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Fiesta Rear Shock Brace Review - Matt Binstead

While we sponsor Matt's Time Attack Fiesta, we also wanted him to try out our rear shock tower brace on a non race prepped Fiesta to get his impressions, so he installed one on his girlfriends Fiesta ST:

His response when he sent us the review shows why it's a great and very affordable handling upgrade! At only £139 why not improve your handling with this simple bolt on mod?

"Below is my write up about the rear strut tower brace. I've been totally honest about the product as I am with everything else and I am thoroughly impressed with how it fits and performed.

I've given a few local lads a test drive with the brace fitted and they both said it really stiffened up the rear of the car and made it feel more connected!".....



Matt Binstead Steeda Fiesta Rear Shock Tower Brace Review


 
On opening the box I was first amazed at the quality of the rear shock tower brace, the welding on the all pieces was clean and consistent and the powder coating was flawless. It really began to fill me with confidence before I had even fitted it! 
 
After reading the instructions the installation was simple and easy to follow taking 30 minutes maximum. Following the photo guide carefully I firstly swapped out the standard dampening bolts for the longer items in the fitting kit and then installed the spacers on top of the fixed nuts to ensure a strong and sturdy fit without compromising the structural rigidity of the rear damper mounting points. 

Steeda Fiesta Rear Shock Brace review install pic 1


I then followed the same steps for the drivers side (Note: the drivers side only requires one spacer as there is a factory brace already providing correct spacing). Then I trimmed and refitted the carpet around the new mounting points to attain a clean and OEM looking fit. I then bolted the brace down torqueing the nuts to the correct specs and went out for a test drive. 

Steeda Fiesta Rear Shock Brace review install 2


First impressions 

Under braking in a straight line the car is much more stable, there is much less squirming and the car feels much more planted to the tarmac even under heavy braking situations. It really gives a more positive and confident feel through the weight transfer phase and makes sure maximum tyre contact is kept to the ground.  
When turning into corners and sharp bends the body roll feels more in tune with the rest of the chassis and there is no feel of looseness or the car rolling at its own speed. It feels directly proportional to drivers input meaning that I can safely push harder through the twists and turns without worrying that the back end could oversteer without me making it do so. 

To summarise my first impressions of the rear tower shock brace are positive, its really stiffened up the rear body roll and has made the chassis feel that little bit more connected front to back and side to side under braking and turn in.  It really gave myself a better feel for the chassis and it felt that it was more in tune with my inputs rather than reacting to the scenarios as it wanted. 
 
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to improve the rear end feel of their car especially for tight twisty roads where the really want to maximise the full potential of their driving style and chassis without compromising the cars functionality.  

Steeda Fiesta Rear Shock Brace review final install


Two things we'd add to Matt's review:

1. Once installed the shock tower brace is super easily removable. Just undo the top nuts and pop it off (if you need to carry big stuff in the boot for example) and when you are done load lugging, just pop it back on and re-tighten the nuts!


You can now benefit from a Steeda 555-5753 Focus Rear Shock Tower Brace if you are a mk3 Focus ST / RS owner as well... Order here!

You can follow Matts exploits in Time Attack UK and also on his Instagram @MattbinsteadRacing   and Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/mattbinsteadracing

Keep adding to the Steeda podiums Matt and thanks for the great review!

And Because Race Car, here is a pic of Matt in action!


Steeda Sponsors Time Attack Racer Matt Binstead




Created On  7 Sep 2018 12:00 in ProductsNewsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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AUTO IN - Steeda Dealer for Czech Republic- Customer Whipple Build

Our friends at Auto IN have been busy creating more killer Mustangs, and one lucky customer has been made very happy driving this gorgeous race red beast!

Auto IN Ford - Steeda performance Mustang build

The customer wanted supercharged power, so we provided a Whipple 2.9L monster for them, and of course the Auto IN Team knew that power was nothing without Steeda suspension and chassis enhancements to help control it.

Whipple MUstang GT core pre assembled at Auto IN


Ready to go in: Clear some space!

Whipple kit ready to install - AUTO IN Steeda

As you can see the customer added a good few extras for the install, including the full polished finish, improved radiator with dual fans, an ATI superdamper pulley and more. 
CONTACT US if you want advice for your big project!




Steeda HD Engine Mounts were a must for the install and allowed comfortable fitment of a Ford GT350 Strut Tower Brace.

