Author Topic: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab  (Read 1562 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Mad Max

  • certified 'Imagineer'
  • RCC Nut
  • *******
  • Posts: 11675
  • Gender: Male
  • USAF Retired
02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
« on: April 23, 2017, 08:29:06 AM »
well we picked up the next 'project' so time for a fresh build thread  ;D  ....tho this one currently doesn't 'need' anything.....yet  8)   Not sure what it's name will be....so for now we're just calling it the 'Dak'.

It's a 2002 Dakota quad cab, with a 5.9/360 Magnum, auto (46re), AWD (full-time 4wd just like a NP203), 3.92 gears, a limited slip rear, and has just over 129k miles on the clock.  Not a bad little machine and real nice inside.

We're gonna wheel the truck pretty much just as it is, but down the road the plans are to go decently big with it by doing a front solid axle swap (SAS), probably an Atlas t-case, Ford D60 front and GM 14 bolt rear, 5.38's, and 40" radials.

Some starter pics -









and here are a few cool comparison shots to the truck it's replacing  ;)  - interesting (and deceptive) is both trucks are nearly the same length while the Dakota (currently) has about a foot shorter wheelbase -











« Last Edit: May 1, 2017, 10:51:47 PM by Mad Max »
07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                ....there is no box

RamChargerCentral

  • Advertisement
  • ***

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #1 on: April 23, 2017, 08:31:16 AM »
    the truck is about as 'rust free' as it could be {cool}











    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #2 on: April 23, 2017, 09:41:48 AM »
    ...and this is an 'artists rendition' of what our little Dak wants to be like when he gets all grow'd up -

    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline redneckmoparman

    • Newbie
    • *
    • Posts: 240
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #3 on: April 23, 2017, 12:56:30 PM »
    Love it! Can't wait to see what all goes down with this one!

    Offline 440_Offroader

    • Lifetime Supporter
    • Jr. Member
    • *
    • Posts: 863
    • Gender: Male
    • RCC The Dodge Truck Connection
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #4 on: April 23, 2017, 03:51:51 PM »
    That is sure a clean Dakota. Nice truck to start a project with. It will be interesting to see the transformation evolve...
    1979 Macho Power Wagon
    1979 W200... Rebuild in progress...
    1979 W150 Rod Hall FORCE truck #8
    1973 Rallye Challenger

    Offline RCCDrew

    • Jr. Member
    • ***
    • Posts: 974
    • Your only limitation is your attitude.
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #5 on: April 23, 2017, 07:02:45 PM »
    Subscribed!
    The "experts" are great at telling you what you can't do. Don't let someone else's opinion be your limiting factor.

    Offline J10Mike

    • Full Member
    • ****
    • Posts: 1701
    • Gender: Male
    • Delightfully Incompetent.
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #6 on: April 24, 2017, 08:28:23 AM »
    www.j10mike.com

    1977 Ramcharger, CTD 4bt/46rh/NP241, 6 inch lift, BFG M/T 35s, Front D60 w/Detroit Truetrac. Rear HD60 w/Detroit Locker.

    2000 Dodge Ram 2500 QC, CTD, 4x4...Juiced.

    2013 Dodge Charger R/T - DD

    Former Rig: 1982 Jeep J10 Sportside.

    Offline ramchargerpower-87

    • Jr. Member
    • ***
    • Posts: 821
    • Gender: Male
    • I knew I bought the right rig when my wife got into it the first time and said: This is a Man's Truck
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #7 on: April 24, 2017, 11:51:53 AM »
    Nice lookin truck - Looking forward to watching it transform!   ;D
    Build Thread: http://ramchargercentral.com/rcs-tds-durangos-etc/more-of-my-87-daily-driver-added-rear-hatch-pic/

    87 RC, 408 stroker, Edelbrock heads, RPM Performer intake, thorely headers, dual exhaust, FAST Fuel Injection, 4 spd auto tranny, NWF Black Box, 4:56 gears, 1 ton axles, Detroit Locker & ARB Air Locker, 4" suspension lift with Jungle Jim's Shackles, 3" Body lift, 36" Mickey Tompsons MT

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #8 on: April 25, 2017, 08:43:16 AM »
    Gave the truck a real close inspection yesterday and found a couple items that need to be addressed.  First the trans dipstick tube was 'loose' and could wobbling around up at the handle end - the retainer tab to the block had broken the spot welds loose - so pulled the tab, drilled a hole in it, reinstalled it, and used a hose clamp to keep the dipstick rigid - primitive but effective.

