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  • 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4

    2016-ram-2500-cummins-lights-onThis week, we're taking a look at the RubiTrux Ram 2500! Last week, you may have tuned-in for the 2016 Line-X'd Ram pickup, all kitted out in the full AEV Prospector package, with gear by Factor 55 and Decked truck-bed organizers. Our Ram truck takes a more simplistic approach with the AEV lift kit, all-terrain tires, and paint-matched bumper ends on the AEV Bumper.2016-ram-2500-cummins-aev-3-inch-liftThe RubiTrux Dodge features the Ram HD 3" DualSport SC Suspension system, Fuel Wheels, and the Ram Premium Front Bumper with the winch mount, and AEV tow hooks! The end caps of the bumper have been paint-matched to the factory color for a sophisticated appearance. A Warn 16.5ti Winch was added, along with the 30" Vision-X Xtreme LED light bar, and the new 37" BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires.2016-ram-2500-cummins-aev-front-bumperThe AEV kit gives this truck great handling and ride quality, as well as retaining the factory load-carrying capacity of the truck, through use of coil relocation spacers, brackets, and more! When lifting a vehicle, it is important to take into consideration how the kit will impact the truck or Jeep, on-road and off. For example, putting a sub-par lift kit on any vehicle will likely ruin the ride quality. While a budget lift kit may not be a bad call on an old Jeep or off-road vehicle, putting a cheap lift-kit on a brand new truck or Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is not the brightest decision around. In addition, some low-budget lift kits are known for less-than-adequate corrosion resistance. In short, you'd not only be sacrificing ride quality and load-carrying capacity in your new truck, but you'd also be opening the door for rust! Both of these variables are not something to skimp on, especially when protecting and investing in something as expensive as a Ram 2500, or Jeep JK Rubicon!2016-ram-2500-cummins-bedWhile our readers may be more familiar with the standard Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited that we build, this Ram certainly deserves a place among modern-age 4x4's, and the AEV 3" lift and 37's give this truck an aggressive, off-road appearance, along with a great ride and handling characteristics. Another cool factor is that with AEV's highline fender kit, a Ram pickup equipped with the AEV 3" lift can fit up to a 40" tire, giving you 1.5" more ground clearance over the 37's, for serious off-road excursions!2016-ram-2500-cummins-aev-front-bumper-sideIf you're looking to upgrade the off-road capabilities of your Dodge Ram, the AEV kit is the best around! With the relocation spacers and brackets, you retain your ride quality, and the Ram Premium Front Bumper lets you add a winch, aftermarket tow hooks, fog lights, and more! Should you require larger tires, the highline fender kit (not pictured) makes fitting 40's a breeze, and the AEV Raised Air Intake will provide your engine with plenty of cold air; perfect for those overland trips where dust, mud, water, and other contaminants are commonplace. So if you'd like to kit out your Ram truck for that overland expedition you've been planning, or build one of our popular Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Rubicons for your very own, give us a call today!

  • Vehicle of the Week - 2016 Dodge Ram Line-X

    2016-dodge-ram-aev-3-lift-line-x-front-quarter-filterThis week, we've got a 2016 Dodge Ram with a complete AEV build package, including the new 3" lift kit for the current generation Ram trucks, Kalta wheels, and 37" Toyo Open Country M/T tires. The truck arrived with most of these accessories, minus the Line-X, already installed. However, the Ram had taken damage on the highway from an 18-wheeler u-joint that was ejected out of the big rig and ended up making contact with the AEV bumper, the Vision-X LED light bar, and one of the front quarter panels.2016-dodge-ram-aev-3-lift-line-x-front-grille-head-onAfter repairing the damage to the pickup, which included a new front quarter panel, light bar, and AEV bumper, we sent the truck out to Line-X, as the owner wanted something a more durable than the factory paint-job. The exterior of the truck, minus the door handles, side-mirrors, AEV snorkel, bed cover and a few other pieces, was completely coated in Line-X, just like our custom Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited models! The Line-X treatment also included the AEV front bumper, factory rear bumper, and factory front grille.2016-dodge-ram-aev-3-lift-line-x-front-grilleThe AEV and off-road accessories that round out this Dodge Ram 4x4 are top-of-the-line, and are sure to provide dependable service and performance for years to come. These include the 30" Vision-X Xtreme LED light bar, Factor 55 ProLink XXL, a Decked Dodge Ram Truck Bed Storage System, and a Warn 16.5ti Winch. The AEV accessories featured are the new Ram HD 3" DualSport SC Suspension system, the AEV Ram Raised Air Intake System, the AEV Ram Kalta Wheels, and the Ram Premium Front Bumper with winch mount and AEV tow hooks!2016-dodge-ram-aev-3-lift-line-decker-storageThis truck now has improved 4x4 capability with the added ground clearance from the 37" tires, and protection from the AEV front bumper and the Line-X coating. From pulling logs to other vehicles, the Warn winch and Factor 55 ProLink XXL ensure that this Ram truck has work-days and off-road recovery well in hand. Meanwhile, the Decked Dodge Ram Truck Bed Storage System keeps all tools, winch accessories, and off-road recovery gear safe and secure! For low-light or nighttime excursions, the Vision-X LED light bar provides plenty of illumination, and the AEV Raised Air Intake System lets the engine breathe fresher and cleaner air, whether on-road or off.2016-dodge-ram-aev-3-lift-line-x-rear-quarterIf you like this Dodge Ram 4x4, be sure to tune in next week, as our new 2016 Ram 2500 Limited was recently upgraded with an AEV build package, including the AEV Premium front bumper, 37" BFGoodrich A/T KO2 tires, and more! The AEV lift kit is top of the line for these trucks, so if you'd like a quote or are interested in upgrading the off-road capabilities on your Dodge Ram, give us a call!2016-dodge-ram-aev-3-lift-line-x-front-quarter

