Towards the end of the year, Las Vegas gets packed to the gills with all kinds of gearheads. The Las Vegas Convention Center hosts the largest aftermarket trade show in the country and it's called the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, or SEMA for short. Unless you have been living under a rock somewhere, we are sure you know what SEMA is and does. If you don't, SEMA is the aftermarket industry's trade organization and government watch dog (among other things). This year the show was awesome; we got to see the some of the best custom cars, along with all the newest in vehicle upgrades and high-po parts. The show goes on for four days and we were there the whole time walking mile and mile of aftermarket goodness. We don't have enough pages to bring you everything that was showcased; instead we picked 50 of the top products geared towards the Chevrolet owner. So sit back in your favorite chair and enjoy our peek at what could be the next modification to your car.
The Phantom 200 Stealth Fuel System from Aeromotive is a complete drop in, retro-fit fuel system that places a high performance fuel pump and baffle system into almost any gas tank. Its modular design can be cut-to-height for any fuel tank or cell from 5-20 inches in depth. It's a perfect solution for EFI conversions and engine swaps. It eliminates hot fuel handling issueslike cavitation and vapor-lock, while keeping a stock, stealthy appearance, with all the advantages of a modern fuel tank.
Air Flow Research showed a new dual plane upper to add to company's killer modular Titan intakes. The composite intake system features a two-piece design that has three different configurations available (see last month's issue for a dyno test of the single-plane uppers on a 383). The line already had two single plane upper sections, but now there is a third option that has a dual-plane design for more street friendly manors. All the Titan manifolds run cooler than aluminum and in dyno tests perform on par or batter than any of the aluminum offerings.
American Autowire brought two new wiring solutions that are ideal for resto-mod, pro-touring, or mild custom '65 and '66-68 Impalas. Both feature an ATO-style fuse panel with extra circuits for power accessories, extra long wire lengths for custom or stock routing, and a gauge disconnect system. You get new headlight, ignition, and dimmer switches, along with a steering column adapter and full color instructions and schematic.
American Powertrain introduced a line of Ballistix body mounts with a complete kit for '67-81 GM F-bodies. Constructed from solid military grade ballistic shock armor, Ballistix body mounts offer better isolation than aluminum, are far less expensive than Delrin products, and won't squeak or compress like polyurethane might. Ballistix mounts can be ordered with stock or lower heights, and come with a lifetime durability warranty.
Now you can virtually guide your transmission into place with the new transmission mounting kits from ARP. Made from the same tough bolt technology that ARP puts into all their hardware, these can be ordered in multiple finishes for big- and small-block applications with auto or manual transmissions.
The B&M Console QuickSilver shifter's high-performance ratchet action provides precise shifting without a trigger. Designed to specifically mount into a '68-69 Camaro console with the TH-350/400 transmission. The easy to install cable-operated shifter includes a neutral safety switch and reverse lockout feature, along with a chrome plated bezel to add a bit of style to the center console.
Billet Specialties is now manufacturing all-new B-Forged wheels. The B-Forged line features forged 6061-T6 billet aluminum centers bolted to spun aluminum rim halves in a modular three piece construction. This offers shallow and deep concave profiles for the ultimate in stagger. Multiple finish options and extreme caliper clearance complete the package. Shown is the XF375, which is available in 19- thru 22-inch diameters with 7.5- through 16-inch wide widths.
Centerforce's DYAD Drive System is for '97-11 Chevrolet LS Engine vehicles with a manual trans. The dampened disc and ball-bearing designs allow for smooth engagement and pedal modulation, reducing the on and off feel of most small diameter clutches. The DYAD system features better holding capacity with less pedal, and still yields a competitive feel and daily-driving capability. The patented floating multi-disc design allows for high torque capacity up to 1300 lb-ft at the flywheel.
CFR Performance came to keep things cool with a new direct fit, chrome and polished radiator module. The module is a high performance radiator with two 1-inch rows for most early GM cars making 850hp or less. It comes fully assembled with a chrome fan shroud, 2500 cfm chrome electric fan and chrome billet CFR Performance radiator cap.
