Another SEMA has come and gone, and wow what a year it was.  What has become the mecca for the automotive aftermarket, the SEMA Show is 4 days of sensory overload, from custom cars and trucks to race vehicles and innovations in automotive customization. Held the first week of November each year at teh las Vegas Convention Center this show brings in nearly 100,000 to check out more than 2000 vendors showcasing new products across the 1,000,000 sq.ft facility, in the surrounding parking lots, walkways and anywhere else that will fit these custom vehicles. BDS Suspension and its affiliates (Zone Offroad, JKS Mfg, and RT Pro) all of which make up the Sport Truck USA division of FOX were out in force this year at the 2017 SEMA Show bringing a bigger staff, bigger booth, and more vehicles to showcase out latest and greatest. Each year this seems to grow as more vendors, more vehicles, and more new products flood the show.

In the booth this year BDS had a large 25×80 footprint in the offroad section to showcase a number of project vehicles, new products, and a newly built bar/lounge area to entertain customers, clients, and media all week long. From right to left we showcased ORO Fab’s 2017 Ford F350 Super Duty Dually outfitted with the BDS 8″  Coilover 4-Link System on 40s, followed by the RT Pro RZR1000 Turbo running the gamut of RT Pro suspension and armor with FOX podium series shocks. Next to that the Rockstar Garage Colorado ZR2 expedition rig outfitted with a prototype BDS 5.5″ DSC Coilover System on 37s. Front and center the new bar/lounge area featured a newly built 16ft wide bar serving up cold beers, waters and Rockstar energy drinks all week long. Acting as backdrop to the bar all week was a 6100 Spec Chassis owned/built by Pacific Fabrication/Tilden Motorsports serving as one of the TV stand to entertain visitors all week long. Last but certainly not least the last vehicle spot was held be another 6wheeled monster, this one being the 6×6 JKU built by Bruiser Conversions running a BDS long arm front with JKS rear arms and FOX coilovers/shocks on 40s. Scattered throughout the booth were several new products and displays highlighting things like the soon to be released late model GM1500 8″ Lift Kits, ’01-10 GM 2500HD 4.5″/7″ Coilover Conversion Kits, RAM Rebel Lift Kits, RAM Powerwagon Lift Kits, new Ford Super Duty Lift Kits, new UCA Kits for popular applications and updated 2018 model listings. Keep an eye out for these new products to hit the shelves ready to ship over the coming weeks/months.

While its become customary for the BDS team to build a promotional/trail vehicle to debut at the SEMA Show, this year we had the honor to build a truck for Ford’s main booth. Located over in central hall and out front of LVCC, Ford hands down has the best presence at SEMA of any of the OE manufacturers showcasing cool rigs, live demos and drift ride alongs for show goers. Our contribution for Ford’s booth this year was a super cool standard cab, short bed converted 2017 Ford Super Duty dubbed Project SD126. The short (126″) wheelbase truck had aggressive Raptoresque styling with a BDS 4-link/trailing arm setup with FOX coilovers and bypass shocks on 42″ tires. We’re excited to hit the trail with this vehicle to see what its capable of so keep an eye out for more coverage on SD126. For the complete rundown on the build up of Project SD126 click here.

Around the show were dozens of vehicles on display, split between booth and featured vehicles, in a wide range of Ford, Chevy, GMC, RAM, Toyota, and Jeep applications showing off current and new products. A big thanks to all the builders for their hard work and effort to promote BDS and our affiliates at SEMA this year. For everyone that stopped by the booth to check out the vehicles, new products, and grab a drink with with our staff thank you for helpign make the 2017 SEMA Show one for the ages. Stay tuned to the BDS website and social media outlets to see more coverage from SEMA, official releases of new products, and feature coverage on several of the vehicles from the show.

