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Cummins 6-BT diesel Conversion!

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So like the title says, I'm planning on converting a 2000 2wd, quadcab dakota into diesel. I'll be putting in a Cummins 6-BT. This is something that seems almost unheard in a 2wd, and I'm a little worried, mostly about it fitting.

after going over it, i thought of cross member clearance being an issue, and the added 500lbs on the front end

Is there anyone on here that might have thoughts on this? any other problems you think i may run into? Solutions?

any ideas, pointers etc. are appreciated. I don't mind opinions either but bashing is getting no one anywhere.

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I'd be more worried about the weight than getting it to fit....

There have been a few 4bt swaps, not sure I've ever seen a 6bt

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Any ideas on combating that? heavier coils? airbags? somehow just beefing up the front end.

Don't think i'll have issues with the cross member or steering rack?
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I'd go with heavier coils. How much more weight will that be adding to the front?
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It's around an extra 400-500lbs
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It's around an extra 400-500lbs
Is that with the trans too


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nope thats just motor, but the trans is centered. I'm more worried about the engine weight because it's right over the wheels.
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You could probably do the 6bt with just better coils, and maybe some minimal bracing.... the frame is pretty tough to begin with.

I think I remember a guy that did the 6bt, it fit in the engine bay he just had to use electric pusher fans and mount them on the other side of the rad. Also (correct me if I'm wrong) but doesn't the 4bt make about the same or less torque than the 360 gas engine? So I guess I'm changing my opinion..... go big or go home 6BT FTW lol

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nope thats just motor, but the trans is centered. I'm more worried about the engine weight because it's right over the wheels.
True but yeah I'd just go with stiffer coils.


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fun facts
318 weight Bare engine: about 560 lbs. With manifolds: About 650 lbs. With bellhousing and starter: About 750.

The 5.9 litres (360.0 cu in) 6BT, aka the Cummins "12-valve"
950-1000lbs wet: Cummins Engines

so i say put what you take out on a scale before you go to crazy on your suspension

89 standard cab
93 ext cab
03 ext cab bagged
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