Classic Dash came with a gauge solution for '88-94 trucks. The molded ABS gauge panel is made to replace the original gauge housing, and allow for a clean installation of performance gauges. The panel can be ordered empty or pre-loaded with Auto Meter gauges, sending units, complete wiring harness to hook gauges to stock loom, turn signal and hi-beam indicators, and easy to follow step by step instruction booklet.
Circle Racing Wheels just finished whittling out these aluminum beauties. The Corvette-style rim is a two-piece billet aluminum wheel is based on the '61-62 Corvette hubcap and is available in 17x7 to 17x10 widths. The construction allows for larger brake clearance for modern brake systems and modern car applications. The two-piece construction allows for custom backspace options to fit a larger market.
Circle Racing Wheels Inc.
Classic Industries expanded its offerings to now include some fourth-gen Nova products. These reproduction '75-79 headlight bezels, taillight housings, and taillight assemblies are manufactured to factory specifications to provide an authentic replacement for damaged or missing equipment. Each component is designed to duplicate the fit and appearance of the original.
Classic Instruments has a new line of easy-to-use gauges featuring the company's Zeus Speedometer Technology, or ZST. Classic Instruments' speedometers with ZST offer the easiest calibration: just drive the vehicle 30 miles per hour and push a button. That's it, it's set. The speedo is stuffed full of cutting edge electronics to accept any known speed signals (pulse generator, VSS- Vehicle Speed Sensor, ECM- Engine Control Module, or GPS- Global Positioning System) with no additional interface necessary between the sending unit and speedometer.
Coker Tire just completed production on a brand new American Classic bias-look whitewall radial tire for early Bow Ties. The new tire offers the tall and narrow profile of a bias ply, combined with the modern qualities of a radial tire. Coker Tire's new radials are made in the USA, and are available for 13-, 14- and 15-inch wheels. If these are successful, look for more applications to come, perhaps some for mid-to-late '60s vehicles.
Comp Cams wasted no time, and already has 2014 GM Gen V LT1/L86/L83 high performance camshafts. This series will significantly increase torque and power throughout the rpm range, while maintaining excellent off-idle responsiveness and drivability. They are designed to utilize the latest OE technology, including direct injection, active fuel management, and variable valve timing. They are engineered as a system to work without major modification.
Sometimes big horsepower comes at the cost of available vacuum, yet the car needs better brakes to slow down all that power. Classic Performance Products (CPP) has a great looking solution for this dilemma. The Show Stopper hydraulic brake assist system is a direct bolt-in designed to upgrade your manual or vacuum-assisted brakes with a powerful and compact modern hydraulic assist unit. Using all new parts, this unit puts out 1300psi at the wheels, and will look great on the firewall.
Classic Performance Products Inc.
Thanks to the engineers at Dakota Digital, you can now use a cable-driven speedometer with a transmission that only provides an electric VSS output. The ECD-100 electronic cable drive unit is built in a waterproof case, allowing mounting anywhere. It has a powerful motor with PID control of the cable that prevents overrunning the speedometer and potentially breaking off the needle. Smooth, steady needle movement and a simple calibration process make this a user-friendly unit.
Eagle put together a complete stroker kit for the 4.8 or 5.3 LS engines, so you can turn these little truck plants into your own 6.0L or bigger powerhouse. The stroker kit includes: forged 4340 steel stroker crank, H-beam rods with ARP bolts, forged Mahle pistons and rings, and racing bearings.There are several compression and bore size pistons available to fit your build requirements. Also, there are crankshafts with either the early 24-tooth or later 58-tooth reluctor wheels.
Eagle Specialty Products Inc.
Eastwood has made painting at home much easier, thanks in part to the company's 2K Aerospray paint. Inside the can is a two-part paint that you mix by pushing a button on the bottom. 2K Rat Rod Matt Black Aerosol allows you to paint with the durability and precision of a two-component coating without the paint gun. Formulated with Eastwood's proprietary Nano-Ceramic technology to provide a long-lasting and durable finish, it sprays like a gun with a broader spray pattern than conventional aerosols, with no mess to clean up.
The Edelbrock Total Power Package concept of selling dyno-matched components has been popular since the '80s, but now Edelbrock has raised the bar a notch. New for this year is the EFI Total Power Package. This new package has the same components as the popular carbureted kits, but with E-Street EFI system included. You get everything you see here in one part number. All the parts are matched and work in conjunction with each other. It will need to have a fuel system that can handle the increased demands of EFI, and an O2 sensor put in the exhaust. But other than that, it's ready to be installed.
