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Trending Now: Truck Trend’s Favorites From the 2017 SEMA Show #TENSEMA17

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Nov 20, 2017
Photographers: Jason Gonderman
This issue, we’re changing things up a bit. Instead of our regularly scheduled news stories, we’re bringing you a few of our favorite finds from inside the 2017 SEMA Show. Held annually in Las Vegas, the SEMA Show has grown to cover more than a million square feet of floor space and draws in nearly 200,000 automotive industry professionals and enthusiasts. While it’s not open to the public, the SEMA Show has become one of the largest car shows in the world. So to quench the thirst of all of those hoping for a small glimpse into the show, here’s a compilation of the Truck Trend staff’s favorites from this year’s show!
For more of the 2017 SEMA Show, including thousands of photos and tons of video, or more of our regular automotive industry news, click on over to TruckTrend.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Disruptive C10
Hands down, one of our favorite pickups at the show was this ’66 Chevrolet C10 built by Lakeside Rods and Rides and owned by Randy Marston. A Turn Key Engines LS7 powers the truck and is fitted with a Kenne Bell 3.2L supercharger. The transmission is 4L80E built by Bowler Performance Transmissions. Roadster Shop did the chassis, while Ridetech handled the suspension control, lines, and tanks. The truck rolls on Schott Wheels and Michelin tires. The interior was done by Weber Customs and paint is PPG Atomic Silver with Citrinbraun accents.
Photo 11/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Black N Blue Racing
Photo 12/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Black N Blue Racing Rear
Mega Awesome!
We’ve known about this truck for a while and seeing it in person at the SEMA Show just cemented how awesome it really is. Black n Blue racing, based in Arizona, has been campaigning this ’06 Ram 2500 Mega Cab in various off-road races across the desert Southwest. It sports a Carli suspension, massive King shocks, a performance-tuned Cummins engine, and a whole host of medical and first-aid gear. We have a hard time thinking of anything cooler than a big HD truck blasting across the desert.
Photo 13/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Grumper Blue
Photo 14/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Grumper
#GRUMPER
Part grille, part bumper, entirely overwhelming—the crew at Fab Fours has done it again. The company introduced its industry-polarizing front bumper design for the Jeep Wrangler JK, and this year has expanded the line to include Ram, GM, and Ford HD pickups as well. Love ’em or hate ’em, the grumper sure makes an impression on everyone who sees it and brings a ton of eyeballs to the Fab Fours brand. Kudos to those guys for thinking way outside the box.
Body Art
By now, we’re all sick of wrapped SEMA trucks and have seen enough incredible paint jobs to be totally desensitized. So how do you stand out in the sea of sameness that the show attracts? Hank Robinson of Hanro Studios has figured out a solution: engraving. For the second year now, Hank has taken a new aluminum-bodied Ford—F-150 last year and F-250 this year—and attacked its paint job with a Dremel tool. Over the course of 800 hours, the Super Duty was transformed into a rolling work of art. Nothing was left untouched. Hank engraved the body, bumpers, suspension, wheels, and even the shocks. Making the story even better, this big Ford is his daily driver. Good work, sir, you win SEMA.
Photo 20/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Wrangled
Photo 21/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Wrangled Wheel
Wrangled
In years past, you couldn’t turn around without tripping over a Jeep Wrangler, and despite the influx of 2017 Ford Super Duty pickups, this year was no different. While cruising the tire and wheel section of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s south hall, this 2017 Wrangler caught our eye. Parked in the Mickey Thompson booth, this Jeep sports a 5-inch Fabtech coilover suspension, Fab Fours bumpers and armor, and Evo Manufacturing chromoly sport cage, JW Speaker and Baja Designs LED lights, Mopar Performance Dana 60 axles, and much more. Rolling stock are 40-inch Mickey Thompson MTZP3 tires mounted on Sidebiter Lock wheels, naturally. We can’t explain what attracted us to this specimen specifically, but it sure looks like a fun ride!
Photo 22/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Power Wagon
Photo 23/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Power Wagon Engine
More Power Wagon
Built by Desert Power Wagons, this ’46 four-door packs a supercharged 6.4L Hemi V-8 under the hood, Dana 60 axles front and rear, and a custom PPG paint job. The truck has been fully restored inside and out and is cleaner than the day it rolled off the assembly line. Air conditioning, power brakes, power windows, power steering, and a killer sound system bring the truck into the 21st century. Want to make it yours? It can be had right now for a cool quarter-million dollars.
