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Old 02-24-2012, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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how easy is it to remove the battery on an 1983 honda shadow vt500? How do you do it? What tools will I need? Temperatures are about to drop below freezing and i want to bring it inside where i can charge it up
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I'm not sure about your specific model whether the battery is under the seat or behind the side cover. Regardless, it is very simple. A standard screwdriver is usually all that you will need. Always remove the positive (red) terminal first then the negative (black). Pull the battery out of the box and you are good to go.
When putting it back in, black gets attached first, then the red.
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Breeze to remove... you'll need a philips-head screwdriver (#2), or a 10mm wrench or socket, depending on your stock screws/bolts.

IIRC (if it is the same as the '84 I had), there is only one bolt/screw that hold the battery bracket in place (right side of battery), swing the battery bar (holding all the electrical connectors) out of the way, disconnect the battery leads, and pull her out. I always disconnect the POS side first... safer...

Now, that being said... A fully charged battery typically will not freeze down to 70 or even 90 degrees below zero, while a fully discharged battery is susceptible to freezing at +32 degrees. So, if she is fully charged... freezing temps should not hurt it one bit.
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good to know ,thanks! I will take a look at her tonight! I just noticed that whenever the temp drops much below 30 the battery seems to be drained. a night on the battery tender solves that issue most of the time.
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