BDS Project KJ Update: Mock Ups

While we’ve been out playing in Moab all week, BDS R&D has been busy working on Project KJ, the 2005 Jeep Liberty (KJ) CRD we’re building to take on the 2013 Ultimate Adventure. If this is the first you’re reading about this build, check out Project KJ Blog for more info on this project and to get up to speed.
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Congrats to Kelly Fromm for the feature on his BDS-equipped 2012 Chevy Silverado 3500HD Dually in the April 2013 Issue of 8-Lug Magazine. This mammoth is used as the tow rig for the Rev-It-Up for Wounded Warriors Memorial Tour sporting a number of customs touches and backed by a man with a heart of gold. With an 850HP custom widebody Camaro ZL1 in tow, Kelly, a retired US Army Veteran himself travels the country honoring the brave soldiers protecting America and building awareness for many worthy causes.

Along with a BDS 6.5” High Clearance Lift Kit and Fox 2.0 Shocks, this rig is running 35” Toyo M/Ts, 22” American Force wheels, Iron Cross bumpers, ARE cap, Warn winch, Rigid LED lighting, and plenty of performance mods. This dually, dubbed Freedom Fighter II has changed a bit since the shoot, getting a full out patriotic vinyl wrap and new black American Force wheels as it continues to tour around the country attending military events, car shows, and more.

Congratulations Kelly and thank you for letting us be a part of this very worthy cause! For more on this truck pick up a copy of the April 2013 Issue of 8-Lug Magazine and to stay up to date on the Rev-It-Up Tour, check out their Facebook page.

To read the article online, head to April 2013 8-Lug Magazine.

BDS Project KJ Update 2: Tear Down & Build Prep

If you’re just checking out the Project KJ build, the guys down at BDS R&D brought a plain jane ’05 Jeep Liberty (KJ) CRD into the shop to transform it into a low-slung trail rig to take on the 2013 Ultimate Adventure. To get up to speed on the project, check out the last post at (Project KJ, From Soccer Mom to Trail Rig).
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Project KJ, From Soccer Mom to Trail Rig

Here at BDS, we build, test, and wheel our rigs to make so we can be confident they’ll survive the abuse our customers put them through and back them with the only no fine print warranty in the business. We’ve built a number of company vehicles and are constantly developing new and innovative kits for popular truck and Jeep vehicles.

We are proud to be a part of the 2013 Ultimate Adventure, the week-long on/off-road excursion hosted by the guys over at 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine. After attending years ago in our company Jeep TJ, we’ve learned a bit more about building a rig that will not only perform well, but stand out from the numerous TJs, JKs, and XJs that attend each year. We discussed a number of different vehicle options, from the ever popular JK, to the J10 Gladiator, Chevy Colorado. All had potential, but ultimately had flaws for various reasons. In wanting to challenge ourselves, we thought let’s build something different, an oddball of sorts, something that isn’t typically celebrated as a capable trail rig but has the potential to be. After months of discussion and pondering ideas, the decision was made to build a Jeep Liberty KJ.
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BDS Suspension is proud to announce they are the official suspension of the 2013 Ultimate Adventure hosted by 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine. Each year the magazine organizes a mystery adventure in an undisclosed location where 20+ trail rigs load up their gear for a week of 4wheeling, camping, and highway time as the convoy wheels a particular region of the country covering 1000+ miles and various off-road terrains.

Part of being a sponsor of Ultimate Adventure means we get to take part in the trip, and that seems like a great excuse to spend some company money building a new trail rig. Stay tuned for more info on the new project vehicle as we build it up for the adventure ahead.

H&S Performance’s F350 in Diesel World Magazine
Tom Wood, an engineer over at H&S Performance built this gorgeous 2012 Ford F350 Super Duty to tackle his everyday daily driving duties. From prototyping new diesel products to dyno testing, and sled pulling, this truck sees its fair share of abuse. This rig features a laundry list of mods done tastefully to accent the truck. Mods include a BDS 8” 4-Link Lift Kit with dual Fox 2.0 shocks up front, 40” Interco M-16s mounted on 22” BMF wheels along with a pair of colormatched Fusion Bumpers with a Superwinch and Rigid LED Lighting installed. Also making the build are a set of Bushwacker flares, a BMF grill, painted headlights, smoked taillights, and a pair of Amp Research steps. The 6.7L Power Stroke received plenty of attention from the crew at H&S Performance and has no trouble turning the massive 40s.
Following a booth appearance in the BDS Booth at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Tom scored a shoot with the fellas over at Diesel World Magazine. Congrats to Tom Wood on the feature article, read all about it in the March 2013 Issue or check out the digital at http://www.dieselworldmag.com/engineering-platform/