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We see a lot of customer rigs at shows around the country. We made our Bad Ass Rides Gallery as a way for you to submit your rides and check out others. If we find rides that stand out and need a more in-depth story we may hit you up to do a feature on it for the BDS Blog.

Earlier this week Retired TSgt Ray Hagemeister, USAF stopped by the BDS Headquarters in Coldwater, MI  to show off his BDS equipped 2012 Dodge Ram 3500. We took advantage of the opportunity and took him out back to make the most of it with a quick video and photos. Thank you for your service Ray and thanks for stopping by with your truck.


2012 Dodge Ram 3500 4WD
BDS 8” Long Arm System w/ FOX 2.0 Shocks (*modified to 12”)
40×15.50×22 Toyo M/Ts on 22×12 Fuel Lethals
*BDS does not recommend modifying lift kits beyond their originally design specification, doing so may cause drivability, alignment, and safety issues.

RAM 3500 Video on YouTube:

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
View High-Res Kit Images:
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
View hi–res truck images: 
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

November 19, 2015

PR.222: 4″ Air Ride Lift Kits

PART#

#1623H

PRODUCT

4″ Air-Ride RAM 1500 Lift Kit

APPLICATION

2013-2016 Dodge RAM 1500 4wd

*Gas and EcoDiesel

*Air ride equipped only

MSRP

$2193.95 (5500-shocks)

SUPPORT FILES & LINKS

View Ram 1500 Air Kits online

4" lift kit
4″ RAM 1500 Air Suspension Kit
View hi-res kit images:
Kit-A, Kit-B, Kit-C, Kit-D

2014 Dodge Ram 1500
2014 Dodge Ram 1500 w/ Air
4″ Lift Kit | 35×12.50 | 20×9
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RAM-A, RAM-B, RAM-C

2014 Dodge Ram 1500
2014 Dodge Ram 1500
4″ Lift Kit | 35×12.50 | 20×9
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RAM-ARAM-BRAM-F

BDS 4″ Lift Kits for AIr Suspension RAM 1500 Trucks

BDS Suspension has expanded fitment of its 4″ Lift Kits for Air Ride equipped RAM 1500 4WD trucks to now include 2013-2016 models. This 4″ suspension system is designed to retain full use of the air suspension and its adjustability, this new lift system integrates seamlessly while allowing fitment of 35″ tires. As with all BDS lift kits this new 4″ system is backed by Factory Protection Plus offering a No Fine Print Lifetime Warranty, FMVSS No.126 ESC system compliance, and a 5-year 100,000-mile drivetrain warranty at no additional cost. Improve the stance and capability of your air ride equipped RAM 1500 with BDS Suspension.

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
  • FMVSS No.126 ESC System compliance
  • BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty

4″ Air Ride Lift Kits: These new 4″ lift kits for the 2013-2016 RAM 1500 trucks with air ride are engineered to the highest standard to maximize the truck’s potential. These kits have undergone more than a year of development and testing to ensure they are up to the use and abuse truck owners expect from BDS. Up front this 4″ system include a pair of high clearance lasercut crossmembers, 3-point differential relocation system and differential skid plate creating a stout subframe for the suspension components to be installed. New ductile iron CNC machined steering knuckles are supplied along with heavy duty tie rod ends to keep the steering compatible with OE operating standards. Top mounted strut spacers are supplied to allow the use of the air-ride front air bag struts along with all the necessary air line fittings. A billet aluminum driveshaft spacers is supplied to lengthen the factory front driveline along with extended stainless steel braided brake lines, sway bar link extensions and all the necessary hardware to complete the install.

The rear of the air-ride equipped RAM 1500 mimics the standard RAM 1500 with the exception of adjustable height rear air bags. BDS supplies rear upper control arm relocation brackets to correct the geometry, a track bar correction bracket to recenter the axle and new extended sway bar links to improve stability on and off-road, brake line correction, and bump stop extensions. The new height comes from a pair of top mounted air bag spacers are used to maintain proper positioning and functionality of the factory air bags. Finishing offer the 4″ air-ride kits are a pair shocks, BDS offers both the 5500-series hydraulic or Fox 2.0 series gas shocks specifically tuned to maximize your trucks performance in any terrain. This new 4″ lift kit corrects the suspension geometry and allow for full use of the ride height adjustability when aired up to around 6″ and down to roughly 2″ of lift allowing clearance for 35″ tires. Get more out of your air suspension equipped RAM 1500 with BDS!

Important Kit Notes:
1) Rack and pinion steering system is extremely sensitive to any out of round or out of balance wheel/tire combinations
2) Fits factory air ride equipped trucks only
3) The factory air ride is a closed loop system. Opening the system more times than recommended in the lift instructions or factory service manual will require the system to be recharged. This can be done at any Ram dealer service department.
4) Stock 20” wheel can be reinstalled with factory sized tire only. Stock 17” and 18” wheels will not fit

Max Tire/Wheel Recommendations:
35×12.50 Tires w/ 17×9 (4.5″ BS), 18×9 (5″ BS), 20×9 (5″ BS)

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

 

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NEW PRODUCT RELEASE

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RAM 3500 KIT #’s

Diesel Trucks

 #694H (2″ leveling kit)

 #1622H (3″ Radius Arm Kit)

 #696H (4″ RA Kit)

 #697H (4″ 4-Link Kit)

 #699H (6″ RA Kit)

 #1617H (6” RA Kit, full spring)

 #1603H (6″ 4-Link Kit)

 #1618H (6″ 4-Link Kit, full spring)

 #1614H (8″ 4-Link Kit, full spring)

Gas Trucks

 #694H (2″ Leveling Kit)

 #1612H (4″ RA Kit)

 #1613H (4″ 4-Link Kit)

