New Truck Parts And Accessories - 101 New Products
The 2005 SEMA Show showcased the aftermarket's newest automotive upgrades, as well as various visions of how these parts could be put to use. We're illustrating that latter point in our show coverage elsewhere in this issue, as well as with some featured trucks and SUVs that you might see in our pages over the rest of the year. But new products have the shelf life of an open can of beer. And since we are dedicated to the health of our readers, we have taken a "no skunky products" pledge by showing you 101 samples of cool stuff from this year's show.
AFCO Stock-Mount ShocksDouble-adjustable shocks from AFCO can be mounted in stock locations on Chevy, Dodge, and Ford pickups. These lightweight aluminum shocks are double-adjustable for fine tuning and can be used with coil-over or conventional applications. For more information, contact AFCO, Dept. TR, P.O. Box 548, 977 Hyrock Blvd., Boonville, IN 47601, (800) 632-2320, www.afcoracing.com.
Chassis Tech Airwaves Air Spring/Shock ComboThis combination air spring and shock simplifies the installation of air suspension and should bolt in place of the factory shock with little or no modifications. For more information, contact Chassis Tech, Dept. TR, 260 South Hibbert, Mesa, AZ 85210, (480) 668-5448, www.airbagit.com.
Bully Dog Triple Dog Power Pup DownloaderThe Triple Dog Power Pup Downloader from Bully Dog Technologies boosts the performance of Ford, Dodge, and GM diesel powerplants. Aside from downloading new performance parameters into an engine's computer, it allows the user to tweak those settings on the fly. For more information, contact Bully Dog Technologies, Dept. TR, 2854 West 2200 South, Aberdeen, ID 83210, (866) 285-5936, www.bullydog.com.
AZA Forged C-Note$ WheelThis aluminum wheel from AZA Forged is finished with renderings of currency (Euros, Yen, or other bills). In this case, the wheel is flashing Benjamins like they are going out of style. Other finishes are available in marble, woodgrain, carbon fiber, and camo. For more information, contact AZA Forge, Dept. TR, 583 S. Center Street, Turlock, CA 95380, (209) 664-0207, www.azaforged.com.
Baer Claw GT Drum-To-Disc Rear ConversionThe Claw GT drum-to-disc rear brake conversion kit gives the Chevy Silverado high-perf stopping power. This system includes 14-inch rotor, two-piston aluminum caliper, and a drum-in-hat parking mechanism. For more information, contact Baer Brake Systems, Dept. TR, 3108 W. Thomas Rd., Suite 1201, Phoenix, AZ 85017-5306, (602) 233-1411, www.baer.com.
Garmin StreetPilot i2, i3, i5No larger than a baseball, the Garmin StreetPilot i2, i3, and i5 portable navigations systems provide streamlined navigation functionality for users on a budget. The i2 offers a monochrome screen, while the i3 (shown here) offers color. Both come with a 128MB microSD card and the necessary software for downloading and storing the map data of a user's region. The color-screened i5 is preloaded with maps of North America. For more information, contact Garmin, Dept. TR, 1200 East 151st Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062, (913) 397-8200, www.garmin.com.
ATS Aurora Twin Turbo Kit For Cummins DieselThis Twin Turbo from ATS Aurora combines the Aurora 2000 and 5000 turbos and is designed to function in a twin/compound configuration on Cummins 5.9L diesel powerplants. For more information, contact ATS Diesel Performance, Dept. TR, 5293 Ward Road, Arvada, CO 80002, (303) 431-7973, www.atsdiesel.com.
Banks Six-Gun Diesel TunerDiesel power enthusiasts should appreciate the Six-Gun Diesel Tuner with PowerPDA. It offers high performance that can be adjusted on the fly. The PowerPDA monitors engine functions, custom-tunes parameters, and times performance runs. For more information, contact Banks Power, Dept. TR, 547 S. Duggan Ave., Azusa, CA 91702, (800) 399-1706, www.bankspower.com.
BD Dodge Ram ManifoldThe Three-Piece Pulse Manifold from BD ups the ante for Dodge Ram '88-'02 5.9L diesel performance. It is pulse-tuned to facilitate combustion chamber evacuation and higher exhaust flow, not to mention decreased turbo lag and increased backpressure. This all results in increased power and fuel economy. For more information, contact BD Engine Brake, Dept. TR, P.O. Box 231, #88-446 Harrision St., Sumas, WA 98295, (800) 887-5030, www.dieselperformance.com.
APC TubeWorks Off-Road StylingStainless steel, TubeWorks accessories from APC give custom trucks off-road looks and functionality. Applications include spare tire carriers, step bars, and bumpers and come in raw, polished, or black powdercoat finishes. For more information, contact American Products Company, Dept. TR, 22324 Temescal Canyon Rd., Corona, CA 92883, (951) 898-9840, Ext. 6143, www.4apc.net.
Kicker Marine Component Speaker SystemKicker offers two approaches to busting beats in your boat. The KM625.2 component speakers measure 6 inches wide and have removable external crossovers and a pair of 25mm, titanium-domed tweeters. A second setup uses KM620.2 components, which use smaller, 20mm tweeters. All speakers resist splash, spray, and UV. For more information, contact Kicker (Stillwater Designs), Dept. TR, P.O. Box 459, Stillwater, OK 74076, (405) 624-8510, www.kicker.com.
