Rancho-THUMB-6-inch-2014-Sierra-11-5-13Rancho recently announced its 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 suspension system, and at the 2013 SEMA Show the company announced it recently passed the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 126 – Electronic Stability Control Systems (FMVSS-126) test – and were engineered to accommodate the varying steering knuckle materials being used by GMC.

The truck that recently passed FMVSS-126 included the new 6-in. Rancho suspension system, rear Rancho® RS7000MT™ (RS7297) shocks, and front OE struts with spacers. The truck also was outfitted with BFGoodrich® Mud-Terrain T/AKM2 325/60R20 tires and 20-in. Vision Off-Road Assassin wheels finished in matte black.

THUMB-Photos-SEMA-2013-11-4-13If you love anything automotive, SEMA is a wonderland. The problem is that the general public can’t just buy tickets and stroll in. Nope, the Special Equipment Manufacturers Association Show is for the automotive industry, so unless you know someone or work within the industry in some capacity, chances are you’re not getting in. The good news is that the media is allowed in, so we can show the general public all the cools things they wouldn’t otherwise see at the show.

From concept vehicles to new product unveils, celebrity appearances and booth girls, there’s eye candy in every direction at the Las Vegas Convention Center this week. Check out our photo highlights of the show for all of the coolest off-road vehicles and gear. We’ll update the gallery throughout the week of the show, so be sure to check back and drool a little at all the cool stuff.

T-Rex-Grille-Chevy-Silverado-9-5-13T-REX Products released this month seven all new one piece grilles for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Each grille was distinctively designed to satisfy the diehard truck customizer with styles from rugged and extreme to mild and refined.

The new T-REX Grilles one-piece grilles for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado include, for the first time ever, two styles for each Grille Series – the aggressive X-Metal Grille Series, the luxurious Upper Class Grille Series and the newest addition to the T-REX Grilles family, the red hot Torch LED Grille Series. Every one of these T-REX Grilles is designed in house to compliment the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and all are manufactured to exacting standards in the U.S. for a perfect fit and finish every time.

Rough-Country-Chevy-Lift-2014-6-13-13Run up to a 32″ tire while leveling the front of your truck with the rear using Rough Country’s 2″ Leveling Suspension Kit for 2014 Chevy / GMC 1500 Pickups. This set of lower front strut mount extensions immediately offers increased ground clearance without the hassle of a long and drawn out installation process. Featuring 100% bolt-on installation and a unique design that allows fitment without the need to disassemble the strut, you’re ready to get that killer look in no-time flat on your late model GM 1500 pickup. $64.94 (#1304)

2.5″ SUSPENSION KIT
Off-Road Action has never been more affordable thanks to Rough Country’s new 2.5″ Suspension lift for 2014 GM 1500 Pickups. This new design utilizes our popular 2″ Lower Strut Extensions combined with a set of strut spacers and rear blocks to achieve a total of 2.5″ of lift – enough clearance to run up to a 285/70/17 tire – all at a price that won’t break the bank! This kit includes a set of Fabricated 2″ Rear Blocks to replace the OEM 1″ block. Fabricated blocks offer a longer lifespan than cast blocks and are less susceptible to damage and the environment. Not only is this kit affordable, it’s also easy to install, featuring a 100% bolt-on installation procedure with no need for a strut compressor to install. $149.95 (#1303).

Parker, Ariz. – For the second year in a row, Robby Gordon dominated the Parker 425. This was the first appearance of the No.77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck since the 2012 San Felipe 250.

The SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck was quick from the start of qualifying on Thursday to the conclusion of the 425-mile lap race on Saturday. Gordon qualified second behind pole winner Rob MacCachren, which resulted in him starting the race one minute behind MacCachren. With an impressive start, Gordon caught and passed MacCachren within 20 minutes. Gordon talked to his crew about transmission heating issues after pushing the truck hard for the first 18 miles. MacCachren stayed within 10 seconds of Gordon for a few miles until Gordon eventually ran away from him. Gordon would then battle with Jason Voss, the fourth place starter, for the lead; Voss would stay within a few minutes of Gordon on corrected time until the second lap. At that point, Gordon’s crew made an incredible pit stop at mid-way. The SPEED Energy crew changed two tires and filled the No.77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck with fuel in just 57 seconds. When the two drivers reached Lap 3, Gordon had pulled ahead of Voss by nearly 6 minutes and 32 seconds physically but only 4 minutes and 32 seconds on corrected time. Gordon would maintain that lead for the final lap, carefully passing slower vehicles on the course. He was the first Trophy Truck to cross the finish line, resulting in a memorable and flawless race for Gordon and navigator Charlie Holbrook.

