Originally Posted by ram51
I don't have it yet on my 1999 Ram 1500 SPORT 4X4 (103K) but my 98 Dakota has it will it work on that truck?
I suspect not. I don't have a Dakota near me to inspect, but earlier another Dakota owner asked that & sent pics and it was an entirely different steering column design.
It looked like this: the steering column itself was much shorter, the intermediate shaft actually penetrated the firewall, and had a bushing in the middle, a bearing upon which it rotated. We figured the bearing in the middle was bad, and MOPAR only got around $ 200 for the whole intermediate shaft assembly which thus fixes the problem.
Whereas on the Ram truck, the column is much larger, penetrates the firewall and at it's terminal end the lower bushing / bearing assy goes bad - and MOPAR wants
$ 900 for the whole deal - which the motivation for us to have a cost effective fix for our Rams.
Mind you, this 'research' on the Dakota problem was all done by email & pics, but it may help you locate your problem - hope so !
Keep in mind too, the Ram truck fix isn't just for when the column starts clunking (only the most obvious sign...), but it also eliminates the play our trucks tend to exhibit on either side of center.
For example, if you find yourself 'sawing' on the wheel to keep the truck straight on the highway - then our kit will cut that down by about 80 % or so.
Do this, and say, a few urethane front end bushings on the sway bar, new control arm bushings, (plus a Luke's Link track bar rebuild kit if a 4x4), maybe a DSS steering box support bracket - and the Ram truck will handle so much better & go straighter, it's amazing.
With the better handling, the hardest part is trying to keep the highway speed down....
Hope this helps !