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emo When is a Kei not a Kei.....

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09 Aug 2016 12:05 #26237

Following from another thread on here I have done some digging.

I have a 1998 Alto which is a kei in Japan but NOT when exported.
Exported models are 100mm longer.
I think this is due to larger engines and not the 660cc they have in Japan.

I have an alto, not mine but here is the model I have (except I have 5 door model, although 3 and 5 same length).



Now in Japan they are sold as the Cervo Mode with a 660cc engine.
Note how much closer headlights are to the front arches...



I prefer the look of the Cervo over the alto personally.

Both alto and cervo come in 3 and five door models but between the two only the wings and nose are different.
Front bulkhead backwards they are the same shell.

So unless imported not Alto is actually a kei!
They are 100mm too long and have too large a capacity engine.

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10 Aug 2016 18:03 #26241

Good find John! I used to own a suzuki sc100 GX coupe deluxe (long name for such a small car), funny thing that was called the Cervo in Japan too and had a slightly different body style to it's European counterpart as well, it was more narrow and the front window angle was different causing it to have different upper door frames and door windows

sneaking in an old picture of my ex sc100

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11 Aug 2016 10:42 #26243

The only true body kei I have come across in export is the move.

It is still kei size just with bigger engines fitted.

i would love to be able to modify a mode front bumper to fit my alto.

Like the big round lights in bumper and very different to altos here in uk

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11 Aug 2016 17:47 #26244

quite a few of those on the Japanese yahoo auctions available, just depends if you can justify the shipping costs to get it here.
page23.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/o145989744
page5.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/e178406311
page11.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/n176871753

What about the classic bumper :lol:
page15.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/t462447022

Last Edit: 11 Aug 2016 17:49 by [email protected].

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12 Aug 2016 12:31 #26247

The few uk spec cuore avanzato are same physical size, just with different bodykit :)

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12 Aug 2016 13:32 #26249

Thanks for links but bumpers will not fit anyway.

The UK Alto indicator is odd.

The bolt that holds the lens on is massive, it not only holds lens on but also bolts into the front valance.

It actually helps hold the bumper on!

Also would need to mod the wiring for the extra lights in bumper.
plus extend the sides to reach the arches, too much work.

Im going to buy a 2nd hand front bumper and play with it.

smooth it out a bit, mount number plate to off side and square plates.

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