How's it going, Carter here from BDS Suspension. I wanted to reach out to this group with a new project rig we're working on. We specialize in building American made suspension lifts and accessories for popular trucks and Jeeps backed with the industry's only no fine print warranty. We are the official suspension for the 2013 Ultimate Adventure hosted by Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine and with that comes the need for a trail rig to take on the trip. We've build plenty of TJs, JKs, and XJs over the years and thought it was time to show the KJ some love. For all the flack the KJ gets we want to build one to be a comfortable dual purpose rig, capable of highway cruising and extreme 4wheeling. We currently offer a 2'' lift kit for the KJ, but this project will require something a bit more custom than a simple bolt on kit.
The problem we've seen with most KJs is due to the small fenders, you need to go sky high to clear a 35''+ tire. Our plan is to build a low slung KJ on 37''+ tires with minimal lift. We picked up an '05 Liberty CRD and plan to overhaul it over the next 2-3 months as time allows in the R&D shop. There's a lot up in the air at this point, but the guys started on the tear down to see the bones of this rig. Basic plans include a SAS, multi-link suspension with Fox coilovers, stubby bumper with recessed winch, full cage, plenty of body mods, engine tuning, and 37''+ tires on beadlock wheels. We'll be posting photos, videos, and writeups throughout the build primarily on the BDS Blog http://bds-suspension.com/blog/?cat=393
as well as posting on the BDS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BDSSuspensions
, YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/user/bdssuspension
, and on a couple forums. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks as this project starts to take shape.
Here's a video we shot introducing the project,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXvuQJ2etGw
And photos from the tear down as we start to figure out the cage, front axle, suspension, and body mods,