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Ive been thinking long and hard about if I want to lower or Lift my Dakota... We get lots of snow here in the winter and the roads are kind of bad so I really think lifting it would be kool, but I cant find any 2wd Lift kits over 2"... I am looking to lift about 6" suspension and 2" body lift then wheels and tires, anyone have any ideas on where I can find a lift kit?
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If your going to do a BL go with the Performance Accessories 3" body lift. About $200 depending on where you get it but it is by far the most complete and best kit out there for our Dakotas. As far as a lift kit goes you can't use blocks because your rear axle is slung over the rear springs. Too bad for that because it would be a cheap way to go.

Here's a complete Dakota 2wd 2" lift kit on ebay.
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So for about $300-$350 you got yourself 5" of total lift.

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You can always buy a welder and fab one..
but at that point... yours spending alot more in materials and equipt...
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I found a 3"lift kit, and with the 2" coil spacer that would be 5"in the front.... anyone here have access to a ram? I was thinking maybe a ram leaf spring and rear end might work? if its an easy swap then thats about 3.5" of lift then get 2"lift block for a ram... anyone know?
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if you used full size chevy bag cups and didnt trim them down u could get hella lift in front, but i dunno how well the ball joints would hold up
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I found a 3"lift kit, and with the 2" coil spacer that would be 5"in the front.... anyone here have access to a ram? I was thinking maybe a ram leaf spring and rear end might work? if its an easy swap then thats about 3.5" of lift then get 2"lift block for a ram... anyone know?
Ram rear end is 5bolt and not 6bolt. Plus it's a wider rear end and I doubt the springs or the spring perch mounting points are the same or would mount up. If you want to go through all the added expense and work involved then just snag a Dakota 4x4 rearend. The spring perches are on the top meaning it would have to go under your leaf springs. With an add-a-leaf or two inch blocks your looking at approximately 5" of rear lift.

This doesn't really mean shit but here's a pic of my other Dakota. It's a 2000 4x4 with a 3" BL, 2" rear blocks and a front torsion bar crank. It's more to let you see what a body lifted Dakota looks like.


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Yeah that sounds better, even just with the axle under the leafs rather then over is like a 4"lift. Either way I was thinking of just getting the 3"lift kit and going from there. WHEN I wanna go higher i will prolly just get the BL then work on the suspension and peice together everything to get it even higher, thanks for your help and I will be sure to post pics. I love the 2wd baja syle and the styling of the truck just makes it even better.
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I have a quick question, when you did you body lift did the kit come with a steering linkage enxtension? or how did you fix the shorter linkage? here in canada you cant really modify a stock part(incase something breaks and someone gets hurt, I can get sued)
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do a spring over in the rear and get coils and coil spacers for the front.

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Yes. The Performance Accessories body lift that I have on my Dakota did come with a steering shaft extender so your good to go. BL's are simple to install. Took me about 10 or 12 hrs do do mine by myself.

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