Power Automedia met up with BDS at the Ford booth at the 2018 SEMA Show to get some insight on #ProjectRangerX. Ford’s booth is definitely one of the best booths at SEMA. The 2019 Ford Ranger is coming to America, and not only did we got our hands on one of the first in the country, but we had the opportunity to  do a complete overhaul on it and have it featured in Ford’s booth.

This build was inspired by adventure. We are offroad enthusiasts and we wanted this truck to reflect that. This truck is awesome right out of the gate both on road and offroad, but we wanted to take it to the next level so that no adventure was out of reach. For full details on #ProjectRangerX check out our blog post on it at https://blog.bds-suspension.com/?p=17021

 

 

Its an exciting time in the mid sized truck world as the Ford Ranger returns to the great US of A for 2019. While at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, we took some time to visit our favorite 2019 Ford Ranger builds, including our very own, #ProjectRangerX.

Most of these builds were featured in the Ford booth, and almost all of them featured BDS Suspension Systems on them. These lift systems will be making their way into the market in the near future.

You can find more information about the Ford Rangers that were in Ford’s Booth at the Ford 2018 Sema Show Press Release.

Built up and ready for an adventure. With just 5 short weeks, the BDS build team took one of the first 2019 Ford Rangers in existence and overhauled it into a show stopper. Built for capability out on the trail, great looks with a strong stance and plenty of utility with room to haul gear BDS’s Project Ranger X elevates the Ranger to the next level. Starting with a pre-production 2019 Ranger right off the assembly line, this truck was torn down, the frame was extended, service bed and custom rack fitted, a BDS suspension lift installed and larger tires and accessories were added. We documented the build in a 5-part build series that followed the team as they transformed this 2019 Ford Ranger from stock to fully custom, click the links below to check out how it all came together.

Build Intro

Build Update #1

Build Update #2

Build Update #3

Build Update #4

Project Ranger X Built Sheet:

2019 Ford Ranger XLT 4×4
2.3L EcoBoost Engine
10-Speed Automatic Transmission

Chassis/Suspension:
Custom Long Bed Conversion (136” wheelbase)
BDS 6” Suspension Lift System (prototype)
BDS Upper Control Arms (prototype)
BDS GlideRide Rear Leaf Springs (modified GM1500 springs)
FOX 2.5 Factory Series front DSC Coilovers
FOX 2.5 Piggyback DSC Rear Shocks
AirLift Rear AirBag System w/ Lower Cradle Mount
Rear (Extended) Spicer Driveshaft

Wheels & Tires:
35×12.50×17 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM3 Tires
17×9 KMC XD Series Grenade OR Wheels

Powertrain Mods:
Ford Performance/Borla Catback Exhaust System

Vehicle Mods:
OE Magnetic (charcoal) Paint w/ Black & Fiery Orange Stripes
Knapheide Utility Box w/ Custom Built Rack System
Warn Ascent Front Bumper
Warn Zeon 10-S Winch with Factor 55 FlatLink
Custom Rock Sliders and Rear Bumper
Rigid LED Lighting (Radiance, SR-M, and Scene Series)
Bushwacker Front Pocketstyle Fender Flares
Dometic CFX 40W Electric Cooler on Slide
MaxTrax MKII Recovery Devices
Rotopax 2.5 Gallon FuelpaX Containers
Amp Research Fuel Door
Warn Epic Recovery Kit
James Baroud USA Retractable Awning
Air Lift Quick Shot Air Compressor and 2-Gallon Tank
Ford Performance Rear Diff Cover and Diff Skid
sPod 8-switch Touchcreen Relay System
Kicker Audio System (KMC10 Head Unit/KMTC Tower Speakers)
Optima YellowTop H6 Battery



2018 SEMA Show:

See it this week at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in the Ford Booth in Central Hall #22200. Along with Project Ranger X, Sport Truck USA (home to BDS Suspension, JKS Mfg, RT Pro and Zone Offroad) will be set up over in the offroad section in South Hall, Upper Level in booth #30192. We’ll have severl new vehicles and new product on display to check out. Be sure to stop by to grab a beer with the BDS crew (served cold all week long) and see what’s new. Find out more about our SEMA plans by clicking the link, BDS’s 2018 SEMA Show Preview. We look forward to seeing you out in Vegas!

