BDS Project Go Beyond

Well here she is, after 2 months of hard work, hundreds of hours and skilled fabrication by the BDS engineers and R&D team Project Go Beyond is ready. Designed as the ultimate 2020 Ford Super Duty overlander, this truck features an assortment of purpose built accessories and custom touches. See this 2020 Ford Super Duty this week in Las Vegas at the 2019 SEMA Show in Ford's booth, #22200 of central hall.

Build Specs for Project Go Beyond:

2020 Ford F350 Super Duty 4WD (Crew Cab, Long Bed)
6.7L Powerstroke Diesel, 10-speed Transmission, 2-speed T-Case

Chassis/Suspension:
BDS 4” Radius Arm Lift System
FOX 2.5 DSC Coilovers and 2.0 IFP Shocks
BDS/FOX Dual Steering Stabilizer Kit
BDS GlideRide Rear Leaf Springs
Ridetech Level Tow Air Bag System

Wheels & Tires:
40x14.50x20 Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 Tires
20x10 Method NV605 Black Wheels (4.5" BS)

Powertrain Mods:
Banks Power Derringer Tuner w/ iDash Data Monster
Ford Performance/Borla Catback Exhaust System

Interior Mods:
Katzkin premium mahogany and black leather upholstery w/ customer embroidery
Kicker Audio System (VSS System and BF400 Portable Bluetooth Speakers)

Exterior Mods:
2-Tone Paint - OE Agate Black and Chroma Elite Copper
Knapheide Utility Box w/ Custom Built Rack System
Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter Front Bumper
Warn Zeon 12-S Winch with Sidewinder Hook
Ford Performance "Tremor" Running Boards
(BDS) Custom Fabricated Rear Bumper
(BDS) Custom Fabricated Modular Bed Rack System
Rigid LED Lighting (40" RDS, SR-Series, A-Series and D-Series)
Fiberwerx Front Fiberglass Fenders (4" Bulge)
Dometic CFX-75DZW Electric Cooler on MSA 4x4 Drop Slide
CuisineArt 2-Burner Gas Grill
MaxTrax MKII Recovery Devices
Rotopax 2.5 Gallon Fuel and Water Containers
Hi-Lift Xtreme 60" Jack and Accessories
Shovel Kit
Warn Epic Recovery Kit
Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform with Backbone mounting system
James Baroud USA Evasion XXL Hardshell Tent
James Baroud USA Retractable Awning
2000-Watt Power Inverter and 12V Power Supplies
Ridetech Air Compressor and 2 Gallon Tank

BDS Project Go Beyond

For paint and body work, the team turned to Butler Body Shop for their close proximity and great track record painting our vehicles. A 2-tone pattern was selected tying in the OE Agate Black paint up top with Chroma Elite Copper on the lower half and a white aluminum pinstripe running along the OE body line.

With the truck back from paint  and other accessories returning from powdercoat, its a mad dash to the finish. As with most SEMA builds the "SEMA crunch" is in full effect as the team pulls long nights and early shifted to get the truck reassembled for the final time. The tent, lighting and other recovery gear are added and all wiring is completed either going through the factory upfitter switches or through the rear battery disconnect switch. The storage cabinets are loaded with kitchen and camping gear along a compressor/tank kit to run tools and fill tires. A 2000-watt power inverter and 12V power supplies were added along with Kicker BF400 portable bluetooth speakers. The winch and lighting are added back in the bumpers, the bed tray reinstalled and fitted with accessories. Due to the height of this truck, the original plan to mount the Dometic CFX-75DZW electric fridge and 2-burner gas grill directly on the CargoGlide for easy access wasn't going to work unless your 7ft+ tall so MSA 4x4 drop slide outs were ordered from Australia and shipped in. These allow the "kitchen" to not only be pulled out but also lowered 12" for ease of use at the campsite.

From here the team still has several projects to button up on the Super Duty, stay tuned for the final reveal of Project Go Beyond and if you're attending the 2019 SEMA Show look for it on display in Ford's booth #22200 in Central Hall.

