Check out the July 2014 issue of 4Wheel Drive Magazine for a great install feature on the BDS 4.5” Long Arm Kit on a 1995 Jeep Cherokee XJ. Magazine writer Dan Sanchez brought the Jeep into SoCal Super Trucks for the install. Dan takes you through the install as preps the Jeep for the trails. To check out the install pick up a copy on newsstands or read online at 1995 Jeep Cherokee XJ – Going Long

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Is the Ultimate Adventure on your bucket list? Is it one of those events you’ve dreamed about, but never thought you’d get the chance to go? Do you want to hang out with the staff from 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine, BDS Suspension and other corporate sponsors, along with a handful of other lucky readers for a weeklong 1000+ mile offroad adventure? Well here’s your chance, if you have a capable rig and a love 4wheeling, then you might have what it takes to go on the 2014 Ultimate Adventure.

Read more about rules, requirements, and fill out the application at:


To check out photos, videos, and more from last year’s adventure at:

UA Videos | UA Photos | UA WriteUps


Many of you have followed along as Project KJ took shape over the last year. What started as a 2nd hand bone stock ’05 Jeep Liberty CRD was transformed last Spring into the unique low slung solid axled Liberty rolling 40s that you see today. We documented every step of the build with photos, videos, and weekly writeups as the BDS R&D team prepped it for a shakedown run on the 7-day, 1000+ mile offroad roadtrip known as Ultimate Adventure. Following that trip, bugs were worked out and its been out wheeling and promoting at shows around the country. During one weekend at nearby Rocks & Valleys Offroad Park in Harrison, MI we met up with John Herrick from Crawl Magazine who jumped at the chance to shoot the Liberty. Along the way John “crawled” behind the wheel (cheesy, I know) of the Liberty CRD for what ended up being the better half of an afternoon spent weaving through the trails and getting a feel for how a KJ on 40s handles.  In John’s words “they almost had to pry me out of it. You certainly don’t think you’re in a first gen Liberty when running this rig. I exited with my man-card still in my wallet”.

Out on the newstands January-February 2014, Issue No.44 of Crawl Magazine has 8-pages of ink on Project KJ in an article titled “40s on a Mall Crawler: How a Jeep grew up”. That article has plenty of shots of the KJ in action and tells about John’s experience behind the wheel of the mighty little coal roller. Pick up your copy and read all about the KJ and other great stories, tech and features in the magazine.


Congrats to Chris Buziecki on his feature in the September 2013 issue of 8-Lug Magazine! He’s running a super clean color matched ’09 Ram 2500 Cummins sporting the BDS 8″ long arm kit (with 2″ coil spacers for 10” of lift), BDS triple shock mount, BDS traction bars, and 38″ Toyo M/Ts on 20×12 Fuel Hostages. Chris had the kit installed at BDS distributor by Attitude Performance. Read all about it in this month’s 8-Lug Mag on newsstands now.


Phil Howell, editor-in-chief over at 4Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine is nearing completion on one of his latest project rigs, an ’89 Jeep Wrangler YJ dubbed “Real Steel YJ”. Though no Jeep project is ever truly finished, the rig is prepped and Phil is ready to hit the trail. Roughly a year in the making, this YJ sports a healthy list of mods with a subtle exterior appearance. This resto-build began as a far cry from the original Jeep that rolled off the showroom floor with drivetrain missing, paint faded, rusty panels and a worn out interior. Today the rig sports a beefed up appearance and reliable drivetrain ready for trail use at a moments notice.

Under the hood a MoTech aluminum block Chevy 5.3-liter V8 offers up increased horsepower while weighing in similar to the original 4.2L Inline-6. The transmission was swapped for a 6L80 6-speed automatic, while an Atlas transfer case handles the extra power and crawling duties when this rig wheels Moab. For axles a pair of Currie 9” units were installed with 35” Goodyear MT/R Kevlars on 17” Raceline beadlocks. To clear room for the larger rubber, Phil sourced a BDS 3.5” leaf spring kit complete with drop pitman arm, bump stops, and Fox 2.0 shocks. Rock protection comes from Savvy Offroad with new bumpers and rock sliders and if this YJ finds its way into a tough spot a Warn Zeon 10-S winch for a quick recovery.

This project has been fun to watch come together over the past few issues of 4Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine. For more on the build check your back issues of the magazine or head online to http://www.fourwheeler.com/news/1308-real-steel-yj/  or read through the previous articles listed below.

Real Steel YJ Project Intro: http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/1211-4wd-gen-iv-yj-1989-jeep-yj-wrangler-project/

Suspension/Axles/Wheels/Tires: http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/1212-4wd-1989-jeep-yj-wrangler-project-gen-iv/

Engine/Trans/T-Case: http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/1301-4wd-1989-jeep-yl-wrangler-real-steel/

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Come wheel with the crew from CRAWL Magazine this Saturday at Rocks and Valleys Off-Road Park. There’ll be plenty of action all day long, bring your rig or come out to watch. BDS Suspension will be hanging out at the event with Project KJ, get a chance to see this newly built rig in action! For more details, see below:

  • When– August 10, 2013 All day
  • Where– Rocks and Valleys Off Road Park
  • Park Opens @ 7AM
  • Link to Park web site – http://www.rocksandvalleys.com/
  • Short Course Race “The Bump and Hustle”  Track Limit 50 Racers – Morning 10AM Sharp
  • Bounty Hill Climb ***** $1000.00***** Payout – Afternoon
  • $20/ Rig with driver
  • $10/ Spectator/Rider
  • Kids 12 and Under are FREE
  • Food Available On Site
  • 200 Acres
  • Everything from Easy To Hard – Stock tire sizes have something to do all the way up to buggies. A full range of trails.
  • Entire park will be open while the events are going on.
  • First 500 get Free “Goody Bag”
  • First 100-200 get Free Event Tshirt

Nearby Hotels/Motels:

  • Budd Lake Motel – 378 N. 1st St., Harrison, MI – 989-539-6400
  • Days Inn-Clare -10100 Clare Ave., Clare, MI – 989-802-0144
  • The Doherty Hotel – 604 N. McEwan St., Clare, MI – 989-386-3441
  • Lakeside Motel – 515 E Park St., Harrison, MI 888-999-1145
  • Snug Haven Lakeside Resort – 1408 Hilcrest, Harrison, MI 989-539-3117

Nearby Campgrounds:

  • Primitive Camping at Rocks and Valleys during specific dates. See Events
  • Hidden Hill Family Campground – 300 N. Clare Ave, Harrison, MI – 989-539-9372
  • Countryside Campgrounds – 805 Byfield Dr., Harrison, MI – 989-539-5468
  • River Valley RV Park – 2165 S. Bailey Lake Ave., Clare, MI – 989-386-7844
  • Wilson State Park -910 N 1st St, Harrison, MI – 989-539-3021