Granatelli Mass Airflow Sensors For The F-150The 90mm Big Mouth S.I. Mass Airflow Sensor from Granatelli fits the new Ford F-150, which uses Ford's slot-in mass airflow sensors. It promises precise calibration regardless of injector size changes, induction diameter via cold-air intakes, or blow-through/draw-through supercharged/turbo applications. For more information, contact Granatelli Motor Sports, Dept. TR, 1000 Yarnell Place, Oxnard, CA 93033, (805) 486-6644, www.granatellimotorsports.com.
Rrembo Six-Piston GT KitBrembo's Six-Piston GT kit is specifically designed for 1/2- and 3/4-ton trucks and SUVs. It is designed to work with 380x34mm two-piece disc assemblies. For more information, contact Brembo, Dept. TR, 1585 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, (714) 641-5831, www.brembo.com.
Edge Kinetik The Cap Killer Power CellKinetik's KHC-600 The Cap Killer car audio power cell is designed to exceed the power delivery of 100 1-farad capacitors, delivering 800 amps of power reinforcement to an audio system's amplifier. And it can act as a starter battery for a V-8 engine. For more information, contact Edge Electronics, Dept. TR, 5352 Jackman Rd., Unit A, Toledo, OH 43613, (419) 476-2700.
Momar 4-Pac Hemi EFIMomar Injection now offers its 4-pac EFI system for late-model 5.7L and 6.1L Chrysler Hemis. For all of you out there with D-100s, now there's one more reason to bolt in a new Hemi. For more information, contact Momar Injection, Dept. TR, 8500 East Warren Avenue, Denver, CO 80231, (303) 752-1227, www.momarefi.com.
Bushwacker Tacoma Pocket-Style Fender FlaresThese ABS fender flares from off-road supplier Bushwacker add 1-3/4-inch of tire coverage on '05 Toyota Tacomas with factory fender flares. Colors include matte black and can be custom painted. Installation requires the factory mounting holes. For more information, contact, Bushwacker, 6710 North Catlin, Portland, OR 97203, (800) 234-8920, www.bushwacker.com.
Comp Performance Duramax Camshaft And Fast-Flash ComboBoost 6.6L Duramax performance with three camshaft choices from Comp Performance that work in concert with the company's Fast-Flash Programmer to improve horsepower, torque, and fuel mileage. For more information, contact Comp Performance Group, Dept. TR, 3406 Democrat Rd., Memphis, TN 38118, (800) 999-0853, www.compcams.com.
Optima Battery Adapter SetOptima's battery adapter set comes complete with three adapters that are designed to help Optima Batteries fit into an extended range of vehicle models. For more information, contact Optima Battery, Dept. TR, 5757 N. Green Bay Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53209, (414) 524-2434, www.optimabatteries.com.
Directed Electronics Sirius 8 Powered SubwooferA quick and inexpensive add-on to a car audio system, Directed Electronics offers its SIR-PSI Sirius 8 Powered Subwoofer that can be dropped in behind a seat or anywhere there is space. For more information, contact Directed Electronics, Dept. TR, 1 Viper Way, Vista, CA 92081, (760) 599-1325, www.directed.com.
Churchill Navigation AT-1The AT-1 GPS navigation system from Churchill Navigation adds a twist to the usual navi offerings. In addition to roadmap graphics, it can display a bird's-eye view of where you are driving via satellite and aerial photos at detail levels from 1-meter to 6-inches. Maps include Tele-Atlas road maps of the U.S., National Park Service maps of National Parks and Recreation Areas, topographic maps, and historical maps. Points of interest include such esoteric landmarks as missile silos. For more information, contact Churchill Navigation, Dept. TR, 1310 College Ave., Suite 450, Boulder, CO 80302, (303) 449-2610, www.churchillnavigation.com
Edelbrock Pro Tuner EFI SystemEdelbrock's Pro Tuner Victor and Super Victor EFI are stand-alone electronic fuel injection systems for domestic V-8s. These upgrades can handle 300-1,500 horsepower or more. For more information, contact Edelbrock, Dept. TR, 2700 California St., Torrance, CA 90503, (310) 781-2222, www.edelbrock.com.
B-Cool Billets Wire Mesh Grille For The F-250 And F-350This stainless steel grille from B-Cool Billets dresses up a 2006 Ford F-250 and F-350 with wire mesh and a mirror finish. For more information, contact B-Cool Billets, Dept. TR, 2060 Chicago Avenue, #B7, Riverside, CA 92507, (951) 686-7009, www.b-coolbillets.com.
MSD Smart SwitchMSD's new Smart Switch activates a device from 0-100% of a sensor's voltage range. That means it can turn on electric fans only when a truck needs it, or it can tap into the throttle position sensor to activate nitrous at WOT. For more information, contact MSD Ignition, Dept. TR, 1490 Henry Brennan, El Paso, TX 79936, (915) 856-2472, www.msdignition.com.
