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New Toyota Forklift Steer Axle Kit

New Toyota forklift steer axle kit includes all the parts you need to rebuild your 8 series Toyota forklift steer axle!

We’re pleased to release our new kit which contains all the parts you need to rebuild a Toyota forklift steer axle.

Toyota forklift steer axel kit

The kit can be used on most any 8 series Toyota forklift including the following models:

8FGCU20 8FGCU25 8FGCU30 8FGCU32 8FGU15 8FGU18 8FBCU20 8FBCU25

The Toyota 90965-U9033-71 STEER AXLE KIT is available in our store now.

One video which has been particularly helpful that we uploaded to Youtube is our “how to fix a forklift steer axle” video. Check it out here:

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Toyota 8 Series New Transmissions

Toyota forklift transmission

Toyota forklift transmission

Toyota forklift transmission

Toyota forklift transmissions are made by Aisin Company. They’re actually built in an Aisin plant in Indiana so even though Toyota is a Japanese company, they have American built transmissions.

The forklift transmission part number 32010-U2260-71 is used in Toyota’s serial G851 forklifts. That’s Toyota-speak for the following forklift models which you would see on your forklift data tag:
8FDU20 with a diesel 1DZ engine
8FDU25 with a diesel 1DZ engine
8FGCU30 with a diesel 1DZ engine
8FGCU32 with a diesel 1DZ engine
8FGCU20 with a 4Y engine (gas, LPG, or CNG)
8FGCU25 with a 4Y engine (gas, LPG, or CNG)
8FGCU30 with a 4Y engine (gas, LPG, or CNG)
8FGCU32 with a 4Y engine (gas, LPG, or CNG)

This is pretty much the heart of the line forklift transmission for Toyota  forklifts built in the last ten years. Intella can supply this transmission either new or remanufactured, along with other toyota forklist parts you may need. Check out Intella LiftParts’ transmission remanufacturing process.

Toyota forklift transmission

Toyota forklift transmission

Toyota forklift transmission

Toyota forklift transmission

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How old is my Toyota forklift? Toyota forklift year.

Toyota Forklift Year by Model Number

Decoding forklift model numbers can be difficult to begin with and it seems as though Toyota only makes it harder. Each year Toyota creates a model number with a different set of letters and numbers that all stand for something. These characters make up the engine type, construction features, any model changes, how it’s powered, the load capacity and more. The different characters in the model number are explained in the coding system below. In the example, there are 8 characters in the model number although the coding system shows 9 possible characters. For any empty spot like the one below, it means there is no information applicable to the forklift so you can simply skip that section.

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Where do I find my Toyota forklift’s serial number?

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What year is my Toyota forklift?

Note: This page is for Toyota forklifts only. To find a serial number for a forklift of a different brand, click here for our other guides.

The most direct way to find your Toyota forklift’s serial number is to check the nameplate (also called a data tag). This helpful little plate includes various information about your forklift–its lifting capacity, its weight, its model, and (most importantly) its serial number (also called a frame, chassis, or car number). On a Toyota forklift, the nameplate looks like the image to the left (ignore the blue circle), and it is commonly found somewhere near the dashboard of the forklift, like in the image to the right:

Toyota forklift's serial numberToyota forklift's serial number

Serial numbers are critical for ordering the correct parts for forklifts. But what if your forklift’s nameplate has fallen off or worn down? How do you find your serial number then? Don’t panic. In many cases, a Toyota forklift’s serial number can be found physically stamped somewhere on its frame. Below is a table of many different models of Toyota forklifts and a set of reference figures. Use the table to determine which figure to use when looking for your Toyota forklift’s serial number. Check out Figure 8 for an example of how your serial number stamp may look.

