When a customer comes to us with a special request, we figure out how to make it happen. SDHQ is not your normal custom shop, of course we enjoying doing suspension, wheels, tires, but the unusual projects are exciting and we love a challenge. This customer came to us requesting that we turn his 2015 Ford Super Duty long bed dually to a short bed, so we made it happen and completely overhauled the whole truck. We’re pretty sure there is no other truck in the world like this one! Check out this #SDHQoriginal.
Chopping frames and making custom sized beds is nothing new for SDHQ but this was the first time we got to do it on a Super Duty dually. A job like like this is not for your average shop. It takes skill and very trained technicians to pull this off while preserving the integrity and strength of the frame, it’s components and maintaining factory ride. We accomplished exactly this
We knew we needed a suspension system that would improve performance and achieve the aggressive look we were going for. We went with Icon Suspension components on the front and rear. The Icon Stage 2 Coilover Suspension System with the Icon 4 Link System up front enhances the articulation of the front suspension and improves handling of the truck by eliminating the large radius arm bushing and replacing it with competition grade spherical bearings in each link. The new components far out perform stock yet the truck rides smooth and has a stock feel. We think the truck turned out pretty bad!
ICON Vehicle Specific shocks are designed to provide superior dampening control that helps prevent harsh bottoming out and controls the suspension when compressing at high velocity. These shocks allow for a defined tune and provide a smooth ride on or off-road.
This truck called for serious lighting and we equipped it with our SDHQ Exclusive A-Pillar Mounts and all the Vision-X lighting we could cleanly fit. We mounted Vision X Light cannons up top on the A-Pillars and Vision X LPX light bars, Vision X PX fog lights in the SDHQ Custom front bumper/ aluminum valance insert for a flush, clean yet extremely functional set up. Check out more Vision X lighting on our site.
A truck like this needed an aggressive, high performing wheel and tire package. 20″ Fuel Off-Road Maverick wheels with 37″ Toyo RT Tires were the perfect combo.
For the complete list of this build visit www.sdhqoffroad.com. This truck will be on display this weekend and the Off-Road Expo in Scottsdale at the SDHQ booth! Stop by and check us out! Feel free to contact us for any questions about this build or the featured products. Give us a call at 480-633-2929 or email email@example.com.
Icon Coilover kit 4.5-6.5″ with remote resi CDC
Icon Shock hoop with secondary mount
Icon 2.5″ Secondary shock with CDC
Icon 4 link
Icon dual steering stabilizer
Icon Rod end track bar
Icon 2.5″ rear shocks with CDC
Carli suspension 4.5″ full progressive spring pack
AFE DPF back exhaust
Vision X light cannons on SDHQ A-pillar mounts
Vision X LPX light bars
Vision X PX fog lights
Wheels and tires:
20″ Fuel maverick wheels
37×12.50r20 Toyo RT Tires
Custom short bed conversion
Custom front bumper
Custom rear roll pan
Retrax bed cover
Long travel air bags
ARB Air Lockers Front and rear
Winning The Mint 400 has been a long time coming for Rob MacCachren, decades actually. MacCachren’s long spanning highly impressive off-road racing career includes over 200 wins, including 4 Baja 1000’s, but winning the “Great Amercan Off-Road Race” has eluded the racer since 1984. His victory at the 2017 Mint 400 was “finally getting the monkey off his back” as he put it. This year’s race was close, filled with surprising lead changes throughout the day. Jason Voss led most of the day, but MacCahren was able to get by him and secure the 1st place by just a few minutes and Andy McMillin just behind for 3rd. This years epic Mint 400 was not only an exciting race but a full 5 days of events leading up to the race. It is one of the biggest off-road events of the year that brings out thousands of vendors, racers, companies and spectators to Las Vegas and we are glad to be apart of it every year!
The Mint 400 kicked off with the parade down the famous Las Vegas strip as 130 off-road vehicles lined up and took to the streets to make quite the entrance. It is one of the very few times the iconic street is even shut down. Everything from trick trucks, 6100’s, trophy lites, vintage class trucks and even Ultra 4 trucks were represented. Thousands lined the streets just to catch a glance of the trucks and watch them rumble by. This is great event to kick off the Mint and get he public involved in the off-road culture. An event not to be missed, and if you did there’s always next year!
The Terrible Herbst team took home the coveted win as the best pit crew at the 2017 Pit Crew Challenge presented by Method Race Wheels. After a day of qualifying this is a great event in downtown Las Vegas where spectators can meet & greet the drivers, get autographs signed and watch as the pit crews show off their skills.
The Odyssey Battery Mint 400 Tech & Contingency completely took over Fremont street again this year, with over 300 race vehicles, thousands of crew members, vendors and spectators. There is truly nothing else like it and every off-road enthusiast should experience the spectacle at least once in their lives. The all day events allows every day people to see these machines up close and immerse themselves in the heart of off-road culture.
