Daihatsu Engine – A guide

The Daihatsu Engine has seen a great many revisions over the years. Kei trucks with their engines could have different performance capabilities. This depends upon the generation that you choose. Knowing the differences in which engines are available is critical to anyone seeking to purchase a Diahatsu Kei Truck. The various engines of Diahatsu are the fundamental difference between this and other Kei trucks. Other models include the Honda Acty, Suzuki Alto, and Subaru Sambar. If you have ever wondered about the engines of a Diahatsu, read on.

Daihatsu Engine shown for a turbo engine.

The early years

The first-generation models have engines that are far below the standards of modern Kei trucks. The speeds and the transmissions were substantially different. On the first generation models, you had a 356cc, 2-stroke engine. Additionally, the engine was air cooled. Transmission availability on the first-generation models is a 3 speed.

This standard on the engine remained for the second generation. It was in the third and fourth generation that the engine and the transmission options were updated. In the third generation, there was the option of having a 4-speed manual transmission. The four-speed option carried on to the new generation. The fourth generation of the Daihatsu Kei Trucks upgraded the engine to the more powerful 547cc engine.

Multiple engine options

The 547cc has remained as the option for the Daihatsu Kei Truck. However, there are other options available in the older models. Specifically, look at the sixth generation. With these you have the option of two more engine sizes. These sizes include an 843cc CD20 and a 993cc CB41. With the addition of these motors, they also updated the transmission to allow for a 5-speed manual transmission.

It is important that you know the engine type of any sixth-generation model that you choose. Sixth generation engines are mid-engines. From the sixth generation to the current generation, the engines continued to develop. Most notably, the engines were updated to a 796cc and a 993 cc. Also, there was a 1295cc engine in the seventh generation. The 1295cc does not continue past the seventh generation, however. Neither does the 796cc. But the 658cc continues and is available on models up to the current Daihatsu Kei Truck generation.

Modern Daihatsu Engines

The current Diahatsu Kei Truck engine is offered in a variety of options. Being in its tenth generation, the engine has seen tremendous upgrades. First, you have the option of a 658CC or a 659cc engine. And Turbo-powered engines are also available in a 998cc motor. The engines give out 38 to 43 horsepower, allowing the vehicle to reach speeds up to 47mph. This speed is ideal for city and town navigation. Also, the placement of the engine is a front mid-engine layout. Driving is available in front wheel drive or in 4WD depending upon the type of engine you choose.

Besides the changes in the power of the Daihatsu engine, you also have changes in the transmission. The tenth-generation models come with a 3 to 4 speed automatic transmission. Those wishing for manual transmissions can have a 5-speed option.

A guide to the Kei Suzuki Engine

The Suzuki Engine is generally found in the rear or under the seat of a Kei Truck. Though small, the engines provide ample power to the vehicles. However, all of the Suzuki Engines are not the same. Because of the various generations as well as the way in which Kei Trucks have evolved to stay competitive in the market, your Suzuki Engine may be different than others. If you ever wondered about the engines of a Suzuki Kei, read on.

Suzuki Engine displayed on a front located engine.

The Early Suzuki Engine

During the beginning of the Kei truck development, most of the vehicles were smaller and required less power. Additionally, restrictions as to what could be constructed caused the vehicle to have a smaller and less powerful engine than models today. On the first models, such as the Suzuki Carry first generation, you had a 359cc, 2-cylinder engine. This engine was air cooled, much like the Volkswagen van.

The speed and horsepower of the first-generation Suzuki Engine was only 21hp. But given that this engine was primarily for off-road use, it was a good selection for its time. Most of the Suzuki Engine options remained with the 359cc engine until the late 70s. At that time the engine switched over to a more powerful LJ50 359cc, 2-cylinder, 2-stroke engine. Unlike the former engines, these engines were water cooled. Additionally, the engine saw a bit more power going up to 28hp. In the 80s and early 90s the power increased yet again with some engines getting up to 45hp.

Modern Kei Suzuki Engines

As technology and regulations have changed over the years, so has the Suzuki Engine. Modern engines are 3-cylinder, a change from prior generations. Additionally the engines get a huge 68hp. While this is lower than full-sized vehicles, for a Kei this is tremendous power. The increase in power comes as a response to more laxed regulations on the size and width of the Kei trucks. You can see the difference in the modern Suzuki Carry as well as in competitors such as the Subaru Sambar.

When driving, the engine of the modern Suzuki Kei has a slight vibration. This is typical of 3 cylinder engines. Acceleration when driving is a bit long, with the vehicles reaching 62mph in about 13 seconds. That being stated, this is not an issue when driving within a town or small city where you would not need to have dynamic acceleration. And as most Kei Trucks and Vans are designed for off-road use, the power is more than sufficient.

Although older, if you wish to use your vehicle for on-road use, pick a model which is 25 years or older. The engine in the Kei Truck should still be good as most of the engines have a lifespan of up to 200k miles. Double check the milage on the engine. If needed you can repair or replace the engine for far less then it would cost you to purchase a new vehicle. Before importing contact your local tax and importation authority to ensure your Kei meets current regulations.

Kei Vans – Are they worth it?

Are Kei Vans worth purchasing? When thinking on what type of van you wish to purchase, you may consider the Kei Van. Most of the Kei Truck models do have a counterpart van option. As such the popularity of the Kei van has grown. Such models as the Daihatsu Atrai, Honda Acty Van, Subaru Sambar Van, and Mazda Scrum rank in the top models. But does the availability and the popularity among Kei brands make them a good choice? If you have ever wondered whether a Kei Van or a full-size van is right for you, read on.

