New parts are cool. The up side is you’ll have the latest and greatest parts for your rig before your buddies have them. The down side is you’ll still have to help them get off the trail when they are stuck or broken. The SEMA show is a great place to see all the new and hot parts for anything automotive. We hiked the floor looking for cool stuff to show you.
With lots of new parts from our favorite companies, (like Warn Winches, BDS Suspension, Pro Comp, Eastwood, King, Dynatrac, Hi-Lift Jack, Sway-a-way, Ramsey, Fox, and more) and some new companies we haven’t heard of here are some cool and new things we saw and would love to have for our very own. Some of these parts are already available. Some will be, and some are just in the concept phase. You see something you can’t live without? Call the manufacturer and buy it, or if it’s just an idea, tell them to build it. Just remember where you saw it first, and don’t forget to buy two and send one to us.
Dynatrac (dynatrac.com) was at SEMA with a few new parts like big disc brake kits for JK. Also on hand were a few Dynatrac components showing off new ideas (like cool and lightweight aluminum axle parts). Dynatrac also upped the axle game (again) with their all new line of XD 60 axle housings, assembly’s and parts. These axles are bigger, better, and on the cutting edge.
Warn Winch (warn.com)was on hand with a slew of new parts including the companies new Ascent bumpers for Ford, Chevy, and Ram. Warn is also selling synthetic rope (and winch extensions) for several models of the companies Zeon line of winches as well as a Zeon S12 (and Platinum) winch with their Spydura Pro rope included.
Bolt on Bypass Shocks for JKs with a three inch lift were available from Rubicon Express (rubiconexpress.com) as well as a cool pass through gas charged steering stabilizer.
RE also has a LCG kit with progressive rate coils for JK.
Pro comp (procompusa.com) brought their new, well thought out, long travel suspension system for an F-150. The system widens the track width of the truck so they include some polyurethane flares that give the truck that bulgy fender look without the hassle of new fenders or bed sides. ProComp also has a brand new all-terrain tire out called the A/T Sport Tire. We can’t wait to get a set for a tire test.
Hi-Lift Jack (hi-lift.com) was on the scene with a few new parts including a new line of tow straps and tree savers in 2 and 3 inch width materials.
Synergy Manufacturing (synergymfg.com) brought some prototype domestic made metal on metal ball joints for 03-current Dodge/Ram AAM front axles. If you want them, tell them to make them.
Your crawler needs Maxxis’ (maxxis.com) new 42-inch sticky. It’s taller than most 42s and did we say sticky? The sidewall was also dressed up for better side bite with this new larger tire.
Eastwood Products (eastwood.com) showed us their new sand blasting cabinet. We need one for our shop. Also on hand was Eastwood’s 3/16 brake line straightening tool. It’s not new, but a great tool for any clean hard brake line install.
More bypass shocks for JK? Yep, these are red and from Sway-A-Way shock (swayaway.com). In reality, what a great product for an amazing rig.
Cummins wants to know if you’d be interested in a 2.8L 4-cyl turbo diesel crate engine. We are. If you share our interest go to http://cumminsengines.com/repower-survey and fill out their survey. We can’t say a price, but our sources hinted at a very reasonable price.
King had…you guessed it, bolt in JK bypass shocks, but also had a new system for Jeep Grand Cherokee WK2 and some cool new compact air bumps for those rigs that only afford tight packaging. Check kingshocks.com for more.
Bubba Rope (bubbarope.com) had the companies new winch ropes that feature the same coatings and materials as their amazing tow ropes and also have soft, light weight polyurethane eyelets that can be attached to a hook or used as is. These soft, lightweight ends make winching all the more safe. New larger Gator Jaw soft shackles, a revolutionary product from Bubba Rope were on display.
Auburn Gear (aftermarket.auburngear.com)has a new Dana 70 electric locker and a new line of ring and pinions and install kits for most popular axles in popular ratios.
Ramsey’s Patriot 9500 UT winch has a semi-automatic clutch that uses a mechanical mechanism to reengage its self after free spool. Move the lever to free spool, unspool rope, and with a blip of the in button the clutch engages itself. That’s an awesome feature (ramsey.com).
Mountain Off Road Enterprises (M.O.R.E.; mountainoffroad.com) has a new TJ upper coil mount constructed of thicker material than the factory part. It also allows easier installation of air bumps. The new upper eye’d shock mount allows more shock length and thus more wheel travel. We like it because it would make mounting TJ coils on just about any other frame (like for an SAS conversion on several rigs) that much easier.
Timbren (timbren.com) has been making quality rubber bumpstops for years. They showed us their new Active Off-Road Bumpstops. We like the looks of these for sure. They come with provisions to mount the rubber bumpstops to your axle with U-bolts, but they would also be easy to make a custom mount and landing pad for.
News to us was the Steer Smarts YETI JK Heavy Duty Steering Linkage (steersmarts.com). The steering uses two patented parts that make the system a unique. For one the YETI system comes with patented inserts that allow the drag link to be swapped to the top of the passenger side knuckle. Also patented tie-rod ends prevent tie rod and drag link flop that can come from traditional tie-rod ends.
These Wavian NATO gas cans are available from Swiss Link (swisslink.com) and while the design of the can is not new (its solid as NATO Jerry Cans are) the Wavian safety spout is new. This safety spout has a much more robust design than that of other frustrating and fragile safety pour systems we’ve used with other gas cans.