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Maybe a bit of a weird question but is anyone on this forum familiar with or in contact with Victory50 in Japan?

 

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Years ago I have been in contact with them thru e-mail but it was very hard to get a conversation going.

Just wondering if the parts can be had in Europe.
 

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I've been told by more than one Japanese old-car specialist that they get a lot of "window shoppers" who expect them to converse in English, and who very rarely put their money where their mouth is.

You can get whatever you want, just as long as you are prepared to pay what it takes.

You will find that a lot of the products 'Victory 50' sells are actually made and marketed by other companies and individuals. He advertises stuff on his website and in his magazine ads that he doesn't actually hold in stock.........

What was it that you wanted to buy, and for what model?
 

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I need rear shocks for my GC10, can't find them here anymore.

Also the fender liners look interresting.
 

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Victory 50 sell KYB, Koni and their own-brand specials.

Seeing as you are in Holland, have you thought about asking Koni direct?
 

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Victory 50 sell KYB, Koni and their own-brand specials.

Seeing as you are in Holland, have you thought about asking Koni direct?
Yes, asked them all. Even KYB Japan couldn't help me.

Koni ditched all their older part numbers years ago. New orders require a minimum build of XX sets..
 

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I have a pair of KONI rears on my car, and I think they are pretty recent. I'll have a look and see if they have the part numbers on them. You never know, it might help.

I'm surprised to hear about Kayaba. Surely all you would need to know is the correct KYB part number, as for sure they still make them? Saw these on the shelf in several early Skyline specialists only a couple of months ago. I think I have a note of the KYB part numbers, if I can only find it.........

What's the exact C10 model you have anyway? Its not a leaf-sprung version is it?
 

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I have a pair of KONI rears on my car, and I think they are pretty recent. I'll have a look and see if they have the part numbers on them. You never know, it might help.

I'm surprised to hear about Kayaba. Surely all you would need to know is the correct KYB part number, as for sure they still make them? Saw these on the shelf in several early Skyline specialists only a couple of months ago. I think I have a note of the KYB part numbers, if I can only find it.........

What's the exact C10 model you have anyway? Its not a leaf-sprung version is it?
It is the lug/eye on top and thread at the bottom type shock.
The rear axle is standard C10 like the KPGC and PGC model.
My car is type HGLC10, a LHD version 4 door. Available as 2.0 and 2.4 6 cylinder L series engine.

 

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Dave,

Thanks for the information.
It has been 4 years since. From what I recall I mailed each and every know brand if they still had these shocks available.
All of them answered negative or some, I think KYB was one of them, let me run in circles.

Japan: please contact Europe
Europe: please contact Japan

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The shock absorber needed is number 553302 from your list.
I send another mail out, wait and see.

In the mean time I found a supplier in Hongkong, Lufirst.. Never heard of them but they list C10 shock absorbers.
 

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Part numbers on the bodies of my rear KONI Adjustables read: '80 - 2180'.

Maybe worth trying KONI again, and quoting that number? You never know - they might have some old stock or a new equivalent that will do the job.....




On a more general note, my experience in dealing with Japanese specialists for these old cars is that you need to actively build up a customer-supplier relationship with them. The only way to get that going - and to distinguish yourself from the numerous dreamers and window-shoppers who tend to contact them with little intention of actually buying anything - is to spend some money with them. Tell them exactly what you want ( in the form of a written purchase order if necessary ) and give them your credit card number. Tell them to ship EMS and charge it to your card. If that does not work with Victory 50, then forget them and try somebody else like Rubber Soul, RS Start or Garage Ishizaka. Don't worry that you might not be able to trust them; they are all reputable and long-established companies.

Nine times out of ten you will tend to find that they are merely shy, or reticent about having to deal in a foreign language.

Good luck,

Alan T.
 
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