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Steeda S550 Mustang Rear Shock Mount review

We just got a fantastic review from one of our great UK customers, Andrew.

What the review highlights is WHY Steeda go the extra mile developing parts other companies don't even imagine. Its why Steeda have a huge edge when it comes to Ford performance as we are focussed ONLY on Ford performance. When "multi marque" companies develop a few Mustang products they then move back to Audis, and Volkswagens and Chevrolets(!) and so on. Steeda use and improve our products every day, on the street and on track. We keep coming back every day, thinking "what can we do better?", or "what else can improve the car?". It's this commitment to constant improvement that shows "The Steeda Difference!"

Some of our parts dont seem very "exciting" to look at. An exhaust or an intake, or coilover suspension, everyone knows what they do, and what they offer, and yes Steeda make great examples of all of those 'mainstay' parts. But engine mounts? Shock mounts? Alignment bushes? A spherical bearing??? Huh? Why bother? Well Andrew's review shows just what such a "why bother?" part can do... read on!



"I just want to give a shout out to Steeda really, because when a company makes such a great part it really deserves note and others being informed.

As many here will know I've thoroughly gone through my car with a fine tooth comb trying to find a balance of sports car like handling, well the best one can expect for such a big heavy bruiser whilst maintaining an element of GT ride comfort.

Though dropping over 2k on KW coilovers helped a lot, the part that made one of the biggest improvements to ride quality and body control was a relatively cheap one:

Steeda Billet Rear Shock Mounts


Before anyone says anything, Steeda have not sponsored me, they did not even give me a discount on the part, but in fairness I don't think I asked either. 

Still I got this part because even with KW's over nasty roads the rear-end of the car just seemed jiggly and when I installed the KW rear shocks I noticed how even in the stock position the stock rear shock mounts are binding due to them being a rubber bushing, which made me think that can't be good.

After seeing so many people in shock and awe on the US section installing these parts for the added bling and strength only but then noticing the ride quality dramatically improved I was curious as to why.

It turns out something which Steeda have not marketed so heavily is the fact these parts have a spherical bearing instead of a rubber one. As I've upgraded a lot of parts in the rear of my car to spherical and witnessed the improvements this part made sense to try out.

I went in skeptical and have had this part on the car for over a month now, I've being so impressed I kind of forgot to post about it here in the UK section but needless to say what an improvement in ride quality, my car now has absolutely zero bounce, jiggle, float or whatever you wish to call it.

I would say those seeking a good looking setup with great handling improvement but keeping cost to a minimum should buy the following:
- Ford/Eibach Springs: £150 (still available?)
- BMR CB005: £200
- Steeda billet rear shock mounts: £200
- Eibach 15mm spacers all round or 15/25mm: £300

I think the above will give you the great looks/stance we all want from our cars along with a ride quality and handling improvement. Plus the above should be possible all in for under a grand and for those who just want the better looks and a mild handling improvement will achieve that with the above without breaking the bank and all the above is now available from UK sources. 

I seriously recommend these upper rear shock mounts, because the jiggle I found seriously annoying in this car, they all do it and it properly upset me on some of the rougher roads I drive on daily plus of course the car felt more connected by doing so.

Combine these with state of the art coilovers like KW and you will be blown away, my car is now a lot comfier and rides better than it did stock, it actually feels softer over rough roads but the moment you start throwing it around or driving it hard the whole thing just comes alive and feels about as sports car as this big girl will ever feel.

I finally got the cars suspension on a handling and ride comfort front to a point where I like it and feel confident to attack a road hard but at the same time it has superior comfort and ride quality to what it was stock."
*ENDS*

Thanks Andrew! Please everyone, keep submitting your reviews and feedback, we love it when we hear back from our customers.

Review taken from Mustang6G forum & pic courtesy of Andrew!

And to keep with our "awesome customer" theme, here is a great "install guide" video done by another great customer (another Andy!)



Created On  3 May 2017 15:16 in Products  -  Permalink
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Steeda "The Need for Speed Matters!"

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You may remember summer blockbuster "the Need for Speed!" featuring a  specially constructed and modified wide-body GT500 hero Mustang.

You may also know that the film eschewed CGI for ALL live action stunt work.

