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Continuing in the development of body kit components for the new Camaro, STILLEN is proud to announce the availability of our newly designed Polyurethane Lip Spoiler!

The STILLEN Camaro SS Lip Spoiler adds aggressive styling while keeping the flow and design of the new body style.  Set your Camaro apart from the rest with this bolt-on lip!

Urethane has significant benefits over fiberglass, most notably with the subtle flexibility like the OEM body, versus the rigidity found with fiberglass.

As with all STILLEN urethane body components, this lip was designed and developed at our in-house studio in Southern California. STILLEN body components come ready to prep and paint, and also include installation instructions, as well as the hardware necessary for install, and 3M automotive trim tape pre-installed to the part.

STILLEN components are so durable, they also come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty against cracking or breaking under normal use!


Other available body components from STILLEN:

Meet Paul and Robyn Mullen of Australia, who are taking a neat trip on the historic Route 66 from California to Chicago.  The Mullen’s are recently married, and taking their honeymoon on the road, after purchasing the Ford Mustang we built and hitting the pavement hard on a multi-state US trip!

Paul Mullen and Steve Millen have known each other for years and years, with Paul heading up Black Magic Media, a television production company which has handled coverage on numerous New Zealand Targa Rallies Steve has raced in.

Paul and Robyn are doing an excellent job in capturing their trip, blogging daily about the quirks and interesting things they have discovered along the way, with plenty of pictures as well.  Neat to see the Mustang stretch it’s legs, and get to see it pictured along all of the cool roadside attractions on the nostalgic-ridden Route 66.

This 2007 Mustang features a variety of upgrades, from the Magnuson intercooled supercharger system, AP Racing front and rear big brake kit, STILLEN polyurethane body kit, custom paint and full audio installation, wheels and tires, and Eibach upgraded suspension. Just shows how a properly set up vehicle can have huge increased power, performance and handling, and still be qualified for long trips and remain comfortable and fun to drive.

We encourage you to follow along in their journey, it looks like a blast!


We gave you the heads up earlier this month that we were in development of the STILLEN Protective Skid Plate for the new 2012 DBA-R35 GT-R’s, and we’re proud to announce that these have been completed and are now shipping!

Here’s the product text from the STILLEN website:

It’s every GT-R owners worst nightmare, scraping the front bumper on anything from driveways, dips, speedbumps, and pulling into that parking spot with the raised curb and making contact.
STILLEN has developed a urethane Skid Plate which protects the OEM fascia and paint from scrapes and light bumps. This piece is specifically molded to the GT-R’s front bumper, and installs with 3M automotive acrylic foam tape and self-tapping screws to the underside. Durable urethane construction ensures no cracking, and doesn’t require painting, although can be color matched if desired.
As with all STILLEN urethane body components, these are proudly designed and made in the USA at our Costa Mesa, California facility.

STILLEN is proud to welcome another Infiniti Dealership into the family of dealers selling and installing STILLEN products. Infiniti Marin, located in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Rafael, CA), has a long-standing reputation for treating customers well, and providing quality sales and service of Infiniti vehicles.

They have now expanded their offerings to include STILLEN performance products, joining the ranks of hundreds of dealerships across the country that recognize the quality and reliability of STILLEN-branded upgrades.

Infiniti Marin has a state-of-the-art installation and repair facility, and also provides expert painting and installation of STILLEN body components through their certified body shop. Take comfort in having your STILLEN performance products or body components installed by quality factory-trained technicians and a dealership comfortable with aftermarket upgrades.

You can give their parts and service professionals a call at 800-314-1594 or drop by to visit their showroom and see some STILLEN products in person. Don’t forget they also service and upgrade Nissan’s as well!

One of the most common questions and fears we get from customers or potential customers is a valid one: “Will adding aftermarket parts void my warranty?”

It’s a scary premise, and unfortunately one some uneducated dealerships seem to drill into their customers, that using non-OEM parts or upgrades will void the factory warranty, and leave you the new car owner to fend for yourself, without support from the vehicle maker.

Thankfully this isn’t the case, and there is legislation in place to protect you, the consumer, from these types of situations.  The Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act was passed way back in 1975 to combat this exact subject, and ensure that you have the freedom to choose aftermarket parts and upgrades without having your warranty stripped or voided.

Dealerships and car companies are required to prove that any modification of the vehicle with aftermarket parts is the cause of the failure.  

Keeping an eye to the future includes everything from new vehicles, new products, and even new enthusiasts.  This past Wednesday, December 15th, Steve Millen and the STILLEN crew delivered a modified Nissan Altima to the Coastline ROP Automotive Technology class at Laguna Hills High School.

