Top 10 Off-Road Trucks of SEMA360
Here are more cool SEMA rigs on virtual display.
The 2020 Specialty Equipment Market Association's (SEMA) virtual trade show has reached the midway point. Yes, just that quickly, the all-new SEMA360 is almost over, but we hope you're enjoying our group's coverage of the custom trucks on display in the website's Builders' Showcase.
We're sure you're aware by now that in August 2020, SEMA was forced to cancel its Las Vegas-based convention due to a host of concerns about health and safety, as well as the unavailability of facilities and services in Sin City caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although it is online, SEMA360 is not open to the public. The trade show provides qualified attendees, buyers, and media with access to 2,200 products—many of which are in the always popular New Products section (which we'll cover on Friday, the final day of SEMA Week)—and more than 650 manufacturers who are available in virtual booths for consultation about their parts, accessories, and equipment.
For years, a magnificent display of modified motorcycles, cars, and of course trucks has been a mainstay of the SEMA Show. For 2020, in the absence of the many halls, corridors, and vast grounds of the Las Vegas Convention Center, custom creations are found in a Builders' Showcase category of SEMA360, which holds 13 subcategories, of which two are dedicated to the trucks, SUVs, and off-road rigs that we love. For this report, we've selected 10 off-road-modified trucks—full-on pickups, not Jeeps (save for the Magnusun-supercharged 2020 Gladiator belonging to Murray Pfaff)that typically are found in and around South Hall at the live SEMA Show.
Don Sneddon's 2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew is another beautiful (and fully loaded) standout, which also received Top 5 feature vehicles honors in the Builders' Showcase. Somewhat surprisingly, mega-lifted, brilliantly chromed, big-wheeled show rigs are not as abundant in the virtual show as they are in Las Vegas each year.
Similar to some displays we see in person, and sadly, with the exception of sponsor shoutouts, many of the virtual presentations are also short on hardcore details about the trucks that we are always interested in knowing. However, the short video clips that are included in a few presentations provide a bit of consolation, and you can probably can find them outside the online portal through a builders' social media or websites.
Leonard Boschman, 2013 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
A Blazer in the more traditional sense than the latest version that Chevrolet thrust upon us in 2019. Leonard's nicely executed rig features products from Katzkin, Lund, Leer, and Mickey Thompson (wheels).
North Augusta Custom & Accessories, 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 AT4
Without the signature red treatments, it's hard to tell that this is actually an AT4 model Sierra. Tastefully done with a Kelderman suspension, Hostile and MKW wheels, MGP caliper covers, and an assortment of Truck Hero accessories, it's not for venturing too far off the road, but it looks good in the dirt nonetheless.
Darren Sammartino, 1970 Chevrolet K20
The OG among our selections is totally cool because it's powered by a 5.9L Cummins diesel engine. Notable products on board are: Rolling Big Power Cobra Beadlocks, KC Hilites Pro6 lights, a K&N intake air system, Fox shocks, a Mishimoto radiator, AutoMeter gauges, and MBRP exhaust components.
Patriot Campers, 2017 Toyota Landcruiser LC79 6x6
The six-wheelers are totally cool! Loaded with a Dometic refrigerator, Redarc inverter, airbags, and Ray Vision lighting, Patriot Campers' creation is ready for off-roading and overlanding through whatever apocalypse that comes its way.
Ed Whitty, 2015 Ford F-350
Vehicle Category: Off-Road
Vehicle Product: Mile Marker products
Cristin Liveoak, 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van 2500 170 EXT
There isn't much detail provided, but here's something different that fully covers the super-popular overlanding phenomenon. Vans are the great alternative to Jeeps and Toyotas with camping gear attached.
Chris King, 2017 Ford F250
This rig was built for off-road use, all right. However, it's not decked out with the gear of Warn Industries, Mickey Thompson, Rigid, Trex, and many more companies, to bomb around exclusively in dirt. To the contrary; it's set up to primarily mob across the snow-packed tundra up in Alaska.
Aaron Aldrich, 2017 Ford F-350
Its versatile Any Level lift, American Force Wheels with Nitto Tires, a Transfer Flow Toolbox/Fuel Tank Combo (we have one of those in Project BluMajik), and a B&W Gooseneck hitch are all this one needs for major style points.
Brad DeBerti, 2020 Toyota Tacoma
We round out our rundown with another badass creation by Brad DeBerti. We're stretching "off-road" a bit here, as race trucks are covered in our list of Top 10 Street and Race Trucks of SEMA360 (Use link for Monday's report here), so just consider this one a bonus. The drift-style 'Taco features products from a who's who of aftermarket parts manufacturers, and on Wednesday, it was selected into the group of Top 12 vehicles entered in SEMA's Battle of the Builders competition.