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Old 10-11-2005, 11:23 PM
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Dakota Sub Frame

I have noticed a lot of people mentioning the Dakota sub frame for use in older cars and trucks, but does anybody have the dimensions for these things? I looked at my local junk yard and he doesn't have any 2WD Dakotas. What is the track width? What is the frame rail width (inside and outside)? Anybody know how the radiator support would work out?

I have measured an S-10 and its steering gear sticks out front pretty far and will be a tight fit in my '41 Plymouth Sedan. The Dakota's rack and pinion has me curious!

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Rick

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Old 10-14-2005, 05:54 PM
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I have noticed a lot of people mentioning the Dakota sub frame for use in older cars and trucks, but does anybody have the dimensions for these things? I looked at my local junk yard and he doesn't have any 2WD Dakotas. What is the track width? What is the frame rail width (inside and outside)? Anybody know how the radiator support would work out?

I have measured an S-10 and its steering gear sticks out front pretty far and will be a tight fit in my '41 Plymouth Sedan. The Dakota's rack and pinion has me curious!

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Rick
i'm using a '88 dakota frame for my project. the frame rails basically run parallel to each other and are 38" outside. one thing i don't like about the frame is it rides very high and the front frame rails at the front slope UP after the suspension. i will have to cut them off and rebuild something for my project to get the front end lower so i can put my rad support in there. the frame is also boxed from the front suspension back to the tranny crossmember.

i'm guessing on the track width but i think it is about 59"/60". that's from hub to hub, not outside of tires.

later,

JB
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