The Ultimate Fun Haver
Fun, With A Capital F

What is a fun haver? Better yet, what is the ultimate fun haver? Drifting is fun, jumping trucks is fun, shooting up sick dirt roosts is fun as well, so why not combine all of those things into one? That’s exactly what Vaughn Gittin Jr. did when he set out to build his ultimate fun haver. He started with a 2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost and it just went kind of nuts from there…

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Officially dubbed as the ‘Ford F-150 Ultimate Fun Haver’ the truck sits very nicely, thanks in part to air suspension. Because, why not?

This is the perfect demo vehicle in that you can experience a little bit of everything while on board – check out the video above to see what I mean.

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I don’t really know what goes on in Vaughn’s head when he’s thinking of these new ideas, but seeing as the RTR brand has taken off in the Mustang world, I am guessing he wanted to try a shot at the biggest market in North America.

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After all, USA is the land of the free and the home of pickup trucks.

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I had a chance to check out the Ultimate Fun Haver for the first time at Hoontown, USA, which is a ranch in Southern California.

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Hoontown is basically a big dirt lot with a few jumps, and it’s an automobile killer.

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That, of course, makes it the perfect location for a quick video shoot.

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The director? None other than Andy Laputka, one of the key brains behind pretty much all of Vaughn’s video projects.

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The truck itself was built by Kibbetech Offroad, which engineers race trucks for desert-running or whatever else you fancy in the off-road world.

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The motor is a Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which of course is twin turbocharged and direct injected.

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With some mild power adders including a Magnaflow exhaust and a K&N intake, the truck has some serious grunt. It also sounds awesome.

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With the addition of a Full-Race intercooler and an ECU tune from Revolution Automotive, you can hoon all day long without interruption.

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While the power was impressive for a near-stock truck, what really impressed me was how it handled in the dirt and on the road. Since I shot this feature though, the RTR team has installed some larger turbos for development purposes, and Vaughn said he is aiming for over 500ft-lb of torque at the wheels.

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The airbags were made by Airlift Performance, but Kibbetech mated those with King Shocks dual bypass shock absorbers in the front and triple bypass shock absorbers in the rear.

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This has resulted in 12 inches of travel when fully lifted, which is more than enough to do some serious off-roading.

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In addition to the massive King shocks and Airlift airbags, Kibbetech also built a beefy custom radius arm with panhard bar rear suspension.

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To handle all the power and abuse at the rear wheels, a Currie Enterprises full-floating F9 rear end was also installed.

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Vaughn went out of his way to make sure the exterior reflected the theme of the truck as well, first commissioning Auto Explosion Custom Auto Body to create some one-off flares, then wrapping the F-150 in XPEL Stealth protection film and adding custom RTR 18×10-inch wheels fitted with 35-inch Nitto Terra Grappler tires.

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The interior has form and function as well with five Recaro Sportster seats flanked by Takata Racing harnesses. Because you don’t want your passengers to flop around all over the place when you’re giving them the ride of their lives.

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Aside from the seats, the only other interior modification is an Autosport Dynamics handbrake, which of course is perfect for initiating drifts on or off-road.

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So what was it like to ride in the Ultimate Fun Haver?

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With Vaughn behind the wheel, very smooth.

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He easily transitioned between drifts and basically linked-up every single corner that Hoontown had to offer.

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While kicking epic roosts whenever he lay on the throttle. It was interesting to hear turbo noises from a pickup truck too.

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So what about the jump? Well, we went off it a few times and the big Ford landed very flat every time.

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Although, I do have to say that it was an uneasy feeling being in the air.

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I guess it’s just something that you have to get used to, but aside from a funny feeling in my stomach each time we took flight, you really couldn’t tell that the pickup truck was four wheels up.

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That’s it for another successful day at Hoontown, USA, but no dead vehicles this time around.

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And why not finish the day with a little sunset burnout!

It was a fun video shoot, but more importantly I had a chance to experence the Ultimate Fun Haver myself. Which makes me wonder what Vaughn Gittin, Jr. is going to come up with next…

Larry Chen
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larry@speedhunters.com

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1

Yup.

First word that came to mind upon seeing green neon...

"Gittin."

2

While I mourn the apparent death of the small-cab short-box truck, this however, does look quite fun, even for it's size.
Is the airlift suspension really resilient enough to stand up to jumping?