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Double Take
We actually walked right past this beauty the first time we visited Nitto’s booth. It was only after circling back that we realized what a crime it would have been not to check out this beast. Built by Randall Robertson, this ’72 Chevy K50 crew cab took more than two years to build. Not a single part of the truck was left untouched. It sports a one-off chassis and the bed from a C20. Under the hood is a 5.9L Cummins diesel engine, which is backed by an NV4500 manual transmission and NP205 transfer case. Naturally, the custom truck is riding on 40-inch Nitto tires.
From a Land Down Under
Here at Truck Trend, we are serious suckers for utes. We promptly drooled all over this ’16 Holden found tucked way back in a corner. The car was built for competition drifting by Horsepower Factory in Melbourne, Australia. It’s claimed to churn out 1,000 hp, and by the look of things, we don’t doubt it one bit. The skin is carbon fiber and underneath is a full tube chassis. Despite being a purpose-built race car and not a righteous ute, we’re still in love.
Photo 28/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Addictive Desert Designs
X Marks The Spot
Built by Addictive Desert Designs of Mesa, Arizona, this ’17 Raptor was built to showcase the partnership between Ford Performance, Xbox, and the Forza franchise. The truck has Raceline wheels, BFGoodrich Krawler T/A tires, Ford Performance chase rack and side steps, and ADD front and rear bumpers.
Photo 29/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Happy Helper
Happy Helper
This ’18 F-350 Super Duty was built by Hellwig Suspension Products and is themed as a recon adventure rig. The truck has Hellwig’s front sway bar, rear Big Wig sway bar, and Big Wig air springs. Paint was handled by LGE-CTS and the interior is upholstered in ballistic fabric from 5.11 Tactical. On the back rides a ’17 Arctic Cat Wildcat X LTD side-by-side, held in place with Macs tie-downs.
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Family Wagon
One of the first ’18 Expeditions to be seen in the wild is this prime example built by the craftsmen at LGE-CTS Motorsports. This seven-seater has custom fender flares, 35-inch BFG mudders, Method race wheels, custom LGE-CTS bumpers, and Hellwig front and rear sway bars. With its 2-inch ICON Vehicle Dynamics coilover lift kit, this Expedition is ready to hit the trails.
Photo 31/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special CJ Pony Parts
Lasting Impressions
CJ Pony Parts of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, built this over-the-top ’18 F-150. With the vision of building a truck that was as fun to drive on the highway as off of it, they started the project by adding a 7-inch lift from ReadyLift. Performance is kicked up with a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust, SCT tuning, and an aFe cold-air intake. Fuel Hostage wheels are wrapped in 37-inch BFGoodrich KM2s, while Addictive Desert Designs front and rear bumpers, rock sliders, and chase rack round out the build.
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Modern Adventurer
A.R.E. Accessories built its take on a bug-out truck with this ’18 F-150. The truck has an eye-catching paint job, Z Rev bed cap, Rival LED lighting, Ascend roof basket, a rooftop tent, N-Fab steps and bumpers, and a Skyjacker suspension. Hellwig sway bars and Air Lift load bags keep things stable, while 22-inch Fuel wheels and 35-inch Gripper M/T tires transfer power from the truck’s EcoBoost engine to the ground.
Photo 33/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special BDS Suspension
Photo 34/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special BDS Suspension Rear
Hey Shorty!
The madmen at BDS Suspension went totally off the deep end and built us the Super Duty we’ve all dreamed of. Project 126, as it’s dubbed, is a custom shortbed conversion with a wheelbase of just 126 inches. For reference, that’s the same as a Ford Ranger extended cab. The truck’s 6.7L Power Stroke diesel engine was treated to an S&B cold-air intake, Diamond Eye exhaust system, and EZ-LYNK tuning. The front suspension is a BDS four-link conversion, while the rear is a custom trailing arm setup. Fox 2.5-inch DSC coilovers and 3.0-inch external bypass shocks grace each corner, along with 2.0-inch IFP bumpstops. Axles are from and F-450 and drivelines are by JE Reel. Wheels are Stazworks Cheyenne 8 and are wrapped in 42-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR tires. McNeil Racing fiberglass fenders, Rogue Racing front and rear bumpers, and an RK Sport ram air hood complete the look. Paint is PPG orange metallic and was laid down by Butler Body Shop. Want to know all about this truck? Hit up BDS’s website, as the company has the build very well documented!
