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    rkrenicki's 1992 Subaru Sambar SDX - 2017-10-06 - Day on a DynoJet!

    A couple of people know about this already, but I am excited to say that I am currently in the process of importing a vehicle from Japan. EDIT: It is officially on the boat swimming its way across the Pacific as I type this, so here is the big announcement!

    1992 Subaru Sambar SDX Supercharged.













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    I love the little Kei cars, I wish they were street legal here. I really need to look into it again, I wonder if it is over 25 years old if I can register it and drive one anyways.

    Kei class supercharged sounds fun! Wasn't there a supercharged Sambar at some point?

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    It's a members ride II thread hmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by foohfooh View Post
    It's a members ride II thread hmm
    That just means its not a Legacy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98legwag View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by foohfooh View Post
    It's a members ride II thread hmm
    That just means its not a Legacy.
    Yep, there is no such thing as a Kei Legacy

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    I just received word that it is scheduled to be loaded on the boat on January 30th. I should have paperwork sometime around then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nepbug View Post
    I love the little Kei cars, I wish they were street legal here. I really need to look into it again, I wonder if it is over 25 years old if I can register it and drive one anyways.
    Unless there is a specific law in your state, any Kei vehicle over 25 years old is street legal. As far as I know, there are only state laws that pertain to Kei Trucks sold as "off-road use" and not Kei Cars, or trucks imported as passenger vehicles.

    Connecticut has no state law, so Kei vehicles (Trucks or Cars) are just vehicles with no restrictions. Colorado is the same way in that respect. They would just have to meet whatever requirements your state has for 25+ year vehicles.

    Connecticut has no real restrictions for 25+ year old cars. I only have to do a VIN verification, and pay for registration. No emissions, no safety inspection, nothing. Of course, I will still have to jump through the hoops of a non-ISO VIN.. but that should not be too difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkrenicki View Post
    Unless there is a specific law in your state, any Kei vehicle over 25 years old is street legal. As far as I know, there are only state laws that pertain to Kei Trucks sold as "off-road use" and not Kei Cars, or trucks imported as passenger vehicles.

    Connecticut has no state law, so Kei vehicles (Trucks or Cars) they are just vehicles with no restrictions. Colorado is the same way in that respect. They would just have to meet whatever requirements your state has for 25+ year vehicles.

    Connecticut has no real restrictions for 25+ year old cars. I only have to do a VIN verification, and pay for registration. No emissions, no safety inspection, nothing. Of course, I will still have to jump through the hoops of a non-ISO VIN.. but that should not be too difficult.
    Hmm, I'll be researching then. It sounds like it depends on how it was imported more than anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nepbug View Post
    Hmm, I'll be researching then. It sounds like it depends on how it was imported more than anything.
    I am going to bring this to PM, as to not clutter up this thread. Once I am done with the process, I will be writing up a "DIY" thread with everything that has to happen. I have made a lot of phone calls and research over the last two weeks, and I have learned a lot that I want to share.

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    I eagerly await this vehicle. That way I can test drive it and decide if I'm jumping through the same hoops for my own.
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    The time for this vehicle to depart Japan is rapidly approaching. I bought a couple of pieces for it, but I am waiting for it is ship before I really start ordering too much.

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    Is the car on the ship yet?

    Edit- I should probably read things.
    Last edited by 98legwag; 01-31-2017 at 11:00 AM.
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    Alright, so how long then until you actually have it in possession and will be able to assess what to do first?

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    There was a slight delay in the ship leaving Japan so it left about a day late. Assuming there are no more delays along the way, it should be here early March. Unfortunately, there are a number of stops in the US before it gets to my port (New York), then I will have to deal with US customs which could take a day or two.

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    Who is doing the paper work? Notarizing, translating, etc.

    I'm planning to import. Don't know if it's easier or cheaper to do it myself or go straight to a broker like Japanese Classics or some sort so I don't have to deal with the paperwork and U.S. custom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amusa View Post
    Who is doing the paper work? Notarizing, translating, etc.

