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**FAQ2 ------Lift kits, Performance, Engine Swaps, Modiftcation Ideas**

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See the FAQ page for general truck Info, common problems, and factory service manuals.

Please post any suggestions, ideas, DIY write-ups, project builds, etc that you would like to see in FAQs in THIS POST

If you need further assistance with any of the issues below, please do not hesitate to make a new thread.

All this info was collected from this site and around the Internet. This info will work for first generation Dakotas (1987-1996).

For more info, DIYs, project ideas, etc. check out the 2nd Generation Dakota FAQ, 3rd Generation Dakota FAQ, 2nd Generation Ram FAQ, 3rd Generation Ram FAQ, 1st Generation Durango FAQ, 2nd Generation Durango DIY, And the general forum FAQ.
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Lifting
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4wd
Leveling kit: From factory the rear of the truck is higher then the front, so when you put a load in it, it won't sag. A leveling kit lifts up only the front of the truck to make it level with the rear. If you want to make it level just crank up the torsion bars.

Lift kit: A lift kit lifts the front and back of the truck.

Body kit 2in. Note: 3in body lift is no longer made or sold, you can piece together your own kit yourself if wanted. http://www.summitracing.com/parts/PRA-PA-642/
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...t-install.html
Installation instructions HERE
A few people use Hockey Pucks as body spacers, here is one How To.

Custom 6in body kit. https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...y-tires-d.html

Full suspension kit 4in. ($1,700) http://www.streetperformance.com/par...9-dd43ssv.html A Junkyard find. https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2639822-post12.html


Here is the PDF's for it.
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ml#post3129097

The kit is no longer made, if you look up the kit on Google by part number lots of sites list it. Call up the places to verify.
This link is just for reference on the part numbers. Click HERE. Here is a great site about installing the kit. http://www.walt-n-ingrid.com/modifications.html

Here is one site with pictures of the kit installed. Click HERE

Lift keys 2 inch. Lots listed on http://www.ebay.com/ 97-up may work!

http://www.totalperformanceonline.co...1321/50/100-14

Or you can just crank your torsion bars and add rear blocks for 1 inch or so. Here is a How to. https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1979009-post2.html

You can tack weld some 1/4 inch steel strips to your keys. Here is a post on it. 1st-gen-dakota/175855-cheep-lift-post1417241.html#post1417241

You can get blocks just about any parts stores. Sizes are available from 1 inch - 6 inches.

You can get Shorter rear spring shackles.

Or flip your shackle hangers. Check out https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...with-pics.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...ut-blocks.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...le-hanger.html

If you got a V6 you can get V8 torsion bars to give you an extra inch or so.

Add a leaf too.
http://www.jcwhitney.com
www.summitracing.com

You can get air shocks too. These are not air bags. So you don't need an on-board compressor. http://shop.oreillyauto.com/productd...ype=50&PTSet=A
Or
https://www.shockshopusa.com/thankyou.html

Universal air bags. http://www.airbagit.com/Default.asp?Redirected=Y
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/AIR-59501/
http://www.streetbeatcustoms.com/
You can get coil over rear shocks. It may add an inch of height. http://shop.oreillyauto.com/productd...ype=50&PTSet=A


2wd
You can use the 2in body kit. It says only for 4wd, but It will work for 2wd. All you need to do is cut in a 1 inch spacer for you steering shaft. http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=PRA%2DPA%2D64 2&N=700+%2D59186+%2D59416+%2D42535+115&a ut oview=sku

For the front you can get coil spacers. Use one on top and one on the bottom for 2in lift. http://store.summitracing.com/partde...p;autoview=sku

http://store.fatbobsgarage.com/share...t=products.asp

If you got a V6 you can get V8 coils to give you an inch or so or custom coil springs. Ebay.com may have some.

For the rear, you can use shorter spring shackles.

Or flip your shackle hangers. Check out https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...with-pics.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...ut-blocks.html https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...le-hanger.html

Add a leaf too.
http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/Product/tf-VehicleBrowse/s-10101/Pr-p_Product.CATENTRY_ID:2005974/p-2005974/N-111+1993+200728540+600003409/c-10101

You can also do a spring over axle swap. But this will add around 5 inches of lift just for the back. After a SOA swap, you can use lift blocks. Sizes are available from 1 inch - 6 inches.

