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  1. Technical Discussion
    Like the title says I was rebuilding my 83-85 vt500c bike to put new crank bearings in I took the transmission out now it binding in 1st,4th,5th, and Od and I can't find neutral on the bench nothing was wrong before I took it out I have a shop Manuel I've done everything it says it seems very...
  2. Technical Discussion
    Hey everyone! I am trying to find a replacement/substitute for the stock rectangular headlight assembly on my 1983 VT500C. I have the headlight bucket, just need the headlight itself but am having trouble finding the right size. Any help is appreciated! Cheers :)
  3. Technical Discussion
    Had starter motor spin whhhhizzzzzzz but not crank over the engine. Twice. Third time was okay, turned over engine and started well. Was cold in the garage (40degF) at the time. Bike had sat unused for a few weeks, had been quite cold previous week (Is new battery, on battery tender). Happened...
  4. Technical Discussion
    So i decided to change my rear turn signals as a friend of mine riding behind me said it was difficult to see my turn signals and i couldnt find a bulb. When replacing I found that someone had replaced the originals and their wiring was terrible. Splices were awful and honestly dont know how...
  5. Technical Discussion
    Hey folks! Thanks for your time and your answers. Quick one for ya: I need to replace the petcock on my gas tank, easy peasy. Out of curiosity, what would happen if I replaced the petcock with a non-vacuum type? So a basic petcock that just let's the juice run free lol. Is it just a safety...
  6. General Bike Discussion
    Hey all, What's the difference between a VT500 & a VT500c? How would you know if it's an "Ascot"? My Canadian ownership for my 1984 Honda Shadow says VT5, which I assume is for a VT500. The reason I'm asking is that I'm looking for the proper oil filter, air filter and other basic engine...
  7. Member Introductions
    Hey everyone, New member/rider here. 1st bike - 1984 Honda Shadow VT500 Chopping and bobbing it in my Dad's shop right now. Will post pics of the progress
  8. General Bike Discussion
    Hey folks, thought I might share progress on the restoration of my 1985 VT500C. Here are some photos of her before I received it, she had been sitting in a damp shed for 13 years: Here is how she's looking now after a full strip down and rebuild: The only area I haven't really touched is...
  9. Technical Discussion
    Hey folks, I have a problem with the Neutral Indicator light not switching on. The overdrive indicator LED switches on, but the neutral indicator bulb doesn't. I've tested the Change Switch in isolation and it works correctly for both over drive and neutral. I've also tested the bulbs and they...
  10. Technical Discussion
    Hey there, Where can I find the rectifier diode on my VT500C? I believe that it looks like this: Cheers, Donster
  11. Technical Discussion
    I just bought myself a 1983 Honda Shadow VT500C recently, and I noticed the carb might needs to be rebuilt. the bike runs sluggish at low rpm, literally will die under 5000rpm, it only runs when choke is on, and RPM drips quick even if I rev it to 5000 rpm... so I took the carb out, cleaned...
  12. Technical Discussion
    Hi, I just looked in my carburetors and found out that I have a Calif. model with smaller jets (108, 115)compared to the normal version(112, 120). Why is that so? and do I get more power if I change to the bigger once or is there a reason for these smaller jets?
  13. Technical Discussion
    Hello all, I am in need of some advice. I’m building a bobber out of my vt500. I’m running straight pipe exhaust and pod style air filters. I did a rejet on the carbs. The bike started and I even rode it around the block. Then my petcock started leaking gas into the cylinders so he replaced that...
  14. Technical Discussion
    Hey everyone, I have a friends 1985 vt500c that has a messed up wire harness so I decided since we are going for a custom build bobber style, why don’t I chop the already destroyed wire harness and so I did, my goal was to hot wire the bike with just hot to ground and just use as minimal wiring...
  15. Technical Discussion
    Hi guys, Any suggestions on how best to polish the plastic chrome on my 1985 VT500C? As you can see from the attached photo, there is quite a bit of corrosion on it. Also, is it possible to re-chrome plastic parts like this? Best regards, Donal
  16. Technical Discussion
    I bought a non-running 1986 Honda Shadow vt500c as a project bike when covid started. I have the bike cranking and it will run in first gear and shift from first to neutral and back, but it will not go into 2nd gear. Anybody have any suggestions?
  17. Technical Discussion
    Hey this is my first post on a forum haha I just picked up my first bike, a 1983 VT500c, with shifting issues. It shifts into first and neutral just fine but won’t up shift past neutral and feels like something isn’t letting the shifter go up any further. I looked around and found a few vids...
  18. Technical Discussion
    I have a 1984 Shadow VT500C that I think might have a bad CDI. Is there anyway to test it? Thank you.
  19. Technical Discussion
    I have a 1984 Shadow VT500C that grinds when going into overdrive. The O/D light comes on but it just grinds. I can feel it on deceleration though. I have a feeling that I'll have to remove the entire engine and split the case to fix it. What are your thoughts? Has anyone else experienced...
  20. Technical Discussion
    I've looked over past threads and would like some additional input to my problem. I bought an 86 shadow 500 with 4k miles a few weeks ago it ran seemingly OK on the test drive but has a slight hesitation when I would get on the throttle wide open unfortunately I noticed after I got it. I...
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