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Your New Car Warranty is SAFE with Steeda Parts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Maximize Your 5.0L Mustangs Intake System

Steeda Autosports, the World’s largest aftermarket manufacturer of Ford performance equipment, is  leading the performance market with our Cold Air Intake (CAI) specially made for the  2011 & newer 5.0L Mustang. This high performance CAI effectively opens up the intake system of Ford’s  five-liter power plant and allows it to breath much more freely than the stock intake system allows – taking your 2011 & newer 5.0L Mustang to the next level of performance.

Mustang Cold Air Intake

The 2011 & newer 5.0L Mustang’s intake system from Ford is an excellent piece, one of the best ever to come out of Dearborn. But as usual, the engineers at Steeda were up to the challenge of making it even better for the performance customer that demands more power.  Our engineers started with a large surface area high-flow nano-fiber air filter, added our famous “race-tested” velocity stack intake and then designed a stainless steel heat shield with durable rubber gasket to seal the shield against the vehicle’s hood. Next we increased the MAF housing size to 95mm and coupled it to a new higher flowing Pro-Flow inlet hose with our Cool-Tube Technology. You would think this is more than enough, but we went the extra mile and designed this intake system to accept the factory sound tube should you decide you want to keep it for that robust intake sound many appreciate. Last but not least we engineered our CAI to accept the stock factory lower cold air scoop so that the coolest and densest air charge possible would flow into the intake (something other competitors on the market often chose to neglect).

Mustang 5.0L Cold Air Intake

This Cold Air Intake is so effective at improving airflow into the five-liter engine that a performance tune is not just recommended, it is required for maximum performance! In an effort to maximize performance and provide our customers with only the very best products, we have partnered with the leader in automotive tuning – SCT Automotive Performance Products. We worked closely with SCT’s President, Chris Johnson and developed a specialized tune for the new 5.0L powertrain with our cold air intake. As you can imagine, Chris knows a few things about tuning, and with the robust features of their state-of-the-art X3 Flash Programmer, this custom tune combined with our Cold Air Intake, the power increase is dramatic – peak to peak increase was over 38 horsepower, with point to point gains of as much as 44 horsepower. Peak to peak torque increase was 36 ft/lbs of torque, with point to point increases of over 40 ft/lbs.  Another key point to consider is that the actual power increase is spread throughout the entire rpm range so your increased performance is available on demand in the instant you need it most!

5.0L Mustang Dyno Sheet

Why did we strategically aligned ourselves with SCT Automotive Performance Products and utilize their X3 Flash Programmer? The answer is simple, SCT has the best flash tools in the business today as they employ the latest flash technology. With features like the ability to store up to 10 custom tunes, and an abundant amount of end user adjustable features including datalogging. There is simply no better performance tune or device available today for the Mustang than the SCT lineup!

Following is an article we published in the past that is best described as “The Truth About Cold Air Intakes” – an authoritative summary about how they work, what to look for and what differentiates Steeda’s CAIs from all of the rest. Take the time and read it and you too will appreciate what the Steeda difference is all about!

The Truth About Cold Air Intake

The theory behind performance Cold Air Intakes is to let your engine breathe better by allowing for a less restrictive flow of cooler air into your engine – thereby improving your engine’s overall performance level. But what most people do not realize is that while fundamentality most Cold Air Intakes may all look somewhat alike, in practicality there are HUGE DIFFERENCES in their actual on-car performance capabilities at different engine speeds. Rest assured that all Steeda Cold Air Intakes are extensively engineered with the latest computer simulation systems, and then exhaustively tested in real world high performance conditions on the dyno, street, racetrack, and dragstrip to be the best you can buy for your Ford performance vehicle.

The engineering team at Steeda has taken the guesswork and “black magic” out of the various systems that are available today. As a validation of our superiority, our Cold Air Intakes were tested by Ford Motor Company and were found to be far superior to any other Cold Air Intake available in the marketplace – so much so that they were chosen by Ford Racing to be standard equipment on the Shelby GT and GT-H program. No other Ford performance company can make this claim!

