THE PER­FECT PAIR

RLC’S F350 DUALLY AND BDS’S F250 SHORT BED RAPTOR KILLER, BACK TO BACK

Diesel World - - Contents - BY DREW RI­LEY PHO­TOS BY DREW RI­LEY AND DEREK BOOHER

Some trucks are built to look good and turn heads, oth­ers are built for per­for­mance and ca­pa­bil­ity. In the case of BDS Sus­pen­sion's lat­est cre­ation, SD126, this 2017 Su­per Duty checks all those boxes. From the raptor-es­que body styling and long travel sus­pen­sion to the 42” of­froad tires, bright orange paint and cus­tom short wheel­base this truck has it all; ready to turn heads at any truck meet or blaze a trail through the open desert.

We met up with Carter Reed, Cre­ative Di­rec­tor for BDS to get the low down on Pro­ject SD126. “This truck is our chance to show what our en­gi­neers are ca­pa­ble of. We wanted to build some­thing cool and unique, but above all func­tional” said Reed, “we ap­proached Ford with the con­cept and they loved it, so with Ford's thumbs up we got to work to turn the con­cept into re­al­ity”. The build took in­spi­ra­tion from a pre­vi­ous pro­ject BDS was in­volved on, known af­fec­tion­ately as Stubby. Stubby was a bright orange 2001 F350 SCSB built by ROK In­dus­try years ago. The truck was fit­ted with fiber­glass fend­ers up on 44” Bog­gers and was one of BDS'S most mem­o­rable col­lab­o­ra­tions to date. For this build BDS start­ing with a brand new 2017 F250 Su­per Duty SCLB and plans in place to take ev­ery­thing to the next level. With 3 months to com­plete the over­haul be­fore it needed to ar­rive in Ve­gas for Ford's booth at the 2017 SEMA Show the BDS build team went right to work tear­ing the truck down to a bare frame, re­mov­ing cab, sus­pen­sion and pow­er­train be­fore carv­ing 18” out of the boxed frame rails for a cus­tom 126” ul­tra short wheel­base Su­per Duty, hence the name SD126. With the frame short­ened and the cab off, BDS took ad­van­tage of the ac­ces­si­ble frame and re­moved all fac­tory sus­pen­sion mounts to make room for the new setup show­ing off BDS'S ca­pa­bil­i­ties along with the of­froad rac­ing pedi­gree of BDS'S par­ent com­pany, FOX Fac­tory.

Sus­pen­sion

Up front the stock coil sprung radius arm sus­pen­sion was scrapped in fa­vor of a 4-link coilover setup. The 4-link is based off BDS'S pro­duc­tion 4-link de­sign for the Su­per Duty, but build from larger 2.5” OD x 0.250 chro­moly tub­ing. The 4-link frame mounts and coilover mounts are built from 0.250” steel, welded to the frame prior to paint for an OE ap­pear­ance. The truck is fit­ted with a few of FOX'S lat­est shock op­tions to in­clude 14” travel fac­tory race se­ries 2.5 coilovers fea­tur­ing pig­gy­back

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