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Take Your 2005 thru 2012 Mustang Handling To The Next Level

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

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

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

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

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

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The Hidden Difference in Control Arms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Steeda Offers a Full Line of Boss 302 Performance Products

The new Ford Mustang Boss 302 is viewed by many as the best overall Mustang Ford has ever produced. As good as it is in original form Steeda has found ways to improve it and take it to the next level.

Starting  with the suspension, the Steeda Boss springs are designed to slightly lower the vehicle in the front and lower the rear approximately 3/4”. With the front height remaining largely unchanged, the front roll center geometry remains optimal.  However, by substantially increasing spring rates, body roll is reduced as is nose diving during heavy braking. Thanks to our years of experience with Mustangs, we are able to do this and still maintain near stock ride quality characteristics.

2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca

We have also designed several levels of suspension packages that include our awesome Boss springs, adjustable front and rear swaybars , adjustable upper strut mounts and more to achieve the maximum handling potential of the Boss 302 Mustang.With the new Boss 302 Mustang comes the new Boss 302 engine. We took our years of experience building performance proven cold air induction kits and designed a kit tailor made for this heavy breathing new engine. Starting with a high flow filter we added our “race tested” velocity stack” entry, this is located within a stainless steel heat shield with a rubber gasket to seal it against the hood. We also retain the factory cold air feed duct from the front bumper. We then added a 101mm MAF housing which is coupled to a new high flow inlet tube with our Cool-Tube technology.  All of this adds up to 30 plus horsepower when combined with the required custom tune that compensates for the increased airflow.

So if you are looking to get the most out of your Boss 302 Mustang, look no further than Steeda Autosports!

An Often Overlooked Handling Secret

One often-overlooked modification that you can make to a Mustang is to increase the amount of negative camber in the front-end geometry so that you have more corning grip and improved steering response.  Unfortunately, the stock Mustang front geometry does not provide a high enough degree of adjustability for the settings that the true performance enthusiast requires.  At Steeda Autosports, we have developed an array of Camber-Caster Plates and Upper Strut Mounts that provide every Mustang owner from 1979 to 2012 increased level of adjustability needed for optimal handling.

Would you like to correct your camber to eliminate excessive tire wear or dial in more negative camber for better cornering? Our adjustable caster camber plates/strut mounts give you the ability to create the perfect caster camber settings whether you are drag racing, road racing, or for your street driving needs. Adjusting the caster and camber is easy, and the end result is simply amazing. Let us explain…

Camber/Caster 101: So just what is camber and how does it effect driving and tire wear? What is caster, and can I have too much with a Mustang? These alignment settings affect tire wear and the tracking of your vehicle.   Following is a simple summary that takes the confusion away:

Camber: Is the tilt of the tire relative to vertical. If the top of the tire leans inward (towards the engine) the car has Negative-Camber. If it leans outward, that is Positive-Camber. Negative-Camber gives the car more cornering grip and improves steering response. 
- A car without enough negative-camber will understeer and wear the tread off of the outside-corner of the front tire. 
- Too much Negative-Camber will wear the tread off of the inside corner of the tire 
Camber should be adjusted to suit the use of the car.

Type of Driving CamberSpecific to Mustang

  • Drag racing-no street use -.2° to -.5°
  • General street use -.7° to -1.1°
  • Aggressive street handling -1.2° to -1.7°
  • Road race / Autocross -1.8° to -2.5°

Observe your tire wear (street) or tire temperature (race conditions) and adjust camber as necessary: 
- More Negative-Camber (-2.0º) gives better cornering grip and more wear on the inside edge of the tire. 
- Less Negative-Camber (-0.5º) gives less cornering grip and more wear on the outside edge of the tire.

Caster: is the how far the contact patch of the tire follows behind the imaginary line where the steering axis of the wheel intersects the ground. (Think of the front wheel of a shopping cart, where the wheel follows behind the steering axis.

More Caster gives you straighter highway tracking with less “wander” and better self centering steering feel. It also makes the tires lean into the corner when turned, in effect producing more negative camber when the wheels are turned. This allows you to use less aggressive Negative-Camber settings, thereby improving the tire contact patch for better braking and reduced tire wear when the wheels are straight.

It is theoretically possible to have too much Caster, but to do so in a Mustang would require extensive sheet metal modifications. So for our purposes, we recommend the Maximum Positive Caster that can be achieved with our Caster/Camber plates. To get the most caster, push the top of the struts as far towards the rear of the car as possible when setting the alignment.

Note that the amount of Caster that can be attained varies with the year of the vehicle.

Year of Car 1986-89 1990-93 1994-2004
Factory Specification (Caster is not adjustable without C/C plates) 1.27° 1.75° 3.6°
Typical Maximum Caster with Steeda C/C Plates 3.1° 3.4° 5.0° to 6.0°

Toe Settings. Toe-in or Toe-out describes the alignment of the front wheels relative to each other the same way you would describe your feet. Toe-in means they are closer together at the front than the rear. 
We recommend factory Ford toe settings for all situations except track-only racing, where toe may be adjusted by the crew chief as needed. Factory toe settings are given in degrees. When setting the alignment with a tape measure (the way we do it at the racetrack) set toe to 3/32″ total Toe-in.