OGDEN, UT — Edge is excited to announce their latest coverage release in the Evolution CS/CTS platform. 2011-2013 Chevy/GMC Duramax LML 6.6L owners now have access to industry leading power, control, and style.   Adding up to 81HP and 170 lb/ft of torque, drivers will experience the benefits of economy, towing, and performance tunes.  Standard Evolution CS/CTS features, including speed limiter adjustment and tire size calibration, are built-in with the 2011-2013 Chevy/GMC Duramax LML 6.6L coverage.

The Evolution CS/CTS coverage will now include:
• Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500: 2011-2013 6.6L Duramax
• GMC Sierra 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500: 2011-2013 6.6L Duramax

CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Team Toyo’s Robby Gordon clinched the Class 1500 Championship and was crowned  2012 Grand Champion in the Best In The Desert off-road series during the Transwest Ford Henderson 250 this past weekend in Jean, Nevada.  Gordon’s #1537 SPEED Energy/RPM Offroad/Toyo Tires/4 Wheel Parts ‘truggy’ was dominant the entire season, thanks in part to his Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.

In February, Gordon won the Bluewater Resort & Casino Parker 425 overall.  In March, he won overall in the Mint 400.  In May, Gordon won his class and placed third overall at the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300.  During the Vegas to Reno race in August, Gordon placed second overall.  The series then returned to Parker, Arizona in October where Gordon swept the entire weekend of the BlueWater Desert Challenge.

Rigid Industries is well known throughout the off-road industry for being the toughest most efficient LED off-road light manufacturer to ever step foot in the dirt.  You can now add one more thing to the long list of accomplishments achieved by Rigid Industries; proven.

With the help of Rigid Industries’ very own wheelman “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin, Rigid Industries became the first LED light manufacturer to lead the way to a completely dominating Over-All victory at the 2012 SCORE Baja 1000.  Not only did Baldwin and Co-rider Johnny Nelson become the first to utilize LED technology down the Baja peninsula, Baldwin and Nelson also became the first duo in the 45 year history of off-road racing to solo the SCORE Baja 1000 (without a driver change) and beat all other competitors after the 1,121 mile trek down the Baja peninsula.

Charlotte, N.C. – With no desert too large and no mountain too tall, the SPEED Energy HUMMER on victory proven Toyo Tires will once again attempt to conquer the world’s most famous off-road event. The custom-built Dakar HUMMER driven by Robby Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch will tackle more than 8000 Km / 4970 Mi from Peru through Argentina and ending in Santiago, Chile making it the ultimate off-road adventure; the 35th Annual Dakar Rally.

Registration discussions between A.S.O and Team Gordon began back in the early summer months in preparation for the 2013 Dakar Rally, and on December 2 registration for the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI HUMMER became official. The A.S.O and the team agreed on a pre-check inspection of the Dakar HUMMER prior to being approved to race. Once the detailed inspection of the Dakar HUMMER and its air-inflation system by A.S.O. officials, the team was approved to officially race the 2013 Dakar Rally.

Through the last 45 years of the legendary SCORE International Baja 1000, there have been many stories and accomplishments that could rival many other forms of motorsports.  Known for being one of the most rugged, unforgiving, dangerous and spectacular off-road races in the world, the 2012 Baja 1000 has proven to be another monumental moment in off-road racing history.

Monster Energy Off-Road Team member “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin defied all odds at the 45th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 by becoming the first person in history to drive the entire race (point to point) and win overall.  Thousands of drivers have tried in years past and some have even beaten all other competitors, but none have ever done it from the start in Ensenada, Baja California to the finish La Paz, Baja Sur California.