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ATV and Utility VIN Locations: A Search Guide for the Ever Elusive

“It seems that in the last year or two most brands of the smaller sport quads have all starting putting the VIN on the left side of the frame under the shifter in plain view.”

My original working title of this article was “The Search For Animal VIN” but unless you were a crusty skater back in the 80′s I figured you might not get the joke. I’ve found that the one constant in the world of ATV VIN locations is there are no constants. It seems that there is virtually no industry standard for VIN locations on ATVs. Having spent the last day and half crawling around looking for the VIN on various brands of ATVs I’ve somewhat narrowed down the most common VIN locations. I will try and break it down by brand and even sometimes by model depending on the nuances involved with different styles of ATVs.

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Let’s start with Hondas since they seem to have some of the easiest to find VIN placements. On most of the newer models you will find the VIN by peeking down through the slit in the plastic hood with a flashlight. Most often the VIN resides on a cross beam connecting the front struts. On some of the older models you’ll find the VIN lower down on the frame but it will almost be somewhere on the front of the ATV. Here are a few examples….

Click images below to see close-up of the Honda VIN Number Locations.

Location of Camo Honda Rancher VIN

Where to find Honda Rancher Vehicle Identification Number

Finding the VIN on an old Honda Rancher

Location of VIN on an old Honda ATV

Honda Rancher Camo

Honda Rancher

Older Honda Rancher

Old Honda ATV

Suzuki has probably the least back straining to find VIN locations of all the manufacturers.  On all of their bigger models with the exception of some of the King Quad units you’ll find the VIN on the frame on the left side up under the tail section. Since the some of the King Quad have that location covered in plastics you’ll find the VIN on a vertical frame member up front inside the left wheel well right by the radiator. On their smaller sport quads you can find the VIN on the left side of the frame down by the engine since the tail section is often bolted on and therefore not a permanent part of the frame. Here are a few examples…

Click images below to see close-up of the Suzuki VIN Number Locations.

Suzuki KingQuad 400 VIN Location

Suzuki KingQuad 450 Vehicle Identification Number Location

Finding a Suzuki KingQuad 750 VIN

Suzuki KingQuad 400

Suzuki KingQuad 450

Suzuki King Quad 750

Locate the VIN on a Suzuki Ozark 250

How to find VIN on a Suzuki Vinson ATV

Suzuki LTZ-400 VIN placement

Suzuki Ozark 250

Suzuki Vinson

Suzuki LTZ-400

Moving on to Polaris ATVs. While sometimes difficult to read their VINs almost always reside up inside the left front wheel well on a section of square frame tubing just forward of the motor. Here are some examples…

Click images below to see close-up of the Polaris VIN Number Locations.

Polaris Sportsman 400 Vehicle Identification Number

Where to find the Polaris Sportsman 800 VIN

an Older Polaris Sportsman 800 VIN Location

Polaris Sportsman 450

Polaris Sportsman 800

Older Polaris Sportsman 800

“Hopefully I’ve saved you some time and effort in finding the VIN number on your ATV when it comes time to title them or order parts.”

The VIN locations on Kawasaki ATVs with very few exceptions are on the left side up front inside the wheel well on the frame directly under the front axle or strut. I have seen at least one model however, the BruteForce 300, where the VIN is located on the frame at the front of the ATV for some unknown reason. Here a few examples including the one located up front…

Click images below to see close-up of the Kawasaki VIN Number Locations.

Where to find a Kawasaki Brute Force 650 VIN

Finding a Black Kawasaki Brute Force 750 VIN number

Location of a Kawasaki BruteForce 300 VIN

Kawasaki Brute Force 650

Kawasaki Brute Force 750

Kawasaki Brute Force 300

Location of Kawasaki Brute Force 750 VIN

Finding the VIN on an a Kawasaki Prairie 360

Location of Kawasaki Prairie Vehicle Identification Number

New Kawasaki Brute Force 750

Old Kawasaki Prairie 360

Kawasaki Prairie 360

Larger Yamaha ATVs generally locate the VIN up front behind the left wheel well on the frame near the front of the motor. Of course there’s always an exception to every rule and in the case of  the Grizzly 300 it’s on the frame at the front of the ATV. I don’t know, it must be a 300 thing. The larger Yamaha ATV VINs are often difficult to read due to their location being much further back on the frame than many other brands and are therefore often partially obscured by the fender or skid plates. Yamaha’s smaller racing quads put the VIN on the frame on the left side under the shifter pedal in plain view. Here a some examples of all of the above…

Click images below to see close-up of the Yamaha VIN Number Locations.

