The annual gathering of all things automotive descended on the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center and consumed all the available real estate making it a mecca for anything that the aftermarket had to offer. SEMA 2017 was no different as more records were broken with attendance, vehicles on display, and the products that were available. The sheer amount of manufacturers make the SEMA show the juggernaut that it is show off all the latest innovations and upgrades and this year was no different. Everything that is necessary to make your ride look cooler or function better either out on the trail or when pavement crossings are absolutely necessary were on display for the show going public to peruse. The list may be a little short based on the thousands of products that were available at SEMA 2017, but these products made the list for their functionality, their ruggedness, and for their attention to detail. The entire staff from the Four Wheel Network walked umpteen miles to scour the best of what the show had to offer and came up with this short list.
Who: Black Forrest
What: Trail Oven
Why: Designed for Jeep JK models with the 3.6L, this sturdy aluminum trial oven installs in minutes and will become indispensable on the trail. Just pack it full of foil wrapped food (we see a lot of burrito-based recipes) and blast the trails. Hot food and good times go hand in hand.
Pull a House Down
What: EXP Series Winch
Why: This behemoth from Superwinch can not only pull 18,000 pounds of stuck truck out of the mud, but it can also power external accessories like off-road lights, or a blender. This winch is rated to IP69K as well, meaning it can withstand blasts of superheated high-pressure steam.
U Be Storng
Who: Dana Incorporated
What: Spicer Blue-Coated Performance U-joints
Why: Dana had updated their venerable U-Joint with this Blue-Coated Performance U-joint. In addition to making the construction beefier and adding innovations to help move grease around inside the sealed casing, this joint comes painted blue. Not only does this look sharp, but it helps prevent the unavoidable rust from taking control of your driveline.
Light Up the Night
Who: Baja Designs
What: LP9 LED Off-Road light
Why: The LP9 utilizes 9 forward projecting LEDS to produce 11,025 Lumens at 105 watts, and 6 LEDs for Integrated Peripheral Technology (IPT) which produce 1,140 lumens at 10.5 watts per side. Perfect for either off-road recreational use or for racing applications.
Fun To Say
Who: Fab Fours
Why: Combination of a grille and bumper available from bumper innovator, Fab Fours. Multilayer construction can be custom powdercoated in any configuration and allows for installation of multiple lighting options. Not only does it look good, it’s beefy and can stand up to the abuse of off-road fun. Available for Super Duty, and Jeep JK late models.
What: Emergency Traction Strap
Why: Innovative and sturdy, Trac-Grabbers provide a quick, simple, and effective solution to being stranded and disabled in all types of terrain and adverse conditions.
Just strap on a pair of Trac-Grabbers and rescue yourself with the best vehicle recovery product on the market.
What: Patagonia M/T
Why: Whether its rocks, mud, snow or sand the PATAGONIA M/T is one tough tire and will provide maximum traction in any terrain. Designed to be at home rock crawling, exploring the desert, mud bogging, playing in the dunes, or a casual drive through mountain trails, the PATAGONIA M/T has all the attributes to overcome any terrain.
What: Klever A/T
Why: The durable rubber compound of the M/T will withstand the harshest environments and absolutely claw its way through dirt and mut. In addition, the Kenda M/T features unique self-cleaning lugs for maximum traction during the harshest conditions.
Double steel-belted construction utilized for long-lasting wear and uniformity with radiated shoulder lugs providing exceptional self-cleaning capability.
Great White North
What: CF300 Mud tire
Why: The CF 3000 line of mud tires feature an aggressive tread for maximum traction, but are uni-directional to reduce noise and wear for on-road driving. Large center and shoulder blocks provide traction in mud and snow while also easily self-cleaning. Most sizes feature outlined white lettering on the tires sidewall.
No Dirt In Compton
Who: Pro Comp
What: Extreme M/T2
Why: No matter if its hauling heavy loads or exploring rugged terrain, the new Xtreme MT2 delivers the toughness and traction needed to get the job done. The aggressive open tread design was optimized using computer modeling to deliver unsurpassed grip and control without excessive noise. Pro Comp Xtreme M/T 2 Tires come with 40,000 Mile Tread Wear Warranty.