Phyl Toukach: Daihatsu Feroza

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Daihatsu Feroza

Improvements applied

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additional front and rear frame crossbars with platforms for winches

front winch T-max 6000 (2.4t, installed inside a bumber, tip-up license plate for easy access to the wire, rollers are integrated into a bullbar, synthetic rope 6mm x 23m)

reinforcement of the front bumber (two inner bars at its front side, crossbar between mountings, diagonal braces between bumber tips and the frame)

bullbar (mounted in six points – two in the bumber crossbar, two on the frame, two on the winch platform) + removable studs for rope warping

additional low-beam lights (on the bullbar) and LED camping lights (rooftop)

composite enforced rear bumper with spare wheel wicket (connected with a winch platform, the wicket is coupled to the back door via a slider)

rear winch СomeUp 4500 (1.8t, installed inside the bumber, relay is in the rear fender, synthetic rope 6mm x 20m)

load-bearing footboards (reinforced with 5cm channel bars, coupled to frame crossbars)

undershields for the engine, transmission and both fuel tanks

suspension lift (3cm) and front rebound stroke elongation (spacers: 10mm at lower ball joints, 40mm at upper ball joints, 11mm at front axle for drive shaft straightening, 60mm at rear leaf spring mounts, 15 mm at idler arm; raised pitman arm)

body lift (6cm) (caprolon spacers; modified mounts for bumbers and footboards, radiator moved down, transmission and transfer levers bent and elongated, mudflaps moved to footboards and frame crosstube farther from wheels)

Cooper Discoverer S/T 245/75 R16 tyres and Dotz Dakar steel discs. Maximal installable tyre size is 32 (235/85 R16)

expedition-type luggage basket (coupled through the roof with rear safety frame; has mountings for an anchor, sand tracks and a hi-jack) + door frame reinforcement (10mm bars welded into the roof)

second battery (located to the left of engine) and 80А alternator (instead of a stock one)

anti-branch wires

self-blocking front differential with overrun clutch (Keiser Locker); rear differential with limited slip (LSD with increased pre-load)

main gear 1:5.57 (front and rear) (from A/T version; traction increase is 5%)

220V x 1000W inverter (located beside the left casegood)

GSM 900/1800 booster (located under the rear seat) + removable antenna (rooftop)

air compressor 98 L/min (located left to the engine)

Dobinson enforced leaf springs and bushings (4+1 leaves, lift 4mm)

Aisin mechanical wheel hubs (instead of stock automatic hubs)

disconnectable snorkel made of a 60mm pipe (air inlet is inside the heater intake air chamber)

enlarged engine radiator (core height increased by 50mm) . tuning of a visco fan coupling (used more viscous working fluid) + additional electric fan (in front of the engine radiator; thermo sensor built in a pipe)

cabin tuning: left foot rest, front seats lift (2cm), fire extinguisher mounting, right arm rest combined with a box

trip computer (located above the windscreen)

hidden power supply and mounting brackets for portable devices: Garmin 1410 navigator (Navicom Roads of Russia TOPO maps), video recorder, tablet PC (Ozi Explorer + USSR raster maps) (tablet PC bracket is located in front of a passenger; the screen can be rotated to driver)

slide-in MP3 audio unit; slide-in 27MHz radio transiever for the same slot, foldable 2m antenna, two speakers in the doors

short exhaust system (to free space for a water tank) (stainless steel pipes and flame-arrester, universal muffler tank)

vehicle-carried equipment: 1.2m sand tracks, knockdown anchor, wires, brackets, spring hooks, a tackle, a hi-jack, an inflatable lift (70cm, 2t)

second fuel tank 35L (located under the body after the body lift. +electric transfer pump, common filler neck, reminder indicator)

casegoods replacable with rear seats (boxes slide backwards) + folding beds for two people (mounted on casegoods, steering wheel and dashboard; mount/dismount

10 min)

air conditioner

nearest plans . water tank 30L (located under the body after the body lift and muffler relocation. +electric pump, heater from engine cooling system, reminder and temperature indicators, foldible shower cabin)

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Model information

Small body-on-frame car, redesigned from high-volume produced Japanese offroad vehicle purposed for police, foresters, generals and other state usage. Carburettor was replaced by injector in 1991. Modifications in F300/310 body were called Feroza (left-handed drive) or Rocky F300 (right-handed drive).

It’s an excellent choice for those aiming at dedicated usage of an OFFROAD vehicle, but nevertheless capable for city usage. Moreover, one of the cheapest offroaders. Taking into account that production ended in 1998, the owner is required to have hands:).


Compared to modern cars Feroza is low-maintenance, easy repairable, simple bith in construction and in service (including self-service). New spare parts cost approx. the same as for other Japanese cars, but available (in Russia) in capitals and far east only. Used spare parts are available only in clubs like ours:).

Service and maintenance are well documented in a detailed manual. The car allows usage of russian spare parts in some cases, at least for a short return-home period. The injector is not so comprehensive as it happens nowadays, about ten sensors in total.

Almost no electronics.


Suspension seems to be unkillable. Instant necessary repair happened approx. once per 30,000 km (including off-road): clutch disk, wheel bearings, muffler, some electrics. I perform preventive service and rundown parts replacement regularly, without waiting until it breaks (which I consider normal for a twenty year old car intensively used off road).

