American Expedition Vehicles

North Carolina's Uwharrie National Forest is laced with off-road-vehicle trails, the most notorious of which, Daniel, is rated extremely difficult. Daniel's vehicle-mangling brutality is such that the park plans to fill in some of the more treacherous ledges, smoothing out the boulder-strewn ascent to render the terrain more accessible. Lucky for me, they haven't done that yet, because I'm here with the American Expedition Vehicles JK350. And it doesn't need any help...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:58

AEV Featured in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal's Joseph White recently spent some time with AEV as well as with one of our customers. He came away with a good idea of where AEV stands in the Jeep Wrangler aftermarket industry.

"Mr. McConnell used to drive a Hummer H2, a hulking truck that got about 11 miles to the gallon. Now that Hummer is extinct, Mr. McConnell has moved on to a vehicle that is both more exclusive and more practical: A black, 2011 Jeep Wrangler made over by American Expedition Vehicles of Wixom, Mich."

We strive to offer a superior product that not only offers American made reliability, but thoughtful design that works with the iconic look of the JK Wrangler.

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There's no lack of press coverage when it comes to our Brute line of Wrangler conversions. Over the years the TJ Brute has been featured in hundreds of articles and since the Brute Double Cab was unveiled at SEMA 2011 it has also seen an incredible amount of press coverage in anticipation of it's late 2012 release. That said it is always a pleasant surprise when a smaller, more personal blog does a feature on our vehicles. This time around we find ourselves landing on Gamma Nine's "Lust List".

"Our favorite design feature with the AEVs is the restraint the designers use in fabricating them. There's a minimal elegance to them; a perfect cohesion of stock-looking parts and subtle custom detailing that really separate them from other aftermarket fabricators."

Click here to read the full article and check out the rest of the Gamma Nine blog. It features beautiful travel photography, well written stories and product reviews aimed at people who want the best performance from their travel gear.

Special thanks to Expedition Portal for tipping us off to this great blog!

Friday, 18 May 2012 12:11

Brute Double Cab in Truck Trend

Truck Trend's Trevor Reed was in Moab, Utah this past April to check out the Brute Double Cab. When we took him out for a spin he came away with some lasting impressions of our latest pickup conversion. He was impressed with the on and off-road handling of our DualSport Suspension System as well as the level of refinement in the custom made composite bed. Check out the link for the full article and pictures.

Brute Force: A Factory-Quality Four-Door JK Truck from the Experts

Monday, 30 April 2012 10:20

AEV in the New York Times

AEV has come a long way since founder Dave Harriton stretched his 1991 Wrangler YJ in 1993. Throughout the years the focus of AEV has been to create better performing, better looking and longer lasting Jeep aftermarket parts. All of that hard work and attention to detail was validated when Chrysler asked AEV to contribute to the Jeep Call of Duty: MW3 Special Edition Wrangler. The New York Times sat down with Dave Harriton to talk some more about our history, accomplshments and our close relationship with Chrysler. You can check out the article here

Expedition Portal is now doing some of the most complete reviews of various specialty 4x4 vehicles in world. They recently got their hands on a couple of our HEMI V8 powered Jeep Wranglers but weren't content with just taking them off-road for the usual song and dance. Instead, they brought in Baja 1000 winner and Toyota/Lexus factory test driver Joe Bacal and had him push our Jeep to the limits on an Arizona road course that was built for high-powered aerodynamic sports cars, not lifted off road vehicles to show just how impressive these vehicles are for everyday use.

In this video from Joe uses the 390 horsepower, 5.7L VVT HEMI V8 to throw our Wrangler into the corners. With finely-tuned balance, predictably and minimal body roll Joe shows why AEV's DualSport suspension system is not only known as the best off road suspension system in the industry, but the best on road as well.

Later in the video Scott Brady shows some of the fun they had in Moab this year with a 4.5" lifted AEV Wrangler on 37" tires. Our Jeep performed flawlessly on both Cliffhanger and Steel Bender, further showing the varying capabilities of our Jeeps and why Scott Brady calls AEV Jeeps "the most impressive trucks we've ever checked out."

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Monday, 20 February 2012 07:35

TJ Brute Featured on

In recent months the tried and true TJ Brute has taken a back seat to the widely discussed Brute Double Cab, but Popular Mechanics hasn't forgotten this Brute of a truck. Available in kit form, the Brute has proven time and time again that it is still the best DIY Wrangler pickup conversion on the market. Check out the write-up below and check out Popular Mechanics' full slideshow of Rugged Off-Road Trucks You Won't Find in the Showroom (IE users only.)

One of the most misunderstood products in off-roading is the beadlock wheel. The folks over at Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road decided to dispel a few of those myths by walking through a home installation of an AEV Pintler Beadlock Wheel.

AEV's Beadlock Wheels are designed specifically for Jeeps and differentiate themselves from other beadlock wheels in that the beadlocks are cast — as opposed to cut and welded — to ensure structural integrity.

Our customers have come to expect a high level of attention to design and function from AEV products and our Beadlock Wheels are a prime example of why. With a hub-centric design, recessed valve stems, TPMS compatibility and a lifetime structural warranty you can rest assured that when you need to air down to single digits our Beadlock Wheels will perform the way you need them to.

Click Here to visit the Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road "Backyard Beadlock Install" article and learn how to do it yourself!

Saturday, 10 September 2011 00:00

Car and Driver Reviews the AEV Hemi Conversion

Back in September 2011 Car and Driver writer John Phillips got the opportunity to take a drive in an AEV Hemi conversion with Dave Harriton. "Overall, the AEV Jeep most impresses because it never feels like a collection of add-on parts. It’s a surprisingly sophisticated, adults-only sort of vehicle — nothing hot-roddish about it — that draws attention for its solidity and integration." Read the entire article at

Robb Report's Paul Meyers recently accompanied Dave Harriton and a customer, Gary Voigt, on a ride through Moab. Click here to read the article. (PDF)