This car was one of the main display vehicles for Nissan when they released the new model Altima, and was also an R&D project and show car for STILLEN for many years.  The car has been outfitted with a long list of performance modifications, suspension improvements, brake upgrades, aesthetic enhancements by way of a body kit and custom interior.  The car is even sporting a 3 part paint job featuring Lamborghini Orange.

Students get a chance to check out the car and meet and greet with STILLEN.

Laguna Hills High School offers its students a first-rate facility to learn about everything from proper maintenance to performance improvements.  The students at Laguna Hills are guided by their teacher Tim Chambers.  Mr. Chambers has already had the students build a Class 11 VW Beetle and a current ongoing project consists of a Ford Maverick drag car!

We enjoyed our time spent with the students discussing these projects.  It was especially neat to see how excited they were about their work and their enthusiasm in continuing on with modifying vehicles in the future, and being part of the automotive industry.  By giving the students a vehicle with aftermarket parts the goal is to allow them the opportunity to learn how performance parts work and how they can improve their own vehicles safely and legally.

It’s unfortunate that these awesome types of programs are few and far between, and with budget cuts and educational programs being trimmed all the time, we feel it’s vital for all of us to do what we can, and support automotive programs that can attract new young enthusiasts.

List of modifications performed to the Nissan Altima:


  • STILLEN Race Pipe
  • STILLEN Exhaust
  • STILLEN Intake
  • STILLEN Front Strut Brace
  • STILLEN Rear Sway Bar
  • Eibach Pro-Kit Lowering Springs
Body / Aerodynamics
  • STILLEN Front Lip Spoiler
  • STILLEN Side Skirts (Rockers)
  • STILLEN Rear Corners
  • Street Scene Grille Shell and Mesh Grille
  • STILLEN AP Racing 4-Piston Calipers / 13″ Cross-Drilled / Slotted Rotors, Brake Pads, Stainless Steel Brake Lines
  • STILLEN Cross-Drilled Rear Brake Rotors
  • STILLEN Metal Matrix Rear Brake Pads
Wheels / Tires
  • Enkei Forged Wheels 18×8
  • Yokohama Advan Tires 225/45ZR18
  • Classic Soft Trim Custom Leather Front Seats
  • Classic Soft Trim Custom Leather Rear Seats
  • Classic Soft Trim Door Panels
  • Custom Lamborghini 3 Part Orange

The Orange County Register was also on hand for the delivery of the vehicle, and have also done a writeup, as well as took these photos as well.  OCRegister.com – Laguna Hills High auto shop receives car

Photos courtesy of OCRegister.com


STILLEN has added another application to the popular Front License Plate Bracket kits available for most Nissan and Infiniti vehicles with the inclusion of the new 2011 Nissan Juke!

For all of you who don’t want to have to drill the factory plastic license plate brackets into your bumper, damaging it and leaving you without options if you don’t want to run a front license plate, this kit is for you.  This kit uses the factory tow hook on the front of the vehicle, which is accessible by a small removable panel in the fascia, and makes it easy to add or remove whenever necessary.

No more worries about being pulled over, or ticketed when parking for not having a front plate, you can simply install this into the tow hook when needed, and have the freedom to remove it whenever, keeping the clean look without the plate.  Kit includes everything necessary to install, including a billet aluminum post, and steel backing plate for a solid installation.

These popular kits are available for the following applications:

News Release
For Immediate Release

FOR 2000-2010 GM 2500/3500 TRUCKS

Costa Mesa, Calif.– STILLEN announces the availability of a new front and rear big brake system for the 2000-2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 and GMC Sierra 2500/3500 (including Dual Rear Wheel models). This rugged, state-of-the-art brake upgrade is based on AP Racing brake technology, the number one choice for a wide range of professional race teams that compete at the highest levels (i.e. NASCAR, FORMULA 1).

Available from the STILLEN brake product division, these GM Truck brake upgrades are compatible with OE ABS, traction control and stability systems as well as the original master cylinder to provide the ultimate in towing and big load capacity.

The front Big Brake System (AP2320) features AP Racing’s new, oversized 6-piston Heavy Duty caliper (CP8510) matched with the largest available aftermarket (16.1” diameter) 2-piece floating cross-drilled and slotted rotors. Slotted-only rotors are a no-cost option. This STILLEN brake system also includes high-performance Ferodo DS2500 brake pads along with Goodridge stainless steel brake lines, brackets and all necessary mounting hardware for immediate bolt-on.

For the matching and balanced rear Big Brake system (AP6950), STILLEN specified a special version of AP Racing’s Heavy Duty 4-piston caliper (CP5328) clamping on 15″ diameter 2-piece cross-drilled and slotted rotors, also available in slotted-only. The rear upgrade also includes Ferodo DS2500 brake pads and all necessary hardware.

