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  1. 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...
  2. 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
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Technical Discussion
    Hey there, Where can I find the rectifier diode on my VT500C? I believe that it looks like this: Cheers, Donster
  6. 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...
  7. Wanted Board
    Hey everyone I’m at a point where I don’t know what to do for my 1985 vt500c shadow, I need a cdi for it and eBay does not have one I’m looking for a reasonable price on one if anyone has it, lmk thanks, 1986 is the same as a 1985 for this model again lmk thanks.
  8. 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?
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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...
  14. Technical Discussion
    I have a 1984 Shadow VT500C that I think might have a bad CDI. Is there anyway to test it? Thank you.
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. Technical Discussion
    I have a 1986 shadow vt500c, just finished rebuilding carbs and synchronizing them and bike was running perfectly the whole time I was working on it, once finished I shut the bike off and re installed the air breather tube and fuel tank. I then when to start the bike and nothing, the lights...
  18. Technical Discussion
    Hi again, So I put in a new starter motor, new spark plugs and changed the oil on my 85 VT500, and now I noticed a slow drip coming from my carbs dripping onto my crank case. Not sure what it’s from though, as it is such a slow leak. She runs great now aside from that, but just looking for...
  19. Technical Discussion
    Hey all ! Last week I posted asking about my rough OD, and am still working on fixing that. I bought some B12, new oil filter/oil, spark plugs, and she also needs some more brake fluid. As a relatively experienced car guy, I’m new to bikes (she’s my first) and was wondering what other...
  20. Technical Discussion
    Hi everyone, long time lurker. I have a problem with my bike. It sat outside for around 15 years and currently has no spark. I mean none, on either cylinder. Ignition coils test good and I swapped one just in case. Replaced the spark plugs on all 4 cylinders. Replaced the cdi with an ignitech...
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