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AEV: Ram Meets Australian Outback

by Bill Cawthon on

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), best known for its offroad Jeep Wranglers, is now converting Ram pickups.

At the 2014 SEMA show, AEV showed an Australian-outback-inspired Ram 2500 with a tray-back body that replaced the standard pickup bed, 17×10 Katla wheels with 41-inch Super Swamper IROK tires, and a 66-gallon fuel tank.


AEV was founded in Montana, where conditions can be challenging, and still designs and tests its parts in their facility in Missoula, though their main offices, manufacturing, and warehousing are now in Commerce Township, Michigan. From its beginning 15 years ago until now, AEV was focused solely on the Jeep Wrangler.

AEV parts for the Ram 2500 and 3500 include a rugged front bumper with fog lights, the DualSport 3-inch heavy-duty suspension system that retains the 2500’s coil-spring rear suspension, and a raised air intake with two different air inlet options (a traditional air ram or a self-cleaning, high efficiency dust filtration system).


Two different wheel styles are also available; both can hande tires up to 37 inches in diameter with or without fender flares. Their Ram catalog also includes an Extang tonneau cover for the 6-foot, four-inch Ram pickup bed, with or without the Rambox storage system.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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