The last Jeep pickup truck was the MJ Comanche that ran from 1986 to 1992. Many fans have been calling for a Jeep-brand truck since. In the later months of 2004, Jeep showed off its brand-new Gladiator Concept. An extended cab truck with a fresh new Jeep-esque front clip.
Unfortunately, it seemed to go nowhere, until the 2007 JK Wrangler debuted using the exact same components from the front doors forward. Rumors began to fly around as to whether or not Jeep would have a pickup again in its model lineup. Jeep and Chrysler CEOs have continued to be cryptic, seeming to always keep the door open, but never pushing something through it.
This is where the beauty of the aftermarket shines. American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) had been producing a pickup truck version of the TJ Wrangler, named the Brute, for some time. Even manufacturing kits to build one at home using your TJ as a base. After realizing the potential for a crew cab truck, AEV stepped up to the plate with the Double Cab Brute.
Essentially a four-door JK Wrangler from the rear doors forward, the Double Cab Brute has been a massive hit. AEVs precision and cutting edge technology provide an OEM experience with any of their vehicles.
The Double Cab Brute is now available in two forms. DC250 for a more stock-ish appeal with a 2-1/2-inch DualSport XT suspension lift, AEV bumpers and other minor attributes that add up to an anything-but-minor package.
Then there is the DC350; running a 3-1/2-inch DualSport SC Suspension, 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-terrain tires, AEV front and rear bumpers, Warn 9.5cti winch, AEV Heat Reduction hood and several other attributes.
Each comes with a 61- by 60-inch cored composite bed, double cab hardtop and double cab rocker guards by AEV. HEMI conversions are also available for those who want more umph than the previous 3.7L or current 3.6L JK engines can provide.
A capable truck with OE quality, in our opinion, you just can’t go wrong with the AEV Double Cab Brute. For more information, check out www.aev.conversions.com.