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It's an SUV no more... after a busy couple weeks away from the project, the crew down at BDS R&D found time to work on the project Liberty CRD making a number of body mods, continued building the roll cage, and began mounting the steering and suspension. To get all the info on this build, head to the BDS blog at http://bds-suspension.com/blog/?cat=393
Mike's back in the BDS R&D Shop this week checking on the progress of our Project KJ, a 2005 Liberty CRD being prepped for the 2013 Ultimate Adventure hosted by Petersen's 4WOR Magazine. To make room for the 40'' tires we plan to run we needed to make some room in the fenderwells. Starting with the front the inner fender was trimmed as we prepped a set of JK Rubicon Dana 44 axles with our mock up tires, 40" Maxxis Trepadors in place to get an idea of rides height, and full compression so we can begin designing the suspension for this little CRD powered Jeep. The plan is to keep the Jeep as low as possible, potentially running 3-4" of lift with plenty of droop from a multilink suspension and Fox coilovers. Stay tuned for more and follow along on the BDS blog, http://bds-suspension.com/blog/?cat=393
Mike from BDS Suspension updates you on the progress of Project KJ, an '05 Jeep Liberty CRD being overhauled into a low slung trail buggy that the guys are taking on the Ultimate Adventure with 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine in the summer of 2013.
The KJ has been stripped down as the guys figure out what mods need to be addressed first. Rollcage, axles, and suspension to come soon, stay tuned to find out if we can turn this soccer mom KJ into a capable, better yet respected trail rig. Follow along on the BDS Blog for updates, check the Facebook page and let us know what you think.
Official Blog for all the updates is http://bds-suspension.com/blog/?cat=393
Kent from BDS Suspension takes you on a quick tour around the new R&D facility and introduces BDS's newest project vehicle being build for the 2013 Ultimate Adventure. Keep up with the build at http://bds-suspension.com/blog, on Facebook, and right here on YouTube.
Available for the 2005-2012 Toyota Tacoma trucks, BDS Suspension 4'', 6'', and 6'' Performance Systems to improve the looks, performance, and off-road capabilities. 4'' Kits clear 33s while the 6'' Kit allows for up to 35s. For more information, pricing and options, head to http://bds-suspension.com/product?kid=815H
Follow Keith Bailey, as he installs the BDS 4.5'' Long Arm Suspension Lift Kit on a '97 Jeep Wrangler TJ before taking it to a nearby trail to test the upgrades and have some fun.
BDS Suspension offers a wide range of parts and accessories for the Jeep Wrangler TJ from .75'' budget boosts to complete 6.5'' long arm suspension lift kits. The particular video is on the install of the 4.5'' long arm kit (#477H) with Fox 2.0 gas upgrade shocks, and BDS heavy duty high clearance belly pan (#124045).
For more info on this kit and available accessories head on over to http://bds-suspension.com/
Truckmaster Distributing, home to BDS Suspension, Zone Offroad Products, 4x4 Posi-Lok and many other fine 4x4 product lines has a new facility in Coldwater, MI. For more info and to become a distributor, call (800) 637-3303 or visit truck-master.com
BDS Suspension's 8'' Long Arm Suspension Lift Kit for the 2003-2012 Dodge Ram 2500 4wd Trucks is built to take a beating. Whether you're RamRunning your HD at the dunes, rock crawling, or taking the old logging trails to your favorite hunting spot this kit won't let you down.
Most of the action in this video is from the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan. For more info on this long arm lift kit, check out http://bds-suspension.com/product?kid=632H
Music Credit: Cage the Elephant- Ain't No Rest for the Wicked
The 2011 Outback Offroad Adventure, presented by BDS Suspension
Hosted by Meridian Off-Road Center
June 11-12, 2011
Eau Claire, PA
For the new 2012 JK Wranglers with the 3.6L, the exhaust crossover pipe is in close proximity to the front driveshaft. Even without a lift the driveshaft can come into contact with the exhaust at full droop. The BDS JK exhaust extensions relocate the crossover pipe rearward allowing for full range of motion with up to 3'' of lift.
The kit (#124314) includes a left and right machined extensions, longer 8mm bolts and washers available at bds-suspension.com or through your local BDS Distributor. Installation is a breeze and an be completed in a matter of minutes, but remember to be cautious, that exhaust may be hot!
Watch the Jiffy Jeep Crew completely tear down and rebuild a Jeep in under 4 minutes at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, compliments of BDS Suspension...
