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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 07:23 PM

The challenges of owning a JDM car, or you learn something new every day

So, tomorrow and Sunday may very well be the last good convertible days of the year, so I was going to install the stereo in the Cappuccino. I got in and low and behold the battery was dead as a door-nail. After and hour on the charger I realized it wasn't taking a charge. No problem, I figured, I'll take it down to the parts store and get a new one. It was such an odd size I could not find one for love or money. So I came home and decided to check online. I eventually found one on Ebay... IN POLAND!! I decided to go to the local Suzuki bike dealership. Considering the car only has a 3 cylinder 660cc engine I figured I'd have better luck. No go there. The dude there told me he thought one from a side by side may fit, but the model he was thinking about was 300 miles away.

I was about to give up and decided to stop at Walmart on the way home to get a new charger, resigned to the fact I was going to have to park the car for the winter and import a battery from Poland. Turns out the Walmart guy was the first willing to take a tape measure to all of his batteries. He managed to come up with something very, very close in size with almost twice the cold cranking amps. I was very happy and impressed. The other weird thing was the terminal posts were a different size, so I ended up changing them out as well.

Before anyone says that it's weird foreign crap, the battery that died was an AC Delco marked Made in USA, although everything else was in Japanese.

Anyways, the weekend cruise is back on, albeit without sound. The stereo will have to wait for another day.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 07:53 PM

1. Glad you get to enjoy the car



Before the weather changes!


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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2019, 02:35 PM

2. What's a JDM car?

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Response to TexMexNext (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 24, 2019, 03:44 PM

3. Japanese Domestic Market

In short a right hand drive car manufactured specifically for sale only within Japan. In my case a 1993 Suzuki Cappuccino, legally imported into the US under the 25 year exemption rule.

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