The Steeda Difference

Factors you should consider before you buy a Cold Air Intake system include:

Air Filter

Your engine, in simplest terms, is an air pump fueled by gasoline. Increased airflow, therefore, means increased performance. The first opportunity to increase airflow is with a low restriction air filter that allows for the free flow of air while protecting your engine from harmful contaminants. At Steeda, our special air filter element walks the fine line between performance and protection to consistently deliver the increased volume of air your performance engine needs under all power conditions – from idle to full power, and yet maintains full protection, ensuring that only a clean air charge enters your engine. The Steeda Lifetime Filter can easily be cleaned and re-oiled, making maintenance a snap even for the novice.

Turbulence

This is perhaps one of the MAJOR differences in Cold Air Intakes as it is most often overlooked by other manufacturers – it is what separates Steeda from all other systems you can buy. Any bend, restriction, rough surface, or change in the inlet tube diameter will create a change in flow turbulence. Excessive turbulence hurts flow velocity which, in turn, makes it more difficult to pack air into the cylinder. Also, turbulence in front of the MAF sensor can cause erratic airflow signals to be sent to your engine’s electronic control module – resulting in an incorrect air/fuel mixture being delivered into your engine. At Steeda, we minimize turbulence with the design of our billet aluminum MAF tube, velocity stack, and intake elbow to ensure that the airflow into your engine is as smooth as possible. Even the air filter has a converging spike to reduce turbulence. We go to these extremes because you deserve the best!

Velocity Stack Air Flow

Air Box & Intake Tube

We designed our heat shield to accept the factory inlet snorkel. This captures the coolest intake charge possible so that you get the maximum amount of power. Other designs use simple walls that do little to block engine heat with some not even utilizing the factory snorkel.

Once that cool air makes it through the MAF tube and past the sensor, it continues on to the throttle body by way of a custom-molded silicone intake tube with large diameter bends rather than sharp turns. The smooth interior and gradual bends featured on this tube contribute to minimizing turbulence in the air intake system. These are the kinds of details that improve performance and set Steeda apart from the rest.

Calibration

Our Cold Air Intakes for 2005-2011 Mustang are so effective at unlocking the hidden power potential of your engine, that you are required to have the calibration of your engine modified so that you are assured to have the proper air/fuel mixture.

What should you do now?

Call us at 954-960-0774 and talk to one of our Steeda Sales Professionals. Our staff of highly trained and well qualified professionals can talk to you about your specific application and needs and can spec out a Cold Air Intake and a performance tune that will exceed your expectations and deliver to you the most for your hard earned performance dollar.

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2011 Steeda Sport Edition – Dare to be Different!

The 2011 Steeda Sport Edition 5.0L Mustang provides a distinctly different level of performance and at a price value that makes it an unbeatable deal in the performance vehicle market today. Priced at under $40,000, this performance machine takes a donor 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L and transforms it into a significantly improved handling stallion that provides improved driving dynamics and overall vehicle performance.Intended to be the entry level Steeda 5.0L Mustang, this Sport Performance Package provides the base key Steeda DNA elements with a dramatically improved power package that when combined together make it a true Steeda Mustang.

Special equipment on this entry level Steeda 5.0L Mustang includes the following performance parts:

  • Steeda Sport Springs – for improved ride and handling
  • Steeda Aerodynamic Hood – provides increased engine cooling
  • Steeda Rear Aerodynamic Wing – increases rear downforce
  • Steeda Sidewinder graphics – for that unique Steeda visual image
  • Steeda Spyder Wheels 20×9.5 – lighter, stronger and more aggressive
  • Nitto NT05 275/35/20 Performance Tires – for ultimate street/track grip

In addition, after retail delivery occurs, the retail customer will receive our unique Steeda Cold Air Intake and a SCT Xcal3 tuner loaded with our performance tune that will additionally increase the 5.0L output to 450 hp.

With dramatically increased power and dramatically improved handling and overall vehicle driving dynamics, the Steeda Sport edition builds on the 22 year heritage that Steeda Autosports has done upgrading the performance of America’s original pony car – the Ford Mustang. Call the Steeda Autosports hotline on 954-960-0774 and talk to one of our highly experienced Performance Sales Associates for additional information on how you can make your 2011 5.0L Mustang into a Steeda Sport today!

