Dealership Spotlight: Lloydminster Nissan Souped-Up Titan

April 11, 2014

Our friends at Nissan Lloydminster are at it again with another souped-up Titan. The goal of this project truck was to make it powerful and fast to leave other trucks in its dust… They definitely met their goal with this Titan! The list of upgrades on the Nissan Lloydminster truck is impressive and is definitely enough to turn any enthusiast’s head!

Nissan Lloydminster souped-up Nissan Titan

Nissan Lloydminster souped-up Titan

Adding Horsepower to the Souped-Up Titan:

To get the horsepower they were looking for, the Nissan Lloydminster team started by replacing the stock intake with a STILLEN Hi-Flow cold air intake. They also removed the stock exhaust and added a STILLEN 503257 dual exhaust. Not only do these upgrades improve horsepower, but they also help improve air efficiency. However, these changes were not enough for the Lloydminster Nissan team… They wanted more power! To accomplish this, they decided to supercharge the engine with a STILLEN 407570 supercharger, which has brought the power on similar Titans up to 379HP at the wheels (check out the STILLEN test dyno chart here). Now, this Titan can really haul!

Note: Dyno results will vary based on temperature, altitude, and other environmental factors.

Lloydminster Nissan Titan with STILLEN supercharger

Lloydminster Nissan Titan with STILLEN supercharger

Don’t worry though, this Titan didn’t just get a STILLEN power boost. It also got several other upgrades to round out its makeover. Other upgrades made include new wheels and tires, lowering shackles, transmission mount and chrome billet grille.

Nissan Lloydminster Nissan Titan with STILLEN upgrades

Nissan Lloydminster Titan with STILLEN upgrades

The Full List of Upgrades:

Check out the full list upgrades this project Titan has:

Lloydminster Nissan Titan with custom STILLEN parts

Lloydminster Nissan Titan with custom STILLEN parts

How to Find This Souped-Up Nissan Titan:

If you are as excited about this truck as we are and are in the Lloydminster, AB area, you’ll want to stop by the Lloydminster Nissan dealership or give them a call at (888) 273-4071. Additionally, if you have any questions about the STILLEN parts on this truck or any of the other parts we manufacturer, please give us a call 866-250-5542 and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

New! 2007-2013 Nissan Altima Sway Bar – Coupe or Sedan

April 8, 2014

STILLEN is proud to announce the launch of the Nissan Altima rear sway bar. This rear sway bar has gone through extensive R&D and testing to eliminate the common Nissan Altima rear sway bar defect. Due to many complaints from customers and vehicle owners, STILLEN decided to take a very close look into the design of the factory 2007 to 2013 Nissan Altima rear sway bar. In doing so, our engineers discovered that the cause of the failures is the design of the bar and the way the leverage is applied to the bar.

Finding the Nissan Altima Sway Bar Design flaw

The first thing the STILLEN engineers did was examine the entire suspension of the Altima rear end. To do so, we started by removing the driver side rear spring. This allows us to put a jack underneath the rear of that control arm and compress the rear suspension. By doing so, this simulates the cars suspension travel and shows the engineers what the rear suspension and most importantly the rear sway bar goes through during a full cycle.

Altima Coupe Sway Bar_Jack

Nissan Altima Coupe Sway Bar Test

Factory Nissan Altima Sway Bar Broken Due to Poor Design

Right away our engineers could see the problem. Due to the design of the sway bar, the suspension is not actually twisting the bar. Instead, as the suspension compresses up into the wheel well the sway bar actually bends at the middle rather than twist like it should. Illustrated in the pictures below, you can see what our engineers saw. To start with this is what the sway bar looks like when both corners are at “full droop.” This means there is no load applied to either corner and the sway bar is “at rest.” In these images we have included a straight edge to better illustrate exactly what we’re talking about.

