Project Raider vs Bundy Hill Offroad Park

Over the last couple months BDS’s Project Raider has grown up. This 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax started out as the test mule for development and product testing for the BDS 2.5″ coilover conversion system (torsion bar delete kit). With development and testing complete the truck was built up to debut the new system at the 2015 SEMA Show. That build up consisted of a modified N-Fab front bumper, nerf steps and a custom built rear bumper. 35″ Nitto Exo Grapplers were mounted on 20″ Fuel Hostage IIIs to improve the stance along with a T-Rex mesh grille, Bushwacker fender flares, Zroadz LED lighting and an Extang tonneau covers. Performance add-ons included an AFe cold air intake and Bully Dog programmer. Finishing off the truck was a custom “adventure edition” vehicle wrap.

After spending the past year pulling tow rig duties for BDS, attending events and making dealer stops from coast to coast, hitting trails and playing at the sand dunes it was time for this truck to go back under the knife for something bigger and badder. What the BDS R&D team came up with was a 6.5″ coilover conversion high clearance system, taking all the benefits of the tried and true high clearance IFS system, now with the torsion bar deleting FOX 2.5 DSC coilover conversion with high strength upper and lower control arms.

Initially Project Raider 2.0 was set up on a set of 37×12.50 M-16s on 20×9 Fuel Hostage IIIs which looked undersized for how the truck was set up with bumper and fender mods. From there the truck went to 38×13.50 Nitto Trails on 20×10 Fuel Vapors that gave it a strong stance and comfortable amount of clearance. These days the HD is running a set of 40×15.50 NittoTrail Grapplers on the 20×10 Fuel Vapors, which with the additional fender modifications do fit for on-road and mild off-road use. Check out the video of it in action out on the trails at Bundy Hill Offroad Park in Jerome, MI pretending it was a Jeep navigating the obstacles, rock garden and throwing mud in some epic drifts.

Project Raider vs Bundy Hill Video  [Click to View on YouTube]

Project Raider 2.0 also featured in the Powered by Performance Video [Click to View on YouTube]

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Over the last couple months BDS’s Project Raider has grown up, starting out equipped with the BDS 2.5″ coilover conversion on 35s, these days the HD Duramax is outfitted with the new BDS 6.5″ coilover conversion high clearance system on 40″ Nittos (with fender modification). Usually on tow vehicle duty, this past weekend Project Raider his the trails for a weekend pretending it was a Jeep at Bundy Hill Offroad Park in Jerome, MI. Check out the promo video with it in action. #projectraider

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Well, the 2015 edition of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is in the books and no sooner are the manufacturers and builders returning home to start planning for the 2016 show. This industry only show boasts something for every automotive enthusiast, from hotrodders to racers, lifted trucks, lowrider, powersports to restoration. The 4-day show is held at the beginning of November each year bringing in around 100,000 buyers/shops from around the world to check out the latest aftermarket parts from over 1000 vendors. Even the OEMs have gotten involved with the SEMA Show setting up large booths with cool concept rides, product demonstrations and more.

This is BDS’s 7th year attending the industry show and each the show gets bigger, pushing the limits, and more over the top with manufacturers stepping up to wow the attendees with over-the-top builds, new technology and the latest innovations. BDS has found a home in booth #30192, a 25×80′ booth along the outside of the South Hall, upper level where we team up with sister companies Zone Offroad Products and JKS Manufacturing to show off cool rides and the latest suspension and accessories for trucks and Jeeps. Each year our booth is designed around a theme, over the year’s we’ve build tailgate parties to camping scenes, but this year we kept with a simple one, black and tan. Tan carpet, tan and black vehicles flexed out throughout on tan display rocks, black backdrop banners and a black bar serving beers all week long.

It could be the free beer, the cool builds, new products or even the personel working the booth, but this year once again was a hugely success show for BDS Suspension and the other brands of Sport Truck USA. Scattered throughout the booth we had several vehicles on display including, #projectraider a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD to debut our 3” mid-travel coilover conversion system. Going down the line the Ultimate Adventure conquering #crawlorado – an LS2 powered BDS long arm equipped 1st gen Colorado, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler #AdventureEditionJK and #PlatinumChase, a 2015 Ford F250 Platinum running the BDS 8” coilover conversion system. Along with debuting the GM HD coilover conversion (available Spring 2016) and new products like F250 C/O and new Colorado/Canyon kits (available now), BDS was showing off the next generation spring loaded traction bars designed with adjustable resistance in a full floating bar for a great ride when you want it, and the ability to put the power down when you need it. The new tractions bars got the attention of many at the show and ever took home Diesel Tech Magazine’s Show Stopper Award for most innovative new product. We’ll have more info on these traction bars once they hit the market in Spring 2016. Throughout the show dealers stopped by to check out the new products and catch up with the team over a beer. The booth was buzzing with plenty of celebrity appearances from 4wheeling royalty, monster truck drivers, TV personalities and some of the most well known shops from around the country. A big thanks to everyone that came by the BDS/Zone/JKS Booth at SEMA 2015.

Around the expansive show BDS had nearly 50 trucks and Jeeps on display in featured vehicles spots and other vendor booths. To say BDS was well represented this year was an understatement. We had our best year yet showing at SEMA with several amazing builds sporting BDS suspension and accessories. A big thank you to everyone that made it out to show off their BDS -equipped trucks at SEMA. Check out some of the trucks from this year’s show and stay tuned for upcoming features of many of these rides online and in print magazines over the next couple weeks and months. See more pictures at On BDS’s Facebook Page.

To Check out Part 1 (SEMA Prep) and Part 2 (The Road to SEMA) for BDS’s 2015 SEMA adventure click the links.