You can get air shocks too. These are not air bags. So you don't need an on-board compressor.
http://www.partsamerica.com
https://www.shockshopusa.com/thankyou.html

Universal air bags. https://airbagit.com/index.php?osCsid=949e8293e36ab275b7beeed6ca3c2580
http://www.streetbeatcustoms.com/
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Lowering
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2wd
http://www.belltech.com/
http://www.sporttruckdirect.com/dako...html#oldDakota
http://www.doetsch-shocks.com/34.asp
http://www.stillen.com/product.asp?i...LES&c=SU&m=all
http://airbagit-store.com/default.asp?redir=1
For the rear just use spring blocks, or longer spring shackles.

Universal air bags. https://airbagit.com/index.php?osCsid=949e8293e36ab275b7beeed6ca3c2580
http://www.streetbeatcustoms.com/

If you got a v8 you can get v6 coils, you can heat the springs, You can cut the springs.

Or flip your shackle hangers. Check out https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ge-dakota.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...ut-blocks.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...le-hanger.html


4wd
http://www.totalperformanceonline.co...ayout_0100.xsl

If you got a v8 you can get v6 torsion bars. You can crank down the torsion bars. For the rear use longer spring shackles or do a spring under axle swap. Some have taken out some springs from the spring pack.

Or flip your shackle hangers. Check out https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...ut-blocks.html https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...le-hanger.html
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Tire Sizes
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How to decipher metric tire sizes
The first number is the section width of the tire in millimeters. This is not the bead width nor the tread width, this is the width of the widest part of the tire.
The second number is the aspect ratio. This is a ratio of the height vs the width. This number, as a percentage of the first number gives you the sidewall height.
The third number is the bead diameter (rim diameter) in inches.
*NOTE* 25.4 millimeters = 1 inch

Example) 235/75/15

Width = 235mm = 9.25". Height = 235*(75%) = 176.25mm = 6.94"
Total diameter = (6.94*2) + 15 = 28.88 inches
Converted to standard size, this is a 28.88 x 9.25 x 15 tire.

What can I fit on my 4x4?
Stock...29 -30 inches
1-2 inches... 31s
2-4 inches... 33s
4-5 inches... 35s
Check http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/techart...ide/index.html

What can I fit on my 2wd?
Stock... 235/75r15
1-2 inches... 30s
2-4 inches... 31s
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Wheel Info
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This information covers what you need to know about offset and backspacing for choosing your aftermarket wheels...

Width
Advertised wheel width is measured bead to bead, not flange to flange. The standard measurement of a wheel flange is a 1/2 inch, and each side has one, so add 1 inch to the advertised wheel width to get the flange to flange measurement.

Offset
Offset is a measurement from the centerline of the wheel to the mounting surface of the wheel. Positive is toward the outside, negative is toward the inside.

Backspacing
Backspacing is a measurement from the mounting surface of a wheel to the inner flange. (Remember that 1/2 inch is added to the wheel width.) So on an 8 inch wide wheel with 0 offset, backspacing is actually 4.5 inches.

If offset is not 0, convert offset from millimeters to inches (1 inch = 25.4 mm) and add or subtract that number from the neutral backspacing (backspacing at 0 offset) of the wheel. For example, an 8 inch wide wheel with a -12 offset (-12mm converts to ~1/2 inch).... The -12 offset would put the wheel mounting surface closer to inside the flange, so backspacing would become less (which is why it's negative), so a 4.5 inch neutral backspacing minus 1/2 an inch gives a 4 inch backspacing.

