I do my best to keep up with information on all of our products. I was recently informed that the earlier 1973-1982 Dodge D series rotors for the 3000 pound front axle take a different bearing and are not compatible with the Dakota spindles. I made a quick note on the D-series caliper bracket selection about this change and will soon update all of the information to reflect the correct interchanges.
This morning however, was a question about springs for the Dakota IFS kits with 302 Fords. This is a work in progress and as I gather more information about the spring selections I will add it to the list to help you guys get the most out of your front end. This new information about the spring selection is in the Dakota Tech section.
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The rotor you listed for the D100 Raybestos 7034 will work without machining. It uses the A18 inter bearing. The 1980 down rotors need machining because they use the A17 inter bearing. Around 1981 Dodge changed the spindle to use the A18, but still had the 4.5 bolt circle on the rotor. They changed to the 5.5 bolt circle in 1984 and still used the same A18 bearing spindle. There is a lot of misinformation on this on part store web sites. Also full size Dodge cars in the late 70s used the same 4.5 bs A18 inter bearing rotor as the 81-84 trucks aka rebestos 7034 rotor.
I been all through this mess because I own a cnc machine shop and I make early and late (Dakota) front hubs to mount 13″ Mustang Cobra rotors on D100-150 using Wilwood 6 piston calipers.
You guys make good products. I am about to help a friend install one of you Dakota front suspension kits in his 60s Ford truck.
Keep up the good work.
Thanks for the information Brian.