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Debut of the Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

At the Woodward Dream Cruise we proudly pulled the cover off of an exciting new performance vehicle from our Performance Speedshop – the Steeda certified GT500 Wide-body. Designed, engineered, and handcrafted to up the ante in the world of Mustang performance, this 2014 Steeda certified GT500 Wide-Body is the latest offering from the Design and Engineering Teams at Steeda Autosports. Providing an extremely aggressive yet smooth overall appearance, this wide-body conversion is not only extremely sinister looking in it’s overall appearance, but it also provides the opportunity to increase the wheel/tire size so as to provide dramatically increased traction – something desperately needed when it’s 725hp is unleashed on the unsuspecting asphalt.

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

From a design perspective we purposely integrated features to improve the vehicles appearance – from major styling cues to minor ones. This is the type of vehicle modification that the more you look at it…..the more you see of the various changes we integrated into this stunning final design.

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

Modification features (standard and optional) included in this wide-body conversion include the following custom designed features:

  • Uniquely designed front facia for a sinister looking appearance
  • Front fenders smoothly widened 6” to provide room for 22” wheels and the massive 285x30x22 tires
  • Rear fenders crafted to provide an additional 7” overall for the more massive 335x25x22 tires enhancing traction when you need it most
  • Shaved door handles with electronic door opening mechanism for a smooth-clean side aero appearance
  • Unique rear decklid treatment that subscribes to the theory: “Less is More” by featuring a clean appearance with the Cobra Snake proudly on display

This wide-body conversion can be performed on Mustang GT, Boss 302, and GT500 models and can be custom tailored to our customer wants, needs and budget. Naturally, we include in conversion the proprietary Steeda suspension and powertrain components to ensure that the finished product exceeds your performance expectations on the street and on the track.

While “Speed Matters” has been the official motto of Steeda Autosports for over 25 years and it aptly describes the rich DNA of this performance bred stallion. From the racetrack to the open road, the Steeda Q Series Wide-body never fails to reward and amaze drivers. In a single integrated high performance package, this exceptional creation combines the dynamics and agility of a sports racer with the everyday practicality and comfort of America’s original pony car. A complete package that includes serious performance mods and dynamic styling.

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

Steeda Certified GT500 Widebody

The Steeda Certified GT500 Wide-Body is just one of the many serialized performance vehicle offerings available from Steeda Autosports – the leader in Ford Performance Vehicles.

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All Watt’s Linkages are Not Created Equal

Steeda Autosports has the most technologically advanced and best performing suspension upgrade you can provide for your 2005 through current Mustangs – The Steeda Watt’s Linkage. Designed, engineered, and manufactured under strict ISO 9001-2008 Certified Procedures, it sets the benchmark for Watt’s Linkage suspension systems. When you consider purchasing a Watt’s Linkage, do not be fooled by advertising hype into thinking that all Watt’s Linkage systems are the same – because they are not. As part of our continuing documentaries on Mustang performance parts, we are going to expose the differences between the Steeda and Brand “X” Watt’s Linkages so you, the consumer, can make an intelligent purchase decision.

Steeda's Mustang Watt's Linkage

Background

First – the background on why a Watt’s Linkage is far superior to a Panhard Bar suspension. A Watt’s Linkage is used as the lateral positioning element in a multi-link suspension where the other links do not provide any (or minimal) lateral positioning. It replaces the Panhard Bar that was added when Ford re-designed the suspension with the 2005 model year and made the trailing arms parallel with the length of the chassis. When all of the trailing arms were made parallel, they no longer provided lateral (side-to-side) positioning by themselves (as they did on the Satchell Link design of the Fox/SN95).
What is wrong with a Panhard Bar?

As the axle mount position of a Panhard Bar rises and falls with suspension motion, the axle moves laterally with respect to the chassis due to the arc described by the Panhard Bar’s rotation. This, in effect, binds the suspension; preventing it from moving to where load transfer and geometry would like it to be. Therefore, the lower the amount of movement, the better. A perfectly set up Panhard Bar (that is, horizontal at ride height) with a length of 42.5″ (about what the S197 is) has a lateral motion of about 0.189″ (roughly 3/16″) toward the passenger side for 4″ of travel in both bump and rebound. When the Panhard Bar cannot be set up perfectly, the amount of lateral movement increases in either bump or rebound (depending on which end of the Panhard Bar is lower). Further, since the axle moves toward the passenger side in both bump and rebound, there is a different cornering characteristic when turning left vs. right.

Why is a Watt’s Linkage better?

