SEMA Trucks: Adventure Edition F150Photo Credit: Jhan Dolphin / Text Credit: Carter Reed & Jhan Dolphin
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.
This year the Sportsman Channel’s Willi Schmidt, host of the Pure Hunting series proposed the idea for an outdoor-themed project vehicle and asked for his fans participation on how they would build it, what features are must haves and what would be cool custom touches. Based off the outpour of suggestions submitted through social media from people who love to fish, hunt, hike, camp, and mountain bike the “Adventure Edition” F150 project was born. With the help of J Robert Marketing the project starting out with a brand new 2013 Ford F-150 4WD. The truck was upgraded, modified, and customized with a variety of aftermarket products. The final version of this “Adventure Edition” F150 is completely built with input from the TV show’s fans. “We were thrilled with the amount of passionate and detailed suggestions!” exclaimed Schmidt. “Experienced outdoorsmen definitely have strong opinions as to what a vehicle should be capable of.”
To improve the stance and off-road capabilities, a BDS 6” Performance System with Fox 2.5 remote coilovers and Fox 2.0 rear shocks was installed. From there 35×12.50×20 Mickey Thompson ATZ P3 tires were mounted on 20×9 Dick Cepek Torque wheels for great looks and improved traction. Rugged front and rear Fusion bumpers were fitted with a Superwinch recovery winch and Plasmaglow offroad lighting mounted up front. Bushwacker fender flares help protect the truck sides and N-Fab steps make accessing the cab easier. Inside the seats were covered with Katzkin 2-ton leather to match the exterior, Maxxsonics electonics and displays for entertainment for the whole family on long excursions. The bed is full of storage options with an ARE cap providing plenty of dry storage for gear and equipment. The bed features TruckVault case, CargoGlide and Yeti cooler.
For paint a 2-tone black gloss and matte tan was used along with red pin striping. Auxiliary lighting is a mix of Plasmaglow and KC LEDs and the killer tone comes from a Corsa exhaust system. Following the build up this Adventure Edition F150 debuted at SEMA Show 2013 in Ford’s Booth where it was received with stellar reviews from all in attendance. Keep an eye out for this vehicle as explores the US and goes on display at various offroad and outdoor events. For more on the Adventure Edition F150, head to Facebook.