Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Daystar FC is on Facebook and Everywhere Else!

Because we'll be taking her out all across the country, we decided to create a Daystar FC 170 page on Facebook.  That way you'll be able to keep track as to when the Jeep FC will be in your neighborhood! Be sure to like the page so it will show up in your newsfeed.

In addition to the articles we've archived here on the blog, we've also set up a webpage to chronicle the build of the FC and the reaction to it from around the world.  The Daystar Jeep FC was voted #1 Vehicle more than any other vehicle at SEMA.  We're very proud of our 100% employee built vehicle and want to make sure you get a chance to look her over, as well as show you all of the cool products our partners contributed to the build.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It's All in The Details... and the Passion

Things that reporters and spectators commented on when they saw our Jeep FC 170 at SEMA were the fact that the employees at Daystar built this rig,  we didn't farm it out.  Second, they commented on the level of detail and care we put into building her.

TopGear says, "Adding Tank Tracks to Off-roaders is a Good Thing. And Even Better When They're Attached to Old Jeep Pick-ups."

The top-rated, long-running British television program (or as they say, "programme") loved our Jeep FC build at this year's 2014 SEMA show.

Guys, we invite you to come on an offroad adventure with us.  The first snow is here in the States and we're eager to take her out and put her through her paces.  Join us for some offroad fun!

Daystar Products’ Jeep FC 170 Truck With Hemi Power And Tracks Is 100% BangShift Approved

Bangshift.com had a wonderful write up on our Jeep FC build here, featuring some great shots of the vehicle, and a few details on its construction:

"This Jeep FC 170 was built by the employees of Daystar Products, an industry leading supplier for the off road market with a wide variety of lifts, leveling kits, and other products in their lineup. They decided to take on this Jeep FC 170 build as a literal team and the result is pure, unadulterated BangShifty perfection. From the green and white paint scheme to the chromed components on the tracks that the Jeep rides on, to the fact that there’s 345ci of late model Hemi engine to send this baby down the road, we’ve got no nits to pick with any of it... it shows the company is manned by enthusiasts that not only understand the products they sell but really love the industry they are in. The second is that these people have great skills and they were all put to great use on the build." 

AutoGuide.com Sez: #1 Vehicle at SEMA is Daystar's 1958 FC 170

"The number one spot is reserved for something unique: the Jeep Forward Control 170 complete with tracks all the way around. Plenty of custom work was done on this truck to get it to the amazing state we found it in at the SEMA Show, and it looks like it would be a blast to take out to the sand dunes or into the snow. 
To top it all off, this Jeep celebrates its Mopar heritage with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 providing all the grunt you’ll ever need." 
The full photo gallery is here.

The Swiss say: "Not Just The Cars Are Hot at SEMA Las Vegas"

The Swiss website blick.ch have a nice photo gallery of all of the hot cars and products at SEMA...
But on page 22 of the photo gallery they take time to recognize the awesomeness of the Daystar 1958 FC 170 with the headline:

Nicht nur die Autos sind gepimpt

German Coverage for Daystar's FC at SEMA 2014

The German website Focus.de had a video recap of all the cool show vehicles and booths at SEMA 2014. Of course, our brand new Jeep FC was featured in their coverage.

Here's the video recap.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MSN Autos and Motor Trend Name Daystar's FC "Best Jeep at SEMA, hands down."

Check it out here.

Daystar Products at SEMA 2014!

     The 2014 SEMA Show was a great event for Daystar. We enjoyed meeting all of you and sharing what it is we do with the off road, and automotive aftermarket  community.  

Our CEO, Mark Turner was invited to speak on NHTSA FMVSS 126 Compliance standards at the Vehicle Dynamics Forum.  Many of our Comfort Ride Lift and Leveling Kits are compliant with the strict safety standards set by the government including: Ford F150, Ford Super Duty, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, Dodge Rams and Jeep JKs. These standards ensure that aftermarket lift and leveling kits don't compromise the enhanced vehicle control provided by the OEM's Electronic Stability Control system. 

Two of the products you responded to most enthusiastically at SEMA are our Cam Cans (to which we've added all-new Black models), and our new Hood Cowl.  Below are the displays from our SEMA 2014 booth for each of these product lines.

 Here are the Cam Can mounts for UTVs, allowing for more storage anywhere on your vehicle.
 Here's a side-by-side configuration for our black liquid storage, and for the orange equipment Cam Can storage unit.
 Here's the typical Cam Can configuration, mounted on the spare...
And here's a closer view showing how the Cam Can fits flush within the tire.

Many people were curious as to what makes our Hood Cowl different than vent systems by other manufacturers. This display demonstrates how "under hood heat" is drawn away from the engine compartment  even when you are moving slowly across the terrain or even standing still.  