Kei Vans like this one show a mixutre of aesthetics and function

The ease of access

One of the first things you will notice on a Kei Van is its access points. Because the vans are usually crafted from Kei Trucks, you have the standard two-door front entry. This is the same if you were to purchase a full-size van. And like a full-size van you have the double side door entry points. However, unlike most vans, the rear hatch works as a fifth access point to seating. The rear hatch can also sever as the main entry point to the vehicle if you should choose to convert the van to a camper.

Apart from access to the vehicle, access to the internal components is easier than that of a full-size van. On most full-size vans, the alternator is located behind the engine. This means that you must remove some of the hoses and engine components to get to it. As the alternator is one of the more common components to go out on a vehicle, this is a huge disadvantage. But, on the Kei van, the components are in easy access to allow for quick replacement, maintenance, or repair. Most engines are either at the rear of the van or located under the front seats. Newer models may have a front-placed engine. Even if this is the case, the components are far easier to access than their full-size competitors.

Multi Passenger without the bulk

The full-sized vehicle tends to be a bit large. This is especially true for vehicles that need to have more than 4 passengers. Understandably, the more passengers that you need, the larger the van will become. However, if you only need 4 to 6 passengers, the Kei Van provides you with a smaller option without the bulk. The average Kei Van gets 4 passengers seated easily. The average dimensions of a Kei Van are 330cm long by 140 cm wide. This small size makes it possible to navigate alleyways. When used for camping purposes the Kei Van navigates trails far easier than full-sized vans.

The efficiency of the Kei Van

When comparing the efficiency of a Kei Van to a full-sized van, the Kei is more efficient. Most vans have an engine life of 100k miles before they need to be replaced. In today’s world, that is not a lot of miles. Kei vans have double that lifespan, with most of the brands lasting into the 200k range before needing repairs or replacement. When such needs to be repaired, the cost of replacement is far less than a full-sized van. Where on a full-sized van the cost to replace an engine would be tens of thousands of dollars, on a Kei the price is only a few hundred to a thousand dollars in most cases.

The efficiency of the overall vehicles can be seen in the MPGs. Fuel consumption is a major issue in our economy. Legislation is being passed to ensure that vehicles are more fuel conscientious. As such, a focus on the mileage per gallon (MPG) is critical. On average, the full-size van gets 25 mpg. Comparatively, a Kei Van gets an average of 45 mpg. Clearly, the Kei van shows itself to be more eco-friendly. Also, most of the Kei Vans run on regular gas, not high-end premium or diesel fuel. And while this only plays a small part to efficiency, it plays a huge part in the amount of money you will spend at the pump.

A new white Kei Van.

Features are not limited on Kei Vans

You may think that the small size of a Kei Van would mean that there are limited features. This is not true. On many of the newer models, there are safety features that rival that of the modern van. Such features include collision detectors, backup notifications, heated seats, and Bluetooth connectivity. High cabin features allow for passengers to sit comfortably in both the front as well as the rear bar or captains’ chairs.

In terms of the build of the vehicle, features are not limited either. Most of the vans on the market have 660cc displacement systems. Transmissions average 4 speed on automatics and 5 speed on manual. Older models may have a 3-speed transmission, as the restrictions and the guidelines have evolved over the years to allow for stronger and faster vehicles. Because of the changes, modern Kei Vans can reach speeds of up to 59mph, making them fit for most off-road conditions.

Price point considerations

Perhaps the biggest difference between the full-sized van and the Kei, apart from the size differences, is the price point. Prices on a full-sized van typically start at the low 30,000 and go up from there. Some vans can reach well into the $50,000 range when equipped with available packages. Kei Vans tend to have a lower price point. On average, the price point is well under $10k.

Kei vans – Are they worth it?

If you are looking for a small van that is fuel-efficient, has a low price point, and has similar features to a full-sized van, then a Kei may be the right vehicle for you. Kei vehicles provide a fuel-efficient, economical solution to the full-sized vehicle. And, as many vehicles and styles are available, you can find something which meets your functional and aesthetic needs. Should you wish to use your van for on-road use, look for a van that is 25 years old or older to meet the classic vehicle exclusion.

Suzuki Alto

One of the smaller cars on the market, the Suzuki Alto continues to make Kei cars. The car, currently in its eighth generation has underseen some changes in the years since its conception. Equipped with modern technology, vehicle back up assist, and even vehicle tracking, the Suzuki Alto has become one of the top Kei cars on the market. However, some may wish to import an older model. While there have been advances in the safety and security of the newer models, they may not quite meet the standards necessary for on-road use. Getting a first- or second-generation Suzuki Also may allow you to use the car for on-road purposes. If you ever wondered about this Kei car, here is what you should know.

Suzuki Alto shown from the front against a sunset.

A Car of many names

The Suzuki Alto is a variant of the Suzuki Fronte. The name was not originally the Alto. It was the Suzuki Frontes. Over the years, Suzuki toyed with a few different names. Therefore, it may be a bit difficult to understand or locate a Suzuki Alto if you do not know these names. Primarily renamed for the U.S. and European market, the names include the SS40 Fronte, the Alto Fronte, the SB308, The Maruti Zen, Maruti Suzuki Alto, Maruti Suzuki A-Star, and the Suzuki Celerio. Suzuki Celerio is the replacement of the Alto in most markets, though the design features and construction are that of the Suzuki Fronte/Alto.

