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Help Me Identify This Yamaha Please!

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Greetings! ATV newbie here. I just picked up this ATV. I'm told it's a Yamaha Big Bear 350, a 1999. Problem is that the VIN, which should be on the left side of the frame, it's been ground off.

So. How do I identify which model number this is? Is it definitely a Big Bear 350? Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

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Usually when they grind them off there's a chance it's stolen. It does look like a big bear, just not sure what year. Google "1999 yamaha big bear" and look at the images, it's very close.

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1 hour ago, Ajmboy said:

Usually when they grind them off there's a chance it's stolen. It does look like a big bear, just not sure what year. Google "1999 yamaha big bear" and look at the images, it's very close.

It does appear to be a 1999 big bear 350. How would I tell the model number? Partszilla lists 4 different models of 1999 Big Bear 350.

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Hard to say, it looks pretty stripped. Are there any tags or numbers anywhere?

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8 minutes ago, Ajmboy said:

Hard to say, it looks pretty stripped. Are there any tags or numbers anywhere?

No tags I can find. There is this number which I just found looking at the engine block with a flash light. I might take off all the plastics and look at it better. Perhaps the VIN was stamped somewhere else on the frame too?IMG_20180723_185004.thumb.jpg.a7b95230248b2ad9c44a7eb0e2e8029b.jpg

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My best guess is that you have a 2wd 250 bear tracker, if you look at the front fender for a big bear and a bear tracker they are different.  The big bear has 4 vent pockets (2 on each side) right behind the headlights, the bear tracker doesn't have these vents.  I believe that the C at the end of the part number on partszilla is for Canada (Km instead of MPH on the speedometer, but I could be wrong.

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9 hours ago, Waffle said:

It is slightly Timberwolf looking, but the plastics are completely different. On mine the front rack is slightly sunken into the plastic. Timberwolf isn't.

If you look at a 1999 BigBear 350 4x4, it matches the looks quite close. Im pretty sure that it is actually a 1999 Big Bear. Here is a picture:

https://goo.gl/images/2r3to8

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Regarding the engine number....4WU is the model code for YFM350FWJ, Big Bear SE 4WD.  1997-1999

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That looks a lot like 2 Timberwolf's I have. Unless somebody changed the tanks on both of mine, and they were different owners. Although i haven't been able to figure out why 2 of my Timberwolfs have different rims and rear racks then the other 2 Timberwolf's i own.

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