Everyone who knows Dodge knows the Diesel Power Wagon
dream. My goal is to force my 3500 dodge ram Cummins to be that dream truck. First things first I'm not rich or independently wealthy. Do not mistake my enthusiasm or financial commitment with wealth or even riches.
I bought my truck with the intention of copying an article I had seen. Actually Mopar underground
built a partial prototype of a diesel Dodge Power Wagon. Right from the start I made my own changes to the truck year and some of the other looks of "My" concept. I prefer the 2003-2005 body style so I bought a silver 2004 3500 SLT. I also figured out the flares would work better with this headlight design.
Step one was to make the flares work properly. Currently the final pictures are not up but this link
will take you to the thread sharing the flare work from beginning to end.
I am going to post some pictures that will help show the goal. I am not a magazine so please try to understand I have a life and sometimes progress will be slow.
What I saw
What They did
What I bought
Custom Cut out flares.
40” tires on a 3” lift maybe 6”.
18,000 Pound Hydraulic Winch Integrated into the stock front bumper.
A proper sized Cummins snorkel
Trussed front axle
My list of stuff to meet my goals:
Bushwacker cut out flares
3” or 6” Thuren performance springs
Custom Thuren Controll arms
Thuren Track bar
Thuren Sway bar end Links
Thuren rear lift shackles
Carli extreme duty Ball joints
Carli high mount steering stabilizer
Carli Differential Guard
Dynatrac’s Free-Spin Heavy Duty Hub Conversion Kit
Super Swamper Sx, Iroks or Nitto Mall crawler mud grappler. The original plan was for the Ground Hawgs but they were too wide. This decision is going to shape the rest of the truck. I will start the thread with the tire problem.
I have new flares (not finished yet) that will add 5 inches of width. The tires must fill the flares (width) or they will not look good. I don’t mind if it’s only the bulge of the tire that fills the void. More than likely, I will be using a rim offset to make the difference. I don’t live where it snows much but when it does snow it gets deep fast, and it’s wet.
This year we are supposed to have a chance at a big dump of snow.
The problem is the tire options in the 40” range that is also at least a D rated tire. I am currently shooting for the E load rating.
I wanted the Super Swamper LTB 40: Load Rated way too low.
Then I wanted the Super Swamper SX the 42 is the closest to the 40” size, but it’s also too low of a load rating. The 43 SX is good but that would require a bigger lift. I would prefer to keep the lift at 3”. If they only made a 40” E rated SX for the 17” rim. It would need more sipes as well.
So now I’m into the not so deep tread options.
Irok… I will have to go 39.5 if I want to use a Irok. Problem is that’s not a 40” tire. No point buying a 39.5 after all this messing around (It will be over 2k worth of body work and flare modification….for a 39.5?) The 41 might work but its tread is even lower in depth.
Nitto Mall crawler mud grappler…I don’t like this tire because I always see the mall crawlers using it. It unfortunately is the closest to what I need. Great load rating and a good size. Offroad??? I checked around and didn’t find many “real” reviews. Ill be playing in deep wet snow. A lot of questions at this point???
Pitt bull tires: The same size issue of the Swamper SX.
Truck use… I will load it to the max occasionally and it will be better to have the truck bed where I can reach it. I will be buying a 12 foot trailer but I don’t want to have to use a 12 foot trailer every time I need to move something.
I am very interested in your opinions.