BDS Project Go Beyond

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.

SEMA 2019 is just around the corner and the BDS team has been working away on this year's build. As for now, all we are saying is that this rig will be built for the ultimate overland adventure. We're excited to get off the grid and Go Beyond.

We have a lot more work to do on this rig. Stay tuned because we have a lot coming! #ProjectGoBeyond

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With SEMA right around the corner the team at BDS is busy overhauling their latest project vehicle. Over the years they've built some wicked rides, outfitted to be right at home on the trail and on the highway. From one off Jeeps to off-the-shelf Chevy HDs and a handful of Fords, BDS continues to use these SEMA opportunities to show off their design and fabrication skills as well as highlight key products available on the market. Check out some of our past build threads:

This year the team is building an overlander, a low slung rig built for long adventures of back country exploration, camping and self sufficient when getting off the grid away. So what's your guess, what vehicle did BDS choose to be their ultimate overlander???

Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks as this build comes together to debut at the 2019 SEMA Show. #ProjectGoBeyond