2013 Las Vegas SEMA Coverage: More Products! – Part Four

With the last part of our coverage of the SEMA show and the cool things we saw there, we’ll wrap up with some more modifications that we saw on cars that we also offer on our website. We saw many cars with tinted head and tail lights, a direct fit LED fog light assembly on a Scion FR-S and some multi-color interior lights! While these cars probably did not get them from us, it’s still pretty cool to see these types of products being used and hopefully it’ll give you an idea of what to do on your car.

Vinyl tints are popular because they are easily installed and removed without any damage to the application. There are many colors to choose from, but the most common is the black dark tint which puts a darker shade on the application. If there are any issues with law enforcement or if you just don’t want the darker shade on anymore, you can easily peel it off and you can start off fresh again.

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At this year’s SEMA event, there were quite a lot of Scion FR-S and Subaru BR-Z’s that made up a large percentage of the show vehicles inside and outside of the convention center. On this particular Scion FR-S, we saw an LED fog light assembly similar to what we carry lit up. Subtle upgrades such as this change the look of the vehicle quite dramatically.

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Last, but not least we saw a car with multi-colored LED interior lights underneath the dash and on the side doors. These lights were automatically cycling through the colors so they were most likely in the “Demo” mode function. These easy to install lights connect directly to the car battery and are controlled at your finger tips with a radio remote control. Since LEDs draw such little power, there are no worries of the lights being in demo mode all day at the show and draining the battery.

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That is it for our coverage of SEMA. It is very fortunate of us to live within a reasonable driving distance of such a big event that happens every year in Sin City. We get to see all the creative and head turning builds of the year gathered together in one building. In addition to that, there is huge aftermarket support from automotive retailers and car manufacturers at SEMA. If you ever have a chance to go to SEMA, make sure you take that chance as it will be a memorable experience.

2013 Las Vegas SEMA Auto Show Coverage

Every year, thousands of consumers, automotive industry retailers, and enthusiasts gather at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show. Companies from all over the world gather in Las Vegas for one memorable week which showcases the industry’s newest products, car builds, and more! We were not able to visit this year, but we’ve compiled a preview of what is at the show this year. The pictures in this coverage are sourced from various online sites such as Stancenation, Speedhunters, Autospies, Europeancarweb, and Mercurynews. SEMA draws all types of cars to the show; there are traditional muscle cars and hat rods, completely customized road vehicles, a modified FedEx delivery truck, full race cars, exotic cars and more so there is nearly an endless list of mechanical eye candy to stare at.

First, let us take a look at one of the most popular car of choice for builds this year; the Scion FR-S. Thanks to the large support from the aftermarket industry for this car, it is no doubt that this is a popular platform to build for enthusiasts. There are plenty of FR-S’s at the SEMA show this year.

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Examples like the SpeedElement Scion FR-S from San Jose sporting the classic Rocket Bunny body kit, a unique duck bill rear lip and some aggressive MTechnica 2 piece wheels.

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Aggressive wheels, body kit, and wing seem to be the trending style among the Scion FR-S and Subaru BR-Z crowd.

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The Rocket Bunny kit has been quite popular with the FR-S and BR-Z crowd and since they practically the same vehicle, you see the kit on both cars. This blue Vortech Supercharged Subaru BR-Z has on the Rocket Bunny version two kit which was just released not too long ago.

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It’s almost rare to see a FR-S or BR-Z without a Rocket Bunny kit these days so it’s a breath of fresh air to see something more different. Check out those fog light housings! We have some similar setups for the stock body vehicle as well.

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However, I digress, the Rocket Bunny version two comes with LED daytime running lights arranged in a row which is quite unique. They go very well with the more aggressive styling of the newer kit.

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Did we mention there are some pretty cool engine swaps as well at SEMA? The same FR-S above is rocking a single turbo 2JZ-GTE motor from a Toyota Supra instead of the traditional 4 cylinder 4U-GSE that came from the factory.

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More 2JZ swaps? Sure why not; this time it’s on the newer 2014 Lexus IS350 Sport. The new Lexus IS models are also quite popular this year as well as the other newer models to hit showroom floors from all the manufacturers.

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This VIP Auto Salon and Robert Evans collaboration of the 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport is quite a looker, aggressive lines and a loud wheel color choice go very well together.

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And of course, we have the not-so-aggressive builds such as this A’pexi Lexus IS. Subtle changes to the exterior go a long way.

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There is also the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on display! The lines are more sharp and straight rather than contoured like the previous models, but it’s definitely not bad looking.

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Since SEMA draws a whole variety of builds, it’s not surprising to see fully built race cars sitting at various vendor booths around the convention center. The Evasive Motorsports Scion FR-S is definitely no slouch and is competing in the Global Time Attack/Super Lap Battle event later this month at Buttonwillow Raceway in Southern California.

