Along with prepping the booth displays, prepping new products, and scheduling meetings for the week of SEMA, this year the BDS team is working on a last minute truck build to serve as one of the featured booth vehicles for us at the show. While SEMA is full of over the top builds, crazy paint jobs and and more LED lights than one could ever need, the BDS team was looking to build a capable, practical, and reliable truck that is at much at home on the trail as it is on the road. While the BDS F250 and Project Slate have been excellent trucks, able to tackle the terrain or reliably tow a trailer across country at a moments notice, we had a need to show off some of our newest components for the GM trucks.
Last month we picked up the newest vehicle to join the BDS fleet, a black 4 door, short bed, 6.6L Duramax-powered, 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD dubbed Project Raider. Along with using this truck to prototype and test new products, it’ll be used as our primary tow vehicle for events getting displayed all around the country. While we offer the 4.5” and 6.5” high clearance, no torsion bar drop kits for the ’11-15 GM HDs, we wanted to show off some of the new developments we’ve been working on with FOX. This truck will be running a prototype 3” Coilover Conversion System with FOX 2.5” coilovers with DSC adjusters, upper and lower control arms, and FOX IFP bumps (more on this prototype kit to come in the future). For wheels and tires we wanted a tire that would be excellent on the highway, preform in the dirt, and has a heavy load rating with all the towing this truck will do. We turned to Nitto for a set of their 35×12.50×20 Exo Grapplers and mounted them on a 20×9 (5” BSing) Fuel Hostage III wheels for the aggressive styling and gray with black beadlock color to match the truck. Up front we’re swapping the factory bumper for a N-Fab RDS series bumper and mounting a 40” curved zRoadz LED light bar to light up the trail. All the chrome was colormatched and vinyl graphics were installed. The factory projector H/Ls remain and the stock LTZ grille is getting upgraded to a X-Metal unit from our friends at T-Rex. With the larger tires installed we’re adding a set of Bushwacker extend-a-fender flares for extra coverage. Additionally N-Fab wheel-to-wheel steps will be bolted on for extra rocker protection and ease cab access. The bed will feature an Extang revolution tonneau cover and spray in bedliner. In the the BDS team fabbed up a matching rear bumper to allow the factory hitch to be retained. AFe supplied a high capacity aluminum finned differential cover as well as a cold air intake system. A Bully Dog diesel GT tuner is also on the docket to bring this Duramax to life.
At this point the team is working feverishly to prep the truck. It his the road on Monday for the 2000+ mile road trip hauling SEMA displays and a Jeep for our sister company JKS Manufacturing. Stay tuned to see how it turns out and fore updates from the drive out to Vegas. We’ll be posting updates on the BDS Blog, Facebook and Instagram pages, #projectraider