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Ranger 4.0 vs Dakota 318 V8

anybody raced one or knows who would win?
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dakota 318 v8
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yeah hands donw 318 v8 over the 4L v6 ...

heres yer sign!
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what bout the 3.9 dakota
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yea...I stomp my buddies 3.8 dakota. So yes....a 4.0 ranger beats a 3.8 or whatever dakota. 5.2, I don't know.

But, a 4.0 has NO CHANCE w/ a 5.9 R/T Dakota.
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4.0 keeps up with 5.3 chevy single cab from a 45 roll its dead even til about 65-70 and then the chevy starts pullin haha.

the 318 is the 5.2 correct? id say it could be a close race til higher speeds when teh 4.0 starts to top out
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Last time I checked the ranger wasn't a performance truck at all. Use this rule.
V8 in a mini = pwnage
V6 in a mini = win, unless new toyota
v8 fulsized truck = idk i've seen losses and wins
Srt 10 = crack is bad
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My 3.0 can take my dads 3.9, I need to get someone else to drive the Dakota tho and actually race em. My truck feels a heck of a lot faster then the Dakota tho, i'll find out next weekend.
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A few years in a row we Michigan Lightning Owners club had track days where we shared the day/event with the Dakota club.

The V8 versions in mostly stock trim run mid to low 15s. The bolt on guys could click off mid to high 14s.
So even my fairly well "bolt on" modified ranger would have a tough time out running a 2wd V8 version.
I **think** the V6 Dakotas ran high 15s if memory servs me right?

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I raced a 99 single cab 3.9 5 speed dakota with dual exhaust when I had 31x10.50s and walked him like a dog from a dig.

My '03 Suzuki Z400 (quad) destroyed the same dakota from a dig but I got caught up with and passed when he got up to approximately 90mph.
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But, a 4.0 has NO CHANCE w/ a 5.9 R/T Dakota.
I think its possible .
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I think its possible .
hahaha... Well yours is a little ridiculously fast...
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hahaha... Well yours is a little ridiculously fast...
Not at all. 13-14second times arent ' fast '.. well.. to me its not fast... or ' fast enough ' :)
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come on D, your truck is not "normal". I'm thinking stock vs. stock. Of course it may be possible. der.
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Oh those 5.2s and 5.9s arent that fast, heck a friend of mine has a r/t that runs 15s. Heck, the 4.7L one is a different story....
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Not at all. 13-14second times arent ' fast '.. well.. to me its not fast... or ' fast enough ' :)
Well for a 4.0 Ranger, it is ridiculously fast.
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Well for a 4.0 Ranger, it is ridiculously fast.
Yep I agree, heck 14s I believe is mustang gt territory.
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What about the 4.7 vs. the 4.0 modular?

My neighbor has a 98 Dakota, 4x4, 4.7 - he bought it used with no cats & a si/so flowmaster muffler, man does it sound nice. I'm pretty sure thats the only performance mod he has...

I wonder how good of a race it would be..
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I don't think D's 4.0L is 4 liters anymore...
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i don't think so either.
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What about the 4.7 vs. the 4.0 modular?

My neighbor has a 98 Dakota, 4x4, 4.7 - he bought it used with no cats & a si/so flowmaster muffler, man does it sound nice. I'm pretty sure thats the only performance mod he has...

I wonder how good of a race it would be..

do race and let us know :)
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I don't think D's 4.0L is 4 liters anymore...
Sure it is :) take a look , same engine as yours .

On topic though.. I never had any problems with many Dodge trucks. There was a yellow one with a bumble-bee in a black stripe around the back of it.. Didn't even need 3rd gear before he gave up. I'm not carrying any weight though ( no power options, 2wd.. ) as others are.

If I only had a regular cab..
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I was just asking cause I was reading a dakota forum or something where they said the ranger was quicker even with a trailer but I guess they were talking about the v6. atleast we're better at the off roading : ) http://www.offroadrangers.com/forum/...ad.php?t=21125
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do race and let us know :)
He's too much of a baby..
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With 4.10's and 31's I could out run my friends xcab 4x4 318 dakota with 32's up to about 60-65mph, after that it was point less. I did have a lot less miles on my rig then her too 10k vs 80k.
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