The early years

Suzuki Alto first entered the market in 1979. The first generation Kei car was all but the vehicle that we know if for today. The Kei market was very competitive during that time. Suzuki sought to get an edge on the competition by eliminating or making many features we would consider standard today, optional. For example the first generation Suzuki Alto did not have catalytic converters and rear windows were optional. If you did choose to have rear windows, you would find that they were opaque fiberglass, not standard automotive glass. First generation models were equipped with a 543cc engine capable of only 27.6 HP. Today the standard is in the 60 HP range.

But Suzuki can be given some leniency. The early model was not intended to be used as a leisure vehicle. It was intended to be for commercial use, but also as a means to an end. Japanese Kei cars during the early years of Kei (the 60s and 70s) were focused on creating small vehicles which could get their occupants from point A to point B. As the market developed, so did the Suzuki Alto.

Substantial changes

Though there were changes in the second to fourth generation, major changes came in the fifth generation. The fifth generation introduced in October of 1998 saw styling as well as construction variations. Older models were primarily 2 door with a hatchback. The fifth generation emphasized the 3/5 door hatchback and the 3 door fan. Layout and design of the Alto was more curved. A focus on reducing cost while increasing the market base was done. The two commercial versions meant that there needed to be a change in power and performance. Therefore, a 658 cc K6A engine without a turbo charger was introduced. This gave variants to the existing charger which was available on the F6A engines. 4WD was added for the manual. The automatic transmissions of the generation. Older models had a CVT.

Aestheticlly, there were many different trims available for this class. Specifically, you had the classic style Suzuki Also. Competitors copied some of the features of the fifth generation which can be seen in the  Carol, the Mitsuoka, and the Ray. Further aesthetical changes included a retro version. This was introduced in 2001. The fifth generation also saw the discontinuance of the Sedan.

Bridging Generations

One thing you will note on the sixth generation on is the focus on the curvature. The design of the vehicle differs tremendously from that of the first generation. This may be due to the other Kei vehicles on the market, or it could be an effort for the Suzuki Alto to mimic their larger body vehicles. Looking at the Suzuki Alto from the sixth generation, there is a remarkable resemblance to a Toyota Will. Rounded headlights and front dash take away from the Alto’s early design.

Today’s Suzuki Alto is much like a Soul or other small vehicle on the market. However, it should be noted that it is not in the same class. This is due to the transmission as well as to the overall chassis of the Suzuki Alto. With the new Suzuki Kei Alto generation there was also an update to the transmission. And while the new transmission gets 5 speed manual or 3 or 4 speed on automatic, the power of the engine is still a 658 cc on sixth generations and a 998 cc on eight generations.

A blue Suzuki Alto traveling down the road.

A new body for a new generation

The latest generation of the Suzuki Alto began in 2014 and goes to the current. The generation carries on the new body and style which was introduced in the eight generation. However, there are some newer features which have been introduced. Specifically, a focus on green technology has made for the vehicle to have more of the boxy shape of its former years. The engine is a 658 cc which is lower than the 998 cc seen on the prior generation. Unlike other generations, the transmission is available only in 5 speed. The automatic transmission has also, once again, become CVT.

If you wish to purchase a Suzuki Alto, check with your local taxation and registration service. Many Kei trucks and vans which are less than 25 years of age have stipulations to the use and their importation. Older generations, such as the first and the second generation of the Suzuki Alto, can be classified as classic and therefore tend to have less restrictions. Off road and agricultural use also tends to have less importation issues. Again, check with your Kei broker to find out more.

Honda Acty Kei mini trucks and vans

The Honda Acty is one of the larger Kei vehicles in its class. Built to act as an economical working vehicle, they made the design for the working vehicle. This means that there is a focus on the cabin and on the bed for all the generations. Produced from 1977 to 2021, the Honda Acty rivals some of the other brands on the market such as the Suzuki Carry, the Daihatsu Hiject, and the Subaru Sambar. As they oriented the design for both flatbed and van construction, there are a few differences between each generation. Yet, regardless of the generation, the Honda Acty is a Kei truck worth having.

Honda Acty  trucks like this blue one have been one of the most popular Kei Truck.
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About Honda Acty Kei Trucks

Honda Acty trucks are actually an abbreviation. The true name of the Kei Truck is the Honda Activity. To simplify the name the Acty was adopted. Most of the vehicles are made in the Suzuka plant until 2021 when the Honda Acty was discontinued. For those wishing to import a Honda Acty, it is recommended that you choose a first or a second-generation vehicle. This will help to avoid having to meet any of the safety and emission regulations placed upon new imports of foreign vehicles.

Understanding the Generations

If you look at the titles for the Honda Acty, you may be a bit confused about which generation it pertains to. The vehicles are available in several models ranging from the TA to the HH4 and the E07Z. These models and numbers should be understood as follows. For the first generation, the models will be the TA, TB, TC, VD, and VH (the VD and VH referencing the van models). On the Second generation, the model ranges from the HA1 to the HH4. Third generations are for the HA6 and the HH6. The third generation also includes the E07Z. The fourth-generation includes an HA8 and continues the E072.

