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How to tune the suspension of L400? External shock absorber is not always good.

Have you ever put in a new set of shocks, only to be disappointed when you test drive it and find it too stiff? From such experience This is a suggestion of “rear tuning for old guys”. Here is my proposal. That stock shock absorber is definitely out of date, isn’t it? It’s an old car. There is no such thing as a new car. It’s probably wobbly and uncomfortable to drive. If you look under the car, do you see the black stock shocks? If it’s a stock shock, it’s probably dead. Are you thinking of replacing them with external shocks of some kind? Now you’re probably thinking, “What’s the best way to go? External shock absorbers are usually harder. Since the introduction of the Space Gear, it has been said that it shakes and rolls a lot, so most of the manufacturers of external shocks make shock absorbers to prevent this from happening. So, what I’m wondering is whether harder shocks are really comfortable for everyone? I think so. Especially for people like me, who will be old in 10 years, do they really want a stiff suspension? The goodness of genuine Mitsubishi shock absorbers and the goodness […]

Why does the L400 Delica Space Gear have so many “strange noises”? How to get rid of the noise and get younger

The undercarriage of the L400 Space Gear makes various noises, but why does it make so many strange noises from various parts of the undercarriage and why do various parts wear out? If you think about it in terms of humans. Poor posture, poor use of the legs, and undue strain on parts of the body. With that in mind for a moment, I did a L400 space gear alignment adjustment and the results were great, so I’ll let you know! It’s making noises all over the place. If you look at the access analysis of this site, the search term “L400 space gear noise” is what you will see. This car may be one of those rare cars that is really bothered by noise from the suspension. There is no end to the topics around here on other sites. I’ve been bothered by these noises myself. The source of the noise is usually the front suspension sway link or the upper arm & ball joint. What’s causing the noise? Why are there strange noises coming from the undercarriage? When you think about it, it’s the stabilizer links and ball joints that cause it, but if you think about it […]

Replacing the shock absorbers behind the L400 Delica Space Gear

Recently, I felt that the car was leaning a lot when going around curves, so I decided to replace the shock absorbers with ones I got from a friend. This is an article about how the feeling I got when I test drove the car after the replacement was more than I expected. Don’t think it’s easy to replace a rear shock. “I tend to think that the rear shocks are easy to put on and take off in a car without ECS, but when I tried it, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Personally, I found the front one to be easier. (I can do it sitting in a chair.) First of all, I had a hard time accessing the rear shock absorbers. As I’m a big guy, I didn’t feel like slipping under the floor with the normal ride height, so I had to use the spare tire and a garage jack to raise the car body a little bit to get under. Why did I jack up the spare tire? That said, when you jack up the differential, the hosings also go up and the shock absorbers become shorter. I wanted to make […]

Recommended External Shock Absorbers and Features of L400 Delica Space Gear

When I replaced the shocks on my L400 Delica Space Gear and drove it, I was like, “I didn’t know it was such a good car! I think you’ll be impressed. The most popular and powerful in the world? Bilstein. It’s the famous Bilstein, the external shock for Space Gear! The stability of the car seems to be excellent, especially when cornering and driving at high speed. The car feels lighter in the curves if the car is not tilted. Even when you turn the steering wheel, the car just feels like it’s going to sputter! You can feel a sharp cut and no centrifugal force, so driving fatigue is drastically reduced (the best feature of the hard shocks). The shaking of the car body is quite scary when you change lanes on the highway with old shock absorbers. The Bilstein will make that big body of yours go by with ease in any situation! KYB New SR Special, an evolution of the stock shock These are genuine replacement type shock absorbers from Kayaba Industry, the genuine shock manufacturer. What’s interesting is that they are cheaper than buying all 4 of the stock shocks! (^^) Stock oil damper is a […]

L400 Delica Space Gear shock absorber replacement. Tinkering with the undercarriage of a waist-high L400 Delica is a great pastime!

The L400 Delica Space Gear has a high seat position and a long stroke. Just changing the shocks on the Delica can completely change the ride quality. There are few DIYs as exciting as replacing a shock absorber on an L400. I’ve tried the stock shocks that were given to me and the used Monroe and Rancho shocks, and it was interesting to see the in-play after they were all replaced. I don’t know if there’s any DIY project that allows you to enjoy the changes in your car as much as replacing the shocks. Driving with old shocks is tiring because of the shaking of the car, and more importantly, it’s not fun to drive. When I change the shocks to new ones, I get into the car and patrol the area even though I don’t have anything to do with it (^^) Replacing the shocks on this car is not too difficult, so it might be worth a DIY challenge. Unlike struts, it’s just a simple shock replacement. If you feel like “the car is shaking a lot lately” or “the ride quality is getting worse”, you should definitely change the shocks. The best part of replacing the […]

L400 Space Gear tires and alignment are best specified by the manufacturer! The reason for this is.

