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Will Dameron
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12/13/2001
20:23:21

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Does anyone know how i can lower the front of my 2000 Dakota Quad Cab with 4wd? If you do, where can i buy these parts?
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Will Dameron



Manny
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12/14/2001
15:33:54

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Call DJM. They have a drop knuckle for the 4x4 Durangos. See if they will fit the Dakota's.
1-800-2 DROP IT.



Will Dameron
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12/14/2001
18:22:27

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Thanx, I'll try that out.



HIPROGLO
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12/17/2001
19:59:35

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WHAT THE F@#K. WHY ARE YOU LOWERING A 4WD. GET A REAL TRUCK. GET YOU A 2WD GET SOME BAGS AND DRAG SOME ASS.



D
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12/17/2001
22:17:44

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It would be dope to have that all time 4wd
workin on a dropped truck...specially if you live
where it snows!



kevster
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1/05/2002
23:04:29

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4x4 daks have Torsion bar adjustment which lowers or raises the heigth, just turn the bolt at the torsion bar adjustment area counterclockwise and take measurements befor and after.



xplikt
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1/08/2002
00:49:07

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I go jumping in the snow with my 2WD RC Dakota, deep snow too. With a lot fo weight in the bed there is never much of a problem. Having a big Diesel handy helps a lot too. I think lowering a 4x4 is stupid too. You don't need it on the ice much, and if you get stuck with a 2WD, that lowered 4x4 isn't gunna help much in the same situation. Who knows, maybe it'll just end up working real well!



Big O
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1/08/2002
17:38:38

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I think lifting a 2WD is stupid. I don't see a problem dropping a 4x4. If you only use 4x4 for snow, why not.



Neil
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1/11/2002
12:22:23

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Lowering via the torsion bars may have negative affects as adjusting them changes the spring rate. Raising increases, lowering reduces. Reducing the spring rate may result in bottoming out, floaty ride or poor/dangerous handling. From what I have read you should not raise or lower much more than 1".



LI Blackdak
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2/05/2002
23:30:20

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the only time u need height on a 4x4 is when u are offraod trying to clears stumps and stuff. if u are just doing street driving the height doesnt matter that much in the snow



brad
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11/29/2002
14:46:09

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i have been wanting to lower my 2001 gmc reg. cab step side 4x4. no one wants to give any info! just whine about there theories of why its wrong. if one has any info please tell us 4x4 guys how to lower our rides. it helps so much on ice, or mild steep inclines. i wanty to lower mine about 2" all around. i already got my rear lowered 2" now i need the front 2, and maybe the back 2 more.



Neil
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11/30/2002
20:54:37

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The front is a torsion bar suspension. The torque placed on the bar controls the ride height and the spring rate. You can crank down on the torsion bar but that reduces the spring rate. The lower you go, the less spring you have. It can result in very slopy handling, floaty ride and bottoming out hard. I have a 4x4 Durango. I only went down 1" in front and used blocks in the rear. I also have Hotchkis swaybars and Bilstein shock which help my front end. There are a few Durango owners who have gone down 3" in front. A couple have not been happy with the front end ride and alignment has been a problem for them. More than an inch and you also may have to get shorter shocks. The rear is easy with blocks. DJM used to have a 3" drop kit but it involved them machining the front control arms, required larger wheels and cost over 1k. I heard that they are not offering it any more.




Rob454
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12/04/2002
21:34:44

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1st psot didnt go through


Brad
on your GMC you may want to call bell Tech. they used to make a lowering kit for the older style 4x4 90s ones.
They may be working on something for you
you may also want to look and see if the Denali
has a lower suspension. i think its a skirt kit that makes it look lower.
other than that keep reading down


to the guy with the dakota who wants to lower it.
On the fornt suspension
you can lower it slightly to the point where if you imagine this by looking at the front of the truck
imagine the cv shafts and the frotn housing creating a straight line from one wheel to the other --- you lower it more so the cv shafts look bent at a upward angle think of it like \-/ this than you will wear your cv shafts out faster and possibly have problems with alignment. I wouldnt lower it more than 1 inch and measure the lowering from the center of the rim to the fender lip. not from the ground.

