Built tough for Aussie conditions, this comprehensive kit includes specially compounded high performance ceramic material brake pads for increased stopping power in extreme conditions plus the latest Bendix Ultimate 4WD Disc Brake Rotors and calipers designed and developed specifically for Australia’s demanding conditions. Bendix Ultimate 4WD Big Brake Upgrade Kits are available for selected 4WD wagons and dual cab utes.
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Why do the brake upgrade?

  • 4x4 ute’s brakes are smaller dimensioned to many of the family cars and SUVs.
  • Once additional accessories and load is added, braking performance deteriorates further. It is not uncommon to see 400+ kgs of additional accessories added to the base vehicle (i.e. bull bar, winch ,lights, roof-rack, fridges, camping equipment, etc).
  • Larger diameter tyres also detract from the vehicles braking performance.
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Replace OE disc brake rotors with advanced slotted disc brake rotors (larger diameter on the front), larger calipers and braided brake lines for Ultimate 4WD stopping performance!

The outcome from this high performance brake kit with technically advanced additional strength ceramic brake pads, Ultimate 4WD slotted disc brake rotors (larger diameter on the front), larger Bendix calipers and Ultimate 4WD brake hoses results in a firm brake pedal that won’t over expand under pressure, a reduction in brake dust and braking noise along with thermal stability in high temperatures and resistance to brake fade.

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Drum to Disc conversion: How Does it work?

The Ultimate 4WD Big Brake Upgrade Kit (Rear Kit) comes with a full drum to disc conversion kit.

The conversion kit removes all OE drum assembly and replaces it with the brake disc and hydraulic caliper.

The kit also contains a replacement park brake mechanism within the drum that is operated by the OE park brake cable.

The installation of the kit requires the removal of all components from the vehicle axles. This is why the kit comes complete with replacement bearings and seals (ABS rings and collars in some kits).

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What kind of performance improvements can you expect?

  • An unmodified PX series Ford Ranger requires 41.5 meters to stop from 80km/h.
  • The same Ford Ranger fitted with the Bendix Big Brake upgrades (big front & drum-to-disc rear) came to a complete stop from 80km/h in 32.5 meters. An improvement of 9 meters or 1.5 car lengths.
  • An improvement of 9 meters or 1.5 car lengths.
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Do you need to undergo ADR Compliance if you do a conversion?

  • All Bendix Big Brake upgrade kits have a full ADR master report and are ADR certified for VIC, NSW, ACT, SA & TAS. An engineering inspection is required to ensure that it has been installed correctly and is functioning correctly and they will issue a mod plate.
  • For QLD & WA Bendix have a pre-authorised LG1 certificate and all that is required is to advise the registration authority of the installation and complete the LG1 forms.
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Advantages for certain types of vehicles

  • Any vehicle that has had mass added to it by the addition of accessories as above, carries trade tools or a performance upgrade.
  • Any 4x4s that regularly tow heavy caravans, boats or trailers.
  • Disc brakes also continue to perform well when wet, unlike drum brakes, so 4x4s used in off-road conditions, river crossings, etc.
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Front Kit Contents

  • 2 x Ultimate 4WD Disc Brake Rotors
  • 1 Set x Ultimate 4WD Brake Pads
  • 2 x Bendix 6-Piston Monoblock Calipers
  • Bracket Mounting Kit
  • 1 Front Set x Ultimate 4WD Brake Hoses
  • 1 Litre Heavy Duty Brake Fluid
  • Access to the ADR Master Report
  • 1 x Can Bendix Cleanup
  • 1 x Tube Ceramasil Brake Parts Lubricant
  • 1 x 60L Icebox
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Rear Kit Contents

  • 2 x Ultimate 4WD Disc Brake Rotors
  • 1 Set x Ultimate 4WD Brake Pads
  • 2 x Bendix Calipers
  • Bracket Mounting Kit
  • Park Brake Mechanism
  • 1 Rear Set x Ultimate 4WD Brake Hoses
  • 1 Litre Heavy Duty Brake Fluid
  • Access to the ADR Master Report
  • 1 x Can Bendix Cleanup
  • 1 x Tube Ceramasil Brake Parts Lubricant
  • 1 x 60L Icebox
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The Ultimate 4WD Range

Bendix Calipers

Bendix 6-Piston Monoblock Calipers are included in the Front Kit and Bendix Calipers in the Rear. The calipers with their extra pistons are designed to apply greater pressure to the brake pads, resulting in a shorter stopping distance.

