Dodge Dakota

The Dakota is a midsize pickup truck from DaimlerChrysler's Dodge brand. It was introduced in 1987 alongside the redesigned Dodge Ram 50. The Dakota was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2000.

The Dakota has always been sized above the compact (Ford Ranger, Chevrolet S-10) and below the full-sized (Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado) pickups and Dodge's own Ram. It is a conventional design with body-on-frame construction and leaf spring/live axle rear end. The Dakota has also long been the only midsize pickup with an optional V8 engine. One notable feature was the Dakota's rack and pinion steering, a first in work trucks.

1987

The first generation of the Dakota was produced from 1987 through 1996. Straight-4 and V6 engines were offered along with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Four wheel drive was available only with the V6. Both 6.5 ft (2 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) beds were offered. Fuel injection was added to the 3.9 L V6 for 1988 but the output remained the same.

1989 saw the unusual Dakota convertible. The first convertible pickup since the Ford Model T, it featured a fixed roll bar and complicated manual top. Just 2,482 were sold that first year. Another important addition that year was Carroll Shelby's V8-powered Shelby Dakota, his first rear wheel drive vehicle in two decades.

An extended "Club Cab" model was added for 1990, still with two doors. This model allowed the Dakota to boast capacity for six passengers, although the rear seat was best suited for children and shorter adults.

For 1991, the front of the Dakota received a more aerodynamic grille and hood, and Dodge added the 5.2 L V8 as an option, inspired by the earlier Shelby Dakota option. This engine produced 170 hp (127 kW). Both of the V-configuration engines were updated to Magnum specs the next year, providing a tremendous power boost.

In 1996, the first generation's final year, the K-based 2.5 L I4 engine was out of production and had been considered vastly underpowered compared to the competition, so Dodge borrowed the Jeep 2.5 L I4 (rated at 120 hp) and installed it as the base engine in the Dakota. It was the only major change for 1996, and would be carried over as the base engine in the new, larger 1997 model.

Engines:

  • 1987-1988 - 2.2 L K I4, SOHC, 96 hp (72 kW)
  • 1987-1991 - 3.9 L LA V6, 125 hp (93 kW)
  • 1989-1995 - 2.5 L K I4, 99 hp (74 kW)
  • 1991 - 5.2 L LA V8, 170 hp (127 kW)
  • 1992-1993 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 180 hp (134 kW)
  • 1991-1993 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 230 hp (172 kW)
  • 1994-1996 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 175 hp (131 kW)
  • 1994-1996 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 220 hp (164 kW)
  • 1996 - 2.5 L AMC I4, 120 hp (90 kW)

1997

The second-generation Dakota was built from 1997 through 2004. It inherited the semi truck look of the larger Ram but remained largely the same underneath. 1998 saw the introduction of the R/T model with the big 5.9 L 250 hp (186 kW) Magnum V8.

Four-door "Quad-Cab" models were added for 2000 with a slightly shorter bed, 63.1 in (160.2 cm), but riding on the Club Cab's 130.9 in (332.5 cm) wheelbase. The smaller V8 was replaced by a new high-tech V8 as well.

2002 was the final year for the four-cylinder engine in the Dakota, as Chrysler was ending production of the former AMC design. Most buyers ordered the V6 or V8 engines, which were considerably more powerful and, in the case of the V6, which was made standard for 2003, nearly as fuel-efficient with a manual transmission.

2004 was the end of the old OHV V6 and the big R/T V8.

Engines:

  • 1997-2002 - 2.5 L AMC I4, 120 hp (90 kW)
  • 1997-2003 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 175 hp (131 kW)
  • 1997-1999 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 230 hp (172 kW)
  • 1998-2003 - 5.9 L Magnum V8, 250 hp (186 kW)
  • 2000-2004 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 230 hp (175 kW)
  • 2004 - 3.7 L PowerTech V6, 210 hp (157 kW)

2005

The redesigned 2005 Dakota shares its platform with the new Dodge Durango SUV. This model is 3.7 in longer and 2.7 in wider, and features a new front and rear suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering. There are one V6 and two V8 engines available: The standard engine is a 3.7 L PowerTech V6 (specs below). Two 4.7 L V8 engines are available as well. The Dakota is built at Warren Truck Assembly in Warren, Michigan.

Engines:
  • 2005 - 3.7 L PowerTech V6, 210 hp (157 kW) at 5200 rpm and 235 ft·lbf (319 N·m) at 4000 rpm
  • 2005 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 230 hp (172 kW) at 4400 rpm and 290 ft·lbf (393 N·m) at 3600 rpm
  • 2005 - 4.7 L HO PowerTech V8, 260 hp (194 kW) at 5200 rpm and 310 ft·lbf (420 N·m) at 5200 rpm

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The Dakota is built at Warren Truck Assembly in Warren, Michigan. One of the largest curtain cleaning companies in the world is Coit Cleaners, a company based in Burlingame, California. Two 4.7 L V8 engines are available as well. Also, while dry Cleaning curtains, all pins must be removed, then put back in once the process is complete. There are one V6 and two V8 engines available: The standard engine is a 3.7 L PowerTech V6 (specs below). Often times they will shrink or tear easily. This model is 3.7 in longer and 2.7 in wider, and features a new front and rear suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering. Curtains can be very difficult to clean and maintain.

