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Dodge Dakota Accessories and Modifications



  • iowabigguyiowabigguy Posts: 552
    The traditional Hurst Competition/Plus Shifter is now available for Dodge Dakota V8 pick-up
    trucks equipped with the New Venture 3500 series 5-speed transmission and is designed to
    provide a more positive and secure feel when shifting. This shifter incorporates a high
    ratio pivot mechanism for approximately 30% reduced knob travel resulting in shorter,
    quicker shifts. Patented adjustable bias spring loads allow stick tension to be tailored for
    driver’s preference, and positive gear stops prevent overshifting and internal transmission
    damage. Includes chrome plated bolt-on stick with black knob and is easily installed without
    any vehicle modifications.
    Application Part Number
    Fits 1994-2000 Dodge Dakota V8 with NV3500 transmission part number is 391 0155
  • ayrowayrow Posts: 99

    First of all, thanks for the great description of your install.

    I have two questions;

    1) I have a 2001 QC with the bucket seats and the center counsel. I looks from photos that the Hurst shift knob slants closer to the seat than the factory stick. Do you think it will run into the counsel and/or make it difficult to grab as a result when in 2nd or 4th gear?

    2.) Does the Hurst knob rest at a different height? In other words, does one have to reach down further to reach the shift knob?

    Thank you so much.


  • bobs5bobs5 Posts: 557
    Just got an email that the bedrug is on it's way........again.

    They shipped the wrong model last time. Sent a short bed model, but I need a quad cab model, which is shorter than the short bed model.

    Also recieved a call from, , that the ARE model CH cap has arrived. I will have that installed this weekend. Just placed the order last Thursday and it is here already. Less than a week from order to delivery. They said it would be 2 weeks at time of order.


  • taki3taki3 Posts: 18
    The Hurst shifter stick is actually a little further away (more towards the right) than the original shifter - not quite sure why they did that....i would want it closer to the driver....

    in addition, i think that the Hurst shifter stick is actually a little longer than the original - as far as the console, i dont think it would be a problem - i have the 40-/20/40 seats, and the knob is placed just above the level of the top of "20" seat.... i always have the "20" seat in the down position, and while the knob gets close, i never really have a problem shifting....

    hope this helps....

  • appraiserappraiser Posts: 22
    I bought my 2000 Dakota Quad (5-sp, V-8, 2wd) a year ago and I love it! Question: I'd like to upgrade my tires and rims (I have 30,000 miles on it now). The truck came with P255/65/R15s and I want to go bigger (taller rather than wider for the most part). Does anyone know what size tires would be appropriately tough-looking on this truck? Thanks! I understand that the Dodge dealer can reprogram my computer for the new diameter.

    C. Moore
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    For those of you interested in getting more info on the HURST shifter for the Dakota...

    While my wife shops... I peruse the latest truck and Mopar magizines for Dakota information. Today I found a magazine that has a complete STEP-BY STEP photo gallery about how to install the new HURST shifter into your Dakota. There is even some commentary on the "feel" of the unit.

    Look for "High Performance Mopar" magazine at your local bookstore or grocerystore. Or click the following URL for an online version.
  • bobs5bobs5 Posts: 557
    Had the ARE model CH cap installed this past weekend. Looks nice. The paint match is pretty close. It looks just a teeny tiny bit darker in color than the truck. Not enough to have it repainted though.
  • ayrowayrow Posts: 99
    Where is the best place to buy this Hurst shifter?????

    I want one!!!!


  • ford_biiford_bii Posts: 120
    2 questions:

    1. Does installing the shifter void any warranties on the truck?

    2. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT:I have a 2001 with the center console, and with the current shifter when I place a 44 oz beverage cup in the cup holder behind the shifter, the shifter will hit the cup in 2nd gear and I have to crush it to engage 2nd properly. Does the Hurst shifter still hit the cup???

    If the above answers are both 'NO', I'm going for it.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Posts: 60
    Has anybody out there used the "magnetic fuel saver" advertised in the J.C. Whitney catalog?

