Posted April 25, 2009 - 05:44 PM
Posted April 25, 2009 - 05:53 PM
Posted April 25, 2009 - 06:32 PM
Is there government issued stickers or anything I can get printed to replace it?
Posted April 25, 2009 - 06:37 PM
You should be able to remove the powder coat over the VIN number area by sanding or filing, the paint will still be in the depressions of the stamped numbers.
Posted April 25, 2009 - 06:42 PM
I sent my frame out to be powder coated since I don't have a big enough oven to do it myself. And the goof sandblasted off my VIN number. What options do I have to get one legally put back on? I have my title and everything but when I bring this bike across the Canada/USA boarder, eventually it's going to get looked at and I want to prevent my bike from being seized.
Typically in CA you will have to scrape off the powder coat over the vin. If you are stopped by a ranger he will give you a knife and watch you do it. If you have a steel frame its easy but with an aluminum frame be very careful or you will obliterate the number. That will cost you a fixit ticket. Then you will have to go to a CHP office and make arrangements to meet with the officer that verifies and/or issues (new construction) numbers. I have heard that in San Joaquin county there is a waiting list that.s a couple of months behind. This process can be a catch 22. Usually a fix it ticket has to be taken care of within 1 to 11/2 months and if you can't get an appointment for 2-3 months you have to get an extension. A lot of the knock off bikes that are coming into the USA dont have VINs so thats the reason for the waiting list.
Posted May 03, 2009 - 09:17 AM
Posted May 03, 2009 - 10:02 AM
You could do it by hand with a single number at a time but it very hard to get all the #'s nice and straight.
Posted May 03, 2009 - 10:03 AM
if he could sandblast off the vin on the steel frame, you should have a talk about it. no one should be that dumb at sandblasting...
assuming the VIN IS stamped on the frame, not just riveted?
Posted May 03, 2009 - 10:56 AM
Posted May 03, 2009 - 11:36 AM
How well do those metal stamp punches work? Are they a pain in the but?
Posted May 03, 2009 - 11:52 AM
Posted May 03, 2009 - 01:22 PM
Posted May 03, 2009 - 01:54 PM
Posted May 03, 2009 - 03:04 PM
Posted May 03, 2009 - 04:12 PM
I know where the vin number is/was. I could see it ever so faintly shining a light on it. But when I used paint stripper to strip the paint away then tried to highlight what was left of the vin, there wasn't enough to show the numbers. Only about 3 numbers can be seen very very faintly. The other 14 numbers/letters are completely blasted away. He blasted it twice since he screwed up the PC the first time around. Trust me, the Vin IS gone.
put up a picture it is the only way they will believe you, but stmping is the only way out of it, the best way to do it is to put the head in a vice and weld the stamps and a big lump hammer.
and good luck with it
Posted May 03, 2009 - 10:35 PM
I'd look into doing it the right way first. It takes some skill/technique to make the numbers look consistant especially on a curved surface and I doubt if you can get the right "font". A sharp inspector might catch it.
Not only that, but most VIN numbers are not punched with a conventional die, but done with a micro-pin punch. Essentially, it's a bunch of little pins that stamp the VIN instead of one sharp edge.
Posted May 03, 2009 - 10:43 PM
Posted July 04, 2009 - 08:02 AM