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  • #16
    I ended up driving the Recruit today. I was wanting a Prospector XL (I get tire envy) but at the end of the day I think that I will be going with the Recruit here in a few months. We are building a house (yes it will have 8' garage doors just for my Jeep and this truck) and I need something that I can haul materials to finish the basement, landscaping, etc... with, all while being a family vehicle. From a daily driveability stance it is tough to beat. It gets decent gas mileage with the diesel, quite, and comfortable. All of this while more capable of most anything I would throw at it since I have the JK.

    I could see this being a vehicle that I would drive to Montana, and explore all the mountain back roads on, and drive home. I will save the trail pin striping, rock crawling, front and rear locked stuff for the JK.
    Jon

    2008 Rubicon Unlimited
    4.5" AEV lift, 37" Nitto Trail Grapplers, AEV front/rear bumpers, AEV Corners, Factory Ten Axle Shafts.

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    • #17
      What kind of MPG was the ecodiesel showing? It may be one of the few ecodiesel recruits that hit the market from what I hear.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by TheRussell View Post
        What kind of MPG was the ecodiesel showing? It may be one of the few ecodiesel recruits that hit the market from what I hear.
        I didn't even look to see what the dash showed. This one only had 1,600 miles on it so it wasn't even broken in yet.
        Jon

        2008 Rubicon Unlimited
        4.5" AEV lift, 37" Nitto Trail Grapplers, AEV front/rear bumpers, AEV Corners, Factory Ten Axle Shafts.

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        • #19
          My Recruit

          They are building mine as we speak. Should have soon. Will post pics.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by JeepinJon View Post
            I ended up driving the Recruit today. I was wanting a Prospector XL (I get tire envy) but at the end of the day I think that I will be going with the Recruit here in a few months. We are building a house (yes it will have 8' garage doors just for my Jeep and this truck) and I need something that I can haul materials to finish the basement, landscaping, etc... with, all while being a family vehicle. From a daily driveability stance it is tough to beat. It gets decent gas mileage with the diesel, quite, and comfortable. All of this while more capable of most anything I would throw at it since I have the JK.

            I could see this being a vehicle that I would drive to Montana, and explore all the mountain back roads on, and drive home. I will save the trail pin striping, rock crawling, front and rear locked stuff for the JK.
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            Thanks for the update/review.

            Agreed, this set-up seems to make an excellent DD.

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            Originally posted by Rick Latimer View Post

            They are building mine as we speak.

            Should have soon.

            Will post pics.
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            Ecodiesel or Hemi?

            Please keep us updated!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by SKT View Post
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              Ecodiesel or Hemi?

              Please keep us updated!

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              I went with the Hemi. If I'm lucky, I'll have it next week. It's been over a long anxious month.

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              • #22
                When the 1500 bumper is available stand alone, will it work with the 1500 grill or will the hood and grill need swapped like the AEV builds?

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                • #23
                  Other than buy in price of the vehicle, I don't see any real advantages of a 1/2 ton over a 3/4.
                  "Dont wish for it,work for it."
                  2014 Anvil Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited-Procal-Heat Reduction hood and Snorkel with prefilter-black Pintlers-Superlift 2.5 with AEV Geo brackets-buffalo key chain

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by forsakenfuture View Post
                    Other than buy in price of the vehicle, I don't see any real advantages of a 1/2 ton over a 3/4.
                    Smaller potential wheelbase for a daily driver, 27 mpg with the diesel (in stock form), much lower buy in price with the deals since The Ram is getting killed by the F150. I am just wondering how hard it would be to do a Recruit XL and run a 37" tire.

                    I am building a house at the moment and the 2500 crew cab short bed would be tight in a standard garage. I have a bit of luxury since I specked 8' garage doors and am trying to decide on length.
                    Jon

                    2008 Rubicon Unlimited
                    4.5" AEV lift, 37" Nitto Trail Grapplers, AEV front/rear bumpers, AEV Corners, Factory Ten Axle Shafts.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by automaticSuperstatic View Post
                      When the 1500 bumper is available stand alone, will it work with the 1500 grill or will the hood and grill need swapped like the AEV builds?
                      That is something we are nailing down the details on in the coming weeks! The ultimate goal is to allow for bumper fitment on the 1500 without the 2500 front end conversion. As always, this is easier said than done so we are doing our best to come up with a quality solution.
                      Chris Holt
                      Marketing Associate, AEV
                      248-926-0256 x272
                      cholt@aev-conversions.com

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by forsakenfuture View Post
                        Other than buy in price of the vehicle, I don't see any real advantages of a 1/2 ton over a 3/4.
                        There are many benefits. Just to name a few:
                        A lot of people don't need a 3/4 to 1-ton truck. They can do everything they need to accomplish in a 1/2 truck.
                        The price point on a 1500 is cheaper than that of the 2500/3500 trucks.
                        Configured for a tow vehicle, they can still handle quite a bit on weight with ease.
                        A lot of the market prefers the smaller size as a daily driver.
                        They are smaller than a 2500/3500 so more friendly in the off-road aspect and nimble enough for overlanding applications. In fact, the first Recruit delivered was partly chosen due to the turning radius on that model being 1-2 feet less than that of a JKU.
                        The DualSport Suspension system we made for the 1500 is a truly remarkable lift kit. With items like the stamped steel skid plate garnering actual measurable clearance and the cast aluminum knuckle for a significantly lighter un-sprung mass and more.
                        Last edited by AEV Chris; 05-31-2017, 09:02 AM.
                        Chris Holt
                        Marketing Associate, AEV
                        248-926-0256 x272
                        cholt@aev-conversions.com

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