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scott
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10/17/2009
23:14:13

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i recently totaled my 97 extended cab v6 automatic two wheel drive dakota. everything is still good in this truck but the body. so i went and found another body to put the motor and transmission in but this truck used to be a 4 cylinder 5 speed and a single cab an i dont know if its the same year as my old dakota. my question is how difficult is it to swap the 4 cylinder out for the 6 cyinder and what other problems could i run into if any at all?



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10/17/2009
23:42:00

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Are you out of your mind, to much work and it will not turn out the way you would expect it too.



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10/18/2009
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it doesnt matter to me about the work i have all the parts needed i just have too much money in the motor and trans to let it go to waste all i want to know is what ill have to change to make the v6 work where the 4 cylinder used to be and make it work as a automatic?



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10/19/2009
08:38:04

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Hi,

I recently took out a 4cyl stick and put in a v6 auto. It was a lot of work.

You need to replace the steering column plus the whole wire harness. The one under the dash (connected to the column) and the firewall. The engine harness computer etc under the hood needs to be swapped too. The instrument cluster needs to be swapped

The throttle cables are different and need to be swapped.

You will need the shift cable off the automatic transmission. You will need the mounting bracket for it under the dash. I don't remember if this was part of the steering column or dash.

The engine mounts are the same the trans crossover and drive shaft are not.

You will need a good radiator for the automatic. The 4cyl uses an electric fan so all that goes away. The v6 has a clutch fan.

That should be it.

Rob



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10/19/2009
20:34:27

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get a flex fan black widow 150 electric fan with adjustable thermostat....works fine on my dodge dakota v6



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10/19/2009
23:41:33

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one more question will the rear end from the 4 cylinder 5 speed work with the v6 automatic or do i need to switch it for the rear end that came with the v6? thanks



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10/20/2009
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The rear should be the same just check the ratio

the std ratio was 3.55 but it should be the same
10 bolt 8 3/4 rear

Larry
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josh barnello
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7/23/2014
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i have a 1987 dodge Dakota 4 cylinder 5 speed manual. i blew the transmission and im looking for a replacement. would the transmission from an early 1990's Dakota with a 3.9l v6 bolt up?



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7/24/2014
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You "blew" the transmission?



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7/24/2014
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If you rev to 5k and dump the clutch enough it can happen.



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7/25/2014
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Why would someone do that?



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4/12/2015
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Let me get this straight. You "blew" the transmission in a stock Dakota 2.5L 4 banger? Now you say the biggest difficulty you're having is finding another 5 speed to go in a Dakota? Is that it?



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12/20/2018
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