Our friends at Power Automedia stopped by our booth at the 2018 SEMA Show to find out more about what BDS has been up to. We started off by giving a quick run down of #ProjectSD126. This Ford Super Duty was our build that we did for the Ford booth for the 2017 SEMA Show. Project SD126 was  built to not only look good, but perform out on the trails and open desert. The frame off overhaul included off the shelf parts from some of the best companies in the industry combined with top level fabrication from the BDS build team. What started as an idea to bring back an old favorite has evolved into a super cool and over the top 2017 Ford Super Duty standard-cab, short-bed, diesel that turns heads everywhere it goes.

We also gave a quick overview of our build for Ford’s booth this year. This year’s build, #ProjectRangerX, was an exciting build as we got our hands on one of the first Ford Rangers to come to America. Find out more about #ProjectRangerX at https://blog.bds-suspension.com/?p=17021.

When asked “what new products do you have coming out,” we were proud to give a quick update of what is to come, including kits for the ’19 RAM, ’19 Chevy, ’19 F150, and Tacoma. While we cannot give out much information, we can say we are as excited as ever for what is to come. With all the new released vehicles, our R&D team is working hard to come out with new kits.

 

BDS Project SD126, if you haven’t spotted all our teaser shots on social media over the last couple months then here’s your introduction to the newest addition to the BDS family. Completed earlier this week, the BDS R&D team has gone above and beyond to overhaul your run of the mill 2017 Super Duty into a one off show piece built to not only look good, but perform out on the trails and open desert. This frame off overhaul includes off the shelf parts from some of the best companies in the industry combined with top level fabrication from BDS build team. What started as an idea to bring back an old favorite has evolved into a super cool and over the top 2017 Ford Super Duty SCSB Diesel that turns heads everywhere it goes. To get the full rundown on how this project came to be check out the 5-part build series available now at:

Episode 1     /     Episode 2     /     Episode 3     /     Episode 4     /     Episode 5

See below for a rundown through the parts list for Project SD126 along with some of teh finished photos of the truck. If you’re heading out to the 2017 SEMA Show be sure to check it out in the Ford Booth, #22200 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. BDS Suspension and our other brands will be set up in our usual spot, #30192 in the upper level of South Hall along the inside wall so be sure to stop by to check out the other project rigs, several new product announcements and grab a beer or water with the BDS crew. Click here for more info on our 2017 SEMA Show Plans.

Project SD126

Vehicle:
 – 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty 4wd [more info]
 – 6.7L Powerstroke Diesel
 – 6R140 TorqShift 6-Speed Transmission

Modifications:
 – Custom short bed conversion (126″ wheelbase)
– PPG Night Metallic Orange Paint by Butler Body Shop [more info]
 – BDS Front 4-Link Coilover Conversion [more info]
– BDS Rear Trailing Arm Conversion
 – FOX 2.5 Factory Race Series DSC Coilovers (14″ Travel – F/R) [more info]
– FOX 3.0 Factory Race Series Quadruple Bypass Shocks (14″ Travel – F/R)
– FOX 2.0 IFP Bump Stops (F/R)
– Pac Racing Coil Springs and Sway Bars (F/R) [more info]
– Custom Heavy Duty Steering Linkage w/ FOX ATS stabilizer
– JE Reel Driveshafts  (F/R) [more info]
– F450 10-Lug Axles (Dana 60/M300) with 4.30:1 Gears
– 42×14.50×20 BF Goodrich Baja TA KR2-S Tires [more info]
– 20×11 Stazworks Cheyenne 8 Wheels [more info]
– McNeil Racing 6″ Fiberglass Fenders and Bedsides [more info]
– RK Sport Ram Air Hood [more info]
– Rogue Racing Bumpers (F/R) [more info]
– Warn Zeon 12S Winch [more info]
– Factor 55 Fairlead and FlatlinkE [more info]
– Rigid LED Lights (RDS, Radiance, SR-M) [more info]
– Custom Smoked Headlights
– Recon Smoked Cab, Mirror, 3rd Brake Lights [more info]
– Amp Research Powersteps [more info]
– PRP Racing Enduro Recliner Seats and 5.3 Harnesses [more info]
 – Custom Center Console/Cage
– Kicker Audio Speakers and 12″ CompRT Sub [more info]
– Magellan eXplorist TRX7 GPS [more info]
 – EZ LYNK AutoAgent Tuner [more info]
 – S&B Filters Cold Air Intake [more info]
 – Diamond Eye Performance DPF-Back Exhaust System [more info]

Be sure to check out Project SD126 in person at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV from Oct.31-Nov.3 located in the Ford Booth #22200 of Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

To catch up on Episode 1 / Episode 2 / Episode 3 / Episode 4 of the Project SD126 Build, click the links.