    Also noticed coolant oozing down the edge of the timing cover/block and a couple drips on the floor, so looks like the engine needs a water pump.  I just don't feel like doing it so called my local mechanic and a water pump R&R is only $350 soooo made an appointment for that {cool}

    Other than that everything underneath looks to be in decent shape.  First trail run is in two weekends so we'll see how well the little dude does there.
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #9 on: April 25, 2017, 08:16:27 PM »
    Thanks to our own RCC member Ed 'RXT', he's done some fun photo-shopage and I've made a couple personal touches, and come up with the next evolution of our family trail machine - the lift may be a little tall but it's pretty close to what we're thinking -



    ...and a few more comparisons with the Dak on 40s -



    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline Elwenil

    • Militant Parts Guy
    • Global Moderator
    • RCC Addict
    • *****
    • Posts: 26137
    • Gender: Male
    • I am the voice of reason in an unreasonable world.
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #10 on: April 25, 2017, 09:10:48 PM »
    Soooo, cutting the top off of this one?   ;D

    I like the name Bud Lite, though with that color it should probably be "Bud Light".



    {cool}
    L.Clemons

    1988 Ramcharger-Mil-Spec AW450 Project-318EFI-NP435 4 speed-NP205 Transfer Case-Front & Rear Dana 60s-Braden Wormdrive Front Winch
    I do not like shortcuts.  Any job worth doing is worth doing right.

    Auribus Tenere Lupum

    Offline W_A_Watson_II

    • Newbie
    • *
    • Posts: 38
    • Gender: Male
      • WAWII

    Offline RXT

    • FL Chapter Co-Leader
    • Mopar Nut
    • ******
    • Posts: 6326
    • Gender: Male
    • "I love it when a plan comes together"
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #12 on: April 26, 2017, 08:08:47 AM »
    Hey Sam, I'll pass off some interesting stuff I've found over the years for Dakotas. Seeing that you plan to push the rear axle back and plan to open up the rear fender wells, you maybe interested to know that there are pre runner bulge style fiberglass fenders and bedsides, offered by companies like Advanced Fiberglass Concepts. https://www.advfiberglass.com and others. If you look around, you can probably find a pair of regular fiberglass bedsides (f you don't care for the bulge style) that you can cut and hang onto the side of the cargo box, instead of having to go thru a ton of sheet metal work. You'll probably have to tub the bed when it comes to the inner fender wells, but it's not a huge deal, only that you might lose a little bed space in an already really tiny bed anyway.

    Ed
    If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.

    Ronald Reagan

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #13 on: April 26, 2017, 09:00:35 AM »

    Soooo, cutting the top off of this one?   ;D


    ....as much fun as a true soft top is....I'm gonna have to go with "no"   ;)  ;D

    Good info Ed.  I've actually got a couple ideas for the bed floating around: 1) wheel well extension on the existing quad cab bed, 2) swap to a regular cab bed (more centered wheel wells to begin with...but doesn't exactly 'match' the quad cab back wall), modified M101 bed again, custom bed all together.  We'll see - long way from either option  ;)
    « Last Edit: May 1, 2017, 09:07:57 AM by Mad Max »
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline RXT

    • FL Chapter Co-Leader
    • Mopar Nut
    • ******
    • Posts: 6326
    • Gender: Male
    • "I love it when a plan comes together"
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #14 on: April 26, 2017, 10:25:52 AM »
    Good info Ed.  I've actually got a couple ideas for the bed floating around: 1) wheel well extension on the existing quad cab bed, 2) swap to a regular cab bed (more centered wheel wells to begin with...but doesn't exactly 'match' the quad cab back wall), modified M101 bed again, custom bed all together.  We'll see - long way from either option  ;)


    If you don't mind my opinions :D

    #1) I'd do that with the glass sides, if it were me

    #2) You'll hate life after you try cutting and adapting

    #3) Ah! That one sounds just right




    And what I love about that idea the most??? It kinda reminds me of another Dakota floating around here somewhere :D



     :D Ed
    If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.

    Ronald Reagan

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #15 on: April 26, 2017, 11:08:06 AM »
    hey that looks pretty badass with the M101 bed....hmmmmm  {think}........   ;D

    If you don't mind my opinions :D

    #1) I'd do that with the glass sides, if it were me

    #2) You'll hate life after you try cutting and adapting

    #3) Ah! That one sounds just right

    And what I love about that idea the most??? It kinda reminds me of another Dakota floating around here somewhere :D



    Copy that!  that looks pretty killer with the bed shopped on {cool}   ...and don't mind at all  ;D


    « Last Edit: April 26, 2017, 11:10:12 AM by Mad Max »
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline blaze_rt

    • Newbie
    • *
    • Posts: 42
    • RCC Rules!
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #16 on: April 27, 2017, 06:45:23 AM »
    You can easily make the bed look like that by chopping the skins off. Well i'm not sure what a dakotas guts look like but the 2nd gen rams look pretty cool with the skin off:

    Here is a picture I found on the internet




    I once saw a 2nd gen ram in a magazine that someone removed the skins and mounted an old square metal military gas can and an E tool. Look pretty good.

