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  • AUTO CARE ASSOCIATION IDENTIFIES ALIBABA AS NOTORIOUS MARKET FOR COUNTERFEITS

    The Auto Care Association has submitted comments urging the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to relist Alibaba and its family of e-commerce platforms, including Taobao and Aliexpress, as notorious markets that facilitate the sale of counterfeit auto parts. The letter was submitted as part of the USTR’s request for comments in identifying Internet and physical markets based outside the United States that engage in copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting, for its annual Special 301 Out-of Cycle Review of Notorious Markets Report. “Although Alibaba had been removed from the Notorious Markets list in recognition of efforts to address counterfeit activities,” says Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, “we remain very concerned with the drastic amount of counterfeit automotive products sold on these sites daily and the difficulty our members are experiencing in obtaining enforcement.” The Auto Care Association submitted comments in response to member complaints regarding the proliferation of online supply chains based in China that allow the online distribution of counterfeit parts. These online B2B and e-commerce sites advertise branded counterfeit products for sale at rates that significantly undercut the margins of members’ original products. Counterfeit auto parts represent a significant danger to the safety and welfare of the general public, and also pose a significant economic threat to the auto care industry. In its letter, the Auto Care Association outlined general principles that Alibaba should adopt to address the proliferation of counterfeit products on its various platforms. The Auto Care Association commends the USTR’s efforts to combat piracy and counterfeiting. The association looks forward to continuing this dialogue with the USTR and representatives from the identified websites to protect and enforce intellectual property rights.

     

  • We Rebuild Calipers in Canada - 2 Way Free Shipping

    We rebuild brake calipers for all types of vehicles, let us know your year make and model through our contact us page and we will send you a quote. Thank you

     

  • Having price issues with AMG Rotors and pads?

    We offer a wide range of products for all MB AMG vehicles, a brake kit could cost as much as 3000$! We have much more affordable options, browse our store or send us an e-mail. Thank you!

     

  • BMW’s six-cylinder won Wards 2017 10 Best Engines Award

    The 6-cylinder BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology engine recently won Wards 2017 10 Best Engines Award, announced at the 23rd annual celebration where nearly …

    So let's take a look at some of the greatest BMW engines of all time.
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    • S70/2 (6.1 Liter Naturally Aspirated V12)

    The 6-cylinder BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology engine recently won Wards 2017 10 Best Engines Award, announced at the 23rd annual celebration where nearly 600 Powertrain Engineers joined at the Renaissance Center Marriott in Detroit. Roberto Rossetti Vice President of Engineering, BMW of North America, accepted the award for the 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine found in the BMW M240i.

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    Last year the “B58” also made Wards 10 Best Engine list, praised for its modular architecture, engine performance and efficiency in the BMW 340i xDrive. This year the BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology version of that same engine delivers an additional 15 more horsepower and an impressive 39 lb-ft of torque increase over the standard engine. Since 1995, BMW has won 33 trophies in the WardsAuto 10 Best Engine Award.

    “Last year BMW turned 100 years and during that time our company has become famous for its iconic 6-cylinder inline engines. Today BMW continues to receive accolades in front of the most respected engineers in powertrain and technology in the industry. The inline-6 will continue to be part of BMW legacy,” said Roberto Rossetti in his speech.

    “Our latest addition to this family is the B58 featuring BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo Technology, Valvetronic, Double VANOS and Direct Injection and BMW is making history once again here at Wards 10 Best Engine celebration,” added Rossetti.

    “It was an incredible feat for the development team on this new set of modular engines to have up to 30-40 percent of its components shared with the 6-cylinder diesel engine and up to 60% with the 3- and 4-cylinder gasoline modular engines. One of the goals was to increase horsepower and torque while at the same time increase the efficiency on all variants. All in all, the B58 is a smoother, higher performing more efficient engine that ensures BMW delivers the true and typical driving dynamics to our customers of the Ultimate Driving Machine” concluded Rossetti.

    This year Wards Auto judges were impressed by this engine, “… the B58 idles with serene confidence and revs with buttery smoothness no matter how close to the redline” stated Tom Murphy, Executive Editor at Wards Auto World. “BMW saw an opportunity in a new EfficientDynamics modular architecture for inline 3-, 4- and 6-cylinder engines all displacing 500 cc per cylinder and sharing certain dimensions and interchangeable parts. We know the modular approach works wonder because the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder B46 engine in the BMW 330i came within a hair of joining the B58 big brother on the list his year and the 1.5 liter 3-cylinder B38 that powers the MINI Cooper is a hoot, too” noted Murphy.

