Curtis Motorsports is a Vegas-based offroad race team that lives and breathes the offroad scene whether its racing multiple classes of UTVs and trophy trucks or recreational UTV tours, Kevin Curtis and his team are all in on it In preparation for the Mint 400 we stopped by their race shop to check out all of the race rigs and one in particular their chase truck outfitted with the BDS 3" UCA Lift Kit with FOX 2.5 Performance Elite Series DSC shocks. Along with that the rig is outfitted with 35" BFG KM3 M/Ts and 20" XD Wheels.

 

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Every year at SEMA, Ford makes a bold statement about its commitment to the Automotive Aftermarket with some exceptional custom trucks. From its sprawling main hall display, to the tire-shredding excitement of "Ford Out Front", the Ford Motor Company showcases its passion for automotive customization and proves that it knows how to stand out from the pack. 2021 was no different and Ford had a potent weapon joining the fleet this year -- the all-new 2021 Bronco. With an assortment of Broncos on display, as well as a new "crate" electric motor plus the new F150 Lightning on display, Ford had a solid footprint around the show once again.

A ton of Fords could be found around the show, from race-prepped Ultra 4 Broncos and drift-ready Mustangs to mile-high Super Duty trucks, cherry resto-mods blue ovals, and next-gen future tech. BDS has prided itself in offering a wide array of suspension parts and accessories for the Ford Ranger, F150, Super Duty and Bronco platforms over the years with new lift kits and accessories coming available for late model applications regularly. This show had plenty of primo examples of what the aftermarket has available for Ford vehicles.

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It's safe to say the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco dominated the limelight at SEMA in 2021. Easily the most anticipated, the most accessorized, and the most in-demand vehicle, there were north of 70 of them on display around Las Vegas Convention Center. As a show that's known for pushing the envelope with new and emerging (right or wrong) industry trends, SEMA delivered once again. From lifted and adventure-ready to over the top and borderline impractical, this year's SEMA Show had Broncos of all kinds, old and new, mild to wild. Starting out in Ford's booth, there were five custom-built Broncos with a mix of 2Dr and 4Dr models as well as three Bronco Sports on display this year.

Obviously a personal favorite of ours, the Fire Command Bronco garnered a ton of attention out at the show. Its a modern throwback to the original brush fire trucks built from Broncos. Its built as a command vehicle ready at a moment's notice, able to tackle harsh conditions and difficult terrain. For more on how the BDS Fire Command Bronco was build check out the build thread.

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Beyond Ford's display, the show was chocked full Broncos. From show-prepped to race-prepped, chia-covered to overland-extreme, there was a huge variety of new Broncos. BDS continues its push to bring new products to market for the Bronco 2 door and 4 door models with kits ranging from 2"-6.5" lift heights to clear up to 40" tires. In addition to our Uniball UCA kits that were seen on several of the Broncos, there were a few outfitted with the soon-to-be-released complete BDS 3-4" DSC Coilover Systems. Take a look at some of the other Broncos from around the show.

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While we were out west for the SEMA show, the crew at BDS could not resist the urge to go wheelin'. For this adventure, we chose southwestern Utah -- which may be the most remarkable off-road sanctuary in the United States. If you’ve never been to Washington County, it's home to one of the most epic national parks in the country, Zion National Park. In and around Zion, the scenery changes every few miles, and the geography offers every type of terrain imaginable. Sandstone and limestone rock ledges are framed by coarse gravel trails with rocks the size of softballs that stand straight out of the earth.

If you are looking for a milder off-road trail, Washington County offers the “road” to Toquerville Falls. Locals rave about the beauty of Toquerville Falls, and we can confirm that it’s one of the best views in the area. Expect a fun, scenic ride with some challenges. It's also a great opportunity to spotlight the fact that big, long-wheelbase trucks can be capable off-road rigs with the right upgrades.

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We were driving the BDS 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, a 6.6L-Duramax diesel-powered beast outfitted with a preproduction BDS 6.5” coilover system, Recoil traction bars, and rolling on a set of 37s. It's the same vehicle that we used to tow the Fire Command Bronco to SEMA. For this outing, we dropped the trailer, unloaded the recoil's spring preload for more rear articulation, and set out for some fun on Toquerville Falls.