This powerful brake system requires 20” or larger wheels with adequate spoke clearance. To ensure proper fitment, customers should visit www.stillen.com to download an easy-to-use brake profile template to check wheel fitment for both the front and rear brake kits before ordering. When ordering custom wheels, consult with STILLEN in advance to ensure compatibility.

To learn more about AP Racing Big Brake upgrade kits for the 2000-2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 and GMC Sierra 2500/3500 and other pickup trucks, visit www.stillen.com, e-mail pr@stillen.com , or call (866) 250-5542.

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Developed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, STILLEN is a manufacturer and distributor of premium high performance products for late model import and domestic vehicles. Founded in 1986 by renowned professional driver and race car builder Steve Millen, STILLEN incorporates cutting-edge race proven technology and advanced aerodynamic designs into the company’s proprietary performance and appearance product lines. Millen is known worldwide for achieving the greatest number of wins in IMSA GT history during the course of an impressive 30-year racing career. Family owned and operated, STILLEN branded products include exhaust systems and components, superchargers, fuel systems and components, brake kits and components and urethane body styling products. In addition, STILLEN is an online reseller of many high performance products for late model cars and trucks, import and domestic, and creator of unique, one-of-a-kind performance project vehicles. For more information, visit www.STILLEN.com.

Every year towards the end of October, teams from around the world gather together in Auckland, New Zealand to start the 5 day Dunlop Targa Rally.  The Targa Rally is a grueling test of man and machine that takes place over closed country roads that would normally be open to the public.  The roads get closed down for just a few hours, just long enough to funnel 100+ “rally” cars through.  Competitors arrive in all types of vehicles, from a Ferrari F430 World Challenge race car, a Maserati and a few Porsche GT3 super cars to WRC-prepared Subaru and Mitsubishi rally cars, and even the older classic cars come out in force, like the old Mark 1 Escort’s and even a Datsun 240Z with a supercharged LS2 engine and sequential gearbox.  2010 however was the year of Godzilla.

In the 2010 running of the New Zealand Dunlop Targa Rally there were four Nissan R35 GT-R’s competing in the actual race, and one GT-R competing in the Targa “Tour”, an event which takes place on the same closed roads and along the exact same route as the actual rally, the only difference being the Tour drivers are limited to a much lower top speed and do not compete for any sort of winner’s prize.  The four GT-R’s this year were piloted by some of the most experienced Targa Rally competitors, including Tony Quinn.  Tony has won 3 Targa’s now and competes in Australia and New Zealand with his GT-R in numerous different Targa’s each year.  Steve Millen took the STILLEN-prepared GT-R to the event for the first time.  Clark Proctor and Harry Dodson are the local New Zealand drivers and both came out with heavily modified GT-R’s of their own.  The stage was set for a great battle all week long.

Strategy is a big part of these Targa rallies.  When preparing for a Targa rally the key thing to plan on is rain.  Pretty much every Targa NZ Rally sees at least one or two days of rain.  In the 2009 Targa Rally they actually experienced hail and snow on the last day of competition!  In 2008, the organizers had to close the final stage as hurricane force winds were blowing the ocean waves across the road.  The reason rain is so important to the rally is because the competitors are limited to six tires for the entire week, including the four you start with.  This means if you get a blow out or wear out your tires too early, you can only count on two spares.  If you take a seventh tire you get a 3 minute penalty, and for your 8th tire and on, you get a one minute penalty each.  The final stages are run in Wellington, New Zealand, one of the most modern cities in all of New Zealand and is actually the country’s capital.  It is also known as “windy Wellington” as the weather is often adverse.

When preparing for the Targa Rally Steve and the crew analyzed the weather forecasts and it appeared the weather would remain dry for the first couple of days, but would turn towards the end of the week when we got to Wellington.. Perfect!  Just what we wanted to see!  Keeping this in mind Steve took the first day relatively easy, letting Clark Proctor and Tony Quinn battle it out for the lead.  Knowing that the harder they pushed the more tire they were going to be scrubbing, the entire team felt confident in the strategy and were looking forward to the wet days when the other teams had scrubbed off their tread!  Glenn Inkster, a local tarmac rally champion, stuck his nose in the fight with his heavily modified Mitsubishi Evo, but it appeared he wouldn’t have any tires left after watching him drift through turns and slide his car all around the roads.

On day 2 Proctor retired from the rally after sliding off the road and damaging the rear of the car in the second stage.  In the same stage, he also blew the engine and his week was done.  Steve meanwhile decided to pick up the pace and start giving chase.  Applying more pressure to Quinn and Inkster and even setting some fast times for some stages.