    The award winning 6-cylinder BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology engine in the BMW M240i produces 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque providing a 0-60 mph run of just 4.4 seconds while approaching 26 miles per gallon during Wards testing.

  • All You Need To Know About The BMW M3/M4 F Body Brake System

    Interview with M engineer Klaus Dullinger on the new brake system for the BMW M3 and M4 The BMW M3 and BMW M4 both feature …

    Interview with M engineer Klaus Dullinger on the new brake system for the BMW M3 and M4

    The BMW M3 and BMW M4 both feature a new type of brake system. Let us begin with the M compound brakes – what is special about them and in what ways do they differ from the M compound brakes installed in the previous model?

    Klaus Dullinger: M compound brakes have a grey-cast friction ring in a floating arrangement that is connected by pins to the aluminium brake cover. The pin assembly means that as the temperature increases, it is able to expand freely in a radial direction and subsequently cool down again without any residual deformation. This connecting system has been in used since the second generation of the BMW M3.

    What is different about the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 is that fixed-calliper brakes are now fitted to the front and rear axles, with four pistons at the front and two at the rear. The predecessor had heavy single-piston sliding callipers.

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    Is it necessary to allow M compound brakes a running-in period when the components are new?

    Yes. Drivers should be more restrained in their driving for the first tank full of fuel and avoid maximum deceleration wherever possible.

    What happens in these first 500 kilometers?

    It concerns the so-called ‘bedding’ of the brake linking on the friction ring: it is necessary for the two surfaces to become adjusted to each other. Moreover, the 20 µm thick cross hatch of new brake discs wears away, which promotes the bedding of the new brake pad on the new disc.

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    Friction ring of the M compound brakes.

    Why is it that with perforated brake discs in particular, you occasionally see slight cracks?

    Cracks form in particular wherever relatively cold discs are suddenly subjected to a large load. The cracks that occur are limited to the surface areas. For instance, if you have been driving your car fully laden on the motorway for an extended period without braking and then you are suddenly called upon to perform an emergency braking manoeuvre, the brake disc will become very hot in a very short space of time – in such a case, the temperature can increase from around 20 degrees to 450 degrees. If the brake disc is required to perform in this manner several times in rapid succession, it is quite possible for surface cracks to form in the cast material of the friction ring – especially in the area around the perforation holes. In sports cars, cracks like these are, more than anything, a sign that they are being subjected to the use for which they were designed, and they have no negative effect on the service life of the brake disc or its braking performance. When it is time to change the brake pad, it is also necessary for the car dealer to inspect the brake disc.

    Will racing pads again be available for the M compound brakes of the new BMW M3 and BMW M4?

    Yes, a new sport pad will be available under the name of ‘M Performance Sport Brake Pad’; this was developed directly alongside the new brakes.

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of these sport pads?

    The life expectancy of these pads is considerably longer at the kinds of high temperatures that typically occur on the racetrack. While the standard pad can display a drop in friction coefficient at high temperatures, known as fading, the friction coefficient value of sport pads is far more stable.

    In general, operational noise can be generated with any high-performance brake under certain driving conditions. However, with sport pads, we do without any form of comfort factor in the car components, which means that considerable braking noise is simply a fact of life for people who choose to use them.

    Sport pads are more expensive and act considerably more fiercely on the brake discs. Disc wear is several times higher than that of standard brake pads. Which is why we require that every time a set of sport pads is fitted, new discs also have to be installed. For this reason, we will be offering sport pad kits, consisting of the actual pads plus the required brake discs.

    Why is it so important to perform a cooling-down lap after driving on the racetrack?

    It is very important for the material in the brake components to have time to cool down in an air stream. If you park your car while temperatures of 500 degrees are still prevailing on the brake discs, the considerable heat will be transferred throughout the entire brake system. And the brake pads too will absorb energy from the hot brake discs. The heat transfer progresses through the back plate and damping plates of standard pads into the brake callipers. In addition to the damping layer of the damping plates, the piston seals and dust shields can also be damaged, as can the surface coating of the brake callipers. Leaving brakes to cool in a stationary position is extremely unfavourable when brake discs are at a temperature of up to 500 degrees. By performing a cooling-down lap, the brake temperature generally falls to below 200 degrees.

    Do such high temperatures occur in normal driving conditions?

    No, normally such temperatures do not occur when subjecting a vehicle to normal use. It would be necessary to perform several braking manoeuvres in rapid succession, from full speed to stationary, before such levels would be reached.

