Monthly Archives: July 2009

2010 Mustang Steeda Tri-Ax Now Available

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® Shifters
Designed, Engineered, and Manufactured in the USA

Swaybars – The Steeda Difference

It is no secret that if you want to take your vehicle’s handling to a higher level of performance, you have to upgrade key components of your vehicle’s suspension system.

One key component in a vehicle’s suspension system that is often overlooked by most enthusiasts is the vehicle’s sway bars.

At Steeda Autosports, we take the development and refinement of a vehicle’s suspension system very seriously and have spent countless engineering and development hours to bring to market the very best sway bars available today. ‘Track Tested and Street Smart’, our sway bars are equally at home on your street driven vehicle or on the racetrack, they simply have no equal in the industry today.

Designed and manufactured exclusively by Steeda Autosports in the USA under strict ISO 9001-2000 standards, they withstand the rigors of high performance racing and yet exhibit excellent NVH characteristics, so you get the performance and handling benefits you want without degrading ride quality.

What is a sway bar and how does it work?

A sway bar is a suspension component that connects opposite (left/right) wheels together through short lever arms that are in turn linked by a main steel bar component called the torsion spring. A sway bar works by increasing the suspension’s roll stiffness — the resistance of the vehicle to roll in a turn its resistance to roll in turns, that is independent of the vertical movement of the vehicle by it’s springs.

A sway bar is made from a specially constructed and bent U-shaped piece of steel that connects to the vehicle’s body at two key mounting points, and then is also connected to the appropriate left and right hand portions of the lower suspension member. If the left and right wheels move together, the bar just rotates about it’s mounting points and does not bend. If the wheels move relative to each other, the bar is subjected to torsion and is forced to twist. It is this twisting motion that the bar resists through its stiffness and acts to reduce the amount of lean by the vehicle. Many factors affect how a sway bar performs including:

  • The specific metal selected for the bar (type and composition of steel, it’s thickness, etc).
  • The inverse of the length of the lever arms (i.e., the shorter the lever arm, the stiffer the bar)
  • The geometry of the mounting points
  • The sway bar’s mounting and isolation points

Aggressive street and racing sway bars provide for individual adjustment of the lever arms, allowing the stiffness of the sway bar assembly to be modified by adjustments that increase or reduce the length of the lever arms. This adjustment permits the roll stiffness to be tuned for different race or competition situations without replacing the entire bar. The stiffer the bar, the more force required to move the left and right wheels relative to each other. The end result is that this increases the amount of force required to make the body roll.

Not all swaybars are made the same

Not all sway bars available in the market today are the same – as a matter of fact there are some aftermarket sway bars that can dramatically cause a negative affect on your vehicle’s handling or not deliver the desired outcome you want. Most sway bars available today are made from a solid round bar whose ends are smashed flat and drilled for mounting holes. The drastic change to the cold formed material creates many small microscopic stress fractures. Experienced metallurgists will tell you that whenever you do that, you effectively destroy the structural integrity of the material thereby creating a potentially weak spot or a potential future point of failure.

The Steeda solution

Steeda Autosport’s Sway Bars are designed and made in the USA in our facility under our very strict ISO 9001-2000 quality control process using the very best available materials. We do not take ANY shortcuts or compromise on anything. Our design and manufacturing processes are superior to any other product commercially available today because we employ a proprietary manufacturing process that ensures consistent quality. Our sway bar ends are precision machined out of an exceptionally strong proprietary material and then is mated with a weld joint that structurally bonds the two parts together it actually is stronger then the solid bar itself.

As you can see for yourself, making the swaybar is much more complicated than most people think, but critical to the overall success of the part and how it performs when installed in your vehicle. Ensuring that the swaybar has the proper load and torsion capabilities is critical in ensuring that the end result provides the very best chassis dynamics – an integrated harmonic part of the overall vehicle performance. This is where Steeda also has a major competitive advantage because we extensively perform CAD analysis that is supplemented by rigorous on-track testing to ensure the highest level of performance you can expect.

