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In photos: Trucks and 4x4s run bigger and meaner at SEMA 2017

In photos: Trucks and 4x4s run...
New Atlas takes a look at the best trucks and 4x4s for this year's SEMA show
New Atlas takes a look at the best trucks and 4x4s for this year's SEMA show
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Jeep CJ10 Honcho build from Voodoo Offroad and Daystar Products International
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Jeep CJ10 Honcho build from Voodoo Offroad and Daystar Products International
Jeep CJ10 Honcho build from Voodoo Offroad and Daystar Products International
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Jeep CJ10 Honcho build from Voodoo Offroad and Daystar Products International
Daystar stretched the Jeep Wrangler out around 12 cylinders of engine power with this OffRoadster build
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Daystar stretched the Jeep Wrangler out around 12 cylinders of engine power with this OffRoadster build
A look at the neat, shiny interior of the Daystar OffRoadster
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A look at the neat, shiny interior of the Daystar OffRoadster
Daystar Products OffRoadster
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Daystar Products OffRoadster
1951 Ford F1 by Premier Street Rods
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1951 Ford F1 by Premier Street Rods
1951 Ford F1 by Premier Street Rods
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1951 Ford F1 by Premier Street Rods
Ford gets ready for some fun in the dirt with the 2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 Lariat "Operator"
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Ford gets ready for some fun in the dirt with the 2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 Lariat "Operator"
Speaking of fun in the dirt ... the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew by Addictive Desert Designs
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Speaking of fun in the dirt ... the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew by Addictive Desert Designs
Performance enhancements on the Addictive Desert Designs' Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew include a 6-in lift kit, upgraded Alcon brakes and an ADD intercooler
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Performance enhancements on the Addictive Desert Designs' Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew include a 6-in lift kit, upgraded Alcon brakes and an ADD intercooler
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew by Addictive Desert Designs
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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew by Addictive Desert Designs
2018 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew by CJ Pony Parts
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2018 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew by CJ Pony Parts
2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 XLT by BDS Suspension
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2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 XLT by BDS Suspension
Ford Raptor pace truck
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Ford Raptor pace truck
Designed for off-road performance, this 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 XLT was converted to a short bed for a 126-in wheelbase, before a raft of other upgrades like the BDS/Fox suspension components, wide body kit and 42-in tires
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Designed for off-road performance, this 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 XLT was converted to a short bed for a 126-in wheelbase, before a raft of other upgrades like the BDS/Fox suspension components, wide body kit and 42-in tires
The Honda Ridgeline isn't usually thought of as the most rugged of pickup trucks, but the Baja race truck has been doing alright for itself 
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The Honda Ridgeline isn't usually thought of as the most rugged of pickup trucks, but the Baja race truck has been doing alright for itself 
1947 Jeep CJ-2A
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1947 Jeep CJ-2A
A beautiful 1947 Jeep CJ-2A on sale at SEMA
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A beautiful 1947 Jeep CJ-2A on sale at SEMA
One of the cooler hood ornaments of SEMA, perfect for a classic Jeep
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One of the cooler hood ornaments of SEMA, perfect for a classic Jeep
The "F 5.11"
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The "F 5.11"
4x4s of SEMA 2017
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4x4s of SEMA 2017
Maybe we should have included this one in our SEMA cars gallery, because it was originally a Camaro, but it just looks so big and rugged, we figure it fits better here
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Maybe we should have included this one in our SEMA cars gallery, because it was originally a Camaro, but it just looks so big and rugged, we figure it fits better here
