Monthly Archives: January 2009

Introducing Steeda’s Belt Drive for Whipple Superchargers

It’s no secret that many supercharger systems on the market suffer from unavoidable belt slip that either robs your vehicle of power or, in the worst case scenario, results in a broken belt that leaves you with a complete loss of forced induction power and requires unnecessary repairs.

Leave it to the speed demons at Steeda Autosports to design, engineer, and build the VERY BEST belt drive available anywhere – the Steeda Supercharger Belt Drive for 2005 thru 2009 Whipple Superchargers.

It is a commonly known fact that Whipple Gen II Superchargers are the most efficient means of dramatic power increases on today’s modern engines. With Whipple’s unique 3/5 rotor profile, Whipple flows more air in smaller packages, at lower temperatures, and drastically lower parasitic drag than any other supercharger system in the market, (learn more here). No other positive displacement supercharger compares to the potential airflow at such a lower compressor rpm. The Whipple Generation II rotor profile has raised the performance bar again, with increased flow across the board, yet the identical rotor diameter and length, allowing even better packaging.

When the Whipple supercharger is combined with the Steeda Supercharger Belt Drive System, you simply have THE VERY BEST drive available anywhere or on any other supercharger in the market today. Designed for the 4.6L Ford V8 engine, this set-up will outperform other systems in the market because it is designed for harsh abuse and punishing service under the hood by engineers that really understand what speed and efficiency are all about – Steeda.

Our own internal testing has confirmed that when installed, it increases boost pressure to 12-13 psi from the standard intercooled 10 psi of the Whipple and keeps the belt from slipping due to it’s increased power transmission capacity. The result is consistent boost pressures are assured because belt slippage is eliminated. In addition, the retention walls on the pulleys also keep the belt in place better so the belt can’t “walk” over the edge of the pulley like other systems may do under extreme conditions. For those that want even more power, this set-up allows for the installation of an underdrive pulley for the rest of the accessories which frees up even more power.

While others supercharger systems offer less efficient superchargers on their vehicles, their drive systems are further compromised by their inherent designs of their drive systems. Brand “A” uses an 8 rib design and Brand “B” has cut costs by using just a 6-rib design with stock boost pressures of only 4 or 5 psi. By having our unique pulleys and tensioning system, a 10 rib belt, and a design that dedicated the drive pulley to drive only the supercharger and not other accessories, you have the proper combination of extreme engineering that will never let you down on the street, track, or drag strip. Take one look at the various components that comprise this system and even the untrained eye will realize that it is far superior to ANY other system.

Steeda’s Belt Drive for Whipple Superchargers is current instock and available. You can find it in our online store, here.

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Steeda Tri-Ax® Shifters – Feel the Difference

Over the years we have earned a reputation for designing, engineering, and building a performance line of shifters that provides for sure – crisp shifts, precise actions, and a certain “feeling” in your hand that makes you realize that you are in complete control of your powertrain. By incorporating over 20 years of race-proven technology, and using state-of-the-art materials and costly machining techniques, the Steeda Tri-Ax® shifter has earned it’s reputation for being the shifter of choice by those that are in the know.

Often imitated but never truly duplicated, the Tri-Ax® is the original and best line of short throw shifters available for your vehicle. Endurance tested to perform perfectly for over one million shifts, The Tri-Ax® is one cog-swapper that will never let you down and is right on the cutting edge of shifting technology. Designed, engineered, and made in the USA – there is no better shifter available – Period!

Even the United States Government has recognized the unique superiority of the Tri-Ax® by granting a U.S. Utility Patent on our design. The Steeda Tri-Ax® is your guarantee of short throws, precise action, and extreme engineering designed to prevent damage to your transmission under daily driving or adverse hard usage on the street, track, or strip. With many exclusive features like two-position handle height, and calibrated internal spring tensions, you have all the mechanical help available to ensure that you never miss a gear.

Do not make the mistake of buying a lesser grade shifter from other manufacturers – then realizing that you should have had purchased a Tri-Ax®. With more Tri-Ax® shifters in the market than any other performance brand when did you ever hear anyone complain about a Tri-Ax® shifter ?

Today’s Tri-Ax® shifter is an evolutionary product that contains many great features/benefits including – depending upon it’s specific application:

  • A 100% Full Lifetime Warranty
  • Pivot ball and lever constructed from 1-piece billet steel with a design that affords greater stiffness front-to-back than competing round shafts
  • Factory steel mounting rail replaced with a substantial billet aluminum bar for more positive positioning
  • Upgraded rear mounting bushings are supplied to further reduce deflection under hard shifting
  • Offset-preload coil springs that find the right gear every time so you won’t miss a shift
  • Multi position adjustable heights
  • Fewer moving parts to wear or break down
  • Extreme heavy duty construction – no welds, stampings, or castings to break
  • Grade 8 and stainless steel hardware
  • Nickel plated pivot shaft that won’t rust or stain
  • No complicated, unnecessary adjustments unlike competitive designs
  • Compact tower design that is easier to install
  • Exclusive BootGuard to prevent damage to factory rubber inner boot
  • A more comfortable hand position than any other short throw shifter
  • Smooth, confident, precise shifting technology

Put a Tri-Ax in your car and you will immediately “feel” the difference

Steeda Tri-Ax® ShiftersDesigned, Engineered, and Manufactured in the USA

Mark Your Calendar – 2009 Camp Steeda

Mark your calendars and plan your vacation – once again Steeda Autosports is proud to announce the return of Camp Steeda SVTOA On-Track at Sebring International Raceway on May 22 thru May 24. Steeda Autosports and the SVTOA Tampa Chapter are teaming up to host an exciting weekend of pure automotive excitement that you will surely not want to miss. The Camp Steeda / SVTOA-On Track Event is designed to be an educational as well as an exhilarating opportunity for performance vehicle lovers to mingle with other aficionados of performance vehicles, drive around the track at speed, and also to receive professional instruction on how to enhance your driving abilities and vehicle performance capabilities. There will be classroom and trackside instruction as well as lots of track time on the fabled full 3.7 mile Sebring International Raceway.

Industry leading companies, Nitto Tire, DBA, Hawk, Tremec, and Exedy have already committed to be event co-sponsors and will be on hand to showcasing their latest products, as well as providing technical assistance and advice.

In addition, Editors from most of the major Mustang publications will be participating at Camp Steeda, always on the lookout for feature vehicles for their magazines. No doubt, they will find a target rich environment at Camp Steeda as there is sure to be a healthy bounty of both new and old performance Mustangs on the track. From stock, to slightly modified, to heavily modified vehicles, there is guaranteed to be something for the entire family at this prestigious event.

Shortly the on-line registration will be up and running – look for an additional announcement shortly in your email.

Steeda Products – Proudly Made in The U.S.A.

USA MapFrom day one when Steeda Autosports first opened it’s doors, Steeda products that have been proudly designed and engineered in the USA – are made in the USA. With performance roots that date back over 20 years, Steeda’s commitment to delivering the best possible products for the performance enthusiast as well as our commitment to support the USA is never ending.

As we all encounter increasingly more difficult economic times, it is imperative that we continue to support the American industrial and economic infrastructure this great country was built upon. In addition, with the increasingly difficult pressure to maintain homeland security, we need to further embrace those individuals that continually place themselves in harms way – from our local Police officers to our front line troops in distant foreign lands.

As a further indication of our support for America and our ongoing Corporate commitments, Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports, was recently bestowed the great honor of being the 2009 Honorary Commander of of the 23rd Mission Support Group of Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. In this capacity, Dario will provide ongoing insight and will work tirelessly to further strengthen relations with our armed servicemen and women.

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