Expedition One Trail Series Rear Bumper Review

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Expedition One Trail Series Rear Bumper Review

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  1. Thank you for this great write up. Since Expedition one was so incomplete on the install, I turned to your write up and was able to make my cuts and install my bumper much smoother. I have complained to EO, and they said they are working on it!


    Clint July 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm #
  2. Clint,

    I’m glad to hear the write up helped. There seem to be a lot of vendors out there that provide really quality products, but fall seriously short on proper installation documentation. I guess it’s a lower priority for some vendors, but I sure do appreciate the ones that take the time to add step-by-step instructions. I’m sure your feedback to EO has helped them realize that there is still room for improvement. Thanks for your comment!

    Expeditionr July 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm #
  3. All, a standard NAPA o-ring pt# 727-2040 will fit nicely in the cap (there is a groove machined for the o-ring). No more water in the bearings, unsure why EXP One didn’t follow through on such a litle detail.


    Rod August 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm #
  4. Rod,

    This is a great tip! I’m just over 90,000 miles now and plan to do a bit of extra maintenance this Spring to get everything up to snuff. This o-ring “upgrade” has now been officially added to my to-do list. So thanks!

    Expeditionr August 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm #
  5. Excellent write-up, nicely done~ You’ve saved me (and others, no doubt) a lot of time researching and figuring things out on their own.

    I’m looking into the EO bumper!


    Michael February 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm #
  6. Thanks for the compliments, Michael. Glad to be of help and good luck with your own purchase and installation!

    Expeditionr February 2, 2012 at 8:32 am #
  7. Love reading through your site. I have a couple questions if you don’t mind taking some time. Does your EXP ONE rear swing out show any signs of rusting? I am looking into a swing out but I fear the battle of a rusting bumper. Right now I am running a 295x70x17 Nitto Trail Grappler spare, with a single MPAC. Right now I am having a very slight rub on the top of the latch instead of the bar going directly into the center of the mechanism. Time for a swingout?

    Hewster May 31, 2013 at 8:33 am #
  8. Hello again, Hewster. My Expedition One rear bumper does have some rust, but only in places where I’ve managed to drag it across the rocks. 🙂 The rest of the bumper’s powder coating has held up very well with no signs of rust. Prior to the TrXus MT, I was running a 295x70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler, mounted to the stock tire carrier on the FJ’s rear door. One of the main reasons I moved to the swing-out bumper was that my latch assembly for the door was starting to catch when closing the door. In other words, the weight of the larger Nitto tire combined with the weight of (2) MPAC racks and gear mounted to the inside of the door, was causing the door to sag. So rather than wait around for the problem to get worse, I opted to purchase the EO bumper with the swing-out. Thankfully, once the bumper was installed and the tire was moved from the rear door to the bumper instead, the door catch now aligns properly again and closes without issue.

    Expeditionr May 31, 2013 at 10:31 am #
  9. Just fitted Expo bar last weekend. Great write up, helped a lot. Australian FJCs had few bits different (towbar and rear pk sensors) which require few extra mods but everything else is spot on.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Dan February 23, 2014 at 1:57 am #
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