The first generation

First-generation models of the Honda Acty were produced from 1977 to 1988. During this ten-year span, the vehicle introduced both a truck and a van option. The design reflected this by having the engine in the midsection under the seats. Like most of the vehicles of its time, the engine, which was a 545CC 2-cylinder, was rear-wheel driven. It was not until later in the second generation models that a 4WD option was introduced.

The van is a 5 door and was not introduced to the first models. The Kei vans made their debut in 1979. This is two years after the Honda Acty TN360s were introduced to the market. As such, the vehicles carried many of the features from the Kei trucks. The van is a converted Kei Truck. Many of the features from the truck remain. Specifically, the rear lighting and the cabin features. Doors on the Kei vans included the cabin’s two doors, two side doors, and a rear hatch. The rear access has been used on first-generation models to create an easy access camper.

Second generation Honda Acty

The second generation saw the most changes for the Honda Acty. Primarily, you saw changes within the engine. Instead of the two-cylinder engine, the second generation models had an updated 3 cylinder. This was as a 547 and engine on the E059 model. With this an even more powerful engine on the latter E07A. As the engine changed, so did the driving options. With the newer models, automatic transmissions became unavailable.

Unlike some other Kei trucks on the market, the second generation of the Honda Acty is offered in a commercial option. This is the HA-4 series. Because the truck is offered in a 4WD option, navigation is easier. Also, inclusion of the low front and reverse gears makes second-generation models easier to use than the prior generation. Second-generation models are available at 4/5 speed for the manual transmissions and 3 speed for the automatic transmissions which were discontinued later.

Third generation

Introduced in May 1999 and continuing until December of 2009, the third generation changed to accommodate new vehicle laws. As such, the vehicle addresses the need for larger dimensions on a Kei truck and features within the cabin. Additionally, the chassis has been updated to have a larger bed. Like the other generation, the engine remains to be under the seating area and driven by a rear-wheel drive train. As with other generations, the engine was replaced with a more powerful one. In the E07Z models, the engine becomes a 656cc allowing for 52HP. This is an increase from the second generation’s HP, which averaged about 30.

With the Honda Acty van, the same design of the second generation was carried out with minor changes to the overall design. There was a bit of a change to mimic other Honda Models. However, it was not until near the fourth generation that the 3rd generation vans saw the curvature and modern design that we have now.

The last generation of Honda Acty

The last generation of the Honda Acty ran from December 2009 to 2021. On these models were the preservation of the E07Z and some of the third-generation models. The only major differences between the third and the last generations were in the safety and technology of the newer models. The wheelbase was shortened a great deal on the fourth generation to accommodate the need for larger cabin space. As such, the bed decreases in size. New models feature many of the same safety features you will find in a Suzuki Carry, the Daihatsu Hiject, and the Subaru Sambar.

A whilte Honda Acty  truck

Getting a Honda Acty

Though discontinued in 2021, you can still get a Honda Acty. There are several models which are available from the first to the fourth generation. If you are planning to import your Honda Kei Truck or van, ensure that you have the proper documentation and forms completed. Check with your local taxation and registration authority for current stipulations. Most 25-year-old models can be imported as a classic vehicle or for agricultural purposes.

How to import a Kei Truck

Kei trucks are mainly from Japan, which means that you will need to have a way in which to get your vehicle to the United States. The most common way is by shipping yard. Therefore, it is critical that you understand the process of how to import a Kei Truck into the U.S. Before you begin this process; it is equally important to note that there are currently several variables which could affect your shipping. Freight delays as well as legislation pertaining to importation are subject to change from time to time. It is recommended that you seek a broker and legal assistance when importing your vehicle. This article is in no ways to be considered legal documentation on how to import a Kei truck. It is to be used as a guide only. With that stated, here are 5 steps to importing a Kei truck.

To import a Kei Truck you must follow the protocols and procedures. This is an image of a ship with a kei truck in front of it.

Step One: Know your Quotes

The first step which you must take is to find a vehicle and to understand the quote for the vehicle. There are two ways in which Kei Trucks are quoted. The first is CIF. This means that there will be arrangements for the Kei Truck to get to the port, shipping, and insurance. It is basically the complete package. FOB is the other type of quote and means that the quote is for the Kei truck to get to the outbound port only and that the buyer is responsible for obtaining shipping and insurance from the port. It is recommended that you seek CIF quotes when looking to import a Kei Truck.

In addition to the quote being CIF or FOB, you should also know how the Kei truck will be shipped. If you choose to have it encased, then you could end up with a delay at customs. This is especially true if the vehicle is stopped for x-ray, or if there are any holds to crates from Japan. RORO is the preferred method. This simply means that the vehicle is rolled on to the ship and rolled off. There is no crate. You will need to have the vehicle cleaned prior to shipping to avoid delays and cleaning cost.

Step two: Get a BOL

When you pay for your Kei truck, you will need to ensure that you get a Bill of Landing (BOL) from the exporter. This BOL then needs to be given to the shipping line, and a copy needs to be kept for your records, especially if you plan to register the vehicle with the DOT upon arrival. The shipping line will contact you once they have the vehicle. Once they have the BOL and you have the Kei truck gained by the shipping line, then you will get an estimated arrival date. Collection fees will be acquired during this time. Collection fees will cover port charges and any fees which the shipping line may have.

