Maxlider Bronco Build:

This 2021 Bronco represents a new age for Maxlider Brothers Customs. It is the flagship, stage three, upgraded version. This rig represents their offerings for custom late model Bronco orders in the weeks and years to come. Featured on this build are many upgrades including BDS Suspension, trail lighting, trail armor bumpers and steps, and of course wheels and tires. Keep reading for a full list of the quality components that make this Bronco perform and look a class above the rest.

Suspension and Wheels:

Regardless of the customer's intentions, a true Maxlider Bronco is prepared for off-road and on-road driving without a reduction in ride quality.

This uncompromised feel is provided by our BDS Suspension 4" lift system with FOX 2.5 Performance Elite Series coilovers on all four corners. These coilovers are specially designed for use on the Bronco platform and feature easy tuning with the DSC (dual speed compression) adjustable coilovers. There pair with specially designed BDS tubular UCAs to allow for an improved driving experience under all conditions on and off-road.

Of course, great suspension can't function without great traction. Maxlider Brothers Customs has always upfitted their Broncos with the best: 37" BFG KM3's wrapped around custom Maxlider wheels developed in partnership with Vision X. With this wheel and tire combination hooked up to our tuned coilovers, the possibilities are endless.

Exterior Upgrades:

Maxlider Bronco packages feature modular, customizable front bumpers with an optional brush guard, winch, and lighting options. These bumpers have been carefully developed in-house and designed to have both form and function for off-road use. Maxlider also offers a rear bumper with the same level of customization and the option to fit a full-size spare tire.

Custom fender flares and vintage stripe livery are added to accommodate the larger tires and throwback styling that Maxlider Customs is known for. The vintage stripe caries over onto a cowl style hood from Advanced Fiberglass Concepts.

A touch of the modern flare can be noticed in the powered dual-purpose steps/rocker guards provided by Rock Slide Engineering. These steps are versatile and allow for heavy off-road use while not compromising on convenience for on-road use. This modern flare doesn't end there, it also shows in the unique backlit lettering of the Bronco front grill badge.

Accesories and Interior:

On this particular Bronco, we get a host of really cool additions starting off with the Warn Industries winch and brush guard options built into the custom bumper.

Lighting comes next, including flush-mounted bumper lights, the unique front badging, and a modular lightbar above the windshield all powered by Vision X.

Underneath the rear of the rig, you can find a Stainless steel cat-back exhaust with dual dump pipes developed by Maxlider Brothers Customs specifically to allow them more capability in their Bronco applications.

Finally, inside the vehicle a custom orange two-tone leather interior speaks to the Brothers' notoriety, as they have received a lot of community praise for their ability to create fully custom beautiful interiors in classic vehicles over the years.

Maxlider Brothers Customs builds some of the most badass Broncos in the world. Founded on the dreams of Erik and Kris, fondly recalling core memories built around car restoration within their family. These guys move with the purpose to create new memories for all their clients. BDS Suspension is proud to be a continued partner in all their endeavors off-road!

Follow along as Kenny and the crew from Hauk Designs take on a custom Jeep Gladiator JT built to turn heads cruising down the road as well as offer way more capability ready to hit the trail.

The build includes the BDS 3" lift system along with BDS upper and lower control arms, JKS quicker disconnects a heavy duty adjustable track bar, and NX2 gas shocks. Note, NX2 shocks are designed to be installed body side down. This lift allows clearance for 41.5" Pitbull Rockers on 20" Raceline beadlocks with the help of the Hauk tube fenders.

Beyond that the team outfitted this Gladiator with front and rear Hauk bumpers with Rigid lights and a front mounted winch. A custom rollbar was added for safety and styling points as well as a angled mount for the fullsize spare in the bed. A set of Rigid LED headlights were added for improved night visibility along with a set of A-pillar lights. The stock exhaust was tossed in favor of the deep rumble of the MBRP high clearance exhaust system. Out back the stock badging was swapped out in favor of the Hauk "gladiator" badging trim kit. Finishing off this build was custom Katzkin leather interior in a macthing blue/black pattern to make this a truly custom Gladiator.

Ford Ranger Lift Kits

BDS has expanded fitment on their late-model Ford Ranger product lineup to include 2019-2021 model trucks (2022 model year pending validation). This includes all 2", 2.5", 3.5", and 6” lift systems designed for Ford Rangers with OE aluminum knuckles. For trucks with OE steel knuckles kits will be available in June 2022. All kits have been designed, tested, and manufactured right here in the USA to the highest standards to ensure quality, durability, and performance. As with all BDS lift kits, these new 6” coilover systems are backed by Factory Protection Plus for peace of mind wherever your adventures may take you. Factory Protection Plus includes BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty, ESC system compatibility, and a 5-year 60,000-mile drivetrain warranty.