 

Ultra4 Racing is an unlimited, 4-wheel drive, endurance racing challenge that takes place anywhere from the trails of the Hammers, to the barren wasteland of Nevada, to the hills of Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Kentucky. These are some of the baddest and toughest races on the planet. We are proud BDS Suspension‘s sponsored driver and owner of Tilden Motorsports, Kevin Stearns, who finished 3rd in this race that was at the Wild West Motorsports Park over the weekend.

Kevin raced well in this past weekends race. While there were some set backs in the qualifying race, where Stearns had a hand injury, he was still able to come from the back and finish in 6th. In the main event Stearns, again, had a setback where he lost power steering. Stearns continued to push as hard as possible for 4 laps and it paid off as he was able to manage a podium finish.

While watching this race you can really see the toughness of the course. The rock obstacles, the blind jumps, and King Hill, which caused a lot of troubles during the races. These drivers have to have top of the line builds in order to clear some of these obstacles along with being quick to take action and find the best path to get over them.

Again, congratulations Kevin on a job well done. You fought to the end and we were excited to be rooting you on. If you’re attending SEMA be sure to check out the racing rig at our booth.

You can view all the results by visiting https://www.ultra4racing.com/2018-4-wheel-parts-nitto-national-championship-results 

You can watch a select few events at:  https://www.ultra4racing.com/live

 

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Hauk Designs has been hard at work on a 6×6 Dodge Truck that they are building for Pitbull Tires to display in their SEMA booth. This vehicle is getting a ’94-’01 RAM 2500 BDS Long Arm kit in the front and Jeep JK rear long arms in the build up.

They have completely tore this thing apart. They took most of the original vehicle off and will not be putting it back on. They kept half the frame and the engine transmission, that’s about it.

Now this is a very cool build, but it did not come so easily. One of the biggest challenges that the crew at Hauk Designs had was figuring out that center axle. The crew tried a few different things from using a two piece drive shaft and double transfer cases, but to be able to drive this thing at highway speeds is not easy. That center axle is a key piece and it has to be done just right for this thing to run properly. Luckily these guys know what their doing. This isn’t the first 6×6 that these guys have done. They built their first one a while back as a request for one of their overseas clients.

Check out Episode 1 and 2 of the build series and keep up on whats new by following Gearwench and Hauk Designs on Facebook.

 

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Its almost that time for sin city, the one and only Las Vegas, NV, to welcome back the automotive aftermarket for the Super Bowl of events. Whether you’re into trucks and offroad, racing, classic cars, imports or exotics, the SEMA Show is a sensory overload as more than 2500 companies set up to showcase their latest and greatest products to more than 75,000 industry professionals in attendance. The show spans the 1 million sq.ft Las Vegas Convention Center and surrounding area to kick off next Tuesday running through Friday.

We’d like to invite you to join us in the Sport Truck USA Booth, where you can find BDS Suspension, Zone Offroad, JKS Mfg, and RT Pro. We’ll be set up in our usual spot, booth #30192 of the offroad section along the inside wall of the south hall, upper level. Be sure to stop by to check out all the new products on display, see some custom builds and meet the Sport Truck staff. We’ll be serving ice cold beer, water and snacks all week long so stop by to enjoy a drink with our staff and see what’s new!

On display in the Sport Truck USA booth this year we’ll have several custom vehicles to include:

  • BDS Project SD126: 2017 Raptor Super Duty
  • BDS 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • RT Pro’s Long Travel RZR XP1000
  • Direct Offroad’s 2018 Jeep Wrangler JLU
  • Pacific Fabrication’s Ultra 4 #4502

Around the show, scattered between vendor booths and featured vehicle spots will be more than 40 BDS-equipped vehicles on display showcasing some of our newest products and crowd favorites. Among them will be BDS Suspension’s newest build, a 2019 Ford Ranger dubbed Project Ranger X (Click for Details). We’re excited to unveil that project and will have a video build series, photos, writeups and other content to go live the just before SEMA kicks off so keep an eye out

For a look at last year’s SEMA Show check out our 2017 SEMA Recap Video.

Here’s is just a small taste of some of the Sport Truck brand equipped vehicles that will be on display this year at SEMA.

Stay tuned on our social media pages for updates from the show, we hope to see you there!