Focus on OE success

Belts from Gates
Published:  20 February, 2014

Gates is promoting its wares in 2014 with a focus on its recent OE success and will be sending posters to factors and garages which feature more than 30 high profile marques. Recent examples include the BMW 320i 2.0 petrol and the Citroen DS4 2.0 diesel which both feature the Micro-V belt and tensioner, the Ford Kuga 2.0 diesel with the ABDS tensioner and the Peugeot 5008 1.6 HDi which includes a Gates timing belt as original equipment.

Low rider

Lifts from Stertil Koni
Published:  19 February, 2014

The ST4040 4-post lift from Stertil Koni lifts up to 4,000Kg so is ideal for cars, vans and other LCVs. It has a drive-on height of just 13cm so even the lowest of vehicles can easily get on the ramps. This also means that 'short' drive-on ramps can be used freeing up workspace. The equipment will lift up to 2,000mm and has an adjustable descent speed as standard. Its range of 4-posts has lifting capacities from 4,000Kg up to a whopping 30,000Kg, to cater for all classes of vehicle.

Cleaning the DPF

Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaner Kit from Liqui Moly
Published:  18 February, 2014

With its Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaner Kit the motor oil and additive expert Liqui Moly has developed a new product for garages and has already earned an award as '2013 Best New Product for Import Cars', in the United States. Instead of spending a great deal of money to replace the filter, Liqui Moly offers a Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaner Kit as an economical and effective alternative for garages. Using this, the filter can be cleaned without even having to remove it from the vehicle. The entire procedure takes just 30 to 60 minutes. After cleaning, the driver immediately feels a dramatic improvement in the car's performance.

Don't stop me now

Brakes from ACDelco
Published:  17 February, 2014

Last year, ACDelco introduced its braking programme, bringing 1,200 brake disc part numbers to market, backed by a 12 month/20,000 Km warranty. An additional 228 discs and 42 pad references now join them, covering a range of domestic, European and Asian applications and include cars, vans and light commercials. Its discs are balance ventilated, have a low lateral run out and have minimum thickness levels and precision tolerance centre bores to help reduce any imbalances during braking. Each brake pad backing plate has a powder-coated finish for better protection and appearance.

Millions of expert tips

Diagnostics from Snap-On
Published:  14 February, 2014

The Modis Ultra has just hit the market, building on the features of the original Modis diagnostic tool from Snap-On. The new device has a larger 8" screen and a faster operating system. It combines a fully integrated scanner and labscope with vehicle-specific communication software and information in one hand-held tool. It interprets fault codes and vehicle data and performs relearns, adaptations and functional tests needed to complete a repair. It fires up in five seconds and reads fault codes and live vehicle data in under 30. The tool features guided component tests to help pinpoint the root cause of a problem. A troubleshooter provides millions of expert tips to help save time.

New case size

Batteries from Bosch
Published:  13 February, 2014

The latest additions to the Bosch battery programme cater for various vehicles - from compact cars with small engines and Start/Stop technology to SUVs. The latest Bosch S3 is said to provide 10% better cold-starting power for vehicles with smaller engines. A further S3 and Bosch S4 unit are also designed specifically for compact vehicles and the S4 caters for new electronic comfort features on vehicles with Start/Stop such as the new MINI and Fiat 500. A further S4 and an S5 unit feature a new case size (H7) to enable a straightforward exchange of OE batteries.

Operate at full boost

Turbo cleaner from SP Diagnostics
Published:  11 February, 2014

Revive Turbo Cleaner is a water-based, non-flammable fluid developed to remove carbon from variable vane or variable nozzle turbochargers. Carbon build-up restricts movement of variable vanes, affecting boost and performance. It is administered in three doses through the intake system before the turbo inlet while the engine is running. As the fluid passes through the engine it locks onto carbon deposits and carries them away through the exhaust system. Revive is administered in three doses of 250ml through the air intake at different rev ranges. To be effective, it is important that the process is started with a cold engine and instructions observed. Once applied, the vehicle needs to be taken for a sprightly spin, using full boost. The product is available from SP Diagnostics.

Now impossible to order wrong part

Brakes from Apec
Published:  10 February, 2014

Crank up the amps

Booster pack from JHM Butt
Published:  06 February, 2014

The Micro 440 is Ceteor's new entry level booster for those who need a booster pack every now and again. The pack gives 440 cranking amps measured at the battery terminals to start most petrol and smaller diesel engine cars. Small clamps are available for motorbikes and quadbikes. The brand makes over 40 boosters, with larger mobile units giving 6,400 cranking amps to start the largest diesel powered vehicles. A two year warranty is provided on the booster, which includes the battery and is available now from JHM Butt.

