Project Raider vs Bundy Hill Offroad Park

Over the last couple months BDS’s Project Raider has grown up. This 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax started out as the test mule for development and product testing for the BDS 2.5″ coilover conversion system (torsion bar delete kit). With development and testing complete the truck was built up to debut the new system at the 2015 SEMA Show. That build up consisted of a modified N-Fab front bumper, nerf steps and a custom built rear bumper. 35″ Nitto Exo Grapplers were mounted on 20″ Fuel Hostage IIIs to improve the stance along with a T-Rex mesh grille, Bushwacker fender flares, Zroadz LED lighting and an Extang tonneau covers. Performance add-ons included an AFe cold air intake and Bully Dog programmer. Finishing off the truck was a custom “adventure edition” vehicle wrap.

After spending the past year pulling tow rig duties for BDS, attending events and making dealer stops from coast to coast, hitting trails and playing at the sand dunes it was time for this truck to go back under the knife for something bigger and badder. What the BDS R&D team came up with was a 6.5″ coilover conversion high clearance system, taking all the benefits of the tried and true high clearance IFS system, now with the torsion bar deleting FOX 2.5 DSC coilover conversion with high strength upper and lower control arms.

Initially Project Raider 2.0 was set up on a set of 37×12.50 M-16s on 20×9 Fuel Hostage IIIs which looked undersized for how the truck was set up with bumper and fender mods. From there the truck went to 38×13.50 Nitto Trails on 20×10 Fuel Vapors that gave it a strong stance and comfortable amount of clearance. These days the HD is running a set of 40×15.50 NittoTrail Grapplers on the 20×10 Fuel Vapors, which with the additional fender modifications do fit for on-road and mild off-road use. Check out the video of it in action out on the trails at Bundy Hill Offroad Park in Jerome, MI pretending it was a Jeep navigating the obstacles, rock garden and throwing mud in some epic drifts.

Project Raider vs Bundy Hill Video  [Click to View on YouTube]

Project Raider 2.0 also featured in the Powered by Performance Video [Click to View on YouTube]


BDS Suspension ups the ante for late model GM HD truck performance with new coilover conversion systems for the 2011-2016 Chevy and GMC 2500/3500HD trucks. These new systems take your truck to the next level for premium on road comfort with superior performance while blazing a trail through the backcountry. The system is the first true bolt-on coilover conversion for the late model HDs. The design eliminates the stiff riding factory torsion bar IFS and converts over to precision tuned FOX factory series 2.5” coilovers with the remote DSC (dual speed compression) adjuster. Along with new DSC coilovers, the system integrates high-strength upper and lower mid travel control arms improving wheel travel by 30%, differential relocation and longer sway bar links. These new coilover systems are designed for 2-3’’ of lift and come preset at 2.5’’ of lift for optimal up and down travel. Take your late model GM HD truck to the next level with BDS Suspension and FOX.

Product Description

2-3'' Coilover Conversion System

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

2-3" Coilover Conversion Features

  • FOX Factory 2.5 Coilovers w/ DSC adjuster
  • Heavy duty, TIG welded upper control arms
  • Fully boxed, internally gusseted lower arms
  • Rubber bushings & ball joints preinstalled
  • 30% increase to suspension travel

Vehicle Fitment

  • 2011-2016 Chevy Silverado 2500/3500HD 2WD/4WD
  • 2011-2016 GMC Sierra 2500/3500HD 2WD/4WD
  • 2011-2016 GMC Denali 2500/3500HD 2WD/4WD

      *  Diesel & Gas, see kit notes for details



Kit ID Number(s)

#723FDSC (w/ factory overload spring)
#724FDSC (w/o factory overload spring)

Rec'd Max Wheel/Tire Specs

305/55r20 Tires on 20x9 Wheels (5-5.5" BSing) minor trimming needed
35x12.50 Tires on 17x9/18x9/20x9 Wheels (5-5.5" BSing) moderate trimming required

Available Accessories

#88324028 - Rear FOX 2.5 Reservoir Shocks
*additional accessories available soon

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2-3" Coilover Conversion Systems: For years now, Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra/Denali HD owners have been limited to the traditional torsion bar system suspension options. BDS Suspension is excited to add next level technology for improved performance. Adding to the current 4.5" and 6.5" high clearance no torsion bar drop systems offered for 2011+ Chevy/GMC HD trucks, BDS is now shipping a 2-3" coilover conversion systems for superior ride quality and performance over any terrain. These new coilover systems have been engineered and tested for improved comfort, fade free performance, and increased suspension travel.

