Who doesn’t love a lifted truck? What started as a way to add larger tires and clear more obstacles has now become a thing of art. A truck with a good tall stance is something to behold, partially for its beauty, but also for its inherent functionality.
This is seen best in the BDS Suspension 2015 Chevy Colorado built for the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The black truck was one of the very first to roll off the assembly line and over the course of only three weeks was built into a tall and tough truck that has equal parts show and go.
BDS wanted to prove the parts they chose for the truck were reliable so they did what any reasonable person would do, and drove the truck from their home in Coldwater, Michigan to the SEMA show in Las Vegas. That’s around 1,700 miles of road testing that none of the other vehicles on the show floor can boast.
To start with, BDS added 6-inches of lift to the front of the Colorado with some help from 2 1/2 –inch Fox remote reservoir coilovers and Fox 2.0 shocks paired with leaf springs in the rear, giving the back end 4 inches of lift. The key idea behind the truck was to not only show off the newest they have to offer, but to actually street test their prototype BDS lift kit that will soon be in production for the 2015 Colorado. The lift kit is so new that the steering knuckles needed to keep the truck steering with it’s new found height are 100% prototype one-offs, built specifically for the SEMA show.
All this was done to help the truck fit its massive 35-inch Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires wrapped around 20-inch Eagle Alloy 012 Wheels. Since this truck is so new, the wheels had to be custom-drilled to fit the Colorado’s unique bolt pattern.
To avoid the need for a stepladder to get into the truck, N-Fab created a set of wheel-to-wheel custom sidesteps for the truck. These small yet vital pieces were built from scratch in a matter of only 3 days.
Up front, the folks at BDS added a 30-inch RDS LED lightbar from Rigid Industries helps the truck see every obstacle when it’s doing its thing off road. Also up front you’ll find a BDS full-width skid plate that protects the front differential from rocks and other day-ruining events.
Out back you’ll find a Magnaflow chrome exhaust tip that, when paired with the grey graphics, contrast the shin black truck perfectly and accentuate the bead lock bolts on the wheels. Wrapping the truck up is an Extang SolidFold bed cover that simultaneously keeps everything in the bed safe while giving the truck a fit and finish that’s sleek and beautiful.
The 2015 BDS Chevy Colorado is beautiful, tough, and has more than enough go to back up all the show that’s gone into making it. Currently the truck is undergoing federal testing to verify the lift kit is safe for the public and once it’s done with the feds, will continue on the show tour, most likely driving to each one itself.