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Bendix adds disc brake kit, reman calipers to aftermarket portfolio

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) announced Monday it is adding the new Bendix BA235 air disc brake pad kit to its robust aftermarket portfolio.

The right selection for both truck/tractor and trailer ADB applications, BFSB says the BA235 pad provides a lower-cost option for pad replacement while retaining the performance, warranty, and post-sales support expected of North America’s leader in commercial vehicle air disc brakes. The BA235 aftermarket kit – best suited for a second or third vehicle owner – is available through authorized Bendix dealers and aftermarket distributors starting this month.

“Since we first introduced air disc brakes in 2005 to the North American commercial vehicle market with the Bendix ADB22X, the popularity of air disc brakes has grown annually – particularly over the last five years,” says Keith McComsey, BSFB director of marketing and customer solutions, Wheel-End. “At this point, there are a lot of air disc-braked trucks in the hands of second or even third owners, who may have completely different needs than the original buyer.

“With more ADB-equipped vehicles hitting the road every day, we want to make sure we’re supporting all the needs of the air disc brake aftermarket.”

As part of its expanded air disc brake pad portfolio, Bendix also offers the BX276 genuine OEM replacement pad. The long-life BX276 pad is suitable for all applications and provides more wearable volume and an improved wear rate. For severe duty brake applications such as refuse and school bus, Bendix offers the BX283 pad. All of these Bendix ADB pads meet FMVSS-121 requirements and the current EPA Copper-Free Brake Initiative requirements, the company says.

BSFB also announced Monday the availability of remanufactured calipers. The calipers offer price advantages while providing the performance, warranty, and post-sales support expected of North America’s leader in commercial vehicle air disc brakes.

“We’re always looking to meet the needs of our growing number of air disc brake customers with quality products, so it makes sense to offer a remanufactured caliper option,” says McComsey. “At this point, air disc brakes have been widely available in the North American market for almost 15 years, and are factory installed at all the major truck manufacturers. In developing these remanufactured calipers for the aftermarket, we’re combining Bendix’s acknowledged leadership in wheel-end solutions and air disc brake production with the nearly 40 years of experience as a leader in remanufacturing.”

As with other Bendix remanufactured components, the newly launched brake calipers are produced using the rigorous processes and standards in place for OEM components. After inspection and disassembly, Bendix says used caliper cores are separated, blasted, cleaned, and an e-coat is applied. Key components are replaced with new OEM versions, and the calipers are reassembled and quality checked with the identical equipment and standards Bendix uses for manufacturing new calipers.

“Remanufacturing always involves replacing or repairing a core’s components to bring the part up to OEM specs,” McComsey says. “If a company doesn’t have full access to OEM-quality components and production processes, you can’t truly call that a fully remanufactured part – which means you’re rolling the dice as far as what components are going into it, and whether all the proper quality control steps are in place.”

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