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Bendix brake upgrade kits for safety and performance

Owners of four-wheel drive vehicles can always benefit from additional stopping power, whether towing, out on the tracks or for day-to-day driving.

Bendix’s ‘Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit’ is designed to deliver these performance gains, in an easy-to-install package. The comprehensive kit includes specially compounded high performance ceramic material brake pads for increased stopping power plus the latest Bendix Ultimate Rotors, which are designed specifically for demanding conditions.

The rotors are manufactured to the highest level based on OEM specifications, and incorporate high carbon metallurgy for increased braking performance. They also feature special diamond tip slots and a bi-directional pillar design, to efficiently expel gases, water, dust and grit. Together this provides the driver with absolute control when braking in extreme conditions with instant response and even friction.

Measured against OEM brakes at 100KM/H revealed an incredible improvement in stopping distance of up to five metres for the vehicle fitted with the Ultimate Brake Upgrade Kit. Exhaustive testing also revealed a firm brake pedal that won’t over expand under pressure, reduces brake dust and noise, along with thermal stability in high temperatures and resistance to brake-fade.

Easy-to-fit braided brake hoses with a protective sleeve that won’t expand under pressure are also included, each designed and manufactured in compliance with SAE J1401 specifications.

Each kit contains everything needed for a smooth changeover to the new high performance 4WD Ceramic Brake Pads, Ultimate Rotors and Braided Brake Hoses. There is also Bendix heavy duty brake fluid, brake cleaner and parts degreaser, Ceramasil brake parts lubricant and brake clean rotor wipes. To help celebrate once the upgrade conversion is installed there’s also a Bendix stubbie holder so you can enjoy a cold one.

The new Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit will fit the vehicle application without modifications; it’s compliant with international standards and will not impinge vehicle warranty.

Brake drums also covered by Bendix Ultimate range

For people who own dual cab four-wheel-drive utility vehicles, which typically run a rear drum brake configuration, Bendix offers the recently released ‘Ultimate 4WD Drum Upgrade Kits’ which are designed to complement the Ultimate disc brake kit.

This kit contains two Ultimate 4WD Brake Drums, an Ultimate 4WD Brake Shoe Kit plus a can of Bendix Cleanup and Bendix Rotor Wipes.

The advanced high carbon metallurgy drum increases brake performance and stopping power and has a protective ‘Swiftfit’ zinc coating making it ready to fit. The hub is coated with epoxy with corrosion inhibitors that will not regrade over time making it look attractive and very functional.

The bake shoes in the kit are GG friction rated with higher friction capabilities than the OE parts, improving stopping performance overall especially with heavy loads. The black painted steel shoes also incorporate improved corrosion resistance and have superior strength and durability.

Both kits are available for a wide range of models including Ranger, Colorado, D-Max, BT50, Triton, Hilux, Amarok and Nissan D40 / D23.

For further details, visit the website: bendix.com.au/product-range/4-wheel-drive.

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