ON SITE RACE SUPPORT
And while Contingency & Tech is all fun and games SDHQ is hard at work providing the teams and racers with our full on-site support. We keep on hand everything from helmets prewired with PCI Race Radios
, tools, equipment, fire extinguishers down to last minute fittings. We take Tech and Contingency seriously and help the teams meet all requirements to keep them in the race. Next year stop by our race support trailer and pick up some official SDHQ swag, or if you cant wait..grab it here
This year our friends over at Camburg Racing had an exciting guest driver join them. Jay Leno completed the first 100 miles in the Camburg 7301 truck. We’re not sure who was more excited, all the spectators that stopped and took selfies with him out on Fremont, or Leno himself. Either way it’s great see more celebrities bringing attention to the off-road industry and we hope to see him next year!
Speaking which The Mint 400 was excited the Diesel Brothers decided to join the race and when they needed an emergency part, we were able to get it to them track side. Desert racing is a great equalizer and it doesn’t matter who you are, things go wrong, parts are needed and SDHQ will be there to help! Look forward to seeing more of these guys racing too
We want to give a shout out to a couple SDHQ affiliated race teams who always represent us well and put forth great effort all year long at all of their races. We are glad to be able to partner up with these guys, and as everyone knows desert racing is filled with wins, losses, and just a bunch of craziness in between. Go follow our friends atGoodall Racing and TPF Racing
and keep up with their racing adventures.
Overall it was another successful, action packed event. We want to congratulate not just the winners, but everyone who helped produce and who participated. We have watched the off-road industry grow and gain momentum over the past 18 years and we are glad to be apart of it. Here’s to another year!
The 2017 King of the Hammers is considered to be the toughest one day race in the world and is the largest off-road event in North America. This year’s race was epic to say the least. In a race where just finishing is an accomplishment the Campbell’s showed everyone the skill and determination it took to take the top spots. The father & son duo battled each other throughout the day but dad Shannon Campbell would ultimately be crowned King with son Wayland placing second by less than 30 seconds. SDHQ would like to congratulate the entire Campbell team and crew on their well deserved success.
Once again, SDHQ had the honor of providing race support to all the racers and their crews over the course of the week out at Hammers. We can’t tell you how many times a frantic racer or crew member came to our booth looking for a single part that broke and it could have ruined the whole trip. Nothing makes us happier than seeing the look of relief on their faces when we tell them we have it. That’s why we love coming out to the races, we love the sport and the hard working people that love it as much as us.
This was one of our busiest years yet and we stayed busy everyday providing parts and equipment to keep everyone in the game. We make sure to stay on top of race requirements and rule changes. We stock up on inventory to make ensure everyone passes tech. In addition to providing race support we had the pleasure of meeting with some of the estimated 40,000 spectators that came from all over the world just to experience King of The Hammers. This event is truly one of a kind, and we look forward to coming out for years to come!
In addition to on site race support we hosted a burger night to show our appreciation to our customers, fellow vendors and friends. We want to thank everyone that came out this year and look forward to seeing you guys all there next year! Keep up to date with all of our events on our Facebook & Instagram!
If you have never experienced The King of the Hammers it is definitely something that you need to cross off your bucket list, especially if you are an off-road enthusiast. Almost no other sporting event allows the spectator the accessibility and participation that this event does. For a more information visit www.ultra4racing.com and for a full in depth recap of this years event visit http://www.drivingline.com/koh-2017/ . Check out some of the sites from around Hammertown.
King of the Motos
Spectators lined up at Chocolate Thunder waiting to watch the action.
Next up, The Mint 400 – The Great American Off-Road Race in Las Vegas! See you there!
Check out these two recent #SDHQBUILT Tacomas builds we completed. Both builds are different but each one features different capabilities and functionality. At SDHQ we pride ourselves on listening to our customers and building around their needs and style. Whatever you are looking for we have the products, knowledge and experience to make your perfect build a reality.
This build started with a brand new, completely stock 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD. We wanted to maximize off-road capabilities as much as possible, yet maintain the ride and function of day to day driving. We paired Total Chaos Suspension components with Icon shocks to achieve a mid travel kit that allows increased travel and superior dampening. This Tacoma turned out to be an absolute beast and the digressive valving makes the transition from off-road to on, seamless. This truck got loaded with enough Baja Designs off-road lighting to be able to take on the Baja 1000, and as always SDHQ outfitted all that lighting in a clean custom package. In addition to our custom lighting mounts we installed a SDHQ EXCLUSIVE winch mount that neatly houses a Warn winch behind the stock bumper. Check out the full product breakdown below and as always feel free to contact us for any questions about the products and services we offer! So when you’re ready to take your truck to the next level you know you can trust the professionals at SDHQ.
This customer definitely pushes his trucks to the limit. He came to us with damaged factory plastics and was looking to completely reinforce not only his factory exterior components but suspension as well. We went with Pelfreybilt bumpers, sliders and skid plates, they are heavy duty but offered clean lines and housing for all the Baja Designs lighting we could throw at it. He wanted a truck that could handle the abuse off-road but maintain handling on road as well. We knew he needed a suspension system designed with maximum performance in mind. Our primary focus was to increase wheel travel and damping ability, which translates into outstanding vehicle control and ride quality. So we went with Total Chaos upper control arm coupled with Icon shocks. Needless to say the customer was extremely happy and been enjoying putting his upgrades to the test. Check out the complete build out and as always feel free to contact SDHQ for any questions about the products or services SDHQ offers, call 480-633-2929 today and speak with any one of our trained sales team.
