April 21, 2014
Since it’s been a while since we last checked in with the STILLEN performance shop, we thought it’s time for an update. Our shop techs have been extremely busy with all sorts of cars, trucks & SUVs, but we’ve all been happily surprised by the number of Ford vehicles making their way into the shop to visit us. It seems the STILLEN performance shop is quickly becoming the top Ford Performance Shop in Southern California!
Ford Performance Shop: Raptor Supercharger Installs
Being the only Whipple warranty certified installer in Southern California, our performance shop technicians been extremely busy installing superchargers for American muscle cars and imported sports cars. However, they have been especially busy installing superchargers for various trucks and prerunners. The blue Ford SVT Raptor featured in the photo above, is just one of the many trucks that has gotten a supercharger installed by the STILLEN performance shop over the past few weeks and there are even more on the schedule!
As you can see from the photo below, the owner is already having a blast off-roading with this Raptor after they got their supercharger installed!
Raptor with Supercharger Service
After adding a supercharger to your car’s engine, you don’t want to be taking it to the dealer service center or the service center down the street. You want to take it to someone you know you can trust and who knows how to service performance cars and trucks. This is why we are seeing the black Raptor featured in this photo. As many of you will remember, the STILLEN performance shop installed the supercharger on this prerunner a few months ago (click here to see the full write up on this Raptor). The owner brought it back for service.
GT500 Supercharger Pulley Installation
Now, if you’re looking to get a bit more from your supercharger, the STILLEN performance shop is definitely the place to come and this is why the Ford GT500 came in. The owner brought his car in because he wanted to get a bit more horsepower from his supercharged engine. With that in mind, the STILLEN team installed a new supercharger pulley to create more boost and get the horsepower the owner was looking for.
Like the cars and trucks that have superchargers installed, you don’t want to trust your Ford GT servicing to just anyone. Over the years, the STILLEN performance shop has seen its share of Ford GT’s come in for service and has earned a sterling reputation for working with these vehicles.
Scheduling Your Appointment with the Top Ford Performance Shop in Southern California
Whether you have a Ford GT and need to bring it in for servicing, you have a Ford Mustang or Ford Raptor that you want to bring in to get a supercharger, and everything in between, the STILLEN performance shop is who you want to trust your vehicle with. We have nearly 30-years’ experience working with performance cars. To make your appointment, simply call (866)250-5542 and we will be happy to help you.
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!
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.
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.
The Full List of Upgrades:
Check out the full list upgrades this project Titan has:
- STILLEN supercharger
- STILLEN cold air intake
- STILLEN dual exhaust
- American Racing “Mainline” 22 x 9.5 wheels wrapped in Cooper Zeon 285 45R22 tires
- PRG products transmission mount
- PRG products 1” lowering shackles
- Nissan Chrome Billet Grille
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.
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.
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:
Here is an image of the factory sway bar with one corner compressed:
Not only was the sway bar not twisting properly but the factory rubber bushings were also deflecting in a manner they shouldn’t be.
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.
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 sway bar with one corner compressed:
STILLEN sway bar with one corner compressed, stock bushing very little deflection:
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.
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)
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!
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!
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!
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 chose the AEM Dry Filter option for its high performance nature. It exhibits high air flow qualities while maintaining proper engine protection.
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 Intake Kit with Dry Filter Vehicle Applications
The STILLEN air intake kits with dry filters are now available for the following applications:
- 2007-2009 Nissan 350Z air intake
- 2008-2009 Infiniti EX35 air intake kit
- 2007-2008 Infiniti G35 Sedan air intake system
- 2008-2012 Infiniti G37 Coupe air intake kit
- 2009-2013 Infiniti G37 Sedan air intake kit
- 2009-2014 Nissan 370Z air intake
- 2011-2012 Infiniti M37 air intake system
- 2007-2009 Nissan 350Z air intake kit
- 2008-2013 Infiniti G37 Coupe air intake
- 2009-2013 Infiniti G37 Sedan air intake kit
- 2007-2008 Infiniti G35 Sedan air intake
- 2009-2014 Nissan 370Z air intake kit
- 2005-2014 Nissan Frontier air intakes
- 2005-2013 Nissan Pathfinder intakes
- 2005-213 Nissan Xterra intake system
- 2004-2010 Infiniti QX56 intake kit
- 2005-2014 Nissan Armada intake system
- 2004-2014 Nissan Titan air intake kit
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!