American Shine Car Care ProductsAmerican Shine offers a range of products for the care and cleaning of trucks and SUVs. For more information, contact American Shine Products, Dept. TR, P.O. Box 903473, Palmdale, CA 93590-3473, (661) 947-2916.
Concept In-Dash NavigationConcept Mobile Electronics presents an in-dash, double-DIN headunit with AM/FM/CD/DVD/three-in-one memory card reader and an optional GPS navigation system. The nav module relies on a 2GB Compact Flash card to store its map information. The unit's card reader accepts SD, MMC, and MS cards. A touchscreen allows easy interfacing with the headunit's functions. For more information, contact Concept, Dept. TR, 330 Turnbull Canyon Rd., City of Industry, CA 91745, (626) 968-8827, www.conceptbuy.com.
Auto Meter Mini Monster Shift Light TachometerLending sparkle and functionality to a vehicle's interior, the 3-3/8-inch Mini Monster Shift Light Tach from Auto Meter features advanced through-dial illumination, lit pointers, and LED shift lights. Available in six styles, including the company's Sport Comp, Ultra-Lite, and Phantom. For more information, contact Auto Meter Products, Dept. TR, 413 West Elm St., Sycamore, IN 60178, (815) 899-0847, www.autometer.com.
Belltech Front Coil Overs For Colorado And CanyonChevrolet Colorados and GMC Canyons have another Belltech coil over solution. This system maintains good handling and ride characteristics while lowering the vehicles by 2 or more inches. For more information, contact Belltech, Dept TR., 1075 North Ave., Sanger, CA 93657, (559) 875-0222, www.belltechcorp.com.
Fabtech GM 8-Inch Long-Travel Coil overThis kit from Fabtech converts the front suspension on a GM K2500HD 4WD from a torsion bar to coil over configuration with an 8-inch lift. The system can also be retrofitted to vehicles with existing Fabtech 6- and 8-inch lifts. For more information, contact Fabtech, Dept. TR, 4331 Eucalyptus Ave., Chino, CA 91710, (909) 597-7800, www.fabtechmotorsports.com.
Classic Performance C10 Tubular Control ArmsOwners of '63-'87 Chevy C10s may want to take a look at the tubular control arms from Classic Performance Products. They are designed to add five degrees of caster while providing full wheel travel and minimal friction. For more information, contact Classic Performance Products, Dept. TR, 175 E. Freedom Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801, (714) 522-2000, www.classicperform.com.
GloRyder CenterLightsCenterLights from GloRyder fit into the center bore of a wheel and create the visual effect of illuminating the entire rim. Each one is independently powered and easy to install. For more information, contact GloRyder, Dept. TR, 726 East Rugby Drive, Pueblo West, CO 81007, (719) 547-0900, www.gloryder.com.
Goodyear Fortera SUV TireThe Fortera tire from Goodyear has three tread zones to improve traction in watery, icy, and dry road conditions. PermaBlack compound additive helps maintain the tire's good-as-new appearance. For more information, contact Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 1144 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44316, (330) 796-7733, www.goodyeartires.com.
Eclipse AVN7000 NavigationThe all-in-one headunit from Eclipse offers AM/FM/CD/DVD and GPS navigation assistance for the directionally challenged. It uses a 1.8-inch 20GB hardrive, 7-inch touchscreen, and offers innovative video and nav features, all crammed into a single-DIN package. For more information, contact Eclipse, Dept. TR, 19600 S. Vermont Ave., Torrance, CA 90502, (800) 233-2216, www.eclipse-web.com.
Infinity Kool CoverThe Kool Kover from Infinity Products is an accent cover for the LS series of engines. Made from high-strength, low-weight plastic, it is designed to simplify the look of an engine compartment without compromising airflow to the engine. For more information, contact Infinity Products, Dept. TR, 2801 27th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421, (612) 789-2025, www.infinity-products.com.
Focal Utopia Be Car Audio SeriesThe Utopia Be audio line from Focal is the company's newest high-end audio line. It is comprised of two 2-way kits, one 3-way kit (shown here), and two subwoofers. The kits come with a Crossblock stereo filter that controls and tunes each speaker, which optimizes this line's performance. Or the kits can be used without the Crossblock, as active, in order to be used with other manufacturers' power amplifiers and their associ-ated crossovers and processors. For more information, contact Focal, Dept. TR, 804 Calle Plano, Camarillo, CA 93012, (888) 340-4403, www.focal-america.com.
ARE Z-Series Cap For The TacomaThe fiberglass Z-Series cap for the '05 Toyota Tacoma features curvy and sleek styling, and factory-matching paint so that the cap blends with the Tacoma seamlessly. Options include different front window styles, a sport rack, fabric headliner, domelight, interior clothes rod, and remote keyless entry. For more information, contact ARE, Dept. TR, 400 Nave Road SE, P.O. Box 1100, Massillon, OH 44648, (800) 649-4ARE, www.4are.com.
