BoldAdventures 2015 Ram Power Wagon ROCKLANDER Build

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  1. BoldAdventure

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    2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Laramie


    The ROCKLANDER Build


    Vehicle Objective:

    The purpose of this build is to support our family of four, in both on and off-road adventures. The rig needs to serve a multi-purpose role of towing regularly and handling overnight off-road adventures. We're seeking a compromise between capable trail rig, tow rig and rock crawler.

    Where it stands today:
    [Updated: Sept 13th, 2017]

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    SUSPENSION / AXLE:

    ENGINE / DRIVETRAIN:

    VEHICLE ARMOR:

    ELECTRICAL / LIGHTING

    COMMUNICATIONS

    • Yaesu FT 8900R
    • Larsen NMO2/70B
    • WeBoost Drive 4G-M (cellular booster)
    • Surecall 9 inch magnetic antenna

    EXTERIOR APPEARANCE:
    • 15% Ceramic Tint on Drivers & Passenger front windows
    • 5% Ceramic Tint on all rear windows Windows
    • 5% Ceramic Tint glare strip on windshield
    • AVS in channel vent visors
    • Bakflip HD Tonneau Cover

    INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS:
    • Husky Weather Beater floor liners
    • Koomus K2 Dashboard iphone mounts
    • RAM Mounts (RAM-B-316-1-202U) Universal No-Drill Vehicle Mount 18" Rigid
    • Ram Mount EZ-ROLL'R Model Specific Cradle for the Apple iPad mini
    • Mopar Rambox storage organizer

    RECOVERY & EMERGENCY GEAR:
    • 48" Hi-Lift Jack All-Cast in Black
    • 30' ARB Recovery Strap
    • ARB Tree Saver Strap
    • x2 Crosby 1018534 Carbon Steel Shackle, 1" Size
    • x2 Crosby 1018534 Carbon Steel Shackle, 3/4" Size
    • x2 WARN 92093 Epic Shackle 3/4"
    • Automotive Fire Extinguisher
    • Road Flares
    • ARB Tire Repair Kit
    • x2 Viair 300P + x2 - 20ft air hose
    • MAXSA Innovations Escaper Buddy

    PLANNED MODS:
    (Still in the works as I evaluate our needs through trial and error.)
    • Dynatrac Free-Spin Hubs with DynaLoc hubs
    • 4.88 Regear
    • Synthetic winch line (either 3/8th or 7/16 probably 100ft)


    VIDEOS OF THE RIG IN ACTION

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2wa_0GtzvA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y088OZhRsKA
     
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    First Mods


    Window Tinting

    I wasted zero time getting right to the modifications. For starters, traveling around the country with kids meant one thing for me. We NEED TINT. I don't like driving around in a fish bowel. And I decided to take advantage of the lax laws in Nevada.

    I ended up purchasing Ceramic Tint which claims to block 90% of the heat. And went with 5% around the back windows for the kiddo's and privacy and 15% on the front windows with a 5% glare strip on the windshield. I had the work done by Precision Window Tint in Henderson, NV. They do excellent work.

    The results, perfect:

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    After the tint was cured for a few days, I installed AVS in channel vent shades. I've been installing these on most of my vehicles for awhile. So the Power Wagon gets them too.

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    Intake & Exhaust

    Within the first week of ownership I was already giving money to the Jeff Bezos retirement fund (aka Amazon). I placed an order for a K&N intake and Magnaflow muffler.

    We can all debate the worthiness of the next mod. Typically I'm a Volant intake guy. But K&N is the only one on the market for the 6.4L right now, so what the heck.

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    I had also purchased a Magnaflow 12589 muffler. On my 1500 I had installed the Mufflex 14inch muffler. And I liked the sound. This time I thought I'd try something a little similar but more custom.

    Took it to a local exhaust shop in town, paid $200 even to have it installed and have the trash can resonator removed. Was very clear about wanting it to be out of the way for ground clearance.

    What he came up with was fantastic. I'm very happy with the results.

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    You can check out an exhaust clip here.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z28lVGwiVvk
    I waited a couple of days for the exhaust to break in before recording it.

    Amazingly there is no drone. To be completely honest, I was disappointed at first. It was quite. And I think I am used to dual exhaust. I've owned several Camaros, a Pontiac G8 GXP and Corvette. All of which had loud, dual exhaust systems.

    But after a few days break in time, it became audibly louder. But it's not extremely loud in any sense. When you mash the peddle you hear it. When you are cruising, it's barely noticeable.
     
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    Exterior Mods:

    On our first truck, I ran the BakFlip G2. I was pretty happy with it, so this time, I decided to go with the BakFlip HD tonneau cover.

