flow through the air conditioning condenser plays a vital role in determining the efficiency of an air conditioning system

Many of us take it for granted when we switch on our vehicle’s air conditioning unit, that it should produce a sufficient, cool air flow in the cabin that provides a welcome relief from the warmer, climatic conditions. One very vital component which assists in this process is the electric fan which pushes or pulls air through the air conditioning condenser to assist with heat transfer. The AC condenser is the major component and functions as a heat exchanger for the AC system, converting the refrigerant from a gas to liquid so it can flow through the AC system. The heat generated can only be expelled if a strong efficient electric condenser fan is deployed to remove this heat quickly and efficiently. If the condenser becomes too hot, it will not convert the refrigerant into cooled liquid form. The electric fan must always keep the AC condenser cool so it can continue to efficiently convert the gas into liquid and keep the AC system operating correctly. The more heat one can remove from the condenser, the cooler the air in the cabin. A defective or inefficient electric fan can cause problems with the entire AC system. Australian-owned and operated cooling technologies manufacturer, Davies, Craig warns that a proliferation of imported fans has emerged over recent years which are very similar in appearance but have dubious performance. Consequently, Davies, Craig states they are not fit for purpose; not generating the effective CFM required to produce sufficient air flow through the system’s condenser to deliver satisfactory air conditioning to overcome Australia’s hot, harsh climate. Davies, Craig designed and created the Thermatic electric fan back in 1971 and has been producing electric fans in Melbourne for over 50 years for both engine and air conditioning applications. Every Thermatic Fan model has been put through exhaustive durability tests along with certified wind tunnel testing to ensure they deliver the accurate air flow, CFM, (ft3/min. Cubic Feet per Minute) and pressure specified. There are several automotive/air conditioning condenser electric fans on the Australian market but not all meet their stated specifications. Air flow through the air conditioning condenser plays a vital role in determining the efficiency

of an air conditioning system and some fans fall short in their air flow capacity. Front-line workshops are making the choice when it comes to air conditioning condenser fans for their customers and Davies, Craig says there are three vital fan specifications that need to be carefully considered: CFM, current draw and warranty. Davies, Craig states that its Thermatic Fans are “highly regarded and very popular within the automotive industry worldwide, setting the benchmark by which other electric automotive fans are judged.” For the past fifty years Davies, Craig says the entire Thermatic Fan range, manufactured from strong, heat-resistant 66 Nylon/glass, offer outstanding air flow efficiency, low profile and low current draw. Every model can be installed in either ‘pusher’ or ‘puller’ configuration by simply reversing the blade and polarity for bi-directional air flow improving cooling efficiency. Models offered include eight-inch, nine-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch and 14-inch slimline plus 10-inch, 12-inch, 14-inch and 16-inch High Performance. Davies, Craig recently introduced four new high power 10-inch and 12-inch models to complement the existing range. These four models deliver a 40 percent higher CFM than the standard 10-inch and 12-inch models and importantly, enjoy the same mounting profile. All models are available to suit 12V and 24V electrical systems. All Davies, Craig Thermatic Fans offer reverse polarity which allows each fan to be mounted either in front (pusher) and/or behind (puller) the condenser. All Davies, Craig Thermatic Fans are backed by a written three-year warranty. The Davies, Craig website also offers 24/7 access to comprehensive technical information, dimensions, specifications, a fan selection guide at au/fan-fitments as well as answers to frequently asked questions. For further information, visit


GAIN MORE AC SERVICE BUSINESS WITH ECOTECHNICS Now is the perfect time to consider the state of your workshop’s air conditioner service equipment Precision Automotive Equipment is the exclusive Australian importer of the “premium quality” Ecotechnics air conditioner service equipment range. This new product range includes both sole and dual gas air conditioning service models that are suitable for the servicing of both R134a and HFO1234yf refrigerant equipped vehicles. Ecotechnics also cater for mobile and Heavy Duty applications in their range of premium units to suit all sectors of the vehicle repair industry. With more than 20 years of experience, Ecotechnics is a leading manufacturer of quality air conditioning service equipment.

Globally, Ecotechnics’ products are distributed to 80 countries, making this leading Precision Automotive Equipment brand “the international and industry benchmark for the maintenance of automotive air conditioning systems.” Manufactured in Italy, all Ecotechnics models are fully automatic in operation, recovering, recycling and recharging air conditioner refrigerant at the touch of a button. Featuring bright colour control displays, touchscreen functionality, thermal printers and integrated hybrid functions on some models, Precision Automotive Equipment explains the Ecotechnics range is easy to use and has been designed specifically for use by professional automotive technicians. Ecotechnics has invested significantly in the research and development of its products in line with continued technological development in the automotive industry. This has ensured that these products meet the growing performance and efficiency requirements of automotive air conditioning systems, coupled with the introduction of HFO1234yf refrigerant in recent years across today’s vast and constantly expanding car parc. Precision Automotive Equipment says the Ecotechnics air conditioning service product range is innovative, safe, ecological and very

easy to use, stating that this exclusive new air conditioning service equipment range can provide your workshop with “the best possible automotive climate control service solution.” With Instant Asset taxation write-offs available, Precision Automotive Equipment says the timing is right to update your air conditioning service equipment and increase the scope of your air conditioning service business with the help of the Precision Automotive Equipment team, a part of Australia’s BAPCOR Group of automotive aftermarket companies. For more information, contact Precision Automotive Equipment on 1300 366 252 or visit

KEEP COOL WITH SUPERFORMANCE Airconditioning solutions for your pride and joy

Superformance offers a wide range of Vintage Air universal and surefit air-conditioning systems and componentry to suit your Hot Rod or Muscle Car. Installing a new climate control system into any vehicle can be an intimidating challenge, even for the experienced automotive project enthusiast. Superformance says that is why the team at Vintage Air have designed its A/C climate control systems with ease of installation in mind. Pairing quality components with the latest technology available, Superformance says Vintage Air products aim to provide quality airconditioning solutions for your classic vehicle, muscle car or hot rod. Vintage Air surefit climate control series are individually designed for each vehicle model, utilising factory body features and sheet metal locations to optimise the performance of the system in each vehicle shape. If your vehicle does not have a surfeit kit available, Superformance says Vintage Air will still have climate control solutions for your Street Rod.

Several different universal systems are available including its popular Gen II systems, which range in size from the GEN II Compac to GEN II Mini and GEN II Super. These GEN II universal kits are optional as Heat and Cooling or with Defrost. Each system features high torque gear driven motors for increased airflow to outlets, intelligent CAD designed housings which improve airflow significantly compared to conventional designs, a heavy duty wiring harness with all the circuit breakers and relays ready to go, and isolated blower fan motor to reduce noise and increase its lifetime. Importantly, Superformance says that with these kits, no longer will your climate control system rely on engine vacuum, which can be an issue on high performing engines. Situated on Brisbane’s bayside in Capalaba, Superformance is one of Australia’s largest performance automotive superstores, carrying a wide range of climate control components to solve your air-conditioning issues, including common

A/C replacement parts such as compressors, evaporators, condensers, engine cooling products and much more. Stocking Vintage Air, SPAL and Maradyne fans, Superformance says it will have a solution for your vehicle’s needs. For more information, visit or or call 07 3488 7888. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



HAYNESPRO AIR CONDITIONING DATA Helping you to unlock efficiency and precision in vehicle repairs In the world of automotive maintenance, precision and efficiency are crucial. HaynesPro, which states it has been a trusted name in the industry for nearly 30 years, offers comprehensive air conditioning repair data. This data is essential due to the complexity of modern vehicle air conditioning systems, which can result in costly repairs and environmental damage if mishandled. This data resource offers workshops: 1. Detailed wiring diagrams: in-depth diagrams that provide a clear understanding of the entire air conditioning system, enabling workshops to pinpoint issues quickly and accurately. 2. VESA – Vehicle Electronic Smart Assist: step-

by-step guides for identifying and resolving common problems in air conditioning systems, streamlining the repair process. 3. Refrigerant information: precise details on refrigerant types, quantities, and system capacities, ensuring optimal system performance. 4. OEM Data: access to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specifications, Technical Service Bulletins and Recalls ensuring that repairs are done to manufacturer standards, enhancing the quality of service. 5. Cost efficiency: by reducing diagnostic time and minimising errors, workshops can save money and provide cost-effective solutions to their customers.

HaynesPro says its air conditioning data is a gamechanger, making the lives of mechanics easier and the services they provide more efficient and reliable. It states this invaluable resource not only enhances the mechanics’ skills but also contributes to customer satisfaction and safety. In a rapidly evolving automotive industry, HaynesPro states that it stands out as a pioneer in providing mechanics with the tools they need to stay ahead. With access to comprehensive air conditioning data, HaynesPro says mechanics are better equipped to tackle the challenges of modern vehicle air conditioning systems, making HaynesPro “an essential partner in the journey towards efficient and precise automotive repairs.” For more information, visit

AC LINE DISCONNECT TOOL MASTER SET Toledo offers a specialised disconnect set for an array of applications Modern light and heavy vehicles are fitted with complex connectors joining air conditioning lines as well as fuel, brake and air lines, which can make service and repair difficult. Toledo offers a professional Master Disconnect Set (part number 307010) that features all popular specialist types of removal tools for these systems. The kit simplifies the process of disconnecting and servicing air conditioning, fuel and brake systems by allowing you to safely detach those specialty connectors that are susceptible to damage or are typically difficult to remove. After servicing, you can effortlessly re-establish these connections without needing replacements. It is vital to utilise the appropriate tool for disconnecting automotive connection lines, particularly those relating to the air conditioning system. This set covers all common applications including air conditioning line couplings, fuel line couplings, 98

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clutch connectors, transmission cooler line connectors and air supply lines. The Toledo Master Disconnect Set is also suitable for air lines used in heavy-duty truck brake and suspension systems and is ideal for use on spring lock, quick connect and quick couplers and many other fittings. This versatile kit caters to most vehicles, including light commercial to heavy-duty vehicles. The professional master set offered by Toledo comprises a diverse range of disconnection tools that are suitable for a wide array of tasks. Crafted from chemical-resistant materials, they are designed to withstand exposure to air conditioning gas, petrol, diesel, brake cleaner, and other associated chemicals. The spring-loaded peg-style angled design ensures easy access and a secure fit. Furthermore, each disconnect tool is colourcoded for effortless identification.