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The build team is really catching their stride, working together to fit, fab and finish prep on the various components. Up front a Addictive Desert Designs stealth fighter front winch bumper is bolted into place. While it would typically fit like a glove the flared fenders require the ends to be cut and extended out to match the new bulged body line of this truck. This bumper will allow fitment of a Warn Zeon 12S Platinum winch with synthetic rope and a Sidewinder hook. For lighting a Rigid 40" RDS lightbar and dual 10" SR LEDs were added to outshine the night. In the rear, we were looking to match the styling of the ADD front while working off the larger Knapheide service box. The build team designed and build a custom rear bumper that integrates the hitch, more Rigid LED lighting and shackle mount recovery points. With the bumper knocked out the team turned to the fuel filler. With no direct compatibility between the service box and custom fuel tank the team devised a plan to fit build out a mount to house the factory filler neck and fuel door to integrate into one of the storage compartments giving a clean, OE appearance and functionality for both the diesel fuel and DEF fluid. The setup allows independent use of the fuel filler door or storage compartment.

Storage... its key when building an overlander. Along with the added storage capacity of the Knapheide service box, a custom modular bed rack is being built to maximize storage and allow fitment of a James Baroud Evasion XXL hardshell tent, Maxtrax recover devices, Rotopax fuel and water storage, Rigid flood lighting, A James Baroud awning, Hi-Lift 60" extreme jack, shovel, fire extinguisher, ladder and other gear. Above the cab a Rhino Rack was added to the roof of the truck with the help of their low profle Backbone mounting system. This will offer additional storage as well as a roof top "deck" easy to access from the tent.

These new 2020 Super Duty trucks have several front grille and headlight options to match the different OE trim packages. While this truck is an XLT with the standard halogen lights and chrome surround grille, the plan was to fit LED headlights and a particular grille only found on a few top trim level F450 models. Being these trucks aren’t out yet there wasn't an option to pick one up from the local Ford dealer so after some digging we ran across Lack Trim Systems, the OE supplier that was able to accommodate our request and get us the grille we were looking for. All it needs now is some paint will be taken care of at the same time as the rest of the truck. An OE set of LED headlights were sourced along with a LED conversion harness from The Retrofit Source. Stay tuned for Episode 4 as this truck gets painted and and the team does final assembly with less than a week before it hits the road for SEMA.

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BDS Project Go Beyond

With a game plan in place and a multitude of various parts and accessories converging on the build site in Coldwater, MI the build team continued to fit accessories. Up front a set of Fiberwerx fiber fenders were fitted . These feature a larger opening and 4" bulge to more tire clearance and extra tire coverage. These flares in combination with the 4" BDS coilover system installed in the last episode give clearance to allow a set of 40x14.50x20 Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 tires to be installed mounted temporarily on a set of wheels. The plan for the show is to mount them on a set of 20x10 Method NV605 in black to get the look and stance. To help with the extra weight and carrying capacity of the team added a Ridetech level tow airbag system that integrates ride height sensors and compressor to automatically level the stance when loaded down with gear or towing heavy loads.

Already at this point the Knapheide service box has been on and off the truck a few times as the team checks clearances and begins preparing other accessories around it. One fitment issue that needs to be addressed at this point is the rear fenders. The rear fender openings weren't going to allow enough clearance for the 40s so the team fabbed up a set of rear fenders to accommodate a much larger wheel arch along with building out a flare to match the OE styling for a clean appearance.

Next step was bed access. With the size of this truck and the need to ease access to gear and supplies the inside of the bed by fitting a CargoGlide CG2200XL slide out tray. The slide out is easy to use with the ability to extend a full 8ft and can support up to 2200lbs. The plan is to use this to mount out fridge, grill, spare tires and gear storage. With the truck sitting much taller than stock a set of Ford Performance "Tremor" running boards were added to allow easier access to the command center. Moving inside the stock factory cloth bucket seats and rear bench were pulled in favor of some upgrades. The crew at Auto Image made quick work of installing a custom set of Katzkin premium mahogany and black leather seat skins with silver piping and embroidered headrests. Stay tuned to see how those turn out and how they'll tie into the paint scheme.

At this point the shop is full of parts, some removed and others freshly received. Measurements have been taken and the team is hard at work designed the rack, the bumper mods and other parts in preparation for next steps. Stay tuned for Episode 3 for more as Project Go Beyond starts to take shape.

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Overlanding...  a popular buzzword these days when it comes to getting outdoors and going offroad. Designed to haul all your gear, food, sleeping quarters, spare parts and more what used to be camping has grown into so much more. Overlanding can be done on a budget with a rusted out old truck or Jeep and basic amenities or it can be unattainable to most as is the case with something like an EarthRoamer. There's an option for everyone and for most its finding somewhere in between, starting with a comfortable, capable 4x4 and adding the must-haves, tent, recovery gear, extra storage, mild lift kit and larger tires.

