20 Most Recent 2005 Honda VT 600 C Shadow Questions & Answers


Hi, Anonymous engine "BOG" is mainly caused by a rich air and lean fuel condition but it can also be caused by a lean air and rich fuel condition this situation rarely occurs and is only caused by the misinformed weekend warrior that owns a toolbox. If the bike has been sitting for months or years you will have to completely disassemble the carburetor and submerge the parts (except rubber parts) in "Carburetor Dip" It usually comes in a gallon bucket with a wire mesh basket that can be purchased at any automotive store. If it is not the above scenario then the following explanation will apply.
The more you open your throttle the more vacuum you are creating in your carburetor venturi and your intake manifold. When you are operating at higher RPM any unmetered air that leaks into your system can become more obvious.
Unmetered air is the air that is getting into your system after the fuel has been delivered. If you have unmetered air getting into your system between the butterfly/slide of the carburetor and the cylinder head this will create a lean condition.
All of the rubber components of the fuel system like vacuum hoses and intake manifold that you mount the carburetor to are made of rubber. If none of these components has been changed they are more than likely highly degraded and probably cracked in places to allow unwanted-unmetered-contaminated air into the combustion chamber. Check all of your vacuum lines and vacuum plugs for carburetor synchronization. The vacuum plugs are in the head just after the rubber intake manifolds. The petcock has a vacuum line as well as part of the emission system.
1. Check the intake manifold for fissures.
2. Ensure the bands used to tighten the manifolds down on the intake are secure and have not bound up the manifold.
3. Make sure air box fittings are not warped and fit completely over the carburetor.
Your airbox is metering air and is the first step in the process of consuming air and fuel. The system requires the resistance of the air filter in order to get the proper vacuum to "SUCK" the fuel out of the float bowl and create the proper venturi effect.
Improper mounting and sealing of the airbox will create a small lean effect. This might seem like no big deal but you are inviting dust and debris in your engine that is doing slow damage by not having proper fitment. Fix it so you know it's not contributing to your issue. Pick the low-hanging fruit first.
Do not go and start adjusting anything at this point. It ran fine before. There is something wrong with the assembly or a component. Do not adjust your floats. Get it back to where it was. The moment you start tweaking everything is the moment you lose OEM settings which are a must-have for fine-tuning and maximum performance.
Fine-tuning your carburetor and multi carb syncing come at the very end following the proper procedure established by the Carburetor Gods.
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2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Jul 05, 2019


Hi, Anonymous the answer to this question is way above my pay grade for this situation, I would call or visit my local dealer or reputable shop's service/parts department and inquire about any possible quick fix, answers, or parts inquiry.
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2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Dec 03, 2017


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2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Jul 17, 2017


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2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Jul 17, 2017


Hi, Anonymous for this scenario you will need your service, parts fiche, and owners manual if you can't find the best tool you ever bought for your Honda, despair not, for a mere zero $0 you can download another one. For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need for viewing or printing please click on the blue links below. Good luck and have a wonderful day.
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2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Jul 17, 2017


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2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Jun 21, 2016


most likely has a vacuum leak in between the carb and engine.

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Jan 26, 2015


Sounds to me like your float valve is obstructed by some debris. This is causing it to stay open and leak fuel. Better it leaks to your vent hose than it leaks in your engine and contaminates your oil.

You need a proper carb cleaning. Not some run in the gas tank sh*t. If the tank wasn't full when parked, chances are there is rust in the fuel system to get this out you need to disassemble the carburetor and thoroughly clean it.

Try not to ride the bike til you do this. It's a fire hazard.

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Nov 12, 2014


This is caused by the fuel float in the carburetor not completely closing the fuel needle valve. Either the float is not properly adjusted, the float has failed or there is a small piece of dirt or rust blocking the valve from closing.

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Apr 07, 2014


Look in left side panel with tool bag.Should be factory owner manual with diagram..

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Dec 26, 2010


use jumper cables

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Oct 20, 2010


battery may have been damaged when you jumped it using a car
Replace battery !

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Jun 24, 2010


Use only JASO MA certified oil in the 10w-40 or 20w-50 depending on the outside temperature. Do not use any oil with Energy Conserving on the label it will shorten the wet clutch and gear life. Amsoil and Mobil 1 make good synthetic oils.

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Jun 15, 2010


Your carbs are dirty and need to be cleaned. A tank of bad gas or old gas can gel up the jets. You buy gas, drive home, and when you get there the bike stops idling. Light gelling can be fixed by draining the carbs (screw on bottom of bowl), pulling the fuel line off the tank, and squirting some motorcycle carburetor cleaner down the fuel line. Plug the fuel line back in turn on the gas and start up the bike. If that doesn't work, using the same procedure buy some Chevron Techron fuels system cleaner, pour directly into the carbs and let sit over night (also drain tank and heavily treat one gallon of gas and put in tank) Fire up bike and let run ,idle, slow drive for 5 to ten minutes. This will usually get cycle idling without disassembling carbs. If it still wont idle you will have to take off the carbs, disassemble and clean blowing through the jets and jet passageways.

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Jun 15, 2010


I've got a 2007 Shadow and recently put on a set of saddlebags. What you do is use a large allen wrench or star wrench on the seat strap to take out those two bolts, and then you slide the seat towards the back of the bike (or perhaps you need to slide it to the front, I forget, its just the "picture-hanging" connection, <=0 is the shape of the hole on the seat, and on the bike beneath it is a peg, with the seat hole large enough to slide the peg through, but once you shift the seat to its natural position the head of the peg is at a place too narrow to come off, hence the sliding motion to remove it) . Then it is smooth sailing, just lay your saddlebags over the peg with the seat removed, and try and put the seat back without disrupting the bags too much, which can be hard since its a pretty snug fit. Hopefully that helped, I don't know if the request was talking about post market support frames or something

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Apr 26, 2010


Here's a link to download a free pdf service manual for you bike.
http://www.torrentreactor.net/find/honda-vt600-manual

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Mar 24, 2010


Check the seal, it may need replacing.

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Mar 22, 2010


Try spraying inside of the switches with WD40 or similar and switching from one side to the other rapidly for a minute. Contacts on switch possibly slightly corroded due to damp.

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Feb 05, 2010


Replace the flasher unit.

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Sep 21, 2009


There won't be another screw on your carb that looks like it.

2005 Honda VT... | Answered on Sep 20, 2009

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