AEV Stopping Production of Wrangler JK Brute Double Cab
Aftermarket Jeep tuner preps for the Wrangler JK’s last daysby Mark McNabb, on
American Expedition Vehicles is a well-known aftermarket parts and tuning company that specializes in Jeep Wrangler TJ and JK off-road parts designed to improve capability while looking like OEM equipment. Perhaps AEV’s most well-known product is the Brute Double Cab. Built using a donor Wrangler Unlimited, the Brute is the only Wrangler pickup available on the market. But with Jeep’s next-generation Wrangler JL coming to market in the next year, AEV is preparing to end Brute production.
AEV offers Brute conversions on brand new Wrangler Unlimited they procure from the Jeep assembly plant. Customers then buy the freshly modified Jeeps right from AEV’s Michigan headquarters, or through the ever-growing network of Jeep dealerships partnered with AEV.
Customers can also custom-order their Brute. Options include larger wheels and tires, suspension lifts, bumpers, and even Hemi V-8 engine swaps. Of course, the Brute’s main attribute is its injection-molded, composite cargo bed. The Wrangler’s frame is actually lengthened by several inches, giving enough room for the cargo bed and the ability to store a full-size spare tire between the frame rails.
Sadly the Brute’s days are numbered. Jeep is mere months away from debuting the next-generation Wrangler, dubbed the JL. As most Jeep enthusiasts know, the Wrangler JL will be offered in a pickup version, dubbed the JT. With Jeep soon making its own Wrangler pickup, AEV will end production of the Wrangler JK Brute. AEV’s order books are closing March 31, so those wanting a piece of Jeep history better act fast.
The Brute Double Cab starts at $41,665, not including the donor Jeep, which can range from $30,000 to $50,000. Pricing can well exceed the $100,000 mark with all the available add-ons selected. Items include upgraded axles, off-road lights, recovery winches, various tire options, and interior leather upgrades. AEV will even swap in the mighty 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 with the Wrangler’s six-speed manual transmission.
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Why It Matters
American Expedition Vehicles makes some quality aftermarket parts. Even Jeep has been known to use AEV parts on special edition Wranglers. Remember the Wrangler Call of Duty? Yep, it had AEV’s tubeless front bumper and rear bumper system straight from the Jeep assembly line. Needless to say, AEV isn’t some back-woods tuner shop doing hack jobs on brand-new Jeeps.
The popularity of the Wrangler Brute Double Cab was perhaps a deciding for Jeep in green-lighting the upcoming Wrangler Pickup. Who knows, maybe Jeep even borrowed a few ideas from AEV. All told, the Brute Double Cab is a high-water mark in the Jeep community and will live on in the history books long after the Wrangler JK fades into the pre-owned section of neighborhood dealerships.
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Source: American Expedition Vehicles