Off-Road Expo 2012

One of the largest off-road trade show around was this past weekend in Pomona, CA. BDS made the trip westward to setup and show off some of our latest kit offerings and pair of cool show trucks. Each year the show continues to grow as new truck and off-raod enthusiasts make it to the Pomona Fairplex for this festival of the four wheeler (and 2-wheelers). BDS Reps, Mike Maloney and Jason Shellhaas hung out in the booth talking to customers and answering questions. For booth vehicles, BDS had a 4th Gen Ram 2500 running the BDS 8” Long Arm with all the bells and whistles along with a standard cab/short bed GMC 1500 running the BDS 6” Performance Coilover Series Suspension. Thanks to everyone that stopped by the booth, this year was once again a great Off-Road Expo for us. We’ll see you next year…

To check out all out photos from Off-Road Expo 2012, checkout Facebook and Picasa.

BDS Suspension hit the road this morning in route to Butler, PA for the 2nd Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival. The festival takes over the town of Butler, PA as thousands gather to celebrate all that is Jeep; the people, the lifestyle, and most importantly the heritage. Back in 1940 the US Army requested auto manufacturers design a light weight 4wd reconnaissance vehicle. The Bantam Reconnaissance Car (BRC) was built and originally chosen, but due to unattainable production demands, the contract was given to Ford and Willys who produced over 600,000 Jeeps during WWII.

The event is sure to be a great time for the whole family. Events start Friday night with the invasion of downtown Butler and continue Saturday and Sunday out at the Butler Fairgrounds. BDS Suspension will be out in the vendor area next to Meridian Offroad Center so stop by to see us and take advantage of special offers. For more info, direction, event schedule and more, check out the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival website. To see photos from last year’s festival check out 1st Annual Bantam Jeep Festival.

BDS Suspension’s Mike Maloney cruised down to Bristol, TN over the weekend to hang out at our distributor RPM Offroad’s Open House event. Whether you’re in to lifted trucks or off-road racing, this event had a something for you. Mike came back with great stories from the weekend and had this to say about the event:

Passion! This is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of RPM Offroad in Bristol, TN. The ability to assemble a team of great guys to manage a thriving off-road shop at the same time running an extremely successful off-road racing program takes more than just time and money. It also takes passion! Like everything Justin and his crew put their minds to, the RPM Open House on July 21st this year was a great hit! From the R/C car track and black smoke spewing from the Dyno to Robbie Gordon himself spending the day showing off the new Stadium Super Trucks there was no shortage of excitement! RPM’s showroom is always loaded with the newest high quality off-road products as well as fab parts and even a load of Traxxas R/C cars! Just down the road from the famous Bristol Speedway, put this shop on your “must see” list! – Mike Maloney

To check out more photos from the event, head to the BDS Facebook Page.

BDS hit the open road this morning in route to Bristol, TN for RPM Offroad’s Open House event this Saturday, July 21st. The event runs 9-5 at the company’s shop and a huge turnout is expected. Stop by the shop for giveaways throughout the day, food and drinks, show and race trucks and for show specials. Sign up to Dyno your ride on the in-house Dyno machine. BDS will be out to show off some prototype products. The one and only Robby Gordon will be making an appearance so stop by for what is expected to be one hell of an open house event. For more info on the event give the crew over at RPM a call or check out their Facebook page for the latest updates.

BDS hit the road last week with the BDS Ram 2500 in route to the Louisiana 4xFest in Hammond, LA with BDS Distributor Light Line 4×4. On the way down BDS Rep Travis Marshall made stops at a few of our distributor’s shops. First stop was to see Wes at Si Motorsports in Bossier City, LA who has an impressive showroom. From there he cruised over to visit Josh at OffRoad Innovations in West Monroe, LA who loyally sells BDS Suspension. Before the day was out Travis hit the road to check out Glass Tint Etc. in Alexandria, LA. Mike and the staff had great things to say about our quality parts and customer service. Starting the next morning he stopped at Lumberton Offroad in Beaumont, TX to chat with Robert and Daniel. These guys have been BDS distributors for over a decade and have a great operation going on down there. Following Lumberton Travis headed to Hurricane Offroad in Lake Charles, LA. Robbie and Shelby at Hurricane are a couple of ambitious young guys that have big plans for the shop and love selling BDS. Heading on down the road he stopped off to see Brian at Cajun Offroad  in Scott, LA who offers top notch installs and fab work. The final stop on our journey down South was Light Line in Baton Rouge, LA. Light Line has been in business for nearly 20 years and selling BDS for much of that time. Rickie runs a great operation down in Baton Rouge supplying quality parts and service to his customers.

The 4xFest went great and there was a huge turnout of mainly Jeeps to raise money for the TARC, an organization that enhances the lives of people affected by intellectual, developmental, and related disabilities through commitment to excellence in service , support, and advocacy. BDS set up with Light Line 4×4 to talk to customers and offer support.

Travis said following the trip “There were a few thousand miles driven in the heat, but what a great bunch of people in the South. Louisiana/Texas are definitely some of my favorite states to travel. Excellent food and friendly, laid back people. The BDS Ram 2500 held up well and road like a dream with 8” of lift and 40s. Thanks again to all the hospitality from the shops and people I met along the way, I look forward to making another trip down that way soon, just maybe in the winter next time.”

One of our favorite things is to get feedback from our customers and distributors on what they think of our lift kits and where they explore. We recently received an email from Chris over at Buzz Boxliners up in Edmonton, AB. Chris wrote:

Buzz Box Liners

Just a quick note to let you guys know we love your product. We have been installing your BDS kits on our 2011 and 2012 GMC trucks that we do for our dealership showroom trucks. We have done some other kits as well and by far the simple install and overall time it takes to install your kit is better than all others.

Thanks for the great work.

Chris Hainsworth, Buzz Boxliners
Edmonton, AB