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!

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!

2013-2014 Ford Fusion T-Rex Upper Class Mesh Grilles

March 31, 2014

STILLEN is proud to announce the addition of six (6) all new T-REX Upper Class mesh grilles for the 2013-14 Ford Fusion model lineup. These new additions to the T-REX Grilles Upper Class Series line were specifically crafted to satisfy the diehard customizer looking for a fresh look to the newest Ford Fusion model.

Move Your Ford Fusion Into….The Upper Class

The Upper Class Grille Series features embedded fine woven formed mesh set in precision laser cut frames. These new T-REX Grilles were designed in house to compliment the recently redesigned 2013-14 Ford Fusion and are manufactured to exacting specifications in the U.S. for a perfect fit and finish every time. T-REX Grilles makes transforming the look of the 2013-14 Ford Fusion simple!

All 2013-14 Ford Fusion T-REX Grilles are available in polished or black finish and are backed by an industry leading Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty and 3 Year Limited Finish Warranty.

Polished Stainless Steel T-Rex Upper Class Mesh Grilles

T-Rex 54531 – 2013-2014 Ford Fusion Upper Class Mesh Grille – Replacement

2013-2014 Ford Fusion Upper Class 3 Window Main Grille – Polished Stainless Steel

T-Rex 54531 – Upper Class 3 Window Main Grille – Replacement

  • Polished Stainless Steel
  • 3 Window Mesh Grille
T-Rex 54531 – 2013-2014 Ford Fusion Upper Class 3 Window Main Grille – Replacement

2013-2014 Ford Fusion Upper Class Main Grille w/Full Opening – Polished Stainless Steel

T-Rex 54532 – Upper Class Main Grille with Full Opening – Replacement

  • Polished Stainless Steel
  • Full Opening Mesh Grille 
T-Rex 55531 - 2013-2014 Ford Fusion Upper Class Mesh Grille –  Bumper Replacement

2013-2014 Ford Fusion T-Rex Upper Class Bumper Grille – Polished Stainless Steel

T-Rex 55531 – Upper Class Bumper Grille – Replacement

  • Polished Stainless Steel
  • Matches Upper Grille Selection

Black Powdercoated T-Rex Upper Class Mesh Grilles

T-Rex 51531 - 2013-2014 Ford Fusion Upper Class 3 Window Main Grille – Replacement

2013-2014 Ford Fusion T-Rex Upper Class 3 Window Main Grille – Powercoated Black

T-Rex 51531 – Upper Class 3 Window Main Grille – Replacement

  • Black Powdercoated Mild Steel
  • 3 Window Mesh Grille
T-Rex 51532 - 2013-2014 Ford Fusion Upper Class Main Grille Full Opening – Replacement

2013-2014 Ford Fusion Full Opening Main Grille Black Powdercoated

T-Rex 51532 – Upper Class Main Grille Full Opening – Replacement

  • Black Powdercoated Mild Steel
  • Full Opening Mesh Grille
T-Rex 52531 - 2013-2014 Ford Fusion Upper Class Grille Bumper – Replacement

T-Rex 52531 – Upper Class Grille Bumper – Replacement

T-Rex 52531 – Upper Class Grille Bumper – Replacement

  • Black Powdercoated Mild Steel
  • Matches Upper Grille Selection 

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Trex Upper Class grilles or any of the Trex grilles we carry, please contact one of our experts at 866-250-5542 and we will be happy to help you. We also carry a wide variety of Ford Fusion parts and offer a full service performance shop in Costa Mesa, CA. We specialize in dyno tuning, exhaust installation, air intake installation and more. Just call to make an appointment!

 

Upgraded Infiniti G37x – Supercharged, Enhanced Suspension & More!

March 31, 2014

Every so often we get a car come through the performance shop that is BIG news here at STILLEN and that happened just a few weeks ago with an Infiniti G37x. It all started a few months ago when one of our performance specialists took a call from a potential customer about a supercharger for a G37x. Over the course of a few months, the performance specialist worked with the customer making suggestions and answering questions until the customer was completely confident in his purchase. By this time, this car had transformed from a very nice G37x into many employees’ dream car.

Infiniti G37x Customized with STILLEN Parts

Infiniti G37x Customized with STILLEN Parts

The Infiniti G37x Wish List

This customer is a professional mountain bike racer, who also manufactures mountain bike and motorcycle performance parts. He wanted to make sure that he could modify a G37x to handle and perform as close to a GT-R as possible. To achieve his dream, he was looking to combine GT-R performance with the luxury and practicality of a sedan. Therefore, speed, handling and braking were of utmost importance to him. This car needed to be able to perform and handle the way everyone dreams a sports car will handle, but also be reliable so that the customer could drive on a variety of services with confidence. That meant that he was looking to upgrade the car’s power, suspension, braking and also had to make sure he had all of the other performance upgrades necessary to ensure the other aspects of the car were ready for the modifications that were being made.

