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Been Looking fairly flexable reasonably priced suspension for my 1991 Hilux 4dr PU, the last year in Japan for the Straight Front Axel & Leaf Springs. My stuff is so stiff now, there is no way I will even take it out 4byin. I have found a few places, but none will ship via the postal service to an APO AP address.
 

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Boy, now that is a bad ACE kit, but wife said no.. So I guess Im gonna have to wait till I get it back State Side.
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Are you familiar with the cost, regulations, safety and emission requirements to bring a vehicle into the US? It's a bitch. I spent 2 years in Japan and wanted to bring a Hilux back but bagged the idea after doing some research. Let me know if you want more info. They just started selling 4door pickups in the US also.
 

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ya ifin you dont mind, any and all info would be great. The prices that I have been quoted so far are about $4-6000, is that bout right? I really like the 91 body style, straight axel and the torque of the Diesel, plus, Im in the process of hunting for the Land Cruiser Parado so I can put in the 3.0L turbo Diesel.
 

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Just got home from the bar, but here's what I can remember at the moment. Transportation is about $2000. Testing and certification for US standards about $5000, and there are only a few companies who will do it, I think they are all in California. Any modifications to meet US standards are extra: dual air bags, side impact beams, emissions/approved catalitic converter, etc. Availability of repair parts for the Japanese deisel, NOT, how's your Nihongo? You will probably have to call Japan to get parts. Sorry to be such a downer. Just have as much fun with it as you can in Japan. If you are willing to spend the money and do the extra effort, great. I may be able to help you with some of the required paperwork. If you do bring it back, let me know, I would love to check it out. That's a cool ride. I had a Toyota Starlet when I was there, not nearly so cool as a Hilux.
 

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I hardly think it is necessary to go all of that emissions & testing to import a vehicle over here...

Otherwise how else do people import older European cars?

I am purty darn sure I could register just about any vehicle I want here.. then again, where I live in TN there is NO testing whatsoever <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">
 

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dissasemble it, crate it and ship it as parts, this is how they get the grey market street bikes over here. Not nearly as many restrictions on parts and you're allready there and have time to crate it up.

once it's here you'll figure some (creative) way to register it.

how much to box up one of those cabs and ship it to me as a test? <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by 4drToyPU:
<STRONG>Been Looking fairly flexable reasonably priced suspension for my 1991 Hilux 4dr PU, the last year in Japan for the Straight Front Axel & Leaf Springs. My stuff is so stiff now, there is no way I will even take it out 4byin.</STRONG>
Might be worth doing a bit of maintenace work on the springs to see if you can make them flex a little better. See if you can figure out if its the springs or the shocks that are stiff. Pull the springs off, loosen up the clamps, check the shackles to make sure they move freely, clean up the leaves maybe grease them and see if that helps. Are the springs bottoming out on the bumpstops or flattened out to the overload leaves?
 

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4CrawlR. Springs are not even getting close to the bump stops. example, I go up on a curb, the whole damn truck tilts. I will try your recommendation, splitting it appart cleaning, and greasing. Thanks
 
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