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab - "Bud Lite"
    « Reply #17 on: April 27, 2017, 08:20:52 AM »
    that's a cool idea too {cool}.  I'm really thinking hard about a fully custom tube-style bed - armored 'edges' yet fully skinned for hauling stuff etc.  Might be easier to do that than to modify an existing bed...and I wouldn't need a rear exo cage - the edges of the bed would 'be' the rear cage....hmmmmm - likin' that idea....  :)
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Online tv_larsen

    • the Hammer
    • Global Moderator
    • Mopar Nut
    • *****
    • Posts: 8401
    • Gender: Male
    • Mud Sucks!
    Re: 'Maxx' - 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #18 on: April 29, 2017, 07:44:14 PM »
    You can easily make the bed look like that by chopping the skins off. Well i'm not sure what a dakotas guts look like but the 2nd gen rams look pretty cool with the skin off:

    Here is a picture I found on the internet

    I once saw a 2nd gen ram in a magazine that someone removed the skins and mounted an old square metal military gas can and an E tool. Look pretty good.
    {puke}

    Are you serious?  It looks like a truck without fenders, i.e. not cool.
    2015 Ram 2500 - 6.4L Hemi, Crew Cab Outdoorsman
    2001 Dakota Quadcab - 5.9L V8, 46RE, 231/231 doubler, Dana 60/Sterling 10.25", ARB/Detroit, 5.38 gears, 37" MTR's
    1975 W200 Club Cab - 440, 727, Dana 60's,  4.10 gears
    1969 Roadrunner - 383, 727, 8.75", 3.21 gears

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 'Maxx' - 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #19 on: April 30, 2017, 10:03:03 AM »
    so Homer n me mushed our way through a decent winter storm on our way over at our buddy Alex's place for a club event... - gotta say - having an off-road truck that is fully 'sealed' and warms itself up in a few minutes suuuuure is nice {cool}

    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline blaze_rt

    • Newbie
    • *
    • Posts: 42
    • RCC Rules!
    Re: 'Maxx' - 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #20 on: May 1, 2017, 06:36:01 AM »
    {puke}

    Are you serious?  It looks like a truck without fenders, i.e. not cool.

    Do you think flat beds are ugly because they don't have fenders?

    I actually like the way a truck looks with the bed skins removed. Looks cool to me.



    I like the new name MAXX. You should run MAXXIS tires and shave the "IS" off the sidewall so it says MAXX in big letters! Or not... I'm not cool :D

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 'Maxx' - 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #21 on: May 1, 2017, 08:17:31 AM »

    I like the new name MAXX.


    we still have a couple other names floating around, but Maxx is currently leading the list...  :)
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline blaze_rt

    • Newbie
    • *
    • Posts: 42
    • RCC Rules!
    Re: 'Maxx' - 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #22 on: May 1, 2017, 08:55:36 AM »
    MAXX - The OFF Road Warrior

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 'Maxx' - 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #23 on: May 1, 2017, 10:50:57 PM »
    ...something I noticed this weekend is that the "AWD" was effectively useless when driving in icy-snowy-wintery weather.....unless something in the t-case is straight-up broken.  The "AWD" in this truck very definitely did not seem to mean 'all wheels driving' - at least not what I expected it to be like - the back end was trying to pass the front end just like it was in 2WD.  But, flip it into 4WD and it squares up like I expected it to and drives perfectly.

    Granted the tires are definitely not new and they are not A/Ts either, but I still expected the front end to be trying to 'pull' the truck straight, but there was no indication the front end was engaged.

    I thought maybe it's supposed to act like that but I expected it to be MUCH better in the snowy/icy conditions.  I thought maybe the 244 that's supposed to be under it was swapped for a 233...but otherwise 'something' was definitely not right in t-case land.

    Today...and this is really weird...I crawled underneath the truck and checked the tag on the t-case, and it says 233D...which if my research is correct is the part-time (2HI-4HI-4LO) t-case.......tho the switch on the dash has the AWD-4HI-4LO switch (which means the t-case 'should' be a NP244D)........so, either the t-case has been swapped out for the part-time 233 unit or the dash switch was swapped out for the AWD version - the first of which seems much mpore plausible than the second....and the 'AWD" dash switch is somehow auto-magically activating the 233 just like the part-time switch should!  So apparently it isn't a broken 244 unit but instead it's the 233 part-time unit I wanted anyway...so woot! - drinks all around!!  ;D


    Oh and we're still up in the air about names...   :P
    « Last Edit: May 1, 2017, 10:53:05 PM by Mad Max »
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline blaze_rt

    • Newbie
    • *
    • Posts: 42
    • RCC Rules!
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #24 on: May 2, 2017, 07:12:36 AM »
    It's May why do you still have ice an snow?

