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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-02-2011, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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6bt swap in 97 Dakota...?s

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I have always wanted to swap in a 12v p pump 94-98.5 in my 97 Dakota with NV4500 5spd. What the plans are for now... I have all the legal issues worked out with DMV, still have to get it inspected once installed tho. Have been researching this for a couple of years slowly.lol... Im am open to all recommendations, scrutiny ect. I want to build it right the 1st time. I know allot of people put the 4bt in the Dakotas but if Im doing this much work Im going big lol. Ive only seen 1 Dakota with a 6bt so far, so anymore info would be greatly appreciated.
Parts: Im still searching for an 12v, tranny&tcase. I have D60s front & rear from 85 f350 already, planning on leafs.

My 1st ?: in a tight fit for the engine would I benefit from a bent down manifold instead of the straight (normal) one? Gunna want to run twins one small one larger in future.
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i think that ur gona want a tougher rear than than a dana 60. I think that i would go with a dana 80, especially if u plan on twins in the future.

If you plan on twins i would mount as many things as u can in the frame rail like batteries so you will have enough room under the hood. U r only going to have have about a 1" of room for the engine to move back in forth, u will have to use electric fans.

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i think that ur gona want a tougher rear than than a dana 60. I think that i would go with a dana 80, especially if u plan on twins in the future.

If you plan on twins i would mount as many things as u can in the frame rail like batteries so you will have enough room under the hood. U r only going to have have about a 1" of room for the engine to move back in forth, u will have to use electric fans.

Rear end, front end, middle "end" anmd the whole truck!! Save your money because that's all it's going to cost you - MONEY!

You're taking a weak-framed middi-sized pickup, built for a v-6 and trying to put a 415 ft. lb/ torque diesel in it!

Will it work? Sure it will.........and so would putting a 16 liter cat in a F-250, BUT for how long? 5 minutes/ 10 minutes? Till you hammered the throttle the 1st time, MAYBE!!!

Save your energy for something that will last more than a day and will have some value when you're done with it.
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i think that ur gona want a tougher rear than than a dana 60. I think that i would go with a dana 80, especially if u plan on twins in the future.

If you plan on twins i would mount as many things as u can in the frame rail like batteries so you will have enough room under the hood. U r only going to have have about a 1" of room for the engine to move back in forth, u will have to use electric fans.
Ok thx for info. I would assume I will have to do a body lift also? I wonder if this would keep from modifying the transmission tunnel to minimum. From what Ive seen everyone is getting a custom radiator made and running 4 electric fans pushing from outside of engine bay.


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Rear end, front end, middle "end" anmd the whole truck!! Save your money because that's all it's going to cost you - MONEY!

You're taking a weak-framed middi-sized pickup, built for a v-6 and trying to put a 415 ft. lb/ torque diesel in it!

Will it work? Sure it will.........and so would putting a 16 liter cat in a F-250, BUT for how long? 5 minutes/ 10 minutes? Till you hammered the throttle the 1st time, MAYBE!!!

Save your energy for something that will last more than a day and will have some value when you're done with it.
Yeah, I was planning on bracing up the frame all the way through. Which is allot of work I see what u are saying, I just wanted something different seems like everyone has a full size diesel truck now. Really the 4bt would be a better choice with weight and power for a midsize I guess. Would be a little less custom work with radiator ect.

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here is my 6bt dakota. and i beat the piss out of it

http://http://www.pirate4x4.com/foru...d.php?t=966532
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