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Ultimate 4WD Brake Pads

Designed to meet Australia’s tough 4WD conditions, the Bendix Ultimate 4WD Brake Pads deliver increased stopping power when you need it. The high performance brake pads utilise a specially compounded high performance ceramic material that functions in extreme conditions.

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Features
Benefits
CERAMIC MATERIAL
Low Dust, Low Noise, while providing high temperature stability and excellent fade resistance.
MECHANICAL RETENTION SYSTEM BACKING PLATE
MRS technology used in commercial vehicle brake pads, for improved pad attachment strength, for heavy duty operating conditions.
DESIGNED FOR SLOTTED DISC BRAKE ROTORS
Works best with slotted disc brake rotors, delivers confident stopping in all conditions.

Ultimate 4WD Disc Brake Rotors

Ultimate 4WD Disc Brake Rotors are manufactured to the highest level of precision engineering based on OEM specifications and incorporate innovative technology such as 4WD Metallurgy for increased braking performance plus special diamond tip slots and a special bi-directional pillar design to quickly and 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.

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Features
Benefits
4WD METALLURGY
G3000 disc brake rotor manufactured using SAE J431 material standards, robust, higher strength, wear resistance for durability in all conditions. Designed to withstand the demanding punishment that your 4WD dishes out.
DIAMOND TIP SLOT
Allows gasses to escape in heavy duty driving, delivering consistent output. Better self cleaning for off road conditions.
SWIFTFIT
Protective zinc coating which is ready to fit.
PILLAR CONSTRUCTION
Improved thermal stability.

Ultimate 4WD Brake Hose

Easy to fit braided brake hoses with a protective sleeve are included with each designed and manufactured in compliance with SAE J1401 specifications.

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Features
Benefits
BRAIDED LINE WITH PROTECTION SLEEVE
Delivers a firm brake pedal, that won’t over expand under high pressure.
MEETS SAE J1401
Compliant to international design standards, won’t affect warranty.
DESIGNED TO FIT
Fits your application without any modification.

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FAQ

Ultimate 4WD Big Brake Upgrade Kit (Front Kit) FAQ

Do we have ADR Approval?

Yes

How long do they take to fit?

Average time 2 hours per conversion. Potentially longer for first vehicle fit up.

Can I do a DIY install?

This is not recommended as it involves opening the hydraulic system.

Will the kits fit in my OE wheels?

Kits require 18" plus wheels. OE 18" wheels fit, but check aftermarket wheels with the template.

Engineers report?

Varies by state (see Legal Requirements below).

Does installation require special tools?

No. Process is very similar to fitting our current Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit with a caliper change.

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Ultimate 4WD Big Brake Upgrade Kit (Rear Kit) FAQ

Do we have ADR Approval?

Yes

Can I do a DIY install?

This is not recommended as it involves opening the hydraulic system.

Does the brake master cylinder need to be changed?

No

Does the brake proportioning valve need adjusting?

No

How long does it take to fit?

Four hours. Potentially longer for the first kit.

Do I need any special tools?

You need a hydraulic press as you are removing and replacing the wheel bearings.

Can I use other brand replacement components?

No. ADR Approval is for the full kit.

Are replacement parts available?

Yes.

Do I need an engineers report?

In most cases, yes. This varies by state (see Legal Requirements below)

Is engineering sign off mandatory?

In most cases (additional details later in this training)

Do axle bearings need to be replaced?

Yes, they are included in the kit.

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Ultimate 4WD Big Brake Upgrade Kit Legal Requirements

NSW, VIC ,TAS and SA

All require engineering sign off once installed. Sign off engineers will require a copy of the ADR35/05 test report before or during inspection, report provided by Bendix.

QLD and WA

LG1 codes achieved and registered with state registration authorities. LG1 codes available on request or via the preferred installer portal.

NT

No engineering sign-off required, however your vehicle will need to be inspected by the NT MVR.

New Zealand

  • 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).
  • Once fitted, the installer will need to contact the Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association (LVVTA) to have the vehicle inspected by an independent certifier before a plate is applied to the vehicle. The certifier will apply to the LVVTA on behalf of the fitter/vehicle owner to have the vehicle plated, which will allow the vehicle to gain a Warranty of Fitness going forward.
  • LVVC inspectors can be found at https://www.lvvta.org.nz/conta...
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Brochures

  • Bendix Ultimate 4 WD Big Brake Upgrade Kit brochure PRJ 08123
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