This year’s Jump Champs was an event that we will not soon forget. From Jerry Larimore’s high-flying prerunner to Jason Burford’s stickered-up Ford Ranger, the off-roaders were out in force. They showed the crowd what chutzpah and long-travel suspension could do if put together – awesomeness.
One fellow who was competing that day was Ben Prall. He brought out his 1996 Ford F-150 to take part in the time trials and see how the truck fared. We stopped by to get a better look and explanation on how it came to be.
“I bought the truck online, bone-stock, with the intention of turning into how you see it today,” said Ben. “It came with the 5.8-liter V8, running and driving, so I drove it home, tore it apart, and built it up from there.”
From 2013 to 2014, Ben did the work to get the F-150 freshened up and ready for battle. “I did all of the work myself,” he said. “About nine months ago, I redid the back half through my work at Outlaw Offroad.”
When asked to give us the inside scoop on the build specs, Ben said, “The motor and transmission are bone-stock, they’re the only things left stock on this truck. The rearend is a Ford 9-inch with 4.88:1 gear ratio in a custom-built housing.”
“The rear suspension is from King shocks, with 16-inch coilovers and 18-inch bypasses,” continued Ben. “The front has Giant links and I-beams, again with 16-inch coilovers but no bypasses. The cage is two-inch tubing, built to race and to be rolled.”
Future modifications for the truck are not pressing, nor are there very many. In fact, as Ben stated, there seemed to be only one on his mind: “Paint.”
It sure was cool to see what everyone brought out to Jump Champs this year, and it makes us excited to think what we might see next year. Be sure to view our Top 5 Trucks from Jump Champs, and keep it real this Memorial Day weekend!