The Daihatsu HiJet is a truck of many virtues. It’s mostly at home hauling small loads around small obstacles while consuming small amounts of fuel. They’re cheap. They’re illegal on highways in most states, which is a moot point given their low top speeds. Now, a methed-out MacGyver has spliced the rear half of a “Gixxer” with a HiJet, at the expense of a few of those virtues (payload and 4WD) while adding a new one: 100 mph and beyond. Find this Half 1990 Daihatsu HiJet, half 1994 Suzuki GSX600r for sale in St. Cloud, MN for $2,500 via craigslist.
Few engine swaps result in a lower displacement figure. The Corvette TDI was one. This is another. Going from 660cc to 600cc in this case results in a massive horsepower spike: from 40 to 106.
In the ad, two pictures and one grammatically defunct sentence mean the tech specs are a guessing game. It looks like the seller found a LHD version and retained its steering wheel, but the throttle linkage mechanism is a mystery. “Any questions call Mark at [phone number].” Questions? Let’s put it this way: the number of questions I have is more than the number of empty whiskey bottles in Mark’s back yard.
(The Hi-Jet’s interior, as evinced by a previous take on the dinky Daihatsu. In case you were curious.)
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