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

’03 Tacoma Double Cab Build in a week. Phase 1

’03 Tacoma Double Cab Build in a week. Phase 1

Toyota Tacoma Lift OME ARB BFG

Stock size tires, chrome side steps, just as it rolled into the shop...

Toyota Tacoma Lift OME ARB BFG

285/75R16 BFG ATs, Side steps delete, Tundra wheels, more work to come...

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Fresh Water Tank Installation

Fresh Water Tank Installation

We couldn’t leave it alone!  This was Tim’s trailer in 2009, a very capable M100 Korean War era military 1/4 ton trailer converted for off road use.  I took this beast out to Lockhart Basin, UT and on to the N. Rim of the Grand Canyon, the long way. (as seen at the top of the screen behind myLexus LX450)

The trailer has since been heavily modified, Swing out tire carrier and tailgate redesign, gas can carriers, LED lights, Propane platforms/mud guards, fresh paint,… read more »

Basic to Advanced Winching DVD Free shipping

Basic to Advanced Winching DVD Free shipping

We are proud to announce a new product:

Badlands Off Road. Expedition Ops Outfitters is now carrying Tom Sevrin’s new Basic to Advanced Winching DVD.  We first heard about Tom and his teachings through the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Ut, where he was guiding some of the events trails.  Over the years, we have learned that Tom is an industry expert, instructing recreationalists to government agencies.

This last December our friends at Trasharoo and Expedition Ops Outfitters offered Basic to Advanced Winching DVD as a gift with all Trasharoo purchases, this was our first opportunity to review this great DVD.  Having seen several winching DVD’s we feel that the content of this DVD is some of the most inclusive. Expedition Ops has decided to offer this to you, our customer.  We could go on about how great we think this DVD is, for $24 you can have your own copy sent to you for your library.

If you and your friends are looking for that education or adventure offroading, check out Tom’s site 4x4training.com Don’t forget to tell him that your friends at Expedition Ops Outfitters sent you.

Happy New Year and Trails,

Jeremy

Upper Midwest Overland Run

Upper Midwest Overland Run

Have you ever wanted to take that 4wd truck and explore your backyard or somebody else’s?  If the answer is yes, you are not alone.

Expedition Ops will be hosting a trip planning meeting the 12th of January.

Here are some of the questions we plan to address:

-Where are we going?

-How long will we be gone?

-What difficulty will we face?

-What is the intended route?

-What States will we travel through?

On top of addressing some of these questions, we will also have some beverages and brats.  Our friends at South Lyndale Liquors will be helping manage our thirsts and we will be providing some grub.

Let me know if you would like to come meet some like minded folks and talk Topo Maps!

Jeremy

Great Expo!

Great Expo!

Thanks to all who stopped by.

Expedition Ops had a great time at the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo.  Tim and I were able to meet a lot of great people and talked about some great trips that people are planning and trips that we’ve had.  Everything from Gary who wants to travel the states but doesn’t want an RV to Jake, who’d like to better his Toyota Forerunner so that his truck can keep up with his travels even better.

Midwest Mountaineering Fall Outdoor Adventure ExpoFront Runner Expander chair

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Eezi-Awn Series 2000 2.5M Awning just arrived

Eezi-Awn Series 2000 2.5M Awning just arrived

Great Awning!

I received our first Eezi-Awn Series 2000 awning as a sample for our upcoming Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Expo.  This thing is fantastic.  First impressions when I pulled it out of the box was how clean the anodyzed aluminum looks, the awning material is very stout and looks like it will hold up to the beating I’ll give it.  After the excitement of pulling it out of the package, I set out to make some mounts for the awning.  I just grabbed some scrap steel I had laying around and fabbed these up real quick and they work great.

Eezi-Awn Mount installed back sideEezi-Awn Awning Mounts

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Outdoor Expo Nov. 19th-21st 2010

Outdoor Expo Nov. 19th-21st 2010

Midwest Mountaineering’s Winter Outdoor Expo

Coming up this November 19-21st.  Expedition Ops will be at the Expo for our second time.  First Expo we recieved alot of “what’s that?” and heard even more “thats cool!”  We will be prepared with product from 6 of our 7 brand partners, Eezi-Awn, Mombasa, National Luna, Front Runner, Trasharoo, and Adventure Trailers.  Not to mention the unveiling of an Expedition Ops first ever prototype reveal. read more »