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SEMA Trucks: Felt Bicycles/Dragon Aftermarket Consulting F150

Each year the SEMA Show is flooded with amazing automobiles, lifted trucks, lower street rods, resto-mod classics and late model monsters all in the name of automotive customization. There’s something for everyone’s taste from the insane over-the-top to capable daily drivers. BDS Suspension attends this annual show out in Las Vegas and continues to make quite the statement with show vehicles scattered throughout the show grounds on display in exhibitor booths and featured vehicle spots.

While the Ford F150 Raptor is an amazing truck, sticker shock can get the best of some especially when your plans are to swap out many of the parts that make a Raptor a Raptor. Michael from Dragon Aftermarket Consulting had an idea, turn a 2013 Ford F150 Ecoboost into a something extreme, purpose built, and for capable than what the Raptor. Teaming up with Felt Bicycles they turned this F150 into a really head turner with killer styling and the muscle to back it up.

The build started with swapping out the stock sheet metal for FiberwerX glass. Front TT fenders and rear bedsides were installed along with a N-Fab front RSP prerunner bumper and Spyder Auto 40” LED lightbar. A T-Rex X-Metal mesh grill and Spyder Auto projection headlight finish off the front and give this truck its menacing appeal. The suspension comes from BDS, with a 6” high clearance kit being installed on this Ford along with King 2.5 Resi Coilovers, Icon upper control arms and Hellwig swaybars. In the rear the BDS lift features King 2.5 Bypass Resi shocks and Hellwig helper springs. With the extra clearance from the fenders and lift, 38×13.50×20 Toyo M/Ts were installed and mounted on 20×9 BMF F.I.T.E. 6 wheels. To help this rig stop, R1 premier slotted rotors were swapped all the way around along with ceramic pads. Up top, a Thule M.O.A.B roof rack was installed for extra storage and features an onslaught of Spyder Auto LED lighting. In the rear of the truck, the truck features an Infinit Fab rear bumper, Spyder Auto LED taillights, and a bed loaded up with essential gear for any outdoor adventure. Spare batteries, ARB air compressor, camping gear, awning, and more are loaded up on the CargoGlide CG1500HD bed rack. A pair of Felt Compulsion LT3 bikes are ready for action at a moments notice. A set of N-Fab steps were installed to easy accessing the cab. Inside the seats have ben covered in Roadwire Upholstery using a combination of black leather and tan ultrasuede. Sony handles the stereo duties and the rear bench has ben converted to bucket seats with a custom mounted ARB fridge installed. Under the hood the stock 3.5L Ecoboost received extra attention from an AEM cold air intake, Bully Dog triple dog tuner, and a JBA Performance exhaust system.

This F150 is ready for adventure, overlanding, and expoiring the great outdoors. Kudos to the guys from Felt Bicycles and Dragon Aftermarket Consulting for turning this ultra cool concept into reality. For more on this F150 head on over to the BDS Facebook Page.

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SEMA Trucks: Freedom Fighter turned Big Thug

Each year the SEMA Show is flooded with amazing automobiles, lifted trucks, lower street rods, resto-mod classics and late model monsters all in the name of automotive customization. There’s something for everyone’s taste from the insane over-the-top to capable daily drivers. BDS Suspension attends this annual show out in Las Vegas and continues to make quite the statement with show vehicles scattered throughout the show grounds on display in exhibitor booths and featured vehicle spots.

Several years ago we got hooked up with Kelly Fromm, a retired US veteran with an eye for building some amazing rides. Kelly runs the Rev-It-Up for Wounded Warriors Memorial Tour,  a mobile memorial raising awareness and funds for wounded veterans. The tour has featured several vehicles from a 700+ hp Camaro (Veteran 1) and custom widebody ZL1 Camaro, to a ’10 Silverado (Fallen Warrior) and ’12 Chevy Dually (Freedom Fighter) tow rig all decked out with the lasted accessories and far-from-bashful patriotic graphics. With hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for wounded veterans, Kelly’s efforts are making a difference for disabled veterans coming back from oversees. Recently, however, a very unpatriotic and malicious act occurred. Kelly’s dually was vandalized, the graphics keyed and the truck damaged before its scheduled stop at the 2013 SEMA Show. With the show just around the corner, Kelly pulled the vinyl, fixed the body and opted for a fresh coat of cyber gray paint for a stealthy appearance. With the new look, Freedom Fighter became known as Big Thug.

