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John S.
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5/30/2002
13:54:35

Subject: Is my truck a 1/2 ton?
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Hey all,

Had a friend admiring my '97 Dodge Dakota 4 cylinder 2 wheel drive RC today-

I said it was a 1/2 ton- he looked at me and said it was only a 1/4 ton-

Is this truck a 1/2 ton? If it is would this mean I could put 1000lbs of weight in the bed?

-John



joel
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5/30/2002
15:37:37

RE: Is my truck a 1/2 ton?
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Interesting question that invoked another :) Is a dak w/2000 lbs payload option a 1 ton?

Joel



YJ
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5/30/2002
15:59:57

RE: Is my truck a 1/2 ton?
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I was just thinkin' about that last weekend. ; )



Demon-Xanth
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5/30/2002
16:18:58

RE: Is my truck a 1/2 ton?
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Actually, "1/2 ton" is usually what it's called because that is what they are setup to be hauling around normally. The brakes modulate easier, the suspension rides better, and it feels all around more settled. "1500" is the max weight. (same goes for 3/4 ton/2500, 1 ton/3500) With fords and some year dodges you have to multiply it by 10, and on some year of GM trucks you have to multiply the number by 100. But those are rather odvious.

The Dakota is primarily designed to be empty. (meaning: 0 ton). The same is true for pretty much every compact truck. I'd say 1/4 ton would be the max.



YJ
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5/31/2002
14:49:36

RE: Is my truck a 1/2 ton?
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Soooo...you're saying my dakota is a 0 ton? Cool...I'll have to use that the next time someone asks me. "Well, I've carried just about a ton in her, but technically she's a zero ton."

; )

YJ

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98FlameRdDak
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6/01/2002
00:46:12

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98 Dak, V6-4 by 4.....had 2750 pounds of landscaping rock in the bed 2 weekends ago. The guy dumping the rock in my bed was laughing at me...said wouldn't make it home. Went back for another load....2900 pounds of landscape rock. I told him that my Dak would hold up better than his F150. I went back to show him that I made the trip twice....

Okay...so the bed did drop down quite a bit...good thing I had the truck tires on the truck and not p-metrics. So I would safely say that it can handle 1 ton and then some.




Toby
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6/01/2002
09:26:07

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I have carried about two tons of dirt in my 97 5.2 4x4. The guy who dumped the dirt in my truck couldnt believe it didnt "squat" my suspension more than it did. I drove home (slowly) with no probs and my suspension still works perfectly. I LOVE MY DAK!!

Toby



92dakotahd
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6/02/2002
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I've had a half ton in my 92 3.9L CC 2WD and all it did was level it out. Haven't tried as much you folks though. I was under the impression that it's not the susp that limits your capacity, it's the drivetrain.



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Ben Roche
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10/14/2022
18:47:36

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I have 40 wet 1/2 cubic ft bags of sand on a pallet in the bed of my
2000 Dakota SLT as I write this. I can still fit 4 fingers between the
tires and the well. According to the internet it weights 2000 lbs
dry. So it’s a 1 ton 😂🤣😂



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