Check out the BDS 6.5'' Long Arm Suspension for the '93-98 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJs. Featuring a high clearance heavy duty belly pan, adjustable 4-link design front and rear, and ProRide coils, this kit will take the ZJ performance to a whole new level. Proudly made in America, this kit is backed by an industry exclusive No Fine Print Warranty, if you can find a way to break any part of this kit, BDS will give you the new part, period!
Footage from EJS 2010 with BDS Suspension.
Wheeling out at BFE, 7-Mile Rim, Poison Spider Trail and more.
Off-Road Overhaul on the Outdoor Channel
Each week they outfit a deserving enthusiast's 4x4 vehicle and take the owner on an off-road adventure. BDS supplied the suspension lifts for all the builds.
The show airs Mondays at 4:30p, 7:00p, & 9:30p (EST) on the Outdoor Channel
Keith Wilson of Wilson Offroad racing in Amp Tour Tough Trucks
Takes home the win in Fayetteville, NC
Jeep Cherokee XJ 4.5'' BDS Shortarm Lift Kit, 32'' Kumho M/Ts on 15'' Steel Rims
New BDS 8'' long arm kit for Dodge Ram 2500's. This 8" lift kit features 8" front Pro-Ride Coil Springs and solid upper long arms and tubular lower long control arms. The long control arm reduce caster change through wheel travel creating a more controlled feeling in the steering wheel both on and off road. All four control arms are greasable for long term performance. Kits available to fit the 2003-2012 Dodge Ram 1500MC/2500/3500 Trucks. For more info, check out http://bds-suspension.com/
Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. Highlights from our trip.
Artist: Alkaline Trio
Song: This Addiction
Album: This Addiction (deluxe)
Marking the 10th year of the adventure, we found ourselves on a three-state tour of the Midwest. Starting off in Butler, Pennsylvania, we set our sails to the northwest and churned our way through Ohio to end in Michigan's picturesque Drummond Island. BDS Suspension was the official suspension of the 2009 Ultimate Adventure sponsored by Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road.
200,000 miles and still going strong. Bad weather means it is time to get out of the office and do some testing.
We've been hard at work redesigning the kit for 2002-2005 Dodge 1500's. The great thing about this kit is the torsion bars no longer hang below the frame rails, this gives the most ground clearance possible. We took the truck out and ran it through our test course and were able to go over things a stock truck never could go through.
BDS 6" High Clearance Lift
37 x 13.50 x 17" Dick Cepek Fun Country II tires
17 x 9 eagle 135 wheels with 4-5/8" Backspacing
Custom graphic wrap
Check out our website for pricing and more info:
1st of the Outback Adventure Series stops for 2009 in Eau Claire, PA. Meridian Offroad puts the event together, BDS Suspension is the title sponsor. The events are getting bigger and better each time.
Next stop is Wellsville, OH on July 11-12. The final 2 stops are both back at Eau Claire on August 22-23 and September 26-27. Call up to preregister (724) 285-5082. Plan on being there, it is worth the trip. There are different trails designed for stock vehicles to custom off road machines and anything in between.
Available for the 2009-2012 Ford F150 is the new BDS high clearance lift. This will fit up to a 37x13.50'' tire on an 18''+ wheel with 4.5"-5.5" of backspacing. Several key features include:
-BDS high clearance design for the best ground clearance of any 6" lift on the market.
-Sway bar drops that are connected to the rear crossmember, and eliminate the need for compression struts. This helps keep the underside of the truck looking clean and gives the most clearance possible.
-Replacement struts and rear shocks are included with the kit, these are valved specifically for larger tires.
-No front driveshaft modification is required.
-Differential skid plate included
-Front x-member has an angled center section to avoid getting hung up.
-Best warranty in the business.
-Available in 2 colors, textured black or granite grey powdercoat.
-Lift does not affect ESP (stability control) operations.
Braving a 40mph headwind and numerous travel problems, the guys finally made it to Moab with our BDS equipped TJ. The TJ performed flawlessly
John Hersey High Schools Automotive/CAD/M&T students get hands on training with BDS Suspension products. This video shows the two trucks going up on their lift to see which one had more flex. The front drivers side of the JK lifted off the ground before the rear lifted on the XJ. This video was produced by Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, IL. For more about these projects visit http://188.8.131.52/~bds/blog/?cat=10 .