Mount your charger

Charger from CTEK
Published:  04 February, 2014

A mounting bracket is available for the MXS 5.0 charger from CTEK to neatly store the unit and its cables. The accessory has been created in response to customer demand. The design is secure yet open so you can grab the charger easily when you need it. You can permanently fix it to the wall or use the strong hook on top of the bracket to hang the charger when in use i.e. the bonnet catch.

Save space and cash

ATLs from Snap-on
Published:  03 February, 2014

The Sun VIC 3000 automated test lane is designed by Snap-on to save space and money by using the Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser as the central control unit for the ATL. The gas and smoke analyser includes automated test procedures and is said to be very easy to use. Its design is modular so you can expand it into a complete diagnostic and information system. The equipment centres around a standard PC and an adjustable 22" tilt and turn flat screen monitor. An inkjet printer is also provided.

Keeping the perfect temperature

Pumps and belt kits from ContiTech
Published:  31 January, 2014

The water pumps in ContiTech's belt kits with pump, are now badged ContiTech as the company now sources the components direct from the manufacturer. When changing the belt the firm recommends changing the water pump if it is driven by the belt. A faulty water pump can cause a lot of damage - such as an overheated engine or a damaged rotor drive which can then damage the timing belt.

Gasket maker

Gasket maker from Forte
Published:  30 January, 2014

Permatex Right Stuff Gasket Maker is designed as a replacement for conventional gaskets and is said to be more reliable than pre-cut gaskets, according to distributor Forte. It is apparently very dense so only needs to be tightened to a specific torque setting just once and is resistant to transmission fluid, coolant, oil and other automotive fluids. It is designed to protect against leaks and resist aging, weathering and thermal cycling without hardening, shrinking or cracking.

Fast movers

Brakes from Autoparts
Published:  29 January, 2014

A 20,000 mile/20 month warranty is offered on Padtech brake pads and Disctech brake discs, available from Autoparts. The Padtech range comprises more than 1,300 references, covering all makes of vehicle. The brake pads are manufactured in the UK, R90 compliant and subject to strict tests by the manufacturer, Nisshinbo. The batch details and date of production are marked on each pad for full traceability. A total of 39 new references have been added to the Disctech range of discs, which now offers over 150 fast-moving references.

New year boost

Steering and suspension products from FAI
Published:  28 January, 2014

The biggest range extension to date has begun on FAI's steering and suspension programme, with over 350 new part numbers coming and a catalogue to support them. 50 part numbers kick start the expansion covering many of the new models on the road including the Ford Focus III, Nissan Micra and Alfa Giulietta. A large wall poster can help diagnose and sort out steering and suspension faults. These are available through selected distributors who take part in the FAI S&S programme.

Increase revenue

ATLs from Hofmann
Published:  27 January, 2014

Reduce labour costs by upgrading your MOT bay to an automated test lane so the second technician's time can be freed up when the automated testing takes place. Existing bays can also be upgraded to a One Person Test Lane so it can all be carried out single-handedly. Hofmann ATLs come with a two-year parts and labour warranty as standard and a bespoke planning service is also provided by the manufacturer's UK-wide distributor partners.

Marquing up

Batteries from Exide Technologies
Published:  24 January, 2014

A new batch of AGM and ECM batteries from Exide Technologies covers Start/Stop vehicles for VW, Audi, Toyota, Ford and other popular marques, details of which can be found on Autocat+, TechDoc and online. Its AGM batteries are designed to have around three times the lifecycle durability of standard batteries but can also be used in standard vehicles and are said to boost performance and endurance. The new batteries cover the Audi A1, A4, A5 and Q5, the VW Golf, Polo and Touareg, BMW 5, 6, 7, X5 and X6 and more. The ECM batteries now cover the Ford Fiesta, Galaxy, Focus, Mondeo, B-Max and S-Max among others.