The new 2-3" coilover system is a game changer for HD performance. At the heart of the system is a pair of FOX 2.5 Factory Series Coilover with remote DSC reservoir. These coilovers offer vastly superior dampening for impressive capability to soak up the harshest terrains offroad while offering comfort on your daily commute. These FOX coilovers feature a smooth bore and honed seamless alloy body, 7/8" hardened stainless steel shaft, FOX coil springs, black anodized machined 6061-T6 billet aluminum mounts and FOX’s DSC (dual speed compression) adjustment technology. DSC is the next big thing in suspension performance allowing for easy adjustment of the vehicle’s suspension compression dampening to dial in the ideal ride performance to soak up the bumps, both large and small. The DSC has 12 adjustment points for the high speed compression as well as 10 adjustment points for the low speed compression allowing you to make large or small changes to further improve your performance. Adjustments can be made by simply twisting the "blue" high speed and "gold" low speed compression knobs located on the end of the remote reservoir of the FOX 2.5 coilovers. No tools or shop adjustments needed, allowing you to tune the suspension out on the trail. The coilovers come fully assembled, preset for 2.5" of lift for optimal wheel travel, but can be adjusted between 2-3" of lift with the use of (#129600) spanner wrench. To mount the coilovers BDS supplies a bolt-on bracket that installs on the frame in the shock mount location. A weld-in support gusset is used to reinforce the upper mount, however still allows the kit to be completely reversible if the owner ever chooses to revert back to the torsion bar style suspension and upgrade the suspension on another truck.

In addition to replacing the factory torsion bars, the upper and lower control arms are upgraded to improved strength, travel, and accommodate the new coilovers. The new performance series upper control arms are designed specifically for this system to integrate with the 2.5 coilovers. The arms are fabricated from large 1.5" OD x .120-wall tubing, fully TIG welded for the highest quality, strength and durability. The arms utilize premium Moog brand ball joints and factory style rubber bushings for smooth, quiet operation and superior durability when compared to arms with uni-balls, poly bushings or heims. The ball joint cups are repositioned for optimal performance allowing a 30% improvement in wheel travel. These upper control arms are finished in a durable black powdercoat and include a billet aluminum ball joint dust cap. The control arms come fully assembled for easy install right out of the box. To compliment the uppers, the new lower control arms are built from high strength steel, fully boxed with internally gusseted. These lower arms integrate new reinforced lower coilover mounts and similar to the uppers use durometer specific rubber bushings at the frame mount and high quality Moog ball joints at the knuckle mount for quiet, low maintenance operation.

Rounding out the front suspension BDS supplies front differential relocation to correct CV axle operating angle to optimize CV performance. The relocation hardware installs easily with no differential modification needed while also allowing the reinstallation of the factory skid plate. Longer sway bar links are also included and bolt directly in place of the factory links to correct sway bar operating angle.

In the rear, BDS offers a simple block and u-bolt kit that retains ride quality and full use of the factory overload spring (if equipped). The rear comes standard with precision tuned FOX 2.0 IFP gas shocks and is available with optional FOX factory series 2.5 reservoir shocks to further improve performance. Additional options and accessories are in development; stay tuned for more information as new products are released. The system allows for 33-34’’ tires to be installed with minor trimming 35’’ tires with moderate trimming.

If you’re looking to get more out of your 2011+ Chevy Silverado HD or GMC Sierra/Denali HD look to BDS Suspension and the new 2-3" Coilover Conversion System. Head to the BDS website for more info and stop by your local BDS distributor to take your HD to the next level!

2-3" Coilover Conversion System

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2-3" Coilover System - Chevy/GMC HD
2-3" Coilover System
2-3" C/O Conversion - Chevy HD

Chevy 2500HD Trucks w/ Coilover Conversion

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BDS Project Raider running 2-3" Coilover System
BDS Project Raider towing
HD 2-3" Coilover Conversion
2016 Chevy Silverado HD w/ 2.5" Coilover Conversion
2.5" Coilover Conversion on Chevy HD


Well, the 2015 edition of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is in the books and no sooner are the manufacturers and builders returning home to start planning for the 2016 show. This industry only show boasts something for every automotive enthusiast, from hotrodders to racers, lifted trucks, lowrider, powersports to restoration. The 4-day show is held at the beginning of November each year bringing in around 100,000 buyers/shops from around the world to check out the latest aftermarket parts from over 1000 vendors. Even the OEMs have gotten involved with the SEMA Show setting up large booths with cool concept rides, product demonstrations and more.

