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  1. DeWynken says:

    kids..when dad buys you a new Ford Raptor, make sure to install jounce shocks and turn off the damn airbags before jumping. kthxbye.

    • Lt. Col. w00t says:

      An uprated spine would be a good thing to have before trying to jump like that without a down-ramp or four feet of suspension travel.

  2. awjt says:

    It probably saved him from losing his last tooth on the steering wheel.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Hey, give the guy a break; he’s 30. Those other guys are all his great-grandchildren, by the way.

  3. bo1n6bo1n6 says:


    • I dunno ’bout that. Judging by the YouTube videos I’ve seen, Russia is still a major competitor in the Assholympics. Americans are especially weak in the Leaping Off of Buildings events, as well as Freestyle Motorway.

  4. Lt. Col. w00t says:

    That’s an incredibly fast way to total a brand-new $45,000 truck. Admirable efficiency, I guess.

    • xzzy says:

      Way I see it, that’s one less gas guzzler on the road. 

      I fully support all truck owners destroying their vehicle in an attempt to prove how macho they are.

      • C W says:

        Don’t worry, mom’ll buy him a new one.

      • timquinn says:

        I own one of those foreign little ones. May I keep it? It gets good milage, actually.

      • I’m … just … bored … with hypocrisy. If you live in a first-world country, then it doesn’t matter whether you drive a Prius or ride a bike: you already consume far, far more energy than your global share. But odds are you drive an only-slightly-more-fuel-efficient car than a truck owner. Oh? Your vehicle gets 37 mpg instead of my 22? Fantastic. Now let’s look at all your other energy consumption. I burn wood instead of running central heating in the winter, and I run fans through much of the summer instead of running central air. Do I now have your permission to own a truck?

        But that’s missing the point, because it’s not actually about mpg. It’s just about hating on whatever convenient target lets you most easily ignore your own issues. I’m just not impressed anymore with petty tribalism, classism, racism–whatever -ism it is that applies, and that’s what’s going on here. Hippies hate on yuppies. Nerds hate on bros. Burners hate on ravers. In-group. Out-group. Blah blah blah. Tell you what: find just one person you really dislike, and hate the shit out of them. At least then it’s personal.

        • Beanolini says:

          odds are you drive an only-slightly-more-fuel-efficient car than a truck owner. Oh? Your vehicle gets 37 mpg instead of my 22?

          22 mpg vs 37 mpg is not ‘slightly more fuel efficient’- it will use 40% less fuel to do the same mileage. 

          It won’t take a great mileage on your vehicle to outweigh any energy savings you make by not using central heating/air conditioning.

          • Please don’t miss the forest for the trees. I can always add details to the story to change the balance–such as the fact that I work out of my home and so don’t commute. I typically drive less than 10,000 miles a year. The point is not whether or not my specific energy consumption is more or less than another person’s. The point is that the hate that @boingboing-2cb003b410ba24d03b9fc7fee7e2ad8a:disqus is putting out has nothing to do with the details. Ze just wants to hate on red-necks who drive big trucks, is what it comes down to.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            Ze just wants to hate on red-necks who drive big trucks, is what it comes down to.

            Omniscient, are we?

        • random says:

          Joshua Bardwell, I choose you.

      • howaboutthisdangit says:

        Now THAT would be wasteful and irresponsible.  Unless their replacement vehicle gets 100+ MPG, it would probably be better just to keep the existing guzzlers in service.

  5. Circumvention of “live fast, die young”.  I’m just a tiny bit irritated at that.

  6. franko says:

    i honestly can’t figure out what’s supposed to be the attraction of doing this.

  7. Flashman says:

    This guy does it better, and in a beat-up old Isuzu (via Jalopnik):

    • Jesseham says:

      I like this one as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKOMTk35wMU

    • bcsizemo says:

      You call it beat up and old…it’s a 2nd gen V6 with an open air intake from the sound.  And I bet it’d still be driveable after that.  My wife had one and it was a tough sonofabitch. She had a past tendency to jump curbs…

  8. welcomeabored says:

    I thought earlier today, as I watched the Super Bowl commercials online I had missed while watching the game (online also), that for the first time in a long while I had just seen a commercial that made me tear up, want to buy the product, and would be pretty proud of having made the purchase.   I’d be aligning myself with the backbone of this country in buying a Dodge Ram.  It was a very effective commercial.

