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Hey guys! New to the forum but have been lurking for a while. Here's the new project:

2002 dakota quad cab, 5.9 magnum, super duty one ton axles, 40s, and as little lift as possible haha. Picked up the truck for $500 with a bad PCM! Quick fix now it runs like a champ. Going to be a family hauler and weekend offroader.*

Build will be covered in depth on my YouTube channel (WebWheeler) but will be posting up progress here too. Here's the build so far!

I've got a baby scheduled to arrive in June so that's my deadline for this thing haha*馃槃

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...I'll be following your buildup here as well as on RCC and Pirate ;)

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...I'll be following your buildup here as well as on RCC and Pirate ;)



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Lol same to you! Might have to make little changes to some posts and quiz you to make sure you're keeping up with all of them ;)

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So after you've finished and I start hacking my 03 QC up...the wife's gonna be pissed and I'm going to direct her to YOU ! LOL! Can't wait to see what you end up with!
 

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So after you've finished and I start hacking my 03 QC up...the wife's gonna be pissed and I'm going to direct her to YOU ! LOL! Can't wait to see what you end up with!
Lol! Hopefully I find all the problems for you and your project will be smooth sailing B)

Speaking of hacking things up... 40's no lift! That part of the frame wasn't important anyway...


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Got some new motor mounts in to help with clearance. Here's the new one's and the before and after:

Also got tires on again to check clearances. Gotta say Im loving the big and low stance!

Still have to make the links for the front end along with steering but she's coming along!


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Lower link mounts are in! Even got my prototype lower link in :D







I will need to put a bend in the link to make clearance for the tire at full lock but this at least gets me a length to work with and they will hold the axle in place while I lay that out.



I also inboarded the frame mounts by about 2" per side to maintain the geometry I'm shooting for. I will be building a new removable crossmember to tie the mounts together for extra reinforcement, as a mounting point for future skid plates, and to mount the transmission obviously haha



Still toying with the 3 link vs radius arm decision. A lot of that will be decided based on what fits best which will be the 3 link if I had to guess. Steering and panhard are coming soon too. That's all for now!

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Not a ton of progress to share but one of the lowers is not PVC anymore!







I think I could actually clear 42's.... not planning to.... just saying :D

Oh and steering boxes are on my mind. And on my floor



All are mounted inside frame. I have:

- Jeep WJ box (box on top of frame, rearward pitman arm). Really compact, easy to mount, and fits great around engine stuff but pitman arm and track bar would be a tight squeeze. Not sure if it turns enough stuff the stock pitman arm.

- Chevy astro box (inside frame, forward pitman arm). Bulky and kind of a pain to mount, but would leave plenty of room for track bar and has a lot of throw.

- Jeep JK boxes (box on top of frame, forward pitman arm). Best of both worlds with easy mounting and the forward pitman arm but interferes with the power steering pump. I can move some stuff around a little but not sure I want to.

Not sure which way I'm going yet. Hard to argue with how many people run the astro box. Plus the jk boxes are easy cash ;)

That's all for now! Finishing up lowers tomorrow and at some point I will need to make the 3 link/radius arm decision.

Sam

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That looks insane. Nice work.
Thanks!

Been a while since I've updated this one so here are some new pics:

Skinned the passenger frame in 3/16" for strength when I mount coilovers and bumpstops



Decided to redo the driver's side frame rail completely for clearance and strength



New one is 3"x4"x.25" rectangle tube. Super beef for the coilovers, bumpstops, and the additional stress of the steering box and track bar mount. Also made a new high clearance motor mount



YouTube video of all this stuff will be coming up on my "WebWheeler" YouTube channel do check that out and subscribe if you're interested! That's all for now

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I'm back! Hopefully these pics are showing up...

Steering box is mocked up. I ended up using a 2016 Super Duty box- big enough that no hydro assist will be needed. It fits really nice for how big the sucker is haha





Radius arms are good to go- just need to fully weld the brackets once the fit of everything is verified



I got steering and track bar in



Steering box mounts and track bar mount:




And even the coilovers are even in place:





I still have to fully weld everything and add some gusseting, bumpstops, etc but it's getting close! Should be on its own weight again by the end of the weekend

If you haven't already- check out and subscribe to my channel "WebWheeler" on YouTube!

Thanks a lot everybody for the good words and happy Thanksgiving!

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