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#1: HELP- 1983 honda VT750C Shadow

Posted on 2005-03-04 12:52:47 by kajam

I have a 83 750 Shadow, I can't get the fuel pump to work. I ran a jumper
from the battery and it worked fine but not when plugged in to the wiring
harness. Is there a fuel relay or fuse that could be blown? Please help
Thanks

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#2: Re: HELP- 1983 honda VT750C Shadow

Posted on 2005-03-04 17:01:48 by krusty kritter

kajam wrote:
> I have a 83 750 Shadow, I can't get the fuel pump to work. I ran a >
jumper from the battery and it worked fine but not when plugged in > to
the wiring harness. Is there a fuel relay or fuse that could be >
blown?

Checking fuses is easy. As I recall, the fuse panel is right up there
on the handlebars...

You might need to register to see this page:
<a href="http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/v2/displayfiche.asp" target="_blank">http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/v2/displayfiche.asp</a>

It calls the fuel pump relay a &quot;cut&quot; for some reason. Maybe there is a
tip-over switch in the relay? Tip-over switches can be reset...

But, if the relay itself is burned out, I wouldn't spend $55.00 to
replace it on a bike that old, when I could buy an '83 Shadow for
$100...

(My friend offered to sell me his neglected old '83 Shadow for $100,
but I didn't feel like bothering with it, as it had sat outside in the
weather for many years.)

I would go down to Pep Boys and buy a 30-amp toggle switch and just
remember to turn the switch off when I parked the bike. As I recall,
that's what my friend did with his Shadow, when his fan relay quit
working...

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#3: Re: HELP- 1983 honda VT750C Shadow

Posted on 2005-03-08 03:50:49 by T

kajam wrote:
&gt; I have a 83 750 Shadow, I can't get the fuel pump to work. I ran a jumper
&gt; from the battery and it worked fine but not when plugged in to the wiring
&gt; harness. Is there a fuel relay or fuse that could be blown? Please help
&gt; Thanks
&gt;
I've got the same bike, and I ran across an ad on Ebay for a company out
of MD salvaging out parts on one. You might look on Ebay for that
model, see if they have the parts you need. You located on the east coast?

Tim

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#4: Re: HELP- 1983 honda VT750C Shadow

Posted on 2005-03-09 11:45:47 by kajam

Hi Tim, Thanks for the info I'll check them out for parts. I'm in northern
Michigan. I've been looking on E-bay for quite awhile now but parts seem
to be rare for this bike. Not to many getting parted out I guess. And
replacement parts from Honda are extremely exspensive. A new fuel pump is
$140.00. The good news is I fixed my pump, I took the top off of it and
there is a set of contacts in there. I cleaned them with a fingernail file
and the pump started working again. I also found a lose wire in my plug so
I guess problem solved for now. Thanks for the reply. Jake

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#5: Re: HELP- 1983 honda VT750C Shadow

Posted on 2005-03-09 16:37:13 by krusty kritter

kajam wrote:

&gt; And replacement parts from Honda are extremely exspensive.
&gt; A new fuel pump is $140.00.

I wouldn't buy original equipment replacement parts from Honda. I would
look at the J. C. Whitney catalog and select a replacement pump from
that source for about 1/3rd of what the Honda $tealer$ would charge...

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#6: Re: HELP- 1983 honda VT750C Shadow

Posted on 2005-03-11 01:56:28 by T

Ok, here comes my dumb question. The window on the front brake master
cylinder is gone, and my friend who owned it before me did a, ahem,
patchwork job of fixing it. Is there a master cylinder I can replace
this one with, not OEM? I'm not trying to rebuild it, just want it to
run. To order the part I need means I have to order the entire section,
not just the master cylinder. I'd even be willing to replace all the
the section without OEM, if it would cost significantly less.
Otherwise, I'll have to rebuild the one I have somehow, possibly just
seal the window hole altogether.