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #25 on: May 2, 2017, 07:52:29 AM »

    It's May why do you still have ice an snow?


    ...one word - 'Colorado'   ;D
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #26 on: May 5, 2017, 10:35:23 PM »
    goin' wheeling tomorrow, and took the day off to get a few housekeeping items squared away.  Got the CB installed, full fluids checkup and engine oil change, installed some good strong tow points, and gave it a good bath.  Homer and his family will be going in Levi, and I think Eric will be there in Dragon.  Should be fun :)
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #27 on: May 7, 2017, 09:40:01 AM »
    ...reeeeeeally diggin the Dakota {cool} -  me, Homer and Eric had our respective Dodges out with several big Jeeps on the trail with our club yesterday on 'The Gulches' - fun, beautiful and in a few places kinda treacherous - we had a great time and our machines did very well.

    The Dak did develop an intermittent throttle 'stutter' half way through the day which persisted till we got home - my homework is to determine/resolve what's causing it.  Also discovered that when rock crawling the rear limited slip does a poor job of limiting the slip  :P  (but that's really not a surprise).  Other than that the little Dakota did very well, and we really really like how quiet and comfortable it is.....'course compared to our last wheeling vehicle that isn't hard to achieve...  ;)

    The Tres Amigos  ;D





    Homer enjoying his new 'accessory' :)



    and with me spotting through a pretty decent v-notch my wife and the little Dak got some sweet air time  ;D



    « Last Edit: May 7, 2017, 10:03:51 AM by Mad Max »
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline RCCDrew

    • Jr. Member
    • ***
    • Posts: 974
    • Your only limitation is your attitude.
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #28 on: May 7, 2017, 12:27:55 PM »
    That club cab is sweet!  :o
    The "experts" are great at telling you what you can't do. Don't let someone else's opinion be your limiting factor.

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #29 on: May 7, 2017, 12:40:36 PM »
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline 440_Offroader

    • Lifetime Supporter
    • Jr. Member
    • *
    • Posts: 863
    • Gender: Male
    • RCC The Dodge Truck Connection
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #30 on: May 7, 2017, 01:17:28 PM »
    It's weird how you went from the biggest, most bad-ass off road truck, to a small, most stock appearing, unmodified truck. Doesn't seem right for so many reasons!  ;D  I see Dragon has a Cummins sticker on the fender, to go with his new engine!
    1979 Macho Power Wagon
    1979 W200... Rebuild in progress...
    1979 W150 Rod Hall FORCE truck #8
    1973 Rallye Challenger

    Offline Wilsonphil

    • Jr. Member
    • ***
    • Posts: 537
    • Gender: Male
    • RCC Rules!
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #31 on: May 7, 2017, 01:22:54 PM »
    Did he mention what kind of mileage he is getting with his clubcab
    2006 Ram 2500 CTD
    1990 RC, CTD, 518, NP 205, D60F, D70R

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #32 on: May 7, 2017, 05:43:41 PM »
    It's weird how you went from the biggest, most bad-ass off road truck, to a small, most stock appearing, unmodified truck.  Doesn't seem right for so many reasons!

    ...and...I have to say...in most ways we're much happier overall - we're much more able to 'enjoy' being out on the trail - can enjoy nature and just cruise around, and when we turned the A/C on well that didn't suck none at ALL either.  Sure it isn't a giant bolder killer...but much of that big league crawling capability will come back when it gets 'tons put under it ;)

    If we ever get the severe itch to build another monster it'll likely be a dedicated rock buggy  8)


     ;D  I see Dragon has a Cummins sticker on the fender, to go with his new engine!

    yah Eric had a ball :)  - funny how much it reminded me of Bud - very similar in many ways {cool}

    Did he mention what kind of mileage he is getting with his clubcab

    I just asked and he's getting ~18 mpg....which is about double what he was getting with the 360 {cool}
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline Wilsonphil

    • Jr. Member
    • ***
    • Posts: 537
    • Gender: Male
    • RCC Rules!
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #33 on: May 7, 2017, 11:08:35 PM »
    18 is still much better than my RC.  I wounder if he has ever weighed his rig, be interesting to see for comparison.
    2006 Ram 2500 CTD
    1990 RC, CTD, 518, NP 205, D60F, D70R

    Offline wyorunner

    • Newbie
    • *
    • Posts: 10
    • RCC Rules!
    02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #34 on: May 8, 2017, 04:07:46 PM »
    Well this should be fun to watch! I imagine the mega cab won't even notice the little thing is back there whenever it gets trailered!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #35 on: May 8, 2017, 07:14:15 PM »

    18 is still much better than my RC.  I wounder if he has ever weighed his rig, be interesting to see for comparison.


    better than our Dakota too, by about 4 mpg.  I'd wager his 'Wagon weighs about 6200 lbs.


