Replacing a dead battery from a 1997 to 2001 Honda VT600C Shadow would seem like an easy task. Unfortunately, the battery is concealed within the heart of the motorcycle and buried behind the machine's various electrical components, making it difficult to access the battery's terminals. Only a few tools are needed, but plan on spending at least an hour to extract and replace the old battery with a new one.
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Things you need
- 10mm socket
- Socket wrench
- 10mm wrench
- YTX9-BS battery
Pull the left and right covers out of the rubber grommets on both sides of the motorcycle's frame. Pull the rubber strap off the tool kit holder on the left side of the motorcycle and remove the tool kit.
Locate the fuse box on the right side of the motorcycle, just above the battery. Remove the pair of bolts that secure the fuse box to the battery box with a 10mm socket. Pull the fuse box away from the battery box.
Reach into the left side of the frame to access the battery's negative terminal. Unscrew the negative wire lead bolt from the battery's negative terminal with a 10mm wrench. Pull the negative wiring lead away from the battery.
Reach into the right side of the frame and remove the positive wiring lead bolt from the battery's positive terminal with a 10mm wrench. Pull the positive wiring lead away from the battery.
Pull the battery out of the battery box from the right side of the motorcycle. Slide a new YTX9-BS battery into the battery box, positioning the battery's positive terminal to the right of the motorcycle. Reconnect the wiring leads to the battery's terminals, connecting the negative lead first followed by the positive lead. Tighten the lead bolts with a 10mm wrench.
Reattach the fuse box to the battery and tighten both bolts with a 10mm socket. Place the right side cover over the frame. Push the cover's tabs into the frame's rubber grommets.
Place the tool kit into the tool kit holder on the left side of the motorcycle. Pull the rubber strap over the tool kit and hook the end of the strap onto the holder's catch tab. Place the left side cover over the frame. Push the cover's tabs into the frame's rubber grommets.
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