Well, after sitting on the fence for three years I finally got a truck. She's a 2001 Hijet with about 71000km on it. Hi/Lo and Diff Lock. I've had it now for a few weeks and it's been a blast. Here are the pics.
^^^^^Note the MTT sticker. It was the first thing I did when I got it home!
I just put the new wheels/tires on today. It was actually quite a process. I took a LOT of careful measurements right after getting the truck and determined that a 5+2 backspaced rim would work. Well, there was a miscommunication with the vendor and when I got them I found that they actually had more like 5.5" of backspacing. Long story short, I ended up machining 10mm off of the lip.
And lo and behold...they worked!
I'm still going to machine some 5mm hub centric spacers for the front just to be safe plus there is a little bit of interference with the brake caliper. Currently they have two 1/2" flat washers behind each bolt. Oh, and yes I did redrill them for 4x100. There is still full thread engagement on the studs even with adding the small spacers.
I'm running the Deestone AG tires 23x8.5-12 in the front and 23x10.5-12 in the back. It's important to note that these tires are a LOT smaller than Carlisle All Trails...I have some of those on the front of my tractor to compare them to. This was just fine by me as one of my goals was to avoid lifting my truck if I could. So far I have ZERO rubbing. I also wanted to keep the whole truck as narrow as possible for some of the tight areas I work in (like my wood shed). I'm very pleased.
Thanks go to:
Rika at minitruckdealer.com
Rex at Midwest Motorsports in Cordell, OK.
Sheila at Kesha Enterprises, Inc for the shipping coordination.
Greg at GCT Wholesale for a good packaged deal on the mixed size tires.
Tate at Sevensprings Sales for the numerous emails regarding the rims.
Terry at Trax and Horns for being a great guy even though I didn't end up buying a truck from him.
And greg0187 for convincing me to hold out for a Hi/Lo tranny!
and some local friends who helped with the CNC work.
Last edited by Acerguy; 05-25-2010 at 02:35 PM. Reason: add links
Bout time!!! lol
nice choice on tires! just hope that they dont rub on the insides!
SE Saskatchewan, Canada
1992 Toyota Liteace - Mine
1992 Subaru Sambar - Dad's
Nice looking truck AG! It's about time you "joined the ranks" lol. OK so whats the next project?
1993 Suzuki Carry DD51T, 5 speed, up-graded rims to 13's from a geo metro
Too much time on my hands and not enough fabrication gear to do all those "little" projects I NEED... ok want is more like it
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Can I get a Woot Woot! Looks great!
Just got in from the woods. I'm having to clear a little more around some of the trails as it's a bit wider than my tractor. So I got a truck so that I could widen the trails so that I could get a truck to widen the trails. Huh? Again, I'm thrilled that the new tires/wheels are working just as I hoped. To paraphrase "The A Team", I love it when a plan comes together. As previously noted though, these tires hum and rumble at anything above about 30kph. Which isn't a problem for me at all but might be for some.
Last edited by Acerguy; 05-16-2010 at 08:19 PM.
Nice Looking Rig!
Nice truck! Congrats! Just a bit jealous, though!
Uh...Welcome aboard?!?! Seems weird to say to you, since you have been here alot longer than me! But nice truck!!!
4x4, 4 Speed, Hi-Low, Axle lock, Diff Lock, A/C
Thanks! Yeah, I know I've been here a while but since I didn't have a truck I never did an introduction. Now that I think about it, it seems silly to have waited....
HEY, HEY ,HEY, Just wait a minute. I'll be right back. OK my truck is still there. I thought you might have slipped in and got my truck. LOL.
Good score, looks good. Congrats.
To be honest Terry, I'm not sure it's as nice as that one that you have. It's clean but it definitely had been used for something other than "hauling carpet". lol
Thanks, Dan! It's a hoot. Hopefully spending tomorrow hauling in firewood with it.