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what is the fastest year/ model dakota made? i have heard arguments that the 92 & 93 5.2 models had good manifolds and with 3.91 gears, were better than the 360's in power:weight. so i am curious, has anyone else heard of this; or is the r/t really the fastest? :crazy:
 

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My Money is on the earlier model Dakotas with the 5.2l and 3.90 rears. The power to weight ratio on a 92 RC Dakota 5.2 vs a 99 5.9 R/T Dakota is close to a 500lbs difference. The R/T only has a 20 hp advantage but has much more mass to move around.
 

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i agree, the 92-94 with the 5.2 and 3:92. the 5 speeds seem to be the best, but depends on the driver. i had a 94 cc with the 5.2/auto/3:92, was real quick. my buddy bought a 93 5.2/5spd/ 3:92 brand new. it was the fastest dak stock i have ever rode in. i now have a 92 cc le 5.2/auto/3:55, its pretty quick with minor mods. when i had my 94, my buddy had a 99 5.9 r/t, beat him by 1/2 a truck every time. we pretty much were mod for mod.
 

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92-95 5.2, RC, 2wd, 3.92 gear, 5 speeds will make a 97-up RT wet it self.
 

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92s had the best manifolds. 93-94 are all the same, 95s went to OBD II so you could play with more things, but not much.

I think if you could find a Gen II Reg Cab 5.2 5 spd 3.90s you'd be set.

I know my 92 CC 5.2 with 4.10s was AWESOME!
 

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For us auto guys, it's a little harder. GenI have the a518, which has a 2.54:1 first gear, wheras the genII have the 44RE/RH which has a 2.74:1 first gear.

Sadly, my 97 seemed an awful lot faster than the 94 I have right now, even though my 97 was heavier..
 

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I had a 93 reg cab LE trim with the 5.2, but it was an auto & had the 3:55 rear gear. It would be interesting to line it up with the 99 I have now. But I can tell you that it had LOT"S of oil leak's and other problem's that so far the 99 does not have. The 93 DID have better exhaust manifolds though!!
 
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