As day 3 approached, so did the weather!  The STILLEN team was excited and we knew the times were going to tighten up.  Steve felt even more comfortable with the car as he also noticed the Dunlop tires did not seem to be wearing heavily so he pushed on harder and again, laid down some fast times and won a couple of stages on the day!  A real battle for second place was starting to shape up between Millen and Inkster for second place as they both slowly but steadily began chopping time out of Quinn’s lead.

By the end of day 4 the team was ecstatic!  The car had been working great and the tires were holding up well!  The best news though came at the end of day 4.  Driving down to Wellington you couldn’t help but think about tire strategy as the heavy fog came rolling in and the air got cold.  Quick inspections of Inksters and Quinn’s cars showed nearly no tread left on both cars with plenty to spare on Millen’s!  The team went to bed that night thinking the leaders would either need to take time penalties for new tires or try to drive their cars on essentially slick tires through Wellington’s notoriously harsh weather which would allow Millen the opportunity to make up the time in the rain!  All weather reports were pointing to rain and the team was very excited to wake up in the morning.

The next morning we all jumped out of bed and ran to our windows to open the blinds and hope to see grey skies and rain pouring down.  Shock!  Nothing but clear skies and white clouds!  Could this be the first year that the Targa Rally competed all week on dry roads?  On day 2 there was a 30 minute shower in the morning that lightly dampened the roads but not enough to be considered an impact on performance.  It turned out that yes, this was going to be the first year that the Targa Rally ran dry!  So, Steve knew it was up to him to strap in and do his best to push as hard as he could, even though now Inkster’s and Quinn’s tires were actually better suited to the conditions since they were essentially slicks.  Steve pushed as hard as he could and again managed to set some fast times but was unable to overcome the time deficit.  After a week of hard racing, 2,000+ miles, and over 5 and a half hours of accumulated stage times, Steve finished 3 minutes and 30 seconds behind Tony Quinn and only a minute behind Glenn Inkster.

Overall, it was a fantastic week and the car performed flawlessly!  Steve took advantage of the awesome power and handling of the GT-R and pushed it to the limits.  Unfortunately, the weather did not play into the tire strategy and the result was a 3rd place finish.  Had the weather worked as it normally does on the Targa Rallies, we probably would have won the rally.  With the time penalties the other teams would have taken for tires the strategy may have worked perfectly and the team would be celebrating a win.  However, at the end of the day, the prize is the same.  Targa Rallies were started in Italy and the Italian word “Targa” translates to “plate.”  So, the top three finisher’s receive plates indicating their final position.  There is no prize money, just a great week spent with great people enjoying some amazing cars as you tour through a beautiful country.  Just like most endurance racing, simply finishing every stage is the real prize!

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Racing Day 5 Wrap Up!

I am in my hotel room writing this before Steve and Phillip get into the wharf for the final destination.  They have both done an amazing job and the entire team is very proud of the effort and hard work put in by all!  Steve pulled out some pretty miraculous skills this week and showed that he hasn’t lost his edge.  Steve competes in very few of these rallies and really doesn’t get much time to get back into the racing lifestyle anymore, so it took a day or two for him to feel fully comfortable with the car, but I’ll tell you once he was in the zone he was a machine!  The in-car video footage and the photos tell the story better than I ever could!

The car has performed flawlessly all week and Mark and Joe have done a great job maintaining the car and making sure Steve and Phillip have exactly what they needed all week.  Jodi and Vivian (Phillip’s wife) have been great team moms and looked after the service crew and the drivers better than anyone could have asked for.  We are all very happy to come home with the drivers and car all together in one piece and with a very strong finish!  I am pretty sure this is Steve’s best finish in a Targa Rally and the competition is fierce!  Tony Quinn is a great driver and has a lot of Targa experience with his GT-R having competed in three New Zealand Targa’s as well as others in Australia.  Glenn Inkster is a very talented driver and will surely make a name for himself in the Rally scene.  Watching him flick his Evo through turns is a thing of beauty!

Finally, what is with this weather?  It was sunny and dry pretty much all week.  It’s been chilly but I have never even heard of a Targa rally being pretty much dry for the entire week!  Heck, last year it was hailing and snowing in Wellington!!!  In 2008 they had to cancel a stage because the waves from the ocean were coming up over the stage road!

Well, I’m off to meet Steve and Phillip and join the festivities!  Thanks for following along this week!  We’ll definitely have a ton of photos and in-car video footage and a final recap!

Follow all of the coverage of the 2010 Dunlop Targa New Zealand Rally