    The yahoo in this video, however… snapped me right out of it.  Still pretty proud of family farmers and CSA’s though.


  9. BrotherPower says:

    Just good ol’ boys. Never meanin’ no harm.

  10. Mister44 says:

    This never happened on the Dukes of Hazard. They forgot to say YEEEEE YAAAAAAWWWW!

  11. Mike Robinson says:

    Airbag? He’s lucky the truck didn’t snap in half!

    • Lt. Col. w00t says:

      There’s a different video of the same jump on youtube, and it ended up with major frame damage.

      Which is why you only jump cheap junk that you can throw away. And why you don’t do 90mph on the ramp.

      • Ronald Pottol says:

        Thus the comment about he was supposed to be doing 35, and instead he was doing at least 50. He overshoots the landing ramp, and jams the frame into the ground hard enough to set off the air bag, I figured it was a write off just because of the airbag deployment.

        • C W says:

          Well, it would’ve then done ~minor~ frame damage.

        • BigHank53 says:

          There’s a huge dark splotch on the ground where he landed that doesn’t appear in the frames just before. Looks like he tore the oil pan off, spilling a couple gallons of refined dinosaur. Also not good for the warranty.

    • Preston Sturges says:

      At least they did a severe enough angle on the launch ramp, otherwise the car develops a swift forward rotation as the front end leaves the ground.  Thelma and Louis would fallen upside down IRL.

  12. Chandler Lewis says:

    Ugh.  So now I have to redefine “wonderful things” to include LiveLeak and Jackass.  The problem I have with this is that it solves no problem, engages in no creative playfulness, and reinforces bro-‘havior.   And all those doods runnin’ to the truck didn’t seem celebratory to me but simultaneously threatening and overzealously voyeuristic.  I’m all-in when it comes to Hooper-style stuntin’, because they takes engineering and recklessness.  This just takes money and stupidity.

    I cant help but think Richard Feynman (who I love for blowing shit up) would also think this is noxious.

    I think I’m no good for the Internets anymore.

    • marilove says:

      I don’t see the “threatening and overzealous voyeurism”  that you’re seeing.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in an area where off-road racing is REALLY popular (and big business), but this seemed rather … eh.  Guy didn’t plan the jump very well at all, and bit it. I’ve seen far worse!

  13. On the subject of airbags a friend told me his car was broken in to by people who triggered an accelerometer and fired the airbags. Doing that also unlocks the doors.

    •  thats silly, all you gotta do to break into a car is jab a screwdriver in between the glass and frame on any of the windows and wiggle it around. the glass should promptly shatter and not even trigger the alarm if you do it on a back window.

      which is why i doubt anyone would go the long way ’round to open the door, trigger the alarm, make noise, lights flashing etc.

      Experience: had my car broken into before.

      • phuzz says:

        Or even better, jam something in the top of the door, and bend it away from the frame enough to get a coathanger in.
        Bonus, after you’ve nicked the stereo the owner can just bend the door back by hand*

        Well, I thought it was quite a polite way of breaking into my car, a replacement door costs more than a cheap stereo.

        *(well, I had to use my knee as leverage)

  14. kichigaijin says:

     Is it wrong that my mind inserted the General Lee’s horn mid jump?

  15. Preston Sturges says:

    Damn air bag spilled his beer!

  16. lgpitman says:

    You notice there are no WIMMEN out there acting like goofy pre-pubescent idiots.

    Actually, now that I think about it, there are no wimmen commenting on it either. Guess they were all at home doing brain surgery and science projects.

  17. pjcamp says:

    Isn’t an airbag just a one-sided pillow fight?

  18. Cajun Exile says:

    The black spot on the dirt road is the contents of the crushed oil pan…

  19. agonist says:

    I’m unclear what was supposed to happen. It looks like what I would expect to happen happened and yet people are surprised?

  20. The only intelligent entity in this video is the vehicle.

  21. CLamb says:

    I don’t know who is responsible but popular use of the term “airbag” is a great public relations success.  It gives the impression of a nice fluffy pillow.  What really happens is that the shock wave from an unstable high explosive pushes a person back into the seat.  The bag part is there only to keep the pressure on for a few more seconds.