A Watt’s Linkage nearly eliminates lateral motion in the middle of its operating range. With the lateral and center link lengths that Steeda uses, the lateral motion for 4″ of bump travel is about 0.018″ (roughly 1/64″ or 1/10 of the Panhard bar amount). At 4″ of rebound it is about 0.017″ (again, about 1/64″ or 1/10 of the Panhard bar). At 2″ of bump/rebound travel, the Watt’s Linkage is even more impressive. The Panhard Bar has moved 0.047″ while the Watt’s Linkage has moved less than 0.001″. This reduced amount of lateral motion allows the suspension to react to cornering forces in a more consistent manner. The wheels will be able to track the road more consistently. From a driver’s view, the axle will feel better controlled when encountering a bump or dip during a turn. The rear end will feel more connected and stable to the chassis. Because the lateral movement is near zero, the left vs. right turn dynamics are effectively the same. Another minor point is that since the axle locates consistently between the wheel wells, a slightly larger tire can be used without fear of rubbing the tire.

Mustang Watt's Linkage

Why should I buy a Watt’s Linkage for my Mustang?

This product is for the most discerning street performance enthusiast and also for those tracking their car. The inherent loose axle feeling with the Panhard Bar (due to lateral axle movement) doesn’t always inspire confidence when tossing the car around. The more stable feeling with a Watt’s Linkage should allow a typical driver to control the car closer to the vehicle’s limit.

Now…The Showdown: Steeda vs. Brand “X”

Now, lets compare the differences – this gets a bit technical at times, but in the details are the key substantial differences between the Steeda and the Brand “X” Watt’s Linkages:

1). Axle Mounted versus Chassis Mounted

Simply stated, the Steeda’s Watt’s link is chassis mounted whereas Brand “X”’ is axle mounted. In all Watt’s Linkages, the center pivot is the roll center.Chassis-mounted pivots have a consistent distance from the sprung mass to the roll center because the pivot (roll center) moves up and down with thesprung mass. Axle-mounted center pivots have a roll center height that is fixed at some point above the ground. So, as the body moves up and down,the distance between the sprung mass and the roll center will change. The reason that a consistent distance from sprung mass to roll center isimportant is that the sprung mass acts on the suspension through that distance. So, a consistent distance means consistent suspension loading,which leads to consistent tire loading and better overall vehicle handling.

ADVANTAGE: Steeda

2). Adjustability

The Brand “X” unit has 2 positions for the center pivot height and they are approximately less than 3/4″ apart. The SteedaWatt’s Linkage is continuously
adjustable allowing for an infinite amount of tuning adjustment to match your car’s setup, your driving skills, road/course conditions, and the type of driving you are doing.

ADVANTAGE: Steeda

3). Center Pivot Bushing

Mustang Watt's Linkage

The Brand “X” uses a synthetic elastomer bushing for the centerpivot. The type of busing they use will, over a prolong period, will deteriorate and show signs of wear due to the extreme forces subjected to it, but more importantly, a bushing of this type it is not as consistent in it’s retention characteristics because of it’s inherent physical nature (e.g. inherent flexing). The SteedaWatt’s linkage uses a pair of expensive rolling-element bearings that are pre-lubricated for extra long-life, and a bearing of this type provides for a consistent level of rotational movement – far superior to just a lower-grade and far less expensive synthetic elastomer bushing.

ADVANTAGE: Steeda

4). Lateral Load Transfer

The Brand “X” unit transfers the lateral loads through the Ford differential housing which was never designed by Ford for this purpose. Brand “X” attaches their Watt’s linkage using a purpose built differential cover to the existing mounting points with a gasket between them for sealing. With the gasket between the housing and the cover, and that fact that the attachment bolts cannot be torqued overly tight (usually only 24 – 35 ft. lbs. depending upon model year), the end result is that the differential gasket ends up transferring the load and in time, may be prone to leakage. In the Steeda Watt’s Linkage, the transfer of lateral load forces are accomplished into the chassis through a strategically engineered ultra-strong tubular chromoly structure that was purposely designed and engineered for this purpose. Purpose built, ultra-strong, and designed and engineered under strict ISO 9001-2008 certified standards, this is the best methodology one could engineer for the Mustang – bar none!

ADVANTAGE: Steeda

5). Vertical Path

A Watt’s link is said, generally, to provide a vertical path for the roll center rather than the C-shaped path of a Panhard bar. This is more-or-less true when, at nominal ride height, the center link is perfectly vertical and the linkage arms are perfectly horizontal. From this position,the roll center path is very, very close to straight-line vertical for some amount of axle travel up and down. In reality, when the entire travel rangeof a Watt’s link is plotted, the path that the center pivot takes is actually S-shaped. The length of the center pivot “propeller” and the linkage arms determines how much of the total travel will be vertical. A shorter “propeller” and/or shorter arms cause less vertical travel before the path starts looking S-shaped. The Brand “X” unit has fairly short centerpivot “propeller” which results in fairly short vertical travel capabilities. Whereas the Steeda Watt’s linkage has a much longer pivot propeller which inherently provides for the capability of longer vertical travel while still offering vertical roll center location.

