A love for cars, trucks and SUVs is the motivating force behind the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more. UTVs specific products used to be few and far between, but in 2016 a lot of that has changed. Especially in the South Upper Hall which is more focused on off-road products.
“The SEMA Show is the place where the newest and most innovative aftermarket products debut,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “And the SEMA Show exhibitors are the innovators and visionaries who help guide future trends in the industry.”
We made pass through the 2016 SEMA Show and these are some of the top products we spotted for the UTV market.
Assault Industries UTV
A panel of top automotive journalists from 15 countries throughout Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America served on the SEMA Global Media Awards (GMA) panel. One of their picks for the 2016 SEMA show was the Assault Industries B2 Bomber Mirror. Constructed from 6061-T6 Aluminum and stainless steel, the B-2 Bomber mirrors black anodized angular detailing and chamfered edges add a visually interesting and well-engineered aesthetic. The front bezel and rear logo insert are available in a variety of popular colors.
Setting the standard for excellence in the audio industry, the Rockford Corporation markets and distributes high-performance audio systems for the mobile audio aftermarket and OEM market. At the 2016 SEMA Show, Rockford Fosgate was showing off their new audio solutions for the Yamaha YXZ1000R.
“With the ever growing popularity of the Yamaha YXZ1000R and the limited high quality audio offerings available, we have developed multiple class leadingkits that offer options for source unit integration to complete high performance audio solutions,” explained Jake Braaten, Rockford Vice President of New Product Development and Engineering. “All of the products are designed to perform while out in the elements, and we keep the installation simple by offering very efficient plug-and-play kits designed to fit factory locations on the YXZ1000R. Our systems are engineered and tested to last, no matter whether in the mud, sand, or on rough mountain trails.”
The RIGID Adapt LED light bars are the world’s first off-road lighting products that adjust instantly to driving conditions. Having to choose one fixed beam pattern, such as a spot or flood, is now a thing of the past. The RIGID Adapt offers 8 selectable beam patterns that range from broad short-distance lighting to highly focus long-distance lighting in a single fixture. Beam patterns can be selected manually with the RIGID Dash Controller, or may be placed in an Adaptive Mode in which Adapt engages its Active View™ technology to actively adjust light output suitable for your vehicle’s speed. Available in 10-inch to 50-inch lengths.
Polaris RZR Spare Tire Carrier utilizing the Factory Cage or Cognito Recreation Cage. The Cognito carrier allows you to carry up to a 32-inch spare in the bed of your RZR without taking up the whole bed. Gas charged struts allow the tire to pivot up for access to the bed.
The powerful yet compact MRB3 Media Controller features Bluetooth, FM/AM radio, and an optional Auxiliary input making it the a versatile media controller for UTVs, Jeeps, trucks, or boats. The compact unit flush mounts on any flat surface, and only needs less than one inch of space behind the face. The weatherproof unit features a 2Ω stable amplifier that puts out up to 200W, powering up to 8 speakers with clear, crisp sound.
The controller features a large hyper-white LED backlit display designed to be visible in all conditions while controlling volume, track, and play/pause functions with glove friendly, backlit rubber-coated buttons. Includes an optional kit for 2.1 amp USB charging and 3.5mm Auxiliary-in compatibility. The unit retails for only $229.95. Play any song, from any device, anywhere with the new SSV Works MRB3 Bluetooth Media Controller.
The Rugged Radios Beach Buggy RZR was unveiled at the 2016 Sand Sports Super Show, and continues to turn heads. Rugged outfitted the Beach Buggy with their brand-new RM25R 25 watt mobile radio, which offers a very compact alternative to the standard Vertex or Kenwood 50 watt in-car radios usually bolted into UTVs. Also featured on the Beach Buggy is Ruggeds brand-new RRP660 Plus Bluetooth intercom controller, which allows both music and phone call streaming through headsets, external speakers, or helmets outfitted for coms. Lastly, a set of MAC 1 carbon fiber fresh air helmet pumps were fitted to the car for dusty operation.
The Pro6 starts life with the patented Gravity LED GRD technology using the G6 LED optical insert. G6 LED inserts are strung together via the patent-pending Pro6 Infinity Ring™ system. Each Infinity Ring connects together via an ingenious bolt pattern that allows you to keep the bar straight, OR make it radius without buying anything extra. Yes, you read that right, no additional light bar needed. The Pro6 allows you to add or take away lights, giving you the flexibility to build this bar for your particular vehicle, even if that vehicle changes over the course of the years. And, with the ability to change out the individual G6 lights, you can change the light patterns in your bar.
