New Off-Road Products From SEMA 2014 - Show StoppersPosted in Product Reviews on March 16, 2015
If it’s an aftermarket part that is somehow attached to your Jeep, you can probably find a version of it at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Every year, we pack our dusty trail luggage and head to Sin City to walk miles of isles of booths filled with everything from cigarette-lighter-powered hairdryers to complete diesel engine swap kits. In most cases, it’s a mad rush to see everything during the four-day event. We’ll save you the travel costs and foot blisters by showing you some of our favorite new products and Jeep builds.
Hemi Tracked FC
This ’58 FC-170 built by Daystar was probably our favorite vintage Jeep of the SEMA Show. Along with the pretty paint, bed-mounted Cam-Cans, and tracks, it features a plush interior and an immaculate wood-bottom bed. The company somehow managed to shoehorn a Hemi V-8 between the seats and make it look stock.
It can be difficult to find factory-quality axleshafts made with extra heavy-duty materials. Not anymore though, Spicer now offers SAE-4340 nickel chromoly axleshafts for many popular applications. Spicer also showed us complete hub-to-hub, bolt-in, high-clearance front and rear Ultimate Dana 60 axle assemblies for the JK Wrangler. The axle assemblies are currently available with 4.88 or 5.38 gears.
Information: Spicer Parts
Fab Fours assembled this toy hauler. We’re not sure about how it would handle on a twisty mountain road or if it exceeds the GVWR of the truck, but it’s a neat idea, especially in California where the speed limit is 55 mph if you are towing a trailer.
Information: Fab Fours
Soft Coil Kit
The Skyjacker staff went to work to design the company’s first Soft-Ride coil spring kit for the Jeep Wrangler JK. The tender coils are said to provide the lift you want without the harsh ride associated with some aftermarket lift kits.
Among other aluminum wheels, Raceline Wheels introduced the Rocker aluminum beadlocks with a Rockwell 6-on-8.75 lug pattern. The lightweight aluminum wheels are available in both single and double beadlocks.
Information: Raceline Wheels
Comeup brought out this chunky bad boy of an 8,000-pound winch. It’s called the Blazer and features twin motors and twin sealed contactors. It was designed for winch challenge competitions where line speed is king, but there is no reason it can’t speed up your recoveries on the trail.
Dynatrac introduced the ProRock XD60 and huge 1550 wheel ends that allow the use of up to 40-spline RCV Rockwell 21⁄2-ton axleshafts. Dynatrac also brought out a new bolt-on JK brake kit and a medium-duty bolt-in JK front axle assembly with an aluminum center section.
PAC Racing Springs introduced bolt-on front and rear JK Wrangler sway bars with forged steel arms to improve on- and off-road performance. By the time you read this, PAC should have some soft-riding race-inspired coils for several Jeep applications. As always, PAC springs are made right here in the USA.
Information: PAC Racing Springs
Black Rock Wheels introduced the CRC beadlock wheel. The all-aluminum wheel features a thick aluminum beadlock ring held in place by 24 bolts that have been countersunk for extra protection.
Information: Black Rock Wheels
Lock ’N Sway
G2 introduced its new Core pneumatic locker. It features a cover that houses the air mechanism and a backup knob that allows you to manually lock and unlock the locker. Several applications should be available by the time you read this. G2 also offered up an air-actuated dual-rate sway bar for the JK. We suspect other applications are in the works.
Information: G2 Axle & Gear
Need extra juice for your ’76-’86 CJ? Painless Performance Products now offers the 500 amp Digital Power Manager & Custom Battery Tray. It’s a direct replacement battery tray integrated with a dual-battery controller. The Digital Power Manager has a 500-amp jump start and continuous duty-cycle, weatherproof, solid-state control unit. The dual battery tray is a powdercoated drop-in replacement.
Information: Painless Performance Products
Rubicon Express introduced its completely bolt-on front and rear coilover conversion for the ’07-current Jeep Wrangler. The kit includes Fox coilover shocks with remote reservoirs and hydraulic bumpstops. The lift provided by the shocks is said to be adjustable from 3.5 to 6 inches.
Information: Rubicon Express
The new Baja MTZ P3 mud tire from Mickey Thompson features a silica-reinforced tread compound for longer wear, enhanced wet-weather capability, and chip resistance. The siped, aggressive tread lugs are said to increase traction and eject stones. There are currently 22 different sizes available.
Information: Mickey Thompson
It’s hard to stand out in the sea of Jeep JK Wranglers at the SEMA Show. However, this IFS JK in the Bilstein booth was by far our favorite Wrangler of the event. The race-inspired CRC suspension with Bilstein shocks would easily put a Ford Raptor to shame in desert two-track.
The Other V-8s
Holley now offers plug-and-play wiring harnesses for the Ford Coyote and Chrysler Hemi engines. The systems are said to greatly simplify the installation of these newer V-8 engines. They are self-tuning and can control fuel, ignition, nitrous, boost, and more.
Information: Holley Performance Products
Do you need a portable air compressor that trumps some in-shop units? Extreme Outback Products introduced SeriousAire, the world’s most powerful compact 12V air compressor. It provides an unheard of 8 cfm at 100 psi. It’s capable of reaching pressures above 200 psi and only weighs 30 pounds.
Information: Extreme Outback Products
ARB is bringing race technology to everyday bolt-on Jeep applications via the Old Man Emu BP-51 High Performance Ride Control shocks. They feature internal-bypass technology with an external reservoir. The compression and rebound can be adjusted while the shocks are mounted to suit varying loads and ride preferences.
866/ 293-9078, arbusa.com
Four Way Welder
If you’re a garage fabricator and have the need for several welding processes but don’t have the space for multiple machines, Lincoln Electric may have exactly what you’re looking for. The Power MIG 210 MP can perform MIG, stick, TIG, and flux-core welding processes. It features digital controls and a color display screen to help make setup and operation intuitive and easy.
Information: Lincoln Electric
BMF Wheels offered up the 17x8.5-inch Pro-Series SSD Stealth black beadlock wheel. The silver thick aluminum beadlock ring is paintable and clamped in place with 19 countersunk bolts. An all black version is also available.
Information: BMF Wheels
The new Warn Zeon Platinum line of winches feature an automatic clutch and a trick wireless remote that can monitor winch temperature, vehicle battery condition, and more. Also, the Zeon Platinum winches have two 15-amp power ports that can be used to power lights, lockers, or any 12V device via the winch remote control.