24 Awesome New Things at the 2016 SEMA Show
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As the preeminent automotive aftermarket trade show, the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas serves as the grand ball for new parts to debut. Every year, the number of new products increases. This year the count numbered more than 2,600, and we have seen the quality and variety go up in recent years. This year, a wide spectrum of parts was available.
Given the popularity of trucks in America, it’s no surprise a great number of parts are either specific to or appropriate for our haulers. What follows are two dozen of the products that stood out. Just as it has over the past half a century, the SEMA show will continue to evolve. But one thing will always remain the same. You’ll never quite know what to expect in the new-products showcase.
Billet Aluminum Exhaust TipsLokar's Goolsby Edition billet aluminum exhaust tips offer a pretty slick way to end your exhaust system. These two-piece billet-aluminum tips have ends with a radius that matches most rollpans.
HDX Analog Instrument Systems for ’47-’87 Chevy TrucksDakota Digital developed a line of retrofit gauges for vintage domestic pickups. These LED-backlit displays have selectable RGB lighting for numbers, needles, and tick marks and feature stepper motors for fast, precise action. The gauges are Bluetooth accessible by Apple and Android mobile apps.
Chrysler HEMI Gen III Victor EFI Intake ManifoldEdelbrock reportedly wrung 25 additional hp from an otherwise-stock 6.4L engine by changing nothing more than the manifold. The long-runner design fits Chrysler Eagle and WT 5.7L, 6.1L and 6.4L Gen III HEMI engines.
’16 Nissan TitanXD Air SuspensionHellwig released its towing and hauling air-suspension kit for the latest Cummins-powered Nissan Titan XD. This kit bolts on, eliminating welding, drilling, and cutting. The oversized air springs boast a 2,800lb-load capacity at lower pressure, a dynamic that produces a smoother, softer ride.
’17 Super Duty Bolt-on Front CoiloversSkyjacker hired famed off-road racer Curt LeDuc to test and tune its new-series coilovers. They bolt on directly and offer adjustable ride height, increased articulation, and greater stability. Skyjacker makes them here in the USA and offers a lifetime guarantee on the springs.
Programmable Intercooled Supercharger System for ’11-up 5.0L Ford F-150ProCharger’s i-1 is the world's first programmable-ratio supercharger kit, producing the largest power gains, and the ultimate performance curve. Drivers can switch among three factory-supplied modes and a custom mode with an optional touchscreen display. The kit increases power by 75 percent with only 9psi boost.
Retrofit Throttle-Body Fuel InjectionHolley Terminator Stealth Classic Holley merged the performance of fuel injection with the look of a carburetor by applying a dichromate-like finish to its latest Terminator Stealth Classic. This new finish harkens to the glory days of the muscle cars, yet delivers fuel with a precision that a carburetor could only dream of.
’16 1/2 GM 3/5 to 4/6 Adjustable Drop, One-Box KitMcGaughys latest kit drops ’16 1/2-ton GM-based 1500-series trucks. The company offers two settings: 3-inch front and 5-inch rear, or 4-inch front and 6-inch rear. Through the power of adjustability, the kit comes in a one-box shopping experience.
MIG, Stick, TIG WelderMiller’s Multimatic 215 multi-process welder offers MIG, stick, and DC TIG processes to suit any application. The color-screen features Auto-Set Elite, which facilitates setup and the ability to operate on 120 or 240 volts. This gives it the capacity to work anywhere. It welds steel as thick as 3/8 inch.
Miller Electric Manufacturing Co.
4.56:1 Gears for Colorado and Canyon Front AxleNitro Gear makes it possible to re-gear the latest Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon for bigger tires. Its 7 1/2-inch 4.56:1 gear ratio fits the unique front axle design, making it possible to restore the leverage lost to large tires, thereby improving transmission shift quality and truck performance.
Nitro Gear & Axle
Allison 1000/2000 Transmission Adapters and ControllersCummins Allison Conversions offers parts to form a dream matrimony—your Cummins or Powerstroke with a tough 1000- or 2000-series Allison transmission. The company produces its own adapters, flex plates, and even harnesses for plug-and-play operation. These kits preserve full functionality for correct operation in any application.
