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1989 Nissan D21 Hardbody - Panoramic Hardbody

Japan Is Tearing It Up Once Again

Mike Alexander
Aug 1, 2010
Photographers: Mike Alexander
Owner: Koujiro Yoshil
Ride: 1989 Nissan D21 Hardbody
Hometown: Kitami-city, Japan
Club: S.F.W.
Photo 2/11   |   1989 Nissan D21 Hardbody front Left View
Constantly scouring the globe to bring our readers the best of the best year after year is certainly no easy task.
We've traveled far and wide in search of the craziest minitrucks in the world to keep bringing the newest and most innovative rides right to your doorstep each and every month. And just when we thought that we'd seen it all, we stumbled across Koujiro Yoshii's 1989 Nissan Hardbody.
We first spotted Koujiro's Nissan a few years ago on a trip to the Truck Masters show in Tokyo, Japan. But back then, the truck was nothing like the crazy machine you see on these pages. In fact, it began life as a single-cab Nissan Hardbody. Koujiro set out to build one of the craziest trucks to date, but that first build didn't quite have the shock and awe he had in mind. So, he did what any crazy minitrucker might do and tore it down to pieces and started from scratch.
Opting to really make a statement, he decided to go with a Dual Cab Nissan, body-dropped flat on 24s all the way around. As you might suspect, this was no easy task and many people along the way told him he was crazy and that it just wouldn't work. But after swapping on the late-model Frontier front end and using the fender flares both front and rear, the idea began to take shape and come to life as a working, driving piece of art. To take things one step further, he came up with the idea to cut the pillar out of the right side of the cab and suicide the rear door, giving onlookers a full panoramic view of the killer interior work. This was one of the more difficult mods to accomplish, as supporting the rear door to swing it suicide was quite the feat once the center pillar was removed. But it all came together as planned, and with some of the sickest mods to date, Koujiro definitely accomplished what he set out to do. Koujiro has set the standard for insane mods with clean and classy execution and has wowed the world with one killer mini!
Photo 3/11   |   1989 Nissan D21 Hardbody license Plate
For more information on this one-of-a-kind build, check out the Lowdwon.
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire

Wheels: 24x9 KMC Slide
Tires: 255/35ZR24 low-pros
Photo 7/11   |   1989 Nissan D21 Hardbody custom Interior
Chassis Modifications
Suspension: Air, 255c 'bags
Control Arms: Narrowed 60 mm on each side
Compressors: Two Air-Zeniths
Air Accessories: DANZ 250-psi valves, 12mm air line, custom drop spindles
Frame Mods: Multi-link IRS from Nissan S14 (240SX)
Brakes: 255mm rotor (front) / 300mm rotor (rear) from Infiniti G-coupe
Performed By: JUICE Custom Shop, Kitami-city, Japan
Body Modifications
Shaved: All the handles, gas door, tailgate, all emblems, and antenna
Body-dropped: 4 1/4 inches
Body Mods: Cut the pillar out of the cab on the right side to show off the interior, custom bedfloor, hand-formed engine-bay cover, hidden gas cap under black panel on tailgate
Suicide Doors: On the right side
Bolt-ons: AVS LED taillights
Misc.: Swapped to late-model Frontier clip, front hood raised 1 inch, modified right-back fender flare to fill the cutout of the stock gas door
Performed By: JUICE Custom Shop
Photo 8/11   |   1989 Nissan D21 Hardbody truck Part
Brand & Colors: House of Kolor Lime Time pearl, Gun-metal from Toyota #ID2
Performed By: JUICE Custom Shop
Seats: From Daihatsu Opti (front) / custom-made (rear), rewrapped with dimple-died leather and suede
Dash: F.R.P., custom-built with display enclosed
Gauges: HKS Camp2 multifunction gauge
Misc.: Custom-made door panels, B.A.D. billet steering wheel, custom-built column cover, custom center console
Performed By: JUICE Custom Shop
Head Unit: DVD player
Mids & Highs: Rockford Fosgate
Subwoofers: Rockford Fosgate
Amplifiers: Rockford Fosgate
Misc.: Enclosure for sub is built into the back of the center console
Performed By: JUICE Custom Shop
Engine: 1997 Nissan SR20DE
Transmission: Five-speed
Rearend Type: IRS from Nissan 240SX
Performed By: JUICE Custom Shop
Special Thanks From Owner
"Shinobu, my wife, and Ryutaro and Celica, my kids, and Tintshop. Also to Juice, Ishida from Canvas, Makoto from Truck Trends, and Mini Truckin' magazine."



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