    M Carbon Ceramic Brakes.

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    Friction ring of the M compound brakes.

    M carbon ceramic brakes are also available for the first time for the new BMW M3 and BMW M4. What are the advantages of these brakes?

    The rotating masses in M carbon ceramic brakes are around 12.5 kg lighter compared with standard M compound brakes.

    On the other hand, these brakes are dimensioned to offer significantly more in terms of performance. In other words, instead of 18“ M compound brakes, we fit 19“ M carbon ceramic brake discs. We deploy a six-piston calliper on the front axle and a four-piston fixed-calliper brake on the rear axle. The operational surfaces of the brake pads are appreciably higher. This means that the M carbon ceramic brake offers a considerable advantage in terms of performance. So on the racetrack in particular, the M carbon ceramic brake offers more stability.

    A further advantage is that the disc is not so susceptible to corrosion, which means that no rust films form on the friction ring, a phenomenon that is well known in grey-cast constructions.

    With conventional brake discs, corrosion is more likely to occur with low mileages, long idle periods and low usage, because the minimum load level required to initiate the disc brake’s self-cleaning mechanism is not attained. Corroded brake discs generate a rubbing effect when the brakes are applied, which in the majority of cases can no longer be removed.

    However, this does not occur with M carbon ceramic brakes, since they do not have a problem with corrosion.

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    Already in new condition – due to the different material compositions of friction layer and disc body – the friction surfaces are covered wih an distinctive stress reliving structure.

    Furthermore, they are less subject to wear. The brake pads wear more slowly, and under normal use, the carbon ceramic brake disc will last as long as the car itself; the silicon carbide friction coating is virtually non-wearing. However, on the racetrack, the brake discs may be subject to oxidative wear. When the discs are repeatedly heated to temperatures of 600 degrees and over, the fibres within the brake disc burn up.

    This means that the disc does not become progressively thinner but lighter. To detect the level to which this may have occurred, three wear indicators per friction coating are applied to the disc, set apart at angles of 120 degrees. This allows the dealer to recognise when discs have been subjected to high levels of oxidative wear. The brake pad service team then takes out the brake disc and weighs it. If it weighs less than the minimum permitted weight, the disc must be replaced.

    Are there any disadvantages with carbon ceramic brakes?

    The production process is much more complex. One step involves siliconising the friction ring for a period of 24 hours at 1,300 degrees.

    The carbon fibre-reinforced silicon-carbide brake disc has a total throughput time of several weeks with the manufacturer before it is ready.

    This explains why the purchase price of the M carbon ceramic brake is that much higher. However, this is partly balanced out by the lower level of wear.

    This system does have a number of special characteristics, of which you should be aware:

    Brake discs and brake pads in M carbon ceramic brakes only achieve a favourable wear and contact pattern after around 1,000 km.

    Material-specific properties mean that increased operational noise may be experienced when braking, particularly in wet conditions, just before the vehicle comes to a halt. However, this does not affect the brakes’ performance, operational safety or stability.

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    It is a good idea to clean both brake discs and callipers with a steam jet or high-pressure cleaner before putting the vehicle through an automatic car wash or washing bay facility, to avoid the formation of encrustations or deposits of, for example, salt crystals, when the car stands stationary after cleaning. The cleaning effect of such automatic washing systems in the vehicle’s wheel areas is generally not sufficient to ensure this. As with all brake systems, it is important to ensure that any rim cleaner used is only applied to the wheel rims.

    If the brake disc and pads become wet, all brakes undergo a drop in their friction coefficient. M carbon ceramic brakes normally have a considerably higher coefficient of friction than conventional brakes, and they feel considerably fiercer in operation. However, under the impact of moisture and road salt, for example after using a car wash, or when condensation has formed overnight, the braking effect may be equivalent to that of a conventional brake system. This may be perceived as reduced braking performance, but it can be compensated for by applying more pressure with the brake pedal; this should be continued until the pads and discs have fully dried out. Since the difference in frictional coefficient between dry and wet brakes is higher than normal with M carbon ceramic brakes, it is felt all the more clearly by the driver.

    Which brakes would you personally choose?

    The M compound brakes are fantastic but the M carbon ceramic brakes offer even higher performance. I would personally go for the M carbon ceramic brakes, despite the higher price.

     

  • Zimmermann, Brembo, Pagid, Textar Now added in Online catalog

    Zimmermann and Brembo Sports Brake Discs

    Now Available with Free Shipping in Canada!

