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Old 06-27-2007, 08:15 PM
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Dakota frame clip, what to use and why

I have a 41 Plymouth coupe. Searching around the forums I see a lot of people say use a Dakota clip to bring up the front suspension to modern specs. What year Dakotas do you use? How do you get away from the 6 lug wheels? Is there another rotor you can substitute to get more common 5 lug. How far back are you cutting the frame to graft it to the donor car? I figure I have 3 ways to go here, Mustang II, Dakota or upgrade the stock stuff. Any advice from someone who's been there appreciated. Thanks

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Old 06-28-2007, 11:09 AM
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Never having owned a 41 Plymouth I have no helpful advise for you but I always thought that the Dakota has 5 lug wheels ... not the 6 lugs.

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I think only the first year or 2 in the 80's had the 5 lug wheels. After that all until the present have the 6 lug. I have a 94 and it is definitly 6. I could be wrong but I'm pretty confident on this one. What I don't know is if I can use a rotor off of the early 5 lug on the later 6 lug spindle and be done with it.
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I have a '93 w/V-6 and it is 5 lug. Possible the V8s had the 6 lug but not sure.
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I have two 93's. Both 3.9 liter V-6, one automatic over drive and the other is a 5 sp standard and both have 6 lugs.

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Did you ever get this figured out? I know this is an old post but....looks like an answer has not been found? I had an 87 with 5 lug. I know in 92, they were all 6 but not sure what year the change over was made....think is was mid year 91? jray, are you sure your 5 lug truck is a 93 and no one has changed it over? I know you can change the axles and hubs pretty easily or so I'm told. If a PO had custom wheels on his old truck and bought a new 93, they may have been changed or are you the Original Owner?
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re;dakota clip

I would check,if the different years use the same wheel bearings,then just change rotors and hubs,problem solved!
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I did find out that it is a simple matter to just replace the 6 lug rotor with an earlier 5 lug. Completely interchangeable.
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Did more seaching around and came across this....'87-90 were 5 lug 4-1/2 pattern. 91 up they went to a 6 lug, 96 was the newest that you could just swap rotors to the older ones.
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Why are you all stuck on studs....there are a lot more important items that come into play when using components than studs.

Has anyone done a frame swap or used the IFS on a streetrod?

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I used a 2wd Ramcharger IFS frame clip in my 59 Divco. 5 lug 5 1/2 bolt pattern. The installation is in my journal. It was too easy.
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Why are you all stuck on studs....there are a lot more important items that come into play when using components than studs.

Has anyone done a frame swap or used the IFS on a streetrod?

Don
Well, the guy wants a 5 lug bolt pattern. There's a ton of wheels available for the 5 on 4.5bc and not so many for the 6 lug setup....but you could stick Viper wheels on it since it's the same 6 on 4 1/2 bc as the newer Dakotas and Durangos. I haven't found any other vehicles that use the 6x4.5 setup.
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Found this thread via google search just updating info incase other guys find this thread the same way. The 6 lug design was used from 91-04.
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