Baja Designs Soltek La Paz LightOff-roaders often find themselves in the dark and not necessarily during the time after a great race. The Soltek La Paz Single from Baja Designs is an 8-inch HID or Halogen lamp with integrated ballast and quick up and down adjustment. It's center-mounted for four-way adjustability, vibration-isolated, fires a driving or pencil beam, and weighs 4 pounds and 6 ounces. For more information, contact Baja Designs, Dept. TR, 185 Bosstick Blvd., Sam Marcos, CA 92069, (800) 422-5292, For more information, visit www.maxan.com.
Holley Commander 950 Vortec StealthRam EFIThe Commander 950 StealthRam EFI system from Holley is available for GM Vortec engines. The system includes manifolds, ECU, harness, and installation accessories. For more information, contact Holley Performance Products, Dept. TR, 1801 Russellville Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101, (270) 780-1824, www.holley.com.
Green Filter Cold Air Intakes For Chevy And GMCThis cold air intake solution is designed for '99-'06 4.8L, 5.3L, and 6.0L Chevrolet and GMC vehicles. For more information, contact Green Filter, Dept. TR, 714 Braddock View Dr., Mt. Braddock, PA 15465, (724) 430-2050, www.greenfilterusa.com.
Heartthrob Velocity Series MufflerThe Velocity Series Muffler from heartthrob has a wedged-shape, 16-baffle design with a double-wrapped and welded aluminized shell. It is designed for free-flowing, aggressive sound but without the intrusion of exhaust drone into the vehicle. For more information, contact Heartthrob Exhaust, Dept. TR, 60819 US Hwy 12, West Litchfield, MN 55355, (320) 693-0222, www.heartthrobexhaust.com.
SLP PerformancePacsOffering airboxes to exhaust tips, PerformancePacs are designed to improve power and efficiency. Available for the Escalade, Yukon, Denali, Tahoe, Silverado, and Sierra. For more information, contact SLP Performance Parts, Dept. TR, 1501 Industrial Way, N. Tom's River, NJ 8755, (732) 240-3696, www.slponline.com.
Hot Hues Hot Efx BrilliantzHot Hues' latest universal color, Hot Efx Brilliantz, uses diffractive pigments to display satin-like rainbow colors at any viewing angle, and creates the 3-D illusion of movement. When used in a two- or three-stage paint job, a typical metallic appearance is seen in low light, but vibrant prisms flicker across the base color when seen in direct light. For more information, contact DuPont Performance Coatings, Dept. TR, 4417 Lancaster Pike, BMP21-1127, Wilmington, DE 19805, (302) 992-2959, www.hothues.dupont.com.
In.Pro.Car Wear Crystal Eyes LED TaillightIn.Pro.Car Wear offers the Crystal Eyes LED taillight. It's stylish, long-lasting, and plug-and-play. For more information, contact In.Pro.Car Wear, Dept. TR, 6423 E. Washington Blvd., Commerce, CA 90040, (323) 838-5588, www.ipcw.com.
Infill T3 In-Car ComputerThis Multimedia in-car PC installs as a double-DIN package in the dash. It runs Windows XP, launches with a menu window that allows you to quickly navigate its multimedia functions, or you can close that to go to the desktop. The T3 can hold music or movies or other files on its 80GB hard drive and interfaces with a 7-inch touchscreen. Navigation will also be available. For more information, visit www.maxan.com.
Katzkin Interior Upgrade For The H3This upgrade package from Katzkin offers more than just Tuscany leather, perforated Suedezkin accents, and HUMMER H3 badging. It also includes a headrest-mounted, all-in-one Audiovox DVD entertainment system. For more information, contact Katzkin, Dept. TR, 6868 Acco St., Montebello, CA 90640, (800) 842-0590, www.katzkin.com.
Leer Low-Profile TonneauThe 800 Series hard tonneau from Leer can be lifted up on its Super Lift Assist gas prop system or lifted off the bed completely to allow large or odd-sized cargo. It has a stainless steel, center-mounted lock with an integrated stainless weather cover that is linked to automotive-style rotary latches, and that linkage is protected by an ABS shroud. A carpet headliner, custom-embroidered nylon pull strap, and chromed, raised-letter logos come standard. Options include keyless remote release, and battery- or 12V-powered domelights. For more information, contact Leer, Dept. TR, 58288 Ventura Drive, Elkhart, IN 46517, (800) 967-LEER.
Billy Boat SRT10 Exhaust HeadersLike the SRT10 needs more horsepower! These stainless steel headers from Billy Boat are expected to yield an additional 28hp at the wheels of the Dodge Ram street bruiser. For more information, contact Billy Boat, Dept. TR, 23045 North 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027, (623) 581-7600, www.billyboatperformance.com.
K&N AirCharger Intake ForThe H3The AirCharger Intake System from K&N applies the company's intake and filter expertise to the Hummer H3 3.5L I-5. For more information, contact K&N Engineering, Dept. TR, 1455 Citrus Ave., Riverside, CA 92507, (800) 858-333, www.knfilters.com.
LaFrance Autoworks Magic Touch Electronic Door HandleAn interesting application from LaFrance Autoworks is this Magic Touch panel that replaces a factory door handle, giving the vehicle a shaved look, and actuates the door popper with just a wave of the hand. For more information, contact LaFrance Autoworks, Dept. TR, 6605 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 306-176, Plano, TX 75093, (888) 754-9371, www.lafranceautoworks.com.