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The aerodynamics on race cars may seem strange and ugly to some, but function over form is preferred by these race teams. The FX Motorsports Acura NSX is a great example of this and is also competing in the Global Time Attack/Super Lap Battle.

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Other vehicles like this Nissan GT-R from R-Rydes is sporting a set of LED lights in the front bumper; these seem like daytime running lights to us.

This is just a small sample of all the vehicles and things you would see at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV this year. We recommend to check out the websites that these pictures are from for a full and more detailed coverage.

Stay tuned for part 2 of the coverage which should be uploaded tomorrow.

SEMA 2011: Scion xB with elegant LED Puddle Lights

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If you think that the second-generation Scion xB is a fancy modern-looking car, then check out this 5-door version equipped with LED Puddle lights, which are very trendy these days and became famous thanks to Brabus – a well-known German tuning firm. As you can see, the guys, who prepared this featured show car did very good job and deserve our admiration.

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I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting anything special when I reached to open the door, but I was amazed when the LED Puddle Lights lit up the ground. You may have already noticed the perfect light spots of these bad boys, but the real surprise came when I realized I was seeing them even in very well-lit areas. You can’t deny these LED Puddle Lights certainly make impression – I barely stopped myself from kneeing down and looking under the side skirts like a kid in a candy store. This was the time when I got so determined to ask around and to find the same awesome product in the JDM Toy store.

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Their offer is a real deal – one set of under car LED Puddle Lights includes 2 pieces of 36 inches (60cm) long LED strips and each LED strip comes with 5 pieces 9-LED modules. Basically, this is the same super bright waterproof kit as the one featured above. But what’s more, JDM’s kit comes with everything needed for its proper installation and it is universal fit for pretty much any small to mid size cars.

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I think reviewing the Scion xB and its stylish under car LED Puddle Lights is a good ending to the SEMA 2011 reports I started last week. Hope I was helpful to all of you and don’t forget to check out the JDM Toy store for ultimate LED automotive lighting accessories.

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SEMA 2011: Hardcore modded Ford F-150 with LED work light

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When I went out to take a breath of fresh air, I stumbled upon the featured hardcore modded black Ford F-150. The overall brute force appearance is supplemented by four LED off-road lamps along with the higher suspension, the projector headlights and the studded X-METAL series main grille. The big off-road Toyo tires and modified bumper made a certain impression, too. What more can I say – with a look like that you have to agree this vehicle is a real heavy duty off-road machine.

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"These are bright like Hell!" said one of the nearby truck fans, when I get closer to the LED work light. After a small talk with that guy I learned how can I get the same high power super bright LED off-road lamps. JDM Toy offers 18W Heavy Duty 12V-24V 6-LED work lamp, providing a bright xenon white light that is much easier to work under, than the conventional light from a halogen bulb. You have to take in mind the fact that you will improve the safety of your night work and fuel efficiency, because the lightning output of this lamp is twice more than the lightning output of a halogen lamp. What’s more – JDM’s quality product is waterproof and has anti-break toughened glass lens. Ain’t it that just awesome?

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Using LED technology in this Ford F-150 pickup truck is a very good idea – with not two, but four LED work lights, the power efficiency and long life of each unit are crucial factors, which are not to be neglected. Despite the fact that this vehicle is prepared for entertainment purposes, I am sure its LED equipment could be very helpful in any situation – from towing broken cars to off-road extreme thrills at night.

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Aggressive 2010 BMW X5 with Carbon Fiber Sheet on SEMA 2011

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When I saw this 2010 BMW X5 I already knew it was going to be the next car I will write about. Here we have a very nice bimmer with some trendy features – the hood is wrapped in a Carbon Fiber Sheet and a blue tint sheet is applied to the headlights. Sounds cool, huh? But check this out – the whole car body is covered in black vinyl, except for the front doors and front fenders, which are done in golden yellow – a classic Hermes Birkin colors. All these upgrades give the SUV more aggressive and distinctive look, that sounds like "Get out of my way, I am stylish, I am beautiful, I am unique!"

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Been attracted by the incredible and eye-touching visual accessories of that 2010 BMW X5, I decided to take a good look at the front hood. It was a surprise to find out the 3D Twill-Weave Carbon fiber sheet is with great quality, which has nothing common with all those cheap printed carbon patterns on the market. The weave reflects light the same way as the actual carbon fiber material does, which is awesome. There was even some guys who argued whether this was a real carbon-made hood or not, because the similarity was great.

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However, I asked around for some high quality vinyl and was told to give a shot at the Carbon Fiber Sheet from JDM Toy. I have to tell you my order was a real deal – their product has the same realistic look as the mentioned above, the sheets are made of UV resistant vinyl that features a carbon fiber textured finish, and are very moldable. I don’t know if the vinyl, used on the hood of the 2010 BMW X5 is a product of JDM Toy, but you just cannot go wrong with purchasing a Carbon Fiber Vinyl from these guys.

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