Earlier this year we had the pleasure of hanging out with the one and only 2018 JL Chase Truck built by the team at Bruiser Conversions out of Florida. Yes it resembles a Gladiator on steroids, but it started life as a Wrangler JLU long before the arrival of the JT where the crew cut and customized it into this ultra capable, purpose built Jeep chase truck with an LS under the hood, BDS suspension and 42" BFGs.

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This Jeep is running an assortment of accessories, plenty of trail proven bolt-on accessories and gobs of one-off fabrication. Outfitted with a full workshop worth of tools, gas, welder and more right in the bed, this go anywhere Jeep made its debut at the 2018 SEMA Show in Warn's booth. If you remember back to those pre-COVID days, this Jeep made quite the splash, check out the original walk around video following that show.

When it comes to fullsize truck, the RAM HD's with their workhorse 6.7L Cummins are oftentimes a crowd favorite. Stout truck, powerful motor and a factory 4-link suspension with solid axles. Ray had bigger plans for this 2012 RAM 3500, so he turned to BDS and upped it with a BDS 8" long arm system along with the FOX shocks and stabilizers to fit the 40s. From there crew at TriState Line-X added a slew of acessories, performance mods, armor and more.

All in all Ray has configured his build to meet his needs, handle his on/off road adventures, tow, commute and more making this an awesome daily driver built for use and abuse.

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Ultra4 Racing continues to grow in popularity and has become a juggernaut of an offroad racing series with classes for all types of vehicles and attracting racers and fans from around the world. While King of the Hammers is still the pinnacle event in the series drawing massive crowds, major advertisers and media, other races are gaining in popularity as fans come to check out the adrenaline-packed offroad racing action at spots like Area BFE in Utah, AOP in Tennessee, and Sturgis in South Dakota and Crandon in Wisconsin. For a full list of races in the series check out Ultra4 Racing.

Over the last several years, BDS has supported Kevin Stearns, owner of Tilden Motorsports as he's climbed the ranks and moved from the super capable 4500-class (aka Every Man's Challenge) to premiere 4400-class (aka Unlimited) within the Ultra4 Racing Series. With several podium finishes under his belt he continues to battle it out in the unlimited series. We caught up with Kevin out at the Area BFE Beatdown earlier this Spring ahead of the race to get the lowdown on his current racecar.

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BDS/DirtyLife/Tilden #11 Specs

  • Fishmouth Fab Chassis
  • IFS (17" Travel) w/ FOX 2.5 FRS Coilovers, 3.0 FRS Bypass Shocks, and 2.0 IFP Bump Stops
  • Trailing Arm Rear (28" Travel) w/ FOX 2.5 FRS Coilovers, 4.0 FRS Bypass Shocks, and 2.0 IFP Bump Stops
  • Tilden Motorsports 450ci LS Engine (700+ HP)
  • C&R Coolers
  • Warn 9.0Rc Winch
  • 40x13.50x17 Nitto Trail Grapplers
  • 17x9 Dirty Life Roadkill Beadlocks
  • PRP Racing Seats, Harnesses, Nets and Steering Wheel
  • RCV 300M Axle Shafts and CVs
  • Baer Brake System
  • Optima Batteries
  • Safecraft Fire Suppression System

What happens when (2) YouTube influencers team up on a 2021 Ford F150? Well we found out last week as the team at TC (Town & Country) Customs linked up with Mike from AutoVlog to take one of the first 2021 F150s on the road to new heights with a BDS 4" Coilover System featuring FOX 2.5 R/R coilovers ready to clear a set of 35s.  In this video, Mike gets to check out his truck for the first time since the installation. We can feel his excitement! The system gives the truck the perfect ride height for daily driving. This kit is designed to improve on-road handling and offroad capability. You can learn more about the BDS 4" lift system for the 2021 Ford F150 here.

Additional Modifications:
35x12.50" Nitto Ridge Grappler Tires
20x12 Fuel Triton Wheels
Black & Red Emblem updates
Magnaflow black tip exhaust

Check out TC Customs YouTube Channel at : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEz0h11howxSAh_cvZsfhyA
Check out AutoVlog's YouTube Channel at : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsPtLTDL0sEsBWGbYGoVVEg

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