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How short can I go(drive shaft)

Discussion in 'Daihatsu Hi jet' started by mrxsht, Nov 13, 2022.

  1. mrxsht

    mrxsht Member

    I had an engine swap finish from the fabricators and now I have another issue. How short of a drive shaft can one have?
    As it looks now, after putting the yoks bas in trani and rear end. I'll only have a 3" shaft. Are there alternatives I can look into?
  2. MattKernee

    MattKernee New Member

    What engine did you put in?
  3. mrxsht

    mrxsht Member

    This is as short as I had to go. I put a Hc 1.3 l engine with 5 speed. I found a drive line specialist here and they hooked me up. Tiny isn't it?

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  4. Tripthyme

    Tripthyme Active Member Supporting Member

    How much did the whole new set up cost?
  5. mrxsht

    mrxsht Member

    You mean the parts (installation) , importation of parts, fabrication of motor mounts ? Shortening drive shaft, ect ...., ? It's still not running yet so I'm still counting the costs .

    If I would have known I could buy a piaggio porter with the 1.3 l engine stock . I wouldn't not have bought the Daihatsu hijet from Japan. And it would have been cheaper in the long run. Before you buy . Look towards the piaggio porter instead of the Japanese versions. Porters were meant for road operation.

    You know , I'm almost afraid to say what Ive put into it . And it still isn't running yet.

    I paid like $2500 for the engine, transmission,rear axle, wiring harness, from the UK. & 5k for fabrication . I had to relocate the rear axle back 10" if I knew then what I know now I would have never done it. But I can't really say that because I haven't had to drive it yet either.

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