Up front an Iron Cross bumper was installed for added protection. Rigid LEDs and a Warn winch were then installed to improve its recovery and visibility. The grill was swapped out for the RX3 model from RBP. Headlights were converted to Anzo USA projection units and up top a 50” LED light bar was installed. To improve the ground clearance a BDS 6.5” high clearance lift was installed along with Fox 2.0 shocks giving plenty of room to clear 35×12.50×22 Toyo M/Ts mounted up on 22 American Force Independence wheels. Iron Cross steps offer increased protection and make accessing the cab a bit easier. Out back an ARE “Z Series” cap was installed to add plenty of dry storage space and a CargoGlide rack system. Firestone airbags help keep the truck level when towing/hauling heavy loads. Under the hood the stock 6.6L Duramax was given some extra attention from an AEM cold air intake,  Edge Products Evolution CTS tuner, and a custom exhaust system. Inside the cab features Alga leather wrapped seats, a custom 3500-watt MTX stereo system and custom gauges to monitor the trucks vitals.

With the remodel, Big Thug continues to be Kelly’s primary tow rig hitting up events around the country for an amazing cause. We wish him the best and looking forward to  a continuing our partnership in the future. For more on the Rev-It-Up for Wounded Warriors Memorial Tour check it out the website or see the Rev-It-Up Tour Facebook page. For more on this ride head to BDS’s Facebook Page.

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SEMA Trucks: Daley Visual Tundra

Each year the SEMA Show is flooded with amazing automobiles, lifted trucks, lower street rods, resto-mod classics and late model monsters all in the name of automotive customization. There’s something for everyone’s taste from the insane over-the-top to capable daily drivers. BDS Suspension attends this annual show out in Las Vegas and continues to make quite the statement with show vehicles scattered throughout the show grounds on display in exhibitor booths and featured vehicle spots.

Josh Daley’s Tundra is blue. Well that seems to be the understatement of the century. On the day of our photo shoot we spotted the Daley Visual Toyota about a mile off screaming down the highway to our shoot location in the Jean Dry Lakebed south of Vegas. Even at that distance the blue was piercing if stared at too long.

This Toyota started life as 2011 charcoal gray Tundra that would have served its owner just fine, but Josh had bigger plans for it. As owner of Daley Visual Vehicle Wraps in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Josh envisioned this truck as the perfect promotional piece to promote his company. The wrap, which is still a work in progress is a blue chrome version of Avery supreme wrapping film and features a number of chrome and black chrome accents to a look that’s next to impossible not to notice. The wrap is incorporated into the entire build with the EGR fender flares and the LGE CTS Motosports front bumper getting the full wrap treatment. Up front Spyder Auto smoked projection headlight and a Spyder Auto 30” LED lightbar were added to light up the night along with a T-Rex mesh grill to complete the cosmetics. To get the stance of the truck looking as good as the body Josh opted for a BDS 7” Performance System featuring Fox 2.5 remote reservoir coilovers. Whether he’s showing off the truck or tearing up the dirt this kit is built to perform and look good doing it. To improve stopping power, a set of R1 Concepts slotted brake rotors were installed. For tires, 35×12.50×18 Hankook Dynapro M/Ts fit the bill and were mounted on 18×10 2Crave Extreme Offroads. Out back, the rear bumper was wrapped in carbon fiber and Spyder Auto LED taillights were installed. The bed was sprayed with Line-X for a protective finish. Under the hood the stock 5.7L V8 was tuned with a Volant cold air intake and Magnaflow catback exhaust system. Inside the cab, the blue theme continues with blue chrome wrap on the doors, dash, and gauges. A JVC 7” touchscreen navigation headunit was swapped in and (2) 10” Kicker subs mounted in the back. This truck is a quality build and killer marketing piece for Daley Visual, kudos on the project guys. For more on this project head to BDS’s Facebook page.

 

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SEMA Trucks: Adventure Edition F150

Photo Credit: Jhan Dolphin / Text Credit: Carter Reed & Jhan Dolphin

Each year the SEMA Show is flooded with amazing automobiles, lifted trucks, lower street rods, resto-mod classics and late model monsters all in the name of automotive customization. There’s something for everyone’s taste from the insane over-the-top to capable daily drivers. BDS Suspension attends this annual show out in Las Vegas and continues to make quite the statement with show vehicles scattered throughout the show grounds on display in exhibitor booths and featured vehicle spots.

