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by Torq
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Communications, Gadgets, Gizmos, and Electronics
Topic: Auxiliary Battery in RAMBOX
Replies: 15
Views: 1106

Re: Auxiliary Battery in RAMBOX

I tried to think of a nice way to say it. Optimas are never the right choice. Odyssey or Deka. If you’re in Portland there’s a Deka facility in the north side by Danner Boots. I had Odysseys in my Land Cruiser. Was pretty happy with them and they come in a smaller size. They're definitely on the li...
by Torq
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Communications, Gadgets, Gizmos, and Electronics
Topic: Auxiliary Battery in RAMBOX
Replies: 15
Views: 1106

Re: Auxiliary Battery in RAMBOX

Well, I was wrong. That battery is toast. I wonder if an Optima yellow top will fit in there.

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by Torq
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

I have a quite a few updates, just didn't have time to get them before the trip west. Here are a few of the no-drill bedslide project. I was able to create some rail mounts using the tie-downs. It slides pretty well over the 1x2s that are laminated with low friction plastic. I painted the platform w...
by Torq
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Power Wagon Talk
Topic: Tow/Haul Mode in the Back Country
Replies: 10
Views: 755

Re: Tow/Haul Mode in the Back Country

I'm headed home from the two week expedition and I heeded y'all's advice, using tow/haul almost all of the way. It truly shines going through the mountains on steep descents with the engine braking. Driving through KS and MO on the way home, I turned it off due to the flat terrain and the truck not...
by Torq
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: The Hobby Shop
Topic: Power Wagon Picture Thread
Replies: 3182
Views: 437503

Re: Power Wagon Picture Thread

Just finished two weeks on the north rim of the grand canyon and white rim at island ING the sky in Canyonlands.
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by Torq
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Power Wagon Talk
Topic: Tow/Haul Mode in the Back Country
Replies: 10
Views: 755

Re: Tow/Haul Mode in the Back Country

I'm headed home from the two week expedition and I heeded y'all's advice, using tow/haul almost all of the way. It truly shines going through the mountains on steep descents with the engine braking. Driving through KS and MO on the way home, I turned it off due to the flat terrain and the truck not ...
by Torq
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Power Wagon Talk
Topic: Tow/Haul Mode in the Back Country
Replies: 10
Views: 755

Re: Tow/Haul Mode in the Back Country

I'll definitely give it a try, especially with the engine brake assist. We'll be on some pretty steep narly switchbacks, so maybe using tow /haul can save me some brake wear.

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by Torq
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Power Wagon Talk
Topic: Tow/Haul Mode in the Back Country
Replies: 10
Views: 755

Re: Tow/Haul Mode in the Back Country

That's interesting. I was aware that tow/haul changed shift points, but I never considered that it was better for the truck to drive in tow /haul all the time. Does tow j haul just keep the transmission healthier?

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by Torq
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Power Wagon Talk
Topic: Tow/Haul Mode in the Back Country
Replies: 10
Views: 755

Tow/Haul Mode in the Back Country

I'm about to head out on my biennial expedition. Doing North Rim of the Grand Canyon and White Rim in Canyonlands. With a 200lb roof tent, a 37" spare tire mounted to a Wilco hitchgate, 300 lbs of fuel and water and up 200-300 lbs. of camping/cooking gear, should I be considering doing some or part ...
by Torq
Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

DSC_0441.jpg In parallel with the bedslide project, I'm working on the wiring for the lighting and mounting of the relays, switches, bus bars and smart solenoid. The plan is to only drill holes in the RAMbox dividers, not in the plastic of the RAMbox itself. Doing a mock up, I realized that the RAM...
by Torq
Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

I had the same passenger side ocd squeak as well. Ended up being a washer rubbing on the body. Took the bolt out, ground down a flat spot on the washer, and reinstalled so the flat spot was now pointing toward the body. Noise be gone. Awesome. I'll try that and report back on how it works. It's bug...
by Torq
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

Spraying the top with plastic dip and putting a retraining lip on with 2x3 boards

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by Torq
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

