11/24/14

The Extang 2015 Ford F-150

There were only a handful of 2015 Ford F-150 pickups at this year’s SEMA Show. We had one and so did Extang, a manufacturer of tonneau covers.

The Extang 2015 Ford F-150 looks great and was actually built by students in various automotive programs at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We must say, they did a fantastic job.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost-powered truck was located in the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) booth and features a host of modifications, including Bushwacker Pocket Style® Fender Flares, to transform the F-150 into the ultimate work truck. There are custom wheels and tires, a BDS Suspension kit, all sorts of tools in the bed, custom racks, and a host of other aftermarket goodies to make this truck work and perform better. And that finish? That’s not a wrap—it’s paint! The overall result is a very clean looking truck that’s not over the top, but instead, functional and attractive. This is one of those trucks you’d actually drive; one you might see at the hardware store and think, “That’s a good lookin’ truck!”

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11/20/14

Bushwacker’s Project 2015 Ford F-150 in Detail

 

Bushwacker 2015 Ford F-150

Bushwacker added a 2015 Ford F-150 to its fleet a few months ago. Since then we’ve transformed this truck from a stock pickup to an off-road support vehicle, and unveiled it in our booth at the 2014 SEMA Show.

We’ve made a number of modifications to the new rig that add both style, functionality, and performance. Our aim was to create a modern, stylish, and functional truck that could be used as a support vehicle at shows, races, and events without making it too over the top. Since the truck came to us wearing the factory Oxford White paint, we decided to run with that and go with a black-and-white theme. We added matte black graphics, a blacked-out grille, a custom-made black roof rack, and black wheels.

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11/18/14

SEMA 2014: The Bushwacker Booth and Founder’s Award Interviews

SEMA 2014  is in the books and it was another great show for Bushwacker. If you weren’t able to attend, check out video showcasing the latest Bushwacker products, our 2015 Ford F-150 project truck, and Toyota 4Runner concept truck. We also interview the two runners up and the winner of the Bushwacker Founder’s Award and take a closer look at their outstanding builds.

For pictures from the show, be sure to visit the Bushwacker Facebook Page.

Bushwacker 2014 Toyota 4Runner

11/17/14

The Bushwacker Founder’s Award Winner

Bushwacker Founder's Award Winner, Josh Ellison's Ford Super Duty

The 2014 SEMA Show was filled with all kinds of wild rides, but there was only one winner of the first Bushwacker Founder’s Award. The award, which was given to the builder of the best truck or SUV at the 2014 SEMA, was judged by a panel of industry experts and represented a builder’s passion for the automotive aftermarket. The judges looked at a ton of vehicles at the show, but in the end, it was Josh Ellison’s candy apple red 2014 Ford F-350 Super Duty that took the top prize of $1,500 and the Founder’s Award Trophy.

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10/30/14

The Bushwacker 2015 Ford F-150

Bushwacker 2015 Ford F-150

The SEMA Show opens in only a few days and our 2015 Ford F-150, which will debut in our booth at the show (#30017), is getting its finishing touches. In the meantime, we wanted to share a rendering of the vehicle.

The finished truck will have many of the styling cues in the above rendering plus s a few updates. The truck is being built as an off-road support vehicle and will have all kinds of equipment meant to support off-road racers, vehicles on trail rides, and other events that will happen off the pavement.

The truck will wear Bushwacker’s signature Pocket Style Fender Flares, which provide extra 1.5″ of tire coverage to protect the vehicle’s paint from mud, dirt, and debris. The truck will also feature a host of aftermarket parts designed to assist the vehicle in off-road support. Items such as extra fuel cans, spare tires, recovery equipment, a custom-fabricated roof rack, cargo boxes, and powerful auxiliary LED lighting will help the truck get to those off-road destinations, aid in vehicle support, and look good doing it. Here’s a bit more detailed info about the truck:

SPECS
Fender Flares: Bushwacker Pocket Style® (Part No. 20935-02)
Hood Protector: Stampede Vigilante Premium
Window Visors: Stampede Tape-Onz Sidewinds
Suspension: Skyjacker with 6″ lift
Wheels: Mickey Thompson 20×9 SideBiter II
Tires: Mickey Thompson 35×12.50R20 Baja MTZ
Winch: WARN ZEON10
Side Steps: Bestop Powerboards
Lights: Vision X 6.7″ and 8.7″ LED lights
Air Compressor: ARB
Fuel Can Carriers: ARB
Ties Downs and Tool Box: Mac’s
Off Road Jack: Hi-Lift
Cargo Box: CargoGlide
 

We’ll have more pictures of our F-150 once the SEMA Show starts on November 4. Pics will show up on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts first, but we’ll be featuring the truck on the Bushwacker Blog, too. Stay tuned!