Step three: Fill out the correct forms

Importation of a vehicle from Japan requires several forms to be filled out. This is where an export and import broker really comes in handy. However, you can choose to download and fill out the forms for yourself. Remember that you must confirm that you have all the appropriate forms before the vehicle is shipped from port. The forms which you will need are the CBP for 7501. You will need to know the transmission, the engine type, and the estimated arrival date. If giving an informal entry summary, you may not be required to fill out a CB 7501. Check with your broker to see if this applies.

After you have this form filled, you will need to fill out a declaration form and an EPA form. The declaration form is known as HS-7 short form. The form is relatively self-explanatory. Such things that you will need to know are the port of entry, the customs port code, the customs entry number, the entry date, the name of the vehicle, the model, and the year. EPA forms are known as 3520s and are equally self-explanatory. Check with your state for these forms, check online for help, or contact your import export broker.

Step 4: File an Import Security Filing

This is a requirement for any imported cargo from the sea. You must submit cargo and carrier information to the CBP. The form, a 10+2, is required for all Kei trucks, regardless of whether you intend to use the vehicle for on-road or off-road purposes. An ISF, as it is referred, should be filed within 24 hours of the Kei Truck being loaded at the foreign port. A full ISF form must be completed and filed within 48 hours of the ship’s departure.

import a Kei Truck 25 years old or older. Newer models should be used for off road use.

Step 5: Obtaining your Kei Truck

When the forms are filled and the Kei Truck is shipped to the dock, it will then go to the place of unloading. You will be required to give the shipping holder a copy of your BOL and CBL for 7501 to get your vehicle. You may be required to have special clearance to get into the area in which your Kei Truck is being held. In many instances, the imported vehicle will be within a military base. It is strongly recommended that you get a clearance pass within 48 hours of the expected pick update. Contact the shipping yard to find out the regulations for obtaining your vehicle.

Other considerations to import a Kei Truck

Depending upon the type of Kei truck that you wish to have imported, there may be additional stipulations. Primarily, Kei trucks that are under 25 years old will need to meet the safety and emission standards of U.S. vehicles. Therefore, many choose to purchase older Kei Trucks. Vehicles which are over 25 years may fall under the exemption of the classic vehicle clause. If you are purchasing for off-road or agricultural uses, you may have additional exemptions. Regulations vary from state to state, so it is crucial that you check with your taxation and local importation authority prior to starting the importation process.

Using Kei trucks this fall

Fall is upon us. The cool weather and changes in the season have many wishing to go outdoors. Using your Kei trucks this fall may help to enhance the season. With many outdoor uses of your Kei truck, you may wonder what activities are best suited for your vehicle. From off-road use to camping, there are many ways in which you can get the most out of your vehicle this fall. Read on to find out more about using Kei Trucks this fall.

Kei trucks this fall can be used for clearing land

Preparing the land for fall

With the falling of leaves comes the ability to see the land. For many agricultural professions, this means that it is time to clear the land and prepare it for the next season. Kei trucks are ideal for clearing brush and other debris from acreage. Unlike full-sized options, the Kei truck is small enough and versatile enough to get into even the tightest of spaces. And with the capability of many models to travel up 30ᵒ inclines, it makes for a splendid companion to your land clearing equipment.

When clearing your land, you have several options available with Kei trucks this fall. First, you can use a standard Kei flatbed truck, such as the Subaru Sambar, to carry debris. Because you have fold-down sides, it is easy to load and unload the truck. Second, you could choose to have a dump bed Kei truck. As these trucks typically have the controls in the cabin, you can unload debris with ease.

It should be noted that when loading and unloading the Kei truck that the weight needs to be distributed evenly. This is the same as if you were loading the bed of a full-sized vehicle. Practice the best safety measures to reduce rocking and strain on the truck.

Off road recreation

If your work for the season is done, you can help for others to enjoy the season using Kei trucks this fall. One way in which you can do this is by having a hayride. Because the weight capacity of the trucks is around 1500lbs, you can easily transport riders. The off-road ease of use allows for trails to be easily navigated and for a more enjoyable ride. Larger, full-sized vehicles may be restricted due to their width.

Because the Kei truck can be registered as an off-road vehicle, it may be more cost-efficient to use the Kei truck for hayrides and for off-road recreational purposes. Check with your local tag, tax, and title registration office to find out the details for your area. With that in mind, it is also more fuel-efficient to use a Kei for off-road recreation than to use a full-sized vehicle. Many of the Kei trucks on the market have 660cc engines. These engines burn a lot less fuel than, for example, a Hemi on a full-sized truck. Fuel efficient, navigationally superior, lighter, the Kei truck makes for a great recreational vehicle to use this fall.

Using Kei trucks this fall for profit

Farmers may wish to use their Kei trucks for a more profitable means. As the season is abundant with produce, consider using your truck as a display for your goods. Pumpkins, squash, and corn can all be hauled and displayed on your Kei Truck. And, as the sides of your truck fold down, you can fully maximize the visibility of your produce. Use the truck as a farmer’s market type of stand, and when the day is done, fold the sides back up and go home. There is no need to bring an additional stand, which is cumbersome or worry about unloading or loading. The Kei truck provides an all-in-one display option for your produce this fall.

Aesthetically, the small truck lends to the fall themes. Classic and small trucks are icons of the fall season, and so using your Kei Truck may lend to that ambiance. This is especially true if you have a classic Kei truck you are using for fall. Consider using hay, leaves, and decorative lighting to add even more to the fall aesthetics, highlighting your produce/product more for the potential customer.

