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SEMA 2007

Article written by Sheila and Andy Klemme

Date Added: 12/21/2007

SEMA, toy store to the automotive enthusiast.

Every year, hundreds if not thousands of automotive aftermarket manufacturers descend on Las Vegas for the SEMA Show. MOABJEEPER Magazine was there, waiting to bring you the latest and hottest equipment for your 4X4.
A very cool product from Smittybilt was the G.E.A.R. seat covers. Based on the ?Molle/Pals? restraint system, it offers almost unlimited adjustability. While Smittybilt only lists them for Jeeps, the adjustable fit should allow them to fit just about any vehicle with bucket seats.
Also from Smittybilt was their new line of winches. The XRC winch is available in either 8,000 or 10,000 lbs. Could this be a contender for another ?Winches in Hell?? Only time will tell.
Fab Fours showed off their new line of differential Covers. They feature ╝ inch thick plate steel to protect the ring and pinion. Currently only offered for the Dana 44 and Dana 60, more models should be available soon.
MileMarker laid the winching world in its ear with their line of computer controlled SX Series winches. They are out to do it again with the VMX series of winches. These feature LED feedback as well as variable speed control.

MJ Commentary: It's about time someone has brought out a variable speed winch. From years of experience, I (Moab Man) have never liked a fast winch when trying to recover a vehicle in a technical situation. Unfortunately a slower winch is generally a cheap permanent magnet winch. This winch allows us all to have our cake and eat it to. Slow speed control for technical situations yet a fast spool up when we don't have the time to watch the sunset and grow old. Thank you for listening to your audience Mile Marker

Also featuring a new line of differential covers, ARB?s are made of nodular iron and feature magnets on both the fill and drain plugs. One unique feature they bring to the table is the fill plug is also a dipstick to allow you to fine tune your fluid level.
Solid Axle was there with all kinds of new stuff. These completely sealed tone rings fit Solid Dana 44?s and Dana 60?s. They allow you to swap in a Solid front axle and still retain your factory ABS system.
Also from Solid were these way-overbuilt high steer arms for those of you with Dana 60?s front axles. This particular one is for ball joint style knuckles, but they also have high steer arms for kingpin style knuckles.
True Flow showed off their new line of XDi cold air intake. They claim increases of up to 27 HP and 62 foot pounds of torque. It comes with True Flow?s premium air filter which they claim cannot be clogged.

MJ Commentary: Of course there is a huge asterisk with these claims.

Bully Dog showed off its Performance Management Tool for Dodge, Ford, and GM diesel trucks. It is capable of monitoring more than 20 different vehicle parameters and displaying four of your choice. It also has four different power settings with claimed increases of up to 140 horsepower.

Final Thoughts

Not every thing can be about the 4x4 industry and we did take a little time out to see what the rest of the automotive world was doing. The coolest thing we saw was this V8 powered go-cart thing. We tried to smuggle it out the door but security wasn't believing our story that we were "helping" them... didn't help the guys from the booth were chasing after us either.

Our Thank You's!

MOABJEEPER Magazine would like to thank all of the manufacturers and vendors that continue to sponsor SEMA, toy store to the automotive enthusiast.
 


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