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Unread 06-18-2013, 10:59 AM   #1
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Tub swap title questions

I want to see if anyone that lives in Ohio or Indiana has ever done a tub swap with a tub that did not come with a title.

I've been looking around on Ohio and Indiana BMV sites and can't really find a good answer.

I have a clear title for my jeep, but rust has gotten the best of it so I am looking to do a tub swap. There is a jeep salvage yard about hour from me that has plenty of tubs but he wont sell the titles with them. Should I look at these or continue to look for a tub that comes with a title?

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Unread 06-18-2013, 11:06 AM   #2
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while maybe "technically" illegal, I would just make sure you get at least a receipt/bill of sale from the yard showing the VIN # of the tub you're buying, then swap the VIN plate from your current to the replacement.

I mean, look at all the aftermarket replacement tubs available (Aluminum, steel and fiberglass)... I don't think those come with VIN/Title, do they?
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Unread 06-18-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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i havent seen an aftermarket one that comes with a vin.

I want to do this by the books so everything is legal and I dont run into problems down the road (I move around the country for work every couple years)
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Unread 06-18-2013, 11:40 AM   #4
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I'd check with whoever is in charge of that kind of thing in your state. Here in Washington, the State Patrol can inspect home built, kit, and other vehicles without a VIN and issue a new VIN.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:14 PM   #5
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The VIN plate on the Yj is a separate plate that bolts onto the body. A receipt should be all you need, although I would talk to your local police to verify.
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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What the above poster said. Vin plate is attached to the wiper motor and it just bolts on.
Tub does not make a vehicle. Like changing hood or fender do you freak out about not having the correct vin on those? All the TJs have Vin stickers on every body panel. No one looks.. Vehicles are painted and things like that get taken off and not worried with.
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