  • Reduces Under Hood Temperatures by 12%
  • Structural Integrity of the Hood Remains Intact
  • Templates Provided For Precise Installation
  • Under Hood Insulation is Retained
  • Fully Paintable
  • Comes Complete With All Necessary Parts
  • Made In The USA
 Here's the display showing how light and durable the abs plastic construction is for our Hood Cowl.  This allows for less installation time and effort, a perfect surface for paint, and a stylish addition to your Jeep's look.
 Here you see how the Heat is drawn away from the engine compartment and out through the Cowl's vents. All without having to compromise the integrity of your Jeep's hood, or removing the factory insulation.
And a closer look. Each Daystar Hood Cowl comes complete with detailed installation instructions,  and we've even produced a video to show you how easy it is to install.

Again, thanks for coming by to see us at SEMA, and we hope that we'll see you again at one of the many Offroad Events we attend throughout the year.

Monday, November 3, 2014


The SEMA Show is the automotive aftermarket's biggest event of the year where literally hundreds

(thousands?) of companies gather together at the Las Vegas Convention Center to showcase their innovative products to enhance your driving experience.  Daystar is proud to join our colleagues in the industry and show the offroad audience what it is we do better than anyone else.

If you're attending the show, please drop by and visit us at our booths. We'd love to hear from you, and show you what we have in store for your offroading enjoyment --  The Best Jeep Lift Kits,  Hood Accessories,  Our Patented Cam Cans, Truck Accessories, and much more.

You'll also get an up close and personal look at our latest project vehicle:

Again, if you're attending the SEMA Show please stop by and say, "hi."  We'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NEW! Jeep Wrangler JK, TJ, YJ Hood Bumpers - From Daystar Products

Sometimes in life, it’s the little things that count.  Jeep Wrangler owners can attest that the factory hood bumpers are just not up to par. They are known to dry out, fall out, and are not reusable once they have been removed. Daystar Products has come to the rescue with our brand new Wrangler hood bumpers that are made out of our extremely tough and durable polyurethane construction. 

  • Replaces Stock Windshield Hood Bumper
  • East to Install
  • Durable Polyurethane Construction
  • Made In The USA

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  http://www.daystarweb.com/ 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Level Your 2007-15 Chevy Silverado & GMC Sierra with Daystar Products New No-Cut Design Leveling Kit

Does your 2007-2015 Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra need a 2" leveling out?

Do you want to level it WITHOUT having to make any cuts to the factory studs?

Now Daystar Products has the answer!  Our New 2" Quick Install Leveling Kit with our Go Everywhere Warranty.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cool Down your XJ and MJ!

We just designed and developed Side Hood Vents for you Jeep Cherokee XJ and Comanche MJ.

Absolutely essential for cooling off the under hood heat in your ride.  Check out the video and see how easy they are to install!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Daystar Products Hood Cowl: A Customer Shows Us The Awesome

It's one thing for us to talk about how awesome Daystar's Hood Cowl is -- that's part of our job description - but when a customer sends us pictures showing us how awesome it is, then that speaks louder than any words we can use.

One of our customers who identified himself as "Dave" sent us these pictures for use on our Facebook page.  We think Dave has an incredibly sleek ride and we like how he integrated the Hood Cowl into his look.  Check it out and tell us what you think. While you're at it please join us on Facebook for more fantastic Jeep stuff like this or you can check out our Youtube Channel filled with "views you can use."  

Dave - thanks for choosing not only our Hood Cowl, but our Hood Wranglers, and Lower Dash Panels to max out your ride.

Monday, September 15, 2014

With Daystar It's Always An Event!

Today we thought we'd catch you up on some of the awesome Offroad Events we've attended recently.  It's always great to get out and meet the folks who use our products and keep us working hard to design and develop new ones to meet the demands of the offroad.

Here are some of the wonderful places we've been to and people we've met in recent months:

RALLY VENTURE:  Reno, NV  July 16th
Kelly and Mark just competed in the 1st ever Rally Venture at the Silver State Jamboree in Reno, NV.  The field was full of industry people, Top Ultra 4 racers, and Offroad racers.  Many of the rigs were Ultra 4 built vehicles.  After 16 hours running,  Kelly and Mark finished the course in 9th overall out of 20 rigs.

We blasted through to the SEMA Charity Pinewood Derby car race.  The Team worked very hard getting our 3 entries ready.

• Daystar Silver Stock took 1st place!
• The JK unlimited class took 4th.
• LTAA Truck finished 3rd.

We spent the most incredible weekend with the coolest sand loving, grit eating, crazed people we have ever met. We brought along our Fire Breathing, nitro burning JK just to see what she could do in the sand.


We were presently surprised and so were the fans. We made it all the way to the Quarter Finals before getting beat out by our competition.

