How To Measure Truck Bed Length

Bushwacker makes a few products that require you to know how long your pickup truck’s bed is. This includes our Ultimate BedRail Caps and our Fender Flares. It may seem obvious why you’d need to know the length for the BedRail Caps. However, you may be wondering why you’d need it for flares.

31911-11_v3_20090528_7Some pickups are available in different bed lengths and are often referred to as long-beds or short-beds. The different lengths can also place things such as a fuel-filler door,  in different locations. For example, one bed length may have the fuel filler door toward the back of the truck where it wouldn’t be covered up by a fender flare. The other bed length, however, might have the filler door closer to the fender requiring a flare with a notch for the door to open properly.

For these instances, Bushwacker will offer two flare versions to accommodate both bed lengths. However, if you don’t measure your bed to make sure you get the correct flare for your rig, you could end up covering up the fuel door or having a notched flare for no reason. Don’t be that person—measure your bed length when in doubt!

Measuring Truck Bed Length

Measuring a truck’s bed length is simple. First, grab your tape measure. Next, measure from the inside of the tailgate to the inside of the bed’s bulkhead. This distance is the number you’ll want to use for the measurement. Bushwacker will always list if there are multiple versions of a fender flare either in the app guide or on the website. By the way, this is how the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) measures bed length, so that’s what we go by here.

Correctly measuring your bed will assure that you get the right Bushwacker product for the right truck the first time. So when it doubt, measure it out!


New! Color-Matching Fender Flares

Bushwacker Color Matching Fender FlaresMany people who buy our fender flares paint them to match their truck. This means once you get the flares, you need to send them out to a body shop for paint, wait for them to get done, and hope they come back well painted and in the right shade. This takes time, costs money, and sometimes the paint isn’t done correctly—it can be a big hassle.

Color Matching Fender Flare Close UpNow Bushwacker has taken the hassle out of color-matching fender flares! We now offer a number of our popular Pocket Style Fender Flares in colors to match many new trucks and SUVs. Yes, color-matching fender flares directly from Bushwacker. It saves time, money, and potential hassles.

The flares not only come with a fantastic OE-quality finish, they also come with the stainless steel hardware and edge trim pre-installed from our factory in Portland, Oregon USA. All you’ll have to do is unbox them and install them. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Like all of our other flares, these are made from sturdy Dura-Flex™ 2000 material, so they’ll last for years and years. They also provide that extra tire coverage you’re looking for to keep dirt and debris off of your ride.

Below is a complete list of applications we currently offer for our color-matching fender flares. Other applications will be added, so be sure to check back for the latest updates.

You can also view this .PDF on its own.


Bushwacker 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Bushwacker 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are fast approaching and winter has already arrived in many parts of the country. Don’t be left out in the cold when it comes to gifts for the gearheads in your family!

Bushwacker products make perfect presents and are wonderful for wintertime weather. And while gifts made in Santa’s North Pole workshop are great, Bushwacker products are made in our factory here in Portland, Oregon USA. Sorry Santa—we’ve got this one.

Bushwacker Color-Matching Pocket Style® Fender Flares

Bushwacker Color Matching Fender Flares

Who doesn’t want to add some color to the holiday season? Bushwacker’s new color-matching Pocket Style Fender Flares come prefinished from our factory to match the color of many new trucks and SUVs (sorry; no sleigh applications).

With a top-quality finish directly from Bushwacker, there’s no need to send the flares to a body shop for paint. Plus, the stainless steel bolts and edge trim come pre-attached, so installation is super easy—just unbox and install. These flares, made from sturdy Dura-Flex® 2000 material, also add extra tire coverage to protect the vehicle against dirt, debris, and winter weather nastiness. That extra tire coverage may even keep the vehicle off “the naughty list” when running larger tires, helping the vehicle comply with local laws. After all, no one wants a fix-it ticket during the holidays.

Check out the Color Matching Fender Flare Application Guide for specific fitments. Plus, these flares qualify for a limited-time $50 factory rebate.

Bushwacker Trail Armor® for Jeep® Vehicles

Bushwacker Trail Armor

Is there a Jeep Wrangler owner on your gift list? Make sure their rig has the protection it needs for the trails in the New Year. Our line of Trail Armor for Jeep Vehicles adds extra protection to guard against trail hazards and adds a healthy dose of style—something an ugly holiday sweater will never do. The product line includes a hood protector, rear corners, rocker panel and sill plates, as well as a hood scoop. Rumor has it Santa has them on his Wrangler. Just sayin’.

Bushwacker Ultimate BedRail and TailGate Caps

Bushwacker BedRail and TailGate Cap for Ford Ranger T6

Loading and unloading all those presents from your pickup can cause dents, scrapes, and scratches to the top edge of the bed. Adding our Ultimate BedRail and TailGate Caps can help prevent damage which can eventually lead to rust—the automotive equivalent of getting coal in your stocking. Installation is super easy: Simply peel back the 3M Automotive Attachment Tape and apply for a bond stickier than Aunt Edna’s fruitcakes. Believe it.

Bushwacker “OE” Style® Bumper Protector

Bushwacker OE Style Bumper Protector
No truck or SUV owner on the family gift list? That’s OK. Bushwacker offers a host of OE Style Bumper Protectors for a variety of vehicles. They help protect against damage from loading and unloading gifts, cover up existing scuffs left by previous elf shenanigans,  fit better than a hand-knit stocking cap from grandma, and install faster than Uncle Eddie can down a quart of eggnog.


Bushwacker 2015 Ford F-150 Fender Flares Now Available

2015 Ford F-150 Fender Flares

When the 2015 Ford F-150 hits dealer lots, Bushwacker will be ready with accessories for the truck.

First out of the gate will be our Pocket Style Fender Flares. These easy-to-install flares offer 1.5 inches of additional tire coverage and help protect the paint on the new F-150 from dirt and debris while offering a rugged look. The flares are made from tough Dura-Flex 2000 material that is 100% UV-resistant and comes in an OEM matte-black finish that’s easy to paint. The flares include the edge trim and stainless steel bolts for a great bolted-on look. If you’re going to run tires that stick out past the factory fenders, our Pocket Style Fender Flares may also let you comply with local laws that requires a tire to be completely covered by a fender. And you thought they just looked cool!

For those looking for a smooth, customized look, Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender Flares are just the ticket. They feature the same benefits as the Pocket-Style Flares but with a different style. For F-150 owners looking add the appearance of an upscale trim package while adding a bit more tire coverage, our  “OE” Style Fender Flares are perfect. They also look great on sport trucks and lowered F-150s, too.

Whether you want a rugged, bolted on look; a smooth custom appearance; or an upscale OE style, Bushwacker has you covered.

Bushwacker Fender Flares for 2015+ Ford F-150

Pocket Style® Fender Flares
Part # Description Coverage Amount
20935-02 Set of Four 1.5"
20091-02 Front Pair 1.5"
20092-02 Rear pair 1.5"
Extend-A-Fender® Flares
Part # Description Coverage Amount
20936-02 Set of Four 1.5"
20093-02 Front Pair 1.5"
20094-02 Rear pair 1.5"
OE-Style® Fender Flares
Part # Description Coverage Amount
20937-02 Set of Four 0.5"
20095-02 Front Pair 0.5"
20096-02 Rear pair 0.5"

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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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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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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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:

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!


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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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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