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> Tusky's Kars, and whatever other road legal things
Tuskano
  Posted: Sep 23 2015, 12:54 AM


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Lots have been happening this past month. I'll just list them instead of a dumb paragraph.

1) Got a roof rack intended for kei trucks shipped from Japan.
2) Finally got off my ass and installed my Hello Special fender flares.
3) Last week I got my suspension from Kei Zone. The truck can finally be lowered without me having to chop stock suspension up like most Japanese mini truck guys.
4) And last but not least, I got lowering forks for my scooter. Front is lowered, back is lowered. It is slammed and I love the look.

And for some pictures biggrin.gif

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Spaz
Posted: Sep 23 2015, 09:40 AM


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That entire post is awesome! How much lower do you intend to go with the truck?
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  Posted: Oct 5 2015, 10:44 PM


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QUOTE (Spaz @ Sep 23 2015, 09:40 AM)
That entire post is awesome! How much lower do you intend to go with the truck?

Thank you! Right now, the truck is maybe 2 inches lower. Just need to hack the insides of the fender flares and eventually get stronger rated shocks to replace the ones from the coil overs. Right now the wheels hit the fenders. I don't like it. Once they are cut with stonger springs, I might be able to get away with tucking the front wheel in under the fender about half an inch.

New update and moar pictures.

Front coil overs when I was installing them. You can see the extra wall on the bottom-inside of the fender flares... that is what I'll be cutting off. Then the tire could be slightly tucked under without worry of hitting the flare.
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Too far down... found I was hitting the CV boot. Ended up raising that and lowered the preload instead.
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Two weekends ago, I got help with installing my leaf springs and adjustable pistons. In return, I helped remove his rotary.
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After dropping the engine off with the mechanic, went to eat noodles at Seattle's chinatown.
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No pictures of installing the leaf springs... but the crane bottoms out lol. Can't drive with it installed anymore.
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My rotary friend also made custom reflective decals! Am happy.
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Next step was new tires. I went with a slight stretch using Carmac NT65s (P155/65R-13) tires. I stayed with my classic rims. It is nice having decent tread on the back tires again. Wider tire on the right was the old size (175/50R13).
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Near final setup. Might get the rear to look like the front. But that will involve flipping the axle U-joints to over the leaf springs. I could then raise the piston more while stiffening it all the way and it would be good. But am in no rush. But like before, just need to stiffen the front and cut the fender flares so the tire doesn't hit them during a bump.
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Also got the exhaust rerouted. Looks cleaner and better.
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Maybe future plans would be making a skidplate for the middle. If I go back to the lowlife, I would have to worry about speedbumps and hills again. Only difference is I am midengine, and that is my low point.

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Spaz
Posted: Oct 6 2015, 09:24 AM


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That height looks great, man, and it looks like you've got substantial ground clearance still too minus the crane.

I'm curious, since you use the truck enough that I think it would be worthwhile to look into, but does anyone make a bag setup that fits these? Would allow for low when you want low, but you could raise it for the crane or for when the bed is loaded, etc. Just a thought.
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  Posted: Oct 6 2015, 11:11 AM


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QUOTE (Spaz @ 1 hour, 46 minutes ago)
That height looks great, man, and it looks like you've got substantial ground clearance still too minus the crane.

I'm curious, since you use the truck enough that I think it would be worthwhile to look into, but does anyone make a bag setup that fits these? Would allow for low when you want low, but you could raise it for the crane or for when the bed is loaded, etc. Just a thought.

Yeah ground clearance is not that big of an issue now. The engine itself is maybe a few inches lower then the body, but still has good clearance.

Lol, it took me awhile to even find the coil overs for this truck. Have yet to find a bag setup meant for these... if anything it would have to be custom. I was considering bags or air ride as I know friends who have experience in them. Then I found the coils which I have experience in and shifted to those. Bags is a future possibility, but not for a long time.

