This past weekend the BDS crew made the trip up to Drummond Island in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan for the 3rd Annual JeepEnd Adventure. With Project KJ in tow behind Project Ascension the guys made their way of for a weekend of incredible views, challenging 4wheeling and great camaraderie. Rather than read through a long winded recap from the event, check out the recap video to take in the sights and sounds of JeepEnd. Enjoy!
When we last left off BDS’s Project Ascension had just been finished up and BDS’s Nate gave a walk around of the truck in the studio before we loaded it up in the rain and headed West for the cross country road trip in route to Las Vegas forth 2016 SEMA Show. Packed full of displays, new products, and promotional materials this 2017 Ford Super Duty had a date with destiny where it was slated to debut in the BDS booth #30204 at SEMA. We hit the road Wednesday night to push through the night for the first leg of our 30hr haul out to Vegas. The truck road amazing despite all the gear loaded in the bed and backseat and the canvas top kept everything dry for the drive out. Along the way the crew made a few stops to see BDS dealers and show off the new company whip. Everyone that took a turn behind the wheel gave the seal of approval saying they loved the design and ride quality this new 6″ 4-link coilover system offered; we’re excited to get this kit out to market soon so others can see the BDS difference.
With us making good time on our way out we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hit the trails in our favorite wheeling spot, good ‘ol Moab, UT. Over the years its become almost initiation for any of the BDS SEMA builds to hit the trail in Moab before getting debuted at SEMA. While we’re not tackling the toughest obstacles that Moab has to offer, Hell’s Revenge and 7-Mile Rim trails offer challenging terrain to test out this new truck’s capability. Even loaded down with the gear this truck performed flawlessly and the 38″ Nittos offered plenty of traction on the red rocks before we got back on the highway where they offered a smooth quiet ride for the last leg of the highway cruise out to Vegas.
We made it into Vegas Saturday late afternoon and got underway with setup for the 2016 SEMA Show with Project Ascension the buzz among everyone that stopped by the booth. Stay tuned the recap from SEMA 2016 and for more on how this build came together in just a few short weeks check out the build thread complete with writeups, build sheet, progress photos and videos at BDS Project Ascension – ’17 Ford Super Duty.
Along the way the crew posted several updates on Facebook and Instagram from the road and out on the trail, check them out at #projectascension. Stay tuned for more updates on this truck as it hits the trails and continues to be built up with new products to improve the trucks performance, capability and styling.
The guys at BDS felt the need to welcome Project Ascension to the family by running a trail ride through the scenic sights of Moab!
In true BDS fashion, the crew made a quick detour on the cross country road trip out to Vegas for the 2016 SEMA to welcome the newest project rig to the BDS family the only way we know how, by taking it wheeling. What better place than the picturesque terrain of Moab, UT?!
So its a soggy start to SEMA experience for us this year, and rain across the Midwest won’t allow us to enjoy how good this truck looks. The team worked long hours to button up loose ends and dial in the details as Project Ascension, our 2017 Ford Super Duty build, is loaded up and ready to head west bound for the 2000-mile drive out to Vegas for the 2016 SEMA Show that starts next week. We had a share of challenges along the way with the tight timeline and part fitment on some of the accessories, but in the end it came together. This truck will be debuted in the BDS booth #30204; and after returning home we will continue to build the truck up with several accessories, performance mods, additional bed storage options, and more so stay tuned and follow along at #projectascension
The team from BDS Suspension is getting down to the wire as they overhaul the 2017 Ford Super Duty for the 2016 SEMA Show. With less than 2 days they are working around the clock to install a slew of bolt on accessories, wire up electronics and fab several custom touches. Last week we updated you on the BDS 6″ Coilover 4-Link Suspension being installed along with 38″ Nitto Trails and 20″ XD Machetes, 3M brushed metallic wrap was getting installed, Bushwacker flares bolted on, Amp Research powersteps fitted and Since the last update the truck has taken shape looking a whole lot more like the original rendering that was drawn up for a go anywhere, adventure ready overlander featuring aluminum accessories and aluminum vinyl wrap to accent the new aluminum body.
This week the truck is getting reassembled with a ton of new products inside and out. Up front the truck received a one-off set of bumpers built by Fusion Bumpers. They team at Fusion is known for building a premium low profile bumper, made to order with whatever lighting and recovery needs you request. Typically their bumpers are build from high-strength steel, but for this project they built a set from light weight, high strength aluminum, TIG welded to perfection and ready to mount up a Warn Zeon 12S winch, Factor 55 ProLink XXL and 30″ Baja Designs S8 combo lightbar.
Inside the plain jane gray cloth seats are back from the upholstery shop now featuring Roadwire premium black leather with blue stitching. They even have the Project Ascension logo embroidered into the headrests. These seats are super comfortable and a much needed addition with all the miles this truck will see on the highway and off the beaten path. To help with navigation on future expeditions the truck is outfitted with the Magellan eXplorist TRX7 GPS. It has a 7″ touch screen, 2D/3D map modes, can track your trip and is preloaded with more than 82,000 ORV trails to help you navigate your way through like a seasoned trail guide. Also added to this truck is a sPOD modular 6-switch system. For anyone that has ever had to wire up a bunch of lights and accessories the sPOD unit is a must. The system can be mounted most anywhere in your truck and already includes the switches and relays to make wiring up accessories a breeze.
Out back the team is making progress on the custom roof rack system for extra storage. An aluminum basket is being fabbed up and installed about the Bestop canvas supertop and will mount up (5) Baja Designs XL-R LED spot lights as well as a rear facing RTL lightbar. In place of the stock bumper a light weight aluminum Fusion bumper was built to match the front that houses a pair of Baja Designs S2 lights. Additional accessories include a DECKED bed storage system and SlideZilla full width slide out tray for easy access and plenty of dry storage.
With the truck expected to hit the road tomorrow the crew has a long way to go to reassemble the truck and button up loose ends before we load up and hit the road for the 30hr drive out to Las Vegas to debut this truck at the 2016 SEMA Show. Check out the video and photos below and for more updates from the trip follow along on BDS’s Facebook and Instagram pages.