    The most extensive cross drilled selection for Brembo and Zimmerman rotors in the WORLD!

    Zimmermann and Brembo now available in our online store, either solid coated rotor or cross drilled rotor with our DBC performance brake pads.

    Zimmermann is one of the most well-known and respected manufacturers of replacement brake components on the planet. Considered to be OES (original equipment supplier) for many makes and models, Zimmermann provides high quality solutions for those looking to recondition or upgrade their braking system with parts that will withstand the rigors of every day driving. One of the most well-known products made by Zimmermann would have to be their cross drilled rotors. These are specifically designed to effectively absorb and redistribute the friction based heat caused by the braking system, and disperse it in such a manner that allows the rotors to outlast others without this particular aspect. Zimmerman produces a large variety of braking system components that people all over the world have relied on for many years.

    It's time for a brake service if your Audi's steering wheel shakes while braking or the light is illuminated on your dash indicating your bake pads are too thin. There are numerous critical parts of your Audi's brake system. The two main wear items are the brake pads and the brake rotors. By their very nature they are intended to wear out. Brake rotors can wear out in several ways. The most common reason for replacing brake rotors is because they are "warped". Warped brake rotors is another way of saying that there are uneven deposits on the rotor surface from the brake pads. This can cause the steering wheel to shimmy while braking. Rotors can be machined to remove the deposits but this is usually counterproductive and it's often safer and easier to just replace the rotors. One brake rotors reach their minimum specified thickness they must be replaced. Brake pads are the friction material that allow for braking to begin with. They are softer than the brake rotor surface and tend to wear quicker. The brake pad wear sensor attached to the brake rotor will be tripped when the pad becomes too thin and illuminate a light on your dash letting you know that a brake service is required.

    The Zimmermann Sport Brake Disc was developed as a result of experience of brake discs in series-production vehicles in connection with racing. The brake system is optimised by combining high-quality cast materials with a perforated braking surface. Free Shipping in Canada at our best prices

    With over 800 different customer references this range covers virtually the entire vehicle population.

    Your advantages:

    • Better wet braking performance by permanent expulsion of brake dust and water
    • Sporty look and feel
    • Because of the anti-corrosion protection Coat Z better finish - especially of the hub and the outer diameter
    • Noticeable improvement in the braking power of your car
    • Prevention of brake fade
    • Countersinking of holes doubles up as wear indicator
    • 1:1 exchange of original disc possible
    • no additional adaptions necessary
    • Not subject to registration: general ABE certification supplied with disc

    Brembo

    About Brembo

    Brembo is a world leader in performance braking technology for auto and motorcycles including racing applications. Brembo invests heavily in research and development and all manufacturing is performed in-house. Bottom line, from design to testing to manufacturing and quality control the entire process is performed by Brembo, which is why Brembo is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) for Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Ferrari, GM, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru and VW. It’s no wonder they are the most recognized name in brakes!

     

  • New Brake Kit for Jeep SRT 2012-2016

    The Black XD Brake Kit for the SRT 2012 - 2016

    We new have available the 380MM Rtor kit for the Jeep SRT in Stock!

     

     

  • Pеrfоrmаnсе Brаkеѕ Mаdе In Cаnаdа

    Pеrfоrmаnсе Brаkеѕ Mаdе In Cаnаdа

    Full Line of Brake Rotor and Brake Pads

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    It mау really nоt bе thе mоѕt оbviоuѕ iѕѕuе thаt ѕрringѕ tо mind whеn buуing a саr but it iѕ vitally imроrtаnt tо hаvе a ѕеt оf fullу funсtiоnаl brаkеѕ аt аll timеѕ. Aftеr thiѕ, соnѕumеr саn сhооѕе аnd сuѕtоmiѕе thеir саrѕ tо thеir hеаrtѕ соntеnt but thе vеrу minimum соnѕidеrаtiоn hаѕ tо bе tо еnѕurе thаt thе brаkеѕ wоrk. Sаfеtу iѕ everything fоr a vеhiсlе аnd if thеу dо nоt dо thе jоb, thе соѕt оf humаn lifе wоuld bе inсаlсulаblе. Thiѕ mеаnѕ thаt еvеrу соnѕumеr ѕhоuld hаvе аn аwаrеnеѕѕ оf whаt thеу nееd fоr thеir brаkеѕ аnd whаt diffеrеnt tуреѕ оf рrоduсtѕ thаt аrе аvаilаblе. Thеrе аrе a grеаt numbеr оf high реrfоrmаnсе brаkеѕ аnd ассеѕѕоriеѕ аvаilаblе оn thе mаrkеt рlасе whiсh mеаnѕ thаt еvеrу drivеr саn hаvе thеir nееdѕ аnd dеѕirеѕ fulfillеd. Givеn thе fасt thаt thеrе аrе ѕо many diffеrеnt tуреѕ оf саrѕ fоr ѕаlе аnd ѕо mаnу diffеrеnt fоrmѕ оf ѕurfасеѕ, it iѕ hаrdlу ѕurрriѕing tо ѕее thаt ѕо mаnу diffеrеnt рrоduсtѕ will bе рrоvidеd.

