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Take Your 2015 Mustang’s Look To The Next Level

You’re sitting in your new 2015 Mustang thinking about all the modifications you want to start so that your pony will be the best on the street. And while we’re hard at work designing new parts, we’ve also been on the prowl for the best dress-up and body kits that will make your ride look as good as it sounds.

We’ve manufactured our own parts such as the 2015 hood strut kit, front splitter and pedal kits which give you superior functionality in addition to upgraded style. As always, our parts are manufactured right here in the USA, so you know you’re getting the highest-grade materials.

2015 Steeda S550 Front Splitter
Above, Steeda’s 2015 S550 Front Splitter – Street (2015 GT w/PP chin) click here.

We’ve also added some new companies to our site, and their parts are definitely worth checking out! Add race inspired front splitters from APR Performance to your Mustang GT or EcoBoost for a sleek design and increased traction.

It’s all in the tiny details when taking your 2015 Mustang from looking great to just downright jaw-dropping. You can successfully enhance these tiny details such as fuel doors, louvers and upper rear spoilers from DefenderWorx. Sticking to a track-inspired style, DefenderWorx has manufactured dress-up parts that step up your vehicle’s overall look while simultaneously being headache-free in the installation process.

DefenderWorx Mustang Pony Yellow Logo Fuel Door
Above, DefenderWorx Mustang Pony Yellow Logo Fuel Door – Black (2015 All) click here.

Have a convertible? Check out Classic Design Concepts new lightbar for the 2015 Mustang! You get that race-ready style everyone loves as well as some extra features that add to safety and chassis stiffening. Such features like an integrated interior dome light and extra brake light.

Our search for new dress-up and body kits will never be complete, but we just want to update you on some awesome products that we’ve recently added to our site.

Link to all of our 2015 Body Kits: http://www.steeda.com/2015-body-kits/

Link to all of our 2015 Dress-Up: http://www.steeda.com/2015-dress-up/

If you have any questions about the parts or need help customizing your order, Steeda’s sales team is here to help!

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Steeda’s All New 2015 S550 Mustang Bumpsteer Kit

If you have substantially lowered your vehicle, chances are you have introduced bumpsteer. What is bumpsteer? Bumpsteer relates to changes in toe caused by suspension movement.

Every car has bumpsteer, however when you lower the vehicle you increase the amount of bumpsteer that occurs – if this becomes excessive you will begin to notice some unwanted vehicle driving characteristics.

Excessive bumpsteer is undesirable because it means the suspension is steering the car instead of the driver. If your car is lowered and has tracking issues and less predictable steering behavior, you need a bumpsteer kit!

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your steering when you lower your vehicle, so at Steeda we’ve designed bumpsteer kits that will allow you to correct your suspension’s geometry and can do so without requiring you to drill or modify your vehicle spindle. In addition, our bumpsteer kit makes a great service replacement for your worn out, high mileage outer tie rods even if you do not have excessive bumpsteer issues.

Check out our installation video featuring our newly designed 2015 S550 kit:

If you want to refresh your outer tie rods and improve your steering, you can purchase our 2015 Bumpsteer Kit here: http://www.steeda.com/steeda-s550-mustang-bumpsteer-kit-2015-555-8133/

Don’t have a 2015 Mustang? No problem, check out our 05-14 Mustang Bumpsteer install video instead!

You can purchase our 05-14 Mustang Bumpsteer Kit here: http://www.steeda.com/steeda-mustang-bumpsteer-kit-555-8106/

As always, all of Steeda’s products are manufactured right here in the USA, so you know you’re getting the best quality materials and superior engineering!

Feel free to contact any member of Steeda’s sales team if you have any questions!

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Wheel Hop Solution: Steeda S550 IRS Subframe Bushing Support System (GT, V6, EcoBoost)

We’ve been extremely busy with product development over here at Steeda – our main focus has been a turn-key wheel hop/IRS subframe solution for the S550 and we hit the nail on the head with our IRS Subframe Bushing Support System!

Made from CNC machined, 6061 aluminum, our bushing support system gives the rear end a much more solid feel with no increase in NVH at all. The Steeda IRS subframe bushings eliminate rear subframe movement notorious in the 2015 Mustang GT, EcoBoost, and V6. A stiffened subframe allows the car to increase traction to the rear wheels and helps eliminate wheel hop.

Our Steeda IRS Subframe Bushing Support System (Part #: 555-4437) is very easy to install with basic hand tools and does not require any permanent modifications to the car.