Now the heart of the beast was in, Steeda was ready to make it both safe and utilisable!

A full package of Steeda "Stop the Hop" essentials, IRS bushes and braces,was combined with Steeda Pro Action shocks and a set of Steeda Performance Lowering springs for the ultimate stance and handling ability, as well as the traction to put down all that raw power!

Up front a Steeda G Trac K member Brace helps keep things together and give improved steering feel and cornering accuracy.

        

You can see from the side by side photos sent by chief auto IN performance tech Vojtech Chaura, just how feeble the OEM vertical links are when compared to the Steeda ones. This is what allows a lot of the flex that can lead to wheel hop and reduced traction. Thanks for the great pics!

         


Once installed the car benefitted from a full 4 wheel alignment, an essential after serious suspension work, and also a run on the dyno.

AUTO IN Mustang alignment

Looks-wise the car maintains a fairly stock appearance with straight race red paint, and stock wheels spaced out to fill the arches and shod of course with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres. However a rear spoiler and scoop equipped bonnet add to the aggression and give a hint as to what lies beneath! Also Wilwood brake upgrade front and rear adds more meat in the back with the nice dual calliper setup.

Auto In Czech republic Mustang Whipple Steeda





Coupled with a Remus exhaust for the soundtrack the customer is having a BLAST!

Vojta from AUTO IN says:

"The car is amazing. Driving ability 90km / h = 190km / h, difference in overload only. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires for daily driving."


Finished tuned Steeda mustang at Auto IN Czech republic

If you want to contact AUTO IN for work on your Mustang or performance Ford:

AUTO IN s.r.o., Czech Republic

Poděbradská 292

530 09  Pardubice

Tel: (+420) 469 775 075      Email: autoinperformance@autoin.cz


Created On  30 Aug 2018 13:31 in Feature Car  -  Permalink
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Q500 Final Review - NOW FOR SALE!

Another day, another amazing review of the Steeda Q500 Enforcer! https://carwitter.com/2018/08/03/steeda-q500-mustang-review/

This time from UK Blog awards "Automotive blog of the year" winner 2017 and "Business blog of the year" winner 2018, CARWITTER

Adam from Carwitter gives the car a thorough write up starting with his pre Q500 Mustang experiences and accompanies the story with some lovely pics courtesy of the very talented Olgun Kordal (you can see even more including a cheeky encounter with the police on the Carwitter Twitter account)



We want you to read the review but here are a few highlights... Suffice it to say Adam loved the car...

"Incredible is the only word to describe how flat the Q500 stays when being threaded through a corner. "

"
That Kooks exhaust sounds pretty incredible too...It sounds epic at idle; it has that low burble you associate with American V8’s. Let it hit the red line before changing up, and the growl turns into how I can only imagine taking off in a B17 Flying Fortress sounds."

"...
this ‘stang is stiffer, feels taughter and can also hold on in the bends like few other rear wheel drive sports cars can.

If you like driving and own a Mustang, you need to seriously think about opting for this suspension setup."






Now that the Q500 enforcer has completed its press and shows tour of duty we are going to offer her up for sale to prepare the ground for the next Steeda UK demo car, the incredible Steve McQueen Limited Edition Bullitt Mustang....

So get in touch to own this frankly AMAZING Mustang GT for an incredible price. But be quick as we dont think she will hang around for long...

With an as new price of around £60,000 including all the options and paint detailing and custom work, we are offering this LESS THAN 1 year old GT with less than 8000 miles on the clock for only £43,000

SPEC: Steeda UK Q500 Enforcer Spec - 2017 GT 5.0- Manual 6 speed - Magnetic Colour  - MILES 8,000 - PRICE £43,000

Q500 Powertrain Upgrades - 480 hp & 475 lb. ft. Torque

Steeda High Flow Cold Air Intake System
Steeda Custom Performance PCM Calibration
Exhaust up-rated to Steeda performance option - Kooks catback with H Pipe 
Steeda Tri Ax Short Shifter
Steeda Oil Separator 
Steeda Clutch Spring 

Q500 Exterior Upgrades

Steeda Exterior Graphic and Badge Package
Steeda Front Chin Splitter
Steeda Aerodynamic Rear Spoiler
Diode Dynamics Rear Side Marker Lights 

