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Old 02-07-2013, 11:20 PM
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I've seen this in the first and third generation forums, but not here. And I searched, I swear.

For those who have put a bunch of work into their trucks, let's see what they looked like before you fixed them up. Tell us about your mods and post a few pics. Here, I'll start.

The day I got it:

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After getting it running and painted:

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After installing Tuff Country lift and 33" tires:

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Currently (after SAS):

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Dana 44 front axle with Spartan locker, GM 9.5" 14-bolt rear axle with Yukon Dura-Grip limited-slip, 4.10 gears, Edelbrock headers with Flowmaster muffler, cold air intake, custom nerf bars, Corbeau seats, Tuffy center console, and probably a bunch of other stuff I've forgotten.

Let's see everybody's second generations!
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Well I cant say mine changed appearance looks that much.

The day I brought her home in 2008.

98 4x4 auto 5.2 73,005 miles
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20% tint,leveled,32in bfg's,plasti dip'ed wheels,sct tuner,hid headlights and fogs,Aftermarket light housings, exhuast dumped at cat,granatelli cai.
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Then I traded my dakota for a cummins! Best upgrade of all! or does that not count?? lol
Here was the final picture of her. 96,010 miles sitting dead with no 3rd gear left
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Well here's my Dak's story.

Nov 2011 - The day I drove her home. Smallest tires I think you can possibly fit on a Dakota.
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Nov 2011 - My beloved Grand Prix that she replaced.
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Dec 2011 -New 31x10.5R15 Tires in the bed.
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May 2012 - Tinted windows, tonneau cover, sub & speakers.
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June 2012 - Picked up some mags and painted them black.
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Aug 2012 - Present: Body Lift Installed, tinted tails. Additonal info below.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:35 PM
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Great looking trucks, both of you.

Sometimes, it's hard to remember how much you've done until you look at the old pictures.
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Great looking trucks, both of you.

Sometimes, it's hard to remember how much you've done until you look at the old pictures.
That's why I'm keeping all my mods hidden by factory metal >
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Great looking trucks, both of you.

Sometimes, it's hard to remember how much you've done until you look at the old pictures.

Thanks Tom, but I think the amount of work you've put it definitely means that your Dakota takes the cake.
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Thanks Tom, but I think the amount of work you've put it definitely means that your Dakota takes the cake.
Thanks, but I didn't mean it to be a competition. I just like seeing everybody else's ideas and individuality.

I don't think I could ever own/drive a vehicle that was exactly like 5 million other people's and judging from the trucks I've seen here, a bunch of Dakota owners feel the same way I do.


P.S. The stock tires on your truck are hilarious. It looks like they were stolen off a skateboard or something.
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Thanks, but I didn't mean it to be a competition. I just like seeing everybody else's ideas and individuality.

I don't think I could ever own/drive a vehicle that was exactly like 5 million other people's and judging from the trucks I've seen here, a bunch of Dakota owners feel the same way I do.


P.S. The stock tires on your truck are hilarious. It looks like they were stolen off a skateboard or something.

Oh haha I know, I'm just saying I can appreciate the work you've done to yours.

And yeah, those are the PO's grandpa tires!!
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I'd like to show some pics of my trucks progress since I got it, but I can't seem to get photo bucket to work properly. You guys got any tips? Going to my buddy's house tommorow to get started on the winch bumper, should be awesome when done. Think I'm going to linex it, thoughts??
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That's my plan for mine too, if I ever get around to building it.
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The day I brought it home last May.



How it was before winter. Got some different tires and rims and painted them. Smoked Tail head and cab lights. Gutter mesh grill inserts. Also removed the sports badges.



Now I'm waiting for spring so I can put on some new decals that I got. I also picked up a set of 5 cragar soft 8's last month that I need to get painted up. I'm also hoping for some 31x10.5 tires and a 3" PA Body lift. I've also been thinking about painting the front and rear bumper the same color as the truck. How do you think that would look?
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I like the black bumper, in fact I think a black grill would look good as well.
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I got plans off someone from here for a dakota bumper. I was gonna do that in the spring but thats when I traded it.
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That's my plan for mine too, if I ever get around to building it.
hey Tom you still have the 5.5 Tough Country lift?
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Nope, sold it.
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The Dak was a stud in his youth if I might say so myself...

Took this picture the moment it was mine.

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Cleaned him up at home.

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Went to bed... Woke up, and this is what was in the driveway

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Tom if it's not too much to ask, can you pm as much information regarding your SAS as possible. I'm looking to do it this summer and any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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No pictures in my case. Hardly any cosmetic mods...more like battle scars, and lots of them.

That said,

Each mod is small on it's own, but as a package, yields a mostly stock looking sleeper motor that hopefully will be indestructable (Could dodge have put a more lame-duck cam in the 3.9? But if it keeps me from blowing stuff up......).

So far my best time is 11.10 1/8 mile on 30x8 AT's with the top half of this list (and stock convertor). Next time I hit the track will be with sections 1 and 2 complete. The goal is to hit 10.30 in the 1/8 mile with all but the last section. When i've done that, I'll drop from the 30" AT to the 24" slick and see what trouble I can make.

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2. est 10.80 1/8 miles:
high-stall convertor
Derale 16-pass trans cooler w/ 10" fan @ 160-180* thermostat (in-line with OEM cooler)
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3. est 10.30 1/8 mile:
line-lock/roll control via ABS
Methanol Injection
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4. est 8.99 1/8 mile:
MSD ignition (soon)
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Tom if it's not too much to ask, can you pm as much information regarding your SAS as possible. I'm looking to do it this summer and any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

Here's the thread I posted about it. It's a little short on details, though. If you're not in a hurry, I'd be happy to write up as many details as I can remember. Maybe give me a couple of days?
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Tell me more about the rims!
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Stock and powder coated
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