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Snowmobile VIN – How To Check and Decode

Snowmobile Vin Number charts and information to help you decode your snowmobiles VIN (vehicle identification number). Snowmobile vin numbers follow the same basic decoding rules as other motor vehicles. Snowmobile VINs have a standardized 17 digit code which can be found on a plate mounted above the front of the right side foot rest.

Knowing how to decode your snowmobile VIN is important when it comes time to buy parts if you aren’t the first owner of the vehicle. Contained within the 17 characters of your VIN you may find capital letters from A through Z and numbers 1 through 0. You won’t find the letters I, O and Q because they are never used to avoid mistakes made by misreading them. There are also no spaces are allowed in the Vehicle Identification Number whatsoever. Lets decode a typical VIN shall we?

- The 1st Digit represents the country. Typical snowmobiles will have a 1 or 4 if built in the U.S. or a 2 if built in Canada. They may also start with a “J” if manufactured in Japan.

- The 2nd Digit represents the snowmobile’s manufacturer. Snowmobiles made by Arctic Cat will have a “U”. Yamaha snowmobiles are represented by the letter “Y”. Polaris sleds have the letter “X” and Ski Doo uses the letter “B”.

- The 3rd Digit indicates snowmobile type or manufacturing division which can vary.

- The 4th to 8th Digits, 5 digits that represent snowmobile attributes such as body style and engine type. Contact the manufacturer for all available options by year.

- The 9th Digit is a “check digit” which does not have anything to do with the snowmobile itself. The check digit is used to ensure that the VIN is legitimate, it is determined by the value of the 8 digits in front of it.

- The 10th Digit represents your snowmobile year, here is a handy chart.
Snowmobile VIN year Codes
And it continues, 2011 is B, 2012 is C, 2013 is D etc. The number 0 and letters O, I, U and Z are never used so skip them accordingly.

- The 11th Digit represents the assembly plant.

- The 12th to 17th digits stand for the number of units produced. The number increases by 1 for every snowmobile produced in that line. The number 00001 for example would represent the FIRST snowmobile to roll off the assembly line for that year/make/model.

There are exceptions to these basic VIN details but I hope this helps you figure out the basics as a starting point. When you know the year and make of your snowmobile it’s much easier to find out which engine options were available during that year and to register a snowmobile or find parts for it.

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