But did you know who Ford and Hollywood turned too when they need to create a killer action Mustang with suspension that can deliver incredible handling and amazing durability? Now you do. It was Steeda.  



The movie is filled with action packed stunts and fast-paced driving as the starring Mustang holds its own against a variety of supercars from around the world. Steeda Autosports was actively involved with the preparation of the movie, supplying all of the various upgraded suspension components that turned the stock Mustang into an asphalt-carving performance machine.

When you need a car to hold up to the rigors of abuse and harsh performance driving that is demanded by a thrilling action packed Hollywood movie, you can count on Steeda Autosports to provide the level of performance and reliability that can take the most severe punishment possible… on the street, track, and even in a Hollywood movie! The Steeda components on the "Need for Speed” Mustang are identical to the parts we manufacture and sell today – and you can get them at Steeda UK. We only tend to hold EU edition car parts in the UK, but we regularly bring over S197 parts to order for customers from our VAST selection available. You can browse them all on our home site STEEDA.COM

Steeda suspension parts used on the Need for Speed Mustang included:

Steeda Coil Over Assembly
Steeda Panhard Bar
Steeda Upper Control Arm
Steeda Upper Control Arm Mount
Steeda Billet Aluminum Control Arms
Steeda Adjustable Front and Rear Sway Bar Assemblies
Steeda Control Arm Relocation Brackets
Steeda Rear Axle Relocation Brackets

For the lovers of speed, Need for Speed is loaded with both crashes and car chases. Best summarized as a high-octane epic, this exciting and often funny movie more than delivers enough intense car chase entertainment to keep gearheads estatic. With its car chases, crashes, wild jumps and gas-guzzling sense of adventure, the film is a throwback to car classics such as Bullitt and Vanishing Point. But it’s all delivered in a very smooth and very modern style. Check out the film trailer:





It is a story that chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey – one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, "Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.




So make some time, and make sure you go to the theater and watch Need for Speed – it is a thrilling movie that definitely delivers Mustang excitement. And if your S197 Mustang has that "need for speed” – visit www.steeda.com for all your performance part needs. If you S550 UK/EU mustang needs "The Steeda Difference" just browse our UK Mustang parts shop or CONTACT US for advice.: 

Steeda – Speed Matters

Created On  21 Apr 2017 12:02 in News  -  Permalink
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Steeda History - Why YOU should choose Steeda.

With Steeda being new to the European market, some people might want to learn a little more about why Steeda is the right choice for your performance Ford.

With Steeda being a Ford only specialist for over 20 years we have unmatched experience with Mustangs and Focus' over the years, on the road and on track.

Not only that but Steeda's team live the fast Ford life:

Dario Orlando the founder of Steeda, is the winner of a prestigious award from Ford itself as one of 5 "Mustang Legends" along with icons such as Carroll Shelby, Parnelli Jones, Steve Saleen and Jack Roush. His grandfather worked for Ford 7 years after Henry Ford started the company and his father was a designer at Ford. Dario himself was a Ford test driver and helped develop the XR4i Sierras suspension, among other things! Dario was also a Ford racing driver and still turns the wheel on occasion for Steeda, recently driving our number S550 Mustang 20 race car to victory (again!) - picture below.



Glen Vitale, Steeda's Vice President is also an avid racer, and was the number 2 wheel man on the endurance leg of the number 20 Race Car's last win, and also owns his own dedicated MX5 race car, as well as racing the Steeda mk1 Focus race car. (as seen below in an early iteration!)

Racing is in Steeda's DNA. As Dario says, the track either proves you right, or shows you are wrong!




Scott Boda, our factory manager is an avid and successful drag racer, well used to popping wheelies as well as rivets...



Rodney Williamson, our head of Sales in the US, is a well respected and successful Mustang circuit racer with numerous wins racked up over the years.

Robbie Kazandjian head of Steeda UK, Steeda's European arm, doesn't have the experience of the above team, but has competed in sprints and won a couple of trophies too.

As well as these enthusiast racers at every level of the company there is our company history to reassure you that you are making the right choice when you choose Steeda.

Our ISO 9001 certification shows that we adhere to the highest quality standards, while our long relationship with Ford, including manufacturing parts for Ford tells you all you need to know. 

