Ram 1500 Gets the AEV Treatment

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It's no secret we like what the folks at American Expedition Vehicles have been doing with Jeeps and Ram heavy-duty pickup trucks. The AEV Brute Jeep pickup and Prospector Ram 2500/3500 stake bed are some of our favorite all-time rigs. But the biggest hole in AEV's product offerings has been in the hugely popular half-ton segment.

Not any more. During our visit to the recent 2017 Overland Expo West we came across an AEV Ram 1500 called the Recruit.

The Recruit gives Ram's current-generation half-ton pickup a good suspension lift, more of a Ram HD look and the option to include several upgraded performance parts. But as with most of AEV products, it comes at a price. The Recruit pictured here lists for just less than $70,000, which admittedly includes just about every one of AEV's optional upgrades. The Recruit base package will add about $15,000 on top of a new pickup's price.

Cars.com photos by Matt Avery

 

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If you opt for the bulge hood swap, your half-ton Ram could get a heavy-duty look.

 

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The suspension offers a 4-inch lift in front and 2.5-inch lift in back to give the truck a level stance.

 

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The key to the front suspension is this gorgeous cast aluminum front knuckle — with the AEV USA name included.

 

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Although this looks exactly like the bumper designed for the HDs, this one weighs about 40 pounds less.

 

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To date, this all-new wheel designed specifically for the Recruit does not have name.

 

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The kit only works on Ram 1500s ordered without air suspension.

 

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The track bar brackets and location is the key to making this lifted truck drive like a stock pickup.

 

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Comments

One word for it. Goofy

A fake HD for the low low price of $70k. smh.

Some new news on Ecodiesel EPA development.
http://www.trucktrend.com/news/1705-fca-officially-files-for-epa-certification-of-2017-ecodiesel-models/

ROFLOL.

Looks rather bland for an aftermarket truck.

Angelo Pietroforte - FCA is still facing EPA litigation over the Ecodiesel. They have been very cooperative so they might get away with it.

A poster on PUTC said he paid $100k for one of these. There's a sucker born every minute.

Boring, and pure junk. Post something good.

Forgot my meds again.

I love that brace on the right front. My neighbor has an F150 and it's usually resting on concrete blocks.

It won't make his Ford run any better, but it might look better sitting in the weeds.

My neighbor has an F150 and it's usually resting on concrete blocks

Posted by: papajim | May 21, 2017 3:56:03 PM

Fix
Or
Repair
Daily

LOL!!!!!!

Looks better than the Ford Craptor.

It would be great to watch this Ran Recruit destroy them Ford Craptors on the trail! Don't worry Ford GM and Ram have front and rear lockers to drag your mall crawler/parking lot pavement pounder Craptors out when you get stuck in a tiny mud puddle HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

Fix
Or
Repair
Daily

LOL!!!!!!

Posted by: GMSRGREAT Sier | May 21, 2017 4:12:14 PM

Ahh, someone missed me so much that they decided to post using my name. That's so sweet. I you want a comment from me, here it is. With all the recalls on the new Superduty that 4 letter word "FORD" has new meaning.

F - flawed
O - or
R - recalled
D - daily

There you have it, enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Looks pretty good to me. The shorter wheelbase of the 1500 and the lift will make this a great offroader. Ram has the best quality trucks in my opinion. I've owned them all the my current 2014 Ram is put together very well.

Cast aluminum front knuckle - That will fail and fracture after enough cycles (see aluminum fatigue). Get a Power Wagon for that price, brah - full lockers, winch, skid plates, etc., $50K.

Ahh, someone missed me so much that they decided to post using my name. That's so sweet. I you want a comment from me, here it is. With all the recalls on the new Superduty that 4 letter word "FORD" has new meaning.

F - flawed
O - or
R - recalled
D - daily

There you have it, enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | May 21, 2017 4:31:58 PM

That someone is All123.

Busted.

HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

I use to work for AEV...everything they use to upgrade any of their trucks is pure trash. Very low quality. I saw one truck get 3 different motors in the 6 months I was there. Save your money.

Stupid for a ram truck go back to the Dodge truck..an let chysler deal with the cars ..the so interested on the trucks til they don't make cars anymore.. Suckers

Okay... so there are aftermarket shops/kits/parts for Fiat 1500s now... that's not really new.

BORING AND PURE JUNK.POST SOMETHING GOOD NOT THAT JUNK AGAIN.

It's an overlanding vehicle. If you don't care about overlanding, you won't care about this truck. If you DO care, it offers a host of features, some not shown, in a smaller package with a diesel option -- currently the only diesel option for a new overland build. Because of its smaller size, it will go more places than their 2500 build, while being more livable than a Jeep JK build, so it's pretty interesting, at least to me.

AEV is known for conservative, solid builds using high quality materials for a well heeled buyer who wants a sophisticated setup. It's good stuff, but not flashy.

I love the looks!

I also used to work for AEV and can tell you they use low quality junk in their builds. They constantly cut corners. Also way overcharge for their builds and parts. A lot of their builds, especially the brutes, get sent back to their facility for repair to the beds for cracks and leaks, bad tops that leak too. It blows my mind when people spend $100-120k on that junk. ROBBERY! I wish people who buy their vehicles could see before hand the type of work that was done to it and the people behind it. Bunch of 18 year old kids straight out of high school with just a cert and no mechanical experience. Don't waste your money on AEV. Also their owners are a bunch of unprofessional pricks who only care about themselves and their pockets. Glad I left that company.



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