This is BDS’s 7th year attending the industry show and each the show gets bigger, pushing the limits, and more over the top with manufacturers stepping up to wow the attendees with over-the-top builds, new technology and the latest innovations. BDS has found a home in booth #30192, a 25×80′ booth along the outside of the South Hall, upper level where we team up with sister companies Zone Offroad Products and JKS Manufacturing to show off cool rides and the latest suspension and accessories for trucks and Jeeps. Each year our booth is designed around a theme, over the year’s we’ve build tailgate parties to camping scenes, but this year we kept with a simple one, black and tan. Tan carpet, tan and black vehicles flexed out throughout on tan display rocks, black backdrop banners and a black bar serving beers all week long.

It could be the free beer, the cool builds, new products or even the personel working the booth, but this year once again was a hugely success show for BDS Suspension and the other brands of Sport Truck USA. Scattered throughout the booth we had several vehicles on display including, #projectraider a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD to debut our 3” mid-travel coilover conversion system. Going down the line the Ultimate Adventure conquering #crawlorado – an LS2 powered BDS long arm equipped 1st gen Colorado, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler #AdventureEditionJK and #PlatinumChase, a 2015 Ford F250 Platinum running the BDS 8” coilover conversion system. Along with debuting the GM HD coilover conversion (available Spring 2016) and new products like F250 C/O and new Colorado/Canyon kits (available now), BDS was showing off the next generation spring loaded traction bars designed with adjustable resistance in a full floating bar for a great ride when you want it, and the ability to put the power down when you need it. The new tractions bars got the attention of many at the show and ever took home Diesel Tech Magazine’s Show Stopper Award for most innovative new product. We’ll have more info on these traction bars once they hit the market in Spring 2016. Throughout the show dealers stopped by to check out the new products and catch up with the team over a beer. The booth was buzzing with plenty of celebrity appearances from 4wheeling royalty, monster truck drivers, TV personalities and some of the most well known shops from around the country. A big thanks to everyone that came by the BDS/Zone/JKS Booth at SEMA 2015.

Around the expansive show BDS had nearly 50 trucks and Jeeps on display in featured vehicles spots and other vendor booths. To say BDS was well represented this year was an understatement. We had our best year yet showing at SEMA with several amazing builds sporting BDS suspension and accessories. A big thank you to everyone that made it out to show off their BDS -equipped trucks at SEMA. Check out some of the trucks from this year’s show and stay tuned for upcoming features of many of these rides online and in print magazines over the next couple weeks and months. See more pictures at On BDS’s Facebook Page.

To Check out Part 1 (SEMA Prep) and Part 2 (The Road to SEMA) for BDS’s 2015 SEMA adventure click the links.


BDS2500HD-B3CO-35-14If you missed the last update on BDS’s Project Raider, click here.

BDS’s Project Raider is hitting the road for SEMA. The last minute 2 week build up is featuring several new products and will make its debut as BDS’s new promotional tow rig in the BDS SEMA Booth #30192. The truck is built as a practical hauler right at home screaming through the desert as it does hauling a show trailer around the country. Build sheet includes:

Suspension: 3″ Coilover Conversion w/ UCA and LCA, Fox 2.5 Coilovers w/ DSC Adjusters, rear 2.5 Fox remote resi shocks w/ IFP bump stops.
Tires: 35×12.50×20 Nitto Exo Grapplers
Wheels: 20×9 Fuel Offroad Hostage III (5″ BSing)
Grille: T-Rex X-Metal grille
Bumpers: N-Fab RDS front bumper, BDS fabbed rear bumper
Lighting: zRoadz 40″ curved light bar (front) and 3″ cubes (rear)
Steps: N-Fab wheel-to-wheel nerf steps
Flares: Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender flares
Diff Cover: AFE aluminum finned rear cover
Bed Cover: Extang Revolution tonneau cover
Programmer: Bully Dog Diesel GT Platinum Tuner
Intake: AFE cold air intake

We’ll be hauling the Jeep JK for our sister company JKS Manufacturing to display at the show as well. Stop by the booth to check it our and stay tuned for updates on Facebook and Instagram.



