Depends on how good your fabrication skills are.I'm building up my 96 Dakota pro street truck, swapping out the V6 to a 318 stroker 475 hp , need to change out the 10 bolt rear end with a 12 bolt rear end with disc brakes in the rear , what vehicles can I interchange with
Thanks, I'm at the very beginning of it , my good friend is a mechanic and built two drag cars already that pulled willy's on take off , got me thinking so I decided to go with it on my truck, I love driving it, next is replacing the whole suspension with profomance parts and dropping it 3 inches in back and 2 inches in front and going to stiffen it up to corner, the starter buying the new rear end , and I guess I will have to find a new transmission to bolt up the 318 stroker and I think I'm running a 2500 stall and a B&M shift kit in it , what transmission would you recommend for it to handle around 475 horsepower with a posi traction with 3.73 gears in s 22 bolt, I'm in my mid 50s and just want a hot rod lol and here is the blue paint I bought for my truckDepends on how good your fabrication skills are.
There are NO GM 12 bolt rear ends that bolt into a Dakota without fabrication.
And if you really mean "a 9.25 with disc brakes", consider you'll still have to do the shock mounts on a 2000-2003 Dakota/Durango rear axle with disc brakes; and it's 6 lug.
OTOH, you can find 8.25 disc brake conversion kits ( one that I found rated well online is Ram Man / Shop / MOPAR / DODGE 8.25" REAR DISC CONVERSION KIT (10.5" Drilled & Slotted Rotors) (therammaninc.com) ), swap to 1987-1990 5 lug rear axles, and build up your current rear axle and you're golden (no fabrication skills, just mechanical ability).
(BTW - the "10 bolt and 12 bolt" nomenclature is for a GM rear end; try calling it by the Mopar name, helps some when you go looking. 8.25 / 8.75 / 9.25 are the sizes, and 8.75 was never offered, being depreciated by the time the Dakota came out.)
The 8.25 is also called, for some ratios, a 8.375 or 8 3/8" rear end. They pick size by the diameter of the ring gear.
For the front, as I mentioned earlier, a 87-90 front rotor/hub combo will fit and work fine. If you have good fabrication skills, you may be able to remove the rotor from the combo (don't know, haven't tried), and machine out a Mustang rotor's center hub to fit.
DO use a high quality bearing set (I'm partial to Timken, prefer the German ones myself, but they're not the ONLY good game in town) and top line lube (again, I'm partial to the moly graphite lubes; YMMV depending on exactly what you find out on the track.)
For the rear end - again, I like rebuildable, but if it's going to be a drag truck, a locker may be your best bet. (Don't want a locker on the street, defeats the whole purpose of a differential).
You'll have to remove the ABS equipment, and also use a different proportioning valve, if you go disc in the back.