Product Info

2-6" Lift Kits for 2019-2021 Ford Ranger

Kit Info

Ranger w/ OE Alum Knuckles:
1544H/FS - 2" Spacer Lift Kit
1546H/FS - 2.5" Spacer Lift Kit
1545H/FS - 3.5" Spacer UCA Lift Kit
1545FSL - 3.5" C/O UCA Lift Kit (2.0/2.0)
1545FDSC- 3.5" DSC Coilover Lift Kit (2.5/2.0)
1587FDSC - 3.5" DSC Coilover Lift Kit (2.5/2.5)
1547H/FS - 6" IFS Lift System
1547FDSC - 6" DSC Coilover System (2.5 DSC)

Ranger w/ OE Steel Knuckles:
1544H/FS - 2" Spacer Kit
1546H/FS - 2.5" Spacer Kit
3.5" Lift Kits - Available June 2022
6" Lift Kits - Available June 2022

Vehicle Fitment

2019-2021 Ford Ranger 4WD*
*Will NOT fit Tremor models

*Will NOT fit Raptor models

Factory Protection Plus
  • 5-year, 100K-mile Drivetrain Warranty
  • BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty

3.5" Kit Features/Benefits

  • Available with strut spacers, FOX 2.0 performance series coilovers, or FOX 2.5 performance elite series coilovers for next-level performance on any terrain and easy adjustment.
  • Performance UCAs add strength and increase droop travel.
  • All components come ready to install right out of the box, no setup or tuning is needed.
  • Differential relocation to correct CV operating angle.
  • Front fender intrusion beams to optimize clearance for larger tires.
  • Rear HD shackle kit improves travel and levels stance.

6" Kit Features/Benefits

  • Designed to correct suspension, steering, and driveline geometry
  • High strength 1/4" laser cut steel cross members improve ground clearance
  • Stout ductile iron steering knuckles for strength & ESC compatibility
  • Multi-point differential relocation brackets to correct CV axle angles
  • Strut spacer or FOX 2.5 DSC coilovers for next-level performance and tuneability
  • Retains factory ride quality and handling characteristics
  • Includes Factory Protection Plus at no extra charge
  • Allows fitment for up to 35” tires

Available Accessories

#123252 - Performance UCA Kit (OE alum knuckles only)
#123614 - Front Intrusion Beams
#123109 - Rear 1" Shackle Kit

***Check the BDS website to verify details prior to ordering to ensure information is up-to-date with current Mfg listings***

Coldwater, MI: BDS has expanded fitment on their late-model Ford Ranger product lineup to include 2019-2021 model trucks (2022 MY pending validation). This includes all 2", 2.5", 3.5", and 6” lift systems designed for Ford Rangers with OE aluminum knuckles. For trucks with OE steel knuckles kits will be available in June 2022. All kits have been designed, tested, and manufactured right here in the USA to the highest standards to ensure quality, durability, and performance.

2" Leveling Kits: Specially designed for the new Ranger, this 2" leveling kit is engineered for additional tire clearance and improved performance. BDS distinguishes itself by offering a kit that does not overextend the suspension or driveline angles at full suspension droop (as is the case with other top-mounted spacers and taller leveling kits on the market). The issue with most other kits is an increase in the overall length of the strut assembly, maxing out ball joints and causing the CV shaft/boot to operate at an extreme angle. This common design leads to premature wear/failure of the components. To get around this issue, the BDS kit uses a 2-piece design with a smaller top-mounted steel strut spacer in combination with a preload spacer. The top-mounted spacer installs easily and is finished in a durable black e-coating for a clean appearance. The preload spacer installs below the spring and raises the ride height without extending the overall extended length of the strut assembly. This setup maintains factory ride quality, allowing you to get the most out of your new Ranger's factory suspension.

2.5" Lift Kits: This new system builds off the factory suspension mounting points and offers improved strength, ground clearance, and suspension travel. All components have been engineered in unison to ensure suspension and drivetrain geometry are maintained, rather than other " leveling kits" on the market that just throw in a top spacer that maxes out the angles at droop. The new ride height is the result of a combination of a specially designed top-mounted, steel fabricated, strut spacer in conjunction with a preload spacer for a total of 2.5" of front lift. The reason for the combination is to achieve the correct ride height without increasing the overall extended length of the strut assembly to the point of causing premature wear of the CV axle boots and other front-end components. To further ensure proper drivetrain geometry the front differential is repositioned using relocation brackets. These brackets correct CV axle angle while allowing the use of the factory front skid plates. In the rear, the factory shocks are replaced with your choice of precision-tuned NX2 gas or FOX 2.0 performance IFP gas shocks for improved damping.