Hauk Designs had a few of the nastiest off-roaders of this year's show. such as the Bootlegger AWD Camaro
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Hauk Designs had a few of the nastiest off-roaders of this year's show. such as the Bootlegger AWD Camaro
Another Beastly off-road creation from Hauk Designs
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Another Beastly off-road creation from Hauk Designs
Wouldn't be our first choice of colors for a 4x4, but it certainly catches the eye
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Wouldn't be our first choice of colors for a 4x4, but it certainly catches the eye
The Toyota 4Runner looking extra mean
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The Toyota 4Runner looking extra mean
This Lexus is a bit more rugged than the average
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This Lexus is a bit more rugged than the average
Trucks of SEMA 2017
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Trucks of SEMA 2017
Trucks of SEMA 2017
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Trucks of SEMA 2017
A very unique towing set-up
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A very unique towing set-up
Topfire makes the Wrangler angry
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Topfire makes the Wrangler angry
"MAVA" may not be as catchy as "MAGA," but it sure looks cooler
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"MAVA" may not be as catchy as "MAGA," but it sure looks cooler
Pretty cool tailgate seat slide-out on a 2016 Chevy 3500 Express with Quigley 4x4 conversion
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Pretty cool tailgate seat slide-out on a 2016 Chevy 3500 Express with Quigley 4x4 conversion
2016 Chevy 3500 Express with Quigley 4x4 conversion
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2016 Chevy 3500 Express with Quigley 4x4 conversion
Trucks of SEMA 2017
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Trucks of SEMA 2017
Jeeps of SEMA 2017
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Jeeps of SEMA 2017
The "Extreme Landcruiser" looks ready for some serious beach search and rescue
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The "Extreme Landcruiser" looks ready for some serious beach search and rescue
Rust and tarnish really stands out amidst all the fresh, bright paint at the show
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Rust and tarnish really stands out amidst all the fresh, bright paint at the show
An extra-vibrant paint job for a low-riding pickup
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An extra-vibrant paint job for a low-riding pickup
The Extreme Landcruiser looks equally gnarly up front
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The Extreme Landcruiser looks equally gnarly up front
Chevy Colorado ZR2 Development Truck concept
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Chevy Colorado ZR2 Development Truck concept
Chevy and American Expedition Vehicles team up on a special ZR2 concept truck
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Chevy and American Expedition Vehicles team up on a special ZR2 concept truck
The Chevy ZR2 AEV gets an upgraded suspension, bed rack, new bumpers, LED lighting, a snorkel, a fridge/freezer and a number of other upgrades and accessories
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The Chevy ZR2 AEV gets an upgraded suspension, bed rack, new bumpers, LED lighting, a snorkel, a fridge/freezer and a number of other upgrades and accessories
Chevy and Luke Bryan team up on an outdoorsy Suburban concept aimed at hunters, fishermen and more
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Chevy and Luke Bryan team up on an outdoorsy Suburban concept aimed at hunters, fishermen and more
Chevy rides the popular wave of stand-up paddleboarding with the Traverse SUP concept
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Chevy rides the popular wave of stand-up paddleboarding with the Traverse SUP concept
There seemed to be nearly as many Ford Broncos as Jeep Wranglers – we'd say enthusiasts are ready for the Bronco's big comeback
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There seemed to be nearly as many Ford Broncos as Jeep Wranglers – we'd say enthusiasts are ready for the Bronco's big comeback
"Pitbull" is the perfect name for this Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
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"Pitbull" is the perfect name for this Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Rugged Wranglers of SEMA 2017
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Rugged Wranglers of SEMA 2017
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon by Pitbull Motor Toyz
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Jeep Wrangler Rubicon by Pitbull Motor Toyz
Bigfoot, the original monster truck
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Bigfoot, the original monster truck
1932 Ford Roadster Pickup