RECOVERY & ARMOUR
WHEELS & TIRES
Front Runner Cab & Shell Rack, Shell Mount
Custom SDHQ Cab Access Cab Mount for Front Runner Rack
The 2017 Best In The Desert (BITD) Bluewater Parker 425 presented by Impact is right around the corner, and not only does SDHQ have everything you need to get race ready, we will be providing onsite sales and service out at the race!
There are new rules regarding safety are now mandatory. These rules were introduced prior to 2016, when it was made known that they were recommended for one year and required for 2017. While none of the rule updates are major changes, there is no need for surprises when you show up to tech at your first race of the season. For this reason SDHQ wants to ensure that all racers are familiar with the 2017 safety rules. For more info visit www.bitd.com or call SDHQ 480-633-2929
HELMETS Helmets must be approved by one of the following with the appropriate approval decal attached; Snell SA2010 or SAH2010 / SA2015. The interior and exterior areas of the helmet must be free of defects (i.e., the padding must be in good condition and the exterior of the helmet must not be damaged). Beginning with the 2017 Best in the Desert Racing Season, SA2005 rated helmets will no longer be permitted.
SDHQ Carries a complete line of race ready helmets pre-wired with PCI Radios in stock! Check out our HELMETS
FIRESUITS One-piece firesuits are mandatory. Two-piece suits are not permitted. Suits must not have any holes, rips, or tears or be worn thin and must be free from any petroleum-based contaminants. All suits must be manufactured from fire resistant material and shall bear a minimum of an SFI 3.2A/5 or higher manufacturer’s certification label. Fire retardant gloves and footwear rated to the SFI 3.3 standard are very highly recommended. Best In The Desert Racing Association also highly recommends that each fire suit be labeled on the upper right chest with the entrant’s full name, blood type, allergies or other important medical information. See our FIRESUIT selection
UNDER GARMENT REQUIREMENTS The use of petroleum based and other synthetic blends of undergarments such as the athletic or compression style close-fit garments are not permitted (commonly used for the cooling, moisture wicking, and quick drying features). Synthetic fibers such as nylon, elastane, and polyester melt when ignited and for this reason they will not be permitted. Best in the Desert strongly recommends the use of a fire retardant long sleeve tops, and long bottom undergarments as well as fire retardant socks rated to the SFI 3.3 specification.
BITD strongly recommends the use of either a fire retardant balaclava rated to the SFI 3.3 specification or a helmet skirt rated to the SFI 3.3/5 specification.
For the 2017 race season, Best in the Desert Racing Association mandates that all persons driving or riding in any class race vehicle wear a frontal head restraint (FHR) bearing the SFI Foundation’s 38.1 manufacturer’s certification label.
SAFETY NETS Best In The Desert Racing Association approved safety nets are mandatory on all vehicles and must cover the complete open area of the cockpit on both sides of the vehicle, including open wing glass area with glass or no glass. An SFI 27.1 rated driver/navigator ingress/egress window net will be mandatory for the 2017 season. Nets must be installed on the inside of the roll cage to prevent them from being damaged or coming off in the event of a roll over or slide on the side. Nets attached to door frames are permitted as long as door has a positive secondary latching device. Nets must be installed so that the occupants can release the netting unassisted and exit the vehicle regardless of the position of the vehicle. Net installation must meet with the approval of the chief technical inspector. Lexan in the side windows can be substituted for nets as long as positive secondary latching devices are used. Lexan side windows must be mounted in such a fashion as to allow quick removal in event door will not open.
The net border or edge and the net attachment must be made of materials that are as strong or stronger than the net itself. Net attachments must be every 6 inches. Acceptable attachments are not limited to the following, but will need to meet SFI 27.1 specifications; Adel clamps, one way snaps, metal hooks, and steel rods. Steel rods are acceptable methods of bottom fastening. No zip ties may be used for the ingress/Egress net. No Velcro may be used.
Best In The Desert Racing Association requires that occupants of all vehicles must be protected during a roll over in such a manner that prevents them from extending from the body or frame of vehicle.
VEHICLE REFUELING Best in the Desert mandates refueling personnel (aka “The Fueler”; the crew member responsible for inserting the fuel nozzle or dry brake during a pit stop) wear a one piece or two piece fire suit minimally rated to the SFI Foundation’s 3.2A/5 manufacturer’s certification. The suit shall cover the crew member from the neck to the ankles and to the wrists. The suit must be free from holes, rips, tears, and not worn thin. Additionally the “fueler” must wear a SNELL rated full face helmet, an SFI 3.3 rated balaclava, SFI 3.3 rated fire retardant gloves, and SFI 3.3 rated fire retardant shoes and an SFI 52.1 rated fueler apron.
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This race will be a tough one without Casey Folks. From everyone here at SDHQ we want to thank Casey for his love, passion and dedication to the sport of off-road. Our thoughts are with his family and extended family within the off-road community. He had a great impact on many people and the sport itself. Let’s all strive to uphold the integrity and sportsmanship that he had as we move forward.