Military Jeep J8 now available to civilians

Military Jeep J8 now available to civilians

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The most hardcore of American Jeeps the J8 has ironically only been available to foreign militaries and governments, and not the American public, until now. A company named American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) thought the situation wasn’t right and have stepped in to supply the Jeep J8 to American civilians who love serious off road vehicles or military equipment.

Unfortunately the stripped-down, beefed-up super-Jeeps have to undertake some steps before they are road-ready. However, these are the real-deal, military-grade Jeep J8s that are being sold overseas. They are available in either three-door or five-door variants, but both are built on the same Wrangler Unlimited platform.

“Hardcore off-road enthusiasts have been asking for a vehicle like this for years, no frills and setup for a choice of diesel or V8 power and built with extra heavy-duty components,” said Dave Harriton, top brass at American Expedition Vehicles. “It’s certainly not for everyone, but that’s all part of the appeal. Being able to offer even limited quantities to the American public is really a dream come true for us. First, it’s a perfect match with our niche manufacturing and distribution channels, and second, the J8 is a unique part of history that we’re proud to be part of.”

The powertrain has to be sourced separately from the chassis package, but AEV does have independent dealers that can supply both the standard 174hp/339lb-ft (130kW/460Nm) 2.8L four-cylinder diesel or a 330hp (246kW/508Nm)) 5.7L HEMI V8 gasoline engine. The chassis itself is assembled in Detroit by AEV, fully finished with paint, upholstery, wheels and tyres, but missing engine and transmission.

The J8 gets some extra muscle over a standard Jeep, including a Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles, plus rear leaf springs and a heavy-duty frame that together boost the J8’s tow capacity to 3,500lb and payload rating to 2,500lb.

AEV is still in the stage of taking orders and being rightous, there is no word yet on final pricing for the big-balls J8 but potential suburban commandos will be looking at around $50k USD.

Jeep J8 fq

The most hardcore of American Jeeps the J8 has ironically only been available to foreign militaries and governments, and not the American public, until now. A company named American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) thought the situation wasn’t right and have stepped in to supply the Jeep J8 to American civilians who love serious off road vehicles or military equipment.

Unfortunately the stripped-down, beefed-up super-Jeeps have to undertake some steps before they are road-ready. However, these are the real-deal, military-grade Jeep J8s that are being sold overseas. They are available in either three-door or five-door variants, but both are built on the same Wrangler Unlimited platform.

“Hardcore off-road enthusiasts have been asking for a vehicle like this for years, no frills and setup for a choice of diesel or V8 power and built with extra heavy-duty components,” said Dave Harriton, top brass at American Expedition Vehicles. “It’s certainly not for everyone, but that’s all part of the appeal. Being able to offer even limited quantities to the American public is really a dream come true for us. First, it’s a perfect match with our niche manufacturing and distribution channels, and second, the J8 is a unique part of history that we’re proud to be part of.”

The powertrain has to be sourced separately from the chassis package, but AEV does have independent dealers that can supply both the standard 174hp/339lb-ft (130kW/460Nm) 2.8L four-cylinder diesel or a 330hp (246kW/508Nm)) 5.7L HEMI V8 gasoline engine. The chassis itself is assembled in Detroit by AEV, fully finished with paint, upholstery, wheels and tyres, but missing engine and transmission.

The J8 gets some extra muscle over a standard Jeep, including a Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles, plus rear leaf springs and a heavy-duty frame that together boost the J8’s tow capacity to 3,500lb and payload rating to 2,500lb.

AEV is still in the stage of taking orders and being rightous, there is no word yet on final pricing for the big-balls J8 but potential suburban commandos will be looking at around $50k USD.

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