Renowned off-road-vehicle builder, AEV, has been busy.
Heading out on an off-road adventure without a spare wheel and tire is sort of like going into the wilderness without a knife. A puncture can strike at any time, and you never know when you might pop a tire bead off the rim, in light of which, carrying a spare is just common sense. But often, trucks and off-roaders carry these under the rear of the vehicle, which is not exactly the best spot for it to be carried when you're climbing over ruts and rocks.
Now, one of the best-known names in off-road performance, American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), is helping owners of the Chevrolet Colorado, Jeep Gladiator, and Ram HD to carry a full-size spare safely, securely in the truck bed, without taking up too much valuable cargo space.
In case you forgot, AEV is the same company responsible for the hardcore off-road-focused Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, although the shop is best known for its rugged, go-anywhere conversions of Jeep Wranglers and Ram pickup trucks.
AEV took to Instagram this week to announce its new vertical truck bed tire carrier for the Colorado, Gladiator, and Ram HD, which will be available for purchase from next week.
We're sure we don't have to tell you the benefits of a vertical tire carrier: maximizing space in the bed. Keeping the tire vertical shrinks its footprint, giving drivers more room for whatever else they might want to carry with them. It also ensures the underside of the truck is clear and that the spare is easily accessible if you get stuck somewhere.
Like everything AEV manufactures, it looks very well-made, with neatly bent, black powder-coated tubular steel and function-driven design.
AEV's new vertical tire carrier for the Colorado, Gladiator, and Ram HD will retail at $399, and it will allow for some truly large off-road tires to be fitted. On the Chevrolet Colorado, the carrier can accommodate tires up to 37 inches in diameter, AEV says; on the Jeep Gladiator and Ram HD, it will fit up to a 41-inch tire.
A formal announcement with more product details will come next week, so stay tuned if your off-road rig could use a new spare tire carrier.