 

Power Auto Media (home to Diesel Army, Xtreme Offroad and other great titles) stopped by the Ford Booth at SEMA to check out our latest creation, Project SD126. This brand new 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty was on the main stage where it entertained the masses the entire week of SEMA. Check out the interview and walk around of this standard cab, short bed converted Raptor Super Duty created by the team at BDS Suspension. For more on Project SD126 click here.

BDS Project SD126, if you haven’t spotted all our teaser shots on social media over the last couple months then here’s your introduction to the newest addition to the BDS family. Completed earlier this week, the BDS R&D team has gone above and beyond to overhaul your run of the mill 2017 Super Duty into a one off show piece built to not only look good, but perform out on the trails and open desert. This frame off overhaul includes off the shelf parts from some of the best companies in the industry combined with top level fabrication from BDS build team. What started as an idea to bring back an old favorite has evolved into a super cool and over the top 2017 Ford Super Duty SCSB Diesel that turns heads everywhere it goes. To get the full rundown on how this project came to be check out the 5-part build series available now at:

Episode 1     /     Episode 2     /     Episode 3     /     Episode 4     /     Episode 5

See below for a rundown through the parts list for Project SD126 along with some of teh finished photos of the truck. If you’re heading out to the 2017 SEMA Show be sure to check it out in the Ford Booth, #22200 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. BDS Suspension and our other brands will be set up in our usual spot, #30192 in the upper level of South Hall along the inside wall so be sure to stop by to check out the other project rigs, several new product announcements and grab a beer or water with the BDS crew. Click here for more info on our 2017 SEMA Show Plans.

Project SD126

Vehicle:
 – 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty 4wd [more info]
 – 6.7L Powerstroke Diesel
 – 6R140 TorqShift 6-Speed Transmission

Modifications:
 – Custom short bed conversion (126″ wheelbase)
– PPG Night Metallic Orange Paint by Butler Body Shop [more info]
 – BDS Front 4-Link Coilover Conversion [more info]
– BDS Rear Trailing Arm Conversion
 – FOX 2.5 Factory Race Series DSC Coilovers (14″ Travel – F/R) [more info]
– FOX 3.0 Factory Race Series Quadruple Bypass Shocks (14″ Travel – F/R)
– FOX 2.0 IFP Bump Stops (F/R)
– Pac Racing Coil Springs and Sway Bars (F/R) [more info]
– Custom Heavy Duty Steering Linkage w/ FOX ATS stabilizer
– JE Reel Driveshafts  (F/R) [more info]
– F450 10-Lug Axles (Dana 60/M300) with 4.30:1 Gears
– 42×14.50×20 BF Goodrich Baja TA KR2-S Tires [more info]
– 20×11 Stazworks Cheyenne 8 Wheels [more info]
– McNeil Racing 6″ Fiberglass Fenders and Bedsides [more info]
– RK Sport Ram Air Hood [more info]
– Rogue Racing Bumpers (F/R) [more info]
– Warn Zeon 12S Winch [more info]
– Factor 55 Fairlead and FlatlinkE [more info]
– Rigid LED Lights (RDS, Radiance, SR-M) [more info]
– Custom Smoked Headlights
– Recon Smoked Cab, Mirror, 3rd Brake Lights [more info]
– Amp Research Powersteps [more info]
– PRP Racing Enduro Recliner Seats and 5.3 Harnesses [more info]
 – Custom Center Console/Cage
– Kicker Audio Speakers and 12″ CompRT Sub [more info]
– Magellan eXplorist TRX7 GPS [more info]
 – EZ LYNK AutoAgent Tuner [more info]
 – S&B Filters Cold Air Intake [more info]
 – Diamond Eye Performance DPF-Back Exhaust System [more info]

Be sure to check out Project SD126 in person at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV from Oct.31-Nov.3 located in the Ford Booth #22200 of Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

To catch up on Episode 1 / Episode 2 / Episode 3 / Episode 4 of the Project SD126 Build, click the links.


