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:? Hi Forum Members, Could anyone tell me what other honda model
is similar to mine, Living in the UK it is VERY hard to get accesories for the
vlx, E-BAY is my best bet, but vlx parts/accesories are pretty scarce, Thanx.
 

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Unfortunately, there are not a lot of accessories
available for the VLX, especially the older ones, like we have.

The place that has the most accessories, that I have found,
is www.cruisercustomizing.com.
They are here in the US and I cannot say if they ship to the UK or not,
but they have the best selection I've seen.

The VLX is also known as the Steed in other parts of the world.
While the Steed is available in 400cc and 600cc configurations,
the accessories for equivalent years will be the same.
The only difference is the Steed is a 5 speed trans where most of the
Shadow VLX's are 4-speeds.
The Steed is a VLX and a VLS. The VLS is a springer front end.
 

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Litnin, any idea what it would take to swap out the trannys from my stock 4 speed to a steed 5-speed? Is there a chart showing gear ratios for each? I'm just wondering if it would give me more top end in high gear or a lower first gear so I could use a smaller sprocket without slip-starts.
 

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Trueseaker said:
Litnin, any idea what it would take to swap out the trannys from my stock 4 speed to a steed 5-speed? Is there a chart showing gear ratios for each? I'm just wondering if it would give me more top end in high gear or a lower first gear so I could use a smaller sprocket without slip-starts.
I've posted the gear ratios before. I'll have to look
and see what they were (I don't remember off hand).

The transmission will bolt right up to a US model VLX.

The final drive ratio is identical to the 4 speed.
4th gear (over drive) on the US bikes was the same as the 5th gear (over drive) on the Asian bikes.

There would be no benfit to going to the 5 speed transmission except
you would have a closer ratio between gears.
It MIGHT accelerate a tad quicker with closer ratio between gears.
I don't think it would be worth the trouble of changing it though.
 

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Thanks Litnin. If the high gears are the same, I'm still thinking this might allow me to drop to an even smaller rear sprocket without being hard on the clutch 2-up, uphill :)
 

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Trueseaker said:
Thanks Litnin. If the high gears are the same, I'm still thinking this might allow me to drop to an even smaller rear sprocket without being hard on the clutch 2-up, uphill :)
The load on the clutch in high gear on both transmissions is not going to change.

It would help ease the load through the gears, but once you've reached
over drive, the final gear ration is the same, therefore the load
on the drive train is going to be the same.

Changing sprockets will give you the same final drive across both transmissions, also.
 
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