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Old 11-13-2009, 02:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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VIN# question

I was given a Yamaha snowmobile and am not sure what it is. The stickers on the body say Ovation but the vin or serial# is 85L-001107. I assume that the 85 means it was built in 1985 but Yamaha didn't make the Ovation until 89. Am I correct?
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I worked for a dealer back in those days and I am pretty sure your right they came out in 89 I am not sure about decoding that vin but if you throw up some pics I am sure there are many here who could help you identify it.
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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lots of pics will help lol

cant you tell a dealer the vin and the tell you what it is?
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I'll post a couple pics if I can figure out how to do it (new to the group).
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I called a local dealer - he said it was an 85 Ovation. Thats why I'm confused.
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok after some thought a buddy of mine had an ovation they were only built in 1989 and 1990 only engine option was a 340 and there were two trim levels with a deluxe having electric start. never saw them in the shop for repairs so they must have held up pretty decent.
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i just looked at yamaha web site and they only have ovation from 89 just like you said. call a different dealership. or if you got the guys name call back and tell him he is an idiot lol
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You had better check again there was no Ovation in 85
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This is the 340 basic model - no gauges, electric start. A friend gave iot to me last winter because someone ran it into a tree on his property and just left it there. The hood was cracked and the pipe was smashed. I cut out the bad secrtion of pipe, welded in a new peice and fixed the fiberglass. After cleaning the plugs it started on the second pull! We rode the thing all over the place last spring - not one problem, it runs excellent! (not bad for $23.00 in pipe and paint)
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wow nice! clean the carbs and id try and sell it for a couple hundred bucks
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I've already had a neighbor offer me $300 for it. It looks almost like new, only a few scuffs in the plastic side panels. I think I'll keep it it's perfect for small or new riders.
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85L is in fact an 89. yamaha uses a letter/number combo for different models and years. the number has nothing to do with date of manufacture, so to speak, but it is relative to model and year. for instance starting vin 84L would be an srv from 88. they ran this number /letter combo thru 92, and then went o a three letter id. i have recorded yamaha vins from 80 to current, if anyone needs to know what they have.
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Thanks for the info - that makes sense. Obviously the guy I talked to at the dealership didn't know what he was talking about.
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Here are some pics of the sled - hopefully I did it right.

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nope haha
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Stand by - I've got to try to figure this out.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:46 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Here we go again



http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/x...s/Ovation3.jpg

http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/x...s/Ovation2.jpg

http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/x...s/Ovation1.jpg
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:51 AM   #18 (permalink)
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that is beautiful!!! how much did you get it for again?

btw i recommend taking apart the entire front susp. on there. i have an 88 exciter with the same design except the a arms are in the front instead of the back. but it is a nightmare so maybe dont do it. haha
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Except for those small scratch marks, looks like it just came off the showroom floor.
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http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/x...s/Ovation4.jpg

I didn't sell it - it is perfect for small riders. It runs as good as it looks too!
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