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TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:11 pm
by PWJouster
This is my 2018 powerwagon build.
Daily Driver Flat South Florida.
Minimal Towing
Aggressive driver and The Trailwhale will be beat on.

PLANNED-


6.4 HEMI
S&B Intake
Modified Exhaust-High tuck Crawler

Thuren Suspension 3.0 Kings

Method NV 17x8.5
Toyo RT E 35x12.5

BAK MX4 Trifold cover

White Knuckle Sliders

COMPLETED-

Method NV 17x8.5
Toyo RT E 35x12.5

BAK MX4
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Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:21 am
by ghaugo
Sweet truck! Now the fun begins.

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:04 am
by PWJouster
17x8.5 4.75"
TOYO RT 35x12.5/17 Load E

LOAD INFLATION -Tire Limit(PSI)
35X12.50R17LT---1875(25) 2155(30) 2405(35C) 2625(40) 2840(45) 3000(50D) 3065(55) 3130(60) 3195(65E)

Running 45PSI front and 35PSI rear


Rub on the rear lower plastic liner that juts out near the bottom outside corners of the front wheel wells. about 50% to full lock it rubs.
only on slight off camber/uneven turns or with passenger. no wear yet, and i didnt want to chop anything because my lift is only a couple months away. no body modification if possible!
you could not offroad without constant rubbing. at least i wouldnt....i guess the AEV salta may clear 35s on the PW, but i believe you still need a lift to offroad with this setup, or chop the truck.
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Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:04 am
by PWJouster
35 flotations are plenty people....i cant wait for 37s haha

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:47 am
by gun45boat
Nice Color,,,, But black inSouth Florida?? 8-) 8-) 8-) Where in South Florida are you? I'm just East of Orlando (about 30 mins) in Sorrento/Deland Area.

37" will bring that truck together :rockon: :rockon:

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:53 am
by Low_Sky
Every time I see the title of this thread, I just think about whale tails.

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:58 am
by PWJouster
gun45boat wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:47 am
Nice Color,,,, But black inSouth Florida?? 8-) 8-) 8-) Where in South Florida are you? I'm just East of Orlando (about 30 mins) in Sorrento/Deland Area.

37" will bring that truck together :rockon: :rockon:

im in broward county, fort lauderdale. about 3 hours south.

most all my cars have been black. tint 20% or less all the way around, and 50% on the front windshield... actually ram has been the most comfortable when it comes to heat, so far...its in the 60s down here right now, ill let you know how the powerwagon manages in 95+ degress!

the only vehicles i had heat issues with is the JKU wranglers. owned two black ones.
sweaty foreheads daily..but removing the doors made it bearable..


37s 10-15k miles away!

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:20 am
by MikeKey
Clearwater & Idaho here. Of course, white is a non-issue. :p

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:09 am
by PWJouster
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3.0 fronts are in. these kings are beefy. duracoat black for the shock body, Thuren spec. have not yet decided sticker placement on the shock, i was thinking the black sticker on the reservoir(aluminum) and blue sticker on the body(duracoat black).
or blue sticker on the reservoir and thats it, keeping the shock body sleek and black.

i have clear 3m vinyl to wrap the entire shock body and reservoir and the stickers will be placed on top of the vinyl.(unless someone tells me that wont work...)commencing testing

nicest and largest shock Ive ever had the opportunity to torture, the bp51 would be second.

now just waiting on the rear 2.5s!
hopefully just another week!

all in all the wait for the shocks will be about 60 days, or 8 weeks or 2 months or just enough time for me to reach 6000 miles, 1 oil change, and some warranty fixes like squeaking e-brake lines, and condensating cab lights.

it will clearly be worth it.

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:54 pm
by olyelr
I vote no stickers on the shocks.

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:12 am
by PWJouster
olyelr wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:54 pm
I vote no stickers on the shocks.
you just made even me feel naked.

im thinking a blue sticker on the reservoir alone.

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:03 pm
by olyelr
I think I read on another forum (that I am not signed up for) that you installed a Pedal Commander and highly recommend it. Is that the case and can you elaborate? If it really makes a big difference then I would like to spend the money for one, but if not then I dont want to even waste my time with it (it can be returned for a refund).