 #1607H (5.5″ RA Kit)

 #1619H (5.5″ RA Kit, full spring)

 #1608H (5.5″ 4-Link Kit)

 #1620H (5.5″ 4-Link Kit, full spring)

RAM 3500 PRODUCTS

2″ Leveling Kits, 3″ Radius Arm System, 4″ Radius Arm and 4-Link Systems, 5.5-6″ Radius Arm and 4-Link Systems, 8″ 4-Link Systems

RAM 3500 ACCESSORIES

#55427 (5500- single stab)

#95427 (9500- single stab)

#55370 (dual stab bracket)

#55422 (5500-dual stab ea)

#95422 (9500-dual stab ea)

#98524063 (Fox dual stab ea)

#122613 (6-bolt tranny crossmember/t-case indexing kit)

#122813 (8-bolt Aisin crossmember/t-case indexing kit)

#122314 (adjustable track bar)

#103003 (extended SS front brake lines)

#122615 (dual shock hoop) available with 5500 or Fox 2.0 shocks (sold separately)

APPLICATION

2013-2015 Dodge RAM 3500 4WD

SUPPORT FILES & LINKS

BDS LIFT KITS & ACCESSORIES NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2015 RAM 3500

2013-2015 DODGE RAM 1-TON 4WD

Coldwater, MI—May 5, 2015— BDS Suspension has now test fit and confirmed fitment of all current suspension systems for 2015 RAM 3500 4WD trucks. With 2″, 4″, 5.5-6″, and 8″ lift kits currently available, BDS offers a variety of suspension options for late model RAM HD trucks designed to improve off-road performance while maintaining on-highway drivability.

2″ Leveling Kit:This 2″ leveling kit uses a pair of heavy-duty fabricated steel coil spacers to level the stance and allow for up to 35″ tires to be installed. The spacers are pitched and indexed to work with the unique coil mount design of the late model RAM HD trucks and are secured to the coil bucket to maintain proper indexing when the coil springs are unloaded. Extended polyurethane bump stops are used to control suspension compression along with your choice of 5500-series or Fox 2.0 shocks.

3″ Radius Arm Lift Kit:The 3″ radius arm system gives all the benefits of a high performance system at a lower height designed for 35″ tires. Along with progressive rate front coil springs, the kit includes heavy duty tubular radius arms with large 3.5″ bushings, a solid stock adjustable track bar, new spherical bushing swaybar links, 2″ rear block kit and your choice of shocks.

4-6″ Radius Arm Lift Kits:These kits are designed to retain the factory radius arms by relocating the frame mounting location using a pair of 1/4″ steel drop brackets to maintain suspension geometry. The drop brackets key off the factory mounts and tie into the frame for extra strength. Also included in the kit are specially designed progressive rate ProRide front coil springs offering improved performance across all terrains. A heavy duty fabricated track bar bracket, forged drop pitman arm, extended bump stops, brake line relocation brackets, high clearance tranny crossmember and indexing ring (5.5-6″ kits only) rear blocks or leaf springs (5.5-6″ kits only) and your choice of shocks at all 4 corners giving clearance for up to 37″ tires.

4-6″ 4-link Lift Kits: These kits are designed to convert the factory radius arm over to a stronger 4-link design offering improved stability, handling and articulation. The kit is designed with 1/4″ fabricated 4-link brackets that key into the factory radius arm pockets for added strength. The 4-link design improves drivability by limited castor change to less than 1-degree throughout wheel travel. These kits also include progressive rate ProRide coil springs, track bar bracket, forged drop pitman arm, extended bump stops, brake line relocation brackets, high clearance tranny crossmember and t-case indexing ring (5.5-6″ kits only) rear blocks or leaf springs (5.5-6″ kits only) and your choice of shocks at all 4 corners giving clearance for up to 37″ tires.

8″ 4-Link Lift Kit: Get the look and the performance with BDS 8″ lift kits for the new RAM 3500. Designed around a proven 4-link design this system converts the factory radius arms over to a stronger 4-link design offering improved stability, handling and articulation. The kit is designed with 1/4″ fabricated 4-link brackets that key into the factory radius arm pockets for added strength. The 4-link design improves drivability by limited castor change to less than 1-degree throughout wheel travel. Lift is provided by a pair of progressive rate ProRide coil springs while a track bar bracket recenter the from axles. A forged drop pitman arm corrects steering angles, a high clearance transmission crossmember is supplied along with a t-case indexing ring. Extended stainless steel brake lines, bump stops and spherical sway bar links are supplied along with all the necessary hardware. In the rear a triple stage leaf pack and 2″ rear block maximizes capability and towing capacity without effecting ride quality. The kit includes your choice of shocks at all 4 corners and allows fitment of up to 40″ tires.

AVAILABLE ACCESSORIES

BDS is also offering a number of accessories to fit the late model RAM 3500 4WD trucks. Both single and dual steering stabilizer kits are available to meet your on-road and off-road performance needs. Available in both 5500-series (white body) and 9500-series (brushed stainless body) the stabilizers improve drivability by reducing front end shimmy caused by oversized tires and mount above the tie-rod for extra protection when offroad. In addition to steering stabilizers, BDS offers a heavy duty adjustable front track bar to allow you to dial in the the front axle 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.

All BDS kits are backed by Factory Protection Plus, a comprehensive drivetrain warranty that brings together BDS No Fine Print Warranty and a 5 year – 60,000 mile (PLUS) drivetrain protection coverage, included at no extra cost. For more info on available lift kit options and accessories for the 2013-2015 RAM 3500 4WD trucks, head to BDS Suspension or call (517) 279-2135.

BDS SUSPENSION SYSTEMS ARE PROTECTED BY THE FACTORY PROTECTION PLUS PROGRAM

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