I know man. These things are pricey, but all things considered, mine is a bargain at the current price. I have a folder of build receipts with this truck that catalogue everything. You could buy a brand new 2013 rubicon for what it cost the previous owner to build this rig.
This Brute was first used in the 2007 Ultimate Adventure. For the next couple years it went to various events and shows. Then late last year it was completely stripped to the bare frame and rebuilt for SEMA. It was in the Optima Battery booth for the 2009 SEMA show. Just before Christmas we finished filming in Utah for a TV show that will be aired on SPEED in a few months.
I truly hate to see this amazing Jeep go, but I have a new family member on the way and at least one of my Jeeps most go, so this is the one
Vehicle: 2003 Jeep Wrangler Brute
Color: Viper GTS Blue
Base Vehicle Options:
5.7L Hemi V8 Engine
Rubicon Rock-Trac 241OR T-case
Dynatrac ProRock 60 axles front and rear
ARB Air Lockers front and rear
AEV Conversion Components
AEV Brute Conversion
AEV Highline Body Kit
AEV Rocker Guards (Original Design w/ Tube)
AEV Rear Corner Guards
Hutchinson RockMonster Dual Beadlock 17inch Wheels (5)
BFGoodrich 38x14.5r17 Mud-Terrain KM2 tires (5)
Currie Rock Crawler Front Bumper
Warn 9.5ti winch
Viking Off Road Winchline
Nth Degree Suspension, TJ 6inch Long Arm
AEV Leather Seat Upgrade
AEV Heat Reduction Hood
A little bit more from Dave Yegge (owner) AEV
Wow, thanks guys. This is definitely at the top of my Jeep list too.
Now on to the questions.
Igmar, I don't have any good pictures of the spare mount in the Brute. It is pretty simple though. Looking down from the top the mount looks like an H. One long leg goes side to side and sits on top of the wheel well. The other long leg is forward of that with a short vertical leg on each side to keep it level with the rear. Then the wheel is mounted with a plate on the center of the H. Make sense? This way the entire length of the bed is usable under the tire.
The axles are both Dynatrac ProRock 60s.
These are high pinion axles with Dyantrac's high clearance housing. They also have Dynatracs 'Stub Hub' locking hubs, these hubs are about 2.25" shorter on each side than a standard locking hub. The axle are 3" wider than the stock TJ axles.
The engine was slightly used when it was first installed in the Brute. Overall the engine now has about 12,000 miles on it. The transmission has the same miles on it and it is the 545RFE automatic that we use in all of our Hemi conversions.
Unfortunately you will not see the Brute in the upcoming season of BullRun. We did make it into the final 15 or so teams, but in the end we were not picked. The show we just finished taping for will be on SPEED, probably sometime this spring. I'm not sure if we are suppose to be talking about what it is, so I'll just leave it at that.