American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), the Michigan-based company that has been modifying 4WD vehicles for hardcore off-road duty since 1997, will be introducing an all-new concept at SEMA next week. The prototype, which represents the company's first build with Ram, is based on the burly 2014 2500 Crew Cab Diesel.

Unlike the company's familiar AEV Jeep Wrangler builds, which are insanely capable off-road but lacking heavy load capacity, the one-of-a-kind Ram Concept pickup provides much greater cargo and towing capabilities with few concessions in terms of off-pavement sturdiness. According to AEV, the truck is geared towards the outdoorsman who wants a "complete vehicle package" that goes far beyond the traditional aftermarket "lifted truck."

A glance at the concept's specification sheet reveals a host of upgrades that include a suspension system with a three-inch lift, oversize aluminum wheels with recessed valve stems, fender flares to provide enough wheel clearance for a 40-inch tire and a custom stamped steel front bumper capable of supporting a 16,500-pound winch. Like all of AEV's modifications, it's a clean package that appears to have come right from the factory in terms of quality, fitment and styling.

The truck will debut at SEMA as a concept, but unlike many kit-based prototypes that flood the halls of the enormous show, this smart-looking Ram looks ready for production. If it gets a green light, and our hope is that it does, you will find us in line seeking keys for a full review. Feel free to read more in the press release below.
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AEV Ram Concept Vehicle – SEMA Show 2013

The vehicle: 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab Diesel

The concept: Since 1997, American Expedition Vehicles has been on the cutting edge of the 4WD industry, constantly pushing the boundaries of design and innovation. AEV recognized that there is a void in the industry for customers who require a vehicle that is very capable off-road, has exceptional handling characteristics and ride quality but also has a large cargo capacity and is able to satisfy the demands of a heavy towing. AEV felt that the Ram was the ideal vehicle platform to fill this void. The AEV Ram Concept is gear toward the outdoorsman-someone who requires a capable vehicle off-road, but still requires the larger size, higher towing capacity and increased payload of a ¾ or 1-ton pickup truck. AEV set out to achieve these goals by breaking the mold of the traditional "lifted truck" methodology and utilized their engineering and design expertise to create a complete vehicle package that includes components that are designed to work in harmony with each other in both style and functionality. The result is a great looking truck with high ground clearance, a low center of gravity and superior front end protection.

AEV Ram Front Bumper

• Industry's only stamped steel, winch compatible front bumper for the Ram
• 3/16" steel construction
• Modular design to allow customers to customize the bumper to suit their individual needs and personal style preferences
• 1/4" steel winch mount accommodates 12-16.5k winches
• Heavy duty shackle mounts
• Provisions for 6.5" integrated off-road lights
• Compatible with 2010+ Ram 1500/2500/3500/4500/5500 trucks

AEV Ram Wheel

• 17X10 Ram-specific fitment
• OE-quality, A-356 cast aluminum construction
• SAE J2530 Certified
• 3,650lbs Load Rating
• Cast-in hub cover
• Recessed valve stem

AEV 3" Ram Suspension System

• Raises the vehicle 3" in the front and 2" in the rear for a level stance
• Retains OE coil springs to maintain capability
• Optimized suspension geometry for improved handling and increased roll center
• Custom-tuned shocks to improve ride quality
• High Steer Kit to correct steering geometry and provide precision steering

AEV High Clearance Fender Flares

• Provides additional clearance for larger tires with less lift-accommodates a 40" tire with only 3 inches of lift.
• Fender Flare design integrates with and compliments the AEV Premium Front Bumper for an aggressive yet refined appearance.