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Cutting up the Hijet

Post by difflock123 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:02 am

Feels quite bad really...........even though it was rotten throughout Sad


but, the real reason for starting this thread is to ask about something I found underneath......

up under the rear end (basically where the spare wheel should sit), I found 4 heavy lumps of steel bar stock (each a different size)........
bolted each side......

2 pieces are around 2" x 1" and 1" narrower than the gap between the chassis rails.
1 piece is 2" x 1.5" and 3" narrower than the chassis rail gap, and the final piece is (I think...havent measured accurately) 2.5" x 2" and also 3" narrower than the chassis gap......



has anyone else got them on their Hijet?

they dont look standard, backed up by the different lengths.....
but you never know.....



Needless to say, I WILL be keeping them in the shed! :p

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no spare wheel but metal bars!

Post by pww on Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:41 pm

Recently bought a 2001 Hijet and found the same setup of metal bars bolted to the underside of the spare wheel space.

Thought it was a cowboy bodge-up or something because they don't seem to have any function. I bought the van due to the low mileage and VERY clean bodywork so I was surprised to find them. I had an earlier Hijet (V reg) and I don't recall seeing this setup on the older van.

Nice to know that there are more out there and it's not a quick-fix of some kind.

Thanks.

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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by difflock123 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:20 pm

well mine was an N reg 1996....

(one of the last before the facelift)



similarly though, at least others have had the bars fitted.....


damn things are big and heavy though....so they are being kept for......um.........er.........'future projects' Cool Laughing

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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by HighlyJetted on Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:45 pm

Pictures? I'm curious!
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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by kentgpz11 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:20 pm

Ours has them too, I found them when I removed the spare wheel hanger.
I assumed they were to weigh the back end down a bit, so you don't do a stoppie if you slam the brakes on with an empty van.
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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by difflock123 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:01 pm

I cant take any pics for you (the van has gone :p)


but hopefully someone can take a photo for you.....



but if you look at a hijet, you might see them up where the spare wheel fits (there are the 4 bars, each held on by 2 bolts)

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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by Logi on Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:45 pm

Hmm? I'll need to have a look tomorrow.
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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by PFM on Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:08 am

I've seen them on mine, pretty sure it's a weight thing. Needs another 100Kg over the back axle when it's slippery out though.

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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by pasiro on Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:25 pm

Only spare wheel and battery box at the back of mine Smile

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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by Logi on Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:55 pm

Had a look, i've got them too, quite hard to spot with the spare on, but they're there.
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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by bushwhacker on Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:09 pm

Is this a van thing rather than an MPV thing?
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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by pasiro on Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:45 pm

I've double checked and there's some kind of cross member type of thing behind the spare wheel, painted the same colour as the van, there maybe others but I can't see. Goes horizontal across the back and is bolted on!

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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by rich the mechanic on Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:52 pm

Just crawled under the back of our N reg MPV (in the dark) no funny bars under there just lots of metal that could do with a coat of hammerite.
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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by PFM on Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:13 pm

I can't see why they wouldn't be there on a MPV - handling can't be much different when empty unless the seats add the same sort of weight. It's presumably an afterthought from the original design, so maybe something to do with the brake compensator valve?

They'd be fitted before the shell was painted so not easy to see in the dark, Rich.

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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by rich the mechanic on Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:06 pm

I did have a light and there are no bars between chassis rails although the spare wheel was still fitted.
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Re: Cutting up the Hijet

Post by difflock123 on Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:53 pm

hmm.....perhaps it was an optional extra Wink Razz Very Happy



no matter what though.....they will come in useful Very Happy



they will make nice heavy duty spacers if needed :p

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