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Thursday Coverage | 2022 SEMA Show

Today is our last day on the floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center and we are still finding new high-performance gear and impressive vehicle builds. There is a strong presence of American muscle machines at the show and the aftermarket is always innovating for new and old versions of these vehicles, as you can see from the gear covered this week.
We'll be back on the trade show prowl at the PRI Show in December, but until then, check out what we spotted in Vegas.

Modified classic trucks are a clear trend, which showed up in particular at this year’s Whipple Superchargers NMRA World Finals Presented by Competition Clutch Featuring the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival. To address those trucks, QA1 created a range of new products, including this Ford F-100 coilover conversion system, which is 150 pounds lighter than the stock setup and offers up to a 7-inch drop in conjunction with drop spindles. The company offers a similar setup for Chevy C10 trucks, as well as a companion rear coilover suspension for ’73-’79 F-100/F-150 pickups.

Addressing those looking to push their modern LT engines to the next level, Scoggin Dickey Parts Center created its SDPC Raceshop Gen5 Horsepower Kits, which will push a 6.2 LT beyond 730 horsepower with an internal makeover that includes pistons, crank, cam, and more. For those wanting even more, SDPC offers a complete, 412-cube engine that delivers 860 horsepower.

Dodge // Mopar didn’t just show off V8 power at the show. This is its recently introduced Hurricrate Cat 3 Crate Engine this twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine puts 26 pounds of boost to good use by delivering a whopping 550 horsepower. Meant for car builders and racers this small, but mighty engine will arrive in the middle of next year.

Fans of Ford’s first-gen SVT Lightning were excited about this clean red model on display in the US Shift booth. This is no mere 351W-powered truck, but it does feature pushrod power. Under its hood is a 7.3-liter Godzilla engine boosted by a Whipple Supercharger. Behind that monster motor is a 6R80 six-speed automatic under the sway of US Shift’s standalone controller.

If a busted hose clamp has ruined your day, Granatelli Motor Sports has a new billet hose clamp that will not only offer improved sealing and durability but looks great too. Available in a wide range of diameters, these clamps are also available in black, blue, red, gold, and polished finishes.

For racers running the TH400 automatic, Sonnax developed an innovative upgrade in concert with no-prep racers that enhances durability and improves performance. The Smart-Tech Drum Module upgrades the forward and direct drums in an easy-to-install package. By syncing up the rotation of the drums, it reduces shock when shifting while freeing up power and hastening acceleration.

Demand from owners of modern Ford F-150s powered by Gen 4 Coyote engines led Livernois Motorsports to develop this adapter system which will allow the installation of a Gen 3 Mustang or Shelby GT350 intake on the latest trucks. Offering ease of installation, this kit lets the truck Coyote wind higher, yielding gains as high as 25 horsepower.

The 2024 Mustang GT Coyote engine made a big splash with its dual-throttle-body intake. If you want to run two throttle bodies on your hot rod, DashLogic developed its RaceBoss Throttle Controller, which allows syncing multiple throttles to one engine controller. The timing of the throttle openings can be mirrored or custom calibrated for unique applications.

The driveline specialists at Richmond Gear are in the carbon-fiber driveshaft business. The company’s shafts bolt up to the factory transmission and rearend but reduce reciprocating weight and improve power transfer. Built with forged steel flange yokes, Neapco U-joints, and 6061 aluminum bond yokes, these shafts are said to offer the same strength as steel shafts.

Old-school trucks are all the rage these days, and Classic Instruments has new upgrades for ’60-’63 Chevy and ’73-’79 Ford pickups. The lattter is a complete electronic cluster, available in black or white, that fits behind the factory bezel and lens. The Chevy cluster offers LED halo lighting and is also compatible with the factory bezel.

Want to run a Ford 6R80E six-speed auto behind a Chevy engine? Now you can, thanks to this complete kit from ATI Performance, which includes a US Shift controller and a billet lockup converter. Available with an optional transbrake and leave-in-second tuning.

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