Off Road Outlaw Fabrication out of Lexington, NC, has been building bad ass trucks and side-by-sides for years using a mix of bolt on and fabricated parts for truly custom, one-off creations. Here’s a walk around of owner Don Fenton’s 2014 RAM 3500 Cummins sporting a slew of mods to include the BDS 8″ 4-Link System (stretched to 10″) with FOX remote reservoir shocks, and Magnum bumpers with 40″ Toyos mounted on 20″ Gear Alloy wheels. Nice build Don.

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RAM trucks have proven themselves time and time again both on road and off while pushing the envelope on suspension technology. Along with the fully air-ride controlled RAM 1500 and REBEL, RAM also offers the rear air-ride options on the HD platforms to increase payload and ride quality. Joining the existing 4" system for the air ride RAM 1500, BDS Suspension is excited to announce the release of 6" lift options for the RAM 2500 4WD with rear air ride. Available in standard radius arm drop bracket and 4-link conversion setups, these new suspension systems offer improved performance, capability and room for 37" tires under your 2014-2016 RAM 2500 4wd diesel trucks equipped with factory rear air ride. These new lift systems integrate flawlessly to allow full use of the factory rear air ride system to maintain ride height even when carrying heavy loads. See below for more info.

Factory Protection Plus
  • 5-year, 60,000 mile drivetrain Warranty
  • BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty

Product Description

6" Standard System w/ Rear Air Ride
6" 4-Link System w/ Rear Air Ride

Vehicle Fitment

  • 2014-2016 RAM 2500 4WD Diesel

6" System (rear air ride) Features

  • Available in front radius arm drop bracket or 4-link conversion configurations.
  • Maintains full functionality of air ride system
  • Allows fitment of 37" tires

MSRP

$1918.74  (#1627H)
$2588.12 (#1628H)

Rec'd Max Wheel/Tire Specs

37x13.50 tires on 17x9/18x9/20x9 wheels (5.625" BSing)
37x12.50 tires on 17x9/18x9/20x9 wheels (4.5" BSing)
Other sized may fit, however trimming may be req'd

Available Accessories

#98224752 - FOX 2.0 Shock (single-front-ea)
#98224753 - FOX 2.0 Shock (single-rear-ea)
#122615 - Dual Front Shock Hoop Kit
#98224759 - Dual FOX 2.0 Shock (2 req'd)

#98224018 - FOX 2.0 Single Steering Stabilizer
#55370 - Dual Steering Stabilizer Mounting Kit
#98224016 - Dual FOX 2.0 Stabilizer (2 req'd)

#122314 - Adjustable Front Track Bar
#122609 - Rear Adjustable Track Bar
#102003 - SS Front Brake Lines (pr)
#122405 - Carrier Bearing Drop Kit

Other accessory options available, see website

© BDS Suspension, 491 W. Garfield Ave. Coldwater, MI 49036
(517) 279-2135 | bds-suspension.com | sales-bds@ridefox.com

RAM 2500 w/ rear air ride - 6" BDS Systems: Since 2014 when RAM introduced the optional rear air ride suspension there has been a buzz over how it performs and curiosity about how it will hold up over time.  Both of those questions have been answered with years of use and abuse from truck owners with very few air ride system failures. With that success and the long term testing of new products by the BDS engineering department, we are excited to introduce the newest expansion into the air ride RAM market with new 6" lift options available for the rear air ride equipped RAM 2500 4wd diesel trucks.

Up front BDS Suspension offers (2) versions of this lift kit; the standard and the 4-link conversion. Both use a specially designed pair of progressive rate ProRide front coil springs for optimal performance across any terrain, heavy duty fabricated track bar bracket and forged drop pitman arm to correct steering geometry, extended bump stops and sway bar relocation and brake line relocation brackets to keep the suspension functioning properly. Also standard in the 6" kits a high clearance transmission crossmember and transfer case indexing ring kit are supplied to allow the stock driveshafts to be reinstalled. The standard 6" system retains the factory front radius arms and corrects the suspension geometry by  adding a pair of 1/4" steel frame-mounted drop brackets. The 4-link converts the factory radius arms over to a much stronger 4-link design for improved stability, handling and articulation. The 4-link limits caster change throughout wheel travel for much more predictable driving habits. It uses 1/4" steel brackets that key off the factory radius arm mounts for increased strength and use 2" OD x 3/16"-wall DOM control arms with large 2-1/2" OD polyurethane bushings for smooth, quiet operation. Rounding out the front are your choice of BDS-5500 series hydraulic or FOX 2.0 IFP gas shocks for improved performance.

