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Unread 07-03-2007, 11:31 AM   #1
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expedition one rear bumper with tire carrier

The first time I saw this bumper I was intrigued. Expidition one makes some great armor for all vehicles not just jeeps. The owners are hardcore wheelers and when designing the tire carrier they spoke with many people that wheel and asked them what they would like in a bumper. I love this bumper, its not the cheapest bumper around but I think this is one of the highest quality bumpers made. I didnt get any good pics of the installation so you will have to use your imagination!

The first thing I did once unpacking the bumper was to install the included tie in bumper braces. No holes had to be drilled it uses the factory through holes. Once you do that you can install the bumper. This is much easier if you have someone that can do the other side while you do one side


next remove the factory wheel carrier off from the lift gate. Keep your bumpstops and bolts because you will reuse them. Then I installed the plate that mounts to the liftgate. no holes have to be drilled on this kit at all. It reuses the holes that were in the lift gate from the OE carrier. Make sure to keep the bolts loose so you can fine tune the carrier later on.


Before you put the carrier onto the spindle it makes it much easier to remove the passenger side tailight, then deal with the close quarters of putting the carrier onto the spindle. Then you will want to insert the races into the carrier by a press, or in my case a hammer and brass punch.



Do not tighten the carrier on yet, now your ready to install the linkage between the liftgate and the carrier. This is where the fine tuning comes in. Basically you want to make sure when the liftgate is closed that the carrier will be held snug against your bumpstop. The linkage can be shortened or lengthened depending one what you need to make it fit correctly. As you can tell from this picture I need to lower the plate that mounts on the lift gate so that it doesnt inerfere with the linkage.



Once you get the linkage set where everything is snug, you can tighten up the plate on the liftgate, and you can remove the carrier from the spindle. Then pack the bearings, install the seal that goes onto the bottom of the carrier, reinstall the carrier and tighten it down with a 36mm socket. Lastly install the tire mount onto the carrier and the machined aluminum spindle cover. I have drove about 50 miles so far and have had no rattles or anything that resembles it not holding securely. I plan on testing this out soon to see how it does on the trails. One nice feature is how it wraps around the sides of the jeep, and notice how it covers up the gap between your tub and frame.....very slick.





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Unread 07-03-2007, 01:50 PM   #2
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Ah that's the tire carrier I was looking at before. It's nice to see more pictures of it since not many people had it before. Looks amazing.

By the way, I think I saw you at Cruisin' Downriver. Were you with another TJ that was either black or dark blue?

Nice plate!
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Unread 07-03-2007, 02:23 PM   #3
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That thing reeks of $$$$, but it looks good.
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Unread 07-03-2007, 04:39 PM   #4
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Ah that's the tire carrier I was looking at before. It's nice to see more pictures of it since not many people had it before. Looks amazing.

By the way, I think I saw you at Cruisin' Downriver. Were you with another TJ that was either black or dark blue?

Nice plate!

haha yeah I actually met up with a guy from another forum, and his jeep is black. What were you driving in?
Thanks for the compliments Im very pleased with the bumper. I know when I was comparing prices to all of the other big name tire carriers it was the same price and IMO its a much more refined carrier.
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Expidition one trail series rear bumper and carrier
Edge Trail jammer install/review
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Unread 07-03-2007, 04:40 PM   #5
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That thing reeks of $$$$, but it looks good.
its not cheap but im yet to see a quality made tire carrier that is cheap....from the words of a wise man (Jerry) do it once do it right
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Unread 07-03-2007, 05:15 PM   #6
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That is one sweet lookin bumper. You will have to post a few updates from time to time as you get a few more miles on with this setup !

Very interested in that Expedition One. Darn nice.
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Unread 07-03-2007, 06:37 PM   #7
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barry1me

That is one sweet lookin bumper. You will have to post a few updates from time to time as you get a few more miles on with this setup !

Very interested in that Expedition One. Darn nice.

will do thats the plan. Im hoping to get some flex this weekend and see how it performs. Talking with the owner of the company James he said that the carrier has been tested at full flex and it doesnt inhibit the function of the carrier what so ever.
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Unread 07-03-2007, 06:52 PM   #8
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i like it, i like it alot.
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Unread 07-03-2007, 07:08 PM   #9
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Nice bumper, how long did it take for delivery? Thanks And if you dont mind how much did it cost? Your right they all cost alot and I dont mind to get quality.
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Unread 07-03-2007, 08:00 PM   #10
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this is nice. it looks like a cross between the bestop and a full out bumper carrier. my question is does it chage the feel of the ride? it seems to be tying the rear door to the bumper which seems like it might transfer some road vibes from the frame to the body. I assume the link is not completely rigid but once the door is shut it seems like it would tighten everything up to be almost a rigid link from frame to body.
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Unread 07-04-2007, 07:56 AM   #11
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this is nice. it looks like a cross between the bestop and a full out bumper carrier. my question is does it chage the feel of the ride? it seems to be tying the rear door to the bumper which seems like it might transfer some road vibes from the frame to the body. I assume the link is not completely rigid but once the door is shut it seems like it would tighten everything up to be almost a rigid link from frame to body.
I can see what your saying about how it is almost like a hybrid bumper carrier. Actually the only thing different from a traditional bumper carrier and this is this uses linkage to stay in place where as a regular one uses some type of latch to hold it to the bumper. I havent noticed any change in ride It doesnt put that kinda force on the carrierwhen you close it. I just have it tight enough that it will hold, I dont have it binding hard.
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Unread 07-04-2007, 05:58 PM   #12
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haha yeah I actually met up with a guy from another forum, and his jeep is black. What were you driving in?
Thanks for the compliments Im very pleased with the bumper. I know when I was comparing prices to all of the other big name tire carriers it was the same price and IMO its a much more refined carrier.
I was in a muddy green Rubicon on 33's.

The crowds sucked there this year. Last year, it seemed like everyone was cool and really nice. A lot of people this year were like "OH DO A BURN OUT!" and then if the person did a burn out, they'd call the cops over and tell them the car that did it. I refused to do one for this group of drunken guys that were pointing out cars to cops, so he started yelling to the cops that I didn't have any doors so I should get a ticket...
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Unread 07-05-2007, 06:53 AM   #13
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I was in a muddy green Rubicon on 33's.

The crowds sucked there this year. Last year, it seemed like everyone was cool and really nice. A lot of people this year were like "OH DO A BURN OUT!" and then if the person did a burn out, they'd call the cops over and tell them the car that did it. I refused to do one for this group of drunken guys that were pointing out cars to cops, so he started yelling to the cops that I didn't have any doors so I should get a ticket...
lol this year was very lame. Talking with a few of the cops they said they actually didnt care if anyone did a burn out as long as the commander or upper officers werent around. The big pricks that were there were MSP. I was driving the Diesel around, and everyone kept telling my truck doesnt have anything, and to smoke them up.....so I generously smoked them...not the tires....exhaust smoke all over the dummies They didnt ask me after that
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Unread 01-26-2009, 10:08 PM   #14
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how much did it cost?
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Unread 06-30-2009, 10:10 AM   #15
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This bumper runs about 1200-1300$ shipped depending on where you live.

OP: How has the bumper been holding up over the last 2 years? I am considering picking it up but would like some more reviews of the TJ rear. I know the powder coater they were using before was not the best but I am told they just got a new company they are going through and the process is much better.
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