    Well this should be fun to watch! I imagine the mega cab won't even notice the little thing is back there whenever it gets trailered!


    yeap that'll be another nice perk too - Mack didn't break much of a sweat hauling Bud up to Cheyenne {cool}
    « Last Edit: May 8, 2017, 07:15:47 PM by Mad Max »
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline Wilsonphil

    • Jr. Member
    • ***
    • Posts: 537
    • Gender: Male
    • RCC Rules!
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #36 on: May 8, 2017, 08:58:26 PM »
    better than our Dakota too, by about 4 mpg.  I'd wager his 'Wagon weighs about 6200 lbs.



    Yea, after I did the conversion in my RC and added all the extras it tips the scales at 7000lbs with a full tank of fuel.  It gets 13 to 15 depending on how fast I'm going, I know its better than any V8 would of gotten but not as good as I was hoping for.
    2006 Ram 2500 CTD
    1990 RC, CTD, 518, NP 205, D60F, D70R

    Offline blueduster

    • Mopar Parts Dude
    • Mopar Nut
    • ******
    • Posts: 7348
    • Gender: Male
    • Nevermind insanity, repeating mistakes is dumb
      • My79RC
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #37 on: May 9, 2017, 11:22:05 PM »
    👍
    1979 Ramcharger 360 Magnum w/Hughes HR0814 cam/1826 Edelbrock/M1 dp/NV4500/Dana300/4.56/4"lift/33s

    “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.”
    ― Theodore Roosevelt

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #38 on: May 13, 2017, 01:30:59 PM »
    cool - just changed out the plugs, wires, cap and rotor - seems that was 'it' - the stuttering is gone  {cool}

    The plugs and cap/rotor contacts were pretty crispy, and the gap on the plugs was about .050 (supposed to be .040) - certainly 'needed' the refresh regardless.  The BWD hardware is pretty decent stuff - especially the wires.





    « Last Edit: May 18, 2017, 10:36:01 AM by Mad Max »
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline blueduster

    • Mopar Parts Dude
    • Mopar Nut
    • ******
    • Posts: 7348
    • Gender: Male
    • Nevermind insanity, repeating mistakes is dumb
      • My79RC
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #39 on: May 15, 2017, 12:28:37 AM »
    Good to hear. Driving it to work some?
    1979 Ramcharger 360 Magnum w/Hughes HR0814 cam/1826 Edelbrock/M1 dp/NV4500/Dana300/4.56/4"lift/33s

    “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.”
    ― Theodore Roosevelt

    Offline Mad Max

    • certified 'Imagineer'
    • RCC Nut
    • *******
    • Posts: 11675
    • Gender: Male
    • USAF Retired
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #40 on: May 15, 2017, 08:24:00 AM »
    not routinely, but I think I might start driving it in on 'Fun Truck Friday' :)
    07 Cummins Mega Cab 4xDually, "Big Mack"
    02 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4
    52 Willys M-38 "Poncho"


                    ....there is no box

    Offline ramchargerpower-87

    • Jr. Member
    • ***
    • Posts: 821
    • Gender: Male
    • I knew I bought the right rig when my wife got into it the first time and said: This is a Man's Truck
    Re: 02 Dakota 4x4 Quad Cab
    « Reply #41 on: May 18, 2017, 06:27:17 PM »
    I drive Levi everyday to work so come on and put some miles on the dakota and park next to me at work!

    not routinely, but I think I might start driving it in on 'Fun Truck Friday' :)
    Build Thread: http://ramchargercentral.com/rcs-tds-durangos-etc/more-of-my-87-daily-driver-added-rear-hatch-pic/

    87 RC, 408 stroker, Edelbrock heads, RPM Performer intake, thorely headers, dual exhaust, FAST Fuel Injection, 4 spd auto tranny, NWF Black Box, 4:56 gears, 1 ton axles, Detroit Locker & ARB Air Locker, 4" suspension lift with Jungle Jim's Shackles, 3" Body lift, 36" Mickey Tompsons MT

     

    email