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VT1100C Used to designate the 1987-1996 4 speed models, the 1997-2007 Spirit models, and also the 1985-1986 1100 5 speed models

VT1100C2 Used to designate the 1995-1999 ACE models and 2000-2007 Sabre models

VT1100C3 Used to designate the 1998-2002 Aero models

VT1100T Used to designate the 1998-2001 ACE Tourer models. These Tourer models were dual crankpin whereas the regular ACE models were single crankpin models.

The 1998-2000 VT1100C3 and 1995-1999 regular ACE are single crankpin models, all other 1100s are dual crankpin

Also see the March 29 post by Adlowe in the following link which has some good comparisons.
http://www.hondashadow.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=43184&highlight=compare+sabre

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A little more related trivia: Honda did not have an 1100 Shadow in their 1991 line up. :( Also, while 1100 Shadows have only been available in 2 or 3 colors for the past few years, back in 1992, Honda had a "custom paint option" program that offered "24 different combinations of body colors, frame colors, and logo styles" for the 1100 according to the March 1992 Cycle World. :)
 

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ghdesignz said:
That is a good explanation of c 1 2 3 but if C is 87-96 4spd and 97-07 spirit whats the difference between the two? Can you swap most parts?
That's a good question that's never been answered!

Here's a good place to start: VT110C parts fiches. Pick the individual year bike that you have, open the fiche slide for the part in question, get the part number and then plug the part number into the "where is this part used" box to see what other bikes come up in the list.

My first guess at an answer, btw, is "maybe some" -- because the earlier VT1100C bikes do not have an identical engine to the later VT110C bikes. And that different-engine assessment is based soley on comparing the left crankcase cover and seeing that they are different; take a look at 1990 and 2003. Based on the differences, I can guarantee that the clutch lifter assembly (shown "exploded" for the 2003 starting with #12) is different because we had some discussion about it in an oil-leak thread a few weeks ago.

Here is some more info on interchanging Honda parts.
 
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