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Old 10-22-2003, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how to make an atv street legal

well i was driving down the road a few months ago and saw a guy riding a 4wheeler down the highway, not on the sid eof the road but on the highway. i have a 2000 yamaha 400 big bear, can i make it street legal?


also is there any harm to standing an atv on its ass end facing up so you can fit wo atvs in the back of one truck?
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Old 10-22-2003, 04:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i've been standing my atv on it's rear for hauling and storage and it's never harmed it. keep folks from pulling the front brake when it's up and remember not to have a full tank or it will dribble fuel.


i don't know about the street legal stuff.
maybe a farm vehicale plate?
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Old 10-22-2003, 04:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hmmm maybe thats why my front brake isnt working good lol

thanks, i just fig maybe oil would go through the piston ring or something and maybe i should let it sit on all 4 for a while before starting it
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Old 10-23-2003, 08:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Put all the street legal stuff on it and go to the DMV and play dumb
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Old 10-25-2003, 01:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 10-26-2003, 09:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Never seen it done in California...doesn't mean you couldn't try...
I know in Arizona it can be done...seem to recall seeing some with plates there...

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I saw a street legal raptor in a mag once also. it had turn signals, brake light, horn, speedometer w/odometer. you could try calling the CHP or DMV and asking them what is needed to make it street legal. You could also look up the requirements in the California Vehicle Code book. I think its turn signals visible from the front and rear, head light, tail light, brake light, visible clearance lights or reflectors from the side, hazard lights, horn, license plates front and rear, license plate light in the rear, mud flaps to cover at least 45% of the rear most tire, and dot approved street legal tires. If you have these in place you would be on a very good start to getting it legalized. Good Luck and post what you find out.

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Old 10-26-2003, 05:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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thanks, i kinda fig all of those would be needed but thanks anyways. looks like imma call the dmv

ill post an update when i find out more
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my friend tried to do this. he went to the CHP and he said it must meet the same requirements as a car. seatbelts included. remember that means a brake at every wheel, horn and all that.

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then that must mean pinion brakes are illegal, i dont see how they would want or make you wear a seat belt on a 4wheeler. i would imagine it has the same criteria as a motorcycle
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a motorcycle has 2 tires a quad has four. my buddy talked to DMV and CHP about it. 4 tires means it qualifies as a car

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Old 10-29-2003, 10:10 AM   #12 (permalink)
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That would be bad ass driving a quad around town? I dunno about safety tho!

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Arizona and Wyoming are the only 2 that are feasible to get a street legal atv.

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Old 10-29-2003, 04:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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i have seen it done in california you need running and brake lights, turn signals, horn, windshield, dot aproved tires, you also have to put a differential in the rear california

the one i saw was being serviced at a honda dealer in the bay area
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Old 10-30-2003, 07:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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If a two wheeler would be a motorcycle and a four wheeler would be a car then what would they classify a three wheeler (trike, or even a m/c with a sidecar)? I would think it would just the requirements of a m/c and be classified as such. John
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Re: how to make an atv street legal

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well i was driving down the road a few months ago and saw a guy riding a 4wheeler down the highway, not on the sid eof the road but on the highway. i have a 2000 yamaha 400 big bear, can i make it street legal?


also is there any harm to standing an atv on its ass end facing up so you can fit wo atvs in the back of one truck?

You have to have a headlight,taillights,turn signals,running lights,some type of nerf bars, speedo, and DOT tires.

As far as standing a quad up. Never stand a 4 stroke on end for a long period of time, my dad used to be a Kawisaki mechanic and he and everyone else I've talked to have many reasons why. If you accidently stand it on end(like doing a wheelie and you go back to far and the quad stays like that) if it is like that for more than a few seconds when you start it you will see blue smoke, that is oil in your cylinder.
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Old 11-01-2003, 02:45 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Well its best not to stand a four stroke quad or atv up on end but I can tell you that we have done it with no ill effects. We've had countless quads and atv's stand for days like when we load the trailer a day or up to a week before we leave on a trip... I'm sure some may leak oil or smoke but in general I have not had a problem.

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well i would only be putting the atv on its ass end pointing straight up so i can fit two atvs in the back of a truck for no more than a few hrs drive to where ever were going
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in dirt wheels some guy converted his raptor to single rear wheel. 3 wheels, like some very small electric cars, are considered mopeds or motorcycles depending on displacement of the motor. he then did all the lights and such. he was able to change out the swingarm and have it on 4 wheels in an hour and a half. Zack
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there are two here in napa ca iv seen them many times they have turn sigs and a car size lic plate. i am surprised that they arnt wearing helmets.
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there are two here in napa ca iv seen them many times they have turn sigs and a car size lic plate. i am surprised that they arnt wearing helmets.
THATS where i saw it, in napa
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it sure would be cool if i could ride my Z400 downtown

wait........going 40mph on pavement and someone pulls out in front of you..... ......mabe it wouldnt be cool
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the company to contact is in napa called littlefoot conversions,inc. street legal atvs
840 jackson st. napa ca. tel 707-255 -6891 fax 707-255-7179
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They also have a web site. www.littlefootconversions.com
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i've seen it done up here in Magalia, it's actually known as bfe to some. Theres this one guy that rides it to the market and it's legal. he wears a helmet though, because you'd be stupid not to!
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