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I'm planning on doing a brake upgrade on my 01 R/T and have a few questions. I've tried searching on here and couldn't find my answers, but it may be also that I'm very tired.. Anyways my questions:

1. Parts, r these all the parts I need or am I missing something?
a. 03-04 Spindles
b. 03-04 calipers w/ brackets
c. rotors, pads
d. 03-04 brake lines (plan on using goodridge SS lines)

2. Will any caliper from an 03-04 Dakota work? Like would a caliper from a 6 cyl 4x4 work on my 8 cyl 4x2? Same goes for Spindles

3. I've read on another site someone saying 03-04 Dakotas have a different master cylinder than say my 01. Is this true?

4. I looked and looked and couldn't find a write-up/ how to on installing this. Does anyone know where I can find one?

5. Thank you for the help!
 

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I haven't done it myself, but started collecting parts.

yes you'll need spindles, from the same drivetrain that you have...if yours is a 2wd, you need spindles from a 2wd truck.

rotors are all the same

calipers are all the same

i think the master is even the same, but that's easy enough to verify, look up the part number for your truck and any 03/04 truck on rock auto and compare the part numbers.
 

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If its the same calipers and rotors then why would you upgrade? Just wondering cause with all that I have in the motor its about time to upgrade the brakes and I would just leave the drums out back if I could put a cheap upgrade on the front...
 

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He means that of the 03/04 parts, they're all the same. Just like all of the 97-02 parts are the same.

03/04 rotors are larger and the calipers are two piston. Worthwhile upgrade.
 

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Oh really... bolt on, mild fab, or all out pain in the ass??? I am in the process of searching for more info on the conversion but if you have a link that would be great! Oh and will my 17" rt's work with this?
 

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Awesome swap if you can get your hands on all of the parts.
 

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Nope, nobody. :)

Why? The suspension never changed through the years, no difference in 97-99 suspension/brakes as there was in 00-02 suspension/brakes.
 

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I've collected most of the parts to do my 99 except i dont have the brake lines yet. I could've sworn back in the day the people on the other dak boards said the lines had to be custom made for this, like the caliper end of the line was 03/04 style and the other end was earlier style. But i dont know that for sure and i can't seem to find anything about it now. If all i need is some 04 brake lines then that'll be sweet.

On a side note the 2wd spindles seemed to be the hardest thing to find when i was buying parts....took awhile to get both. Of course not too long after i got my parts, my buddy found everything needed from one truck at a local salvage yard for like $100....bastard ;)
 

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The 03 rotors are too big for 15's right? I have 17's for the summer months, but I just bought 15's for winter.
 

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All you need is 03 or 04 brake lines, they fit.

15's will not clear the brakes, 16's or larger are what you need.
 

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Balls, well I can cross this off the list then. haha
 

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Its a great swap

I have done this swap and it is awesome, you need a minimum 16 inch wheels and the spindles needed for the swap only come off 03 and 04 Durangos. I got the info on here i will give you the thread to look on. I also put on the stainless steel rear brake conversion on at the same time and my truck is now a joy to drive and no fear of having to slow down from high speeds when needed. The thread is tittled. Dans Beer Budget Dakota BIG Brake upgrade I may not have it perfect but i hope you can use it to find the thread. I am not very good on computers.
 

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I've collected most of the parts to do my 99 except i dont have the brake lines yet. I could've sworn back in the day the people on the other dak boards said the lines had to be custom made for this, like the caliper end of the line was 03/04 style and the other end was earlier style. But i dont know that for sure and i can't seem to find anything about it now. If all i need is some 04 brake lines then that'll be sweet.

On a side note the 2wd spindles seemed to be the hardest thing to find when i was buying parts....took awhile to get both. Of course not too long after i got my parts, my buddy found everything needed from one truck at a local salvage yard for like $100....bastard ;)
Make sure you get newer outer tie rods with yours being a 99, if you haven't already. I had too much play in mine, kinda like a bad wheel bearing. The part number is different for outer tie rods for 98-99, 00-04 are the same.
 

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i havn't been able to find this link yet for Dans Beer Budget Dakota BIG Brake upgrade. multiple sites name it but no links anymore.
 

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Clearing up a few things:

Spindles from 03-04 dakotas and 03 durangos only, from same drivetrain configuration. Not 04 durangos.

The calipers (per part number), rotors and pads on the durangos and dakotas are different. Durango rotors are thicker than the dakota ones.

I believe I read of someone using durango calipers with dakota rotors and pads.

Correct that all you need is rubber lines, spindles, rotors, calipers and pads for the conversion

OH and BEST MOD I HAVE DONE!
 

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Make sure you get newer outer tie rods with yours being a 99, if you haven't already. I had too much play in mine, kinda like a bad wheel bearing. The part number is different for outer tie rods for 98-99, 00-04 are the same.
Ok, thanks for the heads up. I haven't bought the tierod ends yet but i was going to because i am rebuilding the entire front end when i do the swap. Just for clarification you are saying get 00-04 ends or just new 99 ends ?
 

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I'm glad I stumbled across this thread. I've been looking for a brake upgrade for my R/T as I felt the brakes didn't match up to the power really. I'll have to start scouring junkyards for the parts. Thanks guys
 
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