Some Steeda highlights for you to absorb: **

  • Steeda claim more wins and more championships and lap records with Steeda equipped cars than all of our rivals at Shelby, Roush and Saleen COMBINED
  • Steeda was the first company with an approved ECU calibration available in a Ford dealership
  • Steeda is the world's largest privately owned Performance Ford specialist
  • Steeda's 1993 Cobra R was the very first Cobra R to win a race in competition.   
  • Steeda's 1995 Cobra R Race Mustang won the championship and won more points than ALL THE OTHER MUSTANGS COMBINED!
  • In the SCCA National Run-Offs in 2006 ALL six Mustangs in the top positions are Steeda equipped.
  • In 2007 at Daytona, Tom Ellis not only wins with his Steeda Mustang and set a new Lap Record but also lapped EVERY other car in the race!
  • Also in 2007 the final race of the NASA American Iron Series was topped with a triple Steeda win when Robin Burnett, Aaron Bambach, and Rob Brent topped the podium. 
  • 2014, saw the release of the film of "The Need for Speed" featuring a hero Mustang as the lead car. Of course with no CGI and only real stunt driving, Hollywood needed the best. A total of seven Mustangs specially modified for the rigorous driving needed for the movie "Need for Speed” are built all using suspension modifications provided by Steeda Autosports.  
Below is a short video when Motor Trend magazine took out a few of the historic Steeda race cars from our collection.



so we hope that might make you think whenever you see a company making Mustang parts or claiming to be a Mustang or Ford specialist. Ask yourself this:

1. Do they ONLY work on Ford's or do they make parts for a variety of marques. If they do, then how much time can they dedicate to making sure the Ford parts are the best they can be? 

2. Do they race their cars and win?

3. Does Ford use them for manufacturing specialist performance parts and does Ford rate their owner as a "Mustang legend"?

Because if the answer isn't yes to those questions, perhaps you should try Steeda and experience "The Steeda Difference"



** rear more on our highlights page


Created On  15 Apr 2017 10:49 in NewsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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Steeda UK / EU Drag Board - Post Your Best!

As we are Sponsoring the US NMRA Drag All Stars, and there have been a few drag runs going on in the UK, we thought why not get a resource to track our best UK times so far, and what it took to achieve them!

Use the COMMENTS Section below this post to post up your Best ET and terminal velocity, alongside your car and its current setup at the time of the run!
Pics of the car and slips also welcome!



We will then compile a listing of results on this post:


Results in so far:

1. JIM: ET 12.85 @119 mph **
ET: 13.34/  TERMINAL: 107 mph    

at Long Marston 2016.First ever drag run so was fairly happy,used standard Auto setting. 

Car: 2016 Mustang GT Auto . Mods : only roush ab for drag run ,now have added whipple stage 2 /whipple tune/cradle lockout/wheel spacers and that's about it. (STEEDA- LETS SEE THE NEW TIMES! It should be pretty different!)
** UPDATE WITH CHARGER! Long Marston April/2017 


2. Andy (AKA Enoch) ET 13.1136 @ 106.96 mph

Car: 2016 Mustang GT Auto . Mods . Steeda linear springs , Jacking rails Steeda hood struts ,6G wheels 

3. Andrew (AKA Gibbo) ET  12.9  @115 mph

Car: 2015 Mustang GT PP, Manual, Custom Pack, Corsa Sport Catback, FRPP Handling Kit with Steeda Linear Springs, BMR CB005, BMR Vertical Links, Steeda Differential Inserts and more...














Created On  31 Mar 2017 10:58 in Steeda UK BlogRace + Drag  -  Permalink
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STEEDA AUTOSPORTS TO SPONSOR NMRA/NMCA ALL-STAR NATIONALS IN ATLANTA

We know quite a lot of our European Mustang customers have been dipping their feet into the pool at the UK's dragstrips, so here is a little inspiration for you...

Who will have the first 10 second time, then 9 second time? Please your bets (or make your bold claims!) here.
Post up your best times so far, and what Steeda mods you have (or need!) to help you on the way....
(Comments below)

Steeda always prove ourselves on track. Whether its a circuit, or a drag strip or a sprint course, we are here to help you win!




