Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by Tom's Mini Trucks, Apr 22, 2008.
well get out the bandsaw and MIG welder and start making something happen
Gofaster, dude!! you gotta stop, this is killing me!!
#1 i'm a fabricator by trade, and could do this in my sleep, aside from the fact that i have a gimp hand due to an accident at work, they had to harvest tendons from my forearm and rebuilt a joint in my hand... i have all the tools and equipment... i love to lower things
from this.. (drug it home for $100)
#2 i live in cow country, and don't know how well i could navigate the roads in a lowered stance
#3 it's 4wd, i can see it now, "yo, mac daddy milt, you gotsta kick in that fo' wheel drive so we could get over that speed bump, yo"
Hey Milt, Not that I'm against lowering. I've done a few myself, but a 4x4 no way. How about this: I've always thought one of these trucks would look bad *** with a lift and low profile all terrains. That way you can still use the 4WD but maintain the handling on the highway. Not to mention you already have the stack. Just thought I'd run that by you.
yeah that's really what i'm aiming for, mostly just biding my time till my hand is a usefull member of society again
i would like to lift it only about 2 inches to avoid too much hassle with the drive train lowering and all, and put a low pro 14" or 13" a/t on it... if it can be found.
my wife know's i'm an idiot out on the road... not like a terrible driver but she's been in the passenger seat in the mud and her biggest fear is me building it too tall and top heavy and her getting that call... "uhm, honey, you know i love you right?... can you get the dodge and the tow straps and the trailer... maybe call dave for some help... my truck is on it's side... no, baby, i'm allright.. just a little banged up..."
I know what ya mean. I was worried about the truck being top heavy, but you could ask several people that have ridden in mine and they will tell you, well you know, how crazy I am, and how I almost got them killed. LOL
Anyway, someone posted this video awile back. I didn't belive it at first, trickery you know, but I do now.
The center-of-gravity (plus that I'd be driving it on road all the time and almost NEVER off-road it) is why I wouldn't consider lifting one of these ...
PS I'm not talking about slamming it (BTW that Caddy looks baaaaaaad, ya know in a good way of course) - just an inch or two depending on how the suspension is designed.
This is (sort of) what I want it to be able to do ...
there's no way you could cruise on the two side wheels with an open diff, but after mastering riding a unicycle, i think i've got enough balance to do that
keep in mind i'm sittin in the living room working on my laptop.... she heard the guys from top gear and her ears perked up (gotta love her for her recognition of the motorheads)
the missus looked at these over my shoulder, then stared and me and said "NO!"
Wheels and adapters
I thought I would finish what I had started with this thread,regarding wheels and adapters for a Daihatsu (110mm to 100mm). I got my 1st set of adapters I had manufactured for the impossible 110mm x 4 bolt pattern that most all pre 1999 Daihatsu mini trucks have. These really worked out great so I am posting a pic of my 98 Daihatsu SI with a set of Acura 14" 100mmx4 wheels I found at the salvage yard.I mounted a set of 175/r70 14's up and what a great change from those 12" tires. She cruises at 70 no problem .. even with my old 1936 Indian chief on board!...I had several sets of these adapters made up so e mail me if you need a set($200 for full set includes lug nuts 12x1.5mm)
the wheels look good, and the side skirts on the bed are fantastic!! but, nothing compares to the indian
Great work Tom. I'm sure other members appreciate the hard work you put into this as well. BTW You can add Saturn to the list of wheels for the 4x100. They fit mine just fine.
Tom, I have found your list very useful as well
Thanks for the info
I quite often point posters to this thread for those
"what fit's what questions" and I always make sure to give you credit
for it though.
That is an awesome list you compiled! I know you posted several days ago, but I just saw it. Nice Hijet, did you build those skirts are did they come from japan on the truck? Also how much offset do your spacers have? Oh, just saw Milt's Caddy from the earlier post also, Big Pimpin!
Wheels and Adapters
Thanks all! .. The adapters are 1 inch thick, The side skirts or a factory item on the IS model ,I am considering having these reproduced in fiberglass for all models and making them available to the public. The factory skirts are steel. Any interest out there in a set of these???.. Also I just completed my 114.3mm x 4 wheel application llist and will be posting soon.
adapters from 110 x 4 to 4.5 on 4 and 4.25 on 4
a bit wide, but could work with FWD offset wheels
another good list for you guys that need 4 x 100 wheels...
mazda miata 14" x 5.5" rims fit very nicely. the tires are a bit larger than i wanted, but were brand new 185/65R14 (23.5") and fit without a lift kit and without rubbing anything but the front mud flap on a hard turn. i will be putting a 2" lift kit shortly.
Did you find them at the scrap yard? I wonder if they would work on my 99 Suzi with 4x100 rims?Jeff
I found them on craigslist, $200 with brand new tires on them
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