#MTSEMA18: New Products from SEMA 2018
Muscle FibersThe Jeep Wrangler JL and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class are two sides of the same coin. Both are rugged off-roaders with old-school styling and proven technology, but one’s just a lot fancier (and more expensive) than the other. Well, Venomrex is about to bring the two a bit closer together, thanks to the company’s new carbon-fiber exterior accessories for the JL Wrangler. Now available are a set of hood vents, fenders, and bumper moldings, crafted from exposed carbon fiber, giving the Wrangler an aggressive and high-end appearance that apes the G 550 4x42. Venomrex also claims they improve performance by reducing weight on the corners—without sacrificing durability—but we must admit, these products are probably designed more for show than go. Still, not a bad way to give your brand-new Jeep some premium flair.
Specifically FormulatedPrestone Antifreeze/Coolant with Cor-Guard has already been proven to protect an engine’s cooling system from corrosion and deposits, and Cor-Guard products are safe for every vehicle. But for owners who insist on it, the company now offers a line of vehicle-specific coolants, including unique formulas for Honda and Nissan vehicles; for Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles; and for European marques like BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. These three formulas each come in their own unique color, matching that of the factory-spec’d coolant.
DIY All DayThe Bondo brand, from 3M, is most known for its professional-grade body filler, which can be used to great effect to smooth out minor ripples in bodywork. But the company also offers a very DIY-friendly solution to everyday problems, thanks to the Bondo Scratch & Rock Chip Repair Kit. Included in this all-in-one kit is Bondo Scratch and Rock Chip Putty, which fills those tiny divots in the paint created by wayward road hazards. It also includes spreaders, 180-grit sandpaper, and 320-grit sandpaper, helping create a smooth surface. Then, a quick hit of your own touch-up paint will have your truck looking almost new again.
High-Tech Finish ProtectionIf you’re paying attention to modern car care technology, you’ve probably heard of ceramic coating, which consists of nanoscopic ceramic to give your truck or SUV a durable, mirror-like glaze. But since ceramic coatings can be very expensive, Meguiar’s developed Hybrid Ceramic Wax, which is applied to a clean and rinsed, but not yet dried-off, finish. Rinsing a second time spreads the product and its silicon dioxide ingredients, protecting your paint with the newest technology.
Trail DutyRugged Ridge, one of the world’s best-known Jeep accessory companies, is expanding its line of products for the brand-spanking-new Wrangler JL. Announced at SEMA 2018 is the set of XHD Series Rock Sliders, which tuck close to your Jeep’s rocker panels for maximum protection (and a sleek appearance) without compromising overall clearance. They install with no drilling and are made from CNC-cut 3mm steel plate with a powder-coated black finish for durability and corrosion resistance.
Award-WinningThe organization behind the SEMA Show always picks its favorite new products from a variety of categories, and this year’s Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product nod goes to the Rancho JL Wrangler Sport Suspension System. Made for the Wrangler Unlimited in 2-inch or 3.5-inch lift setups, both ride heights are available with your choice of Rancho RS5000X or Rancho RS9000XL shocks. Furthermore, the kits include a set of corner-specific progressive-rate coil springs, bump stop extensions, sway bar adapter brackets and end links, and an emergency brake line relocation bracket, ensuring secure handling and good reliability.
Everything You NeedTruck bed covers are a good way to add locking, weather-resistant storage to your pickup, but they do take away a fair bit of tall-item versatility. The Retrax XR Series adds some of that capability back thanks to its standard Trax Rail System, which is compatible with cargo-carrying accessories from Rhino Rack, Yakima, Thule, and more. This allows an outdoor adventurer to keep his or her camping gear safe and dry down below and mount a couple of bikes or a kayak up high, providing lots of cargo-carrying flexibility to an already versatile pickup truck.