 How to find Yamaha Grizzly 450 VIN

Location of Yamaha Grizzly 700 Vehicle Identification Number

Where to find the Yamaha Grizzly 300 VIN

Yamaha Grizzly 450

Yamaha Grizzly 700

Yamaha Grizzly 300

Yamaha Banshee VIN Number Location

Locating a Yamaha Raptor YFM350 VIN

Location of Yamaha Raptor 660 Vehicle IdentificationNumber

Yamaha Banshee

Yamaha Raptor YMF350

Yamaha Raptor 660

Since I only had one Arctic Cat ATV available to check out I will have to go out on a limb and make a wild guess that the VINs are usually be located on the left side of the frame inside the front wheel well similar to the Kawasaki ATVs. Here is the pic of the one Arctic Cat I had on hand for what it’s worth…

Click images below to see close-up of the Arctic Cat VIN Number Location.

Where to find a Arctic Cat 650 VIN Number

Arctic Cat 650

It seems that in the last year or two most major manufacturers of the smaller sport quads have all starting putting the VIN on the left side of the frame under the shifter or near the front struts in plain view. Here are a couple of examples…

Click images below to see close-up of the VIN Number Locations.

Yamaha Raptor 600 VIN Placement

Location of  Yamaha Raptor 700 VIN

Kawasaki KFX450 Vehicle Identification Number Tag

Yamaha Raptor 600

Yamaha Raptor 700

Kawasaki KFX450

Of course I’m sure there are other brands including countless Chinese knockoffs but this article is focusing on the major brands that I had access to. Hopefully I’ve saved you some time and effort in finding the VIN on your ATV when it comes time to title them or order parts. In the meantime I’ll be in the hot tub trying to soaking out the kinks in my back that I got from all of my research.

 

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  1. Looking back I realized that I’ve left out a relative of the ATVs, the Side-By-Side or UTV as they sometimes called in my original article about ATV VIN locations. Not surprisingly there’s just about as much variety of strange VIN locations on the side-by-side as there are on ATVs. As usual it varies considerably by brand and often by model within the same brand. Here are a few quick examples of an Arctic Cat, Kawasaki Teryx and Yamaha Rhino. I’ll add more later as I come across different models and variations.

    Below are a few photos that will help you locate your vin numbers on Utiluity vehicles.

    VIN, side-by-side, UTV, dillon cycles, vehicle identification number Click Here to see where the Vin Number is located on the Artic Cat Side By Side Utility vehicle
    Artic Cat Utility vehicle Click image to see where the Vin Number is located on the Artic Cat Side By Side Utility vehicle
       
    Teryx, Kawasaki, side-by-side,VIN Location, UTV Teryx, Kawasaki, side-by-side,VIN Location, UTV
    Kawasaki Teryx Utility Vehicle Click image to see where the Vin Number is located on the Kawasaki Teryx side-by-side utility vehicle
       
    Rhino, Yamaha, VIN Location, side-by-side, UTV, dillon bros Yamaha Rhino Vin Location
    Yamaha Rhino Utility Vehicle Click image to see where the Vin Number is located on the Yamaha Rhino side-by-side utility vehicle
     

     

     

  2. I have found a few more examples of side by side vin locations that I thought might come in handy. In my last post on the original ATV VIN Locations article I mentioned an Arctic Cat, Kawasaki Teryx and the Yamaha Rhino. Today I will include 2 other manufacturers and another example of Kawasaki side by sides.

    As usual there’s little rhyme or reason to the VIN locations and the Kawasaki Mule is a fine example. On the Mule 4010 four passenger side by side the VIN is located on the back side of the front seat.

    Honda has one of the best hidden VIN location of all of the major brands as usual. On the Big Red you have to open the hood and you’ll find the VIN at the back wall of engine compartment, left of the engine on the frame.

    I’ve decided to leave the easiest to find for last. An oldie but a goodie is the EZ-GO Workhorse utility vehicle. They were kind enough to put their VIN plate that is pop riveted right inside the glove box are on the dash.

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