How to use this info
So when you are looking for aftermarket wheels, you need to pay close attention to backspacing... offset is just going to be what it ends up being! Choose a wheel with the same or as close as possible to the factory wheel's backspacing. The reason backspacing is so important is because there is ample room outside the wheel well, but you need to make sure you clear everything inside the wheel well. So you can't go much higher than the factory wheel's backspacing or you run the risk of rubbing the fender wells, frame, or control arms. However, you don't want to go too much lower either, because the wheel bearings will take a more even load and last longer the closer the mounting pad of the wheel is to the centerline.
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Off Road Guide
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off-road/173712-off-road-guide.html

U-Bolt flip for additional axle clearance... https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...bolt-flip.html
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Brush Guards, Push Bars, Light bars
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www.Jcw.com has some light bars.
For a full size guard there is only one. www.ebay.com

A few others said cap-it.com has it and smittybilt.com, Westin.com but I checked I couldn't find anything Or custom make it. I custom made mine. You may also be able to get a 2nd gen and try it. I believe the frame widths are the same.

One guy said he got it from this site. It doesn't have it listed but give them a call. http://www.armorrex.com/product/prod...eID=9&cateID=4

Go Industries site Knockdown Grille Brush Guards

Custom made is always an option. Here is my custom made push bar write-up. https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2522004-post39.html
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Tow Hooks
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There are no Tow Hooks available as a direct bolt on. So custom fit is your only choice.
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...jack-pics.html
1st-gen-dakota/176727-tow-hooks.html#post1424515
http://faq.dakota-truck.net/HOWTO/towhook.html
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Front Hitch
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There are no Front hitch kits made for the 1st Gen. But I custom made my own.
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...ont-hitch.html
Or you can try a 2nd Gen. front hitch. I don't know how much more customizing you might need to do to make it work.
http://www.etrailer.com/fmr-2000_Dodge_Dakota.htm
http://www.realtruck.com/product/108...tch_31097.html
http://www.autoanything.com/towing/6...79975&kc=AFFCJ
Make some brackets like these ones, or use a tow bar like this and add a hitch tube to the center.
http://www.aemfg.com/pdfs/BX1919.pdf
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Skid Plates
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There are 3 factory skid plates. I made 2 others. All can be seen below.
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...id-plates.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...tion-pics.html

http://www.walt-n-ingrid.com/modifications.html#Skid
http://www.trailmastersuspension.com...ories.htm#skid

Or you can custom make your own. I custom made mine.
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Winch
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https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...lbs-winch.html (Front hitch mounted 10,000lb)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...1-winches.html (2,000lb front hitch mounted, 3,000 wireless rear hidden winch)
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Dual Shock kit
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Here are some pics... 1st-gen-dakota/175437-dual-shock-kit.html#post1413366
http://www.trailmastersuspension.com...multishock.htm
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...al-shocks.html
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Custom Bumpers
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https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...er-design.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ck-bumper.html
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Factory Engine Swaps
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4cly swap http://www.dakota-durango.com/forum/...d.php?t=126041

3.9L v6 to 5.2 or 5.9 v8 (LA to LA or Magnum to Magnum)

The 3.9L v6 is basically a 5.2L v8 with 2 cylinders missing. The mounting points are the same for the v6 and v8s. To do this swap, you will need a complete v8 with the v8s flexplate (or flywheel), wiring harness (or simply run your own wires for the extra injectors) and computer. The mounts from the v6 can be swapped to the v8. The v6 transmission will either need to be replaced or beefed up to handle the additional torque.
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...-360-swap.html
https://dodgeforum.com/m_1276458/tm.htm
1st-gen-dakota/130068-swap-questions.html

Mopar Action Magazine did a article on it. 1st-gen-dakota/176114-mopar-action-dak-5-9-swap-pics.html

LA 3.9 to Magnum 5.2.
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...-complete.html
1st-gen-dakota/175439-engine-swap-info.html#post1413374
( Info on motor mounts LA blocks to Magnum Blocks v6 and v8)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen-...ome-today.html
http://www.engine-swaps.com/
http://chucker54.stores.yahoo.net/192wddakensw.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...to-93-4x4.html

5.2L to 5.9L v8 (LA to LA or Magnum to Magnum)

The 5.2L and 5.9L v8s are externally identical engines, meaning they share the same dimensions and mounting locations. They also share the same heads and intake. The easiest way to do this swap is to get a 5.9L from heads down (long block). You will need the flexplate (or flywheel) and harmonic balancer for the 5.9L because the two engines are balanced different. Everything else from the 5.2 will swap over including wiring harnesses, injectors, and the computer.

