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Yamaha YFZ450 need help identifying year without vin

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(long story short) So I posted my banshee for sale or trade on CL and this guy has what he says is an 07 yfz450. So I asked about the vin to verify the year and he couldn't find it and finally sent pic of a ground off vin. Obviously he was pretty stupid on the importance of it. What I want to know is how can I look at this bike to tell what year it is? I will post pics to help and if it is stolen maybe someone can see. I have nothing to hide.

 

 

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just search craigslist for stolen yfz450 what ever year was stolen is probably the same as this guys with the removed vin.   other wise what color is it ? i thin yellow and black was limited edition anniversary colors 2006 2016  also had a badge on the hood.  stole this off another site.

What years are you looking into? 04-05 the motors were 439cc

In 06 they went to 449cc
Changed the swing arm

In 07 they did a factory oil mod in the motor to oil the wrist pin
Upgraded the shocks

In 09 the came out with the fuel injected YfzR 
Motor, frame where way different. The R is a factory mx bike. So yamaha said.

10 came out the YfzX kinda like the older yfz but with the fuel injected motor
The X is for woods and trail riding. Nearrower wheel base then the R

Thats just a breif over view

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Man, a ground off vin is a big no no. There should also be a vin on the engine. Though it might not match the frame if the motor is different. But better than nothing. When you find a vin, run it here. If you can't find a vin then you should walk away. 

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Never buy a quad/bike/ anything with a ground off VIN , 100% it is stolen and any warden, cop, blm ranger, ect... that sees it will seize it and likely take you in. There is no other reason for doing it . It's beyond stupid to agree to swapping for it , i'd probably even call it in , if my quad was stolen , i'd want someone else to do the same.

 

BTW I do know how to recover that VIN # even after it was ground off , there are ways the police can do it ,but not something to say over the internet.

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Yea I did not buy it. I told the guy how serious it was and he acted completely stupid. Thanks guys for the help and especially the vin decode link!

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I  just wanted to follow up on the link that supposedly shows if the bike/vehicle is stolen. IT DOES NOT WORK.  I put in a vin that I know is in the police records as stolen. How do I know this? I have the papers right in front of me from the sheriffs office with this vin on it. I double checked and tried several times to see if anything changed and it still says it's not in the system...... I once was told a few years ago by a cop that the only way to run a vin was to call the PD and THEY would have to run it, NOT citizens.

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