The Toledo Master Disconnect Set is conveniently supplied in a robust, blow-moulded case. Toledo’s Master Disconnect Set is readily available through leading automotive stockists. For more information, visit or contact Tridon customer service on 1300 362 263.


A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: CHELSEA BOWERS Chelsea Bowers’ automotive journey hasn’t been straight forward, but her commitment and passion has seen her become an inspiration for apprentices just like her Australasia’s largest automotive cooperative, Capricorn, was proud to announce Queenslander Chelsea Bowers as its 2023 Capricorn Rising Star recently. In 2022, Chelsea – who works for John Edwards Automotive in Geebung – was a Top Five Finalist in the prestigious competition which recognises talented apprentices who show initiative, thirst for knowledge and commitment to the automotive industry. In 2023, the Brisbane born and raised talent has been celebrated as its overall winner. “I was incredibly humbled to win the Capricorn Rising Stars competition. I feel as though my boss and co-workers have supported me throughout my whole apprenticeship and were pushing me to be the best version of myself. I have gone for this award a few times, making it to top five last year, so this year felt really unreal. I am very blessed,” Chelsea said. The path to success for Chelsea has been far from easy, but her resilience and commitment to the trade she loves has held her in good stead. “I have always had an interest in cars ever since I was little, however my passion bloomed when

I was 16 and bought my first car: my 1970 VW beetle,” Chelsea said. “I found working on it set me on my pathway to a hands-on career. I started thinking more seriously about taking on a trade in grade 12, when I had to make the decision about if I wanted to go to university or not, and which school subjects would set me up for my chosen career path. “I started my school-based apprenticeship that year, taking every Wednesday off and working alongside a brilliant mentor who taught me so much “Unfortunately, I did end up leaving, as to be completely candid, I was bullied out of my job, and I suffered with a lot of depression and anxiety in that workplace. “I really felt that I wasn’t good enough to be a tradie. When I left, I turned to online university whilst working my part-time job at the local roller skating rink on weekends. I studied biology, psychology, and philosophy. I loved the content and seemed to be alright with the workload, but I found myself constantly wishing I was back in the workshop. “I ended up restoring a 1968 Buick Skylark with

my two close friends in my spare time and I found that my passion was still there, and I knew it was what I was meant to do and that I really thrived in that environment. “So, I had a holiday in America and had time to think about what I wanted to do when I came back, and that’s when I made the decision that I wasn’t finished with the trade, and I would come back and finish my apprenticeship. “This is when I found John at Bosch and the rest is history. I love my job more than ever and I have never once felt out of place. We shared the same values of honesty and communication. “As I re-entered the trade, I met a few women in all different trades who had gone through exactly what I had gone through and had a whole network of tradeswomen I could turn to. “Everything I went through got me to where I am now. It has taught me resilience, both mental and physical strength, passion and most importantly, the drive to share my story so no one ever feels as though they need to go through the same thing.” Chelsea said that coming from a humble workshop has accelerated her growth and provided great benefits as an automotive apprentice. “Being in a small workshop, I feel as though I’m very involved and included in my work for any job that comes along. I like to put myself out of my comfort zone and choose to do difficult jobs so I can learn quickly and accurately,” Chelsea said. “I also do a lot of external training outside of work hours that can help improve my knowledge and confidence. I like to network on behalf of my workplace so I can expand my people skills and get comfortable talking to people so I can communicate with my customers at work on a more personal and relatable level.”


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TRADE TALK “I love that every day is a different challenge and a different opportunity to learn something new. Something that keeps me going when times get difficult, is thinking about how far I’ve come in my journey and how I can use my story to inspire the next generation of people looking to get into the automotive trade. “I’m very grateful to be in a positive workplace that appreciates me, and we can all get along and help each other out with anything.” Through her apprenticeship, Chelsea has built strong connections with her customers and is dedicated to providing personalised service. “One of our regular customers runs a not-for-profit women’s shelter. We have a very strong, trusting relationship with these people. Every time they come in, our hearts break hearing the stories they tell us about what they go through,” Chelsea said. “When they bring their car in to our workshop, we stock the boot with donated nappies, sanitary items, soaps, toilet paper, shampoos and conditioners, and anything else they need at the time as a thank-you for helping those in need. “It’s only a small gesture but it does go a long way. We make sure the women who come into their care who have cars are well looked after as well with their car services and maintenance needs.” When asked about her long-term goal, Chelsea shared, “I have a vision that one day I will own the workshop I am currently employed in, and I have my apprentices that I closely mentor. “My long-term goals that accompany this vision is running hands-on workshops at schools teaching basic car maintenance and safety, as well as encouraging students to consider a trade in automotive as their first career option post-school.

“I am very passionate about the next generation of tradies who will soon dominate the industry... I look forward to continuing to break the stigma of what the image of a mechanic looks like in people’s minds. “I didn’t have much external encouragement when I was considering joining the trade so if I am able to inspire or encourage any women to take on a trade and make it through their apprenticeship, I would be honoured. “I want to be the person to other women that I wish I had when I was struggling in my old workplace. I want to be there for lady tradies who

need that mentoring to help them get through the obstacles they will face in their training.” Clearly a high achiever now and into the future, Chelsea has some key advice to share with those looking to start out in the industry today. “I have learnt an incredible number of lessons over my time in the industry, but my most important piece of advice I could give anyone is to know your worth,” Chelsea said. “If you are in a job you love but the people are not up to your standard, leave. Find somewhere who will appreciate you and the effort you make. Take pride in yourself, your time, your skills, your property. Just because that workplace isn’t made for you, doesn’t mean that you’re not made for the job. “Another little tip for finding your first workplace is knowing the two most important parts of job seeking: the interview and to do some work experience, even if it is only a few days. “An interview is a two-way conversation about what you can get out of the workplace. Have a resume and a list of questions you want to ask ready to go. “The work experience is to show that you are committed to find your place in the industry and see if the workplace will be a good fit for you. As well as to meet any other staff members and get to know their view on the workplace too.” According to the owner of John Edwards Automotive, Sam Lawson, Chelsea is not only an advocate for women in trades but serves as an inspiration for future generations. To learn more about the Capricorn Rising Stars program, visit

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A major production milestone has been reached ZF‘s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division has achieved a major production milestone for its TraXon transmission system with the one millionth unit rolling off the assembly line at Friedrichshafen in Germany. Launched in 2014, ZF says its TraXon has achieved a strong reputation for efficiency and performance. “When it comes to transmission systems, TraXon sets the standards for commercial vehicles and off-highway applications,” ZF Commercial Vehicle Solutions Division Head of Driveline Systems, Winfried Gründler, said. “Manufacturing the millionth TraXon system is a proud achievement for our production team and is a statement to TraXon’s enduring appeal as a lightweight, robust and intelligent system. “TraXon has established an industry-leading reputation thanks to the quality of its design, reliability, and its ability to deliver energy efficiency, making it a valuable solution for commercial vehicle owners in terms of Total Cost

of Ownership (TCO). It will continue to provide vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators with substantial value well into the future.” It was only last year that TraXon reached the 500,000 unit milestone, when at that time the transmission was made almost exclusively at the main plant in Friedrichshafen (Germany). After production was expanded globally to ZF’s plants in Jiaxing (China) and Sorocaba (Brazil), it has taken just 18 months to double the number of units in order to meet the growing demand for efficient systems from customers all over the world. ZF says TraXon’s innovative design and superior performance have led to recognition from the industry for its quality, winning several customer and media awards including the Chinese Trustworthy Fuel Saving Transmission System Award 2023. TraXon has also been recognised multiple times as the ‘Best Brand - CV Transmission’ by readers of Germany’s ETM publishing house.

