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Posted by mike on 2002/11/13 0:00:00 (779) reads

AEV introduces the Jeep Brute at SEMA 2000


Jeep Brute Front

Jeep Brute Front

American Expedition Vehicles of Montana recented introduced their latest Jeep conversion vehicle - the Jeep Brute.

According to their Web site: "The Brute is a highly mobile utility vehicle designed for extreme use. Ranchers to oil companies, this vehicle fills the gap between heavy duty one-ton pickups that lack serious off-road capability and light-duty vehicles that would be operating far outside their capabilities."

The specs of the Brute are as follows:

Started as: 2003 Rubicon
Axles: Dana 44
Engine: Stock 4.0L with ARB Snorkel
Lights: ARB 900 HID
Materials: Sheetmetal Bed with AEV fiber glass hardtop
Bed: Our custom bed is 6" long, overall width 59" (42" between wheelhouses)
Departure Angle: Better then a stock rubicon (With the 35" Goodyear under the bed)
Comfort: Seats can move back all the way and then recline two notches
Rocker Guards: Custom Protection based on our TJ Rocker Guards (the bed is separated from the cabin)
Suspension/Lift: Our tuned 4.5" in the front, and the Off Road Only AiRock in the rear

According to the Web site, although a price has not been established, AEV plans to offer this vehicle to any and all paying customers. They will either buy a new Wrangler for you (and include it in the price) and convert that, or you can purchase a new Wrangler yourself or provide them with a used Wrangler to use in the conversion.

Based on the sheer number of emails we've received regarding this conversion, it seems that the Brute caused quite a stir at the SEMA show. You can check out the complete specs and load of photos of the Brute at the AEV Web site.

Thanks to Richard Truesdell (autotronic@aol.com) for the photos.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: James M. Stone
I love my 1990 Comanche, but....I trade it in a heartbeat for a Brute! That truck is simply badass!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: LandCruiser78Series
Nice Jeep, however once a Jeep it will always be a Jeep no matter what kind of conversion it's gone thru. AEV brute, may I say definitely "copy" the style of Toyota Land Cruiser 78 series pick-up that is available in many parts of the world. Sorry dude, I've had unforgetable pissed-off moments with Jeeps in the past when it left me stranded in the woods. I would never own one again ever. I would rather buy a double cab Tundra with that kind of money. Just my 2 cents.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ian craig
here is my comment: this is definately the spirit of jeep but also a great idea for a useful pickup...even without the lift and large tires this could be a great jeep alternative to a chevy s10 or ford ranger since they killed the best pickups ever made ...the commanche and the j-series

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: d-man
here is my comment want 1!!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeepfan
A great looking Jeep. The only thing it lacks is a torqy diesel. I'd say put in a daimlerchrysler 4 liter V8 diesel from the European Mercedes ML and G models. Over 250 HP and a lot more torque than the standard gasser. Equipped with this engine it could go all the way.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: JEFF
BEAUTIFUL

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeepin in Ohio
hahahaha i wanna see the tacoma owners faces when i drive up to the trailhead in this baby.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Matt
here is my comment AEV conversions are great, but if all jeeps were made that way, most of us would not be able to afford them. Everybody wants to have there cake and eat it too. Go to AEV's website and check out there prices. I think their wrangler conversions start at about $13,000. Do you want to pay over $30 grand for a stock wrangler? I go to their website fairly frequently to drool, and picture my Grand with 35's on it, but my 2001 Grand with the up-country package gets me everywhere I need to go. I'm glad it was $32,000, not the $45-50,000 an AEV grand would cost.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
OK See?
If this was how a new Scrambler would look,
then, yes, I want a Scrambler!
These guys, AEV, just make Jeeps the way they
should be, as I've frequently said!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XJPete
Even being an employee of Daimler Chrysler Corp.,
this AEV Jeep pick-up blows away the DC Scrambler
concept by far. After coming out with the abomination
called Liberty (replacing the much beloved Cherokee
line), a Jeep like this could keep Chrysler from straying
the Jeep line further and further into the everyday SUV
douldrums. I would buy this in a heart beat if this was
ever delivered to my dealership (granted I still gotta
pay off my XJ). I'd also like to see a full hardtop version.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Carl Harvey
Diamler Chrysler are you listening and looking?????

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Cal Richards
here is my comment
All this Jeep needs is a Power Wagon grill.
Every other aspect of it reminds me of the "great one".
This is truly a beautiful vehicle.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Dave
I wish I had the $$$ for it. I'd rather spend the money on this than a yuppie SUV.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bill
I am like Matt ... go to the website and drool over their Cherokee conversions. My problem is that I probably have a many $ invested in my XJ as it would cost to get an AEV product. Unfortunately, I did not know about AEV or what I wanted when I started the process. Too soon poor, too late smart!



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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
Hey
Were all on the same boat! though I'd happily pay
$36,000 for a Wrangler 104 before I paid
$32,000 for a factory Grand!
Hey Matt, my Jeep cost $24,000! i can hardly afford ANY vehicle over that!$32,000!!
i would have saved for another year and gone
to AEV!
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