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Draggin' Dakota
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Look out, this '96 Dodge Dakota packs some serious power. It belongs to Brad Gigliotti of Pacifica, CA. Brad may only be 26, but he knows his stuff, he works as an auto technician at a local car dealership.

The truck has a 5.2L V8, 5 speed transmission, and a 3.55 open diff rear end. Mods on this truck include a K&N FIPK aircleaner, Gibson cat-back exhaust, and a Mopar Performance high performance engine controller.  Best 1/4 mile time on the truck is 14.59 seconds at 94.21 mph, with a 2.09 second 60-foot time.  Future modifications include headers, cam, ported throttle body, roller rockers, and intake manifold. And Brad tells us he has his eyes on a Paxton Supercharger. He admits, "I'm hunting for the 12's!!!"

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Appearance-wise the truck has been lowered 3-inches in front 4-inches at the rear. It wears Centerline Scorpion wheels, measuring 17x7-inches front and 17x8-inches rear, with Firestone Firehawk SZ50 tires (235/45ZR17 and 255/45ZR17 respecitively).

His frineds like to call it The 5.0 Eater, and we can see how it could easily  surprise a lot of 5.0 Mustangs! Truck came with tilt, cruise, and A/C, but Brad says, "I can do without 'em." He is even thinking of removing the A/C for less weight.  He is serious about making this thing haul more then a load of wood.

You can reach Brad by email at [email protected]

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