BDS Featured Rides: 2020 Ford F350 - Project Go Beyond | FJ Cruiser

Our 2020 Ford F350, better known as #ProjectGoBeyond, was our 2019 SEMA build. This rig is now hanging out in Colorado with our Sales Rep, Miles.

This rig underwent a lot of customization to get to become what we consider the ultimate overlanding rig. You can read all about it here and check out the build specs on the right -->  We are looking forward to taking it out for some true overlanding adventures as soon as possible.

Also hanging out in Miles's driveway is a Toyota FJ cruiser. This rig is used more so as a daily driver, but it has been out on some pretty fun adventures as well; including the National FJ Summit. We've included a few photos from this event below.

Stay tuned for more employee ride features coming out soon. If you're a customer or dealer running BDS and think we should feature it, send in photos and videos for your chance for us to spotlight your ride.

Vehicle Specs:

2020 Ford F350 Super Duty 4WD (Crew Cab, Long Bed)
6.7L Powerstroke Diesel, 10-speed Transmission, 2-speed T-Case

Chassis/Suspension:
BDS 4” Radius Arm Lift System
FOX 2.5 DSC Coilovers and 2.0 IFP Shocks
BDS/FOX Dual Steering Stabilizer Kit
BDS GlideRide Rear Leaf Springs
Ridetech Level Tow Air Bag System

Wheels & Tires:
40x14.50x20 Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 Tires
20x10 Method NV605 Black Wheels (4.5" BS)

Powertrain Mods:
Banks Power Derringer Tuner w/ iDash Data Monster
Ford Performance/Borla Catback Exhaust System

Interior Mods:
Katzkin premium mahogany and black leather upholstery w/ customer embroidery
Kicker Audio System (VSS System and BF400 Portable Bluetooth Speakers)

Exterior Mods:
2-Tone Paint - OE Agate Black and Chroma Elite Copper
Knapheide Utility Box w/ Custom Built Rack System
Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter Front Bumper
Warn Zeon 12-S Winch with Sidewinder Hook
Ford Performance "Tremor" Running Boards
(BDS) Custom Fabricated Rear Bumper
(BDS) Custom Fabricated Modular Bed Rack System
Rigid LED Lighting (40" RDS, SR-Series, A-Series and D-Series)
Fiberwerx Front Fiberglass Fenders (4" Bulge)
Dometic CFX-75DZW Electric Cooler on MSA 4x4 Drop Slide
CuisineArt 2-Burner Gas Grill
MaxTrax MKII Recovery Devices
Rotopax 2.5 Gallon Fuel and Water Containers
Hi-Lift Xtreme 60" Jack and Accessories
Shovel Kit
Warn Epic Recovery Kit
Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform with Backbone mounting system
James Baroud USA Evasion XXL Hardshell Tent
James Baroud USA Retractable Awning
2000-Watt Power Inverter and 12V Power Supplies
Ridetech Air Compressor and 2 Gallon Tank

 

 

BDS Featured Rides: 2017 Ford Super Duty | Project Renaissance

If you live in the Southeast region of the US, you may recognize this guy or this truck! Brad is our Territory Rep and he is driving the BDS 2017 Ford F250, nicknamed Project Renaissance. This rig made its debut at the 2019 Daytona Truck Meet. Since then it has been to several other shows including: Scrapin The Coast 2019, Rocky Top Diesel Shootout 6, Rudys Diesel Fall Event, The Petit Le Mans, and Lone Star Throwdown 2020. We are itching to get this rig back out to some more events and shows across the country. Brad has been in the industry 16 years.

Brad's interest in the industry started at his very first NOPI car show as a kid. Out of highschool he worked as a tech in a shop, from there he got into sales, management, and even owned his own shop for a while. In 2013 he built his own SEMA rig, which debuted in the American Force booth. In 2017 Brad started his journey with BDS. Since then he has been growing his territory and building relationships with customers dealers.

Project Renaissance is always getting complements when out on the road. People of all ages and backgrounds are always coming up to ask questions. For current specs check out the tab on the right  --------->

Stay tuned for more employee ride features coming out soon. If you're a customer or dealer running BDS and think we should feature it, send in photos and videos for your chance for us to spotlight your ride.

Vehicle Specs:

  • 2017 Ford F-250 6.7 Powerstroke Diesel

Current Mods:

  • 8” BDS 4 Link / 2.5 FOX C/O system (more info)
  • Dual FOX steering stabilizer kit
  • Recoil traction bars
  • 24x14 American Force Wheels RUKUS
  • 38x15.50x24 Mickey Thompson BAJA BOSS
  • Magnaflow Filter-Back Exhaust
  • Body Guard A2L Bumpers
  • Rigid Industries - A-Series, Radiance Series, Flush Mount E-Series
  • Diode Dynamic Lighting - HID headlights, LED Switchback front turn signals, LED turn/brake lights, LED 3rd Brake light
  • AMP Research Powersteps
  • Paint matched Headlights, Fender badges - Smoked cab lights, mirror lights, 3rd brake light, taillights by Retro Customz

Future Plans:

  • Converting the grill and headlights from the 17-19 style to the 2020 style.

