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2002 SEMA Vizualogic

2002 SEMA Vizualogic

Visor vision: Another award winner was VizuaLogic’s Perfect Match sunvisor monitors, which replace the factory originals with “completely re-engineered ones” featuring built-in, 5.6-inch video monitors for viewing DVDs or playing video games. The company promises a perfect duplicate to the OEM leather or fabric with no cutting involved. They also make Perfect Match headrests (in 5.6- or 7-inch sizes) for a variety of vehicles, mostly trucks and SUVs. The headrests feature completely concealed wiring (in the headrest post) and three-position tilt adjustment. The monitors are connected to a separate video source, not to the vehicle’s electronics according to John Tuccinardi, VP for aftermarket sales and marketing. “The average customer could never do what we do to the sub-structure of the sunvisor,” which retails for $899. www.vizualogic.com

2002 SEMA Sportztent

2002 SEMA Sportztent

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Pitch a tent: Offering the SUV or minivan owner a completely different entertainment experience is Napier Enterprises’ Sportz Tent, “designed to fit virtually all mid-sized SUVs and minivans. The 8 ½-foot-square tent is seven feet high, wraps around the rear of the vehicle, and has a polyurethane floor that’s coated on both sides. Four folks can sleep within the tent in addition to those who’ll fit inside the vehicle. The tent itself folds up and fits into a soft bag that’s two feet long and about 10 inches in diameter. Setup should take 10 to 15 minutes according to sales manager Tanis Duncan. “We first brought it to a show in August,” she said, “and it’s doing phenomenally well, especially considering it was the end of the camping season.” This year Napier was exhibiting in the “Accessories” grouping of SEMA Show, “and we’re doing twice as well as last year when we were in the general area.” www.sportztrucktent.com

Smartbox for fuses: In a seemingly perfect SEMA match, high tech meets street rods and collector cars in Hot Rods and Horsepower’s SmartBox, billed as “a genius of a control system for your car.” Designer Jim Helms calls it an “upgraded, updated fuse panel/control system…You can test all of your fuses by the push of one button.” It can also serve as an anti-theft system by entering a three-digit code “that will disable enough fuses to make the car non-startable,” Helms told TCC. You also can incorporate into older vehicles features found only on more modern ones, such as dome light dimming, engine fans to operated at certain temperatures, under hood lighting and an auto-off headlight exit timer. The company calls SmartBox “the first microcomputer-based control panel and wiring harness to be developed exclusively for the automotive aftermarket.” The system gives you 80 standard circuits, 26 switched circuits, 30 built-in relays, 20 fuses and three temperature sensors. “And because all grounding is done inside the box, it will work on fiberglass” (important to street rodders), said Helms, adding, “we’ve had excellent response here at the show.” www.hotrodsandhorsepower.com

2002 SEMA DMC steel master cylinder

2002 SEMA DMC steel master cylinder

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Mastering combustion: Appearance is also important to street rodders, and DMC’s 304 stainless steel master cylinders for 1967-to-’76 Chevy engines would dress up any under-hood environment. In fact, TCC wondered why no one had produced them before. “I have no idea,” said Tom Ashment, VP of marketing for Deutsch Metal Components. “It’s the only product we’re doing that’s automotive, it’s a little offbeat for us.” DMC’s normal business is manufacturing aircraft components “for everything that flies,” Ashment said. The dual reservoir, low profile design master cylinders come in 1.0- or 1.125-inch bore sizes with three custom lid options. DMC is also looking for distributors; “our intent is not to sell direct.” And what’s the response been from show attendees? “Absolutely fantastic, much more than we anticipated,” Ashment enthused. “We were overwhelmed.” www.deutschco.com

2002 SEMA Bednet

2002 SEMA Bednet

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Tie it down: “Bednet is basically a cargo bed cover for your pickup” was Lee McCord’s succinct description of the Bednet Cargo Restraint System. “It’s both an accessory and a tool.” Made of two-inch-wide, UV-protected seatbelt webbing, Bednets are custom made to fit every make and model pickup. It’s designed to adjust to fit any type or size of cargo via an adjustable strap that tightens the patented “Quick Tite” buckle. “You can tighten as much or as little as you want,” McCord noted. It’s better than the old fashioned sailor’s knot or ratchet strap that have just one point of contact.” Bednet’s been on the market about six months and retails between $219 and $239, “depending on the market,” McCord said. “We’re here looking for distributors and dealers and their response has been great, fantastic. You never know what to expect, especially the first year. “ www.thebednet.com


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