To take advantage of tuning your car for optimum handling, see the full range of Steeda Mustang Caster Camber Plates and Mustang Upper Strut Mounts, click here.

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Steeda Performance Vehicle Program

With over 22 years of uninterrupted racing and performance part design, engineering and manufacturing experience we know how tough it is to keep a secret in our business.   So, rather than wait, we decided to announce that Steeda Autosports is launching a new Steeda Performance Vehicle Program that will appeal to the most discerning enthusiasts.  It has been created for the sole purpose of offering completed vehicles to the niche performance enthusiasts who demand dramatic performance, uncompromised handling capabilities, and a handcrafted level of quality by master trained mechanics.

This officially serialized program will initially offer the following vehicles via a network of specially selected Ford Dealers:

  • Steeda Q650 StreetFighter (supercharged 5.0L)
  • Steeda Q450 SuperSport (naturally aspirated 5.0L)
  • Steeda Q350 Sport(3.7L V6)
  • Raceskinz Edition (available in all powertrain configurations)

In addition to the above vehicle lines, we will also be producing a series of other special edition vehicles with unique appeal – to be followed by other vehicle lines in the future that will provide the fully comprehensive product line-up so many enthusiasts have asked for.

At Steeda, our DNA underscores our philosophy that Speed Matters® and we leave nothing on the table when we produce these vehicles.   Each vehicle will offer the purchaser complete individual customization for their specific performance needs, and will proudly carry the Steeda badge – providing your assurance of quality, performance, and value.

Our rich history of racing is a tradition that started when Dario Orlando first hit the racetrack at Sebring, and it continues today in everything that we do.  At Steeda, second place is never good enough, so we always push the envelope to provide performance enthusiasts the best products that meet the needs of the most demanding drivers.   More races have been won, more records set, and more championships won with Steeda – than with all of our competitors combined.  As impressive as our record is, we don’t intend to stand on it. Instead, we plan to build on it and continue to strive for new level of achievement with everything we do.

In the coming weeks we will be updating our website to incorporate all of our vehicle specifics and our list of select dealers plus complete vehicle pricing and images.   In the interim, if you have any specific questions, or want to be added to our initial product mailing list, please email our Global Manager of Serialized Vehicles – Rob Lefrancois at:

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2011 Mustang Breaks 11 Second Barrier With Cold Air Intake

Recently one of our 2011 Steeda Mustangs equipped with our proprietary Steeda Cold Air Intake, a Steeda Performance Tune, and Nitto 275/40/17 NT05 Drag Radials blasted down the quarter mile at the South Georgia Motorsports Park with an unbelievable time of 11.96 seconds at over 115 mph !

The Mustang GT 5.0 was driven by our own Scott Boda, Steeda’s Director of Manufacturing, and was running a stock exhaust system, 3.73 gears from the factory, and all of the other stock Mustang equipment.  The Steeda performance tune that made the engine sing was part of our Cold Air Intake/Tune package that provides better throttle response so the rpms do not hang up between shifts, a slightly increased RPM range, and increased power that ensured the ‘Stang would trip the lights at the quarter at a stout 7600 rpm in 4th gear.    The result was simply amazing and shows how with a simple and relatively small investment, a stock 2011 Mustang can be transformed into a sub 12 second performance machine.

Sure there are some faster cars out there – but most of those cars are heavily modified and are running nitrous oxide or have an expensive blower system installed – this was a 2011 5.0L Mustang transformed with simple – yet effective Steeda Autosport modifications that made the already quick 2011 Mustang into a complete asphalt ripping Mustang!

The principal modification that enabled this feat was the Steeda Cold Air Intake developed exclusively for the 2011 5.0L Mustang.  Readers of these releases in the past already know that we take engineering and development of our performance parts and equipment very seriously.  That is why Steeda Autosports, the world’s largest aftermarket manufacturer of Ford performance equipment, is so highly regarded on the track, strip and on the street.  Once again we are leading the performance market with our High Velocity Cold Air Intake (CAI) which was engineered and designed, under our ISO Certified engineering and manufacturing processes.

This high performance CAI effectively opens up the intake system of Ford’s new five-liter power plant and allows it to breath much more freely than the stock intake system allows – effectively taking the 2011 5.0L Mustang to the next level of muscle car performance.

How did we do it?  Well to ensure the densest air charge possible we retained the factory cold air feed ducting from the front bumper and sealed the stainless steel shield to the hood to prevent any hot air from being sucked in from around the engine compartment.  Other manufacturers have chosen to ignore the factory cold air ducting which is key to keeping the lowest air charge temperatures possible. Also, we added a billet aluminum velocity stack and high flow air filter ensure a clean, cool, streamlined air charge straight to the engine. The new high flow “ProFlow” intake tube provides the necessary ports to retain the factory noise tube and PCV tubes.

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 Performance.

Combined with the required custom tune using an SCT X3 Flash programming device we have achieved dramatic power increases of up to 44hp and 52ft/lbs of torque! While these are peak numbers, the actual power increase is spread throughout the entire rpm range so your increased performance is available on demand in any gear at virtually any rpm!

