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I recently bought a 1997 Dakota. Is it a full frame pickup?

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Old 11-07-2018, 10:52 AM
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Default I recently bought a 1997 Dakota. Is it a full frame pickup?

I was jacking it up from the side. I placed the jack under the center of the truck and what I thought was the frame rail, but only the body was raised by the jack., so I've begun to wonder if this pickup has a full frame. Does anyone know?
 
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:53 AM
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Did you look under it and see? Pretty obvious.....
 
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:01 AM
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I have, but I just assumed it was a full frame. I'm going to look closer later today when I have time, but I thought I might find my answer here first.
 
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:19 AM
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To my knowledge, all Dodge Dakota's were body on frame construction. There are no unibody Dodge trucks that I'm aware of.
 
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Old 11-07-2018, 01:25 PM
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Thanks
 
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:12 PM
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i just went and looked under my 1997 Dodge Dakota. It looks like it has a full frame, but when I stick a jack under the frame by the extra cab section of the body, it only jacks up the body. The wheels don't leave the ground.
 
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:26 PM
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If you truly are on the frame and it only jacks up the body, sounds like your frame is broken. Or you're not actually on the frame.
 
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:43 PM
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Just so I know I'm thinking Right. When I rotate the tires on my girlfriend suv. It's a 1995 GMC Jimmy. I place the jack between the front and back doors, under the frame. Basically centered. I jack up one side of the suv. Something similar should be happening with this Dakota. Right? If so I need to jack it and then get under it and look at the frame. I don't see how it could drive straight down the road if it had a busted frame. Which it does drive straight down the road. You can take your hand off of the wheel and it goes straight.
 
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:41 PM
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The wheels will stay on the ground until the weight is taken off of the suspension.
 
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:57 PM
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So if I want to jack the wheels up I have to jack from the axle?
 

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