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1932 Ford Roadster Pickup
This photo gives a better idea of how Daystar stretched the Jeep Wrangler to fit all twelve cylinders below the hood
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This photo gives a better idea of how Daystar stretched the Jeep Wrangler to fit all twelve cylinders below the hood
US Specialty Vehicles' Rhino XT is a different look for the Jeep Wrangler
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US Specialty Vehicles' Rhino XT is a different look for the Jeep Wrangler
USSV Rhino XT
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USSV Rhino XT
The "Hybrid" from Bruiser Conversions backs up its mean look with an LS7 V8
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The "Hybrid" from Bruiser Conversions backs up its mean look with an LS7 V8
Ford Broncos of SEMA 2017
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Ford Broncos of SEMA 2017
This insane machine, the 1 Bad Funco F9 build, has an 1,800-hp 454-cu in twin-turbo engine, air ride suspension and composite body
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This insane machine, the 1 Bad Funco F9 build, has an 1,800-hp 454-cu in twin-turbo engine, air ride suspension and composite body
A pretty impressive way to get your bikes to and from the trail and in and out of the van
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A pretty impressive way to get your bikes to and from the trail and in and out of the van
Trucks of SEMA 2017
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Trucks of SEMA 2017
Trucks of SEMA 2017
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Trucks of SEMA 2017
4x4s of SEMA 2017
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4x4s of SEMA 2017
Trucks of SEMA 2017
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Trucks of SEMA 2017
4x4s of SEMA 2017
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4x4s of SEMA 2017
Gladiator Tires G-Wagen
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Gladiator Tires G-Wagen
1996 Ford Bronco build called "The Red Knight", it includes a 5.0-liter Coyote engine
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1996 Ford Bronco build called "The Red Knight", it includes a 5.0-liter Coyote engine
Rugged Ridge Wrangler Unlimited
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Rugged Ridge Wrangler Unlimited
Lazy Lizard Body Armor shows its shine on a UTV
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Lazy Lizard Body Armor shows its shine on a UTV
One seriously jacked Hummer
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One seriously jacked Hummer
4x4s of SEMA 2017
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4x4s of SEMA 2017
It had plenty of competition, but this 1966 WD-40 "Boosted Bronco" was our favorite Ford Bronco on show. Who knew WD-40 colors would look so good on a classic utility vehicle?
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It had plenty of competition, but this 1966 WD-40 "Boosted Bronco" was our favorite Ford Bronco on show. Who knew WD-40 colors would look so good on a classic utility vehicle?
In addition to its bold look, WD-40 worked with builder Aaron Vaccar to update this '66 Bronco with an EcoBoost turbo powertrain (and, of course, use plenty of WD-40 products along the way)
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In addition to its bold look, WD-40 worked with builder Aaron Vaccar to update this '66 Bronco with an EcoBoost turbo powertrain (and, of course, use plenty of WD-40 products along the way)
Who says big, loud wheels are only for road-going cars and trucks?
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Who says big, loud wheels are only for road-going cars and trucks?
A pretty convincing blend of sand and water fun
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A pretty convincing blend of sand and water fun
A Mercedes G-Class rolling on Forgiato wheels
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A Mercedes G-Class rolling on Forgiato wheels
The all-new Rezvani Tank makes an appearance
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The all-new Rezvani Tank makes an appearance
Hard to believe, but the Rezvani Tank is based on the Jeep Wrangler
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Hard to believe, but the Rezvani Tank is based on the Jeep Wrangler
We didn't think the rear looked great on paper, and it doesn't look great in person, either
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We didn't think the rear looked great on paper, and it doesn't look great in person, either
The Tank is powered by a 500-hp 6.4-liter HEMI engine
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The Tank is powered by a 500-hp 6.4-liter HEMI engine
Absolutely massive
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Absolutely massive
Buggie at BFGoodrich
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Buggie at BFGoodrich
This USSV Rhino XT gets a little extra color
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This USSV Rhino XT gets a little extra color
