The powder coating on the bumper itself has held up very well. We don’t use the racks on a regular basis, which is probably a good thing as the powder coat on both the jerry can racks and the trail rack has a chipped a little. Other than that there is no rust or other finish issues besides the nice scratch we added to the driver’s side on Chinaman Gulch last summer.
While the bumper is much heavier than the stock plastic, it hasn’t changed the handling of the FJ too much. It’s noticeable that there is more weight in the rear, but we haven’t had any problem tackling moderate and many difficult trails since the install. Depending on your suspension setup, you may consider going to a slightly heavier spring if you’ll be using larger tires and the racks on a regular basis.
As one of the few rear FJ Cruiser bumpers with integrated tire carrier capable of handling 37” meats, the LoD bumper is a really great option. It’s built tough to handle plenty of gear and some of the most difficult trails. The added weight is expected for a heavy duty rear bumper, and the adjustable heims and greaseable hinge are great added features. At $1,909 retail for the full version we’re running it’s a little on the pricey side, but definitely worth it if you need all the add-ons and the ability to carry big tires.
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