2001 Dakota QC Diesel

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Motohead1

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So found a few spare moments to throw the front diff back in and noticed a little bit of coolant weeping from an outlet connection next to the kats heater I just put in a few weeks ago. So that sucked up most of my time but now its solid and eliminated a short hose some plastic and a couple hose clamps. 20181201_142841.jpg
 
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Motohead1

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Well front diff got put in last week but had to wait for my driveshaft that finally showed up today. 20181203_124434.jpg


Well worth the wait as the stock shaft had a junk factory CV end on the tcase side and this new one is u joints on both ends. 20181214_161220.jpg

Finally Its 3wd once again!
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I would have found a dirt road on the way home but I didnt want to get the bed dirty. Ill try it out tomorrow though.20181213_173249.jpg
 

Motohead1

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Oil cooler install or I should say re-install. This time I used a nice Earls thermostatic 150F sandwich plate with -10 AN lines running to the radiator. Ports were for factory auto trans cooler but it works great helps heat the coolant up quicker and keeps the oil alive a bit longer between changes. Also adds an extra quart to the oil system.
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Motohead1

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Its time for the best mod on the planet for any 2nd gen dakota. After 285K miles the drivers seat , that was uncomfortable junk even when new I suspect, was completely shot. It was bad. A 20 min drive would leave you in pain. So I found a fresh victim in the junk yard. A 2011 pathfinder with 6way power and only 80k on the clock. Took me a solid day to fab it up being about 3 inches wider but man its like a new truck!

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Also found one of these so when I get tired of replacing ball joints every 10k miles and have some freetime its going in. 20190730_151527.jpg
 

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I know when I replaced the front seats in my Jeep Cherokee, it made a huge difference in driving comfort. I found some leather seats out of a ZJ. One of the best mods to my Jeep! Vance.
 

Motohead1

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So after using all my free time on other stuff it was time to replace ball joints again. This time im using a plasma torch. Im sure these ball joints will last much longer and I hope to have it linked in a few weeks. First hurtle is trans crossmember. Looking like a 3 link is doable but I dont want it to sit too high. We shall see.

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Motohead1

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Links are figured out now. I have should have atleast 4 inches of up travel.20201205_165112.jpg



This mock up 33.9 inch tire has some room to spare so a tall 34 or 35 should be doable.
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Next is steering box. I have a few options. My biggest hurdle is racing the cold.
 
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I wasent going to put a custom bumper on this thing but I need to increase the intercooler size and I would like it out front to make it more efficient and give it some more clearance. So today I fired up the old amazon CAD program and made some templates. There are absolutely zero affordable options out there for an old dakota that i could find anyway. Luckaly I have a fab buddy of mine that will cut out all my CAD pieces and hopefully I can get this done before summer hits again. One great thing about this dakota is the stock bumper can be removed and installed in less than 5 min so I can work on this a little at a time whenever I find time.



Amazon CAD. Wondered what the heck that was until I saw the pics. Awesome.
Great build!
 
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Motohead1

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Slight update coilovers are in but waiting on a new plasma cutter to arrive as mine released all its smoke the one day I had some time to fab. Everything you see just tacked for now. Slow progress but I caint complain. God is good! Happy mothers day!20210508_165513.jpg20210508_171447.jpg20210508_171741.jpg