UTV - Trying to Decide

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Number15

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Rhea County TN
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AC 7600 TTR, Branson 5520CH, Grasshopper 928D2
Late to the party but I wanted to add some info about the JDM trucks.
First off I love mine, I use it a lot. Street legal in my state, AC, heat, radio, air bags etc.
Has a dump bed that works great. I wouldn't change it for a utv/rtv for anything.
BUT
If you think it's going to work well with tracks/pods you're crazy.
If you think it's going to zip around your property like mad max you're going to be dissapointed.
If you think it's going to conquer the tough trails make sure you bring a shovel and a winch.

I use mine on my cleared land and the 4x4 works great, but I know it's limits, I got it high sided once :)
They are lowish on power and don't have a lot of speed off road but they will get the job done.
On pavement it will do 60mph easily but that is about as fast as you want to go.
It will move a full bed of wood, not sure how much that weighs but it does it easily.
It hauls my 105 gallon diesel tank full with no problems.
They are full frame construction, so I think they are tough but you have to remember they were mostly designed for on road activities.
They get fantastic fuel mileage. I can get the maintenance parts at walmart. However if I need anything else it needs to come from Japan. Parts are plentiful there but everything will need to be shipped.

They are cheaper than utv's but harder to find. Mine is a 2020 Daihatsu, owned by Toyota. 3cyl 660cc 54hp high revving little monster.
You will need to change the tires if you want to go off road.


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Got these geolanders from Japan for 85$ a piece shipped
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jigs_n_fixtures

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TYM T233
I have a JDM truck, a 94 Daihatsu Hijet, which I have raised a couple of inches.

I bought it to carry a snow plow in the winter. A vehicle with a real enclosed cab, windows, wipers and a heater is much more enjoyable than any ATV/UTV for plowing snow.

I put a bit of a lift, and heavier springs on the front, after the first time I trial fitted the plow, and the front springs bottomed out. I added a leaf to the rear when I weighed both axles with the plow mounted and figured out that I needed to add about 400 to 500-lbs, to the back to get the weight distribution back to 50-50, and to bring the rear even with the front.

As said, they are quite capable at low speeds off road, but are not anything you can run at speed and go jumping over bumps, and catching big air in. I out grew that in my thirties. So, not an issue with me.

Mine has a scissors dump bed, so it can raise vertically, as well as dump. The highway legal load in Japan is 350kg, (800-lbs). However Daihatsu imported them, as utility vehicles in the eighties, and early nineties, and they said they could carry 1500-lbs, at speeds below 15-mph.

For around the place, and putting around town on city and county roads, I much prefer it to any of the ATVs I have driven. We have a Razor at work we use to cruise old timber sale roads, when we are figuring out what it will take to open them up for new timber sales, or use as fire breaks/roads. I am certain the tiny truck is fully capable of doing 90% of that work. But it wouldn’t do it as fast.

When I built the bumper to mount the snow plow, I put 2-inch reciever on the miidle, and both ends. I have a polarized lead to power the plow, and set up a 4500-lb winch to mount in the receivers, and hook to the same power feed. I made the rear bumpers the same, and ran a power feed to the rear bumper. I can mount the winch on all four corners and the middle at both ends. So, I can get a good angle to pull on most things. Add an electric chain saw, hilift and tire patch kit and I’m ready to, go play in the woods.
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Number15

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Location
Rhea County TN
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AC 7600 TTR, Branson 5520CH, Grasshopper 928D2
I have a JDM truck, a 94 Daihatsu Hijet, which I have raised a couple of inches.

I bought it to carry a snow plow in the winter. A vehicle with a real enclosed cab, windows, wipers and a heater is much more enjoyable than any ATV/UTV for plowing snow.

I put a bit of a lift, and heavier springs on the front, after the first time I trial fitted the plow, and the front springs bottomed out. I added a leaf to the rear when I weighed both axles with the plow mounted and figured out that I needed to add about 400 to 500-lbs, to the back to get the weight distribution back to 50-50, and to bring the rear even with the front.

As said, they are quite capable at low speeds off road, but are not anything you can run at speed and go jumping over bumps, and catching big air in. I out grew that in my thirties. So, not an issue with me.

Mine has a scissors dump bed, so it can raise vertically, as well as dump. The highway legal load in Japan is 350kg, (800-lbs). However Daihatsu imported them, as utility vehicles in the eighties, and early nineties, and they said they could carry 1500-lbs, at speeds below 15-mph.

For around the place, and putting around town on city and county roads, I much prefer it to any of the ATVs I have driven. We have a Razor at work we use to cruise old timber sale roads, when we are figuring out what it will take to open them up for new timber sales, or use as fire breaks/roads. I am certain the tiny truck is fully capable of doing 90% of that work. But it wouldn’t do it as fast.

When I built the bumper to mount the snow plow, I put 2-inch reciever on the miidle, and both ends. I have a polarized lead to power the plow, and set up a 4500-lb winch to mount in the receivers, and hook to the same power feed. I made the rear bumpers the same, and ran a power feed to the rear bumper. I can mount the winch on all four corners and the middle at both ends. So, I can get a good angle to pull on most things. Add an electric chain saw, hilift and tire patch kit and I’m ready to, go play in the woods.
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Love that scissor lift, wish mine had that (y)
 
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jigs_n_fixtures

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TYM T233
It has come in really handy when pruning fruit trees, cleaning the gutters in the garage, getting new roofing onto the roof, stacking hay bales, or carrying Smokey in the Parade of Lights, the Friday after Thanksgiving. Smokey moved to California, so I need to round up a new Smokey.

It was a fun way to do Thanksgiving. We would work on decorating the truck while the girls finished up fixing dinner, have dinner watch a game or two. And then finish off the truck the next day. We had a lot of fun doing it. The fire education gal at the Forest Service would round up the Smokey costume, and give us a couple of boxes of “frisbees“ to toss to the kids. One year his grandsons were in town, and I rounded up a couple of xxs, Fire shirts for them. They had a blast helping us decorate the truck, and throwing candy and frisbees to the kids.
 
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ROUSTABOUT

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Luther Willis Hill, AR
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Pettibone, Ford, Massey Ferguson, International, JD, David Bradley, home mades
I bought a 74 f150 4x4 for 500 in 1992. Sold the winch for 500 and the truck still runs good. 300 six and 4 speed.
 
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LouNY

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Greenwich, NY
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Branson 8050, IH 574, Oliver 1550 Diesel Utility (traded in on Branson)
For what a pickup or jeep can do a UTV is no match,
for what and were a UTV can do and go the pickup, mini-truck, or jeep can't do.
Things I do and have done with my UTV you could not do with a pickup.
My pickups are much more comfortable, nicer and have much more capabilities then my UTV.
They both have there place and I wouldn't want to give either up.
 
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WilliamBos

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Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
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MF 1635 12x12 Powershuttle
My 63 Cj5 is same size as neighbor’s prior rtv
rtv is about 2” shorter but 6” wider. I got to compare side to side and on trails when I had to pull him out.


The flatfenders are even smaller
Thanks for posting these. Miss my Jk, looking at getting a JL in the near future. And yes, it will see trails.
 
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plastikosmd

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My first drivable car was an 84 cj7
The cj5 is around 6”? Shorter

I remember that it was expensive for me as an 17y/o to insure the 7 and they would not do a 5.

I would not take this one on the highway, but trails, woods, lawn, chores, store etc it is my ideal sxs
 
 
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