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Discussion in 'Performance' started by CVP33, Jan 30, 2022.

  1. CVP33

    CVP33 Active Member

    I keep seeing posts about speed-wobble and poor handling. Not sure if this is due to ATV tires, worn suspension, bad alignment or what exactly. Also not sure if my 1995 Daihatsu 2WD 5speed is a unicorn and so this is why I share this.

    Mine feels very stable at speed and has no issue getting up to 63-65mph. Today, after it was warmed up, I found a nice flat stretch and gave it the beans. It took awhile, probably 3/4 of a mile but it wound up to 115kph on the Speedo and 70mph on my phone and radar detector. Felt stable, although buzzy and didn’t want to hold the motor there long.

    So here’s my questions:

    1) Is this normal for a ‘95 Daihatsu Hijet with 2WD and a 5speed?

    2) Anyone with a Subaru S/C 5speed as I’ve heard those have the most power. Does the gearing allow for a higher top speed?

    3) Anyone else bury the throttle and have a similar or different (scary) experience?
  2. Horn Hunter

    Horn Hunter Member

    Lots of lifts, lots of spacers/adapters, lots of camber, lots of poke, lots of driveshaft angle, lots of CV joints stressed, lots of ATV tires, lots of wheels not balanced.
    I get 55 comfortably with Carlisle All Trails at 15 to 16 lbs. It seems happiest right at 50 mph.
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  3. CVP33

    CVP33 Active Member

    That sounds right. I did read where the Subi’s can achieve 80mph. That’s haulin’!
  4. t_g_farrell

    t_g_farrell Active Member

    After I replaced the large steering bushing on my Suzuki Every, it can easily get to 60+ mph in 5th gear without issues. I have no problems keeping up with traffic on secondary roads. Would not try to take it an interstate though.
  5. CVP33

    CVP33 Active Member

    Last edited: Aug 6, 2022
  6. installater

    installater Active Member

    Pics are my 1988 Suzuki carry F5A engine with a mph speedo I have had a bit higher but not to 70

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  7. matt167

    matt167 Active Member

    I had a '92 Suzuki Carry 5spd, which was my daily driver for a while. It drove best at 55-60 MPH but it could be rung out to 70 MPH and still be stable. I generally would shift into 5th at 80 KMH and then it was at 95 KMH in a few seconds. 95 KMH being 59 mph..

    I had a '93 Jimny JA11V ( Samurai's very close cousin but Kei class ) and it would run as fast as you wanted but anything over 65 mph was less than stable. That actually had enough power to safely pass vehicles, but the F6A with turbocharger and intercooler produced 60hp
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  8. t_g_farrell

    t_g_farrell Active Member

    Did your speedo come like that or did you get a decal put on it?
  9. installater

    installater Active Member

    I got it from the UK they use MPH
  10. Horn Hunter

    Horn Hunter Member

    Fancy custom speedo
    I didn't even get the stickers on straight!
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  11. Basscor

    Basscor New Member

    What does the sasquatch button do?
  12. CVP33

    CVP33 Active Member

    Likely his exterior lights.
  13. Horn Hunter

    Horn Hunter Member

    It will find sasquatch. Thats what the instructions said!
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  14. Daniel J Gonzalez

    Daniel J Gonzalez New Member

    I have a 91 DA51T (2WD) and M-F she does 60+MPH for over 40miles a day on the highway (60MPH speed limit). I can take her to the floor and she will make her way up to 115KPH but I too do not like leaving her there too long. Usually only do it to pass a dump truck dropping stones and junk. From what I've read it seems easier to replace a motor than a windshield in one of these puppies LMAO! For an over 30 yo. truck, I am VERY happy with her. BTW, been doing it for almost a year now (Bought her on 04/15/2021) and she still runs just as strong as day 1. Think I might have put like 20k KM since I've had her.
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  15. udidwht

    udidwht Member

    Just bought a 1990 Sambar Try XS (Supercharged) and it will haul ass. But do keep in mind in Japan folks rarely take them out on the highway and when they do they're too the right at a comfortable speed. I spent years there when in the Navy and now own a home in Fujieda Shizuoka (with wife who's Japanese). Also beware that if you're involved in a crash at 'highway speed' there is not going to be much of you left. Best to limit your excess speed in these it's your only advantage on the road in the unlikely event of a crash.
  16. gary-3

    gary-3 New Member

    (English is not my first language, so please excuse any mistranslations.)
    It is not known to Japanese people under 30 years old, but until September 2000, the maximum speed for kei-vehicles on Japanese highways was set at 80 kmph (50 mph) throughout Japan. Kei-trucks, in particular, were designed to cruise at a maximum of 80 kmph (50 mph). As a remnant of this, old Kei-vehicles in the 1980s were equipped with a speed warning chime that was activated at 85 km/h (53 mph).
    Since October 2000, the Road Traffic Law has been revised to allow kei-vehicles to travel at 100 km/h (62 mph) on highways. Recently, some highways now allow kei-vehicles to travel at 120 km/h (75 mph).
    Newer models introduced after October 1998, when the Vehicle Transport Law was revised and kei-vehicles became slightly larger, have overdrive gear and final gear set a little higher to withstand cruising at 100 km/h (62 mph) after the law was revised, and kei-vehicles after this time are able to cruise at the speeds that Forum members desire. The same is true for kei-trucks except for 3AT cars.
    From this era, EFI, twin camshafts, and variable valve timing were applied more and more, and the power in actual use, not just theoretical data, was increased, making the car handle better at cruising than the previous generation.
    Unlike the carburetor era, the EFI system has improved reliability with the exception of a few examples, as automatic ignition timing control with knock sensor feedback is now more precise.
    In particular, most of the automatic transmissions installed in today's models of kei-vehicles, including kei-trucks, are CVTs, which can cruise at engine speeds as low as 2,500-3,500 rpm for a flatland cruise of about 105 kmph (65 mph), making even kei-trucks quiet.

    The minimum speed on Japanese highways is a uniform 50 kmph (31 mph). You can get a ticket if you drive at a speed below this. lol
    In addition, each ring road that runs through Tokyo in Japan is not a highway in the legal category. Officially, they are toll roads for motor vehicles only, so the maximum speed must follow the signs while driving on them. (40-80 kmph, 25-50mph)

    Road mounted speed cameras operate at speeds of 30 km/h (18 mph) or more above the speed limit on ordinary roads. On highways, the shutter operates at speeds of 40 km/h (25 mph) or more above the speed limit.
    Japanese people rarely know this operating speed.

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