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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:

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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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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Pistonheads - Another cracking Q500 Review!

Well Pistonheads, the UKs premier car enthusiast discussion forum and website, just published their review of the Q500 and they love it as well.

"there can be little doubt the Q500 is a world away from a normal 5.0-litre model in terms of eagerness, agility and immediacy. It's not flighty or edgy, rather a vast improvement that makes the Enforcer immensely more satisfying to drive"

You can read the full review here:

Pistonheads Q500 Enforcer First Drive

And feel free to add to the comments with your good (hopefully!) Steeda experiences!

Created On  25 Apr 2018 10:22 in NewsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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Ford Mustang S550 - Basic Upgrades Guide. Pt1

Steeda UK offer a  huge range of upgrades and parts for your Mustang! Good news! We are a one stop shop for everything your Mustang needs. Even if its not on the site, we can still offer it, these are just our most popular items.

However this large range of parts (sometimes with baffling names? Just what IS a vertical link or a toe-link??) can be confusing to your every day car owner. (click the links to find out!)

We all start off with the great package that Ford gave us as our entry point and perhaps we can help you decide as to what to do with your car.

Steeda Q500 Enforcer

There are 2 golden rules (in our opinion) that you need to follow:

1. It's YOUR car. So if it makes YOU happy, and it's what YOU want, then you have done it right and just ignore what other people say! That feeling of happiness as you get into your own personalised car, is part of the spirit of Mustang.

2. WHAT is your aim for the car? Developing a car for style, or performance, or track days, or racing or the drag strip all will mean different priorities and different trade-offs. Think about WHAT you want to achieve when drawing up your list.

Having said that, there are a few simple rules to help you along, and also a few simple mods that we can recommend to get you started in part one of our guide.

In further parts we will address more specific build aims (e.g a track focussed car)

There are some parameters that can help you decide what you want to start with and how to do things.

1. Budget?
2. Fitting?
3. Priority (this goes back to WHAT)
4. Supporting / Complimentary upgrades. (this in some ways is related to point 2, but not totally)
5. Impact.

Lets address these points individually to start with:


Modifying your car is expensive right? So you need to save up a LOT before getting stuck in? WRONG.

One of our most popular mods is our S550 clutch spring, at under £20!

So should you get one? NO. Not if you think your clutch pedal feels fine and you are happy with the way the clutch pedal feels!  This goes back to 1. It's YOUR car so even if 100 people say the clutch spring is great, if you don't need it, don't get it! However, if you do have some issues with clutch feel, or kangarooing, driveability etc, then certainly get the spring. At that price you can't go wrong!

One thing we think that you SHOULD get is our Steeda IRS Base package. It doesn't sound exciting (and it really isn't) but the change in the driveability and feel of your car , plus its correct alignment, potentially saving you tyre wear etc IS exciting. We think it's a must have for any Mustang, Ecoboost or GT, track driven or just to the shops. And at Sub £200 it's another mod that won't break the bank proving that BIG impact can be had with minimal spend.

If you want to see how much you can do for not a lot check out our WALLET FRIENDLY MUSTANG MODS guide on another post. (note its an old post so some prices may have changed a little)

Of course if you want to go all out we can help you with that too!

BELOW: Steeda IRS Full pack BELOW: Steeda Extreme G Track Brace

IRS Full Pack for Mustang     S550 Extreme G Track Brace


Why is this a consideration? Well because you can save money on parts OR you can save money on fitting. Trying to "synchronise" installs to minimize duplicated labour is a good way of doing things. For example doing the IRS base pack install at the same time as a set of Springs makes sense. Doing the clutch and flywheel at the same time is always a good idea. Body kits are a classic example of where fitting can have a major impact? Save money buying a cheap kit, spend a lot more trying to get it to fit! In the case of the Mustang, our variety of suspension/chassis upgrades often make sense to buy as a package if possible to combine fitting.
Everyone knows what fitting springs is all about, but the mystery of the S550 IRS rear end means a lot of Steeda parts aren't understood or purchased and yet these can make a huge impact on the quality of the drive. Always feel free to ask our advice! This leads us neatly on to


You see buying a huge selection of Steeda suspension and IRS mods might not be a great way to spend money if you aren't that bothered by driveability or performance, but just love the way your Mustang looks and sounds. ABSOLUTELY buy the IRS base pack, and a nice set of Steeda progressive lowering springs, but that is enough. Spending more on suspension parts, especially initially, probably isn't where you want to put your budget. So think about the WHAT you want to achieve and then either ask us what we think will help you further that aim most effectively, or choose yourself. If it's all about enjoying things on track, then piling money into styling mods isn't a great idea. Drag racing focus will mean that trying to enhance power without actually give yourself a good traction base to launch from is a waste of time.
ALWAYS feel free to ask the Steeda UK team for advice, that's what we are here for.

