Since 1997, American Expedition Vehicles has been on the cutting edge of the 4WD industry, constantly pushing the boundaries of design and innovation. After a number of years working with the Wrangler, we recognized that there was a void in the industry for a full-size off-road truck that offers more cargo capacity and towing capability, particularly in the growing overland travel market with its requirements for extended range, payload and towing. We set out to design a vehicle that would fill this void.
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The first step was to select a base vehicle platform that was both well-engineered from the factory and had a robust drivetrain that was capable of withstanding the demands of rigorous off-road use. With its heavy duty suspension, exceptional towing capacity and world renowned powertrain, we felt that the Ram would be a natural fit.

When it came to the design, we were not satisfied with simply following the same formula as everyone else. In the full size truck market, oftentimes fitting 35" tires on a truck results in suspension lifts of 6-8" or more, which can compromise ride and handling. We sought out a different solution. In approaching the Ram, we employed many of the same engineering and design philosophies that we have used on the Wrangler. The goal was the same: to create a system of individual components that work in harmony with each other to enhance the overall look, driving experience and capability of the vehicle.

We started with front end protection, an absolute necessity for anyone who will be traveling to remote locations. We designed a 3/16" thick, stamped steel Front Bumper System to provide superior protection and accommodate a 16,500lb winch. The bumper utilizes a unique modular design that will allow the customer to choose from a variety of functional and styling options to suit their individual needs.

From there we moved on to wheel and suspension. We wanted to break the mold of the traditional "lifted truck" methodology and set out to fit the largest tire possible with the least amount of lift. The size and shape of the truck's wheel wells are responsible for the oversized lifts generally required to clear larger tires on trucks. Rather than attempt to design a 10-inch suspension that still had acceptable handling characteristics, we attacked the problem at the source and opened up the wheel well. Similar to the concept of our TJ Highline Kit, this truck's innovative flares allow us to fit bigger tires with less lift. And by keeping the suspension to a reasonable height, that allows our engineers to deliver the type of ride and handling that our JK DualSport suspensions are known for. Add to that the Katla, our newest stylish high-strength wheel design and you've got a total package that breaks the mold.

An AEV Ram on 40-inch tires with only 3 inches of lift? It may be surprising... or if you've been following our evolution closely it might be exactly what you expected. Either way, the AEV Ram Concept is truly unlike any other full-size vehicle on the market, and this is just the beginning. So please stay tuned and sign up below to receive newsletter updates as we move forward with this exciting new venture.

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...the capability that AEV has is simply at level that could be considered unobtainable by a majority of the 4WD aftermarket—with most of it is done right here in the United States. As Scott Brady said, "AEV's growth and refinement has left most of their competition in the dark ages of hammers, welders and grinders."

First Look: AEV Dodge Ram 2500 Expedition Portal

...there are modifications on the market that can make a truck a better true work truck, a Baja racer, or a show truck. But that doesn't take care of owners whose needs are more biased toward the great outdoors, the people who have a slide-in camper, or tow a boat. Those that want some of the products that make their trucks better equipped to handle off-roading and life outdoors. Enter AEV's Ram Concept Vehicle.

AEV's SEMA Ram Concept Vehicle Truck Trend

AEV recognized how popular the Wrangler bolt on market has been and decided it would address the full size truck void by offering parts that would increase a full size truck’s ability off road. What they came up with was a great looking truck with high ground clearance as well as a low center of gravity and superior front end protection.

AEV Debuts Ram Concept Truck at SEMA Show 2013 Diesel Power Magazine