Vanilla Gorilla: 2017 Power Wagon build

Bayou Boy

Adventurer
that’s great to hear! I love my AT3Ws. I’ve had some input on the upcoming RT and the AT4w and I think everyone will be really pleased with the next generation of Falken products.

did you get into any rain? They do exceptional
Not enough that it was a true test. I was shocked at how tall the tread blocks are when they showed up. For as tame as they look in pics, they are more comparable to the Toyo AT Extreme in the level of "aggression" than anything I think. As for the noise, while they are not as quiet as stock junk tires, they are very acceptable and it's a tossup of whether the tire noise or wind noise is more audible at times. Also, there is a significant decrease in rolling resistance from the Toyos. With the 30k mile 315/70r18 Toyos, I set the gear selector on 5th with the diesel to keep the tranny comfy. It would pull in 6th on flat ground but didn't seem happy. We pulled the entire trip in D with the 37" AT3Ws with zero issues. I have stock gearing and pull a heavy ORV that is probably 9000-9500# loaded for a trip.

Good to hear that some new tires are coming out. i know it takes a while for all the sizes to fill in and we should be able to get what I want by the time I wear these out.
 

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GCecchetto

Adventurer
Nice build! Glad I got pointed to it by another member, will save me some time finding some components and such for my swing away tire carrier build. I was almost ready to buy an EXP 1 bumper to save me the build time, but after reading about the issues, I'll stick with building my own.

Here's a couple photos of my truck. Not a Power Wagon, Power Wagon grill on a Cummins powered truck. The build of it is mixed in with my camper build in the Dirt Sherpa thread.
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Jmicm13

New member
Have read through this entire build thread, so awesome. Super interested in the new Falken's you mentioned as I am eyeing some of the new Toyo AT3's as a possibility. Do you have any more info on either of these tires and if I should delay getting tires until they come out?
 

marshal

Burrito Enthusiast
Well its been a hot minute since I've posted. A lot has happened

at 65k miles, the shift solenoid in the transmission went out. Apparently this is a known issue, because the valve bodies and shift solenoids were of poor quality - there is even a service bulletin advising on it, but Chrysler refused to help me and I was out $1500 to repair it with a full valve body replacement.

she turned 83k miles the other day and still going strong. I have another Leitner rack on it again, and the 38's are now mounted with about 20k miles through them. They're great tires, but I really miss my AT3's. Im planning on a set of 38" Falken RT's this winter.

Kind of changed direction again on the assembly of the truck - I've come to grips with the fact that my life prohibits me from doing much travel, so local stuff it is. As a result I've decided to refocus the truck on supporting a dual-sport Moto so that I can explore the gobs and gobs of narrow trails that exist here on the east coast, and then come back to base camp. The Leitner rack will house an awning, my compressor box and a road shower. a MotojackRack will support a Husky 701 off the back that I'm in the process of acquiring.

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Kingsize24

Observer
Love the look of those 38's on your truck.


Well its been a hot minute since I've posted. A lot has happened

at 65k miles, the shift solenoid in the transmission went out. Apparently this is a known issue, because the valve bodies and shift solenoids were of poor quality - there is even a service bulletin advising on it, but Chrysler refused to help me and I was out $1500 to repair it with a full valve body replacement.

she turned 83k miles the other day and still going strong. I have another Leitner rack on it again, and the 38's are now mounted with about 20k miles through them. They're great tires, but I really miss my AT3's. Im planning on a set of 38" Falken RT's this winter.

Kind of changed direction again on the assembly of the truck - I've come to grips with the fact that my life prohibits me from doing much travel, so local stuff it is. As a result I've decided to refocus the truck on supporting a dual-sport Moto so that I can explore the gobs and gobs of narrow trails that exist here on the east coast, and then come back to base camp. The Leitner rack will house an awning, my compressor box and a road shower. a MotojackRack will support a Husky 701 off the back that I'm in the process of acquiring.

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nater

Adventurer
@marshal any details on the 38" rt? I would very much consider as your atw3 recommendation has been outstanding for me.. is this the rubitrack?
 

marshal

Burrito Enthusiast
@marshal any details on the 38" rt? I would very much consider as your atw3 recommendation has been outstanding for me.. is this the rubitrack?
It will be a nice hybrid between the MT and AT, lots of siping, good Tread blocks and a nice square profile. 3 speak severe snow rated.will be out in the spring
 

chet6.7

Explorer
at 65k miles, the shift solenoid in the transmission went out. Apparently this is a known issue, because the valve bodies and shift solenoids were of poor quality - there is even a service bulletin advising on it, but Chrysler refused to help me and I was out $1500 to repair it with a full valve body replacement.
Kind of changed direction again on the assembly of the truck - I've come to grips with the fact that my life prohibits me from doing much travel, so local stuff it is.
Did you stay with a stock VB,or go aftermarket?
Changing direction in life,as Bruce Less said,be like water...something I need to be better at.
 
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