Arriving at the base of the trail, we aired down a bit for the terrain ahead. As we rounded the first bend on the trail and encountered a group of Jeeps coming down off the mountain. Having just completed the trail, everyone in that group had a contagious smile from ear to ear -- A good sign of what lay ahead. Beyond our Jeep friends, we encountered our first of many rough sections of this trail. Small layered steps of limestone. Not trying to turn this truck into a rock bouncer or rattle every nut and bolt loose on the truck, we opted for 4Low and showed the crawling capability of the big BDS HD.

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Leaving that section, we next encountered gravel, followed by more limestone steps. The BDS Duramax easily crawled over the rocky ledges, that progressively got bigger and bigger going from 6-12" leading up to some large 24"+ ledges--with no way around them. After scoping out the terrain we picked a line and let this HD crawl its way through.

From there, we enjoyed easy cruising for a good pace. The HD is so comfortable. We breathed in the awe-inspiring views, red iron-oxide stained mountains surrounded by golden deserts, dotted with green shrubbery. Amazing blue skies soared above us and soaked everything in pure sunlight. More rock ledges and rough off-camber terrain lay ahead.

If you’re ever in Southwestern Utah, and you have an offroad capable vehicle, take a cruise up Toquerville Falls road for some epic views. While we tackled this trail solo, we always recommend bringing a buddy, spare parts, plenty of food and water. Be sure you have a good lay of the land before and get yourself some upgrades.

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Willys on BDS Suspension

The hottest trucks at SEMA are always running BDS Suspension including our new Bronco. This year is going to be a bit different. While the SEMA Show is on, attendance from industry professionals and exhibitors may be down as concerns and regulations surrounding the pandemic linger. FOX Factory -- the parent company to BDS -- is among the many companies not exhibiting in 2021. While we won't have a booth for in-person meetings, FOX and BDS will still be everywhere with dozens of vehicles placed throughout the show. Most of these trucks are spotlighting new and soon-to-be-released products from BDS as well as Zone Offroad, JKS, Crawltek, and FOX. Of course, keep an eye out for the BDS Fire Command Bronco -- a one-of-a-kind "half cab" pickup that is decked out in full fire/rescue gear. It's a throwback to the old-school Broncos that would lead the charge into extreme environments back in the sixties and seventies.  Here's just a small sampling of vehicles that will be out at the show, be on the lookout for others.

'41 Power Wagon
Vehicle: 1941 Dodge Power Wagon
Product: BDS 3" Coilover System
Location: Milestar Tire Booth (South Lower) #43061

Interactive Garage mated patina-clad '41 Power Wagon to a later model RAM 2500 for to an ultra cool show stopper.

Fire Command Bronco
Vehicle: 2021 Ford Bronco
Product: BDS 4" DSC Coilover System
Location: Ford Booth (Central) #22200

Ready at a moment’s notice, BDS’s Fire Command is a fire/rescue themed Bronco 2-door converted truck designed to lead the charge for emergency missions off the beat path.

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"Live Bravely" Ranger
Vehicle: 2022 Ford Ranger
Product: BDS 6" DSC Coilover System
Location: Ford Booth (Central) #22200

Designed in cooperation with Outside Magazine, the mission of this 2022 Ford Ranger pickup matches that of the enthusiast publication – to inspire participation in the great outdoors and support adventure travel and sports.

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XBox Halo Gladiator
Vehicle: 2021 Jeep Gladiator JT
Product: JKS 4.5" J-Krawl System
Location: Rockstar Garage Booth (Central) #20655

Built by the crew at Rockstar Garage, this over the top Halo-themed Gladiator is operationally ready.

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Armageddon
Vehicle: 2021 RAM 3500
Product: BDS 8" 4-Link C/O System
Location: South Hall FV

Truck Guru himself, Cris Payne built this BDS-equipped behemoth of a RAM 3500 that packs all the fun in.

ADD Bronco
Vehicle: 2021 Ford Bronco 4Dr
Product: Zone 4" Kit w/ BDS UCAs
Location: ADD Booth (West) #55077

Maxlider Bronco
Vehicle: 2021 Ford Bronco 4Dr
Product: Zone 4" Kit w/ BDS UCAs
Location: Dynomat (Central) #22593

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.