Engine Change up

Asked by Oct 03, 2012 at 08:05 PM about the 1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr Sport 4WD Standard Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i have a 97 Dakota but i want to do some upgrades it is a v6 and i was thinking of having the engine switched to something newer and more powerful, what year make and model can i go to as for engine swapping ,? can i put in a v8 from a durango, or a 2000 or higher model Dakota ?  what about a dodge 1500 ? ect stuff like that i want to have the engine replaced because this v6 has a weird shimmy in the motor like its trying to stall but it wont, it still runs strong, it gets to 80mph then it will shimmy and chug a bit like its going to stall after 85 to 90 it will stop and pick up speed and drive normally after that , Ive changed the fuel pump that wasn't it i changed the spark plugs that wasent it , so i figure its either the oxygen sensor or a new engine is required

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If your looking for something more powerful you can take a v8 out of a durango or dakota up to 2004 should bolt up. Just be careful you habe the 3.9 so the transmission from that will only bolt up to the 5.2L or 5.9L

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be carefull with a 5.9 the tranny can handle it but the rt models had a difrent transmission

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i have an 2000 dodge dakota 3.9 l engine i want to up grade to a stronger motor ,to a 5.2 l engine 318 what all do i have to do and what year of motor can change out to,thanks john

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can anyone help me please

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