Originally Posted by olyelr
Power wagons only came with a manual t-case. Its the same case, just shifts manually (like my truck, although I dont have a power wagon).
Sure, you can swap a front axle under your truck, add lockers and custom suspension that flexes well and be good to go. But you will most likely be money ahead to sell your truck and start with a 2500.
The electronic sway bar option allows it to become completely disconencted, which allows the front axle to flex WAY better than with it connected.
Yeah, as usualy cheaper to start with the right vehicle, and even cheaper yet to buy the vehicle you want. I don't really want to sell and buy 2500 only because I've owned this since new, know the maintenance, know the truck, etc. My first brand new vehicle, blah blah blah. I should have just taken more time to buy it, but I was in a bind...Tranny in Intrepid was going out (again) was tired of rebuilding it, I was in college 200 miles from home and needed daddy's cosignature, so I kinda had to jump so I wasn't stranded in the Intrepid so far from many people I know, and before my dad thought more and more about cosigning.
Although had I known about the Power Wagon option I prolly would have looked harder and longer. I kinda wanted a 2500 anyway, but since I had a lot of traveling each week back and forth from school and home, and going to have to travel for my internship, I wanted the ride of a 1500. I guess though I never drove a 2500, just assumed it'd be stiffer. Then even after that I didn't get the truck I wanted cuz there was a $10,000 discrepency. The truck sitting next to mine at the dealer is what I wanted, but that was almost sticker price, this truck had 400 miles, so they gave it to me at invoice price and the only difference was color and a couple high end options, one being the Infinity sound, but for 10K, I settled...for 10K I can buy paint (a freind is a painter) and some after market Infinity speakers, and now I think a rear sliding window, but that hasn't seemed to be much inconvenience.
So yeah, I had plenty of reasons for not getting the exact truck I wanted, but am now regretting it somewhat. It's been a VERY nice truck and really good to me, but the grass is always greener on the other side, now I want more.
Wow, just realized I was really rambling off topic, sorry. Although it'd be less expensive (most likely) to start with a 2500, I could still slowly piece together my truck to be much like the Wagon, and in piecing together I prolly wouldn't notice the cost difference. Start with the axle, then later gear/dif swaps (I want 4.56 gears anyway even if I don't fully go through with the PW), then work on the suspension at a later time...if I wanted, I'd prolly be happy just having the e lockers, who knows...thoughts, am I being retarded even considering this?