With his long career in the racing, military, OEM and aftermarket industries, Gale Banks is a household name to most people that are into the automotive scene. With a large about of their focus on cleaner and more efficient diesel performance options his company Banks Power has developed a number of cutting edge solutions with product used on vehicles around the world.  So when it came time to fix up the company test rig to get it out on the road, a plain jane 2019 Ford Super Duty with the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel, Gale and the crew at Banks turned to several other trusted companies in the automotive aftermarket for support.

With the goal to beef up the stance without going too big, Banks wanted to find a wheel that tied in a military feel to go along with their military business and they found that in the 20x9.5 Black Rhino Axle wheels in a matte black finish. The design of these wheels is functional, capable, and stylish making these wheels a great option for the upfitting of this Ford Super Duty. When it comes to tires, Banks got their hands on the new 35x12.50 Toyo AT-III tires. These tires offer form and function with a great look and increased traction with a comfortable ride on for going down the road along with a Load E rating to match the load capacity of this truck.

To fit these larger wheels/tires Banks Power turned to BDS Suspension for a 2" Leveling Kit along with a set of FOX 2.0 IFP gas shocks at each corner. The kit comes complete with everything to do the job right which includes a lower bolt-on style coil spring spacer, a heavy duty track bar bracket, ball joint cams and all the necessary hardware. Along with that a set of FOX 2.0 performance series IFP gas shocks to offer quality on and offroad performance.

Finally, Banks Power wanted to make sure to have additional storage in the bed of the truck to keep all their tools/accessories in place when out on the roads and trails. They decided to go with the Decked truck bed storage system making the bed of this rig more functional than before.

Some additional accessories on this rig include Banks 5' Monster Exhaust, Banks RAM Air-Diff Cover for 12-bold Sterling Axle, and Banks idash data monster.

Overall, this is a great looking rig! The team at Banks Power did an awesome job with this 2019 Ford F250. To see more BDS-equipped builds be sure to follow us on our social media pages.

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

BDS-COVID19-01

BDS Suspension Dealers and Customers,

As this pandemic continues to reek havoc on both the public health and safety as well as the economy of this country it is clear that every business has been affected. With that said we thank all of our dealers and customers for their continued support and patience during this difficult time. The state of Michigan has extended and expanded its Stay Home, Stay Safe order which is now in affect through the end of April. While this has forced us to take additional measures to limit staffing across every department, the silver lining here is we are still open for business and are beginning to ship product daily again.

 

Shipping Resumes – As we resume shipping orders we will still be doing so with a very limited staff. The backlogged orders have begun to be processed first in the order received up through the new orders being placed. While this will take some time to get caught up, please allow for up to 7 business days at this time for in-stock item orders to ship out. Some orders will ship the following day. It’s all based on daily volume and order sizes. Obviously this will improve as we work through the backlog of orders.

Business Hours –  Business hours have been updated to Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm EST. Our sales, tech support, shipping, marketing and accounting departments will be available. It should be noted that email continues to be the preferred method of communication as the majority of staff is working remotely.

Staffing – At this time several temporary staffing changes have been made. If your sales representative is currently not available another has already been assigned to you temporarily and will be monitoring all emails hourly. You are welcome to continue sending your emails to your regular sales rep, the emails will be forwarded to the sales rep currently handling the territory. Please see the list below of available sales staff currently available to assist.

 

General Sales – sales-bds@ridefox.com

General Tech Support – tech-bds@ridefox.com

General Marketing –  marketing-bds@ridefox.com

 

Inside Sales - Jason Shellhaas | Chris Lytle | Nate Moore | Brandi Raymond | Jason Goodwin | Josh Mannes | Mike Maloney

Tech Support - Andy Hazel | Randy Wilson

Outside Territory Reps - Miles Henderson | Brad Spearing

 

Thank you,

BDS Suspension Management

 

COVID BDS

COVID-19 Notice: BDS Suspension remains open for business, shipping temporarily suspended.

At BDS Suspension we value our employees, customers, and distributors above all else. However, given the recent exponential spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, we will be temporarily shutting down all on-site activities, including shipping through at least April 13th.
We will continue to provide as much remote service as possible, including a sales and tech support team to take orders and answer questions. Every sale will be shipped in the order it was received once we can safely resume operations. Our knowledgeable sales staff will be working safely from home and the best means of communication will continue to be through email. For a list of contacts click here.
Since March 24th, when the governor-issued Stay Home, Stay Safe Order went into effect, we have continued to manufacture and ship product with only 20% of our regular workforce. Those dedicated employees have worked with premium pay, on a voluntary basis, to ship current orders as quickly as possible.
While the state mandate has allowed BDS Suspension and its affiliated brands to continue operating at minimal capacity as an essential business in the “Automotive, Transportation, and Logistics” sector, we cannot, in good conscience, continue to send staff into our facilities to manufacture or ship our products while the virus is a real and imminent threat in our area. We understand not all our competitors will comply with these warnings and make these tough decisions. We ask for your understanding and support during this temporary closure. We are looking forward to getting back to business as soon as possible and to providing the quality product and service you expect.
We believe that keeping our employees home at this time is the right decision to do our part to help eliminate the spread of the virus, protect our employees, and support our local and state healthcare systems.
Stay Safe, Stay Informed.
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COVID BDS

COVID-19 Notice: BDS Suspension and its affiliate brands remain open for business.

For the safety of our employees, their families and our community as well as Michigan’s recent “Stay Home, Stay Safe” orders we will be operating with limited staffing over the next few weeks. Several employees will be working from home to do their part to support day-to-day operations and precautions are being taken on site. Email is be the best form of communication during this time.

We are shipping product and will do our best to ship product out quickly and on schedule. Shipping carriers are running at limited capacity during this time. We apologize for any delays and appreciate your patience. Be safe and stay informed.

Key Operational Differences

  • Limited staff in the office along with many working remotely
  • All departments are running, but with limited staffing
  • No change to business hours
  • Same day shipping remains our goal, however delays need to be expected.
  • Emailing is currently the most efficient method of communication
  • Please refer to the sporttruckusainc.com website for your sole source of updates

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The crew from PowerNation's Truck Tech TV work their magic transforming a plain Jane Silverado into a show stopper for Seafoam Spray that will be given away to one lucky winner. Check out the episode above for more on how this truck took shape...

For more build and the giveaway click here

Quick Specs:
2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD
BDS 8" High Clearance Coilover System
- FOX 2.5 RR Coilovers
- BDS Upper Control Arms
- BDS GlideRide Rear Springs
- BDS Recoil Traction Bars
EBC Brake Kit
- GD slotted rotors
- 6000-series pads
325/60r20 General Grabber AT/X Tires
20x10 4Play 4P80 Gunmetal Wheels
Magnuson Supercharged V8
Bestop Powerboard NX Running Boards