BDS Project Go Beyond

With a game plan in place and a multitude of various parts and accessories converging on the build site in Coldwater, MI the build team continued to fit accessories. Up front a set of Fiberwerx fiber fenders were fitted . These feature a larger opening and 4" bulge to more tire clearance and extra tire coverage. These flares in combination with the 4" BDS coilover system installed in the last episode give clearance to allow a set of 40x14.50x20 Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 tires to be installed mounted temporarily on a set of wheels. The plan for the show is to mount them on a set of 20x10 Method NV605 in black to get the look and stance. To help with the extra weight and carrying capacity of the team added a Ridetech level tow airbag system that integrates ride height sensors and compressor to automatically level the stance when loaded down with gear or towing heavy loads.

Already at this point the Knapheide service box has been on and off the truck a few times as the team checks clearances and begins preparing other accessories around it. One fitment issue that needs to be addressed at this point is the rear fenders. The rear fender openings weren't going to allow enough clearance for the 40s so the team fabbed up a set of rear fenders to accommodate a much larger wheel arch along with building out a flare to match the OE styling for a clean appearance.

Next step was bed access. With the size of this truck and the need to ease access to gear and supplies the inside of the bed by fitting a CargoGlide CG2200XL slide out tray. The slide out is easy to use with the ability to extend a full 8ft and can support up to 2200lbs. The plan is to use this to mount out fridge, grill, spare tires and gear storage. With the truck sitting much taller than stock a set of Ford Performance "Tremor" running boards were added to allow easier access to the command center. Moving inside the stock factory cloth bucket seats and rear bench were pulled in favor of some upgrades. The crew at Auto Image made quick work of installing a custom set of Katzkin premium mahogany and black leather seat skins with silver piping and embroidered headrests. Stay tuned to see how those turn out and how they'll tie into the paint scheme.

At this point the shop is full of parts, some removed and others freshly received. Measurements have been taken and the team is hard at work designed the rack, the bumper mods and other parts in preparation for next steps. Stay tuned for Episode 3 for more as Project Go Beyond starts to take shape.

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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

Don Fenton and his crew at Off Road Outlaw Fabrication in Lexington, NC came to the 2017 SEMA Show to make a statement. They’ve built some cool builds in the past, but they pulled out all of the stops on this 2017 Ford F350 Super Duty Dually Diesel. Among the laundry list of mods this truck features a BDS 8″ 4-Link DSC Coilover System with BDS dual stabilizers and Recoil traction bars, Magnum uFit bumpers-grille-steps, and 40″ Toyo M/Ts on 22″ Mayhem wheels. Check out the video for more on this Super Duty and keep an eye out for it in upcoming publications with SEMA coverage.

Orange with envy… Michael Dalton of RLC Motorsports in Cookville, TN fancies himself a Cummins man, building numerous RAM trucks for tow rigs, drag trucks and even daily drivers. WIth a bright orange single cab RAM drag truck in his fleet Dalton figured it was time to try his hand at building a Powerstroke so he picked up a single cab 2017 F350 Super Duty Dually Diesel to use for a new shop promotional tow rig. Wrapped in bright orange to match his  drag truck, this truck rolls on a BDS 8″ 4-Link DSC Coilover System with dual steering stabilizer, Recoil traction bars, 40″ Fury M/Ts on 26″ American Forces, Body Guard bumpers and a whole lot more… Check out the overview video on thie truck and keep an eye out for an upcoming feature on this truck in the pages of Diesel World Magazine along with BDS’s Project SD126.

If you’ve kept up with us on social media lately you’ve seen some teaser shots from our newest project build, Project SD126, a 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty Diesel that we’re outfitting for SEMA and other promotional opportunities.  While we’re not ready to completely let the cat out of the bag on what’s planned and where you can find it at SEMA, you can check out our weekly teaser posts on Facebook and Instagram to see our standard cab, short bed converted (126″ wheelbase) Super Duty as it gets overhauled into a one-off custom creation ready for trail. You can check out our teaser posts to date below and keep an eye out for future posts at:

Project SD126 on Facebook
#projectSD126 on Instagram

Stay tuned for future updates as this build takes shape in time for SEMA. We’ll also have extensive coverage with more photos, writeups, product reviews, progress videos, and more coming available soon so you can check out how this Super Duty came together…