Clutch torque

Clutches from Valeo
Published:  23 January, 2014

A number of clutch references have been added to the Valeo Service clutch programme and include conversion kits for BMW 3 Series, Renault Clio and Volvo S40, dual mass flywheels for Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Astra, service kits for Renault Megane and Audi A3 and finally, two-piece kits for the Audi A3 and A4. Over 1,900 references are included in the clutch programme for cars and commercial vehicles - including DMFs, self-adjusting clutch kits, high-efficiency kits, clutch master cylinders and concentric slave cylinders, as well as traditional clutch kits. Aftermarket clutches are made using components from the firm's original equipment technology.

Tyre tech rolls on

Sport Tyres from Maxxis
Published:  23 January, 2014

The Victra Sport VS01 is the latest tyre to join the Maxxis brand for high performance vehicles, which focusses on enhanced grip and precision for steering, wet handling and stability. It features a new asymmetric pattern and high strength steel belts and high rigidity bead filler are said to guarantee excellent sport performance but also a quieter ride. Maxxis spokesman Derek McMartin states: "We have made significant improvements in the technology that goes into our tyres in the last 10 years. This technology means that we are able to meet the increasing demands of the market and offer products of the highest quality at attractive price points."

Follow the signs

DVSA approved signage from Prosol
Published:  22 January, 2014

Keep your MOT bay compliant with these DVSA approved signs available from Prosol. You can get the main three triangles sign, diesels, catalysts and a pair of parking signs produced on a polymer panel or as 'Exterior Super Signs' which come with a five-year guarantee. A reflective range is also offered which feature an anti-graffiti film and are backed by a ten-year guarantee. You can purchase these individually or as a pack.

Quality should be the main driver

Glow plugs from NGK
Published:  21 January, 2014

NGK stresses the importance of changing all the glow plugs when one fails as it is likely that the remaining plugs will suffer the same fate as the faulty one being replaced. Replacing all at the same time will ensure the emissions target is met and also the starting and cold drive performance is kept at its maximum. The company is finding that vehicle manufacturers are specifying ceramic plugs rather than metal now - VMs to which recently use NGK glow plugs as original equipment include Fiat for its MPV and 500L Trekking and Volkswagen for the Golf VII. NGK also enjoys an ongoing relationship with Mercedes-Benz.

Brake pads of the future

Brake pads from Federal-Mogul
Published:  20 January, 2014

The use of copper in brake pads will be banned in 2025 but  is ahead of the game with its Eco-friction product range which will be used on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class this year. The brand won the Golden Trophy for automotive innovation at the Equip Auto show in Paris last Autumn. "Traditionally copper has been a key ingredient in brake pad formulations and helps to provide the main performance characteristics," said Jonathan Allen, Regional Marketing Manager. "The metal makes up to 20 percent of the friction material mass in typical formulations. So removing the material from the formulation has been a significant engineering challenge. Our Eco-friction pads will be introduced to the aftermarket progressively to allow vehicles equipped with this latest innovation to be serviced."

Thrust into gear

Accessories from Sparco
Published:  13 January, 2014

Who hasn't, at one time or another, treated their gear stick as a thrust lever? The Traliccio from Sparco allows that fantasy to come one step further with a cylindrical, hard wearing nylon head designed to fit in the palm of your hand. The lattice design stem gives a smart look that wouldn't seem out of place in a fighter jet cockpit. If you are also into weight saving, the entire assembly is just 380 grams. The Traliccio gear knob is available only for standard reverse levers.

All torque

Hand tool from Blue Print
Published:  08 January, 2014

Finding the right tools for the job doesn't mean that they can't also be stylish. The ADG05515 Low-torque wrench from Blueprint has a matt-silver body with chunky metal grip, meaning no matter how oily it gets it can be cleaned to continue to sparkle in the toolbox. More importantly, it weighs just under 1kg, features a 1/4" drive with a 5>25Nm range, suitable for all low torque applications.

Bright hands

Ed China's finest
Published:  06 January, 2014

Gloves may be an effective way of keeping grease from your hands but they can be boring. Grease Junkie has the answer with these extra-length, powder-free nitrile gloves in bright orange. As well as being easy to find, the extra-long cuff means you can delve deeper into the engine bay without getting grease and grime up your arm. They are also latex free and the nitrile material is more resistant to ripping, while textured fingertips make them ideal for small jobs that require fingertip sensitivity.

Need a lift?

