JDM Truck and Van Resources (Hiace, Liteace, Townace, Toyoace, etc)

There seems to be a lot of these JDM vehicles entering North American markets is the last few years, but it seems like their is a severe lack of information on them.

I'm hoping those of us who own or are interested in owning one of these capable looking little diesels can pool our energy and our knowledge and get a good list of resources going. I'm not sure if it makes more sense to have one general thread or to break it up by make/model, for now lets keep it in 1 thread and just make sure to clearly identify the make/model/generation you are referring to. I will try to update and organize the original post with resources as they are provided.

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To start things off here are some basics:

General Vehicle Information (wikipedia)
Toyota Hiace Van (1967-present, light duty van, minibus, etc)
Toyota Hiace Truck (1985-1995, light to medium duty truck based on the larger Toyoace body, 1-2.5 ton, single and crew cab)
Toyota Liteace/Townace (1970/1976-present, light duty commercial and passenger van, light duty cabover truck)
Toyota Toyoace / Dyna (1954-present, light to medium duty cabover truck, 1-4 ton depending on generation+submodel)

Toyota L-Series Diesel Engine info:
Toyota L series diesel engine (overview)
2L Specs (4 cyl, 2.4L -- 75-88 hp, 114-121 ft/lb torque @ 2400 rpm)
2L-T Specs (4 cyl, 2.4L, Turbo -- 85-90 hp, 139 ft/lb torque @ 2200 rpm)
2L-TE Specs (4 cyl, 2.4L, Turbo, EFI, -- 96 hp, 163 ft/lb torque @ 2400 rpm)
3L Specs (4 cyl, 2.4L, -- 90 hp, 139 ft/lb torque @ 2400 rpm)
Short writeup on the 3L engine
 
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Hiaces come in a lot of varieties. You can see a lot from body/model codes:

LH118 for example.
L means L family type engine. Could be RZ for petrol (2RZ for example) or KZ for 1KZ-TE 3.0 turbodiesel
H1 = Hiace (super custom or regular) from 1990 to 2005
H2 = 2005+ with blocky/square nose
XH1/2 or CH1/2 = 1996 to 2012 Hiace with engine in the front with bonnet

100 = SWB, 110 = LWB, 120 = SuperLWB (rare)
112 = 2.4 L 2L rear wheel drive
113 = 2.8 L 3L rear wheel drive
118 = 2.4 L 2L four wheel drive
119 = 2.8 L 3L four wheel drive

Japanese Domestic market only got permanent 4wd regardless of engine type.
European and other markets got (for some models) low-gearing and parttime 4x4.
 
Hiaces come in a lot of varieties. You can see a lot from body/model codes
Thanks that all is super useful info. It's nice to be able to make sense of the manufacturer codes like that.

Japanese Domestic market only got permanent 4wd regardless of engine type.
European and other markets got (for some models) low-gearing and parttime 4x4.
Wait are you saying all the 4x4 hiaces are fulltime 4wd? Not selectable?
 
No, read it again. That pretty much all Hiaces coming from the Japanese market come with fulltime 4wd. And that European version or for other continents can have selectable 4x4 with low-gearing. Like I have.
But the average Hiace Super Custom or other version from Japan has fulltime 4wd only.
 
That pretty much all Hiaces coming from the Japanese market come with fulltime 4wd.
Interesting, do you have any idea why that is? Personally I would much prefer selectable 4wd and 4-low, for the fuel economy and for the additional control. I wonder what it is about the Japanese market that made them choose fulltime 4wd.
 
I don't know. But they don't really need selectable 4wd in Japan, you can barely go offroad there.
However, the Mitsubishi vans up to the previous generation were sold with selectable 4wd. (current generation doesn't have selectable 4wd, but comes with automatic with some helpful buttons for offroading, so pretty capable I think)
 

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No, read it again. That pretty much all Hiaces coming from the Japanese market come with fulltime 4wd. And that European version or for other continents can have selectable 4x4 with low-gearing. Like I have.
But the average Hiace Super Custom or other version from Japan has fulltime 4wd only.
There are a lot of the JDM version with selectable 4x4, I have a 1993 Super Custom Limited imported from Japan that has it and I guy I got it from had several others with selectable, all from Japan. It's the LH107 version with the 2.8 liter engine.
 
There are a lot of the JDM version with selectable 4x4, I have a 1993 Super Custom Limited imported from Japan that has it and I guy I got it from had several others with selectable, all from Japan. It's the LH107 version with the 2.8 liter engine.
You can't say there are a lot. It is ONLY the version 2.8 diesel, the LH107 or LH117 (lwb) chassis, that got the selectable 4x4 in Japan.
Any other engine choice did not get it. So no petrol versions, nor the ones with 2L or more modern 2L-TE. None of the Super customs with the 3 liter turbodiesel. And those are quite popular in the export market.

To put it into perspective. I did some searches on some sites, and I found only one 2.8 diesel with 4x4. All the rest is full time 4wd.

So yes, it is not impossible to get them with selectable 4x4 from Japan, but the buyer should know what he is looking for and that it is more rare.
I'm guessing that the few I know from the Uk with selectable 4x4 are also coming from Japan. With the big truck mirrors typically.

All the Mitsubishis just have selectable 4x4 standard, except for the very recent generation. (but that has electric gizmo's to help)
But they are smaller.
 
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