If you have been reading magazines for a while, then you have at least heard of the Specialty Equipment Market Association or SEMA show. This is where manufacturers of all things automotive congregate to show off their new application or unveil their newest, hottest parts. The show is held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the perfect place for gearheads to come and cut loose, have some drinks, lose some money, and then drool over the car and parts.
We love going to SEMA because we get a first hand look at the newest products. We get to talk to the manufacturers ask detailed questions on how it works or what the benefits are. The staff here at Super Chevy went and walked the million-square-foot convention center more times than we'd like to remember. We did this so you can sit in the comfort of your home, garage or bathroom and browse the coolest stuff we saw.
Gain control of your air suspension with the E-Level controller from AccuAir Suspension. There are three programmable heights accessible via the touch pad that works in conjunction with TruPosition height sensors. No more tapping switches to get your car just right. Get it at the height you want just once and then store it into the controller's memory.
Make your '68-69 center console-equipped Camaro a little better by replacing the iffy ammeter with this voltmeter. They are engineered as a direct replacement to install in place of the factory ammeter gauge that was used in the original "saw tooth console gauge packages."
Big horsepower is pretty much standard with new '10 Camaros. The Baer Extreme+15 brake system features Baer's 6S 6-piston monoblock calipers and 15-inch two-piece rotors. The kit is just what you need to repeatedly bring this heavyweight down from double-digit speeds.
Baer Brake Systems
Check out what Billet Specialties is whittling out for the oft-forgotten 348/409 motors. The complete Tru Trac serpentine system for the 348/409 Chevy engine includes a 105-amp alternator, A/C compressor, water pump, belt, billet aluminum pulleys, and bridge bracket. Features include a proprietary billet aluminum tensioner specifically designed for this application. The system is available in either a high polish or black anodized finish.
Billet Specialties Inc.
Chassisworks' billet-aluminum motor mounts and steel frame adapters allow direct bolt-on installation of Chevy V-8 (including LS) engines in '67-69 Camaros and '68-74 Novas. The mounts feature polyurethane bushings and maintain correct engine position and drivetrain angle. Satin and polished finishes are available.
Chris Alston's Chassisworks
Comp Cams XFI SPR cams and Phaser Limiter kits modify GM VVT cam phasers to allow more aggressive cams for big gains in horsepower. Cam phasers are specially designed, computer-controlled cam gears that automatically optimize camshaft timing based on the current engine rpm. The kits restrict the range of cam timing movement to only 20 degrees, thus providing the necessary valve clearance for serious performance cams with tighter lobe separations.
Comp Performance Group
This molded ABS gauge panel is made to replace the original gauge housing in '69 Chevelles and allow for a clean installation of performance gauges. The panel can be ordered empty or pre-loaded with Auto Meter gauges, sending units, a complete wiring harness to hook gauges to stock loom, turn signal and hi-beam indicators, and easy to follow step-by-step instruction booklet.
John Covan's Thunder Road
These taillight housing assemblies come with everything you need to completely refresh the back end on your '55 project. Danchuk spent a lot of time getting the tooling just right so these made-in-the-USA parts will fit just like factory.
Detroit Speed & Engineering had two cool things in Vegas, and when combined make for one killer '62-67 Chevy II. The Swivel Link rear suspension kit allows the suspension to fully articulate with smooth, solid motion and no binding. It also features DSE's exclusive four-link geometry design to achieve the best possible handling.
The kit utilizes a panhard rod that provides precise and effective rear axle lateral location during hard cornering. The Deep Tubs are 2.5 inches wider than stock inner wheel housings designed to accommodate wider tire and wheel packages, 295mm for '62-65 and 315mm for the '66-67. They are stamped from 18-gauge steel and retain a stock appearance.
Detroit Speed, Inc.
Take an already high performance street car to the next level with an Edelbrock E-Force supercharger. This kit is built around the Eaton TVS Rotors and is exclusively tailored for the '10 Camaro. The features of this kit are the 12-inch long intake runners for maximum low-end torque, 85mm throttle body, and 110 sq-in Intercooler. The system fits under the stock hood and is offered with an optional five-year/100,000 mile warranty. Edelbrock is still tweaking the tune on the Camaro, but this same system bolted to a LS3 Corvette produced 599hp.
Flaming River's Front Steer power rack- and-pinion cradle kit for the '62-67 Chevy II allows use of virtually any oil pan. The system installs easily using simple hand tools, and provides full turning radius with a much more responsive steering system than the original. The front steer design is achieved by reversing the OE spindle arms. This moves the rack forward and out of the way of the oil pan as well as accommodating both big- and small-block engines.
Flaming River Industries Inc.
Can you imagine adding an overdrive to your Richmond five-speed transmission? Well, Gear Vendors did and decided to make it a reality. Now you can and add a planetary overdrive for better performance and reduced engine wear while also increasing fuel mileage. The unit comes with all the necessary items to install along with complete instructions and a two-year unlimited mileage, horsepower, and abuse warranty.
Gear Vendors Overdrive
Holley Performance Products announced the introduction of two new Street HP carburetors in 850 and 950 cfm sizes. They feature the popular Holley HP-series race-ready main body, but are calibrated for street/strip duty. The base plate has several vacuum ports to cover PCV, power brakes etc. Other features include mechanical secondaries, power valve blow out protection, non-stick gaskets, adjustable air bleeds, four corner idle system, and down leg boosters. Their larger cfm ratings make them a great fit for hot small-blocks as well as big-blocks.
Holley Performance Products
While new Camaros are just hitting the dealership floors, Hurst has already developed a new short-throw Billet/Plus 2 shifter for both the V-6 and V-8 applications. They're simple to install with classic Hurst stick and round ball combination. The CNC-machined stainless steel stick assembly features a nylon-lined spherical pivot bearing for smooth operation.
Get original looks with better performance with this original look booster conversion kit from MBM Brakes. The kit comes with an 11-inch Delco-Moraine stamped single diaphragm booster, a GM restoration cast-iron master cylinder with casting numbers, prop valve and distribution block crafted to look like the original equipment and four lines to accommodate multiple setups. This kit is recommended for disc/drum or disc/disc systems.
Celebrate four decades of ignition performance with MSD's 40th Anniversary ignition control. Only 4,000 units will be cast and will share the same proven performance of the popular 6AL Ignition stuffed into the classic case.
Nitto Tire brought its all-new D.O.T.-compliant competition drag radial, the NT05R to Vegas. The NT05R is Nitto's most aggressive drag radial designed for competition use. Nitto engineered an all-new specialized race compound and combined it with a large contact patch. The dual-purpose sidewall construction is enhanced for traction during launch as well as straight-line stability at the top-end. This improves consistency and controllability throughout the entire pass. The NT05 will be available in popular 17- to 20-inch rim diameters designed for high-performance drag racing vehicles.
Now you can replace the beat-up lower stainless steel windshield molding on your '68-72 Chevelle/El Camino thanks to Original Parts Group. The OPG has implemented brand-new tooling to duplicate the factory molding, while remaining true to the manufacturing process used by GM.
Original Parts Group, Inc.
The F5 dual fan controller from Painless Performance Products is made to simplify controlling dual fans. Controller features include stepped fan control such as controlling the first fan from 50 percent up to 99 percent and then bringing in the second fan if more cooling is needed or the A/C is kicked on. This system includes a weather proofed and under hood rated solid-state pulse width modulation controller, 3/8 NPT threaded temperature sensor, large gauge fan wires and a labeled vehicle integration wire harness, mounting hardware and weatherproof circuit breaker and connectors.
Painless Performance Products
ProCharger is saying its intercooled centrifugal supercharger system for '10 LS-powered Camaros produces 175-plus additional horsepower at only six psi of boost, with all components needed for quick and complete installation. The heart of the system is a P1SC-1 supercharger, large air-to-air intercooler and an eight-rib, dedicated drive system. Expect 500 rwhp on otherwise stock L99 Camaros and 525 rwhp on otherwise stock LS3 Camaros. Higher boost and power levels are available for modified engines.
QA1's patented Ultimate Ball Joints feature low friction operation and can be rebuilt at home. They offer infinite preload adjustment, which allows breakaway torque to be set as low as 0 lb-ft. Precision tolerance ball-to-race conformity results in even load distribution for superb wear resistance. Designed to handle severe impact and high-load applications without sacrificing performance. Rebuilding is simple as all parts are replaceable at economical prices.
New from Stainless Steel Brakes is the Comp S brake system. This new line is a high-performance front and rear brake kit, complete with fully-machined billet aluminum four-piston calipers and rotors. The lightweight aluminum calipers have four stainless steel pistons that resist corrosion and help insulate the brake fluid and use standard off-the-shelf pads.
Stainless Steel Brakes Corp.
This distributor from Specialty Auto Parts includes a Genuine GM Performance Parts Melonized gear, which is "required on all GM Performance Parts crate engines, or serious damage will occur." This licensed product is manufactured to GM Performance Parts specs and features an adjustable vacuum advance and can be ordered with a black, red, or yellow cap.
Specialty Auto Parts USA
Today's electronically-controlled overdrive transmissions can offer excellent fuel economy and performance, but the controllers often fall short when it comes to street/strip use, let alone all-out racing applications. The TCI Shift Boss transmission programmer achieves the desired shift firmness for GM late-model applications, while also monitoring the most important drivetrain functions.
Second-generation Camaros can be transformed into great handling Pro Touring street machines with Unisteer Performance Products bolt-on Camaro rack-and-pinion kits. All kits come complete with all parts needed for installation, including a power steering pump kit, steering shaft and mounting hardware. Also, LT/LS motors can be accommodated, but have to be specially ordered.
Unisteer Performance Products