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American Expedition Vehicles has broadened its Jeep Wrangler pickup conversion offerings with the new Brute Double Cab. Offered as a turn-key conversion, the vehicle features a combination of stamped-steel and composite body panels for an OEM-level fit and finish. Using a combination of structural adhesive and welding, AEV says it has managed to reduce noise and vibration in the cabin and ensure the longevity of the build. While the original AEV Brute bore a stamped-steel bed, the company has switched to a new composite design that is both lighter and more durable than its predecessor.

Using carbon fiber outer skins, beefy reinforced fiberglass innards and a foam core, the company says that the new kit weighs in at around 200 pounds. That's nearly 200 pounds lighter than the old one.

AEV is currently running a cost analysis to determine how much the conversion will set you back. The Brute Double Cab on display at SEMA 2011 also benefited from the company's 6.4-liter V8 Hemi conversion, complete with a special stamped-steel hood. In addition, Dynatrac served up a special set of axles for the build, including a heavy-duty Dana 44 up front and a Dana 60 rear. Sounds good to us.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Can you imagine how long the line at the dealership would be if such a Jeep was sold in a similar layout? Top this package off with a diesel engine and you'd fulfill the wishes of many, may off-roaders and posers alike, including myself. JEEP, BUILD THIS TRUCK NOW!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This truck is EXACTLY what I want.
      • 3 Years Ago
      With all these huge SUV's and Pickups coming out im begining to think they are trying to get people to prepare for the armageddon.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When you add in the 6.4 conversion ($6k for hte kit, and $16k for the hemi from mopar), axles (probably about $10K installed), and AEV brute conversion ($9k), and a donor jeep ($28k+ MSRP) you start to get into the real $ territory. That $70k and all you have is a garage full of parts! Add in a couple thousand dollars in labor, and you soon have a $80-90k jeep! All of the sudden that Icon bronco, at $150k, doesn't seem so out of line.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Still though, if I had won the powerball jackpot last night. I'd get one.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome. Wish Jeep made this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am getting tired to see cars that Jeep will never build. I see still a case for pick-up, a double cab and even for a stretched wheel base of the unlimited. (some people like to carry a lot of gear when they go to play outdoors). Why not keep a formula that works (wrangler), and develop things from there, instead of building ugly cars like the patriot, compass or liberty? Good job AEV for bringing this to the market. Unfortunately comes with a high price tag.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah because every customer out there wants a Wrangler and not a smaller SUV with better mileage for other purposes...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet that thing is just wild to drive. Pretty cool.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes this thing rocks. Will Jeep build it? NO. Will Jeep build any of the great concepts they show every year? NO. Will Jeep drop a diesel in the Wrangler? NO. I don't know who calls the shots over a Jeep but that has to be the easiest job in the world. Let your young hard working folks come up with great ideas, only to shoot everything down. Instead sit back and take NO RISK, ever. Let the aftermarket dictate your new products and only after years and years of acceptance would they even consider something new, but only consider, never actually produce it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Who calls the shots? Dodge. As I've stated so many times, Dodge vetoes anything that has to do with Jeep pickups. It never mattered who ran the company (Iaccoca, Daimler, Cerberus, or Fiat), the rule at Chrysler has always been Dodge will be the only division that will sell pickups. Never mind the Ram brand, it's just a Dodge sub-division. Until someone at Chrysler tells the Dodge unit to get in line (because Marchionne seems too scared to do it), the only Jeep pickup you'll ever see will be the crappy do-it-yourself Independence kit. I'm finished. For now.
      ItMe George
      • 3 Years Ago
      this would be great for the zombie apocalypse, More likely down fall of the world economy it needs a diesel engine..
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have just one word - "bossome"!
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