Building on the high technological level of the proven TraXon system, ZF is gearing up for the launch of its successor, the TraXon 2, which will go into series production in 2024. TraXon 2 will include further innovations, including ZF’s in-house mechatronics and a new electronic control unit. The latter will enable new software functions through outstanding computing power, such as cyber security and updates via mobile communications / WLAN – so-called over-the-air updates. For further information, visit

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF REPCO BATHURST 1000 CELEBRATED In early October, Mount Panorama hosted the 60th anniversary of the Great Race with much fanfare As part of the celebrations, a very special car adorned with the famous Brock and Moffat colours graced the Repco Bathurst Trackside store. The Holden Commodore that two of the most famous Australian motorsport names drove was on display at the Repco Trackside Store at Mount Panorama for the Repco Bathurst 1000. The Holden Dealer Team Commodore is a very important part of Holden’s history as the first winner for the marque in the Group A era. Legend Peter Brock gave the VK a win on its Australian debut in proper Group A specification at Sandown Raceway. This HDT VK Commodore made a rare public appearance from its owner’s garage in the Repco Trackside Store located within the Harris Park precinct at the base of Mount Panorama at the 60th anniversary Repco Bathurst 1000. The Australian governing body of motorsport, CAMS (as it was known at the time) elected to adopt the international Group A touring car regulations for the 1985 season, with this particular VK the first to leave the HDT workshop in this guise. Debuting across the ditch at the inaugural Wellington 500 as the UDC Finance entry shared by Brock and then-HDT Team Manager Larry Perkins in January 1985. Finishing fourth, HDT missed the opening round of the Australian Touring Car Championship at Winton and returned for Sandown where Brock secured a maiden local victory for the Commodore. 102

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Shared by Brock, Perkins, John Harvey and David Parsons throughout the season, this chassis then became the ‘T-car’ for Bathurst where Allan Moffat drove it in a feature for the Seven Network’s broadcast. Of course, Moffat joined the HDT for Bathurst in 1986 where this particular VK Commodore was raced by touring car veteran Graham Moore and Belgian ace Michel Delcourt. The duo finished seventh, securing ‘Rookie of the Year’ honours for Delcourt. Moore and Delcourt backed up their result in 1987 to finish eighth a year later in the World Touring Car Championship edition of the race. Now the VK Commodore is in 1986 specification in matching HDT warpaint though it never raced in this guise as part of the factory squad. While the Repco Bathurst 1000 marked its 60th anniversary, there were plenty of other milestones also celebrated at the event. One of those was for one of Bathurst’s greats: Dick Johnson, with the 2023 Bathurst 1000 marking the 50th Bathurst for the famed co-owner of Dick Johnson Racing. A three-time winner of the Great Race himself, Dick also attended the first Bathurst enduro in 1963, and has been a staple of the paddock ever since. Perhaps best known for his 1980 crash and

subsequent rebuild that was funded by the public and supported by Ford Australia that led to his win in 1981, Johnson’s DJR team – which last won the race in 2019 at the hands of Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat – fielded three cars at the 2023 Great Race. Brothers Will and Alex Davison piloted the iconic #17 Shell V-Power Ford Mustang, while Anton De Pasquale and Tony D’Alberto shared the #11 Shell V-Power Ford, piloting it to the third step of the podium. The team also entered a wildcard in the Bathurst 1000 for teenage phenom Kai Allen and international star Simona de Silvestro in the #98 Ford. Like the Brock/Moffat car, Johnson’s 1985 GreensTuf Ford Mustang was one of several iconic cars taking part in special displays and demonstrations at Mount Panorama. For more from Repco, visit


BRAINSTORM WELCOMES NEW ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE To celebrate this new appointment, BrainStorm is offering exclusive consultations to AAAA members BrainStorm Software, a leading software solutions provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bianca Ipscwitz as its new Account Executive. In celebration of this exciting addition to the team and as a gesture of appreciation to members of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, BrainStorm is offering an exclusive opportunity for complimentary 30-minute consultations to help businesses roadmap what a future technology implementation could look like. BrainStorm says these consultations are likely to reveal valuable insights that can lead to cost savings, enhanced productivity, and improved customer service. “We are pleased to welcome Bianca on board and also offer a free Roadmap to all of the amazing AAAA Members,” BrainStorm Software Founder, Ty Osborne, said. “We’ve really loved being a part of the AAAA team this year and participating in events such as Autocare and would love to give something back. “In Bianca’s role as Account Executive she will

be instrumental in helping clients navigate the landscape of technology, identifying opportunities for growth, and with her team delivering tailored technology solutions. “Her commitment to client success makes her an invaluable asset to the BrainStorm team.” Bianca has a proven track record of understanding client requirements and a passion for technology, bringing a wealth of experience to her role, including 13 years as Account Manager at Dell, and she’s looking forward to tackling her new role. “I am so excited to join the BrainStorm team and I look forward to empowering businesses in their technology endeavours,” Bianca said. BrainStorm Software’s special offer centres around technology implementation via roadmapping consultations. Roadmapping is a strategic planning process that outlines a clear and structured path for adopting and implementing technology solutions within an organisation. BrainStorm explains that it helps align technology investments with business objectives,

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ensuring a smooth transition to new systems and processes. With the guidance of experts like Bianca and its team, BrainStorm says AAAA members can enhance their technology implementations, drive efficiency, and stay competitive in the dynamic business landscape. To arrange your obligation free consultation, contact BrainStorm on 03 5942 7774 or

ANDREW FLETCHER JOINS IM GROUP IM Group says the appointment is a step toward the future Innovative Mechatronics (IM) Group says it is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Fletcher as its new General Manager of Research and Development. With more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in Electronics and Systems Engineering, Andrew brings a deep-rooted passion for the automotive industry, technical risk management, and organisational development to the role. Andrew is no stranger to the automotive sector— an industry he describes as “complex and fast-paced.” His career path has seen him occupy several critical roles in Australia’s automotive industry, contributing to new product development and repair projects. A people-centric leader, Andrew has continually focused on coaching and skill development. He has recently been at the helm of a competence acceleration initiative, delivering technical training programs designed to ignite ‘lightbulb moments’ and foster increased job performance and engagement among Injectronics lab technicians. Moreover, Andrew identifies himself as an “engineering process and methods nerd,” signifying his commitment to systematic

engineering and mature technical project management. His methods aim not only to save time but also to build a culture of professionalism within engineering teams. He is particularly skilled in systems engineering, technical risk management, and holds expertise in FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis) and Functional Safety for road vehicles, in accordance with ISO 26262 standards. Andrew’s philosophy reportedly aligns seamlessly with IM Group’s vision. “It’s personally important to leave the world in a better place than I found it,” Andrew said. He emphasises the dual benefits of costeffectiveness and environmental sustainability through rigorous R&D, specifically in electronics repair— an area he believes Australia could lead more prominently. Returning to IM Group represents a full circle for Andrew. His first role post-graduation was at Injectronics between 2003 and 2008, after which he honed his skills at Bosch Australia. Now back with IM Group, Andrew says he feels “totally comfortable” and sees his new role as a “fantastic balance” of his skills and experience against the backdrop of the organisation’s needs and growth trajectory.

Andrew Fletcher IM Group was established in 2012 to house the integral Injectronics brand. Other brands such as RAE Ignition Distributors and MAP Keys and Remotes were also added along the way while the company also became the exclusive ANZ market distributors of the popular American brand, Dorman. In 2017, the IM Group was acquired by GUD Holdings and Goss Vehicle Mechatronics was moved into the IMG portfolio of brands. IM Group is now an important part of the GUD automotive arm which comprises several leading aftermarket brands. For more information, please visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



GENERATIONAL CHANGE IN MEYLE AG’S TOP MANAGEMENT Dr Karl J. Gaertner hands over the reins to Dirk Damaschke and Marc Siemssen After more than 28 years at the helm, majority shareholder Dr Karl J. Gaertner is stepping down from the MEYLE AG Executive Board. As of 1 September 2023, board members Dirk Damaschke and Marc Siemssen are now managing the spare parts manufacturer based in Hamburg together. Dr Gaertner is therefore leaving operational management entirely in the experienced hands of his former board colleagues Dirk Damaschke and Marc Siemssen, who have been involved in company management and members of the Executive Board for several years now. Dr Gaertner will remain Chairman of the Executive Board of the Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG holding company, which is wholly owned by the family, and thus continue to support MEYLE with his expertise.

This long-term transition is part of a generational change designed to prepare the company for the future. In addition, Dr Gaertner’s daughter Lisa Gaertner has joined the holding company’s Supervisory Board as a family representative. “For nearly three decades, I have had the opportunity to work with many dedicated colleagues and help transform MEYLE into an internationally successful company that is well known among our customers worldwide for its innovation and quality. And now the time has come for me to pass on the torch,” Dr Gaertner said. “We, the owner family, plan to hand over MEYLE as a successful and internationally competitive company to the next generation. “I am delighted that Lisa Gaertner is assuming a new level of responsibility at the holding company

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Dr Karl J. Gaertner and Lisa Gaertner and that we have found just the right team in Dirk Damaschke and Marc Siemssen to continue the brand’s success story.” “Dr Gaertner is a visionary entrepreneur who has transformed MEYLE into the innovative, global company and powerful brand that we are today,” Marc Siemssen said. “We’re assuming responsibility for the company in an exciting era of change that offers both challenges and opportunities for the entire automotive industry.” “We’re starting from a strong position and have a wonderful team behind us,” Dirk Damaschke said. “We feel like we’re in the best position to advance key issues like electric mobility, sustainability and international growth with full force.” Dirk Damaschke and Marc Siemssen said they are both delighted to continue working with Dr Gaertner in his new role. For more from MEYLE, visit


The company says the appointment will strengthen its operational excellence and accelerate organic growth RPM Automotive Group Limited, a leading player in the Australian automotive aftermarket sector, has announced that current Non-Executive Director Guy Nicholls has become an Executive Director and taken on the role of Chief Operating Officer of the company. Guy joined the RPM Board in August 2022 and has more than 30 years in the automotive sector in senior roles spanning strategy, sales, marketing, manufacturing, supply chain, mergers and acquisitions. Guy held senior executive roles with highly successful automotive ASX-listed GUD Holdings (GUD) across 11 years, the last five as Chief Executive Officer of Ryco Group, during which he diversified the business through strategic acquisitions, boosting customer and team engagement and delivering exceptional results. He also held executive positions at NYSE-listed Genuine Parts Company (GPC), as Group General Manager for Brand and Product Optimisation 104

