Earlier this year we had the pleasure of hanging out with the one and only 2018 JL Chase Truck built by the team at Bruiser Conversions out of Florida. Yes it resembles a Gladiator on steroids, but it started life as a Wrangler JLU long before the arrival of the JT where the crew cut and customized it into this ultra capable, purpose built Jeep chase truck with an LS under the hood, BDS suspension and 42" BFGs.
This Jeep is running an assortment of accessories, plenty of trail proven bolt-on accessories and gobs of one-off fabrication. Outfitted with a full workshop worth of tools, gas, welder and more right in the bed, this go anywhere Jeep made its debut at the 2018 SEMA Show in Warn's booth. If you remember back to those pre-COVID days, this Jeep made quite the splash, check out the original walk around video following that show.
When it comes to fullsize truck, the RAM HD's with their workhorse 6.7L Cummins are oftentimes a crowd favorite. Stout truck, powerful motor and a factory 4-link suspension with solid axles. Ray had bigger plans for this 2012 RAM 3500, so he turned to BDS and upped it with a BDS 8" long arm system along with the FOX shocks and stabilizers to fit the 40s. From there crew at TriState Line-X added a slew of acessories, performance mods, armor and more.
All in all Ray has configured his build to meet his needs, handle his on/off road adventures, tow, commute and more making this an awesome daily driver built for use and abuse.
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.
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.
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.