This Brute Double Cab is based on a ’12 Wrangler Rubicon. The cab is modified using steel
Do you want a Jeep, but need a pickup? Do you need a pickup, but want a Jeep? Well, take a good look at this Brute Double Cab because a rig like this could very well be exactly what you need. And yes, it’s a real pickup truck. It has an honest-to-goodness, fully functional pickup truck bed that is separate from the cab. And speaking of the cab, it seats five passengers, so you’ll be able to carry your entire crew or pretty much whatever else you wish. Oh, and then there’s the fact that you get the Wrangler’s legendary off-road DNA.
There would be no Brute Double Cab if there wasn’t American Expedition Vehicles (AEV). Fifteen years ago, AEV was founded by Dave Harriton, who lived and worked in a small one-bay shop while creating his first prototype stretched TJ. This TJ was the first in a series of wildly popular products that were the catalyst for the impressive growth of AEV. Today, AEV has a 7,000 square-foot facility in Montana and a 36,000 square foot facility in Michigan and the company has an impressive portfolio of innovative Jeep products.
Powering this Brute Double Cab, and we do mean powering, is a VVT 6.4L Hemi V-8 sourced fr
The Brute Double Cab you see here is AEV’s latest creation and it was on display in the AEV booth at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. As you can imagine, it drew massive crowds throughout the show. This particular rig was fitted with several options including a 6.4L Hemi engine, but AEV says that other configurations are available.
Passengers are protected by a custom rollbar that is CNC-formed using the same material as
We had the opportunity to spend some time with the Brute Double Cab and AEV President Dave Harriton at our semi-secret photo location in the Nevada desert. One thing we quickly learned while talking with Harriton is that a considerable amount of research and development went into the Brute Double Cab to ensure that it was a capable, durable truck.
How did AEV build the Brute Double Cab and what makes it tick? Read on.
AEV is hoping to have the Brute Double Cab available in mid-2012. The total cost hasn’t been solidified as of this writing, however AEV says the goal throughout the design process was to keep it less than the current TJ-based Brute conversion ($20,000 turnkey). The Brute Double Cab will be available as a base vehicle either purchased new through AEV; purchased at your local dealership with AEV’s drop ship code (so that it’s delivered to AEV’s Michigan facility); or you can bring AEV your current ’07-’12 four-door Wrangler. The first allocation of vehicles will go to existing AEV customers and dealers. Oh, and there’s already a waiting list.
Owner/Hometown: American Expedition Vehicles/Wixom, Michigan
Vehicle/Model: 2012 Jeep Brute Double Cab
Estimated value: N/A
Type: Chrysler 6.4L Hemi V-8
Aspiration: Fuel injection
Output, hp/torque (estimated): 470/465
Transmission: Chrysler W5A580 5-spd auto
Transfer case: Rubicon 241OR
Front: AEV 4.5-inch DualSport RS, Bilstein remote-reservoir shocks
Rear: AEV 4.5-inch DualSport RS, Bilstein remote-reservoir shocks
Front: Dynatrac ProRock 44/GKN electric locker
Rear: Dynatrac ProRock 60/Eaton electric locker
Ring and pinion: 4.56:1
Wheels: 17x9 AEV Savegre
Tires: 37x12.50R17 Interco Super Swamper IROK Radial FW
Out back is a Dynatrac ProRock 60 rear axle and it sports a Dynatrac diff cover, Eaton ele
That’s a Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle and it uses 4.56:1 ratio gearing, Dynatrac ball jo
The rear driveshaft was made by AEV and it’s a two-piece unit with a carrier bearing. AEV
Here you can see the underside of the cargo bed. It’s manufactured from the same high-tech
The Wrangler’s frame is stretched 23 inches in front and 16 inches aft of the rear wheels,
Other exterior mods include an AEV snorkel with Air Ram and a steel Heat Reduction Hood.
A flip-down tailgate allows access to the bed. One of the goals of the Brute Double Cab wa
The rear bumper is a prototype unit. AEV says that the production unit will most likely ha
Interior mods include AEV Cordura seat covers and AEV gauges.