SEMA 2022: The Best Car Accessories – Best of SEMA 2022 – Popular Mechanics | CarTailz

Each year, the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) brings the American automotive industry to the Las Vegas Convention Center to showcase new products and vehicle designs. While the automobiles themselves are highlights, aftermarket products and accessories are equally popular.

After walking through hundreds of booths, we’ve compiled a list of the best products that were on display at the show last week. With so much to see we focused on accessories for detailing, overlanding and restoring classic vehicles.

Retro factory radio

Matthew Crisara

Breathing new life into a vintage car is a rewarding endeavor, but it doesn’t take long to realize that the original radios are well… quite old. Modern head units bring a lot of functionality with them, but they often populate the dashboard with their huge touchscreens. That’s why Retro Manufacturing makes radios with classic aesthetics but updated functionality – including Bluetooth audio, USB and AUX input, and AM and FM radio. Compatible with over 2,000 classic cars and trucks, their radios offer just the right amount of connectivity without sacrificing the look of your dashboard. This RetroSound 4HD unit (above) is built into NewLegend 4×4 owner Sean Barber’s International Scout II – the 4HD also gives the ability to listen to HD radio.

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Adam’s Polishes Matte Detailer

Adam's Polish Matt Detailer

Melanie Yates

Many cars these days are available with matte finishes. While these are beautiful to look at, they present unique challenges when it comes to keeping your vehicle clean. Traditional detailing products like sprays, polishes and waxes simply blow through the matte finish and make it look like a regular gloss finish. That’s why Adam’s Polishes created their Matte Detailer Spray, which is a safe way to jazz up color without adding shine. Adam’s did this by removing all of the silicone ingredients found in its regular detail spray to add shine. It may be a simple product, but it has its place.

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Warn Epic Wheels

epic wheels warn

Matthew Crisara

Warn is best known in the off-road world for its winches and recovery gear. However, the brand has recently made a foray into aftermarket wheel production. Called Warn Epic wheels, they come in three styles, two finishes, and two bolt patterns – the image above shows the “Jackhammer” style in gunmetal gray. Andy Lilienthal, strategic communications manager at Warn, credited the gold detailing on the center caps, which is a nod to the brand’s classic locking hubs.

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Covered truck tool box

covered truck tool box

Matthew Crisara

Decked have made a name for themselves with their pull-out storage systems that fit in the bed of your truck – nothing you probably don’t already know if you’re into cross-country trips, as their boxes are popular with enthusiasts. And they work really well, but take up quite a bit of bed space, a stumbling block if you need the extra room in the back for larger items. That’s where the Decked tool chest comes in, offering the same practicality as its drawer system without taking up as much space. Not to mention it’s a huge improvement over traditional metal truck tool boxes; The Decked-Box is made from the same steel-reinforced, injection-molded, high-impact polymer resin as all our other products, meaning it won’t dent, dent or rust – while remaining watertight.

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FrontRunner Expander camp chair

Frontrunner Expander camping chair

Matthew Crisara

Camping chairs often represent a critical compromise between comfort and packability. Comfortable chairs are usually larger, heavier, and harder to pack. However, more compact chairs are not very comfortable to sit on. Not so with the Expander Lounge Chair from FrontRunner. Thanks to a clever telescoping mechanism, it folds down to 1⁄16th its size and folds completely in just three steps – no complicated metal legs to get tangled up with. Once everything was unfolded, the chair itself was super comfortable and sat at just the right height for someone of my 1.60m build.

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Dometic roof tent concept

dometic roof tent concept

Matthew Crisara

From the outside you might think that this striking new tent looks like any other rooftop tent in the Dometic TRT range. And you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. However, it swaps out the metal bars that held the previous TRT upright for air chambers; This new inflatable design allows for much more interior space without the need for aluminum poles running the length of the bunk room. The only other notable difference is that the new tent will be tri-fold, while the older model was bi-fold – meaning it packs into a taller but narrower package. According to Dometic, the tent can be inflated in just a few minutes using an on-board air compressor and will be available in spring 2023.

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