Camping and leisure

Should using your Kei truck for fall be for camping and leisure? Yes. There are several models of Kei which can be used for camping. These will be as Kei vans. Even if you own a Kei truck with a flatbed, you can use them for camping and leisure. There are two ways in which you can do this. First, you can have the truck fitted with a hard camper. This is the same type of hard bed camper that you would find on full-sized trucks. As the camper attachments come in all shapes and sizes, it is quite easy to retrofit your Kei flatbed into a camper. Second, you could just use the flatbed as a campsite using a sleeping bag to gaze at the stars.

If you do not want to retrofit a camper onto your existing Kei Truck, you could consider a Kei Camper or a Kei Van. Campers are available in tow behind options. Kei campers are ideal for one to two people. Vans differ in size depending upon the brand. However, most are side slide door accessible. Check to see which brands are available for your desired Kei camper or van.

Kei trucks this fall for leisure use.

Using Kei trucks this fall

Kei trucks offer a variety of uses regardless of the season. Get the most out of your Kei by exploring the world around you this season. Whether you use the truck for off-roading, camping, or just for a day of leisure on unexplored trails is up to you. If you do not have a Kei truck, fall is the perfect time to purchase one. With price points well below a full-size truck, what is not to like?

Check with your local tax, tag, and registration office to find out the stipulations regarding any importation of a Kei Truck. Most Kei trucks can be imported with ease if used for agricultural or for off-roading.

Kei Trucks or Full-sized trucks – which is better?

Kei Trucks or Full-sized trucks – which one is better? In terms of cost, the Kei Truck is far more economical. A Full-sized truck is more expensive. Kei vehicles are typically no more than 10k, while Full-Sized Trucks can be up to 100k. But the price point aside, is there a reason to purchase a Kei over a Full-sized truck or vice versa? The answer is yes. There are very distinct differences between the two. Weighing on the options is critical in determining the right choice for you. In this article, we will explore some of the key differences to help you decide which is better Kei Trucks or Full-sized trucks.

Kei Trucks or Full-sized trucks which is the better choice? Here are the two side by side.

Size Considerations

With whether Kei Trucks or Full-Sized trucks are better, the first consideration needs to be the size. Obviously, there is a difference in the length of the vehicles. But what is the advantage of having a smaller truck? First, the Kei Truck does not crowd the road, making for easier and safer driving. Consider the width of the modern truck. Most are close to, if not pressing, upon the width of a single lane. Navigation is more strenuous upon the driver.

By having a narrower vehicle, you increase the access points available to you. Primarily, alleyways and narrow passages are made drivable when operating a Kei Truck. The full-sized truck does not allow for this option. Combined with the Kei Truck’s ability to navigate inclines as steep as 20ᵒ sometimes, it is the perfect option for those seeking a small reliable automobile for deliveries and small excursions.

Kei Trucks or Full-size trucks seating?

Unless you are purchasing a full-sized truck with an extended cabin, the number of passengers you can carry is the same as that found in the Kei Truck. The difference is in the leg room and in the cabin’s height. Most of the Full-sized trucks allow for extended leg room and a high top cabin. The Kei Truck tends to have a bit less space but allows enough room for larger profile passengers to ride with ease. Both the full-sized and the Kei sized truck have high top cabins available, depending upon the model and brand chosen. In both instances, you also have layback capabilities on the seats, allowing 20ᵒ to 40ᵒ in some cases.

It should be noted that in Kei Trucks the seating tends to be elevated. This is especially true in Kei trucks where the engine is mounted under the seating. To accommodate for the higher seats, high top cabins are often coupled with them. Full-sized trucks may have elevated seating, but this is usually only when there are under seat storage options purchased.

Kei Trucks or Full-sized trucks which is easier to repair. Kei trucks. Here is an engine of one.

Engine life span and repair

Engine life is an extremely important factor when considering if Kei Trucks or Full-size trucks are better. While there are differences depending upon what type of truck you wish to purchase, the average lifespan of a full-sized truck is between 200,000 to 250,000 miles if the vehicle is kept in pristine condition. Kei trucks offer a bit more longevity on the motor with averages of 200k to 300k miles if maintained properly.

Where you will find the biggest difference is in the engine maintenance and repair. Kei Trucks have small motors. These can be in the vehicle’s rear, under the seats, or at the front. Regardless of the location, repairs on the motor are simple. As the engines are 660cc and similar, the basic mechanic can work on them if needed. Full-sized motors are a completely different animal when it comes to maintenance and repair. With modern electronics, sensors, as well as the supporting elements of the motor, repair is difficult if not impossible for the owner. A licensed mechanic is often needed for even the simplest of repairs and maintenance.

Various use of the trucks

Either Kei Trucks or Full-size trucks can be used off-road. The Kei truck is great for farming and recreational uses. For the farming aspect, the bed can be fitted with dump beds, scissor bed, or remain as a flat bed. Much like the full-size truck, the bed options will vary depending upon the brand and the model you desire. However, unlike the Full-sized truck, the Kei Truck has fold down sides all around, making loading and unloading easier.

While you can use a full-sized truck for recreational purposes, the gas and the overall size of the truck make it a bit unrealistic economically to do so. Kei trucks are eco friendly in their gas consumption and size. As most Kei vehicles can be registered as being off-road recreational, the overall functionality of the vehicle is more oriented to the off-road recreational use than it is to on road everyday use. Not that the Kei truck cannot be used as a work truck.