HiPer unveiled the new F-Spec series wheel at the SEMA Show. The new wheels feature Flow Form technology, an industry first in the UTV 15-inch wheel category. This new manufacturing process not only adds strength, but unmatched quality to the newest line of UTV wheels from HiPer. Flow Form technology produces a wheel that is 20% stronger, yet 15% lighter than cast wheels. The F-Spec wheels are available in two styles – 15-inch Raptor and 14-inch Falcon.
If you can remember, WELD acquired HiPer in 2015, and since then consolidated HiPer Technology’s operations into its Kansas City, Missouri-based headquarters. “Since the acquisition we have moved quickly and diligently to position HiPer to better serve customers and the marketplace. This has included an aggressive production build schedule for 2016,” said Norm Young, president and CEO of WELD. “Completing the move to Kansas City allows us to consolidate and maximize many business functions, including finance, sales, engineering, marketing and customer support. It also provides HiPer with access to WELD’s forging operations and improved product quality and design.”
Last year, Vision X introduced the XPR LED Light Bar. Utilizing top-binned 10-Watt LEDs and large proprietary 1.5” diameter IRIS Reflectors, the XPR Light Bar is capable of reaching distances of 2,080 feet of usable light (51″ XPR-27M). This unmatched long-distance projection is also accompanied by precisely tilted IRIS Reflectors that create a unique combination beam pattern to provide even more visibility at the road’s edge. The XPR features a lifespan boosting heat sink design that utilizes deep horizontal fins within the high-quality aluminum housing to dissipate heat produced from the high-powered 10-Watt LEDs. Whether it’s a desolate frozen road in Alaska or on the race course in Baja, off-road champions and transportation professionals alike have relied on the XPR technology to exceed their demands in extreme temperatures and rugged terrain.
And at the 2016 SEMA Show, Vision X added their Halo technology to the XPRS. The Halo feature allows users to light up the area behind the reflector LEDs separate from the main light source. The Halo effect can be triggered by a separate switch or tied in with low-beam lights.
ODYSSEY / Enersys
EnerSys is manufacturer of ODYSSEY batteries, and at SEMA 2016 they had a Polaris RZR XP1000 in their booth. Many UTV enthusiasts tax their 12-volt systems to the limit with extra accessories such as additional lights, stereos and other electronics. When you need more from a batter than OEM can provide, ODYSSEY is a name known for extreme battery solutions.
Enersys now recommends the ODYSSEY PC1200LMJT battery as a drop in upgrade for the Polaris RZR XP1000. The ODYSSEY PC1200LMJT battery provides engine-cranking pulses up to 1,200 amps and 540 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) and can also handle 400 charge-discharge cycles to 80 percent depth of discharge. Additionally, dry cell Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) separators hold acid in place to prevent spills, even when the battery is installed on its side.
Lazer Star Lights
Lazer Star unveiled their new 12-Volt controller system at SEMA 2016. The setup gives users plug-n-play wiring solutions for lights and other 12-volt accessories. The controller will save hours on install and utilizes relays for proper accessory control.
SuperATV was recently featured on Destination Polaris Project X on Fox Sports debuting their custom build, Depth Finder. This Built for Battle machine was made to go deep with a custom twist on the SuperATV signature 10 lift which features uniquely designed, reinforced trailing arms and high clearance boxed front a-arms. Add in a 4 Gear Driven Performance Portal Gear Lift, Rhino Brand Axles, and the 36 Intimidator Tires.
Walker Evans Racing
The new Velocity Series coilover shocks offer the next step in performance and comfort for the Polaris XP 1000. The Velocity Series shocks have more controlled resistance than a standard piggyback or remote reservoir coilover. With the piggyback specifically positioned, these shocks offer higher resistance to bottoming out while allowing for a smoother, more compliant ride in the choppy bumps. These coilover shocks have an improved version of the Walker Evans Racing Needle Valve Technology to offer multiple stages of internal bypass that allows additional compression and rebound control.
All 2017 Arctic Cat Wildcat X models feature an entirely new RG PRO rear suspension package that Arctic Cat designed with racing legend Robby Gordon. The RG PRO rear suspension is the same tested and proven design used by Robby Gordon in Stadium Side-X-Side races. The RG PRO suspension is aimed at professional-level riders who demand the ultimate big bump off-road performance.
SEMA show visitors were treated to the Arctic Cat UTV Experience which included the ability to ride along in a brand new 2017 high-performance Arctic Cat Wildcat X with RG Pro suspension piloted by a professional driver on a specially built off-road course located just outside the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall.
About SEMA and the SEMA Show
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or www.sema.org, 909/396-0289.