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Hey what's up guys I just stumbled onto something, Schumacher Creative Services is getting ready release there motor mounts and oil pan specifically designed for the 97-2004 Dakota. I spoke with Michael earlier and he said he has all these parts in stock except the pickup tubes, they are on back order. The cool thing is the parts will be less than $500.00. Michael also informed me that for 97-98 Dakota's, you will need to change the brake booster, booster bracket and pedal to a 99 and later Dakota for Hemi installation. I am starting to feel a lot better about the swap because of these parts. I will just need the wiring harness and Hotwire auto has them available as a plug and play set up!













 

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if they added the wireing harness to this, it'd probably get a lot of sales, Cuz I know if I had everything required for the swap i'd be all over it, But I lack the know how + the confidence to try this without everything i'd need for the swap
 

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Well I have done a lot of research and after talking to Michael the Hemi will go in the same location as the drivetrain that is in the Dakota that you are swapping out. The harness is plug and play so no worries, basic hand tools, cherry picker and might possibly need to get the driveshaft custom made. You will have two companies that will give you tech support.
 

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Agreed need harness to make it a worthwhile kit. I know I could figure it out myself but don't want to. Although I will possibly grab a set of mounts either way.
 

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I am not the seller just wanted to share the info, because these are the parts I intend on using.
 

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Thanks for the heads up! This is definitely worth the price.

I'll just have to see if low pressure on the #8 cyl in my truck is a ring issue or valve issue. If I have to replace the engine, might just be worth going for the swap.
 

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A salvage yard priced me a complete 2006-2008 truck Hemi drivetrain, for $2500 for everything including some exhaust, driveshaft, harness, ECU, and fuel pump. I am getting a little jealous that this won't be my truck, I will probably buy a crew cab Dakota for my self.
 

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Great find on the Schumacher parts. Good with the swap.
 

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Looks like it was born there. :mullet:
 

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I noticed these are for the 2wd dakotas.. Do they make a bracket for the 4wd dakotas? Oil pan clearance should be the same, but the front diff bolts to the motor mounts on the 4wd dakota.
 

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Well just ordered the 99-04 Dakota brake booster with spacer and brake pedal assembly so that the Hemi will fit in the engine compartment, like the one in the picture. I found out last week that 2003-2004 V8 Dakota's have 9.25" 12 bolt rear ends with factory disc brakes and they are fairly easy to locate for around $350!
 

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Do you have your engine yet? I have one from a 2003 Ram with everything including the harness. Also have the VIN as well. Low miles engine has been stored for quite a while. I believe the 2003 has the correct communcation setup for the easier swap. No transmission.
 

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Do you have your engine yet? I have one from a 2003 Ram with everything including the harness. Also have the VIN as well. Low miles engine has been stored for quite a while. I believe the 2003 has the correct communcation setup for the easier swap. No transmission.
Do yourself a huge favor and match it to a 2004 or later pcm. There is no tuning love for 2003. If you're ok with stock tune forever, no matter what you do, then its ok. But to get to most out of the little mods and the big mods, get a later pcm.

Also, the 2003 to mid 04 engines were known to have weak bottom ends, and valve springs. This was updated mid 04. But all 5.7 motors had weak timing chain tensioners, so its recommended to get the Mopar part for a 6.1 to replace it, they are 30 bucks or so for the tensioner.

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I actually have heard a lot of negative stuff about the 03-05 Hemi, I am planning on getting a 06-08 and a 2005 ECU, I would rather have the LX 5.7 but I want nothing to do with the Nag1 because I hate the way my 13 Charger RT shifts. I'm not sure if the LX accessories will work with these motor mounts though but seems tight. The Eagle 5.7 would be really nice but won't run off the 2005 ECU!
 

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I actually have heard a lot of negative stuff about the 03-05 Hemi, I am planning on getting a 06-08 and a 2005 ECU, I would rather have the LX 5.7 but I want nothing to do with the Nag1 because I hate the way my 13 Charger RT shifts. I'm not sure if the LX accessories will work with these motor mounts though but seems tight. The Eagle 5.7 would be really nice but won't run off the 2005 ECU!
I have an 06 hemi in my swap, that had MDS. I just removed the wiring and forgot about it. 5000 miles so far with no problems, and its been driven hard for sure. Eventually I will get the blockoff plates for the solenoids and the standard lifters from a 6.1.. But I really wonder what's the point.

Yea the LX has a weird accessory layout, will make it a pain to run AC lines later on. And about the nag1, it's stronger than the 545rfe, and less parasitic. But you'd need the LX ecm to run it.

I ended up doing the cam, pushrods, springs, timing tensioner, headers, high flow cats, and Efan swap, and it makes about 50whp over the stock hemi. More than the LX eagle motor for minimal effort.

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