  • Product of the Week - Dirty Dog 4x4 Trench Cover

    Dirty-Dog-4x4-Trench-Cover-3This week, we're taking a look at another Dirty Dog 4x4 product, called the Trench Cover. If you have a 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, chances are, you've noticed the huge gap that appears when the rear seats are folded down. This can result in small cargo, trash, or other unwanted objects falling underneath the rear seat. Until Dirty Dog 4x4 developed the Trench Cover, many owners had to result in covering these openings with carpet-wrapped plywood, or similar inventions. Now however, with the Trench Cover, get rid of the seat gap and give your Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited a finished, OEM look!Dirty-Dog-4x4-Trench-CoverMade with matching carpet, the Trench Cover blends with your OEM interior for a flawless, complete look. Best of all, the Trench Cover can remain attached to your rear seat, as it folds forward to cover the gap with the seat down, and folds back when the seat is up and locked into position. With the Trench Cover, you don't need to worry about removing, unbolting or storing anything when it's time to switch from passengers to cargo. Even with the seat up, the Trench Cover protects the smaller, but still present, "trench" behind the rear seat!Dirty-Dog-4x4-Trench-Cover-2If you like to haul cargo, pets, or go camping in the back of your Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited, the Dirty Dog 4x4 Trench Cover is a great, inexpensive solution for you! Prevent pets and cargo from becoming trapped or injured, and cover an uncomfortable area for the perfect surface to place a sleeping bag or air mattress! Once you add a Dirty Dog 4x4 Trench Cover to your Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited, you'll wonder why this product wasn't OEM!

  • Vehicle of the Week - 2016 JKU Sport

    custom-jeep-wrangler-red-105514-dramatic-highThis week, we're taking a look at another unique build, this time a customer's Jeep, which came to us as a mostly stock 2016 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Sport. Instead of the usual 3.5” and up lift kit, this Jeep was equipped with an AEV 2.5” DualSport XT lift kit and 35x12.50x17 BFG KM2 M/T tires. The Poison Spyder Brawler Lite front bumpers, side armor, and tire carrier give this JKU an aggressive off-road look, while the Poison Spyder fender flares allow plenty of room to flex out the 35's.custom-jeep-wrangler-red-poison-spyder-brawler-lite-front-bumper-105514The lighting upgrades include Rigid Industries D2 LED Light Pods, Recon Smoked Turn Signals and Taillights, JW Speaker Evolution J Series Headlights and 6145 J Series Fog Lights. A Warn Zeon 8 winch and D-ring mounts ensure that this Jeep has solid off-road recovery options. The 35” BFG mud-terrain tires are mounted on 17”x9” Fuel Trophy D551 Wheels, and a pair of AMP Research power steps and a custom painted two-tone Wild Boar Aggressive Hawkeye Grille round out the exterior upgrades.custom-jeep-wrangler-red-painted-interior-accents-105514The interior of this Jeep Wrangler JKU Sport features paint-matched bezels by Rugged Ridge and custom Alea leather seats with red stitching and the RubiTrux logo on the headrests. These accessories give this Jeep a unique look that will surely make it stand out, on-road or off! Along with the two-tone Wild Boar grille and non-painted hardtop, the interior accessories compliment the JK Unlimited, and give a nice contrast between red and black, without being too overwhelming.custom-jeep-wrangler-red-alea-leather-headrest-rubitrux-105514

