MX3: Rear Bumper Swing-Out

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The rear bumper for the MX3 is originally off the MX1. Since that truck would get a new rear bumper, I decided to make up some new mounts and reuse it. Here’s the the original sections of the bumper when I was making it. The pivot was a leaf spring bushing. Not the best, but works none the less.

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The lock was a keyed receiver pin. Simple and effective. I used duck tape on my North America Expedition to keep the mud out of the key hole.

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First I removed the stock bumper.

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Then cut off the old mounting brackets and welded on new ones.

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After bolting the bottom portion on the Explorer, I built a fuel can holder and added reverse light.

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Overall, this was pretty quick of a swap and worked out well on the few trips I took.

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