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Posted: February 28, 2015

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A.R.E.'s Award Winning 2015 Ford F-150 Is Geared Up For Adventure

By Ellen McKoy

Some might call them daredevils. They compete in X Games. Others in summer or winter Olympics. Some do it just for fun. They fly through the air doing stunts and tricks on BMX bicycles. They soar down snow-covered slopes performing triple flips off  rails on a snowboard. They go cave diving, bungee jumping, windsurfing and whitewater rafting. They’re enthusiasts engaged in every type of extreme sport imaginable. But at the end of the day, no matter what sport they pursue or whether they’re amateurs or professionals, these adventurers need some place to stow and transport their gear.   Which is precisely what A.R.E. Accessories had in mind when the company teamed up with Trent Van Arsdalen of Trent’s Trick Upholstery in Baltimore, Ohio, to create an ultra-cool dream truck tailor made for the extreme sports lifestyle. 

Central to the build was A.R.E.’s new ToolMaster HD fiberglass cap, which features an internal skeleton for added strength. But that was just the beginning. The ultimate goal was to create a custom truck that would encourage folks to jump in and take off  on a wild adventure.Starting with a fully loaded Platinum Edition 2015 F-150 — made available to A.R.E. through Ford’s project vehicle program — the Extreme Sport Project Truck has been modified from top to bottom, inside and out. In all, more than 20 aftermarket companies provided products and components.  Among the array of sporty features are Rigid Industries off-road LED lighting, Bushwacker fender flares, King shocks, Surco roof racks, modified Fab Fours bumpers, Toyo tires and DUB wheels. The grille is back lit with Oracle’s LED accent lighting.

To improve handling and boost performance, Van Arsdalen added Hellwig’s load and sway-control, Air Lift’s LoadLifter 5000 air springs, and Corsa’s throaty cat-back exhaust. To further enhance the truck’s standout appearance, Van Arsdalen custom crafted stainless steel laser-cut accent and trim pieces — a design he calls mechanical wilderness.  To complement this theme, the truck sports Lynch Concepts’ two-tone paint scheme as well as a Skyjacker suspension system custom painted and color matched with the mechanical wilderness pattern.Van Arsdalen also went all out on interior mods. Door panels, dash and center console feature stainless mechanical wilderness accents, harmonizing with the exterior design treatment.

The custom-made all-vinyl seat covers include theme-matching inserts and a white center-accent stripe. In addition to LED interior lighting, he also installed a Kicker sound system.To round out the modifications, the truck bed was also customized. In addition to installing Pickup Vault’s lockable bed-storage system and a BOLT hitch lock, Van Arsdalen designed a cool feature that uses bike inner tubes to suspend and hold helmets in place inside the truck cap.

The end result is one eye-catching pickup truck, fully outfitted for any outdoor adventure. So outstanding, in fact, that it garnered two coveted national awards at the SEMA Show, the 2014 Mothers Choice Award and the Ford Project Excellence Award. “The design brought all the details together to create an outstanding lifestyle showcase that really looked great,” said Sherry Kollien, Ford’s SEMA project vehicle manager. Added a jubilant Van Arsdalen: “The SEMA Show is the Super Bowl of car shows. Getting recognition there is just a huge honor.”

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