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Thursday, 03 October 2013 14:02

Austrailian Safari - Gascoyne River

When we read that in the roadbook for Leg 4 SS1, I admit to panicking a bit. I'd done water crossings but 600 meters worth? We hunted down some of the repeat Safari competitors and learned it was just a river bed so 600m of sand, reminiscent I'm sure of the fesh fesh we found in Morocco. The key would be to keep moving. Or try to jump it maybe?

No such axle breaking fun for us, we just drove across. The rest of the leg was pretty brutal, filled with cautions; single, double and triple. A caution in the roadbook is marked by 1, 2 or 3 exclamation points. As it was explained to us, a single caution, you can take a look and maybe slow a bit. For a double, you want to slow much more. For the rare triples, it's time to crawl. The rest of the leg was spent zooming when possible but mostly slowing down for creeks, gutters, hairpin turns through gates and just general roughness. Tricia was really on top of her game as the instructions came fast and often.

SS2 was much more of a driver's stage with more smooth sweeping sections with fewer instructions and a chance to run up some speed. We got our first sight of emu and a rare sighting of a dingo (no baby in mouth). The biggest excitement of the day was pulling into the bivouac and Dan Cambell-Lloyd saying to us "You didn't blow your engine?". There was a mix up somewhere on the radio and our crew was expecting us to be pulled in by recovery, not wheeling in as usual. Given the number of competitors who had mechanical problems or crashes by that point, we were happy to have that rumor be false.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 13:56

Austrailian Safari - Leg 2

Well, we had good intentions of posting on a daily basis as we went through Safari but the combination of spotty wifi and plain old fatigue put us off. Now for some catch up -

Leg 2 was the first introduction to bull dust, otherwise known as "Stop the car! We must have a flat" Yes, it's that slick. It looks tame enough; dark, soft and the color of an old terra cotta pot. I learned quite quickly to be very alert for changes in the color of the dirt we were driving on. After backing down a little on speed, we began to get the hang of where and when to slow into turns and crests to not lose control. The time we spent in Morocco proved very valuable in recognizing the changes in terrain that required a change in speed. A single km of track would often contain many types of dirt along with the occasional anthill, gutter or dry creek crossing.

The following day was more of the same in the Gascoyne Junction area. Stage 1 was like a preview for the much longer Stage 2, which took over 4 hours to complete. We really became aware of the hazards on the course. One of the autos, a Holden, rolled the day before and there were several competitors who were already out of the race due to mechanical problems. Our strategy of "stay smart, get to the finish" looked like a good one and we just needed to hang tight. Minor issues like a flat between SS1 and SS2 plagued us, leading to a return to the bivouac almost in the dark. We started the stage late but even with the tire change delay, finished in plenty of time and avoided any late penalties.

Forbes Magazine wanted to learn more about AEV and our vehicles, so we invited them to join us for a day on the trail at this year's Moab Easter Jeep Safari.

To read the full article, click here.

AEV's Dave Harriton was recently a guest on Adam Carolla's CarCast to talk about AEV and discuss the upcoming release of our Brute Double Cab. If you would like to listen to the podcast, you can do so by clicking on the link below.

Click here to listen to this episode of CarCast

Thursday, 29 November 2012 07:59

AEV's Brute Double Cab featured in Autoweek

AEV's Brute Double Cab was recently featured in the Novemeber 12th issue of Autoweek. To view this article, click on the link below.

Click here to view the article.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:03

New AEV Apparel

AEV is proud to announce the release of our all-new apparel line-up. These designs are not your standard boring logo t-shirts and are sure to grab the attention of Jeepers everywhere. We have switched to a softer, high quality athletic cut t-shirt that is proudly made in the USA. Our 100% cotton t-shirts not only provide a modern fit, but are also made to hold up well over time.

AEV shirts are a great gift idea for AEV fans and Jeep enthusiasts alike. All shirts are in-stock and ready to ship, so beat the rush and order yours today!

Friday, 16 November 2012 14:31

New From AEV - AEV Saws and Camp Hatchet

AEV is proud to announce the release of the AEV Saws and Camp Hatchet, the perfect accessories for your Jeep. These Saws and Camp Hatchet are manufactured for us by Silky in Ono, Japan—home to the finest cutlery steel known to man.

