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After 2 years of faithful service BDS is selling Project Slate, our workhorse 2013 RAM 3500. While its served us valiantly over the last couple years as a show hauler, promo truck, and test mule for new product development and show, its time to let this late model Cummins go and bring on the next project. We bought this truck new back in 2013; one of the RAM HDs equipped with the new radius arm front suspension. It gave us a leg up in the development and first-to-market releases of 2” leveling and 4”, 6”, and 8” suspension lifts for the late model RAMs. In Fall of 2013 the decision was made to transform this into the bad ass show piece it is today. Within 4 short weeks the truck was transformed into Project Slate and shown at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas (watch the buildup videos). After hauling our displays and vehicles out to SEMA this RAM took its spot among the other show rigs raising tons of interest at the show. Since SEMA ’13, Project Slate has been used as our primary show hauler attending events around the country including Easter Jeep Safari, 4Wheel Jamboree Series, Jeep Beach, Carlisle Truck Nationals and numerous dealer shows. With 29,500 miles on the odometer, this Cummins has earned a place in the heart of the entire BDS crew. Its been featured in multiple publications with a feature story in Diesel World Magazine and numerous ads for several companies.

Basic vehicle specs include:

  • 2013 RAM 3500 4WD, Crew Cab, Short Bed
  • 6.7L Cummins Diesel (29,500 miles), Automatic Transmission
  • Gray cloth interior/Touchscreen navigation

Parts list on Project Slate include the following:

  • BDS Suspension – 8” 4-link system, full leaf spring,  adj track bar, dual shock hoop mount, dual Fox 2.0 steering stabilizer
  • Fox – dual front Fox 2.0 remote reservoir shocks (single in rear)
  • Nitto Tire – 40×15.50×20 Mud Grapplers
  • BMF Wheels – 20×10 Novakanes (death metal finish- 4.5” BSing)
  • Fusion Bumpers – front/rear colormatched bumpers
  • Rigid Industries – 30” combo LED lightbar
  • Spyder Auto – smoked projector headlights and LED taillights
  • Bushwacker – colormatched extend-a-fender flares
  • N-Fab – wheel-to-wheel nerf steps
  • AirLift – rear airbag kit with wireless one compressor
  • Nitro Gear – rear finned diff cover
  • Extang – Trifecta platinum tonneau cover
  • Reflex – spray in bedliner
  • Bully Dog – PCM unlock and Diesel GT programmer
  • Diamond Eye – 5” DPF-back stainless exhaust system
  • matte black/chrome vinyl graphics (removable post-sale)

This truck is in exceptional condition, well worth the $55,000 asking priceSerious inquiries only, contact Matt Everline at (800) 637-3303 ext.208 or email meverline@sporttruckusainc.com


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It seems to be tradition now. Each Spring thousands of Jeepers make the journey from around the country and beyond to converge on the quiet town of Moab, UT for a weeklong event that combines trail rides, parties, a 2-day vendor show and raffling off of more than $250,000 in aftermarket goodies. With daily trail rides and events every night, Easter Jeep Safari has become a bucket list event, that thousands check off each year again and again.

BDS Suspension made the trip out to run trails, test new products and chat with customers at the 2-day vendor show. With the rigs loaded BDS made the long haul from Michigan to the red rocks of Moab, UT with Project Slate our 2013 Ram 3500 Diesel, Project KJ, our 2005 Liberty CRD, and the BDS Ram 2500 Diesel. The week in Moab was amazing. From catching up with old friends and making new ones out on the trail, EJS continues to be an amazing event bringing together OEs and aftermarket manufacturers, media reps and Jeep enthusiasts. The event is organized and hosted by the Red Rock 4Wheelers and continues to grow in size each year. BDS has been attending for 5 years now and every year the event seems to get better. While the terrain may not change much from year to year, the numerous trails and countless miles of off-pavement paradise is just what you need to break the cold coming out of a long winter like this past one. We met up with companies and customers alike to run Poison Spider, Behind the Rocks, Hell Revenge, 7Mile Rim, Gold Bar Rim, Steel Bender, Area BFE and a few other trails by day and held a weeklong free pint special at the Moab Brewery to entertain by night.

The BDS crew went hard all week long, on vendor trail rides, the annual Crawl Mag Reader’s Ride, several photoshoots, the annual Fullsize Invasion in the BDS Ram 2500, and a 2-day vendor show where we had a chance to talk with Jeepers and see many of our customers. Following the show we hit the road for Florida with only 3 days to make it for the start of Jeep Beach. Check out some of the photos from out week in Moab and follow along on social media sites for daily updates from events.

Easter Jeep Safari continues to impress each year. With next year marking the 50th Anniversary you can bet the Red Rock 4Wheelers have big plans for the event. BDS is excited to make it back next year and hope to see you there. For more on the event and to keep up with plans head to Red Rock 4Wheelers.

 

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Let me start off by saying BDS Suspension in no way endorses dangerous stunts, breaking laws, and legally need to verbalize you to not try this at home… but what would you do if you had a lunch hour to kill in the middle of winter, keys to a bad ass lifted truck, an old snowboard and tow rope sitting in storage. A couple of the guys from BDS headed out to the BDS R&D shop to try out tow-rope snowboarding with Project Slate, BDS’s 2013 Ram 3500 currently sporting a BDS 6” lift kit and 37s. Check it out…

 

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It was a mad rush to finish up Project Slate. All the little details always seem to take longer than expected and with 3 straight days of rain we can’t exactly say the weather is cooperating. The truck hit the road first thing this morning with trailer in tow as the first group makes their way to sin city for the 2013 SEMA Show. Check out the video and stay tuned for more next week during the show!

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Well Project Slate our 2013 Ram 3500 hit the road for its first shake down run this morning before heading in for fresh graphics and a spray-in bedliner. While there are still a number of things to get installed on this truck (i.e. grill, steps, wiring up compressors and lights), we have a fast approaching deadline to hit the road for Vegas and we had a window to get graphics installed. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days and to see the progress up to this point, check out the build thread at https://blog.bds-suspension.com/?cat=478

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BDSgrayThe buildup continues as the crew from BDS’s R&D Department tears into our new 2013 Ram 3500 Cummins to turn it into something cool. This truck has been our test mule over the last few months as we prototype new lift kits for work with the redesigned front radius arm suspension. With SEMA right around the corner we’ve installed a pre-production version of the 8” 4-link conversion long arm kit. There are a number of benefits to the radius arm-to-4Link long arm conversion including better handling characteristics and a less caster change throughout wheel travel.

Additionally on this build we’ve called in some favors with friends around the industry to help turn this truck into something cool. You may have read last week’s update where we received the 40×15.50×20 Nitto Mud Grapplers, 20×10 BMF Novakanes, Diamond Eye Exhaust, and front/rear Fusion Bumpers. This week we received the Spyder Auto smoked projection H/L and LED T/L, N-Fab Steps, and Extang tonneau cover.

The goal for this truck is to build a great looking, not over the top show truck that is still capable as a daily driver and tow rig. Stay tuned for more as this truck goes under the knife to get prepped for the 2013 SEMA Show. To see the Project Slate’s build intro video, click Project Slate Video 1, to see the latest update, watch below or click Project Slate Video 2.