If you missed the announcement 2 weeks ago, BDS’s is in the process of building up the test mule 2012 Ford F250 Super Duty into a capable trail and tow rig. The build is underway as we prep it to take its maiden journey out to Moab, UT for Easter Jeep Safari next week. (Click here to read the announcement and build plans)
As with all builds there have been a few setbacks along the way, but we’re making progress an plan to have this truck ready to leave Friday afternoon for the 25hr haul from Michigan to Moab with the BDS show trailer and Project KJ in tow. Over the past 2 weeks we’ve finished up installing the suspension install opting for the preproduction BDS 6” Coilover Conversion 4-Link System (more on this system once it releases later this year). With all the towing and trail time we have planned for this truck we’re upgrading to a set of rear AirLift airbags and Wireless One compressor system with our custom mounts to allow for additional load support without limiting suspension articulation. We’re excited to get some trail and street field testing with the new 37×12.50×20 Mickey Thompson Deegan38 tires as we’re mounting them up on 20×10 BMF‘s new B.A.T.L. wheels. Our Fab Fours premium bumpers were sandblasted down to raw metal and the team made modifications to mount an assortment of Vision X LED lights from and rear. The bumpers are scheduled for paint tomorrow to be color matched to the vehicle with metallic gray up front match the 3M wrap getting installed and white in the rear to match the stock paint color. A Warn 12,000lb winch will be bolted in place for any heavy extraction needs in the future along with a set of Monster Hook swivel hooks for a stout recovery point. Also up front the stock grille is getting swapped out for a bad ass Royalty Core mess unit. Under the hood an Airaid intake was bolted in place of the stock unit as well as the Diamond Eye exhaust system. 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. Up next the Bully Dog diesel GT tuner to wake up the stock 6.7L Power Stroke, paint, graphics, wiring and final assembly before we hit the road. We’ve got a busy couple days ahead of us, follow the progress at on the BDS Facebook and Instagram pages.