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Old 03-22-2010, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1986 Shadow 1100 Oil Capacity

OK...I have looked high and low and cannot find the answer to this...what is the engine oil capacity for a 1986 Honda Shadow VT1100? I did an oil change on it this weekend...put in 2 1/2 quarts, started and ran for two minutes than checked levels (Stick came out dry), repeated for 3 and 3 1/2 quarts...both times dry...out in the rest of the fourth and stick came out looking to full. Each time I added oil, ran for 2 minutes, shut off, cleaned stick, dipped and checked level.

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Seems that you already know the answer of about 4 quarts. Unless you suspect that someone switched out the dip stick on you or your checking it while on the side stand?

I believe all the shadows are in that 3-4 quart range.

Maybe someone who has the same bike can give you the exact amount but I'd say you don't have a problem.
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From the Clymer Manual:

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Oil and Filter change 3.3 liter (3.5 U.S. qt.)
At Overhaul 3.8 liter (4.0 U.S. qt.)
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my 96 ace 1100 , 3.5 without filter , 3.7 with filter , 4.1 on overhaul,
plus i change mine this year after sitting all winter it will take 4.0 on the money
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Thank you everyone...sounds like I went through it correctly.
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Iím thinkiní that 3.5 quarts puts my 85 VT1100 just a little above the full mark after the bike has been sitting all night on the center stand.
If you are running the motor only two minutes and not warming up the oil, the oil may need more time to run back down to the sump before checking.
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Iím thinkiní that 3.5 quarts puts my 85 VT1100 just a little above the full mark after the bike has been sitting all night on the center stand.
If you are running the motor only two minutes and not warming up the oil, the oil may need more time to run back down to the sump before checking.
I have the Haynes manual and that is how they state you should check the oil level after doing a an oil / filter change. Funny thing about the manual, it does not state engine oil capacity.
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I had a chance to ride today, so I checked the oil both ways. Checked it first the way I normally do and the oil level was a little under the full mark.
Then started it for a few minutes, warmed it just enough it would idle without the choke, shut it off and let it sit about four minutes. The level was a little above the add mark. So, the difference was about Ĺ of the operating range on the dipstick.
The owners manual says to check the oil the same way as the Haynes.
The 670cc Honda V-twin on my mower also uses the same procedure for checking the oil.
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