When October rolls around, most folks start thinking about Halloween parties and binging on bite-size candy. But for enthusiasts, the spookiest month of the year means just one thing: SEMA. For one week every year, this crazy automotive carnival turns the Las Vegas Convention center into gearhead nirvana, as automakers, aftermarket companies, and builders come from across the world to showcase the scene’s hottest products.
This year, AutoNation partnered with Pennzoil, and we’ll be using the annual gathering to highlight some of the great products available from Auto Gear, our new chain of automotive customization centers. And once again, we’re getting a hand from Jeff Allen and the ace techs at Flat 12 Gallery.
Last year, Jeff and the gang helped us put together a killer Ford F-150, which was covered in hand-drawn sharpie graphics. The result was beyond our wildest expectations, so this year we decided to up the ante, and come with not one, but two project vehicles. What can we say? We’re gluttons for punishment. With a little less than two weeks until the big show, our builds are in the home stretch, and Flat 12 is getting them ready to load on the trailers and get to Sin City. We’re going to get into the other build we’ve got brewing tomorrow, but for now, take a look at some teasers of our Toyota 4Runner.
Along with a knockout paint scheme, we’ve enlisted a host of Auto Gear vendors to make sure this baby is loaded to the gills with awesome accessories. Performance wise, there’s going to be a K&N cold air intake, a three-inch lift from ReadyLift, beefy brakes from Power Stop, a MagnaFlow exhaust, fender flares from Lund, Nerf step bars from Westin, and 17-inch KMC wheels shod with off-road ready BF Goodrich T/A rubber. To make sure this 4Runner is ready to carry anything we need for a trip to the trail, Rhino-Rack will be bringing a host of cargo goodies — and that’s just the start!
There’s also going to be a custom leather interior from Katzkin, a banging sound system, courtesy of Alpine and Rockford Fosgate, and a host of lighting from Race Sport Lighting, meaning you’ll likely be able to see this 4Runner from space once everything’s all wired up.
The 2018 SEMA show runs from October 30th until November 2nd. Stay tuned for updates on our pair of project vehicles, and pictures straight from the show floor!