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:19 am
by PWJouster
olyelr wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:03 pm
I think I read on another forum (that I am not signed up for) that you installed a Pedal Commander and highly recommend it. Is that the case and can you elaborate? If it really makes a big difference then I would like to spend the money for one, but if not then I dont want to even waste my time with it (it can be returned for a refund).
if you have ever felt disconnected from the engine, waiting for even a grunt, kick or gallop from the tires, longing for the stomach churning response of a hemi....you need it.

they work. have had them on turbos, supercharged, and NA vehicles, I6, V6, V8S, V8TT

it doesnt give you more power or make you faster(track proven it can improve times on certain vehicles with terrible transmissions), but makes your truck actually believe you when you say go.

Throttle mapping application can be thought of linear although its multi dimensional. 0-100%
these throttle amplifiers make 10-50% actually read 100$ to the truck. meaning the pedal will be more responsive in regards to being ready to kick down a gear.

with stock throttle mapping on our trucks, if you want to go pedal-to-the-metal and get the truck to kick down a gear, or fully gallop, you have to get lucky to be in the right RPM range in the Right gear at the right speed.....these pedal commanders convince the truck to kick down and get boogieing more so then factory tuning.

its not throttle mapping, and its not a tune but it helps a driver have more control over his transmission interacting with his engine in response to his input. its turns a tortoise into a jackrabbit

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:45 am
by MikeKey
Honestly, don't think Peddle Commander is worth the $300 to adjust throttle mapping. 100% throttle is still 100%, it just changes 25% to 30%. So it feels faster. If it was priced around $130, maybe. But consider this, you get more out of the AEV Procal for $170. I think a better use is to put the $300 towards a real tune because you can adjust throttle mapping and more. Another thing to note, is do not run peddle commander while in 4LO. The ECM has different throttle mapping for 4LO and some people using it on the FB group have reported issues.

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:30 am
by PWJouster
MikeKey wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:45 am
Honestly, don't think Peddle Commander is worth the $300 to adjust throttle mapping. 100% throttle is still 100%, it just changes 25% to 30%. So it feels faster. If it was priced around $130, maybe. But consider this, you get more out of the AEV Procal for $170. I think a better use is to put the $300 towards a real tune because you can adjust throttle mapping and more. Another thing to note, is do not run peddle commander while in 4LO. The ECM has different throttle mapping for 4LO and some people using it on the FB group have reported issues.
i would turn off pedal commander for offroad purposes as bumping and tossing around can create hazardous throttle application... ask how i know...(hellcat charger with sticky drag radials)

max setting and rolling over a speed bump or pot hole is not a good combo to be honest.. i run middle of the road.

2018 here...no AEV, no Tune

AEV does not address the terrible transmission characteristics.

if your happy with your truck dont worry about the product..if your looking for any improvements or alternatives to the factory crapjob throttle, then this can help you. its not the answer...tuning the trans +PCM is the answer.

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:04 pm
by olyelr
Well hell, the odd trans shifting and shoddy throttle response is basically my only major complaint with the truck thus far. I just might try the dang thing then. If it makes the truck much more enjoyable to drive then that is a win in my book, regardless if it does not technically give the truck more power. I do not feel like I need more power at all, I would just like to be able to apply it more efficiently.

Thanks for your thoughts on the product, PWJouster!

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:47 am
by PWJouster
olyelr wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:04 pm
Well hell, the odd trans shifting and shoddy throttle response is basically my only major complaint with the truck thus far. I just might try the dang thing then. If it makes the truck much more enjoyable to drive then that is a win in my book, regardless if it does not technically give the truck more power. I do not feel like I need more power at all, I would just like to be able to apply it more efficiently.

Thanks for your thoughts on the product, PWJouster!
you got it!

a trans tune and aftermarket torque converter is all these hemis need to really make them the perfect truck.

transmission is my only gripe as well...and i dont want to break up what may have been a party, but it wont make you love the trans overnight. it still sucks lol but i turn it off all the time to see if it really makes it better....the answer is its at least necessary but i still want a real tune.

Re: TrailWhalePowerwagon 2018 PW

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:39 pm
by Rodeoflyer
I called mid-april! I like the black ano.