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Ray R/T
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3/23/2003
22:42:00

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Just wanted to share with you my results from lowering my R/T. For the past month or so I've been reading all the posts on how to lower a Dodge Dakota. I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota R/T Club Cab. I did learn a lot from all the posts and I found it a little confusing. Some of you said to lower the front only using control arms while others said use drop coils. Then many said drop coils ride to rough but by using arms you would lose the turning radius. On the rear I heard both pros and cons with both lowering blocks and shackles & hangers. Once you decided the way to go then there was which brand to use. Bell Tech, DJM, Ground Force, etc. It also seemed like one could spend anywhere from $100 - $1000 to lower your Dakota. This is the way I went and I couldn't be happier. First, I was on a budget but I really didn't want that to influence my decision. I wanted a clean looking drop, noticeable and driveable but not slammed. Being a big e-bay user I bought my kit there. I went with Spring Tech because they had a great e-bay record. I bought 3" drop coils and seems like I have a R/T it dropped it 2.25 inches. For the rear I made the mistake of first putting in a 4" block but then quickly changed it to a 3" block. The 4" lowered it too much for the front. The 3" worked perfect. Very level. Spring Tech sent me U-Bolts that wouldn't fit around my axle so I had to go out and buy my own. The Spring Tech Kit only ran $140 shipped. That included the 3" Drop Front Coils, Rear Lowering Blocks and the wrong U-Bolts. I had a buddy of mine who is a mechanic do the work for me. Took him about 3 hours to install it then another 30 minutes to change out my rear blocks from 4" to 3". The final result is awesome. Dropped 2.25" in the front and 3" in the rear. Truck is level and best of all the ride did not change a bit from stock! I can be driving on the freeway at 70MPH or on city streets at 25MPH and there is no ride change from stock. I can only tell when going over speed bumps. I lowered the Truck for under $200 and the ride quality stayed the same. I guess if you wanted a lower drop you would have to spend more money but if you only want a 2/3" drop this would be a great way to go.



blakdak01
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3/24/2003
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wow thanks for that, ur setup is exactly the same as i was planning on doing, altho i have a v6 not an rt and i have 20 inch rims which could play a factor in rubbing. im glad to hear u had positive results from springtech, ill order their coil springs sometime this week. how long did it take u to recieve them?? thanks

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Derek
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9/05/2003
16:30:50

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How you said "I wanted a clean drop, noticeable and driveable but not slammed" i knew i was going to listen to what you had to say thanks for the hot tip I'm a 17 year old new driver with a 99' solar yellow R/T but it's stock i need some performance tips too. If you have any please show and tell! I want my R/T FAST!!!



Matt99Dak
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9/05/2003
19:42:42

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I got my kit from a friend of mine. The 3" coils, 4in blocks, and shocks...all for $250. Not a bad way to spend $250 if you ask me.

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RAY R/T
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9/05/2003
19:55:50

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Hey you got a link to another Ebay auction that's selling the kit you bought there buddy?



Ray R/T
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9/05/2003
20:28:45

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Here it is. The auction is for the front springs only but you can add the rear blocks. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=33582&item=2430949732



DODGE DRAGON
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9/05/2003
20:34:26

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Sweet thanks.....what color did your kit come in? And what kind of shocks did you throw on?



Ray R/T
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9/05/2003
20:37:31

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I think it was blue and I kept the stock shocks.



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9/05/2003
20:56:07

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Not to be an ass, but you think? You didn't install them or bothered to look at your truck?



Ray R/T
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9/05/2003
21:19:39

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Well, I first started this post in March and sold the truck in April so no, I don't remember the color.



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9/05/2003
21:47:05

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Well I'l be damned.....didn't see the dates, sorry about that...now I'm really an ass, heh'.


So were you pleased over all with the kit they gave you?



Ray R/T
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9/05/2003
21:59:41

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Hey, no problem. I was very pleased. The only down side was the u-bolts didn't fit. The R/T has a thicker axle. The u-bolts that come with the kit are for a non R/T. If you go in this knowing and expecting that, you'll be cool.



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9/05/2003
22:11:02

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I have a Dakota sport so I guess I won't have that problem.

Sorry for keep bothering you, but basically all I need for this 2/3 drop are those lowering springs..which are $45 dollars.......3" blocks, and U joints? I couldn't find the link to those.

And shocks, since I want new ones. And I'll be fine??

The sway bars are just optional correct?

Thanks for your help.



Ray R/T
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9/05/2003
22:19:38

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No bother. That is correct. Go to e-bay and just type in Dakota Springs and they will come up. If you get the kit it will have everything you need. A very cheap way to lower your Truck with great results.



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9/05/2003
23:00:37

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Thanks for the help man, if you happen to stumble across another full kit, let me know. Thanks again.



Matt
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9/06/2003
10:30:25

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Ray R/T, what did you buy in place of the R/T?



Alex cazares
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6/20/2016
14:57:46

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I want to drop my 1999 V6 Dakota to
4" all around. Can somebody help me
out? Would it scrap? I want it really
low but I don't want it to scrap.
I've seen 3/4 drop kits. But please
be detailed of what to do if you have
an answer or links or anything...
Thanks.



Johnnie
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4/04/2017
19:06:25

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Hi have dodge 97 dodge Dakota and I already have a
lowering kit but I wanna go lower, any suggestions?



Dakotadumbass
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4/07/2017
22:18:40

RE: Results From Lowering My R/T
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I got a suggestion for you. Take off the
tires and ride on the drums and rotors you
f*cking retard. Why in the f*ck would you
lower a truck?



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