AEV hosts off road training in Florence, OR

“In February, AEV hosted its annual In-Field 4WD Training Program at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in Florence, Oregon. This program is instructed by AEV’s Chris Wood, who is a certified master instructor with the International 4WD Trainers Association. Each year this program draws AEV enthusiasts from across the U.S. and Canada and it introduces them to fundamental and advanced concepts in trip preparation, off-road driving, vehicle recovery and emergency protocols. Capping off the program is the amazing off-road driving experience afforded by the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. This experience includes miles of beach driving, the rush of cresting one massive dune after another and of course the breathtaking landscapes that include forests, rivers, lakes and coastal panoramas. If you missed the opportunity to attend this year’s program, but would like to attend in the future, please reach out to Chris Wood at: [email protected]

If you take a few minutes to look through the photos, you will notice a short-box, standard-cab RAM 1500 in Blue Streak Pearl. This beauty belongs to Brad Peden of Peden 4WD, in British Columbia, and he built it out with AEV’s new Front Bumper, Raised Air Intake, Mesa Wheels and 4″ DualSport Suspension. From the moment Brad put photos of this truck on social media, it was an instant hit, and we will admit to being excited when he said he was going to bring it to Florence for a shake-down on the dunes. If you ask Brad, he will tell you we all wondered if a half-ton truck belonged on the dunes, but we are here to tell you this thing turned out to be a monster!! With its wide track, short wheelbase, V8 power and DualSport Suspension, the RAM could be crab-walked across the face of massive dunes, flicked into turns and driven with gusto over coregations and moguls! Overall, this truck proved to be a serious jaw-dropper and it caused many in our group to ponder a new car payment.”

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 The Mesa wheel took on similar design cues as AEV’s Borah wheel for the Wrangler and adapted them for use on 1/2-ton Ram trucks. This proven design not only looks great, but is also capable of withstanding extremely heavy loads. AEV’s signature recessed valve stems provide added protection from rocks and other objects on the trail. The 18 x 8.5-inch Mesa features a Ram 1500-specific backspacing for the perfect fitment when using up to a 35 x 12.5-inch tire. This vehicle specific wheel design provides the optimal balance of tire clearance, scrub radius, and handling. Mesa smoothly integrates with the stock suspension system or with AEV’s 4” DualSport Suspension System.


Las Vegas–For years AEV has maintained a reputation for making a splash at the annual SEMA show. Well, in 2017, we’ve done so again—in a rather unexpected way. On October 31st Chevrolet opened its SEMA display by unveiling the Chevy Colorado ZR2 AEV Concept, a collaboration that integrates several AEV components on to Chevrolet’s already off-road capable ZR2 Platform. “I was amazed by the capability of stock ZR2 Colorado when I had the opportunity test it out in Moab”, says Dave Harriton. “The engineering team at Chevrolet really stepped it up when they designed and engineered the ZR2.” As of now, neither GM or AEV has any plans to produce this concept or parts, but if you like the build, feel free to engage with Chevrolet and AEV on social media and let us know! Read more about the Colorado – ZR2 AEV Concept >


“Overall, the 20th Anniversary Edition XL Prospector is a very cool kit that pieces together useful upgrades and unique styling elements to make a Cummins-powered 2500 into an amazing adventure truck. AEV also does a good job with branding the truck to have a unique appearance that isn’t overly flashy, and we like that the upgrades are engineered to work in harmony with many of the stock Ram components.”

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