The Greatest Automotive Show on Earth: SEMA 2013Posted in Events on January 29, 2014 0) (
Fifty years after the inception of SEMA (the Speed Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) in 1963, the SEMA show has proven itself to be the megalith of automotive aftermarket trade shows once again, with its 46th show drawing more people this year than ever before. More than 125,000 people descended upon Las Vegas to see all the parts, the vehicle builds, and shows brought into Vegas by the automotive aftermarket and manufacturers from all over the world.
While there were countless vehicles and new parts to show off, we picked a choice few that we thought might appeal to you.
Mickey Thompson has a new mud-terrain called the Deegan 38. It is a tire built with style and performance, but with good value at a price point lower than similar tires cost.
Kanati’s newest tackle-any-terrain tire is the Trail Hog. Slightly less aggressive than the Mud Hog, the Trail Hog still is more aggressive than any standard all-terrain. It also takes studs for snow driving.
Radiused Light Bar
This is not an illusion, but instead a new style of radiused LED light bar we saw from a few different manufacturers. This is Baja Designs’ OnX Arc Series, available up to 51 inches long.
3-to-1 Long-Tube Headers
Tubular exhaust manifolds for 2012-2013 FJ Cruisers with 4.0L engines. Made from 304 stainless steel, ceramic coated.
New to the off-road market, but already proven with a Baja 500 Class 10 win. Radar offers both the Renegade A/T all-terrain and Renegade R5 M/T mud-terrain.
Competition 9-Inch Locker
Stronger ARB Ford 9-Inch air locking differential with increased case strength, deeper clutch gear engagement, improved internal oiling, and a ring gear bolt locking system. arbusa.com
Planetary reduction gearbox strong enough to easily endure the Baja 1000 or Dakar rally from Torque Trends, Inc.
Forged Weld Beadlocks
Weld Racing has three new forged aluminum wheels now available with a 32-hole single beadlock ring, available in 16- to 20-inch wheel sizes.
Falken’s Future Tire
Falken showed off a new mud-terrain tire that is not just unavailable, but might not ever come to fruition. This is just an idea of what the new mud-terrain will look like when Falken releases one in about a year.
6.0L Electric Fans
Flex-a-Lite now has a direct fit radiator and fan combo for 2003 to 2007 Ford 6.0L Power Stroke diesel trucks. This can be bought as a complete package or just as a fan kit to add to your existing radiator to eliminate the stock fan and fan clutch.
Prochargers new intercooled supercharger touted to add 200 additional horsepower to the already powerful Ford Raptor F-150.
Core 44 Axles
G2 Gear now has bolt-in replacement axles for JK Wranglers. It features many strength enhancements over a stock axle including thicker axle tubes.
Easy Bypass Adjusters
King has new Bypass Clicker knobs available on their externally adjusted bypass shocks. Each clicker offers 28 clicks of precise tuning.
Aftermarket 4WD IFS
Dynatrac showed off its new Dana 80-based centersection for independent front suspension vehicles with four-wheel drive. While it necessitates a completely custom adaption into your vehicle, it is a huge step forward in aftermarket front-wheel drive options.
Kenda has made a sudden leap into the light-duty off-road truck tire market. We’ll have more for you on the new Kenda Klever M/Ts as soon as we can get some miles on a set.
Electronically Adjusted Bypass Shocks
JRI has new 2.5 electronically controlled bypass shocks available for trucks in a set of four with a controller that allows tuning of the bypass shocks from inside the vehicle while in motion or not.
Smartphone Winch Control
The new ROAM systems from Superwinch allows you to wirelessly and remotely control your vehicle-mounted winch using a secure Wi-Fi network.
Pro Comp 40s
After a long hiatus, Pro Comp Tire has brought back a 40-inch size in their Xtreme MT2.