10/22/14

Proof Bushwacker is One of the Big Guns

Proof Bushwacker is one of the big guns

Here is proof that Bushwacker is one of the “big guns”—this one actually has our name on it! We were recently contacted by former Bushwacker employee, Anthony Shake, who sent us the above picture with him and his M119A2 Howitzer along with this note:

The first company I worked for after I got out of high school [was Bushwacker]. I worked there for five years and basically grew up there. So when I got the opportunity to name one of my guns, it felt appropriate to name it “Bushwacker.”

We’re honored! Anthony is a U.S. Army Howitzer Section Chief in Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion 2nd Field Artillery at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. His brigade trains soldiers and officers entering the field artillery branch. His team also serves as the salute battery for Ft. Sill and does a host of ceremonial salutes for promotions, changes of command, and Independence Day.

Bushwacker is proud of our Armed Forces and believe in supporting our troops. We regularly send donations to the troops and we have supported numerous Wounded Warrior truck builds throughout the years. Thanks to Anthony, all those enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, and all veterans—we appreciate your service!

10/15/14

Bushwacker $50 Factory Rebate

Bushwacker $50 Factory Rebate

It’s rare that we have special offers, but this is one of those times. Bushwacker is offering a $50 factory rebate on its entire line of fender flares from October, 10 2014 through January 15, 2015. This limited-time offer applies to all seven styles we currently make, so if you’ve been waiting for that just-right time to buy a set of Bushwacker Fender Flares, this is it.

To claim your Bushwacker $50 Factory Rebate:

1. Purchase a set of four (4), or a front and rear correlating combination of Bushwacker Fender Flares between October 10, 2014 and January 15, 2015. Click here for a list of qualifying part numbers.

2. Include the original product packaging UPC code and the original retailer receipt that clearly shows the purchase date and items purchased. For Internet orders please include the full invoice supplied by the retailer.

3. Download the rebate claim form, fill it out, and mail your rebate submission to:

Bushwacker Inc. Rebate 201410
6710 N. Catlin Ave
Portland, Or 97203

Rebates must be postmarked no later than February 16, 2015.

No matter which application you’re interested in, now is a great time to get a set of Bushwacker Fender Flares for your vehicle. You can, of course, check out the entire lineup of our products at Bushwacker.com.

10/1/14

Video: Bushwacker at Idaho Jeep Jamboree

Bushwacker is a proud sponsor or the Jeep Jamboree, and we even get to attend several of them a year. We shot this video at the 2014 Idaho Jeep Jamoree in June. It gives you a first-hand view of how beautiful and scenic the trails in this part of the country. It was a bit muddy and we even ran into snow, but that’s all part of the fun. I don’t know about you, but this video certainly makes me want to hit the trails again!

If you’ve been on a Jeep Jamboree, don’t forget that you can enter your photos in the Jeep Jam Photo Contest found on the Bushwacker Facebook Page. You just might win a trip to a 2015 Jeep Jamboree event!

Bushwacker Jeep Wrangler JK in the snow of Idaho

09/24/14

Volkswagen Tristar Concept

Volkswagen Tristar Concept

Looking at the new Volkswagen Tristar Concept, which is slated to debut at the IAA 2014 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, you may be thinking it looks a lot like a modern Volkswagen Vanagon with a pickup bed. In fact, Volkswagen made a product call the Type 2 Syncro DoKa, which was essentially a four-wheel drive Volkswagen Vanagon with a crew cab and a pickup bed. They’re highly sought after and have a cult following. Even regular VW Syncro vans are prized vehicles among many enthusiasts. And to honor the 30th anniversary of the 4wd Syncro, VW is showing off this concept.

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09/18/14

27th Annual Ouray Jeep Jamboree

Ouray Jeep JamboreeBushwacker trekked from its headquarters in Portland, Oregon to the scenic mountain town of Ouray (pronounced “you-RAY”), Colorado for the 27th annual Ouray Jeep Jamboree, which was held September 11–13. Ouray is nestled in the San Juan Mountains at an elevation of nearly 7,800 ft. and features access to a variety of trails which offer access to ghost towns, incredible scenery, and some great off-roading.

The Jamboree had a mix of first-timers wheelers and off-road veterans. Some drivers were on their first Jeep Jamboree, other had 20+ Jamborees under their belt. Regardless, everyone in attendance was in for some amazingly scenic trails and great company both on and off the trail. All that scenery made for plenty of opportunities to enter the Bushwacker Jeep Jam Photo Contest, too.

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