Styled Airbag S550 GT  Ed's airbagged GT on Velgen Split5 20" in a custom finish is all about style.

Steeda Drag S550 GT  Donnie Gilders Drag S550 GT is strictly business and delivers results!


In some ways related to fitting costs, but not always. This means how certain mods can contribute to the success of other mods. For example:
Doing wheels and springs at the same time works perfectly and you will end up with a killer stance (whereas stock suspension with your lovely new wheels may leave you a little regretful). Superchargers + Stop The Hop pack. Totally different ends of the car so NO connection to fitting costs, BUT the lack of traction can make you very disappointed with your new found (expensive) power. After all the stock car doesn't put down it's 400hp very well, so thinking it can put down 600 plus is not realistic! This is where new wheels with the ability to wear wider Michelin rubber can also come into play.


You are changing your car so what do we think will have the maximum impact. What are our recommendations? (bearing in mind the golden rule, it's YOUR car)

1. Exhaust. Nearly every Mustang owner whether GT or EcoBoost wants their car to sound like a performance car. Consult our Exhaust beginners guide if you want some tips! Or BROWSE OUR EXHAUST SELECTION HERE

2. Steeda Springs + Steeda IRS base pack: Improve your ride, improve your driveability and confidence in the car and improve the looks and how it sits. WIN all around! And for less than £500. It's a MUST!

3. Wheels. A set of Velgen wheels, designed to fit perfectly on your Mustang and allow you to use wider rubber if you like for looks or performance, is the biggest single change you can make to the looks of your car. Available in a variety of colours and styles and lighter than stock, you cannot truly say you are changing the way your car looks if you stay on stock wheels. Available in 19" or 20" styles.

Velgen VMB9 Mustang  Customer Dave's Supercharged S550 on 20" Velgen VMB9s

Paul 19" VMB5  Customer Paul's NA GT on 19" Velgen VMB5s

These are what we regard as "the big 3" but of course you decide, and if you want to make it the big 23, then we can help! There are so many options and so many ways to take your Mustang. It's part of the "Joy of Mustang!" And remember if you need help CONTACT US.

Created On  11 Apr 2018 14:16 in Steeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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Steeda - The Steeda Difference

We are very happy to say that our message, that cars with the Steeda Difference shine, is really getting through in the UK.

Many of the UK's ultimate Fords are rolling with Steeda packages. We deal with every aspect of the car world from hardcore drag and track cars to street beauties and killer show cars. Steeda has your Ford covered.

On track, Fiesta ST Time Attack up and comer Matt Binstead is hoping that Steeda support can make the difference in the 2018 season, while veteran Mustang S197 racer Alex Peters at Black Sun Racing experienced the Steeda difference going from no wins to a championship with a host of Steeda upgrades.

Matt Binstead Time Attack Fiesta ST   Black Sun Racing Mustang

On the drag strip, while the Steeda US development MY2018 Mustang "the Silver bullet" has been setting world records getting deep into the 10's on the 1/4 with Steeda bolt ons, while still normally aspirated, here in the UK, Steeda have been repping with Owen's charged S550 "sleeper" putting out over 800 hp and now able to put it down with a full Steeda "Stop the Hop" pack. A MUST if you are supercharged.

Owen fitted it and couldn't believe the difference! "I can launch in a straight line now!"

He promptly headed to the newly resurfaced Santa Pod, the UK drag Mecca, and set down the fastest time yet seen on the shiny new strip! Here he is braving the Siberian elements at the great #Petrolheadonism event at Sywell Airfield.

World records keep tumbling every time the Steeda Silver Bullet hits the strip!

If thrashing your fast Ford on track isn't your cup of tea no problem, Steeda UK have helped deliver some of the most stunning show cars in the UK.

Ed Offers Muscleworks demo car is laden with Steeda goodies not to mention his second set of stunning Velgen wheels (every show car needs a change up now and then!). Of course Ed's car is yet another Steeda magazine cover car, and deservedly so.

