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Out of the office: August 18th

Out of the office: August 18th

We will be on a Midwest Overland Society Trip from August 11th to the 18th and will be pretty well out of contact. I will respond to emails when I can and orders when I return.

Our trip will take us from the Badlands of South Dakota (SoDak) thru the Black Hills and terminate up towards Devils Tower in Wyoming. Contact me if you are interested in Midwest trips.

Thanks a ton,

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Jeremy

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2005 Toyota Tacoma Build

2005 Toyota Tacoma Build


A Canadian Customer called and asked us to get his 2005 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Short Bed ready for Overlanding.  After, several consultations calls with us, he was armed with some info and some options to choose his direction and priorities. Utilizing high quality Old Man Emu suspension, MAXTRAX, 4x Innovation Bolt-on Sliders, Eezi-Awn T-Top 1600 Roof Top Tent and an Expedition Ops Designs Low Height Bed Rack, we were able to take his Tacoma stock the ready to roll in the backcountry.  He arranged tires and powder coating back in Saskatchewan, allowing us to deliver a quick turnaround for he and his new Expo Rig.

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Hola from Baja! Expect Delays.

Hola from Baja! Expect Delays.

Expedition Ops will be in Baja Mexico testing product and shooting photography until the 27th of February 2012.  Please excuse any delay in responses or order fulfillment during this time. We will be checking email every few days and will respond to any orders and inquiries.

Orders will be fulfilled, with a probable delay.

Thanks again,

 

Jeremy

QuickFist Mounting solutions

QuickFist Mounting solutions

A simple and cost-effective mounting solution for almost any piece of gear. Instead of drilling holes to mount the shovel on the rear dual swing away bumper by 4x4Labs.com I used two Quick-Fists, bolted to each other, to secure each end of the shovel.

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Expedition Ops Rear Storage system

Expedition Ops Rear Storage system

We are currently building a storage system in the back of Rommel, the Lexus LX450, to help organize and secure gear while offroad and Overlanding.

The goal for this build is to keep weight down using 1/2″ aluminum tube for structure and 1/2″ furniture grade plywood for strength an durability. This is a test piece, as most prototypes are. Once tested, changes and improvements will be made to ensure durability and strength.

The storage system was modeled in Solidworks 3D CAD software, then the frame was mocked up in location for production dimensions.

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Bushranger X-Jack

Bushranger X-Jack

We just had a Bushranger X-Jack in the shop from ARB. This is a great product, very safe stable and packs nice and flat. If farm jacks make you nervous, try one of these out. They can be filled using compressed air or your vehicles own exhaust.  Here’s a quick video:

Expedition Ops Shower Mats

Expedition Ops Shower Mats

Expedition Ops Shower Mat Available for purchase HERE

During a hot shower while camping on Sheep Table Mountain in the Badlands of South Dakota, I realized that my feet were dirtier than when I’d started. “I need a shower mat,” I said to my friend Tim. And that was how this whole thing started:

At the time I was a designer for a big box retailer working on furniture that wouldn’t survive long and would end up in a landfill. I wasn’t happy contributing to 40,000+ units of landfill fodder, with every product I worked on, so I decided the first product I would design for my own company would be as ecologically sound as possible. My product mission: create from reused materials, make it rebuildable, use recyclable materials that age with character, and last but not least , solve the problem of dirty feet.

Reclaimed timber from an old building

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AZ Grand Traverse

AZ Grand Traverse

I will be out with the crews from Beyond The Lane TV Show, Equipt Expedition Outfitters, Overland Journal, and AEV, traversing the great state of Arizona from the SW corner, Yuma, to the South Rim of The Grand Canyon! This will be a full week of extreme exposure from 115º F at sea level to a comfortable 60º at 6,000′+ and some very technical Off Road sections.

Due to this, awesome trip, I will be un able to field orders during this week, but will respond promptly when I return into the office.

Follow our trip, via Scott Brady’s SPOT Locator.

Thanks for your understanding, as I’m sure you do after all, this is why we Overland.

Jeremy Womack

Overland Expo 2011

Overland Expo 2011

Overland Expo 2011 Video

The Overland Expo was a great experience for Expedition Ops Outfitters, we met travelers, friends, manufacturers and other like minded individuals.  This event helped us broaden our selection of product as well as our friend and network base.  I have now seen some of the best product in the market and am better equipt to help our customer base find the best solution to their overland travel needs.

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’03 Tacoma Double Cab Build in a week. Phase 2&3

’03 Tacoma Double Cab Build in a week. Phase 2&3

Picking up where we left off.  The parts arrived, just when we needed them, on Friday, thanks again to Kurt at Cruiser Outfitters for his knowledge and great customer service.  Our customer, was in a time crunch and giving up her truck during the week wasn’t feasible, so this was a weekend job.  We had to make a correction on the tires, once there were on the truck and driven, the traction wasn’t acceptable, so they were removed and sold quickly for no loss to the customer and Rich at Discount Tire in St. Paul took care of us with tires in stock and beat all prices, even on the internet.   If you need tires, tell Rich or Chris that Expedition Ops Outfitters sent you.

285/75R16's mounted and Old Man Emu Heavy's installed

Once the tires were mounted, we began to discover what work was ahead of us.  Pennsylvania rust!  Once we wrestled with the frozen bolts long enough, we decided to work on the front end and see if we could get replacement hardware in the morning and get the saw to persuade the rear leaf spring out.  It was time to prep for the morning, Coilovers!  The front suspension came out in a heartbeat, thankfully.  Off to bed for an early morning.   Coilovers to Auto Mex down the road from the shop, they have a great spring compressor, nothing sketchy.  Toyota for parts, hardware store for more cutting blades, and back to Auto Mex.  Back to the shop, Expedition Ops team member Tim wanted to get his hands dirty and play in the shop.  In no time the front end was back together, new coilovers installed, good thing I had a second set of hands for this.  Returning to the frozen rear suspension,  the angle grinder made simple work of that.  After cutting off all the u-bolts and leaf spring hangars,  the new suspension went in at a relaxed pace as we pulled parts for rust removal and paint.  The lift was done and torqued to spec by 6pm.  The height increase was perfect, just what we were hoping for.

Rear height from the ground, Old Man Emu heavy suspension

Front height from the ground, Old Man Emu heavy suspension

Sunday morning, the rest of the painting and the ARB were ready to be finished.  This took all day to address all the rust we wanted to manage, from the tailgate, to the bed rails.   Blacking out the grill and wheels, used a good part of the day.  I am a big fan of ARB, I personally run one of their bumpers on my Lexus LX450 and have used it to it intended purpose a couple time.  This bumper on the other hand left a few things to be desired.  I’m not afraid to drill holes to mount something, but ARB calls for drilling holes through their laser cut/formed parts, trimming was required to get the bumper to its mounting holes, and a tap removed enough powdercoat to make the weld nuts usable.  The bumper is a great piece, different tolerances than what I’m used to from ARB.  This certainly won’t keep me from buying and recommending their product.  The suspension on the other hand, went together flawlessly, that is critical.

Once the ARB bullbar was installed and all the painted parts were mounted back up, the truck looks killer and will get our customer out there, in stealthy style.

What a difference a week makes?  If you need help getting your vehicle from point A to B, give us a call, we’d love to talk trucks with you.

Jeremy