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Unread 03-19-2009, 09:02 PM   #1
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AEV. Worth it?

I am going to purchase an 09 Sahara. Newbie, first jeep. Street driving only. I want to lift to allow 35". I was told Nth degree would be a good option. I got a proposal from them for 13k. That includes lift, wheels/tires, front bumper, new heat reduction hood, corner guards, heated seats, recalibration and labor. Does this price seem reasonable? How much does a typical 3" lift cost installed? How about installed wheels and tires? thank you.

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Unread 03-19-2009, 09:04 PM   #2
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The whole package might be worth it, to send it to them and come back with a turn-key Jeep, but most people build their Jeeps over time and do most of the work themselves. Just personal preference I think. If I had that kind of money to blow, I might do it...
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Unread 03-19-2009, 09:08 PM   #3
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Oh, just saw street driving only. No, not worth it. You don't need to spend 13K for a mall crawler. http://www.quadratec.com/products/16300_603.htm
Get that. For wheels, consider another $1,500 mounted and balanced. Ball park.
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Unread 03-19-2009, 09:32 PM   #4
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That is a lot of cheddar to spend all at one time if you are going to be using it mainly for street driving.

A budget boost will clear the 35's and look good. You can get one for $300 bucks or even less. Installation is very simple. You could find a fellow jeeper that would do it for a six pack and some conversation. If you had to, a mechanic would do it for probably 3 or 4 hours of labor.

Wheels and tires, hmm. It all depends on what you are looking for. You could go to Discount Tire and get 5 soft 8's and 5 BFG all terrains installed for probably around $1800. I say all terrains because you will be street driving and they still look pretty sharp. Price increases quite a bit more the flashier you go with the wheels.

Heated seats are nice, but the heater in a JK is one thing that does not really need an aftermarket for. If you do want them, I have no idea what the cost is on them.

Recalibration-you can buy a new procal unit for less than $150 and actually be able to recalibrate everything on your own any time you want.

As far as the hood and corner guards go, You could get them ordered and have a local shop paint them to match and install them yourself with a little help. Hood goes for around 700 and corner guards are less than that.

All in all, if those are the actual items that you want and you want them installed professionally, then it is probably about right. However, you could shave a whole lot off of that total by doing one thing at a time and have some fun doing it at the same time. It all depends on how much free time you have vs. the size of your wallet.
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Unread 03-20-2009, 04:32 AM   #5
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AEV is for the demanding off-roader, somebody who needs a reliable expedition-ready Jeep. People feel it is "worth it" because they can ill afford the time and hassle of sorting out build details nor the worry of future problems with a self-build.
Buying an AEV conversion and subjecting it to mall duty is akin to buying a Porsche and never driving it faster than 55 mph. Some people thing that's worth it too.

You question makes many of us sad...
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Unread 03-20-2009, 04:47 AM   #6
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Heated seat kits are 200 bucks from Quadratec.
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Unread 03-20-2009, 06:15 AM   #7
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Heated seat kits are 200 bucks from Quadratec.
But when AEV talks about heated seats they are under nice leather also.
Decent seat heaters run about 300 for the pair for a diy install.
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I have been looking at some seat heaters for my Unlimited and found someone selling a set of 4 on eBay for like 150. That way I can do the front and back since I always have 3 other people with me. Also, I know Quadratec has an upgrade package you can get but I don't know about installation. There are 3 packages to get and each 1 is a step up from the previous one. Let me see if I can find a link.
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Unread 03-20-2009, 10:17 AM   #10
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You question makes many of us sad...
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Unread 03-20-2009, 10:47 AM   #11
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AEV is for the demanding off-roader, somebody who needs a reliable expedition-ready Jeep. People feel it is "worth it" because they can ill afford the time and hassle of sorting out build details nor the worry of future problems with a self-build.
Buying an AEV conversion and subjecting it to mall duty is akin to buying a Porsche and never driving it faster than 55 mph. Some people thing that's worth it too.

You question makes many of us sad...
I think he has it right. If you never plan to do more than gravel roads then a simple 2.5" kit from someone like Teraflex will run you about $260 a fit those 35" tires just fine.

The AEV route with be one bad motha Jeep but if you don't take it off road then that $13k was spent on some serious parts designed for whoppin off road.
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Unread 03-20-2009, 11:37 AM   #12
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it's your jeep do what you want, it sounds like you want it done and don't want to lay a wrench on it. therefore, you chose all quality stuff in a package, so go for it. you will have a strong resale with that kind of quality.

i am jealous of the jeeper that buys it off you, they are going to get a great jeep that had never been beaten on.

on the other hand the person who ends up with mine will have a mess on their hands.
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Unread 03-20-2009, 12:04 PM   #13
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AEV producs rock. Whether you are going to wheel it or not, that will give you an awesome looking rig that you won't see on every street corner. I have the hood and the front bumper and absolutely love them. GREAT quality, great look, and if (when) you decide to do some offroading, the Nth Degree lift will serve you well.

If you can afford it and want a killer looking JK, do it. You'll love it.
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Unread 03-20-2009, 05:18 PM   #14
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I'm actually with Bricktop on this. Heck, my AEV hood was just a ridiculously expensive way to not have to cut a hole in my stock hood for the snorkel.

There is a guy at Microsoft who has a fully decked out Rubi from AEV. EVERYTHING on it is pristine - doubt it ever sees dirt - but sure is dang nice to look at. And down the road, someone is going to get some serious parts for a song with no abuse at all.
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Unread 03-20-2009, 10:09 PM   #15
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get the hemi too. i'll give you my address for when you're tired of it.
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good grief, just buy the Rubicon.
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