BoldAdventures 2015 Power Wagon Build

mikekey

Deplorable
What? No ram 2500 Cummings 4x4s allowed?
Sorry. But at this point right now, we have so many Power Wagons registered, it's just easier to stay a PW only event. There are additional spotting concerns with diesels that if you're not heavily modified, pose additional challenges and slow downs to the group.

For starters, the Power Wagon has greater susepnsion travel in stock trim. So if you're not running a Carli or Thuren 3-inch coils and Kings you're not going to have the same travel. And a number of ledges and walls require at least a rear locker.
 

mlmeans

Adventurer
Guess it is lucky that I have 35 toyo, dual reservoir bilstein all- around, front AEV bumper winch, AEV wheels, on board air, arb rear locker :)

No worries man... have a great moab trip... ill be down there week before actually... feel free respond privately, but aren't you in boise? I am...
 

Tinkers

New member
That's a lot of truck, looking good. Bet the guy in that muddy old Pathfinder was happy to see you show up & save the day!
 

mikekey

Deplorable

So, I've started a video series on our build.

The first video is up, detailing why we chose the Power Wagon. Working on the next video going over our mods to our truck, some of my thoughts on the parts. And the third video will detail our overlanding/camp setup. And the fourth one, I plan on detailing upcoming mods, such as axle truss, gears, king shocks, etc.
 
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mikekey

Deplorable
Did a little adventurering this weekend with some local guys. Great bunch of guys, some awesome rigs.










Also just published part 2 of my Rocklander Build videos, discussing all the mods on the truck.


 

Dalko43

Explorer
That is a sweet-looking truck. The overall stance looks aggressive but still functional.

Do you have onboard air? If so, where did you mount it?
 

mikekey

Deplorable
That is a sweet-looking truck. The overall stance looks aggressive but still functional.

Do you have onboard air? If so, where did you mount it?
I do sort of, have a hybrid setup. It's not onboard air per say. I need to get some pictures.

I'm using two ViaAir 400p compressors and mounted them to a piece of plywood that is cut to perfectly fit in the back of my RamBox.

I store two air hoses underneath them. And both are wired together with an Anderson power connector. On my battery, I have a permanent Anderson power connector as well.

When it's time to air up, I just take them out, bring them to the front and plug them up. I use two, so that I can air up both sides of the truck at once. Or, if a friend needs to air up too, they can jump on one of the compressors since I use 15ft hoses with quick connects.

REALLY REALLY need to get a good photo. I have thought about permanent mounting, and I have an air tank, but this solution just seems ideal since I lead groups from time to time. Here is a photo of my setup from just this past MAY when a friend needed to borrow some air.



This is from when I was putting it together:



 

Dalko43

Explorer
Nice. Seems like a smart setup for your truck. That's one thing I've heard a lot of Ram owners go back and forth on: air compressor placement.

Engine bay seems too crowded (at least for a diesel) and I'd hesitate to mount it on the frame, lest it get submerged or struck. Pickup bed or inside the cab seem to be the only viable options, at least for the purposes of overlanding/offroading.
 

Explorerinil

Observer
Nice. Seems like a smart setup for your truck. That's one thing I've heard a lot of Ram owners go back and forth on: air compressor placement.

Engine bay seems too crowded (at least for a diesel) and I'd hesitate to mount it on the frame, lest it get submerged or struck. Pickup bed or inside the cab seem to be the only viable options, at least for the purposes of overlanding/offroading.
Under the hood of a ram diesel is the least crowded of all diesel trucks. I see allot of guys mounting them in the floor storage bins
 

mikekey

Deplorable
The other interesting place I've seen them put is in front of the radiator behind the front grille, with them plumbed either down to the bumper or just through the grille itself. Seen a few 3rd gens that way. I thought about it, but I'd have to fabricate a whole bracket up. And I'm not sure about all the weather they'd take there either.
 
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