22 Hot New Products From The 2014 SEMA Show - Excess OverloadPosted in Events on February 6, 2015
We have one of those Tina/Ike Turner love-hate relationships with the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. On the one hand, there is nowhere else in the world where you can see this many new aftermarket engine, suspension, chassis, and other parts. And on the other hand, the cat is out of the bag, everyone knows about it, so the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds and waiting in line to do anything can be daunting, but it’s worth it. The SEMA Show always has a few new-product treasures, this year it was an absolute sunken Spanish galleon of goodies. We also poked around some of the often-overdone SEMA vehicle builds, some of which we wish were in our driveway, and others that have simply become caricatures of themselves. Here’s what we found engaging, enlightening, and entertaining. For even more images from the ’14 SEMA show, stop by fourwheeler.com.
G2 Axle & Gear (g2axle.com) introduced its new selectable locker, among other products. It's air-operated, and ll the mechanicals are housed in the thick aluminum differential cover. So, if there is ever an air leak, you don't have to completely disassemble the differential to repair it. A simple manual override can be used to lock and unlock the axle as well.
The Dynatrac (dynatrac.com) designers have been busy. The company introduced several interesting new products including the new ProRock XD60 housing, a bolt-on JK brake upgrade, and this 1550LT wheel end capable of housing a massive 40-spline Rockwell RCV axleshaft. The 1550LT knuckle and wheel hub are made of high-strength aluminum to save weight, but an iron version is also available for incredibly porky vehicles requiring an axle weight rating of 4,501-6,000 pounds.
Warn (warn.com) brought out the new Zeon Platinum line of winches. The winches come complete with an automatic clutch and a pretty advanced wireless remote that can monitor vehicle battery condition, winch temperature, and more. The Warn Zeon Platinum winches even feature two 15-amp power ports that can be used to power lights, lockers, or any 12V device via the winch remote control.
Rogue Racing (rogueracing.com) now offers both a front and rear full long-travel suspension kit for the Ford Raptor F-150. The cantilever rear setup features bypass shocks and air bumps and allows you to keep the bed intact with increased wheel travel. The Rogue Racing front suspension features a massive 3-inch coilover and bypass shock per corner. According to the company’s website, Chevy version appears to be in the works.
Looking to save weight on the ends of your Rockwell axles? Raceline Wheels (racelinewheels.com) offered up the Rockster aluminum beadlocks in the Rockwell 6-on-8.75 lug pattern. The lightweight aluminum wheels are available in both single and double beadlocks.
At the ’13 SEMA Show, AEV (aev-conversions.com) introduced a host of Ram 2500 prototype parts. For 2014, AEV made many of those parts a reality. Now you can purchase the AEV front bumper, 3-inch DualSport suspension system, raised air intake system, high-clearance fender flares, and 17x10 Katla wheels for your Ram 3⁄4-ton truck.
Skyjacker (skyjacker.com) went to work on the ’15 Ford F-150 to be one of the first companies to offer a lift kit for the aluminum-bodied pickup. The lift includes upper control arms, drop brackets, and new spindles, which allow 35-inch tires to fit in the fenderwells.
This airbag suspension was by far the scariest setup we saw at SEMA. How many scary things can you spot? Post your list on the fourwheeler.com General & Off-Topic forum with Scary SEMA Truck in the subject line or follow this link http://bit.ly/1uUIX45. We’ll dig up a coveted prize from around the office and send it to whoever spots the most legitimate fabrication fails.
Looking for an entry-level MIG welder that’s good for a 4x4 enthusiast? Miller (millerwelds.com) may have exactly what you are looking for with the Millermatic 190. The new MIG welder is capable of welding up to 5⁄16-inch-thick mild steel and is said to be the simplest Millermatic to set up and weld with.
Toyo Tires (toyotires.com) put its new Open Country R/T out front. The tire features many of the same off-road-friendly characteristics as the Open Country M/T but with a quieter ride. They are 100 percent American made at the Toyo Tires’ factory in Georgia and are available in several large off-road sizes.
Among other winch products, Comeup (comeupwinch.com) introduced this massive standup-style 8,000-pound winch. It features twin submersible sealed contactors and a pair of 7hp series-wound motors.
If you’re rocking a Mercedes G-wagon and want more off-road prowess, you can bolt in these portal front and rear axles from Letech USA (letechusa.com). The axles feature 1.7:1 gearing in the portal boxes and offer about 4 inches of lift to fit bigger tires.
ProComp (procompusa.com) offered up its affordable long-travel Toyota Tundra lift kit. The kit includes new wider upper and lower control arms, new CV shafts, corrected steering, and paintable fender extensions. OEM-style rubber bushings are utilized to improve the ride and long-term durability. We suspect a ’15 Ford F-150 version is in the works and could be available by the time you read this.
Holley (holley.com) now offers plug-and-play wiring harnesses for the Ford Coyote and Chrysler Hemi engines. The systems are said to greatly simplify the installation of the newer V-8 engines. They are self-tuning and control fuel, ignition, nitrous, boost, and more.
ARB (arbusa.com) introduced its Old Man Emu BP-51 fully adjustable bypass and coilover shocks. A limited number of initial applications will be available in the second quarter of 2015, with more on the way.
Dick Cepek (dickcepek.com) introduced the Extreme Country tire. The new tire features an aggressive tread and two reinforced body plies to increase sidewall strength without increasing weight or rolling resistance. There are currently 21 sizes available in wheel diameters from 15 to 20 inches.
Don’t ever worry about lost and tangled cords in your 4x4. Mopar (mopar.com) introduced the first in-vehicle wireless charging system. You simply install the protective case on your phone and set it in the Mopar tray for cord-free charging.
The new BMF (bmfwheels.com) Pro Series SSD aluminum beadlock wheel features a massive aluminum beadlock ring. The beadlock bolts are submerged deep in the ring to protect them from rock rash. The 17x8.5 BMF SSD is available in several popular lug patterns.
The Fabtech (fabtechmotorsports.com) Dirt Logic Ram 2500 7-inch front lift kit features massive 4-inch-diameter adjustable coilovers. A Dirt Logic 4-inch-diameter rear coilover conversion should be available for the 3⁄4-ton Ram truck by the time you read this.
We often joke about the typical SEMA Show truck. Interestingly enough, many SEMA trucks look like cartoons. We thought this hideous creation was quite possibly the best way to ruin a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Why would anyone do this to the suspension of one of the best off-road vehicles ever offered?
PAC Racing Springs (racingsprings.com) are available for many different-sized coilover shocks. The company is now taking that quality and race-inspired technology and implementing it in bolt-in 4x4 applications. Look for these soft-riding performance coils from PAC in the near future. As always, PAC springs are made right here in the USA.
The Eaton (eaton.com) E-Locker has been redesigned. The electric selectable locker now features four differential gears for even more strength. The E-Locker is also now available for Dana 70 axles with a Dana 80 version possibly in the works.