BDS offers both 4'' and 6'' lift kits for the 2009-2012 Ram 1500 trucks capable of clearing up to 37'' tires. This kit is based around two one-piece, 1/4″ laser cut high clearance crossmembers and replacement steering knuckles. High-clearance crossmembers increase ground clearance for off road performance in this new BDS Suspension lift kit. The replacement steering knuckles reduce installation time as well as maintain proper steering angles and ball joint angles. A differential skid plate and compression struts are included for off road protection. The system also includes bump stop drops, anti-sway bar links, 3 point differential drop system, strut relocation brackets, and front stainless steel brake lines. The rear is lifted via BDS exclusive Pro-Ride coils that are capable of being smashed totally flat and will come back to normal ride height. The rear is completed with a track bar bracket, upper link relocation brackets and sway bar links.
Wheels/Tires- 37x13.50 Dick Cepek FC-IIs on 17x9 Eagle Alloy 197s w/ 4.5'' backspacing
7'' High Clearance, No Torsion Bar Drop IFS Lift Kit for the 2001-2010 Chevy/GMC 2500HD Trucks.
BDS Suspension has release a 7 high-clearance IFS suspension system for the 2001-2010 Chevrolet 2500 HD. This new high-clearance design is a true blend of performance, appearance, and function. The suspension geometry creates an OE style ride with a desert racing appearance. These high arched crossmembers blend perfectly with the lower control arm angles to give a truly OE appearance while lifting your vehicle a full 7 and dramatically increasing ground clearance at the front crossmember. A heavy-duty front skid plate and differential skid plate is included for extreme off road protection. New narrow track knuckles are also included to minimize track width change. Rear lift options include a block or a full new rear leaf spring.
Available from BDS Suspension, the 7'' High Clearance, No Torsion Bar Drop Lift Kit for Chevy HD owners. This kit will allow you to run up to a 37'' tire. Available with this kit are the new BDS narrow track steering knuckles. These new knuckles widen the front track width less than 3/4in per side. The classic knuckles are still available for those that want to run a larger tire on stock rims.
The key features of this kit are:
-High clearance design
-No torsion bar drop.
-The torsion bar relocation bracket is a rigid bracket, mounted with 3/4in hardware.
-Front skid plate included
-Granite powdercoat or textured black powdercoat available
-Passengers side differential actuator protection tube
-Stainless steel button head hardware for the skid plate and protection tube.
-Clears 37in tires
Video submitted by Melissa Locke. Melissa took her 96 Jeep Cherokee to the October trail ride in Eau Claire, PA, and is looking forward to her next trip to the Outback Offroad Adventure Park. In addition to the XJs 6.5 lift, it also has a slip yoke eliminator and custom drive shafts front and rear. She runs Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires 33"x10.5" for information about this new off road park go to http://outbackoffroadadventure.com/ .
Test Facility Expansion, looking at our 6.5'' JK long arm lift kit and the 6.5'' TJ long arm lift kits.
We have recently expanded our test area with the help of a dozer, excavator, and lots of 36 tire swallowing concrete blocks. These obstacles really work the suspension and put the components of the Jeeps to the limit. Going out and testing Jeeps makes the work day a whole lot better.
- BDS 6.5'' Lift
- True 4-link Long Arm Suspension (front and rear)
- BDS front sway bar disconnects
- BDS front and rear adjustable trackbars
- BDS 9500 series shocks
- 37x13.50x17 Interco Super Swampers
- 17x9 Mickey Thompson Classic IIs, flat black, 4-1/2 backspacing.
- Tom Woods front driveshaft.
- See link
Be on the lookout for more videos from our new test area and upcoming kits!
The Outback Off Road Adventures are a series of fun filled offroading weekends for the whole family. Organized trail rides for trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs include easy, moderate, and extreme trails with guides to help along the way. So, anyone from a first-time amateur to a die-hard off roader can have an adventure they wont forget.
Meridian Off Road Center (Butler, PA) presents and organizes this annual off road series. BDS Suspension is the events title sponsor.
Steve Stiller crawing @ Boyers Outback Offroad Adventure. Video submitted by Adam at GC Creative Images.
Boyers was the second stop for the 2008 BDS Outback Offroad Adventure. Meridian Off Road Center organizes this annual event series. Video submitted by Adam at GC Creative Images one of the event sponsors.
Meridian Off Road Center organized this trail ride as one of four in the 2008 Outback Offroad Adventure series. Video provided by Adam at GC Creative Images.
