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HOT ROD Picks the Most Interesting Products of 2016

Hot Rod Magazine Staff Feb 3, 2016
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We searched every row of the SEMA show this past November for the latest and greatest products from companies that serve the aftermarket community. Then we searched outside of the SEMA show and found a few parts that may have otherwise slipped our attention. As with any list that includes parts aimed at more than one segment of the industry (including domestic performance, import, car care, and truck stuff), be prepared to see a few products that may be off your radar, but rest assured others in our audience will be interested to see them—we cater to a varied bunch. We’ve linked the product spots to the manufacturers’ websites, so if you see something you like, click and find out more about it.

American Powertrain

Hydramax Hydraulic Clutch

American Powertrain Hydramax Hydraulic Clutch 2/14

Hydraulic Clutch Conversions for most domestic 4, 5 and 6 speed transmissions. Includes everything needed for installation.

URL: http://americanpowertrain.com/

Cometic

Cometic Gaskets 3/14

High-performance gaskets delivered on time at a competitive price, designed for your application.

URL: www.cometic.com

EBC Brakes for Mustang

Ebc Brakes For Mustang 4/14

Buy separate EBC pads and rotors for your Mustang or save $$$ when you buy an EBC Brakes pad and rotor kit.

URL: http://ebcbrakes.com/automotive-products/

FiTech EFI Launches New MeanStreet Series

Fitech Efi New Meanstreet Series 5/14

Fitech EFI is proud to announce its Street lineup of Self Tuning EFI systems. The lineup brings the new MeanStreet 800HP 8 injector kit to the forefront for just $1095, and the new base model GoStreet 400 in at just $795! Never has so much power been placed in one compact package. Both offer an onboard ECU and fuel pressure regulator to bring the user simple, clean wiring. The FiTech wide band O2 and Annular Swirl wet flow technology get the most complete atomization available, bringing you more power than ever. Using FiTech's proprietary selftuning technology, you can get your car on the road or track faster than ever, using only your gas pedal and included handheld controller to make it all happen. MeanStreet and GoStreet EFI fit any 4-bbl style intake manifold, and are the most self-contained, economical units on the market. Mean Street costs just $1095, and GoStreet is just $795. For more information about either unit, call FiTech directly at 951-340-2624 or email sales@fitechefi.com.

Painless Performance

Painless Performance Track Rocker Accessory Control Line 6/14

Track Rocker by Painless

Introducing the all new Track Rocker Accessory Control line from Painless, allowing you to control up to eight accessories on your race car! The Pro model and Elite models feature easy EFI integration, multi-color LED status indicators that allow you to quickly troubleshoot, and a separate clean ECU power that keeps your sending units and ECU away from the "dirty power" of coils and injectors. To further improve versatility, the Elite model gives you the ability to run a 12, 16 or 24 volt system. Available as just the relay center, or paired with either a 4, 6, or 8 switch panel.

For more info contact: Andrew Erichsen, aerichsen@painlessperformance.com, 817-244-6212 ext:1010

Wizard Products

The Wizard 21 Big Throw Polisher

Wizard 21 Big Throw Polisher 7/14

The Wizard 21 Polisher gives you a swirl free finish, has a huge 21 MM orbit and can be used with minimal skill.

Mist-N-Shine Professional Detailer

Mist N Shine Professional Detailer 8/14

Wizards Mist-N-Shine offers a superior gloss, slick feel and is perfect for removing dust, fingerprints & more!

Mystic Spray Wax

Mystic Spray Wax 9/14

Mystic Spray Wax offers slick Nano Technology protection, adds gloss and clarity. Spray & wipe; no white residue.

URL: http://wizardsproducts.com

CST Suspension

Cst Suspension Kit 10/14

The adjustable CST 3 to 6 inch S.T.L. (Stock Torsion Location) High Clearance design for the 2011-2015 Chevy / GMC 2500HD trucks provides that leveled look, without sacrificing the ride quality or function.

CST combines their experience in off road racing with trophy truck quality engineering to ensure that your suspension will have increased strength, performance, overall build integrity and perform better than stock. Throughout the initial design and entire R&D process CST has made sure to retain the factory O.E. suspension geometry and design attributes! This adjustable kit includes gusseted high clearance cross-members with a full size differential skid plate, fabricated steel / CNC machined front steering knuckles, differential drop brackets, heavy duty bump stop brackets, extended sway bar end links, brake line drop brackets, all necessary install hardware, and O.E. front shock extensions. Steering stabilizer brackets are built into the kit and our stabilizer shock kit can be purchased as an optional upgrade. For the rear the 3-6" kit includes BILLET 1" lift blocks and heavy duty, zinc-plated u-bolts.

URL: http://cstsuspension.com

Husky Liner

X-act Contour Floor Liners

Husky Liners X Act Contour Floor Liners 11/14

Perfectly matches the contours of your ride complemented by indestructible strength with a soft, comfortable cushion.

KickBack Mud Flaps

Husky Liners Kickback Mud Flaps 12/14

Made with an 18 gauge steel bracket that sets the mud flap back to make room for your insanely huge tires.

URL: http://huskyliners.com

QA1

Qa1 Rev Series Carbon Fiber Driveshaft 13/14

REV™ Series Carbon Fiber Driveshafts

QA1's REV™ Series carbon fiber driveshafts fit a variety of popular applications as well as custom configurations and are lighter, stiffer and stronger than aluminum, steel and other carbon fiber designs, all while providing dramatic safety benefits. These driveshafts are available in both a 3.2" diameter with a 1310 U-joint for cars with up to 750 horsepower and max torque of 500 lb*ft and a 3.7" diameter with a 1350 U-joint for vehicles with up to 2000 horsepower and 1500 lb*ft of torque.

QA1 worked with 3M™ to develop an exclusive Matrix Resin and uses the latest filament-winding equipment, a proprietary 11-step bonding process and high strength alloy U-joints. While other carbon fiber shafts are often made by cutting universal pre-made tubes to length, having the entire filament winding process in-house allows QA1 to design and wind their driveshafts for specific applications by customizing tube length, wall thickness and pattern.

URL: http://www.qa1.net

Suspension Kits

78 88 Gm G Body Handling Kit 14/14

QA1 offers complete suspension kits for GM A, F and G-Bodies, Ford Mustangs and Mopar A, B and E-Bodies for both performance handling and drag racing. With up to three different levels of performance, you can choose a kit to perfectly fit specific performance goals, like increasing cornering ability for performance handling or creating a more controlled launch and improved straight line stability for drag racing.

These kits include components for a complete suspension overhaul, including shocks, struts, sway bars, control arms and more for both the front and rear of the car. Kits are also offered without shocks for those who have already upgraded to QA1 shocks, or who prefer a different spring rate or adjustability. You can even build your car in stages, using our parts list as a road map to get the desired performance level while having peace of mind knowing you won't have compatibility issues.

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