    custom-jeep-wrangler-red-alea-leather-front-105514With the above accessories, this stock Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Sport was completely transformed. Nowadays, a stock JK Unlimited almost wouldn't warrant a second glance, as everyone and their cousin seems to have one, but with these accessories and the RubiTrux touch, this JKU became an eye-catching low-center of gravity (LCOG) build that will turn heads around town, and have no problem taking the road less traveled!custom-jeep-wrangler-red-poison-spyder-crusher-flares-105514If you haven't kept up with recent trends, the LCOG builds that have become more popular over the past decade or so match a small suspension lift with large tires and trimmed or flat fenders, resulting in a more stable, less top-heavy, offroad platform. These builds will climb up and over obstacles and keep up with the bigger 'rigs, with the added benefit of being more stable, both on-road and off, due to the low center of gravity. While to some, this setup may seem strange as it departs from the more conventional tall lift kit for tall tires formula, LCOG rigs are quickly becoming a more common sight on the road and trails, as more off-road enthusiasts come to see the benefits of lessening body roll while retaining the ground clearance benefits of larger-than-stock tires.custom-jeep-wrangler-red-recon-smoked-tail-lights-105514So if you're looking to make your Jeep unique or this LCOG build caught your eye, and you're wondering what it would take to turn your stock Wrangler into an off-road and trail-ready 'rig, give us a call. From mild to wild, we've got you covered!custom-jeep-wrangler-red-wildboar-aggressive-hawkeye-grille-105514

  • Product of the Week - Dirty Dog 4x4 Cargo Netting

    Dirty-Dog-4x4-Netting-5pc-Kit-Jeep-Wrangler-JKUFor the average Jeep owner, taking the top off is one of the first things that comes to mind after bringing a Wrangler home for the first time. However, if there are pets or small children as passengers, or if you've got cargo in the back of your Wrangler that may come loose while on the road or trail, the open nature of a topless Jeep may look like a risk or road hazard. Enter the line of cargo net products by Dirty Dog 4x4! These cargo nets come in a variety of colors, and are available for the Jeep Wrangler JK, JK Unlimited, TJ, and YJ.DirtyDog-4x4-Netting-3pc-Kit-JKU-Gray-Jeep-WranglerA cargo net allows for the complete open-air Jeep experience while providing safety in the form of heavyweight polypropylene straps, re-enforced stitching, and black anodized grommets. The Dirty Dog 4x4 netting can be left in place with the hard or soft top equipped, and can be installed quickly, without the need of any additional brackets or mounting equipment! The side-window netting can be ordered in either the "spider" or regular patterns, while the overhead and rear window netting is the standard, squared off pattern. The kits come in segment pieces, so the overhead, side, or rear window nets can be removed while leaving the others in place. Perfect for securing the rear cargo area while leaving the space above the front two or four seats open, or vice-versa!DirtyDog-4x4-Netting-3pc-Kit-JK-Red-Jeep-WranglerNot only can you choose colors and cargo net patterns for your Jeep, Dirty Dog 4x4 also offers the netting in rear-only, front-only, or full-kit options, so you don't have to buy a whole kit to get just the front cargo net, for example. These cargo nets not only add solid protection and function to your Jeep with the top down, they also help with keeping cargo from scratching or pressing against your soft-top side windows when the top is up! If you've ever taken a turn and had cargo shift in your backseat, pressing into your soft-top while you're on the road, this netting is the perfect solution!Dirty-Dog-4x4-Cargo-Pet-Divider-Black-Jeep-Wrangler-JKAnother great product line from Dirty Dog 4x4 are the cargo net pet dividers for the 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited. These pet dividers are offered in a few different configurations; the first fits behind the front two seats (fits 2 and 4-door), while the others, the standard cargo pet divider and the short cargo pet divider, fit behind the rearmost seat on the Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited. These products are perfect for keeping pets in the backseat, and the driver free from distractions while on the road!Dirty-Dog-4x4-Netting-Front-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-JKU-OrangeIf you're looking to contain pets, cargo, or small children, these products by Dirty Dog 4x4 are for you! Keep your passengers safe while on the road or the trail, and keep your equipment secure, with these sturdy cargo nets. The heavy-duty material and stitching will provide many years of service, and will allow you to remain safe while experiencing the classic open-air freedom of the Jeep Wrangler! If you've got a pet or wish to get more out of the backseat of your 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (or both), stay tuned for our product spotlight next week, as we take a look at another popular Dirty Dog 4x4 product!

