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Ford Introes F-450 Harley Davidson and FX4 Cabela

A pick-up truck and a motorcycle, what they could possibly have in common? Technically nothing, but PR and marketing departments believe otherwise. At least those at Ford and Harley-Davidson who have just announced a special version of the F-450. To be completely honest, Cabela, a large outdoor outfitter, has also joined the special edition frenzy.

It's not the first time Ford and Harley are working together, and just like the F-250/350 SRW models, the F-450 features a unique blue-flame paint scheme that starts at the side vents and runs down to the box side of the truck. According to the press release, he flame design scheme is carried through to the interior gauges in the instrument panel. The custom perforated black leather wrapped seats, door panels and center console cover reveal blue leather underneath giving the same blue-flame effect as the exterior. Harley-Davidson badges are present on the fenders and tailgate, along with "Harley-Davidson" script located on the box side.

Cabela, on the other hand, focused on the FX4, whose package features a two-tone paint scheme in five colors: Ebony, Oxford White, Forest Green Metallic, Royal Red Metallic and Silver Metallic with Sterling Grey Metallic lower body accents, running boards and wheel lip moldings. Custom mud flaps and unique Cabela's badging finish off the exterior.

All in all, mostly finishing touched added to both editions, so you'd have to be a fan of either companies to be persuaded into purchasing.

For 2009 the FX4 adds standard PowerScope integrated power-fold, power-telescoping mirrors, power seats, privacy glass, integrated trailer brake controller, captain's chairs, and SIRIUS satellite radio. The most luxurious of the Super Duty line-up is the Lariat, which adds all of the new FX4 standard content as well as the reverse camera system, a power sliding rear window, heated seats, molded running boards, and SYNC, Ford's industry-exclusive, voice-activated hands-free communications and entertainment system.

Ford is offering Tough Bed, a unique, military-grade, factory-installed, spray-in bed liner for the first time on the 2009 F-Series Super Duty.

"Tough Bed is a smart solution for Ford Super Duty customers who want to better protect their most important asset – the pickup box," said Tom Aubrey, Ford F-Series Super Duty marketing manager.


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