What do you think about this non-street legal “Jeep” clone?

shade

Well-known member
The most surefire way to go, as mentioned, is to find a smashed CJ or YJ and register the Roxor as whatever the wrecked vehicle was. I assume that would require a salvage title. But then again that may not be legal in some jurisdictions.
I doubt that's legal anywhere in the U.S. DMVs and insurance companies get tetchy over VINs. If the two were actually combined in a way that satisfied any legal requirements, it'd probably negate any advantage to buying a Roxor in the first place.
 

pugslyyy

Expedition Vehicle Engineer Guy
I doubt that's legal anywhere in the U.S. DMVs and insurance companies get tetchy over VINs. If the two were actually combined in a way that satisfied any legal requirements, it'd probably negate any advantage to buying a Roxor in the first place.
Yeah that would be VIN cloning/swapping, which is totally illegal.
 

DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
The most surefire way to go, as mentioned, is to find a smashed CJ or YJ and register the Roxor as whatever the wrecked vehicle was. I assume that would require a salvage title. But then again that may not be legal in some jurisdictions.
Yeah that would be VIN cloning/swapping, which is totally illegal.
It wouldn't be legal to do a straight VIN "reassignment" but if you started with a Jeep frame and a title and swapped everything over it might be possible.

There might be a path using a kit or custom car rule, which I think I've read about here in Colorado getting a new VIN assigned. How extensive or possible that is I honestly couldn't say. It would probably require a lot of rework and red tape.

But, really, it would seem better to take a CJ7 with a blown engine and swap in diesel from an old delivery truck or whatever.
 

Tokarev

Member
So I pulled the trigger on one of these. I've had it six days and have right at 200 miles and ten hours on it.

No issues to report this early in. The rig starts easily and idles smoothly. Acceleration is nothing to write home about put I've also been taking it easy during break in.

I have it registered for street and off highway use in AZ. It is legal here with the addition of mirrors and illuminated license plate bracket.



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NorthernWoodsman

Adventurer/tinkerer
Rode around in some of these when I visited India in 2010. They were the versions that look like the old Jeep Scrambler with the longer wheelbase and bed. We took a couple of them loaded with college students up a 4x4 road that barely qualified as a road to a Hindu temple site. We had about 15 or so people in the back of each one, which I'm pretty sure was not a great idea, but those things handled the load well as we bounced all over the place and rocked side to side like a seesaw.
 

Mike W.

Well-known member
I doubt that's legal anywhere in the U.S. DMVs and insurance companies get tetchy over VINs. If the two were actually combined in a way that satisfied any legal requirements, it'd probably negate any advantage to buying a Roxor in the first place.
Roxors are registered as an offroad vehicle..We have a bunch of them registered and street legal in Utah..it's no problem getting plates for them..
 

Tokarev

Member
Some recent upheaval in the Fiat Chrysler vs Mahindra case. Apparently the International Trade Commission is ruling with Jeep in that the Roxor violates some kind of trade license.

What does this mean? Will Mahindra be allowed to sell the Roxor in the future? Will it require some cosmetic surgery so it doesn't look so Jeepish?

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People that dont want to futz with 30-70 year old wiring and mechanicals are going to want this over a cj5 or cj7. The diesel powerplant is a nice bonus.
 

Bayou Boy

Adventurer
People that dont want to futz with 30-70 year old wiring and mechanicals are going to want this over a cj5 or cj7. The diesel powerplant is a nice bonus.
Thus the "sorted" part. Give a mechanic a couple of days and he can put an entire new wiring harness and FI kit on a CJ7. Diesel is not a bonus for something like this. All your buddies with RZRs and such are going to be carrying gasoline anyway. Why do you need any more torque than a normal gas engine for something this small?
 
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