What do you get when a couple of guys start taking wrecked vehicles and putting them back together? A YouTube sensation! Who would have thought that these guys would have gained so much attention from taking something beat up and making it better than before. This team started with a wrecked Ferrari, then they rebuild a Lamborghini, and now (our personal favorite) a GMC Denali HD. We've been fans of the channel and were excited to see them choose BDS as they not only fixed and improved on this truck. While BDS got some love in Episode 9 of the build, follow along as the Goonzquad guys start with a wrecked truck bought at auction and overhaul it into a cool, capable, custom truck.
- 2019 GMC Denali HD 4WD
- BDS 6.5" Coilover Conversion System
- BDS Recoil Traction Bars
- 37x13.50x24 Toyo Tires
- 24" Specialty Forged Wheels
- Derringer Tuner & Exhaust
- more to come...
Goonzquad plans to use this truck for everything from daily driver duties to tow rig duties as they continue to overhaul wrecked rides. Keep up-to-date with what these guys are up to next by watching their YoutTube Channel: goonzquad, following them on Facebook, or Instagram, @goonzquad. You can also view the GMC Denali HD rebuild episode series below.
The late model Tacoma has proven to be a formidable successor to 3rd gen trucks with new technology, powertrain, and styling. While the chassis/suspension hasn’t seen much change since 2005, there are several upgrades to allow customers to get more from their Tacoma on and offroad. For that BDS offers a 6″ performance lift system with FOX 2.5 coilovers and BDS chromoly UCAs. In this video Daryl from Victory 4×4 offers up a detailed walk through of the install along with tips and tricks along the way.
BDS 6″ Performance Coilover System w/ UCAs (see online)
295/70r18 Nitto Ridge Grappler Tires
18×9 Mamba Offroad M19 Wheels
Victory 4×4 Front/Rear Bumpers
Video: (view on YT)
The newest build to join the BDS fleet is this 2016 Toyota Tacoma, packed full of new technology, new styling and a stout chassis. While the truck is fairly capable in stock form, the BDS team had bigger plans for this truck to improve the overall look, stance, and off-road prowess. For that we turned to a some of the best names in the business to take this Tacoma to the next level. This truck will spend a fair amount of time on the road as well as the trail so we needed a setup that would be comfortable, capable and up to any beating we put on it. The BDS 6″ performance coilover system is the perfect upgrade to correct suspension geometry, add extra offroad protection, provide additional tire clearance and improve high-speed offroad dampening for better performance across any terrain. Along with the coilover system a pair of the new BDS chromoly upper control arms (UCA) were added for extra strength and improved ball joint position and to allow extra suspension travel. With the suspension installed that offered up clearance for 35×12.50 Pitbull PBX A/T tires on 18×9 KMC XD133 wheels. These tires offer a great all terrain pattern for on and off-road use, long tread life and limited road noise. The XD133 wheels have an awesome styling finished in a gray face with black simulated beadlock ring to match the styling of the truck. These wheels are 18×9 with 5″ backspacing (0 offset) which is ideal for use with our kit for fitting larger tires while offering sufficient clearance for the replacement steering knuckles from the BDS lift kit.
With the suspension, wheels, and tires knocked out the new upgrade was to the bumpers. While the factory bumpers are sufficient for everyday use, they limit tire clearance, overall strength and the ability to mount a winch and aftermarket lighting. We turned to Pelfreybilt and upgraded to a set of their steel replacement bumpers. What an improvement over stock, these bumpers checked every box with a heavy duty design and ability to add accessories. The bumpers are offered raw or powder coated, we opted for raw so we could do custom matte black powdercoating to match the graphics package we put on the truck. Mounted in the bumper is a Warn VR Series 10,000lb winch with synthetic rope to get us out of any tough position we may find ourselves in out on the trail. Attached to the front of that is the Factor 55 ProLink for safe recovery. Many times trail days turn into trail nights so improved lighting is a must for hitting the trail. Up front a Baja Designs 30″ S8 lightbar was added along with a pair of their Squadron cornering lights. These offer ample lighting at the flip of a switch in a clean, rugged housing. Out back a matching Pelfreybilt bumper was installed for added protection along with a pair of Baja Designs S2 backup lights. Finishing off the truck for the time being is an Extang SolidFold 2.0 tonneau cover providing us with dry storage for gear and supplies.
As with most project builds, this one is a work in progress and will continue to be upgraded with components and accessories to help it perform better on the trail and on pavement. Stay tuned for future updates on this build and keep an eye out for this Tacoma at an event near you.
2016 Toyota Tacoma 4wd V6
BDS 6″ Performance Coilover System w/ UCAs
35×12.50×18 Pitbull PBX A/T Tires
18×9 KMC XD133 Wheels (black/gray finish)
Pelfreybilt Front/Rear Steel Bumpers
Warn VR10000-s Winch w/ Factor 55 ProLink
Baja Designs Lighting (30″ S8 Lightbar, Squadron Corners, S2 Backup Lights)
Extang SolidFold 2.0 Tonneau Cover
Magellan TRX7 Offroad GPS
Each summer Max Dollinger and the Moab Offroad crew lead a week long 4wheeling road trip cleverly known as the Week O’ Wheeling. With a caravan of customers and vendors/sponsors lined up, Max leads the group through scenic backroads and hardcore wheeling, with interesting detours and trail side camping along the way. For 2016 BDS Suspension was excited to join back in as one of the title sponsors for what was known as the covered bridge tour.
Check out the feature length recap video from the 2016 Week O’ Wheeling: <click to view on YouTube>
Now available from BDS Suspension: 2.5″, 4.5″, 6.5″ suspension systems with optional FOX coilover conversion options for the 2017 Chevy/GMC HD Trucks. Find out more in the official new product announcement.