AEV Reveals New Products for Wrangler JL and Colorado at 2018 SEMA

The patience of AEV customers was rewarded at the recent SEMA show when the company provided a first look at several parts for the new Jeep JL Wrangler.

While some of the new products shown at the massive SEMA Show in early November are still in the prototype phase and may change slightly before they are released, from late 2018 into 2019.

Don’t worry, AEV’s future product line for the JL Wrangler will not be limited to just the products that were shown at SEMA either. They have been working on a number of other parts and accessories that are still in the early stages of development at this time.

AEV is extremely appreciative of and humbled by JL owners clamoring for its new JL content and the time invested in OE-level design, tooling, engineering, and testing of all products before release will ultimately reward customers for their patience.

“People were really excited to see all our new products for the JL Wrangler,” said AEV Marketing Director Matt Feldermann. “Prior to SEMA, I think everyone assumed we were working on JL products but it was almost a year into the JL Wrangler and nobody saw anything from us yet. Our goal is always to deliver the highest quality products to our customers and in order to develop those products, it takes time. A year later, I think it was worth the wait. We are really happy with the way everything turned out and are looking forward to expanding our JL Wrangler product line even further.”

In addition to the JL Wranglers, AEV showed a customized version of the all-new Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison, which features several factory-installed parts manufactured in a first-of-its-kind collaboration between an OEM and an aftermarket supplier (Chevy/AEV).

AEV plans to produce a number of additional components for Bison, available directly from AEV and its Authorized Dealer network, beginning in 2019. AEV’s Bison vehicle at SEMA featured many products that it will market to Colorado’s Z71, ZR2, and Bison models.

AEV also used the SEMA show to demonstrate its continued dedication to the latest and greatest in manufacturing technology.

In addition to parts that display AEV’s distinctive knack for great design, scale and fitment, the custom JL and Bison vehicles shown feature several components made of Hot Stamped Boron Steel—the first products built with this material anywhere in the Jeep aftermarket.

AEV is utilizing this ultra-high-strength steel for the Bison Skid Plate System and on the Modular Front Bumper for the JL Wrangler. The material allows for a significant reduction in weight while exponentially increasing strength and durability.

“@mr.k.ler: Hands down one of the sickest 2 door JL out there right now. AEV never disappoints.”

AEV Parts for JL Wrangler: The First Wave

AEV's new modular bumper for JL Wrangler at SEMA 2018 Modular Front Bumper

  • Manufactured with lightweight but extremely durable Hot Stamped Boron Steel
  • 20 lbs. lighter than AEV JK Bumper (plans afoot to make JL bumper compatible with JK)
  • Can be fitted in full-width or “stubby” configuration
  • Choose from separate wing sections for either JL Wrangler fender flare configurations (Rubicon or Sport/Sahara)
  • AEV designed 7” auxiliary lights and mounts
  • Skid plate with integrated LED light mounts
  • AEV designed Winch Mount and Hawse Fairlead
  • Nodular iron recovery points
  • Hi-Lift jack points

The new rear bumper and tire carrier for Wrangler JL AEB premiered at SEMA 2018

Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier

  • Similar design to JK Rear Bumper System but with several new features
  • Both Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier can be installed and used individually or function together as a system
  • Rear door opens by use of tailgate handle only (no secondary latch)
  • Allows for use of factory backup camera
  • Accepts 3rd brake light
  • Optional Backup Light and mount
  • Accepts factory rear backup censors
  • Optional License Mount doubles as a fold-down rear step for roof access

“@the_amzn_cruzer: That rear bumper w the built in step and that stubby front bumper!!! I was about to buy a set from elsewhere… but after seeing these… I’m going to wait for them to come out!! Love the clean look and versatility!!! Please announce when they are available. Great job AEV!”

AEV's new 2.5 inch dual sport suspension for Wrangler JL

2.5” DualSport RT (Road and Trail) Suspension

  • Like AEV’s JK suspension systems, brings OE-level engineering expertise to correct suspension geometry on a lifted vehicle
  • New triple-rated frequency-tuned coil springs
  • Custom-tuned Bilstein 5100 series shocks; painted to prevent corrosion
  • Raised rear track bar tower
  • Clears 35” tires on JL models with lower fender flares (Sport, Sahara) and 37” tires on high-line fender flares (Rubicon)
  • Note: AEV will be offering a 2” Spacer Lift for JL in the near future

Snorkel

  • Separate Snorkels available for both JL Wrangler fender flare heights
  • Ties into factory air box
  • Choose traditional Air Ram inlet or High Efficiency Dust Filtration System inlet
  • Snorkel supported by AEV supplied bracket to provide clearance for fold-down windshield

Savegre II Wheels

  • Updated styling from original Savegre Wheel for JK models
  • Englarged center cap allows factory backup camera to mount inside when deployed as a spare tire
  • Wheel size 17” x 8.5”; features a +25 mm offset
  • Updated versions of AEV’s Borah and Pintler Wheels will also be available for JL specific fitment
  • AEV plans to add yellow center caps for all JL wheel styles in the future

“@sgt_vest: “The level of perfection is definitely a step above the competition. Seeing your rigs in person was the highlight of SEMA for me.”

AEV Reveals Proposed Parts for Colorado ZR2 Bison

AEV Products on a Colorado

In 2018, Chevrolet announced production plans for its Colorado ZR2 Bison mid-sized pickup, expected to be in dealer showrooms in January 2019. The Bison will be the most off-road capable truck in its class and will feature several factory-installed components co-produced by Chevy and AEV.

This most extreme Colorado yet pushes the boundaries of Chevrolet off-road ability with features that optimize the rock crawling and overlanding capabilities already present on the Z71 and ZR2 models.

For maximum protection of key undercarriage elements while driving over rocky, jagged terrain, Bison features five skid plates that cover the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case and both front and rear locking differentials.

Designed by AEV, these skid plates also offer another rarity for a production vehicle in that they are constructed of hot-stamped Boron steel, a cutting edge material that increases strength and durability while reducing weight.

That focus on off-road protection also extends to the AEV-designed stamped steel front and rear bumpers, which offer excellent protection while traversing obstacles like rocks and logs.

Trail recovery is another key component of these bumpers, with the front featuring winch provisions and recovery points integrated into the rear. Bison also features standard fog lights below the traditional headlights.

The 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires wrap all-new, ZR2 Bison-specific 17x 8 inch aluminum wheels. The truck comes standard with an all-terrain ZR2 Bison spare tire and special larger ZR2 Bison fender flares. The Bison-specific wheels and fender flares were also co-developed by AEV.

In addition to the AEV/Chevy collaborative components available on the stock Bison, AEV will also offer multiple Colorado-specific parts for Z71, ZR2, and ZR2 Bison models beginning in January, 2019 and in the months and years ahead.

AEV’s 2018 SEMA Bison build included the following parts that definitely will (or will likely) be available as aftermarket parts for Bison soon:

  • Crestone DualSport Wheel: Operates as a true beadlock wheel, a non-beadlock wheel with a protection ring, or with no ring at all (available January, 2019)
  • Snorkel with optional High Efficiency Dust Filtration System (available January, 2019)
  • Stock Bison Front Bumper with AEV-added Vision X Fog Lights, Vision X LED Light Bar, Low Tube Center Section for front grill protection, Warn winch, and Hawse fairlead
  • Two (2) additional skid plates
  • Chevy Performance Stage 3 suspension