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Asia Pacific and as General Manager of Store Operations for Repco Auto Parts. Following his time at GPC, Guy was General Manager with globally recognised and highly innovative Australian automotive and recreational vehicle electronics manufacturer, REDARC. Guy also spent six years on the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) Board of Directors during a critical industry period to help introduce choice and support for consumers when enhancing or maintaining vehicles under new vehicle warranty. “The Board and leadership are excited that Guy can take a more hands-on role with the company to drive improvements across the business to assist RPM’s continued growth,” RPM Chair, Grant Carman, said. “With a clear strategy in place to expand nationally, strengthen vertical integration, and enhance operational efficiency, Guy’s experience and strategic insights will play a vital role in propelling our progress in these areas.” RPM Automotive Group is comprised of a number

Guy Nicholls of businesses involved in importing, wholesaling and retailing of tyres, mechanical repairs, motorsport apparel and safety equipment, niche manufacturing and a roadside assistance service for the transport industry. RPM owns brands, such as RPM Racewear, Carline, Genie, Formula Off-Road, RPM Autoparts, Safety Dave, and Max 4x4. For more information on the RPM Automotive Group, visit


REPCO AUTHORISED SERVICE WORKSHOP WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Moranbah Discount Tyres and Mechanical was celebrated as the Champion Moranbah Discount Tyres and Mechanical, a Repco Authorised Service workshop based in Queensland, has been named Champion Mechanical Repairs of the 2023 Australian Trades Small Business Champion Awards. Announced as the winner at the Awards’ glittering National Presentation Evening held at the new Western Sydney Conference Centre on Friday the 22nd of September, a representative from Moranbah Discount Tyres and Mechanical accepted the prize on-stage on behalf of their business before a packed auditorium. Moranbah Discount Tyres and Mechanical was presented with a customised statuette trophy and certificate and gained invaluable kudos as a nationally recognised industry leader. “This award is the biggest we have ever won and is a true testament of what a small regional local business is capable of – what a business and what a team,” Moranbah Discount Tyres and Mechanical co-owner, Carolyn Fritz, said. This year marks the inaugural Australian Trades Small Business Champion Awards – a prestigious and comprehensive program that celebrates Australia’s most inspiring trades small businesses.

Despite myriad challenges faced by small business owners during the past two years – Moranbah Discount Tyres and Mechanical is clearly exhibiting vital requirements of professional success, team spirit, creativity, hard work and commitment. “Small businesses have endured a tough couple of years, but they remain as dedicated as ever to service their communities to a high standard and it shows, based on the entries we received from all around the country,” said Steve Loe, Awards Founder and Managing Director of Precedent Productions, which coordinates the Australian Trades Small Business Champion Awards. “There are so many exceptional operators out there and they deserved to be recognised on a national level, hence the decision to produce the Australian Trades Small Business Champion Awards program, which has been specifically created to shine a spotlight on the rising economic and social contributions of Trades in small business – spanning all capital cities as well as rural, regional and suburban towns. “Precedent Productions has been running the Australian Small Business Champion Awards

Moranbah Discount Tyres and Mechanical owners, Carolyn and Jamie Fritz

since 1999 so we are generally in tune with the country’s best-performing business operators. “We created the standalone trade-focused awards program because there is no other awards program that recognises all Trades services and we believe they all deserve a national stage for acknowledgment for tough, mostly manual labour work that they do.” The Australian Trades Small Business Champion Awards saw thousands of entries this year and honoured the achievements of a total of 50 category winners from a broad cross-section of industries. Additionally, five individual category winners were recognised at the red-carpet event, which was hosted by accomplished journalist and popular broadcaster, Chris O’Keefe. For more information – including a full list of 2023 winners – visit

COOLDRIVE EXPANDS QUEENSLAND OPERATIONS A number of the company’s Queensland branches have been relocated to newer facilities CoolDrive Auto Parts says these relocations allow the family-owned company to better serve its customers in the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions. CoolDrive’s Ashmore branch has relocated to a state-of-the-art facility in Yatala, with ample space to showcase and warehouse CoolDrive’s extensive range of automotive parts. Also located at this expansive Yatala site is the new Racer Industries retail showroom, with the company’s Ashmore and Acacia Ridge locations relocating to this single superstore, located within the heart of the ‘Gold Coast’s Motorsport Valley’. In a further relocation, CoolDrive’s Eagle Farm branch has moved to a newer branch and warehouse facility in Banyo.


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“It’s an exciting time at CoolDrive Auto Parts right now, with new products added to our shelves on an ongoing basis, and regularly welcoming new brands and partners to the fold,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Chief Executive Officer, John Blanchard, said. “Our overall product and range expansion, plus additional service offerings, means that some of our branches require more space, hence the move to these larger premises in Yatala and Banyo. “This will ensure we can continue to provide our customers the highest service standards with quality products from leading brands at the best price, supported by the most experienced and knowledgeable teams in the industry.” CoolDrive Auto Parts asserts that with 37 branches across Australia and New Zealand, it is “Australasia’s preferred automotive parts distributor.” Its expansive range now numbers over 300,000 parts from categories including air-conditioning, auto electrical, engine management, rotating electrical, tools and equipment, underbody and suspension, engine cooling, lighting, brake and clutch, filtration, lubricants, workshop consumables, and performance and motorsport.

CoolDrive says its high-tech computerised inventory and ordering systems, and regular delivery runs, ensure quick and efficient product deliveries from its branches to its local customers. The CoolDrive Yatala branch and Racer Industries store is conveniently located next to the M1 Pacific Motorway at 9-13 Dixon Street, Yatala QLD 4207. It can be contacted on 07 5503 0033 (CoolDrive) and 1300 722 374 (Racer Industries). The CoolDrive Eagle Farm branch is now located at 128 Buchanan Road, Banyo QLD 4014, and can be contacted on 07 3623 2133. For further information, please visit



According to IBIS World, of March 2023 there were 58,443 automotive businesses in Australia It is estimated that up to 70 percent of Australian private businesses are expected to change ownership in the next five years. Not all will be complete exits for these business owners, but they should be prepared for the exit pathway sooner rather than later. Even if you are growing now, Finn Business Sales says a change of ownership may be an unexpected opportunity that comes your way off the Great Wealth Transfer that has just begun, or maybe an acquisition is just around the corner. You may not be ready or want to sell your business today, or at all. But building a company that is ‘saleable’ will give you a business that is always ready to be sold and running at optimum performance whilst you own it.

Looking to retire, pursue another business interest or grow through acquisition? As an accredited and professional business broker working with Australia’s largest Business Broking Network – The Finn Group, Paul Wilkey of Finn Business Sales says he has the pleasure of assisting business owners in the lifechanging capitalisation of their equity from their business. Selling a business is a complicated process in entirety, however when done in a systematic

process with the owner supported and guided through the whole process it can be a rewarding outcome for the owner. Along with selling businesses, equally important is business acquisitions for those that want to grow – a well planned acquisition can be a great growth strategy. “Be it selling, purchasing or even business mergers, these are my specialities and my professional passions,” Paul said. “Being a part of and with the support of the Finn Group, which is the largest Business Broking network in Australia, along with my industry experience, ensures we provide customers with both great service and selling experience. “The size and capability of the Finn Group is essential with more than 60,000 buying enquiries a year and is currently managing more than $500 million in combined business sales while attracting enquiries from private equity firms around Australia. “We sell businesses from all industries, however with over 38 years of experience in the Automotive industry, I love selling automotive businesses. “My experience includes more than 30 years in business management holding senior National

Sales and Operations roles within Australian and International listed companies, also includes a long-term management role within a privately owned family business. “Having had experience with numerous acquisitions of privately owned companies and selling a family business, I have a great understanding of both the sellers’ needs and buyer’s expectations. “I pride myself on honesty and integrity and am passionate about working with people to secure the best possible price for their business.” For more information, contact Paul for an obligation-free chat on 0458 772 945 or


For many auto parts companies, delivery transport is the heartbeat which keeps business going However, myths about effective delivery transport abound and may prevent companies from performing at their best, according to Ontime Delivery Solutions Chief Executive Officer, Walter Scremin, who lists the following as common transport myths.

Myth one – all transport companies are the same “Many businesses have discovered this myth the hard way. Anyone can buy or lease a few vans and call themselves a transport company. This creates huge variability in the professionalism and capabilities of different transport providers,” Walter said. “Can they support you at your absolute busiest periods? Can they quickly organise replacement delivery vehicles and drivers at a moment’s notice? Often the best way is to start with baby steps. If they prove their professionalism, you may gradually increase your commitment.”

Myth two – it is cheaper if I just do the deliveries myself “If you crunch the numbers, this approach never adds up. People who fall for this myth aren’t valuing their time properly. Aside from cost, this approach

often leaves the business ill-prepared for surges in demand. Such a haphazard method cannot perform under pressure,” Walter said.

Myth three – it is all about speed This is partly true, as auto parts firms need to deliver quickly. “But we can argue accuracy and reliability are at least as important as speed. This means delivering during times of absenteeism, or peak demand. It means paying attention to customer service and communication, because often a business is depending on you,” Walter said.

Myth four – delivery is not a dealbreaker for our customers “Customer service shouldn’t stop once a deal has been done – it needs to be fulfilled right up to the critical delivery stage. Those who keep clients informed and exhibit professionalism go a long way to fostering client loyalty,” Walter said.

