The Specialty Equipment Market Association's annual trade show is a spectacle, with crazy, over-the-top trucks and sport/utilities on display inside the Las Vegas Convention Center and outside the halls. But just as important as the wall-to-wall eye candy is the wide array of new products introduced at this show. Here are some of our favorites. Many of these were not on sale as of press time, so pricing wasn't available. Consider this a preview of the cool aftermarket products coming your way in the near future.
Escort Live! brings the idea of social networking to your truck -- and it may save you money. This accessory cord includes a Bluetooth connection to link your new or recent Escort detector to your smartphone so that when you encounter radar or laser, the location of the threat is broadcast and shared with other Escort Live! users in your area. $80, plus membership fee.
Escort/Beltronics Radar Detectors
Mickey Thompson Classic Big-Rig WheeL
Do you want the look of a 10-lug wheel on your six- or eight-lug truck? Consider Mickey Thompson's Classic Big-Rig wheel. It looks like a 10-lug, but no adapters are needed here. Other wheels in the Mickey Thompson collection include a beadlock-style in black or chrome, the SideBiter, and the Classic II in black or chrome. About $350.
Mickey Thompson Performance
Tires & Wheels
Cam Caster Adjuster Kit
BD, a company typically known for diesel products, has expanded to include non-diesel and suspension components as well. Shown here is the company's cam caster adjustment kit. If your truck rides on oversize tires or you've had a suspension-lift kit installed, your truck may not drive straight. This kit helps correct negative caster angles on Ford 2005-2010 Super Duty pickups. $215.
BD Diesel Performance
Extreme Outback Compressor
The ExtremeAire Velocity is the first synthetic-oil-lubed 3/4-hp compressor available in 12- or 24-volt applications. It has a 100-percent continuous duty rating, a 225psi restart capability, a high flow rate, and a 3000-hour lifespan. $480.
This is a safe, strong recovery hook rated with a 45,000-pound recovery load. Made of forged titanium, it comes with stainless-steel hardware and has a polished finish. The 24-pound hook measures 16x7 inches, fits any 2-inch receiver, accommodates large tow straps, and has a 3.5-inch stainless-steel safety latch. $190-$200.
Monster Hooks Inc.
Ever wished you had a bench-mounted vise while out on the road or on the trail? As long as you have a 2-inch ball-mounted receiver, Mac's Trail D-Vise gives you just that. Slide the D-Vise into the receiver, pin it, and you're ready to make repairs. $160.
Mac's Custom Tie Downs
Daystar Cam Can
Daystar offers the Cam Can in a variety of colors. It stores in the center of a Jeep or Toyota's rear-mounted spare tire, and can carry 5 gallons of water. Universal mounts are also sold for trucks, trailers, and UTVs (utility terrain vehicles). $60-$120.
Daystar Products International
Go Rhino! introduced several new steps at this year's SEMA show, many of which are ideal for use on lifted or tall trucks. Pictured here is the Dominator D4. Each set of steps is application-specific. It uses a 4-inch oval design, making it easier to get into and out of your truck, and the large-size pad makes it safer, too. No drilling is required to install a set. $545 (black), $824 (polished stainless).
Go Rhino! Products
Vortech Raptor Supercharger
This is an early preview of a new product from Vortech. The company unveiled a preproduction version of its supercharger for the 6.2-liter Ford Raptor at SEMA. While the fuel calibration is not final, Vortech anticipates the power increase over stock will be 40-45-percent more hp and 35-40-percent additional torque. It is expected to go on sale in early 2012. Price unavailable.
Superchips Vivid PAQ
The Vivid PAQ uses Android-based software, a touch-screen tablet, and Bluetooth technology in this multi-use device. You can tune vehicle performance, acquire and store data, display a variety of gauges, and connect to the Web. Tunes are offered for high-performance, heavy-load towing, fuel economy, or off-road. It's also GPS capable with the option of topographical off-road maps. Price unavailable.
American Force 8/10-Lug Adapter
If you're eyeing a set of 10-lug wheels that you want to fit to your eight-lug truck, American Force has a wide variety of adapters to do the job. Pictured here is one of the adapters for 2011-2012 Chevrolet and GMC 2500HD and 3500HD trucks. Adapters are also offered for earlier Chevy and GMC trucks, as well as for Dodge/Ram Heavy-Duty, and Ford Super Duty. $850-$1200 for a set.
American Force Wheels
Weld introduced its forged-aluminum truck wheels at the SEMA show. Shown here are Weld Racing's dually wheels, which are load-rated at 3500 pounds. There are 10 wheel styles and two finishes -- black anodized or polished -- from which to choose, with 5, 6, or 8 lugs. For those who tow, there are also matching forged trailer wheels. Price unavailable.
Weld Racing LLC