As you can hear in the video, the chime goes off when the speedometer shows 100 km/h. Since we have the larger Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires (30×9.50 vs. the original 215/80R15), our actual speed in which the chime is triggered is about 66 mph or 106 km/h. The odd thing about this chime is that it sounds like it might be an actual bell behind the dash somewhere. And in fact, we found a video showing what believe is a similar mechanism.
So why is there a warning anyhow?
In Japan, highway speeds are as fast as 100 km/h, so apparently Mitsubishi didn’t want its Delica buyers to get tickets, so it reminds you to slow your 4WD van down, son! No need to be driving all crazy and shit!
Now granted, the 4D56 engine redlines at about 4,500 RPM, and at 65 mph, we’re spinning about 3,100 on our larger tires. So there isn’t much room to go too fast. We did take it up to 70 mph, and it still felt fine. But that speed chime has got to go.