Steeda Kit Pros:
- Helps reduce wheel hop by eliminating subframe movement, therefore giving you much better rear suspension compliance
- No permanent modifications are necessary
- Easy, 30 minute installation, can be done on jack stands in the garage
- Our kit doesn’t increase NVH at all
- Can be removed or installed in less than 30 minutes
- Completely eliminates over ½” of travel in the factory IRS subframe
- Doesn’t require a rear end alignment
- Lifetime warranty
- Track-tested at the drag strip and the road course – we are not just straight line people

Competitors’ Kit Cons:
- They make you replace the factory bushings completely with urethane or solid aluminum
- A complete removal of the IRS subframe is required; this not only takes several hours, but it’s not the easiest job for a ‘do it yourselfer’
- Other kits will increase NVH if using solid aluminum bushings or very hard urethane
- Takes hours for installation
- Although other kits may reduce wheel hop, an increase in NVH is not desirable
- You will need to re-align your car if you replace the bushings that locate the rear subframe
- No bushings carry a lifetime warranty, they will fail eventually

We’ve attached some product photos for reference – also, this kit is readily available! Steeda’s IRS Subframe Bushing Support system greatly reduces wheel hop while virtually eliminating all IRS subframe movement. When these pieces are used in conjunction with our other Steeda rear suspension components, wheel hop and subframe movement is eliminated – stay tuned as these additional rear suspension pieces will be available in the next couple of weeks.

Again, this is not a permanent modification! It can be put back to stock in under an hour as it’s very easy to install.

Before and After comparison:

Installation:

Steeda S550 IRS Subframe Bushing Support System
Steeda S550 IRS Subframe Bushing Support System
Steeda S550 IRS Subframe Bushing Support System
Steeda S550 IRS Subframe Bushing Support System
Steeda S550 IRS Subframe Bushing Support System
Steeda S550 IRS Subframe Bushing Support System
Steeda S550 IRS Subframe Bushing Support System
Steeda S550 IRS Subframe Bushing Support System

Why IRS subframe movement must be eliminated…

As you can see in the video, when completely stock, the entire rear IRS subframe assembly moves around under acceleration, braking and even more so when bangin’ gears. This is a major problem because every single rear suspension piece is connected to this subframe. So as it’s moving and vibrating, so is the rear sway bar, toe links, integral links, camber arm and lower control arm. They are all moving around violently as well so it makes it very hard for your suspension to ‘work’ and keep the tires planted on the pavement for traction. The assembly is basically fighting the car and not allowing for the suspension to work the way it was designed. This causes unwanted changes in camber and toe which will lead to unpredictable traction and control, resulting in handling issues. Steeda’s simple kit eliminates this. PERIOD.

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Steeda’s 2011-2015 MT-82 Transmission Mount Bushing Insert!

Steeda’s MT-82 Transmission Mount Bushing Insert is a must for any weekend road racer. Our Transmission Mount Bushing helps reduce transmission movement, assisting in keeping the shifter aligned with the transmission, all while reducing any chance of missed shifts. Also, it is easily able to be removed and reinstalled on track days!

This upgrade is an easy install and provides huge benefits! Just watch our video for a step by step installation:

Don’t just take our word for it, here are a few customer reviews:

“Bought this on an impulse and am definitely glad that I did. Wasn’t really experiencing inconsistent shifting very often, but I can definitely tell an improvement in shifting post-install.”

“Install was straightforward (even moreso thanks to the video) and shifting has definitely improved. Shifts feel more direct! Shipping was fast too, thanks Steeda.”

So if you want to reduce any chance of missed shifts and take advantage of an overall better alignment between your shifter and transmission, then don’t hesitate to upgrade!

As always, our Steeda sales team is here to answer any questions you may have!

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Steeda’s New 2015 Mustang Extreme G-Trac Brace!

We’re happy to announce the release of our Steeda Extreme G-Trac Brace for the 2015 Mustang! Also known as a k-member brace, this product is a direct bolt-on addition to your S550 Mustang and provides greatly improves front chassis bracing.

Our Extreme G-Trac Brace mounts close to the control arm mounts, and helps strengthen the connection between the control arm mounts, and the rear of the sub frame. This makes the load path more direct, and gives much more effective stiffening, so the suspension geometry doesn’t change during high cornering/chassis loads. This brace is manufactured from super strong chrome moly, alloy steel tube, making it over twice as strong as any mild steel offering.

Take a closer look at the Extreme G-Trac Brace below (installed on one of our test cars)!

