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Re: 1985 VT 500 C Shadow: how do I remove the battery...
Take off the left side cover (press fit) . You'll need a screwdriver phillips or flat head and a ten millimeter socket. Remove the bolt on the right side of the bracket to the frame and swing it out of the way. Unbolt the battery cables, unhook the overflow tube, and lift the battery out of the left side of the bike.
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Remove the negative cable end from the battery. Remove the positive cable end from the battery. Remove the hold down bolt from the front of the battery hold down. Loosen the rear battery hold down nut and remove the battery hold down. Remove the battery. Reverse this order to reinstall.
The Dyna battery can be removed by: 1. Remove the seat. 2. Remove negative connection at frame, and positive connection at battery. 3. Remove the lower rear bolt. (left side of battery box at frame upright) 4. Remove the upper rear bolt, and swing down the battery box. 5. Remove the top cover, nad side cover. 6. Lift battery out, and remove negative cable from battery.
The Dyna battery can be removed by:
1. Remove the seat.
2. Remove negative connection at frame, and positive connection at battery.
3. Remove the lower rear bolt. (left side of battery box at frame upright)
4. Remove hte upper rear bolt, and swing down the battery box.
5. Remove the top cover, nad side cover.
6. Lift battery out, and remove negative cable from battery.
Battery is behind the front left wheel. You have to remove the wheel to replace the battery. (you can access the battery w/out removing the wheel, but you can't actually get the battery out unless you take the wheel off.)
Once the wheel is off, remove the inner-fender well mud-guard and you will see the battery just forward of the wheel well. From there it's pretty straight forward.
Once this is removed, you should be able to see the battery hold-down bolts.
Remove these and remove the hold-down assembly.
If you are removing the battery, remove the 1st battery cable.
Depending upon what battery you have, you may be able to slide the battery back toward the wheel and disconnect the 2nd cable.
Jack the vehicle up, put on jack stands and remove the passenger side wheel.
On the front side of the wheel well there is an access panel that needs
to be removed in order to access the battery. There are 6-8 1/4" screws
to remove. Then manipulate the cover until you can remove it, bending it
If you were unable to disconnect the 2nd battery cable earlier, you can
now move the battery further towards the rear of the car. Remove the 2nd
cable clamp from under the hood.
Slide the battery all the way out. It is heavy!
Reverse the instructions for reassembly.
The battery is located under the right front fender behind the tire. Remove the wheel, remove access panel from fender well. From engine compartment, remove 2 battery hold down bolts,10mm, slide battery rearward to remove battery cables.