Electric-Life Underhood Harness KitThis Underhood Harness Kit from Electric-Life protects wires running through an engine compartment and can even be modified to use as a brake-light harness when towing a trailer. Made of braided stainless steel hose and sporting brass quick disconnects, the kit can route up to six wires at a time. Available in anodized black or red. For more information, contact Electric-Life, Dept. TR, 5990 Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL 60631, (773) 467-0200, www.electric-life.com.
Gibson H3 Split-Rear After-Cat ExhaustThis 2-1/2-inch split-rear, after-cat, bolt-on exhaust from Gibson Performance improves performance and features 4-inch stainless steel tips that will look just fine poking from beneath the new Hummer H3. For more information, contact Gibson Performance, Dept. TR, 1270 Webb Circle, Corona, CA 92879, (951) 372-1220, www.gibsonperformance.com.
Molecular FX PlasmaFX WheelsChrome PlasmaFX wheels from Molecular FX use a new technology to fuse titanium over chrome. Molecular FX can take any color that occurs in the process, isolate it, and make it the dominant color to match your vehicle. For more information, contact Molecular FX, Dept. TR, 1011 Arlington Blvd., Suite 231, Arlington, VA 22180, (703) 608-0676, www.mfxwheels.com.
Meguiar's Hot Rims Multi-Piece Wheel WashMeguiar's pH-neutral wheel wash is designed for multi-piece wheels because it won't cause a reaction between different metals. The spray foams and sticks to vertical surfaces to penetrate built-up crud. For more information, contact Meguiar's, Dept. TR, 17991 Mitchell South, Irvine, CA 92614, (949) 752-3863, www.meguiars.com.
MTX Thunderforms For The F-150 SupercrewJust in case you want to drown out your Triton with a different kind of bass, MTX has a solution for you. Their new ThunderForm fits 2004 and newer SuperCrew models and matches OEM colors. Available with 200 watts of power and a 10-inch Thunder 4500 woofer, it's a turnkey bass system. For more information, contact MTX Audio, Dept. TR, 4545 East Baseline Road, Phoenix, AZ 85042, (800) 225-5689, www.mtxaudio.com.
Skyjacker 2- to 3-Inch Suspension Lift for the TacomaWith Platinum Series coil-over shocks up front and Add-A-Leafs in back, this suspension kit adds 2-1/2 to 3 inches and will give an '05 Tacoma 4x4 the attitude it needs. For more information, contact Skyjacker Suspensions, Dept. TR, 212 Stevenson Street, West Monroe, LA 71292, (318) 388-0816, www.skyjacker.com.
Race Ready Performance Electric Exhaust CutoutRace Ready Performance has an alternative to big-buck audio systems. With the flip of a switch, the Electric Exhaust Cutout offers a nice, quiet rumble through a factory exhaust or the not-so-subtle scream of straight pipes. The cutouts are available in sizes from 2 to 3 inches. For more information, contact Race Ready Performance, Dept. TR, 1801 Foxwood Ct., Arlington, TX 76012, (866) 722-3732, www.racereadyperformance.com.
NOS Bottle Pressure ControllerConsistency is critical when a vehicle is running nitrous. Now, drivers can control pressure, keep an eye on temperature, and open and close the bottle from the driver's seat. For more information, contact Holley Performance Products, Dept. TR, 1801 Russellville Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101, (270) 780-1824, www.holley.com.
Precision Grilles OneTwenty GrilleThe Precision Grilles OneTwenty grille is available in most popular truck and SUV applications. Precision Design and Manufacturing's newest grilles use triple-chrome-plated 0.120 stainless steel wire mesh and 12-gauge stainless trim. For more information, contact Precision Design and Manufacturing, Dept. TR, 10841 Laurel Ave., Sante Fe Springs, CA 90670, (562) 946-1907, www.precisiongrilles.com.
Sunpro Super Tach IIIThe new Sunpro Super Tach III helps to keep track of the engine while giving the cockpit a retro look that is perfect for '50s and '60s rides. Modern features include a shift light and shift/max rpm set buttons. For more information, contact Sunpro/Faze, Dept. TR, 15825 Industrial Parkway, Cleveland, OH 44135, (216) 898-9243, www.spx.com.
Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial Race TireTouted by Mickey Thompson as the fastest DOT-class race tire, the ET Street tire offers the same features as the company's ET Drag but with a DOT stamp that meets street tire regulations. It is a tube-type for extra sidewall strength and has wrinkle-wall construction and reduced-depth treads. For more information, contact Mickey Thompson Tires, Dept. TR, 1900 Compton Ave. #101, Corona, CA 92881, (951) 817-0101, www.mickeythompsontires.com.
Stainless Steel Brakes Disc Brake ConversionSo you've got big wheels on your truck and now you can see the puny brakes through the spokes? What's a guy to do? SSB offers several conversion kits specifically designed for trucks and SUVs to improve braking performance by ditching the factory drums for discs. And they fill the space behind the wheels nicely. For more information, contact Stainless Steel Brakes, 11470 Main Road, Clarence, NY 14031, (716) 759-8666, www.ssbrakes.com.
