While the mid-size truck market never died, it did have a bit of a lull over the over the last 2 decades with Ford, GM and RAM limiting their product offerings for the midsize market. That however is a thing of the past with most major auto manufacturers getting into the midsize truck marketing and competition heating up to be on top. Where the Tacoma seemed to control this market for years, the revival of Colorado and Canyon in 2015 with the diesel and ZR2 variants have brought competition. In 2019 Ford brought back the Ranger nameplate (with a Ranger Raptor variant available oversees. Anybody that knows BDS knows we're a fan of the new Ford Ranger and own a pretty cool custom long wheelbase motorsports inspired one that goes by the name RangerX.

At the same time RangerX was getting thrashed on during a 5 week build for Ford's booth at SEMA, the crew over at Air Designs was setting up their brand new 2019 Ranger to appear alongside. The plan was a little different... build a comfortable, yet capable everyday driver. Something that accentuates the factory styling and builds on the platform with key styling ques to give a nod to the Ranger Raptor. What they came up with is a header turning Ford Ranger, one that took home top honors at the 2018 SEMA Show and continues to get thrown into service both for events and promotional efforts as well to be used as an everyday driver.

This Ranger is running the BDS 3.5" UCA Llift system with FOX 2.0 coilovers and shocks, 33" Nitto tires on 20" Fuel wheels, a fully painted set of Air Designs trim enhancements to include a front skid plate, fender flares, hood scoop, fender vents, rocker panel and tailgate cladding along with a tailgate spoiler. LED lighting was added from Rigid and a Borla catback exhaust. Inside the truck has been fitted with a custom leather interior accents and Kicker audio system to set it off. All in all the guys over at Air Designs knocked it out of the park with this Ranger.

Vehicle:
2019 Ford Ranger XLT
2.3L Ecoboost w/ 10-speed

Build Sheet:
BDS 3.5" UCA Coilover System (#1545FSL)
FOX 2.0 IFP Coilovers and Shocks
33x12.50 Nitto Ridge Grapplers
20x9 Fuel Recoils
Custom Rock Slider Steps
Air Designs Full Styling Kit
- Fender Flares
- Hood Scoop
- Fender Vents
- Front Skid Plate
- Rocker Guards
- Tailgate Panel
- Tailgate Spoiler
- Interior Floor Mats
Painted Grille
Rigid LED Lighting
Borla Catback Exhaust System
Katskin Leather Interor
Kicker Audio System

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MX4 Edition Ford Ranger

In the world of classic Ford Broncos, Maxlider Bros has earned a reputation for creating award-winning restomods by bringing together late-model innovation with classic styling. With respect to upgrades and personalization, the sky is the limit. Every build features custom paint, suspension, engine mods, and even the number of doors you can get (check this thing out). Maxlider has made a niche for themselves by breathing new life into these old stallions through the integration of modern electronics, powertrain and suspension technology along with top-notch bodywork and paint. Several of their Bronco builds fetch 6-figure price tags as demand grows for classic Broncos following Ford's announcement to revive the Bronco nameplate. Its safe to say the Bronco is good business and the crew at Maxlider has mastered that craft.

So where does their business model go from here? There's only so many classic Broncos around and parts are becoming scarce. The answer lies in the popularity of lifting late-model trucks. Starting with the 2019 Ford Ranger and expanding out to other platforms, Maxlider has brought their eye for design and build expertise together to design, develop and outfit some of the coolest Ford Rangers around. What's more, they've partnered with dealerships around the country to offer these highly "upfitted" Rangers direct to consumer or through your local dealership backed by a factory warranty. Dubbed the MX4 Edition and available in an assortment of colors, these trucks come out swinging with the appearance and performance capability locked down. Every detail of these trucks has been addressed from their strong, beefy stance and larger tires to custom features with the grille, rack, badging, and more. This truck turns heads.

Starting up front, a Maxlider developed a custom mesh grille for unique styling with branding and additional lighting. From there, a custom low profile Razerrack roof rack is added along with an apocalypse-ready row of eight, extra-bright, Rigid XL LED cube lights. A set of high gloss running board steps are added for easier access. For suspension, Maxlider turned to BDS for a fully-build suspension package to not only lift ride height, but ultimately offer next-level comfort and offroad performance. The MX4 Ranger is fitted with a complete BDS 6" lift system that includes FOX 2.5" Factory Race Series remote reservoir coilovers up front and upper control arms. FOX 2.0 Performance Series IFP gas shocks are mounted in the rear. This suspension package offers increased strength, better dampening control, and more off-road capability with plenty of clearance for the included 35" BFG KM3 tires on 18x9 custom MX4 edition wheels.

Inside the cab, the interior is kept mostly original for a clean, modern appearance. The leather upholstery features custom-embroidered headrests. Each build has a unique badge to show that you are truly part of an elite club. Under the hood, the factory 2.8L EcoBoost has a few bolt-on accessories, exhaust, and a custom tune to give the Ranger MX4 an impressive 332 horsepower and 427FtLbs of torque. With multiple packages available, these trucks can be further accessorized to meet your needs. BDS is proud to have our suspension on these super cool Ranger builds. So now the real question, which color would you choose?

