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Mike E
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5/03/2007
13:47:43

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Has anyone successfully added anything or modified a 4x4 Dakota suspension and had it handle fairly well? I wouldn't mind lowering it a little bit. The truck is street driven daily and hauls the sleds in the winter. I take a lot of back country winding roads to work and usually fly. I'm eating up front brakes pretty bad and was just wondering if there were any suggestions besides just slowing down :) Thanks for the help. Mike E



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5/22/2007
12:27:34

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smaller all weather tires will lower your truck, get you better gas mileage, improve handling, and stop your truck with less energy.



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5/25/2007
21:50:55

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I too have the same problem. Also, it rides a bit rough. My old '93 S-10 2WD with 365,000mi rides alot smoother. I've thought about maybe changing the suspension and/or lowering 1/2.



Mike E
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6/03/2007
22:06:00

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I just found that hotchkis carries a set of front and rear sway bars for the 4x4 Dakotas. They're 2 inch solid in the front and 1 inch solid in the rear. Just an idea. Mike E



Mike E
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6/03/2007
22:21:27

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I just found that hotchkis carries a set of front and rear sway bars for the 4x4 Dakotas. They're 2 inch solid in the front and 1 inch solid in the rear. Just an idea. Mike E



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7/06/2007
19:20:24

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Well, I did it. I dropped the rear end 2". Other than buying some new 265/70/R16 Goodyear Fortera tires, this is by far the best thing I've done to my truck. I wish I had done this when I first got it! It rides smoother, handles better, and soaks up bumps much better. But, the biggest improvement, to my suprise, is the braking. I've always thought my truck was weak in the stopping dept. (Rear drums), but man! This turned it around! Before, when braking, the front end went down, and it felt like it was throwing you forward. But now it just glides smooth to a stop! To anyone considering leveling thier 4x4 by lowering the rear, I highly recommend it. As I said before, it's the best mod I've done so far.



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