Click here for a good article on 3.9, 5.2, and 5.9 engine info and year to year changes.
3.9 V6 to 5.9 Magnum. HERE

V6LA to V8 Magnum Carbed https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ert-build.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...read-carb.html
Here is a good link for LA and Magnum changes. http://api.viglink.com/api/click?for...us%2Fsort.html

V8 LA https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...-v8-dak-2.html
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5.7 Hemi Swap

https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...tallation.html

Diesel Engine Swap
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http://www.4btswaps.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7949&highlight=dakota (94 Dakota)

http://www.khaoskustoms.ca/aspx/blob2/blobpage.aspx/msgid/443167

http://www.4btswaps.com/forum/index.php
http://www.destroked.com/

jonnymagnum
http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r152/6BT-Dakota/ (6BT-DAKOTA)

http://www.dakota-durango.com/forum/showthread.php?t=77610
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=105 516916

http://www.4btswaps.com/forum/showthread.php?7949-94-Dakota-4BT-swap
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Engine Performance - More Displacement
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Big Block Swap

http://www.bigblockdakota.com/gpage5.html
http://www.engine-swaps.com/
http://chucker54.stores.yahoo.net/192wddakensw.html
http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_de...4&entryRow=457
Small Block Stroker kit

http://www.krcperformance.com/krc/in...hk=1&Itemid=26
(408) http://www.moparstyle.net/technical/408stroker.htm
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen-...hlight=stroker
http://www.carcraft.com/techarticles...ker/index.html
http://speedomotive.com/ps-140-13-mo...roker-kit.aspx

This chart will give you an idea of what bore and stroke will give you what size engine.

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Engine Performance: Forced Induction and Nitrous Oxide
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https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...rbo-build.html
http://www.theturboforums.com/smf/in...topic=131965.0
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/dodge-da...t-options.html
http://www.dakota-durango.com/forum/...0&postcount=11
http://www.theturboforums.com/smf/in...?topic=80720.0
http://www.off-roadweb.com/tech/0902or_nitrous_is_for_anything/index.html
(Nitrous for a 2001 Durango 5.9)
http://www.dodge talk.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=362108

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More Engine Performance Options

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Great article on V6 performance. http://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/t...a/viewall.html

Lots of info on performance http://web.archive.org/web/200804121...sandtricks.htm

Larger Bore throttle body http://www.thefastman.com/Throttlebodies47.asp,
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2065702-post1.html
Kegger mod https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen-...e-mod-diy.html,
Roller Rockers 1.7:1 Harland Sharp's http://www.summitracing.com/parts/CS...7&autoview=sku
Much cheaper then the Mopar or Crower kits, and much easier to install in my opinion (no lash adjustments, no guide plates, fits under stock valve cover)
Here is my install on them, very good post.
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2065727-post3.html

http://www.pavementsucks.com/tech/rollerrocker.php
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen-...r-install.html)

Cams
Mopar Performance computer (V6 http://www.bionicdodge.com/bionic/in...p?topic=8778.0)
High output coil + wires + cap and rotor
Spark plugs (Autolite 3923's is 1 step colder) (Autolite 3922 is 2 step colder, for supercharger/ turbo/ NOS)
Higher flow injectors
Headers (v6 https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...9-headers.html)
Open flowing exhaust systems
High flow cat
Lower (numerically higher) Rear End Gears
Transmission shift kit
Machine work (deck down block, heads) (Bore out cylinders).
Polish and port heads http://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/h...ing/index.html
Electric cooling fan
Electric coolant pump http://www.csr-performance.com/csr_pumps.html
Under Drive pulley's. (be-careful lots are 6ribs. Magnums use 7 ribs)
Lots more....
http://www.hughesengines.com/TechArt...es03012004.php (V6 Performance)
Hurts Competition shifter https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2230368-post6.html
TPS Throttle Postion, CPS Crank Position Sensors modification. Go HERE.
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Transmission swap
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46rh Automatic to NV3500 Standard... https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...-5-2l-4x4.html

