18 PowerWagon Newbee

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LoneStar1962
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18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by LoneStar1962 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:11 pm

Good evening, New PowerWagon owner living in the mountains of Colorado trying to get my truck set up to work and play.

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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by EasyDoesIt » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:28 pm

Welcome.
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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by LoneStar1962 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:06 pm

I love the truck overall but the transmission will not hold the truck at a slow pace on switchbacks without a heavy dose of braking. Wondering if anyone has geared down or if there might be another alternative. Low gear lets the truck accelerate to 25mph before kicking down to approximately 18mph before kicking back up to the 25mph.

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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by RustyPW » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:21 pm

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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by Mule007 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:26 am

Welcome ! Lots of good info & experience among us, if you have questions just ask! Enjoy 👍
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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by EasyDoesIt » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:20 am

LoneStar1962 wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:06 pm
I love the truck overall but the transmission will not hold the truck at a slow pace on switchbacks without a heavy dose of braking. Wondering if anyone has geared down or if there might be another alternative. Low gear lets the truck accelerate to 25mph before kicking down to approximately 18mph before kicking back up to the 25mph.
Are you running stock size tires (33s) or have you gone bigger? A few folks have upgraded from the factory 4.10gears to 4.88s or 5.13s, granted they are running 35s it 37s.

Have you tried using Tow/Haul on the switch backs, should hold gears for longer.
Live: Las Vegas NV, Drive: 2018 PW & 2014 LR4

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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by Bill2014 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:26 am

Welcome to the group! :cheers:

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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by BoldAdventure » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:32 pm

Welcome to the group!
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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by Low_Sky » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:10 pm

LoneStar1962 wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:06 pm
I love the truck overall but the transmission will not hold the truck at a slow pace on switchbacks without a heavy dose of braking. Wondering if anyone has geared down or if there might be another alternative. Low gear lets the truck accelerate to 25mph before kicking down to approximately 18mph before kicking back up to the 25mph.
Not entirely sure what problem you're having here, and without knowing exactly what kind of grades you're driving and what gears you're using and tire size you have I really can't offer anything more helpful than "I don't have that problem". If there isn't a gear that's exactly right to hold the speed you want down a grade, you can choose to use the brakes, or a lower gear and give it some gas.

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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by LoneStar1962 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:10 pm

The truck is stock 33" tires, 4:10 gears, automatic transmission, the only configuration Ram offers in the PowerWagon. I'm in 1st gear low when I'm descending the switchbacks, it doesn't require 4X4 but 25mph is just a tad bit fast. The grade is probably about 7%. I do plan to tow approximately 9K with the truck but if it can't slow itself down empty without heavy braking, I'm not sure I want a 9K trailer behind me on that grade. I'm thinking maybe going with 4:56, 4:88 or 5:12 gears to help slow down the beast. I will ultimately go with 35" tires when I replace the factory Duratracs.

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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by jpbrazill » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:54 pm

Lonestar, where are you located? There are a few of us in CO. Im by Buckley AFB.
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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by LoneStar1962 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:37 pm

I'm on the western slope near Telluride

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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by Reloaderguy » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:28 pm

I see your schwarz is as big as mine!
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Re: 18 PowerWagon Newbee

Post by Wagon9027 » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:29 am

:geek: Hello. I'm Wagon9027, I'm new here and I got a 2018 PW.
Always wanted to have one, love it a lot.
I'm the first owner and the truck is still mostly stock with the exception of 35x12.50r17 Toyo MT tires, S&B CAI, Ranch Hand grill guard. I want to know more about these trucks and get hands on with things I know I can do myself.

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