Myth five – outsourcing takes away some control Many businesses hesitate to outsource some of their delivery transport requirements due to a fear

they are relinquishing control to another company. “Good outsourcing does the exact opposite – it gives you more control. Outsourcing brings more flexibility into your operations. This means access to resources which match your delivery demands when you need them. If your outsourcing solution isn’t providing more control, then it’s time to ask some serious questions and look for a solution which will,” Walter said. For more information, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



LIQUI MOLY INKS NEW SUPERCARS PARTNERSHIP The lubricants manufacturer is reaping the rewards of a new multi-year partnership with Supercars Earlier this year, a new multi-year partnership between Liqui Moly and Supercars was announced which sees the lubricants manufacturer significantly involved with Repco Supercars Championship race events across 2023 and into 2024 and 2025. Liqui Moly has been a regular name in Australian motorsport over the past decade, primarily through its presence as naming rights partner of the Bathurst 12 Hour since 2013. In a strategic move for the brand, Liqui Moly has now shifted its focus from the Bathurst 12 Hour, and has been named as the Official Oil and Lubricant Partner of a number of events, including the 2023 Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight held earlier this year and the upcoming Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500. In addition to the Sydney and the Gold Coast events, the partnership has expanded further with Liqui Moly taking up the Official Oil and Lubricant title for Supercars’ Perth event in the 2024 and 2025 Repco Supercars Championship seasons. “Liqui Moly and the Supercars team have had a longstanding relationship over the past 10 years with our involvement in the Bathurst 12 Hour,” Liqui Moly Global Marketing Director, Peter Baumann, said. “With our involvement in top tier motorsport around the world, it only made sense for us to get involved with Australia’s top tier in Supercars. “From an international perspective, we are happy with our new, multi-year agreement, and being the official lubricant partner of three Supercars events per year gives us the chance to participate in the most popular motorsport series in Australia. “As this national championship delivers great sport, motorsport fans from all over the world will be following and taking notice of our brand.” The comprehensive partnership will see Liqui Moly heavily involved at the aforementioned events over the 2023, 2024 and 2025 seasons, where the lubricants brand intends to engage with fans, businesses, mechanics, and enthusiasts alike. “We are proud to extend our involvement in Supercars,” Liqui Moly Managing Director, Vincent Prinzing, said at the time of announcing the new partnership.


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“This is Liqui Moly Australia‘s way of further representing our brand and furthermore having presence at three key locations. “This presents us with an opportunity to engage both the national and international fans of Supercars, and is a new way for us to share our passion for motorsport and interact with our fans, workshops, customers, businesses, mechanics and enthusiasts in Australia’s number one motorsport category. “Being a part of Supercars gives us the chance to, once again, test our oils to the limit and provide further top-notch chemicals to Australian motorsport. “We are often seen as European specialists, but in reality, Liqui Moly provides 4,000 chemicals for anything that moves, including American and Asian cars. “We value feedback and are looking forward to talking to the hundreds of thousands of visitors in our activation spaces.” Vincent went on to comment on Liqui Moly’s change in role with the Bathurst 12 Hour, which the brand has been associated with for over a decade. “This strategic transition in our partnership with Supercars means we are handing over the Bathurst 12 Hour in the strongest position it has ever been, and we are proud to have played a role in its growth alongside the event’s organisers, competitors, and supporters over the last decade,” Vincent said. “It has been an amazing journey seeing the growth that has been achieved, and we are confident that the event will continue its upward trajectory as one of the great GT racing events in the world for many years to come.” Supercars General Manager, Commercial, Jamie Black, expressed his excitement for the new partnership, which aims to promote Liqui Moly’s brand and products in some of Australia’s most important markets. “We are thrilled to welcome Liqui Moly aboard as an official partner of the Repco Supercars Championship,” Jamie said. “Liqui Moly has a sterling reputation worldwide for its lubricant products, and we are eager to share

that reputation with our growing Supercars fan base at events across Australia over the next three seasons.” Bathurst 12 Hour Event Director, Shane Rudzis, also added comment on behalf of the Bathurst 12 Hour, which will be held slightly later in 2024, on the February 16-18 weekend. “The Bathurst 12 Hour has seen significant growth over the past 10 years, both in terms of public profile and the level of competition on the track,” Shane said. “Liqui Moly has been an integral part of that growth, and we as well as race fans across Australia are grateful for their involvement in what has become an extremely popular event both domestically and internationally.” Liqui Moly made its first appearance at a Supercars event as the Official Oil and Lubricant Partner of the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight in late July and is now preparing for the upcoming Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, where it is again the Official Oil and Lubricant Partner of the event. With around 4,000 items, Liqui Moly explains that it offers a global, uniquely broad range of automotive chemicals, motor oils and additives, greases and pastes, sprays and car care, glues and sealants. Founded in 1957, Liqui Moly develops and produces exclusively in Germany. There it is repeatedly voted the best oil brand. The company sells its products in more than 150 countries. For more from Liqui Moly, visit


BRT TEAM GOES WILD AT BATHURST WITH PETRONAS A spectacular PETRONAS livery adorned the Blanchard Racing Team wildcard entry at the Bathurst 1000 Following the Racer Industries theme that the Blanchard Racing Team (BRT) debuted at the Sandown 500, the PETRONAS livery for the BRT wildcard entry of Aaron Love and Jake Kostecki at the Bathurst 1000 drew inspiration from the similar colour scheme employed by the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. The PETRONAS brand’s involvement in Supercars in Australia dates back to 2019 when team Co-Principal Tim Blanchard introduced the look as a wildcard entry in Western Australia, and later in Super2 competition. Over the past five years, the Blanchard familyowned CoolDrive Auto Parts has partnered with PETRONAS Lubricants International (Australia) to supply the leading brand’s products to mechanical workshops throughout Australia. The PETRONAS Syntium range leverages 20 years of experience earned in Formula One, culminating in the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team claiming a remarkable eight

World Constructors’ Championships and seven driver’s championships since 2014. Through the technical partnership with the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, PETRONAS Lubricants delivers cutting edge Fluid Technology Solutions that powers the team in all races. With a proven track record for technical excellence and innovation in advanced lubricants technology, PETRONAS Lubricants leverages its track to road learnings and experience for the benefit of the everyday road users. The full PETRONAS Lubricants range encompasses a diverse offering of highperformance engine oils, greases and transmission fluids suitable for most vehicles in a variety of sizes. A key feature of PETRONAS Syntium is its ability to control the heat, protect critical engine parts, reduce wear and maintain optimal performance, allowing for cars to convert the maximum amount of fuel energy into power for efficient and cleaner motoring. “For BRT, having PETRONAS on the grid at the Bathurst 1000 was an exciting prospect,” Tim Blanchard said. “It truly validates our Super2 program – not only have we been able to develop Aaron and prove his skills by participating in the main game for this wildcard campaign, our PETRONAS partnership also steps up to the next level. “PETRONAS has an incredible legacy in

motorsport, and without a doubt, the livery was a standout on Mount Panorama.” For PETRONAS Lubricants, the opportunity to be represented in Australia’s premier motor race by two up-and-coming stars was a significant opportunity. “Bathurst is an incredible platform for PETRONAS Lubricants International (Australia) to showcase our unwavering association with motorsports and is a testament to our commitment to our long-standing partner CoolDrive Auto Parts,” PETRONAS Lubricants International Australia Chief Executive Officer, Amarpreet Singh Ahuja, said. The car also once again carried support from myCOOLMAN. Further information on the Blanchard Racing Team can be found at

HSY RE-SIGNS FRASER ROSS AS BRAND AMBASSADOR Fraser will take on the role of leading hsy’s communication on the latest updates and product developments hsy autoparts, a leading Australian importer and distributor of European automotive spare parts, has re-acquainted itself with a familiar face by re-signing motorsport identity, Fraser Ross, as its brand and product ambassador. Fraser is no stranger to hsy, where he originally joined the family back in 2019 as driver of the hsy sponsored McLaren 720S in the Australian GT3 Championship and also took on a brand ambassador role for two years. With the advent of COVID-19 and Fraser’s prolific worldwide car racing schedule, there was a brief hiatus, but the team are now back together. “It actually doesn’t feel that I’ve been away from Nick (Redmond) and the team at hsy at all. I’ve spent a large part of the last two years racing in Europe, so life has been a bit of a blur, but I am genuinely stoked to be back on board with the hsy brand,” Fraser said. “I always thought that one day I would re-join the

hsy team. It is the reason that I left the hsy logo on my helmet the entire time.” Fraser will take on the role of leading hsy’s communication on the latest updates and product developments. “It has taken us a couple of years to get Fraser back into the hsy family and the timing is now perfect for both of us,” hsy Head of Customer Relationships and Marketing, Nick Redmond, said. “I know I speak on behalf of the entire company when I say that we are welcoming him back with the widest of arms. “Fraser will provide our staff and customers with regular updates on what is happening at hsy, plus he will front a whole new marketing platform on our workshop solutions program and brand partners. “The piece to look out for though will be ‘Fraser on Tour’ where Fraser will bring unique insights into some of the world’s most exotic cars from around the world.”

The brand ambassador role kicked off in September with Fraser already completing a range of videos that will be aired on hsy’s social channels – including his first project, launching a major brand partner promotion with key hsy supplier, ZF, where a lucky winner won the Ultimate Gold Coast 500 Experience. For more from hsy, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



DAYCO DAVE STARS AT BATHURST MAZDA 767B TO term Dayco Ambassador David Russell ROAR INTO ADELAIDE Long starred in the 60th Anniversary Bathurst 1000 MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL IN 2024

The impressive sportscar prototype will appear alongside other iconic cars at the event in March

The distinct roar of Mazda’s famed quad-rotary engine will reverberate around the Adelaide Motorsport Festival with the Mazda 767B sportscar appearing at the event across March 16 and 17, 2024. The sportscar prototype is powered by a quadrotor 2.6-litre rotary engine, producing 630 horsepower at 9000RPM, with the car in the iconic green/orange livery. Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, IMSA 24 Hours of Daytona and All Japan Sports Prototype Championship, the Mazda 767B set the foundations for the Mazda 787B that won Le Mans in 1991.