Eddie Motorsports has introduced a new line of custom billet aluminum fender/core support braces for first- and second-gen Camaros (67-'81). The new fender braces are CNC-machined from quality 6061T6 aluminum. They feature a race-inspired, windowed design, and can be customized to fit your build style with optional aluminum inserts. The fender braces replace the stock steel components, and are a direct bolt-on part, with no cutting or drilling required. They are sold in pairs, available in a raw finish, polished, or in a variety of EMS's Fusioncoated or anodized colors.
New from FAST is the EZ-EFI 2.0 LS Self Tuning Engine Control Kit. This is built to be a simple engine control system for LS engines, and is an easy way to get your LS transplant running without the PCM flashing and harness reworking required with the factory unit. It features all of the advantages of the award winning EZ-EFI 2.0 system, and includes the EZ-LS ignition controller. This results in good HP and torque, along with great driveability. All parts are included for install, and the kit utilizes all stock fuel injectors.
Flaming River showed off its new GM muscle car tilt columns with a push button ignition switch. These are a direct fit for the '69-and-up Nova, Chevelle, El Camino, and Camaro platforms, and are designed to fit the original dash mount location. A proximity-based RFID keyless ignition system can be integrated into the column's shroud, and is fully programmable and compatible with aftermarket keyless entry systems, trunk release, door poppers, and other remotely controlled accessories. These columns are available in a paintable, black powder coat, or polished finish. Just think, no more keys dangling around.
The Translife oil coolers from Flex-a-lite have long been trusted to keep transmission, power steering, and other vital fluids cool, and now Flex-a-lite has developed a line of cover plates to protect them from rocks and other debris. Flex-a-lite cover guards are formed and punched from 1/8-inch aluminum. The design allows airflow, but protects the cooler from larger road debris that could potentially damage it.
New from Hawk Performance Products are these performance-matched brake systems. Consisting of three-piston Talon calipers, quiet slot rotors, and performance brake pads, Hawk takes out all the guesswork and packages this all together for your '97 and newer Vette or 2000 and newer truck or SUV. These are direct OEM replacement components, so there will be no need for welding or fabrication during the install and it will fit inside the wheels you already have.
Hawk Performance Products
The Chevelle frame is not very stiff on its own, which is why GM boxed the convertible frames at the factory. If you have bolted on a bunch of high-end suspension parts, and would really like to see that stuff shine, then check out this Frame FX boxing package from Hellwig. This design fully encloses the center section of the frame for a stronger, stiffer unit. It doubles the width to increase torsional stiffness for reduced twisting and improved handling. Included are additional body mounts, and adjustable transmission crossmember mount to accommodate future powertrain modifications.
Hellwig Products Co. Inc.
Holley came out with a couple of new items to expand its line of LS manifold offerings. Now available are single- and dual-plane LS manifolds for carbs or EFI systems. These are lower and more compact compared to Holley's high-rise units. The new street-friendly manifolds are made to run in either a 2,500-7,000 or 1,500-6,500 rpm range. Holley even constructed a low-rise 2x4, so you can run a set of dual quads on an LS.
Holley Performance Products
Hooker used the SEMA show to launch a new line of LS swap integration kits. The kit is a complete mount and exhaust solution for the second-generation Camaro. No more guessing if the motor mounts are going to put the motor where the exhaust wants, and so on. Just pick up an LS and this kit and you will be cruising in no time. The system also provides an ideal 3- to 3.5-degree drivetrain angle on serious performance vehicles. Headers are available in black paint, silver ceramic, and black ceramic coatings.
The classic Hurst chrome stick is now available for any Hurst shifter, including late-model muscle cars. Hurst's patented two-bolt shift lever design allows you to change out your upper stick as often as you like to alter the feel, throw, and look of your shifter. Constructed of quality chrome plated steel, it features 3/8 x16 threads ready to be paired with your knob of choice.
Hypertherm held seminars on metal cutting programs for fabrication, rebuild, and restoration projects at the SEMA show. During that we learned the Powermax45 is the most versatile and portable 7.5-inch machine in its line up. Powercool design cools internal components more effectively for greater system reliability and improved uptime. The Powermax45 is geared towards the hardcore hobbyist or shop owner.
