Prospector XL

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The Prospector XL is the ultimate, adventure ready vehicle platform from American Expedition Vehicles. Featuring up to 40-inch tires to maximize ground clearance, while still retaining the factory Ram load and towing ratings. The Prospector XL was engineered to ride and handle better than a stock Ram HD. HighMark Fender Flares accommodate up to 40-inch tires in conjunction with the AEV 3-inch DualSport suspension system. This keeps the Prospector XL’s center of gravity as low as possible. Ram-assisted steering also helps retain factory road feel. The Prospector XL is ideal for hauling dirt bikes, snowmobiles, or other toys to remote locations. Slide-in campers are another popular bed addition. AEV tested the Prospector XL in harsh conditions in remote locations, giving our customers the confidence to go way off the beaten path and get back intact.


  • AEV Front Bumper installed on AEV Prospector based on Ram HD

    HD FRONT BUMPER: Made from stamped 4mm steel for the optimal combination of strength and weight-savings. The Prospector Premium Front Bumper is engineered to retain OE airflow characteristics for proper engine cooling. A new intercooler shroud is included for diesel applications. Ductile-iron tow loops double as Hi-Lift jack points and wear plates. The bumper includes mounts for an optional Warn 16.5ti winch and of Vision-X LED lighting.

  • Highmark fender flares on AEV Prospector XL, based on Ram HM

    HIGHMARK FENDER FLARES: Cheap single-wall plastic flares ultimately get brittle and crack. AEV uses ¼-inch-thick rotomolded polyethylene, inspired by kayaks and Mercedes Unimog flares. The Prospector XL HighMark kit includes inner fender liners for a finished look and provides 4.5 inches of additional tire coverage to legally run wider tires on the street.

  • AEV Heat reduction hood on an AEV Prospector XL, based on Ram HD

    HEAT REDUCTION HOOD: Two strategically placed vents reduce underhood temperature significantly, particularly in slow-going off-road situations. AEV uses 23-gauge stamped steel for enduring durability. While it provides aggressive styling, it is also a vital upgrade for heavy towing or traversing challenging terrain off-road at low speeds.

  • Forty inch AEV Katla Wheel on an AEV Prospector XL, based on Ram Heavy Duty

    KATLA WHEELS: Cast from A356/T6 aluminum, the Katla is tested to stringent SAE J2350 standards, and feature a valve stem recess to protect the valve and its Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) from being torn off or damaged in rough terrain. These wheels have a RAM-specific backspacing for the perfect fitment of a 37-inch to a 41-inch tire.


  • AEV Premium Leather for AEV Prospector XL interior, based on the Ram heavy duty platform

    PREMIUM LEATHER UPGRADES: The Prospector XL offers Ram owners two upgraded leather interior packages. Upgrade to leather with our base package or increase styling with our Premium F1 Package.

  • Switchpod isntalled on AEV Prospector XL

    AEV SWITCH BEZEL: This six-switch arrangement offers the ultimate in ergonomic simplicity. It allows fingertip control for auxiliary lights, Air Lockers, on-board compressors, and more.


  • AEV DualSport Suspension overcoming an obstacle on AEV Prospector, based on the Ram heavy duty platform.

    DUALSPORT SUSPENSION: Using the OE engineering as a baseline, AEV improves off-road articulation while actually outperforming stock Rams in pavement handling tests. Factory springs and control arms are retained but are optimized with 3-inch cast aluminum coil spacers and front brackets that reposition the control arms and axle an inch forward. This improves fenderwell clearance during suspension cycling. To control unsprung weight, AEV co-engineered Bilstein 5160-series remote reservoir shocks with Prospector XL-specific digressive valving. The benefits are less damping at low speeds and increased firmness as speeds rise, improving control. Corrective components include extended swaybar endlinks, bumpstop lowering brackets, and an aluminum front driveshaft spacer. Additionally, the AEV High Steer Kit restores factory geometry with a replacement draglink, track bar, and track bar tower. These components correct roll center height, body roll, bump steer, and roll steer. Stock steering feel is restored by AEV’s heavy-duty Hydraulic Assist Steering Kit.

  • Prospector XL 3

    LOW CENTER OF GRAVITY: AEV engineered the Prospector XL to ride and handle better than stock – on up to 40-inch tires. The key is keeping the vehicle’s center of gravity as low as possible. The AEV HighMark Fender Flares increase the fender radius for maximum tire clearance with only the AEV 3-inch DualSport suspension lift. The flares also combine with proper-offset AEV wheels to accommodate 13.5-inch-wide tires for a wider, more stable stance with no steering clearance issues.

  • AEV Prospector XL has a surprisingly low center of gravity for a truck with forty inch wheels

    RECOVERY READY: Getting stuck in any off-road vehicle is more a question of when than if. With this in mind, AEV engineered the Prospector XL with several recovery-ready features. The Premium Front Bumper is designed for an optional Warn 16.5ti winch. Also, the 30,000-pound-rated ductile iron tow loops are engineered to accept only appropriately rated D-rings. The loops also function as rock wear plates and Hi-Lift jack points.


  • Raised Air intake mounted onto an AEV Prospector XL

    RAISED AIR INTAKE: The Prospector XL gets the cleanest, coldest air possible – even in dusty and wet conditions – from the AEV Raised Air Intake. AEV offers two designs: standard Air Ram or High-Efficiency, which is self-cleaning and filters out 98% of debris.

  • Prospector XL with additional lighting options added

    AUXILIARY LIGHTING: The Prospector XL upgrades foglights to Vision-X LED units as part of the Premium Front Bumper system. The bumper also accepts an optional Vision-X 20-inch Xmitter Prime LED Light Bar, which has been durability-tested in adverse conditions.

  • AEV Bedrack mounted onto AEV Prospector XL

    AEV BED RACK: Overlanding-bred, the AEV steel bed rack serves multiple purposes. Aside from unlimited gear/tie-down possibilities, the rack is fully mounted to the Prospector XL. It can support everything from an awning to a tent to even a camper.

  • AEV Prospector XL overcoming an obstacle with air lockers

    AIR LOCKERS: For on-demand traction, nothing beats the ARB Air Locker. This system allows open-differential on-road operation for optimal steering and reduced tire wear. Engaging the system sends equal torque to both wheels for the ultimate in off-road traction.

  • AEV differential installed on an AEV Prospector XL

    HEAVY-DUTY DIFFERENTIAL COVERS: Made from tough nodular iron to withstand rock rashes. They also have axle-specific fluid-level ports and oversized fill plugs that double as inspection ports.


  • Interior badging found inside of an AEV Prospector XL

    Each Prospector XL is easily identifiable. AEV-branded indicators include exterior bison-logo emblems, a Windshield Banner, Embroidered Headrests, and a Custom Gauge Cluster Emblem.

  • Additional bading mounted on AEV Prospector XL exterior

    Each AEV Prospector XL is professionally assembled at AEV’s Detroit-area factory. Like all other AEV turnkey vehicles, every Prospector XL receives a door-mounted Build Plaque containing that vehicle’s unique serial number and build date.

  • Exterior badging for AEV Prospector XL

    Dealer financing is available for the Prospector XL as well as all other AEV turnkey vehicles. Furthermore, all AEV Prospector XLs are covered by a 36-month/36,000-mile warranty.