Steeda Extreme G-Trac Brace 2015 MustangAlso watch our installation video for a step-by-step guide so you can install the Extreme G-Trac Brace at home!


You can purchase the 2015 Mustang Extreme G-Trac Brace here!

As always, our Steeda sales team is available to answer any of your questions.

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New Product Release: Steeda Focus ST Ram Air Intake Scoop (13-14)

We’ve been busy here at Steeda Autosports developing new parts for your 2013 to 2014 Focus ST! Steeda’s Ram Air Intake Scoop allows your intake to receive the most direct and non-turbulent air straight from the front of the car. The more direct induction of air creates lower air inlet temperatures, resulting in horsepower and torque increase.

Unlike our competitors’ products, the Steeda Ram Air Intake Scoop is far superior in that it allows for a more natural “velocity effect,” in which air flows from a large opening to a smaller entrance in the intake – resulting in direct, free flowing, and cooler air. This part is also made right here in the USA!

Check out our detailed installation video for a more in-depth look, especially if you’re planning on installing this part yourself:

Here’s a link directly to the product: http://www.steedafocus.com/parts/steeda-focus-st-ram-air-intake-scoop-555-3196 – Steeda, Speed Matters

Steeda Developing 2015 Mustang Parts

Steeda Autosports – the largest independent manufacturer of performance parts for Ford vehicles is actively involved in the ongoing development of performance parts and accessories for the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. For this all-new platform, we are developing comprehensive suspension system enhancements, chassis stiffening components, and engine upgrade components (tunes and cold air intakes) that will further enhance the overall vehicle ‘s performance without compromising the vehicle dynamics. All of our development work is being done under strict ISO 9001:2008 Globally Certified Processes – ensuring that purchasers of our parts get the highest quality level possible with the maximum amount of performance gain.

2015 Mustang Parts

Our plan is to have a complete array of parts available when the 2015 Mustang is available for initial sale – so that way those lucky individuals that get the first cars will not have to wait for a 2015 Mustang Cold Air Intake or a 2015 Mustang Performance Tune. If your desire is for handling enhancements, no need to worry because we will have your back covered with a complete array of 2015 Mustang Suspension upgrades including 2015 Mustang Lowering Springs, 2015 Mustang Chassis Stiffening components, 2015 Mustang Bumpsteer Kits, and much more. For those that are more inclined to track or drag race their car, rest assured that we will have the most complete product offerings to beef up the 2015 Mustang independent rear suspension (IRS) so that no matter how much power your 5.0 makes, nothing will break.

For 2015 Mustang wheels we are working on a complete line of fitments that will allow you to run wider Nitto tires for improved traction and grip. Want a 2015 Mustang exhaust kit with reduced back pressure and enhanced sound, we will have that too! From 2015 Mustang Brakes, 2015 Mustang Shifters, to 2015 Mustang Power Packs, you can count on Steeda to be YOUR source for all 2015 Mustang Performance Parts.

Track Tested Focus ST Parts

South Georgia Motorsports Park was the site for the season kickoff for the SCCA Dixie Region Auto X time trials. Cold and wet weather in the morning eventually cleared for sunny and near perfect conditions the rest of the day – an excellent opportunity for our Steeda Autosports specially prepared 2013 Focus ST to show exactly what it can do on a tight and extremely challenging autocross circuit.

At Steeda Autosports, we are continually testing the products we design, engineer, and manufacture under a wide variety of conditions – on the street, on the race track, at the drag strip, and even on autocross circuits. “Real World” testing like this at a variety of different venues provides us the opportunity to further validate the performance of our products, to do valuable durability testing, and also to ensure that the products we offer live up to our expectations as well as the expectations of our customers.

Our core DNA dictates that we continually push the boundaries of performance everyday because our customers expect nothing less. While plenty of aggressive testing has been done to some of these components we know we need to push it even further. “We needed to really hammer some of these parts,” explained Scott Boda, Steeda’s Director of Manufacturing. “While most of our customers will never put their cars through some of the testing we do, we know that somewhere, there are die-hard gear heads that will push performance limits and we want them to have confidence in their Steeda performance parts”.

At the event we were testing several new motor mounts and a couple other new key suspension components that have great promise for raising the bar of Focus ST performance even higher. With just 3 passes on the Steeda Focus ST we were able to cover the track in a blistering time of just 52 seconds, allowing the ST to win its class out of the 71 cars attending the event! While many people might think we had a professional autocross driver at the wheels for this specific test, we purposely opted to put Scott Boda behind the wheel to see what a seasoned drag racer could do when the road in front of him had many challenging turns. Suffice to say, the Steeda Focus ST carried the mail and made an autocross hero out of Scott!

