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SEMA Show 2014: Jayson’s Pick(s)

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Las Vegas becomes the mecca of automotive geniuses and visionaries every time SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) event is in town.  Fortunate enough to attend this year’s event to feast my eyes on creations that I know were done with extensive planning, hardwork and good partnerships.  This year I was able to witness a good variety of vehicles that impressed me due to its craftsmanship and details – creations that conformed to my liking.  So let’s start…

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#Brotherlylove.  Tjin Edition Ford Fiesta ST and Honda Fit

It’s one thing to work with friends on car builds but to make it a family affair is another.  I can just imagine how the brothers bounced ideas at one another -as crazy as these guys are; they probably used, and abused Denny (@dayuumDen) as a cushion to exert their brotherly frustrations.  But in the end, both vehicles were highly recognized by Ford and Honda for an outstanding vision.

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#NotaRocketBunny. The internet breakers Noel’s Varis FRS and Yogi’s widebody GS

These Asiatic Red Devils just killed it… Nope Kim K didn’t break the internet first… Do you remember when this FRS flooded the facebook and IG feeds? When Noel first broke out the FRS with the Airrex suspension? How about the time when he revealed his Rocket Bunny with the Work VS-KF wheels  and lastly showing off with the full Varis Kit and SSR’s newest wheel, the Professor TF1.  Simple but tasteful details can be noticed not only in the exterior but under the FRS’ hood and interior as well.  I am sure brother Bert had his share of scrapes and bruises working on this FRS.

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Well Yogi broke the internet a few days before his GS showed up in SEMA.  After months of non-stop preparation and work to complete the GS with the help from Buddha Paint, Weds, Falken and Airrex, and many more; the handcrafted widebody sedan stole the spotlight the day it was revealed.

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#TheRocketBunny.  Lexus RB RC350 Fsport, SSA x AutoFashion RB NSX, RB RX7, RB R35 and RB Genesis Coupe

One build that I really wanted to see in person was the Lexus RB RC350 Fsport.  I have not driven one yet but I read a number of good reviews about the vehicle most specially the RC-F.  For me, it was like a luxury FRS on steroids. Or maybe I am just a little Lexus biased but seeing the first renderings of the RC with the RB kit, just made me want to see one in person. The RB kit enhanced the already aggressive look of the RC.  Meaty tires, mesh wheels, perfect stance, the RC will definitely be a hit once it reaches the dealerships.

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Six Sigma AUTOdesign said it best, “We knew many aspects of the project would be controversial, but we wanted to stir the pot. In the end, modifying cars is like an art, what’s the point if we are all painting the same picture? Don’t be afraid to take risks! We love how the car turned out…” Kudos to you guys for taking that leap -out of the norm.

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#Fanboyfavs.  Falken IND M3, Artisan NX200t, Ironman4x4 LC60, Vossen LS460, Vorsteiner M4, Sarto Racing CLK and the Hotchkis Road Runner

This IND-Distribution (based from Chicago, Il)  M3 under the Falken booth was simply stunning – no widebody add-ons but simply utilizing the usual aero enhancements that screams Form and Function. But what really drew me to this vehicle was the color scheme which may be too bold for some. The BMW Yas Marina Blue, cement gray and mint green highlights worked great for this build.

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The very first Lexus NX200t that was fitted with an Artisan kit.  I didn’t imagine that the NX would look so good with just the kit, wheels and low ride height.  The NX series maybe the vehicle that puts the RX series out of the Lexus lineup – only time will tell…

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I have always been a big fan of Ironman 4×4 products.  This year they used an LC60 VX Diesel Turbo to display the quality of accessories, gear and parts they offer. I would not mind taking this LC out on a trailing trip…

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The big body sedan LS460 has always been in my “want” list and this long sled from Vossen was tastefully done.  The elegance of the LS460 Fsport was maintained with the addition of the Skipper front lip and air suspension.

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BMW Widebody M3 suited up with Vorsteiner aero.

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Who would not want to own an American Muscle if it looked this good? This Plymouth Road Runner Superbird was under the Hotchkis booth.

