Power Auto Media (home to Diesel Army, Xtreme Offroad and other great titles) stopped by the Ford Booth at SEMA to check out our latest creation, Project SD126. This brand new 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty was on the main stage where it entertained the masses the entire week of SEMA. Check out the interview and walk around of this standard cab, short bed converted Raptor Super Duty created by the team at BDS Suspension. For more on Project SD126 click here.

BDS Project SD126, if you haven’t spotted all our teaser shots on social media over the last couple months then here’s your introduction to the newest addition to the BDS family. Completed earlier this week, the BDS R&D team has gone above and beyond to overhaul your run of the mill 2017 Super Duty into a one off show piece built to not only look good, but perform out on the trails and open desert. This frame off overhaul includes off the shelf parts from some of the best companies in the industry combined with top level fabrication from BDS build team. What started as an idea to bring back an old favorite has evolved into a super cool and over the top 2017 Ford Super Duty SCSB Diesel that turns heads everywhere it goes. To get the full rundown on how this project came to be check out the 5-part build series available now at:

Episode 1     /     Episode 2     /     Episode 3     /     Episode 4     /     Episode 5

See below for a rundown through the parts list for Project SD126 along with some of teh finished photos of the truck. If you’re heading out to the 2017 SEMA Show be sure to check it out in the Ford Booth, #22200 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. BDS Suspension and our other brands will be set up in our usual spot, #30192 in the upper level of South Hall along the inside wall so be sure to stop by to check out the other project rigs, several new product announcements and grab a beer or water with the BDS crew. Click here for more info on our 2017 SEMA Show Plans.

Project SD126

Vehicle:
 – 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty 4wd [more info]
 – 6.7L Powerstroke Diesel
 – 6R140 TorqShift 6-Speed Transmission

Modifications:
 – Custom short bed conversion (126″ wheelbase)
– PPG Night Metallic Orange Paint by Butler Body Shop [more info]
 – BDS Front 4-Link Coilover Conversion [more info]
– BDS Rear Trailing Arm Conversion
 – FOX 2.5 Factory Race Series DSC Coilovers (14″ Travel – F/R) [more info]
– FOX 3.0 Factory Race Series Quadruple Bypass Shocks (14″ Travel – F/R)
– FOX 2.0 IFP Bump Stops (F/R)
– Pac Racing Coil Springs and Sway Bars (F/R) [more info]
– Custom Heavy Duty Steering Linkage w/ FOX ATS stabilizer
– JE Reel Driveshafts  (F/R) [more info]
– F450 10-Lug Axles (Dana 60/M300) with 4.30:1 Gears
– 42×14.50×20 BF Goodrich Baja TA KR2-S Tires [more info]
– 20×11 Stazworks Cheyenne 8 Wheels [more info]
– McNeil Racing 6″ Fiberglass Fenders and Bedsides [more info]
– RK Sport Ram Air Hood [more info]
– Rogue Racing Bumpers (F/R) [more info]
– Warn Zeon 12S Winch [more info]
– Factor 55 Fairlead and FlatlinkE [more info]
– Rigid LED Lights (RDS, Radiance, SR-M) [more info]
– Custom Smoked Headlights
– Recon Smoked Cab, Mirror, 3rd Brake Lights [more info]
– Amp Research Powersteps [more info]
– PRP Racing Enduro Recliner Seats and 5.3 Harnesses [more info]
 – Custom Center Console/Cage
– Kicker Audio Speakers and 12″ CompRT Sub [more info]
– Magellan eXplorist TRX7 GPS [more info]
 – EZ LYNK AutoAgent Tuner [more info]
 – S&B Filters Cold Air Intake [more info]
 – Diamond Eye Performance DPF-Back Exhaust System [more info]

Be sure to check out Project SD126 in person at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV from Oct.31-Nov.3 located in the Ford Booth #22200 of Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

To catch up on Episode 1 / Episode 2 / Episode 3 / Episode 4 of the Project SD126 Build, click the links.


After a couple months designing, cutting, building and modifying the truck was delivered to Butler Auto Body to get painted and the suspension parts were sent to powdercoat. At first there is a weird sense of anxiety and relief as the build is out of our hands at the moment and in the capable hands of Butler Auto Body to lay down some color. That relief quickly changed to work as the team is also responsible for designing and building all the new product displays and both props needs for our booth (#30192) at the 2017 SEMA Show. Switching gears the team built a 15ft wide modular bar for us to serve drinks, TV racks to keep everyone entertained and several new products displays to debut some of our latest and greatest to the world…

Butler Body Shop made quick work of the body, prepping and painting it in a super cool orange by PPG paints from their Smart ForTwo collection known as Night Orange Metallic (CD3L / EAK). From interior to exterior, the team took on painting the body and bumpers to the interior panels and emblems implementing an Metallic Orange – Satin Gray – Gloss Black color scheme that tied everything together from the gray/black/orange of the suspension parts to the black interior with orange/gray accents and everywhere else. The color is something else, super bright and it changes depending on the lighting.