    I remember a few years ago in college someone raving about it in their K-5 Blazer ( SB 400). I was just curious if anybody has used one. They spout off about it was proven on some EPA fuel efficiency test, but who really knows.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.


  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    My creedo is if its sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • urban3urban3 Posts: 74
    I know I saw post somewhere about how to get a spare tire lock for free. I even printed out the info. But of course now I can't find it. Anyone know what I'm referring to?

    What about a lock (free or not)? I can't seem to find anything at local retail auto parts stores or even online. I'm not looking in the right places. Your help please.
  • ahasherahasher Posts: 236
    is at I called them based on other recommendations from this board, and the guy told me 'sorry", the "free" lock was only if a retailer ordered it, not an individual. he suggested my local truck shop order it, and then they would give the rebate to make it free. I didn't order it, But I plan on getting one, I really like the J hook design (as long as it's long enough) over other hanging locks. Good luck, and let us know how it goes..
  • ahasherahasher Posts: 236
    and ordered a lock, after I checked out the site again when I first posted your reply. The coupon to get the "free" lock was an easy to print certificate which you get to by clicking the scrolling banner. So It's didn't say retailers only, as I was told on the phone. $25 at the most and $5 shipping at the least is worth the chance to protect a $500 or so spare alloy rim and rubber.
  • taki3taki3 Posts: 18
    i bought my Hurst shifter from - it was 189 with has a price matching +10% off, but they tack on about 50 bucks in shipping, so its not worth it (the absolutely worst car web site ive ever been to)....

    as far as the stick hitting those tall cups, i can tell you this - ive got a 97 dakota (first year of the new style), and i always had that problem with hitting cups - with the new shifter, i have not tried the 44oz cup (maybe at lunch today) but the stick doesnt come anywhere near the medium sized cups that i normally might hit a 44oz cup in reverse though....

    for comparison, the new stick comes straight up out of the shifting unit a little, and then bends towards the seats....the old stick was a straight shot coming out of the shifting unit....
  • billarfbillarf Posts: 38
    The lock from is very well made,

    priced right and works well. Do know that you will have to turn your spare over placing the finished side up OR the locks J-Bar will be to short. I have no problem with the spare finished side up as it protect the rim. Anyway, have the lock and am very pleased with it. OH, the lock comes with a plastic cap that keeps the crap out of the key hole. Bill in NY
  • ahasherahasher Posts: 236
    upside-down.. which I think is a good idea anyway, protecting the finished side. Thanks for the confirmation that the lock works well.. I don't like ordering sight-unseen, at any cost. And the "free" makes it a good deal.
  • fvracerfvracer Posts: 13
    I purchased a lock from and I didn't have to flip the spare to install it. My 2001 QC has the T&H package with the 16" wheels and it fit fine. The instructions need to be followed, however. The first time I attempted to install the lock where it "looked" like it should go, it was too short. After studying the instructions, I repositioned the J-bar and it fit with no problems.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    This might not be a good idea if you live in a winter-salted climate. The top of the spare (and every nook and cranny in the frame) get packed with salt-laden mud that causes corrosion.

    One can hose off most of the frame easy enough but would have to UNLOCK, LOWER and hose off the finished side of the spare several times each winter.

    I do not know about the rest of you but climbing under my truck while laying in slush in the winter to unlock the spare tire is not my idea of a good time.

    Just last weekend I found some more salt-laden mud inside my rear bumper while I was washing my truck.... that stuff gets EVERYWHERE.

    Good thing that lock comes with a plastic cap!
  • biglucybiglucy Posts: 140
    I spoke with the owner a while ago, who had been getting alot of complaints about QC owners with the fat tire & handling group making the j-bar to short - the dakota model the j-bar was made for was the 15inch rim and tire with less width. Get in touch with the company and tell them you want another model with a longer j-bar and you won't have to turn the tire upside down. If ya want?
  • gtownguygtownguy Posts: 73
    Hello all. I'm about to pick up my new QC, sport 4x4. I was interested in putting on three things right away. The black Westin nerf bars, a trailer hitch,(preferably one by Curt-tubular black), and possibly a Westin tubular Safari bar up front. Does anyone have any better suggestions? Are these products high quality? I understand there is no drilling for these items. Is that true?
    Any and all info would be greatly appreciated. BTW- I love this forum, one of the best out there!