BDS Featured Rides: Ford Super Duty

With shows and events getting cancelled due to COVID-19 related stay home and quarantine orders several of the staff here at BDS Suspension have been going a bit stir crazy. As many of you can attest to the first rule of owning a lifted truck or Jeep is you have to talk about it all the time so several of us on staff thought we'd do just that by featuring our own rides and what we drive on the daily. I thought I'd kick it off with a feature on my personal ride, a 2011 Ford Super Duty.

If you follow BDS on Facebook and Instagram the last couple years you may have seen me on a few of the videos featuring custom truck builds or hanging out at events. My name is Carter and I've been on staff helping out in the BDS marketing dept for the last 10 years. Over the last few years I've set up my Super Duty to perform well and handle the tasks I need it for. Its comfortable as a daily driver, able to tow/haul heavy loads, capable for mild offroad use and looks good doing it (well in my opinion at least). Initially, this truck was build on Xtreme Offroad TV as part of a "chase truck" themed build series. From there I've changed and adapted that setup to meet my needs, both for functionality as well as for styling. For current specs check out the tab on the right  --------->

Stay tuned for more employee ride features coming out soon. If you're a customer or dealer running BDS and think we should feature it, send in photos and videos for your chance for us to spotlight your ride.

Vehicle Specs:
2011 Ford F250 Super Duty – Lariat
6.7L Powerstroke Diesel, 6R140 Transmission

Current Mods:

  • BDS 6” 4-Link DSC Coilover System (more info)
  • BDS Dual FOX Steering Stabilizer Kit
  • BDS Recoil Traction Bars
  • 37×12.50×20 Dick Cepek Fun Country Tires
  • 20×9 SOTA A.W.O.L Wheels (anthracite finish)
  • Powerstop Slotted/Drilled Rotors
  • Factory Rear E-Locker
  • F/R Fusion Bumpers (custom)
  • ARB Intensity 7.25” LED Lights
  • Warn Zeon 10S Winch w/ Synthetic Line
  • Factor 55 FlatlinkE
  • Amp Research Powersteps
  • T-Rex Xmetal Mesh Grille
  • Painted Grille/Mirrors/Emblems
  • Decked Bed Storage System
  • Kicker VSS 10" Subwoofer
  • Viair Portable Compressor
  • Edge Products CTS2 Programmer
  • Injen Technologies Cold Air Intake
  • ATS Deep Transmission Pan
  • ATS Turbo Piping

Future Plans:

  • Ridetech LoadLevel Airbag System
  • Exhaust System

Its with a heavy heart that we pay tribute to one of our most iconic builds to date, Project SD126, our go anywhere, desert race themed, short wheelbase Ford Super Duty. Built by the BDS engineering team over the course of about 3 months in late 2017, this truck was overhauled from the ground up to make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show front and center in Ford’s booth and promote at events across the country over the last year.

The Build

The truck started out as a bone stock, standard cab long bed F250 brought into the shop and completely torn down to just the frame before cutting out 18” of length for a custom standard cab short bed configuration with a super short 126″ wheelbase (aka SD126 or Super Duty 126).

From there the build team fabricated the custom suspension with front BDS 4-link and rear trailing arm setup to mount 14” travel FOX 2.5 DSC coilovers and 3.0 quadruple bypass FOX shocks at each corner to soak up the terrain. Also added were Pac Racing springs and monster sway bars to allow a set of trussed F450 10-lug axles to be bolted under the truck. The 6.7L Powerstroke engine was kept fairly stock with the goal being to maintain 50-state emissions compliance with the DPF intact. A custom Diamond Eye DPF-back exhaust kit was added along with an S&B cold air intake and EZ Lynk auto agent with a custom tune for a bit more power. Power was sent back through the factory 6R140 transmission and 2-speed transfer case to a pair of JE Reel custom drivelines to the front super Dana 60 and rear M300 axles to turn the 42” BFG Baja TA KR2 tires mounted on a set of 20×11 Stazworks Cheyanne 8 2-piece wheels. In place of the stock aluminum body panels we went to McNeil Racing fiberglass fenders and bedsides with a 6″ bulge to give a menacing raptorized appearance. These flares along with the RK Sport ram air hood and Rogue Racing bumpers were all finished in PPG night orange metallic paint laid down by the pros at Butler Body Shop. All the badging was customized and the bed was fitted with a fullsize spare along with a think layer of Line-X. Due to the additional travel from the rear suspension setup the fuel tank was removed in a custom 30 gallon aluminum fuel cell and DEF tank were built, both protected by 3/16” steel skidplates.

