Stock pickup trucks are not strong enough to survive jumps. You know it, I know it, but some folks just need to learn these things for themselves. That’s when you just hope somebody’s standing around with a camera!
One of our all-time favorite videos is that time a stock Ford Raptor hit a huge, huge jump with disastrous results. The destruction here isn’t quite as epic, but the vibe is similar. And man does this Ram get worked.
Hemet is a desert town east of San Diego and Los Angeles. Hemet Huckfest appears to be an informal gathering of off-road enthusiasts competing for cheers, ripping stunts and jumps off a dusty berm.
There are a couple clips of trucks and UTVs catching hangtime on the Huckfest Instagram page, but this clip of a Ram’s front axles collapsing on impact is far and away the most entertaining.
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Looks like everybody got out okay at least. But even if this truck’s frame escaped damage, the owner’s got a lot of work to do replacing the axles and suspension, and probably steering. And front bumper. And fenders.
A trophy truck or Baja-racing buggy would have eaten that jump easily. Most UTVs probably could have pulled it off without breaking, too. How do you think a stock Ford Raptor would have fared?