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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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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