GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING AND HEAD OFF ON THE HIGHWAY, AND THE TRACKS, WITH WHAT WE JUDGE AS THE BEST NEW PRODUCTS FOR AUSTRALIA FROM THE 2019 SEMA SHOW.
THE ANNUAL SEMA Show is the biggest and wildest showcase of automotive art and engineering on the planet. It brings together vehicles of all descriptions and disciplines including nut and bolt restorations, wild customs, hot rods, street machines, 4x4s, off-roaders and trucks. Builders from around the world bring their latest creations to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas to put them on the big stage. But the SEMA Show is not your average car show. It’s a trade show, so there’s business to be conducted and thousands of products and services from a global pool of manufacturers and suppliers who are all on display looking for buyers.
To get more exposure for your product among so much competition, exhibitors are invited to enter their products in the New Products Showcase. 4X4 Australia attends the show as a judge for the Global Media Awards program, which includes 30 judges from media around the world. Some 3000 products to suit all types of vehicles make it in to the showcase and the GMA judges are asked to select 10 products that would do well in our market.
Here is 4x4 Australia’s selection for the 2019 show.
COOPER TIRES EVOLUTION M/T
MANY Australians love their Cooper tyres for four-wheel driving and touring, so any new product from the American brand is exciting. The Evolution M/T is a new muddy from the team at Cooper, and it will sit in the range between the existing STT Pro and the ST Maxx 4x4 products. Employing ‘Earth Diggers’ to give the user more traction and ‘Mud Slingers’ to keep the tread clear, this tyre is made to get you through the rough stuff. It’s tough, too, using Cooper’s cut- and chip-resistant rubber compound and heavy-duty sidewalls to protect against punctures. The Cooper Evolution M/T is available through your local Cooper Tires dealer.
ICON VEHICLE DYNAMICS FORD RANGER COIL-OVERS
Jeeps were everywhere at SEMA, including these two: Gladiator Gravity (below left) and M-715 Five-Quarter (below right).
MSA 4X4 TOWING MIRRORS
WE LOVE seeing Australian 4x4 brands represented on the world stage at SEMA, and this was the first time MSA 4x4 Accessories had its kit here. On display were the new MSA 4x4 Towing Mirrors, a product we have had a bit of experience with and have grown to love. The MSA mirrors are unlike other towing mirrors in that they’re not strapped onto your factory mirrors, nor do they look like elephant ears flapping on each side of your fourby like truck mirrors. The majority of 4x4s used by Aussies are smaller than US pick-up trucks and the big mirrors look out of place on them. The MSA rectangular mirrors can be turned upright or on their side to improve rearward visibility and can extend outwards for an even better view. Cleverly, when you turn the mirrors upright or on their side the adjustment functions of electric mirrors work as normal. Likewise, any wing mirror blinkers or lights are also integrated into the MSA units.
Nissan’s Frontier Desert Runner is shoehorned with the full-size Titan’s 5.6-litre V8 engine (turbocharged, of course).
FACTOR 55 ROPE RETENTION PULLEY
THE BRACKETEER FIRE EXTINGUISHER BRACKET
1964 Scout 80 graced the cover of a classic Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine (left); TJM USA’s Ford Ranger (right).
PRO EAGLE PHOENIX AIR JACK
For 2019, AA debuted a kit to put its Atlas cases behind the new eight-speed transmission in Jeep JL Wrangler and JT Gladiator vehicles. The DIY install kit is designed to bolt straight in behind the stock transmission using all OE drive shafts, shifter and support member. Just the kit to get the ultimate transfer case in your new Jeep.
Yet another Jeep Gladiator JT. This one put together to show off DV8 Offroad’s range of accessories.
RSI SMARTCAP CANOPY
Crazy Hyundai Veloster Grappler (top left); PaxPower-built Ranger Raptor (top right); LINE-X’s 57 Chevy Cameo (below left).
ROADSTER SHOP RS4 BRONCO CHASSIS
Pedders Suspension revealed its all-new shock and brake kits for the US-built Ford Ranger.
Steer Smart’s Inlander Gladiator wowed onlookers by cocking a leg and showing off the vehicle’s epic articulation.
ROAD ARMOR BED RACK SYSTEM
Lucky Gunner Garage from New Hampshire, USA, showed off its apocalypse-beating armoured rig at SEMA.
Jeep’s two-door J6 concept ... can we have one, please? (above); Rear shot of the 715 Five Quarter concept (right).
The Code Red XL Jeep Gladiator, created by Duval Offroad Designs, is dripping with aftermarket componentry.