Tim

krusty kritter wrote:
&gt; kajam wrote:
&gt;
&gt;
&gt;&gt;And replacement parts from Honda are extremely exspensive.
&gt;&gt;A new fuel pump is $140.00.
&gt;
&gt;
&gt; I wouldn't buy original equipment replacement parts from Honda. I would
&gt; look at the J. C. Whitney catalog and select a replacement pump from
&gt; that source for about 1/3rd of what the Honda $tealer$ would charge...
&gt;

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#7: Re: HELP- 1983 honda VT750C Shadow

Posted on 2005-03-11 02:36:07 by krusty kritter

t wrote:
&gt; Ok, here comes my dumb question. The window on the front
&gt; brake master cylinder is gone, and my friend who owned it
&gt; before me did a, ahem, patchwork job of fixing it. Is there
&gt; a master cylinder I can replace this one with, not OEM?

The catalog at www.denniskirk.com may still list some aftermarket
master cylinders. There were two sizes, the larger size piston diameter
was for bikes with dual disks on the front wheel. Compared to
$tealer$hip prices in the $300 range, they were a bargain at over
$100...

&gt; I'm not trying to rebuild it, just want it to run. To order
&gt; the part I need means I have to order the entire section,
&gt; not just the master cylinder. I'd even be willing to replace all &gt;
the the section without OEM, if it would cost significantly less.
&gt; Otherwise, I'll have to rebuild the one I have somehow,
&gt; possibly just seal the window hole altogether.

The plastic window is there to make checking the brake fluid level
easy. If you want to cover up the hole completely, you could make a
small metal patch and epoxy it to the master cylinder reservoir with
JB Weld. That's a 2-part gray epoxy that works very well at sealing
fuel and oil leaks, so it will definitely hold brake fluid. You have to
clean all the paint off the aluminum surface and clean all the brake
fluid off of the area where you're going to apply the epoxy. Gasoline
or alcohol will do it...

But then you have to remember to check your brake fluid level on a
regular basis...

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#8: Re: HELP- 1983 honda VT750C Shadow

Posted on 2005-03-11 04:45:43 by T

The repair route was what I was considering, since JB weld and a small
metal patch are cheap by comparison. I was just more concerned from a
safety standpoint, but I guess I would notice a leak. These bikes have
twins up front......

Thanks,

Tim

krusty kritter wrote:
&gt; t wrote:
&gt;
&gt;&gt;Ok, here comes my dumb question. The window on the front
&gt;&gt;brake master cylinder is gone, and my friend who owned it
&gt;&gt;before me did a, ahem, patchwork job of fixing it. Is there
&gt;&gt;a master cylinder I can replace this one with, not OEM?
&gt;
&gt;
&gt; The catalog at www.denniskirk.com may still list some aftermarket
&gt; master cylinders. There were two sizes, the larger size piston diameter
&gt; was for bikes with dual disks on the front wheel. Compared to
&gt; $tealer$hip prices in the $300 range, they were a bargain at over
&gt; $100...
&gt;
&gt;
&gt;&gt;I'm not trying to rebuild it, just want it to run. To order
&gt;&gt;the part I need means I have to order the entire section,
&gt;&gt;not just the master cylinder. I'd even be willing to replace all &gt;
&gt;
&gt; the the section without OEM, if it would cost significantly less.
&gt;
&gt;&gt;Otherwise, I'll have to rebuild the one I have somehow,
&gt;&gt;possibly just seal the window hole altogether.
&gt;
&gt;
&gt; The plastic window is there to make checking the brake fluid level
&gt; easy. If you want to cover up the hole completely, you could make a
&gt; small metal patch and epoxy it to the master cylinder reservoir with
&gt; JB Weld. That's a 2-part gray epoxy that works very well at sealing
&gt; fuel and oil leaks, so it will definitely hold brake fluid. You have to
&gt; clean all the paint off the aluminum surface and clean all the brake
&gt; fluid off of the area where you're going to apply the epoxy. Gasoline
&gt; or alcohol will do it...
&gt;
&gt; But then you have to remember to check your brake fluid level on a
&gt; regular basis...
&gt;

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