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DODGE DRAGON
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9/02/2003
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Ok I have a 97 RC Dakota sport and I know the shocks/struts are probably shot and it's time for new ones...I know I need to get an allignment..

I also want to lower just the back to even out with the front. So what do I need to buy to accomplish all this? Any of these parts available locally? Thanks for the future help.



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9/03/2003
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9/03/2003
10:50:31

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Hotchkis Suspension-- lowers 2/3 over stock... I am wrapping up the GB this week.

Sam



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9/03/2003
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If you want just the back lowered a few inches....go with 2" blocks. They are really cheap and get the job done.



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9/04/2003
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rtdkota...hey hey, how much is the kit??? what comes included in it? any sway/control arms?

matt99dak....I'll probably do that, depending on that rtdkota and his hotchkis kit. Basically it's just blocks and those U clamps right?


What kind of shocks are yall using?



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9/04/2003
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The TVS (Total Vehicle System) - front coils, rear springs, front and rear sway bars. I am just wrapping up a GB on these, $700 + shipping. The shocks are specially tuned Bisteins, and run $339.80 for a set of 4.

This kit make your truck handle good enought to win auto-x events against mustangs, corvettes, you name it. I know this, because I have done it myself, plus Gary Pinkley, who works for Hotchkis-- has done it repeatedly-- with a RC 3.9 5 spd truck (he's plopped in a V8 now I believe).

The sway bars make a HUGE difference. Nearly a 2" diameter bar up front.

I have been running this setup for over 70k miles on my RT (basically bought the truck, and 1.5 months later put Hotchkis on. Way back in Dec 99.)

It has a stiff ride, which means you wouldn't want to be nailing pot holes-- but on normal roads it's fine. On twisty roads-- imagine the ability to run 10-30 mph faster through turns.

Ask anyone who has Hotchkis-- they'll tell you the same thing.

Sam
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