The immediate popularity of the Ford Bronco has been undeniable, with current reservation numbers estimated to push some delivery dates back to mid-2022. While the return of the Bronco has been decades in the making, not everyone is going to want to wait it out for 18 more months. For those folks, something like the AEV Wrangler JL350 or JL370 might prove to be too tempting in the meantime.
American Expedition Vehicles has been making top-notch off-roading parts for off-roading vehicles since 1997, and has recently been known for building some cpacable turn-key packages. Before there was a Prospector XL or a Colorado ZR2 Bison, the Wrangler was the backbone of AEV’s catalogue. The AEV Wrangler JL350 and JL370 are the company’s latest crack at the 4×4 legend, and they pack a substantial amount of upgraded hardware to make them some of the most capable turn-key Jeeps in the world.
The AEV Wrangler JL350 package includes an AEV 2-inch suspension spacer lift kit, an AEV front bumper skid plate, front geometry correction brackets and a set of AEV Bumpers front and rear. Modifications like the AEV Wheels, 7000 Series LED off-road lights, and AEV badging inside and out help to up the 4×4’s visual flair. Starting at $12,099 over the price of the donor Wrangler, it isn’t outrageously expensive either.
Should the JL350 Package not offer quite enough hardware for you, The AEV Wrangler JL370 takes things up another notch. AEV fits the JL370 with their 2.5-inch DualSport RT Suspension System, as well as an AEV 4.56 differential gear upgrade for better performance off-road. The rest of the hardware from the JL350 is included as well, though the base price is a bit higher at $15,600.
While it is true that a well-kitted AEV Wrangler can be quite a bit more expensive than a Ford Bronco, dealer markups for the all-new off-roader are bound to happen. Ford has already said there is little they’ll do to combat the issue, though some buyers have taken matters into their own hands. For some, we expect the combination of waiting and dealing with adjusted pricing may prove to be too much to deal with. A turnkey Wrangler with AEV hardware might seem rather intriguing at that point.