Let me start off by saying BDS Suspension in no way endorses dangerous stunts, breaking laws, and legally need to verbalize you to not try this at home… but what would you do if you had a lunch hour to kill in the middle of winter, keys to a bad ass lifted truck, an old snowboard and tow rope sitting in storage. A couple of the guys from BDS headed out to the BDS R&D shop to try out tow-rope snowboarding with Project Slate, BDS’s 2013 Ram 3500 currently sporting a BDS 6” lift kit and 37s. Check it out…
This past weekend BDS hit the highway for a short 3 hour trip up north for the snowy 4wheeling adventure known as SnoFari. With Project KJ in tow, we took our 2013 Ram 3500 dubbed Project Slate up for a weekend of wheeling in the snow cloaked trails around West Branch, MI. Hosted by the Soldiers of Fortune Offroad Club (SoFo) SnoFari brings out roughly 80 rigs for 2 days and nights in the powdery white stuff. This marking the 8th annual event was on the snowier side with plenty of accumulation this winter in Michigan and several inches of fresh powder and single digit temps all weekend long.
BDS hit the trails in our ’05 Liberty CRD and took turns carving a path through the 12-30” snow drifts out on the trail. We had a blast wheeling with the group, catching up with old friends and making new ones along the way. Following the Saturday trail day we came inside to thaw out at the banquet, serving up a great spread of food to grub out on, raffle off sponsor donations and hand out the SoFo trail awards. We were honored this year to take home the “So Bling” award for turning our mall crawler KJ into the super cool crawler it is today.
We appreciate everyone’s hospitality and look forward to next year’s SnoFari. Check out the links below for more photos from SnoFari 2014 and to keep up with the planning for 2015 head over to GreatLakes4x4.com
What started as the everyday F150 project, turned into this Raptor inspired Ford dubbed Project Sinister. For owner Jimmy Kruzinski out of Albany, NY the build started before even taking delivery of his 2012 Ford F150. With the truck ordered at his local dealership, Jimmy began doing some research online on available mods to customize his truck to stand out from the crowd. HID headlights, a leveling kit, exhaust were were originally planned, but before he knew it an entire room in his house was filled with parts awaiting the trucks arrival. On arrival, Jimmy’s first stop was to drop the F150 off at a friend’s shop to start installing a parts, from their it went to Capital District Truck Center for a few more upgrades before realizing he’d been bit by as he calls it “the build bug”. That familiar, a times impulsive need to mod out your ride to its full potential.
We spotted the now Project Sinister F150 on Instagram and took notice of its killer styling. With Fiberwerx fenders, ADD bumpers, LED lights, BDS lift and Fox coilovers this truck had the look of a Baja prepped Raptor, yet it runs trails around upstate New York. Up front Jimmy swapped out the stock headlights for a custom HID set along with taillights from PlainAnSimple. A Royalty Core grill was installed along with an RK Sport ram air hood to hint at what’s under the hood. Fiberwerx TT front fenders and bedsides were installed and the whole truck was wrapped in brushed black metallic vinyl from Vinyl Efx. Bumpers came from Addictive Desert Designs with front and rear Stealth series along with Rigid LED’s mounted front and back and a 50” roof mounted bar for optimal visibility. Suspension upgrades came in the form of a BDS 6” Performance System with Fox Racing 2.5 remote coilovers and Camburg uni-ball upper control arms. A body lift was added for extra clearance and 325/50r22 Nitto Trail Grapplers (soon to be bigger) were mounted up on 22×10 Fuel Nutz. A set of Amp Research steps were then installed to make getting up into the cab a bit easier. Under the hood the stock 5.0L received plenty of attention from an AFE Stage II cold air intake, Ford Racing Boss 302 intake manifold, SCT X3 tuner with a 5Star custom tune, Stainless Works long tube stainless headers, hi-flow cats, and a x-pipe stainless dual exhaust for the throaty sound.
As with most projects, Jimmy says this one’s a work in progress. Plans include interior upgrades, gears, supercharger, and larger tires, but only time will tell how the transformation of Project Sinister comes together. To follow its progression and check out more, head to Instagram and follow @Project_Sinister
This past weekend BDS loaded up the truck and trailer and made it’s way 4 hours north for SnoFari 2013 in West Branch, MI. This annual event put on by the Soldiers of Fortune (SoFo) Offroad Club brings in roughly 80 rigs annually for 2 days/nights of snowy 4wheeling and some great camaraderie by the bar with a great group of off-roaders. From stock to fully built, the event is organized with a range of trails to keep everyone entertained.
The recent chilly weather made for some much needed snow leading up to the event. With several inches of fresh snow, temps in the 20s and occasional sunshine we had great conditions for SnoFari 2013. The only thing except possibly for a couple feet of extra snow to play in. Shawn and Carter headed out from BDS Suspension in the companies ’97 TJ outfitted with a slew of upgrades, BDS long arm kit, 37” tires, lockers, roll cage, and winch, yet forgot to bring a top. They wheeled the topless TJ all day and had a blast.
Following the event the group of 240 off-roaders gathered for an amazing spread of food and drink in the hotel’s banquet hall. Awards were given out and giveaways were raffled off. With the proceeds made from the event the SoFo Club was able to write a check in support of the GLFWDA for $1000, a great testament to the club’s passion for the off-road community. This event is a must do for any 4wheeler, and we can’t wait to meet back up with everyone for next year’s trip. For more info on SnoFari 2014, keep an eye out on http://www.glfwda.org/
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.
Well we survived the so-called “Blizzard of 2011” up here in Coldwater, MI. While we did get plenty of snow and windy conditions, the results of the storm made for some nice snow wheeling. We had a new 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 in the R&D Shop for test fitment of the BDS 6” Lift Kit and couldn’t pass on the opportunity to test out the 4WD capabilities once the traction control was turned off. Check out the video and others posted on You Tube.