SEMA 2013: New Products
The 50 Best New Truck Parts and 5 Best Tools From the SEMA Show
What: Special Forces ZULU wheel
Why: American Force is taking the lifted truck wheel market by storm, and this is just one of the variety of slick new wheel designs they debuted at SEMA. Many custom finishes and colors are available.
Where: (877) 427-6773, americanforcewheels.com
What: Micro-Start personal power supply
Why: This high-tech battery can fit in your pocket, but it is powerful enough to jump-start most V-8 trucks. It also comes with a variety of adapters to charge laptops, cell phones, tablets, and other devices.
Where: (310) 527-2330, antigravitybatteries.com
AP Racing and Stillen teamed up to create one of the sickest big brake kits we’ve ever seen. The caliper design is straight from AP Racing’s motorsports division, so it’s got low weight, high rigidity, and near-instantaneous cooling. It’s all-out race technology for the street, and we can’t wait to get our hands on a set.
Who: AP Racing / Stillen
What: Radi-Cal forged brake system for ½-ton trucks
Why: These monstrous forged six-piston calipers envelop slotted two-piece rotors and represent the cutting edge of braking technology. A full line of ½-ton truck applications will be available soon from Stillen.
Where: (714) 540-5566, stillen.com
What: Automatic LED cargo lights
Why: These clever LED strips can be mounted under your bedrails, tonneau, or cap to illuminate your bed. They’re activated by a magnetic switch, so the moment your tailgate or tonneau opens, the lights come on.
Where: (330) 830-7800, 4are.com
What: Extreme+ rear brakes for ’10-’13 Ford Raptor
Why: With six-piston monoblock calipers, 15-inch two-piece rotors, and Baer’s unique floating Verislide brackets, this rear big brake kit is more sophisticated than most front brake kits.
Where: (602) 233-1411, baer.com
What: Straight-Shot water/methanol injection system
Why: It’s got an easy-to-use plug-and-play controller, full adjustability, and multiple injection setpoints and rates, so you can customize it exactly to your application. Above all, it gives you lower air inlet temps and more reliable power.
Where: (626) 969-9600, bankspower.com
What: LS swap cooling module for ’67-’72 GM trucks
Why: So, you want to swap a modern LS motor into your classic Chevy or GMC truck? Be Cool’s complete cooling system has everything you need in one package, and it’s made entirely in the USA.
Where: (800) 691-2667, becool.com
What: C7 Corvette billet exhaust tips
Why: We know it’s only a matter of time before someone takes these Corvette center-exit exhaust tips and molds them into a truck’s roll pan. Make it happen!
Where: (888) 228-7435, bbexhaust.com
What: GT T+ gauge/tuner for Toyota
Why: With four tuning levels, data logging capabilities, and multiple new settings to adjust, the GT T+ lets you tune and monitor your Toyota truck like never before.
Where: (866) 285-5936, bullydog.com
What: Coupler pin lock
Why: BOLT locks can be unlocked with your truck’s ignition key, so you’ll never have to lug around a bulky key ring again. Now available for trailer coupler pins and 2014 GM truck keys.
Where: (877) 251-8798, boltlock.com
What: 2014+ GM Gen V LT1/L86/L83 high-performance cam
Why: COMP’s latest cam range is designed to work flawlessly with GM’s newest engines, while increasing power throughout the RPM range and maintaining drivability.
Where: (800) 999-0853, compcams.com
What: Dirt Series extended-travel coilovers for ’07+ Silverado/Sierra 1500
Why: These adjustable 2.5 coilovers give your truck a level stance while improving its ride quality, handling, and suspension travel.
Where: (951) 571-0212, cstsuspension.com
What: Tri-Y long-tube headers for Ford Raptor 6.2L
Why: These are the first long-tube tri-Y headers for the 6.2L Raptor. They’re also fully ceramic-coated and include stainless connector pipes with catalytic converters.
Where: (800) 347-8664, dougthorleyheaders.com
What: GM 4.8/5.3L LS stroker kit
Why: The kit includes a forged 4340 steel stroker crank, H-Beam rods with ARP bolts, forged Mahle pistons and rings, and racing bearings—everything you need for more displacement and power.
Where: (662) 796-7373, eaglerod.com
What: Billet aluminum hood hinges for ’53-’56 Ford F-100
Why: These billet hinges significantly dress up your F-100’s engine bay, and their sealed bearings and nitrogen shocks make your hood easier to open and shut.
Where: (888) 813-1293, eddiemotorsports.com
What: Wildpeak M/T tire
Why: Falken’s new prototype mud-terrain design looks ready for anything, and it’s being carefully engineered to handle the roughest terrain out there. Expect to see the production-ready version hitting stores in 2015.
Where: (800) 723-2553, falkentire.com
What: EZ-EFI 2.0 self-tuning engine control kit for LS engines
Why: It’s the easiest way to get your LS-swapped truck running and requires no complex PCM flashing or harness rewiring.