The final word

When Ford performance enthusiasts discuss chassis dynamics, it will not take long for the name Steeda Autosports to come into the conversation – and with very good reason. Dario Orlando, a racer who got his start manufacturing components exclusively for Ford Mustangs, founded the company over twenty years ago on the premise of engineering and manufacturing the very best products possible for the discerning Ford performance enthusiasts.

If you want the ultimate in suspension upgrades for the street, track, or strip – look no further than Steeda Autosports. We are the Number One in Ford performance parts and vehicles and have won more races and set more track records than all of our competitors combined!

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SteedaTV Video Contest

SteedaTV is proud to announce a special contest for those with a video camera and a desire to win $250 worth of Steeda produced performance parts and accessories. Open to everyone that submits a video to SteedaTV during the month of July, 2009, the most interesting, educational, or entertaining video that showcases performance vehicle experiences at the track, dragstrip, or on the street are eligible for a grand prize of $250 worth of performance equipment that Steeda Autosports produces.

Submit interesting videos that you shot at the dragstrip, on the track, or on the street that showcases cool vehicle shots, models with your car, driving scenarios, Steeda testimonials, or even part installations. The choice is yours to be creative and unusual and stand out from the crowd so that you can win!

The Rules

You must upload your video to SteedaTV no later than 11:59 pm EDST on July 31, 2009 to be eligible. Entries limited to two videos per person. Videos must feature only Steeda or other Ford Motor Company based vehicles as the principal/highlighted vehicle. One winning video will be selected based on it’s popular ratings on SteedaTV, the number of time the video has been viewed by others, and opinions of the staff at SteedaTV. Prize must be claimed by September 1, 2009.

Be creative, be informative, be unusual – the choice is yours to show us and others what you can do.

SteedaTVThe Official site of Steeda Performance Videos

The Legal: You must obey any and all traffic rules and laws and use extreme care in the filming of your video so that you do not endanger yourself or anyone else during filming. Steeda Autosports does not condone any unsafe driving behaviors or driving that may result in unsafe conditions or the potential or actual injury or harm to anyone or anything. Those videos that exhibit extreme danger or reckless driving behaviors will not be eligible for the contest.

2010 Steeda Sport Edition Mustang

While work is progressing at a feverish pace for the upcoming launch of the 2010 Steeda Q-Series Mustang, we have been flooded with requests from those that just cannot wait wanting us to make available a special “Steeda-ized” version of the 2010 Mustang. To respond to these many requests, we are proud to announce the immediate availability of the 2010 Steeda Sport Edition Mustang.

Using a donor 2010 Mustang GT as a sound foundation to build upon, the Steeda Sport Edition provides for an immediate injection of power and increased handling that only the Team at Steeda Autosports can provide. With a MSRP of just $6,995 (not including the cost of the Mustang GT), the Steeda Sport Edition elevates the overall vehicle’s performance to an entirely new level of performance.

Equipped with a bevy of Steeda performance parts made especially for the 2010 Mustang, the 2010 Steeda Sport Edition includes the following special equipment:

  • Steeda hood paint treatment
  • Steeda sidewinder stripes
  • Steeda underdrive performance pulleys
  • Steeda performance air cleaner
  • Steeda Sport Springs
  • Steeda Billet Lower Control Arms
  • Steeda Spyder Wheels-Chrome (20×9.9 front and 20×11 rear)
  • Nitto NT05 High Performance Tires
  • Steeda Sport Shifter

With increased power and improved handling and overall vehicle driving dynamics, the Steeda Sport edition builds on the over 20 year heritage that Steeda Autosports has done upgrading the performance of America’s original pony car – the Ford Mustang. Call the Steeda Autosports hotline on 954-960-0774 and talk to one of our highly experienced Performance Sales Associates for additional information on how you can make your 2010 Mustang into a Steeda Sport today!

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