It’s always a honor when we get a special visitor to our home base here in Coldwater, MI, but this past Friday the excitement radiated throughout the town when a Michigan State Congressman, Tim Walberg, came to visit our facilities.
Tim Walberg is the State Congressman Representative for the 7th District of Michigan. When he heard of how fast Sport Truck USA and its brands -BDS Suspension, JKS Manufacturing, RT Pro UTV, Zone Offroad, and Posi-Lok 4×4, has grown and is projecting to grow he wanted to know more about what we were doing and how he can help to represent companies like ours.
Walberg’s visit also included meeting some of our top leaders within the company: Mark Meldrum, President, Matt Everline, Director of Operations and Engineering, and Steve Rutz, Controller. These three gentlemen escorted Walberg around and were able to give some great insight on the company.
When Walberg arrived he was briefed on the company with a video of the company’s history. We were able to tour three of our six buildings: the main building, the Research & Development building, and the media building which is still under construction. While down at R&D Walberg got a sneak peak at our SEMA build, he was impressed to say the least.
It is always a great feeling to be recognized by the government. For someone to want to come see the impact that our company has made within our community is something we are proud of and we were honored to be recognized for it.
Check out some photos of the day taken by our very own photographer, Derek Booher.
Hauk Designs has been hard at work on a 6×6 Dodge Truck that they are building for Pitbull Tires to display in their SEMA booth. This vehicle is getting a ’94-’01 RAM 2500 BDS Long Arm kit in the front and Jeep JK rear long arms in the build up.
They have completely tore this thing apart. They took most of the original vehicle off and will not be putting it back on. They kept half the frame and the engine transmission, that’s about it.
Now this is a very cool build, but it did not come so easily. One of the biggest challenges that the crew at Hauk Designs had was figuring out that center axle. The crew tried a few different things from using a two piece drive shaft and double transfer cases, but to be able to drive this thing at highway speeds is not easy. That center axle is a key piece and it has to be done just right for this thing to run properly. Luckily these guys know what their doing. This isn’t the first 6×6 that these guys have done. They built their first one a while back as a request for one of their overseas clients.
Check out Episode 1 and 2 of the build series and keep up on whats new by following Gearwench and Hauk Designs on Facebook.
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:
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.
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.
Its become somewhat of a yearly ritual with 5 out of the last 7 years attend 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine’s Ultimate Adventure as the official suspension. Each year (always over the July 4th week) the event is secretly organized in some region of the United States. The location and day to day plan is kept a mystery only the start and end points are known for those that want to drop a trailer for before or after. What isn’t know is how we’ll get there, some days are trail days and spent navigating difficult terrain while others are road days where the convoy covers hundreds of miles to get to the next destination. Road days are always dedicated to the highway as this year we made detours to run local trails along the way, crush cars with a tank, invade military surplus stores, and even a canoe race. The trip runs Saturday to Saturday and covers 1000-1500 miles and a handful of trails all out of the comfort of our semi DOT-compliant trail rigs.
The 2015 Ultimate Adventure (#UA2015) was dubbed summer camp and with that a canoe or other form of personal floatation device was added to the required list of gear along with a winch, recover points, lockers, 35”+ tires, roll cage, seat belts, and first aid gear. The UA convoy is made up of 4 types of wheelers; (1) the magazine staff and media crew their to document all the action for magazine, DVD, and social media. (2) the “cronies” who are a bunch of guys that attend each year with a variety of skill sets to help heard the group along, (3) the readers who are 4WOR Mag readers hand selected to attend the adventure in their personal rigs and (4) the sponsors, event sponsors are offered a spot on the trip to show off their products and partake in the action. BDS is part of the later, attending for our 5th year (2 in the BDS TJ, 2 in the Project KJ, and this our first year in the Crawlorado – for more on any of those vehicles, click the links). Throughout the week the BDS Crawlorado was impressive. With a LS2 V8 powering the stock automatic tranny, ORD magnum 205 case box, Dynatrac ProRock 60s, 37” Pitbull Rockers, and BDS JK long arm kit retrofitted running Fox shocks the truck conquered the trails with a unique style. Also along for the trip was BDS’s 2015 Colorado acting as the social media support vehicle to bring the world daily updates from the action. This year’s event covered roughly 1300 miles and 7 states (OH, KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, and AL) over the course of a week, camping along the way in a convoy of 25 vehicles.
This year’s trip was a wet one, with gratuitous amounts of rain every single day of the adventure and event a tornado touching down in close proximity on one of the road days. Here’s a rundown of the day to day action along with photos and links on where to find more from #UA2015