After a couple months designing, cutting, building and modifying the truck was delivered to Butler Auto Body to get painted and the suspension parts were sent to powdercoat. At first there is a weird sense of anxiety and relief as the build is out of our hands at the moment and in the capable hands of Butler Auto Body to lay down some color. That relief quickly changed to work as the team is also responsible for designing and building all the new product displays and both props needs for our booth (#30192) at the 2017 SEMA Show. Switching gears the team built a 15ft wide modular bar for us to serve drinks, TV racks to keep everyone entertained and several new products displays to debut some of our latest and greatest to the world…

Butler Body Shop made quick work of the body, prepping and painting it in a super cool orange by PPG paints from their Smart ForTwo collection known as Night Orange Metallic (CD3L / EAK). From interior to exterior, the team took on painting the body and bumpers to the interior panels and emblems implementing an Metallic Orange – Satin Gray – Gloss Black color scheme that tied everything together from the gray/black/orange of the suspension parts to the black interior with orange/gray accents and everywhere else. The color is something else, super bright and it changes depending on the lighting.

With the truck back from paint the team got back to work on final assembly. Up first was fitting the suspension and axles so we could get this back to being a rolling chassis. The BDS front 4-link arms and rear trailing arm setup is finished in a gray powdercoat and custom BDS badges added. The shock situation on this truck is under control with FOX 2.5 DSC Coilovers at each corner along with FOX 3.0 quadruple bypass shocks allowing infinite adjustment and tuning possibilities to dial in the performance of this truck. From there the team worked on routing brake lines, running wires and completely reassembling the truck inside and out. Being that the chassis has been shortened we turned to our friends at JE Reel for a custom set of front and rear heavy duty driveshafts to get this truck mobile again. Inside the PRP seats/harnesses, Kicker audio system, and Magellan GPS were reinstalled along with the center console for the last time. Inner fenders were fitted one last time and fenders were bolted back on. On the performance side the team added to the S&B cold air intake mounted before paint with a Diamond Eye Performance DPF-back custom exhaust and an EZ LYNK programmer. The ROgue Racing enforcer bumper is modular with the center section getting fitted first housing the Warn Zeon 12S winch and Factor 55 fairlead and flatlink E. From there the 40″ Rigid RDS light bar is added to the center and a set pf 4 Rigid Radiance lights with amber backlight are added to the Rogue bumper wings to finish off the off the look. Last up is wheels and tires… to keep this truck true to its Raptor inspired roots we’re going with a tires synonymous with Baja racing, the BF Goodrich Baja TA KR2-S in a 42×14.50×20 size. These will be mounted on a set of 2-piece 20×11 Stazworks Cheyenne 8 wheels in our 10on225mm bolt pattern. We’re excited to show you the final product, stay tuned for the official unveiling of this truck coming soon…

[Continue on to see the finished SD126 build]

To catch up on Episode 1 / Episode 2 / Episode 3 of the Project SD126 Build, click the links.
We’re back with another update on BDS’s Project SD126. With the shortened frame back from paint the team is getting started on reassembly. First step position the frame directly below the cab so it can be lowered down using the hoist after the powertrain is reinstalled. From there the cab is sent back up to give us room to slide the engine, transmission and transfer case assembly back onto the frame. Once motor and transmission mounts are tightened back down the cab is lowered into place, wires are reconnected and suspension is installed and this truck gets reassembled and ready for paint.

To go along with the high-end race ready suspension going under this truck we’re upgrading 8-lug Dana60/Sterling axles from out F250 to 10-lug Dana60/M300 axles out of an F450 truck. Along with converting over to a 10on225mm bolt pattern and substantially stronger, has 4.30 gearing stock, the front axle is 3″ wider at the inner-C to give us additional clearance away from the suspension components without effecting clearance to the fenders. In place of the factory dually hub spacers we machined custom sets of 1″ front and 2.5″ rear spacers to achieve even track width front and rear being as we are converting the rear over to a SRW setup. With the 10-lug axles now at the shop the team got to work removing factory mounts and adding the 1/4″ brackets for our suspension arms and shocks as well as a front truss, heavy duty steering linkage, custom diff covers and a rear brake outboard kit with Willwood drilled rotors.