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Steeda Balljoints – What Your Lowered Stang Needs

Suspension geometry is a very complicated subject, one that very few people in the automotive industry really fully understand. What most people do not realize is that whenever you alter the ride height of your vehicle, as you do when installing lowering springs, you dramatically alter your suspension geometry. We are not talking about wheel alignments here – rather we are talking about steering geometry changes that have a discernable impact on your overall vehicle’s performance. At Steeda Autosports, we take our suspension designs very seriously as it is one of the key components required for optimum performance on the street and the track.

That is why we offer our exclusive Steeda X2 and X5 Balljoint kits for 1994-2009 Mustangs that provide an easy fix to correct the problem that every lowered Mustang will experience. Our X2 / X5 Balljoints improve your vehicle’s suspension geometry on by raising the spindle relative to the balljoint pivot-point. This in turn raises the vehicle’s roll center back into the correct range for optimum handling, resulting in reduced body roll, quicker steering response and improved front tire grip – all key components for maximum vehicle performance.

The Technical Talk

When a Mustang is lowered, the front roll center changes due to the new position of the suspension pivot points. Lower the car too much and the front roll center drops to well below ground level, and worse than that, the roll center moves side to side as the body rolls, resulting in lost grip and erratic handling. Additionally, the lower roll center causes the body to roll more easily. Countering this tendency usually requires a significant increase in front spring rates to simply control the added roll due to the lowered the roll center. This higher spring rate not only hurts ride quality, but it also reduces grip on rough surfaces, as the stiffer springs cause the tire to skip over bumps instead of following the contours of the road. The X2 /X5 balljoints we designed eliminate these problems by correcting the front roll center geometry perfectly!

Specifically, the X2 balljoint has a longer shaft, to raise the spindle relative to the balljoint pivot point. Spacers for the springs are included in the X2 kit to maintain the same ride height as a stock balljoint, but with a much improved roll center height. With the roll center restored to proper height, smaller front swaybars and softer springs can be utilized. The result is a suspension that works for you to accommodate the small and large imperfections that are in any road or track, allowing the tires to remain firmly planted on the ground where they belong.

Construction

Our balljoints are designed and made in the USA to exacting specifications – your guarantee of the best absolute quality available anywhere. Except for their custom length, they are made with the same materials and design that has been extensively tested in various severe duty applications (e.g. Police vehicles), and demonstrated the durability exceeding current production “regular” balljoints. In addition, they meet or exceed Ford Motor Company’s standards for friction, wear, and durability resulting in the best balljoints for your lowered Mustang.

Remember

While most aftermarket manufacturers will just sell you a set of springs and then send you on your way, at Steeda Autosports we go the extra distance to ensure that your Mustang will deliver optimum performance as part of a comprehensive suspension package. Around the shop we call it the “Steeda Difference”….. that is why vehicles equipped with our suspension systems consistently outperform all competitors.

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The Tri-Ax ® Shifter – Extreme Engineering

The is no questioning the “connection” to a vehicle that a driver of a manual transmission equipped vehicle feels when they race thru the gears in compete control of their car up-shifting and down-shifting when speed and conditions warrant. The power, the control, the feeling of performance is quintessentially unlike anything else one can experience in a vehicle. Maximizing this feeling and instilling complete “shifter confidence” is not an easy task as some complex engineering is required to provide an interface between man and machine that works perfectly each and every time under the harshest of conditions. Both road racers and drag racers alike have proven over the years that the Steeda Tri Ax® line of performance shifters are simple the best available anywhere. While other shifter companies will make claims about their design, patents, and manufacturing capabilities, there is only one line of performance shifters that are manufactured in the USA under strict ISO 9001-2008 Standards good enough to carry the Steeda name – The Tri Ax® Shifter. There simply is no equal in the industry today!

Reputations are earned, not bought thru advertising. Over the years we have earned a reputation for designing, engineering, and building a performance line of shifters that provides for sure – crisp shifts, precise actions, and a certain “feeling” in your hand that makes you realize that you are in complete control of your powertrain. By incorporating over 20 years of race-proven and time tested technology, and using state-of-the-art materials and costly machining techniques that are monitored under strict ISO 9001-2008 standards, the Steeda Tri-Ax® shifter has earned it’s reputation for being the shifter of choice by those that are in the know.