Lifts from UK distributor Trade Garage Equipment
Published:  20 December, 2013

The Technique T1001 is a 3.5 tonne capacity lift built by Rotary Lift for its UK distributor Trade Garage Equipment and is available to Aftermarket readers over the next few weeks at a special rate, with a free set of height adaptors and a three-year warranty on parts and labour thrown in. The T1001 hydraulic, two-post lift has three stage front and rear supporting arms which automatically lock into position during lifting. The lifting columns are powered by high pressure hydraulic cylinders and a safety latch is integrated into both.

Probes, plates and beams

MOT equipment from Prosol
Published:  19 December, 2013

A range of MOT tools, ancillary items and spares for MOT lifts and emission gas analysers are available from Prosol. A range of turning plates includes the roller bearing type and stainless steel for most vehicle lifts. British made jacking beams are available with varying lifting capabilities and low profile options. The firm also provides gas analyser filters, oxygen and O2 sensors and probes for most manufacturers.

Brakes and batteries

News from Euro Car Parts
Published:  18 December, 2013

Two bits of news from Euro Car Parts this month - firstly, Ferodo brake pads have joined its inventory, the preferred choice by Fiat, Ford, Renault and Volkswagen. Also, in its capacity of sole UK distributor of Lion Batteries, it has announced two further additions to its AGM range, which now includes five references for numerous vehicles. One covers the Toyota Prius and Lexus CT200H, the second fits many applications for Ford, Vauxhall, VW and some Japanese models.

Prevent blockages

Fuel additives from Liqui Moly
Published:  16 December, 2013

A fuel additive has been developed by Liqui Moly to protect diesel particulate filters and is designed to be used before fuelling every 1,250 miles. The 250ml can treats 50 to 70 litres of fuel and is suitable for all vehicles fitted with a DPF unless they have an electronically additive tank system, as is the case with Citroen and Peugeot vehicles. "This additive is a practical new service for garages that can save their customers a great deal of expense," explains Liqui Moly spokesman Schönfelder. "And this will show competence to boot, which strengthens the relationship with the customer."

Sticking sensors

EGR valves from Sensors
Published:  15 December, 2013

A total of 27 EGR valves have been added to the Sensors' engine management programme and cover more than 1,000 vehicle applications. The component is a vital part of the exhaust system, failure is often caused by a build-up of carbon and dirt which makes the valve stick, replacement is then required. Other sensors available include those for mass air flow, ABS, throttle position, camshaft position and manifold pressure. The entire range and cross references can be found online at

Hand protection

Impact mechanics gloves from PFC Brakes
Published:  14 December, 2013

In cold temperatures, it's a good idea to keep your hands well protected and warm and with this in mind, PFC Brakes has introduced the Impact Mechanic's Gloves. They have been designed to guard against the heat and cold as well as prevent nicks and cuts and the Spandex allows your hands to breathe. The gloves have proven their use by race teams in motorsport and feature a durable finger and palm material with hidden, interior seams to make sure they last.

Mid-range model

Wheel aligner from Supertracker
Published:  13 December, 2013

The STR210R wheel aligner from Supertracker has been designed for the mid-range market in the UK and is the 'little brother' to the flagship 420 model - bridging the gap for customers moving from mechanical to computer alignment kit. It also uses the step-by-step programme as the 420 model does, developed with the standard Linux operating system. MD, Trevor Lovesy, says: "The STR210R is a very tough and robust aligner and thanks to the Linux system ensures the complete elimination of damage caused by electrical spikes, accidental turn-offs and unexpected power cuts."

Loosen up

Heating system from Bowmonk
Published:  12 December, 2013

The British-made Bowmonk 2500 induction heating system provides flameless heat, reducing the need to use torches, solvents and abrasives. It quickly gets to work on the removal of glass, emblems, bonded body components, windscreens, exhausts, gears and a whole load of other items. It provides up to 2,500W of power and has a thermal control with trip-out and reset. It should be noted that this equipment cannot be used on brass, copper or aluminium.

Oil filters... What you should know

Frank Massey discusses oil filters
Published:  12 December, 2013


A lift for every requirement

Lifts from Bosch
Published:  11 December, 2013

Bosch offer a selection of electromechanical, electrohydraulic and scissor lifts. The company manufacturers lifts to suit all types of garage lifting requirements and offer a site survey and installation service - all of which is conducted by Bosch engineers. A thorough examination and load testing certification is included in the purchase price.