3

If the ultimate goal for the truck is to be beaten up for no other objective than just plane fun, then a 10 years old F150 would just do no problem in my opinion

4

Doing this to a new truck does make sense. People in different parts of the are making their daily transport in this pre-runner style which makes the market bigger. That triple race seats though... Rollercoaster ride!!

5

Even though I'm not really a truck guy, there is much want in this article.

6

I like this truck, looking froward to seeing what these guys are going to do with the EcoBoost engine, I understand some guys have been getting over 500hp with them but also getting quite a bit of turbo lag.

However, Larry, good Lord, you need to slow down on the name-dropping; this article read like an ad.

7

Brilliant branding idea for Vaughn. And the truck looks fantastic dropped on the street. Does anyone know what the price of an RTR-badged car or RTR package upgrade is?

8

@00:52 : The fan under the car doesn't seem to be a good idea!

9

Can't believe it rides on air!

10

I love how 'Merica this is. I want one.

11

Ice Age "Gittin gud, bud".

12

Ice Age "Gittin gud, bud".

13

Saw this at SEMA last year the green pain on the wheels looms amazing in person

14

I'm was suprised by the rear suspension.  With the air let out it seems like the axle is really close to the frame rails and didn't notice a notch.  The air bumps and rear shocks must keep it from bottoming out over rough roads at its lowest ride height.  
BTW- this things is the sickness!  I love it.  This is the PERFECT truck IMO.  Much want with this one.

15

He should run this at irwindale. Obviously not but it would be funny in tandems lol.

16

I want to like it, but honestly, I just don't care.

17

I cant really find the joy of driving this.....Why would I want one? I would choose an old LandCruiser over this anyday

18

I'm still not sold on the new F-150 yet. The aluminum is too expensive to repair and the Ecoboost is making around the same MPG as a 6.2 all steel Silverado.

19

You guys should do a comparative with Ken Block's Ford Raptor... 

MORE PICK UPS PLEASE!

thank you Larry for the feature

20

Air ride huh? Well at least it's not dragging on the ground, has a nice stance there.

21

Love the picture of it aired-out while doing a burnout! I've ridden in this thing and it is a serious blast with Vaughn behind the wheel.

22

IRONWOLF RD He has been jumping this thing since we helped build it last SEMA. No bag failures at all from the abuse he has put it through. FYI we burst test our bags to 3-5 times more pressure than they are rated.

23

This is one of the most awesome trucks I've ever seen, not sure about the air suspension and those green lights everywhere though... Off-roading's cool, need more of this

24

This is one of the most awesome trucks I've ever seen, not sure about the air suspension and those green lights everywhere though... Off-roading's cool, need more of this

25

Good to hear!

26

i feel this is gonna be a truck centered month, im not complaining by any means. im not a fan of f150s but this thing is not only seem to be a blast, it just looks good. honestly the only f150 ive liked, and yes ive seen the bagged gray/silver one and its just not something that appeals to me

27
RichieTipsyKariuki

Loving the green in headlights and grill.

28
RichieTipsyKariuki

Loving the green in headlights and grill.

29

UFH2 should be a Ford Transit. A rwd drifting ice cream truck, think about it.

30

Awesome! What kind of power does this put out? Is it close or more than the torque figure?

31

Goin Out For A Rip Eh Bud

Im a huge fan of F150's and really like the twist that's been put on this one

32

Truck is cool but the v6 sound is dull. V8 please

33

D1RGE This is the website, should have the prices.

              http://www.mustangrtr.com/

34

It needs diesel power! haha >:)

35

Must have a really stiff spring rate when raised so maybe not so good for offroading.

36

NRNL D1RGE No Prices, checked the dealers listed, no prices. Is it that expensive that they won'T even list a price anywhere for even the smallest version? 

Serious, I don't want to hear about VG's RTR stuff again unless someone is willing to quote a number.

37

Chris Jimenez I miss the V8 too.

38

Trentworth not to name drop on you again, but Full race motorsports has been doing some amazing work with the ecoboost engine. The power they add with their tunes, turbos, etc is as far as I know, the best you can get.

39
CallamLegassick1

@AirLift_Lucas what bags and lines were used in this truck? Love the idea! Wouldn't mind implementing this idea into my 77 f100 build, would also make towing a car trailer better

41

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Is this truck 4 wheel drive? I've been searching for a kit for a full air suspension for my F150 but it looks like it would have to be a custom job.

44

Where can you get the RTR Grille lights for the F-150???

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