2018 Power Wagon Brake Issues

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Re: 2018 Power Wagon Brake Issues

Post by Bill2014 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:54 am

TwinStick wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:18 am
Bill2014 wrote:
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The lowest gear we have in the 66-RFE is Reverse 4.44:1
Low range - down hill - reverse - the brakes don't have a chance!
Rev 4.44
1st 3.23
2nd 1.84
3rd 1.41
4th 1.00 direct drive
5th 0.82 overdrive
6th 0.62 overdrive

Imagine how much better the new PW's would be off road and towing, and how much less you would use your brakes off road, if you only had 1 overdrive & lower & better gear ratios in the auto trans. Worse mpg though. C.A.F.E. is killing off road vehicles.
I do understand your point.

But I suspect more than 90% of all Power Wagon miles are on the highway and not off road where the brakes are adequate and the gear ratios are fairly optimal. I personally would hate to give up the 17mpg unloaded highway fuel mileage that i enjoy.

There are lots of trade-offs and compromises that have been made with the Power Wagon design. Compromises between off-road capability, payload, and highway use and even cost. The closer Fiat gets to the optimal compromise, the more Power Wagons they will sell. Power Wagon sales have been increasing year-over-year, and that is $$$$$ feedback to Fiat to keep compromising!

Again, I do understand your point. :popcorn:
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Re: 2018 Power Wagon Brake Issues

Post by NickTF » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:00 am

I often think to myself how fun the truck would be with 4.88s or even 5.13s but then my practical side says "it tows 8000lbs fine with 37s and OEM 4.10s and gets decent mileage". Plus, the cost of re gearing can go along way to improving the suspension.

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Re: 2018 Power Wagon Brake Issues

Post by TankerZak » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:03 am

NickTF wrote:I often think to myself how fun the truck would be with 4.88s or even 5.13s but then my practical side says "it tows 8000lbs fine with 37s and OEM 4.10s and gets decent mileage". Plus, the cost of re gearing can go along way to improving the suspension.
Agreed. I often think the exact same things. I still have bumpers to do. Regearing is on the list. I'm just not sure I'll get there... for the same reasons. I don't think towing 8500lbs is fine but it works good enough. Only diesel and non offroad suspension could fix the minuscule differences left. But gearing wouldn't fix it either.

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Re: 2018 Power Wagon Brake Issues

Post by BoldAdventure » Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:43 pm

I plan on going to 5.13's sooner than later. But I'll be upgrading the brakes I think first.
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Re: 2018 Power Wagon Brake Issues

Post by Reloaderguy » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:16 pm

If you drove a truck with 5.13s you'd reorder your list.
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Re: 2018 Power Wagon Brake Issues

Post by Colibri » Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:07 pm

Reloaderguy wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:16 pm
If you drove a truck with 5.13s you'd reorder your list.
So true.
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