After a couple months designing, cutting, building and modifying the truck was delivered to Butler Auto Body to get painted and the suspension parts were sent to powdercoat. At first there is a weird sense of anxiety and relief as the build is out of our hands at the moment and in the capable hands of Butler Auto Body to lay down some color. That relief quickly changed to work as the team is also responsible for designing and building all the new product displays and both props needs for our booth (#30192) at the 2017 SEMA Show. Switching gears the team built a 15ft wide modular bar for us to serve drinks, TV racks to keep everyone entertained and several new products displays to debut some of our latest and greatest to the world…

Butler Body Shop made quick work of the body, prepping and painting it in a super cool orange by PPG paints from their Smart ForTwo collection known as Night Orange Metallic (CD3L / EAK). From interior to exterior, the team took on painting the body and bumpers to the interior panels and emblems implementing an Metallic Orange – Satin Gray – Gloss Black color scheme that tied everything together from the gray/black/orange of the suspension parts to the black interior with orange/gray accents and everywhere else. The color is something else, super bright and it changes depending on the lighting.

With the truck back from paint the team got back to work on final assembly. Up first was fitting the suspension and axles so we could get this back to being a rolling chassis. The BDS front 4-link arms and rear trailing arm setup is finished in a gray powdercoat and custom BDS badges added. The shock situation on this truck is under control with FOX 2.5 DSC Coilovers at each corner along with FOX 3.0 quadruple bypass shocks allowing infinite adjustment and tuning possibilities to dial in the performance of this truck. From there the team worked on routing brake lines, running wires and completely reassembling the truck inside and out. Being that the chassis has been shortened we turned to our friends at JE Reel for a custom set of front and rear heavy duty driveshafts to get this truck mobile again. Inside the PRP seats/harnesses, Kicker audio system, and Magellan GPS were reinstalled along with the center console for the last time. Inner fenders were fitted one last time and fenders were bolted back on. On the performance side the team added to the S&B cold air intake mounted before paint with a Diamond Eye Performance DPF-back custom exhaust and an EZ LYNK programmer. The ROgue Racing enforcer bumper is modular with the center section getting fitted first housing the Warn Zeon 12S winch and Factor 55 fairlead and flatlink E. From there the 40″ Rigid RDS light bar is added to the center and a set pf 4 Rigid Radiance lights with amber backlight are added to the Rogue bumper wings to finish off the off the look. Last up is wheels and tires… to keep this truck true to its Raptor inspired roots we’re going with a tires synonymous with Baja racing, the BF Goodrich Baja TA KR2-S in a 42×14.50×20 size. These will be mounted on a set of 2-piece 20×11 Stazworks Cheyenne 8 wheels in our 10on225mm bolt pattern. We’re excited to show you the final product, stay tuned for the official unveiling of this truck coming soon…

[Continue on to see the finished SD126 build]

Each Fall the automotive aftermarket prepares for the super bowl of industry events, the one and only SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV. With more than 2000 companies planning display this year throughout the 1 million sq.ft Las Vegas Convention Center this year and upwards of 75,000 industry reps and media in attendance this show is sure to have a little bit of everything. We’d like to invite you to join us in the Sport Truck USA Booth, where you can find FOX, BDS Suspension, Zone Offroad, JKS Mfg, and RT Pro. We’ll be set up in our usual spot, booth #30192  of the offroad section along the inside wall of the south hall, upper level. Be sure to stop by to check out new products, custom builds and meet the Sport Truck staff. We’ll be serving beer and water all week so stop by to enjoy a drink with the staff and see what’s new.

On display in the Sport Truck USA booth this year we’ll have several custom vehicles to include the Bruiser Conversions’ LS2-powered Jeep JKU 6×6, Rockstar Garage’s Colorado ZR2 overlander, ORO-Fab’s F350 Dually, Randy Pratt’s RZR1000, and Pacific Fabrication’s spec race truck.

Around the show, scattered between vendor booths and featured vehicle spots we’ll have dozens of sponsored vehicles on display showcasing some of our new products and crowd favorites. Among them will be BDS Suspension’s Project SD126, a standard cab, short bed converted 2017 Raptor Super Duty on display in Ford’s booth. We’re excited to unveil that project and the build video series, to go Live the first day of SEMA. If you haven’t seen the updates to this point check out #projectSD126.

Stay tuned on our social media pages for updates from the show, we hope to see you there!