By Douglas McColloch
The SEMA Data Co-op is “data central” for hundreds of specialty parts brands, representing millions of part numbers, and tens of millions of vehicle applications. Created by SEMA, the SDC is the definitive, industry-owned and -operated centralized data repository, complete with a comprehensive set of online data management tools.
The product releases below are from SEMA members who are also part of the SDC at the the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum level. Learn more about the SDC at www.semadatacoop.org.
Hellwig Upgraded Rear Sway Bar for Ram 3500s
Hellwig Products now offers a new upgraded rear sway bar for the 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup with the factory air suspension that is said to reduce lateral sway and provide more acute responsiveness to steering input. The thicker, 1 5/16-inch-diameter Hellwig sway bar fits two- and four-wheel drives in either single- or dual-rear-wheel applications with the 6.7L Cummins diesel. Forged from 4140 chrome-moly steel and heat treated for durability, this bolt-on upgrade includes new adjustable-length heavy-duty end links to match any load or ride height. The sway bar can be installed with simple hand tools; it comes with all necessary parts and hardware; and it comes with a Lifetime Warranty on all steel parts. For 2014-2018 Ram 3500s without the air suspension, a similarly upgraded rear sway bar (PN 7298) can be ordered.
Smittybilt Weather-Resistant G.E.A.R. Accessories
Smittybilt introduces a full line of application-specific protective covers for the 2018-present Jeep Wrangler JL. The JL Climate Cover (PN 845) is a water-resistant, four-layer full body cover that protects the JL’s finish from sun and dirt while allowing trapped air, heat or moisture to escape. The double-stitched elastic hems provide a custom fit while leaving ample room for a rear-mounted spare tire. For Jeeps without tops or doors, the JL Cab Cover (PN 10701) covers all the exposed areas of the body tub and provides full coverage of open door areas. The MOLLE Bag Kit (PN 56333) utilizes five sturdy bags to store clothing, accessories and trail necessities, and the G.E.A.R. MOLLE Visor Cover (PN 56644) is a convenient overhead organizer that can hold pens, sunglasses, mini-flashlights or other small tools and items in its PALS-style webbing.
Heatshield Products Lava Wastegate Shield
The new Lava Wastegate Shield™ from Heatshield Products protects the turbocharger wastegate and its critical internal components from excessive heat exposure. Because the wastegate is mounted on the exhaust side of the turbocharger, it’s often subjected to high temperatures, which can damage the wastegate valve. Protecting the wastegate from heat exposure can increase wastegate diaphragm life and result in more consistent actuation of the wastegate by insulating the diaphragm from extreme temperature fluctuations. The shield’s outer layer has a heat rating of 1,200 degrees (F), and the inner layer is said to help the entire shield withstand constant temperatures of 1,800 degrees (F) and intermittent temperatures of 2,200 degrees (F). In most cases, removal of the turbo is not required for installation, and it can be uninstalled and reinstalled after multiple heat cycles.
AutoMeter Air Locker Pressure Gauge
AutoMeter introduces its new Air Locker pressure gauges for Jeeps and other vehicles equipped with air-actuated locking differentials. The precision mechanical Air Locker gauge allows drivers to monitor onboard air pressure from within the cabin, which enables vehicle operators to troubleshoot supply settings and detect loss of system pressure, which in turn could prevent proper engagement and potentially damage the driveline. The gauge kit includes 1/8-inch nylon line, 1/8-inch NPT compression fittings, 1/4-inch NPT adapter, bulb and socket assembly, red and green bulb covers, mounting hardware, and detailed instructions for installation. Available in Ultra-Lite (PN 4430) or Traditional Chrome (2430) finishes. or with special Jeep branding (PN 880792), the Air Locker Gauges can help provide 4x4 owners with greater peace of mind on the trail.