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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.

New Product Release

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Part#

#712H 4″ Steel Arm

#713H 4″ Alum Arm

Product

4″ High Clearance Lift Kit

Application

2014 Chevy 1500 4WD

2014 GMC 1500 4WD

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4″ Suspension Lift Kit
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GMC 1500 with 4″ suspension lift kit
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GMC 1500 with 4″ suspension lift kit
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BDS 4″ High Clearance Lift Kits for 2014 Chevy/GMC 1500 Trucks

2014 GM 1/2-ton 4WD

Coldwater, MI—November 21, 2013— BDS Suspension continues to add to its product lineup for the 2014 Chevy/GMC 1500 trucks with with new 4″ High Clearance Lift Kits that allow for 35″ tires to be installed.

These kits have been independently tested for compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) FMVSS No.126 and has been verified compliant with those standards to not effect the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems.

This new suspension system utilizes the tried and true high-clearance IFS suspension design that has made BDS the preferred suspension lift for late model GM trucks. This kit offers more ground clearance than any other kit on the market along with the strength to stand up to any abuse you can throw at it. At the heart of these new lift kits are the ductile iron replacement steering knuckles and high-clearance crossmembers. These components establish a suspension geometry that not only performs well on and off-road, but are compliant with the factory traction control systems.

The new suspension works seamlessly with the newly redesigned electric power steering system that is standard on the 2014 models. A 3-piece diff drop kit securely repositions the front differential to correct CV axle angle and allowing for the use of the stock front driveshaft. Front end drivetrain components are protected by the heavy duty 3-piece skid plate system that ties the front and rear crossmembers together for a rigid subframe. Also included in this kit are replacement tie rod ends, longer sway bar links, and brake line brackets, and new gas struts to improve ride quality.

A cast iron 4″ block is used in place of the stock 1.25″ block along with longer u-bolts, brake line bracket and your choice of BDS-5500 or Fox 2.0 gas shocks to lift the rear and level the stance.

New for 2014 GM truck is the availability of both steel and forged aluminum control arms from the factory. BDS offers kits built specifically to fit either the steel or aluminum arm equipped trucks. Check your vehicle before ordering to ensure the correct kit is shipped.

As with all BDS kits, these lift kits are backed by the Factory Protection Plus Program, a 5-year, 60,000 mile drivetrain warranty, FMVSS No.126 ESC System compliancy, and BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty.

For more info on this kit and to find your local distributor, head to BDS Suspension or call (517) 279-2135.

BDS Suspension Systems are Protected by the Factory Protection Plus Program

Factory Protection Plus
  • 5-year, 60,000 mile drivetrain warranty
  • FMVSS No.126 ESC System compliancy
  • BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty

FMVSS No. 126 Compliant Test

FMVSS No.126 Compliant
  • BDS 4″ Lift Kit with 5500-series shocks
  • 35×12.50×20 Mickey Thompson ATZ Tires
  • 20×9 (5″ BS) Dick Cepek Gun Metal 7 Wheels

 

New Product Release

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Part#

#710H 6″ Steel Arm

#710F 6″ Steel Arm-Fox C/O

#711H 6″ Alum Arm

#711F 6″ Alum Arm-Fox C/O

Product

6″ High Clearance Lift Kit

6″ Performance C/O System

Application

2014 GM 1500 4WD

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6″ Suspension Lift Kit
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Chevy Suspension Lift Kit

6″ Suspension Lift Kit
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Chevy Suspension Lift Kit

6″ Suspension Lift Kit with Fox Coil-Overs
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Chevy Suspension Lift Kit

6″ Suspension Lift Kit with Fox Coil-Overs
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GMC 1500 with 6″ suspension lift kit
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GMC 1500 with 6″ suspension lift kit
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GMC 1500 with 6″ suspension lift kit
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BDS 6″ High Clearance Lift Kits for 2014 Chevy/GMC 1500 Trucks

2014 GM 1/2-ton 4WD

Coldwater, MI—October 23, 2013—With the popularity of the redesigned 2014 Chevy/GMC 1/2-ton trucks, BDS Suspension has been hard at work engineering a number of products to fit the new platform. Well the wait over, BDS is excited to announce the release and immediate availability of their 6″ High Clearance Lift Kit and 6″ Performance System to fit the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 4wd trucks.

