greggk wrote:Tperkins wrote:Resolute wrote:Love the work you're doing on your rig! After looking at this thread, I might have to consider a Dakota for my first truck. Kind of off topic, but how's the power? I know it's a V8, but that doesn't always mean it's awesome...
It has pretty good power for its weight, and I can easily (ex in the future) bolt on 20-40 horsepower with a K&N kit and some Harland-Sharp roller rockers. (K&N Dyno'd at 11.xx horsepower stock and the HS Roller-Rockers Dyno'd at 15.xx hp stock) Both for around $300 each. Headers should get about 15hp combined with the porting work we did. MPG is better on the highway, but not vastly different in the city.
Only downsides about my Dakota to me are the lack of 4x4/off-road parts and the lack of stake holes in the bed. The latter ticks me off more however, as I dont have the money for any major 4x4 parts (bull bars, winches, ect) anyway. Other than that, if you get the 5.2 with the 4x4, its pretty good. I was lucky to find mine in the condition I did for the price ($6500) considering it only had 88,000 miles and brand new A/T tires. From inspection it appears all fluids were meticulously changed, as noted from the visible crosshatching on the cylinders in a 88,000mi engine. From when I got it in February of '10, it's had the oil changed twice (every 3,000mi) with only Royal purple + Z-max, and Lucas 75W-90 + stabilizer for the front+rear diffs. Anyway, I'll get off the rambling.
dont take this the wrong way, but i seriously hope you are not hoping and relying on those magic horsepower numbers. manufacturers always seriously inflate power gain numbers. i have never seen a true 11 horsepower increase from any intake setup i have done. i have had intakes on everything from my 5.0 mustangs, Thunderbird SC, grand prix GTP, Durango with a hemi, a chrysler 300c with a hemi, my econoline with a 5.0 and about to make my own for my powerstroke.. on my 300c i did a dyno proven 6.3 rear wheel horsepower increase with a full cold air intake setup.
NEVER EVER BELIEVE MANUFACTURERS INFLATED HORSEPOWER GAINS! just a heads up bro.
Yeah, I know their numbers can be inflated. I am basing those numbers off of a indepent Dyno test from a site that sells misc. performance parts, I can link you the .pdf if you are interested. My guestimates are based on the fact that even though I ported the heads and added the 1 3/4 headers and 2 1/2 y-pipe, the intake system is the bottleneck. It runs through about 2-3 90* angles until it gets into the intake manifold. I'm not saying that the intake will give me what K&N states, moreso that it will, in combination with the headers & porting, give near that estimate or possibly further. It'll be much better when I put some NOS stickers on, they say those add at least 20 horsepower But anyway, from the K&N I dont expect massive or even very noticable performance gains, however, with the Harland Sharp roller rockers, it is really adding about 10-20 horsepower. Many tests along with differences in 1/4 mile times have resulted from it. I've also had an internal catalytic converter failure, with peices clanging around, so I'll be buying one of the Magnaflow cat's, which doesnt specifically increase horsepower, but at least I'll have a fully new exhaust from header to tip.
Dukman - I saw that they sold that, but what I might try to do is rig up a bottle jack with some type of custom off-road base plate. It seems as if the lift-buddy wouldnt hold too securely with my type of wheel.
Edit: Review of Longacre gauge + tow gear will be upcoming pending delivery, I got the Scepter cans yesterday. I was suprised at the shipping speed; ground shipping from NY to IL in 2-2 1/2 days. K&N will be here monday