Director of Manufacturing, Scott Boda, with Steeda's Development Focus ST

Director of Manufacturing, Scott Boda, with Steeda's Development Focus ST

Overall, it was a fun and very exciting day at the event and our test results provided us some key and very valuable information. The next validation we will be performing will be at the drag strip where we will push the Steeda Focus ST harder than we ever have before down the quarter mile – all in the quest of validating our parts and ensuring that they are the very best that they can be. Stay tuned – we will keep you posted!!

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Setting the Bar – Steeda’s Improved Panhard Bar

If your Mustang is lowered or if you plan on lowering it in the future, the Steeda adjustable panhard bar is a necessary must have. Don’t take our word for it… stand behind a friend’s car that has lowering springs on it with no other modifications. Even with stock tires, you’ll notice that the rear is pushed out to the left. If you have wide tires and upgraded wheels, you’re almost guaranteed to rub without the use of a panhard bar.

Mustang Panhard Bar

Mustang Panhard Bar

The main function of the panhard bar is to provide the ability to adjust rear end offset. Our larger urethane bushings on the street model reduce flex and improve the panhard bar’s control resulting in better steering response and handling balance while maintaining low NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). If you’re a road race aficionado we also carry our track tested race version bar with spherical rod end bushings for the ultimate in rigidity and hard cornering capability.

The Steeda adjustable panhard bar is 40% lighter than its stock replacement and is 31% lighter than our closest competitor. We make our bar out of 4130 chrome moly steel which is stronger than the stock mild steel piece. This improved design over our original one allows for center adjustability using a CNC machined chrome moly steel adjuster and CNC chrome moly threaded inserts, precisely engineered to provide an easy adjustment while also allowing for an extremely high quality fit. The new center adjustment point also means no wrench fitment or installation issues.

Click Here to View Panhard Bar Product Page

Lighter. Stronger. Engineered to win.

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Not All Swaybars Are Created Equal

It is no secret that if you want to take your vehicle’s handling to a higher level of performance, you have to upgrade its key suspension components. Most everyone automatically thinks that changing springs and shocks is the answer for ultimate handling, but one often overlooked and critical components are your vehicle’s swaybars. While the stock swaybars on most vehicles are fine for everyday driving conditions, performance/spirited driving, or driving on a race track or gymkhana course requires a much higher level of swaybar performance if you want to maximize your vehicles road holding and your overall driving experience. From a safety perspective, stock swaybars can fail when pushed over their limits, exposing you and your vehicle to potentially dangerous and uncontrolled driving conditions. As part of our continuing documentaries on performance parts, in the ensuing paragraphs, we will define how a swaybar performs, and expose the major differences in swaybars that you need to be aware of before you purchase this easy to install upgrade.

Background Swaybars (aka: anti-roll bars, stabilizer bars, stay-bars) are a critical part of a vehicles suspension system that helps reduce the body roll of a vehicle during fast cornering or over road irregularities. It connects opposite wheels together (left side / right side) through lever arms linked usually by a tubular structure that functions as a torsion spring, leveraging cornering forces to assist maintaining the vehicle level during turns. A swaybar increases the overall suspension’s roll stiffness – that is its resistance of your vehicle to roll in turns during normal and aggressive driving conditions. Note that roll stiffness is different and independent of the vertical movements that your suspension springs provide – however both need to work in complete harmony together so as to maximize your vehicle’s drivability, safety, and performance characteristics. A swaybar 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 movement is not 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.

Steeda's 2005 & Newer Mustang Front Swaybar

Steeda's 2005 & Newer Mustang Front Swaybar

Many factors affect how a sway bar performs, including:

  • The specific metal selected for the swaybar (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 swaybar’s mounting and isolation points

Aggressive street and racing sway bars provide for individual adjustment of the lever arms, allowing the stiffness of the swaybar 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 and the force that was going to be used for body roll is now being placed on the tire that needs traction.