  • Vehicle of the Week - 2016 Jeep Wrangler EXT Rubicon

    custom-jeep-wrangler-billet-ext-conversion-lights-onThis week, we're taking a look at this unique 2016 Jeep Wrangler JK-EXT. Most EXT conversions that come through the shop begin life as a Sahara package, and feature 33" or 35" all-terrain tires, a body colored hardtop, and some mild off-road modifications. Not so with this Jeep JK-EXT! This Jeep features the Rubicon package, which means it has the 4:1 Rock-Track Transfer Case and Heavy Duty Dana 44 axles with factory electronic lockers, front and rear, among other goodies. Needless to say, this provides a great platform on which to build an EXT conversion!custom-jeep-wrangler-billet-ext-conversion-aev-3-5-dualsport-rs-liftThe Jeep Wrangler JK-EXT conversion turns a standard, 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a crew-cab pickup truck, perfect for those who need extra cargo space but still want to have room for camping equipment, gear, or other cargo. The conversion extends the frame 15" after the rear axle, and adds a truck bed with a 40"x43" cargo area, which recieves a complete Line-X treatment, so you can carry a variety of loads without worry of scratching the finish. The factory MOPAR freedom panels are reused, and a custom hard-top is added, enclosing the cab. This kit can also be equipped with a fold down tailgate, but some owners opt to keep the swing-out OEM style tailgate instead.custom-jeep-wrangler-billet-ext-conversion-35-inch-toyo-open-country-mtThis JK-EXT conversion also differs from the other "standard" versions in a few more, minor ways. For this model, the hardtop received a textured black finish, instead of being OEM paint-matched to the body, and the fender flares are not paint matched either, which gives a nice contrast to the Billet body of the EXT. This Jeep also features the new, redesigned Rock-Slide Engineering EXT Bumper, with a tire carrier! The front end package is rounded out with an AEV Tubeless Front Bumper, a Warn Zeon 8s Synthetic Rope Winch, an AEV Heat Reduction Hood, and JW Speaker 8700 Evolution 2 Headlights.custom-jeep-wrangler-billet-ext-conversion-badgeThe suspension kit is the ever-popular AEV 3.5" DualSport RS Suspension, and features Fox Reservoir Shocks and King Air Bump Stops. This allows the EXT to fit the 35" Toyo Open Country M/T tires, with plenty of room for off-road excursions. The tires are mounted to Fual Anza Beadlock Wheels, which were powdercoated black, as they are only available in the Matte Anthractite finish. For side armor, we've equipped the Poison Spyder JK Body Armor.custom-jeep-wrangler-billet-ext-conversion-magnuson-superchargerEngine-wise, this EXT has a little surprise under the hood; a Magnuson Supercharger! This supercharger adds an 80-100 HP boost, as well as 60-70lb-ft of torque, so this EXT will have plenty of punch, whether around town or on the highway! For off-road abuse, this 4x4 has been equipped with ARB Differential Covers, AEV Differential Skid Plates, and Artec Industries Lower Control Arm Skid Plates.custom-jeep-wrangler-billet-ext-conversion-rock-slide-engineering-rear-bumper-tire-carrierLlumar window tint, a Borla Catback Exhaust, Hellwig Rear Chromoly Sway Bar, and a MyGig v5 Video Lock Pick with Backup Camera round out this RubiTrux JK-EXT Conversion! Headed up to the wilderness in Oregon, this Jeep truck is sure to turn heads and haul cargo, whether around town, or on the trail!

  • Product of the Week - AEV Ram 3" Lift Kit

    2015-ram-aev-lift-37sAEV has recently released a new lift kit for the 2014 and up Dodge Ram trucks, or the '13-and-a-half model and up, if you have the Ram 3500. The AEV Ram HD 3" Dual Sport SC Suspension kit provides the ultimate in ride quality and has been engineered specifically for the Dodge Ram. The suspension angles are completely corrected with this kit, and up to a 37” tire may be fitted to the vehicle with no rubbing. Since Ram trucks come from the factory with many different spring rates, AEV utilizes cast aluminum coil spring relocation spacers, so that the truck retains the OEM coils and/or leaf springs. This allows for a factory ride, while retaining the OEM spring rate of your truck!aev-ram-three-inch-lift-2500-3500-front-lift