ADVANTAGE: Steeda

Why is Steeda’s Watt’s Linkage better than others?

Mustang Watt's Linkage

We started with a “blank sheet”….doing extensive product evaluations and engineering simulations to form a basis for the current suspension dynamics on the Mustang. Then we combined our ISO Certified design process, engineering procedures, and computer animations along with real-world performance track driving sessions with the 2005-present Mustang to re-invent the best Watt’s Linkage upgrade possible for your vehicle. The Steeda Watt’s Linkage suspension upgrade, the BEST performing suspension upgrade for 2005-current Mustangs – PERIOD.

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Not All Control Arms Are Created Equal

The problem most consumers face when purchasing suspension upgrade components for their vehicle is often whether or not they are purchasing the right product and will it live up to their performance expectations. Oftentimes, faced with cost and brand considerations, consumers may inadvertently purchase a product from a source that they think is a quality supplier/manufacturer, only to find out that the part they purchased for their American pony car lacked proper engineering and performance/safety validation, was built with substandard materials and with inferior quality processes. As a result, the “deal” they thought they had ends up being a disaster. In the ensuing paragraphs and pictures, we are going to expose a HUGE quality difference that you must consider when purchasing ANY performance part for your vehicle. Like the proverb says: “Let the Buyer Beware”…

Steeda Versus Brand X

Steeda Versus Brand X - Click to Supersize Image

To the average person there is probably little perceivable difference in the various suspension components that are available for a Mustang today. From an casual observation perspective, they share common mounting points – but there are an untold multitude of differences that are related to their inherent design, engineering, and materials used in fabrication that result in substantial handling, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), performances gains, and durability… Differences that you need to be aware of so as to maximize performance and ensure safe operation of your vehicle.

On The Right, Brand X's Super Thin Material is Failing Under Normal Use

On The Right, Brand X's Super Thin Material is Failing Under Normal Use

The photo above compares the two different upper control arms for a 2005 – 2014 Ford Mustang. The upper control arm is a critical part of a Mustang’s rear suspension – properly selected and installed it reduces wheel hop and improves traction under hard acceleration. The picture with the red bushing is our regular production upper control arm (#555-4112) with our upper chassis link (#555-4027) and the part with the yellow bushing is a typical competitive part from Brand X. To the casual observer, they look somewhat similar – but there are HUGE differences in how they are engineered, constructed and how they will hold up under demanding street and track use. For one, the Steeda part is fully adjustable, allowing you to dial in the appropriate pinion angle without removing the arm from the vehicle.

Welding

Note that the material on the Steeda part is painstakingly TIG welded in the optimum locations with the exact level of weld penetration and heat application for fusing the parts together – this ensures an exceptionally strong finished component structure. Additionally, the Steeda part is stitch-welded to ensure that no warping occurs during fabrication. Sure this takes more time and cost more to construct, but the end result is a solid finished product that is structurally sound and still true to engineering specifications.

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Superior TIG Steeda Welds

Note that the welds on the Brand X product have indication of less than ideal weld penetration with weld material sitting on top of the material, rather than being integrated and fusing the material together – this results in inferior strength and structural durability of the completed product as the weld lacked the heat to properly bond the parts together for maximum strength. Furthermore, the weld appearance is indicative of a quickened welding process where cost is the prime consideration verses strength. Remember, with any weld, it is the degree of weld penetration and fusion of metal that occurs that matters most – verses – the amount of weld material sitting on top of the parts being joined.

Inferior Welding

Inferior MIG Brand X Welding

Material Strength

The Brand X product lacks the heavy-duty construction of the Steeda part, with material in some key areas less than 50% of the thickness of the same area on the Steeda part. In the photos below, the Steeda bracket has a dimensional thickness of 6.39mm and the Brand X dimension is a meager 3.21mm – with the tremendous forces this part is subjected to, it is only a matter of time before the part will flex, bend, and ultimately have a catastrophic failure when the vehicle launches exceptionally hard or is subjected to the tremendous forces of track and aggressive street driving.

Brand X Uses Inferior, Thin Materials

Steeda's Materials are TWICE as Thick as Brand X

Bushings

From a busing perspective, the Brand X products synthetic bushing employs a pinhole voiding feature and lacks a thrust washer to properly retain the bushing within the structural housing. The construction technique results in reduced structural durability and integrity in the long-term and is prone to excessive NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) characteristics as it wears because it lacks overall structural durability and integrity.

Brand X Lacks Trust Washing, Inducing Unwanted Lateral Movement

Brand X Lacks Thrust Washers, Inducing Unwanted Lateral Movement

The Steeda bushings we use in our upper control arm are a special proprietary three-piece design (see image below) we engineered and competition tested to enhance performance and reduce NVH over other inferior competitive designs. We strategically integrate a thrust washer to secure the bushing, further increasing structural integrity and providing reduced slop. Designed for demanding use on both the street and track, our part has been extensively tested on our race cars under the most severe conditions possible – all without failure and compromise!

