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1998 Dodge Dakota R/T By Mike Richardson

1998 Dodge Dakota R/T By Mike Richardson

This is my Dodge Dakota R/T: This is my 1998, After 2 years of driving crappy cars, I finally found exactly what I wanted, and it became mine on july 8, 2005. The truck currently has 55,000 miles on it, and has never been drivin in the snow and I try not to drive it in the rain unless I really have to. The only modification to the truck when I got it was a Stillen Rollpan and a K&N air filter.

Since owning the truck, I have added (in order): MSD wires, cap and Accel plugs, Flowmaster dual exhaust with custom stainless steel tips, custom R/T stripe, tinted windows (had to take those off because I got a ticket), a 56mm throttle body spacer, and 4:10 gears. Other than those mods, the truck is completely stock, inside and out. I will be taking the truck off the road in the end of october and storing it in my garage.

During that time, I have plans for some extensive performance upgrades. These will include a set of Gibson headers (wrapped afterwards), K&N Fuel Injection Performance Kit (FIPK) intake, TransGo shift kit, and if money allows possibly a functional ram-air hood and alluminum cylender heads. As far as the visual appearance goes, I am going to install 2" lowering blocks in the rear to level it out with the front of the truck and then add a Viper steering wheel (because the leather wraping on mine is getting kind of worn out)


1998 Dodge Dakota R/T By Mike Richardson 1998 Dodge Dakota R/T By Mike Richardson

I haven't raced or dynoed my truck, but I estimate that it will do the 1/4 mile in about 14.8 seconds and is putting out about 255-260 horsepower at the wheels.

1998 Dodge Dakota R/T By Mike Richardson

10/29/2006 Update: Since the page was created, several things have been changed with the truck. In June, 2006, I placed 3rd in the Lake Erie Tri State Mopar Club show. Shortly after that, I rebuilt the whole engine due to some nasty rod knock. This kept the truck down for most of the summer.

1998 Dodge Dakota R/T By Mike Richardson

The truck is mostly stock (for now), and as of now, it has headers, TransGo Shift kit, completely redid the exhaust from the headers back (Magnaflow 2.5" downpipes, Magnaflow high flow cat, Magnaflow Magnapack Muffler), K&N FIPK Intake, MSD wires, MSD coil, Stillen rollpan, soft cover for the bed, custom R/T stripe, and Lakewood traction bars.

1998 Dodge Dakota R/T By Mike Richardson

The truck is now put away for the winter, and I have already started taking it apart to install a Mopar Performance cam, lifters, Crane 1:7 full roller rockers, Fasman 53mm Throttle Body, Jet underdrive pulleys, and the intake manifold and heads will be ported and polished as well as some other custom machining to the intake manifild by Richard at R V Engines.

Mike Richardson - Amherst, NY

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