Each year, a few days after Halloween, mass hysteria overcomes the custom truck industry. In the final hours before SEMA, all hell breaks loose as truck builders, parts suppliers, companies, and mini-truckers rip their hair out in an effort to get the hottest trucks and new products to Las Vegas in time for the convention. Luckily for MT and our readers, we get to reap the benefits of everyone's hard work by photographing all of the latest, greatest, and most innovative products the industry has to offer. If you can dream it, it's probably already here. There are even a few products that took us by complete surprise. New innovations in air suspensions, tools, dress-up items, billet doodads, and even steering wheels debuted at SEMA, and we've rounded up the best and put them in this issue of MT. So sit back, get out a magic marker, and prepare to circle everything you'll want to put on next year's Christmas wish list.
Ultimate Steering Wheel
Painless Performance Products brought out a slick new steering wheel that features integrated radio frequency controls. The six-channel controls allow you to operate your air suspension electric solenoid valves, power windows, neon, or anything else that is turned on or off by 12 volts. The wheel is engineered to fit most popular steering columns and is made from aluminum. For more information, contact: Painless Performance Products Inc., Dept. MT, 9505 Santa Paula Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76116, (817) 244-6212, www.painlessperformance.com.
No magician could pull a trick with mirrors the way Trenz does with its new billet rearview mirrors! The mirrors come in many styles such as starts, flames, and tribal designs in either a satin or polished finish. Trenz billet rearview mirrors offer a simple, bolt-on, universal replacement for any stock windshield mount and will set off even the most detailed mini-truck interior. For more information, contact: Trenz Inc., Dept. MT, 3301 Unicorn Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93308, (661) 393-0909, www.trenz.com.
Level The Asphalt
Air Ride Technologies new Road Grater bolt-on air rear air suspension kit for Chevrolet's S-10 puts the power of fabrication in your hands. This kit takes all the guesswork out of laying out your S-10 and features laser-cut, jig-welded, and powdercoated bracketry. The tapered-sleeve air springs mount behind the rear axle tubes with a two-link, wishbone-type suspension that offers maximum adjustability and a smooth ride. For more information, contact: Air Ride Technologies, Dept. MT, 350 S. Charles St. Jasper, IN 47546, (812) 482-2932, www.ridetech.com.
Super Hose Clamp
The Pi-Thon Induction Lock is a billet aluminum compression fitting that replaces conventional air intake hose clamps. Those unsightly pieces of steel can be forever replaced with this polished piece of ingenuity that offers superior sealing performance due to its compression clamp design. The Pi-Thon Induction Lock also comes in a hi-luster, polished aluminum finish. For more information, contact: Pi-Thon Design Inc., Dept. MT, 2520 Turquoise Cir., Ste. B., Newbury Park, CA 91320, (805) 376-9990, www.pi-thondesigninc.com.
Show Off Yer' Tail
JSC Engineering Inc. showed up at SEMA with its new Droptail automatic tailgate controller. Those of you who haven't already molded your mini's tailgate shut and commute to work via a major highway will appreciate this trick item. The Droptail is a radio frequency-activated linear actuator that lowers the tailgate into the more aerodynamic downward position whenever your merge onto the highway. Driving long distances with the tailgate down will increase your mini's fuel economy, and the tailgate can be raised into the closed position whenever you like. For more information, contact: JSC Engineering Inc., Dept. MT, 26500 West Agoura Rd., Ste. 102-503, Calabasas, CA 91302, (818) 878-0578, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even Stops A Hurricane!
The Brake Man Inc. introduced its new Storm System brake kit with new "wave design" rotors. The cross-drilled and vented steel rotor design dissipates heat quicker than a conventional rotor and looks cool to boot. The Storm System also comes with The Brake Man's patented F3 Tornado four-piston calipers for supreme stopping performance and polished good looks. Make sure to buy a set of huge wheels to show off these incredible brakes! For more information, contact: The Brake Man Inc., Dept. MT, 838 Calle Plano, Camarillo, CA 93012, (805) 987-7867, email@example.com.
A Better Creeper
The Kreepster is a complete redesign of our favorite shop tool: the creeper. The Kreepster's chassis design gets you closer to where the action is: the floor. The Kreepster is made from lightweight aluminum and utilizes space-age components for increased durability and ease of movement. For more information, contact: 4 Tek, Dept. MT, 15700 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 996-3918, firstname.lastname@example.org.