There were just three Mazda 767Bs built by Mazdaspeed. The 767B coming to the 2024 Adelaide Motorsport Festival is arriving from Japan courtesy of owner and driver Senji Hoshino. The Mazda 767B features alongside a Formula 1 car, Australian Touring Car Championship and Bathurst iconic racer and a grand prix motorcycle that will be revealed in the coming weeks on the 2024 Adelaide Motorsport Festival promotional poster. Categories featuring Formula 1, V8 Supercars, Group C and A touring cars, sportscars, IndyCars and more will again feature over the course of the Adelaide Motorsport Festival, with more news on categories, star cars and drivers and on and offtrack activations coming soon. For event information, visit 110

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Co-driving with Supercars Championship leader Brodie Kostecki in the Coca-Cola powered by Erebus #99 Camaro, David set the fastest lap in the opening co-driver practice session, being the only driver to set a lap time in the 2:05 minute bracket, more than half a second faster than the entire field at that point. Considering the co-driver field included former Supercars champions Jamie Whincup and Garth Tander, among many other highly experienced racers, David set the benchmark for how the weekend would progress for the team. Brodie then qualified on provisional Pole, following this up with a thrilling fastest Top Ten Shootout lap. By Saturday afternoon it was clear the combination would be one to beat, fastest in all but one session of the weekend by significant margins. This along with having no accidents or mechanical issues placed them in a formidable position for the race. Starting from Pole, David made a strong start, slotting in behind Jamie Whincup to hold second where he remained until the first driver change under yellows on lap 28. The second Safety Car was called on lap 40 resulting in a double stack pit stop with the #99 the first of the two Erebus Camaros to be serviced. Lap 64 saw the second driver change with David taking the reins for his final 27 lap stint as the unchallenged race leader. Another Safety Car was deployed on lap 70 and unfortunately, the team had pitted just six laps earlier, so the #99 charged on, but this saw the eventual winners (Shane Van Gisbergen and Richie Stanaway) gain a 13 second fuel advantage. The Erebus duo led a total of 38 laps and despite Brodie’s fast pace in the closing stages, it wasn’t enough to beat the Kiwis at the end. This second place was also the second podium Bathurst 1000 finish for the pair in three years and followed yet another second place at the Sandown 500. “Brodie was outstanding as always and the team

did an excellent job, mega car speed, great pit work; we had everything in place to try and win it. We’ll be back next year even stronger and faster, that’s for sure,” David said. The Dayco sponsored racer was performing double duties at Bathurst once again this year, piloting his EBM Porsche Carrera Cup car. He was joined by a new sponsor, Australian family owned tool company, Prokit, which promoted its “trade trusted” PK Tool brand on his #99 Porsche Cup Car. After leading the Carrera Cup qualifying, a fuel pressure problem saw him unable to complete it, relegating him to ninth for the first of three races. With prior Bathurst Porsche Carrera Cup race wins and fastest laps under his belt, David showed his Mount Panorama speed to race his way to start from fourth by Sunday’s third and final race where his PK Tool Porsche was unfortunately rear impacted on the first lap, relegating him to 14th by the end of the short nine lap race. A massive crowd of 204,069 people attended the event, the third highest total in the event’s history, while many millions more watched the event on television and via live streaming. “We couldn’t be prouder of what Dayco Dave has achieved at Bathurst this year, he just gets faster and faster across the 12 years that he has been an ambassador for our company and his effort this year at Bathurst was just incredible,” Dayco Australia Managing Director, Arnold Mouw, said. “As sponsor of the fastest Supercar co-driver in the field, all of us at Dayco look forward to next year at the mountain where I’m sure the next step up on the podium beckons.” The Dayco brand could not be missed at Mount Panorama with the logo onboard with Super2 driver Aaron Love, who took an exciting inaugural Supercar race victory for the Blanchard Racing Team. Dayco was also aboard the Cooldrive Mustang in the Bathurst 1000 which was headed towards a points earning finish until mechanical failures ended their challenge. For more information, visit


RACER INDUSTRIES WELCOMES BRAND AMBASSADORS Two new ambassadors are set to represent the company CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced new brand ambassadors for Racer Industries and Project Mu in Australia: Andrew Price and Eleanor Terry. “We are proud to welcome Andrew and Eleanor to the Racer Industries family as our new brand ambassadors,” Racer Industries General Manager, Ryan McLeod, said. “Both are incredibly talented drivers whom we have supported throughout their careers with parts, service, and advice, and we’re excited to take our relationships with them to the next level. “Andrew and Eleanor are not only drivers, but racing enthusiasts as well, and with them as ambassadors for Racer Industries and Project Mu in Australia, we feel that they will be instrumental in sharing our products and services to fellow grassroots enthusiasts. “Racer Industries has been an industry leader in the motorsport space for two decades, supplying brakes, wheels, race suits, and more to racing categories such as Supercars and GT3.

“We are the largest direct importer of race parts in Australia and are also the local distributor for Project Mu high performance consumer brakes and PMu Racing race and track brakes. “With the backing of CoolDrive, we can now provide that same level of service that the professional motorsport teams receive to our grassroots and modified car enthusiasts, and Andrew and Eleanor will be an integral part of the team in promoting this offering.” Andrew recently piloted a Project Mu-sponsored Hyundai i30N Fastback at the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) 2023 and was thrilled to have the backing of Racer Industries coming into the event, where he achieved a personal best time. “I have been a customer of Racer Industries for 15 years. Dean and Ryan at Racer Industries helped a kid who had no clue, purchase the right safety gear and parts to go racing, along with giving me expert advice and knowledge to stay on top of my game,” Andrew said. “When pushing performance vehicles to their limits, you must have complete trust in the braking systems to withstand these extreme conditions. delivers reliability and performance every time, which is why I recommend and only use Project Mu for my race vehicles.” Eleanor also competed at the WTAC 2023 as the only female competitor at the event, where she drove her Hyundai i20N to a personal best time. “Only a few years ago I was just a car enthusiast

terrified of going out on the track as it seemed such a big hurdle to get over. However, between support from friends and the knowledge of the team at Racer Industries, they made taking my car out on the track as easy as possible,” Eleanor said. Both Andrew’s and Eleanor’s Hyundais at WTAC 2023 were fitted out with products from Racer Industries, including those from brands such as Sparco, Schroth Racing, and of course brakes from Project Mu. Racer Industries also provided further support to the pair, and fellow drivers at the event with its trackside store in attendance, stocking a full range of racing parts and components. The trackside store is part of Racer Industries’ commitment to its customers to provide the best possible service to its customers and it was most recently at events including the Victorian State Race Series, Winton VHRR Festival of Speed and Shannon’s Speedseries. For further information on Racer Industries, visit

NEW CIRCUIT EXCEL RACING ASSOCIATION TYRE DEAL STRUCK Dunlop Motorsport Australia and Wildan One Three have partnered with CERA Dunlop Motorsport Australia and Wildan One Three are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with the Circuit Excel Racing Association (CERA) which will see the Dunlop Direzza ZIII tyre exclusively supplied for the Excel category until 2027. As a trusted and consistent performer in motorsport, the Dunlop Direzza ZIII tyre has demonstrated its racing prowess through its exclusive use in the prestigious Toyota 86 Series. “We are delighted that the Dunlop Direzza ZIII tyre has been chosen for this collaboration with CERA,” said Bill McKenna, distributor for Dunlop Motorsport in Australia under Wildan One Three. “This partnership presents a fantastic opportunity to expand and fortify the brand’s presence within racing circles while also providing crucial support to nurture young talent emerging in the category.”

CERA National President, John Broadbent, echoed the sentiment, calling this alliance an exciting new chapter in the development of Circuit Excel Racing. “This is an exciting new phase in developing the Circuit Excel Racing category,” John said. “In announcing the Dunlop Direzza ZIII as our exclusive tyre for the next four years, I am convinced Dunlop Motorsport will bring a wealth of experience to our program.” The news was met with genuine excitement from Dunlop Australia National Motorsport Manager, Loc Tran. “We are genuinely excited by the news and our involvement with CERA,” Loc said. “This marks a significant milestone in Dunlop’s mission to establish youth programs that create clear pathways from go-karts to V8 Supercars, ultimately shaping the champions of tomorrow.”