McGaughy's Ram 1500 Lowering KitMcGaughy's new Dodge Ram 1500 lowering kit comes with everything you need to drop your Ram 2 inches in the front and 4 inches in back to get rid of the factory stinkbug stance and improve your handling. For more information, contact Mike McGaughy's Suspension Parts, Dept. TR, 5680 W. Barstow, Fresno, CA 93722, (559) 226-1896, www.mcgaughys.com.
Pioneer AVIC-Z1 Navigation HeadunitPioneer's latest navigation system is like a Swiss Army knife for the dash. It enables users to enjoy media via DVD/CD/AM/FM/satellite radio or iPod, and it's also Bluetooth-compatible. But it's the navigation system that's at the heart of this headunit. Combined with satellite radio, the AVIC-Z1 can route around traffic and it will actually learn the routes that a driver prefers and provide guidance accordingly. For more information, contact Pioneer Electronics, Dept. TR, 2265 E. 220th St., Long Beach, CA 90810, (800) PIONEER, www.pioneerelectronics.com.
Modernistic Low Pro Ultra-Thin Graphic SystemNow you can get crazy graphics with metallic, pearl, pinstripe, and candy effects in an easy-to-apply graphic that can be buried under only a couple coats of clear. For more information, contact Modernistic, Dept. TR, 196 Jenks Ave., St. Paul, MN 55117, (651) 291-7650, www.lowprographics.com.
Parrot Rhythm 'N' Blue AM/FM/Bluetooth HeadunitParrot's AM/FM/CD/MP3 receiver features integrated Bluetooth mobile phone capability. It allows drivers to listen to their favorite tunes or hear their cell phone calls through their speakers. LCD displays audio functions, caller ID, missed calls, and more. For more information, contact Parrot, Dept. TR, 30555 Oakview Way, Bingham Farms, MI 48025, (248) 594-1600, www.parrot.biz.
Icon Enterprises Icon-PC1 In-Car ComputerThe makers of Icon-TV video products introduce the Icon-PC1, a fully-functional personal computer that fits in a dashboard. It runs Windows XP/XP Professional, has a slot-loaded DVD rewriteable drive, and offers Bluetooth, WiFi, full-featured GPS navigation, XM Satellite Radio, digital media player, wireless keyboard, and touchscreen interfaces, and more. For information, contact Icon Enterprises, Dept. TR, 50-25 35th Street, Long Island, NY 11101, (718) 752-9764, www.IconTV.com.
ProGear Top Dawg Tonneau CoversBuilt with high-strength 6063 aircraft aluminum and fiberglass, Top Dawg's new hard tonneau covers are lightweight-as little as 45 pounds-but are built strong. They feature a locking mechanism that fastens both the tonneau panels and the tailgate and are removable without tools. For more information, contact ProGear, Dept. TR, (313) 897-3294, www.topdawgproducts.com.
Rampage Bead Lock Taillight BezelDesigned to complement billet fuel doors and bead lock wheels, the Rampage bead lock taillight bezel fits the ubiquitous taillight that was used on Jeeps and Chevy Stepsides, just to name a few. For more information, contact Rampage Products, Dept. TR, 18501 Collier Ave. A 101, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530, (951) 245-7400, www.rampageproducts.net.
Sony MEX-1GPDon't want to break down and buy an iPod? Sony's MEX-1GP headunit allows users to remove the faceplate and directly connect it to a computer to transfer up to 500 MP3 or WMA music files. It also functions as a regular AM/FM/CD receiver. For more information, contact Sony Electronics, Dept. TR, 16530 Via Esprillo, MZ7104, San Diego, CA 92127, (585) 942-3775, www.sonystyle.com.
MagnaFlow Direct Fit Diesel Catalytic ConverterMagnaFlow's new catalytic converter fits '03-'05 Ford Powerstroke 6.0L F250/350s. It's spun stainless construction provides durability and weight reduction. For more information, contact MagnaFlow, Dept. TR, 22961 Arroyo Vista, Rancho Margarita, CA 92688, (949) 858-5900, www.magnaflow.com.
Phoenix Gold RSd AmplifierLong-time audio component supplier Phoenix Gold has just updated the look of its entire product line and added a new line of amps. All RSd amps feature built-in 18dB per octave crossover, high-speed high-current MOSFET switching power supply, and wide-range input sensitivity adjustment. For more information, contact Phoenix Gold, Dept. TR, 9300 N. Decatur, Portland, OR 97203, (503) 978-3332, www.phoenixgold.com.
Lund Billet AntennaThis antenna upgrade from Lund is machined from a single piece of billet aluminum and measures 5-1/2 inches in length. It comes with various adaptors to enable universal applications. For more information, contact Lund International, Dept. TR, 911 Lund Blvd., Suite 100, Anoka, MN 55033, (800) 328-4843, www.lundinternational.com.
Nu Image Diamond Crown CollectionNu Image's Diamond Crown Collection will update a truck's or SUV's instrument cluster. The instruments' luxury look complements OEM and custom interiors. For more information, contact Nu Image Components, Dept. TR, 537 W. Rincon St., Corona, CA 92880, (951) 278-2467, www.nuimage1.com.
