Yeah, check my thread out and you can see how I did it with leaf springs. Sorry, I don't have a link to it, but I think it was called "MY SAS thread", so it should be easy to search for.
Leaf springs were definitely easy, and I think it rides pretty well. But if you want something even easier, use a radius arm setup off a Ford Bronco. Basically, you just take the radius arm brackets off the Bronco frame and attach them to the Dakota frame. You'll need coil buckets on your frame or shock hoops with coilovers (if you have a lot more money than I do) and you're pretty much set.
The downside to the radius arm setup is that it doesn't flex as well as leaf springs or a 4-link, but it's pretty hard to screw up the front end geometry (which you can't say about a 4-link) and it's about the least expensive.
The biggest problem you're going to run into is that you have rack and pinion steering. You'll need to install a steering box. There's one from an F250 that fits perfectly on the outside of the frame rail with minimal modifications, but I don't remember which year.
Last edited by Tom A; 05-05-2013 at 11:03 PM.