Suzuki Carry Japanese mini truck new to me

m1west

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So yesterday the wheel adapters showed up so today I
removed all mud flaps
installed the wheel adapters
trimmed the front wheel wells and doors
bolted on the tracks
got some ideas for mounting the rotation limiters, the front ones attach to the lower A arm. I plan to use the 2- 12mm bolts in the picture that hold the stabilizer bar and add a couple more for my new fabricated brackets I will work on tomorrow. The rear bars attach to the frame. I can't do the rear because the lift kit isn't here yet and when installed the dimensions will change. the front won't change so I can do those now.
just with the tracks and no lift kit the ground clearance is 18" and will go up another 3-1/2" with the lift kit. That will be 21-1/2" almost as much as the lifted Dodge. After the anti rotation bars tomorrow when the lift kit shows I am a day away from finishing plus some finish work. Marty
 

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m1west

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One thing I am learning is all the track pods are not created equally. Quality is one example and another consideration is the square inches of the total track area. In the tracked 4X4 section another member posted information and experience installing and using the tracks. There are some negative comments about the tracks and their capability. What I have determined through research is they vary in square inches of track riding area. one example one poster wrote they had a Polaris ranger with Duratracks and did not like off trail snow. When I googled Duratracks I found the specifications to say that they are a very robust track designed for any type of off road, mud, rocks what ever but they are heavy 142# each and the total track area of 1400 square inches. on a 1500# ranger thats 1.071 PSI and thats with curb weight not loaded so thats why the poor performance in deep snow. Another wrote that a friend put a set on a RZR and one season ruined the RZR bent axels bearings worn out etc. Tracks are around 100# each. How was his friend driving with tracks on? If like with tires I can understand how in ruined it in 1 season. The Camso tracks that I have can go about 3000 hours before needing serious maintenance and have a total area of 2400 sq. inches with the weight of the mini truck 1500# the psi is .62 and loaded about 2000# is .83 not much different than the snow cat. So there are some things to consider when getting tracks. I plan to run it slow and not abuse the machinery. Marty
 

m1west

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Today I started off by cutting the material for the rotation limiters then the lift kit showed up so I switched gears. The front lift is not overly complicated but the spring is a challenge. First it was very tight on the spring seat and had to be worked down with vice grips. Everything is tight I had to use a bunch of vice grips with the teeth ground off and a couple of small C-clamps to get the spring compressed enough to get the parts and nut back on. everything is so small and tight you can't use a normal spring compressor, if I was going to do a few it would be worth it to make one. The 275#-475# spring is very aggressive and difficult to work with in that small space but I got it in the end. Got one side completely done nd the other 90% tomorrow I will finish it and do the rear lift then get back on the anti rotation brackets.
 

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m1west

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Today I started off by finishing the front lift. The adjustable castor camber 2" strut spacer is definitely needed. I used every bit of the slot to get the tracks flat on the ground. When the lower A-arm goes down it really gets the camber out of wack. You can see the adjustment in the picture. Next I moved to the rear lift. I supported the frame with dunnage and used a floor jack under the rear end. The only thing that made it a little difficult is the new polyurethane bushings. I had to cut the shackle bolts on the left side to get the old ones off due to exhaust pipe interference. The new air shocks have more stroke for the lift. I routed the air lines to a utility box on the side of the truck. It ended up about 3-1/4" higher with the lift kit 2" with the strut spacers and the other 1-1/4" from the stronger spring. The only thing left now is the anti rotation brackets front and rear then adjust the tie rods so the front tracks are parallel. Change oil and head to the mountain. I have to work in the field for the next couple days so I can't get back on it until Wednesday. Marty
 

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m1west

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Ok, today I was able to finish the rotation limiter brackets front and rear. I set the tracks parallel in the front. There is always something, as I was adjusting the tie rods to get the tracks parallel the one on the passenger side had one tie rod end that would not budge. I even took it off put it in a vice with heat and penetrating oil, still wouldn't budge and I didn't want to brake it so I ran the one in that would move far enough to get it on the driver side tie rod. I got it but now the steering wheel is not centered:( Anyway the fabrication was time consuming about 12 hours, some of that was time spent figuring it out ( the front bracket rotation arm pivot needs to be centered under the ball joint and I wanted to attach it at the strongest point on the A-arm which is where the front stabilizer attaches to the A-arm). But I didn't want to modify the truck and when you take them off you can't tell. I did back it out of the shop and pull back in just to check it out. Still have to set track tension change oil and test it around the property then clean it up and put on trailer aimed at the mountain. Marty
 

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m1west

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Today I double checked bolts for tightness like lug nuts. I backed out of the shop watching as I went, when the front tracks broke over the driveway angle the rotation limiter bolt came very close to contacting the front track wheel so I pulled back in and cut of about 1-1/4" it looks much better now. Next I drove it around a little looking for problems. Everything looks good so I washed it and will clean the inside later today. You can see in the video it travels at 1/2 walking speed in 4-low in first gear at idle. It seems to have plenty of power. I will continue to test and post as I go. I would like to take it to the Mountain soon for some real world testing. I have about 32 hours in the installation, the worst part was the front springs. Marty
 

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Cowdog

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Hi all, for the last 6 months or longer have been trying to decide on a mountain toy for the cabin either being a Polaris Ranger or the mini truck. After a lot of research I settled on the mini truck and bought one on Saturday. Here is some pictures and video I took today getting familiar with it. I had to take a lot of short videos or they won't load if they are too long. For size reference the truck parked next to it is a Nissan Frontier. It weighs under 1500# 4 speed manual trans with 2hi-4hi-4lo and diff lock ( lockers ) The engine is 660 cc. 60 hp. 4 valves per cylinder. Has everything a Japanese truck comes with heater, radio, wipers some come with A/C mine does not have that option. One thing I noticed is as small as the truck is the interior room isn't much different than my Nissan Frontier. Some have dump bed or a scissor platform that raises up. I plan to modify it and will post the build as it goes. Marty
Not many recent threads regarding mini trucks. I just bought one and am excited to get started customizing this thing but can’t get enough data. Four Sons in Canada seemed a great place but they said they don’t work on older (1994) Mitsubishis or deal outside Canada. I was bummed.
 

m1west

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Not many recent threads regarding mini trucks. I just bought one and am excited to get started customizing this thing but can’t get enough data. Four Sons in Canada seemed a great place but they said they don’t work on older (1994) Mitsubishis or deal outside Canada. I was bummed.
Check out the tracked 4x4 section in the snowcat section, The Suzuki burned in a forest fire here this year but I already built a Mitsubishi mini cab van on Mattracks to replace it. There're plenty of parts on the net to keep them going. I have been able to source any parts needed rather easily.
 
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