BDS Project Go Beyond

The build team is really catching their stride, working together to fit, fab and finish prep on the various components. Up front a Addictive Desert Designs stealth fighter front winch bumper is bolted into place. While it would typically fit like a glove the flared fenders require the ends to be cut and extended out to match the new bulged body line of this truck. This bumper will allow fitment of a Warn Zeon 12S Platinum winch with synthetic rope and a Sidewinder hook. For lighting a Rigid 40" RDS lightbar and dual 10" SR LEDs were added to outshine the night. In the rear, we were looking to match the styling of the ADD front while working off the larger Knapheide service box. The build team designed and build a custom rear bumper that integrates the hitch, more Rigid LED lighting and shackle mount recovery points. With the bumper knocked out the team turned to the fuel filler. With no direct compatibility between the service box and custom fuel tank the team devised a plan to fit build out a mount to house the factory filler neck and fuel door to integrate into one of the storage compartments giving a clean, OE appearance and functionality for both the diesel fuel and DEF fluid. The setup allows independent use of the fuel filler door or storage compartment.

Storage... its key when building an overlander. Along with the added storage capacity of the Knapheide service box, a custom modular bed rack is being built to maximize storage and allow fitment of a James Baroud Evasion XXL hardshell tent, Maxtrax recover devices, Rotopax fuel and water storage, Rigid flood lighting, A James Baroud awning, Hi-Lift 60" extreme jack, shovel, fire extinguisher, ladder and other gear. Above the cab a Rhino Rack was added to the roof of the truck with the help of their low profle Backbone mounting system. This will offer additional storage as well as a roof top "deck" easy to access from the tent.

These new 2020 Super Duty trucks have several front grille and headlight options to match the different OE trim packages. While this truck is an XLT with the standard halogen lights and chrome surround grille, the plan was to fit LED headlights and a particular grille only found on a few top trim level F450 models. Being these trucks aren’t out yet there wasn't an option to pick one up from the local Ford dealer so after some digging we ran across Lack Trim Systems, the OE supplier that was able to accommodate our request and get us the grille we were looking for. All it needs now is some paint will be taken care of at the same time as the rest of the truck. An OE set of LED headlights were sourced along with a LED conversion harness from The Retrofit Source. Stay tuned for Episode 4 as this truck gets painted and and the team does final assembly with less than a week before it hits the road for SEMA.

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BDS Project Go Beyond

Overlanding...  a popular buzzword these days when it comes to getting outdoors and going offroad. Designed to haul all your gear, food, sleeping quarters, spare parts and more what used to be camping has grown into so much more. Overlanding can be done on a budget with a rusted out old truck or Jeep and basic amenities or it can be unattainable to most as is the case with something like an EarthRoamer. There's an option for everyone and for most its finding somewhere in between, starting with a comfortable, capable 4x4 and adding the must-haves, tent, recovery gear, extra storage, mild lift kit and larger tires.

For the team at BDS, when it came time to add a vehicle to the company fleet they knew they wanted to build an overlander. Something both practical and attention grabbing, something capable off the grid or extended periods of time while being comfortable for long highway commutes. The Ford Super Duty is the perfect platform to start with, with a strong fully boxed frame, solid front and rear axles, huge carrying capacity, workhorse of a diesel motor and ample aftermarket product support. With the opportunity to get their hands on a new 2020 F350 Super Duty months ahead of the public, the team sent out to overhaul this new truck to be the first and most extreme overlanding 2020 Super Duty build to date, a project code name Project Go Beyond.

Basic specs:
2020 Ford F350 Super Duty XLT 4WD (crew cab, long bed)
6.7L Powerstroke Diesel, 10speed Transmission, 2-speed T-case

Getting Started...

With the truck on site in early September the team got to work tearing down the stock truck, pulling the grille, fenders, bumpers, bed, seats, stereo, fuel tank, exhaust, and suspension out of the truck to make way for the upgrades. First up to get installed was the suspension. An off the shelf BDS 4" radius arm coilover system was bolted on to improve performance and give this truck some extra clearance for the massive 40" tires planned. This kit features BDS's heavy duty tubular radius arms, DSC coilovers, track bar and pitman arm for steering correction, dual front stabilizer kit, Glideride rear leaf springs and Recoil traction bars.

Once the lift kit was installed the team turned their attention to the fuel tank unbolting the stock 34 gallon tank and replacing it with a Titan Tank 65 gallon direct fit replacement. This nearly doubles the range for long excursions and bolts right into the OE location. From there the team moved onto test fitment of the Knapheide aluminum service box. Typically used on fleet service trucks, its an interesting concept to utilize the ample storage and see how they cross over to overlanding needs. These service boxes are readily available and a fraction of the cost of most "overland tray/box combos on the market.

With the suspension, fuel tank and service box fitted calls are being made, measurements are being taken, plans are being formulated and orders are being placed to get ready for the next steps of this build. Stay tuned for the next installment of build coverage in Episode 2 and be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram for sneak peeks of the progress.

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With SEMA right around the corner the team at BDS is busy overhauling their latest project vehicle. Over the years they've built some wicked rides, outfitted to be right at home on the trail and on the highway. From one off Jeeps to off-the-shelf Chevy HDs and a handful of Fords, BDS continues to use these SEMA opportunities to show off their design and fabrication skills as well as highlight key products available on the market. Check out some of our past build threads:

This year the team is building an overlander, a low slung rig built for long adventures of back country exploration, camping and self sufficient when getting off the grid away. So what's your guess, what vehicle did BDS choose to be their ultimate overlander???

Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks as this build comes together to debut at the 2019 SEMA Show. #ProjectGoBeyond