How to Install the Battery for a VT600 Shadow VLX


Replacing the battery on a Honda VT600 Shadow VLX will take a few minutes, because it is positioned next to the engine. The battery itself is covered by two side panels that need to be removed to gain access. When the battery is out from the side of the motorcycle, a replacement can be purchased at any motorcycle parts store or even a automotive parts store.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket set
  • Socket wrench
  • Line wrench set
  • Place the motorcycle on the kickstand. This will keep the motorcycle upright for maintenance.

  • Make sure the power to the bike is turned off by removing the ignition key. Locate the battery to the bottom right of the motorcycle at the rear of the engine.

  • Unbolt the two side covers using a socket wrench.

  • Disconnect the negative cable using a line wrench. You can access the terminal from the left side of the bike. Pull the cable away from the battery.

  • Disconnect the positive cable from the right side of the motorcycle using a line wrench. Pull the cable away from the battery.

  • Slide the battery out of the compartment and replace it with the new battery.

  • Tighten the positive cable on to the battery using a line wrench. Repeat to install the negative cable on the negative terminal.

  • Bolt the side covers back over the battery compartment and tighten with a socket wrench.

  • Start the motorcycle and allow it to idle for five minutes to make sure the new battery is functioning correctly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Inquire if there is a "core" fee on the old battery. This is an amount charged by the parts store to make sure the old battery is returned. The amount is refunded once the core is returned.

Related Searches


  • "Honda Shadow VT600 and VT750 Haynes Repair Manual covering 600cc and 750cc from 1988 thru 2009 "; John Haynes;2009
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