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In addition to the vehicles mentioned above , this year I’ve decided to deviate from my typical wheelhouse and highlight trucks for my SEMA 2014 picks.  From the plethora of new Jeep Rubicons and Wranglers around most of the halls, I found a few that really caught my eye.  I could not pick just one so here it goes…

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3.  The Legacy Classic Trucks: Scrambler and 1942-1943 Dodge WC-53 conversion

These Legacy Classic conversions gives you the old classic feel with new reliable hardware.  The Legacy Classic Trucks are assembled to a customers liking – in terms of its looks and application that it will be used. The Classic V8 Legacy Scrambler Conversion symbolizes the heritage of the Jeep CJ, with full fenders, 33” tires and classic line. This is equipped with a 430Hp LS3 engine which is capable of adventures both on and off-road. The Scrambler is also available as a Soft-top, Hard-top and 2-Door version. Also, this is made with a mandrel bent fully boxed frame as well as Atlas transfer-case, Dynatrac 1-Ton ProRock 60 axles with ARB locking differential. Long travel suspension and air-bump stops are used to fit ones adventure needs.

The Dodge Carryal WC-53 is a rare and unique multi-passenger truck also available from Legacy Classic trucks in limited number. Each truck is handcrafted since it takes at least 1,200 hours to build. This is also powered by a 430Hp LS engine coupled with a 4-speed automatic. This comes standard with locking differentials and an Atlas Transfer-case.

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2.  Vortech BOSS F100

One of Vortech Superchargers’ booth vehicles is this 1973 Ford F100 done by High Octane Hot Rods. Owner: Jason Jones, On the Ground Designs. This truck is seriously looking like a Boss sitting still and laying frame. Under the hood you will find a 5.0L Ford Coyote engine, BOSS intake and Vortech Supercharger. Hard to find pieces and details were sourced from LMC trucks. One will not miss the massive tubs of the truck which tucks the B-Forged 595 wheels 22×9 up front and 24×14 rear. These are wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires 265/30/22 for the fronts and super wide 405/25/24 for the rear. Sew it Seams from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania completed the truck’s interior. Audi RS4 Red Volker was used to complete the exterior looks of the BOSS.

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1.  1949 Chevrolet 3100 five window pickup

Under the bright lights of the Las Vegas Convention Center, showing with the PAC racing springs booth tucks a truck that really caught my eye, this is the 1949 Chevy 3100 five window pickup. At first, its rusted out exterior will throw you off as this seem to not belong with the big boys with their shiny paint schemes. But look under the hood and you will immediately know that this beast will blow your doors off standing still. The 3100 is equipped with a fully built 442 LS engine with a 4.125 Bore and Stroke using K1 Technologies Forged Crank and Wiseco Pistons. This also has a Trick Flow Fully CNC LS3 Heads with OE LS7 rockers and titanium retainers from PAC Racing Springs. All ARP hardware was also used in putting together the powerplant of the truck. The 442 was also partnered to a Tremec 6-speed transmission with Centerforce DYAD dual disk clutch. As for its low slung ride height, PAC-JRi Racing coilovers were used. The Red Steel wheels from Coker Tire really did set off the look of the truck – wrapped in Firestone Nostalgia Drag Slicks Wide White. Although it cannot be seen behind the wheel, stopping on a dime is achieved using Wilwood Six Piston Calipers with 12 inch rotors. One of the eye catching details of the truck was the TIG Welded Butler built “Bomber Seats” with custom leather enhancements. I also liked the squared tubing interior styling as well as the bad ass grenade shift knob. The rear end of the truck just shows off the old and new pieces that really set this truck apart from the others.  Eighteen glorious months is what it took to put this beast together, this 3100 deserves a spotlight under the bright lights of Las Vegas.

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Hope you guys enjoyed a little flashback of SEMA 2014.

Until the next one… Peace!