for the rear youre set with a few choices
1. take out the overload leaf spring. it will lower the truck slightly but youll loose cargo carrying cap. ride will be softer on the rear ( wallow) most liekly youll get axle hop.
2. you can see if someone has a spring flip kit. if you look at your axle youll see the spring is on top of the axle so what you want is to bring it below the axle. you can either see if someone has a spring flip kit ( doubt it) or go to a 4x4 shop and have them weld new spring perches below the axle so you can flip the springs. make sure the locating pin has a hole to sit in. the hole needs to be made in the new spring perch the shop will weld on the axle. the shop if its knowledgeable shoudl know what you mean as soon as you say locating pin.
the other option is to find a DURANGO 4x4 axle. either the housing or the complete axle.
the reason for that is the Durango has its spring pack BELOW the axle housing thus its lower than the truck. youll also need durango shocks
e mail me if you have questions
ROB
ss454454@socal.rr.com




R/T Superbee
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12/05/2002
20:26:49

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I've lowered both a Dakota 4x4 & a Durango R/T 4x4. It wasn't that hard, just hard to figure out how. I live in snow country and don't go off road, wanted the look. And I think the stupidest thing I have ever seen is lifted trucks. The guys think they have Big Foot and they never leave the pavement.



brad
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12/05/2002
20:41:18

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i agree with you!! how easy was it to lower your 4x4? can u share how? thanx!
Brad



R/T Superbee
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12/05/2002
22:23:41

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It was hard to figure out how. But after that it was easy. E-mail me and I'll give you the part numbers and tell you where to get them.



FastRT6Dakota
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12/07/2002
11:59:12

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I was just thinking of this the other day, when catching hell from a co-worker. He has a 91(?) GMC Syclone. For those who don't know, a Syclone was GM's best attempt at a muscle truck. It has a 4.3L V6 that has been turbo'd and intercooled. It is also all wheel drive. It sits lower than the new extreme S10s, and handles almost as good as a corvette. I've personally been in the truck when we dusted a new Lightning. He can hold the brake, give it a little gas at a light to build boost, then leave at 6 pounds and no wheel spin. I was thinking how nice it would be to lower an AWD dakota with the 5.9L, build the engine up to a 408 with the Speedtweaks twin turbo setup, build a 727 Torqueflite and a 9 1/4" diff to go behind it. I bet with the proper setups, you could be running 11's with nearly no wheelspin. Wouldn't that be fun??



brad
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12/07/2002
23:06:33

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i had no idea gmc made such a thing. how old id it? you have the right ideas on how to lower a truck, and put some speed into it! i need a faster truck.....oh well, i won't haVE mine for to long anyway.

Brad



FastRT6Dakota
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12/08/2002
12:40:26

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Well, in 1991, GMC decided to build a line of limited edition sport trucks based off of the S10 platform. The pickup truck body was called the Syclone, while they also made a SUV body based on the blazer, called the Typhoon. Both trucks had the same driveline upgrades. They started with a 4.3L V6, bolted on new heads, a new intake, and redesigned the exhaust manifolds to accept a turbocharger. Then, the turbo system was added along with an air to water intercooler. The engine drives a modified 700R4 trans with the All Wheel Drive system from a Safari minivan. All told, the engine makes anywhere from 280-300hp, depending on the calibration of the PCM. Total production was less than 3000 units. Performance numbers are impressive for an early 90s vehicle. 0-60mph times are in the low 4's! Bone stock, these trucks would run very low 13s. Remember, in the early 90s, even the Corvette had trouble hitting 13s. But anyways, this is a Dodge site, so I'd rather be driving an AWD TWIN turbo 5.9L Regular cab Dakota. That might give the Lightning, the Syclone, and the Typhoon something to think about. But based on the weather thing, what could I call it? Vortex? Hurricane? Torrential Downpour? See ya later...

BTW, if your curious about the Syclone/ Typhoon, they have a website similar to this one at www.syty.org. see ya later



Martin Quande
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12/06/2020
04:40:31

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I am very interested in info on how to lower the
front of my 01 Dakota 4x4, any help would be
greatly appreciated. I don't want to do it by
adjusting the torsion bars.
Thank you
Martin



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