BDS Project Go Beyond

Well here she is, after 2 months of hard work, hundreds of hours and skilled fabrication by the BDS engineers and R&D team Project Go Beyond is ready. Designed as the ultimate 2020 Ford Super Duty overlander, this truck features an assortment of purpose built accessories and custom touches. See this 2020 Ford Super Duty this week in Las Vegas at the 2019 SEMA Show in Ford's booth, #22200 of central hall.

Build Specs for Project Go Beyond:

2020 Ford F350 Super Duty 4WD (Crew Cab, Long Bed)
6.7L Powerstroke Diesel, 10-speed Transmission, 2-speed T-Case

Chassis/Suspension:
BDS 4” Radius Arm Lift System
FOX 2.5 DSC Coilovers and 2.0 IFP Shocks
BDS/FOX Dual Steering Stabilizer Kit
BDS GlideRide Rear Leaf Springs
Ridetech Level Tow Air Bag System

Wheels & Tires:
40x14.50x20 Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 Tires
20x10 Method NV605 Black Wheels (4.5" BS)

Powertrain Mods:
Banks Power Derringer Tuner w/ iDash Data Monster
Ford Performance/Borla Catback Exhaust System

Interior Mods:
Katzkin premium mahogany and black leather upholstery w/ customer embroidery
Kicker Audio System (VSS System and BF400 Portable Bluetooth Speakers)

Exterior Mods:
2-Tone Paint - OE Agate Black and Chroma Elite Copper
Knapheide Utility Box w/ Custom Built Rack System
Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter Front Bumper
Warn Zeon 12-S Winch with Sidewinder Hook
Ford Performance "Tremor" Running Boards
(BDS) Custom Fabricated Rear Bumper
(BDS) Custom Fabricated Modular Bed Rack System
Rigid LED Lighting (40" RDS, SR-Series, A-Series and D-Series)
Fiberwerx Front Fiberglass Fenders (4" Bulge)
Dometic CFX-75DZW Electric Cooler on MSA 4x4 Drop Slide
CuisineArt 2-Burner Gas Grill
MaxTrax MKII Recovery Devices
Rotopax 2.5 Gallon Fuel and Water Containers
Hi-Lift Xtreme 60" Jack and Accessories
Shovel Kit
Warn Epic Recovery Kit
Rhino Rack Pioneer Platform with Backbone mounting system
James Baroud USA Evasion XXL Hardshell Tent
James Baroud USA Retractable Awning
2000-Watt Power Inverter and 12V Power Supplies
Ridetech Air Compressor and 2 Gallon Tank

BDS Project Go Beyond

With a game plan in place and a multitude of various parts and accessories converging on the build site in Coldwater, MI the build team continued to fit accessories. Up front a set of Fiberwerx fiber fenders were fitted . These feature a larger opening and 4" bulge to more tire clearance and extra tire coverage. These flares in combination with the 4" BDS coilover system installed in the last episode give clearance to allow a set of 40x14.50x20 Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 tires to be installed mounted temporarily on a set of wheels. The plan for the show is to mount them on a set of 20x10 Method NV605 in black to get the look and stance. To help with the extra weight and carrying capacity of the team added a Ridetech level tow airbag system that integrates ride height sensors and compressor to automatically level the stance when loaded down with gear or towing heavy loads.

Already at this point the Knapheide service box has been on and off the truck a few times as the team checks clearances and begins preparing other accessories around it. One fitment issue that needs to be addressed at this point is the rear fenders. The rear fender openings weren't going to allow enough clearance for the 40s so the team fabbed up a set of rear fenders to accommodate a much larger wheel arch along with building out a flare to match the OE styling for a clean appearance.

Next step was bed access. With the size of this truck and the need to ease access to gear and supplies the inside of the bed by fitting a CargoGlide CG2200XL slide out tray. The slide out is easy to use with the ability to extend a full 8ft and can support up to 2200lbs. The plan is to use this to mount out fridge, grill, spare tires and gear storage. With the truck sitting much taller than stock a set of Ford Performance "Tremor" running boards were added to allow easier access to the command center. Moving inside the stock factory cloth bucket seats and rear bench were pulled in favor of some upgrades. The crew at Auto Image made quick work of installing a custom set of Katzkin premium mahogany and black leather seat skins with silver piping and embroidered headrests. Stay tuned to see how those turn out and how they'll tie into the paint scheme.

At this point the shop is full of parts, some removed and others freshly received. Measurements have been taken and the team is hard at work designed the rack, the bumper mods and other parts in preparation for next steps. Stay tuned for Episode 3 for more as Project Go Beyond starts to take shape.

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May 2019 brings the first ever Four Wheeler Overland Adventure!

This event will start in Wickenburg, Arizona on May 13, 2019 and will fill three days with off-roading, camping, and Arizona’s stunning scenery.  A professional guide has crafted the route to include a variety of terrain for any level of skill and overlanding vehicle sizes.

After the three-day off-roading adventure, Overland Adventure will host a banquet and free access to the 2019 Overland Expo West event. This event is the official event partner of the Overland Adventure. Along with these perks, participants will be invited to park their 4x4s in the exclusive “Four Wheeler Overland Adventure Camp” at the show. Great opportunity to show off your rigs!

BDS Suspension is the official suspension sponsor for the event. We will be attending with #ProjectRangerX and have plenty of giveaways available for participants. While at the Overland Expo West we’ll be having a party alongside FOX with Project RangerX  on display.

More details and registration will be announced later this month.

1404330291954Each Spring for nearly a decade now the overlanding community has come together to take part in what has become the premier overlanding event in the world, Overland Expo. Held this past weekend in Flagstaff, AZ, Overland Expo WEST brought in more then 8000 attendees from around the world along with more than 250 exhibitors to promote their newest and most innovative products to the overlanding community. Here’s what BDS Rep Miles Henderson had to say about it:

We made it out for the 3-day event teaming up with FOX to promote some of our new suspension options available. With the 2015 Chevy Colorado built up and ready for an expedition we spent the weekend talking with customers and promoting our diverse lineup of lift kits for truck, SUV and Jeep vehicles. The event is held near Mormon Lake in the heart of the beautiful Coconino National Forest. It boasts more than 170 different classes, workshops, and roundtable events ranging from rollover vehicle winching, to learning how to stay safe while traveling solo around the world. The vehicles ranged from mountain bikes to multi-story Unimogs.

There always seems to be some sort of adverse weather that coincides with this event. This year was wind, and a lot of it. Wind gusts over 60 mph made quick work of multiple EZ-ups, and tents. By day two, hordes of campers were abandoning the wind whipped lake bed, and were heading for the shelter provided by the tree filled hillsides. Fortunately, we were unscathed at the FOX/BDS booth.

The weekend was really topped off by the party at the FOX/BDS booth Saturday night. Who doesn’t enjoy great food and local craft beer with a couple of hundred likeminded explorers. Great stories were exchanged, and great friends were made. Thank you to Goal Zero for providing all of the light for the party, and to Canyon Coolers for pouring all of the beer for us.

We had great people from all over the world stop by the booth and say hi throughout the event. It was great to see BDS Suspension on so many overlanding rigs. These people really have to trust what they drive because they are consistently on the roads/trails less traveled. It is great that they are putting that trust in us. See you at the next event. For more info on The Overland Expo, or Overland Expo East, please visit www.overlandexpo.com