Ian Simpson went all out to create an S550 "Mach One" replica, and determined to make sure it performed how it should, which meant a full package of Steeda performance upgrades. Of course with a cracking car like that and Steeda advice and know how backing the build, why WOULDN'T it be a cover car? Mustang64 can deliver you a similar car if you want.

One of the UK's premier exhaust companies, Milltek Sports wanted to build a Mustang show car and they also turned to Steeda to make sure it went as well as it sounded! You can see the feature car page about their demo car BY CLICKING HERE or on the pic below:

Milltek demo car feature

On our most recent Steeda Driving Experience day which we hosted for the Simply Mustang UK group, Steeda customer Dave Rogerson not only looked and sounded great, but his full equipped car (below) dominated on the day, taking the crown in all three disciplines.

Dave Rogerson GT Supercharged Beast

Proving that power isn't everything his well balanced car on great Michelin rubber mounted on Velgen VMB9s showed that Steeda bring a TOTAL PACKAGE to every car we create. Another supercharged car on the day, with no suspension mods tried to accelerate away and shot straight off the road. Remember what we said above. If you want a big power Mustang, the the Steeda Stop The Hop pack is a MUST. We care about our customers, and wrecked cars isn't what we want to see.

All these amazing cars and we haven't even gotten to our range of SSV purpose built cars. The reviews the Steeda Mustang Q500 Enforcer has received have been great.

City Am Q500 Review

City AM declared it the UK's best Mustang, and rated it higher than the BMW M4 Competition pack, the Audi RS5 and the Mercedes C63AMG.

EVO rated it 4.5 / 5 stars (basically their highest mark!) and claimed it has... "a chassis you can trust and exploit, the Q500 Enforcer is FAR MORE entertaining and satisfying than ANY OTHER Mustang we’ve driven on UK roads” (our emphasis)

So there we go, if you didn't understand the concept of the Steeda Difference, we hope you do now.

To put it simply. Steeda Wins. If your specialist ISN'T recommending Steeda, perhaps you should be asking why?

Created On  27 Mar 2018 14:16 in Steeda UK BlogNews  -  Permalink
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Happy New Year! The World Loves the Q500 Enforcer!

Well Steeda UK kicked off 2018 in great style with an amazing premier of the "Velgen Society UK" in a meet at the historic Bicester heritage centre.

We were blessed both with amazing sunny weather (in the midst of January greyness, mista nd rain!), and also a fabulous selection of cars, customers and dealers who had come along to support that day, and we were also very happy to host Scott the owner of Velgen wheels from Miami, and his legendary photographer and vidmaster, Franco.

MSN cars also attended, and threw up this great little article.


The attendees were lucky enough to grab some Velgen swag as well as bear witness to the glories of the brand new Velgen Forged ranged. Some people wept as their beauty was revealed... (and I am almost not exaggerating).

Velgen Forged Wheel Examples Revealed!

They also got the first reveal of the completed Steeda Q500 Enforcer UK demo car

Steeda Q500 Enforcer UK demo revelaed

The Velgen meet was the curtain raiser event to the Performance Car Show at the Autosport International event at the NEC in Birmingham. 

We were soon set up and after an extremely tiring but fun 4 days we crawled home and flew home and were amazed by the incredibly positive reception we had received across the board both from the press and the general public.

Some Press examples

Not only were the press reports great but after the show we were named by AOL as one of the top 9 cars in the show. And seeing as there were a LOT of cool cars in the show, that is going some! Read the articles and enjoy! And comment (nicely!) if you are a Steeda fan!  8)

PICS from the show:

Steeda John helping explain the Q500 engine bay

The stand ready to go pre show!

Autosport 2018 Steeda Stand

The Michelin Man visits!

We were down with the kids with style too!

 Autosport style!

Thanks to everyone who made this possible,
Haynes Ford for being our SSV dealer
Perfect Touch Performance for helping out in tuning and development
Velgen Wheels for their great products and support
Michelin Tyres for providing the best rubber we can get (with VELVET TOUCH finish! if you dont believe me stroke my tyres!)
Unique Detail for getting the car show ready and providing some cool little custom touches to help affirm "the Steeda Difference"
Matt Woods Photography for giving us some killer images (more to be revealed soon!)
Elan PR for their support at the show
Rachel (from Event Hosts) for her great work at the show with us
Also shouts to the great team from Autofinesse our show buds who kept the Q500 shining

and of course all our great customers and dealers who have helped and supported us!

Created On  23 Jan 2018 18:11 in EventsNewsSteeda UK Blog  -  Permalink
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