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Hello from Utah. I recently picked up a 01 Dakota quad cab 4wd. 4.7 V8 , 165,000 miles.
Tell me all about em. Any things to look out for, sensors I should be replacing soon ?
I'll be towing a 6x10 V-nose cargo trailer with it on our longer vaca trips.

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Truck is up and running. Hooked up the trailer and went back over the mountain.
Did great. Spent some time at Cabellas. 馃榿
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Working on installing rear air shocks right now.
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Air shocks installed. The old shocks look factory 馃槼.
Part numbers are.
Monroe - MA733
Double air line kit- AK64
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Cool beans!
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Took the truck on a "trust building exersize" to the salt flats for World of Speed.
Lot of Dakotas there, even the officials drive em.
Had a great time and the wind didnt slow me down at all.
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One question...
I did notice the heater is really hot 馃サ.
I was thinking of swapping in a 180掳 thermostat. Is there any reason I shouldnt ???
I know my XJ requires you to run a 195 for proper emissions but the dakota heater is 馃敟.
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A few weekends ago Dusty completed his first major hill climb while towing. Parleys canyon I-80.
8% grade.
Did well. About 45 mph at the top 2nd gear. In my XJ we would be at 30-35mph.

Also got one of those swing away tool boxes to hold all my fluids like coolant and oil.
It holds 2 , gallon jugs and 3 quarts of oil with room to spare.
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Tool box installed and I ordered a kit to fix the seat tracks. Getting tired of it moving forward.
Had to do a set of corvette tracks, pretty easy job.
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Tool box installed and I ordered a kit to fix the seat tracks. Getting tired of it moving forward.
Had to do a set of corvette tracks, pretty easy job. View attachment 3675

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Do you have any more information on that kit for the seat tracks?
Sorry didn't check in till now. I bought the kit on Ebay, it was about $16.
It was from Gray's Garage.
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Went camping 2 weeks ago. This time I went south to Yuba reservoir. There's a section of I-15 thru Nephi that has a few hills usually with alot of wind. I hated going through this area.
Dusty went through that at 65 no problem and actually enjoyed the drive.
So satisfied.
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Awesome pics, looks like fun
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Guess im gonna cut some speed holes below the bumper. JK馃槈. Ordered some fog lights for low visibility situations.
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Holes cut out, brackets fabbed up. Just need to wire it and some adjustments.
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Thanks.
I got em wired up today and working.
Didn't buy any harnesses with relays or that crap.
Just 14 gauge wire and a 50amp toggle switch. Minimum wire old school methods. Nothing heats up with this setup.
Of course a fuse near the battery though. 馃槈
I did run the ground wires up out of the elements. Always gotta have good grounds.
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Went camping again and did some mild off-roading. Aired down to about 20psi with these A/T's .

Then the other day I rolled down the window and it was frozen shut and broke the regulator.
Got that fixed today $88. Also the plastic was missing behind the door panel and I just happened to have thick plastic sheet hanging around. Helps alot with insulating the door.
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Last week I fixed the passenger seat. It had a cigarette burn right at one of the seams. Easy fix. Just sewed the seam in tighter and the burn is gone.
Foam was in good shape but added 1/2" foam across the whole face for good measure.

Stared tearing down the driver's seat today. Needs foam repair on the entry edge and the tracks fixed.
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While I had the seat torn down, it was time to fix the tracks.
(Moves forward while braking).馃槵

Flipped the seat upside down on my table and removed the T-20's from below the tracks (4).
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Then removed the 13mm bolts holding the worm gear into place.
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And then... slide out the worm shaft and block.
Here you can see the plastic spacers are shot or gone in the block.
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New spacers were installed in the top block.

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Reinstalled worm shaft.
Dont forget the small square drive shafts during this.
Now no play in the tracks at all.

Fixed the foam and when it was all together we found the materials for the bottom.
I'll replace the 2 side panels next week.
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For the weekend im done working on cars. Been fixing Dodges all week. 馃檪
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While I had the seat torn down, it was time to fix the tracks.
(Moves forward while braking).馃槵

Flipped the seat upside down on my table and removed the T-20's from below the tracks (4).
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Then removed the 13mm bolts holding the worm gear into place.
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And then... slide out the worm shaft and block.
Here you can see the plastic spacers are shot or gone in the block.
Measured 1/2 to the end.
New spacers were installed in the top block.

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Reinstalled worm shaft.
Dont forget the small square drive shafts during this.
Now no play in the tracks at all.

Fixed the foam and when it was all together we found the materials for the bottom.
I'll replace the 2 side panels next week.
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For the weekend im done working on cars. Been fixing Dodges all week. 馃檪
Thanks for the pics ModStock. It reminds me that I need to address my Dakota Seat Rock also (I've lived with it so long I am used to it.) Ralph P. also once posted a fix-thread on this.
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For $16 its a cheap/easy enough fix I highly recommend. Hardest part was aligning the square drive shafts and getting them pushed in all the way.
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Drivers seat all repaired. Just needed 2 panels near the edge. OE materials shown.
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Feels like a new truck with the seat not sliding forward while braking.
Took it camping again.
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