Factory sway bar at rest:

Nissan Altima Stock Sway Bar Before Test

Nissan Altima Stock Sway Bar – Normal

Here is an image of the factory sway bar with one corner compressed:

Altima Coupe Sway Bar with Driver Side Rear Suspension Raised

Altima Coupe Sway Bar with Driver Side Rear Suspension Raised

Not only was the sway bar not twisting properly but the factory rubber bushings were also deflecting in a manner they shouldn’t be.

Nissan Altima Stock Bushings

Nissan Altima Stock Bushings

Fixing the Problem

To remedy the situation our engineers started by throwing out the factory design of the 2007 Nissan Altima sway bar altogether. After looking at the design of the bar, it was easy to see that the angle of the sway bar from the end link to the middle of the bar is simply insufficient and does not actually allow the bar to twist.

STILLEN Sway Bar vs. Factory Sway Bar

STILLEN Sway Bar vs. Factory Sway Bar

When looking at the factory sway bar compared to the STILLEN sway bar you can quickly see the entire design is different. By adding the additional bends in precise locations the sway bar now applies the torsional load from the suspension travel to the center of the sway bar in a twisting fashion as opposed to a leveraging angle. During the testing the STILLEN engineers performed the same test on the STILLEN sway bar as the factory sway bar. Here are the results:

STILLEN sway bar at rest:

STILLEN Nissan Altima Replacement Sway Bar

STILLEN Nissan Altima Replacement Sway Bar – Normal

STILLEN sway bar with one corner compressed:

STILLEN Nissan Altima Sway Bar with Driver Side Rear Suspension Raised

STILLEN Nissan Altima Sway Bar with Driver Side Rear Suspension Raised

STILLEN sway bar with one corner compressed, stock bushing very little deflection:

STILLEN Altima Coupe Sway Bar Bushings

STILLEN Altima Coupe Sway Bar Bushings

Due to the new end link mounting angle of the sway bar our engineers were uncomfortable re-using the factory end links as the angles did not match in a satisfactory position. Because of this STILLEN’s engineers designed new end links for the Nissan Altima, utilizing high durometer urethane couplers with high tensile strength steel hardware finished with a black powdercoating to protect from road debris and corrosion.

STILLEN Nissan Altima Sway Bar and End Links

STILLEN Nissan Altima Sway Bar and End Links

More Reasons Why You Should Upgrade To A STILLEN Altima Sway Bar

The STILLEN sway bar is more than a Nissan Altima replacement sway bar. By upgrading to STILLEN’s performance sway bar, you not only get a higher quality, better designed sway bar, but you also get to enjoy better handling it brings. Here are a few of the other benefits you can enjoy:

  • Better Handling – This sway bar is designed to handle comfortably on the street, while also making your Altima more fun to drive.
  • Warranty – Buy with confidence knowing that you are getting a genuine STILLEN sway bar that is made with the highest quality materials and comes with a manufacturer’s 1 year limited warranty.
  • Made in the USA – know that you are supporting American workers when you purchase STILLEN parts. For each STILLEN part, we make every effort possible to ensure that it is designed and manufactured in the US.

STILLEN 304236 – 2007-2013 Nissan Altima Sway Bar (Fits 2007-2013 Coupe or 2007-2012 Sedan)

Next Steps

If you have any questions about the STILLEN replacement sway bar for Nissan Altima Coupe or Sedan, please contact us at 866-250-5542 and we will be happy to answer any questions you have. If you live in the southern California area and would like to get your new sway bar installed by the experts, please stop by the STILLEN performance shop. We feature an expert team that will be happy to install your sway bar for you or other Nissan Altima performance parts you may be considering like exhausts, air intakes, and more!

Dealership Spotlight: Lia Infiniti Q50 Splitter

April 7, 2014

If you live in the Latham, NY area and are looking for a new Infiniti Q50 with some custom flair, you’ll want to stop by the Lia Infiniti dealership. This dealership boasts a state of the art facility that is over 5 acres and is full of pristine Infiniti vehicles. Not only do they have a great facility full of cars to choose from, but they also have the service to back it up and keep customers coming back happy.

