- 11/01/2005 9:22AM
Tuesday morning, and we are up and running! We will
be bringing you live coverage with updates every hour.
Check back soon for our first update.
waiting for our first update(s), be sure to cllick on
the above link to see live streaming video feeds from
the Yukon Gear & Axle booth. The Randy's girls are
here for your viewing pleasure.
- 11/01/2005 10:38AM
Still working on getting our second webcam online. Our
Internet connection is also a little slower than it
should be, so we are investigating this as well. Once
the second camera is online, I'll be hitting the red
carpet and taking pictures.
In the meantime,
a couple of the Randy's girls would like to say hello.
Erica is flying in this afternoon, so all 3 girls will
be here then.
God, I love
headquarters in the Yukon Gear & Axle booth.
If you look realllllly hard, you can see the camera
mounted underneath the black cross bars under
the main Yukon sign.
- 11/01/2005 10:51AM
Well before I walk the 31 miles of floor space here
at the SEMA show, I figured I would show you what's
new with our host company - Yukon Gear & Axle.
has released their new Dana 60 and Ford 9"
ring and pinion sets. These units appear to be
of extremely high quality, and rival OEM applications.
has released their sweet new aluminum and nodular
iron Ford 9" 3rd members. Both units feature
beefed up bearing caps, with the nodular housing
using forged 4140 Chrome-moly. Yukon claims the
bearing caps are 30% stronger than the competition.
This increased strength should greatly reduce
ring gear deflection under load.
is currently in production of this prototype Dana
60 Superjoint. It's made of forged 4340 Chrome-moly
and have a titanium nitride coating that gives
them a surface hardness of 70 Rockwell and reduces
friction and wear. The cross sections will come
with a lifetime warranty against breakage. They
will be available in about 90 days.
Camo just returned from the Mittler Brothers booth,
and wanted to show us their sweet electric variable
speed bead roller. This bead roller makes professionally
looking panels, and it's easy to do - even for a novice.
roller is available directly from Mitt ler Bros for
$550 which includes one set of dies.
Bros bead roller.
I took a long walk through one of the convention halls
in search of cool stuff. I was suprised at the abundance
of ultra cool stuff as in years past, but the week is
young, and I have a ton of walking left to do.
One of the
coolest things I've seen so far today has to be Mastercraft's
new reclining suspension seat. This is a full race suspension
seat that reclines just like a stock OEM seat. I personally
have been wanting something like this for a very long
time. Kudos for Mastercraft for coming out with something
reclining suspension seat. Hot brunette not included.
on over to ATS Diesel Performance where owner Clint
Cannon was displaying all kinds of sweet new stuff for
diesel tow rigs. One of the cooler things they had on
display was their new twin turbo system for Dodge diesels.
The system is capable of boost numbers around 60psi!
This system uses their own Aurora turbos in a series
to provide massive power.
twin turbos available for all Dodge Cummins motors.
- 11/01/2005 2:45PM
We came across Robby Gordon's Red Bull Trophy truck
just a few minutes ago. There was something noticeably
different on it. Take a look at it and see if you can
tell what it is.
you tell what's different about Robby's trophy
truck? I'll give you a hint - Daddy's got new
- 11/01/2005 2:51PM
I've just uploaded a ton of photos to the photo gallery.
Check out the gallery here.
- 11/01/2005 3:40PM
I took a stroll to see what was going on outside. The
UROC All Stars were putting on a show out on the Supercrawl
courses. UROC Modified champion Ford Motorsports sponsored
Lovell brothers were out there showing the SEMA crowd
how it's done.
UROC All Stars putting on a show for the SEMA
I did notice
one thing so far today. The significant decrease in
hot models at the show. Now granted, I have not been
down to the tire and wheel hall where most of the models
hang out, but there seems to be a decline in hot models
this year. I'll save the tire and wheel hall for tomorrow,
so you all have something to look forward to.
Nopi girls across from the Yukon booth are looking
- 11/01/2005 4:50PM
Well that about wraps it up for the day. We've got a
lot more ground to cover tomorrow, so be sure to visit
again at 9:00AM. Also don't forget to check out our
photo gallery, as we have hundereds of images posted
- 11/02/2005 10:25AM
We're back for day two! The Randy's girls are here in
full force signing posters and calendars and looking
better than ever.
being a computer nerd has its perks!
Warn announced it's year long contingency award for
the team with the most wins throughout the 2005 season
running a Warn winch. It should come as no suprise that
Dean "Iceman" Bullock and "Krazy"
Karl Mumford were the winners of this $5000 bounty.
A huge congrats to who is the undisputed most winningest
team in rock crawling history.
and Krazy Karl sign posters at the UROC proving
Autos has hotties out and about handing out cards
that could be good for a Mitsubishi to take home.
- 11/02/2005 12:00PM
Bobby Long is here showing off his new Dana 60 u-joints
and ultra strong axles for Toyotas. He even had his
axle breaking machine on hand to demonstrate how he
tests an axle's strength.
