We strongly believe in not only the company AEV 'American Expedition Vehicles' but their philosophy of creating something substantially more capable than factory with a complete factory look, fit and finish. AEV make arguably the best aftermarket products available for the Jeep brand, working closely with the factory R&D team on many concept Jeeps which nearly always make it to SEMA. Murchison Products offers Brute vehicle's as complete "turn-key" packages, road registered ready to go. This includes Queensland Transport Approval and Compliance Plating. (Sorry, we cannot register or comply a vehicle for any other state.)
We can source & supply the donor vehicle or you can supply your own. One thing we will be making sure of is that the donor vehicle is of a high standard and not damaged, or run down to a point that it would be unfeasible to perform the conversion on it. Preferably you need to start with a TJ that has a pristine engine and drive-line, the lowest km's you can find and a well looked after interior with a good service history. This is not a cheap exercise and is for the dedicated enthusiast only who want something different to the norm. To give you a brief idea, $30K plus your vehicle won’t get you much but $40K will.We have seen in the current build that it is not just a simple kit and wouldn’t be for the average home hobbyist or "Handy with a Spanner" type of person.
There is a huge amount of time required to build these vehicles right and the figures that we have seen thrown around the internet for build times are grossly under estimated. You need a bare minimum of 2 people throughout the entire build to do it right and more importantly, safely. There are also many specialist tools and machines required to undertake the modification, not to mention certification.
Here’s a few quick facts on the AEV Brute:
• The conversion takes a 2dr TJ Wrangler with a 94” wheelbase and turns it into a long wheel base Ute (approx 117”, same as stock 4dr JK)
• The vehicle is re-registered as a 2dr commercial Ute once completed
• The converted vehicle’s towing capacity is not changed (not able to be either)
• Murchison’s have QLD Transport pre-approval to apply Long Arms, Larger Brakes, Long Range Fuel Tanks and a 6.1 Hemi V8
• The average cost of a Brute conversion is around $35K