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Dakota engineers told us that they were thinking "Baja" more than "Rubicon" when designing the components for the TRX4 package. Blasting along a dirt two-track was a stress-free exercise, and overall quite fun, thanks to the tossable size of the truck. The lack of intrusive electronic traction control meant we had total control of the vehicle-a huge yee-haw to Dodge for that. Thanks to the body-on-frame design, the Dakota felt very solid structurally. Conversely, the soft coilover-shock front suspension and leaf-spring rear suspension was supple and produced a smooth, controlled ride. Suspension travel was decent, though we did occasionally blow through uptravel and plant the A-arms on the bumpstops. The dismal 21.9 degrees of approach angle meant stomping the binders often to avoid stuffing the front fascia into protruding sections of trail.

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