NV4500
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...to-nv4500.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...00-thread.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...-for-swap.html
T-56 6 Speed converion kit for Dakota / Rams http://www.keislerauto.com/mopar-faq.html

http://www.mallcrawlin.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8621 (Converting 2 wheel drive transmission to 4 wheel drive.)
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Transfer case swap
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NV231D to NV242J Full time 4x4... https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...ew-arts-d.html
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Transfer case Upgrades
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For the NP231, you can get a SYE (Slip Yoke Eliminator) kit, 4:1 low range swap kit, and wide chain kit.

http://www.4x4wire.com/jeep/tech/xfer/tera4_1/ (4:1 low range NV231)
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=399755
http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/techart...ild/index.html
http://offroad-review.com/new/index.php?page=106 http://www.webejeepin.com/Glenns_Jeep/transfercase.htm http://www.teraflex.biz/products/
http://www.4wheelerssupply.com/catal...ns/1867660.pdf
http://www.4wheelerssupply.com/catal...ducts_id/71505
http://www.jbconversions.com/index2.php?pc=5
http://www.jpmagazine.com/techarticl...tor/index.html
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Performance Computer Upgrades
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Engine Stand Alone Engine Management Systems
http://www.megasquirt.info/
http://www.fuelairspark.com/Products...er/sb/over.asp

Factory Computer Reflashes

There are very little for Dodge OBD1.

The best would be a Mopar performance computer. You can get them at http://www.mopar.com/performance/index.html or http://www.summitracing.com/

Jet chips has a plug in. It has been cheep quality and not worth it for most. http://www.jetchip.com/

You can get http://www.hypertech.com/Products/Po...uning%20Module (No reviews yet)

Here is one that flashes and can give you a handheld unit. http://www.bgperformancepcm.com/#magnum
At once this site had it listed but the site seems to be down now. http://nrar.com/

You can Also get get a multi-processor-driven signal manipulator that goes in-line between your engine and ECU.
http://www.unichip.us/dodge.asp

Petersen's 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine did an article on it.
http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/techarticles/drivetrain/131_0707_1994_dodge_4x4_truck_dyno_tuning/index.html

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Suspension Swaps
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Rear end Swap Corp. 8.25" to Corp. 9.25"

You can upgrade your rear axle to the stronger 9.25" from a 2nd generation Dakota. The 9.25" will be about an inch wider.

1st-gen-dakota/177892-9-25-rear-end-swap.html

2wd to 4wd

https://dodgeforum.com/m_961445/tm.htm
http://www.mallcrawlin.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8621

Frame Swap
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...s-of-pics.html
Solid Axle Conversion/Swap

The most readily available axles for a good SAS are late 70's F150 and Full Size Bronco dana 44 axles. Or late 80's Jeep Grand Wagoneer Dana 44. They are drivers side drop like our trucks and can be easily found. Some full size Dodge axles will work as well.

http://web.archive.org/web/200712291...urwheeling.htm
http://www.angelfire.com/va2/bobalooey/
http://www.pioneer4wheelers.org/foru...ead.php?t=3433
http://www.4x4wire.com/feature/99dakota/solidaxleswap/
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/834955
7-8 listed http://www.cardomain.com/
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...-my-truck.html
http://offroad.automotive.com/72727/...uck/index.html

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=647091

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/255475...ar-cab-chassis
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ap-thread.html (95_318SLT Discussion)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ead-contd.html (95_318SLT Build)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...questions.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...1-my-95-a.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...sweat-sas.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ml#post2433694 (Crazy4x4rt Build)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...on-thread.html (Crazy4x4rt Discussion)
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/209912...ar-cab-chassis
http://ramchargercentral.com/action-...e0d1f4e57akiv4
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/217099...ar-cab-chassis
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Brakes
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There are two rear brake sizes, 9 and 10 in. If you have the 9 in you can swap over a complete 10 in setup to gain better braking power.


