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Hi,

I'm still relatively new to this site as well as my Dakota. I got it a few months ago, and I am now looking to lift the truck, but from what I can see the options are limited. I know this subject has been gone over many times. I did find a kit online, but I wanted to see if anyone has any input on it. Here is the link:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fits-2005-2011-Dodge-Dakota-3-Front-2-Rear-Full-Lift-Kit-2WD-4WD/170803087248?fits=Year:2005|Model:Dakota|Make:Dodge&hash=item27c4a84790:g:TacAAOSwfi9Zr5eu

My main concern would be my CV axles, since my truck is 4x4. The truck already sits level, but I'm not sure if the previous owner did anything like a leveling kit. My thought is that I could buy the kit, make sure everything lines up, and then check my CV angles. The problem is, I don't really know how much is "too much." If the angle was an issue, could I run a drop kit like this one for the front differential?

https://supremesuspensions.com/products/2002-2011-dodge-dakota-steel-differential-drop-brackets-kit-4wd?variant=21394940002384

Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

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If your truck sits level. there is probably a leveling kit already installed.

For the 2005+ Dakotas, the only way to lift our trucks so far has been with a front leveling kit, rear blocks or add-a-leaf, and/or a 3" body lift. It's not recommended to go above a 2" leveling kit on a 4x4, it puts the CV joint at a bad angle.

You're better of going with a 2" max leveling kit, over 2" will wear out front end components and you'll be replacing parts regularly. Daystar has a 2" leveling kit that is popular, as well as the Trailmaster 1.5 leveling kit, both around $100.

Read these threads, there are a lot of the same questions asked over and over.

https://www.dakotaforumz.com/showthread.php?t=7910

https://www.dakotaforumz.com/showthread.php?t=7857

https://www.dakotaforumz.com/showthread.php?t=11249

https://www.dakotaforumz.com/showthread.php?t=5327

And if you do install a leveling kit, you should replace the struts while the front end is apart.

https://www.dakotaforumz.com/showthread.php?t=11221

https://www.dakotaforumz.com/showthread.php?t=10210
 

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If there was already a leveling kit installed, I should be able to see some kind of spacer sitting above the front struts, right? Just trying to see what’s I’m working with. Thanks.
 

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Yes, you should be able to see it. But your truck should not sit level unless something was changed or added on the suspension.
 

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How’s thick of a spacer would I be looking for? There’s a rubber spacer above the strut, looks to be about 1” thick.
 
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