Models and serial numbers

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8FGCU15 = Figure 1              6FG25 = Figure 4                       60-6FD20 = Figure 4
8FGCU18 = Figure 1              6FG28 = Figure 4                       60-6FD23 = Figure 4
8FGCSU20 = Figure 1           6FG30 = Figure 4                        60-6FD25 = Figure 4
8FGU15 = Figure 2                02-6FG10 = Figure 4                  60-6FD28 = Figure 4
8FGU18 = Figure 2                02-6FG14 = Figure 4                  60-6FD30 = Figure 4
8FGU20 = Figure 2                02-6FG15 = Figure 4                  62-6FD20 = Figure 4
8FGU25 = Figures 2, 8           02-6FG18 = Figure 4                  62-6FD23 = Figure 4
8FGU30 = Figure 2                 02-6FG20 = Figure 4                  62-6FD25 = Figure 4
8FGU32 = Figure 2                 02-6FG23 = Figure 4                  62-6FD28 = Figure 4
8FDU15 = Figure 2                 02-6FG25 = Figure 4                  62-6FD30 = Figure 4
8FDU18 = Figure 2                 02-6FG28 = Figure 4                  42-6FGCU15 = Figure 5
8FDU20 = Figure 2                 02-6FG30 = Figure 4                  42-6FGCU18 = Figure 5
8FDU25 = Figure 2                 40-6FG10 = Figure 4                  42-6FGCU20 = Figure 5
8FDU30 = Figure 2                 40-6FG14 = Figure 4                  42-6FGCU25 = Figure 5
8FDU32 = Figure 2                 40-6FG15 = Figure 4                  42-6FGCU30 = Figure 5
8FGCU20 = Figure 2              40-6FG18 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU20 = Figure 5
8FGCU25 = Figure 2              40-6FG20 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU25 = Figure 5
8FGCU30 = Figure 2              40-6FG23 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU30 = Figure 5
8FGCU32 = Figure 2              40-6FG25 = Figure 4                  42-6FGU15 = Figure 5
7FGU35 = Figure 3                 42-6FG10 = Figure 4                  42-6FGU18 = Figure 5
7FGU45 = Figure 3                 42-6FG14 = Figure 4                  42-6FGU20 = Figure 5
7FGU60 = Figure 3                 42-6FG15 = Figure 4                  42-6FGU25 = Figure 5
7FGU70 = Figure 3                 42-6FG18 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU15 = Figure 5
7FGU80 = Figure 3                 42-6FG20 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU18 = Figure 5
7FGKU40 = Figure 3              42-6FG23 = Figure 4                  52-6FGU20 = Figure 5
7FDU35 = Figure 3                 42-6FG25 = Figure 4                  52-6FGU25 = Figure 5
7FDU45 = Figure 3                 6FD10 = Figure 4                        52-6FGU30 = Figure 5
7FDU60 = Figure 3                 6FD14 = Figure 4                        62-6FDU20 = Figure 5
7FDU70 = Figure 3                 6FD15 = Figure 4                         62-6FDU25 = Figure 5
7FDU80 = Figure 3                 6FD18 = Figure 4                        62-6FDU30 = Figure 5
7FDKU40 = Figure 3              6FD20 = Figure 4                         02-6FGU30 = Figure 5
7FGAU50 = Figure 3              6FD23 = Figure 4                        52-6FGU33 = Figure 6
7FDAU50 = Figure 3              6FD25 = Figure 4                        52-6FGU35 = Figure 6
7FGCU35 = Figure 3              6FD28 = Figure 4                        52-6FGU40 = Figure 6
7FGCU45 = Figure 3              6FD30 = Figure 4                        52-6FGU45 = Figure 6
7FGCU55 = Figure 3              02-6FD10 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU33 = Figure 6
7FGCU60 = Figure 3              02-6FD14 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU35 = Figure 6
7FGCU70 = Figure 3              02-6FD15 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU40 = Figure 6
6FG10 = Figure 4                    02-6FD18 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU45 = Figure 6
6FG14 = Figure 4                   02-6FD20 = Figure 4                  52-6FGAU50 = Figure 6
6FG15 = Figure 4                   02-6FD23 = Figure 4                  02-6FDAU50 = Figure 6
6FG18 = Figure 4                   02-6FD25 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU33 = Figure 7
6FG20 = Figure 4                   02-6FD28 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU35 = Figure 7
6FG23 = Figure 4                   02-6FD30 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU45 = Figure 7

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Forklift industry merger and acquisition history

From the very start, the forklift industry has been riddled with various mergers, buyouts, collaborations, and acquisitions. This can make it confusing to keep track of OEMs when ownership of a forklift brand is constantly changing. Check out this timeline of the history of the major manufacturers in the forklift industry to help you make sense of your products.

