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2” lift?? Atrai

Discussion in 'Microvans' started by beachbug21, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. beachbug21

    beachbug21 New Member

    Hey guys! I’m buying a 1996 Daihatsu Atrai 4x4 and was wondering if anyone has done a 2” lift to it? Any kits or full custom work? Thanks!
     
  2. Jigs-n-fixtures

    Jigs-n-fixtures Well-Known Member

    The front should be strait forward as the front suspension is shared with the Hijet. The rear is distinct to the vans, and may be a bit difficult, and you won’t find any kits to do it. You’ll have to do quite a bit of one off work to get it right.

    Your probably going to have to do most of the work yourself. I’f recommend that before you start, you get a copy of Fredrick Puhn”s book, “How to Make Your Car Handle”, it is probably the best primer on suspension design written. Not too much math, but a lot of common sense approach to working on and tuning the suspension, and how it works.
     
  3. beachbug21

    beachbug21 New Member

    Okay that’s what I was kinda figuring to happen. I found a parts source that may be able to help out, I just got to get the van first...I’m excited and just want to find out all I can! It’s come if from Japan so I have to figure out all of that.
     
  4. srmoose

    srmoose New Member

    I have been looking into the same, I have redone the suspension on an Atrai, but I have not done a lift as of yet.
    I have a 1995 Atrai and Jigs is correct about the front. As for the rear, I have been looking at some spacers for the Terios but so far have only found 40mm lifts. I would like the 2" (50mm) if I can make sure the rear works out and is the right size. The other option I have thought of are some sort of universal spacers. Is your parts source for the front or both? The work should is fairly easy once the right parts for the rear can be found / made.
     
  5. beachbug21

    beachbug21 New Member

    I texted the number on this ad: https://outerbanks.craigslist.org/snd/d/4x4-japanese-mini-truck-utv-side-by/7265010276.html

    I told him what I had and he said they make a 2” camber lift for the Atrai. I wasn’t sure what my rear suspension was so he said hold off till it gets there in case he needs to send me extra parts. The one I bought is still in Japan.The kit was $199 I think. I’d reach out to him and tell him what you have and see if it works. Let me know what he says!

     
  6. srmoose

    srmoose New Member

    Hi, I am familiar with them, they are out of TX. The main issues I see with the rear, would be the coils and either longer shocks or a shackle to extend them.
    I have a lot of projects going on so the lift has not been a priority. But it does seem like it will be fairly easy, the camber and castor should remain in the rear with extended shocks. Here is what it looks like, sorry I could not get shock better. BTW congrats on new Atrai! Atrai shock.jpg Atrai shock 2.jpg
     
  7. Jigs-n-fixtures

    Jigs-n-fixtures Well-Known Member

    My recollection is that the suspension on the Atrai, is a solid axle on a pair of links, supported on springs, with a Panhard rod to locate it side to side. The pictures, as near as I can see, bear this out.

    If I’m right, you would need to lengthen the Panhard rod, to keep the axle centered under the truck if you lift the rear with stronger springs.

    If I were doing it I would look into building a four link suspension, or possibly even going hog wild and going to six links.
     
  8. beachbug21

    beachbug21 New Member

    Wow that’s more involved then I thought, hopefully they have a kit
     
  9. srmoose

    srmoose New Member

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