BDS breaks ground on the latest project build. After nearly 2 years of faithful service Project Slate, our 2013 RAM 3500 is going up for sale soon and plans are being made to transform the company’s new Ford Super Duty into a bad ass promotional rig. Part work horse show hauler, part trail rig, this Super Duty will see its fair share of dirt, mud, rocks and ashpalt over the next couple years. This year alone its slated for the Fullsize Invasion Trail Ride in Moab during Easter Jeep Safari later this month, 4Wheel Jamborees, and other offroad shows across the country.
Initially we picked up this Super Duty last summer to use at the BDS tech center for new product development and testing. Along with field testing current production parts, this truck has quietly gone under the knife several times to develop and test numerous coil spring and coilover suspension configurations. All of us here at BDS Suspension are excited about these new suspension options coming soon for the ’05-15 F250/F350 trucks, but as per company policy we’re staying quiet until this Spring/Summer as kits begin to be released. (If you can’t wait until then, stay tuned to the F250 build updates over the next couple weeks and our first show of this season for sneak peeks as we head make Easter Jeep Safari March 29-April 4). Once built this truck will haul Project KJ and our show trailer across the country to Moab, Utah, the mecca of offroad for a week spent 4wheeling in the red rock trails and back country washouts for some high speed testing in both rigs.
We’re excited to have several companies onboard to help transform this truck into a work horse and true attention grabber. Along with the new BDS suspension featuring Fox coilovers, shocks and steering stabilizers this white F250 is running on a set of 20×10 B.A.T.L. death metals, the newest wheel from BMF Wheels. For bumpers we went with front and rear Fab Fours premium series bumpers with a Warn 12,000b recovery winch mounted up front to help extract us out of any trouble we or others get into out on the trail. Vision X LED lighting will illuminate the night with front mounted Cannon 6.7” lights, rock lights, and rear lighting. A Royalty Core mesh grille is planned to change up the front end. Monster Hook swivel hooks will give us stout recovery points on the front and rear bumpers. Out back a Nitro rear diff cover will give us more protection and gear fluid capacity. Along with a spray-in liner, an Extang revolution tonneau cover will give us addition dry storage space and easy access. With all our plans to regularly use this truck as a hauler we’ll be installing a set of AirLift rear airbags using a custom set of mounts to allow us to tow and flex without any issues.
Under the hood the stock 6.7L Power Stroke offers impressive performance and tow capacity, but with this truck running 37s towing through mountain passes we chose to unlock even more of its potential with a few upgrades. Up front an Airaid cold air intake helps improve airflow in while a Diamond Eye DPF-back exhaust system helps it breath better and keeps it 50-state emissions legal. The task of engine management is taken by Bully Dog with a Diesel GT tuner getting wired up on the piller for easy access on the fly. We still have a few others things planned for this truck, stay tuned for more updates as the buildup comes together.