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Infiniti G37x in the STILLEN Performance Shop

Performance Upgrades

Supercharger

Infiniti G37x with STILLEN Supercharger

Infiniti G37x with STILLEN Supercharger

Parts: STILLEN 407730 Supercharger System, STILLEN 400338 STD Crank Pulley

Since additional horsepower was what had originally drawn the customer to STILLEN, we wanted to make sure we got him set up with the perfect blower for his car.  We recommended the STILLEN Supercharger for Infiniti G37, which comes in a polished or satin finish. This customer elected for the satin finish. While we haven’t dyno tested this customer’s car, this blower has previously been tested during development to output over 500 horsepower.

Cooling Kits

G37x with STILLEN Supercharger and Cooling Kits

G37x with STILLEN Supercharger and Cooling Kits

Parts: STILLEN 400740 Transmission Cooler, STILLEN 400632 Gold Oil Cooler

While power is important, so is longevity. Since this was also one of the customer’s concerns, we recommended he add a STILLEN transmission cooler and STILLEN oil cooler to the car. The transmission cooler will help preserve the car and help with power during hill climbs. The oil cooler will help keep the oil at the right temperature to make the supercharger last.

Coilover Shocks

Infiniti G37x with Aftermarket Coilover Shocks

Infiniti G37x with Aftermarket Coilover Shocks

Part: BC Racing BCRV-08U BR Serues  Coilover Shocks*

Since this customer’s vehicle is all wheel drive (AWD), our shock selection was admittedly slim. That being said, we found a solid option in the BC Racing coilover shocks. With their swift spring upgrade, it allowed the customer to get a higher quality shock with a more consistent spring rate. These coilover shocks also feature less coils per spring rate, which allow for a larger spoke and better travel.

*Note: These coilover shocks are not available online. Please call 866-250-5542 for more information.

Sway Bar

Part: STILLEN 304375 Adjustable Sway Bar Kit

Being an experienced driver that wants to enjoy a thrill when he drives, this customer was looking for a bit more oversteer than the stock sway bar could provide. With that in mind, we recommended that the stock sway bar be replaced with a STILLEN adjustable sway bar for G37X. This sway bar is made from high strength aircraft grade steel and is specially designed to reduce body roll and improve cornering.

Grounding Kit

Part: STILLEN 606358R Grounding Kit

With all of the upgrades being made to the car, we wanted to make sure that the electrical components were as optimized as possible and the customer agreed. To do this the sales representative recommended a grounding kit be added to the vehicle.  By adding this feature, it will allow the electrical system to work better, allowing the customer to enjoy all the performance benefits of the upgrades he had made.

Cat-Back Exhaust

Infiniti G37x with STILLEN Cat-Back Exhaust

Infiniti G37x with STILLEN Cat-Back Exhaust

Part: STILLEN 504377 Cat-Back Exhaust

The STILLEN cat-back exhaust was added for performance gains and sound improvement. Like our other STILLEN exhausts, it features a mandrel bent 304 stainless steel construction and boasts the trademark STILLEN sound that is mild while cruising, but becomes more aggressive as you accelerate.

Big Brake Kit

Infiniti G37x with Big Brake Kit

Infiniti G37x with Big Brake Kit

Parts: AP AP5700R-X Front Brake System, AP AP3752R-X Rear Brake System

When your car packs as much power as this Infiniti G37, it’s important to make sure that it has the necessary stopping power to safely slow the car down. In this case, stock brakes just weren’t going to cut it. That’s why we recommended the cross drilled and slotted AP Racing Brake Kit, which are known for being the top big brake kit manufacturer in the industry.

Wheels

G37x Aftermarket Wheels

G37x Aftermarket Wheels

Parts: TSW 1985NUR455114S76 Nurburgring Wheel, TSW 1995NUR415114S76 Nurburgring Wheel*

To complete the makeover, we suggested the customer go with a set of TSW wheels.  This was because the customer’s existing wheels would not fit the big break kit that was installed and because he wanted a sportier look with better functionality. Additionally, these wheels have a rotary forged design, which maintains strength and durability, while being light weight.

*Note: These wheels are not available online. Please call 866-250-5542 for more information.

The Results

STILLEN upgraded 2013 G37x

STILLEN upgraded 2013 G37x

After the dust settled from all the upgrades were made, the customer was extremely happy with the power and performance he’s now getting from the car. As you can imagine, his car has plenty of power and torque to meet his goal of turning his G37 into a four-door GT-R. He’s also loved the suspension adjustments that were made with the sway bar and coilover shocks – it’s handling wonderfully for him. Plus, he gets to enjoy the stealth factor when street driving. Other drivers have no idea how fast his car can go until he chooses to leave them in the dust!

Check out the slide show below to see the full transformation this car made!

Next Steps

If you have any questions about the Infiniti G37 parts above or want to explore upgrading your car, please contact one of our performance specialists at 866-250-5542. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about our parts, make suggestions of upgrades to make to get the most out of your vehicle, or schedule an installation appointment for you.

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