F-150 FX4 Jumps Over the Sand Dune: Freaky Fords Friday

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F-150 FX4 handles the air time nicely, landing hard but smoothly driving away after the stunt.

Jumping your F-150 can be a risky trick, as we have seen countless video examples of off-road air sessions going horribly wrong, but this week’s “Freaky Fords Friday” video shows that with a bit of moderation, your half-ton Ford pickup can catch some air without breaking the chassis or setting off the airbags. This video comes to us from the YouTube channel of joseacuarius and it features a 2013 F-150 FX4 showing that even a non-Raptor can handle some fun in the air.

The Flying F-150

There are no details on this truck with any of the videos on the channel, but we know that it is a 2013 Ford F-150 FX4 with the 5.0-liter V8, which we know thanks to the huge decal on the front doors. The truck appears to have a set of beadlock wheels, a set of big wheel flares, a Raptor-like grille and plenty of Raptor-like graphics, while the ride height and the exhaust note leads us to believe that this F-150 has aftermarket suspension and exhaust upgrades, but without any details, we don’t know for sure.

Ford F-150 FX4

What we do know is that this FX4 handles a shot through the sky just as well as the Raptor.

The Big Jump

The video begins with the 2013 Ford F-150 FX4 off in the distance, charging up a steep sand dune. As the truck nears the top, the deep ruts seem to slow it down a bit, or maybe the driver is trying to minimize the feet of air under the wheels, but in any case, the half-ton Ford slows down just before popping into the air. As it hits the jump and the front wheels leave the ground, the footage switches to slow motion, offering us a look at the action of the red F-Series catching air.

Ford F-150 FX4

The people standing in the way of the cameraman prevent us from seeing just how high in the air this F-150 gets, but it appears to have at least a couple feet under the front and rear wheels before quickly returning to earth. The landing is hard, looking like it bottomed out the front suspension, but as the F-150 drives away, we can see that it made the jump without sustaining any damage severe enough to keep it from heading to park with the other vehicles.

Ford F-150 FX4

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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