    aev-ram-three-inch-lift-3500-rear-liftThe AEV Ram HD 3” Dual Sport SC Suspension kit features 2” rear coil relocation spacers, a track bar relocation bracket, sway bar end links, and a power hop bracket, if applicable (Ram 2500), or 2” rear lift blocks and U-bolts (Ram 3500), for the tail end of the truck. For the rest of the kit, AEV supplies bump stop spacers (front and rear), front steering brackets, a front track bar, a radius arm relocation kit, forged drag link, track bar tower, drive-shaft spacer, Bilstein 5100 shock absorbers, and an AEV ProCal Module.aev-ram-raised-air-imtake-system-2500-3500This kit will give your Dodge Ram the offroad capability it deserves, and if you want to fully kit out your truck, the bumpers and other AEV accessories can be used to give your Ram the full AEV Prospector 4x4 package! These upgrades include the AEV Raised Air Intake System, providing your truck with cold, clean air, and the Premium Front Bumper, designed to protect the front of your Ram while venturing off the beaten path! The front bumper can also accommodate up to a 16,500lb. winch and features tow loops that double as small skid plates!aev-ram-three-inch-lift-2500-3500-lift-redSo what are you waiting for? Upgrade your truck with a suspension system by AEV and give your Ram legendary offroad capability with room for 37” tires, ensuring that your truck will stand out from the crowd. For the overland truck, daily driver or the dedicated trail rig, an AEV suspension system will improve the ride and handling characteristics of your truck. Don't settle for a sub-par suspension kit for your Dodge Ram, order AEV today!

  • Vehicle of the Week - 2016 Hard Rock Unlimited

    custom-jeep-wrangler-black-113445This week, we're looking at a brand new 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock. This Jeep features a full Maximus-3 build package, the new 37" BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, and a 4.5" AEV Dual Sport SC Lift. Since this Jeep is a Hard Rock edition, the Maximus-3 products will work with the factory MOPAR bumpers. We've added several products from Maximus-3, including a centered winch mount, standard stinger, winch hook anchor, tire carrier, and a black fairlead.custom-jeep-wrangler-black-113445-sideThe 4.5" AEV Dual Sport SC suspension system provides plenty of room for the 37" BFGoodrich A/T tires, while the 17x9 AEV Salta wheels add a hint of classic mixed with modern style. For lighting, we've added JW Speaker fog lights, JW Speaker Evolution J Series Headlights, and a pair of ARB Intensity LED lights. For the warning lamps/side markers, we've added Recon turn signals and Recon tail lights.custom-jeep-wrangler-black-arb-intensity-lights-113445As with all Rubicon models, this JKU features the 3.6L Pentastar, 4:1 Rock-Track Transfer Case, Heavy Duty Dana-44 Axles and factory electronic lockers, front and rear, as well as the electronic sway bar disconnect and 4.10 gear ratio! For off-road recovery, a Warn Zeon 8s Synthetic Winch was added. To assist in entering and exiting this JKU, a complete set of GraBars was also installed with red grips, to match the interior accents.custom-jeep-wrangler-black-custom-painted-interior-accents-113445With all of the custom exterior options, sometimes it's easy to forget about the interior! The handiwork that makes this JKU so unique is the interior color combination, as requested by the customer. The Alea F1 leather interior features red stitching and a red RubiTrux logo. The Alpine X009-WRA In-Dash Restyling System, usually complete with silver side panels, was disassembled and repainted prior to installation. In addition to the Alpine unit, the HVAC vents, steering wheel, passenger grab handle, and door panels also received red accents. The red interior colors now match the Hard Rock decals and red Maximus accessories on the exterior of the Jeep, and provide nice contrast against the black dashboard, center console, and other OEM pieces.custom-jeep-wrangler-black-alea-f-1-interior-113445Other add-ons such as a hardtop mounted Maximus-3 roof rack, Borla exhaust, and AMP Research Power Steps round out the build. This Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has ample space for passengers and cargo, as well as sporting plenty of functionality, both for around town or the trail. The Maximus-3 build package gives a solid, aggressive look, and the BFGoodrich tires will couple offroad capability with outstanding tread life. This Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited will tackle any terrain or conditions thrown it's way, from an offroad excursion to inclement weather! If you'd like to build a similar vehicle, or outfit your Jeep Wrangler JK with Maximus-3 accessories, give us a call, today!custom-jeep-wrangler-black-maximus-3-rear-tire-carrier--high-lift-mount-113445

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