It Was Almost Like They Owned The Place!Dodge Quad Cab Dakotas dominated the landscape at the 1999 SEMA/AI Show. Dodge, the Official Sponsor of the '99 edition of the automotive aftermarket spectacle, came in with a vengeance and proved that not only are things different at Dodge, Dodge is dominating!
With the introduction of the all-new Dakota Quad Cabs for 2000, seven of our sister publications at Emap Petersen-Hot Rod, Hot Rod Bikes, 4-Wheel & Off Road, Sport Truck, Motor Trend, Bike, and Hunting-collaborated with Dodge Truck in an effort to bring seven market-specific Dakotas to the 1999 SEMA/AI Show-the ultimate aftermarket manufacturers forum for performance, restoration, and styling products.
Check out the accompanying photos and take pride that Dodge is the first name in trucks for the new millenium. Even better is the opportunity you'll have to see these trucks in person at a car show near you in 2000.
Hemi-LiciousOnly Hot Rod could conceive this fire-breathing Quad Cab constructed by, none other than, Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides in Manteno, Illinois. Designed by Thom Taylor, the Hot Rod Hemi Dodge Dakota Quad Cab features a long list of aftermarket products that only a craftsman of Troy's caliber could merge together with such outstanding results.
For power, nothing less than Mopar Performance's 528ci Hemi would be sufficient. The engine produces 600hp thanks to a combination of Aeromotive Fuel System components feeding an ACCEL Digital Fuel Injection system. March Performance delivered the serpentine pulley setup, while a host of Mopar Performance accessories dress out the pachyderm.
To convert Hemi power to forward motivation, the folks at Atech Motorsports engineered the Summit Racing Equipment-supplied 727 TorqueFlite trans and tailshaft mounted Gear Vendors overdrive unit. A Flowmaster exhaust system attempts to quiet the roar of the Crate Hemi.
On the outside, the Quad Cab is as radical as its drivetrain. Jeff St. Aubin Auto Body dechromed the body and applied the revised topcoat to the all-black Dak which was followed up by Tom Evans applying the flames. A Hotchkis suspension provides the down-to-the-ground look while Billet Specialties wheels-18s up front and giant 20-inchers out back-are mated to BFGoodrich rubber. Inside AutoMeter gauges monitor the Hemi.
Editor Ro McGonegal of Hot Rod said in his remarks at SEMA, "Quite frankly, when we received Dodge's invitation to the Quad Cab project, we laughed. How could we surmount this obstacle? A big bag of flames, some bad boy rolling stock, and a Hemi engine would do the trick, we thought. Hell, they'd never agree to something that nutty, would they? Well, they did."
Cool CargoThe Hot Rod Bikes Dodge Dakota Quad Cab, coated in midnight black with hot lick graphics, was constructed by Jim Dalton of Hot Rod City. External modifications include a Sir Michael's roll pan, a Trenz grille, and Boyd's wheels shod in low-profile Goodyear tires coupled with a low-down Air Ride Technologies suspension.
A full Flowmaster exhaust flows from the Magnum V-8 engine to compete with the full-on sound of a Precision Power Stereo-engineered audio system which centers around Clarion components.
With a truck this hot, you gotta haul something equally cool. Big Dog Motorcycles' John Nasi built the Big Dog Bike. Centered around the new for 2000 Big Dog Wolf, the bike features a Daytec two-inch stretch frame. For power, the bike relies on a Total Performance Engineering 107ci 45-degree V-Twin. For clean styling and awesome looks, Nasi chose Performance Machine Trespasser 18-inch wheels with Performance Machine in-rotor brakes. A Legend Air Suspension keeps things downright comfy for this ultimate custom bike.
4xQuadWhile discussing 4-Wheel & Off-Road's 4xQuad with editor Cole Quinnell, he noted that the focus was to build a "high-profile image vehicle that would be very functional for mud and sand."