Toyota stock birfield - 3,700 ft. lbs. before failure
Longfield 30 spline 4340 Toyota super set - 9,000 ft.
lbs. before failure
Stock Dana 44 inner - 5,000 ft. lbs. before failure
Stock Dana 60 inner - 8,300 ft. lbs. before failure
Yukon Dana 60 35 spline 4340 - 11,000 ft. lbs. before
30 spline super axles are incredibly tough!
crowds are getting thick today. It's getting tougher
and tougher to get good pictures due to the crowds.
usual, Ford has a massive display, with mouthwatering
vehicles and equally beautiful models to compliment
- 11/02/2005 12:15PM
Camo just returned from the Full Traction Suspension
to share news about their new Ford Superduty suspension
kit for '99 - '04 Superduty trucks.
The kit converts
leaf spring Superduty Fords to a 4 link style suspension
similar to the 2005 Superduty trucks. The kit comes
with coilover shocks and is a 100% bolt on system. The
kit should be available mid December with an MSRP of
new Full Traction Suspension kit for '99-'04 Superduties..
by the Ramsey booth to see what's new. They have just
released a new entry level winch called the 9.5e which
has an MSRP of $760. This winch has a series wound 3.8hp
motor and features a 12ft. controller and 95ft. of cable.
Line speed is rated at 30 feet per minute and it comes
with a hause fairlead.
new 9.5e entry level winch..
- 11/02/2005 12:45PM
ARB had a fairly unique product in their booth. Called
the "X Jack", it's an inflatable jack capable
of lifting 8,000lbs with only your engine's exhaust.
The X Jack
comes with a carrying case, ground mat, gloves, and
repair kit. The MSRP on the X Jack is $282 and is available
from any ARB distributor.
UPDATE - 11/02/2005 2:50PM
I just got back from the tire and wheel hall. This hall
is pretty nutty, with crazy stuff like 30" rims,
and more silicone than you could imagine!
with a Dana 44 front end and Dana 60 rear end.
the booths of the tire and wheel hall, I managed to
get quite a few pictures of the ladies of SEMA. I created
a seperate photo gallery just for them. You can check
it out here.
out the "Girls of SEMA" photo gallery
my feet hurt too much to do anymore walking, we
will finish today with a nice shot of the Randy's
girls. Untill tomorrow...
& Gear was showcasing their Discovery Series line
of axles here at the SEMA show. These shafts are made
in India but are made from the same blueprint with the
exact same material, an heat treat process as the Evolution
series axles. The Discovery Series shafts come with
a 10 year warranty while the Evolution series shafts
come with a lifetime warranty. The Disco axles are about
35% cheaper than the USA made Evolution Series.
Axle & Gear now offers two axle series - The
top of the lin Evolution Series, and the more
affordable Discovery Series.
now offers the "New Builder Series" line of
axles for the Do-it-yourselfer. These shafts are 4340
chrome moly and offer longer splines so you can cut
them to length. There are 4 part numbers to accomodate
most size requirements.
USA "New Builder Series".
of SEMA Photo Gallery has been updated with another
50 pictures. Be sure to check it out.
Toyo tires made their official announcement here at
SEMA that they have signed Robby Gordon for a 2 year
deal. The deal includes the Dakar Rally, and all Score
events. Rumor has it the deal was for about 1.2 million,
but that's unconfirmed. Robby has always been with BF
Goodrich, so this was quite a suprise to many people
in the industry.
Gordon announcing his new tire deal with Toyo
Tires. The Hummer in the background is his new
Robby Gordon news, Andy Mc Millian will be driving the
Red Bull trophy truck for RG Motorsports in 2006. While
Andy will run the truck throughout the 2006 season,
Robby will still drive it in the Baja 1000 and 500.
- 11/02/2005 5:00PM
The day is winding down here, and it's
just about time to call it a day. Camo just came over
and gave me some info regarding a picture we posted
yesterday in the photo gallery.
Toyota dual case housing.
Adapters Toyota HD dual case housing is a great option
over having to scrounge through the junk yards to find
a donor case for your dual case setup. The MSRP is $239
and is available at any AA dealer.
- 11/04/2005 12:00PM
Warn has released a new winch called the Warn 9.0RC.
Based on the proven competition 9.0R that took Warn
sponsored teams to 50 out of 54 wins during the 2005
Rock Crawling season, the new 9.0RC should be a winner.
It features a short drum design to fit in todays compact
tube buggies. The 9.0RC is the first Warn winch to come
with a synthetic rope. It has a new control unit with
a built in light. The 9.0RC will be available mid December.
took time out from her poster and calendar signing
to have a little fun with the camera. Check out
of SEMA photo gallery for more pictures of
- 11/04/2005 12:55PM
of the most unique 'show trucks' at the show was
this old Ford. Parked among the lowriders and
Escalades with 22's, this thing was actually very
cool. It might look rough in this photo, but upon
closer inspection, it was rather amazing. The
front bumper is painted with "party 'till
Comp Tires had their monster truck on display
this week. The Grave Digger monster truck was
here as well.
- 11/04/2005 2:10PM
We are winding down here at the 2005 SEMA show. A lot
of ground was covered, and we hope you enjoyed our coverage.
If you haven't already checked it out, please visit
SEMA photo gallery. There are over 400 photos in
the gallery, with almost 100 Girls of SEMA photos.
rock crawling proving grounds was in my opinion a huge
hit this year. I hope that the rock crawling presence
at SEMA will help our industry as a whole. Growth of
our industry means more options and technology for the
average-Joe wheeler. See you next year!
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