Like with the farming, when equipped with the proper bed, the Kei truck can be used for construction, delivery, and several other uses. Full-size trucks also have this capability, especially in options where there is a workstation on the bed or internet connectivity within. The fundamental difference, as mentioned earlier in this article, is the access points.

Kei Trucks or Full-sized trucks – which is better?

If you are seeking a lower cost vehicle which has the durability to last for hundreds of thousands of miles, then the Kei Truck may be the best option for you. Larger vehicles may be the best option for those who wish to have a higher weight load on the bed and intend to use the vehicle for on road everyday use. For agricultural purposes, the Kei truck may be the best option as you can navigate the terrain easily, access points inaccessible to full-sized trucks, and can load and unload easily. They also make great mini-construction trucks.

When purchasing a Kei truck, check with your local taxation and registration office to see what stipulations may be in place. If you plan to import a Kei less than 25 years old, you will need to know the importation regulations for your particular Kei.

Suzuki Carry vs. Daihatsu Hijet vs. Subaru Sambar

The Suzuki Carry, Daihatsu Hijet, and Subaru Sambar are known as being quality Kei Trucks. Each of the models has proven themselves to be a reliable truck, showcasing several generations spanning over the years. This raises the question of which is better. Is there a model which is best suited for the consumer? Are they all the same? This article will look at some of the key features of the Suzuki Carry, Daihatsu Hijet, and Subaru Sambar to help you decide which option is best for you.

Suzuki Carry vs. Daihatsu Hijet vs. Subaru Sambar which is better? This is a blue Subaru Sambar

Subaru Sambar’s experience

The Subaru Sambar is one of the oldest Kei Trucks on the market. Established in 1961. There have been six generations of the Subaru Sambar. This differs from other Kei trucks on the market. Many have undergone several generations. What does this mean for the truck? First, it shows that the company has focused on creating a Kei truck which can stand the test of time. Second, it proves that consumers are happy with what is produced (as there is no need to create a new generation to meet consumer demands).

Subaru Sambar – current features

The current models of the Subaru Sambar include a 3 speed auto transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission. There is also inter-cooling and a supercharger. Construction of the Subaru Sambar is different from most Kei trucks on the market as it is a 2 pc body. Most of the competitor trucks, such as the Suzuki Carry, are unibody. By having a two-piece body, the Subaru Sambar matches the chassis of most of the modern full-sized options on the road.

Both the unibody and the 2pc body have their advantages and disadvantages. Primarily, the 2pc body allows for easy bed customizations. The Unibody helps with the drive train. Depending upon the model that you choose and the features that you wish to have, the cabin could also be affected. Mainly this is based on the unibody or 2pc chassis. In the current model, the design is a remodeled Daihatsu. This lends to the question of whether it is better to just purchase a Daihatsu Hijet.

The Daihatsu Hijet’s experience

The Daihatsu Hijet has been around for several years. It has undergone several changes over those years. In comparison to the Subaru Sambar, the Daihatsu has 8 generations instead of 6. In many of these generations the engine and the basic functionality of the Kei Truck was addressed. Additionally, the market demands changed. The Daihatsu found itself needing to meet such a demand. Specifically, the Daihatsu had to update the engine to the 2-stroke, remove the business of the design, and redesign the cabin.

This is not to say that the Daihatsu Hijet is not a top quality Kei Truck. Rather, the brand focused more on meeting the current demands of the market over creating a truck that could withstand various shifts in the market. That being stated, there is a reason why the Subaru Sambar is a remodel of the Diahatsu Hijet. It is because it is a superior model to other Kei Trucks on the market.

Daihatsu Hijet Current Model

The current model of Diahatsu Hijet is more in line with modern aesthetics and design. The cabin is offered in a high top. Dash options have been updated. The engine, as with most of the generations of this model, has been updated. Its equipped with a turbo engine, giving more power. Alongside the boost to power is a focus on the safety features and performance of the Diahatsu. Sensors have been added to the model to help with breaking.

Compared to the Subaru Sambar and the Suzuki Carry, it is one of less popular models. The overall design has become sleeker. However, there are still some boxy features. Some may find off-putting. Yet, if you need to have a good Kei truck for deliveries, agricultural use, or just for off-road use, the Daihatsu Hijet is a great option.

Suzuki Carry vs. Daihatsu Hijet vs. Subaru Sambar. This is a Suzuki Carry in white.

The Suzuki Carry

The most popular Kei on the market is the Suzuki carry. Celebrating 60 years of manufacturing, it has established itself as one of best Kei Trucks on the market. There are two options which are offered for the Suzuki Carry. These two are the Suzuki Carry (standard) and the Suzuki Super. With the super, you have more features such as collision detection, brake sensors, etc.

Suzuki Carry’s basic model includes a high cabin. Within there are several features within, such as the 40ᵒ and 20ᵒ chair laybacks. Also available are power windows, doors, and power steering. Depending upon the model and generation that you choose, you will have the option of either a 3 or 4 gear 5 speed shifting.

Which is better the Suzuki Carry, Daihatsu Hijet, or Subaru Sambar?

All the models discussed are worthy of purchase. It really depends upon your needs and expectations to determine which model is the best for you. If you just need a simple Kei truck for basic work and enjoyment, then the Daihatsu Hijet is the perfect choice. Those seeking customization to the cabin and more interior options may wish to purchase the Suzuki Carry or the Suzuki Super. These models have more modern interior and design features. Last, if you are seeking to have a model which can be converted into a dump bed or a scissor lift, or if you need superior loading and unloading on a flatbed, the Subaru Sambar may the best option.

