The General - as it has been affectionately known - is a true workhorse of a truck. This rig has been a part of it all from multiple cross country tips hauling vehicles, wheeling out in Moab, and being cut apart to prototype new products to bring to market.  As one of the longest running trucks in the BDS fleet, this 2012 Ford F250 Super Duty has plenty of stories to tell from the use and abuse by our staff. From Michigan to Moab, this rig has wheeled its way through the country, hitting some of the top trails along the way. The General even spent some time in the rotation with our outside sales reps as a daily driver visiting customers in different parts of the country.  Check off to the side for the current configuration with this truck.

Vehicle Specs:
2012 Ford F250 Super Duty
6.7L Powerstroke Diesel, 6R140 Transmission

Current Mods:

  • BDS 4” Radius Arm Coilover System w/ Full Rear Spring
  • BDS Dual FOX Steering Stabilizer Kit
  • BDS Recoil Traction Bars
  • AirLift Load Leveler AirBags with custom BDS mounts
  • 37x12.50x17 Mickey Thompson Baja Boss Tires
  • 17x9.5 Black Rhino Armory wheels (desert tan finish)
  • Fab Fours Front Winch Bumper
  • Warn M12,000 Winch w/ Factor 55 Prolink XXL
  • Vision X 6.7” Cannon LED Lights
  • Royalty Core RC1 mesh grille
  • 3M 1080 matte military green w/ BDS graphics package
  • Amp Research Powersteps
  • Airaid Cold Air Intake
  • EZ Lynk Auto Agent with a custom performance tune
  • Jamo 4” Stainless Steel Turbo-Back Exhaust System
  • Extang Revolution Series Tonneau Cover
  • Line-X Spray-In Bedliner

For more info on the previous configuration for this truck click here

To see other project builds click here

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Following Ford's announcement last week of the new project trucks that would be debuting at the 2019 SEMA Show the crew from Four Wheeler hit us up to run a feature on Project Go Beyond. This first look gave a rundown of the overall build specs, idea behind the concept and included links to the build video series. Check out Four Wheeler's first look feature at https://www.fourwheeler.com/news/features/1911-sema-2019-first-look-bds-suspensions-overland-ready-turbodiesel-super-duty-4x4-mtsema19

 

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

For paint and body work, the team turned to Butler Body Shop for their close proximity and great track record painting our vehicles. A 2-tone pattern was selected tying in the OE Agate Black paint up top with Chroma Elite Copper on the lower half and a white aluminum pinstripe running along the OE body line.

With the truck back from paint  and other accessories returning from powdercoat, its a mad dash to the finish. As with most SEMA builds the "SEMA crunch" is in full effect as the team pulls long nights and early shifted to get the truck reassembled for the final time. The tent, lighting and other recovery gear are added and all wiring is completed either going through the factory upfitter switches or through the rear battery disconnect switch. The storage cabinets are loaded with kitchen and camping gear along a compressor/tank kit to run tools and fill tires. A 2000-watt power inverter and 12V power supplies were added along with Kicker BF400 portable bluetooth speakers. The winch and lighting are added back in the bumpers, the bed tray reinstalled and fitted with accessories. Due to the height of this truck, the original plan to mount the Dometic CFX-75DZW electric fridge and 2-burner gas grill directly on the CargoGlide for easy access wasn't going to work unless your 7ft+ tall so MSA 4x4 drop slide outs were ordered from Australia and shipped in. These allow the "kitchen" to not only be pulled out but also lowered 12" for ease of use at the campsite.

From here the team still has several projects to button up on the Super Duty, stay tuned for the final reveal of Project Go Beyond and if you're attending the 2019 SEMA Show look for it on display in Ford's booth #22200 in Central Hall.

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BDS Project Go Beyond

The build team is really catching their stride, working together to fit, fab and finish prep on the various components. Up front a Addictive Desert Designs stealth fighter front winch bumper is bolted into place. While it would typically fit like a glove the flared fenders require the ends to be cut and extended out to match the new bulged body line of this truck. This bumper will allow fitment of a Warn Zeon 12S Platinum winch with synthetic rope and a Sidewinder hook. For lighting a Rigid 40" RDS lightbar and dual 10" SR LEDs were added to outshine the night. In the rear, we were looking to match the styling of the ADD front while working off the larger Knapheide service box. The build team designed and build a custom rear bumper that integrates the hitch, more Rigid LED lighting and shackle mount recovery points. With the bumper knocked out the team turned to the fuel filler. With no direct compatibility between the service box and custom fuel tank the team devised a plan to fit build out a mount to house the factory filler neck and fuel door to integrate into one of the storage compartments giving a clean, OE appearance and functionality for both the diesel fuel and DEF fluid. The setup allows independent use of the fuel filler door or storage compartment.

Storage... its key when building an overlander. Along with the added storage capacity of the Knapheide service box, a custom modular bed rack is being built to maximize storage and allow fitment of a James Baroud Evasion XXL hardshell tent, Maxtrax recover devices, Rotopax fuel and water storage, Rigid flood lighting, A James Baroud awning, Hi-Lift 60" extreme jack, shovel, fire extinguisher, ladder and other gear. Above the cab a Rhino Rack was added to the roof of the truck with the help of their low profle Backbone mounting system. This will offer additional storage as well as a roof top "deck" easy to access from the tent.

These new 2020 Super Duty trucks have several front grille and headlight options to match the different OE trim packages. While this truck is an XLT with the standard halogen lights and chrome surround grille, the plan was to fit LED headlights and a particular grille only found on a few top trim level F450 models. Being these trucks aren’t out yet there wasn't an option to pick one up from the local Ford dealer so after some digging we ran across Lack Trim Systems, the OE supplier that was able to accommodate our request and get us the grille we were looking for. All it needs now is some paint will be taken care of at the same time as the rest of the truck. An OE set of LED headlights were sourced along with a LED conversion harness from The Retrofit Source. Stay tuned for Episode 4 as this truck gets painted and and the team does final assembly with less than a week before it hits the road for SEMA.

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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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