Each November, our editorial staff wanders the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center in hopes of finding every new part available for Jeeps, trucks, and SUVs at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. Despite sore feet and spent vocal cords, our guys typically return home with a sizable stockpile of items that they feel "must run in the next issue." Unfortunately, space is a limited commodity on these pages, so to fit it all in, we decided to reformat "What's New" this month to better accommodate the cool stuff we found. Check it out.
What It Is: HD Toyota T-Case Housing
Who Makes It: Advance Adapters
Why it's Cool: This heavy-duty transfer-case housing is the bulletproof solution for Toyota pickup owners who want to run lower gearing without worrying about case failures on the trail. The case features 356-T6 heat-treated aluminum construction and is engineered with additional clearance for lower aftermarket gears.
Where to get more info: 800/350-2223, www.advanceadapters.com
What It Is: Intercooler for Ford 6.0L Powerstroke
Who Makes It: Gale Banks Engineering
Why it's Cool: The Banks Techni-Cooler delivers a significant reduction in boost air temperature with a minimum loss of boost pressure. This means you can keep your foot on the floor on even the longest of hills without worrying about high EGTs.
Where to get more info: 800/428-9176, www.bankspower.com
What It Is: Dune Grappler
Who Makes It: Nitto
Why it's Cool: This new tire is poised to make a big splash in the 2006 desert racing scene. With tighter lug spacing than the Mud Grappler, this tire should offer good performance for daily drivers and weekend trail machines.
Where to get more info: www.nittotire.com
What It Is: Digital Shock Controller
Who Makes It: Rancho Suspension
Why it's Cool: This kit works with all Rancho RS 9000 and 9000X shock absorbers to digitally control damping at the touch of a button. The unit also has a built-in microprocessor with a "save" feature that will automatically adjust shock damping levels to a desired level on vehicle restarts.
Where to get more info: www.gorancho.com
What It Is: Dana 44/60 Diff Covers
Who Makes It: Fab Fours
Why it's Cool: This diff cover is designed to protect the vehicle's ring gear and centersection with 11/44-inch plate while maintaining the original contours and ground clearance.
Where to get more info: 970/385-1905, www.fabfours.com
What It Is: Lightweight Winch Bumpers
Who Makes It: Aluminess
Why it's Cool: These winch bumpers shave off significant weight without sacrificing durability and performance. Made entirely of aluminum, these truck bumpers are a fraction of the weight of traditional steel bumpers.
Where to get more info: 619/607-1633, www.aluminess.com
What It Is: Cat-Back Exhaust System for Hummer H3
Who Makes It: Borla
Why it's Cool: This exhaust system is built from 304 stainless steel and features smooth mandrel bends for increased flow and performance.
Where to get more info: 877/462-6752, www.borla.com
What It Is: Long-travel Coilover Conversion for '01-'05 GM HD Pickups
Who Makes It: Fabtech
Why it's Cool: This kit gets rid of the factory torsion bars and replaces them with a Dirt Logic 4.0 coilover shock. It provides 12 inches of wheel travel, and comes complete with limiting straps and billet sway-bar links. Optional hydraulic bumpstops are also available.
Where to get more info: 909/597-7185, www.fabtechmotorsports.com
What It Is: Brawler Radial Tire
Who Makes It: BFGoodrich
Why it's Cool: This is an all-new version of the popular Krawler tire designed with the high-speed desert racer in mind. It's said to offer all the puncture resistance of a Krawler with the handling characteristics of the Baja TA.
Where to get more info: www.bfgoodrichtires.com
What It Is: 2.5-inch Coilover Conversion for the '07 Toyota FJ
Who Makes It: Donahoe Racing
Why it's Cool: This kit will allow fitment of larger tires while improving handling and performance both on and off the road. Ride height is adjustable from zero to 3 inches.
Where to get more info: 714/632-3033, www.donahoeracing.com
What It Is: Brute Force GM Exhaust Headers
Who Makes It: AEM
Why it's Cool: Brute Force headers are available for many late-model GM applications. All are dyno-proven to increase horsepower and torque. All Brute Force headers are constructed of mild steel with a proprietary temperature- and corrosion-resistant ceramic coating.
Where to get more info: 310/484-2322, www.aempower.com
What It Is: Wrangler Rock Doors
Who Makes It: O-R Fab
Why it's Cool: These tubular doors increase visibility of trail obstacles while providing added safety. They require no drilling and use the factory hinges. They also include custom arm pads.
Where to get more info: www.orfab.com
What It Is: F-150 Long Travel Kit
Who Makes It: JD Fab/Tuff Country
Why it's Cool: Designed for all '04-'06F-150s, this kit increases front track width by 4 inches. It comes with billet upper arms, 4130 boxed-plate lower A-arms and is adjustable from 4 to 8 inches of lift. It provides 14 inches of travel and comes with King shocks and all necessary hardware.
Where to get more info: 800/288-2190, www.tuffcountry.com
What It Is: Jeep Rubicon Full-Floater Kit
Who Makes It: Superior Axle & Gear
Why it's Cool: This new full-floater kit was designed for '03-'06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicons with Model 44 rear axles and disc brakes. The kit is said to increase the strength of rear axleshafts by 35 percent. The shafts are built from 4340 chromoly and feature rolled splines for added strength. This kit also loads the vehicle weight on the spindles instead of the axles, much better for serious trail work.
Where to get more info: www.superioraxle.com
What It Is: TJ Slick Rock Bumper
Who Makes It: Bestop
Why it's Cool: This heavy-duty front bumper was specifically developed for hard-core rockcrawlers. It features an integrated roller to prevent snags below the front of the Jeep. Also included are shackle tabs to aid in extraction.
Where to get more info: www.bestop.com
What It Is: Forged Wheels
Who Makes It: Pro Comp Tires
Why it's Cool: Forged wheels are much stronger than cast wheels. These are made in the U.S. and are perfect for lifted trucks with oversized tires.
Where to get more info: www.procomptires.com
What It Is: F-150 Suspension Lift
Who Makes It: Trail Master
Why it's Cool: This new suspension was designed to lift '04-'06 F-150s 6 inches, allowing fitment of up to 35-inch tires. The kit includes a stronger-than-stock front driveshaft that retains the factory front pinion angle and lubrication design. This kit also strengthens the rear crossmember, and includes new front struts.
Where to get more info: 928/636-3175, www.trailmastersuspension.com
What It Is: H3 Suspension System
Who Makes It: Rough Country
Why it's Cool: Without lowering the factory torsion bars, this kit will lift the H3 5 inches. The system requires no cutting, drilling, or welding and fits 37-inch tires without trimming.
Where to get more info: 800/222-7023, www.roughcountry.com
What It Is: Reclining Suspension Seat
Who Makes It: Mastercraft
Why it's Cool: The industry's first and only suspension seat that reclines. Many bolt-in applications are available.
Where to get more info: 800/565-4042, www.mastercraftseats.com