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.

Shop

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.

All STILLEN Superchargers CARB Approved Through 2014!

March 25, 2014

STILLEN is proud to announce that all current production STILLEN superchargers have achieved CARB exemption through 2014!  For many years, STILLEN has been recognized as the leader in NISSAN/INFINITI performance products and we continue our commitment by continuing to invest in tuning these fine vehicles. Our dedication to the NISSAN/INFINITI vehicles and the pride we have for the parts we manufacture for them shines through with this latest accomplishment.  The new CARB exemption order numbers (EO # D-426-19 and EO# D-436-20) cover all single and dual throttle body supercharger systems for the VQ35, VQ35HR, VQ37, VQ40 and VK56 engines.

STILLEN CARB Approved Supercharger for Nissan 350Z

STILLEN CARB Approved Supercharger for VQ37 engines

Not only is STILLEN the only company to offer CARB exempt performance parts for these vehicles, but STILLEN is the only company in the world to achieve CARB legality when tuning through the factory ECU with larger fuel injectors.  In the past, the only way to achieve CARB approval was with a piggyback ECU.

With the latest extension of CARB Exemption Order numbers, STILLEN is also excited to announce the extension of the powertrain warranty programs already in place for these supercharger systems.  When you purchase your supercharger kit you have the option of adding a 3 year/36,000 mile powertrain warranty.  STILLEN is the only NISSAN/INFINITI tuner in the world to offer this with their supercharger systems.

Note: CARB (California Air Resources Board), a division of the California state government, is widely recognized as the strictest emissions control in the US and is recognized in all 50 states as an emissions standard for all performance parts. If a performance part achieves CARB legality, it is recognized as 50-state legal.

STILLEN CARB Approved Superchargers:

Single Throttle Body Superchargers (EO# D-436-19)

50-State Legal Nissan 350Z Supercharger by STILLEN

50-State Legal Nissan 350Z Supercharger by STILLEN

Dual Throttle Body Superchargers (EO# D-436-20)

STILLEN 50 State Legal Supercharger for Nissan 370Z

STILLEN 50 State Legal Supercharger for Nissan 370Z

Want to see more photos of the of the STILLEN dual throttle body superchargers? Check out the slide show below!

Next Steps

For more information about STILLEN’s 50 state legal superchargers, please call us at (866) 250-5542 and we will be happy to help you. We also feature wide variety of other performance parts and a full service performance shop that specializes in dyno tuning, laser alignment, supercharger installations, and more!

STILLEN Cold Air Intakes CARB Approved Through 2014

March 25, 2014

2013 Infiniti G37 Cold Air Intake

STILLEN 2013 Infiniti G37 Cold Air Intake

Just announced… STILLEN cold air intakes for Nissan and Infiniti vehicles have been CARB approved through 2014! For nearly 20 years, STILLEN has worked with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop products that are compliant with OE standards of total vehicle integration and performance. With this long history in mind, STILLEN is proud to announce the cold air intakes for the Infiniti Q50 and Q60 have been CARB approved. We are equally proud to announce year range extensions for the 2014 370Z , Maxima and more. For a full list of vehicle applications, please see below.

STILLEN was the first company to prove that a cold air intake on the VQ37 engine could actually make power and is still recognized as the leading cold air intake with the highly sought after Generation 3 long tube cold air intakes for the 370Z, G37 and Q60.   It took 6 months of in-house R&D and testing and 56 different variations of prototype intake systems but it was all worth it and the end result was the leading cold air intake for the VQ37 equipped vehicles.

Nissan Titan Air Intake

STILLEN Air Intake for Nissan Titan

When it came time to manufacturing air intake systems for vehicles like the Altima, Maxima, Titan, Frontier, etc. STILLEN leaned on its vast experience in manufacturing high performance parts for NISSAN/INFINITI vehicles.  On the Nissan Altima and Maxima applications STILLEN is the only manufacturer of high performance intakes that incorporates a poly-urethane ducted air intake path leading fresh air from behind the factory grille directly into the air intake filter.  Included in many of these kits is STILLEN’s unique velocity ring which increases the velocity of the air as it is drawn into the engine thus producing more power!

Note: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is a division of the California state government and is widely recognized for having the most stringent emissions control regulations in the United States. Therefore, each of the 50 states recognizes its standards as the emissions standard for all performance parts. Each performance part that achieves CARB legality is considered 50-state legal.

STILLEN CARB Approved Cold Air Intakes (EO# D-436-21)

STILLEN CARB Approved Cold Air Intake

Contact Us

For more information about the STILLEN cold air intakes, please browse our website or call (866) 250-5542 to speak with one of our experts. We will be happy to answer any questions you have. If you life in the Orange County, CA area and need your air intake installed, we will also be happy to schedule an appointment for you in our performance shop.

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