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.
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.
There were Jeeps of all models, old and new. From old CJs to brand-new JKs.
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.
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!
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.
Bushwacker’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.
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
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.
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.
Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender Flares are perfect for those who like smooth lines and clean appearances. Now available for third generation Toyota Tundras, Extend-A-Fender Flares provide an additional 1.50″ of tire coverage that protects your Tundra from dirt and debris. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, each set is made with Bushwacker, Inc’s exclusive Dura-Flex® 2000 ABS material. This high impact material is UV protected, which guards against fading and cracking.
Each set comes in an OEM matte black finish, and is ready to paint out of the box. Perfect for the DIY mechanic, Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender Flares are easy to install with a step-by-step no-drill installation process that utilizes common tools and pre-existing factory holes. And like all Bushwacker Flares, Toyota Tundra Fender Flares feature Edge Trim with 3M™ Adhesive that ensures the tightest possible fit and finish. Give your 2014 Toyota Tundra that Limited Edition look with Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender Flares! Continue reading
With its bullet-proof reputation built on years of relentless abuse, the Toyota Hilux is perhaps one of the most recognizable off road icons available. You’ll find Hilux’s in the Philippine jungles, Saharan dunes, and city streets. Now in its seventh generation, the Hilux is seemingly in every climb and place with enthusiasts modifying them to fit their needs. This is why we’re proud to be apart of such a strong tradition with our Toyota Hilux Fender Flares.
Similar to the Bushwacker Toyota Tacoma Fender Flares, the Hilux Pocket Style® Fender Flares feature an innovative two-piece system that’s designed to accommodate aftermarket bumpers without cutting. Bushwacker Hilux Pocket Style® Fender Flares are made exclusively with Dura-Flex® 2000 ABS, and provide an additional 1.75” of tire coverage. This high impact, low temperature material keeps your Hilux looking like new by protecting it from rocks, dirt and debris. This rugged bolt on protection, and aggressive trim is bound to turn heads. Continue reading
Mark Polk from RV Education 101 gives a great breakdown on how to install a set of Bushwacker Fender Flares on his Dodge RAM. The video covers painting the flares to match, and the basics of our no-drill installation. Be sure to watch if you’re unsure about installing fender flares:
Our friends over at N-Fab recently teamed up with Joe Gibbs Racing to compete in Toyota’s 2014 Dream Build competition, which pits five brand partners against each other to build the ultimate Toyota and win $50,000 towards charity. If the Joe Gibbs team wins, then they’ll donate the pot towards the Aesterisk Mobile Medical Unit and the Road to Recovery Foundation. The competing brands and vehicles are Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Rally Camry, Oakley’s ultimate sky 4Runner, Skullcandy’s Corolla, and Joe Gibbs/N-Fab Moto Tundra; voting is now open and we ask that you cast your ballot now! Continue reading
What would you do with a Jeep Wrangler that was the length of a pickup? We recently asked ourselves this question as we unloaded a Brute double cab kit from AEV Conversions. Our first inclination was to prep it for serious off roading; so we paired it with a 2014 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon to take advantage of the hardcore 241Rocktrac transfercase.
If you’re not familiar with the Jeep JK Brute kit, it stretches the JK’s original frame 23″ for a total wheelbase of 139″, and adds an injection molded composite bed to the standard JK double cab. Designed to be an overlander’s dream, the Brute double cab draws its inspiration from the Land Rover Defender 130.