2009 Ford F-150 - Project Road Warrior
A ½-ton pickup that does real WORK
When Willie Robertson of the A&E runaway hit Duck Dynasty needed a truck to use for work, he turned to the experts at Skyjacker Suspension. Project Road Warrior was the result. Now, we know it’s only a ½-ton truck, but since this is Work Truck Review, the size of the truck isn’t as important as the work it does. Project Road Warrior was built for the kind of guy who may tow work equipment and tools but on the weekend hauls ATV trailers, fishing boats, pop-up campers, ice chests, and anything else he needs for the next big outing.
This is no wimpy truck. Project Road Warrior reflects a realistic assessment of what owners actually do with their trucks. It started out as a stock ’09 Ford F-150, then it was lifted 4 inches with a Skyjacker kit. Hydro shocks smooth out the ride. After the lift, a set of 20-inch BMF M-80 wheels was installed, along with 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires. Bushwacker pocket-style fender flares keep the tires covered enough to be street legal and keep muck off the side of the truck.
The front and rear bumpers are from Fab Fours, and they really give the Ford a burly appearance. A Warn winch in the front bumper ensures this truck won’t get stuck in a mud bog for long. A Highway Products toolbox (and headache rack) keeps lots of tools handy for fixing just about anything.
Baja Designs lights help out when the truck ends up on the trail at night, and the Garmin GPS is there in case the reason the truck is out there so late is because it got lost. Amp Research PowerSteps make it easy to get into and out of the truck. When they are not in use, they move up under the body and can barely be seen.
For a little more power and better sound, a MagnaFlow performance exhaust was installed on the Ford’s engine.