Promedia, promotors of the National Mustang Racers Association and National Muscle Car Association event series, announced that Steeda Autosports is the Presenting Sponsor of NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, April 6-9, 2017. For over 29 years, Steeda has been committed to providing the best in high performance vehicles and parts for drag racing, street performance and road racing.

Dario Orlando, owner of Steeda Autosports, is stepping up his commitment to drag racing and its participants in 2017. He said he is passionate about sponsoring three talented racers this year in the NMRA. Steeda’s "Racing Ambassadors,” as he refers to them, will be out in full force in Atlanta.

Chris Parisi, a multi-time champion named 2016 NMRA Driver of the Year, will be competing, seen below burning out his Guards green S550 featuring a Steeda Race Wing and a full rack of Steeda suspension upgrades.



as will Donnie Gilder (below) in his 9-second turbocharged 2015 Mustang GT, and Melissa Urist, in her 1,400- plus horsepower S550. These drivers are continually pushing boundaries, and are ready to rock at the All-Star Nationals. Come out to the Atlanta Dragway and meet the team from Steeda Autosports, the world’s largest aftermarket manufacturer of Ford performance equipment be a part of the ultimate Blue Oval challenge that racers rival for.


Fans who come out to the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by Steeda will witness the baddest and wildest Modular- and Coyote-powered Ford Mustangs in America. But that’s only part of it. Because this is a combined NMRA/NMCA event, all domestic brands will be packing the track, including Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats, six generations of Chevy Camaros, not to mention a huge field of classic Nostalgia Super Stocks and ground-pounding Pro Mods!





To help your car launch like a pro, fit our range of Steeda Mustang suspension upgrades, starting with our legendary "Stop the Hop" pack.

If you need more power, from a Whipple charger to a Pro Flow cold air intake, we can help there too! Check out our Mustang Power Upgrades




Created On  28 Mar 2017 13:32 in EventsRace + Drag  -  Permalink
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Keep Your Fast Ford Safe! Secure Car Storage by Car Safe through Steeda UK






   Does your Ford Race Car need storing over winter?                      

Does your Ford Show Stopper need protecting?

Steeda UK know that our cars are more than just transport.

Whether it s a project you have put years into, your pride and joy just purchased, or a hardened race car honed over the years, they are all special to us. Its why we think "Speed Matters!". Sometimes the problems we have are not our cars (sometimes!!!) and our love of cars, but WHERE do we put them?

Putting off a purchase because you dont know where you will fit that project car / track car / show car?

Thinking about selling your pride and joy becuase you have run out of room? Well we have the solution...

CarSafe offers professional and secure vehicle storage solutions, operated by a passionate and experienced team of professionals.

The CarSafe team  treat every vehicle with the care and attention needed to ensure that each time an owner wants to access their vehicle, they can rest assured that it will have been looked after with consideration, care and attention every step of the way.

CarSafe's love of vehicles ensures an exclusive level of service to each and every customer, satisfying the particular needs of each vehicle and the individual preferences of all of their owners.

The highly secure, discreet storage facility has been developed to an excellent standard, offering clean, dry and dehumidified storage conditions throughout. The team is committed to delivering quality and convenience in equal measure as standard.

The facility is situated just 5 minutes from the main road network, offering excellent road access to Cambridge, East Anglia, London and the South East, the Midlands and beyond.

Car Safe offer three graded packages which we believe offer the best options for most vehicles. The package which is right for you will depend on all sorts of factors, and only you can make the decision when it comes to the preservation and maintenance of your vehicle.

Bronze, Silver & Gold Packages:

BRONZE STORAGE PACKAGE:

The Bronze Storage Package offers all of the following as standard:

  • Dehumidified, premier dedicated vehicle storage facility
  • Videographic handover procedure on receipt of vehicle*
  • Vehicle allowed to fully air-dry before admission to store
  • Showcase video of your vehicle following admission to store
  • Client login facility to access your vehicle's videos
  • Unique ID and barcode management of all vehicles, accessories & keys
  • Seat, steering wheel and floor covers fitted at all times
  • Drip tray placed below each vehicle to alert us to fluid leaks

READ MORE ABOUT CARSAFE STORAGE FOR YOUR FORD on our CARSAFE STORAGE PAGE


Created On  23 Mar 2017 19:38 in NewsProductsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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