Steeda's Thrust Washing, Eliminate Unwanted Lateral Movement

Steeda's Thrust Washers, Eliminate Unwanted Lateral Movement

As an additional example of the vast hidden differences in control arms today, look at the cut-away photo below in which we expose the differences in a typical non-adjustable upper rear control arm for the 1979 – 2004 Mustang in the market today. The non-Steeda control arm in this picture was installed on a street Mustang and after installation, it quickly deteriorated to the point where there was a serious “slop” in the rear suspension as the bushing in the control arm suffered wear under the stress it is subjected to. Suffice to say, with this component part, the vehicles handling capabilities and the NVH characteristics diminished ever further as the bushing prematurely failed due to its design and construction.

In the picture below, you can see how we cutaway the upper control arms 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.

Steeda's Three Piece Bushing (left) Eliminates Bind Unlike Other Brands, Which are Known to Fail

Steeda's Three Piece Bushing (left) Eliminates Bind Unlike Other Brands, Which are Known to Fail

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 extreme 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 NVH and provide the flexibility required for suspension movement, and the center bushing (black in color) has a much higher durometer rating so that it provides the tight travel and control a reduction in lateral movement that is desired for maximum control and traction.

In addition to the obvious differences in bushings, we purposely constructed this Steeda upper control arm out of 6061 aerospace grade aluminum alloy – an alloy that affords tremendous strength and one that also dramatically reduces the un-sprung weight of the suspension. 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 suspension components are created alike – there are major differences in engineering, manufacturing, and material quality. So – when you set out to enhance the performance of your vehicle, remember “The Steeda Difference”.

Designed, Engineered, and manufactured under strict ISO 9001-2008 Standards and competition tested under the most grueling race conditions on the planet, the Steeda name is your GUARANTEE of quality. Made in the USA and with a lifetime guarantee – you simply cannot buy any better performance part.

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You Ask, We Listen. Steeda’s New No-Compromise Rear X-Brace

Vehicle engineers around the world all know that chassis torsional rigidity is a critical factor in ensuring the optimum cornering ability of your car and how much you can accelerate into, through, and out of a turn. A stiffened chassis has a direct affect on how well your vehicle will handle when it is driven aggressively on the road, track, or at the dragstrip. The reason for this is because if your chassis is a “big wet noodle”, all the suspension tuning and roll stiffness adjustment in the world won’t function properly because your car is flexing so much. Now – Steeda Autosports is proud to announce that we have a newly engineered and hugely impactful rear X-Brace that dramatically stiffens the rear chassis area AND it allows for full retention of your rear seat!

Steeda Mustang Rear X-Brace

Contrary to common belief, there is no such thing as a chassis that doesn’t flex. When put under a load under aggressive driving on the street or the track, every vehicle chassis has a variable amount of flex – and this flexibility if left unchecked, can have a hugely detrimental effect on your ride quality, handling abilities, and your overall vehicle performance.

In essence, chassis stiffness is what separates a great car to drive from one that is merely just an OK. Lets dig into the some of the specifics about chassis stiffening and also the facts and features of the new Steeda X-Brace for the ’05 – ’14 Ford Mustang.

Steeda Mustang X-Brace Installed

Steeda Mustang X-Brace

The chassis of a car is the most important structural part of your vehicle. The more rigid it is, the better chance that all of the wheels will point in the desired direction. This is a good thing for control, safety, comfort, and maximum performance. If the vehicle’s body/frame flexes too much, the wheels (and therefore the vehicle itself), will move in directions other than the one in which the driver is intending it to go in. This movement doesn’t have to be large to be noticeable or have a negative effect on overall vehicle performance. The need for constant steering corrections while driving may be due to frame flex (among many other possible causes). This can be tiring at best, and can make a car’s cornering abilities far less than optimum – another very negative performance factor. In the past, when automobile frames were less rigid than today, sports cars often had very stiff suspensions. This reduced unwanted wheel movement –but– it also reduced comfort, and, seemingly paradoxically, sometimes reduced handling abilities as well. Remember, your vehicle’s tires must be in constant contact with the ground in order to transmit acceleration, braking, or cornering forces. A suspension that is too stiff will have wheels rebounding into the air, adversely affecting road grip, handling, and performance. The speed gurus at Steeda Autosports set out to tackle this issue and with the mission to design a solution that improved chassis rigidity and also did not impact the rear seat area of a Mustang. The solution: The all-new Steeda X-Brace made for the 2005 – 2014 Ford Mustang.