This year the Sportsman Channel’s Willi Schmidt, host of the Pure Hunting series proposed the idea for an outdoor-themed project vehicle and asked for his fans participation on how they would build it, what features are must haves and what would be cool custom touches. Based off the outpour of suggestions submitted through social media from people who love to fish, hunt, hike, camp, and mountain bike the “Adventure Edition” F150 project was born. With the help of J Robert Marketing the project starting out with a brand new 2013 Ford F-150 4WD. The truck was upgraded, modified, and customized with a variety of aftermarket products.  The final version of this “Adventure Edition” F150 is completely built with input from the TV show’s fans.  “We were thrilled with the amount of passionate and detailed suggestions!” exclaimed Schmidt.  “Experienced outdoorsmen definitely have strong opinions as to what a vehicle should be capable of.”

To improve the stance and off-road capabilities, a BDS 6” Performance System with Fox 2.5 remote coilovers and Fox 2.0 rear shocks was installed. From there 35×12.50×20 Mickey Thompson ATZ P3 tires were mounted on 20×9 Dick Cepek Torque wheels for great looks and improved traction. Rugged front and rear Fusion bumpers were fitted with a Superwinch recovery winch and Plasmaglow offroad lighting mounted up front. Bushwacker fender flares help protect the truck sides and N-Fab steps make accessing the cab easier. Inside the seats were covered with Katzkin 2-ton leather to match the exterior, Maxxsonics electonics and displays for entertainment for the whole family on long excursions. The bed is full of storage options with an ARE cap providing plenty of dry storage for gear and equipment.  The bed features TruckVault case, CargoGlide and Yeti cooler.

For paint a 2-tone black gloss and matte tan was used along with red pin striping. Auxiliary lighting is a mix of Plasmaglow and KC LEDs and the killer tone comes from a Corsa exhaust system. Following the build up this Adventure Edition F150 debuted at SEMA Show 2013 in Ford’s Booth where it was received with stellar reviews from all in attendance. Keep an eye out for this vehicle as explores the US and goes on display at various offroad and outdoor events. For more on the Adventure Edition F150, head to Facebook.

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Each year the SEMA Show is flooded with amazing automobiles, lifted trucks, lower street rods, resto-mod classics and late model monsters all in the name of automotive customization. There’s something for everyone’s taste from the insane over-the-top to capable daily drivers. BDS Suspension attends this annual show out in Las Vegas and continues to make quite the statement with show vehicles scattered throughout the show grounds on display in exhibitor booths and featured vehicle spots.

The Super Trucks JK isn’t bashful. On display in American Force’s booth at the 2013 SEMA Show, this 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is flashy, fast and above all else, its extremely capable. Built by Matt Bolen and Brad Spearing at their shop in Naples, FL this project JK dubbed “Prodigy” showed up at SEMA with mixed reviews. While some show goers wanted to bash the massive 24×14 wheels and overall excessiveness on this Jeep, its no mall crawler. While I’m sure the Jeep could cruise the local shopping plaza with easy, this Jeep was built with an array of proved offroad parts that Brad and his dad plan to use out on the trail, in the mud, and on the rocks. While the styling may be a bit over the top, this isn’t a case of form without function.

When Super Trucks picked up this Jeep, it was brand spankin’ new right off the showroom floor. The guys wasted no time stripping it down to the frame as threw aside the stock suspension and axles, scrapped the fenders, bumpers and more in preparation for the bolt-on brawn. A BDS 4-link long arm suspension was installed to help improve the handing and articulation on this JK. Rather than go with the standard coil-and-shock setup, the guys opted for a set of Fox Racing 2.5 remote coilovers set to 8” of lift at all four corners that went in with the help of Rebel Offroad coilover conversion brackets. Fox 2.0 bumpstops, BDS adjustable trackbars, Hellwig swaybars, JKS sector shaft brace and Currie correctlync steering finish out the suspension and steering mods. Being in American Force’s booth, wheels and tires had to set this Jeep apart. So a set of 24×14 American Force forged masters were used with colored accents were mounted on 40×15.50×24 Toyo M/Ts.