    A саr оr bikе оwnеr whо mаinlу drivеѕ оn thе рubliс highwау will hаvе a mаѕѕivеlу diffеrеnt driving ѕtуlе thаn ѕоmеоnе whо rасеѕ оn dirt trасkѕ оr оff rоаd сirсuitѕ. Thiѕ nесеѕѕitаtеѕ diffеrеnt саr раrtѕ аnd fеаturеѕ аnd thе high реrfоrmаnсе brаkеѕ аrе аѕ vаriеd аѕ уоu соuld imаginе. Onе grеаt tуре оf brаkе thаt grеаtlу арреаlѕ tо a раrtiсulаr tуре оf drivеr iѕ реrfоrmаnсе brаkеѕ made in Canada аnd thiѕ iѕ fоr a numbеr оf diffеrеnt rеаѕоnѕ.

    Thе diffеrеnt ѕurfасеѕ thаt саrѕ drivе uроn will оbviоuѕlу hаvе аn imрасt оn whаt thе brаkеѕ nееd tо dо tо bring thе vеhiсlе tо a ѕtор оr tо ѕlоw it dоwn whiсh mеаnѕ diffеrеnt rеѕultѕ will соmе frоm diffеrеnt tуреѕ оf brаkеѕ. Fоr inѕtаnсе, a drivеr in a rасе ѕituаtiоn will bе lооking fоr high реrfоrmаnсе brаkе thаt will еnаblе thе vеhiсlе tо tаkе соrnеrѕ аt ѕрасе but mаintаining a gооd lеvеl оf соntrоl. With ѕрlit ѕесоnd diffеrеnсеѕ mеаning ѕо muсh in a rасе, hаving thе right tуре оf brаkе mеаnѕ thаt a реrѕоn саn grеаtlу imрrоvе thеir сhаnсеѕ оf winning. If thеrе iѕ рrizе mоnеу аt ѕtаkе оr еvеn роintѕ thаt соunt fоr thе оvеrаll еnd ѕtаnding in a ѕеаѕоnѕ еvеnt, it iѕ vitаl fоr аll drivеrѕ tо hаvе thеir саr реrfоrming аt itѕ mаximum lеvеl.

    Thеrе аrе оbviоuѕlу mаnу thingѕ whiсh will imрасt оn a drivеr аnd thеir vеhiсlе in a rасе ѕituаtiоn аnd еvеrуthing соuld bе thе diffеrеnсе bеtwееn winning аnd lоѕing. Thе fuеl bеing uѕеd, thе tуре оf whееlѕ, thе wеight оf thе саr аnd еvеn thе tуре оf brаkе thаt аrе uѕеd will hаvе a hugе imрасt оn thе реrfоrmаnсе оf thе саr аnd thе оutсоmе оf thе rасе. Tо еnѕurе thе bеѕt ѕеlесtiоnѕ аrе mаdе, it iѕ imреrаtivе fоr a drivеr tо find thе right tуре оf high реrfоrmаnсе brаkеѕ аnd thiѕ mеаnѕ undеrtаking rеѕеаrсh аnd finding оut thе ѕоrt оf brаkеѕ thаt will еnhаnсе thеir реrfоrmаnсе. Thе intеrnеt hаѕ mаdе it ѕо muсh еаѕiеr tо find infоrmаtiоn аbоut thе bеѕt brаking рrоduсtѕ аvаilаblе аnd whаt саn bе асhiеvеd. With thiѕ in mind, thеrе iѕ nо rеаѕоn whу a реrѕоn саnnоt find thе реrfесt brаking рrоduсt fоr thеir nееdѕ аnd tо еnѕurе thеу gеt thе bеѕt роѕѕiblе реrfоrmаnсе.