(proportioning valve install) 1st-gen-dakota/180152-adjustable-proportioning-valve-install.html
Rear Disk Brake info https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-dakota/264331-93-4x4-5-2-le-dakota-drum-brake-to-disc.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ml#post2451975
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Limited Slip Differentials, Lockers and Spools
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http://www.ringpinion.com/PartsList.aspx?
http://www.differentials.com/pdfs/5.pdfSearchMode=Diff&TypeID=2&Type=Chrysler&DiffID =7&DiffName=Chrysler+8.25&CatID=7&CatName=Lockers & CatType=Sub-Differential

Homemade Spool (Welded Spiders) 1st-gen-dakota/178531-home-made-posi-trac.html
http://www.sixstates.com/corporatedocs//file22.pdf
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Differential Gears
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*NOTE* With the factory 4x4 front axle, 4:10s are as low as you can go

http://www.ringpinion.com/PartsList.aspx?
http://www.differentials.com/pdfs/5.pdf
http://www.4lo.com/calc/geartire.htm (Lots of calculators)
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Good Engine Articles
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400HP on 318 http://web.archive.org/web/20060514133754/http://carcraft.com/howto/116_0401_318/index.html
http://www.popularhotrodding.com/tech/0507phr_mopar_magnum_engine_specs/index.html
http://www.popularhotrodding.com/enginemasters/articles/hardcore/0412em_magnum_cylinder_heads/index.html
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Parts sites
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http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Motormite-A-C-Compressor-Bypass-Pulley/1994-Dodge-Dakota-4WD/_/N-j0t8qZ91tb7?counter=0&filterByKeyWord=ac+bypass+&f romString=search&itemIdentifier=838297_0_15373_ (AC Compressor Eliminator/Delete/ByPass Pulley)
http://www.summitracing.com/
http://www.jegs.com/
http://www.mopar.com/performance/index.html
http://www.jcwhitney.com/Auto-Parts/101010.jcw
http://www.motors.ebay.com/
http://www.craigslist.org/
http://www.4wheelparts.com/
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php
http://www.thefastman.com/Throttlebodies47.asp
http://www.hughesengines.com/partsIndex.asp?eTypeID=15
http://www.v8performance.com/
http://www.krcperformance.com/krc/
http://www.monicattichrysler.com/com...?idCategory=73
http://www.trailmastersuspension.com/
http://www.streetbeatcustoms.com/
(Fan clutch, water pump pulley tool, spanner wrench)
http://www.napaonline.com/NOLPPSE/(S...530_0006544226
(Upper ball joint socket/ wrench/ tool)
http://www.handsontools.com/Miller-T...-_p_18008.html
http://www.stockinteriors.com/ (Carpet)
http://www.newark-auto.com/
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2211477-post3.html (Carpet)
http://www.rustrepair.com/ (Body)
http://www.diffsonly.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=1161&products_id=167753 (Chrysler 8.25, Trac Lok Clutch, LSD rebuild kit)
The service manual part number for the ball joint socket is C-3561
http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...059_0307679101

http://www.handsontools.com/Miller-T...-_p_18008.html

http://partsvoice.com
http://rearcounter.com
http://bradsnosparts.com
http://arizonaparts.com

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Seat Swap
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60/40 bench to bucket swap
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...with-pics.html
BMW seat swap
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...project-6.html
Grand Am seat swap
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...-my-truck.html
2nd Gen. Dakota Seats into 1st Gen Dakota
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1653356-post14.html
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Custom Hoods, Fenders, Graphics, Bumpers
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http://glassworksunlimited.com/produ...tadurango(Wide Fenders, Baja, Pre-runner)
http://www.dakota-durango.com/parts_hoods.php#AAR2 (Cowl induction hoods)
http://www.carhoods.com/(Hoods, ect)