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Posted by Maxlider Motors, LLC on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Alberta Boys Custom did a fantastic job with this 2018 GMC Denali Dually with a Frost White Pearl coating, which has been nicknamed The Boar. This video gives you a great look of this beast out in the snow. With the Alberta Boys Custom team based out of Canada, there is plenty of snow to play in. For this truck its all about the details. There are custom-painted badges that match the frost white pearl exterior with hand-painted black edges for a subtle, but bold look.  This rig was built up for an adventure and ready for anything that comes its way. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Build Specs: 2018 GMC Denali Dually

BDS 4.5" Lift System
35x12.50 Toyo M/T Tires
22" Fuel custom finish wheels

The Alberta Boys Custom team goes all out for their reveal videos, so be sure to check out the one above as well as keep up on all their builds by following them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

This is one bad ass ride. Check out White Diamond; built by the team at Alberta Boys Custom. This 2018 RAM 2500 is built for on and offroad adventures. With the BDS 6" Suspension System, this truck has a smooth ride on road, while providing peace of mind when out on the trails. A lot of hard work goes into these builds; seeing the final product is always something we look forward to.

The Alberta Boys team goes all out for their reveal videos, so be sure to check out the one above as well as keep up on all their builds by following them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Build Specs: 2018 Ram 2500

BDS 6" 4-Link Lift System
BDS Dual Steering Stabilizer Kit
37x13.50x22 Toyo M/T Tires
24x12 American Force Wheels
Bushwacker Pocketstyle Flares

The team at Alberta Boys Custom has completely transformed this 2020 Toyota Tacoma. They wanted this truck to be mulitfunctional so that it had a smooth ride driving around town and was fully capable to go offroad. Tearing this rig apart and building it back up again is always something to look forward to especially with a creative team.  Alberta Boys Custom is young business that is always looking for new technology while maintaining the highest quality with their work. That is just one of the many reasons this team just landed a spot on National TV. There will be more to come from this team so be on the lookout!

BDS is always excited to work with this team. They do some really great work and each build has a unique personality. So when the Alberta Boys came to us with this Tacoma build, we were thrilled to be a part of it. While BDS hasn't released their 2020 Tacoma systems just yet, the Alberta Boys team was determined to find a way to make the 2019 kit fit. So after some slight modifications, they were able to to get this truck outfitted just right.

Be on the look out for more from the Alberta Boys Custom team by following them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Build Specs: 2020 Toyota Tacoma 4WD

BDS 6" Suspension System w/ FOX shocks
35x12.50 Toyo Open Country AT2 Tires
18x10 Fuel Offroad Rebel
F/R Body Armor 4x4 Bumpers
Custom Headlights w/ Morimoto high-beam projectors and laser etching,
Custom Taillights to match front
Tepui Rooftop Tent
Custom Colormatched Bodyliner (smooth and textured finish)
Custom Mudflaps by Five Star Auto Accessories
Rigid Industries Radiance Pods

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Truck Trend Magazine recently dove into a 2-part driveway tech article showing the ins and outs of how to install the BDS 4.5" High Clearance Coilover Conversion System for the 2001-2010 Chevy/GMC 2500HD trucks. While this is a fairly involved install and one we encourage the use of a hoist and a skilled technician to complete, automotive journalist Jason Gonderman took on the challenge and the results are pretty awesome. He picked up an older 2002 Chevy 2500HD on the cheap due to some motor and mechanical issues and over the course of the last year has brought readers along as he gets the truck running sound mechanically and starts upgrading to breath new life into this 'ol LB7 Duramax.

With the mechanical dialed in, Jason turned his attention to the suspension and decided to scrap the 2-decade old torsion bar suspension in favor of the BDS 4.5" High Clearance Coilover Conversion System. This system offs plush on-road ride quality, a vast improvement over the original torsion bar IFS along with FOX's race proven shock technology to handle the rough stuff when Jason thrashes it out in the southern California desert. The lift system is based off the BDS 4.5" lift system with high clearance crossmembers, heady duty skid plates, beefy differential correction and ductile iron steering knuckles and combines it with FOX 2.5 factory series coilovers with the remote DSC reservoir, heavy duty frame and LCA mounting brackets and BDS high strength UCAs for strength and improved suspension travel.

Jason walks through the conversion and highlights man of the common "weak points" of the HD that get addressed along the way. With the lift installed, Jason bolted on a set of BDS Recoil traction bars to help lay down the LB7's power going to a set of 37" Nitto Trail Grapplers mounted on 18x9 XD Grenades. Check out a few photos from the driveway install story below and to read the full story click on the links to check it out on Truck Trend.

More Info: Suspension Install Part 1Suspension Install Part 2