The 4wheeing trip of a lifetime and if you’re up to the challenge of a weeklong hardcore offroad adventure its one you should have on your bucket list. The Ultimate Adventure hosted by 4Wheel & Offroad Magazine is a weeklong 1200-mile 4wheeling trip across multiple states with about 25 rigs split between magazine staff, sponsors and selected readers. No trailers or support vehicles, you need to be self sufficient with tools, spare parts, and food for the journey. Its a mystery what each day of the trip will bring as you follow Rick Pewe on the route he mapped out. This year BDS was the official suspension once again bringing the Crawlorado, a bad ass V8 powered 1st Gen Colorado as well as a 2015 Colorado to shuttle the magazine and video crew around from trail to trail. Each year the magazine features the event in multiple issues of the print publication, online as well as in a feature length video. Check out the 2015 Ultimate Adventure video… #ua2015
We’ll be updating this post each day as the magazine posts their 5-part coverage from the 2015 Ultimate Adventure. Stay tuned for more and check out the rest of our coverage from the trip at https://blog.bds-suspension.com/?cat=417
What an amazing week on the 2015 Ultimate Adventure. Despite daily rain showers, downpours at times, tornados and other inclement weather we had a blast on the week long, 1200+ mile adventure. This year BDS brought (2) Colorados with a 2011 Colorado trail rig dubbed the Crawlorado built by Pacific Fabrication along with a 2015 Chevy Colorado that served as media support crew throughout the adventure.
If you weren’t one of the lucky few to go on the 2015 Ultimate Adventure or maybe you were and want to relive the action than check out 4Wheel & Offroad Magazine’s coverage then you’re in luck. In addition to everything on social media sites the magazine has posted their photos just one week after the weeklong wheeling trip is a wrap. Check out all of 4WOR’s coverage at http://www.fourwheeler.com/ultimate-adventure/2015/
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.
Each year the 4Wheel & Offroad Magazine crew host a week long debut to showcase the Ultimate Adventure film. While the video only offers you a glimpse into the journey, it gives fans a chance to see what the trip is all about and the lucky few that get to attend a chance to relive the experience once more. This past year Dave and myself (Carter) were the lucky ones selected to represent BDS Suspension and headed off on the journey with the company’s 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD, dubbed Project KJ. The journey took place back in July and we still tell stories from the week that we 4wheeled our way through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri in a parade of 25 rigs. Watch the videos below to check out 4WOR’s coverage from the trip.
There’s plenty more video from this year’s trip on the 2014 Ultimate Adventure DVD. To pick up your copy and catch all the action head to the BDS website where we’ll have it for sale as soon as they are released.
BDS spent the last 8 days on the 2014 Ultimate Adventure. During the trip the guys posted daily update videos from the trip with just a glimpse into some of the trail action and convoy road days. Follow along as BDS’s Carter and Dave take on the grueling 1400-mile weeklong Ultimate Adventure in Project KJ. Stay tuned for a full recap complete with photos and the full video.
Keep up with all the UA updates by following #UA2014 #ProjectKJ on Facebook and Instagram.
BDS Suspension is the official suspension of the 2014 Ultimate Adventure (UA), a week long, 1000+ mile offroad trail ride/back road journey hosted by 4Wheel & Offroad Magazine each year. We’ve been lucky enough to sponsor the event over the years, wheeling all corners of this great country building the type of friendships one can only make after 7 days spent without showers out 4wheeling, camping, and wrenching together. With roughly 25 vehicles in attendance, one perk of sponsoring the trip is one of the coveted spots to bring a trail rig to drive. Attendees include the event sponsors, magazine reps, camera crew and a half dozen hand-picked magazine readers in everything from JKs to flattys, Scouts to Blazers, PowerWagons and Tacos. Representing BDS this year we’ll have Dave Devormer from our engineering department and myself, Carter Reed from the marketing department taking on the UA in a 2005 Jeep Liberty Diesel.
In the past we brought a budget built TJ to prove it could be done. With a BDS 6.5” Long Arm, stock Dana30/44 axles, 5.13 gears, lockers, 37” tires, body armor and a winch we completed not one, but two UA’s. Last year we made the decision to retire the old TJ and build something new. After mulling over a few concepts, the idea prevailed was to transform the most universally disliked Jeep 4×4 and turn it into something cool and capable. At the top of a short list we had the Liberty KJ, successor to the Cherokee XJ and perceived flop due to its IFS, goofy design and soccer mom appeal. For 2 years however (2005-2006), Jeep offered the KJ with a torquey 2.8L common rail diesel (CRD) putting out 160hp/295tq. We picked up one with around 200,000 miles on the odometer for $5000 and within a few weeks the BDS R&D team turned it into a low slung, caged, solid axle’d diesel crawler on 40s.
Project KJ, as it was dubbed, debuted at the 2013 Ultimate Adventure. At the time we had yet to work the bugs out or even complete a test drive longer than around our parking lot. Due to a few electrical gremlins, a few mechanical failures, and some plain old bad luck Project KJ was down and out for parts of the adventure. It received Mcgyver-style fixes to get us caught up with the rest of the group only to have another issue creep up farther down the road. As some have described it “the alternate adventure” was a long and painful trip and we had a blast regardless. Since the trip, the BDS R&D team has dug into the Liberty to work out the bugs and get it running at its best. Over the last year its been 4wheeled out in Utah at Easter Jeep, Michigan’s Rocks & Valleys and the Silver Lake Sand Dunes along with Pennsylvania’s Outback Adventure among others; all the while picking up battle scars to prove its not just a mall crawler.
With the 2014 Ultimate Adventure less than a month away, BDS has the KJ back in the shop as it prepares to redeem itself on this year’s trip (wherever that may be). There’s a fairly long list of updates to the rig, replacement parts, spare parts, adjustments and repairs. Stay tuned as we continue to prep Project KJ for the 2014 Ultimate Adventure and watch us on Facebook and Instagram June 27th-July 5th for daily updates from the trip. #UA2014 will keep you informed.