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The 1800s

  • 1868, Yale: Yale Lock Manufacturing Co. (USA) is formed, later becoming Yale and Towne Manufacturing Co.
  • 1890, Caterpillar: Caterpillar (USA) is founded by Benjamin Holt and Daniel Best.
  • 1896, Doosan: The Doosan Group (South Korea) is founded.
  • 1898, Baker: Baker Motor Vehicle Co. (USA) is founded to build electric cars. Soon, Baker increases its product line to include electric load trucks.

1900 – 1920

  • linde forklift1901, Allis-Chalmers: The Allis-Chalmers Company (USA) is founded.
  • 1903, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers acquires the Bullock Electric Company.
  • 1907, Linde: The Linde Air Products Company (Germany) is established.
  • 1915 Lewis-Shepard is established in Watertown, Massachusetts
  • 1917, Komatsu: Komatsu Iron Works (Japan) is established, later becoming Komatsu Ltd. In 1921.
  • 1919, Clark: Clark Tructractor Company (USA) is established as a division of the Clark Equipment Company.
  • 1919, Towmotor: Towmotor Corporation (USA) is founded.

1920 – 1940

  • 1920s, Hyster: Hyster’s (USA) parent companies, Electric Steel Foundry and Willamette Iron & Steel Works, are established.
  • 1920, Mitsubishi: Shibaura Works of Ohte-Shokai K.K. is established as a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., which eventually becomes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan).
  • 1922, Raymond: Raymond Corporation (USA) is formed.
  • 1926, Toyota:  Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. (now Toyota Industries Corporation) started building automatic looms.
  • 1929, Linde: Linde takes over Güldner-Motoren-Gesellschaft, a German engine and tractor manufacturer.
  • 1930s, Yale: Yale acquires BKS forklifts in Germany.
  • 1930, Raymond.  Raymond builds first material handling product under Lyon name.
  • 1934, Hyster: Electric Steel Foundry and Willamette Iron & Steel Works have combined into Willamette Hyster Company and an early straddle-carrier forklift model is produced.

1940 – 1960

  • 1942, CESAB: CESAB (Italy) is founded.
  • 1943, Cascade: Cascade Manufacturing Co. (USA) is founded.
  • 1944, Hyster: Willamette Hyster Company is renamed Hyster Company.
  • 1945, Crown: Crown Equipment Corporation (USA) is founded.
  • 1946, BT: BT Forklifts (Sweden) is founded.
  • 1947, Hyundai: The Hyundai Group (South Korea) is founded.
  • 1949, TCM: Toyo Carriers Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Japan) is founded.
  • 1950, Prime-Mover: The Prime-Mover Company (USA) is founded by the Home-O-Nize Company of Iowa.
  • 1952, Komatsu: Komatsu acquires Ikegai Automobile Manufacturing Co. and Chuetsu Electro Chemical Co.
  • 1952, Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi is renamed Mitsubishi Nippon Heavy-Industries, Ltd.
  • 1953, Jungheinrich: Establishment of H. Jungheinrich & Co. Maschinenfabrik (Germany).
  • 1953, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers acquires the Buda Engine Co., adding diesel engines to its product line.
  • 1956, Toyota: Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan) introduces its first forklift model, the LA 1-ton truck.
  • 1956, Towmotor: Towmotor acquires Gerlinger Carrier Company.
  • 1957, Nissan: The first Nissan (Japan) forklift is produced.
  • 1958, Heli:  Anhui Heli (China) is established

1960 – 1980

  • yale forklift1960s, Doosan:
    Korea Machinery Co., Ltd. begins importing forklifts as part of a national machinery expansion project.
  • 1962, Halla: Hyundai International Inc. is founded.
  • 1963, Yale: Yale merges with Eaton Manufacturing.
  • 1963, Towmotor: Towmotor acquires Ohio Gear Company.
  • 1965, Caterpillar, Towmotor: Towmotor becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Tractor Company.
  • 1968, Hyster acquires Lewis-Shepard (USA Mass.)
  • 1976, TCM: TCM America (MBK), Inc. is established.
  • 1976, Doosan: Korea Machinery merges into Daewoo Heavy Industries Ltd.
  • 1977, Baker, Linde: Linde acquires Baker Material Handling Corporation.  Baker Forklift parts are now known as Linde forklift parts.
  • 1978, Halla: Hyundai International Inc. is rebranded as the Halla Group (South Korea).