We take that to be "Dune Whore"
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We take that to be "Dune Whore"
Textron Stampede side-by-side all tracked up for winter
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Textron Stampede side-by-side all tracked up for winter
2016 Textron Wildcat by Cash Performance
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2016 Textron Wildcat by Cash Performance
Jeeps of SEMA 2017
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Jeeps of SEMA 2017
Catching air on the drift track
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Catching air on the drift track
Catching the drift on the drift track
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Catching the drift on the drift track
Trucks (and side-by-sides) of SEMA 2017
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Trucks (and side-by-sides) of SEMA 2017
This one looks like a good time in the desert
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This one looks like a good time in the desert
4x4s of SEMA 2017
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4x4s of SEMA 2017
The Subaru Crosstrek isn't the typical choice for a rugged off-road build, but here it gets overhauled by LP Aventure
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The Subaru Crosstrek isn't the typical choice for a rugged off-road build, but here it gets overhauled by LP Aventure
Trucks of SEMA 2017
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Trucks of SEMA 2017
Trucks of SEMA 2017
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Trucks of SEMA 2017
Another crazy monster Jeep 
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Another crazy monster Jeep 
The VW Atlas is one of the newer large SUVs on the market, and here it gets burlified into an adventure 4x4 complete with 35-in BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires
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The VW Atlas is one of the newer large SUVs on the market, and here it gets burlified into an adventure 4x4 complete with 35-in BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires
Tanner Foust 2017 VW Atlas buld
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Tanner Foust 2017 VW Atlas buld
We strolled past this dirt-bike hauler again and saw the bike lift in action lowering the bikes out to the ground
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We strolled past this dirt-bike hauler again and saw the bike lift in action lowering the bikes out to the ground
We strolled past this dirt-bike hauler again and saw the bike lift in action lowering the bikes out to the ground
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We strolled past this dirt-bike hauler again and saw the bike lift in action lowering the bikes out to the ground
Some shiny metal makes an old truck look rather purty
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Some shiny metal makes an old truck look rather purty
Trucks of SEMA 2017
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Trucks of SEMA 2017
Trucks of SEMA 2017
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Trucks of SEMA 2017
More Ford Bronco love
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More Ford Bronco love
The Onward CS Concept Car, a side-by-side concept that mixes "high-end luxury and off-road utility"
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The Onward CS Concept Car, a side-by-side concept that mixes "high-end luxury and off-road utility"
We reckon all the entertainment and grilling equipment might have a tough time surviving the trail, but this baby looks like the perfect way to tailgate afterward 
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We reckon all the entertainment and grilling equipment might have a tough time surviving the trail, but this baby looks like the perfect way to tailgate afterward 
We wouldn't mind having this set-up on a pickup truck for game day tailgates
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We wouldn't mind having this set-up on a pickup truck for game day tailgates
4x4s of SEMA 2017
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4x4s of SEMA 2017
Ford Broncos of SEMA 2017
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Ford Broncos of SEMA 2017
1965 Ford F-250 "Six-Pack" from Icon
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1965 Ford F-250 "Six-Pack" from Icon
Hennessey's Velociraptor looks ordinary enough from this angle ...
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Hennessey's Velociraptor looks ordinary enough from this angle ...
But step over to the side a little and you see that the usual four wheels are actually six
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But step over to the side a little and you see that the usual four wheels are actually six
Hennessey offers the Velociraptor 6x6 for a cool $349K (includes base truck), adding the extra axle, 600+ hp twin-turbo engine tune, an upgraded Fox suspension, 20-in wheels with off-road tires, new front and rear bumpers, a roll bar and LED lights
