BDS Suspension is put to the test every day on trails all over this country and elsewhere around the world. We take every measure to ensure quality products and back them by a lifetime no fine print warranty. Matt Stolarczyk out of Denver, CO built his Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ to wheel on the Rocky Mountains. With the help of BDS Distributor High Country Performance 4×4, he lifted the ZJ 6.5” with BDS’s Long Arm Lift Kit, 35” BFG Mud Terrain KM2 on Steel Rims. Recently Matt involuntarily put his rig to the test after being plowed into by a truck that ran a stop light. After rolling the Jeep 3 times, Matt and his BDS Suspension were unscathed, however the Jeep didn’t fare so well.
“I rolled 3 times. Guess what? the BDS long arm kit held up. the control arms on the side of the impact snapped axle side control arm brackets but the arms had not a scratch. surprisingly the 35″ km2 made it too.. now i can tell everyone how strong your kit really is =)”- Matt S.
Matt unbolted the BDS 6.5” Long Arm Lift Kit and other parts that he could and is on the hunt for his next project ZJ. We’re glad to hear you’re alright Matt, and make sure to send us photos of your new project when completed.
Monday night on the Outdoor Channel is home for Off-Road Overhaul. Each week the show finds a deserving outdoor enthusiast and overhauls their 4×4 truck or Jeep with lift kit, wheels, tires, winch, and other accessories. This week on Off-Road Overhaul, Mike Duval and his team build a 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK and take the owner for an off-road adventure. BDS Suspension is proud to supply the suspension lifts for this rewarding show. Air times are Mondays at 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm (EST) with a late night encore at 1:30am (Tuesday). Check out Off-Road Overhaul for more info on the show and to submit your vehicle to be overhauled!
Flipping through the pages of the April issue of Four Wheeler Magazine we were excited to see our 2011 GM 2500HD 6.5” Lift Kit getting coverage as Ken Brubaker and the guys at Attitude Performance walk through the steps to install the BDS lift kit on a new 2011 GMC Sierra Denali HD Truck. To read the full article, pick up this month’s issue (April 2011) of Four Wheeler Magazine on newsstands now.
Who doesn’t love seeing custom rides? From retro rods to jacked up trucks, there’s something appealing about custom creations. Recently Mick Stine from Evolution 4×4, a BDS distributor in Casper, Wyoming sent us photos of his newest project that grabs attention everywhere it goes. This unique build started with a modified Jeep YJ frame and from there a chopped ’39 Chevy cab, ’50s Willys grill, and ’39 Chevy bed were secured. As for drivetrain it features and Cadillac 500ci V8, TH400 tranny, and Spicer 20 T-Case feeding power to the Dana 44 front and Sterling 10.25 rear axles. Suspension comes in the form of a custom 4-link with airbags on all 4 corners. Mick used a combination of BDS large flex joints in the lower links and fabricated all the other arms to accept the oversized BDS Dodge 3-4-ton bushings to clear 33” X-Terrains in front and 40” Swampers in rear. To compensate for the different tire sizes the axles are geared to 4.10 and 3.31 ratios and allow for smooth operation while on the road or on the trails. Thanks Mick for sending in the photos, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for your future creations.
We love seeing custom rigs and stand behind our products however they are used, or abused, with the industry’s only No Fine Print Lifetime Warranty. Whether you’re running BDS Suspension products on your daily driver, trail rig, or even if you choose to retro fit one of our kits onto a different application, BDS stands behind its products.
Catch the The Outdoor Channel tonight (Monday, February 7th) for the newest episode of Off-Road Overhaul airing at 4:30pm, 7pm and 9:30pm (ET) as well as 1:30am on Tuesday (ET). Tonight host Mike Duval will take an ’89 Jeep Wrangler YJ in need of lots of attention and overhaul it with a lift kit, wheels, tires, bumpers, winch, performance mods and more. While in the shop, it will be outfitted with a BDS 4.5” Ultimate Suspension Lift Kit among other accessories before being tested out on an off-road adventure later in the show. Check out the show and give us some feedback on Facebook. For more info and to submit your ride to be overhauled visit http://www.outdoorchannel.com/Shows/OffRoadOverhaul.aspx
Hammertown is the place to be this week as the King of the Hammers (KOH) rolls into Johnson Valley, California. While Hammertown may not appear on your Google maps, during this week it comes alive with thousands of racers and spectators converging in the Mojave Desert for an amazing spectacle of off-road entertainment. From UTV races to the KOH prepped buggies, this event has grown exponentially since its start 5 years ago into a truly amazing week of racing, vendors show, seminars and more. Click here for a full schedule of events.
For those that aren’t familiar with the King of the Hammers racing it is a mix of high speed desert racing and rockcrawling that is nothing short of incredible. The event has a mix of UTV races and last chance qualifiers (LCQ) at the beginning of the week, leading up to Friday when the top 100 qualifiers race to be crowned King of the Hammers. BDS Suspension is sponsoring Larry Gipson Racing out of Seattle, WA in their Tacoma-bodied buggy. Starting in 18th position, both Larry Gipson and Bart Dixon will be sharing the duties behind the wheel of the buggy as they take on the 100+ mile course at ridiculous speeds over the desert and up challenging trails in the shortest time possible. Make sure to check back for a recap of the action and results from the event. There are some new rules this year to help ensure the safety of spectators as well as racers. Check out this link for more info. The event runs Sunday Feb. 6th – Saturday Feb. 12th with the main event on Friday. Here’s a promo video for the 2010 KOH, with this year’s event growing even bigger!
Here’s a video of Larry Gipson at last year’s King of the Hammers LCQ