Haley Wilson's TJ Sand Drag Jeep was crazy fast yesterday and needed to keep the hood down, so she came over to the Daystar booth at Dunefest, and bingo! We installed new Daystar Hood Wranglers.

We can’t wait until next year!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Daystar Products Cam Can UTV & Rollbar Mounting System

One of our most popular offroad accessory lines is our patented, award-winning Cam Cans.  Designed for offroad storage, the Daystar Cam Can line now mounts to your UTV rollbar 
(Fits 1” , 1-½”, 1-¾” and 2” bars) providing you with a storage area for tools, for drinking water, and for petroleum based fluids.

Cam Cans are easy to install and  can lock together providing you with extra storage that can be set at any angle on your rollbar.  Here’s our latest video showing easily the Black Cam Can is mounted on a UTV using our new Cam Can UTV & Rollbar Mounting System:

Here's a closeup view of the mounting plate:

And here it is mounted on a UTV. Note the Double Cam on the left and the single cam on the right:

Of course, like all Daystar products,  Cam Cans are Made in the USA!

For more information on this, and our other award-winning Cam Can products,  please visit our website here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Daystar Products Sponsors Motor Trend's CHEAP TRUCK CHALLENGE on Youtube!

There's not a lot of things more fun than offroading, and when we were approached by MOTOR TREND CHANNEL with sponsoring an offroad show that blends together all the things that makes offroading fun, well we couldn't say, "No!"

We just had to say, "HECK, YEAH!"

CHEAP TRUCK CHALLENGE is available on Youtube as part of the DIRT EVERYDAY program, and we're a proud sponsor. CTC mixes in your Do-It-Yourself Show, Your Competition Show, and your Whacky Characters Show in an offroad format that is a great entry into the world of offroading.

Contestants are all friends of host Fred Williams who get together in smash-built trucks and jeeps that have to meet a certain budget (Fred's is an S-10) .  Then they put the vehicles through all sorts of challenges that test the drivers and vehicles for heck of it!  Lots of driving, climbing, and wrenching!

It's a great starter show into the world of offroading and fabrication with lots of great tips and ideas for folks on a budget.

Why don't you check it out for yourself?  Be sure to leave a comment on their Youtube page and tell them Daystar sent you!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Daystar Products CEO, Mark Turner to Speak at 2014 SEMA Show Vehicle Dynamics Forum

The first of the TBS forum panel sessions, the Vehicle Dynamics Forum, is scheduled for Monday, November 3rd from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. in Rooms N258-N260 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Vehicle Dynamics Forum will be moderated by John Waraniak, Vice President Vehicle Technology, SEMA. Guest Speakers and Industry Experts include:

  • Paul Venhovens, BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Systems Integration at CU-ICAR
  • Paul Williamsen, National Manager, Strategic Educational Support, International Market Enhancement Team, Lexus International
  • Tom Gillespie, Co-Founder and Director of Product Planning, Mechanical Simulation
  • Terry Ledwidge, Director of New Business Development, Link Engineering
  • Mark Turner, CEO Daystar Products
  • Joe Schaefer, President of Konig American

Attendees of the Vehicle Dynamics Forum will learn how to customize with confidence and ensure their products comply with federal motor vehicle safety regulations.  SEMA’s Vehicle Dynamics Program and participating member companies have made significant achievements over the past five years in understanding how performance products such as suspension, brakes, wheels, tires and steering as well as engine modifications interact with electronic stability control and other active safety systems. The innovative and collaborative approach developed by SEMA has minimized costs while establishing unique capabilities for members that want to know the impact of their products on vehicle dynamics and ESC performance.  SEMA has been supporting the development of an industry-first math model with CarSim for evaluating the ESC performance of aftermarket-modified vehicle through pure simulation and analysis. An overview of the CarSim ESC Math Model and applications for SEMA members will be presented by Dr. Tom Gillespie at the Forum.  September 1, 2012, marked the date requiring aftermarket companies to comply with the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 126 for ESC systems. When loss of driver control is imminent, ESC strategically applies the brakes to help stabilize the vehicle. Similar requirements for the rest of the global automotive community are contained in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe 13H regulations.

The full-scale vehicle testing with Link Engineering and dSPACE hardware-in-the-loop vehicle dynamics simulation technology and CarSim product development methodologies available to SEMA members are the same as that used by all OEMs and major suppliers around the world to develop, test and simulate vehicle dynamics, new chassis system components, engines, powertrains, drivelines, suspensions and vehicle electronic control systems. The Vehicle Dynamics Forum will include an overview of the SEMA-Clemson Vehicle Dynamics Projects as well as the pioneering WTC Research to determine the impact of custom wheels and tires on vehicle dynamics performance by Dr. Paul Venhovens from Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).