Its an exciting time in the mid sized truck world as the Ford Ranger returns to the great US of A for 2019. While at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, we took some time to visit our favorite 2019 Ford Ranger builds, including our very own, #ProjectRangerX.
Most of these builds were featured in the Ford booth, and almost all of them featured BDS Suspension Systems on them. These lift systems will be making their way into the market in the near future.
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.
Built up and ready for an adventure. With just 5 short weeks, the BDS build team took one of the first 2019 Ford Rangers in existence and overhauled it into a show stopper. Built for capability out on the trail, great looks with a strong stance and plenty of utility with room to haul gear BDS’s Project Ranger X elevates the Ranger to the next level. Starting with a pre-production 2019 Ranger right off the assembly line, this truck was torn down, the frame was extended, service bed and custom rack fitted, a BDS suspension lift installed and larger tires and accessories were added. We documented the build in a 5-part build series that followed the team as they transformed this 2019 Ford Ranger from stock to fully custom, click the links below to check out how it all came together.
Custom Long Bed Conversion (136” wheelbase)
BDS 6” Suspension Lift System (prototype)
BDS Upper Control Arms (prototype)
BDS GlideRide Rear Leaf Springs (modified GM1500 springs)
FOX 2.5 Factory Series front DSC Coilovers
FOX 2.5 Piggyback DSC Rear Shocks
AirLift Rear AirBag System w/ Lower Cradle Mount
Rear (Extended) Spicer Driveshaft
Wheels & Tires:
35×12.50×17 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM3 Tires
17×9 KMC XD Series Grenade OR Wheels
Ford Performance/Borla Catback Exhaust System
OE Magnetic (charcoal) Paint w/ Black & Fiery Orange Stripes
Knapheide Utility Box w/ Custom Built Rack System
Warn Ascent Front Bumper
Warn Zeon 10-S Winch with Factor 55 FlatLink
Custom Rock Sliders and Rear Bumper
Rigid LED Lighting (Radiance, SR-M, and Scene Series)
Bushwacker Front Pocketstyle Fender Flares
Dometic CFX 40W Electric Cooler on Slide
MaxTrax MKII Recovery Devices
Rotopax 2.5 Gallon FuelpaX Containers
Amp Research Fuel Door
Warn Epic Recovery Kit
James Baroud USA Retractable Awning
Air Lift Quick Shot Air Compressor and 2-Gallon Tank
Ford Performance Rear Diff Cover and Diff Skid
sPod 8-switch Touchcreen Relay System
Kicker Audio System (KMC10 Head Unit/KMTC Tower Speakers)
Optima YellowTop H6 Battery
2018 SEMA Show:
See it this week at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in the Ford Booth in Central Hall #22200. Along with Project Ranger X, Sport Truck USA (home to BDS Suspension, JKS Mfg, RT Pro and Zone Offroad) will be set up over in the offroad section in South Hall, Upper Level in booth #30192. We’ll have severl new vehicles and new product on display to check out. Be sure to stop by to grab a beer with the BDS crew (served cold all week long) and see what’s new. Find out more about our SEMA plans by clicking the link, BDS’s 2018 SEMA Show Preview. We look forward to seeing you out in Vegas!
The SEMA crunch is getting real, with just 2 build days to go until we need to hit the road for Vegas, there is still a lot to get done on this build, from wiring, assembly and final installation and graphics. At this point the shop is operating like a well oiled machine with everyone doing their part to get the job done. The “To Do” list is starting to dwindle down and their’s a light at the end of the tunnel. All the parts are back from paint and powder coat, the Warn winch and Rigid lights are installed in the bumpers and its getting bolted up front for the final time. With the larger wheels and tires we needed some additional tire coverage. In the rear the wider design of the service box does just the trick, but for the front we needed a set of fender flares. We turned to Bushwacker and got their first prototype set of pocket style flares for the Ranger and had them color matched to the factory Magnetic paint and swapped out the hardware to black stainless.
In a way this truck is like a mullet, its all business up front with that Warn winch bumper and 6” coilover system while its a party in the back as with custom outdoor stereo, dirt bike, electric fridge, spare fuel, lighting and more. Now that we have the Knapheide service box installed for the final time we’re fitting up the rack and wiring up accessories. With the goal to build this into a capable adventure rig able to haul a dirt bike and gear we knew we’d plenty of fuel supply. We turned to Rotopax for their 2-gallon Fuelpax containers and mounted them to a custom build rack designed for additional storage of gear and lights. When it comes to the auxiliary lighting, we turn to the pros at Rigid Industries. We’re installing an assortment of lights on this truck to include front amber radiance pods in the bumpers, a 40” front facing amber radiance light bar on the roof, and their SR-M floods all the way around the bed to light up the trail or camping spot. To keep things a bit cooler when setting up camp, we added a James Baroud retractable awning off the side for some easy access to shade on hot days and dry covering on rainy ones. Also in the theme of keeping cool is we have a Domestic CF-40W electric fridge/freezer mounted in the bed. We mounted this on one of the slide kits for easy access out on the trail. This truck is full of fun, from the mount for a dirt bike in the back to the bluetooth stereo in the bed. The stereo consists of Kicker’s KMC waterproof head unit powering a pair of Kicker marine grade tower speakers mounted to the rack to keep the party going. Along with the front mounted winch, we have more recovery gear in the back from Ford Performance and Warn along with a pair of Maxtrax recovery mats that we can stick under the tires if we find ourself stuck on in silt, sand or snow. The extra storage on this truck will be used for tools and camping gear. We have on-board air and a 120 volt power inverter to run tools and charge devices. We also have a ramp to load the dirt bike in and out of the truck.
