2000 Dodge Dakota - 1LOUDRT
A 2000 Dakota with Good Looks and Killer Sound
Joshua Brack, of Ozark, Missouri, is very prideful. He says that is the reason for building a fully custom 2000 Dodge Dakota R/T. Josh wanted a truck that would snap necks because it looked so good, and for 18 long months, he put blood, sweat, and money into what is now a great-looking, fully functional custom truck.
Starting with the suspension, Josh lowered the front and rear two inches for a meaner looking stance. This was accomplished with a set of Western Chassis 2-inch lower control arms and Belltech street performance shocks up front, while out back, he swapped out the factory leaf springs for a set from Belltech. With matching Belltech shocks, his ride could now ride low and smooth. With the suspension taken care of, a set of Intro Pentia 6 wheels were strapped on, 20s in the front and 22s in the back. These were wrapped in Continental 275/35R20 and 295/30R22 rubber. To aid in bringing this whole rig to a quick stop, the factory brakes were upgraded with Baer cross-drilled and slotted rotors. All of the suspension components have been powdercoated in silver and the frame and underside of the truck have been coated in Herculiner.
Moving to the engine, the factory 5.9L has been upgraded with the addition of a Mopar performance cam, M-1 intake manifold, Jet performance chip, and Positive Performance headers. Josh made a custom cold-air intake using two Spectre cone filters. A set of Mopar performance valve covers sit atop the Hemi orange powdercoated block and cover up the Harland Sharpe 1.7 ratio roller rockers. The serpentine belt wraps around a set of March performance billet pulleys. A PATC 46re Viper series transmission puts the power to the rearend. Sitting along either side of the tranny is a custom ceramic-coated exhaust with electronic cutouts and 3-inch side exit Spintech mufflers. There are also several billet pieces, as well as a few hydro-coated pieces under the hood for added good looks.
Needing a slick-looking body to sit on the unique frame, Josh added a Cervini’s Sniper body kit. He then upgraded the lights to Euro one-piece headlamps, Anzo carbon euro taillights, and installed a pair of K-6 mirrors with turn signals. Finishing off the truck with a Snug Top tonneau cover and manual, removable, sunroof, Josh could have the body painted. Taking the truck to Nixa, Missouri, Josh had Nathan Curry, of Curry’s Customs/High Octane Designs, lay down the custom airbrushed flames and skulls in PPG’s Sunburst Orange over Copper Metallic.
Not to be outdone, the interior needed sprucing up. The dash has been completely covered in fiberglass then wrapped in vinyl. The factory seats have been converted to Yonako Leather racing seats for a form-fitting feel and were embroidered with R/T logos for a race appearance. To add some more flash, several plastic pieces have been hydro-coated to look like carbon fiber while others were painted to match the truck. Several plastic skulls can be found throughout the cab to keep with the underworld theme.
The pièce de résistance of this truck has to be the audio and video. The head unit for the system is a Kenwood eXcelon KDC-x994. A Memphis Audio equalizer fine-tunes the audio before sending it to the nine Memphis amps. They turn around and send the signal to four Memphis 12-inch woofers, Memphis 6-inch components, 6x9s and 4- and 6.5-inch separates. There are a total of 14 mid- and high-range speakers. Throughout the cab and bed are six monitors including a 42-inch LCD in the bed. The amps are mounted in the bed, custom airbrushed to match the truck, and the wiring is routed separately to all of the speakers to avoid interference. Most truck owners would run several Kinetik or Optima batteries to run this setup, well as you can see, Josh isn’t like most truck owners. He has six North Star Battery Telcom NSB 170 cell phone tower batteries in the bed. We can attest to not only the crisp, clear quality of the audio, but also the eardrum rattling volume.
After spending 18 months, countless man-hours, and an untold amount of that green stuff, Josh now has an amazing truck with an audio system that could blow out the eardrums of lesser men. He plans on enjoying the truck for a while, going from show to show and winning Best of Show and Best Audio awards. Josh wanted to thank Nathan Curry, Matt over at Ozarks Hydro Graphics, the guys from C&R Metal Works in Springfield, Missouri, Memphis Audio, CAE, and most importantly his wife Sharon for her support and allowing him to live his dream.