However, the freshly redesigned Ford F-150 presented two major problems at the time: securing a 2015 model before it was available to the public and obtaining aftermarket parts and accessories to put together a SEMA-caliber build in time. Fortunately, A.R.E. was able to partner with some of the biggest names in the industry to help develop their products for the new F-150. Together, they’ve put together an astonishing display vehicle that took seven months to complete before it was debuted at the 2014 SEMA Show.
“We set out to build a truck for the extreme sports enthusiast, whether that be someone that takes a one-day mountain biking trip or a week-long snowboarding excursion,” says Caleb Drennen, A.R.E.’s marketing specialist. “From that idea, the truck grew into what you see today – an all-in-one, geared-up, ready-to-go extreme vehicle which we call the Extreme Sports Ford F-150.”
The main highlight of the build is A.R.E.’s ToolMaster HD MX Series Cap fitted with the optional Rigid Industries Light Bar. The cap features an internal skeleton that allows owners to carry more weight on the roof of the cap, as well as having the ability to mount multiple GoPros around the entire truck to capture all the action on any terrain it meets. A 6” Skyjacker Suspension system paired with King Shocks lifted the F-150 to accommodate the new 35” tall Toyo Open Country R/Ts, which were mated to 20” TIS Monster Edition wheels. An adjustable Air Lift Load Lifter was also installed, providing more stability in towing situations.
Extra protection and rugged style comes via front and rear Fab Fours bumpers and Bushwacker fender flares, while the front was fitted with Rigid Industries LED light bars and Plain N Simple Oracle Headlights for optimal lighting needs during night excursions. A Surco Safari Rock Rack Basket with a K2 Cooler allows for added cargo space for any expedition, while even more space is provided by the Truck Vault Lockable Truck Bed Storage Vault. An ARB Fridge Freezer keeps beverages and food nice and cold without ever having to worry about ice.
A bold and bright blue exterior color was chosen, which was custom-painted by Aaron Lynch and matched with a custom interior by Trent’s Trick Upholstery. “With the help of our many great partners, we have built a perfect truck for the extreme sports enthusiast,” says Drennen. “The truck made its debut at the 2014 SEMA show, where it was awarded the Mothers Shine Award and the Ford Project Excellence Award.” Now the award-winning Ford is touring the nation, making stops at various events, including the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas.
Extreme Sports 2015 Ford F-150
• A.R.E. MX Series Truck Cap
• Rigid Industries LED Lighting
• GoPro Cameras and Mounts
• Axalta Coating Systems Paint
• Fab Fours Bumpers
• Surco Safari Roof Rack Basket
• Bushwacker Fender Flares
• Monster Hook Hitch
• BOLT Hitch Lock
• Plain N Simple Oracle Headlights
• Truck Vault Lockable Truck Bed Storage Vault
• K2 Coolers
• Corsa Exhaust
• Reikken Performance Battery Cells
• Live Wire Performance Tuner
• Skyjacker Suspension
• Air Lift Load Lifter
• King Shocks
Wheels & Tires
• 20” TIS 538 Monster Edition wheels
• 35×12.50R20 Toyo Open Country R/T tires
• Topline Accessories Lug Nuts
• ARB Fridge Freezer and Air Compressor
• Trent’s Trick Upholstery Custom Interior and Grille
• Kicker Speaker System
• Truck Build: Trent Van Arsdalen
• Custom Paint: Aaron Lynch