Pandem Goes Utilitarian: The Hardcore Tokyo Nissan Frontier


Gas up your grime bikes, load up the tenting gear, schedule a home transfer and guide a visit to the dump – it’s time to get bodily with Pandem and their new vary of pickup (AKA ute) kits.

I really like ute, and who doesn’t? However what is best than one ute? Three utes, after all. A short time again, I featured J.Beat Customized’s Datsun Sunny pickup. However it’s not the one utility car to get the Pandem remedy. At the moment, we’ll take a spin within the Hardcore Tokyo Nissan Frontier, and subsequent time I’ll present you the TRA Kyoto Hilux. A terrific trio of mini vans, if you’ll.

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You is perhaps questioning about my enthusiasm for the common-or-garden ute, and slightly again story ought to clarify it. Whereas learning at college in Australia, my dad gifted me a grandma-spec Nissan Pulsar when he moved again to the UK. Looking back, it was most likely a really smart and completely sufficient each day driver for a poor pupil. However my housemate owned a Holden Torana and I longed for one thing equally cool.

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I offered the little white hatchback and acquired a Nineteen Seventies GM Holden HQ ute with a straight-six up entrance, three on the tree, a bench entrance seat and loads of house within the again for my husky little one, Kazu. The HQ was a correct traditional hunk of Aussie iron and set the ball rolling for my love of oddball automobiles.

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However huskies aren’t the one issues you may haul in a ute. Fridges, tenting gear, and extra is all simple work for a light-weight truck. The Aussies have had some beauties, the king being the Holden Particular Automobiles (HSV) Maloo. What my mates and I wouldn’t have carried out to get behind the wheel of a type of…

Want to maneuver home? Want to tear an almighty burnout whereas leaving the motocross circuit? The Maloo may do each with ease.

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Much less performance-orientated and extra more likely to be discovered at a constructing web site was the Nissan D22 Navara. Referred to as the Nissan Frontier in different markets, this ute was the hammer to the HSV’s laser stage.

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Quick ahead 20 years, and Jun Takahashi of Hardcore Tokyo determined to import this Frontier from Thailand and remodel it. The transient for the D22 construct was easy: how Individuals would customise the truck in JDM type.

Jun instructed me they stored issues easy, sticking to a house garage-built ethos somewhat than happening the route of a fully-blown sizzling rod.

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The physique package is exclusive to Pandem, and the livery takes cues from the Hardcore Tokyo line of merchandise.

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Bar the bucket seats, steering wheel and shifter, the inside is building-site-spec. You’ll be able to nearly odor the corn beef sandwiches and chocolate milk in right here.

Slamming the Frontier required a little bit of fabrication work. Customized entrance higher arms, a customized rear 4-link, and an Airmext air suspension system that includes DJM shocks get the job carried out.

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It could have been simple to swap in an SR20DET however, retaining with the construct theme, Jun has retained the ute’s unique KA24DE. With a customized exhaust system – and slightly witchcraft – it in some way feels like a rumbling V8.

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Okay, so Jun’s Frontier might have misplaced its load capability of a smidge over a tonne, however I believe you could possibly nonetheless benefit from the way of life that quick property automobile homeowners and quick ute homeowners alike are recognized for with this construct.

Nevertheless, Jun-san may need to manufacture an additional ground panel to cowl the Degree 7 gas tank on show in the midst of the ute mattress if he needs to move any grime bikes…

But when issues go a bit sideways doing the dump run, he’ll be secure in understanding that the 15×10-inch Centerline wheels fitted with 235/50R15 Toyo Proxes R888R semi-slicks will present loads of grip.

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If you make a sure kind of auto do one thing it was by no means meant to do, it’s immediately cool in my guide. And that’s precisely what the Pandem x Hardcore Tokyo Nissan Frontier is.

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