In the rear both lift kits are designed to work with the factory rear air ride system. 1/4" steel, 5" tall gusseted air bag spacers are used along with a rear track bar bracket to correct axle positioning, extended length sway bar links, and bump stop extensions. BDS supplies new air ride leveling sensor brackets to position the ride height sensors at the stock angle. This allows the rear suspension to be perform just like it does at factory ride height and maintain full air bag range of motion. The rear suspension is rounded out with your choice of BDS-5500 hydraulic, BDS NX2 Nitro or FOX 2.0 performance gas shocks.

Along with these new systems, BDS offers several accessories including shocks and steering stabilizer kits, adjustable track bars, stainless steel brake lines and more. The 6" suspension systems allow for up to 37" tires to be installed. Upgrade your rear air ride equipped RAM 2500 with BDS Suspension.

2014-2016 RAM 2500 w/ Rear Air Ride - Kit Photos

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RAM 2500 w/ Air Ride - 6" 4-Link System
6" Lift Kit - RAM 2500 w/ Rear Air Ride
Rear Air Ride Kit Installed

2014-2016 RAM 2500 w/ Rear Air Ride - Truck Photos

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Air Ride RAM 2500 Lift Kits
RAM 2500
RAM 2500

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT

December 2, 2015

PR.227: RAM 2500 Rear Adjustable Track Bar

PART#

#122609

PRODUCT

 RAM 2500 Rear Adjustable Track Bar

APPLICATION

2014-2016 RAM 2500

MSRP

$204.84

SUPPORT FILES & LINKS

View RAM 2500 Track Bar Online

Dodge Ram 2500 rear track bar
#122609 Adjustable Rear Track Bar
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Kit-A, Kit-B, Kit-C

Dodge Ram Sway Bar Disconnect
#122609 Installed on RAM 2500
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Installed-A, Installed-B, Installed-C

Rear Adjustable Track Bar System for RAM 2500 Trucks

BDS Suspension expands its product lineup for the 2014-2016 RAM 2500 trucks with a new adjustable rear track bar designed to dial in the rear axle positioning. This new track bar provides improved control of the rear axle by replacing the soft factory rubber bushings in the OE track bar to a thick wall-DOM link with high durometer polyurethane bushings at the frame and a forged COM bearing joint at the axle. Can be used with or without track bar relocation when needed for lift heights from 0-8″.

For more information on this new adjustable track bar see below, head online to BDS Suspension or call (517) 279-2135.

BDS SUSPENSION SYSTEMS ARE PROTECTED BY THE FACTORY PROTECTION PLUS PROGRAM

Factory Protection Plus
  • 5-year, 100,000 mile drivetrain warranty
  • BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty

#122609 Adjustable Rear Track Bar
While the engineers designed the new BDS 8″ 4-Link Systems for new RAM 2500 trucks, the need for a heavy duty replacement rear track bar became evident to recenter the rear axle and keep it under control in extreme conditions. As part of the rear track bar system the team designed a new rear track bar able to be used as both an OE replacement as well as to be integrated with track bar brackets. This track bar can be used with all BDS lift kits as well as most other kits on the market.

The new adjustable rear track bar uses a 1.75″ OD x .250″-wall DOM steel tube construction, fully welded with a greaseable from mounted end using high-durometer polyurethane bushings. At the axle mount, the track bar uses a steel forged end with fine 1″ threads for precision adjustments with a high load capacity COM bearing insert. The COM bearing uses an injection molded race for long lift and quiet operation. Its been precision machined for an exact fit to mimic the stock bushing allowing it to be used in the OE location as well as with aftermarket track bar relocation brackets. The track bar comes in a durable textured black powder coat finish and is ready for install right out of the box. Get your RAM’s rear under control with BDS Suspension.

Important Notes 
1) Must be used with an appropriate track bar relocation bracket for heights over 3″.