Steeda Mustang X-Brace

Strategically designed, engineered, and manufactured under our strict ISO 9001:2008 Certified Standards, this chassis enhancement is designed to be mounted to the rear shock towers and offers a dramatic improvement over current competitive designs which only attach to the sheet metal behind the rear seat. The design of the Steeda X-Brace is such that the loads between the rear shocks, springs and the chassis are part of a more unified and substantial vehicle structure – not just the sheet metal of the car. Since it is mounted to the shock towers, the reaction time it has on correcting the loads at the rear of the car are dramatically reduced.

The Steeda X-Brace brace installs in the chassis area between the rear wheel wells behind the rear seat – effectively coupling this part of the rear structure together for increased chassis rigidity. Manufactured in the USA in our Valdosta Georgia facility, this X-Brace is designed for the street, track, and dragstrip.

Some Features & Benefits

  • 4130 Chrome Moly tubular steel for “HARDCORE” structural area support
  • Structural steel mounting brackets
  • A beautiful baked powder coated finish
  • Easy bolt-in or welded-in installation
  • Provides the retention of full functionality of the rear seat

Steeda’s Mustang rear x-brace is available from Steeda and in-stock. Click Here to order your own x-brace.

Remember – When it comes to enhancing the performance of your Ford vehicle, you can rely on Steeda Autosports to provide the highest quality performance parts that are designed, engineered, and manufactured here in in the USA. Our mission is to constantly push the boundaries of performance and offer our customers the performance parts they want and need – all at the highest level of quality and value for you hard earned dollar.

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Steeda Leading The Way in Focus ST Tuning

Ford has hit a home run when they brought the 2013 Focus ST with the 2.0L EcoBoost to market as it provides enthusiasts looking for increased performance and handling in a compact package the added bonus of great fuel economy. With this platform we saw the outstanding potential to take it to the next level of overall engine performance. After months of dedicated research and development, Steeda Autosports is proud to formally announce our Steeda Certified Custom Tune services for the 2.0L EcoBoost powered Focus ST.

Focus ST Custom Tuning

With the stock calibration from Ford Motor Company, we found there is a substantial amount of torque and throttle limiting pre-programmedinto the stock calibration. . In certain instances, we found that programming the PCM to open the throttle all the way could actually hurt power in the low end and midrange. So while we can make the system give us full throttle sooner, we purposely have delayed it ever so slightly – which results in higher power loads and torque production in the low end and mid-range of the power band.

With our Steeda Certified Tune Programs we provide additional horsepower and torque while providing the utmost in engine safety and reliability. Steeda Certified Custom tunes are available for 87, 91, 92, and 93 octane fuel versions.. The dyno gains shown in our graph is our tune for 92 octane or higher fuel, note that gains will be less with lower octanes tunes. As the graph below shows we achieved horsepower and torque gains throughout the entire powerband.

Focus ST Dyno Graph

Focus ST Dyno Graph - Click Image to Enlarge

Breaking down the actual peak numbers, the torque peak numbers are the result of spikes from the initial hit, so we will break down the numbers to properly illustrate the gains achieved.

Focus ST Dyno Graph Showing Torque Curve

Focus ST Dyno Graph Showing Torque Curve - Click Image to Enlarge

Looking at the peak torque shown of 318, that is a false peak due to a spike from the initial boost hit. Reading the highlighted point in the run at 3100rpm, a point where measurements have now stabilized and you are getting true readings, you can see we’ve gained over 52 ft/lbs of torque and carry large torque gains through another 1,800rpm, torque stays above stock the entire run all the way through 7,000 rpm.

Focus ST Dyno Graph at Higher RPM

Focus ST Dyno Graph at Higher RPM - Click Image to Enlarge

With no spikes to worry about for horsepower readings here we have clean, easy to understand numbers. Peak-to-peak gains were just shy of 15 horsepower, but point-to-point gains are much higher. At 5,100 we see an 18+ horsepower gain, at the highlighted point at 5,700, we see over 27 horsepower. At other points lower in the powerband we have gains of over 25 horsepower. In fact the average gain between 4,000 and 6,000 is well over 20 horsepower. Gains you will feel and enjoy everytime you mash the gas pedal.

Ready to take your Focus ST to the next level? Steeda Certified Custom Tunes will take you there reliably and safely.

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Available Soon: The 2013 Steeda Fusion Sport

Athletic, Elegant, and Dramatic

Inspired by the elegant, sophisticated styling of classic European sedans, this 2013 Steeda Fusion Sport “Euro Series” is a perfect amalgamation of style and performance. Conceived for the enthusiast who wants an American four-door alternative to European performance sedans, this performance bred product combines a turbocharged, direct injected 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 with a collection of strategic Steeda performance and handling upgrades – the result: is nothing short of dramatic….both visually and physically.

