Monthly Archives: January 2012

Take Your 2005 thru 2012 Mustang Handling To The Next Level

The 2005 through 2012 Mustang is a phenomenal automobile in stock form.  But when it comes to improving their handling, most Mustang enthusiasts automatically think about installing a set of mustang lowering springs and mustang swaybars, and also swapping out their mustang upper and mustang lower control arms.  While these items will have a measurable affect on your Mustang’s performance – there is one other key element that is often overlooked that can provide huge gains in handling, performance, and ride quality: your shocks and struts.

Mustang shocks and struts are a critical element in your mustang suspension system.  When they are specifically tuned for maximum street/track/strip performance, the shocks/struts help your tires maintain a consistent contact patch on the pavement and reduce the amount of bounce and rebound – all without jarring the car and it’s occupants.  This tuning is far more complex than just having a set of shocks that are “stiff” – rather, there is a tremendous amount of tuning required to create just the right level of suspension shock damping, and to dissipate the unwanted kinetic energy that is created whenever you encounter an uneven road surface.

In general terms, a shock/strut help to cushion your vehicle – but at Steeda, we realize that they can provide an unparalleled level of improvement in your vehicles handling and provide a definite edge when it comes to performance.

The Steeda line of Pro-Action Shocks are designed and engineered by us to outperform the stock shock/struts that are on the Mustang and exceed the OE standards for durability and build quality.   There is no doubt in the aftermarket that Steeda Autosports is the leader in suspension technology for Ford vehicles.   We earned this reputation by being committed to do everything possible to enhance the performance and handling of stock suspensions and to create a comprehensive line of performance parts that individually and together take the handling of the Mustang to an entirely new level that enthusiasts demand.

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We literally tested hundreds of different shock/strut combinations with our extensive computer analysis, and then road tested them on the track, street, and dragstrip until we were 100% satisfied that we perfected their performance.    Specifically designed to provide outstanding control and handling characteristics, and well as a ride quality that is very complacent, the Steeda Pro-Action Shocks are one of the very first items that should be installed on a Mustang to enhance it’s overall handling.   Even if you do not swap out your springs or do any other suspension enhancements, replacing your shocks/struts will dramatically improve your handling to the level you dream about.

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Boss 302 Performance Parts and Cars

It is no secret that the 2012 and 2013 Boss 302 Mustangs are outstanding performance machines from Ford Motor Company. Bred for the street and track, they are really great Mustangs that exhibit terrific driving manners and consistently reward their owner at every twist and turn they encounter.  Once the car was announced, it did not take long for the Steeda Team of Performance Engineers to thoroughly review the Boss 302’s driving dynamics, hardware, and powertrain and develop a comprehensive array of performance parts and accessories for the Boss 302 that take the Boss 302 to even greater levels of performance.  Not wanting to turn our back on owners of 2011 – 2012 5.0L powered Mustang GTs, we also kept a keen eye on a program of providing them with Steeda Boss 302 performance parts that can be retro-fitted to their cars so they also can benefit from the Boss Program we have.

Today, we offer the most comprehensive line of performance parts and accessories made under strict ISO 9001-2008 Certified Standards that are available anywhere.  Following is a summary of the specific parts that both Boss 302 and non-Boss owners can purchase to enhance their ride:

Contact our Performance Advisors on 954-960-0774 for additional information on how we can enhance Boss 302 and Mustang GT performance with our Boss 302 performance parts.

Racer Profile: Heins Motorsports Race-Ready 2012 Boss 302RS

Revealed at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, this custom 2012 Mustang Boss 302RS is a purpose built race car that has been built from the ground up to be a fierce competitor in SCCA and NASA classes.  Every component and system has been designed or selected with a distinct aim, then assembled and installed with meticulous craftsmanship.  Finally, each individual element has been tuned with painstaking precision so that they all work seamlessly together — creating an aggressive racing machine that is much more than the sum of its parts.

This 2012 Mustang Boss 302 has been thoroughly modified to reduce weight, improve aerodynamics, and minimize lift at high speeds by use of a Steeda Autosports Q-Series functional Front Fascia, Hood, Rear Spoiler and Fascia.

The chassis has been thoughtfully designed and constructed to keep the wheels and tires in constant contact with the track surface whether accelerating down a straightaway or negotiating a chicane.  And this is where some serious hardware was added to provide a distinct racers advantage.  Modifications include a Steeda billet sway bar mount kit, Steeda race-only lower control arms, Steeda bumpsteer kit, Steeda Tokico D-Spec adjustable front and rear shocks, Steeda competition springs and a Steeda Watt’s Link rear suspension keep the driver in complete control in even the most challenging situations and also allow for fine-tuning to meet the unique demands of specific tracks or surface conditions.  The Nitto NT01 275/35 x 18” front tires and massive 315/30 x 18” rear tires are mounted to 18” forged alloy competition wheels and provide a firm grip to the road surface.