For the team at BDS, when it came time to add a vehicle to the company fleet they knew they wanted to build an overlander. Something both practical and attention grabbing, something capable off the grid or extended periods of time while being comfortable for long highway commutes. The Ford Super Duty is the perfect platform to start with, with a strong fully boxed frame, solid front and rear axles, huge carrying capacity, workhorse of a diesel motor and ample aftermarket product support. With the opportunity to get their hands on a new 2020 F350 Super Duty months ahead of the public, the team sent out to overhaul this new truck to be the first and most extreme overlanding 2020 Super Duty build to date, a project code name Project Go Beyond.

Basic specs:
2020 Ford F350 Super Duty XLT 4WD (crew cab, long bed)
6.7L Powerstroke Diesel, 10speed Transmission, 2-speed T-case

Getting Started...

With the truck on site in early September the team got to work tearing down the stock truck, pulling the grille, fenders, bumpers, bed, seats, stereo, fuel tank, exhaust, and suspension out of the truck to make way for the upgrades. First up to get installed was the suspension. An off the shelf BDS 4" radius arm coilover system was bolted on to improve performance and give this truck some extra clearance for the massive 40" tires planned. This kit features BDS's heavy duty tubular radius arms, DSC coilovers, track bar and pitman arm for steering correction, dual front stabilizer kit, Glideride rear leaf springs and Recoil traction bars.

Once the lift kit was installed the team turned their attention to the fuel tank unbolting the stock 34 gallon tank and replacing it with a Titan Tank 65 gallon direct fit replacement. This nearly doubles the range for long excursions and bolts right into the OE location. From there the team moved onto test fitment of the Knapheide aluminum service box. Typically used on fleet service trucks, its an interesting concept to utilize the ample storage and see how they cross over to overlanding needs. These service boxes are readily available and a fraction of the cost of most "overland tray/box combos on the market.

With the suspension, fuel tank and service box fitted calls are being made, measurements are being taken, plans are being formulated and orders are being placed to get ready for the next steps of this build. Stay tuned for the next installment of build coverage in Episode 2 and be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram for sneak peeks of the progress.

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Well the crew from BDS Suspension has been hard at work transforming their latest build, code name Go Beyond and being built to debut at at the 2019 SEMA Show in the Ford Motor Company booth #22200. Starting with the workhorse 2020 Ford F350 Super Duty this truck is among only a handful of 2020s to be on display at this year's show.

Among the Rangers, F150s, Expeditions, Escapes, and Mustangs Ford will be  displaying five custom Super Duty trucks this year at SEMA. “Super Duty customers love to personalize their trucks, whether modified for the street, off-road, towing and hauling or the ultimate in recreational use,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories. “For 2020 Super Duty customers, these SEMA trucks feature new levels of incredible customization, capability and performance.”

Here is what Ford had to say about Go Beyond:

"BDS Suspension’s project Go Beyond is outfitted as the ultimate off-road adventure 2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab XLT. Building on Super Duty’s robust platform, BDS Suspension has transformed this truck into a purpose-built overland rig designed for extended exploration off the grid. Powered by the 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel, it’s fitted with a BDS Suspension 4-inch radius arm lift with Fox 2.5 factory race Dual Speed Compression coilovers and shocks. Enlarged wheel openings host massive 40-inch Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ P3 tires mounted on 20-inch Method Race 605 NV-series wheels, making this F-350 Super Duty ready to tackle rough terrain.

An Addictive Desert Designs stealth fighter front bumper offers improved protection while housing a Warn Industries Zeon 12S winch with Rigid LED lights for off-road trekking at night. Out back, the truck is fitted with a Knapheide aluminum service box to store everything needed for long trips in the wild, ranging from a hard-shell tent and awning, Dometic CFX-75DZW electric refrigerator, two-burner gas grill, propane tank with custom mount, Ridetech air compressor kit with air tank, power inverter, collapsible aluminum table and camp chairs.

BDS Suspension’s Go Beyond project looks ready for adventure both inside and out. It features custom agate black and chroma elite copper paint paired with custom Katzkin black and mahogany leather seats and Kicker VSS audio system."

For More Info:

Find out more about Ford's plans for SEMA in their full media press release at: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/media-kits/2019/ford-at-sema-2019.html

Stay tuned for updates and teasers on Project Go Beyond on:
BDS Blog  |  Facebook  |  Instagram
#ProjectGoBeyond.

The week of SEMA we'll be rolling out the entire build series showing how this truck came to be the ultimate overlander.