Keisler Automation was founded in 2013 with the desire to bring high performance suspension components to the road race, autocross, and drifting markets. Andrew had been doing part time work for himself for about 5 years, but once he purchased the 4-axis machining center, it was time to direct all efforts towards his passion.
In 2013 development for the Gen1 Mazda Miata drop spindles was completed. The spindles have assisted in winning countless races and championships across more than 10 countries, have found themselves at SEMA every year since 2014, and above all, have never had a recorded mechanical failure. This first year also consisted of releasing the Nissan 240sx suspension assembly primarily marketed towards the drift community. Keisler Automation soon picked up a retailer, DG-Motorsports, located in France, to help promote and market the product. After many years of success, Andrew decided to discontinue the assembly due to the decreased market state side which allowed increased time to focus on upcoming ventures.
2014 started off with the purchase of commercial property and moving most of the equipment to a new 3,200 sq ft shop. The new shop space gave new opportunity for Andrew to focus on chassis prep and alignments using his in-house engineered laser alignment equipment. A second batch of Mazda Miata drop spindles were produced.
2015 continued with local performance work and development of many new products. Gen 2 Mazda Miata drop spindles were released in 2015 with minor tweaking of the front spindle and a large overhaul to the rears which consisted of a 1 piece design to increase strength and reduce weight. The third quarter of the year marks when the LFX RX8 totality swap came into the works. This was a very special time and shift for the business.
2016 followed with development towards the LFX RX8 Totality swap, Mazda Miata spherical bearing assemblies, and lower control arms. Later in 2016 was a very hard time for Andrew and the business as the shop was lost to a fire along with all tools and equipment. The business was moved back into the original 600 sq ft shop while slowly regaining supplies. Development was completed for the Mazda Miata spherical bearings and control arms. Both were released and development continued for the LFX RX8 totality swap.
2017 consisted of full time development of the LFX RX8 Totality swap. Shane Baker joined in on the business and Andrew’s passion in the first quarter of the year. With the extra help, the first RX8 was finished in October. Many components to the kit were quickly filling the shelves.
2018 was a very productive year for the business. Minor development tweaks for the Totality swap were being made while components were in production. A dozen swaps were completed throughout the year. Most of which were completed on clients’ cars along with a couple of turn-key cars. Keisler Automation took their personal RX8 on a 7,000 mile road trip collecting footage and proving the reliability of the Totality swap. Filming was also finished for the Totality drivetrain swap's step-by-step video tutorial.