    Really happy with the quality of the product. Both top and bottom are aluminum with a UV resistant powder coat. Add on a 2yr warranty and made in America, and I'm a happy camper.

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    If you own a Ram then you probably noticed that the antenna is flappy and bounces all over the place. I hate the factory antenna. Since we are always traveling we don't ever listen to actual FM or AM radio. 100% of the time my iPod is plugged into the truck.

    So I swapped out the antenna for a 7 inch model by AntennaX.

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    Spent the afternoon catching up on a few projects I was behind on. Mostly re-installing old hardware from our other truck into the new Power Wagon.

    Becuase we travel and are on the go so much; I have a WeBoost Drive 4G-M cellular booster paired with a Surecall 9-inch external antenna. It works great, and there are plenty of places where 1X becomes 3G or 2 bars of 3G becomes full LTE.

    For placement, I like the internal antenna on the dash just above the stereo.

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    This works with our phones best, as I have two Koomus K2 phone mounts.

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    I am not sure where I want to mount the booster itself. For now it's just in the lower center console.

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    I also spent some time wiring up our dash cam.

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    I'm running the Auto-vox B40-C dash cam. I've had this for over a year and half and it still works great. Shoots in 1080p, continuous and has a shock sensor that can lock your files to prevent over write in the event of an accident.
     
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    Moab, May 2016

    Just what can a stock Power Wagon do? A LOT. And man can it conquer terrain like nobodies business. Moab is thought of as a popular destination for Jeepers. And I can't believe how many "Are you crazy, you'll die" comments we received. But fact of the matter is we conquered a bunch in Moab.

    Trails we did stock

    Fins and Things
    Hells Revenge
    Poison Spider Mesa
    Elephant Hill
    Top of the World

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    Here's my stock Power Wagon (driven by my wife), doing Hell's Gate on Hell's Revenge in Moab:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9feGGhzRiNk

    This is me doing the V Notch on Poison Spider Mesa Trail
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ESojiZub4A

    This is me doing THE SQUEEZE otherwise known as the Devil's Pocket on Elephant Hill
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC6Lu0RqY70

    Wife drives Baby Lion's Back
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQYBE8eYwck

    Playing on Fins and Things
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsCDwiuUj90

    Driving the car wash on Hells Revenge
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAXpzcLicKk

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    TIRE UPGRADE

    After lots of testing in Moab, new shoes for the Power Wagon. I had considered 37's and given that we tow often I decided that 35's would be a better fit for capability and retaining power and mpg while towing (somewhat). So today I had Toyo Open Country AT/II's in 35x12.50 R 17 installed on the truck.

    Perfect fit with no rubbing! And these tires are quiter than the Goodyear Durtracs, also a plus.

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    Also for anyone wondering, I managed to fit the 35's back in the spare tire location, I had to deflate to 25psi and then guide it into position. It's very tight. Hopefully, it won't be a problem. But it did fit.

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    ARMOR - DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTION

    I used Purple Cranium's half spider's on my Trailblazer build and they were good enough for most of the stuff I threw at them. After evaluating our needs with a lot of wheeling in Moab with no protection, I decided that the half spiders would be sufficient enough. I generally attempt to go over or around obstacles I could get my differential caught up on. But the occasional strike does happen.

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    ARMOR - Rock Sliders

    Well, I finally had access to a lift, and installed the sliders on the PW. These things are beefy and very well built.

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    Installation on the passenger side was a breeze. The drivers side, will make you curse more than once. But the lift made the work easier. I was done with the installation in 3 hours.

    Also made sure to use red Loctite on all the bolts. Now for the photos:

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    SHOP RECOMMENDATION

    If you're ever in Moab and need a garage to work on your vehicle, you are in luck. Gotomoab Garage has you covered!

    It's a DIY hobby shop and really convenient when you are traveling and need to work on your vehicle. All you gotta do is go online and schedule your shop time. Really easy to do.

    Today was our first visit, and we meet with the owner Joe who is a really friendly guy. The shop has tools, including a welder and plasma torch and two 2-post lifts, jack stands, etc. Most everything you'll need.

    Be sure to check them out if you're in the area!

    The name of the place is GOTOMOAB GARAGE Home

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    LIGHTING UPGRADES

    I replaced the factory Halogens in the projectors with DDM Tuning's HID Canbus system. The color temp is 5000 kelvin. I also installed their new Canbus LED bulbs in the high beam position, it took some work, but here it is, installed and inside the cover.

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    I also added a Rigid 30-inch LED bar, D2 Driving and SAE Fog's. I ran all on separate power switches. I actually really like using the Fogs as DRL's and trail lights.
     

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