Needless to say, we were pretty excited when we got some photos from our friends at the Lia Infiniti dealership with the STILLEN splitter installed on their showroom Q50. Take a look at how sleek and refined the Q50 looks with the STILLEN splitter installed and painted!

Infiniti Q50 with STILLEN Splitter at Lia Infiniti of Latham

Infiniti Q50 with STILLEN Splitter at Lia Infiniti of Latham

STILLEN Infiniti Q50 Splitter Features

The STILLEN Infiniti Q50 splitter is more than just good looks. Here are a few other benefits of buying a car with STILLEN made urethane body components from dealerships like Lia Infiniti of Latham :

  • Perfect Fit - This Q50 splitter is manufactured using a direct molding process, which means it flows with the natural lines of the car and looks as though it was included in the factory design.
  • Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty – Since we only use pure urethane polyols instead of using lower grade urethane has a lot of filler in it, the STILLEN Infiniti Q50 splitter is very durable. We are so confident in our product that we back it up with a manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty that guarantees it will not break or crack when used under normal conditions.
  • Designed & Manufactured In the USA - Like all STILLEN polyurethane body components, the STILLEN Infiniti Q50 splitter is manufactured in the USA in our Costa Mesa, CA shop from pure urethane polyols, which are also made in the US.

Where to Find the Infiniti Q50 with STILLEN Splitter

If you think this might be the Q50 for you or if you have any questions about this vehicle, be sure to contact Lia Infiniti dealership of Latham, NY, which is located at 965 New Loudon Rd. Latham, New York. Alternatively, if you have any questions about the STILLEN Q50 splitter or any of the other Q50 performance parts we manufacturer, please visit www.stillen.com or contact us at 866-250-5542 and we will be happy to help you!

New Dry Filter Intake Option for Select Intake Kits

April 3, 2014

Select STILLEN Air Intake Kits are now available with the option of an AEM dry intake filter! Dry filters don’t require being oiled routinely for maintenance, which helps remove the guesswork involved with keeping an intake’s filter clean. Instead, these high-quality dry filters use AEM’s synthetic air filter cleaner at intervals of 50,000 miles (depending on driving conditions). This cleaning method loosens dirt and grime particles in the air filter so that they can be easily rinsed away with water.

STILLEN dry filterSTILLEN Gen 3 Dry Intake FilterSTILLEN Gen3 Intake Dry Filter

STILLEN chose the AEM Dry Filter option for its high performance nature. It exhibits high air flow qualities while maintaining proper engine protection.

Gen-3-Dry-Filter-G-3

All STILLEN air intakes are developed in-house by our engineers, who optimize each intake for peak horsepower and increased torque.  Because the process is so intensive, we only select a few applications each year to develop intakes for. This allows us to take as much time as we need to ensure that we are able to produce the best air intake for each vehicle application. When you use a STILLEN air intake, you know you are using the best intake available and are sure to get the performance gains you are looking for!

STILLEN Dry Filter

STILLEN Intake Kit with Dry Filter Vehicle Applications

The STILLEN air intake kits with dry filters are now available for the following applications:

Contact Us

If you have any question about the new STILLEN dry filter intake option for intake kits, please contact us at 866-250-5542 and we will be happy to help you. We also feature a full service performance shop in our Costa Mesa, CA headquarters. We specialize in all performance work including installing brakes, superchargers and more!

STILLEN Knockoffs, Copycats and Counterfeits

April 1, 2014

While some may say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, in the automotive manufacturing world it is not. In fact, terms like knockoff, copycat and more are all just a nice way of saying counterfeit, which is illegal an illegal activity that costs the US economy billions of dollars every year. Read below to learn more about counterfeiting, why it is a problem, how to spot a counterfeit STILLEN product and what you can do to help.

What Is Counterfeiting?

Counterfeiting is creating and selling an imitation of a brand-name product.  The counterfeit product is typically made of low quality materials and do not have the quality and attention to detail that STILLEN has built its reputation on

Why Is Counterfeiting a Problem?

