Monthly Archives: August 2010

All Lowering Springs Are NOT Created Equal

There are two primary reasons most people install lowering springs on their vehicle – they want to improve the overall handling and performance of their vehicle or they want that “just right” appearance that a lowered vehicle always seems to provide.

What most people do not know is that all springs are not created equal and that there is a right way and a wrong way to lower a vehicle.  Oftentimes vehicles are lowered to such a degree that the overall performance and handling of their vehicle is not optimized, or substandard springs are used that deliver performance that is not maximized or which results in a rough, bone-jarring ride.

At Steeda Autosports we take suspension systems very seriously and take absolutely no shortcuts in the design, development, tuning, and manufacturing of our spring sets.  We are the ONLY aftermarket company to have partnered with one of the largest OEM spring manufacturers in the world to deliver to the discerning performance enthusiast the best performance product available.

This Tier 1 Supplier manufacturers their springs in the USA, has been in business 4 times longer than Brand “E” or Brand “H”  — and — they supply more Formula 1, Indianapolis, and NASCAR Teams than all other spring manufacturers combined!  Think about it – would you really want springs made for your American performance vehicle by an offshore supplier or by a supplier whose main business is centered on supporting foreign vehicles? At Steeda, we are an American owned company dedicated to enhancing the performance of Ford vehicles – your guarantee of an undying commitment to excellence.

Before you buy any springs, it is important that you understand just some of the technology and engineering that goes into their creation.   Following are highlights of some of the engineering criteria and efforts that go into every set of springs that we put our name on:

  • All Steeda suspension springs are designed to properly fit the original configuration and location of the OEM suspension coil and we pay particular attention to how the spring fits into the O.E. spring seat.  In addition we look to precisely reproduce the loading characteristics of the O.E. spring both laterally and longitudinal with the use of a Wolpert 7 axis / load coil scale testing equipment.  This type of testing is usually only performed by O.E. Manufacturers.
  • Both hot and cold forming CNC controlled equipment is utilized.  This gives  the flexibility necessary to produce nearly any suspension coil configuration.  On the late model Mustangs for example, our design incorporates a pigtail configuration that matches the O. E. spring whereas many other aftermarket manufacturers use a cold-formed part that does not match the rear trailering arm properly.  This is caused by the cut-off process on a cold coiler and causes the spring to bow when installed in the vehicle.
  • Due to our HOT forming process our materials are “centerless ground” so the optimum material size is within .001 of an inch.  Currently our competitors have material increments of .010 of an inch.  This tighter tolerance allows us to produce the lightest part for a given spring package.
  • In the design/engineering process we pay particular attention to the proper amount of loads at rebound, static height, and jounce (bump).  This is why we favor producing a progressive spring to achieve the appropriate load characteristics.  The initial rate is designed to provide the O. E. pre-load, while the final rate provides the necessary bump load characteristics.
  • We use proprietary spring materials that have higher silicon content than our competitors.  While others use a lesser grade of spring wire to reduce their costs and improve their profit – we insist on only the best spring wire available.  Better spring wire makes for a better coil spring!
  • All of our springs are employ MICS (Mass Inertia Control System) technology to provide non-compromising ride characteristics.  By using this technology the un-sprung mass of the vehicle is controlled and the inertia of the suspension component does not exceed the springs capacity to control the jounce loads, hence eliminating the requirement for excessive spring rates.    The progressive spring characteristics permit the ride frequencies to stay within acceptable limits, but provide the added spring rate to achieve bump load capacities equivalent to the O. E. springs.
  • The optimized spring calibration of our springs reduces the pitch of the vehicle under heavy acceleration or braking.  The reduced longitudinal pitch of the vehicle during heavy braking improves the overall braking efficiency because the higher rate of the front springs reduces the amount of load transfer to the front tires.  This causes the load on all four tires to be more evenly distributed providing additional traction to the rear tires.  The additional gain in rear traction usually results in reduced braking distances.
  • The proportionate increase in spring rate also reduces body roll, which limits adverse suspension movement.  This confines the suspension geometry to stay within parameters that enhance the tires contact patch with the road.  The result is improved vehicle cornering and handling, because front and rear tire loading is more evenly distributed.  Therefore, higher cornering limits can be achieved because the built-in understeer characteristics are reduced and provide for a more neutral yet safe handling vehicle.

