by Herman Cruz
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The Vehicle Identification Number, also known as a VIN, is a sequence of numbers and letters that can be broken down and read as long as you understand what each letter or numeric figure means. It helps to know how to read your Yamaha VIN number, whether it’s for replacement parts or just for your own conscience.
Locate the VIN on your Yamaha. The VIN is usually found under the handlebars and on the steering axle. If you cannot find the VIN on the steering stem, check the frame of the vehicle for a small metal plate that shows the VIN.
Decode the meaning of your Yamaha motor vehicle’s VIN by breaking down the unique pattern of numbers and letters. For example, if the VIN begins with “4” or a “1”, then your Yamaha was made in the United States, a “2” means Canada and “3” means Mexico. Vehicles made in Germany, Korea, Japan, England, Italy, and Brazil would have vehicle identification numbers beginning with “K,” “J,” “S,” “W,” “Z,” and “9,” at that point. order. The secondary character of the VIN reflects the manufacturer of the motor vehicle, which would be a letter “C” for all Yamaha motor vehicles.
Look for the third digit of the VIN. This represents the division of manufacturers that produced the motor vehicle.
Look at the VIN numbers four through eight. These 5 digits reflect the characteristics found on the motor vehicle.
Notice the ninth digit in the VIN. This particular digit is unique and is used as a security to ensure a valid VIN number.
Look at the 10th figure of the VIN. Represents the vehicle model year. From the years 1988 to 2000, the 10th digit of the VIN would be “J” to “Y”, and subsequently the 10th digit was changed to reflect a number.
Decode the last seven digits of the VIN by following these rules: The eleventh digit is the plant facility where the vehicle was assembled. The digits twelve through seventeen represent the order in which the vehicles were assembled.