Get your rigs ready, the season for off-road events and car shows is amping up with the Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari this weekend. TDS, as it has come to be known, is a gathering of 1500 off-road vehicles with attendance nearing 8000 out in the Mojave Desert for a weekend of 4wheeling in the Ocotillo Wells SVRA Park in Southern California. The event is hosted by the TDS 4WD Club of San Diego and over the last half century has grown into a must see events, with off-road trails, camping, huge vendor show and more. If you’re heading out to TDS, stop by the vendor tent and check out BDS Suspension for the latest products and special offers.

Check out the TDS Video: The Early Years

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

Well we survived the so-called “Blizzard of 2011” up here in Coldwater, MI. While we did get plenty of snow and windy conditions, the results of the storm made for some nice snow wheeling. We had a new 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 in the R&D Shop for test fitment of the BDS 6” Lift Kit and couldn’t pass on the opportunity to test out the 4WD capabilities once the traction control was turned off. Check out the video and others posted on You Tube.

BDS Suspension has teamed up with Ben Lifted 4WD, Mickey Thompson, Warn, and Iron Cross Automotive to help out the Villalobos Rescue Center with the move to their new location in the Tehachapi Mountains of California. The Villalobos Rescue Center, which is largely known for the show “Pit Bulls and Parolees” on the Animal Planet, has made improvements and has expanded into its new space. While the increased space was much needed, they’ve found it does come with some drawbacks. The terrain makes it difficult for the day to day operations as the vehicles kept getting stuck in the mud and snow. Their work vehicles consist of a ’93 Jeep Wrangler 4×4, a ’94 Chevy Tahoe 4×4, and a ’98 Dodge Ram 2500 4×4. With the help of BDS Distributor Ben Lifted 4WD providing all the installs, Tia and the crew at the Villalobos Rescue Center will be much more capable around their new facility. BDS Suspension is providing the lift kits, Mickey Thompson- the wheels and tires, Warn- the winches, and Iron Cross- the Bumpers. A much needed upgrade to a very deserving organization rescuing dogs and helping provide them with a better life, love and attention. Stay tuned for photos of the finished  trucks and the dogs!

From Villalobos Rescue Center-Pit Bulls & Parolees