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Dodge Dakota, Audio, Lights, Tires, Truck
#1140 of 1179 Re: Tire and Shock Suggestions [bbshopper]
Jun 11, 2005 (5:14 pm)
Tires -- Nokian Vatiiva (I did a LOT of research and ended up with 265/75R15 to replace my original 31X10.5 15)
Shock absorbers -- Edelbrock IAS (These are perhaps the very best shock absorber available They are TRUE monotube design. The unique design also reduces braking nose-dive and leaning on turns.) [And NO, they are not stiff]
#1141 of 1179 Re: Tire and Shock Suggestions [bbshopper]
Jun 13, 2005 (4:55 am)
Tires - I have had very good luck with the BF Goodrich All Terrain KO tires on several trucks.
Shocks - I agree with Bpeebles that you can'y go wrong with the Edelbrock IAS, I have had them on my 2K CC for 6 months and they are great.
#1142 of 1179 Re: Tire and Shock Suggestions [bbshopper]
Jun 13, 2005 (4:51 pm)
Tires - I just put on a set of Kumho Venture ATs (265/70-16s). I got them from the Tire Rack for $79 each. They are very highly rated by users on the Tire Rack website. So far, they are an improvement over the stock Goodyear Wrangler RTSs. They have a "mild" all terrain tread. They are a bit noisier than the Wranglers, but they don't howl like some AT tires do. Kumho also has an all season highway tread called the Venture HT. Also, highly rated.
As for shocks, I don't have any recommendations yet. Those are next on my list.
#1143 of 1179 Re: Tire and Shock Suggestions [ron35]
Jun 14, 2005 (7:23 pm)
Can you describe the characteristics of the IAS shocks that you feel make it a good unit? How did it alter the ride? Stiffer?
#1144 of 1179 Re: Tire and Shock Suggestions [dustyk]
Jun 15, 2005 (5:17 am)
I don't feel as though the ride is stiffer with the IAS shocks but I do feel less of a dip in cornering and the biggest improvement is that the wheel hop that I experienced before over washboard surfaces is almost completely gone, that was especially annoying to me.
#1145 of 1179 Re: Tire and Shock Suggestions [dustyk]
Jun 15, 2005 (2:30 pm)
(Dusty) The Edelbrock IAS (Inertia Active System) shock absorbers are VERY unique. Only Edelbrock has the patent on this design. The fist thing one notices is that they are installed UPSIDE DOWN from how a "normal" shock is. The skinny (piston) end is connected to the wheel-end of the suspension.
This is because the piston contains a weighted valve that can sense when the wheel is trying to move slowly (cornering/braking) or quickly (potholes). This allows the shock absorber to be stiff most of the time to control the wheels and hold them to the road... but when a pothole is encounterd, it INSTANTLY opens up a larger valve within the shock to allow the wheel to move abruptly without transferring the jolt to the vehicle.
In actual use, my origial shocks were TOTALLY SHOT and leaking fluid after about 1 year. My Dak had started to have some dangerous suspension problems wheras the rear end would "kick out" to the side over expansion joints (pretty scary at 65 MPH) There was a specific road wheras I could not even accellerate up without the rear wheels breaking loose over every expansion joint.
After installing the Edelbrock IAS shocks, I could use FULL THOTTLE in second gear up that hill and the xpansion joints will not even faze it. Each xpansion joint seems to make the rear end hunker down a bit... but I never lose traction. Also, I know my braking and cornering is more controled than it was before the Edelbrock IAS werre installed.
As for ride, there are a lot of dirt roads in Vermont.. and every spring there is the frost-heaves. The IAS shocks have performed very well over the 4 years I have had them on my Dak.
The Edelbrock IAS also come with rubber boots that go over the piston-shaft. This keeps the elements away from the moving parts.
I orderd my Edelbrock IAS from ( http://www.shockwarehouse.com/ )
Other places include;
BEWARE: Shock absorbers are available is MONOTUBE (high pressure) and TWIN-TUBE (low pressure). Be aware that the MONOTUBE is superiour in every way. (except they cost more)
#1147 of 1179 Re: Retractable tonneau
Aug 17, 2005 (5:39 pm)
I'm also interested in a retractable cover for my 2005 Dakota Club Cab. I've been looking at the Retrax system and the Pace Edwards Jackrabbit and the BAK Roll Back. Anyone have any experience with any of these.
#1148 of 1179 Performance 03 dakota 3.9 liter v6
Aug 18, 2005 (6:01 pm)
I have an 03 dakota w/ 3.9 v6 . It seems like it has poor throttle response, wondering if anyone else with same engine has expeirenced the same.. Thanks
#1149 of 1179 Re: Retractable tonneau [tiph]
Aug 22, 2005 (6:32 pm)
I own a 01 Quad Cab and have a Pace Edward Jackrabbit. Works great in winter, not 100% water proof but only a small amount leaks in. Have no complaints. Good luck in your search.