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AEV Brute Double Cab Filson Edition


American Expedition Vehicles is a Michigan-based company that designs and manufactures high quality specialty components for Jeep Wranglers. These parts are available separately or as packages, and those package turn the Wranglers into world-class expedition vehicles. The close relationship between Chrysler and AEV, allows AEV to offer Chrysler V8 engines in their packages, all with OEM-like quality. It’s best to think about AEV products as what Jeep engineers would do if they didn’t have bean-counters on their butts; an M or AMG for off-roading, a Wrangler improve in all possible ways. Chrysler has even been installing AEV part right from the factory to limited editions models such as the Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition.

In addition to selling individual parts and total vehicle transformation packages, AEV has developed its own version of the Wrangler called the AEV Brute Double Cab. For Double Cab’s duty, Wrangler Unlimited’s frame gets stretched by 23″ in front of the rear axle, and additional 16″ behind the axle. This stretch allows for Unlimited’s cab to remind factory-like, and for a 61″ x 60″ pickup bed behind the cab, with room for a 33″ spare tire. AEV admits that the vehicle was inspired by the Land Rover Defender 130, and with the Defender about to be put to pasture, AEV (and Jeep) seem to have almost a monopoly in this market.

Now, there is a more special, limited version, of this limited version vehicle, the Filson Edition.


Filson is an manufacturer and seller of high quality outdoor equipment, so made sense for those two to work together on a special vehicle; think Subaru L.L. Bean, Ford Eddie Bauer, or many others. The Filson Edition gets the the best, and all, of AEV’s offerings, including a 6.4 HEMI V8, 3.5″ lift and 35″ tires. The vehicle is then beautifully painted and the interior gets high quality leather. While these kinds of packages from mainstream manufactures often end up being rather tacky but this, in my opinion, came out beautifully.

Having spend way too much time on AEV’s website and related forums over the years, and finally seeing their products first hand at a recent auto show (I neglected to write that up, sorry), I was really surprised at not only the quality of each AEV part, but also the well thought out engineering behind it. While many after-market companies make a few good parts, there is a lot of junk out there, and very few make packages as comprehensive as AEV. Unfortunately, everything comes at a price, and while Double Cab conversions start at about $30,000 (+ your Wrangler Unlimited), the Filson Edition comes only in one flavor and color, both of which are fine with me, and sells for $130,000. That may seem like a lot of money, and it is, but an illegal-ish like-new condition Defender 130 won’t cost you much less, and won’t be any better at anything.

aev_filson_edition details

In my auto show chat with AEV reps we discussed some of the parts:

  • They don’t make fancy skid plates like a lot of people like to put onto their cars, they said that they’re not needed.
  • The Double Cab has space for a 33″ tire, but not a 35″, such as the one outfitted on the Filson.
  • I asked about the corner guards, and they said they are there because that is the weakest point on the Wrangler tub.
  • They now have a RAM 2500 pickup concept, too.

Until now AEV offered almost nothing for the interior of the Wrangler, which is understandable, and it also makes sense why the Fison Edition may exist. Many people with money, potentially looking to replace their worn Defenders, want to have the best of everything, the whole package. Until now there was Icon 4×4 or refurbishing their Land Rovers, and now there is another choice. I love this vehicle, everything about it, as is. I’ll take two, one for Nantucket summers and another for Aspen winters.



  • IronBallsMcG

    There are few things I want as hard as this.

  • JayP2112

    If this were offered with the diesel, I'd own one by now. I really wonder why this hasn't made production. It's been almost 7 years now.
    <img src="http://www.offroaders.com/tech/jeep/images/Jeep-JT-Concept-1.jpg&quot; width="400">

    • http://www.hooniverse.com Kamil_K

      Great News! Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel review next week!!!


    • IronBallsMcG

      BTW, IIRC the color for that particular one was named "Hearing Aid"

  • CherokeeOwner

    Mmmmmm, that's looks good. …not $130,000 good, though.

  • http://www.hooniverse.com Mad_Science

    Brutes have been around for a while now, I wonder how the older ones are doing, price-wise…

  • Mark T. Jordan

    Kamil, you don't need a $130,000 Jeep for tooling around Nantucket; a clapped-out Subaru Brat would be just as appropriate.

    • jeepjeff

      But clapped out Subarus are for the Little People.

  • Rover1
    • http://www.hooniverse.com Kamil_K

      OMG, how did I not know of these?

      • Rover1

        Available in Seth Efrica

  • http://twitter.com/#!/jjd241 JJDuddles

    It's there a classy Nantucket way of saying "Truck Boner"?

    • Vairship

      Medium Goods Vehicle engorgement?

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat


    I'll keep my '98 5.9L Grand Cherokee. Under $3K to buy it, and now I have a useful toy.

  • dan

    Your writing is terrible, the amount of grammatical errors in this article astounded me. Edit your work.

    • http://www.hooniverse.com Kamil_K

      Thanks, but no one is forcing you to read it.

    • http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/52703 mdharrell

      Your first sentence contains an inappropriate comma splice. Edit your work.

    • https://secure.flickr.com/photos/deadelvis/collections/72157607912481786/ dead_elvis

      Please share your grammatically perfect, funny, informative & all-around excellent Hooniverse substitute with us!

      • http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/52703 mdharrell
        • https://secure.flickr.com/photos/deadelvis/collections/72157607912481786/ dead_elvis

          That's no substitute, that's an … extension? offshoot? evil twin?

          I've refrained from visiting AT much, because there are only so many hours in my day for online frivolity research.

        • http://www.hooniverse.com Kamil_K

          He said grammatically perfect.

  • eelii disoza

    Philly Promotions
    I found it quiet interesting ,Thank you for posting the great content like AEV Brute Double Cab Filson Edition.I was looking for something like this…, hopefully you will keep posting such blogs.keep it up

    • http://twitter.com/#!/jjd241 JJDuddles

      WOW! Much spam, many links,love your service or good, many purchases for your future!


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