© BDS Suspension, 491 W. Garfield Ave. Coldwater, MI 49036
(517) 279-2135 | bds-suspension.com | sales@bds-suspension.com

 

NEW PRODUCT Announcement

November 30, 2015

PR.225: 8″ 4-Link Lift Kits

PART #

#1626H

PRODUCT

8″ 4-Link Lift System

APPLICATION

2014-2016 RAM 2500 4WD Diesel

MSRP

$3521.74

Available Kit Accessories

#98223754 – FOX 2.0 Front Gas Shock (2 Req’d)

#98224763 – FOX 2.0 Rear Gas Shock (2 Req’d)

#122615– Front Dual Shock Hoop

  #55761 – Dual 5500-Series Shocks (4 Req’d)

  #98224761 – Dual FOX 2.0 Shocks (4 Req’d)

#122823 – 8-Bolt T-Case Indexing Ring

#55427 – Single 5500-Series Stabilizer

#95427 – Single 9500-Series Stabilizer

#98224018 – Single FOX 2.0 Stabilizer

#122814 – Swaybar Disconnect Upgrade Kit

#55370 – Dual Steering Stabilizer Mount

  #55422 – Dual 5500-Series Stabilizer (2 Req’d)

  #95422 – Dual 9500-Series Stabilizer (2 Req’d)

  #98224016 – Dual FOX 2.0 Stabilizer (2 Req’d)

#122314 – Front HD Adjustable Track Bar

#122405 – Carrier Bearing Drop Kit

#122007 – Rear Driveshaft Spacer Kit

SUPPORT FILES & LINKS

View RAM 2500 Kits Online

View Install Instructions- Front
View Install Instructions – Rear

View Product Flyer

4" lift kit
8″ 4-Link Lift Kit for RAM 2500
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Kit-A, Kit-B, Kit-C, Kit-D

2015 RAM 2500
2015 RAM 2500
8″ Lift Kit | 38×13.50 Toyo | 20×10 AF
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Truck-ATruck-BTruck-C

2015 RAM 2500
2015 RAM 2500
8″ Lift Kit | 40×15.50 Nitto | 20×10 AE
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Truck-D, Truck-E

2015 RAM 2500
2015 RAM 2500 – 8″ Installed Photos
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Installed-A, Installed-B, Installed-C, Installed-D, Installed-E

BDS 8″ 4-link Systems for 2014-16 RAM 2500 Trucks

After more than a year of development, BDS Suspension is excited to announce the addition of 8″ 4-link suspension systems for the 2014-2016 RAM 2500 4WD diesel trucks adding to its seller lineup of 2″, 3″, 4″, and 5.5-6″ lift systems currently available. This new 8″ system has been meticulously engineered to improve the ride quality, stability and performance of your RAM 2500 with room for up to 40” tires. Up front the system utilizes the 4-link conversion and dual rate coil springs similar to the widely popular RAM 3500 8″ kits. In the back, the engineers developed a rear spring outboard kit with new coils to improve the trucks stability and ride quality.

As with all BDS kits, this new 8″ 4-link system is backed by Factory Protection Plus (FPP) giving you the piece of mind to use it and abuse it wherever your next adventure may be. FPP combines BDS’s No Fine Print Lifetime Warranty and a 5-year 100,000-mile drivetrain warranty.

For more information on the kit see below, head online to BDS Suspension or call (517) 279-2135.

BDS SUSPENSION SYSTEMS ARE PROTECTED BY THE FACTORY PROTECTION PLUS PROGRAM

Factory Protection Plus
  • 5-year, 100,000 mile drivetrain warranty
  • BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty

8″ RAM 2500 4-Link Lift Kits: BDS Suspension adds to its industry leading lineup for the late model RAM 2500 4WD trucks with 8″ 4-link systems. This new 8″ 4-link system offers premium on-road comfort and superior offroad capability for the best all around performance out of your new 3/4-ton RAM trucks. The system converts the factory radius arm suspension to BDS’s true and true 4-link design for improved stability, wheel travel, and handling across all terrains. The 4-link design limits caster change to less than 1-degree of change throughout wheel travel for better handling, steering control, and overall driveability. The heart of the system are a pair of massive frame-mounted brackets precision welded and engineered to position the new upper and lower control arms for optimal suspension geometry for late model RAM trucks. The 4-link brackets are fabricated from 1/4″ thick steel and wrap around the frame as well as the factory radius arm brackets to create an extremely sturdy mount for the new arms. Removal of the factory radius arm brackets is not required allowing the brackets to stay intact to speed up the installation time. The upper and lower control arms are built from 2″ OD x 3/16″ wall DOM tubing for the strength to take any abuse you can throw at them. They utilize large 2.5″ OD polyurethane bushings to isolate road vibrations and are formed inward to allow for extra tire clearance. These arms are finished in a durable textured black powder coating and use grease fittings for easy servicing.

