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How to Make a Polaris RZR 800 Street Legal

by Joel Garrison

The Polaris Ranger RZR 800 is a recreational off-highway vehicle designed for use on trails and unpaved terrain. It is not originally manufactured for use on public roadways or highways. However, some OHV owners may wish to use their vehicles for short trips. In order to get the Polaris RZR 800 off the trail and on the road, you must first make sure it is street legal.

1

Install a windshield. According to rules established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Regulations for Low Speed Vehicles, all motor vehicles intended for use on public highways must be equipped with a windshield that complies with the American National Standard Institute's "Safety Code for Safety Glazing Materials for Glazing Motor Vehicles Operating on Land Highways."

2

Ensure all lamps -- headlights, taillights and brakes lights -- meet the motor vehicle equipment requirements of your state. Typically, headlights must illuminate objects 500 feet ahead. Taillights must be visible from 500 feet to the rear. All vehicles must be equipped with brake lights and turn signals.

3

Install mirrors. According to NHTSA standards, a side-view mirror on the the driver's side is required. Either an external passenger side mirror or a rearview mirror mounted to the interior of the vehicle must also be included. Specific requirements may vary depending on your state. Some states, like Florida, for example, require only one mirror.

4

Install bumpers. In most states, all motor vehicles on public roadways must be equipped with both a front and rear bumper.

5

Install a horn. Most states require that all vehicles traveling on the highways have a horn, audible at a distance of 200 feet or more. Horn kits are available from several online retailers. You may also want to check with your local motorsports accessory shop for after-market horn kits.

6

Obtain motor vehicle insurance. Many states require all vehicles operated on public roads to be insured. Check with your state's specific requirements regarding insurance before you attempt to register the RZR for use on public roads.

7

Register the vehicle. In most states, any vehicle that is operated on the roadways must be registered. It is important to note that registering a vehicle is not the same as titling the vehicle. A title is legal proof of ownership. Registration involves obtaining permission from the state to operate the vehicle on the road. Once the vehicle is registered, you will receive a license plate which you must mount on the vehicle.

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About the Author

Joel Garrison is a professional writer with a Bachelor of Science in political science from Florida State University. He has served as an editor for the Florida House of Representatives and worked in crash reconstruction. Garrison teaches report writing, communications, physical fitness and health and nutrition to police recruits. He is also a firearms, defensive tactics, first-responder and CPR instructor.

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