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Are you shopping for some AM General parts for your prized Hummer today? For a die-hard fan of this tough, iconic American vehicle, you surely know what makes it so special. AM General, manufacturer of military and civilian on- and off-road vehicles, is known for its revolutionary creations like the military Humvee and the cutting-edge civilian H1 and H2. AM General prides itself in building the "toughest trucks on the planet" that boast of unsurpassed workmanship and performance. AM General tru...ck accessories and parts, like the tough trucks they are a part of, are some of the most reliable parts and accessories installed in any vehicle. However, no matter how sturdy AM General truck parts are, they will eventually wear out or get damaged over time. Parts such as radiator, brake pads, oil filter, sway bar link, and a lot more will have to be removed eventually due to damage, wear, or defect. By replacing them with premium OE replacement parts, you'll surely get continued reliable performance from your truck. So if you want to have the best AM General parts available online, just visit our parts catalog here at Auto Parts Warehouse. Avail of our premium automotive parts and accessories offered at the lowest prices possible to give you big savings whenever you buy from us. So, for affordable parts that perform tough, shop at Auto Parts Warehouse right now!View More
AM General: Flexibility in Innovation
Never mind the durability of the Humvee, that's a given. It wouldn't have lasted as long in service as it does if it were easy to bring down. What truly sets AM General apart from the rest of the bunch is the amazing flexibility and versatility of its Humvee platform. Since 1985, this workhorse has been assigned a number of diverse missions and has performed admirably in each one. So what's AM's secret?
A warrior for all seasons
Most military vehicles fulfill one operational role exclusively-and suffer in performance. When the Humvee figured in Operation Just Cause, it proved that it could adequately fulfill many roles all at once. This did away with the need for a separate transport, light assault, and even medical vehicle, because the Humvee could, with a few modifications, handle different roles easily.
The secret was the Humvee's modular design. With no solid welds across its entire frame, an engineering team could strip it down in minutes. Modifications can then be done bit by bit to fit a mission profile. That meant that the US Army didn't need separate vehicles for different roles-the Humvee was effective as a personnel carrier, anti-armor platform, and even an ambulance.
Safely in and out
Modular builds tend to give the impression of poorly scraped together components that would break down like a child's toy. That's not the case with the Humvee. AM General made certain that each piece of the "puzzle", as it were, was built tough with only the most balanced of polymers-you got durability and survivability with none of the heft and weight.
And speaking of survivability, the Humvee is also capable of doing what most military vehicles could not: it could swim. Not too deep, of course, but it was sufficient to round out the Humvee package. Naturally, most customers would not be able to purchase the military version. So what does all of that mean for the average consumer?
The bottom line
That means that, in its civilian iteration-the Hummer-one gets the end-result of many years- (and many conflicts-) worth of innovations from a machine that truly redefined and reinvented the parameters of the modern battlefield.
Of all the vehicles in the United States' arsenal, none is more ubiquitous and well recognized as the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle-thankfully known more colloquially as the Humvee. This hard working little soldier out of AM General's manufacturing centers has figured in all armed conflicts that US has been embroiled in-from Mogadishu to Baghdad.
It certainly helps too, that the Humvee is a fixture in popular media-from movies like Black Hawk Down to video games like Call of Duty. To understand the versatile nature of this amazing vehicle, one needs to look into the many "roles" that the Humvee is capable of undertaking.
The one you know
The variant that you might be most familiar with is the M1151. This is the specific variant that is featured in the movies and games. What sets it apart is the inclusion of a swiveling turret mounting a 50-cal machine gun for point defense. In this role, it is a combination troop-carrier and attack platform. Apart from being most recognizable, it has also been the most reliable-from the open fields to the tight streets and alleys.
What few people outside the armed services realize is that the first iterations of the Humvee-like the M1154 and M1152-were actually really close to the Wiley's Jeeps that they replaced in terms of appearance and function. Open-hulled affairs, the Humvees had less in the way of protection and focused more strongly on utility-the best analogy to them are the SUT-version of the civilian Hummer which looks like a pickup truck on steroids.
While the "weaponized" Humvee variants proved capable in ferrying casualties away from the battle, it became clear that a variant that could exclusively focus on ambulance services. The latest of these is the M997A2, a variant capable of carrying 4 litter patients or even up to 8 ambulatory patients to safety. With basic armor at a decent 17 Grain, it truly helped to take the "boys" home.
So whenever you look at a Humvee or a Hummer, it's important to look beyond its applications on our country's roads and to see just how much of a difference it makes for our troops abroad.
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