The parties involved say this collaboration promises to ignite a new era of excellence in Excel racing, with “the unmatched performance and reliability of the Dunlop Direzza ZIII tyre providing competitors with an edge on the track.” For more information, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



NEW SEMA SHOW EXHIBIT TO HIGHLIGHT FUTURE VEHICLE PROPULSION TECHNOLOGY The SEMA FutureTech Studio will be located in the new EV and Future Propulsion section The SEMA FutureTech Studio, a new exhibit at the 2023 SEMA Show, will give attendees an opportunity to learn about what the future of vehicle propulsion may look like. The SEMA FutureTech Studio will be part of the new EV and Future Propulsion section that evolved from the popular SEMA Electrified exhibit at recent SEMA Shows. “The automotive aftermarket has always been at the forefront of vehicle innovation and technology, and this new section will help showcase how our industry is leading the way in the creation of new engine and fuel options,” SEMA Vice President of Events, Tom Gattuso, said. “The FutureTech Studio is a visionary space designed to inspire and support innovation across all segments and vehicles.” Through various spotlights and showcases, the new immersive Show environment will feature parts and equipment that cater to the new technology, as well as vehicles that will highlight how these are employed. The exhibit will also include a SEMA Education

stage, named FutureTech LIVE, where industry leaders will discuss different propulsion technology, including EV, hybrid, hydrogen, alternative fuels, and other advancements in technology. Additionally, the new EV and Future Propulsion area will include more than 15 exhibitor booths showcasing parts and tools that cater to this emerging technology, and more than 75 vehicles will help highlight the future of automotive innovation. “The FutureTech Studio will help attendees understand what’s happening in the industry and how the industry is already pushing the creative envelope with new innovations, parts, and services,” SEMA Director of Vehicle Technology, Luis Morales, said. “The EV and Future Propulsion section embodies our commitment to featuring the latest and future trends at the SEMA Show, and it is a testament to SEMA’s dedication to helping the community remain at the forefront of technological advancements.”

Organisers of the 2023 SEMA Show, taking place across October 31 to November 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, say it is the ultimate business gathering for the multi-billion specialty-automotive industry and is the place to discover the latest products and trends, connect with industry leaders, and network with fellow aftermarket professionals. For more information, visit

TOMMY JOHNSON JR TO RACE AEROFLOW NITRO FUNNY CAR AT SYDNEY NATIONALS The well-known US drag racing star is Sydney bound Veteran US Funny Car racer Tommy Johnson Jr will return to Australia piloting a championshipwinning hot rod with his eyes on the prize at Sydney Dragway for Round One of the NDRC Nitro Funny Car championship, the Sydney Nationals across October 27 and 28.

Tommy has competed in more than 450 NHRA events with 25 Wally trophies on his mantle.

“I am so excited to be coming back to Australia to race in the Aeroflow Funny Car Series,” Tommy said.

“Ever since I was a little kid I always wanted to race in Australia. Now to say I have driven a Nitro Funny Car and a Top Fuel Dragster (in Australia), it’s a lifelong dream come true,” Tommy said.

“It is a huge honour to be asked to drive one of Graeme Cowin’s cars; what he has done for the funny car series in Australia is amazing.”

One of only 17 drivers to sit behind the wheel of both Top Fuel Dragsters and Nitro Funny Cars, Johnson brings not only experience to his run in Australia but also a winning mentality.

Like most people, drag racing is all about family for Tommy so he’s taking on this adventure with his own. “My parents always supported my racing career, and I am so proud that I’m able to bring my mom on this trip to watch me compete down under!” Tommy said. “Having watched previous rounds online from home, I know how competitive the Aeroflow Nitro Funny Cars are, so I know I have my work cut out for me to bring the trophy back to the US. “I’ve been given last season’s championship-


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winning hot rod from the Aeroflow stable, so it’s all business from here!” The first round of the NDRC Nitro Funny Car championship kicks off at Sydney Dragway on October 27th and 28th 2023, where you can see the 11,000hp, 500km/h flame throwing missiles compete side by side as well as Pro Alcohol, Pro Stock, Pro Mod and the Aeroflow Performance Sportsman Series Eastern Conference. For more information, visit



Swan Ignition Coils says it is proud to be supporting and promoting Harrison Turnbull’s Junior Sedan career Harrison Turnbull’s love for motor racing was ignited at an early age when his mother and uncles raced speedway go-karts. Along with his family role models, Harrison looks up to James McFadden, a Northern Territory Sprintcar racer. In 2018, James won the Tri-Star Cup at the Chariots of Thunder event in Darwin and held a competition, allowing his supporters to win the trophy. Harrison was lucky enough to take it home. Harrison followed in his family’s footsteps in 2017 when he started racing a speedway go-kart at the age of seven. The following year, Harrison won the sub-junior speedway go-kart events at both the Australian and Northern Territory Titles. With his impressive go-kart driving skills at such a young age, he was offered a drive for the 2020 Speedway Junior Sedans season behind the wheel of an old Toyota Corolla. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 lockdowns,

his home track of Northline Speedway did not host any events that year, so he had to make the six-hour round trip to Katherine Speedway to participate in their shortened season. Harrison upgraded his Corolla to a Daihatsu Charade for the 2021 and 2022 Northline Speedway Junior Sedans seasons, which is when he had his first major achievement in the class. In 2021, he won the Top Stars Junior Championship, the DSRDA Most Improved, and Junior Sports Person of the Year. At this year’s Kununurra Speedway Junior Sedan title, held on September 9th, Harrison managed three heat wins and his first Junior Sedan track title. His victory came in his current car, a Hyundai Excel, which is running a Swan ignition coil. Harrison is primarily competing in the championship at Northline Speedway for the Top Star Junior Sedans. He is, however, looking to start racing in interstate events in order to experience new tracks and compete at State and National title events.

His future ambitions are to compete in a Wingless Sprintcar or, at the very least, crew for a Sprintcar team. Harrison’s skills also go beyond the steering wheel, as he does all his race car maintenance. “At Swan Ignition Coils, we believe it is vital to support independent race teams, as we have done before and will continue to do so,” Swan Ignition Coils Marketing Manager, Steve Butrakoski, said. “We also see that we need to invest in the next generation of race drivers to help them achieve their goals and ambitions.” To find your nearest Swan Ignition Coils stockist, call 03 9336 2889.


The DeatschWerks line-up of fuel system components includes more than 1000 products While on his Australian business trip, DeatschWerks International Account Manager, David Reyna, dropped into GCG Turbo’s Sydney office for a quick update on the latest DW products and some new, soon-to-be-released technology. Founded in 2004, DeatschWerks is a manufacturer of high-performance EFI fuel system solutions. Located in the United States in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, DW operates out of its own 36,000 square foot facility which houses all of the company’s functions including design,

end-manufacturing, quality assurance, sales, marketing, and administration. DW has developed innovative fuel system components such as the in-line 250iL and 350iL pumps, modular surge tanks, conversion fuel rails, dual-stage fuel filters, and ethanol-compatible fuel pressure regulators. Today, the DeatschWerks line-up of fuel system components includes more than 1000 products covering Sport Compact, Modern Muscle, and Euro applications.

Brett Lloyd (left) with David Reyna (right)

David Reyna briefing GCG managers on the latest DW products

GCG Turbos is the Australian Distributor of Garrett Turbochargers and says it is one of the most trusted brands in the industry, supplying, servicing and repairing turbos for passenger, commercial, heavy-duty, racing and marine applications. “We are excited to be working with such a reputable and innovative company as DeatschWerks,” GCG Chief Executive Officer, Brett Lloyd, said. “We already stock DW products and are looking forward to expanding that range.” GCG Turbos invites readers to keep an eye out for lots of exciting developments coming later this year. For more information, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023



UNLEASH THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE With Mountain Top’s all-new Amarok Accessories Mountain Top says it is excited to introduce a revolutionary range of accessories meticulously crafted for the all-new Amarok. It states this cutting-edge product line blends style, functionality, and durability, redefining the limits of your adventures. Designed, developed, and rigorously tested in Denmark and Australia, Mountain Top says the all-new Amarok accessories are engineered to meet the highest industry standards. It states these accessories promise longevity and peak performance, even in the most challenging environments. Key highlights of Mountain Top’s all-new Amarok range include: • EVOe, Electric Roll Cover: Mountain Top says you can experience the future of style and security with the sleek and uniquely flush EVOe. Crafted from high-quality aluminium and featuring a black powder coat finish, it provides easy access to your Ute bed while keeping your cargo secure and protected from the elements.

• EVOm, Manual Roll Cover: Mountain Top invites you to elevate your Amarok’s aesthetics with the robust and stylish EVOm. This accessory seamlessly combines form and function, adding a layer of elegance to your Ute while ensuring secure transportation of your items. • Cargo Carriers: for those aiming to maximise storage capacity, Mountain Top says its versatile cargo carriers are the perfect solution, allowing you to carry everything you need for your outdoor adventures with ease and convenience. • Cargo Slide: Mountain Top’s Cargo Slide is a versatile tool designed for various applications, including outdoor adventures, trade work, and general utility. Boasting a 300kg load rating and a reliable locking mechanism, it ensures your cargo remains secure in both fully extended and retracted positions. “Our team has poured their dedication into creating a product range that not only enhances the capabilities of the all-new Amarok but also embodies its adventurous spirit,”

Mountain Top Chief Executive Officer, Henrik Stöwer Petersen, said. “We are confident that our customers will appreciate the perfect blend of style and functionality that Mountain Top products bring to their Amarok.” Whether you are a weekend warrior, an outdoor enthusiast, or simply looking to customise your Amarok, Mountain Top says its product range has something to offer for everyone. From your backyard to the outback, Mountain Top says its roll covers and accessories inspire and equip the world’s adventurers. For more information, please visit

BENDIX BROADENS ULTIMATE 4WD BRAKE UPGRADE KIT RANGE Kits are now available for more vehicles