Photo 35/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Tjin
On The Ground
Not everything in the Ford booth was lifted; there were actually a few lowered trucks as well. Built by Tjin, this ’18 F-150 rides on a custom Air Lift suspension, crafted by the pros at Unique Fabrication. Falken tires are wrapped around the 24-inch Rotiform wheels needed to clear the truck’s massive Baer brakes. The interior was done by Katzkin and paint by Axalta.
Photo 36/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Ultimate Overlander
Photo 37/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Ultimate Overlander Rear
Ultimate Overlander
Typically conservative Chevrolet teamed up with renowned adventure-vehicle builders American Expedition Vehicles to bring us this awesome Colorado ZR2 concept. Setting this build apart from your typical ZR2 are special overland-tuned DSSV dampers, front and rear jounce shocks, high-angle upper ball joints, long-travel leaf springs with custom shackles, anti-wrap bars, and additional skidplating. Large 35-inch mud tires are mounted on 17-inch AEV beadlock wheels, and the 2.8L Duramax diesel engine receives an AEV snorkel. When we dream our dreams of ZR2s, this is what they look like.
Photo 38/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special C10
Drool Worthy
We first set eyes on this spectacular ’67 C10 back at the 2017 State Fair of Texas. Built to celebrate Chevrolet’s truck centennial, this C10 is packed with ZZ6 crate engine that churns out 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The truck is painted Centennial Blue and sports custom 100 Year Centennial badging. The interior was retrimmed in Porcelain White, while the exterior chrome was replaced with brushed pieces.
Photo 39/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Backwoods Getaway
Photo 40/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Backwoods Getaway Rear
Backwoods Getaway
Country superstar Luke Bryan teamed up with Chevy on this ultimate outdoor Suburban. Most notable is the rear-facing third row of seats, swinging tailgate, and missing rear windows. Of course, it’s also packed with a high-performance audio system and TV screens. While this one is more show than actual go, we certainly wouldn’t kick it out of the driveway.
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Surfs Up!
Here at Truck Trend, we’re lovers of all things custom, so we were naturally attracted to the Traverse Stand-Up Paddle Board concept. Aside from fun graphics and paint, it’s your typical Traverse, but really, who wouldn’t rock this thing at beach?
Photo 42/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Million Dollar Diesel
Photo 43/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Million Dollar Diesel Engine Bay
Powerball Please!
One of our favorite trucks-to-be of the 2016 SEMA show made a return visit this year. The so-called “Million Dollar Diesel” by Battleborn Engineering is looking more complete each time we see it. This truck rocks a full tube chassis, carbon-fiber body panels, and a race-inspired cabin. The Duramax diesel engine was built by Wagler Performance and is sure to be a monster. With 30 inches of suspension travel and the largest King shocks you can buy, this thing will be right at home in the deserts of Baja, as soon as it’s finished. That’s right, kids; it’s still not complete, but it’s for sale. If you want to cough up a cool $750K, it can be yours today, as-is. Sign up for the full million and they will finish it for you. Oh, to be stupid rich. Someday…
Photo 44/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Rum Runner
Photo 45/48   |   Trending Now Sema Special Rum Runner Trunk
Rum Runner
Kenny Hauk of Hauk Designs built this truly one-of-a-kind, all-wheel-drive ’10 Camaro and we found it on display in Odyssey Battery’s booth. Built for a local distillery to use as a promotional vehicle, this car certainly turns heads, and it stopped us dead in our tracks. The engine is a GM LS3, which is mated to a Tremec TR-6060 manual transmission. The Tranzilla package from Rockland Standard Gear allows for the mating of a transfer case, and the Camaro utilizes the front differential out of a Toyota Tundra. Really, the rest of the car speaks for itself.
Old Bronco, New Chassis
We still can’t decide if this is a crime or not. Roaster Shop has created a complete replacement chassis for ’66-’77 Broncos, and it is seriously cool as hell. The front suspension is converted to IFS and the rear is a triangulated four-link. This allows the front to attain 12 inches of suspension travel and the rear 13—on par with a Raptor. It’s set up for a coilover and bypass shock at each corner, and can accept either a Ford Coyote 5.0L V-8 and 6R80 transmission or GM LS and 4L80, both with mounts for an Atlas transfer case. The chassis allows for fitting a 285 series tire on a 17-inch wheel with no modification of the fender openings.

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