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O.k. here goes, I just purchased an 02 extended cab Dak. V6 model. and I have plans on doing a full airbag set up. F.B.S.S. 2 - 7 Gal tanks, 2 Compressors, 8 - 1/2 inch valves, lines. I think I'm going to do 2600 lb. Slam Specialties Bags. and 4 link. The problem I have is, this is my first truck, I've never had a vehicle with bags and I want to do it right the first time. Now the last car show I went to was in Tampa, Florida. at Slamfest. and just about every dakota I saw there was slammed, laying frame on 20's. almost all of them, had shorten the ax in the rear, and also had special billit rims so they could tuck in the back and front. Is this something that I'm going to have to do??? I really don't want to shorten the rear ax if at all possible. I'll be honest here, all I want to do is lay frame and throw sparks all day long!!! can someone tell me exactly what I can expect and what is the easiest way to do this, with minimal cutting.<--- HAHAHAHA, Yeah, Right!) I just don't want to mess anything up. And what should I expect? How did you guys do your set up? Did you guys do it yourself? or did you have a shop do the work for you? Most important, How long does it take to do the whole thing? Any info would be helpful, I did look at the other posts, and got some great info, but I wanted to hear your experience, good or bad.

Thanks in advance, Charles !afro
 

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Wow, those are some good questions. It looks like you have already done quite a bit of research. :O It does take a lot of work to lay frame, especially on 20's. Whether you go to a shop for your work depends on you.I had a shop do most of mine because I wanted a show quality setup.I had to wait 2weeks just for my rear setup to be done, thats after a 2 month waiting list.Your right about the rear end, if I were you I would shorten it before baggin it or you can do like I plan and have some rims custom made to tuck such as boyd,intro,colorado custom,etc.They are pretty pricey,though. You can also get some fwd rims and have them drilled out to a 6x4.5 bolt pattern. Another thing I wish I would have thought of is a rear end swap w/indepedant rear susp.I also recommend a cantilever style rear setup, youll get over 10" of lift & it will ride smoth as hell! I can haul ass over speed bumps and barely feel them.Anyways,hope this helps, GOOD LUCK. !headbang
 

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Yes, Thank you very much, that is exactly the info that I'm looking for. Did you have to get the front wheel wells cut out to lay frame? Thanks again. !afro
 

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My suggestion to you is let a professional do it if you have never tried it before and this is your daily driver. The last thing you want is to be without a vehicle.

I did mine, but I also worked at a custom shop for almost 2 years. We managed to get it done it a weekend, with the help of 2 buddies, one doing the electrical and the the other helping with assembly and dissasemmbly, while I fabricated everything. It was a lot of work and we were there till 2 in the morning everynight.

I am on the stockers and my tires rub the inner fender up front as well as the rear. So you are going to have to do some cutting.

I think I will create a article in the next few weeks, so we can point new users to it.

Anyone wanna help with it?
 

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Yeah, I have a few friends that are going to assit me with the install, one has all the tools and a garage, one is a master welder, and the other is good with fabricating, all of them have experience in doing bags but I just wanted as much info before I let them tear my truck up. I'm sure everything will work out. just getting prepared for the road blocks before we start. I think an article would be awesome. Maybe I could take some pics of the process. you could use them for the article.
 

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read the other forums on here ..... we have already been thru this... lol good luck ....
 
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