Really like your build, keep it going sir! Just a word of warning on the hitchgate, it’s a solid product but if you get going too fast down rough roads with a heavy spare on there, you’re going to damage your bedsides where it attaches Thanks much. I have the same concerns about the hitchgate as we...
by Torq
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

Well, I only have half of the hitchgate, so that will have to wait till next weekend. In the meantime, I'm working on the homemade bedslide and the rack lights. I love the bedslide from... Bedslide , but I'm taking a shot at avoiding drilling holes in my relatively new bed. Also trying to avoid anym...
by Torq
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

Just picked up my Wilco Hitchgate. I'll be installing it tomorrow and post pictures. Hopefully get the rack lights and Carli Diff guard installed too.
by Torq
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

Cant go wrong with either of those for diff protection. However carli is only the front, so if you want to keep it “uniform” then go purple cranium and be done with it. Cant wait to see how your added battery setup in the rambox turns out. Ive been thinking about doing something like that for a whi...
by Torq
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Communications, Gadgets, Gizmos, and Electronics
Topic: Auxiliary Battery in RAMBOX
Replies: 15
Views: 1106

Re: Auxiliary Battery in RAMBOX

If a lead acid battery can survive in the engine compartment, it'll do fine in the RAMbox. I'll look for something that's the right size and go with it. Too late for me to switch to RedArc system now. I need to finish the installation and test phase of this build in the next few weeks.
by Torq
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

Cant go wrong with either of those for diff protection. However carli is only the front, so if you want to keep it “uniform” then go purple cranium and be done with it. Cant wait to see how your added battery setup in the rambox turns out. Ive been thinking about doing something like that for a whi...
by Torq
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Communications, Gadgets, Gizmos, and Electronics
Topic: Auxiliary Battery in RAMBOX
Replies: 15
Views: 1106

Re: Auxiliary Battery in RAMBOX

Pretty sure that you're committed to a wet lead acid given that the Luna is just a smart(er) direct connection relay. There are a variety of AGMs that would probably fit, but they require a different charging profile than what your going to get from the engine system. RedArc DC-DC would allow you t...
by Torq
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

I have my biennial expedition is coming up at the end of August and I'm trying to wrap a couple things up. Base on the routes we're looking at, I think the top three things to finish on my priority list are: -Bedslide apparatus for easy access to camping gear (hard to get to with bed rack in the way...
by Torq
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

Really would like to know what you think of that iKamper. We have a nice Baroud setup now, but we’re reaching the limits of its size as my little 7YO guy keeps growing. iKamper would offer us more room, with a few drawbacks in setup and stow time - but if the quality is good and we are more comfort...
by Torq
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Member Builds
Topic: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)
Replies: 46
Views: 3833

Re: Torq's Build - 2017 RAM Power Wagon (Nickname Undecided)

I had the same passenger side ocd squeak as well. Ended up being a washer rubbing on the body. Took the bolt out, ground down a flat spot on the washer, and reinstalled so the flat spot was now pointing toward the body. Noise be gone. Awesome. I'll try that and report back on how it works. It's bug...
by Torq
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Ohio
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Re: Hello from Ohio

Here's what I've found with 37" tires (copied from my last post): I just put some 37x12.5x17 Nitto Ridge Grapplers on my stock PW. I mounted them on the 17x8 Katla wheels. After trimming a small piece of plastic and a few zip ties to pull the wheel well plastic back, rubbing on inside the wheel well...
by Torq
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New owner
Replies: 8
Views: 564

Re: New owner

I'm pretty new here, but welcome. I just put some 37x12.5x17 Nitto Ridge Grapplers on my stock PW. I mounted them on the 17x8 Katla wheels. After trimming a small piece of plastic and a few zip ties to pull the wheel well plastic back, rubbing on inside the wheel well is resolved (for normal driving...
by Torq
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Communications, Gadgets, Gizmos, and Electronics
Topic: Auxiliary Battery in RAMBOX
Replies: 15
Views: 1106

Auxiliary Battery in RAMBOX

I think I've settled on mounting an auxiliary battery and switches for lights and camping stuff in the RAMBOX. I'm using a National Luna battery isolator so non-matching batteries should be ok. I'm having a hard time with research on a small car battery that will fit in the RAMBOX. I think deep cycl...