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Old 08-24-2016, 06:02 PM   #1
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Street legal UTV

Has anyone been successful in making their UTV street legal? I'm in the process of attempting on getting mine done but wanted to see if anyone has done it yet. I have done the following so far:
Windshield
DOT tires
Blinkers
Horn
Lighted license plate frame
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Cop Better Check TXDMV

I used to build custom golf cars and quit when the state made it mandatory to have a 17 digit VIN from the Manufacture to be titled in Texas so I know a little about trying to title these vehicles.

Unfortunately your UTV can not licensed even though it must be titled according to TXDMV. This usually falls back to them not being built under the correct DOT Standard for a Passenger Vehicle. Read below and it may help.

Utility-Type vehicles (UTVs) are defined as Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs), which are generally used for maintenance, hunting or recreation. They are required to be titled but may not be driven on public roads.

A ROV is a motor vehicle that is equipped with a seat or seats for the use of the rider and a passenger or passengers, if the vehicle is designed by the manufacturer to transport a passenger or passengers,
designed to propel itself with four or more tires in contact with the ground,
designed by the manufacturer for off-highway use and
not designed by the manufacturer for farm or lawn care.


ROVs may not be driven on public roads unless the:

vehicle is owned by a state, county or municipality and operated on a public beach or highway to maintain public safety and welfare,
driver is a farmer or a rancher traveling no more than 25 miles,
driver is a public utility worker, or
driver is a law enforcement officer.

To be operated on public property, ROVs must have:

a brake system,
a muffler system,
a United States Forest Service qualified spark arrester,
head and tail light, and
an Off Highway Vehicle decal issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


Not trying to be a Kill Joy, but I have looked at this pretty hard as I have the parts and facility to build a street legal vehicle of this type which I would love to have. So, I have settled for IH Scouts and such..

Right now I am really searching for something like you are talking about and am looking hard at a couple of options.. I really dont need it for serious offroading, just want a topless smaller vehicle that I can drive in town and out to my property in the county.

If you come up with anything that works PLEASE let me know..

Good luck,

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I used to build custom golf cars and quit when the state made it mandatory to have a 17 digit VIN from the Manufacture to be titled in Texas so I know a little about trying to title these vehicles.

Unfortunately your UTV can not licensed even though it must be titled according to TXDMV. This usually falls back to them not being built under the correct DOT Standard for a Passenger Vehicle. Read below and it may help.

Utility-Type vehicles (UTVs) are defined as Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs), which are generally used for maintenance, hunting or recreation. They are required to be titled but may not be driven on public roads.

A ROV is a motor vehicle that is equipped with a seat or seats for the use of the rider and a passenger or passengers, if the vehicle is designed by the manufacturer to transport a passenger or passengers,
designed to propel itself with four or more tires in contact with the ground,
designed by the manufacturer for off-highway use and
not designed by the manufacturer for farm or lawn care.


ROVs may not be driven on public roads unless the:

vehicle is owned by a state, county or municipality and operated on a public beach or highway to maintain public safety and welfare,
driver is a farmer or a rancher traveling no more than 25 miles,
driver is a public utility worker, or
driver is a law enforcement officer.

To be operated on public property, ROVs must have:

a brake system,
a muffler system,
a United States Forest Service qualified spark arrester,
head and tail light, and
an Off Highway Vehicle decal issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


Not trying to be a Kill Joy, but I have looked at this pretty hard as I have the parts and facility to build a street legal vehicle of this type which I would love to have. So, I have settled for IH Scouts and such..

Right now I am really searching for something like you are talking about and am looking hard at a couple of options.. I really dont need it for serious offroading, just want a topless smaller vehicle that I can drive in town and out to my property in the county.

If you come up with anything that works PLEASE let me know..

Good luck,

Supergas

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Old 08-24-2016, 07:42 PM   #4
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Street legal UTV

Yeah I have come across all of this. One interesting thing I keep
Coming across are two things:

I know guys are successful at converting their dirt bikes to street legal bikes in Texas and the military hummers being street legalized as well. I'm waiting for my title to come in to see what is says but have been told the vin should not be the issue but the "off road only" part on the title. I have a 17 digit VIN on the UTV. I was told by a DPS trooper once I get the lights, wheels and stuff done that I need to get it inspected and get what they call a green sheet document from the inspection station. He said once done the title and licensing office can change the title to not say off road only and get plates.

The wheels and tires on it now I will
Keep for serious off roading and going with the new Fuel Gripper tires and STI HD6 blue wheels



Got my blinkers installed today and DOT tires will be on tomorrow. Side mirrors tomorrow as well. Rest is done. I have seen two razors with Texas plates before just have never been able to talk to the owners to see how it was done. My UTV is a Yamaha Viking VI.


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Old 08-24-2016, 09:50 PM   #5
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And if the process fails, and I'm pretty sure it will, I will have a UTV with blinkers and a horn as worst case scenario.
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The Oreion Sand Reeper is street legal. What makes it different than any other UTV after all the aforementioned add-ons are installed?
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What I understand where the problem occurs is that it is not manufactured to the DOT Standard 550 which I think is the standard that a passenger vehicle has to be made.

I am not sure if this entails emission & crash testing or what, but it is a different mfg, standard.. no matter what you add on to it.

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One step closer. Wheel caps where to short so they are sending another set out.


These tires are more like 32"'s. 30" Mtc vs the 30" fuel gripper's
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So adding to the process, I stopped and talked to my local inspection shop and he said he would have no issues inspecting the bike and passing it with how it sits. He said the "green form" is no longer required. I'm waiting for my title to come In and once it's here I'm going to try it.
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