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Hi folks. I just bought this rig from AEV and it was mentioned that I should start a new thread with pics and info, so here it is.

I've known the guys at AEV for sometime now. I think we first met in 2000 or 2001. I forget. Lol! After I sold my Hemi powered LJ (AEV installed) in January, I started looking around for a new Jeep with my eyes on a new 4DR JK. I had a 4DR in the past and really like them but boy they aren't cheap nowadays. Anyhow, as I was Googling around the 'net, I ran across a Commander and thought to myself, huh, I forgot about those! Lol! Let's see, factory installed 5.7, leather, same basic dimensions at a 4DR JK.... yeah I can do this. I looked around a bunch, saw pics of AEV's rig and finally called Dave to see if he still had it. "Yeah, why? You wanna buy it?" was the response. Ha! Long story short, here it is. I took delivery on 2-25-2014 (my anniversary no less) with 2881 miles on it.



We spent a day going over the rig real quick then loaded it on a trailer and headed for the TDS event in San Diego area. The Jeep did fine with some tire rubbing (expected) but the car trailer blew a couple of tires.









I really don't have much more to add right now. Some basic info is, 5.7 Limited, Superlift 4" lift, custom made fiberglass fender flares and 39.5" Irok's. Other than the front being a bit "springy" (needs new struts), it rides real nice and handles quite well. Oh, and it still has the new car smell.

If anyone has any Q's, just ask! I know I'll have some. Like, what's that black box with the red lens for that's stuck to my windshield?

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I think it's awesome that you got this Commander ! And I'm sure I'm not the only one here who is a little envious. I know at one time Dave was asking $30,000 for it. Would you care to share how much you paid for it ?

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That thing is NASTY! Lucky dog, you. Bet it gets great MPG.

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For those of you not familiar with the AEV Iceland Commander here is an article about it---> http://www.fourwheeler.com/features/0608-4wd-jeep-commander-wrangler/.

And some pics of it back in 2006:












2006 Steel Blue 5.7L HEMI Limited 4x4 Build Date: June 9, 2006 Hour 14
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Quadra-Drive II, NAV, DVD, Trailer Tow Group IV, Off-Road Group II, Remote Start, UConnect, Rear Backup Camera, Chrome Wheels,
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Here is an AEV promo video with the Iceland Commander in it. Most of the Commander is in the second half of the video.

Another video:
www.youtube.com/embed/SPFLnJH9MdU

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Yeah I'm a little jealous. Would love to see how well my Commander would do off road compared to that rig




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What ever happened to the other AEV commander???


I remember seeing them at the sema show years ago


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I think it's awesome that you got this Commander ! And I'm sure I'm not the only one here who is a little envious. I know at one time Dave was asking $30,000 for it. Would you care to share how much you paid for it ?

I appreciate the thumbs up but I can't disclose the purchase price. I just think it's in the best interest of all parties to pass on that. Besides, you never know....I might decide this just isn't the rig for me and pass it on. My wife loves the thing though. If it didn't have the big tires on it, she'd confinscate it from me tomorrow. Lol! It really is a nice rig, just need to get the tractor tires off it. Btw, before anyone says anything, my Hemi Jeep I just sold had 39" BFG Krawlers on it. I'm used to big tires but not ones that hum this good. Ha!
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I might be able to find out what happened with that rig. I'm afraid it might have been a crusher though. (crushed when they were done with it). That would be a shame but see those flares? I'm trying to get the molds for those. Time will tell.


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That thing is NASTY! Lucky dog, you. Bet it gets great MPG.
MPG?? What's that? Lol! Ok it's only been a week or so but holy crap! My 6000 lb Hemi LJ got better mileage! I did have 5.38 gears but I never realized the damage that stock (3.73) gears and AWD did to MPG. Maybe I just need to drive it more. <shrug>
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