The rigs are ready, the displays are prepped. BDS is hitting the road for the 2000+ mile road trip out to Vegas for the 2015 SEMA Show November 3-6. This year we’ll be in our 25×80 ft booth, #30192 once again showing off the latest products BDS Suspension has to offer along with our sister company Zone Offroad and JKS Manufacturing. We’ll be showcasing several new products to the world including a revolutionary set of traction bars, GM coilover conversion, Ford/Ram radius arms just to name a few. We’ll have the beer available once again so stop by the booth to check out the rigs, see the new products and grab a beer with us. Stop by and pick up the latest eCatalog chocked full of new products and usefully tech. Take a load off in our lounge and watch videos of BDS in action on the trail from the last year. In the booth we’ll have 4 show rigs showing off the latest gear along with dozens scattered throughout the show in other booths and featured vehicle spots. As for our featured booth vehicles, this year we will have:

BDS-HD BDS-F250 BDS-Crawlorado JKS-Jeep
Project Raider – BDS’s 2015 Chevy 2500HD featuring the prototype BDS 3” C/O Conversion


Platinum Chase – Sarasota Ford’s 2015 F250 running the BDS 8” C/O Kit Project Crawlorado – Pacific Fabrication’s Ultimate Adventure 2015 Chevy Colorado running a custom BDS Long Arm Kit Adventure Edition JK –  JKS’s 2014 Jeep Wrangler running a JKS 3.5” Jspec Lift Kit

We hope to see you out at at the show. Be sure to stop by our booth in the south hall, upper level #30192. If you can’t make it, be sure to watch for coverage on the BDS Facebook and Instagram pages.



Along with prepping the booth displays, prepping new products, and scheduling meetings for the week of SEMA, this year the BDS team is working on a last minute truck build to serve as one of the featured booth vehicles for us at the show. While SEMA is full of over the top builds, crazy paint jobs and and more LED lights than one could ever need, the BDS team was looking to build a capable, practical, and  reliable truck that is at much at home on the trail as it is on the road. While the BDS F250 and Project Slate have been excellent trucks, able to tackle the terrain or reliably tow a trailer across country at a moments notice, we had a need to show off some of our newest components for the GM trucks.

Last month we picked up the newest vehicle to join the BDS fleet, a black 4 door, short bed, 6.6L Duramax-powered, 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD dubbed Project Raider. Along with using this truck to prototype and test new products, it’ll be used as our primary tow vehicle for events getting displayed all around the country. While we offer the 4.5” and 6.5” high clearance, no torsion bar drop kits for the ’11-15 GM HDs, we wanted to show off some of the new developments we’ve been working on with FOX. This truck will be running a prototype 3” Coilover Conversion System with FOX 2.5” coilovers with DSC adjusters, upper and lower control arms, and FOX IFP bumps (more on this prototype kit to come in the future). For wheels and tires we wanted a tire that would be excellent on the highway, preform in the dirt, and has a heavy load rating with all the towing this truck will do. We turned to Nitto for a set of their 35×12.50×20 Exo Grapplers and mounted them on a 20×9 (5” BSing) Fuel Hostage III wheels for the aggressive styling and gray with black beadlock color to match the truck. Up front we’re swapping the factory bumper for a N-Fab RDS series bumper and mounting a 40” curved zRoadz LED light bar to light up the trail. All the chrome was colormatched and vinyl graphics were installed. The factory projector H/Ls remain and the stock LTZ grille is getting upgraded to a X-Metal unit from our friends at T-Rex. With the larger tires installed we’re adding a set of Bushwacker extend-a-fender flares for extra coverage. Additionally N-Fab wheel-to-wheel steps will be bolted on for extra rocker protection and ease cab access. The bed will feature an Extang revolution tonneau cover and spray in bedliner. In the the BDS team fabbed up a matching rear bumper to allow the factory hitch to be retained. AFe supplied a high capacity aluminum finned differential cover as well as a cold air intake system. A Bully Dog diesel GT tuner is also on the docket to bring this Duramax to life.

At this point the team is working feverishly to prep the truck. It his the road on Monday for the 2000+ mile road trip hauling SEMA displays and a Jeep for our sister company JKS Manufacturing. Stay tuned to see how it turns out and fore updates from the drive out to Vegas. We’ll be posting updates on the BDS Blog, Facebook and Instagram pages, #projectraider