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Rob H
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6/23/2002
23:29:46

Subject: 2WD Rear Axle/Springs
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Hey-
I have a 1999 Dakota Club Cab 2WD and I was looking at my rear axle and leaf springs, and the axle is on top of the springs. If I put lift blocks back there, it would only lower my truck, which is the exact oppisate of what I want to do. I'm sure its possible, but is it reasonable to flip my axle around so it is underneath the springs? This also might lift the rear too much, it looks like it would go up about 4-5 inches. Has anyone else had this problem? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks




Chaximus
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6/24/2002
09:17:24

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The 2wd dakotas have the leafs under the axle. You can do a flip and have the leafs on top, but if you don't do anything about the front, your truck will look like a hot rod because it's sure to lift the rear somewhere around 5 inches. I went with a 2 inch shackle lift to raise my rear. What are your plans for the truck?



Rob H
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6/24/2002
13:09:40

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Yeah, I dont want to do the axle flip because I was only planning on raising it about 2 inches or so. What is a shackle lift, and how would could I find out more about it? I plan on raising the front with a 2 inch "Ring Type Coil Spring Stabalizer" I saw at the JC Whitney website. Any help with the shackle lift would be appreciated.



Chaximus
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6/24/2002
14:29:58

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http://www.truckn-store.com/product_list.asp?source=&page=2&ID=344

This is where i bought my shackles.
Basically, a shackle lift lowers the axle and leafs away from the body, resulting in the body going up higher. When i purchased my shackles, it mentioned that hangers were needed to lift, but i didn't get those and i went ahead with shackles alone, and it lifted the rear 2 inches, plus added a ton of flex. i took it on a ramp and beat out some 4x4 suv's....i have a locker though. :)
If you took a peek under the rear of your truck and at the end of the leaf that faces the rear, you will see a small stock shackle that connects the leaf to the frame...you are just gonna replace that with a 2 inch shackle. Don't go any higher than 2 inches.



Chaximus
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6/24/2002
14:32:33

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By the way, i had my shackle on for a few months, and no negative feedback on it yet. But if you want to be on the safe side, and you have the money, get the 2 inch shackle AND hanger kit. Other than that, i'll keep u posted if i notice anything.





hockeydude
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1/16/2003
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Hey Chaximus, on another post didnt you say that they 4 inch hanger is the same as lifting the truck two inches? Does this mean you should use a 2 inch shackle and a 4 inch hanger?



Craig Reiner
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11/04/2003
23:09:41

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I Have a lifted single cb 2002 dakota with a 3 inch lift
and I am buying these lifted shakles for the back but I
don't think anybody makes something to get the front up
3 more inches without a body lift. But if anybody knows
anything out there please let me know! I plan to put
some fox shocks on with bypass 2 on every wheel, after
doing some of these little lifts.



Amiculus
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12/25/2004
14:45:30

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I have a 1999 2wd manual speed dodge dakota and I have a proublem with how low the truck sits when I put anything over about one hundred fifty pounds in the bed. I don't ever tow anything because I am affraid that the hitch package would drag on the ground or be close to it. I use the truck for consturction work and as my work truck. What can I do?



Walt_Felix
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12/25/2004
15:50:18

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It sounds like your looking for more weight capacity and not lifting. In your situation, I would consider Progressive-rate helper springs. JCWhitney.com has some options in that area. Iíve heard very good comments from several people about the Roadmaster Active Suspension Kit for one. There are others types as well; I have a set of helper springs in my í96 Dakota. The truck pulls a 18í car trailer loaded with my í88 Dakota with no problems.

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Note: I very frequently get email from people asking about the lift kit in my
í88. Typically, I will NOT respond the emails (about 90%) that ask questions
Iíve already covered on my web pages (ie. Where did you get the kit?, Who
makes it?, How much did it cost?, What modifications did you have to make to get it to fit your truck?. How hard was it to install? What problems did you
encounter? etc, etc...)



Walt_Felix
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12/25/2004
15:57:42

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BTW. I have the Load-Pro Hellwig helpers on mine. Whatís nice about them is they didnít compromise the unloaded ride any and were very easy to install. You donít have to unbolt the axle like with add-a-leafs. They simply clamp onto the springs with a couple of wrenches. I got mine from JCWhitney.com

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Note: I very frequently get email from people asking about the lift kit in my
í88. Typically, I will NOT respond the emails (about 90%) that ask questions
Iíve already covered on my web pages (ie. Where did you get the kit?, Who
makes it?, How much did it cost?, What modifications did you have to make to get it to fit your truck?. How hard was it to install? What problems did you
encounter? etc, etc...)



Barry Dodger
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4/19/2019
09:46:52

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Will a rear leaf spring from a 2005 Dodge Dakota
2wd fit on the rear of a 2000 Dodge Dakota 2wd?
Any considerations will be appreciated. Thks



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