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Thread: Engine VIN mystery

  1. #16
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    Apr 2012
    Location
    MI, USA
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    Super interesting, starting with 80 doesn't match anything I posted above. I've never seen an 88 vin/engine number so no clue what they would be, but logic would suggest it should start with 82 or a higher number. Being 80, I'd guess it would be between the low number 70 and the Honda stated 81 for 1987. Can you post/pm the frame vin the engine came from by chance?

    Being a non-US based machine, my book likely won't be a perfect match, maybe 81 was US, while 80 was Canada. Generally speaking, it's the start of the vin that changed, the character after the TE04 in the VIN. Like the 250es in the US was TE040 and the 250sx was TE042. I've been talking a guy down in South Africa and he also has VINs on his machines that don't match the book exactly, same type of thing. I don't recall of the frame number/engine numbers matched up to the expected range or not, I'm thinking they didn't, so might be a region related thing.

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Location
    South Dakota
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    I have one frame vin right now, the others ill have to get later.
    Here it is- JH3TE0403HM303258. The engine that was in it (i had to put a different one in) has been posted already, but it reads te040-700312.

    ill check the other 2 87s i have access to with the weird numbers.
    Currently owned:
    1987 250es
    1987 250es (running, but needs more work to ride)
    1985 250es (parts)- sold!
    1985 250es (parts)
    1983 200e (parts)
    1980 CT70
    1995 Foreman 400
    1971 AT1 125- Sold!
    196? Suzuki B100p- Sold!
    1976 KZ400D (it is coming together)

  3. #18
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    Apr 2012
    Location
    MI, USA
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    That vin suggests it was manufactured in M = Hamamatsu, Japan

    Should be interesting to see what the other machines come up as. The TE040 is normal for the 250es. There must be some sort of pattern we can find with this.

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