With easy bolt in installation, 44 additional horsepower, and 53 additional ft/lbs of torque, this is one performance add on that provides increased power throughout the entire RPM range.

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All Lowering Springs Are NOT Created Equal

There are two primary reasons most people install lowering springs on their vehicle – they want to improve the overall handling and performance of their vehicle or they want that “just right” appearance that a lowered vehicle always seems to provide.

What most people do not know is that all springs are not created equal and that there is a right way and a wrong way to lower a vehicle.  Oftentimes vehicles are lowered to such a degree that the overall performance and handling of their vehicle is not optimized, or substandard springs are used that deliver performance that is not maximized or which results in a rough, bone-jarring ride.

At Steeda Autosports we take suspension systems very seriously and take absolutely no shortcuts in the design, development, tuning, and manufacturing of our spring sets.  We are the ONLY aftermarket company to have partnered with one of the largest OEM spring manufacturers in the world to deliver to the discerning performance enthusiast the best performance product available.

This Tier 1 Supplier manufacturers their springs in the USA, has been in business 4 times longer than Brand “E” or Brand “H”  — and — they supply more Formula 1, Indianapolis, and NASCAR Teams than all other spring manufacturers combined!  Think about it – would you really want springs made for your American performance vehicle by an offshore supplier or by a supplier whose main business is centered on supporting foreign vehicles? At Steeda, we are an American owned company dedicated to enhancing the performance of Ford vehicles – your guarantee of an undying commitment to excellence.

Before you buy any springs, it is important that you understand just some of the technology and engineering that goes into their creation.   Following are highlights of some of the engineering criteria and efforts that go into every set of springs that we put our name on:

  • All Steeda suspension springs are designed to properly fit the original configuration and location of the OEM suspension coil and we pay particular attention to how the spring fits into the O.E. spring seat.  In addition we look to precisely reproduce the loading characteristics of the O.E. spring both laterally and longitudinal with the use of a Wolpert 7 axis / load coil scale testing equipment.  This type of testing is usually only performed by O.E. Manufacturers.
  • Both hot and cold forming CNC controlled equipment is utilized.  This gives  the flexibility necessary to produce nearly any suspension coil configuration.  On the late model Mustangs for example, our design incorporates a pigtail configuration that matches the O. E. spring whereas many other aftermarket manufacturers use a cold-formed part that does not match the rear trailering arm properly.  This is caused by the cut-off process on a cold coiler and causes the spring to bow when installed in the vehicle.
  • Due to our HOT forming process our materials are “centerless ground” so the optimum material size is within .001 of an inch.  Currently our competitors have material increments of .010 of an inch.  This tighter tolerance allows us to produce the lightest part for a given spring package.
  • In the design/engineering process we pay particular attention to the proper amount of loads at rebound, static height, and jounce (bump).  This is why we favor producing a progressive spring to achieve the appropriate load characteristics.  The initial rate is designed to provide the O. E. pre-load, while the final rate provides the necessary bump load characteristics.
  • We use proprietary spring materials that have higher silicon content than our competitors.  While others use a lesser grade of spring wire to reduce their costs and improve their profit – we insist on only the best spring wire available.  Better spring wire makes for a better coil spring!
  • All of our springs are employ MICS (Mass Inertia Control System) technology to provide non-compromising ride characteristics.  By using this technology the un-sprung mass of the vehicle is controlled and the inertia of the suspension component does not exceed the springs capacity to control the jounce loads, hence eliminating the requirement for excessive spring rates.    The progressive spring characteristics permit the ride frequencies to stay within acceptable limits, but provide the added spring rate to achieve bump load capacities equivalent to the O. E. springs.
  • The optimized spring calibration of our springs reduces the pitch of the vehicle under heavy acceleration or braking.  The reduced longitudinal pitch of the vehicle during heavy braking improves the overall braking efficiency because the higher rate of the front springs reduces the amount of load transfer to the front tires.  This causes the load on all four tires to be more evenly distributed providing additional traction to the rear tires.  The additional gain in rear traction usually results in reduced braking distances.
  • The proportionate increase in spring rate also reduces body roll, which limits adverse suspension movement.  This confines the suspension geometry to stay within parameters that enhance the tires contact patch with the road.  The result is improved vehicle cornering and handling, because front and rear tire loading is more evenly distributed.  Therefore, higher cornering limits can be achieved because the built-in understeer characteristics are reduced and provide for a more neutral yet safe handling vehicle.

To the novice performance enthusiast all of the above engineering elements can be very confusing – especially when you consider that there is much more to creating a proper set of springs for your car than chopping off 1” from their length.   Rest assured that at Steeda Autosports we go the extra mile to instill superior engineering into every spring set we offer so you can be assured and have confidence that we provide the finest products available for your Ford vehicle.

While some manufacturers brag that their products are made according to certain standard levels, the performance springs sold by Steeda Autosports are made under the highest, latest and most stringent ISO and TUV Standards in the world today using only the finest materials available anywhere – absolutely no shortcuts are taken because our performance heritage and DNA demands that our springs are the best money can buy.

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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!

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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.


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.


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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