For the first five years of usage, planned and instant spare part expences have been approx 8,000$ (including tyres and consumables, but no petrol), the car itself cost 6,000$ in 2005, the offroad tuning and upgrade were approx 6,000$ in total. Recently I got a second engine and brought it to almost-new condition (mechanical work and spare parts were 4,500$, which is a slightly more than native engine capital repair). Due to self-made repair, I have spent no more than 1,500$ for service work for seven years of owning.


Geometrical cross-country ability is excellent. Road-grip ability is good (front axle is coupled to part-time transfer box with low gear and without differential; rear differential is limited-slip, front differential is free, however Kaiser locker is available). Suspension articulation is excellent at rear, and acceptable at front (and becomes good after lifting).

Axle bodies and frame crossbars are extraordinally durable, allowing contact to ground/stones without consequences. On stock tyres motor torque is enough for most applications except sand and deep snow, while bigger tyres require usage of low gear or passing obstacles on the move. On air-chamber-equipped HD-E engine the torque has two peaks, at 3,000 rpm and at 5,000 rpm.

For on-road condition only rear wheel drive is recommended (part-time transfer). On-road ability is typical for an off-road vehicle, mainly due to full-profile tyres and long-stroke suspension. Comfort on-road speed is 90-100 kph (the car is designed for something other than asphalt racing:) ).


Daihatsu Feroza

Comfort level is typical for utility vehicles, however Japanese ergonomics can not be poor – everything is on its place, and there are no unneccessary modern idiotisms like rain sensor or smart indoor lighting:). The room inside is enough for two people and luggage (or three people with one backpack each).

With onroof luggage basket and removed rear seats we carry the following stuff: two sandtracks, a hi-jack, a tent, a rubber boat, three big canisters, 40kg toolsparts box, a chain saw, two backpacks, a big soft bag with sleeping bags, blanckets etc. 12L fridge, a winch anchor, a heating device, 100m or rope, and a 20kg food box.


Body: everything is mounted on a frame, including a cabrio-type body (all top is plastic, except windscreen frame, central pillars and rear safety frame), metal bumbers, stock undershields for engine, transmission and fuel tank. Empty weight is 1200kg, offset is 22cm at lowest point (rear axle).

Suspension: unsplit rear axle mounted on leaf springs; double front cross-arms mounted on torsion bars; front stab bar. Typical tyres are 235/75 R15; acceptable after-lift size is 32, unless a major construction change is applied.

Engine: 1.6L four-stroke R4-type, installed longitudinally, distributed injection (in manifolds), 95 h.p. at 5000rpm, 130Nm at 3000-5000 rpm, 16 valve SOHC with rockers, camshaft belt, visco coupled fan. Stock fuel tank is 60L, with external fuel pump. Average on-road consumption is 9-12L (pre 100km) of standart petrol (but octane number 76+ is also acceptable.

If you read that in English you have probably never met such prehistorical fuel on the market:)).

Transmission: wire clutch drive, manual 5-speed transmission, manual 2-speed part-time transfer (ratio 1 and 1.8) with equal torque distribution, manual wheel hubs, limited slip rear differential.

Steering and brakes: power steering, screw-plunger-sector type reductor, adjustable column. Two brake circuits (front-rear), front ventilated discs, rear drums.

which may or may not be present: ABS (1996+), air bags (1996+), air conditioner, rear LSD, full-time transfer (with lockable differential but without low gear), automatic wheel hubs, three-stage dumpers, oil radiator, bigger visco coupling and fan, second heater, power windows, power mirrors.

Used spare parts

I have the following used Feroza/Rocky F300 spare parts on sale or exchange. Some of them are in the unknown condition (I will perform defectation on demand).

virtually every spare part for HD-E or HD-C motors (Feroza, Applause)

doors, roof, both bumbers, windows (all except windscreen), left mechanical mirror, frontage (with headlight mount), front crosspiece, front fenders, front wheel arches, radiator grille, fender extenders, mudflaps, various supporting arms and brackets

starter, alternator, distributor, intake manifolds of different types, throttle assembly, injection manifold, injectors, water pump, visco coupler etc.

front and rear axles in parts, front left drive assembled or in parts, inward drive joint, front propeller shaft, transmission gearbox in parts

suspension arms, leaf spring blades, torsion bars, front wheel hubs, knuckles, stab bar, shock absorbers, upper ball joints (renewed) etc.

rear brake drums, front brake discs, brake supports, pressure distruibutors, vacuum servo, brake pad springs

power steering assembly, vane pump, power steering pipes, steering column, steering wheel, steering crossbar, steering joints (renewed)

cabin upholstery (plastic parts), pedal block, rear right and both front seats, torpedo, heater

body electrics, engine electrics, all wires and harness, rear optics (both for bumber and for body), meters, ECU, supplementary tanks, front and rear wipers, relays, sensors

fuel tank, HD-C fuel pump, fittings, fuel sensor, foam separator, multiple HD-C carburetters

clutch plate, clutch bearing, clutch wire, speedometer wire, wires for door locks and throttle

and more. from two or three donor cars (needs revision)

ABSENT (please don’t ask): windscreen, rear window, exhaust system, EGR valve, cylinder head cover, main brake cylinder

I NEED: EGR valve, oil radiator and related pipes, 7/39 main gears,

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