Legendary Auto Interiors also came with some second-gen Camaro parts. The pre-assembled door panels for '70-81 Camaros ('81 Berlinetta shown) feature factory correct grains and colors. These panels feature stamped metal upper rails with roll formed ends, as well as OEM window sweeps, door lock ferrules, correct cut-outs and contours. Matching seat covers are also available.
Legendary Auto Interiors Ltd.
This big bad LT1, L86, L83, Gen V V-8 intercooler manifold is from Lingenfelter. It's for the new direct injection engines, and has provisions for secondary port fuel injection. This is not a little street manifold; it's designed to support over 1,600 horsepower. It features a low-pressure drop and simplified ducting and components to complement turbocharged and centrifugal supercharger systems.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
Folks that are running Edelbrock's Pro Flo XT fuel injection system will get a kick out of this. Lokar is now crafting a stainless steel throttle/kickdown cable bracket for the Edelbrock Pro Flo system that allows for easy installation of the Lokar LS1 throttle cable and kickdown kit. Now you are not on your own to fabricate something.
New from March Performance is the Sport Track big-block, short water pump accessory drive system. Designed for the budget-minded builder, it comes complete with pulleys and a strong, compact, one-piece combination alternator and A/C bracket, manufactured from 6061-T6 billet aluminum, but with a more economical finish. Made to directly replace your power-robbing V-belts and no-slip operation, it's available with either a black or silver faceplate, with all mounting hardware included.
MSD's Brainwave technology ties multiple vehicle control systems into a common communication/connector and single app. It allows for you to wirelessly program various systems including EFI, transmission control, gauges, climate control and more using a tablet or smart phone. This reduces overall wiring and sensor duplication. One point of access eases the control and programming of multiple components and software. Go to the company's website for a nice video showing what this system can really do.
Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI) now offers premium quality injection-molded ABS plastic fan shrouds that are a direct fit for small-block-powered '66-67 Chevelles and El Caminos. Each reproduction fan shroud is manufactured to OEM specifications for fit, function and appearance. Detailed reinforcement ribs and pre-drilled mounting holes lend to the authenticity of the shroud and allow for a hassle-free installation.
Original Parts Group, Inc.,
Painless came to Vegas with a full arsenal of LS EFI harnesses. They're available for nearly any LS series engine transplant, and from donor motors to crates, they have something for all of them. With the donor harnesses that require the factory ECU, Painless offers a re-flash service to provide only the circuits and controls that you need. For swaps based on crate engines, there is an EFI harness kit that's supplied with an ECU. There is even a kit designed for someone rewiring the vehicle during the conversion. These kits are based around a 26-circuit fuse block that is fit with connections for the LS engine and automatic transmission, as well as the complete vehicle wiring.
Powertrain Control Solutions' paddle shifter is designed to provide that capability to your 6L80/90E transmissions. Easily installing behind any aftermarket 5-, 6-, or 9-bolt steering wheel, the paddle shifter plugs into the factory control unit. The top-mounted display will show things like current gear, vehicle speed, converter lockup percentage, line pressure, lever position, and many others.
Powertrain Control Solutions (PCS)
ProCharger showed off its newest application for its killer i-1 intercooled supercharger system. Now configured to fit on the 2014 Camaro SS, the i-1 is an intercooled supercharger with programmable boost and cockpit control. Since this features a cockpit control, choice of multiple boost/performance curves and an optional touchscreen are available. Pre-programmed competition, sport, touring, and custom mode are just a touch away. In testing ProCharger claims the bolt on system adds 195hp to the rear wheels of a stock LS3 with only 7.5 psi. A kit for the C7 Corvette is also in the works.
QA1's '68-74 Nova upper and lower control arms are engineered for increased strength, durability, and performance. The lower arms feature interchangeable mounts for a QA1 front Pro Coil System or factory mount shocks and springs, while the upper arms allow for easy camber adjustment. These are available in race and street configurations, and are made in the USA.
