Over the last couple months BDS’s Project Raider has grown up. This 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax started out as the test mule for development and product testing for the BDS 2.5″ coilover conversion system (torsion bar delete kit). With development and testing complete the truck was built up to debut the new system at the 2015 SEMA Show. That build up consisted of a modified N-Fab front bumper, nerf steps and a custom built rear bumper. 35″ Nitto Exo Grapplers were mounted on 20″ Fuel Hostage IIIs to improve the stance along with a T-Rex mesh grille, Bushwacker fender flares, Zroadz LED lighting and an Extang tonneau covers. Performance add-ons included an AFe cold air intake and Bully Dog programmer. Finishing off the truck was a custom “adventure edition” vehicle wrap.
After spending the past year pulling tow rig duties for BDS, attending events and making dealer stops from coast to coast, hitting trails and playing at the sand dunes it was time for this truck to go back under the knife for something bigger and badder. What the BDS R&D team came up with was a 6.5″ coilover conversion high clearance system, taking all the benefits of the tried and true high clearance IFS system, now with the torsion bar deleting FOX 2.5 DSC coilover conversion with high strength upper and lower control arms.
Initially Project Raider 2.0 was set up on a set of 37×12.50 M-16s on 20×9 Fuel Hostage IIIs which looked undersized for how the truck was set up with bumper and fender mods. From there the truck went to 38×13.50 Nitto Trails on 20×10 Fuel Vapors that gave it a strong stance and comfortable amount of clearance. These days the HD is running a set of 40×15.50 NittoTrail Grapplers on the 20×10 Fuel Vapors, which with the additional fender modifications do fit for on-road and mild off-road use. Check out the video of it in action out on the trails at Bundy Hill Offroad Park in Jerome, MI pretending it was a Jeep navigating the obstacles, rock garden and throwing mud in some epic drifts.
Project Raider vs Bundy Hill Video [Click to View on YouTube]
Project Raider 2.0 also featured in the Powered by Performance Video [Click to View on YouTube]