Cummins Allison Conversions
Blow-Off Valve for Ford F-150Turbosmart’s Smart Port blow-off valve for the EcoBoost F150 offers the response of a plumb-back valve with the high-performance benefits of a VTA valve. The TS-0215-1367 kit fits the 3.5L and 2.7L engines and works with aftermarket intercoolers.
Colorado and Canyon Front Bumper CoverMotor City’s front-bumper cover changes the personality of the new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon and offers another layer of protection. It attaches simply to the tow hooks. The cover offers three options: bull bar (shown), stinger, or tubeless.
Motor City Aftermarket
’16 Nissan Titan XD Fender FlaresEGR designed its ’16 Titan fender flares for ultimate protection. But the company still kept an eye on design by relieving the flares around the Cummins badge and the fuel-tank door. They’re available in matte (shown), black ABS, or matched to the factory color.
Dual High-Pressure Pump Kit Ford 6.7LBD Diesel Performance designed its latest Venom dual high-pressure pump kit for the Ford 6.7L-equipped Power Stroke. A durable CP3 injection pump (stock or BD’s R900 12mm stroker pump) supplies enough fuel for high-demand performance applications.
BD Diesel Performance
Mid-Ship Ram Mega Cab Replacement TankTitan’s replacement tank adds 22 usable gallons of fuel to the ’13-’16 Dodge Ram Mega Cab 2500 and 3500 trucks. The company engineered these tanks to use every bit of free space without any modifications. Tanks are constructed from a corrosion-proof cross-linked polymer that resists all fuels.
Titan Fuel Tanks
’60-’87 C10 Bolt-In Rear Frame ClipThis rear frame clip from CB Chassis Products is a direct bolt on to ’60-’87 Chevy C-10 trucks. The clip accommodates wheels as wide as 15 inches and serves as the ultimate platform for shortbed conversions. It also boasts the company’s unique triangulated four-link suspension.
CB Chassis Products
Modular Compressor and Valve/TankAccuAir’s latest tank has a hidden weapon—a compressor and valves. The Endo tank features a Wabco-powered dual-stage Dryair compressor and boasts a DOT-approved 200psi rating. Its compact form, quick-release mounting, and integrated flow controls, as well as optional sizes, finishes, and configurations, make it supremely versatile.
’15-Up Ford F-150 Powered SubwooferKicker’s PowerStage multi-channel amplifier and powered subwoofer kit puts bigger bass and more sound into the ’15-up Ford F-150 Super Crew and Super Cab trucks. The system works with the MyFord Radio system with base audio and adds 400 watts of total power to the Kicker subwoofer and existing speakers. The kits include pre-cut, pre-terminated wiring harnesses—no wire cutting required.
50-Caliber Lug NutsVMS Racing created an interchangeable-cap lug nut system. The steel lug-nut design accepts more than 40 billet-aluminum cap designs in VMS’s product line, some among them in the shape of 50-caliber bullets. VMS anodizes the cap covers to ensure a long-lasting and durable finish.
HaulGaugeHaulGauge is a plug-and-play gauge that displays the gross combined weight of a vehicle. The company specifically engineered each system for a specific vehicle powertrain combination. HaulGauge requires no extra wiring or tools to install. Just plug in, and within seconds of driving, HaulGauge displays the vehicle weight, allowing drivers to make informed decisions about load capacity.
Speedometer Calibrator for ’17 Ford F-Series Super DutyHypertech’s Inline Speedometer Calibrator module corrects the speedometer and odometer readings for any combination of tire size and gear ratios. It comes with a programmable module and a harness that piggybacks to the factory harness at the instrument cluster using the factory connectors. No cutting or splicing necessary.
Ultra-Light Forged WheelsRSV offers multi-piece, ultra-light forged aluminum wheels in diameters from 17 to 24 inches and widths from 7 1/2 to 14. Offering wheel designs with reversed or step lips with shallow, medium, and deep-concave center profiles. It makes the wheels in a near-infinite combination of offset, bolt patterns, and center register to fit any application. Options include billet center caps and a variety of finishes from brushed to plated.
RSVForged VIP Modular Wheels
’09-up Ford F-150 Forged Aluminum Dropped SpindleMaxTrac Suspension just released the first dropped spindle for the ’09-up Ford F-150 pickups. MaxTrac makes them aluminum to reduce weight and forges them to achieve the toughest part possible.