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  • #16
    Originally posted by kojack View Post
    Of course it's not as good fitting, but to tar all Chinese products with one brush is down right silly when you, yourself have products being made in china.
    AEV only has wheels made in China, and that isn't by choice, other than a choice between a Chinese wheel, or no wheel at all. Even with them being made in China there are quality issues. I remember hearing not long ago that there was a container of wheels that AEV rejected for quality issues back to the manufacturer that the ended up in Canada.

    AEV has had a very strong position against Chinese products and labor for a long time because of the number of cheap knock off products that keep pouring out of there that really are a poor fit and finish, but are sold as AEV items. AEV goes to the trouble of sourcing their raw materials (metal, bolts, plastic, molds, etc...) from US companies, and of US materials.

    As per AEV here is the reason why they make one product in China.

    China. And for the record, we’re not happy about it. At AEV, we remain committed to American manufacturing, and we would much rather have our wheels manufactured in the US. But right now, you can’t get wheels made in the US at aftermarket volumes.

    What happened? Most of the US wheel manufacturing used to be based in California. In the early nineties, China targeted the wheel industry as a strategic growth industry. They set up incentives for the construction of wheel manufacturing facilities, began offering export credits of 22% on wheels, and fully subsidized the cost of new tooling. US plants couldn’t compete. Most US manufacturers ended up selling their equipment to China, created partnerships with the Chinese plants, and became middle men importing wheels back to the US.

    Today, the only cast wheel plants left in the US are for high volume OE wheel programs. So unfortunately, buying from China is a necessary evil of being in the aftermarket cast wheel business. We have made the effort to buy from a high quality Chinese plant. Our plant also produces OE wheels for Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Harley Davidson, among others. Our supplier has Americans on the ground in China who oversee our programs for us, and we have been over to China to inspect and visit the plant.

    When lower volume manufacturing becomes feasible again in the US, we will be first in line. Over the past 20 years, the Chinese government has stopped subsidizing tooling, has been phasing out the wheel export credits, and as of 2011 they finally eliminated the wheel credits. We hope that in time, US plants will be able to compete and we will start to see some volume move back to the US.
    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
      Ok. So don't buy aev wheels because they are made in china...

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      • #18
        Originally posted by kojack View Post
        Ok. So don't buy aev wheels because they are made in china...
        It sees like you are hear to promote an agenda. AEV takes a lot of steps to ensure quality of their wheels above and beyond most manufacturers, and here is a link talking about wheels they reject that their supplier let out. I would say that out of all the aftermarket wheels out there, AEV are one of the few that I would recommend.
        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
          But why Jon, Dave said everything from china is garbage. Therefore it would be better to buy something else. If you noticed I said in the beginning I LOVE Aev gear. I just find it funny that someone calls this hood a direct copy of the aev, then Dave comes on and says its junk because it's a Chinese made product.....meanwhile aevs own wheels are made in china. Which is it?

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          • #20
            This one is easy . While I hate most Chinese products and everything they stand for , I SUPPOSE you can find halfway decent wheels but have you ever seen most Chinese Stamped sheet metal ???? Not pretty .

            Besides that , Jon is a Fanboy !!

            Love you Jon !!!!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Panhead5 View Post
              This one is easy . While I hate most Chinese products and everything they stand for , I SUPPOSE you can find halfway decent wheels but have you ever seen most Chinese Stamped sheet metal ???? Not pretty .

              Besides that , Jon is a Fanboy !!

              Love you Jon !!!!
              If you find this forum you are either a fanboy or a troll. There is no in between.
              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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              • #22
                Ha ha. Actually I am too. My next jku is a numbered aev. Working on it as we speak.

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                • #23
                  The RR vented hood really shines with the accompaniment of the angry eyebrow valence and toothy grille insert.



                  cheers

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Tru-bicon View Post
                    The RR vented hood really shines with the accompaniment of the angry eyebrow valence and toothy grille insert.



                    cheers
                    Are those three separate light bars on three different switches? Am I missing the point as to why you would not just run a single bar?

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Barton CDJR View Post
                      Are those three separate light bars on three different switches? Am I missing the point as to why you would not just run a single bar?
                      I guess to be different and try to get something different to the market.

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