Steeda 2013 Ford Fusion

We started with the very capable 2013 Ford Fusion sedan and incorporated Steeda proprietary modifications and precision tuning that turned it into a true high performance sedan. Then we added an aggressive look that is certain to turn heads even when standing still. This domestic road warrior is ready to challenge the imports with the kind of increased power, assertive handling, and taut suspension that serious drivers have come to expect from a Steeda Autosports creation.

With a bevy of performance modifications, this race-bred sedan includes our proprietary Steeda Cold Air Intake and velocity stack injection that allows the EcoBoost engine to breath much more freely than it’s stock intake system. The addition of a performance exhaust system adds an incremental performance boost and also provides an authoritative exhaust note that lets everyone know this Fusion is indeed something special.

In the chassis and suspension department, our mission was to seriously transform the Fusion into a street/track sedan that would make owners of competing Euro sedans jealous with envy. Our Design and Engineering teams crafted a total package of various suspension enhancements that ensure a smooth, responsive ride with exceptional handling and driving dynamics that put fun into every mile you drive. With specially tuned front and rear lowering springs and anti-roll bars tuned for maximum performance and minimal roll, enhanced cornering and track performance along with that “just right” appearance is yours to enjoy.

Additionally, a new European-inspired all-new body kit accentuates the elegant, new silhouette of the 2013 Ford Fusion, visually lowering and transforming it into a striking sedan that would be a head turner on the Autobahn or on any road.

Athletic, elegant, and dramatic are the words that best describe the all new 2013 Steeda Fusion Sport. For more information visit www.steeda.com/vehicles or call 954-629-1233 for information on the Steeda Certified Dealer in your area where you can get your own new Steeda Fusion Sport.

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Introducing: The 2013 Steeda Focus ST

Exhilarating, Responsive, and Refined

Combine Ford Motor Company’s EcoBoost power and the exhilarating performance modifications that Steeda Autosport has been famous for over two decades, the result is the 2013 Steeda Focus ST – a European-inspired performance sedan that provides a smooth responsive ride with exceptional handling characteristics thanks to the Steeda enhanced turbocharged power and the advanced Steeda G/Trac handling/suspension components.

Steeda Autosport relentlessly pushes the boundaries when it comes to performance and our work on the 2013 Focus ST was no exception. Our Engineering Team refused to accept status quo when they took a “clean-sheet” approach in developing the level of enhanced performance that our customers have come to expect from us. All of this turbocharged performance sedan engineering enhancements were developed under our strict ISO 9001-2008 Certified Processes – with the intention to provide a more refined level of handling and responsiveness that can do ample duty on the street or the track.

Debuted to the media in the Ford Motor Company corporate display at the 2012 SEMA Show, the Steeda Focus ST delivers an exhilarating experience that will satisfy even the most demanding performance junkies. On the street or on the track this unique package has the increased performance, improved handling, aggressive looks and competitive feel to make a true automotive enthusiast want to climb behind the wheel and stay there. Available powertrain modifications include a Steeda Cold Air Intake, Steeda Cat-back Exhaust, Steeda Performance Tune, and underhood cosmetics that make this Steeda Focus look, sound and go like a racer. The beefed-up Steeda G-Trac suspension with available NITTO performance tires rounds out the performance upgrades to help you grab the road and carve the corners like no other Focus ST on the road today.

Custom Steeda body graphics let everyone else on the road know that this high-performance hatchback means business. Inside, the Steeda custom leather seats make it feel as good as it looks.

An addictive drive? Try it yourself and see….visit www.steeda.com/vehicles for more information or call 954-629-1233 for information on the Steeda Certified Dealer in your area where you can get your own Steeda Certified Focus ST.

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Introducing: Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca

Power and Performance Redefined

Steeda Autosports has a long tradition of building beautiful, fast, and superior handling automobiles. When Ford Motor Company debuted the 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca and proclaimed that their road racing legend has returned – we naturally rose to the challenge and wanted to improve upon its already great handling and performance characteristics. At the 2012 SEMA Show in the Nitto Tire display we showcased the latest in our comprehensive line of Steeda serialized vehicles – the Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca which set yet another benchmark for all-around street and track performance.

Essentially took the best handling vehicle that Ford Motor Company makes today, tested it at the track, and then rolled it into our speed shop for a “Steeda makeover” and then went back to the track to fully test our modifications and upgrades. Suffice to say – we made the Boss 302 Laguna Seca performance substantially better, without sacrificing it’s ride qualities or NVH. All of the improvements we made contributed to enhancing it’s driving/handling dynamics are all tied to the various advanced suspension technologies that we currently offer – technologies that are all track tested under grueling the most race conditions so that they are guaranteed to perform exactly as designed without failure. All of these suspension components are available today for a wide variety of Mustangs.

