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2012 New to Me!

Post by ghaugo » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:54 pm

Bought my 2012 Power Wagon in September after looking for about a year. It only had 19K miles and it was in very nice shape. I had to drive about 10 hours to Missouri to pick it up. I traded a 2015 Ram 1500 because I had talked myself out of getting a Power Wagon 2 years prior. Then, I could not justify picking up another new truck, especially at the price of the new ones. Anyway, I thought I would share my mods which are pretty limited. I have really enjoyed reading about everyone's trucks, and I figured I would share some about mine.

Here is what it looked like when I got it home. I did add some 285 70 17 Duratracs once I came home as the original BFG's were a bit worn. I had good luck with these tires on my work trucks, so I went with them. I picked the stock size since I tow a camper and I did not feel like changing control arms etc. Part of me would like to try going to 35s but I wanted to stay stock for now.

The truck came with Aluminess sliders and a K&N drop in filter.
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Following that, I picked up an ARE Z-series topper because I really missed having one for hunting, camping, etc. I wanted something that looked good, and the local dealer was very good. I liked the look of these, so I decided to make it happen before hunting season.
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The topper worked great while out in the mountains. Wish I would have found some elk, but I had fun doing some winter wheelin'.
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I tested out my winch when I got stuck in some deep snow, got to experience axle wrap, and overall really enjoyed my new rig!
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Aluminess Rock Sliders, Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 285 70 17, ARE Z-Series Topper, FilterMag GP101 (front and rear diffs), DeeZee Tailgate Assist, Skanda Kryptec Typhoon seat covers, Husky X-act Contour Mats, Purple Cranium Diff Covers Front and Rear, Volant CAI with Donaldson PowerCore Filter

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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by ghaugo » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:18 pm

I read a bunch of the posts on the forum about differentials, fluids, covers, etc. so I decided to switch over to Amsoil 75W90 in the front and 75W110 in the rear. I also added some filter mags in each. I cleaned off a bunch of metal goop from the front and rear locker magnets, and it seemed to speed up the lock up time.

While I had them apart, I decided to paint the diff covers the same color as the red trim. I have never done it before, but I have been getting addicted to the mod bug now that I have a truck I plan on keeping for a long time.

Shortly after I changed the fluids, I decided to pick up some Purple Cranium rock guards. I wasn't sure on the color, so I picked the standard(no upcharge) color.
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Here is the rear.
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I had a good time putting some of these on my new ride, and the red covers are growing on me. I have had some people comment on how they like the look too. Anyway, I have done some decent wheelin' since I got my rig, and I love the way it performs. I am looking at taking the family out to Moab in March during spring break. I figure it will be pretty nice weather and I can get the lay of the land out there.

Here are some pics from my recent adventures.
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I picked up a nice air compressor which I have used several times and I really like how it worked. I added some TGL recovery gear which was a nice addition to the rig. I had some chains from my last truck that I will use if I get a chance this winter, but having grown up in North Dakota, the Colorado winters are not really chain worthy in most situations.
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I will post any new mods as they come. I am looking to do a CAI possibly since I miss the obnoxious noise it made on my last truck. I may look at some new shocks and possibly other upgrades to come.
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Aluminess Rock Sliders, Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 285 70 17, ARE Z-Series Topper, FilterMag GP101 (front and rear diffs), DeeZee Tailgate Assist, Skanda Kryptec Typhoon seat covers, Husky X-act Contour Mats, Purple Cranium Diff Covers Front and Rear, Volant CAI with Donaldson PowerCore Filter

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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by blindsquirrel33 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:48 pm

Nice looking truck! May as well have been new!

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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by olyelr » Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:06 pm

Nice! That is some seriously low miles. What compressor setup did you go with?
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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by ghaugo » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:21 am

It is a Superflow MV-89G. It was $129 and it seems to work very well. It takes about 20 minutes total for me to air up all four tires from about 25psi to 60psi. I wanted to try it before dumping a ton of money on another brand. There is one just like it that is silver in color that got good reviews, but it cost more money. I also picked up a tire deflator. I never ran my tires at lower pressure prior to having this truck, so all of these things are new to me. All of the reviews and research I did looked like this one would be as good or better than the more costly models.
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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by olyelr » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:28 pm

Thanks I will check it out!
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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by jpbrazill » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:55 am

That truck looks great! Do the sliders bolt to the body? So I’m fixin to pull the trigger on a S&B intake. Ive had a lot if experience with them in my race shop days. Im definitely looking forward to meeting up sometime. Take care, and keep posting mods!
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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by ghaugo » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:06 pm

They bolt to the same holes on the body as normal steps. This one had them on it when I got it. I was thinking about an S&B too....just waiting on some more funds. Do you think it is worth putting one on? Some of the other posts said they decrease low end torque. I had a K&N on my 1/2 ton and it seemed a little more peppy than the stock system.
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Aluminess Rock Sliders, Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 285 70 17, ARE Z-Series Topper, FilterMag GP101 (front and rear diffs), DeeZee Tailgate Assist, Skanda Kryptec Typhoon seat covers, Husky X-act Contour Mats, Purple Cranium Diff Covers Front and Rear, Volant CAI with Donaldson PowerCore Filter

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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by jpbrazill » Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:43 pm