-jayson (@dayuumjayce)

Ladies of SEMA 2014

We all know that SEMA is about the aftermarket industry for anything automotive, which interests all the car lovers throughout the world. Not to mention, the after parties at night throughout the week makes it more difficult to wake up in the mornings. Leaving any later than 9AM, you’ll be greeted with heavy traffic and long lines at the mono rail just to get to the convention center. Once there, avoiding the crowd to snap a clean photo without being photobombed is near impossible. But, we’re not just talking about cars which are being photographed, there are other attractions that people are admiring. I’m talking about the models that has everyone’s attention with just a simple smile and eye contact to any guy, (as this is a male dominated crowd) it’s a sure way to invite them in to their booth and take a picture to post for social media or get a signed print and chat a little while admiring their beauty. Whether you’re present or missed this years show, we’ve compiled most of the hottest ladies that are present at this year’s SEMA 2014.

Check out our gallery of hunnies! We’ve got a bunch of them!

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sema 2014-2893Miss Randyl Dawn at the Falken Tire booth.

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sema 2014-2901Miss Katie Carnes also with Falken Tires.

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sema 2014-2910Miss Christy Rios at the Continental Tires.

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sema 2014-2914Miss Ashley Harrell at the Continental Tires.

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sema 2014-2924Miss Jeri Lee at the Savini Wheels.

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sema 2014-2934Miss Constance Nunes at the Savini Wheels.

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sema 2014-2939Miss Natalia Marie at the Wheel 1 booth.

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sema 2014-2957Miss Janey B. at the Toyo Tires booth.

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sema 2014-2962Miss Brie Williams at the Vision Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-2975Miss Alyhed Morales at the Hostile booth.

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sema 2014-2982Camille at the DV8 offroad booth.

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sema 2014-2993Miss Jenni Tran at the F1R Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-2999Miss Ashley Vu at the F1R Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-3013Miss Lexi Mei at the Zenetti Design Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-3021Miss Morning Star at the Zenetti Design Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-3030Miss Krstina Hong at the Rohana Wheels.

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sema 2014-3034Miss Donnah Pham at the Rohana Wheels.

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sema 2014-3048Ms. Jessica Weaver at the Rohana Wheels.

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sema 2014-3061Miss Chanel Urban at the Delinte Tires booth.

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sema 2014-3068Miss Ashley Ferrer at the Landsail Tires booth.

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sema 2014-3083Miss Pamela Horton at the Mini USA booth.

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sema 2014-3095Bradi at the Heavy Hitters booth.

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sema 2014-3103Miss Mel Rodriguez at the Vossen Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-3111Miss Kristy Lei Juan at the Vossen Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-3122Miss Nateasha Nicole at the Toyo tires booth.

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sema 2014-3132Miss Ana Cheri at the Heavy Hitters booth <3.

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sema 2014-3141Miss Olivia Korte at the ESM Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-3154Miss Breezy Jade at the ARK Performance booth.

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sema 2014-3162Miss Sandra Wong at the ARK Performance booth.

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sema 2014-3166Miss Brittani Paige at the R1 Concepts booth.

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sema 2014-3173Special guest male model, Big Abe at the R1 Concepts booth.

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sema 2014-3178Miss Ann Mari at the Megan Racing booth.

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sema 2014-3182Miss Elysha Lee at the Megan Racing booth.

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sema 2014-3189Miss Sadie May at the Scion booth.

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sema 2014-3200Miss Rebecca Garcia at the Scion booth.

sema 2014-3203Miss Summer Daniels and Miss Jennifer Zharinova at the Anzo Lights booth.

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sema 2014-3207Miss Erica Law at the Spec-D Tuning booth.

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sema 2014-3219Miss Mariah Lee Bevacqua at the Spec-D Tuning booth.

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sema 2014-3230Miss Laurie Young at the Spec-D Tuning booth.

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sema 2014-3245Miss Jessica Colorado at the Spec-D Tuning booth.

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sema 2014-3257Miss Marissa Kimberlin at the Spyder booth.

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sema 2014-3267Miss Erica Nagashima at the Scion booth.

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sema 2014-3280Miss Bear Dellinger at the Garrett by Honeywell booth.

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sema 2014-3293Miss Jessica Harbour at the Spyder booth.

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sema 2014-3304Miss Mariah Longo at the Spyder booth.