    Quаlitу performance brаkе раdѕ аnd rоtоrѕ fоr саrѕ, truсkѕ, mоtоrсусlеѕ, iѕ оur buѕinеѕѕ .... аll mаdе in Canada. Fоr furthеr infоrmаtiоn rеgаrding оur rаngе оf реrfоrmаnсе brаkеѕ аnd whеrе уоu саn buу thеm frоm, Visit : www.crossdrilledrotors.ca OR www.sportsbrakerotors.com

  • An Innovative Approach – Brake Rotors and Pads Engineered to Work Best Together – has Arrived on the Canadian Automotive Aftermarket.

    The product of more than three years of engineering, testing, and product development, the LUK Schaffer line of rotors and pads is a first in both its approach and the technologies it employs. For several years the visually stunning LUK Schaffer Rotors have been gaining traction with aftermarket businesses that are looking to provide their customers with a first-line OE replacement line that delivers on-the-road stopping power, and also delivers to the bottom line. While they may look like the same high-performance or racing rotors that many veterans of the aftermarket have seen, these rotors are in fact specifically engineered to provide OE performance, with an added bonus: the cross-drilled and slotted rotors reduce heat and brake fade, extending pad life and stopping performance, particularly on panic stops and repeated hard braking situations. But what is new is that this technology, which is now only found as original equipment on high-end vehicles, can now be installed on many more popular applications that can greatly benefit from this technology – everything from cars, trucks and SUV’s that are underserved by their OE brake package, to hard pressed severe duty, police and emergency vehicles. -- at a price that is competitive to other major first-line aftermarket products. “Cross-drilled and slotted rotors will become the standard in all the industry”. “We have over 2500  SKUs in stock at all times.” And now, with the addition of the LUK Schaffer brand to brake pads developed by Cross Drilled Rotors Brakes of Montreal, Que., distributors and jobbers can offer customers a true first-line OE braking solution that pairs friction and rotors for the first time. It’s more than just a licensing agreement; it’s the product of years of coordinated effort. MTL AutoGroup and Cross Drilled Rotors have had a business relationship for years, with Cross Drilled Rotors serving as LUK Schaffer’s Quebec distributor. But when Cross Drilled Rotors started developing its own set of friction formulations and began pairing them with the LUK Schaffer Rotors, customer satisfaction went through the roof.

     

    The already tiny warranty rate on the rotors dropped to virtually zero in Quebec, and German made a call to Samuel Maman, VicePresident of Cross Drilled Rotors Brakes to find out why. “When I found out what he was doing, it proved to me that I had to be aligned with someone who was conducting their business and building their products with the same care as we do.” And what Cross Drilled Rotors was doing was developing a comprehensive line of application specific premium carbon metallic formulations and using positive mould technology that ensures consistency and longevity. Through extensive testing, German determined the set of formulations that would work best with the rotors on problem applications, and best in general: formulations that would provide the stopping power needed and address noise concerns, over-heating, longevity, and dust, all at a competitive price. He says that the manufacturing process is a big part of the performance that LUK Schaffer Brake Pads offer. “Positive mould technology made a big improvement in consistency, noise, and durability.” Also not to be overlooked is the fact that the LUK Schaffer offering is a made-in-North-America solution. All rotor castings are strictly inspected by ISO-certified MTL AutoGroup to ensure proper weight and structure before the cross-drilling and slotting machining is executed at its Toronto, Ont. facilities. Cross Drilled Rotors also develops and produces the brake friction at a facility in North America. “With a large inventory of finished products on hand and high volume production equipment, we are able to better serve our clients with quick delivery on orders anywhere in North America” says German. “Our clients are realizing that they can streamline their brake inventory, as they don’t have to invest their cash with inventory on multiple brake lines when they already receive an all-in-one first line brake solution with LUK Schaffer, not to mention they don’t have to tie up their cash for as long as they do when ordering overseas” It’s just another factor helping MTL AutoGroup and Cross Drilled Rotors grow a brake business based on first-line quality products. German says that the popularity of the top-line rotors and pads falls in line with trends predicted in a 2002 report by noted researcher Frost & Sullivan. The research firm forecast that the first-line brake market would overtake the price-fighter segment by 2017, and that prediction shows all signs of coming true. Even today, the market is split 65/35 in terms of unit sales he says; experienced jobbers will know however that the market share in terms of dollars will be much closer than that. The bottom line for the new LUK Schaffer line is that the rotors and pads together offer a first line solution that can deliver great performance all round for the consumer, for your customers, and for your brake business.

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