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Making A Street Legal ATV

Tell me why I can't make an ATV street legal? I mean if I can build a total custom hot rod, why can't I just throw on some turn signals, DOT tires, and pass some sort of expection? It seems like it's less of a stretch then a totally custom vehicle. It meets EPA regulations, and is street legal in many states other then IL.
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So he can ride 5 mile long seat stander wheelies... Why else?

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So he can ride 5 mile long seat stander wheelies... Why else?

AHHH get out of my head!

Actually the raptor sucks in that respect, Due to the location of the petcock, unless you have a more then 2/3 tank of gas once you pick it up high it runs out of gas quick. :-( Going to address that issue later.

I just think it would be cool as hell. I could get a little trailer, and tow dirt tires around with me too.
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AHHH get out of my head!

Actually the raptor sucks in that respect, Due to the location of the petcock, unless you have a more then 2/3 tank of gas once you pick it up high it runs out of gas quick. :-( Going to address that issue later.

I just think it would be cool as hell. I could get a little trailer, and tow dirt tires around with me too.

Bring that raptor by, I'll show you how to ride a long wheelie on it. You need to play with the air pressure in both rear tires. Run them at about 2 pounds and try to get them even so it doesnt pull one way or the other.

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Bring that raptor by, I'll show you how to ride a long wheelie on it. You need to play with the air pressure in both rear tires. Run them at about 2 pounds and try to get them even so it doesnt pull one way or the other.
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It can be done.... but it's a lot of BS to deal with. Check out what this guy had to do > http://streetlegalatv.com/

one more link on the subject > http://www.policeworld.net/vb/showthread.php?t=5849

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Bring that raptor by, I'll show you how to ride a long wheelie on it. You need to play with the air pressure in both rear tires. Run them at about 2 pounds and try to get them even so it doesnt pull one way or the other.
Actually what I really need to learn is how to land jumps, can you do that?

I know how to take off, WOT and eyes closed, it's the landing that really hurts.
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It can be done.... but it's a lot of BS to deal with. Check out what this guy had to do > http://streetlegalatv.com/

one more link on the subject > http://www.policeworld.net/vb/showthread.php?t=5849
Thanks, and I really don't know why I want to make it street legal. It came up while drinking lots of beer at RAM last night.
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So far so good. Tracked it down to one person in Springfield who can make or break this. It's all about putting the correct spin on it.

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It can be done.... but it's a lot of BS to deal with. Check out what this guy had to do > http://streetlegalatv.com/
Grasshopper>>> Is this the guy that parked next to us at the Springfield mile last year?? Looks familiar...........The guy was working the corners too.
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Grasshopper>>> Is this the guy that parked next to us at the Springfield mile last year?? Looks familiar...........The guy was working the corners too.
I don't think its the same guy, but yea, that asshole at the mile last year did have the same thing. Pretty gay if you ask me. That thing looks clumbsy as hell. Remember he kept yelling at us to get away from the fence?

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Bring that raptor by, I'll show you how to ride a long wheelie on it. You need to play with the air pressure in both rear tires. Run them at about 2 pounds and try to get them even so it doesnt pull one way or the other.
I don't think he had trouble wheeling it, rather not running out of fuel while up on two
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So far so good. Tracked it down to one person in Springfield who can make or brake this. It's all about putting the correct spin on it.
If you find out what the deal is let me know. I wouldn't mine making one of my quads street legal for some hooligan action.

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Well she just called back. Allegedly the frame on an ATV does not meet whatever criteria. She will send me out a package with all the requirements and explanations. I will update when I have it. I don't want to mess with the raptor too much, but I do have a scrambler that I would consider modifying.
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Well she just called back. Allegedly the frame on an ATV does not meet whatever criteria. She will send me out a package with all the requirements and explanations. I will update when I have it. I don't want to mess with the raptor too much, but I do have a scrambler that I would consider modifying.
Sounds like a load of crap. Yeah, the frame that can handle 80ft table tops must be the weak link.

I heard a while back it had something to do with importing and some other BS. I forget exactly but I did read it somewhere. If you really want to do it... I know it can be done but as usual, you will need to go through hell and back first which makes it not worth the trouble.

You could tell that lady that in some other states it is legal and see what she says.

Found this: Guy from Cali that did the three wheeler : actually talked with the big wigs at yamaha, and a few other places. this is what they said; when atc's were outlawed, the united states pretty much told the japenese manufacturers that they couldnt sell them anymore to the us. so japan said alright, how about if we put another tire on the front to make it more stable? so they did, with the agreement that the new ATV would never be a street legal vehicle, as long as it has 4 tires, no matter how much you did to it. this guy said that the easiest way to make a street legal ATC, is that some part of the vehicle has to be a motorcycle. so if you have that, you need to scrap the title, and build it yourself, giving it a "custom motorcycle" title. then you're free to do what you want with it. as long as it falls under the motorcycle classification of "no more than three tires in contact with the ground at all times" which is where the three wheeled atv comes in as street legal.

More here http://forums.atvconnection.com/mess...TARTPAGE/1.cfm

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