BDS has been keeping a secret these past few months. Granted we haven’t done a great job keeping the secret as we keep sneaking out teaser shots of the build progress on social media these past couple months, but its finally time to come clean on our scheme to overhaul a brand spankin’ new 2017 Ford Super Duty Diesel in preparation for the 2017 SEMA Show. This build is part of Ford’s project build program and will be on display in the Ford booth at the show next week out in Las Vegas. Dubbed Project SD126, this truck is outside of the norm these days as most builders opt for the typical crew cab, short bed configuration. Instead we’re going against the grain building a regular cab truck and turning it into something unique. What’s more the build team is converting this factory long bed over to a short bed which will involve a frame chop, exhaust mods, custom fuel cell, and more to pack all the factory emission into this 126″ wheelbase Super Duty, (SD126, you get it now). The first question that comes up is why didn’t we just order the truck in the standard cab, short bed (SCSB) configuration? The answer is that Ford has never offered a SCSB configuration for the F250/F350 trucks and so we built it ourselves.

Now we’re not the first ones to think up the SCSB conversion, its been done before. From what we’ve seen it hasn’t been done on a late model 2017 Super Duty and not build to the level we have planned for it. The original concept for Project SD126 came from the idea to reincarnate a former project build known as Stubby, a bright orange 2001 Super Duty SCSB 7.3L Diesel with a similar build sheet. Build by ROK Industry, we partnered with Ernie Vole on this transformation that made its debut at the 2012 SEMA Show and went on to be on the cover of FourWheeler Magazine sporting fiberglass fenders, BDS lift kit and 44″ Boggers.

So back to the project at hand, Project SD126. This truck is going to be a massive undertaking. While on the surface we’re chopping the frame, adding fiberglass fenders, paint, lift and tires, there is so much more to this build. The attention to detail is what’s going to elevate this build to the next level for a showroom to desert ready Raptor Super Duty. The basic build includes:

2017 Ford F250 Super Duty SCSB, 6.7L Powerstroke
– BDS 4-Link/Trailing Arm Suspension with FOX coilovers and bypass shocks
– 42×14.50 BFG Baja TA KR2-S tires on 20×11 Stazworks wheels (10-lug)
– Rogue Racing bumpers, Rigid lights, Warn winch and Factor 55 flatlink
– McNeil Racing 6″ fiberglass fenders/bedsides and RK Sport ram air hood
– S&B intake, EZ LYNK programmer, and Diamond Eye DPF-back exhaust
– PRP seats/harnesses, Kicker audio, Magellan GPS, and custom console/roll bar
– PPG bright orange paint by Butler Body Shop

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