Here are a few common Tips, Tricks, Questions & Answers to help identify your ISUZU truck and learn all about it:
Q. How do I know what model truck I have?
A. There is generally a white manufacturers data sticker located on the LH B pillar (N series) or an Aluminium data plate on the LH dash panel in front of the passenger knee area (C/E & F series). On older models it may be located in the LH or RH step box area or LHS B Pillar. The chassis number is also stamped in the chassis rail adjacent to the RH front wheel. This data identifies Chassis number, Date of manufacture and option codes for the various components fitted to your vehicle
Q. My truck is an "ELF" - What does this mean?
A. The range of small ISUZU trucks (N series) are generally called an ELF, however there are literally hundreds of model variants.
Q. My truck is a "Forward". What does this mean?
A. Isuzu trucks are generally Forward Control configuration (cab over engine), and the mid size F series range were commonly labelled as ISUZU "Forward" models.
Q. My truck is a "GIGA". What does this mean?
A. GIGA is the name given to ISUZU C&E series Heavy duty range trucks, primarily the C & E Series High Spec models.
Q. What does Gen 6 mean?
A. The 6th generation ISUZU truck introduced around 2008 in the N & F Series (Small & Medium) range of trucks. This current model truck has a distinctive square front look.
Q. Are NZ and Japanese import ISUZU truck models the same ?
A. No. While the basic look of the vehicle is the same invariably there can be significant differences between NZ market and Japanese import model trucks.
Q. How can I tell if my ISUZU truck is a NZ model or an import?
A. The NZ (or worldwide export market) vehicles' chassis no's are prefixed with JAA (Isuzu Japan Light Duty truck) or JAL (Isuzu Japan Heavy Duty truck).
CXG80M13000030 - (Imported into NZ - built for Japanese Domestic market)
JALCXH52TX3000042 - (NZ or worldwide export market vehicle)
NKS71G7401991 - (Imported into NZ - built for Japanese Domestic market)
JAANPR71PX7100469 - (NZ or worldwide market vehicle)
Q. What can I do to ensure I get the correct parts for my truck?
A. In order for us to be as accurate as possible in supplying parts for your vehicle, provide us with the year of manufacture & the full chassis number of your vehicle. A photo of your truck and a legible photo of the ID plate will often help to verify the correct model. Especially for vehicles registered around the model changeover years 1993 to 1996 & 2005 to 2008 as new models were released at different times in Japan & New Zealand and your vehicle could be the last of the old old model or the first of the new model.
Q. How can I identify my Engine model?
A. There is usually a sticker on the Tappet cover and a casting imprint on the engine block casing. Note there are numerous variations within an engine family group. i.e. models within models. Also variations of Turbo/Non Turbo, Electronic/Mechanical Injection, Electronic engine control etc. Also has the Option Code on the Vehicle Identification plate. Here are some tips when looking for an Engine or Parts-
TIP - In order for us to supply the correct parts you will need to identify and advise the correct details of your engine as there can be significant differences and options. e.g.
Rotary Injection pump vs Inline pump
Common Rail vs Non
Mechanical vs Electronic Injection
12 Valve, 16 Valve or 24 Valve
Air Cooled or Water Cooled Compressor
Compressor or vacuum type engine
Bell housing options for different transmissions or starter motor configuration
Power steering and Compressor and/or injection pump drive configuration
Aluminium or Plastic tappet cover
Automotive vs Industrial application
Q. How can I Identify what transmission my truck has?
A. Aside from the Option Code on the Vehicle Identification plate, the transmission should have an ID tag on the RHS . N Series from approx 1997 often will not have any tags or relevant markings - maybe a bar code at front but that does not interpret any model. This is a good cross check as the transmission may have been changed at some point in the truck's life.
We refer to the different era models as follows:
Black Belt - 1985-1994
Distinctive with the Black Belt panel across the middle of the cab front with the ISUZU badge in the middle
The early Black Belt models.had Double Round headlamps - OO OO
The middle Black Belt era model had Double Square headLamps - [ ] [ ]
The last of the Black Belt series 1991-1994 we refer to as the Facelift model distinguished by a Single rectangular headlamp [ ] or [ Sgl ] and a change to the Black Belt.
Introduced late 1993 in Japan, 1995 in New Zealand this model had a more modern look largely with a Single piece headlamp and the Black Ornament panel immediately below the windscreen.with the Isuzu logo on it. You will see this model referred to as 95+ buts sometimes referred to as an "N100"
05-07 N Series
In 2005 the N series again had a facelift, distinguished by it's more Triangular headlamps. We refer to this a the "Dame Edna" due to the fact that it looks a bit like it has been fitted with a pair of Dame Edna's famous glasses. Sometimes referred to as an "N600" or Gen 5
2008+ Gen 6
The latest and current Generation 6 model introduced to the N Series & F Series range of trucks in 2008. Has a Square front & more vertical integrated Headlamp & Corner Lamp configuration,
Replacement - Replacement or Aftermarket parts (Often made in Taiwan, Korea or China)
Genuine - Genuine OEM ISUZU Parts
Take-Off - Parts taken off new or low km vehicles in new or near new condition. May have a few handling marks or scratches
Used - As it says items are used. Condition may vary from Good to Average +
From our past experience we recommend the use of Genuine ISUZU Oil filters for your engine
Q. The 10 digit OEM part number is not quite the same as mine
A. The last (10th) digit can be different and part will fit and operate correctly if it is the next digit higher BUT sometimes there may a difference - Please check with us
Tip - When changing fanbelts on 4HF, 4HG engines always check the Oil return hose from the Alternator Vacuum pump to engine block - the rubber hose gets brittle and when Alternator position changes the hose cracks and oil does not return to sump and Engine can suffer a major fail when oil level gets low. We stock these oil return hoses
Tip - MBG6 Transmissions there are 2 options of Front shaft if you fit a Long shaft to vehicle that should have short shaft then you will have problems. Measure from front face of Main transmission casing to front "nose" of Spigot shaft
Tip - 6SD1TC Engines 24 Valve type - if fitted to a 4 x 4 FTS then the engine has a different configuration to standard 4 x 2 Truck