You may recall that some months ago I wrote about the upcoming SEMA convention; the annual automotive aftermarket show where everyone who's anyone comes to display new products, attract clients, make deals, and all the rest. Well, I thought I'd shed a little light on the 2003 SEMA show and how the convention turned out.
From my past experiences, I have found that this show tends to be really good every other year. Since the 2002 show was nothing short of spectacular in terms of the number of new products displayed for the off-road aftermarket, the 2003 show was, of course, just pretty good. However, there were still a number of products I found that are worth mentioning. You will find these on page 20-31, where we've showcased 50 of the most interesting parts that will be reaching you this year.
Two of the products that particularly caught my eye were Tera's new T-Locker and Warn's new H1000ac Hoist. Tera's locker is an air-actuated unit that uses an industrial pneumatic switch to engage and disengage the locker. Inside, there is a forged, hardened shift collar that moves back and forth via a shift fork attached to the differential cover. Naturally, we'll be doing an in-depth story on this locker in the very near future, but for now it appears to be a great addition to the world of locking differentials.
The H1000ac Hoist represents what I think are Warn's best traits in the field of R&D - innovation coupled with simplicity. This hoist is relatively small and easy to handle, and yet it packs in 1,000 pounds of lifting power; more than enough for pulling motors, lifting axles, and doing many of the strong-arm chores that four-wheelers regularly put their backs into. But the real beauty of the H1000ac is that it can be plugged into any 110V outlet. How much simpler can you get? Keep an eye out for a more elaborate evaluation in the next couple of months.
Beyond the slew of new products, you'll also find plenty of information about body parts in this issue. Whether you're repairing your old trail rig, or are in the process of building a new one, knowing where to go for tubs, fenders, hoods, tailgates, and so on makes the job much easier. Our story "Parts, Parts, and More Parts" on page 60 will point you in the right direction.
Until next month.Mark Nobles