    I'm planning to import. Don't know if it's easier or cheaper to do it myself or go straight to a broker like Japanese Classics or some sort so I don't have to deal with the paperwork and U.S. custom.
    I am not using a vehicle broker nor a customs broker for this particular import. I will be writing up a "DIY" thread after the truck is here with the details of the import process and my experiences. If you want me to go over it with you sooner, drop me a PM or find me on the facebook group and send me a message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkrenicki View Post
    I am not using a vehicle broker nor a customs broker for this particular import. I will be writing up a "DIY" thread after the truck is here with the details of the import process and my experiences. If you want me to go over it with you sooner, drop me a PM or find me on the facebook group and send me a message.
    Still got time. When ever you are ready just post up. I need to finish up with (1) car before I can get my hands on another project. The wife want's a 240Z, 260Z or 280Z. I'm thinking Fairlady with a RB26DETT swap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amusa View Post
    I'm thinking Fairlady with a RB26DETT swap.
    Unfortunately, that would not be eligible for import. The EPA clearance is dependant on the vehicle (and more specifically, the engine), being in original unmodified condition. any vehicle with an engine swap is automatically ineligible.

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    The truck is going to cross the international date line in a few hours, and I just received an email from my normal Japanese buying proxy that my box-of-parts will be shipping tonight.

    Since I do not know the service history of the truck, I ordered a bit of everything... Exedy Clutch kit, Timing Belt kit, Water Pump, 2 sets of Brake Pads, a spare set of brake calipers (Found a set for $15, and figured it was good to have some handy), Thermostat, Spark Plug set, and Wiring Manual. I also special ordered some oil filters from my dealer (They are the same as the Subaru Justy), picked up some spark plugs, and ordered a new set of Alternator and Supercharger belts and air filter here in the states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkrenicki View Post
    Unfortunately, that would not be eligible for import. The EPA clearance is dependant on the vehicle (and more specifically, the engine), being in original unmodified condition. any vehicle with an engine swap is automatically ineligible.
    I'm going to do the swap here.
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    The truck is still not here yet, but some of the parts have started to show up. I managed to source some Alternator and Supercharger belts, air filters, a fuel filter, and LHD headlights here in the states from various different sources. The oil filter is the same as the Subaru Justy in North America and the Subaru Domingo in Europe, so it is available worldwide. I decided to go with OEM, as they are high quality Tokyo Roki filters. Oddly enough, they even say "Kei" in the part description on them.



    I also sourced a set of wheels and tires, as the original tires are not DOT compliant, and 155SR12 tires are not available here without importing them. After some research, I found that 1989-1999 Nissan Sentra and Nissan 200SX (B14/Lucino) wheels have the appropriate bolt pattern and hub size. I sourced a set of 14" wheels from an 200SX and some 165/60R14 tires. This is not a widely available size here in the States either, but I did find a brand new set of Hankook Kinergy Eco K425 for a decent price. These tires only seem to be marketed for the UK and Australian market, but they are marked US, UK, Aus DOT approved.



    These tires have little flowers on them. heh.

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    The boat just passed through the Panama Canal today. I managed to get a screenshot from their webcam as it went though.

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    That's pretty cool!

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    That is a big boat. I wonder how many cars are on it.
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    There's only one on it that matters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98legwag View Post
    That is a big boat. I wonder how many cars are on it.
    Thousands. They have anywhere from 6-10 floors, with a max floor height of about 5.2m. They can carry any kind of vehicle, as small as motorcycles or as large as train cars. I do not have the size of this specific boat, but this company has boats that range in size from 4300 to 8500 CEUs (Car Equivalent Units). Fun fact, the CEU is based on the size of a 1966 Toyota Corolla RT43.

    Another thing to note.. This particular ship has a draft of 10m when loaded.. so there is another 33(ish) feet of boat under the water line.

    For those interested, There are a bunch of informational brochures on their website here: http://www.hoeghautoliners.com/news-and-media/brochures

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    Sooo... it could haul, say, a dekotora Mazda Titan? Not that I have any plans for getting one.. >.>
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