Despite attempts from GM, Ford, Nissan and even Jeep, the Toyota Tacoma continues to be the best selling mid-size truck on the market today. Well equipped and extremely capable right from the factory as well as a multitude of aftermarket support. A prime example is Kyle Wilkins battle ship gray 2019 Tacoma dubbed USS Taco. BDS 6" coilover system, 35" Toyos, Black Rhino wheels, Diode Dynamics lighting and plenty more come together for this capable Tacoma.
Our friends at Power Automedia stopped by our booth at the 2018 SEMA Show to find out more about what BDS has been up to. We started off by giving a quick run down of #ProjectSD126. This Ford Super Duty was our build that we did for the Ford booth for the 2017 SEMA Show. Project SD126 was built to not only look good, but perform out on the trails and open desert. The frame off overhaul included off the shelf parts from some of the best companies in the industry combined with top level fabrication from the 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 standard-cab, short-bed, diesel that turns heads everywhere it goes.
We also gave a quick overview of our build for Ford’s booth this year. This year’s build, #ProjectRangerX, was an exciting build as we got our hands on one of the first Ford Rangers to come to America. Find out more about #ProjectRangerX at https://blog.bds-suspension.com/?p=17021.
When asked “what new products do you have coming out,” we were proud to give a quick update of what is to come, including kits for the ’19 RAM, ’19 Chevy, ’19 F150, and Tacoma. While we cannot give out much information, we can say we are as excited as ever for what is to come. With all the new released vehicles, our R&D team is working hard to come out with new kits.
The late model Tacoma has proven to be a formidable successor to 3rd gen trucks with new technology, powertrain, and styling. While the chassis/suspension hasn’t seen much change since 2005, there are several upgrades to allow customers to get more from their Tacoma on and offroad. For that BDS offers a 6″ performance lift system with FOX 2.5 coilovers and BDS chromoly UCAs. In this video Daryl from Victory 4×4 offers up a detailed walk through of the install along with tips and tricks along the way.
BDS 6″ Performance Coilover System w/ UCAs (see online)
295/70r18 Nitto Ridge Grappler Tires
18×9 Mamba Offroad M19 Wheels
Victory 4×4 Front/Rear Bumpers
Video: (view on YT)
The newest build to join the BDS fleet is this 2016 Toyota Tacoma, packed full of new technology, new styling and a stout chassis. While the truck is fairly capable in stock form, the BDS team had bigger plans for this truck to improve the overall look, stance, and off-road prowess. For that we turned to a some of the best names in the business to take this Tacoma to the next level. This truck will spend a fair amount of time on the road as well as the trail so we needed a setup that would be comfortable, capable and up to any beating we put on it. The BDS 6″ performance coilover system is the perfect upgrade to correct suspension geometry, add extra offroad protection, provide additional tire clearance and improve high-speed offroad dampening for better performance across any terrain. Along with the coilover system a pair of the new BDS chromoly upper control arms (UCA) were added for extra strength and improved ball joint position and to allow extra suspension travel. With the suspension installed that offered up clearance for 35×12.50 Pitbull PBX A/T tires on 18×9 KMC XD133 wheels. These tires offer a great all terrain pattern for on and off-road use, long tread life and limited road noise. The XD133 wheels have an awesome styling finished in a gray face with black simulated beadlock ring to match the styling of the truck. These wheels are 18×9 with 5″ backspacing (0 offset) which is ideal for use with our kit for fitting larger tires while offering sufficient clearance for the replacement steering knuckles from the BDS lift kit.
With the suspension, wheels, and tires knocked out the new upgrade was to the bumpers. While the factory bumpers are sufficient for everyday use, they limit tire clearance, overall strength and the ability to mount a winch and aftermarket lighting. We turned to Pelfreybilt and upgraded to a set of their steel replacement bumpers. What an improvement over stock, these bumpers checked every box with a heavy duty design and ability to add accessories. The bumpers are offered raw or powder coated, we opted for raw so we could do custom matte black powdercoating to match the graphics package we put on the truck. Mounted in the bumper is a Warn VR Series 10,000lb winch with synthetic rope to get us out of any tough position we may find ourselves in out on the trail. Attached to the front of that is the Factor 55 ProLink for safe recovery. Many times trail days turn into trail nights so improved lighting is a must for hitting the trail. Up front a Baja Designs 30″ S8 lightbar was added along with a pair of their Squadron cornering lights. These offer ample lighting at the flip of a switch in a clean, rugged housing. Out back a matching Pelfreybilt bumper was installed for added protection along with a pair of Baja Designs S2 backup lights. Finishing off the truck for the time being is an Extang SolidFold 2.0 tonneau cover providing us with dry storage for gear and supplies.
As with most project builds, this one is a work in progress and will continue to be upgraded with components and accessories to help it perform better on the trail and on pavement. Stay tuned for future updates on this build and keep an eye out for this Tacoma at an event near you.
2016 Toyota Tacoma 4wd V6
BDS 6″ Performance Coilover System w/ UCAs
35×12.50×18 Pitbull PBX A/T Tires
18×9 KMC XD133 Wheels (black/gray finish)
Pelfreybilt Front/Rear Steel Bumpers
Warn VR10000-s Winch w/ Factor 55 ProLink
Baja Designs Lighting (30″ S8 Lightbar, Squadron Corners, S2 Backup Lights)
Extang SolidFold 2.0 Tonneau Cover
Magellan TRX7 Offroad GPS