Sebring Tuning Twin Turbo Exhaust TipsSebring's triple-chrome-plated, interlocking exhaust tip has a single inlet and is made of T-304 stainless steel. We can already imagine a set of these built into a roll pan. For more information, contact Jim Cook Racing, Dept. TR, 5450 Katella Ave. #107, Los Alamitos, CA 90720, (562) 431-4605, www.sebringtuning.com.
Bilstein BTS Leveling Kit For F-150, Tacoma, TundraThe BTS Leveling Kit from Bilstein is designed to correct the factory rake on the '04 Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra, and the '05 Toyota Tacoma. It installs like replacement shocks, and the OE spring seat is repositioned to up the preload of factory springs for a level front and rear ride height. For more information, contact Bilstein Shock Absorbers, Dept. TR, 14102 Stowe Drive, Poway, CA 92064, (858) 386-5900, www.bilstein.com.
Superchips Flashpaq For The Ford Powerstroke Diesel EngineOwners of '03-'06 Ford Powerstroke diesels have another option when it comes to wringing out more power. Superchip's Flashpaq reprograms the engine control unit in three stages to unleash up to 94hp and 147lb-ft and also reads factory trouble codes. For more information, contact Superchips, Dept. TR, 1790 E. Airport Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773, (407) 585-7000, www.superchips.com.
Rosen G10 All-In-One Rear Seat Video SystemWith 10.2 inches of LCD monitor, an integrated CD/DVD/MP3 player, and 25 built-in video games, Rosen's G10 should keep rear-seat passengers busy. For more information, contact Rosen Entertainment Systems, Dept. TR, 1120 California Ave., Corona, CA 92881, (951) 898-9808, www.rosenentertainment.com.
Roadmax Billet Grille Insert For The Super DutyThe Roadmax Billet Grille fits the '05 and newer Ford Super Duty and Excursion. Grilles come with a 5-year warranty. For more information, contact Cosmo, Dept. TR, 6001 E. Slauson, Commerce, CA 90040, (323) 721-1100, www.roadmaxauto.com.
Carriage Works Honda Ridgeline Replacement GrilleThis no-cut billet replacement for the Honda Ridgeline grille involves a straightforward installation that replaces the factory plastic insert. Installation should take about an hour. For more information, contact Carriage Works Billet Accessories, Dept. TR, P.O. Box 858, Grandview, MO 64030, (816) 966-1405, www.carriageworksinc.com.
Thule Adventure Series TrailersThule's Adventure Series trailers are lightweight but can handle up to 1,252lbs of stuff. With the top on, it can hold up to 47 cubic feet of cargo; and with the top off, it can fit an ATV. For more information, contact Thule, Dept. TR, 42 Silvermine Rd., Seymour, CT 06483, (203) 881-9600, www.thule.com.
Scosche Bluetooth Wireless Interface Scosche Industries now offers its Bluetooth wireless interface for iPod and MP3 players for aftermarket headunits. The Scosche transmitter connects directly to the headphone output connector of the iPod/MP3 unit and transmits to a Bluetooth receiver connected to the auxiliary input of a vehicle's headunit or home audio system. For more information, contact Scosche Industries, Dept. TR, 1550 Pacific Ave., Oxnard, CA 93033, (800) 363-4490, www.scosche.com.
Simco Custom Instrument Cluster For The F-150Simco allows personalization of the company's new re-calibrated instrument cluster with graphics, lighting, and custom pointers. They plug right into OEM wiring for DIY installation. For more information, contact Simco, Dept. TR, 1 DeMille Rd., Lapeer, MI 48446, (810) 245-0188, www.simcoltd.com.
Rize Quad Link Suspension Lift For The Super Duty No cutting or welding required. Rize Industries' '05-'06 Ford Super Duty lift bolts in and features adjustable link bars and panhard rod mount to eliminate caster change and bump steer. For more information, contact Rize Industries, Dept. TR, 919 El Cajon Blvd., El Cajon, CA 92020, (619) 447-0110, www.rizeind.com.
Rough Country EVO-X Series 6-Inch LiftRough Country's newest lift for 1999-2006 GM 1500 4WD trucks bolts in without cutting or drilling. For more information, contact Rough Country Suspensions, Dept. TR, 1400 Morgan Road, Dyersburg, TN 38024, (731) 285-9000, www.roughcountry.com.
SMA H3 Billet And Stainless Steel TrimThe SMA Exterior Appearance Package for the Hummer H3 contains billet and stainless steel exterior products that will make the new Hummer stand out. For more information, contact SMA, Dept. TR, Alameda Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282, (480) 368-7475, www.smacorp.com.
Street Glow Multi-Color LED Wheel Well KitStreet Glow's newest kit contains four ultra-flexible tubes and a dash-mounted controller that allows you to switch between seven colors, four modes of operation, and 10 scanning patterns. For more information, contact Street Glow, Dept. TR, 25 Mansard Ct., Wayne, NJ 7470, (973) 709-9000, www.streetglow.com.
