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AEV Ram shown

by David Zatz on

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), which makes high-quality Jeep and other SUV gear, showed off a newly modified Ram at the SEMA aftermarket equipment show. The company wrote:

The first step was to select a base vehicle platform that was both well-engineered from the factory and had a robust drivetrain that was capable of withstanding the demands of rigorous off-road use. With its heavy duty suspension, exceptional towing capacity and world renowned powertrain, we felt that the Ram would be a natural fit.

… In the full size truck market, oftentimes fitting 35″ tires on a truck results in suspension lifts of 6-8″ or more, which can compromise ride and handling. We sought out a different solution… to create a system of individual components that work in harmony with each other to enhance the overall look, driving experience and capability of the vehicle.

AEV Ram

We started with front end protection, an absolute necessity for anyone who will be traveling to remote locations. We designed a 3/16″ thick, stamped steel Front Bumper System to provide superior protection and accommodate a 16,500lb winch. … Rather than attempt to design a 10-inch suspension that still had acceptable handling characteristics, we attacked the problem at the source and opened up the wheel well. Similar to the concept of our TJ Highline Kit, this truck’s innovative flares allow us to fit bigger tires with less lift. And by keeping the suspension to a reasonable height, that allows our engineers to deliver the type of ride and handling that our JK DualSport suspensions are known for. Add to that the Katla, our newest stylish high-strength wheel design and you’ve got a total package that breaks the mold.

An AEV Ram on 40-inch tires with only 3 inches of lift? It may be surprising… or if you’ve been following our evolution closely it might be exactly what you expected.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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