Question about 1999 Honda VT 1100 C Shadow Spirit
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!
I think this is hat you want to know:
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).
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)
K&N Car Airfilters
K&N Motorcycle Airfilters Application Charts 1, 2, 3
NGK Spark Plug Tips (Worn plug chart) (reading the numbers chart)
Chain & sprockets
Yuasa Batteries Monthly Maintenance and Storage Tips
Yuasa Battery Literature (good)
Alternator Output for Yamaha XJ650
EBC Brakes (Motorcycle Application List)
Posted on May 24, 2009
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 :
Posted on May 24, 2009
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Jun 08, 2017 | 2000 Honda VT 1100 C Shadow Spirit
Jan 22, 2014 | 2002 Honda VT 750 DC Shadow Spirit
Nov 13, 2012 | 1999 Honda VT 1100 C Shadow Spirit
Apr 29, 2012 | 2007 Honda VT 750 Shadow
Jul 06, 2011 | 1997 Honda VT 1100 C Shadow Spirit
Feb 25, 2011 | 2005 Honda VT 750 DC Shadow Spirit
May 03, 2010 | 1998 Honda VT 1100 C Shadow Spirit
Jan 16, 2010 | 2000 Honda VT 1100 C Shadow Spirit
1,101 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!
Step 2: Please assign your manual to a product: