When it comes to checking out new automotive products, there's no better place to do so than the SEMA show. Hundreds of companies from around the globe unveil their newest and best wares at the show each year. With a large chunk of one of the halls dedicated to new releases, we had our work cut out for us, and we spent most of a day examining some of the awesome new truck parts on display. Rather than overwhelm you with every part we liked, we've narrowed it down to our favorites, including one Best New Product pick from each editor. Take a look at what we saw below, and keep an eye out for these parts in the coming months.
Who: American Force Wheels
What: Forged-Aluminum Elite SS6 Wheel
Why: A new design for 2013, the Elite SS6 is forged from aluminum for maximum strength and minimum weight, and it's designed for many direct bolt-on fitments. It's also available in 5-, 6-, and 8-lug in several finishes.
Where: (786) 345-6301, www.americanforcewheels.com
Who: Auto Meter
What: LCD Competition Dash
Why: Auto Meter's revolutionary approach to instrumentation pairs the most advanced LCD display tech available with simple plug-and-play functionality. It looks high tech and backs it up with impressive functionality and extensive options.
Where: (866) 248-6356, www.autometer.com
Who: BD Diesel Performance
What: Variable-Vane Exhaust Brake for Ford 6.4L PowerStroke
Why: If you've ever towed a heavy trailer through the mountains, you'll know the uncomfortable feeling of the trailer's weight pushing you downhill. BD Diesel has the solution, with this plug-in controller that adjusts your PowerStroke turbo's variable vanes to create 130 retarding horsepower.
Where: (800) 887-5030, www.bd-power.com
Who: Billet Badges
What: Black and Charcoal Badges for Ford Raptor
Why: Take your Raptor undercover with these CNC-machined, black powdercoated billet aluminum Ford badges. The center script and pinstriping is filled in with charcoal gray paint for a subtle look, and these badges are available in both 7-inch and 9-inch sizes.
Where: (760) 744-0663, www.billetbadges.com
Who: Billet Specialties
What: Formula Billet D-Shaped Steering Wheel
Why: If you've got a performance-oriented truck, this race-inspired wheel is right up your alley. Its black and machined finish looks aggressive, and it's made in the USA from high-quality 6061-T6 aluminum.
Where: (877) 240-4187, www.billetspecialties.com
Editors' Pick – Dan Ward
Who: BMF Wheels
What: 20x12 Death Metal Black Forged Wheel
Why: Unveiled for the first time at SEMA, BMF's new forged wheel fits perfectly into their existing line of aggressive designs. However, the machined lettering around the lip tells you that this wheel is lighter and stronger than ever.
Where: (888) 313-2580, www.bmfwheels.com
What: Padlock 2.0 One-Key Lock
Why: Ever had to dig through your glovebox or think hard about where you left an important key? BOLT has solved this conundrum with a padlock that unlocks using your truck's ignition key—if you've got the key to your truck, you've got the only key you need.
Where: (877) 251-8798, www.boltlock.com
Editors' Pick – Harley Camilleri
Who: Bulldog Lighting/KC Hilites
What: KC Dual LED Light Bar
Why: A unique patent-pending design from KC, this LED lightbar is the ultimate in dual-purpose design. With the switch flipped up, it lights up white for visibility, and flipped down, it's amber to warn others to stay out of your way.
Where: (855) 533-2855, www.kchilites.com
Who: Bully Dog
What: GT Tuner for Hemi
Why: Trusted tuner Bully Dog has cracked the code on the new 2011-2013 Hemi motors, allowing for improved power, torque, and fuel economy. If that's not enough, the GT for Hemi also includes gauges, DTC code reader, performance testing and many more tweaks for your new Ram.
Where: (866) 285-5936, www.bullydog.com
Who: Classic Instruments
What: 1953-1955 Ford F-100 electronic gauge cluster
Why: Restoring your classic Ford is made easy with this direct bolt-in electronic gauge cluster replacement. It comes in five different designs, so you can match your truck's interior and paint scheme flawlessly.
Where: (800) 575-0461, www.classicinstruments.com