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Can they really handle the highway?

Discussion in 'Performance' started by Balloon-Kitty, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Captain Nemo

    Captain Nemo Member

    I love my Kei and drive it where ever possible, but,. . .

    That sounds about right.

    My 92 jumbo puts out about the same speeds, up to 60mph. But I had to use Garmin GPS to get the reading. Speedo is pegged at 30mph.

    Leon at Daihatsu says the engines shouldn't be revved over 5,800. But for highway, when I do jump on I-95 or the beltway for a quick short cut, at 7,500 I'm able to hold my own with smart cars and other slower traffic. (Of course around here, except for the squids and 4 wheeled wanna bees, those roads are limited to about 60mph.) But Leon says the valves should be floating above 6,k. I'm not finding that to be the case, and the engine temp doesn't run up much over normal lower speed driving.

    My comment about going over the falls was just to say taking a long run in one of these little guys is fine, but unless you have nothing else to drive seems as logical. We can be pretty sure the kei will do long trips, after all, I'm reading about guys with 60,000+ miles on them. They were meant for regular work and service. They can take it and put it out.

    But for long distances, unless you aren't too sure of your own ability to sit on a mechanical bull, for more than a couple of hours it seems a little senseless.:eek:

    That's when I go to more a more conventional vehicle. And on the dollars and sense side, it is probably just as cheap when you factor in the shorter driving time a full size truck lower gas consumption at lower engine speeds it needs to make longer distances.

    Finally, if the purpose is to do some meaningful work either at the destination or when you return, getting beat down by the kei can't add to the efficacy of that.

    I for one think we need keis in this country. And maybe the novelty of people seeing them on the road will move that along.


  2. BC_MMC

    BC_MMC Member

    Somebody tell us how they drove their Kei truck over the Coquihalla here in BC.
    I'm not gonna be the first to try it!
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  3. Stuff99

    Stuff99 Active Member Staff Member

    lol that would be interesting to see!
  4. Captain Nemo

    Captain Nemo Member

    From here in Va, it looks to be fun.

    Slow going up, and on the brakes going down.
    Reminds me of some of the roads in the Smokies, I lost an engine in a Land Cruiser years ago in that place.:(

  5. Little Dumper

    Little Dumper Member

    Piece of cake, as long as you keep it above 70km/h going up snowshed your fine. If you let it out of the torque peak in 4th ( mine is a 4spd) you're done and need to shift into 3rd, where you will suffer the rest of the way up at 40km/h.

    I don't drive mine above 80km/h anymore, its too hard on her. With 6.80 gears and no overdrive it just winds the piss out of the motor. With a 2wd that has OD and 6.40 gears its better, you can cruise at 100 km/h at a more reasonable 5700ish rpm.

    You just need to remember that the fastest you can go in most of Japan is only 80km/h and most off freeway limits are in the 20 to 50 km/h range......that's what these were designed for, govern yourselves accordingly.

    Last edited: Dec 8, 2011
  6. FiveOneOh

    FiveOneOh Member

    I cruise at 90 in the Sambar, never go above that though. it makes the trip from Vancouver to Whistler with a load of DH bikes almost every weekend throughout the summer and up the local ski hills every weekend through out the Winter.
  7. Jessf

    Jessf Member

    I never take my 1990 Sambar past 80 km/h and on a rare occasion I go 90 km/h even though I know it will go faster. I prefer to keep the RPMS low as this is my daily driver and I can't believe that driving in excess of 5600rpm twice daily is good for engine life.

    They can certainly do highway speeds but I wouldn't make a habbit of it.
  8. TamiPaulus

    TamiPaulus Member

    I do not think that the right-hand-drive vehicles are going to be banned in Canada as there a lot of right-hand-drive vehicles in Canada and public will be in big loss and potentially I do not think that there are any issues whether the steering as at left or right.
  9. Tuskano

    Tuskano Member

    I've hit close to 120kph down in California in my Hijet. That was back with it's original 660 EFI engine. Recently put a new motor in it and still breaking in the engine, so the most I have hit was 80-90kph.
  10. ozarkman

    ozarkman Member

    Can they handle the highway? Yes, but with a few caveats. I drive my '99 Mitsubishi Minicab (FI 660cc, 5-speed dual-range 4X4) everywhere except Interstates, because 1) they're not allowed on Interstates in my state, and 2) I'd rather avoid them in my mini. The following is relevant to highway driving with respect to speed and choice of aftermarket wheels and tires. Disclaimer: This info applies only to Kei trucks with front wheels positioned all the way forward to allow for adequate wheel-well clearance.
    With a 4-inch lift and a little front bumper trimming, I was able to convert to 15-inch wheels (7 inches wide with 10mm offset) and 195/60R15 highway tires. Tires with low rolling resistance makes a significant positive difference in top speed and fuel mileage. Since the new tires' diameter is 24.2 inches, the speedo reads 17.7 kmh or 11 mph lower than actual speed. So at an indicated 80 kmh, actual speed is nearly 98 kmh.
    The engine revs at the same speed as it would with stock wheels and tires, so the bigger tires act like an overdrive on the highway. On the flip side, climbing hills at lower speeds may require the next lower gear, but I've never had a problem.
    I will add that the driver must exercise more vigilance in steering these vehicles at high speeds because of their ultra-quick steering response and short wheel base. A fast maneuver or steering overcorrection at high speed can cause a catastrophic loss of control (flipping over and over, death, etc.). This tendency is well known with Jeeps, but it's even more critical to beware of in a mini truck. New wheels n tires 4-8-15.jpg New Wheels n tires Mitzi.jpg
  11. KCCats

    KCCats Member

    To the original post, are they safe?
    Look close at the front of these trucks!
    There is nothing between you and the plastic bumper!
    I built a brush guard, and a receiver for my winch and plow mount!
    I am going to remake it even stronger!
    In my Avatar pick I worked half a day at trying to get mine stuck!
    I did, that is a 15' hole I tried to jump out of!
    It took 2 hrs to get it out and I maxed out my 2000lb winch and even bent what I have upfront now!
    But what I am getting at, I feel I would walk away from fitting a deer at 50mph!
  12. Mona

    Mona New Member

    Hi everybody. I drove my '95 Carry from Nanaimo, BC to North Battleford, SK in March of 2016. I drove the Cocohalla (Surry to Valemount) in 8 hours on a Sunday. Luckily it was not very busy, so didn't have to worry about being in anybody's way. No speed demon through the mountains, but made it home with no problems. Gas was approx 78 cents/litre and the whole trip home only cost me $135 in gas! Love my Carry!
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