http://www.andysautosport.com/dodge/1991_1996_dakota/(Hoods, ect)
http://www.carid.com/1995-dodge-dakota-grill-guards/westin-bumper-104681.html (Aftermarket Bumper)
http://www.andysautosport.com/dodge/1991_1996_dakota/exterior/roll_pans/ (Roll Pans)
http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/sku/Dodge/Dakota/IPCW/Roll_Pan/1996/I11CWR8796 (Roll Pans)
http://www.aarqualityfiberglass.com/ (Hoods, ect)
http://ecat.crosscanadaparts.com/php2/cross/base/dropdowns.php?last0=DODG&last1=DAKO&make=DODG&mode l=DAKO&year=1996

http://ecat.crosscanadaparts.com/php2/cross/base/dropdowns.php?last0=DODG&last1=DAKO&last2=1996&mak e=DODG&model=DAKO&year=1987&engine=0&body=0&view=
(Body parts)
http://www.millsupply.com/ (body)
http://www.totacc.com/user/glenzoni/index.html (Graphics)
http://www.phoenixgraphix.com/ (Graphics)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-dakota/193634-custom-bumper-design.html (Bumpers)
http://www.razzi.com/results-product.php?make_id=11&model_id=0&year=1993&type_i d=0&Submit.x=68&Submit.y=6 Body Kits
http://grantkustoms.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=155&osCsid=00a06ed694 724588f54c119bb77be0af (Tailgate ect)

http://www.sfxperformance.com/parts/AST8036.htm (Rear window Louver )

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Convertible kit
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Instructions http://airbagit.com/techzone/raticalhard.pdf
Kit http://airbagit.com/product_info.php?products_id=5998
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Clear lights / Euro Lights
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All over www.ebay.com
http://www.memoimports.com/mi/index.php?fa=prt.subcategory_aft&cat=Dodge%20Truck s&subcategory=Dodge%20Dakota%20signoand%20Dakota %2 0Sport%20Yrs.%2088%20-%2096
www.ebay.com

http://www.procarparts.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_ id=29973 (White Gauges)


Here is a post on tinting your tails with VHT 1st-gen-dakota/180165-vht-nightshades-for-tailights.html
Light covers http://spideraccessories.stores.yahoo.net/headblac.html
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Info sites
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http://www.megamanual.com/v22manual/minj.htm#size
http://www.allpar.com/trucks/dakota-1987.html
http://web.archive.org/web/200804121...sandtricks.htm

http://www.dakota-truck.net/infosheet.html (all dakota info)
http://www.allpar.com/ (all mopars)
http://dodgeram.org/tech/gas/specs/index.html(all engine specs)
http://www.4lo.com/calc/geartire.htm (Lots of calculators)
http://www.okoffroad.com/editorial-boltpattern.htm (Wheel Bolt patterns)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen...ur-trucks.html (Fuel Injectors)
2nd-gen-ram/171765-injectors.html?highlight=fuel+rate (fuel Injectors, fuel rates)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...agnostics.html (Transmission Diagnostic Chart)
http://www.generalspringkc.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=117&pg=1 (Leaf Spring info)
http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_125_552_4475&gcl id=CLG8gq3zyaACFZdM5Qod_CVlZw (Leaf Spring info)
http://www.off-roadweb.com/tech/0907...ody/index.html (Performance Throttle Body)
http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/techart...ech/index.html (Performance Throttle Body)
http://www.popularhotrodding.com/tec...ecs/index.html (Engine)
http://www.sporttruck.com/techarticl...cks/index.html (Engine)
http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/e...ine/index.html (Engine)
http://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/h...ing/index.html (Cylinder Head porting)

http://www.off-roadweb.com/tech/0902...ing/index.html (Nitrous for a 2001 Durango 5.9)

http://www.off-roadweb.com/tech/1005...ade/index.html (NP231 4:1 low gear install, SYE kit)