Q500 Suspension / Chassis Upgrades

Steeda Front & Rear Roll Bars with Solid Billet Ends
Steeda Billet Aluminium Front Sway Bar Mounts
Steeda Billet Aluminium Rear Sway Bar Mounts
Steeda IRS Subframe Bushing Support System
Steeda IRS Subframe Alignment Kit
Steeda Strut Tower Brace
Steeda Coilover System - fully damping & height adjustable. 
Includes camber adjust front top mounts 
Steeda Billet Rear Shock Mounts 
Steeda Billet Vertical Links 
Steeda Adjustable Rear Toe Links 
Steeda IRS Subframe Brace 
Steeda Front K Member Extreme G-Trac Brace 
Steeda Performance Wheel Alignment

Q500 Interior Upgrades

Steeda Serialized Emblem Plate
Steeda Illuminated Door Sill Plates
Ford GT350R Alcantara Steering Wheel 
Steeda Cue Ball Shift Knob with Steeda billet lock out collar

Wheels

Velgen 20” VMB7 staggered 20 x 9 & 20 x 10.5” wheels MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4S tyres (265/35/20 & 295/35/20)

Custom Styling 

Detail / Paint Protection
Custom Paint Colour coded brake callipers and engine bay by Unique Detail (Dunstable)


Carwitter Steeda Q500 Review

OTHER GREAT REVIEWS:

PISTONHEADS: https://www.pistonheads.com/news/ph-driven/steeda-q500-enforcer-driven/37915

EVO: https://www.evo.co.uk/ford/mustang/21075/ford-mustang-steeda-q500-enforcer-review-a-v8-mustang-with-a-european-attitude

Top Gear: https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/mustang/first-drive


Created On  6 Aug 2018 16:20 in Feature CarNews  -  Permalink
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AUTO IN - Steeda Dealer for Czech Republic Demo Car Build

Auto IN our chosen dealer for the Czech republic impressed us with their know how, and dedication to performance and track work.

They knew they needed to work with the best in the business when it comes to Mustang upgrades so they soon set about updating their demo car.

AUTO IN demo car build S550 Mustang Czech Republic

Auto In Performance Technical specialist Vojtěch Chaura was very sure what was needed for the S550. A complete suspension overhaul!

To give rugged down low looks and a lower centre of gravity Auto IN opted for the Steeda Extreme Drop 2" springs which they combined with our Steeda Pro Action fixed rate shocks.
They added Steeda front and rear roll bars augmented with our billet mounts for great looks and indestructible durability for tough days on track.

            Auto IN custom brake and shock install

Of course they knew that this wasn't enough, the IRS and chassis benefits immensely from Steeda's upgrades and a Steeda full IRS pack, plus front G-Trac K brace was also ready to be installed.

 

PIC ABOVE: Shows Steeda roll bar compared to OEM, with Steeda G Trac K brace above & IRS Subframe braces either side of the exhaust.

Up front Steeda's HD engine mounts helped give the engine increased stability and a strong mount, enabling track kerbs to be ridden without fear and in the back, Steeda Adjustable Rear Camber Arms and Front Camber Plates gave the adjustability their new much lower stance required and a Steeda MT82 tranny bush gave some firmness to the shifter.

Steeda GT S550 Mustang Engine Mount comparison with OEM           Steeda S550 Mustang Rear Camber Arm vs OEM comparison

PIC ABOVE: Shows Steeda HD Engine Mount vs OEM and Steeda Adjustable Rear Camber Arm vs OEM

To add some style but also a reliable grip for track action (where sweaty palms can occur as we are sure many of you know!) a GT350 alcantara clad steering wheel was fitted, and the brake callipers were treated to a custom finish.

Auto IN Czech winter GT350 wheel

Of course once everything was installed, then it was ready to hit the track, something that Auto IN loves to do with its customers. If you are in the Czech Republic, or nearby,  then sign up and join them on their next trip!

Auto IN on track Czech dealer Mustangs


Auto IN at the track Czech Republic Ford specialist


The car is sitting low and mean and the ride is now transformed! As Vojta told us after their first 1000 miles with the new setup:

"The chassis now holds well. Its an aggressive ride without any problems. Controllability super!"

If YOU are based in the Czech Republic or just fancy a trip there and your Fast Ford needs "The Steeda Difference" contact Auto IN.


