Chux Trux Launches 2018 SEMA Show Truck Build – “Lo Tech”

SEMA Show Truck Build Kansas City - Lo TechChux Trux is doing what very few Kansas City custom shops can claim. They are building a project vehicle for the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Oct. 30 – Nov 2, 2018. Lots of businesses want to do a build for the SEMA show, but unless you are a manufacturer who is exhibiting in the show, it’s very hard to secure a spot in the show.

As part of our build, we’ve partnered with the North Kansas City School District’s automotive tech department to include their advanced students as part of the build. We feel it’s important to get today’s young adults interested in the automotive aftermarket and show them an additional potential career path outside of the normal automotive repair world. The students will install many of the critical components under the supervision of their instructor, Jack Stow. Jack has been a friend of Chux Trux for years and has a critical eye for detail that matches up with what Chux Trux installers have ingrained in them. These students will also be promoting the build online, creating videos and much more.

The truck will be part of the Truck Hero, Inc., display. Their booth at the SEMA show is almost 20,000 sq. ft. making it the largest display in the truck hall. Truck Hero owns 12 of the biggest brand names in the industry, including Undercover Tonneau Covers, Extang Tonneau Covers, Husky Liners, BedRug, TruXedo and many others, all of whom will be represented at SEMA.

Our project truck is a unique one. Our stock truck is a 2017 Ford F150 Lariat 4x4 with a 3.5L Ecoboost twin turbo engine and Ford’s new 10-speed transmission. Unlike most 4-wheel drive trucks that get lifted for the SEMA show, this one will get a sport truck handling package while retaining full 4-wheel drive capabilities. Given the high tech nature of the vehicle and the lowered stance we're giving it, we decided to title it "Lo Tech".

Plans for the truck are wide-ranging from some extreme exterior modifications to some rarely seen performance mods. These include:

Performance Modifications

  • Snow Performance - Water / Methanol injection kit
  • Edge Products - CTS2 computer tuner & monitor
  • Edge Products - Amp’d Throttle Booster
  • Odyssey Battery - High-performance AGM battery
  • BBK - 73mm Power Plus Throttle Body
  • Mishimoto – Intercooler
  • Mishimoto - Radiator expansion tank
  • MBRP - Hot & cold side intercooler pipe kits
  • Design Engineering (DEI) - Intercooler water sprayer
  • Design Engineering (DEI) - Intercooler CO2 chiller
  • Design Engineering (DEI) – Turbo blankets
  • JLT Performance - Oil separator
  • aFe Power - Dual cold air intake
  • TurboSmart - Smart Port Supersonic blow off valve
  • TurboSmart – Boost Tee boost controller
  • Full Race - Oversized radiator
  • Full Race - Transmission cooler
  • AutoMeter – Dashlink Bluetooth gauge package with OBDII splitter cable
  • AMSOIL - Fluids including antifreeze, brake fluids, differential fluids, transmission fluid, brake fluid, engine oil

Interior Modifications

  • Katzkin Leather - Ebony & carbon fiber leather with heated and cooled seats
  • Built Right – Velcro tech 3pc under-seat organizer
  • Built Right – Rear seat fold down quick release kit
  • Built Right - Dash mount
  • E&G Classics - Locking center console vault
  • Husky Liners - X-act Contour custom-fit floor liners
  • Husky Liners - Gearbox under-seat storage
  • Cup Holder Hero - Interior compartment liners
  • Covercraft - Custom sunscreen
  • Bulldog - 45qt cooler
  • Carbon fiber dash kit & more!

Exterior Modifications

  • Extang - Prototype hard folding tonneau cover
  • Undercover - SwingCase
  • Husky Liner - Wheel well liners
  • Truxedo - Truck Luggage bulkhead trays & tailgate seal
  • RK Sport - V2 Ram air hood
  • Striker Trucks - Custom front grill, bumper cover and roll pan
  • Air Design - Fender vents & tailgate spoiler
  • All Sales Mfg.- Billet license plate frames & antenna
  • Bedrug – The world’s best truck bed liner & TrackMat
  • Billet Badges - Custom made billet front and rear Chux Trux logos
  • FuelpaX - 2.5 gallon spare fuel tank
  • Built Right Industries - Bedside rack 4-panel system with custom mounts for FuelpaX and other accessories
  • Curt Mfg.- Rear hitch mounted license plate holder
  • EGR - Cab spoiler
  • PIAA - Silicone wipers
  • Fastway Trailer - Fortress coupler lock & Flash solid tow ball mount
  • 3M - vinyl wrap
  • Croftgate - Detailing kit

Suspension & Chassis

  • Airlift - Slam Air airbags, compressors & Smart-Air II auto-leveling kit
  • Bell Tech - 3”/5” lowering kit
  • Hellwig Products - Front & rear (anti) sway bars
  • Power Stop - Extreme series brake rotors, pads & calipers
  • Calvert Racing - CalTracs traction bars
  • G2 Axle - Brute series differential cover

Wheels & Tires

  • Niche Road Wheels - RS10 forged Monoblock wheels 22”x9.5”
  • Toyo Tires - 305/40R/22 Proxes STIII
  • Schrader Performance - TPMS wheel sensors
  • McGard - Spline Drive lug kit with black PVD

12-Volt

  • Diode Dynamics - Stage Series LED light bars, Bluetooth Demon Eyes & Switchbacks
  • PIAA - RF-18 Ion yellow widespread LED light bar
  • Rigid Industries - D-Series SAE compliant clear LED fog lights & D-series amber LED driving lights with custom fit brackets
  • Switchpros – SP9100 8-switch panel power system
  • Kleinn - Onboard air & train horns with a vehicle-specific mounting kit
  • Redcat Racing - Dukono series 1/10th scale 4x4 R/C truck
  • Waylens - Secure 360 video dash cam with video alarm

Our F-150 will have many small details that may not jump out to the average person but will be noticeable to enthusiasts with an eye for details. For example, the front bumper mounts will be lowered 3” to accommodate the oversized Striker Trucks grille shell and bumper cover. It’s subtle, but a major modification all at the same time.

Click the links above for more info on each of the products we’re adding for our build!