1980 – 2000

  • 1980s, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers begins selling off some of its subsidiaries in the face of rapid economic change.
  • 1980, Hoist: Forklift Exchange is founded in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.
  • 1983, Hyster: Hyster closes Portland OR manufacturing plant
  • 1984, Hyster: Hyster Company is acquired by ESCO Corporation.
  • 1984, Linde: Linde acquires Fenwick, the largest French lift truck manufacturer.
  • 1985, Yale: Yale is acquired by NACCO Industries, Inc., and Yale Materials Handling Corporation is established.
  • 1985, Komatsu: Komatsu America Manufacturing Corp. and Komatsu America Industries LLC are both established in the U.S.
  • 1986, Cascade: Cascade forms a joint venture with Xiamen Forklift Company of China (Xiamen-Cascade Corp., Ltd.).
  • 1988, Toyota: Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc. (TIEM) is established in Indiana as a joint venture with Toyota Motor Corporation.
  • 1988, TCM: TCM Manufacturing USA, Inc. is founded.
  • 1988, Kalmar: Kalmar takes over Allis Chalmers forklift activities effectively ending Allis Chalmers brand name in forklift industry.
  • 1988, Prime-Mover: Prime-Mover is acquired by BT Industries AB of Sweden.
  • hyster forklift1989, Hyster: Hyster Company is acquired by NACCO Industries, Inc.
  • 1989, Linde: Linde acquires Lansing Bagnall, a British forklift manufacturer.
  • 1992, Yale: Yale Europe Materials Handling is established.
  • 1992, Caterpillar, Mitsubishi: Caterpillar and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries together form Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America, Inc. (MCFA).
  • 1993, Nissan: Nissan Forklift Corporation North America is established.
  • 1993, Komatsu: Komatsu Cummins Engine Co., Ltd. and Cummins Komatsu Engine Company are established in Japan and the U.S., respectively.
  • 1994, Hyster, Yale: NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG) is established.
  • 1994, Hoist: Forklift Exchange acquires Silent Hoist and Crane, a Brooklyn-based company. It is rebranded as Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing, Inc. (USA).
  • 1994, Jungheinrich.  Jungheinrich takes over UK based Boss group.
  • 1995, Toyota: Toyota Industrial Equipment, S.A. (TIESA) is established in France as a joint venture with Toyota Motor Corporation and Manitou B.F.
  • 1997, BT, Raymond: Raymond Corp. is acquired by BT Industries AB for $353 million, and BT Raymond is established.
  • 1997, Halla: Halla collapses under the pressure of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.
  • 1998, Clark: Clark Material Handling Company acquires the Samsung Fork Lift Company of Korea.
  • 1998, Allis-Chalmers: The remaining Allis-Chalmers manufacturing companies are divested.
  • 1998, Combilift:  Combilift started in Ireland
  • 1999, Kalmar-AC:  Kalmar sells the  former Allis Chalmers business unit it acquired in 1988 to Komatsu.  Kalmar remains a big lift truck/reach stacker specialist.  Komatsu attempts to market units under Tusk brand name but eventually discontinues Tusk in 2010.

2000 – present day

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This information was gathered from the histories published on the websites of the various companies included on the timeline. Supporting information was also found through news sites, like those linked in some of the information above.

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Toyota forklift fluid specs

Q: What lubricants do I use in my Toyota forklift?

A: It depends. Using the wrong lubricating fluids on your forklift can damage the truck and put the truck’s operator in danger. Check below for the correct fluid specs for various models of Toyota 7 and 8 series trucks. But first, here’s a short explanation of some abbreviations that you might come

 API = American Petroleum Institute classification. The API classifies lubricants based on performance level and series. Read more about what those classifications mean here.

•  SAE = Society of Automotive Engineers classification. This is a classification based on the viscosity of the lubricant.

 ISO VG = International Standardization Organization viscosity grade. This is another measure of the viscosity of the lubricant.