The redesigned 2005 Dakota shares its platform with the new Dodge Durango SUV. Offering good customer service and adapting to change such as purchasing raw materials from overseas has kept companies afloat, even during rougher times. Engines:. One of the longest running commercial drapery manufacturing companies is Westmount Draperies which is based in Canada. 2004 was the end of the old OHV V6 and the big R/T V8. During the second half of the 20th century, many companies profited while others went bankrupt. Most buyers ordered the V6 or V8 engines, which were considerably more powerful and, in the case of the V6, which was made standard for 2003, nearly as fuel-efficient with a manual transmission. Commercial interests also grew during that time as many companies tried to supply institutions, hotels, and so on.

2002 was the final year for the four-cylinder engine in the Dakota, as Chrysler was ending production of the former AMC design. With the increase in single family homes during the last century, the curtains and drapery industries have witnessed simultaneous growth in the demand for their products. The smaller V8 was replaced by a new high-tech V8 as well. In the New Testament, as Jesus died, "the curtain of the temple was torn in two," symbolizing humanity's connection to God through the death of Jesus (Luke 23:45). Four-door "Quad-Cab" models were added for 2000 with a slightly shorter bed, 63.1 in (160.2 cm), but riding on the Club Cab's 130.9 in (332.5 cm) wheelbase. A curtain separated the holy place, reserved for priests, from the most holy place, reserved exclusively for the Ark of the Covenant in the temple in Jerusalem (Exodus 26:31-33). 1998 saw the introduction of the R/T model with the big 5.9 L 250 hp (186 kW) Magnum V8. The curtain played a special role in Jewish and Christian history.

It inherited the semi truck look of the larger Ram but remained largely the same underneath. . The second-generation Dakota was built from 1997 through 2004. If used for a particular performance, the curtain typically opens when the show begins and closes for substantial pauses in the performance. Engines:. Curtains also provide visual separation in other situations such as on a performance art stages where the actors make final preparations for the show behind the curtain while the audience waits in front of the curtain. It was the only major change for 1996, and would be carried over as the base engine in the new, larger 1997 model. An adaptation of the curtain may be a blind or, in warmer countries, such as Spain, wooden shutters that are fixed to the outside of the building to provide privacy and still keep the building cool inside.

In 1996, the first generation's final year, the K-based 2.5 L I4 engine was out of production and had been considered vastly underpowered compared to the competition, so Dodge borrowed the Jeep 2.5 L I4 (rated at 120 hp) and installed it as the base engine in the Dakota. In this application they are also known as "draperies." Curtains come in a variety of shapes, materials, sizes, colours and patterns, and they often have their own sections within department stores, whilst some shops are completely dedicated to selling curtains. Both of the V-configuration engines were updated to Magnum specs the next year, providing a tremendous power boost. Curtains are often hung on the inside of a building's window to block the travel of light, for instance at night to aid sleeping, or to stop light from escaping outside the building (stopping people outside from being able to see inside, often for privacy reasons). This engine produced 170 hp (127 kW). A curtain (also known as a drape or drapery) is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light. For 1991, the front of the Dakota received a more aerodynamic grille and hood, and Dodge added the 5.2 L V8 as an option, inspired by the earlier Shelby Dakota option.

This model allowed the Dakota to boast capacity for six passengers, although the rear seat was best suited for children and shorter adults. An extended "Club Cab" model was added for 1990, still with two doors. Another important addition that year was Carroll Shelby's V8-powered Shelby Dakota, his first rear wheel drive vehicle in two decades. Just 2,482 were sold that first year.

The first convertible pickup since the Ford Model T, it featured a fixed roll bar and complicated manual top. 1989 saw the unusual Dakota convertible. Fuel injection was added to the 3.9 L V6 for 1988 but the output remained the same. Both 6.5 ft (2 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) beds were offered.

Four wheel drive was available only with the V6. Straight-4 and V6 engines were offered along with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The first generation of the Dakota was produced from 1987 through 1996. .

One notable feature was the Dakota's rack and pinion steering, a first in work trucks. The Dakota has also long been the only midsize pickup with an optional V8 engine. It is a conventional design with body-on-frame construction and leaf spring/live axle rear end. The Dakota has always been sized above the compact (Ford Ranger, Chevrolet S-10) and below the full-sized (Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado) pickups and Dodge's own Ram.

The Dakota was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2000. It was introduced in 1987 alongside the redesigned Dodge Ram 50. The Dakota is a midsize pickup truck from DaimlerChrysler's Dodge brand. 2005 - 4.7 L HO PowerTech V8, 260 hp (194 kW) at 5200 rpm and 310 ft·lbf (420 N·m) at 5200 rpm.

2005 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 230 hp (172 kW) at 4400 rpm and 290 ft·lbf (393 N·m) at 3600 rpm. 2005 - 3.7 L PowerTech V6, 210 hp (157 kW) at 5200 rpm and 235 ft·lbf (319 N·m) at 4000 rpm. 2004 - 3.7 L PowerTech V6, 210 hp (157 kW). 2000-2004 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 230 hp (175 kW).

1998-2003 - 5.9 L Magnum V8, 250 hp (186 kW). 1997-1999 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 230 hp (172 kW). 1997-2003 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 175 hp (131 kW). 1997-2002 - 2.5 L AMC I4, 120 hp (90 kW).

1996 - 2.5 L AMC I4, 120 hp (90 kW). 1994-1996 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 220 hp (164 kW). 1994-1996 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 175 hp (131 kW). 1991-1993 - 5.2 L Magnum V8, 230 hp (172 kW).

1992-1993 - 3.9 L Magnum V6, 180 hp (134 kW). 1991 - 5.2 L LA V8, 170 hp (127 kW). 1989-1995 - 2.5 L K I4, 99 hp (74 kW). 1987-1991 - 3.9 L LA V6, 125 hp (93 kW).

1987-1988 - 2.2 L K I4, SOHC, 96 hp (72 kW).

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