Where: (877) 334-8355, fuelairspark.com
What: 10-inch lift kit for 2014 Silverado/Sierra 4WD
Why: This kit is 100 percent bolt-on for easy installation, and it lets you clear 38-inch tires on your new GM truck. CNC-machined knuckles, ¼-inch-thick crossmembers, and burly compression struts ensure strength.
Where: (559) 271-8685, fullthrottlesuspension.com
What: Rear sway bar for 2014 Silverado/Sierra
Why: This 1⅛-inch solid steel bar decreases body roll and improves handling. Plus, it’s proudly made in the USA.
Where: (559) 734-7451, hellwigproducts.com
What: Manual train horn valve
Why: If you’ve got train horns on your truck, why not control them like an actual train conductor? This valve lets you yank a chain and blast anyone in your path.
Where: (877) 209-8179, hornblasters.com
What: Pro Series HC1800S power cell
Why: Kinetik’s Pro Series power cells are designed for those that need a strong foundation of 12V power for their truck’s upgraded stereo, lighting, and accessories. They’re also made in the USA and feature a three-year warranty.
Where: (888) 522-8346, kinetikaudio.com
What: TimeBlaster train horn kit for ’07-’13 GM trucks
Why: You can install this train horn kit in 15 minutes or less, and unleash a 150-psi blast of sound at the flip of a switch.
Where: (520) 579-1531, kleinn.com
What: Blackhawk air intakes
Why: A gaudy air filter can easily distract from an otherwise cleanly modified engine bay, so K&N has released this subtle line of blacked-out air intakes for those that like to fly under the radar.
Where: (800) 858-3333, knfilters.com
What: 3.5L rod and piston package for F-150 EcoBoost
Why: Billet I-beam connecting rods and custom forged pistons reinforce your EcoBoost engine’s internals, allowing you to run significantly more boost and make more power reliably.
Where: (313) 561-5500, livernoismotorsports.com
What: 107 Series wheel
Why: The LRG 107 Series is offered in either matte black or machined finish to fit any lifted truck’s style.
Where: (855) 577-5633, lrgrims.com
What: Seven-inch lift kit for ’09-’13 Ram 1500 2WD
Why: With lift spindles, springs, shocks, drop brackets, and all necessary hardware, this MaxTrac kit is an easy way to give your Ram a trail-ready altitude adjustment.
Where: (714) 630-0363, maxtracsuspension.com
What: 3½-inch black single-exit exhaust for Ford Raptor 6.2L
Why: MBRP’s system looks great in satin black, sounds aggressive, and is dyno tested and tuned for maximum flow and power. Make your Raptor a little rowdier with this exhaust system.
Where: (888) 636-7223, mbrp.com
What: 3/5 or 4/6-inch lowering kit for 2014 Silverado/Sierra
Why: McGaughys’ kit is adjustable from a 3/5-inch drop to a 4/6-inch drop, so you can get the exact drop you want. It also fits all cab and engine configurations for an easy install.
Where: (559) 226-8196, mcgaughys.com
What: Deegan 38 mud-terrain tire
Why: Developed alongside four-time Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series champion Brian Deegan, this mud-terrain delivers aggressive performance and tenacious grip.
Where: (330) 928-9092, mickeythompsontires.com
What: Atomic electronic throttle control module
Why: Now you can have the linear feel of a traditional cable throttle, but retain your factory GM drive-by-wire system. This module plugs in inline between your MSD EFI controller and factory pedals.
Where: (915) 857-5200, msdperformance.com
What: Carbon-fiber leather wallets
Why: Let’s face it—carbon fiber looks really cool. So, NFS used real carbon fiber and leather to make these unique wallets.
Where: (530) 575-5122, nfsdesigns.com
What: Evolution LED grille for ‘07-’13 Silverado 1500
Why: Paramount Restyling’s new Evolution grille line offers integrated LED lighting for the ultimate in form and function. Now your truck can look tough and have improved visibility at the same time.
Where: (866) 988-8348, paramountrestyling.com
What: Power tailgate lock for 2014 Silverado/Sierra
Why: Lock and unlock your tailgate remotely with your factory GM key fob. Why this isn’t standard from the factory, we’ll never know, but it’s a huge timesaver.
Where: (800) 342-5911, popandlock.net
What: i-1 intercooled supercharger system for Ford Raptor
Why: How’s bolting 200 additional horsepower onto your stock Raptor engine sound? Yeah, we thought so. Enough said.
Where: (913) 338-2886, procharger.com
What: 5034 Rockwell wheel
Why: Pro Comp’s newest wheel design looks tough and uses state-of-the-art low-pressure casting technology to remain lightweight and strong.
Where: (800) 776-0776, procompusa.com
What: High-performance water pump for ’99-’06 GM LS engines
Why: This polished aluminum water pump is a thing of beauty, and it’s designed to minimize cavitation up to 7,000 rpm for reliable cooling under pressure.
Where: (951) 436-7900, prw-usa.com
What better trucks than the ’14 Silverado and Sierra to unveil your first 6-inch lift kit, which is exactly what Rancho did. With options like replacement struts versus strut spacer, there is something in this kit for everybody. And it is FMVSS-126 certified.
