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Dakota questions

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by LarryK, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. LarryK

    LarryK Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    I have a 2000 Dakota 3.9 auto ext. cab that I am thinking of plowing with. I am going to plow a few residential driveways and a couple of small lots. What modifications should be made to the engine/trans and suspension. Are there any know issues with this engine/trans that i should worry about? Or would you recomend a different truck. I appreciated any help and opinions...
     
  2. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    Biggest thing I can think of is that the transmissions don't circulate fluid in Park so let it idle in Neutral for a few minutes before shut down.

    Suspension throw on a set of Timbrens and put about 3 turns on the torsion bars and get an alignment.
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    A bigger truck, if your plowing in Oswego ! It should do fine the Snoways with down pressure will work good on that size truck.
     
  4. LarryK

    LarryK Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Good points, But it sounds like there my be a tranny issue then?? Have you heard of any tranny issues with this vintage truck?
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You should do that with any truck after plowing for a week straight.
     
  6. LarryK

    LarryK Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    I was hoping to get by for a year with what I have, which is the Dakota. I've heard that the tranny's won't take the strees of plowing. Or may be its because I live in Oswego County. Lake snows are deep and heavy. Thanks for you thoughts
     
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    12 feet of snow in one week will kill any truck.
     
  8. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    I believe the issue was with the V8 trucks, the V6 uses a different transmission. Either way when it's serviced make sure the ATF+4 is used or you will have problems.
     
  9. snow7899

    snow7899 Senior Member
    Messages: 238

    my dad has the same truck for plowing drives. we turned up the tortion bars, added a large tranny cooler, shift improver kit from trans-go. We also add 300lbs of solid concrete blocks in the bed. Also don't forget a trans temp gauge.
     
  10. LarryK

    LarryK Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Thanks for all the tips. Timbrens, crack up the torsion bars, extra trans cooler, idle in nuetral before shutting it down, shift kit, lots of weight. Any one with a sugestion on the make of plows that you think would work well with this truck?
     
  11. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    I like the direct lift plows myself and really like Snoway's downpressure.
     
  12. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Timbrens and a Snoway.

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=68591

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=81145

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=78326