426 vin # / year break down

9 replies to this topic
  • felix4x4

Posted November 19, 2006 - 06:02 AM


I have a 426 and cant remember if its a 2000 or a 2001. What is the character and location that tells you what year the bike is. It would not be a big deal but I need to put a new clutch in it soon.

  • supermanttr225

Posted November 19, 2006 - 02:34 PM


its the tenth letter in the vin for the year

  • felix4x4

Posted November 19, 2006 - 02:40 PM


cool, thank you supermanttr

does anyone know what letters are for what years?

  • grayracer513

Posted November 19, 2006 - 02:43 PM


It's a complicated code. Starting in 2000, 0 is for 2000, 1 is for 2001, etc.

  • felix4x4

Posted November 19, 2006 - 02:53 PM


Gray that sounds great, only one problem. My vin # is not a number for position 10. Its a Y, positions 9, 10 and 11 are 4YA.

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  • grayracer513

Posted November 19, 2006 - 05:04 PM


It's probably a 2000, then. My '03 has a 3 in that spot, the '06 a 6, and the '04 CRF50 a 4. The '01 250F had a 1. Y would have been the alpha character that would have fallen on the 2000 model year after discounting the ones that are skipped to avoid confusion with other characters. Apparently, I was a year off on the switch to digits.

My bad. :cheers:

  • felix4x4

Posted November 19, 2006 - 05:35 PM


Not a problem, it would make sence for Y2k to be represented by Y on the vin #. Thank you for the help so I can order the correct parts for my clutch. I am sick of the grabing when you first start riding for the day.

  • grayracer513

Posted November 19, 2006 - 06:27 PM


My '94 CR500 was an R. There are certain alpha characters that are not used in VIN numbers, such as I, Q, and U. If you proceed from R at '94 and skip U, the year 2000 would be Y.

The clutch you want is the complete plate set for an '01, including the seat plate, 5JG-16384-00-00, the boss spring, 5JG-16383-00-00, and the bottom friction plate, 5JG-16321-00-00.

  • felix4x4

Posted November 19, 2006 - 06:51 PM


Is that the upgrade for the clutch that yamaha did between 00 and 01? I remember hearing about the 00 clutch being not so swift and much better for 01.

  • grayracer513

Posted November 19, 2006 - 08:32 PM


Yep, that was it.

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