What: Six-inch lift kit for 2014 Silverado/Sierra
Why: Rancho’s new six-inch kit for the 2014 GM trucks is fully FMVSS-126 certified, which means that it has been tested for rollover safety and passed with flying colors. Now you can have an aggressive, off-road–ready lift that’s also safe on the streets.
Where: (734) 384-7804, gorancho.com
What: RDS Series grille for 2010-2013 Ford Raptor
Why: This all-new grille incorporates Rigid’s RDS Series curved lightbar, which contours to the factory hood of your Raptor and lights up more area than ever before.
Where: (480) 655-0100, rigidindustries.com
What: X-Clamp LED light mounting system
Why: The X-clamp allows you to easily attach LED lightbars to roof racks, brushguards, and other 2- to 3-inch tubing.
Where: (770) 614-6101, omix-ada.com
What: X4 Power Flash programmer
Why: The X4 recalibrates your factory ECM for more power, torque, throttle response, and shift firmness.
Where: (407) 774-2447, sctflash.com
What: 6-inch strut spacer lift for 2014 Toyota Tundra
Why: This kit maintains OEM steering geometry and alignment specs, providing your new Tundra with a worry-free increase in altitude.
Where: (318) 388-0816, skyjacker.com
What: Coilover suspension kit for 2013 F-150 EcoBoost 4WD
Why: This complete front and rear coilover kit features 2.5 front coilovers and 2.0 rear remote-reservoir shocks. Best of all, it’s completely rebuildable and revalvable by the owner for long-term reliability.
Where: (818) 700-9712, swayaway.com
What: Spare Tire Fuel System
Why: We’re amazed nobody has thought of this before -- why not replace your modified truck’s useless spare tire with a fuel tank? It holds 30 gallons of extra fuel and takes up zero bed space.
Where: (800) 728-4982, titanfueltanks.com
What: Torch series LED lighted grilles
Why: T-Rex took their already aggressive-looking X-Metal grilles, and added powerful LED lightbars to them. It’s form and function all in one package.
Where: (951) 270-5388, trexbillet.com
What: Tuff M/T 37x13.50x26 tire
Why: Yes, you read that right. It’s a mud-terrain tire for 26-inch wheels. We haven’t seen anyone running these yet, but it’s going to be a jaw-dropping moment when we do.
Where: (800) 804-7156, statuswheels.com
What: Berserker ASM (Active Shock Management) system
Why: Viking’s Berserker ASM system automatically adjusts shock damping and rebound up to 1,000 times per second, precisely tuning performance for every corner you take. That’s some high-tech stuff.
Where: (800) 236-6001, vi-king.com
What: Intercooler upgrade package for F-150 EcoBoost
Why: Turbocharged engines run best when cool, so Vortech came up with this drop-in intercooler upgrade for EcoBoost trucks. It keeps your boosted airflow cold and dense, improving power and torque.
Where: (805) 247-0226, vortechsuperchargers.com
What: TechLiner custom-fit bed and tailgate liners
Why: It installs in minutes without drilling or applying chemicals, and it’s made of a special soft-touch material that protects both your bed and your cargo.
Where: (800) 943-9250, weathertechdirect.com
What: Delta Dually 20-inch wheels
Why: A direct descendant of Weld’s Delta 1 drag racing wheel featured on NHRA Top Fuel cars, this dually wheel uses the same center-lug design for maximum strength and durability.
Where: (800) 788-9353, weldracing.com
What: GearBox interior storage for 2014 Silverado
Why: Organize your truck with this contoured storage system that slides under your rear seats. No more clutter, no more mess, and no more loose items rolling around your floorboards.
Where: (800) 344-8759, huskyliners.com
Top 5 Tools
What: CP7748 ½-inch high-torque impact wrench
Why: The CP7748 impact gun has been redesigned with several ergonomic improvements, such as a contoured handle, improved grip, and redesigned forward/reverse lever for easier use.
Where: (803) 817-7349, cp.com
What: PivotForce compound-action pliers
Why: These smart pliers make use of compound action, which means you get excellent cutting power and grip with 40 percent less squeezing force than ordinary pliers.
Where: (866) 907-9716, gearwrench.com
After using Ingersoll Rand tools for years, I’m a believer in their quality, battery life, and performance. Once I found out a smaller, lighter, but still powerful 12V line was debuting at SEMA, I couldn’t wait to try them out. This compact drill was worth the wait.
Who: Ingersoll Rand
What: D1130 3/8-inch 12V drill/driver
Why: It’s a lightweight, powerful, and versatile professional-grade drill -- exactly what we’ve come to expect from Ingersoll Rand.
Where: (800) 483-4981, ingersollrandproducts.com
Why: The Easypuller cleverly combines locking pliers and a two-pound slide hammer, allowing you to easily clamp onto and remove stuck cotter pins, seals, bolts, screws, and more.
Where: (702) 992-0202, lasvegastool.com
What: Body clip puller and punch for two-piece plastic rivets
Why: If you’ve ever torn apart a truck’s interior, you’ll know the frustration of removing two-piece plastic rivets. This tool allows you to depress and pull these fasteners quickly and easily.
Where: (800) 822-5575, skhandtool.com