Counterfeiting hurts everyone involved, but most especially the customers that purchase the knockoff STILLEN product. It is not uncommon for us to read negative reviews on third party websites about counterfeit items.  As one customer said of the counterfeit urethane part they purchased from a counterfeiter, “Poor quality. I just wasted my money.” Unfortunately, this happens all too often and once you have purchased, there is very little we can do to help you get your money back.

How to Spot a Counterfeit?

Knowing a product is counterfeit can be difficult. This is especially true when shopping online where counterfeiters can make a few subtle changes to their listing to make it look as though you are purchasing genuine parts. Would you know that the listing below is a listing for a fake STILLEN product?

STILLEN Counterfeit Listing

STILLEN Counterfeit Listing

Because of their low barriers to entry, most counterfeit sellers peddle their products on popular marketplace sites like Amazon, eBay, Craigslist and more. Now, just because you find a STILLEN product listed on one of these sites, DOES NOT mean that the product is automatically a fake. STILLEN actually sells on Amazon and eBay and has several other authorized retailers that do the same. Keep reading below for more information on how to identify counterfeit STILLEN parts.

Price

Because of the high quality materials and detailed manufacturing process, genuine STILLEN products are priced at a certain level that all reputable manufacturers will be following. If you find a reseller that is priced significantly lower than everyone else, this seller is likely selling counterfeit goods.

Now you might be wondering how counterfeiters are able to manufacture such in expensive products. The answer is simple – they copy the STILLEN design and use lesser quality materials. As an example, counterfeiters that sell urethane body parts cheaply are able to do so because they use urethane chemicals with a high amount of filler (typically calcium or silica). In contrast, STILLEN only uses pure urethane polyols made in the USA. The filler in the counterfeit body components will make the part brittle with little flexibility, causing it to crack easily. This is why STILLEN is able to offer limited lifetime warranty against defects on our urethane parts. Whereas the counterfeiter does not or they will tell you go to STILLEN for your warranty – which we cannot honor because it is not our product.

Images

Each authentic STILLEN part will have the STILLEN logo in the photo – either in one of the corners of the image or on the part itself. If it does not, there is a good chance that the part you are viewing is not an authentic STILLEN part.

Name of the Part

Most often, counterfeiters will use names that imply the part is a STILLEN product. Here are a few popular aliases used by counterfeiters in their product titles:

  • STL
  • STL Style
  • STILLEN Style
  • STILEN
  • STILLIN

Be wary of these products. These are NOT STILLEN products and are made by counterfeiters who are trying to trick unsuspecting purchasers into believing these are genuine products.

STILLEN Packing and Stamp

Each STILLEN part that leaves our facility will do so in a STILLEN box with STILLEN tape.  Additionally, each part that we manufacture will have the STILLEN logo and part number stamped into the part.

What You Can Do to Help

Don’t Purchase Counterfeit Products

The best action you can do when you run across a counterfeit item is do not purchase. By not purchasing, you are not financially supporting the counterfeiter and are removing their monetary incentive. If enough people do this, they will be forced to shut down their operation.

However, that being said, we know that the price is a main factor in deciding whether or not to purchase a knockoff or the real thing. When you are faced with this issue, be sure to keep in mind that despite how tempting the price may be, you are not getting an authentic STILLEN part. This means that the part is not made of our high quality materials by expert craftsmen, does not come with the customer support we pride ourselves on and does not come with the manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty that all STILLEN parts come with. If you have problems with your knockoff part, unfortunately, we cannot assist you.

Let Us Know

The next best action you can take is to let us know that you have come across a counterfeit part by calling us at (866) 250-5542 or email us at Sales@stillen.com. When you contact us, please include as much of the information listed below as possible:

  • Name and contact information of the seller
  • Type of location (swap meet, online, retail store, etc.)
  • Location (physical location or URL)
  • Do the items say STILLEN, have a STILLEN logo on it or a variation of the STILLEN name or logo?

Please note that all information you provide us with will be considered anonymous.  We thank you for your help in the fight against counterfeiters of STILLEN performance parts!

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