While there’s been a trend, an expensive trend at that to swap in a Hemi on the JKs, the new 3.6L Pentastar produces a healthy about of power right out of the gate. Add a RIPP Supercharger like the one Super Trucks installed and the Jeep screams. Tune it with a Diablo trinity programmer and Magnaflow exhaust and the guys have north of 350hp at a fraction of the cost of the Hemi swap. Backing up the engine an upgraded trans cooler was added to help cool the stock 5-speed automatic along with the stock t-case that sending power through Tom Woods driveshafts to both axles. For axles, Currie Enterprises was given a call for a set of 70” front and rear RockJock 60s with 5.38 gears, Eaton e-lockers, and Currie 30 front/35 rear spline axleshafts. Stopping power comes from Wilwood 4-piston big brakes up front and EBC drilled/slotted rotors with ceramic pads in the rear.

The exterior of this JK received a similar level of attention as the drivetrain with the entire body getting sprayed in a 2-tone white/silver LineX bedliner finish. Candy red accents can be found throughout the Jeep to accentuate the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail put in. Up front the stock bumper was swapped for a Wurx Industries bumper along with a Warn zeon 10.5k winch and Factor 55 prolink. A Royalty Core rc-1 grill replaces the traditional 7-slot grill and hints at the RIPP system under the hood. Rugged Ridge hood latches secure the hood to the Smittybilt xrc fenders that open up the wheelwells to accomodate the larger tires. An Off Camber Fabrication roof rack was installed up top for extra storage as well as Amp Research steps to make the climb into this beast a bit easier. Out back a Wurx rear bumper was installed and mounts the fullsize spare. For lighting, the guys from Super Trucks pulled out all the stops with Trucklite LED headlights, Recon LED taillights, twin windshield mounted 50” Wurx LED lightbars, a hood mounted 30” Wurx lightbar, and (8) Wurx 2×2” lights mounted around the vehicle.

While many may see this Jeep as over-the-top, its a promotional Jeep and it draws everyone’s attention. Matt and Brad have big plans for this Jeep as they continue to build it, tune it and wheel it. Keep an eye out for this Jeep on the trail or at offroad events around the Southeastern US.

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SEMA Trucks: PK’s Duramax

Each year the SEMA Show is flooded with amazing automobiles, lifted trucks, lower street rods, resto-mod classics and late model monsters all in the name of automotive customization. There’s something for everyone’s taste from the insane over-the-top to capable daily drivers. BDS Suspension attends this annual show out in Las Vegas and continues to make quite the statement with show vehicles scattered throughout the show grounds on display in exhibitor booths and featured vehicle spots.

BDS has teamed up with Powerteq on a number of projects over the years and this is one of their latest creations, a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax owner by PK Krwawecz. The build has been coming together piece by piece over the last year as PK started with a plain jane HD that now features a slew of mods in the performance, comfort and styling categories.

Up front the stock flimsy chrome bumper was pulled and in its place a beefy Fusion bumper that houses an assortment of Rigid LED lights. The stock grill was swapped for a custom mesh grill from Royalty Core. A BDS 6.5” high clearance lift kit with Fox 2.0 shocks provides extra clearance for 37×12.50×20 Mickey Thompson ATZ P3s on 20×10 American Force shields. To help turn the larger tire mass the stock gears were swapped out for a set of 4.56 Yukons along with EBC rotors and pads to help improve stopping power. For a clean look and easy access, a set of Amp Research steps were fitted. Inside the truck maintains a clean appearance with black leather seats and Pioneer head unit. Digital Designs subs and speakers were installed throughout the cab and outside to get the party going anywhere he goes. The 6.6L Duramax has plenty of power right from the factory, but that didn’t stop PK from installing a Superchips tuner and Edge CTS monitor, Airdog 165 lift pump, Airaid cold air intake, and a  5” MBRP stainless exhaust system. Out back the bed has a bedrug liner and Undercover flex tonneau cover. A rear Fusion bumper mounts addition Rigid lights and in place of the stock spare tire resides a pair of Zenith air compressors and (2) 5-gallon tanks that power Nathan P5 train horns. Just like train horns, the graphics weren’t left very tame either with a custom carbon fiber flame with blue/black vinyl wrap was designed and installed by Stickerdude Designs for a menacing appearance. All-in-all the truck turned out great and we’re looking forward to seeing it in action. To see more of this truck in action, check it out on Facebook.