With the truck back from paint the team got back to work on final assembly. Up first was fitting the suspension and axles so we could get this back to being a rolling chassis. The BDS front 4-link arms and rear trailing arm setup is finished in a gray powdercoat and custom BDS badges added. The shock situation on this truck is under control with FOX 2.5 DSC Coilovers at each corner along with FOX 3.0 quadruple bypass shocks allowing infinite adjustment and tuning possibilities to dial in the performance of this truck. From there the team worked on routing brake lines, running wires and completely reassembling the truck inside and out. Being that the chassis has been shortened we turned to our friends at JE Reel for a custom set of front and rear heavy duty driveshafts to get this truck mobile again. Inside the PRP seats/harnesses, Kicker audio system, and Magellan GPS were reinstalled along with the center console for the last time. Inner fenders were fitted one last time and fenders were bolted back on. On the performance side the team added to the S&B cold air intake mounted before paint with a Diamond Eye Performance DPF-back custom exhaust and an EZ LYNK programmer. The ROgue Racing enforcer bumper is modular with the center section getting fitted first housing the Warn Zeon 12S winch and Factor 55 fairlead and flatlink E. From there the 40″ Rigid RDS light bar is added to the center and a set pf 4 Rigid Radiance lights with amber backlight are added to the Rogue bumper wings to finish off the off the look. Last up is wheels and tires… to keep this truck true to its Raptor inspired roots we’re going with a tires synonymous with Baja racing, the BF Goodrich Baja TA KR2-S in a 42×14.50×20 size. These will be mounted on a set of 2-piece 20×11 Stazworks Cheyenne 8 wheels in our 10on225mm bolt pattern. We’re excited to show you the final product, stay tuned for the official unveiling of this truck coming soon…

[Continue on to see the finished SD126 build]

BDS has been keeping a secret these past few months. Granted we haven’t done a great job keeping the secret as we keep sneaking out teaser shots of the build progress on social media these past couple months, but its finally time to come clean on our scheme to overhaul a brand spankin’ new 2017 Ford Super Duty Diesel in preparation for the 2017 SEMA Show. This build is part of Ford’s project build program and will be on display in the Ford booth at the show next week out in Las Vegas. Dubbed Project SD126, this truck is outside of the norm these days as most builders opt for the typical crew cab, short bed configuration. Instead we’re going against the grain building a regular cab truck and turning it into something unique. What’s more the build team is converting this factory long bed over to a short bed which will involve a frame chop, exhaust mods, custom fuel cell, and more to pack all the factory emission into this 126″ wheelbase Super Duty, (SD126, you get it now). The first question that comes up is why didn’t we just order the truck in the standard cab, short bed (SCSB) configuration? The answer is that Ford has never offered a SCSB configuration for the F250/F350 trucks and so we built it ourselves.

Now we’re not the first ones to think up the SCSB conversion, its been done before. From what we’ve seen it hasn’t been done on a late model 2017 Super Duty and not build to the level we have planned for it. The original concept for Project SD126 came from the idea to reincarnate a former project build known as Stubby, a bright orange 2001 Super Duty SCSB 7.3L Diesel with a similar build sheet. Build by ROK Industry, we partnered with Ernie Vole on this transformation that made its debut at the 2012 SEMA Show and went on to be on the cover of FourWheeler Magazine sporting fiberglass fenders, BDS lift kit and 44″ Boggers.

So back to the project at hand, Project SD126. This truck is going to be a massive undertaking. While on the surface we’re chopping the frame, adding fiberglass fenders, paint, lift and tires, there is so much more to this build. The attention to detail is what’s going to elevate this build to the next level for a showroom to desert ready Raptor Super Duty. The basic build includes:

2017 Ford F250 Super Duty SCSB, 6.7L Powerstroke
– BDS 4-Link/Trailing Arm Suspension with FOX coilovers and bypass shocks
– 42×14.50 BFG Baja TA KR2-S tires on 20×11 Stazworks wheels (10-lug)
– Rogue Racing bumpers, Rigid lights, Warn winch and Factor 55 flatlink
– McNeil Racing 6″ fiberglass fenders/bedsides and RK Sport ram air hood
– S&B intake, EZ LYNK programmer, and Diamond Eye DPF-back exhaust
– PRP seats/harnesses, Kicker audio, Magellan GPS, and custom console/roll bar
– PPG bright orange paint by Butler Body Shop

[Click here to continue on to Episode 2]

If you’ve kept up with us on social media lately you’ve seen some teaser shots from our newest project build, Project SD126, a 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty Diesel that we’re outfitting for SEMA and other promotional opportunities.  While we’re not ready to completely let the cat out of the bag on what’s planned and where you can find it at SEMA, you can check out our weekly teaser posts on Facebook and Instagram to see our standard cab, short bed converted (126″ wheelbase) Super Duty as it gets overhauled into a one-off custom creation ready for trail. You can check out our teaser posts to date below and keep an eye out for future posts at:

Project SD126 on Facebook
#projectSD126 on Instagram

Stay tuned for future updates as this build takes shape in time for SEMA. We’ll also have extensive coverage with more photos, writeups, product reviews, progress videos, and more coming available soon so you can check out how this Super Duty came together…