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1983 honda shadow vt500c bike will not crank after it has warmed up it will spinover roll it down the hill it cranks it sat for 3yrs but runs ok

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You may have water in the bottom of the carbs or corrosion you need to try some starting fluid in the back of carbs when your problem is happening if it starts up you know you need to clean the carbs

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I have a 84 Shadow 500. I have not started it in 18 years. I have kept in a garage, but I want to get it running again. I know I need to drain the gas tank, but do I need to remove the Carbs to clean them or what? Also, what do I need to do about the Radiator. Do I need to drain it and replace the fluids? Im sure I do, but just asking to be safe. Do I need to do anything else. All assistance in these matters are greatly appreciated. Ron

Posted on Mar 22, 2011

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    i would dump a can of SEAFOAM into the gas tankslosh it around and then try starting it ...

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