AEV Installs 6.4L HEMI on Jeep JK Wrangler; Vehicle to Appear at 2007 SEMA Show

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Premier Jeep aftermarket supplier American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) will show a custom Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JK in the Chrysler display at SEMA 2007. The vehicle will feature an AEV conversion to a 6.4L HEMI engine. AEV also announces plans to provide customers with turnkey 5.7L and 6.1L HEMI conversions for all JK Wranglers "in the very near future."

Jeep aftermarket supplier American Expedition Vehicles(AEV), in conjunction with the Chrysler Corporation, will debut a monster 6.4L 392 HEMI engine in a Jeep Four Door show vehicle for the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show.

Does this mean a similar HEMI conversion is coming for the new Wrangler JK model?

You bet. AEV founder Dave Harriton confirms that AEV will announce the availability of turnkey 5.7L and 6.1L HEMI conversions for the popular new Wranglers.

The Montana and Michigan-based AEV has already performed hundreds of HEMI conversions on the Jeep Wrangler TJ model. Customers have been strongly requesting a HEMI for JK. Harriton took greater pains to integrate the new JK with the HEMI powertrains to lower costs and ease production.

"Our new JK HEMIs will set the standard for engine conversions," says Harriton. "We tooled up many new parts specifically for this application. It looks and feels like it came from the factory."

AEV has earned a reputation for making a splash at the annual SEMA show, and their HEMI conversion on the Jeep JK should not disappoint.

The 6.4L, 525 hp HEMI Wrangler will show as a concept vehicle in the Chrysler display. The Mopar Performance crate engine will feature a fully-integrated OE-style electronics module developed by AEV. The truck will also have an AEV HEMI-integrated heat-reduction hood. AEV has built a strong working relationship with the Jeep brand, and has won four Chrysler Design Excellence Awards in the last ten years.

Asked if the 6.4L will be offered to AEV customers (in addition to the 5.7 and 6.1), Harriton said: "We'll gauge the interest. The technology is already there to properly integrate the stand-alone engine package with the OE electronics on the vehicle, so it wouldn't be that difficult to offer."

AEV will have a further SEMA presence at the Kicker Audio OEM display. The Kicker vehicle will feature a JK Wrangler Unlimited with AEV's Expedition and Appearance packages, including an AEV bumper, hood, wheels, skid plate, and a custom appearance group option.

AEV's JK Wrangler packages have been extremely popular with customers. Turnkey vehicles feature a number of AEV's high-quality stamped steel components create an attractive road vehicle that can handle the most extreme off-road driving conditions.

Kicker will equip the Jeep with its latest in car audio products, including two sets of Kicker OEM 6.5" two-way speakers; each set will include its own 200 watt subwoofer and 4.2 channel amp.

Across the aisle at the Katzkin Leather display, a Chrysler owned 4-door JK Unlimited will be featured with an AEV bumper and hood.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It will be held Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2007 in Las Vegas.

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