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

11 Comments on “BDS Project Slate Goes Up For Sale
  • Andre Hache says:

    This truck is absolutely flawless. I have been watching it be built up and its become my dream truck I wish I could own, unfortunately financially cant buy it which is about the worst news for me this year lol. BDS killed it on this truck. I’m really big on aesthetic appearance of a vehicle and this truck nails the proportions in my opinion and its not over done with flashy decals or chrome. Not even to mention all the parts and upgrades in this build.
    I would be all over buying this truck if I had the funds is all I really have to say. Maybe one day I can build my own or if BDS makes another amazing RAM HD and sells it one day and I have the money….it will be sold. Keep it up, whoever gets this beast is going to be one happy person for sure.

  • Randy says:

    Is the truck still available?

  • Victor says:

    What color is that is granite crystal metallic? What about the decal on the sides?

    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Victor, Project Slate was the factor charcoal color, I believe you are correct with the Granite Crystal Metallic name. The decals used were what we call the “Striper Design”. They were matte black vinyl stripes with brushed chrome vinyl lettering. For more on the graphics head to

  • Joey says:

    What size suspension lift did y’all install on this truck, I got a new 2016 Ram 2500 with 6.7 Cummings diesel and looking for good raise amount with out drive shaft modification, what would y’all recommend thanks

    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Joey, this truck was running the 8″ 4-Link System which allows the use of the factory driveshafts due to the transfer case indexing kit and front driveshaft extension included in our 8″ kit. We have the full build specs listed in the body of this post if you have any other questions about this truck. Your ’16 RAM 2500 has a similar front setup, but is coil sprung in the rear rather than leaf sprung like the RAM 3500. We offer 2″, 3″, 4″, 6″, and 8″ kits to fit your RAM 2500 as well, for more information head to

  • Ray Chargualaf says:

    I have a ram 2500 6.4L with a 5.5″ bds lift and 37″ tires. I plan on towing a 7,000lb trailer (11,000lb towing capacity), is it necessary to add the air lift air bags and upgrade the brakes?

    Awesome build by the way! This truck inspired me to get a ram!

    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      Hey Ray,
      A few things on those topics, while bigger brakes would be beneficial with extra mass of the larger wheels/tires and the trailer, its not a requirement. You would need to be the judge of that decision and depending on your capability of your trailer brakes it may not be necessary to upgrade the truck’s brakes. On the air bag topic, air bags are a great way to help support heavy loads, stabilize the vehicle for towing, and eliminate rear sagging. That said our 5.5″ kit includes taller replacement coil springs which I’m not sure there is an “in coil” airbag to fit due to the extra height. I would contact companies like Air Lift to see what they recommend.

  • Landon Laskowski says:

    Did u guys have to trim rear of front fenders to clear the 40×15.5r20 because i have a 2016 with a 6in lift with 2 inch lwveling in front to make 8in total and im looking to go to a set of 40’s

    • Carter @ BDS Suspension says:

      There was some trimming necessary on Project Slate to clear the 40s in all driving situations on and offroad. We stuck to a more moderate 20×10 wheel to help fit the tires as well.


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