The additional height comes from a pair of specially designed dual rate ProRide coil springs. These 8″ coils have been engineered and tested to improve the ride quality and performance across all terrains while holding up to the rigors that 3/4-ton truck owners demand without bowing or sagging over time. A heavy duty track bar relocation bracket is supplied to recenter the front axle once lifted and a forged drop pitman arm is used to correct steering angles to keep them in phase for proper handling. New extended sway bar links are included to correct the front sway bar operating angle. These new links are greasable via pre-installed grease fittings and feature a unique poly-flex ball design to provide bind-free operation. Extended front bump stops are included to limit suspension compression and braided stainless steel kevlar-lined extended front brake lines allow full droop of the suspension. Rounding out the front are your choice of specially valved BDS-5500 or FOX 2.0 performance gas shocks for a smooth ride across any terrain.

At 8″ of lift, transmission/transfer case relocation is required to allow front driveshaft functionality. BDS includes a new laser cut transmission crossmember and adjustable transmission mounting plate to increase clearance front driveline clearance. The transfer case is repositioned by way of a supplied indexing ring kit to correct the operating angle and a billet aluminum driveshaft spacer is supplied to allow the use of the factory driveshafts. Indexing rings are available for both 6-bolt and 8-bolt transmission equipped trucks, confirm transmission before ordering.

In the rear careful consideration was taken to design the system for load carrying capacity, handling, and ride quality. The factory coil positioning inside the frame rails is sufficient at smaller heights, but at 8″ of lift needed to be modified to increased stability. The engineers developed an all new outboard coil spring design that relocates the coil spring position outward 8″ on each side (16″ total) using a set of bolt-on mounts. This new position mimics that of a leaf spring on the 3500 models and provides increased stability without compromising ride quality. The new upper and lower coil seats locate off of existing features on the frame and axle, requiring only minor drilling for mounting hardware. The new position allows for a much shorter and more stable coil spring design. This virtually eliminates any chance of coil bowing and ensures the coils react predictably throughout the full range of travel. In addition to the coil springs/mounts, a new track bar relocation system is included to properly set the rear roll-center height and center the axle under the vehicle. The rear track bar relocation includes a new heavy duty adjustable track bar. The track bar uses high-durometer polyurethane bushings at the frame and an adjustable forged COM bearing joint at the axle. Extended rear sway bar links round out the rear suspension components. Rounding out the rear of this kit is your choice of BDS-5500 or FOX 2.0 performance gas shocks.

Get your new RAM 2500 ready for the trail with BDS Suspension. For more info on this new 8″ 4-link suspension system and available accessories, visit BDS Suspension or call (517) 279-2135.

Important Kit Notes:
1) Not for use with factory rear airbag suspension.
2) Fits diesel trucks only.
3) Kits come standard with 6-bolt transfer case indexing ring. If equipped with heavy duty Aisin 8-bolt t-case order #122813 in place of #122613.
4) Carrier bearing drop kit required for trucks equipped with 2-piece rear driveshaft, available separately #122405.
5) Some vehicles may require rear driveshaft spacer kit #122007 to maintain adequate rear driveshaft engagement.

Max Tire/Wheel Recommendations:
40×13.50 Tires w/ 17″-18″-20″-22″-24″ (4.5-5.5″ BS) Wheels*
*may require some trimming and depending on wheel width and backspacing may require spacing the front bumper forward and trimming inner fender.

Available Accessories:
BDS has a number of accessories available to fit the new 2014-2016 RAM 2500 trucks to compliment the new 8” 4-Link System. Both single and dual steering stabilizer kit are available to meet your on-road and off-road performance needs. Available with 5500-series (white body), 9500-series (brushed stainless body), and FOX 2.0 (50/50-valved aluminum body) BDS steering stabilizers improve drivability by reducing front end shimmy caused by oversized tires and mount above the tie-rod for extra protection when offroad. The dual stabilizer kits mount end-to-end with an attractive BDS branded center bracket. In addition to steering stabilizers, BDS offers a heavy duty adjustable front track bar to allow you to dial in the front axle lateral positioning. Constructed from 1-3/8? solid steel stock this new adjustable track bar is built to handle on and off-road abuse and uses a 1-3/8?-12 fine threaded pinch bolt design turnbuckle to allow easy tuning to properly recenter the front axle for a range of lift heights. The track bar is formed for proper clearance around critical front end components and features gusseted ends for additional rigidity. The ends utilize high-durometer polyurethane bushings with thick-walled steel sleeves for strength and reliability. Along with the FOX 2.0 IFP shock upgrade, BDS offers front dual shock mounting brackets to improve dampening. The upper hoop ties into the factory coil bucket and frame rail for added rigidity and allows you run a pair of BDS-5500 or FOX 2.0 shocks at each front corner. If you’re looking to improve your RAMs flex out on the trail, BDS offers a sway bar disconnect upgrade kit to convert the front links supplied in the 8” system. Lastly, BDS offers several components to improve the driveline angle and eliminate potential driveline vibrations. In addition to the t-case indexing ring kit and crossmember supplied with the kit, BDS offers carrier bearing drop kit and rear billet aluminum driveshaft spacer. Enhance the performance of your 8” 4-Link System equipped RAM 2500 with accessories from BDS Suspension and FOX.

