In addition to Project Crawlorado the bad ass 2011 trail built V8 Colorado we’re running this year, BDS was asked to bring a second vehicle to haul the social media crew around. After debuting our 2015 Colorado kits at SEMA last year, we took this opportunity to revamp the BDS Colorado to hit the trails as the official “media” support vehicle of the 2015 Ultimate Adventure. Along with being able to navigate the back country terrain, the rocks, and mud, this 2015 Chevy Colorado is carrying 4WOR’s social media team along the trip to each location. 1000+ miles spent with phone chargers, camera batteries, and computers hooked up to every outlet bring you the latest from where ever the journey may take us. The truck is now running the production 5.5” BDS Lift Kit with preproduction Fox 2.5 Remote Coilovers. We pulled the Zone 1.5” body lift, 35” tires and bumper mounted curved 30” light bar off the truck and have it sitting on 33×12.50×20 Mickey Thompson ATZ P3s with 20×9 Eagle Alloy 012s. N-Fab wheel-to-wheel nerf steps still allow easy access into the truck of bed. The bed features a SofTopper canvas top along with a custom storage rack that houses a 40×60” basket, canoe and paddle mounts, 40” front LED lightbar and rear cube LEDs from Lifetime LED. Under the hood the stock 3.6L V6 has plenty of power to turn the 33s and sounds awesome with a Magnaflow stainless steel cutback exhaust system.
Watch for updates for the 2015 Ultimate Adventure and follow along on Facebook and Instagram at #ua2015 and #bdscolorado.
With the start of the 2015 Ultimate Adventure almost here BDS is prepping vehicles for the weeklong 1000+ mile off-road road trip led by Rick Pewe of 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine. BDS has been privileged to hold the Official Suspension Sponsor position 5 years now (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015). Along with building a vehicle to wheel on the trip this year (the Crawlorado), 4WOR asked BDS to bring along a “support vehicle” to shuttle the camera crew around and help with social media coverage throughout the week. While we won’t be hitting all the trail obstacles, we needed a capable vehicle able to hit the trails with plenty of storage for camera equipment and bags and other gear.
With the popularity of the redesigned 2015 Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon right now and BDS’s first to market 5.5” lift kits just hitting the market last week, we made the choice to prep our ’15 Colorado 4Door/Long Bed for the trip. In addition to the BDS 5.5” Lift Kit and preproduction Fox 2.5 coilovers, the truck is running a 305/55r20 Mickey Thompson ATZ P3s on 20×9 Eagle Alloy 012s. N-Fab wheel to wheel steps make accessing the cab much easier and a Magnaflow exhaust system to for a few extra ponies and to get a throatier sound. With the need for additional dry storage without adding weight we choice the SofTopper canvas top and the BDS R&D team fabbed up a rack to mount the rack basket with a 40” Lifetime LEDs lightbar and a few cube LEDs mounted for better visibility at night and setting up camp.
The team is finishing the build prep and hits the road to meet up at the secret start point of the Ultimate Adventure tomorrow (Saturday June 27th). Stay tuned for updates throughout the week long trip on Facebook and Instagram, #ua2015
A few months back Verne Simons from Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine got his hands on our 2015 Chevy Colorado for an offroad road trip around the Southwest. Part favor, part editorial he took the keys to our test mule new midsize truck to get some seat time behind the wheel on a quick adventure from Vegas to Arizona. Check out the story online through the FourWheeler.com Network page or wait for the upcoming issue of 4WOR to hit the newsstands. To find out more about the making of this truck and the journey out to SEMA head to BDS Colorado. To see more on this 5.5″ IFS Systems click here.
The BDS Colorado got some ink in the March/April 2015 issue of Truck Truck Magazine. In a story titled Colorado Blitz, the publication summarizes the rush to build our 2015 Chevy Colorado from stocker to SEMA worthy in just a few short weeks. Look for the story in the pages of Truck Trend and if you can’t wait that long click the link to read it online at http://www.trucktrend.com/features/1503_bds_suspension_lifted_2015_chevy_colorado_blitz/
SEMA 2014, another year for LED light bars, trucks on 24x14s and seemingly bottomless build budgets. While SEMA is known for the flash, the extreme and often over-the-top vehicle builds, the show is also chalked full of new technology, innovative ideas, and emerging trends in the automotive industry.
For those of you out there that haven’t heard of SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, is a trade association made up of thousands of automotive product manufacturers, retailers, builders, clubs and more all working towards the common goal of supporting, protecting, and endorsing automotive customization. Each Fall SEMA hosts an event out in Las Vegas, a gathering of companies from around the world to showcase the latest in automotive customization. While the show is closed off to the general public, the world watches on as media outlets, vendors and industry members attend this “industry only” event drawing more than 100,000 each year for the 4-day show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
BDS Suspension has been attending for 6 years now as has continues to stake our claim in booth #30192, a 80×25′ spot in the off-road section where we show off some of the latest products and invite customers to stop by to hang out and enjoy a beverage of choice with the BDS crew. We teamed up with sister companies Zone Offroad Products, JKS Manufacturing, and 4×4 Posi-Lok, all divisions of Sport Truck USA Inc for what was one of our best years yet at this colossal automotive show. In the booth we had several show trucks to include the BDS’s project 2015 Chevy Colorado, Operation Fearless Bronco, the military themed High Honor 2015 GMC 3500 Dually, and the Trail Seeker JK as well as dozens of BDS equipped vehicles on display around the show. The event was packed this year as retail shops, media personnel, OEMs and other industry professionals came out to the show to see all the new products. The booth was buzzing all week long as the masses came by to check out the rides and hang out in the BDS lounge and chat over an ice cold beer. Check out some of the photos from the show and stay tuned for more to come in the coming months as many will be featured online and in print from various off-road publications.
