View Full Version : 04 dakota

09-20-2012, 04:51 PM
Looking at a 04 dakota slt, 4.7 auto, 4x4 to swap out with our 07 malibu,(more kids/dogs/dirtbike, haul shit friendly) any horror stories on these? the thing will only leave pavement on the odd gravel road. might want to bump it up 2" to fit some 31 or equivalent mudders and rims, looks like a torsion key and add a leaf is the only real option. what ye say? cant find anything really bad about them

09-20-2012, 06:03 PM
4.7 exhaust manifold gaskets blow or the manifold cracks...can't remember which. 2003-04 dakotas do not have any aftermarket suspension lifts available. A 3 inch bodylift is really all that is available. I haven't heard anything "bad" about that year though. If you crank the torsion bars up an inch you can fit 33' on the truck but you may get some rubbage. Check the front (upper) ball joints. If they are held in by rivets then they need to be changed....there is a safety recall for this. If they have the three bolts then they have been changed.