We’re getting close, Project Ranger X is almost complete and ready to make its debut at the 2018 SEMA Show in Ford’s Booth #22200. We’ll have one more update before the show kicks off, a preview of the finished truck and then plenty more coverage of it out at SEMA and as we hit the trails afterwards. For more on the build be sure to head to the BDS Blog, on YouTube and on Facebook and Instagram at #ProjectRangerX. Check it out next week as this truck makes its debut at SEMA.
We’re back again with our latest update on Project Ranger X. The last couple weeks have been controlled chaos around teh shop as the BDS engineering team takes on the 5-week overhaul of our 2019 Ranger along with prototyping suspension kits for all of the other 2019 Ranger that will be on display at the show in Ford’s booth, building up our 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and prototyping several new lift systems for the Wrangler JL and other new applications to debut at the show. Now nearing the end of our 3rd full week with the 2019 Ranger we’re buttoning up the rear suspension ahead of the service box getting back from paint while its all easily accessible. With the new extended 136″ wheelbase and converted the factory mono leaf setup over to heavy duty BDS leaf springs along with custom shackles and a set of AirLift bags for additional carry capacity. The shock mounts have been relocated as well and once we get the frame painted we’ll be bolting in a set of FOX shocks to match the front coilovers.
Next project was the rear driveshaft. With the extended wheelbase we needed an extended length driveshaft to install in the rear. We reached out to Spicer who builds the factory 2-piece unit to source an OEM quality extended length shaft to bolt right into place under our 2019 Ranger. Perfect fit and finish on this build. Another side effect with extending the frame is exhaust fitment. On this build we’re installing the Ford Performance cat-back system from Borla and need to lengthen the pipe by about 10” to fit like a standard exhaust. This ought to give that 2.3L EcoBoost some deeper sound and free up some additional horsepowers. The wiring needs to be addressed on this truck as well. Along with the extending the factory wiring we’re also adding additional circuits to power all our new accessories like the auxiliary lighting, stereo, air compressor, electric fridge and more. To control all of these additional devices we have an sPod 8-circuit relay system with touchscreen controls. This will allow us to control and customize all of our wiring outputs while cleaning up and speeding up the install process over running individual switches and relays.
Up front we fit this Warn Ascent series winch bumper to offer extra protection. Its a stout design and with a few minor tweaks we’ll integrate their front skid plate in with our IFS crossmembers for extra strength. From here the bumper is off to powder coat so we can get it installed along with the Warn winch and Rigid lighting. The wheels and tires a mounted up and ready to bolt on as well. The prototype BDS 6” lift system will allow us to install this set of 35×12.50×17 BFG KM3 tires mounted up on a set of the new 17×9 XD-Series Grenade OR wheels. These wheels have a great look, strong design and the backspacing we needed to clear the new steering knuckles. We added orange rings to match the rest of the theme we have planned for this build.
Last week we sent out the Knapheide service box to our crew at Butler Body Shop on the other side of town to prep and lay down the matching Magnetic gray paint. They’ve been great at meeting our deadlines with a top quality paint job each time. After paint the bed was sent over to spray Line-X sprayed inside the box for extra protection. Time to start reassembly. Stay tuned for next week’s update as the SEMA crunch gets real with a mad dash to get bumpers, lighting, graphics and all the other accessories installed in the final week before this truck hits the road for the 30-hour drive out from Michigan to Las Vegas for Ford’s booth at the 2018 SEMA Show.
Its almost that time for sin city, the one and only Las Vegas, NV, to welcome back the automotive aftermarket for the Super Bowl of events. Whether you’re into trucks and offroad, racing, classic cars, imports or exotics, the SEMA Show is a sensory overload as more than 2500 companies set up to showcase their latest and greatest products to more than 75,000 industry professionals in attendance. The show spans the 1 million sq.ft Las Vegas Convention Center and surrounding area to kick off next Tuesday running through Friday.
We’d like to invite you to join us in the Sport Truck USA Booth, where you can find 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 all the new products on display, see some custom builds and meet the Sport Truck staff. We’ll be serving ice cold beer, water and snacks all week long so stop by to enjoy a drink with our staff and see what’s new!
On display in the Sport Truck USA booth this year we’ll have several custom vehicles to include:
Around the show, scattered between vendor booths and featured vehicle spots will be more than 40 BDS-equipped vehicles on display showcasing some of our newest products and crowd favorites. Among them will be BDS Suspension’s newest build, a 2019 Ford Ranger dubbed Project Ranger X (Click for Details). We’re excited to unveil that project and will have a video build series, photos, writeups and other content to go live the just before SEMA kicks off so keep an eye out
For a look at last year’s SEMA Show check out our 2017 SEMA Recap Video.
Here’s is just a small taste of some of the Sport Truck brand equipped vehicles that will be on display this year at SEMA.
Stay tuned on our social media pages for updates from the show, we hope to see you there!