To the novice performance enthusiast all of the above engineering elements can be very confusing – especially when you consider that there is much more to creating a proper set of springs for your car than chopping off 1” from their length.   Rest assured that at Steeda Autosports we go the extra mile to instill superior engineering into every spring set we offer so you can be assured and have confidence that we provide the finest products available for your Ford vehicle.

While some manufacturers brag that their products are made according to certain standard levels, the performance springs sold by Steeda Autosports are made under the highest, latest and most stringent ISO and TUV Standards in the world today using only the finest materials available anywhere – absolutely no shortcuts are taken because our performance heritage and DNA demands that our springs are the best money can buy.

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11th Annual Steeda Stampede – October 16th, 2010

Steeda Autosports is proud to announce the 11th Annual Steeda Stampede! Annually one of the biggest events that we host at our Pompano Beach facilities, this year’s Stampede is set for October 16, 2010 and will be extra special this year!

Starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 2:30 p.m., the 2010 Stampede will include many special features including:

  • A special embargoed preview of one of the two new vehicles that Steeda will be revealing at the 2010 SEMA Show in the Ford Motor Corporate Display booth
  • The Steeda Q650 StreetFighter with it’s supercharged 690hp 5.0L Steeda built engine and radical list of performance options
  • The Steeda Q450 with it’s naturally aspirated 5.0L engine and all of the Steeda components that make it THE value laden performance bargain
  • An open presentation and discussion forum with Steeda President Dario Orlando, National Champion road racer Tom Ellis, and Steeda’s own drag racing fanatic Scott Boda talking about key secrets and advantages they use when they race.  This is your opportunity to learn from the Pros!
  • And in keeping with demand and expectations, Frank’s garage will be offering many special and unrepeatable deals on Steeda parts to enable you to upgrade your ride at deeply discounted prices. Items will include new and used parts, slightly scratched items, and those simply targeted for inventory reduction. Certainly there will be something for everyone’s need for speed

In addition, there will be a live DJ, a tasty barbeque lunch, and a multitude of cars on display for everyone to admire and envy. Many awards will be given out during the course of the Stampede in acknowledgment of those vehicles that stand above others as being “best of show.”

For those in attendance that are inclined to show the power that their pony possesses, there will be a dyno time available for your cars. For a mere $45 fee, you will be provided two separate dyno pulls. So mark your calendar, and remember these event details:

  • Date: Saturday, October 16th, 2010
  • Location: Steeda Autosports Headquarters, Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Price: $15 for pre-registrants / $20 on day of event
  • FREE 2010 Steeda Stampede T-Shirt and goodie bag with registration!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED – SEE YOU THERE!

Attend the Steeda Stampede – and experience the Steeda Difference!

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Your New Car Warranty is SAFE with Steeda Parts

Some owners of new model vehicles are a bit timid when it comes to modifying their vehicles for enhanced performance – oftentimes they have the notion that if they were to modify their vehicle with aftermarket parts their new car warranty would be voided and that they would be financially liable for any future repairs to their vehicle.  At Steeda Autosports we take extra steps to ensure that the performance parts we design, engineer, and manufacture WILL NOT adversely affect your new car warranty.

The reason is really quite simple – Steeda Autosports has a long-term partnership with Ford Motor Company and we actively participate in the Ford/SEMA Technology Initiative Sharing Program ensuring a robust exchange of technical and testing information related to Ford vehicles.  Before we sell any new part, we take extra steps to ensure that our parts will not cause a related or unrelated component failure where your new car warranty could potentially be jeopardized. Whenever you see the Steeda name on a product it is your guarantee that that part is the highest quality available and that it has been made with specific intent to ensure that the integrity and value of your new car is not compromised. Designed, engineered, and manufactured under exceptionally strict ISO 9001:2008 guidelines, our parts exceed most new car warranty requirements.

One should have caution however when dealing with other aftermarket parts and accessories manufacturers.  You want to make sure that whatever part you are buying indeed is made under strict certified guidelines to ensure their quality.   Question to see that if their part fails and subsequently causes a Ford warranted part to fail they will stand behind and warrant the Ford part on your behalf.  Do some investigation and make sure that the aftermarket company you are considering purchasing from has a current ISO 9001:2008 certification.  Question whether their parts are manufactured offshore in developing countries or in substandard facilities.  Ask them why are their parts made overseas.  The real answer is readily apparent – because it is perceived to be cheaper.  Remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Is a foreign-made substandard part what you really want to put on your American performance vehicle?

