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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

09/3/14

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Configurator Goes Live

2015 Chevrolet ColoradoYou can now build a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on the Chevy website. The truck will be available in extended cab/long-box, crew cab/shot box, or crew cab/long box configuration. Base power will come from a 2.5-liter direct-injected four cylinder making 200 hp and 191 ft/lbs. of torque; the upgraded engine is a 3.6-liter V6 making 305 horsepower and 269 ft/lbs. of torque. And like we reported before, it looks like we’ll have to wait for the diesel option, as it isn’t listed for ’15. Even in gas form, however, the truck will be capable of getting a respectable 26 MPG (that’s in a 2WD with the V6).

Base price (not including tax, title, delivery) is $20,120 for a four cylinder, 2WD version. Check every option box, and a fully decked-out Z71 with the V6 and 4WD  amounts to $42,890.

Continue reading

08/28/14

Our 2015 Ford F-150 SEMA Vehicle Has Arrived

Our 2015 Ford F-150 SEMA Show vehicle

The 2015 Ford F-150 will undoubtedly be one of the hottest vehicles at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. And this is one reason why we’re excited to have taken delivery of ours yesterday!  This XLT model will be our 2014 SEMA Show project vehicle (which will be showcased in our booth, #30017) as well as a test bed for a host of products. Here is a quick video of it being unloaded.

 

We’ve got big plans for this new Ford including:

  • Fender flares 
  • 6″ lift
  • Bigger wheels and tires
  • An off-road bumper and winch
  • Auxiliary lights
  • Custom truck wrap and a whole lot more

Needless to say, we’re excited to get going on the build and we’ve got a tight deadline to get it ready the SEMA Show, which runs from November 4–7. Stay tuned to the Bushwacker Blog for continued updates. In the meantime, check out some of our past Ford truck posts.

08/27/14

The Exploring Elements Dodge Ram XP Camper

The Exploring Elements Dodge XP Camper

Bryon Dorr and Sarah BlessingtonBryon Dorr and Sarah Blessington are the people behind Exploring Elements, a blog with a focus on adventure travel, gear reviews, and adventure sports including kayaking and mountain biking.

After starting out with a Ford E-series Sportsmobile, the Exploring Elements team moved into a diesel-powered 2001 Dodge Ram 2500-based camper which they debuted at the 2014 Overland Expo. It’s a capable, comfortable rig that’s great both on the pavement and off the road, and they intend it to take them on many adventures.

Bushwacker Dodge Pocket Style FlaresTheir truck has a host of modifications to it including a set of Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares up front, 17-inch Method Race Wheels shod with General Grabber AT2 tires, a stout Buckstop winch bumper housing a WARN 16.5ti winch, an array of PIAA lights, a custom racking system on the cab for bikes and kayaks,  and solar panels. Other bits include items such as Maxtrax, Rotopax, and a Hi-Lift jack to help the duo get to their next destination. And that’s only the stuff on the outside.

Continue reading

08/15/14

Announcing The Bushwacker Founder’s Award

Bushwacker Founder's Award

The Bushwacker Founder’s Award

At the 2014 SEMA Show, Bushwacker will give the builder of the best truck or SUV our first-ever Bushwacker Founder’s Award. This award will be presented by our Founder, Jerry Logan, and will recognize a builder’s drive, creativity, dedication, and commitment to the automotive aftermarket as expressed through their truck or SUV build. The prize will be $1,500 and the trophy at the left. And if you’re building a rig for this show and it’ll have our products on it, you can also enter. More on that below.

The SEMA Show represents the pulse of the automotive aftermarket. It’s where trends are set, innovations are showcased, and where the world’s top builders come to show their vehicular masterpieces—and that includes amazing truck and SUV builds. We know builders put an incredible amount of time, energy, dedication, and passion into these trucks and SUVs, and beginning at this year’s show, we’re going to recognize that enthusiasm.

The idea behind the Founder’s Award is more than simply recognizing an outstanding truck/SUV at the SEMA Show—it recognizes a builder’s dedication and desire to drive industry passion in the automotive aftermarket. We know the incredible effort and commitment involved in building a SEMA vehicle. Months of hard work, determination, and drive get poured into these trucks and SUVs even though the vehicles are only on display for four days. Nevertheless, year after year builders from around the world present new, fresh, ground-breaking ideas that will set trends and further the automotive aftermarket.

Bushwacker's Founder, Jerry Logan

Bushwacker Founder, Jerry Logan

The presenter of this award, our Founder, Jerry Logan, at left, is a lifelong car and truck enthusiast. He started Bushwacker in 1967 by selling fender flares for Jeep vehicles out of his garage with only a handful of employees. As his enthusiasm for the automotive aftermarket grew, so did Bushwacker. Currently Bushwacker has more than 460 product applications, a 125,000 square-foot manufacturing facility, and 300 employees here in Portland, Oregon. That passion Jerry has for the automotive industry—that unrelenting drive for ingenuity, quality, and style—has never ceased. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

“Bushwacker has always been a business fueled by automotive and industry enthusiasm. For more than 47 years, we have been taking that passion and putting it into the products we manufacture. We will recognize an individual that shares that enthusiasm and present them our Founder’s Award,” says Jerry.

If you’re building a truck or SUV for the 2014 SEMA Show and would like to enter to win the first ever Bushwacker Founder’s Award, visit Bushwacker.com/FoundersAward