AUTO IN s.r.o., Czech Republic

Poděbradská 292

530 09  Pardubice

Tel: (+420) 469 775 075      Email: autoinperformance@autoin.cz


To find your local dealers check out our dealer page
Created On  11 Jul 2018 14:46 in Feature Car  -  Permalink
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Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang

The release announcement of the latest and in terms of sheer coolness definitely the greatest Steeda special edition Mustang yet.

We are very proud to announce the Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang

Bullitt Steeda McQueen Edition

"Ford’s Mustang has always been a big part of my dad’s legend. I wanted to kick the already strong performance up several notches without losing that essential style that makes this car so desirable.   Less is more.  This Special Edition reflects the lessons my dad ingrained in me about what made his personal cars so desirable.”

Chad McQueen, Professional Racer & Steve McQueen’s only son

 





Too Hot for the Day -- Too Cool for the Night

There’s cool… And there’s Steve McQueen catching air and fishtailing through the streets of San Francisco cool… 

Steve McQueen. Whether on the silver screen or in real life he embodied effortless Cool.

It’s that Twinkle in the eye. A little Swagger. That quiet don’t-mess-with-this-guy-confidence. Nonchalant. Composed. Always calm.

Yet hardwired for action. Friendly. But slightly aloof. Controlled. But with a hint of ready violence lurking nearby.

Steve McQueen was who every little boy wanted to grow up to be.  And every grown man imagined themselves to be.  

The Steve McQueen Edition Bullitt Mustang is the car every little boy wants to grow up to drive.  And every grown man imagines in his garage.


STRICTLY LIMITED to 300 units globally / year and based off the Bullitt Mustang (only available during the allocated window from Ford)
This collectors
edition which be one to treasure forever...




Aside from the fact its GORGEOUS sitting on specially created HRE wheels and Steeda's stunningly effective suspension in the legendary Bullitt Highland Green colour this Bullitt will take performance to the next level.... Just as Steve would have wanted....

With numbers low, contact Haynes ASAP to put your order in for a base Bullitt and let them know you want it to become a Steeda McQueen Edition.

Initial SPEC:

Steve McQueen would be proud - Frank Bullitt would be jealous


To check the specs see our Steeda SSV Steve McQueen Bullitt Edition page: HERE



Created On  4 Jun 2018 16:58 in NewsFeature Car  -  Permalink
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Steeda Driving Experience 3 - May 11th 2018

Wow what a day. Attendees were few this time but they were top class! We wanted to keep numbers down and focus on media creation and content as were filming and doing photography a well as some testing of our own. This was the opposite to our previous SMUK day earlier in the year which was packed out!!

Read the report SMUK DAY HERE

One of the vehicles we were filming was the Ford UK Heritage Centre Mustang, which is not only Supercharged to 670 HP but also Steeda equipped and now shod with gorgeous gunmetal Velgen Split 5 wheels. It looked stunning!





Ford were kind enough to support the day by also bringing along their Ford Performance equipped car AND a new MY 18 Mustang for us to take a look at and test drive on the track too! Great stuff and a real privilege. Read our MY 18 Launch Report HERE...

Need less to say Ford have done a great job!

Ford UK & Steeda Line up at Steeda Driving Experience 3

Pete from Michelin was also kind enough to come down, and of course one of the many "upgrades" on the new MY18 Mustang is the fact it is now shod with Michelins from the get go. You're welcome! We at Steeda know that for optimum performance, your need optimal tyres, and that is what Michelin give us.
Phenomenal rear grip, which lasts right to the bottom of the tread. not to mention that oh so sexy Velvet Touch finish!



Customer Nick brought his yellow fully Steeda loaded GT which looked great and he continued to regain his driving confidence, and David and his partner Anna ran a ding dong competition in their fairly stock GT. However stay tuned as big things are coming for this Mustang, with a full raft of modifications on the way, including some limited edition Velgens!



As we say on a Steeda Driving Experience Day: IF you're spinning , you're winning!




Bailey from Haynes Ford came along too, and was glad to get a chance in the new 2018 car too.




Dans S197 was looking killer.... Awesome pic courtesy of Terry Ffrench Graham photography!







And finally the day came to a halt while we were all privileged to watch an incredible display of acrobatics from the queen of the skies, an old WWII Reconnaissance Spitfire!



JOIN US on our next Steeda Driving Experience Day on Friday 21st September! BOOK HERE

Created On  28 May 2018 9:55 in EventsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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