    Thanks, Tom.
  • ahasherahasher Posts: 236
    I mentioned this recently but here is my .02. I looked at several hitches, and have found I liked the MOPAR III/IV hitch best for several reasons, 1 - it has an enclosed electrical box, comes with 4 way plug adapter that bolts to the box(if the 5 or 7 way is not your application, as in my case), 2 - It has welded bars instead of round holes for chains 3 - NO DRILLING!!! matches the frame holes perfectly. Also it came with a very cool molded rubber rams head plug. Also I very much recommend the factory wire harness, which is VERY well done, molded ends and completely covered in wire loom with a bunch of adapters and ties. Cost: Hitch $157 (not too bad) wire harness $50 (again, not too bad for factory wiring vs open wire like you get at wal-mart kits. Overall it looks factory on my rig, rather than an aftermarket product which can sometimes ruin the great look you have with the QC alone. i ordered from my dealer parts dept, and it was here in about 2 days.
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Tom, I have the Westin bars and am very pleased with them. My receiver is factory, but I have heard good things about Reese and Hidden Hitch. I have the Manik safari bars on my truck as well as my wife's SUV and I truly think that these are the heaviest and most functional grill/brush guards made in their price class. Good luck with your truck.

  • spike50spike50 Posts: 481
    Thought it was time for this to be brought up again. "BOB" shows that the DRL module would be mounted in the engine compartment, left side by the battery. I'm assuming that all Canadian Daks are so equipped. It appears that the DRL modules can be ordered through the USA dealers for $84+. Has anyone been successful at this conversion on a USA Dak? I've generally looked around and have not found the wire / connector shown in BOB for the job.
  • urban3urban3 Posts: 74
    My spare tire lock arrived Friday and installed it no problem. It is long enough without having to flip the wheel, if installed following the "recommended hook location for non-typical installation" instructions.

    There's diagram for Dakota and it does not hook over the hoist shaft per the normal installation. It goes through openings in the underside framing around the winch.
  • bobs5bobs5 Posts: 557
    Sorry I have been away for a week to keep everyone up to date.
    Rained like heck last night, not a drop of water in the bed of the truck. The ARE CH cap kept it dry.
    The correct bedrug arrived finally.
    Still have to install it.
    Been too busy getting my resume up to date and filing for unemployment. Got layed off on monday after 13+ years with the company. Bummer.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    thats one thing we all see too much of these days.
    Best of luck to you.
  • scottieeckscottieeck Posts: 69
    sorry to hear about your layoff Bob. Hope you're back in the saddle soon (unless you need a vacation that is). Good luck!
  • billarfbillarf Posts: 38
    After reading here this morning I went to my '01 Quad cab and unlocked the SpareTireLock and proceeded to re-flip the spare so the finished side was down. I hoisted the spare and found the right spot to hook the SpareTireLock J-Bar and sure enough the SpareTireLock will in fact work with the spare tire not flipped as I had previously thought. It secures on the first whole from the end. There is a little free play and I thought possibly a rattle source so I cut a piece of black garden hose and made a spacer to take up the slack and thus no rattle. ANYWAY,
    IF you are concerned your pricey spare and rim might get stolen the SpareTireLock is well worth the $. Bill in NY
    p.s. I do have the larger size rim and tire that
    is part of the tire and handling package.
    I wanted to get my spare facing the way the factory had it because flipped it tends to become loose and rattle every couple of weeks. H
  • dodgetrukndodgetrukn Posts: 116
    I am wondering if anyone knows if this system plays CD-RW'S??
    I've made a few CD-R's and they play everyone knows..
    I'll keep looking for info in the meantime..before I burn a RW and try myself..
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