3.5" UCA Lift Kits: This new system builds off the factory mounting points and offers improved strength, ground clearance, and suspension travel. Front lift is provided by your choice of 3 options:

  • 2-piece strut spacer - top mount and preload to achieve lift within factory limitations, and maintains ride quality.
  • FOX 2.0 performance series coilover (non-reservoir) - offers bolt-in design to improve performance.
  • FOX 2.5 performance elite series coilover w/ DSC reservoir offers race-proven technology for the best in capability, performance, and tunability.

Also supplied for the front end are a pair of performance upper control arms (UCAs) designed for improved strength and suspension travel. Built from thick wall 1.5" DOM tubing, these UCAs utilize an indexed ball joint cup to reposition the upper ball joints and allow more droop travel. These arms come fully assembled right out of the box with high-quality, greaseable Moog ball joints and Clevite rubber bushings for long life, quiet operation, and superior corrosion resistance over uniballs and heims. Finishing out the front of these 3.5" systems is a small differential relocation to help further improve the CV axle operating angle.

In the rear of these lift systems, the factory leaf springs are retained and a 1" lift comes from a heavy-duty replacement shackle to level the stance. Also supplied for the rear of these 3.5" lift kits are your choice of specially tuned NX2 nitro series gas shocks, FOX 2.0 IFP performance series gas shocks or FOX 2.5 performance elite series shocks with DSC adjustable reservoirs for next level damper performance.

6" IFS Lift Systems: These kits have been built from the ground up to improve performance and functionality. Designed to raise the bar with room for 35" tires, BDS offers these kits with your choice of top-mounted strut spacers or FOX 2.5 DSC coilovers for next-level performance. Kits have been tested and independently verified as compatible with FMVSS No.126 (ESC System) standards.

All 6" systems utilize 1/4" thick laser-cut steel cross members to improve clearance and provide a solid mounting point for the OE lower control arms. The front cross member allows integration of the factory front skid plate as well as a rivet-on stainless steel BDS emblem, allowing you to customize prior to installation. These cross members are paired with the heavy-duty differential skid plate system and sway bar relocation brackets to create a rigid subframe that adds protection for vital steering and driveline components. In place of the factory steering knuckles, a pair of specially designed ductile cast iron replacement knuckles are supplied to maintain proper steering geometry for ESC system compatibility. These connect to the factory steering with a pair of heavy-duty replacement tie rod ends included in the kit. The front differential is repositioned with BDS's multipoint relocation bracket system to secure the front differential and keep CV axle angles at a minimum. A billet aluminum front driveshaft spacer is also supplied along with longer hardware to allow the reinstallation of the factory front driveshaft along with brake line brackets. Unique to BDS a heavy-duty transfer case cross member is supplied to eliminate any potential driveline vibrations at this taller lift height. This cross member also includes a carrier bearing drop to improve the rear driveline angle and allow the reinstallation of the factory driveshaft. The rear lift comes from a pair of 3-5/8" steel fabricated lift blocks designed to level the stance, secured with larger black e-coated u-bolts. Rear brake line brackets and e-brake brackets are supplied and these kits are finished off with your choice of specially tuned NX2 nitro series gas shocks or FOX 2.0 IFP performance series gas shocks to offer improved damper performance.

Media Gallery

Ranger 6" IFS System
Ranger 6" IFS System
Ranger 6" IFS System
Ranger 6" DSC Coilover System
Ranger UCA Kit
Ranger 6" IFS System
Ranger 3.5" C/O System
Ranger 6" IFS System
Ranger 6" DSC Coilover System
Ranger Intrusion Beams
Ranger 6" DSC Coilover System
Ranger 3.5" C/O System
Ranger 6" DSC Coilover System
Ranger 6" DSC Coilover System
Ranger Shackles

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The Background:

Outside Magazine's team and Jhan Dolphin from Prefix collaborated to build this amazing BDS-equipped vehicle. In case you missed the "Live Bravely" overlander at SEMA 2021, read on to learn a little bit more information on the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor featured in the Ford Motor Co. display.

Lift and Tires:

A major priority for the build team at Attitude Performance was creating a vehicle with extreme off-road capability that didn’t sacrifice on-road comfort and performance. To accomplish this, they reached out to the Research and Development team here at BDS Suspension. After fitting a BDS 6" DSC Coilover Lift System they moved on to wheels and tires. Weld wheels give this build a clean and subtle look, while 35” BFG A/T’s ensure that this Ranger has great traction for all its future journeys.

Interior Equipment:

Inside, the Outside Magazine’s Ford Ranger is tastefully equipped; featuring Katzkin custom leather seats, ARB fridge, GAIA GPS Trail Maps, and remote control for the Warn winch.