As far as the interior and electronics on SD126 this truck had the works with a custom roll bar console with integrated Kicker audio system and a Magellan TRX7 GPS unit on an electric actuator. The factory bench was tossed to make way for a pair of custom PRP enduro recliner seats and 5-point harnesses. The dash was fitted with custom orange accents and the factory upfitter switches were used to control all of the Rigid LED lights and other accessories. Up front a Warn 12,000lb winch and Factor 55 flatlink were bolted on to help with recovery duties and a set of Amp Research power steps were added to make accessing the cab a bit easier. In place of the factory halogen headlights a custom set of laser etched projector units were swapped in from HIDprojectors.com along with smoked cab, mirror and brake lights from Recon. This build was all about the details to create a truly custom, truly unique Ford Super Duty.

See the 5-part build series for a more in depth look at how it came together:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Unveiling

The Promotion

This truck made its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show, front and center in the Ford booth where it received rave reviews from media and show attendees. From there SD126 went on to make appearances at dozens of events around the country to include Chicago Auto Show, 4Wheel Jamborees, Unlimited Offroad Show, Scrapin the Coast, and the Pomona Offroad Expo just to name a few. It made the cover of both Four Wheeler Magazine and Diesel World Magazine, both times with full feature spreads on the truck. It made multiple appearances in other online editorial. With this truck and its connection to Ford through their project vehicle program we had certain display requirements so the decision was made to use it primarily as a “show truck” for the first year before it’d get thrown into the mix used for more trail rides. That being the case anybody that knows BDS knows that’s a hard ask and the truck still found its way onto the dirt and sand on a few occasions to see how the truck performed. I’ve got to say from personal experience we had a blast every time we got behind the wheel. Aside from the attention this truck demanded, each time the truck charged through the rough stuff it soaked up the terrain powering through the whoops big and small with a comfortable ride.

For SEMA 2018 we decided this truck had more to show so we brought it back again, this time displaying it in the BDS booth over in the truck and offroad section. All week long the truck was flanked by show goers snapping photos and getting photos and Following SEMA and some more high speed testing out in the desert alongside our newest build Project Ranger X we made the trip from Vegas to Florida to bring SD126 to an end of the year event that was on the schedule. Being there was a few weeks between the 2 events we dropped if off at Precision Offroad, our local BDS dealer in Leesburg, FL to hold onto the truck for safe keeping until show time.

The Fire

Tragically, one night after the shop had closed the warehouse caught fire due to an electrical short consuming the entire building and everything inside. Among the property lost was Project SD126, that had been sitting on a trailer. Luckily no one was injured, unfortunately SD126 was a total loss.

To say we were stunned to hear the news would be an understatement… Its been a couple months since the fire leveled the warehouse and destroyed SD126. We’re finally coming to grips with the realization that the truck is gone and we won’t get used (and abused) to its full potential. It was an unfortunate fire that destoyed SD126, but in the big scheme of things it was just a truck, a really expensive custom one-off truck, but all the same its just a truck. Luckily no one was hurt or worse yet killed in the fire and at the end of the day we have the technology and skill sets to build another truck, maybe some similar or maybe something completely different. What might the be? We’re open to suggestions, comment below with what you want to see us build next and keep an eye out for future project builds. Thanks for checking out the tribute to Project SD126.

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Its down to the wire as the BDS R&D crew does final assembly on the BDS F250 before it hits the road in route to Moab, UT for Easter Jeep Safari. A fresh set of graphics were ordered for a 2-ton charcoal/white color scheme (available to fit your truck in the BDS vehicle wraps section). With the tight deadline approaching Highlander Graphics came in town to install the graphics in our adjacent photo studio while we prepped and painted the modified Fab Fours bumpers to match the theme, charcoal front and white rear. With the Warn M10000 winch and Vision X cannon lighting bolted down the bumpers were hoisted into place on the truck and everything was wired up. The Airlift airbags and Wireless One compressor system was installed using the BDS (prototype) air support system to allow additional towing support without limiting suspension travel. Amp Research power steps were installed to make cab access easier and an Extang revolution tonneau cover was added for extra dry storage in the bed. Final touches up front include a Royalty Core RC2 mesh grill insert that bolts into the factory shell once the OE center is trimmed out. To help keep the gears cool we swapped to a high capacity finned aluminum Nitro rear diff cover. Just a few more things to button up and this truck will be mobile. Stay tuned to see the final outcome!