Regardless of the model that you choose, you should check to see which features are available on the generation you desire. With each generation of the Suzuki Carry, Daihatsu, and Subaru Sambar have features not available on prior or post generations. When choosing your Kei Truck, it is strongly recommended that you check with your local and state importation authorities. Because there may be restrictions for on-road use for kei trucks under 25 years of age, a classic may be preferred. But with the quality and durability of the models, even an older Kei is a great choice.

Dump bed vs. Flat Bed Japanese Mini Trucks

Japanese Mini Trucks come with two basic bed options. These two are the flat bed and the dump bed. While you can have the scissor bed, it is less common. You can have the bed covered. Yet, at that point, you have a van and not a truck. So, which bed is the best option? Should you purchase a flat bed Japanese Mini Trucks or Dump beds? This article explores the pros and cons of ownership of both. Read on to find out more.

Japanese Mini Trucks are available in flatbed as well as dump bed.

The construction truck

Dump bed Japanese Mini Trucks are primarily for construction. The bed is smaller than that of the full-size dump truck. This means that you should purchase the truck for small to mid-size jobs. You could also use the dump bed truck on a major construction job, but only as a companion to other full-size members of the fleet.

One of the positives of having dumb ped Japanese Mini Trucks is that they can navigate hard to access construction site points. Because of their narrower frame, as well as their ability to drive at angles of 30ᵒ, they are the best solution over full-sized vehicles.

The versatile truck

Unlike the dump truck Japanese Mini Trucks, Flat Beds offer versatility. The trucks, such as the Suzuki Carry Mini or the Subaru Sambar, can be used in the same fashion as a larger truck. The number of uses is limited only to the truck’s load capacity and the driver’s imagination. Like the dump truck, the flatbed truck can navigate to the most strenuous of inclines or the narrowest of alleyways.

The Flat bed Japanese Mini truck is better for importation as the truck can be classified as agricultural use. Agriculturally classified Japanese Mini Trucks may have permissions to use on the road. Dump beds would be harder to have classified, making their use primarily for off-road use.

Weight load management on Japanese Mini Trucks

When considering which truck bed is appropriate for your needs, you must consider the weight loads and how the loads are managed. Both options have the same limit to weight. Depending upon the type of Japanese Mini Trucks that are used, the limit is around 1500 lbs. (a ton and a half). Where the fundamental difference comes in is in the weight management. Dump bed mini Kei trucks manage the weight better. You also have the functionality of the dump bed which allows for quick unloading. Flat beds must be loaded with the weight distributed evenly to minimize the risk of tipping and other related weight issues.

Consider the primary use of your truck bed before purchasing. If you need containment of your material, then a dump bed would be the best option. However, if you want the ease of loading and unloading, use the flat bed. Most flat bed Japanese Mini Trucks have fold down sides which allow for quicker access to cargo.

Driving Considerations

Many Japanese Dump beds are converted flat beds. There are a few which were manufactured as part of that model’s generation. Know the difference. Should you find the dump bed is an addition to an existing model rather than the factory model, you must consider the driving capabilities.

Japanese Mini Trucks can be 2WD or 4WD. When using a dump bed, you do not want to have a 2WD front wheel drive option. This would mean that you are pulling the weight. While the truck may handle the load, the strain on the engine could limit the overall lifespan of the vehicle. For a dump bed, you really want to have a 4WD Kei Truck. Flat beds do not have to take this into consideration as the model is specifically designed to handle the weight on the bed, regardless of whether it is front or rear wheel drive.

Flat bed truck with the sides down

Part availability

Dump beds are great to have as a construction site companion. You should note that parts for the dump bed may be scarce, depending upon the model that you choose. If you wish to have one of the dump bed Japanese Mini Trucks, it is strongly suggested that you choose a model from the current generation. Current generation models ensure that should you need work on the hydraulic lift, or replacement parts, that they are available. While older generation Kei trucks may have stronger aesthetics and a lower price point, if you cannot find the parts for the vehicle, is it really worth it?

Flat bed Japanese truck parts are common. As each generation produces an enormous selection of the model, such as with the Mazda Scrum Truck, finding parts is easy. Where you will more than likely find issues with the flat bed truck is in the fold down joints. These are easily repaired or replaced. Besides the part availability, is the construction of the flatbed. Most flatbeds are unibody, meaning that the bed and the cabin are on the same chassis. This also reduces the risk of having issues with the construction.

Are Dump bed or Flat Bed Japanese Mini Trucks better?

Both the dump bed and the flat bed offer advantages and disadvantages. Dump bed Japanese Mini Trucks are ideal for those who have small to medium construction jobs and do not want the expense of renting or purchasing a full-sized dump truck for the task. They are also great for managing the weight load if that load does not have to be secured.

Flat bed trucks offer versatility and ease of use. With their fold down sides, loading and unloading of cargo is easy. As the truck can be used for agricultural uses, it gains preference over the dump bed, which can only be used off-road.

No matter which option you choose, you will get great usage from your Japanese Mini Truck. Before purchasing any of the Japanese Mini Trucks on the market, it is important to check with all importation authorities as to the stipulations regarding import. Most Kei trucks over 25 years are easily imported.