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Tune up on my 1999 Honda Shadow Spirit 1100cc

I'm trying to do a tune up on my 1999 Honda Shadow Spirit 1100cc and I don't have the manual. This will be my first time on this bike. I need to know what I'll need (oil weight, coolant, filter size, etc.). I need extreme details, please. Thank you!

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  • egentry May 24, 2009

    Not only was this NOT what I asked, the link you gave to the manual is the WRONG motorcylce. I'm extremely disappointed with this answer. I need to know what type/weight/etc. of fluids to use on the bike. That was all I asked.

  • egentry May 24, 2009

    The first expert gave me a completely off-topic answer. I just need to know what sorts/types/weights fluids I need to purchase.

  • egentry May 25, 2009

    Again, this is not what I asked for at all. I simply want some exact information about 1999 Honda Shadow Spirit 1100cc bikes. Things such as I adked for...oil type, coolant type, filter size, sparkplug information.

    I'm not looking for GENERAL information about those things, I'm looking for the specific ones needed for my bike.

    I'm really disappointed in this service so far and will likely be asking for my money back.


  • egentry May 25, 2009

    Let's try this a third time...that's the charm, right?

    I simply want some exact information about 1999 Honda Shadow Spirit 1100cc bikes. Things such as I adked for...oil type, coolant type, filter size, sparkplug information.

    I'm not looking for GENERAL information about those things, I'm looking for the specific ones needed for my bike.

  • egentry May 25, 2009

    Far from ideal due to the terrible print quality of the manual and the fact that the manual STILL did not tell me what type of filter I need (though it did answer everything else). Still, a vastly superior answer to the previous two.

    I do not see myself using this service again, but would like to thank blueextc3221 for the answer.

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$25 Service manual

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I think this is hat you want to know:

Oil Products
Motorcycle Oil Versus Automotive Oil (site: 2 3)(excellent)
"More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Motor Oil" - A very good, if somewhat technical article by Ed Hackett.

"All About Oil" Another interesting write up. Lots of information. However, the author clearly states, "I am not a lubrication, filtering, chemical or mechanical engineer. I have a degree in engineering, but I studied electrical engineering." His recommendations are thus based on his opinions.
Filter and Auto oil for Motorcycle Oil Picks (Shell Rotella T 15W40, Castol GTX)
Motomaster 4 Stroke Motorcycle Oil - (from Shell Canada) Shell brand oil. Formulated to meet JASO T903 MA quality (a motorcycle spec). As well, since they are formulated for gasoline engines, they also meet API SJ (typically known as
a 'car' spec).
All engine oils use an organic Zinc compound as an extreme
pressure/anti wear additive. Spectro adds more to their Motorcycle
oil than to the car oil because Zinc is a poison to catalytic
converters. You will also see that some "car" oil contains more
than their motorcycle oil. The difference in Zinc content between
.11% and .16% is insignificant to the converter. The little data I
saw on the oils packaged by the motorcycle manufacturers indicated
that they were no better than the top automotive oils. While most
were good, they didn't offer anything the cheaper oils do. (They
are in reality just repackaged and in some cases slightly
reformulated top grade auto oils).

Oil Filters
Fram filters is what I always have used simply because I didn't know there were others out there and could buy them at Canadian Tire for $10 each. Blame inexperience for buying low quality oil filters at higher prices than top quality ones. It isn't Canadian Tires fault for selling them at this price is't mine for not doing enough research into them.
By all means, FRAM motorcycle oil filters never caused me any grief. But they were quite beatup after frequent 1,000-2,000km oil changes using Motormaster 10w40 4-Stroke motorcycle oil.

Oil filter study *by brand name
Best filters to buy: Purolator, WIX, Suzuki OEM
Worst filters to buy: FRAM,
Where I buy it from: NAPA Auto Parts (wix) 403-289-7937 Calgary, AB.
...............................Duncan Auto (Purolator) 403-283-4955 Calgary, AB
...............................Boness Auto (Purolator) 403-288-5444 Calgary, AB

Other Reviews: FRAM (2), Purolator, AC Delco, STP,
Oil filter Alternatives (Use a Auto oil filter)

Air Filter
K&N Car Airfilters
K&N Motorcycle Airfilters
Application Charts 1, 2, 3


Spark Plugs
NGK Spark Plug Tips (Worn plug chart) (reading the numbers chart)


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RK Chains
DID Chains

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Yuasa Batteries
Yuasa Batteries Monthly Maintenance and Storage Tips
Yuasa Battery Literature (good)
Alternator Output for Yamaha XJ650
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Hi,

Please do the following as major tune up procedures:

Drain the carburetors. There should be a screw on the lower side of each carb float bowl. Remove the screw then replace it after the fuel drains. Remove the water trap bowl at the bottom of the petcock, (gas valve). Is there any water or trash in the bowl? Drain a cup of gas from the tank. Is there any water or trash in the cup? Dump it, clean it and re-mount it, (not all bikes have a water trap bowl). Turn the gas back on and wait a minute for the carbs to fill with gas. If the bike doesn't start and run properly then shut off the gas and remove the carburetors from the engine.

FOR EACH
carb > Remove the float bowl and clean the entire carb with a spray carb cleaner from the auto parts store. Wear protective goggles to avoid getting spray in your eyes. Spray into all the little airways and fittings in the carb. Remove the idle screw and the air screw on the outside throat of the carb and spray into the screw holes as well.
< < READ CLOSELY > >
Be sure to put these two screws back in the same hole they came out of. IMPORTANT > do not tighten these two adjusters down. Only screw these in until they LIGHTLY seat. Now turn each adjuster one and one half turns outward. Put the rest of the
carb back together, clean the air filter and install the carb. Before putting the slides back in the throat of the carbs, Install an in-line fuel filter. Also, sync the carbs such that the slides on both carbs move at the same exact instant when the gas is slowly increased from idle speed. Let the float bowl fill then start the engine. This process should get you back on the road.

Also if you want to have a complete repair manual which includes everything for your bike as you have wished then please refer to the link bellow :

http://www.haynes.com/products/?searchType=vehicleApplicationSearch2&searchEnd=yes&sfID1=&sfID2=&sfID3=&year=1999&make=Honda&model=VT600CD+Shadow+VLX+Deluxe&x=19&y=7


Thank You

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