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Dodge Dakota (1988)


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  • Vehicle Owner: biggman100
  • Date Added: 22 September 2013 - 05:22 PM
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The only Dakota i have ever lifted. Unfortunately, this is the only pic i can find of it, no longer in the family!




biggman100
24 September 2013 - 11:36 AM
That pic was taken in a 7 acre unused gravel pit behind our old house. The guy who owned the gravel pit let us use it to play with trucks, ATV's, cars, and even have bonfires in.

This Dakota had a 4 inch SkyJacker lift, 32 inch Mickey Thompson tires on 16 inch Alcoa rims, Warn winch in the front bumper, Warn bumper guard, Rogue enterprises roll bar, KC lites, and Rogue enterprises side steps. Everything else, including the engine (3.9l v-6), trans (automatic), and axles were all stock. Some of the parts i used on this truck arent even available anymore.

For me, the Dakotas suit my needs very well. With the right hitch set up, i can tow almost as much as a full size gas powered truck, and save gas doing it. I can also get in and out of places easier than a full size, and still take my kids with me. Even being a smaller truck, they are still pretty rugged, as i have learned over the years. They can take a fair amount of abuse, and still dont break down easily, unless you neglect them repeatedly.

I have had s-10's and rangers, and they are too small, and the 2 fullsize chevys i owned used too much gas for what i used them for.

The major changes were mostly to make the Dakotas more functional. The 1987 to 1990 had lightweight, 5 lug Dana and Chrysler axles, that were prone to breakage under heavy use, So in 1991, Chrysler went to a heavier, 6 lug Chrysler 8 3/4 and Chryser 9 1/4 axles (although Chrysler officialy states they went to 6 lug wheels to differentiate from other mid-size trucks), as well as making the body longer, mostly the hood and fenders, to fit a 5.2l v-8 in 1991. !991, all of the v-6 and v-8 Dakotas were one year only vehicles, in that most of the parts were only useable from 1991. !987 to 1991 trucks were throttle body injected, 1992 and up are multi-port injected, but the 1987 to 1990 engines will not work in the 1991. In 1992, they went to the Magnum line of engines, and made parts more interchangeable from the 1992 to 1996 models. In my personal experience, unless you are looking for a Dakota just to go from point a to point b, stay away from the 4 cylinder trucks, they are way too underpowered for a truck of any size. In 1997, they changed to the Ram body style, made them a bit longer and wider, and even made a limited 5.9l 4x4 version, that is very hard to find. I personally dont like the redesign they did on the Dakota in 2005, but i know quite a few people who do.

My green 94 i think i am going to just fix what is still wrong with it, and keep that as a daily driver. The 91, since it has been already completely tore apart, and almost everything upgraded already, im gonna fix the transmission issue with it, and use that for all the heavy stuff i do, like logging and heavy towing. The 91 has heavier rear springs, as well as spring helpers, to help with heavier trailers already, and changing the spring pack in the 94 is a job i dont ever want to do. I did it on the 91, and hated every minute of it, and that was while the frame was bare.

Moses Ludel
23 September 2013 - 07:43 AM
Nice truck, nice lift job, Biggman100...Looks at home on the sand! Can see how this Dakota lost out when your family grew, the seating was limited. But, oh, what a look and functionality off-pavement! Great build...

There's potential in your later 1994 Dakota...Guess you like the Dakotas! What do you like best about the Dakota trucks? What were the significant changes over the years? Your '91 with body off the frame looks like a rugged truck.

Moses

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