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I have a 99 dakota 2 wheel drive automatic with a 3.9 V6. Right now it is my commuter and daily driver for a while. I am going to start gathering full size solid axles and all parts I need to do a 4x4 solid axle swap. I am a professional welder and fabricator and I am aware of the extent of this job. I am curious though of what I can do for the transmission? What transmissions with t-case can I swap? Year range? Any advice would be of great help. Thank you all.
 

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Pretty sure any engine/transmission combo for the Dakota's with the early style magnum engines as well as the 1500 and 2500 have the same style transmissions.
 

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So I can take a transmission out of a 1st gen dakota or a 94+ ram? Are the bellhousings the same for the v6 and the v8?
 

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I am pretty sure they are the same. I know my 95 dakota was very simmilar engine and tranny to my 2000 dakota Quad Cab. Both v6 trucks. The only obvious difference between them was a 2 (or 3?) piece driveshaft.
 

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Bellhousings will be the same across the Magnum engines 3.9, 5.2, and 5.9L

But I think the first generation Dakota's came with the 44RE instead of the 46RE that the second generation Dakota's and Ram's came with that were equipped with a V8.
 

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Ok. I know my 94 ram had a 46rh instead of the 46re. So if I pulled it out of a ram it would have to be the RE trans?
 

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If you used the one out of the Ram I'm pretty sure you'd have to have the PCM reconfigured, because you are going from an electronically controlled trans (RE) to a hydraulically controlled trans (RH).
 

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I believe the 97 and up rams went to the electronic RE trans. So would that be a direct swap as long as I didn't put a RH trans in my dakota?
 

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Yep, exactly the same.
 
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