Thanks again to everyone that stopped by the booth to check out what’s new with BDS and the other Sport Truck USA brands. We’re excited for the future and looking forward another awesome year in 2015!
To see more from SEMA head to Facebook or Instagram and to follow the BDS Colorado’s journey to the show head to BDS Colorado
Each year the BDS engineering team puts together a custom build. Something cool, new or different. Sometimes its a trail rig for the Ultimate Adventure, other times its a show hauler, but it always serves a purpose and in true BDS fashion gets used and abused to ensure our products will hold up to the demand our customers expect. A few months back as SEMA planning began the BDS crew messed around with a few ideas for a new truck to build for the coming year(s).
We’ve built a several Jeep vehicles over the years and while we do love Jeeps, we all see the potential in the truck market. Both Project Slate and Project KJ proved to be huge successes last year for us so we looked into popular trucks for the coming year(s) that we could use for both R&D purposes as well as promotion. Ideas of a 2015 RAM 2500, 2015 Ford F150, or even a 2015 GM Colorado/Canyon were discussed and debated over. With current RAM HD kits in development and our friends at Extang supplying an early release promo ’15 F150 that we designed kits from the decision was made and we pulled the trigger on a 2015 Chevy Colorado Z71, one of first 3 sold around the country. 5 weeks prior to SEMA the BDS engineering team jumped all over the new truck, measuring, designing, and prototyping parts with a goal of being first to market with lift kits for the new 2015 Colorado/Canyon. With just 3 weeks to go until SEMA the decision was made to bring the truck to the show and planning switched into high-gear as accessories were ordered to turn this truck into something SEMA worthy.
The goal for the suspension was to design 4-6” lift options with the ability to install 33-35” tires. For this project truck the BDS engineers are prototyping a 6” suspension system to feature Fox 2.5” remote coil overs, full width skid plate and rear Fox shocks. The task of designing-prototyping-test fitting is typically a 2-3 month process, the engineers did it in 3 weeks. While BDS was able to expedite this part of the development process it can take 3-6 months for production kits to be boxed up and released for sale. We’ll have more info on these new kits as production parts arrive and kits are released by Spring of 2015. During our downtime between prototyping the suspension our sister company Zone Offroad came by to borrow the truck to work on a few of their lift options as well. Currently the truck has a Zone 1” body lift installed on the truck in addition to our 6” suspension system.
With the suspension covered, we moved on to wheels. The new 2015 Colorado/Canyon uses a unique 6on120mm bolt circle not currently available through wheel manufacturers. After several calls, Raceline and Eagle Alloys were able to custom drill blanks for the project within our truncated timeline. For SEMA we’ll be running 20×9 (5.75” bs) Eagle Alloy 012 series wheels mounted on 35×12.50×20 Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires. We were fans of the old Terra Grapplers as an all-purpose all-terrain tire and are excited to test out the new G2 version to give them our feedback. As new as this 2015 Colorado is we were striking out on many of our go-to accessories when building this truck. After giving Extang a call we were excited to hear they were releasing several bed covers including a Solid Fold tonneau to fit our truck. This will give us extra dry storage with many events and off-road outings planned for this truck in the future. With the new taller stance we wanted an easier way to access the cab. We called up N-Fab to tell them about the project and they were pumped on the idea, prototyping a set of steps for the truck in only a matter of days. While the new headlights work great on this new truck, we wanted to improve the visibility when we’re driving offroad. We’ve been running Rigid LED lighting on all of our company vehicles for years and continue to be blown away at the quality, brightness, and strength of their lights. For this project we’re running a 30” RDS (curved) light bar that will be mounted up front. Magnaflow wanted to be involved on the project, however their new Colorado/Canyon exhaust systems won’t be available for a few months so for the time being they sent a custom tip to dress up the truck until the full system is ready. Finishing off the truck will be a custom vinyl wrap helping this truck mimic the look of BDS’s 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 (stay tuned for photos of the 2 out at SEMA together).
With all these plans coming together we have exactly one week to finish prepping the truck before hitting the road for the long 2000 mile trek to Las Vegas for the 2014 SEMA Show. Parts are arriving on a daily basis and the BDS engineering team is working hard to finish the prep. Stay tuned for an update next week as BDS hits the road for SEMA with the 2015 BDS Colorado and watch for daily updates on BDS’s Facebook and Instagram pages, #bdscolorado.