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Not alot lately for the Hijet. I had removed the front fender flares as they tend to bottom out when the truck hits a bump at anything over 30. Going to eventually cut out the inside of them. Need to buy a good cutter first... tried it with my drill by drilling holes very closely together and that takes forever. Also went to a car meet and went all JDM with a rhd Nissan S-cargo van I saw there.
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I also got some new stuff for the Chuckus. Haven't done alot to it in awhile, but finally received new Clubman handlebars/mirrors, then finally got off my ass and did a mock up with new motorcycle headlights I have had for the past month. Not wired up yet, and I have no relay to fit on. I also might mount it to the triple-tree later in case I want my front suspension back. But yea, they are LED, and have integrated turnsignals. So they are a nice step up if I can get them to work.
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Also... new helmet! Couldn't find a Chinese themed one, so I made due with JDM because Japanese truck! lol.
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Tuskano
  Posted: Jan 8 2016, 03:49 AM


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All is going well here with my chuckus. Got the rear light issue fixed. Even though I was getting current on the light itself, something was up with the connectors. Found that out when I wired in my new license plate bracket that has its own light and the brake light was working for that. So I pulled off the stock light, cut the connector off, and used bullet connectors for a LED light I had that I just never installed until now. Didn't want to shave off my brackets, so I used double sided tape... with electical tape to protect the exposed wires. Kinda ghetto, but I plan on pulling most custom stuff off of the 50cc once I get around to a 150.

I also went single shock. Looks alittle nicer and it is easier to get to my dipstick.

But yea... everything is fine. Aside from the engine hating the 30 degree weather, alls good. Depending how the wind is blowing, sometimes it hits my air filter just right and gives too much air. Then the exhaust pops. Funny thing is if I turn my head a certain angle, the popping goes away. Most of the time it would pop if I look down at my mirrors lol.

I might have to mess with the plate light more. The plate light has two bulbs in separate enclosures atop each other. Top one is brakes, bottom one is running/plate light. Oddly enough, when I hit the brakes, the bottom running light illuminates as if it were the brake light and the top light is constantly off. I don't know, I might mess with it later, but for now I'll keep the crap autozone LED light strip tapped to the bottom to always illuminate the plate. It would look alot better once the top works and illuminates the large STOP on the lens biggrin.gif

Lights. They work. Nothing to complain about.
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New plate bracket with twist adjustment. I like the horizontal look better.
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Adjusted.
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Low, slow, and cold.
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Doing laundry.
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Tuskano
  Posted: Jan 14 2016, 01:04 AM


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New video, stuff is good biggrin.gif

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Posted: Jan 14 2016, 10:25 AM


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I love how you just ride the Ruckus there and load it up. laugh2.gif laugh2.gif
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Lol, isnt that how it works?

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Where did you get the fender flares for the kei truck? I need some and really like those!
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QUOTE (Hoggfarmer @ Today, 4:26 AM)
Where did you get the fender flares for the kei truck? I need some and really like those!

Hey there again! I told you on FB, but will repeat here for others interested. They are Hello Special flares bought through www.autostreak.jp. Unfortunately that site does not seem to work anymore and like you said, their last FB post was a year ago.

Maybe trying to see if Hello Special reps know English and can send here in the states in an option if your set on these. Or see if you can find them on sites such as Rakuden... unfortunately good JDM stuff is hard to obtain.



I guess I can also update as I am here...

My truck was dailied and lots of fun was had. Took it to some car shows. Then... one day the transmission crapped out. Yes, now that it had a new engine, now I guess the original transmission said it was done...

So... I found a mechanic... and put the little Hijet that could on a trailer with help of good friends.

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Of course... a simple transmission replacement won't do. No... nononono...

I decided that we can do more than a 660cc engine. The mechanic agreed. Because he specialized in custom builds. Like a Subaru wagon with a RB20 motor. Guess what's happening?

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With the truck down, scooter life has flourished. Two scooters worked and a convertible is in the works.

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And the rest? Parts... parts for when I return from deployment.

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Spaz
Posted: May 2 2017, 08:36 PM


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Looks like all sorts of fun projects are happening right now. Thanks for the updates! I'm excited to see the truck finished.
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  Posted: May 3 2017, 08:29 AM


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QUOTE (Spaz @ Yesterday, 8:36 PM)
Looks like all sorts of fun projects are happening right now. Thanks for the updates! I'm excited to see the truck finished.

Thanks! It's been awhile since I came here... I seem to come and go at random times.

Same here! The plan is while I am out on deployment, that he gets to have fun with the swap. Then hopefully, I might have a working car when I get back home!

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