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Bendix’s top brake mods for 4X4s with bigger tyres

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Dec 22, 2022

For avid off roaders, there are several good reasons to upgrade to larger wheels and tyres, as the capability of the vehicle will increase in most four-wheel driving situations.

A 10% increase in the radius of the tyres normally equates to approximately 10% extra braking force being needed.

From the factory, most standard OEM wheel and tyre packages are a compromise, allowing the vehicle to perform at adequate levels across a wide range of driving conditions. In more serious off-road conditions though, larger tyres will increase clearance, provide a bigger contact patch with the ground – especially at reduced tyre pressures – which improves traction and flotation. There may also be a broader choice of dedicated 4X4 rubber at larger sizes, and of course, bigger tyres give a four wheel drive a more aggressive look.

These positives aside, one thing that’s often overlooked when opting for a larger wheel and tyre package is how this modification will affect the vehicle’s braking performance. All states and territories have rules limiting the size increase of tyres and wheels, with reduced braking performance being the main concern.

Combine larger tyres with a fully accessoried vehicle and a caravan in tow, and braking performance decreases considerably.

As a general guide, if you increase the radius of your wheel and tyre combination by 10 per cent, the amount of extra braking force needed to safely bring the vehicle to a halt will also be around 10 per cent. Another consideration is the added inertia (rotating mass) that comes into play with larger wheels and tyres, which inevitably will be heavier than the OEM package.

Upgraded pads

A good starting point for boosting braking performance.

Having fitted bigger tyres, the easiest and most cost-effective starting point to improving braking performance is to invest in upgraded brake pads, such as Bendix’s 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 provide low dust and noise.

Braided brake lines

Braided brake hoses deliver a firm and responsive pedal feel.

Another simple braking upgrade is to replace the OEM brake hoses with braided variants. Bendix’s Ultimate 4WD Brake Hoses feature PTFE (Teflon®) tubing that’s wrapped in woven stainless steel 304 braid. This tough construction means they won’t expand under high pressure, ensuring a firm and responsive pedal feel.

Disc / drum upgrade

The next level in recouping and even improving factory braking performance is to upgrade the disc brake rotors or drum brakes. Bendix’s Ultimate 4WD Brake Drum Upgrade Kit features High Carbon Metallurgy, SwiftFit protective zinc coating and Epoxy Coated Hub, leading to increased stopping power, added durability and increased aesthetics. Bendix will also shortly launch a range of new standalone range of four-wheel drive performance disc brake rotors, to further increase braking performance.

Upgrade kits – all the gear in the convenience of a kit

All the gear in the convenience of a kit.

With a brake upgrade kit, purchasers get all the benefits of the individual braking components listed earlier*, but with the convenience and cost effectiveness of a single kit. Bendix’s Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit combines diamond tip slot Ultimate 4WD Disc Brake Rotors, a set of Ultimate 4WD Brake Pads, Ultimate 4WD Brake Hoses and ancillary products such as Heavy Duty Brake Fluid, Ceramasil Brake Parts Lubricant, Rotor Wipes and more.

Big brake upgrade with drum to disc conversion kits

The ultimate brake upgrade kit for vehicles with a front disc and rear drum set-up.

For even more serious braking performance, Bendix offers its Ultimate 4WD Big Brake Upgrade Kits, they’re a comprehensive package that includes larger diamond tip slot front rotors, powerful 6-piston front calipers (front kit), a rear drum to disc conversion and all the associated parts required to complete the work (rear kit), along with Ultimate 4WD Brake Pads, Ultimate Brake Hoses and the ancillary products mentioned in the standard Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit.

These kits are 100 percent legal and comply with ADRs. Some legal variances from state to state will mean that in certain locations (VIC, NSW, ACT, SA and TAS), an engineering inspection will be required to ensure the kits have been installed properly and are functioning correctly, after which a mod plate will be issued. For owners in QLD and WA, Bendix have a pre-authorised LG1 certificate, and all that’s required after fitment is to advise the registration authority of the installation.

For Kiwi buyers, the New Zealand registration authority (NZTA) recognises ADR master reports for vehicles that are to be used on New Zealand roads. The compliance process is similar to VIC, NSW, SA and Tas, so a vehicle that’s fitted with either front or rear (or both) Ultimate Big Brake Upgrade Kits will require a Low Volume Vehicle Certification (LVVC).

Brake booster upgrade

Bendix's brake booster upgrade features a dual diaphragm design for added stopping power.

If even greater stopping power is needed, Bendix offers its ADR-approved Ultimate 4WD Brake Booster Upgrade, which can deliver up to 30 per cent greater stopping power, thanks to its dual diaphragm design which significantly reduces pedal effort.

To learn more, contact your local Bendix stockist, visit www.bendix.com.au/stockists

*Aside from the Ultimate 4WD Brake Drum Upgrade Kit


For further information:

For more information free call the Bendix Brake Advice Centre on 1800 819 666 or +61 3 5327 0211 from overseas (8am-5pm Monday to Friday EST), e-mail us at: brakeadvicecentre@bendix.com.au or visit our website www.bendix.com.au

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