Models covered

•  7FGU15, 7FGU20, 7FGU25, 7FGU30, 7FGU32

•  7FDU15, 7FDU20, 7FDU25, 7FDU30, 7FDU32

•  7FGCU15, 7FGCU20, 7FGCU25, 7FGCU30, 7FGCU32

•  7FGCU15,  7FGCU15,  7FGCUSU20

•  8FGU15, 8FGU20, 8FGU25, 8FGU30, 8FGU32

•  8FDU15, 8FDU20, 8FDU25, 8FDU30, 8FDU32

•  8FGCU15, 8FGCU20, 8FGCU25, 8FGCU30, 8FGCU32

•  8FGCU15,  8FGCU15,  8FGCUSU20

Lubricants needed for each part

 gasoline engine = motor oil; SAE30 or SAE5w-30; API: SH, SJ, SL, SM

•  diesel engine = diesel engine oil; SAE30 or SAE5w-30; API: CE, CF, CF-4

 transmission = GM Dexron® II

 differential = hypoid gear oil; SAE85W-90; API: GL-4

•  hydraulic oil = ISO VG 32

 brake line = SAE J-1703, DOT-3

•  brake cooling oil = Shell DONAX TD

•  chassis parts = MP grease; molybdenum disulfide grease

•  coolant = long life coolant 30-50% mixture (for winter); coolant with rust inhibitor (for other seasons)

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How much does your forklift weigh?

How much does your forklift weigh? It’s important to know the weight of your forklift when transporting it, driving it on trailers, moving it in an elevator, or using it in multi-story buildings. You don’t want your forklift to drop through the floor, causing thousands of dollars of damage and injuring workers!


The service weight of a forklift is different than its lift capacity.  Service weight refers to the actual weight of the forklift, including its battery and any attachments it has.  The best place to find the service weight of a forklift is on the forklift’s data tag.  Alternatively, you can search forklift manufacturer websites for product specification pages, but the truck’s data tag is typically preferred over this option. In addition, an industry rule of thumb is that the service weight of the forklift will generally be 1.5 to 2 times the lifting capacity of the forklift.  For example, if your forklift can lift 5,000 pounds, generally the weight of the forklift will be somewhere between 7,500 and 10,000 pounds.  But remember, this is simply a rough standard, and manufacturer information or the forklift’s data tag should always be prioritized.


See below for the weight of some of the most common models of the most widely-used forklift brands. The downloadable table lists the weight in pounds of Hyster, Komatsu, Crown, Toyota, Caterpillar, Yale, Clark, and Nissan forklift models. For starters, here are the weights of the most common models from these manufacturers.


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Q: How much does a Hyster H50FT forklift weigh?

A: 8,924 lbs.  (with NL; 3-stage, 189″ mast height)


Q: How much does a Komatsu FG18HT-20 forklift weigh?

A: 6,340 lbs. (2-stage, standard mast)


Q: How much does a Crown 4520-30 forklift weigh?

A: 5,974 lbs. (standard truck w/o battery)


Q: How much does a Toyota 8FGCU25 forklift weigh?

A: 8,000 lbs. (2 stage, 131.5” mast height)


Q: How much does a Caterpillar C5000 forklift weigh?

A:  8,157 lbs. (standard truck, empty)


Q: How much does a Yale GLC050 forklift weigh?

A: 9,016 lbs. (standard estimate)


Q: How much does a Clark CMP25 forklift weigh?

A: 8,254 lbs. (standard)


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How to decode Toyota forklift model numbers

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Q: How do I decode my Toyota forklift model number?

A: There’s no denying it: Toyota forklift model numbers can be complicated. Each class of Toyota lift truck has a model number of a different length and is interpreted in a different way. Things can get confusing. Hopefully, however, the diagrams below may help in properly reading your Toyota forklift model number.

This diagram includes information for forklifts of classes I, II, II stand-up electric rider, III, IV, and V. Notice that there are nine sections on the diagram, but not all classes have information in their model numbers for each section. In these cases, the sections that are “not present” for your forklift’s class are simply skipped. To see an example of how to use the diagram, look at the second image. Click either image below to see a larger version. A PDF version of the main diagram available for download is also attached below.