© BDS Suspension, 491 W. Garfield Ave. Coldwater, MI 49036
(517) 279-2135 | bds-suspension.com | sales-bds@sporttruckusainc.com

NEW PRODUCT Announcement

October 9, 2015

PR.217: RAM Sway Bar Disconnects

PART#

#122413 – OE 4-Link RAM HD

#122414 – OE Radius Arm RAM HD

#122814 – Sway Bar Disconnect Upgrade Kit

PRODUCT

 RAM 2500/3500 Sway Bar Disconnect Kit

APPLICATION

2003-2013 RAM 2500 (OE 4-Link)

2014-2016 RAM 2500 (OE Radius Arm)

2003-2012 RAM 3500 (OE 4-Link)

2013-2015 RAM 3500 (OE Radius Arm)

SUPPORT FILES & LINKS

View Sway Bar Disconnects Online

Dodge Ram 2500 Sway Bar Disconnect
#122413 Sway Bar Disconnects
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Dodge Ram Sway Bar Disconnect
#122414 Sway Bar Disconnects
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Dodge Ram Sway Bar Disconnect
#122414 Disconnect Upgrade Kit
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Sway Bar Disconnects for RAM 2500/3500 Trucks

Are you looking get more suspension articulation out of your 2003-2016 RAM 2500/3500? BDS Suspension now offers a high quality set of sway bar disconnects allowing you to improve the offroad articulation similar to the Dodge Powerwagon and Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. These disconnect kits are a manual disconnect with the links able to be quickly removed and clipped out of the way to achieve full capability of your RAM’s suspension. BDS offers (2) new kits to fit the OE 4-link equipped 2003-2013 RAM HD truck as well as the OE radius arm equipped 2013-2016 RAM HDs. The kits are designed to work with BDS lift kits and others that utilize the sway bar in the stock frame mount location. The kit is designed to work on RAM 2500/350 trucks with 3-8″ of lift.

The new sway bar links are built from 7/8” solid steel bar and feature greaseable, high-misalignment spherical polyurethane bushings.  All mounting hardware is included for simple, bolt on installation on your RAM HD.  The stainless steel disconnect pins use a tapered end and allow the links to be easily disconnected easy via the spring loaded pin. With the sway bar links disconnected, BDS offers a pair of easy clip lanyards to secure the sway bar up out of the way.  This kit also includes standard mounting hardware that can be installed in place of the disconnect pin for those that want a fixed mounted link.

Also now available, BDS offers a sway bar disconnect upgrade kit for certain existing BDS Ram 2500/3500 lift systems (see listings below).  This upgrade kit includes everything needed to convert the base links included in the lift system to a disconnecting link. It is a simple conversion that does not require removing the links from the sway bar.

Applicable Lift Kits for #122814 Upgrade:
#1624H – ’14-16 RAM 2500 – 3″ Lift Kit
#1622H – ’13-15 RAM 3500 – 3″ Lift Kit
#1614H – ’13-15 RAM 3500 – 8″ Lift Kit

For more information on available kits see below, head online to BDS Suspension or call (517) 279-2135.

BDS SUSPENSION SYSTEMS ARE PROTECTED BY THE FACTORY PROTECTION PLUS PROGRAM

Factory Protection Plus
  • 5-year, 100,000 mile drivetrain warranty
  • BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty

#122413/122414 Important Notes 

1) Works with 3-8″ of lift
2) Not for use with any other sway bar relocation brackets. Sway bar must be mounted in the stock location on the frame rail.
3) Will not fit on 2003-2008 BDS 8″ long arm kits that use sway bar relocation brackets at the axle or any other kit that does not have the factory axle mount bracket intact.
4) “Inverted-T” steering found on the 2008.5+ RAM HDs is highly recommended for steering-to-sway bar link clearance on 2003-2008 trucks. DO not vary from shock length listings. Max extended length is 25.25″ for 3″ lift, 30″ for the 8″ lift kit.

 

© BDS Suspension, 491 W. Garfield Ave. Coldwater, MI 49036
(517) 279-2135 | bds-suspension.com | sales@bds-suspension.com