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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 >

 

"American Expedition Vehicles is one of those companies that made a big splash during the JK years, and being that AEV is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, it only seemed appropriate to offer a 20th Anniversary edition of the vehicle that really took the company to the next level."

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"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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When it was first introduced to the world at the 2013 SEMA auto show in Las Vegas, the American Expedition Vehicles Ram 2500 project, now called the Prospector, was a star attraction. Its massive scale, imposing bumper, and broad shoulders gave it a presence on the floor that quickly gathered a crowd. A couple of years later, our Overland International team was able to snag the keys to a freshly built Prospector, one featuring all of the available trimmings. Even better, we were able to test it over the span of a few months covering a variety of surfaces as we traversed Montana, Utah, and Arizona.

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Last month, The Adventure Portal headed up to the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area in the beautiful coastal community of Florence, to host a free, In – Field, women’s only, 4WD training course put on by AEV.  It was taught by Chris Wood, Master Trainer for the I4WD Trainers Association and Global Sales Director of AEV. Most attendees were owners of  JK’s with AEV components and had come from all over the U.S. for training and to drive the dunes with like-minded women.

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Driving a lifted diesel truck often means you have to put up with a harsh ride, bad on-road handling, poor steering, reduced braking, and the elimination of the factory traction and stability controls. The founder of American Expedition Vehicles, Dave Harriton, strives to eliminate these deficiencies with the AEV Prospector package for ’14-and-up Ram pickups with the 6.7L Cummins diesel engine. By adding on to the work done by the folks at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, AEV is able to take advantage of the factory engineering for a package that provides the lift needed for serious off-road work while delivering stable and safe performance.

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Monday, 25 January 2016 06:15

Is It a Jeep or Is It a Pickup?

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:00

AEV Ram Prospector First Drive

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) has long been in the business of building seriously capable Jeep Wranglers. Wranglers built for crossing Australia or crawling across the Moab. Wranglers converted into pickups and Wranglers done up in fancy Filson duds. They all have the kind of rugged good looks that project positive sunshine competence vibes about the people who drive one. That's no matter how big a dork the doofus behind the wheel actually is. And now AEV has moved on to modifying and producing parts and complete packages for Ram pickups. Because, why not?

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Saturday, 12 September 2015 00:00

First drive: AEV Ram Prospector

A THREE-INCH LIFT IS JUST THE BEGINNING FOR THIS OFF-ROAD MONSTER

In those ads for active-lifestyle vehicles where there’s a guy running up a trail carrying a mountain bike over one shoulder and a kayak over the other, the guy could easily be AEV founder and president Dave Harriton. Harriton really likes that outdoor adventure stuff and built his business around getting to places to pursue it and bringing along everything a guy would need once he got there. His business, American Expedition Vehicles, is pretty big and very successful: It employs 100 people in a 100,000-square-foot facility upfitting Jeep Wranglers and other products.

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