Vizualogic H3 Headrest Monitor/DVD PlayerVizualogic's H3 headrest replaces the factory headrest with its all-in-one monitor that is easy to install. The headrest matches the OEM piece's size, shape, and color perfectly. For more information, contact TMI Products, Dept. TR, 1493 Bentley Drive, Corona, CA 92879, (951) 741-8709, www.vizualogic.com.
Revtek Suspension Lift for the FrontierRevtek's 2-1/2-inch split-spacer suspension system is designed for the '05-'06 Nissan Frontier 2WD and 4WD models. For more information, contact Revtek Industries, Dept. TR, 4288 SE International Way, Portland, OR 97222, (503) 659-1650, www.revtek.com.
Spiderlite's SpiderlightThe Spiderlight from Spiderlite is an LED replacement lightbulb that collapses for installation into OEM taillight modules. It forms a distinctive light pattern without swapping taillight housings. For more information, contact Spiderlite, Dept. TR, 1050 Britannia Road East, Unit 23, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L4W 4N9, (416) 244-0499, www.spiderlite.com.
Tuner01 Caliper Cover SystemFactory truck brake calipers are clunky cast iron that don't look too good peeking from behind a nice set of wheels. Tuner01's covers go on OE brake calipers, are lightweight, and are a snap to install. Available in carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, or powdercoated. For more information, contact Tuner01, Dept. TR, 6558 Santa Ana Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46214, (317) 536-5319, www.tuner01.com.
Procomp Xtreme Alloys WheelsProcomp's Xtreme Alloy wheels feature a double-chrome finish, greater brake clearance for truck and SUV applications, and bead locking style. For more information, contact Pro Competition Tire & Wheel, Dept. TR, 1600 W. Walnut Parkway, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220, (310) 762-6593, www.procomptires.com
Street And Performance LS-7 Wiring HarnessThis harness makes it easy to swap an LS-7 into just about anything. We wouldn't mind seeing one in a first-generation Blazer, or anything for that matter. For more information, contact Street and Performance, Dept. TR, #1 Hot Rod Lane, Mena, AR 71953, (479) 394-5711, www.hotrodlane.cc.
Squires SRT10 TurboWhat's faster than a Ram SRT10? How about a turbo SRT10? Squires Turbo Systems now offers its remote-mount turbo for the world's fastest production truck. For more information, contact Squires Turbo Systems, Dept. TR, 165 N. 1330 W., Suite C4, Orem, UT 84057, (801) 224-3477, www.ststurbo.com.
Trik Flow Ported LS1 Cylinder Head If you own one of GM's latest small blocks and have a serious craving for horsepower, then Trick Flow's newest head might be for you. With intake ports up to 215cc, these heads have serious potential. For more information, contact TrickFlow Specialties, Dept. TR, 565 Kennedy Rd., Akron, OH 44305, (330) 630-0270, www.trickflow.com.
TFP Hitch-Dress KitTFP's latest offering cleans up the hitch, spare tire, and trailer wiring at the rear of your truck without losing any utility. For more information, contact TFP, Dept. TR, 16001 Manning Way, Cerritos, CA 90703, (562) 220-1370, www.tfpusa.com.
Rancho H3 SuspensionRancho's H3 suspension provides room for 35-inch tires without relocating the torsion bar so that significant ground clearance is gained. The kit contains beefy cast-iron steering knuckles and Hummer-inspired skid plates. For more information, contact Rancho Suspension, Dept. TR, 6925 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805, (734) 384-7805, www.gorancho.com.
Truck Master Designs Functional Hood Scoop For The F-150 TMD's hood scoop for '04-and-up F-150s isn't just another hood ornament. The system uses a duct under the hood to route cool, dense air into the air box. For more information, contact Truck Master Designs, Dept. TR, 29189 CR 36, Wakarusa, IN 46573, (574) 862-4831, www.truckmasterdesigns.com.
Unisteer 1983-2003 S-10 Rack And Pinion KitUpgrade an S-10 with Unisteer's rack-and-pinion kit. It completely replaces the factory steering and improves on-road responsiveness. For more information, contact Maval/Unisteer Performance Products, Dept. TR, 1555 Enterprise Parkway, Twinsburg, OH 44087, (800) 338-9080, www.unisteer.com.
Volant H3 IntakeVolant's air intake for the H3 will squeeze a little more power out of the Vortec 3.5L powerplant, and it looks better than the stock piece. For more info, contact Volant Performance, Dept. TR, 8759 Lion St., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, (909) 476-7225, www.volantperformance.com.
Downey Products TonneauThe LTD soft tonneau combines the features found on Downey Products' SST model with the capability to be lifted open without unsnapping the cover. The top latches shut with a one-handed latching system but does not interfere with the opening and closing of the tailgate. For more information, contact Downey Products, Dept. TR, 2000 Mallory Lane, Suite 130 #323, Franklin, TN, 37067, (800) 736-1610, www.downeyproducts.com.
TS Performance MP-8TS Performance introduces its MP-8 diesel performance module that works on all major diesel applications, including Chevy, Dodge, Ford, International, and the Jeep Liberty CRD. For more information, contact TS Performance, Dept. TR, 5425 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101, (270) 746-9999, www.tsperformance.com.