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Is the RAM Prospector XL by AEV The Best Thing For Off road?

The AEV Prospector XL is a profoundly capable off-road beast

Updated October 15, 2018

Despite looking badass, pickup trucks aren’t actually the best thing one can use when it comes to offroading. However, no one can dispute their ruggedness. For this reason, enthusiast are enticed to build perfect offroading monsters on their basis. Meet one of the perfect.

AEV Prospector XL Front 3/4

Based on the standard Ram 3500 truck, American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) revealed their latest offering -a truck called the AEV Prospector XL. The package they have created for the truck, more or less, transforms it from the heavy duty hauler to a mighty capable off roader. They market the kit on their page for a price of $17,345, but with all the options selected, the kit increases base vehicle price by more than 30 grand. Do not grieve. For this kind of money, one would have the most unique Ram ever. And the kit is available for 2500 and 3500 models.

AEV Prospector XL Headlight View

Developed over the course of a few years, fully specced out AEV Prospector XL kit includes improvements all over. The front carries a massive stamped steel front bumper with ductile iron tow loops. Specially designed for off road wear and tear, the front bumper of the Dodge Prospector acts as some sort of a skid plate as well. As a heavy duty unit it perfectly matches new wide fenders who now accommodate 40″ Toyo Open Country M/T Tires. Beefed up tires actually couldn’t fit properly on the standard RAM. With that in mind, AEV engineers went all in with the suspension calibration. They changed the whole geometry of the suspension making it far more suitable for the most dangerous off-road endeavours.

AEV Prospector XL Front View

Much is changed. AEV developed DualSport suspension setup which tackles a number of different positions on the suspension making the car far more capable. AEV, however, is not interested in making the car unusable on roads. This is why they have left the Dodge Prospector with stock coil springs, but integrate cast aluminum spacers. Raising the vehicle’s height, AEV was able to install specially-tuned Bilstein 5100 dampers. This in return increased the suspension travel, but, apparently, did not affect the Dodge Prospector’s ride comfort on the streets. This is very important as we all know some of these trucks would never touch off road terrain.

AEV Prospector XL Front 3/4

Also, the refit includes the “AEV drag link, AEV track bar and raised track bar tower.” With some other tweaks and repositioned suspension arms and changed steering geometry, the RAM became a far more capable truck. All the new equipment is sure to have a positive effect on steering precision. RAM, for that matter, integrated additional hydraulic servo assistance releasing stress from stock components.

AEV Prospector XL in Snow Front View

Under the car one can notice fantastic, heavy duty AEV diff covers keeping the differential safe at any terrain. Just how thorough were AEV engineers is best shown with the integration of a Heat Reduction Hood. This, apparently, radically reduces temperatures in the engine bay. It, also, channels water from the wiring and other sensitive components. This demonstrates the AEV Prospector XL’s fording potential. After all, a snorkel ensures that the engine has enough air even when underwater. We do not doubt it can cross some serious depths.

AEV Prospector XL Hood and Snorkel

All the outside components are sure to serve a purpose of some kind, but they, as a package certainly make the RAM look meaner than before. 16,500 lbs winch bar, LED light bars, covers at the back and Katla wheels nicely round up the badass attitude. American Expedition Vehicles also offer a comprehensive warranty program for all of the installed components of 3 years/36,000 miles. Important for such a vehicle for sure.

AEV Prospector XL Front 3/4 AEV Prospector XL Front 3/4 Rolling AEV Prospector XL Front 3/4 Passenger Side AEV Prospector XL Fording Water

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Safet Satara
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