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.

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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

 

 

08/11/14

The Ford Bronco was Introduced Today in 1965

According to Motoramic, on August 11, 1965, Ford introduced the world to the Bronco. Yes, 49 years ago, Ford announced it’d offer its soon-to-be-iconic SUV as a 1966 model. In this great vintage commercial above, Ford refers to the vehicle as the “first four-wheel drive sports car.” That’s probably not how most people would refer to it today, but regardless, the Bronco secured its place in automotive history by creating capable, popular 4x4s over the years—sports car or not. The Bronco was offered for 30 years, ending production in 1996. And yes, there was the smaller-sized Bronco II offered from 1984-1990 that eventually gained two more doors and turned into the Explorer.

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08/1/14

Bushwacker Attends the Jolly Jeepers Back to Basics Rally

Photos by Randy Peterson, Bushwacker

The Jolly Jeepers is an Oregon-based 4WD club that’s been around since 1962. And since the early 1980s, the club has put on its annual Back to Basics Rally, which is held in Tillamook State Forest. It features trail runs, great food, and of course, plenty of Jeep enthusiasts. Our National Sales Manager, Randy Peterson, attended in his 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WJ) sporting Cut-Out Flares (see the installation video), a 4″ BDS lift kit, Trail Ready Bumper, WARN winch, PIAA lights, and Mickey Thompson wheels and tires (33×12.50×17). In addition, he brought along some Bushwacker banners, some swag, and a gift certificate to give away at the club’s raffle.

Lineup of Jeeps at Jolly Jeepers Back to Basics Rally

There were Jeeps of all models, old and new. From old CJs to brand-new JKs.

Off road trail in Tillamook State Forest during the Jolly Jeepers Rally

Randy reported that the trails were great as was the weather. They ran a number of trails including Powerline, University Firepower, Cedar Tree, and Firebreak 5, which Randy reported to have the largest rocks.

Jeeps at the end of a trail in Tillamook State Forest

If you’ve never run the trails at TSF, it’s a great place to get out, do some wheeling, and enjoy the scenery, of which there is plenty. And if you’ve got a Jeep, Back to Basics should be on your list of off-road events to attend. We already look forward to attending the 2015 Rally!

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Some of the scenery at Tillamook State Forest

07/25/14

Bushwacker Ford Ranger T6 Accessories Now Available

Ford Ranger T6

If you’ve got a 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014 Ford Ranger T6, we’ve now got popular accessories, such as our Pocket Style® Fender Flares and our Ultimate BedRail and TailGate Caps ready to add some extra protection to your pickup. And while the new Ranger T6 isn’t for sale in the USA, we still make accessories for it right here in Portland, Oregon. FYI, the global market Ford Ranger T6 is available in 180 countries including Australia,  Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, and many other locations throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Ford Ranger T6 with Bushwacker accessoriesBushwacker’s Ford Ranger T6 Pocket Style Fender Flares are two-piece units and are compatible with aftermarket bumpers and add up to 1.75” (44.5mm) of additional tire coverage to keep dirt, mud, and debris off the Ranger’s body. Installation is easy with minimal drilling needed. Like all of our Pocket Style Flares, they come in an OEM matte-black finish, which is easily painted. They’re made from 100% UV-protected Dura-Flex 2000 ABS plastic that won’t chalk. And since they’re a Bushwacker product, they have a limited lifetime warranty. Plus, they’re available in pairs or as a complete set of four.

However, the Ranger T6’s fenders aren’t the only areas we cover.

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07/11/14

Bushwacker Attends the Silver Valley Jeep Jamboree in Idaho

Trail ride at Idaho Jeep Jamboree

Photos by David Panton of Bushwacker.
Jeep Jamborees are a great place for off-road newcomers and experienced trail runners to share a few days on the trails, see incredible landscapes, and have some time in the great outdoors. Bushwacker attended the Silver Valley Jeep Jamboree in Mullan, Idaho in late June. There was lots of rain and plenty of mud, and it was still a great chance to meet Jeep owners and hit the incredibly scenic trails of Northern Idaho. In addition to being a sponsor of the Jeep Jamboree, Bushwacker had a booth at registration, helped the Jeep Jamboree crew with trail support, and rode the trails with the group.

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07/7/14

Benji Pulido’s Wicked 2014 Toyota Tundra

Custom 2014 Toyota Tundra The Toyota Tundra is new for 2014, and people are making some great custom creations using Toyota’s full-size truck platform. One such builder is Benji Pulido of Gardena, CA. He’s taken the 2014 Tundra to new levels of cool and transformed the truck from a workhorse pickup to an all-out showstopper. Continue reading

06/30/14

Bushwacker at the 2014 NW Overland Rally

A 4x4 van with Bushwacker E350 Extend-A-Flares.

One of several 4×4 vans as the 2014 NW Overland Rally sporting Bushwacker E-Series Extend-A-Fender Flares.

The NW Overland Rally, held outside of Leavenworth, Washington, is a place where overlanding enthusiasts from across the Pacific Northwest (and sometimes from much further away) come to camp, talk travel, check out the latest gear for their vehicles (and campsites), and take classes from experts in their respective fields.

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X Elles Racing‘s Rhonda Cahill (left) and Rachelle Croft, teach a class in navigation.

There were classes in everything from vehicle recovery and navigation, to wilderness first-aid and off-road driving. There were even classes on fly fishing, wine, and cooking. Bushwacker had a booth showcasing its array of products, and we met a host of new customers, old friends, and everyone in between.

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06/18/14

Tiger Automotive Has a Door-Buster of a Grand Opening—Literally


There’s a grand opening, then there’s a door buster of a grand opening. And if you’re Tiger Automotive you do both—literally.

The Canadian automotive accessory retailer, which is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, had quite a bit of fanfare around its new store opening, as seen in the video above. Local news crews came out, and the mayor of Saskatoon, a city of over 200,000 people, helped open the store. And when I say “open the store,” I mean he ripped the door open using a Toyota Tundra wearing a set of Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares. Talk about a grand opening!

And whether you live in Saskatoon, Sydney, St. Louis, or someplace else, you can use our dealer locator to find a Bushwacker dealer near you or find an online retailer. Just be sure to leave their doors intact.