Modifications that were part of the Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca included

  • Steeda Watts Linkage Kit
  • Steeda Adjustable Coil Over Suspension System
  • Steeda/Tokico D-Spec Shocks and Struts
  • Steeda Adjustable Upper 3rd Link
  • Steeda Billet Lower Trailing Arms
  • Steeda Lower Trailing Arm Relocation Brackets
  • Steeda X11 Ball Joints
  • Steeda Bumpsteer Kit
  • Steeda Adjustable Rear Swaybar
  • Steeda Competition Front Swaybar
  • Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter
  • Steeda Rear Shifter Bracket Bushing
  • Steeda “5.0” Billet Oil Separator
  • Steeda Pro-Flow Boss 302 Cold Air Intake Kit
  • Steeda Custom Boss 302 Powertrain Calibration
  • Steeda Axle Back Exhaust System
  • Steeda High Output Ignition Coils
  • Steeda Rear 13” Slotted Brake upgrade kit
  • HRE P44SC Monoblok 20×9.5 front and 20×11 billet aluminum wheels
  • Nitto NT05 Performance Tires (275/35ZR20 front, 315/35ZR20 rear)

Steeda Autosport manufactures a complete line of Steeda Certified vehicles – including Mustang V6, Mustang GT, Boss 302, and GT500 models – each of which provide enhance driving dynamics and performance. For more information visit www.steeda.com/vehicles or call 954-629-1233 for information on the Steeda Certified Dealer in your area where you can get your own Steeda Certified vehicle.

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The Truth About Camber Caster Plates and Strut Mounts

Suspension geometry is an extremely complicated science – one that drivers can appreciate when it is “dialed-in” properly, but few really understand the technical science behind it.  Even many race teams often guess about suspension set-ups and rely in a trial and error method to obtain optimum performance for their vehicles.   Rest assured that the suspension experts at Steeda Autosports , who have been engineering and designing suspension system enhancements since 1988 for the Mustang, have a few tricks up our sleeve on how to achieve optimum Mustang performance.

One easy way to “dial-in” increased handling of your Mustang is to install a set of Mustang Camber Caster Plates or Mustang Strut Mounts and adjust your Mustang suspension so that you have more precise control of your suspensions behavior – but beware – not all Mustang Camber Caster Plates / Mustang Strut Mounts perform like they should and there are considerable differences in their engineering, component quality, and most important, their safety.

Mustang Caster Chamber Plates

Fundamentally, the idea of the Mustang Camber Caster Plates / Mustang Upper Strut Mounts is to provide increased camber and caster adjustments so that a more aggressive wheel alignment can be “dialed-in” so as to enhance a vehicles cornering or rolling ability.   The principal notion is to maintain as much tire contact as possible during aggressive street driving or whenever you are on the track and to minimize tire rolling resistance when you are at the drag strip. Following is a summary of camber and caster and how it can make a sizable difference in your cars performance:

Camber angle is the angle made by the wheels of a vehicle.  Specifically, it is the angle between the vertical axis of the wheels used for steering and the vertical axis of the vehicle when viewed from the front or the rear. If the top of the wheel is farther out than the bottom of the wheel (e.g. away from the axle), it is called positive camber; if the bottom of the wheel is farther out than the top, it is called negative camber.

Camber Diagram

Camber Diagram

The camber angle plays a key role in altering the handling capabilities of a vehicles suspension for both road racers and drag racers:

  • For Mustang road racers, negative camber improves grip when cornering. This is because it places the tire at a better angle to the road, transmitting the forces through the vertical plane of the tire rather than through a shear force across it and maintaining a proper contact patch.
  • For drag racers that want optimum straight-line acceleration, the greatest traction will be attained when the camber angle is zero and the tread is flat on the road.

Proper management of camber angle is a major factor in suspension design, and must incorporate not only idealized geometric models, but also real-life behavior of the components; flex, distortion, elasticity, etc. What was once guesswork has now become much more scientific with the use of computers, which can optimize all of the variables mathematically instead of relying on the designer’s intuitive feel and experience. As a result, the handling of cars has vastly improved over the years with dramatic results.

In cars like the Mustang that utilize a McPherson Strut front suspension, camber angle is fixed at a set degree.  The elimination of an available camber adjustment may reduce maintenance requirements, but if the car is lowered by use of  Mustang lowering springs, the camber angle will change. Excessive camber angle can lead to increased tire wear and impaired handling – a problem with may cars where their owners mix and match various components from differing suppliers in their quest to improve their suspension.

Caster angle is the angular displacement from the vertical axis of the suspension of a steered wheel measured in the longitudinal direction. It is the angle between the pivot line (the imaginary line that runs through the center of the upper ball joint to the center of the lower ball joint) and vertical. Road racers sometimes adjust their car’s caster angle to optimize their car’s handling characteristics in particular driving situations.  When a vehicle’s front suspension is aligned, caster is adjusted to achieve the self-centering action of steering, which affects the vehicle’s straight-line stability. Improper caster settings will cause the driver to move the steering wheel both into and out of each turn, making it more difficult to maintain a straight line.