These premium, folding blade saws and hatchet are ideal for the serious off-road enthusiast who refuses to turn back when a trail is obstructed. The AEV Saws and Camp Hatchet have both been thoroughly field tested for durability and now accompany us on all of our back country excursions.

With the holidays right around the corner, the AEV Saws and Camp Hatchet are the perfect gift idea for the hard to shop for off-road enthusiast who has it all.

AEV KATANABOY
The AEV KatanaBoy is an essential off-road tool for the true enthusiast. Unfolded, this saw measures nearly four feet long and makes clearing downed trees a breeze, which can be especially useful when traveling through heavily wooded terrain.

The AEV KatanaBoy features a long, well-balanced, taper-ground blade with an impulse-hardened, non-set tooth design that provides extended working reach, faster cutting and handles large limbs and trunks with virtually no effort. The non-slip, two-handed, rubberized handle provides a sure and comfortable grip even in the muddiest, wettest 4WD conditions. Includes a sturdy nylon case which includes a pocket for replacement blades.

  • Blade Length: 19 3/4"
  • Overall Length: 46 3/8"
  • Weight: 2 lbs


AEV BIGBOY
The little brother to the KatanaBoy, the AEV BigBoy will be right at home under the seat of your Jeep, but is also small enough to be packed on a motorcycle or snowmobile. With 5.5 teeth per inch and a rubber-cushioned, double-fist handle, you'll have all the cutting power you need to clear a trail or cut firewood, all in a compact package.

The AEV BigBoy features a low angle curve, hard chrome-plated blade that is well suited for cutting branches and climbs. Its well-balanced, taper-ground blade with impulse-hardened non-set tooth design provides an extended working reach, faster cutting and handles large limbs and small trunks with no effort. The non-slip two-handed rubberized cushioned handle provides a sure and comfortable grip even in the most difficult 4WD conditions. The AEV BigBoy is the ideal multi-purpose folding saw for cutting big jobs down to size.

  • Blade Length: 14 1/5"
  • Overall Length: 30 1/8"
  • Weight: 1 lb


AEV ONO
Looking for a Jeeper's best friend? While small and compact, this feisty chunk of Japanese craftsmanship won’t let you down when it comes to clearing trails or cutting up small timber for that evening fire. From the moment you handle the AEV Ono, you will know it is destined for your next venture into the great outdoors and will become a regular part of your camping gear for a long time to come. Includes a custom-fitted carrying case with a matching hole-hanger.

  • Blade Length: 4.7"
  • Weight: 1.76 lbs (2.09 lbs w/ sheath)

AEV Saws and Camp Hatchet are covered by a limited lifetime warranty against defects in material and workmanship. This warranty does not cover replacement or repair due to misuse, abuse, mishandling, shipping damage, or normal wear and tear and is applicable for NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY.

Thursday, 16 August 2012 11:08

New From AEV - Cordura® Headrest Covers

AEV is pleased to announce the release of our Cordura® Headrest Covers. These Headrest Covers are designed to be the perfect compliment to the AEV Cordura® Seat Covers. Just like our Seat Covers, the Headrest Covers are made from 1000 denier Cordura®, one of the toughest materials on the planet. With a waterproofing element that is "milled" into the backside of the fabric, they are more durable and longer lasting than neoprene and offer better water protection by repelling water away from your headrests.

Key Features:

  • Embroidered AEV Bison Logo (front headrests only)
  • Made of waterproof, 1000 denier Cordura®
  • More durable than neoprene
  • Machine washable
  • Simple installation

Please Note: Front and rear headrest covers are sold separately based on vehicle year, model and interior color.

Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:46

New From AEV - JK Roof Rack

AEV is pleased to announce the release of our highly anticipated Roof Rack for the 2007+ Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited. This exceptionally lightweight, extruded aluminum roof rack is designed specifically to be easy to live with and is intended to carry bulky cargo during your next back county excursion.

Every aspect of the AEV Roof Rack has been carefully thought through in typical AEV fashion. This rack features a sleek, low profile design for minimal wind noise. The Roof Rack's wide floor planks are not only easy to walk on or sleep on, but also integrate hidden “T” slot tracks so that semi-permanent accessory mounts or tie downs are a breeze. AEV utilizes mounting brackets that pass through the hard top and attach securely to the Jeep’s roll bar. This creates a very strong, secure mounting system that evenly distributes the weight of your cargo directly to the roll bar, placing no load on the hard top itself.