Back on the body the bed is continuing to be prepped to be installed. The fiberglass bedsides were final fitted and inner fender liners were built to accommodate the 6″ flare. Inside of the aluminum bed the holes were cut to allow the rear coilover/shock towers from the frame to stretch up into the bed and a pair of aluminum enclosures were TIG-welded in place. One of the issues that came up from shortening the frame was lack of space to mount the factory fuel tank and DEF  tanks due to the drivetrain and exhaust occupying the same space. The solution, a custom 20-gallon fuel cell to install in place of the factory spare tire. With measurements taken the crew fabricated the fuel cell it to integrate the factory sending unit and a custom built aluminum DEF-tank. With the tanks relocated to the rear of the vehicle a new filler needed to be built so the team fabbed on into the rear driver side inside the bed.

For the suspension, this truck is getting a BDS 4-link front conversion along with an HD adjustable track bar + track bar relocation, drop pitman arm and oversized steering linkage to keep everything in phase. In the rear the leaf springs are getting switched out for a HD trailing arm setup more commonly found on trophy trucks and Ultra4 racers. For shocks this truck is being fitted with 14″ travel FOX 2.5 factory race series coilovers with a piggyback DSC as well as a 14″ travel FOX 3.0 factory race series quadruple bypass shock and FOX 2.0 IFP bump stops at each corner. The coils and sway bar assemblies are from Pac Racing to keep body roll under control out on the trail.

The cab and front clip are going through final assembly in preparation for paint with the RK Sport hood, Mcneil Racing fenders and Rogue Racing bumpers getting dialed into place. Inside the cab the custom console is getting closer to completion to integrate 12″ Kicker sub, Magellan TRX7 offroad GPS and PRP Racing 5.3 harnesses. With all components coming together the the truck was loaded up and sent back over to Butler Body Shop on the other side of town for paint prep and to lay down the PPG Night Orange Metallic paint (CD3L, EAK). Check back next week to see how the paint turned out and watch as the team does final assembly to get this truck to SEMA.

[Click here to continue on to Episode 5]

To catch up on Episode 1 or Episode 2 of the Project SD126 Build, click the links.

Checking back in on the build progress, the team is getting even deeper into this truck and starting off the week with even more tear down. While last week had the cab and bed removed in preparation to shorten the frame down for the short bed conversion, this week the 6.7L Powerstroke, TorqShift transmission and transfer case are coming out so the crew can do the frame surgery to shorten the frame down and add the suspension mounts and fully weld them in for a clean, factory look with extra strength and more offroad performance once completed.

With the end goal to give this a factory-equipped, the frame cuts are going right along factory seams. Ultimately 16″ are getting cut out to convert over from SCLB to SCSB. Similarly the factory suspension mounts are being removed and ground down like they were never even there. In their place the team is working on new suspension mounts for the 4-link front and trailing arm rear, integrating the mounts right into the frame rails and welding them on for a factory appearance. Along with mounting the arms, mounts are also being added to correct steering and upgrade to FOX 2.5 coilovers, 3.0 external bypass shocks and 2.0 IFP bump stops. With careful measuring and plenty of CAD, these mounts are a perfect fit… ready for prep and paint over at Butler Body Shop in Coldwater, MI to give it a factory black look.

With the frame off at paint the build team continues to build components for this Super Duty. With the cab still on the hoist the team has a set of PRP Racing Enduro Recliner seats installed finished in black with orange trim and a SD126 embroidered into the seat back. Fitted around the seats the guys are building a custom console/roll bar to add style and function to this build.

Lastly this week, the team got started on building front 4-link arms and rear trailing arms for the build, stay tuned for a full rundown of these in an upcoming episode.

[Click here to continue on to Episode 4]