Hot parts for 2014
For those over the age of ten, the most magical place on earth probably isn’t Disney World. While Las Vegas is widely known as an adult playland of sorts, for one week a year, Sin City becomes more about autos than high-stakes thrills. This meeting of the automotive elite is for the over-the-top tradeshow known simply as SEMA (short for Specialty Equipment Market Association). Each SEMA show is a hotbed for innovative products, vehicles, and out-of-the-box concepts. With literally thousands of new products being unveiled, we could dedicate an entire magazine to the new widgets hitting the shelves for 2014. Gathered here is a glimpse at some of the hottest 4x4-related items we came across. For more information on SEMA, and to find out how you can be a part of next year’s show, be sure to visit www.semashow.com.
Warn Industries new line of premium winching accessories and components includes a winch-hook, shackle, tree protector strap, and snatch block. Each of the fresh accessories features a Cerakote coating intended to increase protection against wear and abrasion. The forged-metal winch-hook shown has an integrated beverage opener as well.
Miller Electric’s inverter-based Syncrowave 210 TIG welder is built with an operator-friendly interface and is AC/DC TIG and DC stick-capable. The new 210 machine also offers the ability to weld up to ¼-inch-thick material in a single pass. It is the first Miller TIG welder to include the Pro-Set feature, which is intended to take the guesswork out of setting weld parameters by offering preset controls.
Info: Miller Electric Mfg.
The Micro-Start PPS (Personal Power Supply) from Antigravity Batteries is slated as the world’s smallest jump starter and personal power supply. The compact unit is crafted to be small enough to fit in your pocket and strong enough to start a V-8-powered truck. The Micro-Start PPS can also power and charge laptops, cell phones, tablets, and more.
Info: Antigravity Batteries
Ironman 4x4’s 50-liter Ice Cube Fridge/Freezer is made from impact-resistant polypropylene. The unit runs on 12-, 24-, or 110-volt power and has a digitally controlled SECOP compressor.
Info: Ironman 4x4
More Pro Wheels
The 5035 Predator Series wheel from Pro Comp is one of a few of the company’s new alloy wheels. Pro Comp boasts that it uses state-of-the-art low-pressure castings so that the wheel can be lightweight, while retaining strength.
Info: Pro Comp USA
Baer Brakes launched its front and rear Pro/SS4 system for the ’07-’13 Jeep Wrangler JK, along with the Extreme+ 15-inch rear brake system for ’10-’13 Ford Raptor (also fits ’12-’13 F-150). The Extreme+ kit features a mono-block six-piston caliper and 15x1.25-inch two-piece rotor. Each F-150 rear system is designed to work with the factory parking brake and has Baer’s unique Verislide brackets, which allow the caliper to move/float with factory rear axles.
Info: Baer Brakes Inc.
3.6L Pentastar Supercharger
In addition to Magnuson Products supercharger kit for the 3.8L-equipped Jeep Wrangler JK, the company now offers a supercharger kit for the ’12-current JKs equipped with the 3.6L Pentastar engine. The supercharger is said to provide a 25-percent increase in horsepower and create useable power gains from idle to redline.
Info: Magnuson Products
Jump & Go
The Jump & Go Portable Jumpstart and Power Supply from Whistler is a compact 12-volt vehicle jump starter. Features include a five-level LED battery power/charging indicator, 2.1 USB charging port, and high-output LED flashlight with strobe, SOS, and beacon patterns. Each unit includes a case with cables, 12-volt and home charger.
The RD99CE is a competition edition ARB Air Locker designed for the Ford 9-inch differential. The 35-spline selectable locker features an integrated ring gear bolt-locking system intended to prevent bolts from backing out, has a deeper locking engagement, increased lubrication, and the case is said to be 290 percent stronger over standard differential lockers.
Titan Fuel Tanks universal Spare Tire Fuel System attaches where most ’99-newer fullsize diesel trucks mount the spare tire. The 30-gallon unit comes with a pump controller to provide users safe fuel access at their discretion.
Info: Titan Fuel Tanks
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels teamed up four-time Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) champion and 16-time X-Games medalist Brian Deegan to create an all-new mud-terrain. The Deegan 38 is billed as a new-style of mud-terrain that offers unique styling with good on-road manners. The initial batch will be offered in 13 sizes.
Info: Mickey Thompson Tires
Rampage Products Portable Wi-Fi Backup Camera has a patent-pending adjustable magnetic mount that allows you to stick the camera to anything metal. The camera works with iOS and Android devices and creates its own hotspot.
Info: Rampage Products
Extreme Outback Products Ultimate Recovery Kit includes recovery straps, chain, shovel, machete, LED headlamp, whistle, shackles, pulley block, and gloves. Everything fits in a custom storage bag and is made in the USA. Also included is a red safety triangle.
Info: Extreme Outback Products
The RX-Torque Box from Torque Trends is a compound-planetary reduction gearbox developed for the off-road racing market. Four-wheel-drive versions are available with 1.5:1 and 1.8:1 ratios. The company states that there are no heat producing pumps, clutch packs or bands, and the product is tested to run under 150 degrees.
Info: Torque Trends
Signature Series Fuel-Efficient Automatic Transmission Fluid from AMSOIL is formulated to withstand the rigors of heavy towing and elevated temperatures. AMSOIL states the new formula better resists thermal breakdown, delivers cold temperature fluidity, protects against sludge and varnish, and includes friction-modifier additives to improve clutch-holding capacities.
The bolt-on full-float rear axle system from Currie Enterprises is made for late-model Ford F-150 and Raptor trucks. Each full-float kit includes 2.5-inch 4140 heat-treated spindles, 4340 drive plates, and works with up to 40-spline axles in the Currie F9 or 60-series housings. The kit retains the factory ABS and 6-on-135 bolt pattern. Systems are patent-pending and made in the USA.
Info: Currie Enterprises
Advance 1.5:1 Ratio
The 1.5:1 gearset from Advance Adapters is designed for competition rock and desert racers. The new gearset can be used with vehicles equipped with the Atlas 4-speed transfer case.
Info: Advance Adapters