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Does anyone have or know of when and where a Smartuki or Smartabusa turn key or kits will be availibly in the US. Last word on the Smartuki site was they are working on a local manufacturer and distro. Any news from the inside on these is appriciated. :D:confused::D
 

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Does anyone have or know of when and where a Smartuki or Smartabusa turn key or kits will be availibly in the US. Last word on the Smartuki site was they are working on a local manufacturer and distro. Any news from the inside on these is appriciated. :D:confused::D
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:DOK OK just a recap on my situation and to clearify.

I have been interested in the smart car since I saw a you tube of a smart car with a GXSR installed. Opon further investigation I learned there is a company in the UK called Smartuki and they do this mod. You drive in and drive out with it installed.
Well Smartuki knows that there is a huge market for that here in the states, so they have started looking for local manufacturers that can make their product and distrubite in the states (this would be cheaper than shipping from the UK).
I am under the understanding that they are also looking into getting a distrobution of turn keys. By definition a turn key is just that. A car that you can purchase complete and ready to start for the first time by its new owner.(in theory)
Now that was the news two months ago and on their site: www.smartuki.com it states that this will be happening soon. That was in June.
I am asking if anyone knows of any news on this matter. possibly anyone who has dealing with Smartuki.... Any info is appriciated.

chicken feet---->As for how much money do I have well in fact I have a five dollar bill on me why do you ask. hehe...:D
 

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Again, THAT car is a 450. And though it's not side saddle, I don't think you have much usability as a street car.

If you're so enamored as to what a Haybusa does in a four wheeled car, take a look at my avatar. In a sub-1300 lb Radical the straight line performance is about on par with a quickish street car.
 

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I don't know if I fully understand your reply. What is a side saddle. and as for the 450. I'm pretty sure with the new 451 because it's a hair bigger they are trying to fit a hayabusa motor in it. I know It's not going to be a daily driver, but street yes. I'll just have to limit my driving. besides its a toy not my baby "XB"


Again, THAT car is a 450. And though it's not side saddle, I don't think you have much usability as a street car.

If you're so enamored as to what a Haybusa does in a four wheeled car, take a look at my avatar. In a sub-1300 lb Radical the straight line performance is about on par with a quickish street car.
 

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Look truth told... Smartuki will be available here in the states shortly in addition to Smartuki there are several companies here in the states working on the same type kit - you have a lot to contend with - the most important is it will never be a daily driver again yes you can drive it daily however driving will become a task second is cost for any kit you purchase The quaife dif is $3500 alone... an 08 busa motor is around 5k but you still need an ECU, ignitor, full wire-harness, gauge cluster, sub-frame, side exit header which you have to pretty much re-fab, exhaust, water pump, custom intake box, 100 misc parts nuts bolts washer about 50 hrs of labor and this is not back yard install you will need many professional tools like a lathe and lift -
Now you have your 451 with a busa motor - no A/C no alternator no power steering brake that are useless (your next upgrade)
so now your sitting on stock shyt tires so you will need to flair the rear and add nice wide tires..
ok you ready to drive wait....... spend 3 hrs on a dyno because mixure is a mess because you no longer have the stock intake and exhaust set up so you will find the motor doing funky shyt - ok your ready to drive....... wait now you have to build a complete enclosure for the motor because of heat and noise - after all this I bet you forgot you need to have the battery on a tender because the bike generator cant handle all the shyt a car need to keep running - so run out and buy a battery or push start OK we are almost there...... GO DRIVE........... as you start to pull your 160 Hp Smart out to the street you notice a cop - park t again and enjoy looking at it......
I hope I am giving you some insight into the practicality of the Smart with a motor swap :D now you have a 40k to 50k Smart Car but its fast LOL :D


sorry for the grammar this was sent from a hand held

Race911 - I am glad you understand... should I start to explain the limited mile you can get on that dif? :D
 

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Side saddle = engine installed in stock passenger seat area.

However their 450 subframe is or may be adapted to a 451, the engine intrudes significantly into the passenger compartment.

I just don't think the performance is there, relative to the cost involved. When I have a passenger in the Radical, bringing it to about 1500 lbs, the thing is just lethargic. And that's when you're already in the powerband at 8-10.5K.
 

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Damn you for poping my fantacy bubble. BASTART! hehe JK.. Some day I will get what I want. Frick it maybe I'll just buy an ariel atom.

Look truth told... Smartuki will be available here in the states shortly in addition to Smartuki there are several companies here in the states working on the same type kit - you have a lot to contend with - the most important is it will never be a daily driver again yes you can drive it daily however driving will become a task second is cost for any kit you purchase The quaife dif is $3500 alone... an 08 busa motor is around 5k but you still need an ECU, ignitor, full wire-harness, gauge cluster, sub-frame, side exit header which you have to pretty much re-fab, exhaust, water pump, custom intake box, 100 misc parts nuts bolts washer about 50 hrs of labor and this is not back yard install you will need many professional tools like a lathe and lift -
Now you have your 451 with a busa motor - no A/C no alternator no power steering brake that are useless (your next upgrade)
so now your sitting on stock shyt tires so you will need to flair the rear and add nice wide tires..
ok you ready to drive wait....... spend 3 hrs on a dyno because mixure is a mess because you no longer have the stock intake and exhaust set up so you will find the motor doing funky shyt - ok your ready to drive....... wait now you have to build a complete enclosure for the motor because of heat and noise - after all this I bet you forgot you need to have the battery on a tender because the bike generator cant handle all the shyt a car need to keep running - so run out and buy a battery or push start OK we are almost there...... GO DRIVE........... as you start to pull your 160 Hp Smart out to the street you notice a cop - park t again and enjoy looking at it......
I hope I am giving you some insight into the practicality of the Smart with a motor swap :D now you have a 40k to 50k Smart Car but its fast LOL :D


sorry for the grammar this was sent from a hand held

Race911 - I am glad you understand... should I start to explain the limited mile you can get on that dif? :D
 
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