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Hennessey offers the Velociraptor 6x6 for a cool $349K (includes base truck), adding the extra axle, 600+ hp twin-turbo engine tune, an upgraded Fox suspension, 20-in wheels with off-road tires, new front and rear bumpers, a roll bar and LED lights
Parting shot of the Hennessey Velociraptor 6x6
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Parting shot of the Hennessey Velociraptor 6x6
Fast Attack vehicle built for "Furious 7" and driven by Jason Statham in the movie
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Fast Attack vehicle built for "Furious 7" and driven by Jason Statham in the movie
The Fast Attack is powered by a modified 500-hp 6.2-liter LS3 engine and includes a custom-built chassis and suspension and fiberglass body
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The Fast Attack is powered by a modified 500-hp 6.2-liter LS3 engine and includes a custom-built chassis and suspension and fiberglass body
An awesome Wrangler flatbed known as the "FrankenBrute"
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An awesome Wrangler flatbed known as the "FrankenBrute"
The FrankenBrute build gives this Jeep Wrangler some extra utility
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The FrankenBrute build gives this Jeep Wrangler some extra utility
Warn highlights its winches on a Land Rover Defender
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Warn highlights its winches on a Land Rover Defender
Kitted out Warn Toyota Tundra with a rather fancy canoe on top
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Kitted out Warn Toyota Tundra with a rather fancy canoe on top
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler becomes the Bruiser 6x6
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The 2017 Jeep Wrangler becomes the Bruiser 6x6
That extra Bruiser 6x6 axle helps support a proper bed in back
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That extra Bruiser 6x6 axle helps support a proper bed in back
Bruiser Conversions also adds a 480-hp LS3 engine conversion, 40-in Toyo M/T tires around beadlock wheels, an upgraded suspension system, modified interior and more
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Bruiser Conversions also adds a 480-hp LS3 engine conversion, 40-in Toyo M/T tires around beadlock wheels, an upgraded suspension system, modified interior and more
A peek inside the Bruiser 6x6, which inclues Katzkin leather seats and JL Audio speakers/amp/subwoofer
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A peek inside the Bruiser 6x6, which inclues Katzkin leather seats and JL Audio speakers/amp/subwoofer
Another monstrous creation from Hauk Designs
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Another monstrous creation from Hauk Designs
Hauk Designs "Super Soldier"
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Hauk Designs "Super Soldier"
A refashioned 1989 Jeep Comanche from JCR Offroad
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A refashioned 1989 Jeep Comanche from JCR Offroad
Born Bad Customs at SEMA 2017
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Born Bad Customs at SEMA 2017
Ford Raptor with some extra organization
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Ford Raptor with some extra organization
Jeeps of SEMA 2017
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Jeeps of SEMA 2017
2017 Demilitarized Concept Polaris Dagor with Line-X coatings
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2017 Demilitarized Concept Polaris Dagor with Line-X coatings
4x4s of SEMA 2017
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4x4s of SEMA 2017
Yep, another 6x6, this one carrying an awesome Polaris Timbersled conversion snow bike
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Yep, another 6x6, this one carrying an awesome Polaris Timbersled conversion snow bike
The Original Overlander by Max-Bilt, a 1949 Willys updated with 1999 Jeep Cherokee components and other modifications
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The Original Overlander by Max-Bilt, a 1949 Willys updated with 1999 Jeep Cherokee components and other modifications
Ford Bronco "Urban Madness III"
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Ford Bronco "Urban Madness III"
Monster truck
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Monster truck
American Expedition Vehicles at SEMA 2017
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American Expedition Vehicles at SEMA 2017
1983 FJ40 Land Cruiser build from The FJ Company
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1983 FJ40 Land Cruiser build from The FJ Company
This FJ Company Land Cruiser was stickered at $97,350 at the show
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This FJ Company Land Cruiser was stickered at $97,350 at the show
FJ Company 1981 FJ43 Land Cruiser build
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FJ Company 1981 FJ43 Land Cruiser build
The modernized interior on this $210,500 FJ Compnay 1981 FJ43 includes a digital instrument panel, signature sound system and center console with iPad Mini
