SEMA TV SPECIAL PREMIERES FEBRUARY 6 Program features the SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition; Airs on the Velocity Network
DIAMOND BAR, CA (January 17, 2017) — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) will showcase its third annual SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition in a one-hour TV special premiering February 6 at 10 p.m. (PT/ET) on the Velocity Network. This unique program makes it possible for consumers to connect with manufacturers and see the great new products and trends that debut at the leading automotive trade show in the world—the SEMA Show.
Hosted by industry personalities Chris Jacobs and Adrienne “AJ” Janic, the program takes viewers behind the scenes of the 2016 SEMA Show, where more than 140,000 industry professionals gather to discover new products and trends. Viewers will be able to watch and join the journey of top builders as they battle around the clock to create and finish one-of-a-kind vehicles to be displayed at the annual event in Las Vegas, NV.
With more than 250 vehicles entered into the competition and the addition of a new Young Guns distinction for builders who are 34 years old and under, the SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition was more exciting and intense than ever before.
The Enthusiast Network Executive Producer David Freiburger, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off Road Editor-at-Large Fred Williams, and Meguiar’s Customer Engagement Leader RJ de Vera served as judges of the program and narrowed down the field to the Top 10 cars, before the finalists judged their fellow competitors in front of an audience at the SEMA Show.
Watch the action unfold and learn more about the SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition by tuning in to the Velocity Network on Monday, February 6, at 10 p.m. (PT/ET), or visit www.semashow.com/botb. About SEMA and the SEMA Show The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or www.sema.org, 909/396-0289.
If you are planning to do any work on your Harley (or other motorcycle), you need to make sure you have good quality, basic tools and equipment. I’m not talking about outfitting your garage like a professional bike shop, but enough to allow you to tackle most owner projects. And…you can never have too many tools in your shop, right?
You can work on your bike while its setting on its side stand or a good option is a hydraulic lift that looks kind of like a jack and fits under the center of the bike and lifts against the frame rails. Stability is the key, make sure if you use the small jack style lift you have the bike supported by additional hands and tie down straps.
If you have the room, a complete “ride on” bike lift is handy. Harbor Freight sells a manually operated hydraulic lift for motorcycles up to 1,000 pounds for around $300, on sale. With the ride on lift you still need tie downs to make sure the bike is secure.
Everyone has a tool preference and whether it is Snap-on, Matco, Craftsman or whatever, make sure they feel right. It is hard to imagine that a wrench isn’t a wrench, but they aren’t. Even in the same brand, there are different designs. You need to try out the tools and see how they feel in your hand. If you buy the low end they often have sharper edges and are uncomfortable to put much pressure on. If you can’t grip them comfortably, they are a waste of money, what ever you paid. Cheap tools are also prone to rounding and slipping on nuts and bolts. Usually good quality tools have a good warranty, often lifetime. Breaks or becomes damaged, take it back for a replacement. Bad tools end up being dangerous and more expensive than buying the better quality right from the beginning.
Here is a short list of tools that should be in your shop. Everyone you talk to will have more, less and a different opinion, but this is a start. And you’ll need both metric and SAE. Both will be on your bike. Sometimes you can buy most of what you need in one complete set, on sale for a very reasonable price. Again, make sure the tools are comfortable to grip. If you get a chance, take a look at Chicago Brand’s new open end ratcheting wrench. They make a very handy tool for tight spaces!
Screwdriver set (straight and Phillips)
Combination (box and open end) wrench set up to ¾ inch to start.
Ratcheting wrench set
Socket and ratchet set, 3/8 inch drive
TORX driver set metric and SAE (get the anti-theft versions with the hollow centers)
TORX screw driver set
Hex wrench set (Allen wrench) in metric and SAE.
Hex drives that fit the 3/8 ratchet
Locking pliers (Vice Grips)
Medium sized ball peen hammer
Plastic or rubber mallet
Adjustable wrenches (Crescent wrench) six and ten inch.
Magnetic parts tray (sticks to the lift or tool box and holds the small parts you take off)
A few additional items:
Good quality safety glasses,
Shop lights (adjustable stand with a couple of halogen lights is nice)
Mechanic trouble light
Hydraulic roller stool
Rolling tool tray or stand
Drip tray to catch oil etc.
Tank and fender protective pads (or clean soft cloths)
Drill bit set
Hack saw and blades
The list can go on and on, but to do most owner repairs and maintenance you don’t need a lot. Check your tool box you probably have most of what you need already.