We endurance test our shifter designs to perform perfectly for over one million shifts under the harshest of adverse conditions so that it will never fail you or your car. With more Tri-Ax® shifters in the market than any other performance brand when was the last time you ever heard of someone replacing their Tri-Ax® shifter? It is simply just does not happen because the Tri-Ax® is one cog-swapper that will never let you down and is right on the cutting edge of shifting technology. Designed, engineered, and made in the USA – there is no better shifter available – Period!

Even the United States Government has recognized the unique superiority of the Tri-Ax® by granting a U.S. Utility Patent on our design details. The Steeda Tri-Ax® is your guarantee of short throws, precise action, and extreme engineering designed to prevent damage to your transmission under daily driving or adverse hard usage on the street, track, or strip. With many exclusive features like two-position handle height, and calibrated internal spring tensions, you have all the mechanical help available to ensure that you never miss a gear.

Today’s Tri-Ax® shifter is an evolutionary product that contains many great features/benefits including – depending upon it’s specific application

  • Patented Product - U.S. Utility Patent 7,464,621
  • A 100% Full Lifetime Warranty
  • Pivot ball and lever constructed from 1-piece billet steel with a design that affords greater stiffness front-to-back than competing round shafts
  • Factory steel mounting rail replaced with a substantial billet aluminum bar for more positive positioning
  • Upgraded rear mounting bushings are supplied to further reduce deflection under hard shifting
  • Offset-preload coil springs that find the right gear every time so you won’t miss a shift
  • Multi position adjustable heights
  • Fewer moving parts to wear or break down
  • Extreme heavy duty construction – no welds, stampings, or castings to break
  • Grade 8 and stainless steel hardware
  • Nickel plated pivot shaft that won’t rust or stain
  • No complicated, unnecessary adjustments unlike competitive designs
  • Compact tower design that is easier to install
  • Exclusive BootGuard to prevent damage to factory rubber inner boot
  • A more comfortable hand position than any other short throw shifter
  • Smooth, confident, precise shifting technology

Tri-Ax®Put a Tri-Ax® in your car and “feel” the difference

Introducing Steeda’s Lightweight K-Member

With hundreds of hours of design and engineering development work completed, and exhaustive testing done at various road courses and dragstrips around the country, the Steeda lightweight replacement K-member is simply the BEST available anywhere at any price. The only aftermarket K-Member created under strict ISO 9001-2000 certified processes, it is a no compromise approach for the serious performance handling aficionado that demands the best in an upgrade for to the front end geometry of a ’96 – ’04 Mustang GT.

Many will question: “What is a K-Member?” or “Why would I need this part?”

The answers are simple: The K-member is the large subframe that is bolted to the front portion of the Mustang unibody structure. In addition to providing necessary structural rigidity to the Mustang unibody, this subassembly also has the attachment points for the front suspension components, steering, as well as the engine. It gets it name because when it is viewed in plan view, it closely resembles the letter “K” laid down on its side.

However, if you have a desire to take the performance of your Mustang to a much higher level, then the Steeda K-Member is the foundation needed to build upon. This is because with the Steeda K-Member interface between the frame, front suspension, and engine, it allows you to make modifications,that will enhance your vehicles grip and handling predictability, improving track performance, and at the same time reducing weight and improve the vehicles rigidity.

The K-member itself does nothing for caster, camber, or bump steer adjustment. You still need caster/camber plates and a bump steer kit to adjust those things. The K-member gives you ackerman adjustment and roll center height adjustment.

Constructed of a combination of 4130 chromoly and other high strength alloy steels, this part weighs just ~32 pounds without the spring seats (for coilover setups) or ~35 pounds with the spring seats (for stock-style spring setups).  With the stock Ford K-member weighing in at a hefty ~51 pounds – this setup offers up to 19 pounds of weight savings off of the front end of your vehicle.

Weight savings are only part of the story and there are many other K-Members available in the market today – each has a particular benefit as well as particular shortcomings. The Steeda Lightweight K-Member has been designed to be suitable both on the road courses as well as the dragstrip – without compromising safety, strength, adjustability, or performance. There is a definite reason we invested a significant amount of our engineering resources to bring this product to market. We wanted to design, engineer, and manufacturer simply the BEST product available anywhere and at any price. The Steeda name on this performance part is your guarantee of the highest quality, perfect fit, and maximum overall attainable performance.