At the heart of this beast is an all-new Boss 302 4V V8 engine, the legendary Ford powerplant that is back and better than ever.  Based on the new 5.0L Mustang engine, this muscular small block V8 has been thoroughly redesigned and refined by Ford powertrain engineers to take advantage of 21st century technology. With careful tuning plus the addition of a Steeda Boss 302 cold air intake with our cool-tube technology, headers and race exhaust, power output approaches the magical 600 bhp mark!

The concept for this one-of-a-kind track-ready Pony was born from a passion for all-out performance.  It was designed based on years of real racing experience with an unyielding fervor for perfection.  As a result, the Mustang Boss 302RS from Heins Motorsports is ready to meet the demands of tracks around the country with the track tested and race proven performance parts from Steeda Autosports.

Look for a more detailed review of this car in future Steeda emails as well by major Mustang publications as we showcase the Steeda performance difference.  In addition, you can visit www.heinsmotorsports.com for detailed build photos of this car and see for yourself the various Steeda components that make this an ultimate Boss 302 for the track.

Enthusiast Profile: Customer Victor Klassen’s 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca

Recently we had another Boss 302 arrive at our shop who’s owner wanted more performance and even greater handling than what the stock Boss 302 Laguna Seca provided.  Much like we can do for any Mustang, we worked closely with the owner/driver and developed a modification plan for his specific needs.  In this instance, we performed the following modifications for owner Victor Klassen. The end result is a Boss 302 Laguna Seca that as Dario Orlando commented: “Completely transforms the car to an even greater level of overall performance and trackability”.

Modifications to his Boss 302 Laguna Seca included:

From race car, to track car, to street performance machine – Steeda Autosports has the Boss 302 performance upgrades you need for your Boss 302 or Mustang GT.

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The Hidden Difference in Control Arms

To the average person there is probably little perceivable difference in the various control arms that are available for a Mustang today. From an exterior perspective, they share common mounting points on the chassis and rear differential of the vehicle – but from that singular point of view, there are an untold multitude of differences that are related to their design, engineering, as well as materials used in fabrication that result in substantial handling and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) performances changes… changes that you need to be aware of…

As an example of the vast hidden differences in control arms today, look at the following picture in which we expose the differences in a typical upper rear control arm that is available for the 1979 – 2004 Mustang in the market today. Recently a customer came to our Steeda Performance Center with some obvious rear suspension issues. Previously, with the hope of improving his rear suspension dynamics, he installed a set of non-Steeda upper rear control arms with the desire to improve his vehicles handling. After a period of time of a mixture of spirited street driving and daily commuting, the car developed serious “slop” in its suspension as the bushing in his control arm began to suffer wear under the tremendous stress it is subjected to. Suffice to say, his vehicle handling capabilities and the car’s NVH characteristics diminished ever further as the bushing prematurely failed due to it’s design and construction.

In the picture below on the left, you can see how we cutaway the upper control arm to expose exactly what went wrong for everyone to see. In this case, the durometer (the measure of the hardness of the bushing) was too stiff – and this stiffness caused dramatically increased noise, vibration, and harshness to be transferred to the vehicles chassis, and in addition, with the tremendous stress the control arm is subject to, premature wear of the busing occurred that resulted in adverse handling and essentially a failure of the suspension assembly.

In the photo on the right is the Steeda Upper Control Arm. In this picture, you can see just how much more thought and engineering went into what we designed, engineered, and manufactured under our strict ISO 9001-2008 manufacturing processes. We specifically designed the control arm out of lightweight aluminum, and provided increased reinforcement in key critical areas where it is subjected to major stress. In addition, we employ an industry exclusive design of incorporating three busing materials into one – the outer bushings (red in color) have a specific durometer rating so as to limit NVA and provide for the flexibility required under suspension movement, and the center bushing (black in color) has a much higher durometer rating so that it provide the tight travel control and reduction in lateral movement that is desired for maximum control and handling.

In addition to the obvious differences in bushings, we purposely constructed our Steeda upper control arms out of a special aluminum alloy – an alloy that affords tremendous strength and one that also dramatically reduces the un-sprung weight of the suspension. Heat-treated and TIG welded, our control arm in this instance is 25% lighter than the factory control arm and is less than one-third the weight of competitive steel control arms. Remember, un-sprung weight is “the enemy” when it comes to suspensions as it has a negative effect on how your suspension system reacts as it encounters uneven road surfaces and in addition, it results on harsher riding conditions as the increased mass is being moved around.

In summary – not all control arms are created alike – there indeed are major differences in products that are available in the market today. So – which set would you rather have on your Mustang? With easy bolt-on installation, superior engineering, and a lifetime guarantee, make Steeda your choice for suspension components – because there is a difference!

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