Excessive caster angle will make the steering heavier and less responsive, although, in racing, large caster angles are used to improve camber gain in cornering.

Caster Diagram

Caster Diagram

If all of this sounds very confusing, worry not – because at Steeda Autosports – we take the guesswork out of dialing in your suspension and offer many great components  and alignment specifications that are specifically tuned to work together to maximize your performance.  Remember, we are not newcomers in this arena, as we have been working on improving Mustang suspensions continuously since 1988 – longer than any other Mustang performance company in history and we manufacture a comprehensive line of Camber Caster Plates and/or Upper Strut Mounts for your application.

Following are just some of the key qualities/features that we engineer and manufacture into our Mustang Camber Caster Plates that we sell:

  • We are confident with the engineering and quality of our Camber Caster Plates that we offer a free Lifetime warranty is free with ALL of our caster camber plates
  • We use a Teflon-lined spherical bearing that is entirely custom designed for our applications.  It is not an “off the shelf part” readily available – rather we took the time to have a special unique part that also provides the level of optimum performance and durability we demanded for street and track applications.
  • A special 8,000lb rated stainless steel Spirolock snap ring is used to secure the bearing into the housing – this ensure that the bearing stays where it is suppose to and not fail.
  • Our 4 bolt plates also use 7075 grade aluminum – This much higher cost aluminum alloy is strong, with a strength comparable to many high grade steels, and provides very good fatigue strength and less resistance to corrosion than many other aluminum alloys.
  • Our plates allow for independent adjustment of caster and camber for better alignment  (caster is not adjustable from the factory setting) and are a direct bolt-in application – No modifications required

In summary, the Benefits for using these plates/mounts include:

  • Dial in more negative camber for better cornering
  • Straighter tracking and better high speed stability
  • Better steering response, quicker turn in
  • Holds precise alignment in ALL driving conditions
  • Less friction than stock bushings
  • Offset bushings allow custom adjustment of strut height
  • Increase suspension travel on lowered vehicles
  • No interference with hoods or strut tower braces – a common problem with some other brands

Many people will ask us if there indeed are differences in Camber Caster Plates or Upper Strut Mounts.  Suffice to say – indeed there are.  While others may use inferior materials or assemble their parts in foreign countries or under less than ideal manufacturing conditions, at Steeda Autosports, we use only the finest materials in the construction of our parts, and we do that under strict ISO 9001-2008 Certified Standards.  Just ask around how many others do the same – and you will find out that there are no other aftermarket company that go to the extremes that we do to build quality parts here in America under strict ISO Standards.  Nobody else!

Why do we go to such extremes?  Here is an example of a very popular Camber Caster Plate from manufacturer “ABC” that a customer purchased and installed on his car. We became aware of this when recently at our Pompano Beach facility, a Mustang was towed in that had suffered a complete failure of a Camber Caster Plate with devastating results.   In this specific example, the Camber Caster Plate bearing retainer failed, causing the strut to literally punch it’s way thru the retainer and separate – you can only imagine the damage that occurred to the vehicle and the shock the driver had when it failed.  Thankfully, the driver was able to somehow maintain partial control his car and bring the car to a safe stop – nevertheless, the results could have been even more catastrophic.

Hopefully, you now have a slightly better understanding of Mustang Camber Caster Plates and Mustang Upper Strut Mounts and how that can dramatically improve the handling and performance of your Mustang.  To assist in in optimizing your vehicles performance, feel free to check out www.steeda.com or call us at 954-960-0774 and talk to one of our Performance Experts and see what we can do to improve your vehicle’s suspension system today!

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Steeda Loves Fox Body Mustangs

At Steeda Autosports we offer performance parts and accessories for all Mustangs produced starting with the 1979 “Fox Body Mustang” – thru the current model year car platforms (S197) and are poised to support future Mustang generations as they evolve. While considerable attention has been paid to the more current Mustang versions by many other companies, at Steeda Autosports we are steadfast in remaining faithful in supporting all Fox Body Mustangs (1979-1993 model years) by continuing to engineer, develop, manufacture, and sell updated performance parts that enthusiasts demand.

Steeda '93 Cobra Fox Body Mustang

Today, the Fox Body Mustang represents outstanding values and perfect cars to restore, modify, and just have fun with. And for those individuals that are interested in enhancing their vehicles performance – we have a wide array of parts available for every need.

In addition to performance parts and accessories we create, we also actively supply upgraded maintenance parts that provide a greater value for your hard earned dollar. From Mustang brake pads, to Mustang radiators, to Mustang transmissions – we have all of the Mustang parts that you need to restore the performance and drivability of your cherished ride to the level you desire. Just visit www.steeda.com or call us at 954-960-0774 and talk to one of our Performance Experts and see what we can do to improve your ride today!

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