Larger discs lathed

Brake lathe from Pro-Cut
Published:  10 December, 2013

Brake lathe maker Pro-Cut reports that many workshops are updating their existing machines to the firm's new PFM 9.2 model. One of these is independent Porsche specialist JZM in Hemel Hempstead. The garage found that their previous machines were limited as to the size of discs they can machine. Increasingly, disc diameters are exceeding 370mm and can even be as big as 430mm. The latest PFM 9.2 copes with the biggest of these and also has the digital read-out box, as well as 'Speedlock' cutting head which is faster to set up than on previous models.

Combat contamination

Additives from JLM Lubricants
Published:  09 December, 2013

Strict emissions limits and the target of maximum efficiency have meant that diesel engines work very hard indeed and the resulting combustion residue can interfere with the delicate process. A large amount of combustion product is fed back into the chambers via the exhaust gas recirculation system which can create a vicious circle of incomplete combustion when deposits take hold in the system. This pattern can be fatal to parts such as diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and turbos, and a new range of products from JLM Lubricants have been designed to combat these issues. A Diesel ReGen Plus additive supports the regeneration process in DPFs, preventing the filter from becoming partially blocked. A DPF Cleaner is said to reduce the production of ash by 25% and the soot particles that do end up in the filter are burned off more thoroughly. It does this by lowering the temperature at which passive regeneration will take place. A DPF Cleaning Kit is to be used once a forced regen will no longer help. It works with the DPF in situ - first, the filter is cleaned with fluid and then flushed with DPF Flush. Finally, Diesel Extreme Clean is designed to detox older vehicles by cleaning components and protecting the engine.

A massive saving

Wheel balancer from Proalign
Published:  07 December, 2013

Wingerworth Tyres bought a Hunter wheel balancer which features SmartWeight wheel balancing, from Pro-Align back in 2007 and data from the equipment has shown that since its installation, the Derbyshire business has saved more than 800Kg of unnecessary balance weights at an estimated cost of £6,000, factoring in labour savings, the saving amounts to £10,000. Unlike conventional balancers, SmartWeight calculates the imbalance forces separately and a combined correction balance weight is recommended to bring the balance within toilerance. This method is quicker and requires less balance weights. "As wheel design has evolved, the traditional method of applying clip on weights to the rim flange has virtually disappeared," explains Paul Beaurain, MD of Pro-Align, "Instead, adhesive weights are now placed on the inside of the rim but the downside to this is that it takes longer and uses more weight. However, as proven by this SmartWeight unit, there is a way to combat this and save workshops serious amounts of time and money and it comes as no surprise that Wingerworth tyres replaced this unit with a newer GSP9200 model."

Best tool for the job

Diagnostics from Technodiagnostics
Published:  05 December, 2013

Tecnodiagnostics is a large independent diagnostic centre which distributes many brands of diagnostic tools to the independent garage trade. Tools include the Socio Premium line, Autocom CPD+, the Vacutec 605 leak finder, Rover and Jaguar tools and the Autoboss V30 Elite. The firm will discuss in depth with potential customers what they are looking to achieve from a diagnostic tool and where they want to be in a couple of years' time in order to suggest the right product to suit their business needs.

Boston playtime

Hydraulic play detector from Boston Garage Equipment
Published:  04 December, 2013

The PD-304 hydraulic play detector from manufacturer Boston Garage Equipment has received VOSA approval. Manufactured in the UK by the firm it features large stainless wheel-stops and is said to have three times greater plate drive force than any pneumatic model as well as lateral and rotational travel exceeding the VOSA minimums. For pit installations the controls can be mounted at any convenient location. When installed on lifts, the dedicated hydraulics and controls are mounted on the lift post, avoiding the obstruction of a floor mounted control system.

Comma warning to workshops

Coolants from Comma
Published:  03 December, 2013

As winter servicing begins, Comma is reminding technicians that today's cooling products have technically evolved and are just as specific in their applications as engine oils. Three distinct categories of antifreeze/coolants are now used by vehicle manufacturers as 'original fill', namely Silicate-based, OAT (Organic Additive Technology) and Si-OAT (Silicated OAT). Each contains a unique mix of chemical additives which are added to the MEG and should be mixed with deionised water to provide winter protection from rust, pitting and cold temperatures. Comma asserts that mixing any of these additives together will have unpredictable and potentially damaging effects to their efficiency so it's essential to top up or replace on a like-for-like basis. It's essential to find out which type is used for the application in hand since coolant colour is not a reliable indicator of which technology a manufacturer has chosen for their models. Technicians can use the VRN look-up on to check which manufacturer-approved range (G30, G40 or G48 Xstream with BASF Glysantin) should be used.