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The modernized interior on this $210,500 FJ Compnay 1981 FJ43 includes a digital instrument panel, signature sound system and center console with iPad Mini
The interior on the 1983 FJ40 is simpler than the FJ43 with iPad but still nice
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The interior on the 1983 FJ40 is simpler than the FJ43 with iPad but still nice
Bullet Liner Hummer and bike
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Bullet Liner Hummer and bike
2017 Jeep Wrangler Chief Edition with folding fabric roof, Thaler Design M715 front-end, upgraded bumpers and more
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2017 Jeep Wrangler Chief Edition with folding fabric roof, Thaler Design M715 front-end, upgraded bumpers and more
The Wrangler Chief Edition is all ready for a tailgate or picnic
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The Wrangler Chief Edition is all ready for a tailgate or picnic
Most of the Jeep builds we saw were more ready for the hot weather of the desert, but this one's built for the deep snow of the high country
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Most of the Jeep builds we saw were more ready for the hot weather of the desert, but this one's built for the deep snow of the high country
Webasto at SEMA 2017
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Webasto at SEMA 2017
Synergy MFG JKC 1 Jeepster Commando
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Synergy MFG JKC 1 Jeepster Commando
Synergy MFG JKC 1 Jeepster Commando
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Synergy MFG JKC 1 Jeepster Commando
1941 Willys MA
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1941 Willys MA
1941 Ford GP
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1941 Ford GP
1942 Willys MB
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1942 Willys MB
1942 Willys MB
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1942 Willys MB
1951 Willys M38
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1951 Willys M38
1952 Willys M38-A1
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1952 Willys M38-A1
5.11 Tactical truck
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5.11 Tactical truck
Mopar-mod Dodge Durango SRT
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Mopar-mod Dodge Durango SRT
The Jeep CJ66 debuted at last year's SEMA Show blends a 1966 Wrangler CJ body with a TJ frame and JK parts
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The Jeep CJ66 debuted at last year's SEMA Show blends a 1966 Wrangler CJ body with a TJ frame and JK parts
For the Jeep Shortcut, originally shown at Easter Jeep Safari 2016, Jeep's taken more than a foot off the Wrangler to create a shorter, more maneuverable 4x4
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For the Jeep Shortcut, originally shown at Easter Jeep Safari 2016, Jeep's taken more than a foot off the Wrangler to create a shorter, more maneuverable 4x4
Inside the Jeep CJ66
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Inside the Jeep CJ66
Debuted at this year's Easter Jeep Safari, the Jeep Switchback hangs a variety of performance and aesthetic parts on the Wrangler, including a concept hood, half doors, Safari hard-top and roof rack
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Debuted at this year's Easter Jeep Safari, the Jeep Switchback hangs a variety of performance and aesthetic parts on the Wrangler, including a concept hood, half doors, Safari hard-top and roof rack
1935 Dodge Pickup with Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit
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1935 Dodge Pickup with Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit
At the close of SEMA, as the halls started to fill with thick exhaust of exhibitor vehicles peeling toward the exits, we thought we saw one last Bronco. But this is actually an International Scout II - just as cool
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At the close of SEMA, as the halls started to fill with thick exhaust of exhibitor vehicles peeling toward the exits, we thought we saw one last Bronco. But this is actually an International Scout II - just as cool
New Atlas takes a look at the best trucks and 4x4s for this year's SEMA show
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New Atlas takes a look at the best trucks and 4x4s for this year's SEMA show
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One of the best parts about the annual SEMA Show is the virtually even split between crazy cars and towering trucks. At other auto shows, trucks and 4x4s often spend most of their time in the shadows of major production and concept car debuts, but at SEMA they're front, center and impossible to miss. And the lifted pickups and fully fortified off-roaders are as much a draw as the crazy car concepts. Here are our favorites, from massive trucks that brush the deep-blue Vegas sky and 6x6s made to live in the dirt, to ruggedized vans and beyond.