If all of this sounds a bit confusing – rest assured that the Sales Professionals at Steeda can fully explain everything you need to know about the Steeda K-Member, and can also assist you in selecting the perfect components that will make your Mustang perform up to it’s fullest potential and your expectations. Call them today at 954-960-0774 for a personalized performance consultation.

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Introducing Steeda 2010 Mustang Front Splitter

The all new Steeda front splitter for the 2010 Mustang GT offers a distinctive and bold accent to the front of your new Mustang while dramatically improving vehicle front end aerodynamics. Our new front splitter retains some of the key functionality and flow that is incorporated into our 2005-2009 front fascia. Not only is Steeda’s front splitter for 2010 a great aesthetics addition to your new Mustang, but it will help to improve high speed vehicle dynamics. These enhancements in handling and styling will separate your Mustang from all other 2010 Mustangs on the road today!

The 2010 Steeda front splitter is designed to redirect airflow to the side of the vehicle instead of letting it flow underneath the vehicle, and effectively limit the air flow that would flow and get trapped underneath the vehicle, virtually eliminating high speed front end lift. The splitter places more aerodynamic force at speed on the front tires and provides improved cooling flow of air into the lower grille opening for improved cooling airflow into the radiator. It establishes a cleaner overall aerodynamic appearance and gives your high speed performance and stability a dramatic improvement.

Steeda’s front splitter is designed to be an easy direct bolt on to the lower front bumper of 2010 Mustang GT models.

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2010 Mustang Steeda Tri-Ax Now Available

Over the years we have earned a reputation for designing, engineering, and building a performance line of shifters that provides for sure – crisp shifts, precise actions, and a certain “feeling” in your hand that makes you realize that you are in complete control of your powertrain. By incorporating over 20 years of race-proven technology, and using state-of-the-art materials and costly machining techniques, the Steeda Tri-Ax® shifter has earned it’s reputation for being the shifter of choice by those that are in the know.

Often imitated but never truly duplicated, the Tri-Ax® is the original and best line of short throw shifters available for your vehicle. Endurance tested to perform perfectly for over one million shifts, The Tri-Ax® is one cog-swapper that will never let you down and is right on the cutting edge of shifting technology. Designed, engineered, and made in the USA – there is no better shifter available – Period!

Even the United States Government has recognized the unique superiority of the Tri-Ax® by granting a U.S. Utility Patent on our design. The Steeda Tri-Ax® is your guarantee of short throws, precise action, and extreme engineering designed to prevent damage to your transmission under daily driving or adverse hard usage on the street, track, or strip. With many exclusive features like two-position handle height, and calibrated internal spring tensions, you have all the mechanical help available to ensure that you never miss a gear.

Do not make the mistake of buying a lesser grade shifter from other manufacturers – then realizing that you should have had purchased a Tri-Ax®. With more Tri-Ax® shifters in the market than any other performance brand when did you ever hear anyone complain about a Tri-Ax® shifter ?

Today’s Tri-Ax® shifter is an evolutionary product that contains many great features/benefits including – depending upon it’s specific application:

  • A 100% Full Lifetime Warranty
  • Pivot ball and lever constructed from 1-piece billet steel with a design that affords greater stiffness front-to-back than competing round shafts
  • Factory steel mounting rail replaced with a substantial billet aluminum bar for more positive positioning
  • Upgraded rear mounting bushings are supplied to further reduce deflection under hard shifting
  • Offset-preload coil springs that find the right gear every time so you won’t miss a shift
  • Multi position adjustable heights
  • Fewer moving parts to wear or break down
  • Extreme heavy duty construction – no welds, stampings, or castings to break
  • Grade 8 and stainless steel hardware
  • Nickel plated pivot shaft that won’t rust or stain
  • No complicated, unnecessary adjustments unlike competitive designs
  • Compact tower design that is easier to install
  • Exclusive BootGuard to prevent damage to factory rubber inner boot
  • A more comfortable hand position than any other short throw shifter
  • Smooth, confident, precise shifting technology

Put a Tri-Ax in your car and you will immediately “feel” the difference.

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Swaybars – The Steeda Difference

It is no secret that if you want to take your vehicle’s handling to a higher level of performance, you have to upgrade key components of your vehicle’s suspension system.