Sporting brake kits

Brakes from PFC
Published:  28 November, 2013

PFC Brakes, famous within motorsport world for its Carbon Metallic race pads, has increased its aftermarket brake component and kit ranges. The company prides itself on offering brake pads that are more environmentally friendly than traditional pads and claim to exceed EU requirements. Some of the latest kits introduced include disc and pad upgrades for the Mercedes Vito, Ford Focus and Renault Megane R250.

Repair kits for vans

Stabiliser link repair kit from Meyle
Published:  25 November, 2013

A stabiliser link repair kit for the Peugeot Boxer III, Fiat Ducato and Citroen Jumper III are available from Meyle, as well as a control arm repair kit for the Iveco Daily III and IV. Worn original bushings or stabiliser links often make it necessary to replace the entire stabiliser link assembly which is only available as a complete unit, making the repair unnecessarily expensive. The Meyle repair set solves this by giving workshops all the necessary stabiliser links and bushings. The Meyle range contains around 17,000 products in total, covering passenger cars, trucks and vans.

Plug and play pumps

Electric power steering pumps from JTEKT HP
Published:  22 November, 2013

Electric power steering pumps from JTEKT HPI are supplied by the OE manufacturer, fit Citroen C5, C6 and Peugeot 607 applications and are available now from KPS Automotive Parts. They are supplied fully programmed in order to 'plug and play' when fitted to the vehicle. The range also includes pumps for Fiat, Nissan and Renault applications. The pumps join the existing range of pumps, columns and racks, the full range is available through many national distributors.

Power steering fix

Additives for Forte
Published:  21 November, 2013

Clunky gears

Transmission fluid and filter changer from Wynn's
Published:  20 November, 2013

A number of vehicles now have sealed automatic gearboxes but manufacturers are now finding that degradation of the oil occurs over time and this can lead to judder, noise and a gradual deterioration of gear change quality. The oil in modern automatic transmission is highly engineered to serve several purposes such as cooling, lubrication and promoting hydraulic application of clutches and power transmission via the torque converter. Transmission fluid and filter changes are now being recommended after 50,000 miles to ensure it is performing at its best. Wynn Oil has launched the TranServe Machine and Automatic Transmission Flush to be used during this task. The machine has been designed to make this a much simpler task, changing around 90% of the contaminated fluid.

At home on winter roads

Winter tyres from Toyo
Published:  19 November, 2013

New design features on Toyo's Snowprox S943 winter tyre is designed to work in deep snow and ice but also in cold weather on dry or wet tarmac. EU label graded rubber has been used to offer exceptional wet grip, without compromising deep-snow performance. Sizes range from 165/70/14 up to 224/45/17 and the tyre's lightweight construction helps reduce the vehicle's overall CO2 emissions.

Diagnostics upgrade

Diagnostics from Snap-on
Published:  18 November, 2013

The 13.4 software upgrade for Snap-on's diagnostic hand-held tools covers 98% of new vehicles and includes 2012 model year coverage. Manufacturer-specific data for all 30 makes made in 2012, covers EOBD and the Troubleshooter function has been upgraded with BMW and VAG data. The Component Test Meter function now has Hyundai and Kia capability and over 8,000 unique tests have been added across all manufacturers.

Motorised tyre racks

Tyre racks from Tyre Bay Direct
Published:  15 November, 2013

Are you fed up with having a pile of tyres hanging about? If so, this interesting motorised tyre rack could make good use of wasted vertical space. By the simple push of a button the system will rotate, bringing you the requested tyre without any effort or risk of injury. These systems are common in Europe, where they are often used for storing winter tyres. However, until recently, nobody has been importing them into the UK. Tyre Bay Direct can supply the system in different lengths and up to 6.3 metres high. The largest of the racks is capable of holding some 280 tyres - so you never need to lose business by not having the right tyres in stock.

Lock into place

Hydraulic motorcycle lift from Draper Tools
Published:  14 November, 2013

This hydraulic motorcycle lift, available from Draper Tools, has a 360Kg capacity and has a lifting range of 180mm to 680mm. It has an all-steel construction and a heavy-duty foot operated hydraulic pump and ram assembly. A safety table locking device prevents accidental lowering and it features an adjustable wheel clamp and wheel stop bar. The rear panel can be removed when changing the back wheel.


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