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Old May 9th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #1
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Just bought a 99 next cab Dakota. 3.9 4x4. I'm looking to lift it probably a 2 or 3 inch body and 3 inch suspension. Van someone tell me what I need please or what I need for a 3 inch body.

I've done xj's now its time for a Dakota.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 08:22 PM   #2
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not a single dakota was worth lifting.
See Mr.Beefy's build thread.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 07:06 PM   #3
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you'll need just that standard tools. a welder for the body lift cus you'll have to extend the shifter linkage. the rear axles will be the easiest to lift. the front is a whole other story. you'll need a special tool for removing the torsion keys. and if it just a torsion key lift then thats it. id advise having a friend who's done an ifs lift before if not I'm sure you can figure it out lol. but if your tearing into the front end be ready for a lot of work lol.

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Old May 15th, 2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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Just do a body lift, it's easy to put in and looks pretty good on the dakotas. You can fit 285's but it'll be tight.

A torsion lift i would not recommend doing, or at the least don't put aftermarket keys in. Just crank up the bars. The keys ruin the entire front end and cause you the replace tires/balljoints a lot more often
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Old May 16th, 2012, 07:04 AM   #5
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Just do a body lift, it's easy to put in and looks pretty good on the dakotas.
Except for the 10 inches of frame hanging out the bottom. The kit i installed came with a spacer for the steering. The only issue i remember is the shifter for the t-case did not stick up high enough. I think i cut the shifter in half and turned a spacer on the lathe.
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Except for the 10 inches of frame hanging out the bottom. The kit i installed came with a spacer for the steering. The only issue i remember is the shifter for the t-case did not stick up high enough. I think i cut the shifter in half and turned a spacer on the lathe.
There isn't even 10 inces of frame showing on my obs chevy, and those are horrible for that

I don't think they look too bad, a buddy has a body lift on an 01 dakota and you can't really tell, except he didnt put and covers on it or anything
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Old October 11th, 2012, 03:05 PM   #7
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Except for the 10 inches of frame hanging out the bottom. The kit i installed came with a spacer for the steering. The only issue i remember is the shifter for the t-case did not stick up high enough. I think i cut the shifter in half and turned a spacer on the lathe.
Actually Gen 3 and 4 Dakota frames are tucked way up under the body. So a 3" BL dosent show much frame except under the bed.
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Old October 12th, 2012, 03:26 PM   #8
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I have 3" body and 2" in the suspension. Turned the torsion bars up a little in the front and did a add a leaf in the rear. Im running 33/12.5-15 swampers. fenders and bumper needed miner work to clear.
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Old October 12th, 2012, 03:32 PM   #9
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almost a dead thread....5 months old lol
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All most...
But I saved it from doooooom!!!
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Keep this Dakota thread alive!
I have a 2000 Dakota with 31s. I've cranked the torsion bars a bit already to level the truck. Tomorrow I'm ordering the 33x10.5 km2s. I also have 2" blocks I'm going to install after I mount the tires.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 01:21 PM   #12
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This is my first post on the forum... Figured I would start by showing one of the trucks I have that's a lifted dakota on 32" tires

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Old November 21st, 2012, 11:13 PM   #13
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well mine is sas with 1tons and 35s and i love it,
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i have a 3 in rancho lift on mine right now, with 32x11.5's.. its getting a 3 inch body lift this weekend (if i have time to do it).. i love my truck.. its got a good amount of power, and its decently light.. and the suspension lifts are not to hard to put on.. but if your going to do a suspension lift.. you mine as well do the 5.5" lift
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I did a 3" body lift and 3" front and 2" block in the rear. You do not need any special tools for the torsion bar lift you will need a welder for the body lift for two reasons. 1) You have to weld an extension on the transfer case shifter and 2) you have to weld crush blocks between the frame and bed. Do not buy a torsion bar kit for lifting the front. Just use a c clamp to remove the torsion bar key and then take it off and put it back on one index lower. That is all you need to do. And you do NOT need a torsion bar tool. Use a Heavy Duty C Clamp. I used the c clamp out of my ball joint kit. here is my truck before and after the lift. I run 33 x 12.50 x 15 on my stock rims without any problems.

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2" blocks and torsion twist with 33" km2 tires, body lift will be after I wear these tires out
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