One key component in a vehicle’s suspension system that is often overlooked by most enthusiasts is the vehicle’s sway bars.

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 sway bars available today. ‘Track Tested and Street Smart’, our sway bars 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 9001-2000 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 ride quality.

What is a sway bar and how does it work?

A sway bar is a suspension component that connects opposite (left/right) wheels together through short lever arms that are in turn linked by a main steel bar component called the torsion spring. A sway bar works by increasing the suspension’s roll stiffness — the resistance of the vehicle to roll in a turn its resistance to roll in turns, that is independent of the vertical movement of the vehicle by it’s springs.

A sway bar 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 move 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. Many factors affect how a sway bar performs including:

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

Aggressive street and racing sway bars provide for individual adjustment of the lever arms, allowing the stiffness of the sway bar 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.

Not all swaybars are made the same

Not all sway bars available in the market today are the same – as a matter of fact there are some aftermarket sway bars that can dramatically cause a negative affect on your vehicle’s handling or not deliver the desired outcome you want. Most sway bars available today are made from a solid round bar whose ends are smashed flat and drilled for mounting holes. The drastic change to the cold formed material 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 weak spot or a potential future point of failure.

The Steeda solution

Steeda Autosport’s Sway Bars are designed and made in the USA in our facility under our very strict ISO 9001-2000 quality control process using the very best available materials. We do not take ANY shortcuts or compromise on anything. Our design and manufacturing processes are superior to any other product commercially available today because we employ a proprietary manufacturing process that ensures consistent quality. Our sway bar ends are precision machined out of an exceptionally strong proprietary material and then is mated with a weld joint that structurally bonds the two parts together it actually is stronger then the solid bar itself.

As you can see for yourself, making the swaybar is much more complicated than most people think, but critical to the overall success of the part and how it performs when installed in your vehicle. Ensuring that the swaybar has the proper load and torsion capabilities is critical in ensuring that the end result provides the very best chassis dynamics – an integrated harmonic part of the overall vehicle performance. This is where Steeda also has a major competitive advantage because we extensively perform CAD analysis that is supplemented by rigorous on-track testing to ensure the highest level of performance you can expect.

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. Dario Orlando, a racer who got his start manufacturing components exclusively for Ford Mustangs, founded the company over twenty years ago on the premise of engineering and manufacturing the very best products possible for the discerning Ford performance enthusiasts.

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 and have won more races and set more track records than all of our competitors combined!

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Steeda 2010 Mustang On-Track Testing

Rest assured that Steeda Autosports is hard at work developing and refining the 2010 Mustang to be the best Steeda Q-Series Mustang ever. Attendees at the recent 2009 Camp Steeda, held at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida, saw it for themselves that weekend as we had two 2010 Mustangs in “regular street clothing” testing a variety of new components that will be standard on our 2010 Steeda Q-Series. Covertly disguised to resemble regular 2010 Mustangs, these developmental mules were there on a mission to test under severe track conditions exactly how our parts will perform once we formally release the 2010 Q-Series. It is all part of our ISO 9001-2000 developmental process that uses advanced computer simulation and on-track testing to provide you the acceleration, braking, confidence, and all around performance you have come to expect from us.

Unlike most other tuners in the aftermarket that just re-badge parts they buy from others and then sell them as their “own”, at Steeda Autosports we take everything very seriously. Not only do we design, engineer, and manufacturer our own parts, but we test them in the most brutal way we can find – on the race track. And the development of the 2010 Steeda Q Mustang is no different, as we have done for over 20 years, we are continuing our engineering refinement to make the 2010 Steeda Q the best ever to pound the pavement, blast down the quarter mile, or win at the racetrack.

For those that were not lucky enough to make it to Sebring and see our testing in person, we had the video cameras running and captured some screens from the track. (Keep in mind when you watch this video, that the vehicle is in “regular street clothing” and does not have our proprietary new body kit or spoilers). You can see this video on SteedaTV.

Our work is progressing on our 2010 Q-Series, and to date, it is exceeded the original expectations we had. Currently, we offer more parts for the 2010 Mustang than any other company – and we are developing more. Look for a formal announcement about the 2010 Steeda Q-Series in the near future….it will be worth the wait.

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