Bendix has expanded its range of Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kits for the VW Amarok, Mitsubishi Pajero and PXIII Ford Ranger. For Pajero and PXIII Ranger, front kits are now available including options for standard ride height and two-inch (50mm) lifted vehicles. The latest additions also cover front and rear kit options for Amarok, again with both standard ride height and two-inch (50mm) lifted cars being covered. The kits include two Ultimate Brake Rotors, a set of Ultimate 4WD Brake Pads, a vehicle set of Ultimate Brake Hoses, a litre of heavy-duty brake fluid, a can of Bendix Cleanup, a tube of Ceramasil Lubricant, and Bendix rotor wipes, with all contents packaged in a tough 60 litre Bendix Icebox. The Ultimate Disc Brake Rotors feature four-

wheel-drive specific metallurgy which increases rotor strength at elevated temperatures and Bendix’s Diamond Tip Slot technology which helps expel gasses, dirt and water more efficiently. The rotors also incorporate high efficiency cooling pillars, which have been designed to channel cool air into the rotor, expelling hot air faster and increasing the resistance to thermal cracks. Along with more effectively and expelling heat, Bendix says the pillars minimise the chance of rotor distortion and deliver improved braking feel. Complementing the rotors are Ultimate 4WD Disc Brake Pads. These pads are engineered for extreme conditions and hardworking 4WD applications; they also feature Bendix’s premium Mechanical Retention System (MRS) for improved pad attachment strength, and a high-tech ceramic formulation that provides low dust and noise. Another important component of the kit are Bendix’s Ultimate 4WD Brake Hoses which feature PTFE (Teflon) tubing that is wrapped in woven stainless steel 304 braid. This tough construction means they will not expand under high pressure, ensuring a firm and responsive pedal feel. The kits are ideal for four-wheel-drives that carry the additional weight of accessories and payload, run larger tyres – which require additional braking


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force to stop – or for drivers who regularly tow caravans and trailers. Some owners of standard four-wheel drives may choose these rotors simply to provide them with the additional peace of mind of extra stopping power for everyday driving.

Other new releases Additional Bendix releases include rear 4WD/SUV and Heavy Duty Brake Pads for Isuzu MUX (2021 onwards), front 4WD and General CT Brake Pads for Subaru Outback and Forester and front Euro+ Brake Rotors for BMW X3 (G01) and Toyota Supra (2020 onwards). In other news, Bendix has also introduced front and rear CV Brake Pads for popular Mitsubishi Fuso Canter models from 2011 onwards. To learn more, contact your local Bendix stockist by visiting


CREATIVE CONVERSIONS CELEBRATES TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 300 SERIES DUAL CAB BUILD The build was tailored specifically for the African market Creative Conversions, a leading name in dual cab conversions and wheelbase extensions on Toyota Landcruisers, says it is thrilled to announce the successful completion of its first-ever Toyota Landcruiser 300 Series Dual Cab conversion and build, specifically tailored for the African market. Creative Conversions says this remarkable achievement represents a significant milestone in the company’s dedication to delivering top-quality, innovative vehicle modifications to meet the unique needs of customers across Africa. Creative Conversions’ extensive experience with the Landcruiser 200 and 300 Series conversions in the Australian market has allowed its team to fine-tune this vehicle, recognising the striking similarities between the Australian and African touring terrains. The company says this wealth of knowledge has led to the creation of a vehicle perfectly suited to Africa’s demanding conditions. “This particular vehicle started as a LC300 GX-R wagon, a model unavailable to the Australian market,

where it arrived onsite inside a shipping container direct from our customer,” Creative Conversions General Manager, Shayne Mayers, said. “After thorough inspection of the differences between this model and other domestic models, the team were able to apply our processes and start our 13 stage process to covert the vehicle into an extended wheel base Dual Cab. “Utilising this process and components from our manufacturing partners we were able to achieve a vehicle GVM of 4495kgs, 3500kg Tow capacity and 7995kg GCM.” “We are incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication that our team has put into this project,” Creative Conversions Managing Director, Ray Smith-Roberts, said. “The Toyota Landcruiser 300 Series Dual Cab conversion is a testament to our commitment to delivering excellence in Second Stage Manufacturing. “We look forward to serving the African market with this exceptional vehicle, and we are confident that

it will quickly become the preferred choice for those who require a dependable and versatile vehicle for their adventures or work.” This isn’t Creative Conversions’ first foray into markets outside of Australia with previously importing, remanufacturing and then exporting vehicles to the United Arab Emirates, Papua New Guinea and Saudi Arabia. Creative Conversions says its dedicated export team and experience in navigating international trade, customs regulations, and logistics ensures the seamless distribution of its high-quality dual cab conversions anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit

ARB ENCAPSULATED The Earth Camper pioneers ARB’s bold entry into the recreational vehicle (RV) industry

Combining almost 50 years of knowledge and experience in the 4x4 space, ARB says it has integrated its skillset across each of its product categories to showcase the very best ARB has to offer and deliver one extremely capable, compact and feature packed off road camper trailer. Aligning with the overarching mission of ARB – preparing and enabling outdoor enthusiasts to travel further and longer off grid in safety and comfort – ARB says the Earth Camper truly embodies the ARB brand, providing the ultimate remote area travel companion and experience. Developed in Kilsyth, Australia and created in ARB’s state of the art facility by its expert Camper specialists, the Earth Camper features top grade equipment and materials for what ARB calls a “one of a kind product which has been designed from the ground up to go the distance.” The Earth Camper has been in development since 2016, and has been designed to offer a camper trailer that has all the luxuries and more, with the ability to travel to places usually unattainable by regular vehicles (let alone vehicles which are towing). To learn more, visit Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2023




Alloy nudge bars are a popular addition to small SUVs; however they offer very limited protection to the vehicle. The Ironman 4x4 Bumper Guard to suit the Subaru XV has been developed for those who really value protecting their investment. Ironman 4x4 says its stylish tube lines add an individual style to suit the shape of your vehicle, stating this design is perfect for urban use and your weekend adventures.

Protection plus It is common for vehicle damage to come from below, and with that in mind, the bumper guard incorporates a 2mm steel skid plate which runs deep under the vehicle offering protection for the radiator, condenser, and important surrounding areas of the engine, adding an extra element of protection.

LAMASSU-RACK PRODUCTS Available now from PHC 4x4 Car Accessories

PHC 4x4 Car Accessories recently received its first shipment of Lamassu-Rack products. PHC 4x4 Car Accessories Chief Executive Officer, Firas AlHashimy states that a comprehensive range is on offer. “These meticulously designed and manufactured car roof rack solutions offer a comprehensive range of flat racks with rail brackets, gutter brackets, fixed point brackets, cross bars, and various accessories tailored to meet the diverse needs of off-roading and camping enthusiasts,” Firas said. “Our local inventory includes over 38 different rail brackets, carefully crafted to fit the majority of common 4x4 vehicles. “On average, our experienced team can install a roof rail bracket with a flat rack (without drilling) in approximately three hours, or five hours if drilling is required. “To demonstrate our unwavering confidence in the durability of our Lamassu-Rack products, we offer an extensive five-year warranty on each item.” PHC 4x4 Car Accessories is a well-established family-owned business, with a legacy spanning 70 years within the car accessories industry. “Our expertise in 4x4 accessories, originating from Nineveh, has allowed us to gain a solid reputation

in delivering top-notch products directly to our valued customers,” Firas said. “At PHC 4x4, we take immense pride in providing products that rival major global brands in terms of quality, durability, and competitive pricing. “Currently, we are actively seeking to expand our network of fitment centres, distributors, and agents in and around Perth, as well as other states in Australia,” Firas said. “Our products offer attractive profit margins and are competitively priced in the market. Furthermore, our packaging is designed for easy storage and transportation, significantly reducing fitting time.” For more information, please visit or

COOLDRIVE KEEPS IT COOL WITH MYCOOLMAN Headlining the myCOOLMAN range are its premium fridge/freezer units Lights and sounds Night driving can be greatly improved with better vehicle lighting, so Ironman 4x4 says it has ensured that the Bumper Guard allows for seamless installation of light bars, up to 32” in length. Additionally, there is something extremely convenient and assuring about having a UHF radio for communication with other 4WDs, caravans, and truck drivers. Ironman 4x4 says that is why the Bumper Guard also features two aerial tabs, perfect for UHF and cellular aerials.

Key features and benefits: • 2mm steel skid plate that provides bumper and engine protection • Dual antenna and accessory mounts • Lightbar and driving light mount • Stylish tubular bar design contouring around the vehicle • Powder coated for longevity • Improve the vehicle’s appearance For more information, visit 116

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CoolDrive Auto Parts has welcomed myCOOLMAN products to its range, providing its customers with more options when it comes to reliable and highquality portable fridges and freezers. CoolDrive Auto Parts says myCOOLMAN is a trailblazing Australian supplier of fridge/freezers, coolers, iceboxes, insulated covers, drinkware, and cooler bags, with the company recognised for its robust and adventurous products. Ideal for off-road adventures, camping trips, outdoor events, and long-distance travel, myCOOLMAN products offer versatility with a range of practical features and cutting-edge technology, ideal for anyone who loves living off the beaten track. Headlining the myCOOLMAN range are its premium fridge/freezer units, all of which are designed and engineered in Germany with neverbefore-seen features to suit the demanding Australian conditions. The fridge/freezer range offers various sizes from 30L up to 105L, with the 53-litre unit, the most compact dual zone on the market.

There are designs to suit different applications and vehicle types, including compact portable fridges right through to larger dual-zone options with interchangeable lids. myCOOLMAN has also partnered with the Blanchard Racing Team with its branding prominently displayed on the Ford Mustang wildcard entry of Aaron Love and Jake Kostecki at the Supercars Sandown endurance event, as well as the Bathurst 1000. The full myCOOLMAN range, including accessories such as the game-changing PowerPack, are now available at CoolDrive branches Australia-wide, and online via iShop. For further information, visit

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