SEMA 2014: AEV Discusses Raised Air Intakes And Wrangler Diff Covers

RE_29American Expeditionary Vehicles (AEV) brought its A-game to the 2014 SEMA Show, and proved it as we made our way over to talk about the company’s latest and greatest products. We talked with marketing coordinator Matt Felderman to see just what was making waves at this section of the South Hall.

The raised air intake system is meant for 2013.5+ Cummins trucks, and will hit shelves before the year is out.

The raised air intake system is meant for 2013.5+ Cummins trucks, and will hit shelves before the year is out.

As it turned out, two items were of special interest to the off-roading crowd, and reflected the company’s growing interest in Mopar applications: a raised air intake system for Cummins trucks, as well as the new differential cover for Jeep Wrangler Rubicons.

“Our raised air intake system is geared toward 2013.5 and newer Ram 2500 and 3500 diesels with Active Air technology,” explained Felderman. “It features polyethylene construction throughout, and is made in America.”

Two varieties of the intake kit are being made available: a cyclonic pre-filter, which essentially dissipates the dust before it gets into the engine, or the traditional, forward-facing air ram. “The goal was to provide the engine with the cleanest, coldest possible air source, so that users who are in a severely dusty or dirty environment can draw in air above that dirt line,” said Felderman.

The differential cover is a nodular iron design, and fits only Jeep Wrangler Rubicons 2007 and newer.

The differential cover is a nodular iron design, and fits only Jeep Wrangler Rubicons 2007 and newer. The product is for sale now through AEV dealers.

As for Jeeps, the 2007-present Wrangler Rubicon 4×4 was getting some love from AEV with a new nodular iron differential cover for use on the stock Dana 44 front and rear axles. “We consider this to be the first true, legitimate differential cover for the Dana 44, as it only works on the one application,” said Felderman.

As Felderman pointed out, the drilled over-under holes on the covers were the front and rear fluid check plugs, with the top referencing the rear and bottom referencing the front. “These holes take the guesswork out of topping off your gear oil,” stated Felderman. “You fill these up to the right level, then plug it, and you’re good to go.”

The oversize fill plug up top gave sufficient space for refills without using a funnel, as well as visual inspection after treading through water. Not to mention, it also looked fantastic in its silver vein finish.

The differential cover is now available from any AEV dealer, said Felderman, and the raised air intake system is due to be released before the end of the year. Find out more about AEV and its developments through the contact information below.

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