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
Extreme Outback Product’s ExtremeFlow belt-drive air compressor kits provide onboard air for GM, Ford, and Ram diesel and gas applications. Kits include a mounting system, compressor, belt, fasteners and mounting accessories. The company notes that the compressors are quiet and capable of 8 cfm @ 100 psi.
Info: Extreme Outback Products
The Mastercraft Courser MXT from Cooper Tires is a two-ply mud-terrain tire that features an aggressive tread pattern and side lugs. Currently, the tire is offered in up to a 37-inch-tall size.
Info: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
Hotwire Auto now offers a complete engine and transmission management wiring harness to run the 6.4L Hemi and NAG1 transmission. Each harness uses all-new components. Hotwire also offers computers and programming.
Info: Hotwire Auto
Sprintex Pentastar Supercharger
The Sprintex Supercharger system is built to suit ’12-’13 Jeep Wranglers equipped with the 3.6L, along with the ’13 Ram 1500 powered by the 3.6L Pentastar engine. These systems include an integrated intercooler. Kits are designed to fit under the stock hood and do not require any external oil lines.
Info: Sprintex Superchargers
The Dana 60 Ected Max open-to-lock differential from Auburn Gear is an electronically-activated differential locker. The four-pinion, 35-spline selectable locker is fitted in a new Ected Max case that the company claims increases the strength of the locker and its unique internal-gear geometry. When the locker is engaged it acts as spool, when disconnected, it performs as an open differential.
Info: Auburn Gear
200 Series Bumpers
The Ultima front bumper from VPR4x4 works on the ’07-’10 Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series. Features of the bumper include A36 lightweight steel construction, winch capacity of up to 16,000 pounds, and a textured black powdercoat finish. VPR4x4 has bumpers for a variety of fullsize trucks and SUVs.
VW TDI Conversion
The Truss Member from HPA Motorsports/Coty Built allows users to install a Volkswagen TDI diesel engine in a Jeep XJ, YJ, TJ, or JK. Each truss is designed to be used in conjunction with the Coty Built transmission adapter package that connects the VW engine to a Jeep transmission.
Info: HPA Motorsports/Coty Built
5.3L DI Supercharger
Magnuson’s TVS 1900 Radix DI Supercharger is touted as the industry’s first supercharger kit for the ’14 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra ½-ton trucks powered by the 5.3L direct-injection V-8. The company claims gains of 100hp and 100 lb-ft of torque.
Info: Magnuson Products
Weld Racing’s Rekon F58B is built specifically for Jeep Wrangler JK and Ford Raptor applications. The Rekon wheel features the first use of Weld’s Advanced Tactical Coating to protect the wheel and retain the original finish detail and shine. On-hand at the show was also Weld’s new beadlock and additional wheel offerings.
Info: Weld Racing
Mickey Thompson Tires has moved into the bumper business with an assortment of heavy-duty front and rear bumpers for the ’07-current Jeep Wrangler JK. The modular front winch bumper can be configured as a full-width or stubby. All bumpers come with a two-stage powdercoat finish and built-in recovery points.
Info: Mickey Thompson Tires
Aeromotive’s Phantom 200 Stealth Fuel System is a complete drop-in, retro-fit fuel system that places a high-performance fuel pump and baffle system into almost any gas tank. Its modular design is cut-to-height for any fuel tank or cell from 5- to 20-inch depths and provides fuel slosh control and venting.
Info: Aeromotive Inc.
Cell Phone Winching
Roam, by Superwinch, is a patented concept that allows smartphone control of a winch. The system provides full control over power-in and power-out, while taking advantage of the capabilities of a smartphone. Roam creates a secure Wi-Fi network that provides the connectivity allowing two-way winch and smartphone communication.
Cable to Electric
The Pulse Generator from Dakota Digital attaches to GM automatic transmissions fitted with a mechanically-driven speedometer output and converts it to an electronic signal. Once attached, the Pulse Generator creates a 128,000 ppm speed signal that’s suitable for modern ECMs.
Info: Dakota Digital
Cognito Motorsport’s ball-joint-style boxed sheetmetal upper control arms work with ’11-current GM ¾- and 1-ton trucks. The upper A-arms work with the stock shock location and are intended to correct ball-joint angles, which can be an issue on leveled and lifted trucks. Cognito also builds the arms with extra caster, which the company states helps with drivability.
Info: Cognito Motorsports
The ProRock 80-IRS from Dynatrac provides the strength of a Dana 80 gearset and differential in an easy-to-fit high-clearance assembly. The independent differential is designed to be mounted in the front or rear of a custom independent suspension application. Gear ratios range from 3.54 to 5.38 and a number of differential traction aids are available.
Firestone’s Ride-Rite air bag kit is new for the ’09-’14 Ford F-150 Raptor. The no-drill kit uses existing holes in the frame and provides 3,000 pounds of lift capacity.
Info: Firestone Industrial Products
American Expedition Vehicles launched an entire line of goodies for the ’14 Ram 2500 platform, including this heavy-duty front bumper. The new winch-ready bumper is comprised of 3⁄16-inch stamped steel and is made to accommodate a 16,500-pound winch. Other AEV wares included a heavy-duty rear bumper, fender flares, suspension system, and new wheels.
Info: American Expedition Vehicles
The Dana 44 ELocker from Eaton is a selectable electronic locker that features a heavy-duty four-pinion case. When engaged, the Elocker is 100-percent locked, but when disengaged, the locker acts as a standard open differential. The 30-spline selectable electronic locker is designed to work with Dana 44 axles spanning from 1970 to 2012 (this includes the ’07-current Jeep Wrangler JK axles).