The SEMA show is usually the must-attend event for the aftermarket industry, as the majority of the industry manufacturers use the show to break out their latest and greatest products; all competing to bring you the best bang for your buck when it comes to aftermarket upgrades and products. This year’s show was no exception, as the Las Vegas Convention Center was packed to the brim with everything from new wheel and tire combinations to the latest in paint options for your car. The show is certainly an inspirational playground for auto enthusiasts, and with automotive television shows on Velocity and other networks, SEMA has that much more importance in an ever-growing industry. This year’s show also provided another example of the growth of the customizing industry as eBay was on hand to present the winners of their BUILT Challenge; a web series that had four builders and four magazines go head to head in a build off. In a great turn of events, Lowrider Magazine took home top honors with our eBay El Camino, built by Lowrider Magazine and Duran’s Quality Painting.
Many notable new products are worthy of mention, including OPTIMA’s new battery tenders, which are a great addition to the battery charger line the company debuted last year. MSD introduced their latest Atomic EFI, which can easily update a carbureted engine to a fuel injected one in a few hours. Dakota Digital had gauges for most applications and they’ve increased the availability of their LED taillights for several makes and models. CFR Performance also made waves with their latest pulley and bracket setup, while Vintage Air, who started the front runner system craze, introduced an LS front system. Lokar launched several new products from the carbureted to the fly-by-wire gas pedals and billet door handles, which can be incorporated into most classic doors. Speaking of doors, Dynomat introduced their precut Dynomat Xtreme sound deadening products made especially for the early Impala doors and compartments. Energy Suspension featured an iPhone and iPad holder made from their patented polyurethane. When it came time for paint products, Dupont had a spray paint booth that allowed attendees to spray live to show just how easy their latest paint is to use.
The wheel and tire hall had any wheel and tire combination imaginable. Manufacturers like Lexani had a prime location in this year’s show to exhibit their latest wheel options. Diablo Wheels featured their 32-inch wheel and tire combination, and they also had top model Queen Esther signing posters. Galaxy Wire Wheels featured their latest lineup, which boasts some of the strongest wire wheels in the industry. When it came time for rubber, Coker tire was the king of the classic tires including the lowrider 5.20, while Continental killed the track with their Extreme Contact DWS tires. General Tires had a great SUV and truck tire for our secondary vehicles, which have always been instrumental in towing our show cars.
Just when you thought that the automotive technology couldn’t get better, SEMA proved us all wrong as various vendors stepped up their game to bring you something new. Take a look for yourself and see the latest products and custom cars to hit the automotive market.