The outer edges of the AEV Roof Rack feature AEV’s black textured powder coat finish for a very clean look that will compliment your other AEV products. The aluminum floor planks feature an anodized finish to reflect heat, thus keeping the vehicle’s interior cooler in hot climates. This combination of extruded aluminum and a quality surface coating, work together to make the AEV Roof Rack highly corrosion resistant.
 
An optional Full Rail Kit is available to add unique styling and enhanced cargo management capabilities to the AEV Roof Rack. This extruded aluminum, rail kit features a durable black powdercoat finish which complements the Roof Rack as well as your other AEV accessories. The Full Rail Kit will add an additional 3” to the overall height of the AEV Roof Rack. To further aid with cargo management, optional Eye-Bolt Tie Downs provide a secure tie down point for your cargo. These Tie Downs easily attach to the Roof Rack platform by utilizing the T-slots located on each of the floor planks and are sold as a set of two. 

Key Features:

  • Cargo platform measures 76” X 55”
  • Total installed weight is 68 lbs.
  • Adds less than 4” to the overall vehicle height when installed.
  • Mounts through the hard top, directly to the OE roll bar creating the ultimate mounting system.
  • Wide floor planks with traction ribs for an easy to walk on/easy to sleep on surface.
  • Features “T-slots” for securely mounting just about anything.
  • Super low profile design keeps wind noise to a minimum.
  • Lightweight, all aluminum extrusion and glass filled nylon construction is highly corrosion resistant.
  • Includes a satellite radio relocation bracket to prevent Roof Rack interference.
  • Does not interfere with the OE overhead soundbar.
  • Rack does not interfere with OE Freedom Top panel removal.
  • Optional Full Rail Kit and Eye-Bolt Cargo Tie Downs sold separately.

Installation Notes:

  • Requires assembly prior to installation.
  • Not compatible with 2-Door Jeep JK Wrangler models.
  • Factory hard top required for installation.
  • The installation of this item requires drilling through the hard top.
  • Adding additional cargo weight may have an adverse effect on the handling and stability characteristics of your vehicle. Please consult your owner's manual.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 14:30

New From AEV - Second Generation JK Snorkel

AEV is proud to announce the release of the second generation JK Snorkel. This redesigned Snorkel is now available for all 2007+ JK models, including 2012+ JK Wrangler's equipped with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine. The second generation JK Snorkel features a significantly larger 4" air inlet tube diameter for increased air flow to satisfy the requirements of the 3.6L Pentastar V6, 3.8L V6 and 2.8L CRD diesel engines as well as the 6.4L HEMI and 5.7L HEMI V8 engines when used in conjunction with the AEV HEMI Airbox Kit. The shape of the air intake tube on the JK Snorkel has also been redesigned to compliment the contours of the JK's body.

The AEV JK Snorkel now comes standard with an Air Ram inlet, which is designed to draw in fresh air and separate rain water from the air charge. It is incredibly rugged and well suited for wooded terrain where impacts with trees and branches are likely.

For vehicles that are exposed to dry, desert terrain where heavy dust is likely, an all-new self-cleaning Pre-Filter Assembly is available as an optional accessory. Our Pre-Filter Assembly is used in both heavy duty military and commercial vehicles worldwide because of its rugged construction and extremely long service life. The maintenance-free, self-cleaning design separates dirt and debris from the air charge and ejects the debris out of the Pre-Filter Assembly as the vehicle travels down the road.

Installation requires only minor modifications to the stock JK hood or it fits perfectly with AEV's Heat Reduction Hood with no cutting necessary.

Key Features:

  • Now available for 2012+ 3.6L Pentastar V6.
  • Compatible with AEV HEMI V8 applications when used in conjunction with the AEV HEMI Airbox Kit.
  • Cross-link polyethylene construction.
  • Huge 4" air inlet allows for increased air flow over the previous generation AEV Snorkel.        
  • Installs directly into the stock JK air box inlet without modification.
  • Exact fit to the JK body contours.        
  • Attaches to JK body utilizing all factory bolt holes.        
  • Optional self cleaning Pre-Filter sold separately
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