Toyota forklift model code diagram Intella Liftparts forklift parts

A PDF version of this diagram is available for download here: Toyota forklift model codes diagram by Intella

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Below is the example of decoding a class IV forklift with model number 42-8FGCU25.

Toyota forklift model code diagram Intella Liftparts

CLASS WARFARE:  In the forklift industry when you hear the term “class” mentioned, it may mean two different things.

ITA forklift class:  ITA (Industrial Truck Association) created a class system for the type of forklift.  Class 1 is electric rider, class 4 is cushion sit down engine powered, etc.  That’s not to be confused with carriage class.  Class 3 forklift forks could fit on an ITA class 4 forklift.  Confused yet?    Just ask for clarification.  Is the person or website referring to forklift type class or carriage class.

Once you have your model number, visit our Toyota Forklift Parts Manual to get the parts you need.

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Toyota 4Y forklift engine

Toyota has used its 4Y engine for forklifts with size capacities between 1.5 and 3.0 tons since early 1990s.   Toyota forklifts with models proceeded with the number 42 all are equipped with the 4Y engine.

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The Toyota 4Y engine dates all the way back to the 1970s.  It was first seen in small light duty trucks such as the Toyota Stout, Hilace, Daihatsu Delta, and Australian built Toyota 4Runners.  Virtually every gasoline or LPG engine used in forklifts today were originally used in automobiles.   The Mazda FE and F2 engines used in Hyster and Yale forklifts were used in Mazda B2000 pickup trucks.  The Mitsubishi 4G63 engine used in Cat and Mitsubishi forklifts was used in Mitsubishi Lancer and Gallant models.  The GM 4.3 liter engine has been used in a variety of Chevy and GMC trucks.  And the Nissan H20 engine was used in a variety of different Nissan car models.  So no surprise that the Toyota 4Y engine got its start in the automotive world.

The 4Y engine has a 2.2 liter displacement with 4 inline cylinders.    It’s typically fitted with an Aisan fuel system of some sort, depending on the emissions rules in the country it’s sold in.  Need firing order, spark plug gap, and other technical info?  Detailed technical specifications can be found here

Toyota owns a portion of many of its suppliers so it comes as no surprise that Aisan is owned by the Toyota group.  The distributor, ignition parts, and electrical system used on the 4Y is made by Toyota owned Denso, and it can truly be said that the majority of the engine and surrounding components are manufactured by either Toyota or Toyota owned suppliers.

Intella offers a variety of parts for the 4Y engines.  We offer overhaul gasket kits, replacement heads, tune up parts.

If your data plate shows a model like these, you can be assured you have a 4Y engine in your forklift:

42-6FGCU15  (42 = 4Y engine code)

If you’re wondering how to determine if your Toyota forklift has a 4Y engine, you can usually figure it out from the data tag of the forklift.

Toyota forklift models typically look like this:  42-6FGCU25.  Let’s decode those letters and numbers.

First off, the first two digits indicate the type of engine in the forklift.  Here are common engine codes

42 = Toyota 4Y engine LPG and gasoline

02 = Toyota  1DZ diesel engine

52 = GM engine typically 6 cylinder 4.3 engine

Now for the rest of the model 6FGCU25

6 is design series.  Toyota started with no number (the first models were simply FGC25, then they moved to 2FGC25, 3FGC, etc, etc)

FGC stands for Forklift Gas (can be gasoline of LPG/propane) Cushion tires.

FDC stands for Forklift Diesel Cushion tires.  FBC Forklift Battery (electric powered) Cushion.

No tire code = pneumatic tires on forklift (default type of tires.  Cushion tires are really only used in North America).

The U designates the factory the forklift was built in.  U = United states, F = France, no letter = Japan.

The number represents the lifting capacity in kilograms/100.  A 25 = 2500kg lifting capacity.  An 18 = 1800kg capacity, etc, etc.

So a 42-6FGCU25 Toyota would be equipped with a Toyota 4Y engine, it’s a 6 series model, it uses either gasoline or propane, it has cushion tires, was made in the United States, and has a lifting capacity of 2500 kilograms.

We have the toyota forklift parts you need at Intella LiftParts.

