When you work the SEMA show, it can be a dizzying experience. There are more parts and cars than you’re physically able to comprehend. Every manufacturer is in attendance with their latest components ready to show them off to buyers, sellers, and media folks like us. We are so busy checking out new parts, running from hall to hall, doing FB Live videos, IG posts, web galleries, and online Web stories during the event, but we also have an eye on the print content you’re reading right now.
After all, we can’t cover everything SEMA via galleries, FB live videos, and IG posts. The easiest way for us to tell about SEMA is a full story on the trendsetting and hard hitting parts each manufacturer hopes to make a mark in 2019.
One of the more popular wheel companies in the Mustang market, Billet Specialties was at SEMA showing off a variety of wheel designs. When we think of Billet Specialties, we are instantly reminded of its drag offerings. However, the company has a full lineup of street wheels, as well, especially from its B-Forged line.
It’s no secret that 1961-1979 F100s and 1966-1977 Broncos are hot right now. BSI Performance is one company hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with its 1966-1977 Bronco chassis offerings. BSI’s Bronco chassis features a mandrel bent frame, Currie Dana 44 axles, triangulated 4-link rear suspension, a Borgeson power steering box, King coilovers, Wilwood brakes, and Speedway Engineering front and rear sway bars. Best of all, though, in our eyes is that you can also get a BSI Bronco chassis outfitted with a Coyote engine and transmission.
Arguably one of our favorite SEMA booths, each year Ford Performance rolls out new products aimed squarely at the Mustang performance market. Obviously the hot news for 2018 is the Gen 3 Coyote engine from the 2018 Mustang GT. The Gen 3 crate engine is rated at 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. We were able to install this engine, along with a Ford Performance control pack into our latest Week to Wicked 1967 Mustang. The big difference between the Gen 1, Gen 2, and Gen 3 Coyote engine is that the Gen 3 features direct and port fuel injection. Other features of the Gen 3 are longer head bolts for increased clamping load, sintered steel connecting rods from the Boss 302 program, high-flow aluminum heads, a 10-quart oil pan, and a 12:1 compression ratio. If you believe in Coyote-swapping the world, the Gen 3 is the latest and greatest.
In the fuel system game, one company gaining strength and market share is Fuelab. Making a strong showing in the X275 world, Fuelab hasn’t forgotten about the streets. New from Fuelab is its 484 H/E line of brushless twin screw in-tank fuel pumps. The 48401 is designed for combinations up to 625 horsepower, while the 48401 and 48403 are rated for 850 and 1,250, respectively. The 484 series of pumps is compatible with gasoline, diesel, methanol, and ethanol, and use a brushless design quiet operation and increased durability.
Remember back when EFI first came out, and a lot of people swapped everything out for a carburetor? When that happened people were introduced to all the problems that lead to manufacturers switching to EFI in the first place. Those issues being cold start problems, part-throttle hesitation, and tuning issues. K&N’s new Electronic Carburetor Injection (ECI) can help make those issues a thing of the past. The new ECI’s billet aluminum spacer plate sandwiches between your Mustang’s carburetor and intake manifold, and is designed to be a supplemental source of fuel to prevent fuel starvation and maintain a proper air/fuel ratio. The ECI features a remote-mounted ECU, and injector activation upon startup to aid cold start and maintain idle. Using an oxygen sensor, whenever the system detects a lean condition the injector will kick on to bring the air/fuel ratio back within spec.
The big news out of ProCharger’s SEMA booth is its new CrankDrive, and its ongoing application integration. While the CrankDrive debuted back in 2017, ProCharger is still releasing additional applications. We hope to see a small-block Ford CrankDrive soon, and when it hits, you will be the first to know about it. ProCharger is also working on a Coyote CrankDrive, saying such a unit requires more fabrication, but it is on their radar. ProCharger’s CrankDrive also won a SEMA new product award, which is a big deal for any performance manufacturer.
As Mustang enthusiasts, we want our cars to be fast, comfortable, and handle the curves. That’s a lot to ask, but the folks at QA1 has a product that should help satisfy our needs. QA1 bills its MOD series shocks as the first on-the-car revalvable shock on the market. With the company’s QuickTune Technology, you can revalve your Mustang’s shocks without removing them, and it can be done in a matter of minutes. This technology will truly allow you to turn your street car into a drag car with just a few minutes work.
A floor jack is great, but QuickJack’s line of portable car lifts takes that thought to a whole new level. QuickJack’s portable car lifts come in a variety of capacities, ranging from 3,400 pound cars to 7,000 pound trucks. Available in a variety of lengths, QuickJacks are ideal for DIYers and/or shops with limited area or ceiling height. With a simple push of a button, you can raise your Mustang off the ground for easier wheel swaps, exhaust installations, transmission/clutch service, and a lot more.
We never go to SEMA without making the short trip over to Shelby American and the Shelby Heritage Center, which is also in Las Vegas. It’s almost a tradition to make the trip to check out the Shelby vehicles on display, pick up new Shelby American apparel, and to just be in awe of the place. We were able to take in the amazing CSX 2000, the very first Cobra ever built, and also this little Ford GT display. The Ford GT in the middle is known as Workhorse One, a test mule built in 2002 and later presented to Carroll Shelby. This Ford GT was the start of a new collaboration between Ford and Shelby that lead to the Shelby GT500. Interestingly enough, Workforce One features a Terminator 4.6 engine, and not the 5.4 that production GTs boasted.
The electronically controlled transmissions of today need a little help when paired with various custom engine swaps. US Shift’s Quick 6 transmission controller is aimed squarely at the Ford 6R80 transmission. The Quick 6 now features pre-loaded data, a simplistic setup-and-drive procedure, stock-like shift feel, and aftermarket converter compatibility. With the Quick 6, you can have up to 4 different shift calibrations on board. As mentioned, the Quick 6 is available for 6R80 transmissions and US Shift should have 10R80 applications ready soon.
Back in the Fox days, Weld Racing wheels were one of the more popular day two mods. Today, the company is making it really easy to continue the trend with the new S72, Full Throttle wheel, and a new polished version of the S77. As you can see, the Full Throttle is available in a beadlock for street/strip applications. The Full Throttle wheel is from Weld’s RT line, featuring a forged construction, a variety of sizes from 15- to 18-inch diameters, and availability in non-beadlock, single beadlock, and double beadlock.
Whiteline chose this S550 Mustang as the best way to garner attention to its SEMA booth. Whiteline carries Fox, SN95, New Edge, S197, and S550 Mustang parts, and a couple parts we saw highlighted were the company’s rear adjustable toe arms and vertical links for 2015-2018 Mustangs. Whiteline’s catalog is full of suspension components aimed at increasing the handling of your Mustang.