1. Welcome to For Trucks Only !

    We are a community of American Brand Pickup Truck and SUV owners. Join now! Its Free!

    Dismiss Notice

New to me 96

Discussion in 'General Truck Discussions' started by Cranky1, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. Cranky1

    Cranky1Old Stinky Fart

    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    54
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2011
    Location:
    Paserdener TX
    This thing is pretty nice and the AC will freeze you out. Looks like it may have been garage kept for most of it's existence. Not a V8 :( but the 6 runs pretty good....and have already got rid if the 6" wheels and installed a set of late model 8 inchers with 235-75-15 that came on another vehicle and are nearly new. Used to run 255-60's on my 95 and it handled very well with those and would like to get another set....

    65386873_10213848026187059_837767881147023360_n.jpg

    66275919_10213848025667046_422917531192262656_n.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Cranky1

      Cranky1Old Stinky Fart

      Messages:
      190
      Likes Received:
      54
      Joined:
      Jun 4, 2011
      Location:
      Paserdener TX
      Should I keep the 'Dakota' mud flaps? Not sure I like them but not hating them either.....
       
    • 7mopar

      7moparWell-Known Member

      Messages:
      1,711
      Likes Received:
      792
      Joined:
      Dec 21, 2013
      Location:
      Kingsville, MO
      Nice looking truck and appears to be in decent shape for a 96.
       
      • Like Like x 1
      • Agree Agree x 1
      • kiwigtx

        kiwigtxInternational Mod Staff Member

        Messages:
        550
        Likes Received:
        458
        Joined:
        Jun 16, 2011
        Location:
        Auckland
        The mudflaps might help to keep stone-chips off the rear lower quarters. Not ugly, but not as common to have them these days. Truck looks very smart Cranky....I like it. :)
         
        • Like Like x 2
        • Cranky1

          Cranky1Old Stinky Fart

          Messages:
          190
          Likes Received:
          54
          Joined:
          Jun 4, 2011
          Location:
          Paserdener TX
          Another thing I did was take off the overload shocks and cut the springs off of them. It dropped the rear about 1 1/2" and improved the ride a bunch!
           
          • Like Like x 2
          • 7mopar

            7moparWell-Known Member

            Messages:
            1,711
            Likes Received:
            792
            Joined:
            Dec 21, 2013
            Location:
            Kingsville, MO
            You saving the old Dakota?
             
          • Cranky1

            Cranky1Old Stinky Fart

            Messages:
            190
            Likes Received:
            54
            Joined:
            Jun 4, 2011
            Location:
            Paserdener TX
            The red one is in really good shape for a 96. Just making some improvements. Installed the later model 8" wheels and the new mickys and so far that's all I've done. Removing the overload coils made it ride a bunch better. Now my green 95 needs some help even though it still runs pretty good. Might start looking for a V8 to drop in it. Thinking about throwing in an 8 3/4 too....
             
            • Like Like x 1
            • 7mopar

              7moparWell-Known Member

              Messages:
              1,711
              Likes Received:
              792
              Joined:
              Dec 21, 2013
              Location:
              Kingsville, MO
              One can never have enough trucks. One for hauling, one for work and hopefully some day one to goof off in.
              I think my 93 has 7" wheels but not real sure. Your 96 looks like any width would fit. Well at least the vertical clearance is there.
               
              • Like Like x 1
              • Cranky1

                Cranky1Old Stinky Fart

                Messages:
                190
                Likes Received:
                54
                Joined:
                Jun 4, 2011
                Location:
                Paserdener TX
                The truck sits 1 1/2" lower in the rear now since pulling off the overload coils from the shocks. Yeah, still have my diesel too so it's three trucks. The diesel is slowly getting new gears installed.....and I mean slowly. I'm ready to set the pinion depth and the ring gear is bolted to the new LSD unit. Just got to work out now and gain some strength in my arms again after a bad muscle pull in my right arm. :(
                 
              • 7mopar

                7moparWell-Known Member

                Messages:
                1,711
                Likes Received:
                792
                Joined:
                Dec 21, 2013
                Location:
                Kingsville, MO
                Slowly is still better than never.
                 
                • Like Like x 1
                1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
                  By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
                  Dismiss Notice