http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/howto/3103/index.html (NP231 HD build)
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/314126...ar-cab-chassis (Trailmaster lift install)
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Billet Grill
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Lots all over www.ebay.com
http://www.cwgrilles.com/Merchant2/m...ry_Code=Dakota These look like this http://i31.tinypic.com/2vl1yeb.jpg
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Electric Fans
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There is not a direct bolt in kit. The best choices are 90-95 Ford Taurus and Lincoln Mark VIII with the 3.8 litre engine. It has 2 settings, Low 2500CFM Hight 4500CFM. Or Get a dual fan unit from a Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique. or the dual fan from a 98-03 Intrepid.
Here is a Note from a fellow member. The Taurus electric fan is 2 speed and the Taurus did come with a 3.8L V6,
The Mark VIII was ONLY available with a 4.6L DOHC V8, and the fan is a single speed fan (fan speed is regulated by PWM(Pulse Width Modulation)).
The MN12 electric fan for the 4.6L SOHC (1994-1997) is a two speed fan, and will physically fit where the Mark VIII fan fits, albeit it doesn't suck as well as the Mark VIII fan does.
I think you can also use a dual fan unit out of an early/mid 90s Camaro. You may need to make custom mounts. You can also go to most parts stores or
www.summitracing.com and buy universal fans, check www.ebay.com too.

Here is mine: https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...n-install.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...onversion.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/934901-post2.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...n-install.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...n-install.html
Here is a good post with a good fan shroud built in. https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...om-shroud.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen...3-8l-efan.html
Here are a few articles
http://www.customclassictrucks.com/t...ods/index.html

http://www.chevyhiperformance.com/howto/4572/index.html
http://www.customclassictrucks.com/t...all/index.html
http://www.mustangmonthly.com/howto/11879/index.html
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Transmission Oil Cooler install
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https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-dakota/301091-new-electric-fan-install.html

https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-dakota/311035-huge-transnission-cooler-install.html




Flatbed on 1st generation Dakota
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https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...e-finally.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...atbed-pix.html
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Snow Plow
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https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...nter-pics.html
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Wheel spacers
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http://www.ezaccessory.com/category_s/178.htm
www.ebay.com
Check ebay lots to choose. Some to convert bolt pattern size too.
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https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...with-pics.html Over head console lights compass, temperature
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2879721-post7.html (Radiator 2 core/row copper/brass)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...e-install.html Overhead console lights
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...with-pics.html Bucket seat swap
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...omputer-2.html (Mopar performance PCM)
2nd-gen-ram/117182-diy-links.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...k-install.html (2nd fuel tank install)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...9-mirrors.html (How to tighten up 6x9 mirrors)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...up-holder.html (Tighten up loose cup holder)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-dakota/194143-official-diy-body-work-thread.html (Body work)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-dakota/192351-diy-multi-meter-101-a.html (How to use a Multimeter)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...-part-1-a.html (Custom LED guage lights)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...ess-entry.html (Wireless door locks)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...an-clutch.html (Tips on removing fan clutch)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen-...-por-15-a.html (DIY Rust Proofing with POR-15on a engine block.)
http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/minutemods/seatbelt/ (Retention seatbelt spring)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...t-install.html (Halogen Headlight High Wattage Output Install)
http://www.stolenandrecovered.com/howto/hsg04a.php (Ignition Lock Repair)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...cam-specs.html (Dakota 5.2 V8/46RH/8.25 swap into 99 Intrepid )
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...grade-3-a.html (3in custom exhaust)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ir-filter.html (Outside air cabin filter)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...gnal-leds.html (HID install)
Here is a guide to recovering the headliner: Headliner Guide.

Here is a guide to recovering the visors: Dakota Visor Restoration
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...my-88-dak.html (Rustoleum paint job)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ory-gauge.html (Transmission gauge temp install)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen...241-np243.html nv231-nv241-nv243 transfer case saver
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ld-how-to.html (Transfer-case shifter rebuild)
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...-bushings.html (4wd lower control arm bushings)
http://www.handymanlyness.com/archiv...ken_cable.html (Tail gate cable repair)
http://www.handymanlyness.com/archiv...93_Dakota.html (Valve body removal)
http://www.handymanlyness.com/archiv...ota/blue3.html (Body repaint)
http://www.handymanlyness.com/archiv...93_Dakota.html (automatic transmission fluid change.)
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Rear seat subs

https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...acement-2.html
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...-subs-amp.html

4wd lower control arm bushing replacements
https://dodgeforum.com/forum/1st-gen...ushings-2.html
 

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