|There are always choices
when it comes to aftermarket products for your Mustang. SilverHorse
Racing doesn't spend in advertising what some of our competitors do trying
to sway your opinion because we spend our money on making sure our
products are the BEST FITTING, HIGHEST QUALITY, U.S. Made pieces
that you can buy for your car or truck, period. Don't believe us?
Ask yourself why companies like Ford, Saleen, and others choose us
instead of others to
produce premium products for their "halo" cars, and look at what our customers have to say
about our products!
Every piece we make is finished then anodized or plated, because we
won't sell bare metal pieces unless the part's design requires it as part
of it's function (pistons, etc). Nothing goes out of our door without being
hand inspected by at least two, if not more personnel during the
manufacturing, and final check-out process before it is securely packed
and shipped directly to you.
The money you *might* save on your initial purchase price by buying a
low-cost piece from a competitor won't feel all that good when the part is
actually installed on your pride and joy and you have to explain to your
friends why it doesn't fit or why it's already "pre-scratched or
weathered" for your convenience.
Our Tru-Billet Fuel door is a perfect example. There are
other pieces out
there that don't fit nearly as well, don't have the proper finishes
applied to critical parts, and were obvious "knock-offs" of our part which
we brought to the market in December of 2005, almost a full year ahead of
some of the ones pictured here. The competition quickly realized that
they could duplicate our basic ideas, but wanted to cut corners to
reduce their cost, and maximize their profit. The result? The
part you buy from them *might* be a little lower cost initially, but take
a look at the pictures to the right and decide for yourself if what you
save is worth what you receive for it. The pieces photographed at right
are from major companies on their show cars at major events we attend.
Our Tru-Billet door handles are another example. Look at the
pictures of actual customer samples of ours vs. theirs, and decide which
one you'd want on your car. Honestly, we don't understand why this is so
hard for these companies to figure out. Most of these products are
appearance enhancements - that means they are there to look good - that is
their number one job, and if they can't even do that, how in the world are
they going to do anything else well? Here though, our parts are among the
lowest cost in the industry. Don't believe it? Shop around and
see for yourself!
Finally, take a look at our Flush-Mount Louvers - over 500,000
data points taken from the factory glass on all surfaces using a laser
scanner to insure a perfect fit using OEM sealing techniques and
materials. We use Lexan, one of the most expensive and strongest
plastics available, that has been UV stabilized and tinted for years of
trouble-free use in the harshest of climates. Everyone else wants to
make a "stick-on" louver that goes outside the car and sits in the
wind stream - the now dirty and un-cleanable glass sitting underneath.
They made these parts because it was easier and much cheaper to produce
from a poured urethane or simple mold. Our louvers are made right
here in Florida one at a time in a 300 TON Injection press, heated to an
operating temperature near 500 degrees Fahrenheit to melt the plastic and
make it flow evenly through the mold - resulting in a part so strong we
parked our F350 Dually right on top of it without damage to the part!
And once again, we are priced competitively with processes and materials
costing half as much to produce!
Obviously, some in the industry have lower standards for quality than
we do - and we're happy they continue to meet their own expectations. We
however continue to exceed ours, and that of our customers, for your
The simple rule that started our company continues to guide us to
this day - If we wouldn't put it on our own car, why would we make it
Owner / Driver SilverHorse Racing
Our products are made with pride in the USA using CNC
and manual equipment available from
and FeatureCAM software courtesy of Delcam /
|A close-up of our Polished, clear-anodized fuel door for the 2005+
Mustang. Notice stainless hardware throughout, cadmium-plated
press-fit Neodymium magnets, and all features are milled
into one of the two solid 6061 T-6 aluminum billets that start out
weighing seven pounds, from which we manufacture our doors. The
body line is also crisply machined in the proper location to assure a
seamless fit. This photo is of the actual production piece that
is on our car to this day, visible at car shows, as well as outside in
the elements every day, to prove our products will withstand the
harshest of elements.
Here you can see our stainless steel hinge pin, retaining screws, and
washers, all of which are held in place with Loctite, and are adjusted
for a perfect fit on this satin finished part. The
small-diameter stainless spacers on the hinge pin almost blend in
completely when open or closed, not attracting any attention, just
doing the job required of them keeping the door to ring gap correct.
|By comparison, what were our competitors thinking here? Did
anyone check what the OEM body line was and if their line was even
close? Let's not even discuss how the diameter is not only
incorrect, but fails to fit the quarter panel opening at the top where
it is most visible. The screws used on the face were selected
because it hides the fact that the ring is much thinner than ours,
resulting again in a cost savings to the manufacturer. The
reason they made it thinner? Not for weight savings - but so
they could STAMP their part to
save even more - not provide more. In the original images, the clamp
marks from the stamping process can be clearly seen!
|Using plastic spacers to keep the door gap consistent is not such a
good idea, unless of course you want everyone to be looking at them on
a black-anodized part. We also wonder if they specified UV
resistant polymers or just opted for some regular plastic... time will
tell. Also, why does the door and the ring have two different
finishes - if you are going to brush the part before anodizing, why
not match the ring to it? At least then they could have
attempted to hide their clamping marks seen in the previous photo.
shot took us a while to figure out. We couldn't understand why
the rusting hinge retaining screws were being held captive with the
plastic - until we measured the thickness of their door and realized
that "off the shelf" black-oxide cap screws were not available as
short as they needed, hence the big spacer to take up the slack of the
screw threads. Also, note the square edges of the finger pull -
compare to ours which is machined with a ball endmill for a smooth,
natural feel with no sharp edges.
|This competitor's door was an education in machining gone bad - the
raw mill marks are clearly seen, and more importantly FELT on the
backside of the door, and the retaining pin is what is denting the
door! Burr marks are clearly visible where the hinge details
were machined out, but not cleaned up. The hinge spring area is
rusting, but luckily for this manufacturer, all the plastic and rubber
is hiding most of it for the moment.
|Here the same competitor at least got the finger pull looking like
ours, but then they skimped out and instead of installing magnets
(which would then require a striker plate to receive them) they got
cheap and just used rubber bump-stops. Way to go there to save a
just amazed us. This is how the competition shipped an interior
door handle to one of our customers, and our customer wanted us to see
what they got for their money. Weld spatters, carbon tracking
marks, milling right through the cable-pin pickup and over the
weld-job that was to fix a machining mistake, raw aluminum that was
scratched heavily just from shipment... this was so bad we didn't even
want to show a picture of the front for fear someone might figure out
who made this piece and embarrass them in public ! This part
should have just been turned into a beer can, but instead to save a
few pennies it was pushed out the door and turned into profit.
|Here's the backside of our STANDARD interior door handle. Notice
the plating throughout the part, the chamfered corners, clean cuts at
the cable routing area, etc... oh, and did we mention our handle is
actually 20.00 LESS than the one pictured above? Whenever we can
keep costs down for you, we do. There is no need to add an extra
20.00 to this piece, unless of course you need to pad your advertising
budget that much more to make people believe you are the best.
We'd rather let our products, and more importantly, our customers let
you know about us, and let you decide for yourself who's products are
#1 in quality, fit, and finish.