SEMA 2023 Recap


SEMA 2023 is in the rearview mirror, and man, was it a wild ride for anyone who’s an enthusiast. We’re talking about a massive show filled with insane builds and cutting-edge products across over two million square feet of space in Vegas. Missed out on the action? No sweat—here are a few highlights from the show.

The World’s First Cummins Swapped Lamborghini:

In the world of head-turning builds, 1WayDiesel has truly pushed the envelope by building the world’s first Cummins-swapped Lamborghini. This project started with a $3,000 bare-bones Lambo shell bought on Facebook Marketplace. Swapping in a 5.9L common rail Cummins engine into the Italian supercar’s frame made for one hell of a project. Paired with a gated 6-speed manual transmission that brings a tactile, raw driving experience, this creation doesn’t just roar—it bellows with purpose. So how fast is it? Faster than the Tesla Plaid – the fastest production car ever made. Truly, this Lamborghini is a one-off powerhouse, redefining what it means to be ‘uniquely fast.’ Chase and the team over at 1WayDiesel knocked this one out of the park – check out this video overview we filmed with him at SEMA.

A GM On 40’s?!?! Check Out The AEV Built GMC Sierra Grande

AEV (American Expedition Vehicles) has outdone itself with a stunning build of the GM Sierra Grande that’s turning heads and setting new standards. They’ve taken the robust GM and given it an aggressive stance with monstrous 40-inch tires—yes, you read that correctly—40s on a GM! But AEV didn’t just slap on some larger rubber; they engineered a comprehensive package to ensure everything works in perfect harmony. With properly offset wheels, a minimal lift, and cutout fender flares, they’ve managed to accommodate those massive tires without sacrificing the truck’s clean lines. The signature AEV stamped front bumper adds to its rugged charisma, and a functional tray bed rounds out the impressive modifications. Factory bed cut-out fender flares that integrate so seamlessly, you’d swear it rolled off the assembly line like this. AEV is rewriting the rulebook, showing us a GM Sierra Grande that sits minimally lifted, yet dominantly on 40s, merging factory finesse with aftermarket audacity.

BDS Lift Kits

We stopped by the BDS Suspension booth to learn about their latest offering: the XT Series Lift Kits. These kits are the perfect blend of modest lift and high performance for those who want to enhance their ride without going sky-high. For those rolling with IFS, you’re looking at heavy-duty upper control arms paired with the choice of Fox 2.5 performance shocks or the beefier 3.0 factory race series shocks. They’ve kept things versatile, offering small lift options from 2 to 3.5 inches, ensuring your vehicle maintains its low profile while gaining some serious off-road capability. Ford owners aren’t left out, with kits designed for radius arms, and Ram drivers can beef up their HE trucks with these upgrades. And the cherry on top? You get to choose between the Fox 2.5 or 3.0 shocks, both synonymous with quality and performance. BDS Suspension’s XT Series Lift Kits are here to prove that when it comes to lifts, it’s not just the size that counts—it’s the quality of your ride. These will be available on our website soon, so keep an eye out!

Why Loading Your Trailer The Right Way Is So Important

At the heart of trailer safety and performance, WeighSafe‘s to-scale truck and trailer display is a masterclass in the art of loading. This display is not just a visual treat; it’s an educational tool that illustrates the crucial importance of proper trailer loading. By showcasing the dramatic difference between a well-balanced trailer and one that’s improperly loaded, WeighSafe emphasizes that correct weight distribution is the linchpin of safe towing. Their display clearly demonstrates how even weight distribution prevents dangerous trailer sway, ensures efficient fuel use, and preserves the integrity of the vehicle’s suspension and brakes. Check out the video below.

And just like that, SEMA 2023 has come to a close, leaving us with a ton of incredible memories and a wishlist a mile long. From diesel beasts to suspension innovations, the event was a showcase of the automotive industry’s ingenuity and passion. As much as we’d love to, we just can’t cover every amazing thing that happened at SEMA—there was SO much to see and experience! We encourage you to check out the SEMA coverage provided by various industry media outlets. They’ve got the full scoop with heaps of photos, interviews, and in-depth analyses

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