It is truly amazing how the quality of the custom leather seats tied everything together with the clean look of the Ranger's dash and center console. Which contributes to making this rig a no-compromise exploration machine with comfort clearly a priority.

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Exterior Accesories:

With the ride sorted, next came functional exterior upgrades. Starting off with some ARB bumpers front and back, Rigid trail lighting, and a Warn winch. In the bed of Outside Magazine’s Ranger, there are a few very impressive utility components. The Yakima bed rack system holds recovery equipment including shovels and recovery boards. Resting on top is a Thule Tepui rooftop tent, while underneath lies a TruckVault bed storage system that keeps tools and supplies safely locked away. Finally, the last exterior accessory added is a machine called WaterGen, which pulls water from the atmosphere in order to allow extended trips into the wilderness without hydration or water worries of the typical Overlanding setup.

Paint and Graphics:

Finally, the fully equipped truck was tied together by the guys over at CPV Paint & Graphics with a custom two-tone grey paint job, Outside Magazine’s logo featured prominently on the side, and some paint matched fender flares from Air Design for a truly unique and functional build. BDS is proud to work with builders and companies to create high-quality/high-capability rigs that showcase what it means to be BDS equipped.

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Learn more about this BDS Suspension System for the 2019-2020 Ford Ranger:

https://bds-suspension.com/BDSFordRanger

BDS is on the Road

With the Spring Jeep Season comes the first major event in off-roading for enthusiasts and non-racers: Easter Jeep Safari. BDS is on the road to Moab today, and while we drive, we discuss the yearly tradition of Jeep concept vehicle announcements that coincide with this awesome week-long event.

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Jeep Concept Drop

As we look over the teasers and the final products we can't help but to feel inspired by the significance of this type of OEM involvement in the event and community. It is often overlooked, but the creation of these high-budget concepts opens the floodgates for new ideas while also showcasing some of Jeep's future consumer releases and the possibilities for improvement and individuality. We are so pumped to see these badass rigs once we arrive, and we promise to update you once we take a look!

Previous Years

Some of the past concept projects include the Rescue, Mighty FC, Lower Forty, Jeep Chief, Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder, and the Jeep Wrangler Africa. Of course, there is room for debate on which of these are most memorable, but we have a few classic favorites.

This Year

We have a new selection including Magneto 2.0, Bob, Rubicon 20th, Jeep '41, PHEV Trailhawk, Birdcage, D-Coder, and three former SEMA Show concepts. Check out the photos and head online for more in-depth features in the weeks to come!

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With the arrival of the 2021 Bronco, there was bound to be some heated discussion about old versus new, young blood measured and scrutinized in the shadow of a timeless classic. Amidst all of this talk, Scosche, a company well known for its automotive electronics, got together with Rockstar Performance Garage and brainstormed a different vision for two builds, Broncos old and new, which could sit together in the desert in perfect harmony.

To achieve this the 2021 Bronco was outfitted with the BDS 4" DSC Coilover System, which allows for extremely capable maneuvering thanks to our BDS uniball UCAs and FOX 2.5 Performance Elite Series Coilovers. This lift along with a fender flare delete kit gave this Bronco some aggressive retro styling all while sitting above 37" Mickey Thompson Baja Boss M/T tires wrapped around 17x9 Fuel Ripper wheels.

The exterior was functionally finished with 4WP bumpers, sliders, and skids along with a Warn VR-series winch to assist in recovery. Baja designs LED trail lighting integrates smoothly with the bumpers and interior control system which also handles a variety of Scosche audio upgrades, cameras, and functional off-road phone mounting system. The tone of the exhaust was deep and clear thanks to a Magnaflow exhaust.

The 1974 Bronco was also upfitted with a custom lift kit designed around FOX shocks and some BDS components. This allowed for 35" Mickey Thompson Baja Boss tires wrapped around 17" American Racing wheels. This 1974 Bronco was smooth sailing across the desert with its custom suspension, 350HP Edlebrock equipped motor, and Magnaflow exhaust.

To harmonize with the 2021 Bronco, the 1974 was also fitted with off-road bumpers, a Warn winch, Spyder headlights, and Baja Designs trail lighting. Inside it featured custom seats wrapped in PRP seat covers, a custom iPad dash conversion, and sweet custom audio by Scosche.

With a mix of old-school styling and modern electronics, these two Broncos really pull away from the pack. Two equally well-equipped off-roading machines, in comparable trim, ready to handle any trails, beaches, or deserts. Side by side without judgment and definitely without compromise thanks to our performance-based lift systems.

Check out the gallery below, or the video above for more on these sweet rigs, and as always shop BDS Bronco lift systems for superior off-road performance.

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