What are the primary differences in Swaybars? Not all swaybars available in the market today are the same – as there are many different ways to construct a swaybar, different materials that may be used, and different ways to engineer a swaybar. As a matter of fact there are even some aftermarket swaybars that can dramatically cause a negative affect on your vehicle’s handling or not deliver the desired outcome you desire… so it is important that you make an informed decision before purchasing any swaybar for your vehicle. Following is a discussion that identifies some of the key differences that you need to be aware of:

Solid vs Tubular Bar Construction

Most swaybars supplied on vehicles today and available in the aftermarket are made from heavy solid steel bar stock. To the novice, the thought of a solid bar has the implication of strength and superior construction due to it’s sheer mass, however there are many misconceptions and major disadvantages to solid bar stock that you need to be aware of before you consider a bar of this type. One of the primary deficiencies of solid bar construction is the overall weight of the bar and the effect it has on your cars un-sprung mass. Suspension designers and racers alike, all strive to reduce the un-sprung mass as much as possible so that maximum performance can be obtained.

Steeda's Hollow Swaybars Help Reduce Unsprung Weight

Steeda's Hollow Swaybars Help Reduce Unsprung Weight

Remember: Weight is the enemy of performance, and a solid bar easily outweighs one of our comparable tubular bars by a substantial margin – sometimes as much as 65%. At Steeda, we strategically design and engineer our swaybars from tubular stock using a far superior and proprietary alloy of our own specifications. This alloy provides exceptional yield strengths that are substantially within any foreseen/projected failure points, ensuring that it will never fail under the most sever street or race conditions you could ever subject it to. And the lighter weight of our tubular bar dramatically reduces un-sprung weight – further enhancing your vehicles performance. After all of the computer analysis and simulations our engineers perform, we then bolt the swaybar into one of our test vehicles and then torture test it on some of the most harsh race conditions possible at some of the harshest tracks – all in an effort to guarantee the very best swaybar possible for you.

Swaybar Ends

Most swaybars available today are made from a solid round bar whose ends are coined or smashed flat and punched for mounting holes. The drastic change to the cold-formed material during the “smashing process” 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 weaker / stress spot for a potential future point of failure. The Steeda solution: Steeda Autosport’s Swaybars are designed and made in the USA in our facility under strict ISO 9001-2008 quality control process using the very best materials available – we take absolutely no shortcuts when it comes to the quality level of manufacturing we utilize.

Steeda Billet Swabyar Ends

Steeda Billet Swaybar Ends

Rather than taking a shortcut and smashing the ends of the bar, our swaybar ends are precision machined out of an exceptionally strong proprietary material and then are mated to the tubular bar with a weld joint that structurally bonds the two parts together at the molecular level. When joined together, the welded joint is actually the strongest part of the bar – stronger than a solid or tubular bar. The end result is the portion of the bar that has the greatest level of stress is actually the strongest part of the bar – ensuring that it will not fail no matter the forces and stress you may subject it to.

Manufacturing Process

Most swaybars manufactured by aftermarket companies are made from heavy, solid steel stock and are bent on a tubing bender. Oftentimes the material they choose for the bar is dictated by the type of bending machine they utilize for the manufacturing process – this is not the way you want your swaybars manufactured! Some manufacturers may use a more costly mandrel bender for their manufacturing process, but they lack the overall Computer Aided Manufacturing process that would ensure a consistent level of manufacturing that are certified by ISO.

At Steeda, we take suspension systems very seriously, and we invested an insane amount of capital in developing a swaybar manufacturing machine to our own unique specifications. Creation of this machine incorporated the most advanced and most costly computer controlled manufacturing processes and a hydraulic system that is not only extremely powerful, but is also exceptionally accurate – guaranteeing a consistent manufacturing quality and resulting in the very best product that can be made.

Warranty

Many manufacturers guarantee their swaybar for only one or two years, and oftentimes their warranty is voided if the vehicle is raced or subjected to untold abuse that the vehicle may be subjected to. And others do not even mention any warranty provisions – instead they hope and pray that nothing ever happens to their products. They purposely limit their liability because they do not have the confidence in their finished product because they are fully aware that it can be manufactured to a higher quality level.

Lifetime Warranty

At Steeda, we are so confident that our swaybars are manufactured to the highest quality levels that we put a free unconditional lifetime guarantee on every one we manufacture. Our warranty is further reinforced by our ISO 9001-2008 manufacturing process that strategically monitors all phases of manufacturing – ensuring that the quality level of the finished product is never compromised. With a lifetime warranty and strict ISO 9001-2008 certified standards, we have complete confidence in our products so you can also can have complete confidence in what you have purchased. Advantage: Steeda .

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. 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 with our parts have won more races and set more track records than all of our competitors combined. 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 swaybars available today. ‘Track Tested and Street Smart’, our swaybars 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 9001-2008 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 your ride quality.

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