Powerplant12_Kit-warn-sema-10-15-13CLACKAMAS, OR – As part of this year’s SEMA Show, Warn Industries will be introducing the new PowerPlant. The PowerPlant 9.5 and PowerPlant 12 combine a powerful winch with a high performance air compressor to become the ultimate vehicle-mounted multi tool.

The PowerPlant 9.5 has a pulling capacity of 9,500 lbs., while the PowerPlant 12 will pull 12,000 lbs. Both models are equipped with an air compressor able to fill four 35” tires in eight minutes, and can run air tools as well. With new features such as stainless steel fasteners, a new pressure switch, a revised contactor, a new hose and accessories, and a new flat-black finish, the PowerPlant is better than ever.

Beyond the PowerPlant models, Warn Industries will also have its new line of premium winching accessories and components on display at the SEMA Show. This includes a premium winch hook, shackle, tree trunk protector strap, and snatch block. These items are designed to help you get the most out of your winch, and each features Cerakote™ coating for maximum protection against wear and abrasion.

Every year for the past 49, Tierra Del Sol (TDS) Safari has boasted being one of the biggest Jeep and 4×4 events in Southern California. The off-road gathering takes place at  Truckhaven, which is now part of Ocotillo Wells SVRA, with the three-day event offering everything from trail rides, obstacle courses, vendor alleys and more. Next year marks the 50th running of the event, which will take place Friday, March 2, through until Sunday, Mach 4th. Visit www.tds4x4.com for more information.

For full coverage and photo highlights of the 49th Tierra Del Sol, click here.

Photo by Jaime Hernandez

Think you’ve got the hottest truck, Jeep or off-road vehicle build going? Building a pre-runner or a rock-crawler – what’s in your shop? Want a chance to give it the ultimate suspension with Bilstein off-road racing shocks? When you log on to www.ShockMyRide.com you’ll get the opportunity to enter Bilstein’s new SHOCKMYRIDE contest.

The GRAND PRIZE is a customized Bilstein 9100 Series Suspension Package, plus an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, and two passes for the exclusive 2011 SEMA Show, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry’s premiere event that is closed to the public. The trip includes: roundtrip airfare to Las Vegas for 2, and two nights hotel accommodations, plus $300 spending money.

FIRST PRIZE is a set of four 5160 Series Remote Reservoir shocks…and we’re giving away five sets!

Entry is easy – just log on, upload your images and videos, along with your story about why we should pick your project!  Log back on often to check out your competition.

Contest open now through August 31, 2011. Log on now to enter: http://www.shockmyride.com

Also, log on to www.bilsteinUS.com for complete shock applications.

Bill Caswell decided he needed a break from the adult life. He left his banking job and decided to go racing. In recent years he has tackled rally racing and other forms of car racing, but now he plans to fulfill a dream of competing in the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000. Caswell and crew actually set up shop at Miller Electric’s booth at the 2010 SEMA Show building his signature, early-90s BMW into a Baja-capable race vehicle to compete at the 1000.

The plan of attack was a four-day build at SEMA was this:

Day 1 – Main Roll Cage

Day 2 – Front Cage & Suspension

Day 3 – Rear Cage & Suspension

Day 4 – Main Cage, Accessories & Final Review

Truck cap and tonneau cover manufacturer A.R.E. built a unique truck for the 2010 SEMA Show paying tribute to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With its facilities in Massillon, Ohio, being just 10 or so miles away from the Pro Football HOF in Canton, Ohio, A.R.E. decided to customize a 2011 F-150 tying in all of the intricacies of the HOF into the truck. Before the truck was fully built, A.R.E.’s Director of Marketing Bryan Baker explained the idea of the truck.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) kicked off the 2010 show in style, announcing the winners of the New Products Showcase Awards at the New Products Awards Breakfast held at the start of the week at the 2010 SEMA Show. SEMA recognizes products featured in the showcase section by awarding the “the most cutting-edge automotive products” that are either already available to consumers or are about to hit the market. Although SEMA wasn’t able to confirm the total number of entries just yet, for the 2010 show there were more than 2,000 new products submitted from over 1900 companies, which is close to breaking the record for most entries in the showcase.