These kits have been independently tested for compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) FMVSS No.126 and has been verified compliant with those standards to not effect the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems.

These new suspension systems utilize the tried and true high-clearance IFS suspension design that has made BDS the preferred suspension lift for late model GM trucks. At the heart of these new lift kits are the ductile iron replacement steering knuckles and high-clearance crossmembers. These components establish a suspension geometry that not only performs well on and off-road, but are compliant with the factory traction control systems.

The suspension also works seamlessly with the newly redesigned electric power steering system that is standard on the 2014 models. A 3-piece diff drop kit securely repositions the front differential to correct CV axle angle and allowing for the use of the stock front driveshaft. Front end drivetrain components are protected by the heavy duty 3-piece skid plate system that ties the front and rear crossmembers together for a rigid subframe. Also included in this kit are replacement tie rod ends, longer sway bar links, and brake line brackets, and new gas struts to improve ride quality.

To lift the rear and level the stance a 5″ tapered block is utilized along with longer u-bolts, brake line bracket and your choice of BDS-5500 or Fox 2.0 gas shocks.

The 6″ Performance System upgrades BDS’s front gas struts to Fox 2.5 remote reservoir coil-overs and rear Fox 2.0 gas shocks. Some of the features of the Fox 2.5 remote C/Os include:

  • Smooth-bore, clear coated, zinc plated alloy body
  • Black anodized 6061-T6 billet aluminum mounting components
  • 7/8″ hard chrome plated heat treated alloy steel shaft
  • High flow piston design with specially formulated race oil
  • External reservoir separates shock oil from high-pressure nitrogen
  • Easy bolt-on installation, coil spring preload set for proper ride height right out of the box. Right height adjustable using BDS spanner tool #129600 (sold separately).

New for 2014 is the availability of both steel and forged aluminum control arms from the factory. BDS offers kits to fit both steel and aluminum arm equipped trucks. Check your vehicle before ordering to ensure the correct kit is shipped. These kits offer a impressive performance and the most ground clearance of any kit on the market. As will all BDS kits, they are backed by BDS’s industry exclusive No Fine Print Warranty. Use and abuse it with confidence.

For more info on this kit and to locate the distributor nearest you, head to BDS Suspension or call (517) 279-2135.

BDS Suspension Systems are Protected by the Factory Protection Plus Program

Factory Protection Plus
  • 5-year, 60,000 mile drivetrain warranty
  • FMVSS No.126 ESC System compliancy
  • BDS’s exclusive No Fine Print Warranty

FMVSS No. 126 Compliant Test

FMVSS No.126 Compliant
  • BDS 6″ Lift Kit with 5500-series shocks
  • 35×12.50×20 Mickey Thompson ATZ Tires
  • 20×9 (5″ BS) Dick Cepek Gun Metal 7 Wheels

Snofari 2013

BDS is loaded up and making the 4 hour haul to West Branch, MI for SnoFari 2013. This event held annually in the heart of winter brings together off-roaders and a handful of vendors for a weekend of snow wheeling from mild trails to gnarly terrain. Now in its 6th year this Soldiers of Fortune Offroad Club event boasts growing interest as it raises money to support GLFWDA and UFWDA and builds awareness for safe off-roading. We’ll be heading up with the BDS Silverado HD with the BDS TJ, trailer, and some goodies in tow. With frigid temps and decent snow accumulation all week long, this should make for a great event for everyone involved. We’ll be posting pictures from at the event on Saturday so stay tuned to the BDS Facebook Page for more.

 

 

Thank you so much for providing the superior products, knowledge and support that helped me build my pride and joy 2003 Silverado 1500 –  35 inch Swampers on 22’s.  I would recommend your high clearance kits to anyone considering them not only due to the staggering look and performance it gave to my vehicle, but when I had technical questions on the kit after the install, BDS was there to answer them.  I can proudly sport around in my truck knowing it looks and performs exceptionally.  Now when I have a tough day, I just find something, anything, and run over it…Feels great!

Scott – Camp Hill, PA

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