Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Spokane WA
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Re: Did anyone ever ask Mr Shelby.....
A local friend here got the Syclone when they came out. This was a truck even with a 4.3 turbo that melted down pretty easy. You can't warrenty a truck like that. Warrenty was so bad on just the T3 cars, the final 2.2 turbos, that we didn't even get the 2.4 turbo till 03 in America. The T3 would have been under boost, high boost for prolonged periods pulling. The head issues they had would have had them in the shop 24/7.
The turbo Daks you see today are people building them as a toy with todays tech added. Even the people that have build the turbo Dak with the 2.5 trans broke them as the trans caves with 8v power. So at the time they didn't have a 5 speed. So that left the A999 trans made for the 4 banger that one of the RWD guys is running. That would require the engine to be under boost almost non stop in a truck.
The 92 Dakota was the high water mark for Dodge performance in a truck until the Viper powered trucks and the new Hemi's. In 92 my friend had a Syclone and I was driving a 92 Dak. From a 40 MPH roll it was almost side by side, he gained a truck length by 120, my front bumper on his rear. Then I added a 3" dynomax turbo muffler and pipe and a drop in K&N air filter and took off the block off plate. Then gained a truck length on the Syclone, BUT I could also pull a trailer and the 92 was used for work daily. I used the Dak to pull my Challenger to the track on a 7K trailer. Then I raced the Challenger and my dad ran 15.3@97 with the Dak. The early 318 got a larger cam with more duration, bigger exhaust manifolds and 2 3/4" exhaust including the 2 3/4" cat. By 95 they came out with a 5 speed, I added traction bars for bad wheel hop. The truck couldn't trap, we added all the bolt ons to it and with the little cam it never got over 91 MPH. But I could do a 14.9-15.0 with it and the stick on stock tires.
I can't remember the towing and hauling of the 92 or the Shelby off hand. The 95 5 speed though had the highest rating back then, my dad bought it for hauling a cabin cruizer a Bayliner 2452 which it didn't like lol. It was rated at 2600 lbs payload, it had factory over loaders. Then it had a factory 7100 lb towing which was great but the cabin cruiser is like hauling horses, it moves around and feels top heavy. So the Dak didn't want to turn lol. When I backed it into the lake the front tires came off the ground lol. It did a wheel stand on the dry when pulling it out. Plenty of power and cooling though but turning sucked.
Most Shelbys of the time were bought for towing BTW, not because they were a hot rod but for a v8 in a little truck for towing. One of the trucks sold here some old people bought with a small 5th wheel, the mid size 24' models. They drilled big holes in the doors and added huge chrome steel truck mirrors to it. Because of that out cry of support and people loving the trucks, as trucks, Mopar went full steam for the V8 in production. It made the Dak hugely popular over the others for long time.
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86 GLHS 76
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