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decoding serial number

Does anyone know how to break them down? year /model/size etc.


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Old 04-24-2008, 06:10 PM
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try this vin decoder http://www.analogx.com/contents/vinview.htm

Every ATV has a 17 digit VIN (vehicle identification number). You’ll find the VIN plate mounted to the frame of the ATV, usually on the bottom portion of it. Kawasaki for example has it mounted on the left side of the engine. Don’t mistake the engine number, which is mounted on the engine, as a VIN number.
A VIN or Vehicle Identification Number is standardized. Whether your ride a Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Polaris, Yamaha or other ATV all will contain 17 characters that can include capital letters from A through Z and numbers 1 through 0. The letters I, O and Q are never used within a VIN in order to avoid mistakes made by misreading them. No signs or spaces are allowed in the Vehicle Identification Number.
The position of each letter and/or number in the VIN code reveals important information about where and when your ATV was made, the type of engine it has, the model or series of ATV, various equipment/attributes and its production sequence.
- 1st digit : represents the country in which it was made. 1 or 4 is for the U.S., 2 is for Canada, J is for Japan, K is for Korea etc.
- 2nd digit : represents the manufacturer. H is for Honda, K is for Kawasaki etc.
- 3rd digit : this position represents the vehicle type or manufacturing division which can vary by make of vehicle.
- 4th to 8th digits : these positions represent vehicle attributes such as body style and engine type (not to be confused with an engine code, every vehicle has one of those mounted on the engine).
- 9th digit : this is called a “check digit” and it exists for security reasons. This letter or number is derived mathematically depending on the previous 8 digits. It’s used to confirm that a VIN isn’t being fabricated.
- 10th digit : The vehicle year.

- 11th digit : Assembly plant
- 12th to 17th digits : These numbers increase by one for each unit that rolls off the assembly line, the last four are always digits.


Country and year codes are contained in the attached file.
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Thanks Man, good info!!!
My previous job required me to know and understand and decode VIN numbers, but that was farm equipment. A little different with quads.
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