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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-31-2002, 06:11 PM
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Middle Crossmember on a Dakota

I can't get the middle crossmember (the one under the transfer case) off of my '87 Dakota for anything. All the bolts are off but the thing can't come out. It is loose, but its got no where to go. Anyone ever dealt with this?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-01-2002, 08:45 AM
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Re: Middle Crossmember on a Dakota

that sounds like the cross member that holds the torsion bars in for the front end DONT TAKE THAT OUT / did you blow a clutch
or the auto tranny / unbolt the transfer case from the tranny and then unbolt the tranny and slide it backwards so the front will drop out / thats how you do it without taking the front end apart
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 09-01-2002, 10:22 PM
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Re: Middle Crossmember on a Dakota

I'm not sure whether or not the 89 HAD torsion bars. If so, I would also advise not taking out the middle crossmember unless you dont like your fingers/hands/(vital parts). What do you need it removed for? Depending on whether or not you blew the clutch, I'd also go with sliding the tranny out the back. Removed the knuckle where the driveshaft meets the rear diff and then remove the splined end from the rear seat of the trans and it shouldn't have anything else in the way. More details would help though. Engine Displacement? Manual/Automatic? Front Coils or Torsion Bars? Please Reply.

- Fox Deacon - 1992 2WD Dodge Dakota
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-02-2002, 11:29 AM
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Re: Middle Crossmember on a Dakota

He's talking about a 87 Dakota, but if it's 4x4, it's got torsion bars. Dakota 4x4's have always had torsion bars, and 2wds have always had coil springs.
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