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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

Toby Thyer
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