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Old 01-05-2014, 01:21 PM
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I am new to this forum although I've been reading the threads for awhile now. I have owned various 4x4s in the last 30 years my favourite so far being a 1982 Toyota pickup (tough as nails). I currently own a 1999 gmc suburban k 2500 4x4 with a warn winch. Decent truck all in all but rather crapy electrical and cheap fit and finish. The drive line is solid but the motor(350 CID) is pathetic, putting out only 255 hp and 350 torque. It is dangerous trying to pull my 8500 lb toy hauler. The fuel economy is worse than what you guys are getting(6-10 mpg).
This is the reason I plan on purchasing a new power wagon this year. I am very impressed with what I see. I've never owned a dodge product but it seems to be the best truck option out there for me. I can get a good deal on a 2013 now but I am very interested in the 2014's 6.4 litre engine. I can't decide.
My suburban had a fuel tank skid plate(more like pan) that filled with dirt and wore a hole through my fuel tank. I replaced the tank and didn't reinstall the skid plate. Can anyone tell me if the power wagon' s skid plate for the tank traps dirt and rocks?
Sledlvr, I grew up in your neck of the woods(Kelowna) and really enjoy your pictures. Reminds me of when I was there. Love your truck and will likely be asking you some questions on mods once I drop some cash and become a true member!
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Hi everyone!
I am new to this forum although I've been reading the threads for awhile now. I have owned various 4x4s in the last 30 years my favourite so far being a 1982 Toyota pickup (tough as nails). I currently own a 1999 gmc suburban k 2500 4x4 with a warn winch. Decent truck all in all but rather crapy electrical and cheap fit and finish. The drive line is solid but the motor(350 CID) is pathetic, putting out only 255 hp and 350 torque. It is dangerous trying to pull my 8500 lb toy hauler. The fuel economy is worse than what you guys are getting(6-10 mpg).
This is the reason I plan on purchasing a new power wagon this year. I am very impressed with what I see. I've never owned a dodge product but it seems to be the best truck option out there for me. I can get a good deal on a 2013 now but I am very interested in the 2014's 6.4 litre engine. I can't decide.
My suburban had a fuel tank skid plate(more like pan) that filled with dirt and wore a hole through my fuel tank. I replaced the tank and didn't reinstall the skid plate. Can anyone tell me if the power wagon' s skid plate for the tank traps dirt and rocks?
Sledlvr, I grew up in your neck of the woods(Kelowna) and really enjoy your pictures. Reminds me of when I was there. Love your truck and will likely be asking you some questions on mods once I drop some cash and become a true member!

Will the skid hold dirt, yes. You shouldn't have the problems you have seen before though. First the skid is perforated to allow dirt/moisture out and second the skid actually sits against the tank not allowing large crap in between.
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Thanks for the reply Battlerattle! That is a much better design. It doesn't take much to puncture a tank, so it's nice to have protection. The skid plate on mine caused a tank puncture as opposed to protecting against one. The Power Wagon being a purpose built 4x4, has more thought put into it obviously. I can hardly wait to get one!
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Yea, battle is right. I have been through quite a bit mud. It really isn't fun to clean. Anyway, even if a little sit on top, it won't touch the fuel tank. You may have to clean a little stuff off, but I have had no issues.
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yes , the skid plates do pack up with mud , but, they definitely do their job,as you can tell by looking at the scratches and gouges in mine , I try and find some deep water to cross a few times after being out in the mud , which loosens up the majority of the pack and makes it easier to clean , but stay away from alkali bogs , or you'll spend a week trying to chip the mud out of every nook and cranny
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Note taken!! I do that with my quads as well. The mud in Alberta is more like clay. Nasty stuff. On the topic of high water marks, I'm guessing the air intake fairs well in regards to sucking in water as I've only come a cross one story of a current power wagon getting hydro locked. My old 1982 Toyota would drift sideways crossing rivers and never an issue. I tried the same thing with a 1991 4 runner and it took in water and died. Seems very few of you power wagon owners snorkel your trucks which leads me to believe they are designed well in that regard!? Any input on this is appreciated !
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Actually, the factory boxes pick up water pretty bad , I put a sealed Volant on mine and covered the inlets with Frogzskin, which stops any water from entering the engine , if the box gets completely immersed, it'll kill the motor because of no air, but protects it from sucking water through the intake
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Never heard of that product before. I'll have to look into it when he time comes. Thanks for the input! I have a boat for water but sometimes it's tricky getting to the lake. I used to love four wheeling in the greystokes area, just north of big white(near kelowna BC). Much of it is now closed off to motorized vehicles. To bad cause there was some amazing fishing and 4 wheeling up there. I bet I caught a 100 rainbow trout one weekend at mission lake. It took over three hours to travel about 2 miles off the gravel access road.
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Frogzskins are a screen with a membrane that allows air to pass without restriction but won't let water through, It was developed for intake and hood venting on snowmobiles
I live in the Falkland area , lots of wheeling here, I try to stay away from Ktown as much as possible , I prefer the hick life living out in the sticks
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I packed my Power Wagon's skid plate full of mud this past weekend but, was able to clean it out fine. I used to have an 87 K5 Jimmy so, I know the skid plate you're talking about, it used to trap crud between the plate and the tank and start rubbing through the tank, it sucked! Power Wagon skidplates are a LOT better of a design in terms of avoiding that issue!
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