Bronco explosion

It would seem that the world is very ready for the return of the Ford Bronco. It's been a few years since we've attended SEMA, but we don't remember seeing too many Broncos last time – it was Wranglers, Wranglers and more Wranglers. This time around, it seemed like there was a Bronco around every other corner, which we assume has something to do with the enthusiasm around the imminent return of the venerable 4x4.

In addition to its bold look, WD-40 worked with builder Aaron Vaccar to update this '66 Bronco with an EcoBoost turbo powertrain (and, of course, use plenty of WD-40 products along the way)
In addition to its bold look, WD-40 worked with builder Aaron Vaccar to update this '66 Bronco with an EcoBoost turbo powertrain (and, of course, use plenty of WD-40 products along the way)

Every Bronco we saw had been dipped in the fountain of youth for perfectly polished, meticulously detailed creations that might as well have just rolled off the production line. Our favorite was this WD-40/SEMA Cares "Boosted Bronco." A full update to an original 1966 Bronco, the Boosted Bronco's name refers to the turbocharged EcoBoost powertrain that provides a mix of modern-day power and efficiency. Some might think the WD-40 mix of deep blue and yellow is a bit gaudy, but we think it complements the Bronco's lines quite nicely. Plus, this one was built specifically to be auctioned for several SEMA Cares children's initiatives, so it gets bonus points there.

The six-wheelers

Bruiser Conversions also adds a 480-hp LS3 engine conversion, 40-in Toyo M/T tires around beadlock wheels, an upgraded suspension system, modified interior and more
Bruiser Conversions also adds a 480-hp LS3 engine conversion, 40-in Toyo M/T tires around beadlock wheels, an upgraded suspension system, modified interior and more

Even in a show that specializes in huge and huger trucks of every make, the 6x6s stand out in the crowd. We knew we'd see the Hennessey Velociraptor 6x6, but we weren't really expecting to see any others. There were a couple, including this here Bruiser 6x6, a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited transformed into a gorgeously detailed six-wheeled pickup. In addition to the extra axle and the necessary frame extension, Bruiser Conversions has added all kinds of upgrades and mods, including a 480-hp LS3 engine conversion, NAG1 transmission, overhauled suspension, LED lighting, 40-in Toyo M/T tires on 17-in beadlock wheels and custom roll cage. Touches like the Katzkin leather seats and bed decking soften it up with a little upscale style.

That extra Bruiser 6x6 axle helps support a proper bed in back
That extra Bruiser 6x6 axle helps support a proper bed in back

Hauk Designs Bootlegger

Clearly designed for a Mad Max-like dystopia, the Hauk Designs Bootlegger turns a 2010 Chevy Camaro into an AWD, go-anywhere machine of mayhem. Yes, the Camaro is a car, but unlike the Kelly-Moss Safari 4 rally Porsche we featured in our cars gallery, the Bootlegger is so big and rough around the edges, we just didn't feel right including it anywhere but with trucks and 4x4s.

Maybe we should have included this one in our SEMA cars gallery, because it was originally a Camaro, but it just looks so big and rugged, we figure it fits better here
Maybe we should have included this one in our SEMA cars gallery, because it was originally a Camaro, but it just looks so big and rugged, we figure it fits better here

Hauk has disguised the Camaro underpinnings by fitting a custom off-road suspension with Bilstein coilovers up front and Fox coilovers in back, steel roll cage, full underbody protection, and 35-in Pitbull Rocker tires hugging 17-in wheels. GM's LS3 engine sends power through the AWD system. This one won't keep up with other Camaros on the street or track, but it will leave them way behind once the pavement crumbles away into dirt and dust.

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4 comments
Dan Lewis
Hey, C.C.,
PLEASE DO go ahead and reveal what each and every acronym and set of initials you use mean. That's what really good journalists do.
Make it automatic, that you reveal what the acronyms and initials mean. Acronyms and initials are alienating. Remove that alienation from all your copy, please!
James Sullivan
Beautiful craftsmanship, but what an absolute waste of time and money.
guzmanchinky
I would love to see an electric rock crawler.
ljaques
I saw a truckload of CJ10 Honchos on the I-5 heading North yesterday. Eye catching, but kinda ooogly paint. How does the Ridgeline get such high clearance on the front end, compared to the Raptor? The old Scout caught my eye, having flown a '71 for years. Old Broncos are cool if you have a good kidney belt. Autumn camo on the Tacoma looks great. Steampunk rat rod and trailer were wild. Topfire _does_ make the Wrangler look angry and mean. OMG, weak Government Motors Corp deigning to use a takeoff of strong President Trump's MAGA? They'll catch crap for that for decades.