Ride quality, steering feel, and tire reduction I think a lot of people have to wrack their brains over tire choice, pressure, etc. for these three things. I was one of those people. One of those? Yeah, I did. I’ve finally graduated from those worries. The alignment adjustment the other day gave me the inspiration to drive with an alignment that is closer to the stock values, and I’ve been able to adjust the tire pressure to the stock value. Front: 2.0 Rear: 1.8 to. There were only advantages. So let me talk about tire alignment, pressure, and other tire-related conditions here again. 225/80R/15 is in short supply! I guess there is no demand for this size. If you look for it, you’ll see that it’s quite scarce. Well, if you don’t have this size, I’d be fine with 30×9.5R15 or 235/75R15. Originally, this 225/80R15 was a rare size ・・・・. Is it just space gear? If you stick with this size, you may have less and less choice in the future. If you’re commuting or highway use, the vertically dug groove design is quiet. The L400 Space Gear comes with a standard [all-season] tire. It’s a tire that claims to […]

L400 Space Gear Wheel Alignment Adjustment and Working Edition

I’ll keep the current data. Always measure on a “flat surface”. If you don’t have a flat place, you can use the horizontal line of the laser marking machine and put a plywood or something on a low place to make it level. My wheel has a “hub cap”, so I shot the laser beam parallel to the car body at about 100mm from the hub cap, and measured the distance from the laser beam to the wheel on both the driver’s side and the passenger’s side. Driver’s side : 1mm out Passenger side: 3mm in TOTAL: 2 mm toe-in camber Driver’s side: 10mm negative Passenger side: 6mm negative TOTAL: 16mm Negative That’s the result! This is a completely messed up number! (especially camber) It’s no wonder the steering feel is so wrong with this one. I don’t know when I went crazy like this… Start working to achieve the specified toe and camber values of 0!   Fixing the Camber|Laying down the aluminum wheels Alignment must be adjusted with “grounded”, but it’s too small to work with when the car is normally stopped, so I jacked up the car with a garage jack and put the aluminum wheel without […]

L400 Wheel Alignment Adjustment|Riding comfort, steering feel, and road noise all improved!

You shouldn’t think, “I haven’t messed with it since I bought it, so it can’t be that crazy. Mine was crazy from the beginning. What is wheel alignment? “Wheel alignment” refers to the direction and position of the tires. With proper alignment, there is less fatigue from driving due to moderate straight-line performance and cornering performance and other steering stability. However, if the alignment is out of alignment… Since you can’t take your hands off the handlebars for a second, you get tired easily and your tires wear out on one side. In the case of space gears, premature wear and tear on the undercarriage components can also cause noise. Why do I need to check the wheel alignment? Automobiles are made so that the alignment can be adjusted originally, and they are fixed with bolts at the specified value when new, but since they are only bolted, there is a chance that they may shift with strong impacts. Furthermore, as the vehicle gets older, the spring will weaken in its ability to lift the vehicle and the height of the vehicle will be lowered. This will naturally cause the car’s suspension settings to become out of whack. “If you’ve […]

The worst part of the late model L400 is abnormal noise!

That strange noise that suddenly comes out when driving comfortably. It’s an old car, so it can’t be helped, but I wonder if it could be managed a little more. “Disgusting” to the noise coming from the underbody With this size, I’ve matured the underbody so much at this car height! I feel that. However, in order to achieve such ride comfort and driving performance at this vehicle height, it seems that somewhere is a heavy burden. Consumable parts, mainly rubber parts and ball joints, but they wear out each time you shake left or right. I think the L400 will make more noise and feel less comfortable than other cars. Famous places include [Stabillink], [Stabil Bush], [Front Suspension Support], [Front Upper Arm Ball Joint], etc. If there is no unusual noise, this car is quite quiet and comfortable, so I feel sorry. Therefore, my car life is looking for the cause of abnormal noise → Checking the cost of parts → Challenge DIY because it is unexpectedly cheap → Become more familiar with cars. I’m wondering if it’s like this. Do you ask a professional to take measures against abnormal noise in the suspension? Or do you do it […]