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sema 2014-3315Miss Beckie Joon at the Winjet booth.

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sema 2014-3330Miss Mila B. at the Winjet booth.

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sema 2014-3341Miss Lindsey Harrod at the Timberland Tires booth.

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sema 2014-3352Miss Angelina Andrada at the Senlips booth.

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sema 2014-3364Miss Nikita Esco at the Senlips booth.

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sema 2014-3371Miss Sarrah Fegan at the Dodge booth.

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sema 2014-3378Miss Brittani Jenee’ at the Forgiato booth.

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sema 2014-3391Miss Brittany Brickner at the Big Bang Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-3417Miss Lisa Lee Marie at the 2Crave booth.

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sema 2014-3431Miss Corissa Furr at the Pirelli Tires booth.

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sema 2014-3441Miss Regina Pacheco at the Concept One Wheels booth.

This concludes our coverage, thanks for stopping by.
-Fin

-Jae

SEMA Show 2014: Justin’s Pick

And the trumpets they go!

SEMA Show 2014, this is the Super Bowl of car enthusiasts. There are hundreds upon thousands of show cars on display in and around the Las Vegas Convention Center that it’s difficult to pick just one. I do my best to plan out what and where I will go to first to make sure I don’t miss anything on this week long extravaganza, so I didn’t find my beauty until the third day at the SEMA Show.

And where has this cool little BMW E30 been all my life?

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On display outside of the convention center allowing it’s super clean engine bay to breathe the fresh air outside. (Not quite sure the air outside of Las Vegas is fresh though, it might not even be air, but you get what I mean).

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What caught my eye first are the Individual Throttle Bodies that CA Tuned put inside this little machine.

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Low isn’t just a thing you do to a car, its a lifestyle. And for this Bimmer, it’s stanced out to perfection on some gold, vintage-style Rotiform wheels and Airlift air suspension.

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This E30, is filled through out with a lot of classy BMW insignias to stay true to being a purist.

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Inside and out, up and down, there is nothing to hate on this car. CA Tuned did a perfect job on this modern classic.

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SEMA Sneak Peek, Vortech 2015 Mustang Superchargers And SEMA Car

The 2015 Mustang is just hitting the streets, but that hasn’t stopped the aftermarket from getting a jump on producing parts for the all new S550. Our friends over at Vortech Superchargers are already putting together kits to boost Coyote powered 2015 Mustangs to well over 600 hp. We experienced the power of a Vortech supercharger early in our Project Wild E Coyote, and can tell you from first hand experience the parts, and the power are nothing short of incredible.

Just like the S197 before it, Vortech will be offering supercharger systems to accommodate any level of performance that a 2015 Mustang enthusiast is looking for. Beginning with the V-3 Si kit, a relatively stock Coyote should make 640 hp at the flywheel and 485 ft-lbs on just 7.5-8 psi of boost. That same V-3 Si is capable of supporting up to 775 hp on modified vehicles. That’s enough horsepower to take a S550 Mustang deep into the 10 second zone, or possibly the 9s.

If that’s not enough power, those looking for big numbers can step up to the V-7 JT-trim. This monster can propel a properly outfitted Coyote powered car deep into the 8s, as proven by racer Terry Beefcake Reeves, with his JT equipped Coyote Modified S197 holding the class ET record of 8.18 in the quarter-mile.

If you’re still looking for more, as in the 1,200-plus horsepower kind of more, then the V-7 YSi is the ticket. Based on race winning technology, the YSi is one awesome blower. If your horsepower cravings are beyond that, the guys on the Vortech tech hotline can help you out there as well.

Vortech along with Neil Tjin will be bringing a slew of hot cars to the 2014 SEMA show, including the one pictured in the rendering in this article, which is owned by Rey Rivera. The competition orange Fastback will of course wear a Vortech supercharger. Other mods will include exhaust by MagnaFlow, Forgestar F14 wheels, Nitto Tires, and Baer brakes. Look for full coverage of this car during our coverage of SEMA in just a few weeks.

If you have an S550 in your hands, or are awaiting delivery, be sure to check out the 2015 Superchargers info at the Vortech web-site.

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