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Top 10 useful, interesting, or inspirational Niva sites.


1 Niva clubs & forums
Over 50 Niva clubs, from Argentina to New Zealand, you can find anything and everything you need in these groups.

2 Navigatsioo Nitehnika
Estonian Niva crew who did what looks like a cross between trials & orienteering; in Estonian of course but its has a good gallery, and looks like they had a load of fun.

3 Niva.ru FAQ
English & Spanish translations of Russian FAQs; very handy and hopefully expanding.

4 Niva Adventure
Lots of modifications and forum (French, some English content).

5 Cloggy's Niva Site
Archive of the original Kiwi 2 litre Fiat Conversion site, Toyota power-steer, and more. The site that got me into Nivas all those years ago...

6 Parque 4x4
A comprehensive Niva site in Spanish, plenty of tech, modifications, & good images; They're into long range & extreme Niva driving.

7 Gadgetboy's site (formerly www.turbo-nutter.com)
Gadgetboy's build & modifications diary, includes full Niva 1600 & 1700 manuals, parts catalogue, and other handy bits-and-bobs.

8 Baxter's Temple of Niva Site :)
Lots of Niva stuff: modifications, stickers, etc, with an emphasis on Do-It-Yourself.

9 Niva Nuts
Archive of an Australian site about Robin Booth's highly customised Niva for desert etc trips.

10 Lada UK Forum
Once the main English speaking Niva forum (with helpful advice and great attitude) but now run by a paranoid person who bans people left right and centre for seemingly no good reason and without warning, so sadly is largely useless other than the archives - most users now use the Lada UK Facebook forum instead, but good luck and enjoy if you can successfully register.



And the runners up...

After-market Niva goodies

Lada World - Danish E-shop that exports Russian sourced Niva parts and accesories worldwide.

Lada Power - Ukraine, Pavel, can source all sorts of parts and accesories, exports worldwide. Good reputation and communications.

Lada Togliatti Parts - Russian, Denis exports worldwide.

Lada Way - Russian, Sergey, OEM and after-market parts and accesories, exports worldwide.Some buyers have experienced long waits from Lada Way with little or no communication during this time.

Niva Shop .ru - Every imaginable Niva accessory, rock-crawler TC gear set, hot cams, 4.44 differentials, body-kits, and much much more. But exporting from Russia can be a fraught process.

Offroad Runner - Russian, exports worldwide, site in Russian but has an English speaking FB page.

Lada-Sport - LSDs, low-ratio TC and other useful bits. Germany (English version available)..

Apoio 4x4 - Brazilian Niva accessories; engine upgrade kits, lift kit, interior dress-up, dizzy wading kit (Portuguese).

Natal 4x4 - Another Brazilian Niva accessories shop; snorkel, double CV centre joint, VW engine adapter kit, lift kit, body kits, etc and home of the famous X-Niva (now sold) (Portuguese).

Lada Italia - Italian aftermarket for the Niva, power-steer, air-con, body-kits, etc. Also includes info and avi movies on the Ferrari V8 powered off-road racing Niva.

Voit 4x4 - Portal axles for a Niva.



Russian Niva Club FAQ - lots and lots of info, modifications etc (Russian).

Excossack / John's site - Downloads for the Hoodoo 2" lift and alternator relocation bracket.


General & Random Niva sites

Niva Events Calendar - Niva meetings, treffen and events calendar.

La web del Lada Niva - comprehensive Spanish Niva site, includes Niva on portals, racing Nivas, V8 Nivas and more, including the Paris-Dakar Nivas. Incidentally it seems Nivas were homologated for international racing right up until at least April 2006! Appears to now be dead (and not well archived).

Nivamania - another comprehensive Spanish Niva site, plenty of competition Nivas. Also appears to be dead (archive of latest version here).

TurboNiva - Sean Huffman's Canadian turbo Niva project from back-in-the-day, includes manuals, and other useful bits & bobs. Archive of old versions of the site here

Niva clubs & forums - Over 50 Niva clubs, from Argentina to New Zealand.

Viva! Niva! - No not a GM-Lada joint venture! It looks like a blog style site of a Japanese Niva fan - no idea what it says to be honest, but it looks kind of interesting. It also looks like it's now gone - archive here.

World Niva Club - Not actually a club as such, but lots of older clipped tech/modifications stuff from the days before fourms. Appears to have gone down - here's the archive of the last working version.

NivaWiki - German wiki about Nivas; especially handy for info on injected Nivas (German).





On-line translators:
Google Language Tools now also seems to cover all necessary languages, PROMT, BabelFish or Translation Guide dot com are available if you don't like Google.

Don't know what language a site is in?
Try this language identifer.

Translator tips:
Niva often translates as "field" or "cornfield" from Russian.
"W-Niva" translated from Russian refers to the Chevolet Niva.
Differential translates as "bridge" from Russian, Locker as "blocker", and Transfer-case as "razdatka".
If you start reading about Hippopotamus' & Crocodiles, a Hippo is Russian slang for the 3-door Niva, and Croc for the 5-door.
Avoid talking about the "driver's side" or "passenger's side" and stick to the "right side" and "left side" to avoid confusion between those of us who drive on different sides of the road (fyi the side of a vehicle is determined from the driver's perspective, not from standing in front of the vehicle looking at it).
English-German-French-Finnish-Swedish 4x4 translation dictionary


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