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The best forklift brand to buy…from a parts perspective

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Often we get customers who ask us what the best forklift brand is to purchase.  Since we supply forklift parts, our customers think we may have some insight in terms of what brand is best.


We’ll start by stating the somewhat obvious (since this is a blog) comment that this is purely opinion.  Not fact,  but something more than conjecture since we’ve been in this business for over 30 years.


Here are what we, forklift parts experts, consider the top areas to consider when evaluating one forklift brand over another.


  1.  Good parts support.  We sell forklift parts and every day we get phone calls from customers looking for parts that are either backordered by the forklift manufacturer, or simply out of stock.  If we were buying a forklift, we’d want to make sure that parts are available and your equipment won’t be down and inoperable because a part is backordered.


Parts support comes in a few different forms.  Certainly having inventory of a part is the most obvious measurement of whether or not the manufacturer supports the equipment.  But other real world scenarios involve the support the manufacturer provides in the form of parts and service manuals.  We’ve seen plenty of instances where the manufacturer couldn’t even come up with a part number for the part needed, let alone give an answer on whether or not the part was in stock.


What sort of components are used in the forklift? Suppose you’re buying an electric forklift. Ask who manufacturers the electric motor. Ask who makes the control system. Certain control systems are easy to find parts for (such as GE, Curtis, Zapi) but others can be real difficult to obtain parts for. Years ago Yale used Mazda diesel engines. Not a bad engine, but Mazda Japan’s only customer for diesel engines in the USA was Yale forklift. That became a problem years after the trucks were sold as there was virtually no aftermarket support for Mazda diesel in the USA.


  1. There are forklift mechanics who will work on the model and brand of forklift you’re looking at buying.  This seems pretty simple.  But some newer models sometimes require unique software which is only available to the dealer.  That fact alone is not enough to condemn a particular brand of equipment since sometimes the software is only required for quite obscure repairs.  But there are certain brands and models of equipment that forklift mechanics don’t like to work on for various reasons.  Ask your mechanic if they’re OK working on the model of forklift you’re considering purchasing.  If there is only one dealer or one mechanic willing to work on the brand/model of forklift you’re considering, you’ll have very few options in case your mechanic can’t figure out a particular repair. Ask whoever is selling you the forklift if there are non OEM mechanics that work on the brand of forklift you’re considering.


  1. Good parts pricing.  We supply aftermarket forklift parts for most brands and models of forklifts.  We see parts prices every day and we  can make some general statements regarding parts prices of various brands. In general, forklifts made by American companies tend to be less expensive than European or Japanese brands.


Exceptions to this rule can be found but in general it holds true. Historically Japanese forklift manufacturers would keep their parts prices very high and defend those prices by pointing out to customers that their forklift was more reliable. The argument went something like this: Sure our forklift’s torque converter is expensive at $2200.00 but we only sell one torque converter for every 10,000 forklifts in population. Not a bad argument but pity the poor guy who indeed needs a torque converter and it costs 5 times the amount as an American built forklift.


  1.  Easy to work on — not proprietary systems. Some brands of forklifts are difficult for mechanics for non OEM dealers to work on. Or for your own mechanic to work on. Check out if there are service passwords required to access key maintenance information on the forklift.


  1.  Built in the region of the world where you are located. If you’re thinking about buying a forklift that has rarely been sold in your country, you’re probably asking for trouble. We’ve seen this countless times with obscure European brands coming to North America, and obscure American brands arriving in Europe. It’s very difficult for manufacturers to support equipment that is rarely sold in your area. Today they might say they have plenty of parts on the shelf, but what happens in 5 or 10 years when you still have the forklift but priorities have changed, parts for your forklift are considered ‘dead stock’ for lack of sales, and no one remembers the promises made to you. Which leads us to our final point.


  1.  Lots of forklifts sold—you’re not a buying a unique or rare model of forklift.


Why?  We’ve all heard the expression “success breeds success”.  Well, it’s similar with forklifts.  The more of a certain type of forklift that gets sold, the more likely there will be competitively priced aftermarket forklift parts, and the more likely that there will be technicians that can work on your forklift, and the more likely you will have competitive choices when it comes to maintaining your forklift.



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