Well, once I get it I will let you know. Im also seriously considering a Pedal Commander to make up for any potential low end torque loss. That, and Im having the worst time trying to decide on which exhaust route to go.
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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by ghaugo » Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:51 pm

Installed a Volant CAI with a Donaldson PowerCore dry filter today. It is not much louder than the stock box, but it feels like it is a bit smoother and faster on acceleration. It is very nice looking too! Picked up a DodgeOffRoad steering brace that I will try to install when I get a chance. I am still loving my Beast! Can't wait to do a tow out to Moab in March for Spring Break.
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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by Bill2014 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:06 am

Tell us more about the sound level when you are working the truck hard - like towing a camper etc. Most people have noted a substantial annoying increase in sound level in that situation.
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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by MikeKey » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:20 am

I bet the Volant is a lot quieter than the K&N. I had one on my previous truck and it was nice and not obnoxious in any way. But the K&N is annoyingly loud. But that annoyance subsided when I added my Magnaflow exhaust.
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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by 13BlkPowerWagon » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:55 pm

Looks great. Love the color, but I might be biased...

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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by ghaugo » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:33 pm

Thanks. I really like the color too. I had a K&N CAI on my 1500 with the Hemi, and it was quite loud if you got on the skinny pedal. When I towed my camper in the mountains, it was pretty loud too. Going up some of the passes out here was a little annoying. So far, the Volant one is a MikeKey described. It is pretty similar to the factory box I had in previously.

I was wondering if anyone knew if the hole in the bottom of the Volant air box was susceptible to water getting into it during off road driving. I know you can get a downward pointing snorkel to connect to it, but I would not be using that for this truck. I didn't know if I should plug the hole or leave it alone. I am not doing any mud running right now, so I will leave it alone.
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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by ghaugo » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:41 pm

Forgot to mention, I installed my DodgeOffroad steering brace this afternoon. It was not to bad given my relative novice mechanical abilities. I really enjoy working on this truck, and I look forward to getting better at it. My steering was pretty good to begin with, but this made it feel just like the steering on my half ton. It is a bit tighter, but it is so smooth and responsive. Maybe it is in my head, but I could tell a difference. I bought this mainly as a preventative measure to extend the life of my steering. I was very impressed!

This truck has become my new hobby, so I will continue to look for ways to improve it. I was thinking about moving up in tire size, but based on my research, I would have to change the control arms. I may have to let these tires wear down before I get into that. However, I may get the bug to do it this summer. Let me know what you guys think. I would like to keep it very capable for towing, but my camper is only about 5,500lbs. I was wondering if those of you who have gone up to 35's would feel it would be worth the other changes?
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Aluminess Rock Sliders, Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 285 70 17, ARE Z-Series Topper, FilterMag GP101 (front and rear diffs), DeeZee Tailgate Assist, Skanda Kryptec Typhoon seat covers, Husky X-act Contour Mats, Purple Cranium Diff Covers Front and Rear, Volant CAI with Donaldson PowerCore Filter

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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by olyelr » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:45 pm

ghaugo wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:41 pm
Forgot to mention, I installed my DodgeOffroad steering brace this afternoon. It was not to bad given my relative novice mechanical abilities. I really enjoy working on this truck, and I look forward to getting better at it. My steering was pretty good to begin with, but this made it feel just like the steering on my half ton. It is a bit tighter, but it is so smooth and responsive. Maybe it is in my head, but I could tell a difference. I bought this mainly as a preventative measure to extend the life of my steering. I was very impressed!

This truck has become my new hobby, so I will continue to look for ways to improve it. I was thinking about moving up in tire size, but based on my research, I would have to change the control arms. I may have to let these tires wear down before I get into that. However, I may get the bug to do it this summer. Let me know what you guys think. I would like to keep it very capable for towing, but my camper is only about 5,500lbs. I was wondering if those of you who have gone up to 35's would feel it would be worth the other changes?
Thats what it is all about right there :rockon:

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Re: 2012 New to Me!

Post by 13BlkPowerWagon » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:58 am

ghaugo wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:41 pm
Forgot to mention, I installed my DodgeOffroad steering brace this afternoon. It was not to bad given my relative novice mechanical abilities. I really enjoy working on this truck, and I look forward to getting better at it. My steering was pretty good to begin with, but this made it feel just like the steering on my half ton. It is a bit tighter, but it is so smooth and responsive. Maybe it is in my head, but I could tell a difference. I bought this mainly as a preventative measure to extend the life of my steering. I was very impressed!

This truck has become my new hobby, so I will continue to look for ways to improve it. I was thinking about moving up in tire size, but based on my research, I would have to change the control arms. I may have to let these tires wear down before I get into that. However, I may get the bug to do it this summer. Let me know what you guys think. I would like to keep it very capable for towing, but my camper is only about 5,500lbs. I was wondering if those of you who have gone up to 35's would feel it would be worth the other changes?
You won't need to do anything to get the 35's to fit. Pull the inner fender liners back a bit with some zip ties, that'll keep from rubbing. You'll get very minimal rubbing on the control arms, nothing to worry about. If you want to go to 37's, you'll need the bent arms, and new wheels with different backspacing.

I run the 35" Toyo CT's on my 13 with no rubbing, except at full lock with a little up-travel in the suspension. Even then, it doesn't hurt anything, just makes the stupid noise.

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