A few years back we overhauled a worn out, run of the mill, grocery getter of a ’05 Liberty CRD to take on the 4Wheel & Offroad Ultimate Adventure. The plan was simple, start with the most hated Jeep that we knew of at the time (to many the KJ that replaced the beloved XJ) and turn it into something cool, different, and most importantly capable offroad. Using a mix of off the shelf parts and some custom fabrication the BDS R&D build a low slung diesel rock crawler that is ready for Moab or a trip to the dunes. Check out our latest overview video on BDS’s Project KJ and to see more on hos this Jeep was transformed from stock to what it is today check out the blog thread complete with photos, videos and writeups at https://blog.bds-suspension.com/?cat=393&paged=6
The BDS Project KJ just got some new bling from our friends at Factor 55. We’ve been running their prolink winch thimble for years now without any failures. While its performed great and got us out our fair share of tight spots hooked up to our Warn 9.5xp winch, the fairlead opening was too small to allow the winch cable to be synched in fully leaving us to hook the prolink to one of the d-rings which block our Rigid LEDs up front.
The solution, one of Factor 55‘s short drum comp fairleads in gun metal gray along with the Flatlink E to match. Its a great looking combo, tough as nails, and extremely compact. We’re excited to hit the trails, who wants to go wheeling!?
BDS loaded up the trailer and headed east for the 4th and final Outback Offroad Adventure of the 2014 season. Organized by Meridian Offroad in Butler, PA, BDS has been sponsoring this offroad park for years and uses it both for product testing as well as an opportunity to meet customers and spend some time together out on the trail. Rob and Terry from Meridian Offroad did on heck of a job organizing the event once again opening up the park for 2 days of trail rides on a mix of mild to hardcore terrain. With plenty of rain these past few weeks even the moderate trails became a challenge to navigate.
The weekend camping/4wheeling trip gave us a chance to bring out some new faces, a few BDS employees without time behind the wheel of Project KJ and limited time out on the trail. Also attending was sister company Zone Offroad Products with their Jeep Comanche MJ. All 5 of us that attended took turns behind the wheel of the rigs over the weekend and there were plenty of stories to come from it. We rolled into the park Friday night, unloaded the rigs and set up camp. Saturday morning Rob held a driver’s meeting and welcomed everyone to the park. The park is split into 2 area, each roughly 500 acres in the hills of western PA with dozens of trails to navigate. Despite the sloppy, mud-covered rocky terrain, the rigs handled great around the park. A few dents and scrapes to report, but no part failures making for a weekend of 4wheeling. Following our Sunday run on the snake trail we loaded up rigs and hit the road back to Michigan arriving back just before sundown. Check out some of the photos below and to see more head to the BDS Facebook page.
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.
BDS’s Carter and Dave are back with a final update on Project KJ, the company’s 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD getting prepped for the 2014 Ultimate Adventure (UA). With less than 2 days to go the BDS R&D crew has been busy working through the prep list. The new 40×13.50×17 Nitto Trail Grapplers were mounted up on a B.A.D. Eklipse 17 beadlocks, a spare tire carrier was fabbed up, master cutoff switch installed, Fox 2.0 hydraulic bumps installed, stiffer Pac Racing Springs installed on the tuned Fox 2.5 coilovers, redesigned motor mounts, the rock sliders finished being fabbed up, the front axle trussed, the interior reinstalled, and spare parts and tools were packed for the trip. Great job to the BDS R&D crew for their hard work in prepping the rig. Stay tuned as we hit the road Friday morning in route to this year’s UA and follow along as we post daily photos and video updates from the week. Tune in on BDS’s Facebook, Instagram,YouTube and Blog with #projectkj and #ua2014. 2014 Ultimate Adventure runs June 28 – July 5.
BDS’s Carter and Dave are back with an update on Project KJ, our 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD getting prepped for the 2014 Ultimate Adventure. This week we received JE Reel driveshafts, and ARB twin air compressor, 40×13.50×17 Nitto Trail Grapplers, installed the Ox diff cover, fresh graphics and started fabbing up a new set of rock sliders. Follow along with the UA prep and this year’s trip on BDS’s Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Blog. 2014 Ultimate Adventure runs June 28 – July 5.
To see the video of this KJ in action on last year’s Ultimate Adventure, head to UA2013 Video