Adam from GC Creative Images submitted this video from the Eau Claire Outback Offroad Adventure.
Outback Adventure Series by Meridian Offroad
Sponsored by BDS Suspension Co.
Stop 2 of 4 for 2008
Coal Hollow -- Wellsville, OH
7/6/2008 -- 7/7/2008
Next stop: Eau Claire, PA
Sat Aug 23 -- Sun Aug 24
Contact Meridian Offroad @
(724) 285-5082 to sign up for Eau Claire or for more information on upcoming trail rides. Hope to see you there!
artist: The Weakerthans
song: A New Name for Everything
album: Reconstruction Site
1997 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) 4.0L I-6
6.5" BDS Longarm kit
BDS HD Belly Pan
BDS-9500 Gas Shocks
36x13.50 Interco Iroc's
15x8 Steelies (4" backspacing)
BDS custom front and rear bumpers w/ tire carrier and custom gas tank skid plate
Update: We installed Superior Axles - Super 30 / 35 axle shafts with a Detroit locker in the rear and an ARB up front.
RTI Footage: 20 psi each tire, front sway bar disconnected using BDS Ultimate disconnects, measurements were taken with all tires on the ground (we went a little past in some of the footage you can see and a tire is hanging, but not for measurements). All shocks and rear sway bar were still hooked up -- no cheating!
6.5" Longarm kit: Our kit uses a 4 link with trackbar setup at each axle. We keep hearing that to get good flex you have to triangulate your control arms and get rid of the trackbar. I hope this shows the kind of numbers you can get when your suspension is setup correctly. The onroad driving manners of this jeep are amazing. You can drive it to the trails, wheel it, then drive it home.
This is our company TJ it has our 6.5" longarm kit all the other mods are listed above. It's a nice day outside and we were tired of sitting at our desks -- hope you enjoy.
Outback Adventure Series by Meridian Offroad. Sponsored by BDS Suspension CO. Stop 1 of 4.
For more info on future trail rides visit meridianoffroad.com or bds-suspension.com
bds-suspension.com - Having some fun in the BDS Suspension Jeep Wrangler JK test prototype during an R&D to sand dunes at Silver Lake, Michigan.
This is an 07 Jeep Wrangler JK with a 6.5" BDS suspension system, 17x9 Eagle wheels, and 37x12.50 Mickey Thompson MTZ tires. Get more details at http://bds-suspension.com/product?kid=469H
bds-suspension.com - Having some fun in the BDS Suspension Toyota Tundra test prototype during an R&D to sand dunes at Silver Lake, Michigan. Kits now available in 4.5'' and 7'' lift kit sizes capable of clearing up to 37'' tires.
bds-suspension.com BDS Suspension video showing the installation and before and after footage of a 2007 Chevy Silverado getting a 6" IFS system lift. Included are before & after closeup shots of the suspension system.
BDS Suspension is now shipping a revolutionary new high-clearance 6" system for the 2007 2WD 1/2 Ton Silverado/Sierra.
Video features a 2007 Chevy with 6" Suspension, 35 x 12.50 Mud Country tires & 20 x 9 Eagle Wheels - for details go to http://bds-suspension.com/php/Kit_Link.php?kri=175H
This is the first in a series of new high-clearance IFS systems that are a true blend of performance, appearance, and function. Compared to most IFS systems, the new high-clearance crossmembers relocate the lower control arms exactly the same amount as the knuckles relocate the upper control arms. This means both the upper and lower control arms will be moving in the same arch as they were from the factory. Maintaining the OE control arm movement ensures an OE style ride with a desert racing appearance and extended tire life.
Visit bds-suspension.com/Chevrolet for details.
bds-suspension.com - Hanging out at one of our favorite places; the Silver Lake State Park sand dunes in Michigan.
bds-suspension.com - Having some fun in the BDS Suspension Toyota Tundra test prototype during an R&D to sand dunes at Silver Lake, Michigan.
Having some fun back in 2007 with the prototype BDS Long Arm Lift Kit. Doing a little R&D at the sand dunes in Silver Lake, Michigan. This kit is available now with 4.5'' and 6.5'' options for the Wrangler Unlimited JK and 4'' and 5.5'' options for the Wrangler 2Dr. Check out bds-suspension.com for more info.
bds-suspension.com - The 2007 National 4-wheel Jamboree at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. BDS was there in the center of the biggest custom 4X4 event in the country.