 

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BDS’s Project Raider is hitting the road for SEMA. The last minute 2 week build up is featuring several new products and will make its debut as BDS’s new promotional tow rig in the BDS SEMA Booth #30192. The truck is built as a practical hauler right at home screaming through the desert as it does hauling a show trailer around the country. Build sheet includes:

Suspension: 3″ Coilover Conversion w/ UCA and LCA, Fox 2.5 Coilovers w/ DSC Adjusters, rear 2.5 Fox remote resi shocks w/ IFP bump stops.
Tires: 35×12.50×20 Nitto Exo Grapplers
Wheels: 20×9 Fuel Offroad Hostage III (5″ BSing)
Grille: T-Rex X-Metal grille
Bumpers: N-Fab RDS front bumper, BDS fabbed rear bumper
Lighting: zRoadz 40″ curved light bar (front) and 3″ cubes (rear)
Steps: N-Fab wheel-to-wheel nerf steps
Flares: Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender flares
Diff Cover: AFE aluminum finned rear cover
Bed Cover: Extang Revolution tonneau cover
Programmer: Bully Dog Diesel GT Platinum Tuner
Intake: AFE cold air intake

We’ll be hauling the Jeep JK for our sister company JKS Manufacturing to display at the show as well. Stop by the booth to check it our and stay tuned for updates on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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The rigs are ready, the displays are prepped. BDS is hitting the road for the 2000+ mile road trip out to Vegas for the 2015 SEMA Show November 3-6. This year we’ll be in our 25×80 ft booth, #30192 once again showing off the latest products BDS Suspension has to offer along with our sister company Zone Offroad and JKS Manufacturing. We’ll be showcasing several new products to the world including a revolutionary set of traction bars, GM coilover conversion, Ford/Ram radius arms just to name a few. We’ll have the beer available once again so stop by the booth to check out the rigs, see the new products and grab a beer with us. Stop by and pick up the latest eCatalog chocked full of new products and usefully tech. Take a load off in our lounge and watch videos of BDS in action on the trail from the last year. In the booth we’ll have 4 show rigs showing off the latest gear along with dozens scattered throughout the show in other booths and featured vehicle spots. As for our featured booth vehicles, this year we will have:

BDS-HD BDS-F250 BDS-Crawlorado JKS-Jeep
Project Raider – BDS’s 2015 Chevy 2500HD featuring the prototype BDS 3” C/O Conversion

 

Platinum Chase – Sarasota Ford’s 2015 F250 running the BDS 8” C/O Kit Project Crawlorado – Pacific Fabrication’s Ultimate Adventure 2015 Chevy Colorado running a custom BDS Long Arm Kit Adventure Edition JK –  JKS’s 2014 Jeep Wrangler running a JKS 3.5” Jspec Lift Kit

We hope to see you out at at the show. Be sure to stop by our booth in the south hall, upper level #30192. If you can’t make it, be sure to watch for coverage on the BDS Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

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Along with prepping the booth displays, prepping new products, and scheduling meetings for the week of SEMA, this year the BDS team is working on a last minute truck build to serve as one of the featured booth vehicles for us at the show. While SEMA is full of over the top builds, crazy paint jobs and and more LED lights than one could ever need, the BDS team was looking to build a capable, practical, and  reliable truck that is at much at home on the trail as it is on the road. While the BDS F250 and Project Slate have been excellent trucks, able to tackle the terrain or reliably tow a trailer across country at a moments notice, we had a need to show off some of our newest components for the GM trucks.

Last month we picked up the newest vehicle to join the BDS fleet, a black 4 door, short bed, 6.6L Duramax-powered, 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD dubbed Project Raider. Along with using this truck to prototype and test new products, it’ll be used as our primary tow vehicle for events getting displayed all around the country. While we offer the 4.5” and 6.5” high clearance, no torsion bar drop kits for the ’11-15 GM HDs, we wanted to show off some of the new developments we’ve been working on with FOX. This truck will be running a prototype 3” Coilover Conversion System with FOX 2.5” coilovers with DSC adjusters, upper and lower control arms, and FOX IFP bumps (more on this prototype kit to come in the future). For wheels and tires we wanted a tire that would be excellent on the highway, preform in the dirt, and has a heavy load rating with all the towing this truck will do. We turned to Nitto for a set of their 35×12.50×20 Exo Grapplers and mounted them on a 20×9 (5” BSing) Fuel Hostage III wheels for the aggressive styling and gray with black beadlock color to match the truck. Up front we’re swapping the factory bumper for a N-Fab RDS series bumper and mounting a 40” curved zRoadz LED light bar to light up the trail. All the chrome was colormatched and vinyl graphics were installed. The factory projector H/Ls remain and the stock LTZ grille is getting upgraded to a X-Metal unit from our friends at T-Rex. With the larger tires installed we’re adding a set of Bushwacker extend-a-fender flares for extra coverage. Additionally N-Fab wheel-to-wheel steps will be bolted on for extra rocker protection and ease cab access. The bed will feature an Extang revolution tonneau cover and spray in bedliner. In the the BDS team fabbed up a matching rear bumper to allow the factory hitch to be retained. AFe supplied a high capacity aluminum finned differential cover as well as a cold air intake system. A Bully Dog diesel GT tuner is also on the docket to bring this Duramax to life.

At this point the team is working feverishly to prep the truck. It his the road on Monday for the 2000+ mile road trip hauling SEMA displays and a Jeep for our sister company JKS Manufacturing. Stay tuned to see how it turns out and fore updates from the drive out to Vegas. We’ll be posting updates on the BDS Blog, Facebook and Instagram pages, #projectraider