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You are in the Dodge Dakota-2010 and older
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Dodge Dakota, Audio, Lights, Tires, Truck
#21 of 1179 Accessories
Jul 10, 2000 (1:55 pm)
Does anyone know if it is possible to mount tow hooks on a '00' Dakota. They come in handy for clearing brush and fallen trees.
#22 of 1179 Body Side Molding
Jul 10, 2000 (3:24 pm)
I looked at the Durango and they have color coded body side molding. It appears to have the color encasulated in clear plastic bonded to the black rubber molding. The front doors should be the same size as the Durango. The back doors are pretty close. If not close enough, you could order 4 front door molding and trim for the rear doors.
I have the two tone (silver rocker panels) paint scheme. The black molding is not what I want.
Jul 10, 2000 (8:43 pm)
In one of the older DAK topics someone mentioned that under the rear passenger side of the spare tire is a "Y" in the wiring harness. There is a single wire pigtale with a label "CHMSL" (Center High Mounted Stop Lamp??). They were going to test and confirm but never seemed to get back to the topic.
Can anyone with the Big Orange Book confirm or deny that this pigtail is prewired for the center mount brake light? I am having a bed cap installed this week and they want to splice into the tail lights. I to have this pigtail and it seems like this would be a much easier and better choice. Could Dodge possibly have foreseen this need and prewired for a Cyclops break light?
#24 of 1179 chmsl - resqman
Jul 10, 2000 (8:54 pm)
On the Quad the pigtail is tucked up between the spare and the bumper on the passenger side. It is labled CHMSL. I had a Leer topper put on my Quad and they used the pigtail. They were going to splice into the lights for the topper dome light. I would not let them hook it up. I'm going to tap into the 7 wire connector for the trailer hookup ( I have the trailer tow package) there is a 12 volt source with a 40amp fuse that will work just fine for me. Rick
Jul 10, 2000 (8:57 pm)
PS, I was told by the topper installer that most trucks made since 93 have a pigtail for the third light from the factory.
#26 of 1179 Bed-rail Guards & Side-mount Ladder rack
Jul 10, 2000 (10:16 pm)
I'm looking for heavy vinyl bed-rail guards. Mopar makes a checker-plate chrome guard, but I'm looking for one similar to those made by FFFFFFFord (just can't say that word). Also looking for a ladder rack (side mounted) not one that goes over the the whole bed. Does any have any experience with either of these two after market items? Thanks in advance.
#27 of 1179 Side Molding pieces-expensive!
Jul 11, 2000 (9:03 am)
My dealer quoted me $48 apiece for the color-matched molding strips, thats $200 for all four for the Quad, ouch...
(that's after the 10% DC owner discount, regularly $53 apiece) It seems rather steep...and
I thought the $30 for the 4 sill protectors was expensive....guess I'm looking for some aftermarket stuff, too..
#28 of 1179 Mouldings.....
Jul 11, 2000 (1:13 pm)
I went to an auto paint supply store. The top aftermarket moulding manufacturer seems to be Pro Stripe. The guy let me take his sample book out to the parking lot to compare with the truck. The book actually had a Dodge section that seemed to match OEM styles pretty well. I have a sport, so black was the ticket, but for $45, there was enough material to do both sides front to back. Just thought I'd toss that in if it will help.
BTW, for sport owners, the Pro Stripe M-104 ties in beautifully with the black section of the rear bumper.
#29 of 1179 Thanks CHMSL
Jul 11, 2000 (2:13 pm)
Thanks for the confirmation about the CHMSL pigtail. I will make sure the bed cap installer knows about it. They offered a 12 volt light and they were going to steal power from the brake lights. I did not like the idea of that.
I also had a sinking feeling that someone would inadvertantly leave the light on in the bed and drain the battery. I asked if the installer would tie into the bed light mounted on the cab so that I could control the light from inside the cab. He responded "Why would you want to turn the light on from inside the cab when you will be looking in the bed?" 1) I have a rear sliding window so the kids can reach into the bed from inside the cab while riding to get stuff. 2)So that it is part of the vehicle lighting system that turns itself off automagically after 15 minutes so I don't drain the battery. 3)Because I am the customer and that is what I want. Anyway the installer refused on the grounds it was too complicated for them to figure out.
Instead I ordered the cap with two battery lights. One center rear, one center forward. Basically a flashlight screwed to the roof of the cap. One for access from the rear sliding window and one for access from the tailgate. I anticipate using up a few batteries when one gets left on by accident but at least the vehicle will start. Hey, that is why Sam's sells batteries in 12 packs.
Jul 11, 2000 (3:06 pm)
Hmmmm.... Some of those touch lite things might do well for that application.
I just installed the BAK rail caps. Nice product, but I'm a little disappointed with the final appearance. There is some variation in mine that makes one side seem shorter than the other. Starting from the back during installation, there's no way to adjust this. Also, the lines (when looking down the outside of the bed) are somewhat crooked and seem to drop towards the rear. Not a huge problem, just annoying. My truck had a dealer installed pin stripe and the caps visually throw the lines off a little.