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13 Nifty ‘n’ New Products at SEMA 2014

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/7/2014 Chris Clonts

The sheetmetal is what people really drool over at the annual SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. But the heart of the show is the sale of parts, accessories, tools and chemicals. We strolled around this year’s show and found these items. If any are particularly interesting or questionable to you, tell us in the comments!

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Decked Truck Bed Storage System

The storage-add-on segment is hopping. There are boxes galore, and more than a few companies offering pull-out tray storage in the bed. The Decked system, a winner of a Best Product award, allows for 2000 pounds of storage on top, with 200 pounds in each of two smooth-rolling drawers (they open more smoothly than the ones in my kitchen). “It keeps you from having to jump into and out of the bed constantly to get things,” a spokesman said. Prices range from $1079 to $1149 based on bed length.

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Misfuel Alert Gas-Cap Warning System

OK, so admission of guilt here: Even here in the expert-choked halls of The Enthusiast Network and Motor Trend, we’ve had someone fill a diesel vehicle with regular gasoline. The Misfuel Alert warning (starting around $50) can work with any cap or filler configuration. It can give a visible, red-flashing warning reminder, project a laser image on the quarter panel and an audible warning. On one model you can record your own warning. A sales rep’s suggestion: “Honey, remember, this is a diesel.” Mine would be, “Hey, dummy! It’s a diesel!”

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Extang/TruXedo Revolver X2 Aluminum Roll-Up Tonneau Cover

You can throw a rock while blindfolded at SEMA and hit a tonneau-cover manufacturer. This aluminum roll-up, the company says, has new mechanical locking rails and a flush, low-profile design. The MSRP will be about $900.

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Bubba Rope Gator-Jaw Soft Shackle

This flexible, one-piece towing shackle solves a few problems of traditional steel shackles: It floats, eliminating the problem of fishing around in mud or water for a dropped shackle, and it has no pins to fasten. It’s rated for 32,000 pounds, too -- more than enough for most applications. It also won a SEMA award and retails for $42.99.

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Albermo 3D Floor Mats

This is Albermo’s first SEMA show, and these mats aren’t available yet. But there would seem to be a market for custom mats created by 3D scanning technology that aren’t made of hard rubber or plastic, as many custom all-weather mats are. They’re water-washable and flexible enough to be shaken clean. A spokesperson couldn’t give a target price point.

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Dingee Glo Truck Rails

Light products are another huge category at SEMA. And getting away from the LED craze, these are literally powered truck rails that glow. They could be used to augment a hazard signal system (on tow trucks, for instance), or for personal or business customization. Compared to some light systems, they seem to have a good price point at $278.

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E-Stopp Push-Button Emergency Brake

Though originally envisioned for mobility applications for disabled drivers, the instant-brake-lock function of this push-button-driven system has become popular for security purposes. With a remote actuator, it lets you lock the e-brake instantly with the press of a button. Of course, we asked, “Could you use it for drifting applications?” Jonathan Mill’s answer: “That’s coming up next.” So those giant drifting levers may soon be replaced by a video-game-like button.

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T-Rex Grilles Light Grille

If you guessed that’s a Ford F-150 grille, you’re right. The 30-inch curved LED array is plenty bright and integrated with the one-piece, black powder-coated grille. Just don’t turn it on in traffic. It’s for off-road use only (like most light bars). $1800.Speaking of lights, there were light bars throwing upward of 18,000 lumens at the show. Considering it only takes 200 or so to blind someone at night, that’s astounding off-road vision.

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Tailgate Pong

Because, tailgate beer pong! Simplifying the set-up of one of our favorite game-day side games, this heavy-duty HDPE insert installs in less than 10 minutes, according to the manufacturer, over bare tailgates and over most spray-on coatings. It has indentations for the perfect setup of red Solo cups every time. $89.99 to $99.99.

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Thermalblade Heated Wiper Blade

These are for anyone in snow country who has been forced to pull over to remove ice or a jammed blade. Wear-tested by a few Canadian municipal police departments, these blades basically operate the same as de-icing cables on a roof. They plug into existing fusing (once you find a circuit that turns on with the ignition) and automatically turn on below 36 degrees or so. About $75.

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Universal Car Remote

If you lose your keyless entry/ignition fob, you can expect to pay anywhere from $75 to more than $200 to replace it. The Emote universal programmable key fob shaves that to $50, and can be very easily programmed to work with more than 1000 makes and models built from 1997 to 2014. The process is like programming a TV universal remote. A series of steps must be performed while inside the vehicle, such as "Insert key in ignition. Turn to accessory position and off eight times. Press 'lock and unlock' buttons at same time on remote… etc. etc." So you have to be in possession of at least one original key or fob to make a copy.

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Rimblades Curb-Damage Protectors For Alloy Wheels

It’s a simple concept, really. Attach (it’s either a friction- or adhesive-attached product) either a soft plastic or flexible alloy strip along the outside edge of a rim to protect it from curb hits, scratches or gouges. Sold as Rimblades, Rimbands, Scuffs, or Trims 4 Rims, they’re affordable at $33 to $99 for a set of four. That quite undercuts the cost of wheel repair or replacement.

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Sign Dolls Sign-Waving Mannequin

We've already spotted some of these around Los Angeles, but come on! Granted, this is for retailers who need to increase their curb appeal. But… come on!

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