At Steeda Autosports, we have ISO 9001:2008 certified, state of the art manufacturing facilities in Pompano Beach Florida and also Valdosta Georgia and are committed to ensuring that your new car warranty will never compromised.  The Steeda name is your guarantee of quality and no warranty issues!

For all of you technical types that can appreciate the applicable legal verbiage, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty – Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act of 1975, protects consumers from being wrongfully denied warranty coverage by new car dealers and manufacturers.

Specifically the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act states, in part, in Title 15, United States Code, Section 2302, subdivision (c): No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer’s using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade, or corporate name; except that the prohibition of this subsection may be waived by the [Federal Trade] Commission if – (1) the warrantor satisfies the Commission that the warranted product will function properly only if the article or service so identified is used in connection with the warranted product, and – (2) the Commission finds that such a waiver is in the public interest. The Commission shall identify in the Federal Register, and permit public comment on, all applications for waiver of the prohibition of this subsection, and shall publish in the Federal Register its disposition of any such application, including the reasons therefore.

Under this act, aftermarket equipment that improves performance does not automatically void a vehicle manufacturer’s original warranty, unless the warranty clearly states the addition of aftermarket equipment automatically voids your vehicle’s warranty (which Ford Motor Company does not), or if it can be proven that the aftermarket device is the direct cause of the failure. In addition, Ford Motor Company or its dealer must prove that aftermarket equipment caused the need for repairs before it can deny warranty coverage. If the manufacturer or dealer cannot prove such a claim – or it proffers a questionable explanation – it is your legal right to demand compliance with the warranty under the Magnuson-Moss Act.

Complicated? It can be a real headache unless your car is enhanced with authentic Steeda performance parts and accessories. We are your guarantee of quality and compliance with the Ford new car warranty. As a matter of fact, there has NEVER been a failure of a Steeda performance part that has cause a new car warranty to be denied….proof of the quality we build into every performance part we sell.

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United States Senator Tours Steeda Autosports

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) visited one of the largest industries in Valdosta – Steeda Autosports last week.   He met with Steeda President Dario Orlando who gave him a personal tour and behind the scenes look at the newest Steeda facility where engineering, design, manufacturing, and warehousing are co-located together in a state-of-the-art facility unlike any other in the automotive business today.

Senator Chambliss was especially supportive of the core business that Steeda has brought to the Valdosta Georgia market, reversing the trend that many manufacturers throughout America have done in past years by going overseas to foreign markets for their manufacturing.  Dario commented: “Steeda Autosports, is an American company that produces parts and performance equipment for American vehicles – and we do so with a work force that has technical and manufacturing capabilities far exceeding those of our competitors in foreign lands. With our state-of-the-art equipment and labor force we can manufacture performance parts with a higher level of quality and faster turnaround than any foreign manufacturer.”

Senator Chambliss was extremely pleased with Steeda’s commitment to the United States and commented that we need more companies like Steeda Autosports in America that support the American industry and its dedicated workforce.  The Senator also urged economic development authorities to keep working hard to attract businesses like Steeda Autosports that boost our country’s economy.  Once the economy picks up again, Chambliss believes Steeda could grow to become even a bigger economic engine across the southeast United States. “It’s critically important for industries like this to look at locations here in the United States. They could’ve put this facility anywhere in the world, and two years ago they decided to come to Valdosta, Georgia” Chambliss said, “Steeda Autosports manufactures products in Valdosta and ships them all over the world”.

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Steeda Q650 StreetFighter at Woodward Dream Cruise

The Steeda Q650 continues it’s promotional tour by making an appearance at the 16th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise.  Held annually in August, the Woodward Dream Cruise attracts millions of octane loving people in a mass celebration of performance vehicles all in the home town of the American Automobile – Detroit, Michigan.   This year the Steeda StreetFighter made a cameo appearance and showed it’s oats to the performance loving enthusiasts.  Complimentary rides were given to many enthusiasts up and down Woodward Avenue and literally thousands of pictures were taken of the beauty as it muscled down the Woodward Avenue strip.  Once the day turned to night, there is a “rumor” that an impromptu drag race occurred, one where the StreetFighter was pitted against three Camaros – suffice to say, the Camaro drivers were destined to see the StreetFighter from its rear once the traffic signal turned green!  The StreetFighter defended its Mustang heritage with honor !

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