New from Quartermaster is this single-disc LS clutch kit. This thing is a true racing clutch, but built to have factory-driving characteristics. It's 50-percent lighter than the stock unit, and can deliver stock pedal feel and chatter-free operation while still being capable of holding up to 500lb-ft and 700hp. The clutch boasts billet construction and is 100-percent re-buildable. The kit contains everything needed for installation: clutch, hydraulics, hydraulic connections, and fasteners
Racing Head Service (RHS) made these Pro Elite CNC-ported, raised runner LS7 heads to support big power on LS1-style engines. These 3.900inch bore heads allow you to bolt the best LS port technology onto 5.7/6.0L LS1 blocks and add up to 100 hp. Featuring all of the benefits of other RHS LS7 heads, the intake ports are raised 0.220-inch from the stock location for a straight line of sight to the cylinder. They are offered with CNC'd or P-Ports, and utilize LS7 intake manifolds.
Racing Head Service
SLP Performance's new Camaro supercharger kit builds upon SLP's previous system for 2010-2013 Camaro, and solves the unique hood clearance issue presented by the new 2014 6.2L Camaro. The base 2014 Camaro provides less hood clearance to the engine than the 2013. SLP has taken this as an opportunity to revise the functional heat extractor, creating proper clearance for the supercharger. The kit includes an SLP-branded hood insert and more aggressive heat extractors as part of this required change. Adding this system will up the power to 575hp and 525lb-ft.
Strange's Pro HD aluminum case bridges the gap between their Lightweight Aluminum case and the race proven Ultra Case. The Pro HD Aluminum case is designed for Drag Race and the most abusive Hi-Performance Street/Strip applications. The case is crafted from 206-T4 heat-treated aluminum, which has a 32-percent higher tensile strength than the commonly used 356-T6 aluminum. The billet aluminum support is held in with 7/16 ARP bolts and contains a unique oil channel to maximize oil flow to the pinion bearings for extended use. The robust billet caps and 9/16 thru bolt design complement the case to significantly reduce gear deflection extend the life of the gear.
Trick Flow Specialties turned to the exhaust experts at Stainless Works for headers designed to complement the high-flow characteristics of Trick Flow's cylinder heads and other components. Made in the USA from 304L stainless steel, the Trick Flow by Stainless Works headers feature CNC mandrel-bent tubing for maximum flow and extra-thick, laser-cut 3/8-inch flanges for a leak-free fit. Applications include '67-2013 Camaro, '62-69 Nova, '68-72 Chevelles and late-model Vettes.
Trick Flow Specialties
These new 4L60E bolt-together torque converters from TCI are high-stall, lock-up units featuring a bolt-together billet design, triple-disc lock-up assembly with a patent-pending lock-up control technology. Thanks to the bolt-together design, stall changes and service of frictions and bearings can be performed at home. The converters are hand-assembled for precise tolerances, and feature hand tig-brazed impellers and fully furnace-brazed turbines for maximum strength.
If you have ever owned a '65-66 Impala, then you know the steering system leaves something to be desired. Well, Unisteer felt the same way, so it engineered this new power rack-and-pinion retrofit kit. The rack was designed with factory suspension to eliminate bumpsteer and improve drivability. This bolt-in unit completely replaces your standard box and links, and upgrades it to a late-model-style steering system.
Unisteer Performance Products
New from Viking Performance is the Berserker ASM (Active Shock Management) system. This automatically optimizes performance at each shock while the vehicle is in motion. Though fully automatic, they may be user-tuned for racing and track conditions. The Active Shock Management system automatically adjusts up to 1,000 times per second per shock for the ultimate in performance handling and ride control.
Viking Performance Inc.
As funny as it sounds, Wheel Vintiques debuted some new old stuff. The company is now offering a 14- and 15-inch O.E.-style wheel for Tri-Five Chevys with just the right backspace for disc brake applications. To keep appearances stock, the dimpled rim outers accept the stock hubcaps.
Wilwood Disc Brakes came with a new tandem master cylinder kit that includes a tandem chamber master cylinder coupled with a combination proportioning valve packaged with the mounting bracket. This not only saves money (as opposed to ordering the components individually), but saves time as well by having everything needed contained in a neat, pre-configured package for easy bolt-on installation. Kits can be ordered with a choice of three bore size master cylinders; 7/8-, 1- or 1-1/8-inch and three master cylinder finishes; standard, ball burnished, or black E-coat.