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For the last two months, High Performance Pontiac has brought you back to the show floor of the 46th annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) annual trade show. After evaluating over 2,000 new automobile aftermarket parts that debuted at the event, we picked the ones we think are most useful to Pontiac owners.
In Part 1, we showcased performance and restoration products for vintage Pontiacs; we followed that in Part 2 with problem-solver tools and parts for all Pontiacs. This month in Part 3, we conclude this series with new SEMA-debut products for LS-based Pontiacs, and an assortment of some of the newest aftermarket wheels, which will add attitude adjustment to late-model and modified classic Pontiacs.
HRE Performance Wheels
What is it? Custom wheel
Why do you need it? You want your late-model, Pro Touring, or Resto-mod Pontiac to ride on great-looking, lightweight wheels.
Description: HRE Wheels teamed up with the Ring Brothers to design a wheel to fit modern and classic Pontiac musclecars. The RB2 model is the first result of this collaboration. It features 6061 T6 forged-aluminum construction and a three-piece modular design. According to the company, “It provides a subtle sense of motion from its chiseled five-spokes, which hide the stainless-steel ARP hardware. It's clean, simple, and elegant." Choose from 18- to 21-inch diameters and 8- to 13-inch widths. Custom bolt patterns and optional centerlock hubs are available.
MSRP: Call for pricing.
Clayton Machine Works
What is it? LS-series engine valve covers
Why do you need it? People fall asleep when looking at your stock engine compartment.
Description: These cast- aluminum valve covers with removable inserts can be customized to match your Pontiac's theme or paint scheme.
Applications: GM LS engines
MSRP: $425 per pair
What is it? Multi-layer steel (MLS) head gasket
Why do you need it? You demand a high-performance head gasket that's going to keep your naturally aspirated, boosted, or sprayed high-performance engine sealed up tight, without exception.
Description: “JE Pro Seal Gaskets feature a proprietary emboment process that provides superior sealing to many other performance gaskets available today," the company says. They also feature a unique multiple-layer coating on all surfaces, including water and oil passages, to ensure consistent seal and eliminate gasket corrosion.
Applications: All popular Gen III and Gen IV LS-series engines
MSRP: $95 each (sold individually)
Hi-Performance Designs | HD Wheels
What is it? Custom wheel
Why do you need it? You want a modern wheel inspired by racing.
Description: HD Wheels Gear wheels feature a one-piece, gravity-cast aluminum-alloy construction, a unique 2-inch outer flange with “HD Tuning" CNC'd into the flange, and excellent big-brake clearance. The center cap mimics the look of an actual race-wheel centerlock system, and is removable and paintable. Choose from satin black or silver with polished face. Both are available in 18x7.5-inch and 18x9-inch sizes.
Applications: '93-'02 Trans Am and Firebird, '04-'06 GTO, '08-'09 G8
MSRP: $290 each (18x7.5-inch), $310 each (18x9-inch)
Proform/Specialty Auto Parts USA
What is it? Exhaust-port covers
Why do you need it? You can't count on gravity to keep foreign matter or curious creatures out of your exhaust ports (and potentially into your engine) in your garage or shop, at shows, or while in transit.
Description: These handy exhaust-port covers are made from 0.040-inch-thick sheet aluminum, and include an oil-dipstick hole. Line them up to your exhaust ports, and use your existing exhaust-manifold bolts to tighten them in place.
Applications: All LS-based cylinder heads
MSRP: $19.95 per pair
What is it? Coil-near-plug ignition
Why do you need it? Your high- horsepower naturally aspirated or boosted Pontiac requires more spark output than your OE coils can deliver.
Description: ACCEL's direct- replacement Super Coils for LS-based engines promise increased performance and more efficient fuel combustion than OE units. They feature advanced bobbin technology; highly specialized silicone magnetic-steel cores; optimized windings, resistance, and turn ratios; and a specialized high-temperature epoxy, which resists shock and vibration while increasing thermal conductivity. According to the manufacturer, they deliver 10-15% more spark energy than OE coils, and are engineered for a faster rise time, longer spark duration, and higher spark energy.
Applications: '04-'06 GTO, '06-'08 Grand Prix, '08-'09 G8 (Note: The company already sells Super Coils for '98-'02 Trans Ams and Firebirds.)
MSRP: $49.99-$69.99 each (eight required per vehicle)
Pacesetter Performance Products
What is it? Long-tube headers
Why do you need it? You want to open up the potential of the powerful V-8 in Pontiac's last musclecar.
Description: PaceSetter long-tube headers are constructed from 3⁄8-inch-thick, CNC-machined flanges and feature mandrel-bent, flash-controlled, 16-gauge, carbon-steel primaries. They're available with optional Armor Coat, which is PaceSetter's 2,000-degree-F, metallic-ceramic coating, which the company says improves header performance and durability. Every set comes with the gaskets and fasteners needed for installation.
Applications: '08-'09 Pontiac G8 GT
MSRP: $469.95 per set
What is it? Dual fuel-pump hanger
Why do you need it? Your forced-induction or high-horsepower Pontiac wants fuel, and lots of it.
Description: This dual-fuel-pump hanger is CNC-machined from 6061 billet-aluminum, black-anodized for corrosion protection, and paired to sealed insulated Teflon wiring, which prevents leaks and seepage. It fits in the stock fuel tank, accepts the stock fuel-level resistor and float arm, and plugs into stock fuel lines or AN fittings. According to the manufacturer, “It's suitable for street driving or racing."
Applications: '99-'02 Trans Am and Firebird (not compatible with the '98 F-body's steel fuel tank)