Any Hiace 4x4 Van owners out there?

Lovetheworld

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Search on Google for Hiace Hobo blog turbo kit, that is also on a 3L Engine.
I don't see an easy link, but I remember he used an Australian Ebay turbo kit. It is without modification to fuel pump, which makes it safer and still great progress in driving.

You can build it yourself using Toyota parts. I once bought an exhaust manifold with turbo from another 2L-T engine. Then just cover the pressure line to the fuel pump. Do some oil rerouting.
But the turbo and wastegate are completely worn and I haven't checked if I can fit the two right bolts of the manifold onto the engine head.
It involves more research but should come.out cheaper. However, you probably don't have 2L-T cars in your area so all need to be bought online, and spending time on that.
So a new turbo kit is not a bad idea.
 

Fishenough

Creeper
Beautiful conversion! Do you have more pictures of the build?

Like that, though in the dark, your Hiace is pictured between 2 L300 Delica's.

If you have the 3 L 5L I would suggest finding someone in Thailand, Malaysia, or Japan that provides bolt on performance kits for the 3L. If you have the 1KZ, this is still possible, thou I remember some caution need though this is a more economical engine. I lived in Asia for 8 years, Hiace van drivers would often tweak their engines to drive faster than others in those 1st 2 countries, and still drive there Hiace's like maniacs for over 10 years over steep mountains with the dirty diesel available (what I experienced in Thailand). I had a 3L, non turbo, in a Nissan pickup in Thailand, and drove the same truck with a turbo/intercooler kit and it had power comparable to an American pickup.


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TryCobb

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Hey everyone, I've recently picked up a fantastic 1995 Hiace and I'm starting a cross country drive in the next few days to bring it home. I'll rebuild the interior as a camper when I get home. In addition to replacing the shocks and springs, I'd like to upgrade to slightly larger 16" wheels that are offset a bit further from the vehicle center. I think I can safely get away with about 30mm without interfering with the sliding door. Does anyone have experience with replacing their wheels with this much change to the offset? Thanks so much for your help.
 

rckhound

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Hoping on here because I am the new owner of this Van. We have started to turn it into a little weekender camper. Having fun with it! We have added a front runner rack, a go fast camper, interior bike mounts, and solar system. We have already taken it to California, Arizona, and Utah on trips. We are looking to upgrade the front shocks and wondering what the factory compressed and extended lengths are? Also we have an intermittent grinding when cold from the front left. Anyone else experience this?
 

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Lovetheworld

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What do these vans go for in North America?

We are thinking of selling our van around the end of summer, maybe September.
We used it to drive from Amsterdam to Tokyo, and it was great! But it is not used so much anymore.
Ours is the 2.4 diesel with 4x4 and low-gearing, modified with bigger wheels.
Long wheel base with high roof, 220,000 kilometers. Rare version with ambulance doors and a Toyota original limited slip diff on the rear axle, as well as front seat heating.

So the van is based in Netherlands, and I am wondering if it is relevant to the North American market, since it is older than 25 years. And what prices would be.

It is not rustfree, it has some bubbles around the window edges. The bottom section (everything black) is hard

It has new 225/75R16 BF goodricht all terrains (not on the photo) and it has a camper interior. 175W solar panel and a small fridge with freezer. Diesel to air heater. Maxxfan.

4 beds, that is if your kids are not to big yet :) kids beds are now 150cm long I think.

 
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