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    Default What Year is my motor????

    Hello fellow Choppers, chop'ers, choppies,

    Alright so newbie to this site and i search aLLLLLLLLotttttt before i post a question to but here it goes.

    Ive been wanting to build a bike for years and to my stupid luck i had a 88 vlx600 fall into my lap. FOR FREE.... LET the bobber project begin.

    Now here is my question, My frame is vin'd as an 88 (which is a dual carb model) but my motor is a single carb to which i understand is from a late 2000's and newer, does anyone here know how to tell what year a motor is from, using the casing stamp? im only curious for the reason that if i ever have to order a part for that motor i know specifically what to look for.

    Casing Stamp - PC21E-4510095

    Thanks in advance!!

    Hardtailing in progress

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyschop View Post
    Hello fellow Choppers, chop'ers, choppies,

    Alright so newbie to this site and i search aLLLLLLLLotttttt before i post a question to but here it goes...

    Now here is my question, My frame is vin'd as an 88...but my motor is a single carb to which i understand is from a late 2000's and newer, does anyone here know how to tell what year a motor is from, using the casing stamp?
    Casing Stamp - PC21E-4510095
    Try here:

    Honda Shadow engine codes and frame numbers
    http://www.ahsh.hu/en_honda-shadow-e...umbers,64.html
    and,
    How to decode the VIN Number on a Honda Motorcycle.
    https://www.motorcyclespareparts.eu/...el-prefix.aspx
    and,
    Honda Shadow VLX Service Manual
    http://www.vt600vlx.com/VLX%20VT600%...e%20Manual.pdf
    and,
    VIN # Location, Honda Shadow,net
    http://www.hondashadow.net/forum/53-...-location.html
    and,
    VLX VT600 88-91, 91-96 Service Manual
    https://www.hanssnel.nl/hanssnel/Man...%2061MR107.pdf

    and some good reading:
    VL600 Hardtail; http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44197
    VLX 600 Hardtail build thread (basically done);
    http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=47104
    My 1993 Shadow VLX600 Bobber Build; http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=43791
    Honda VLX hardtail build; http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41804
    Lets see the HONDA Shadow chops; http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11641

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    Hey TriNortChopz,

    Thank you for all the links lol. I've actually have seen all of those webpages and taken a lot of info off them and while all of them have a lot of good info and i appreciate the suggestions. none of them refer to engine years and how to date them. they mostly talk about frame years and other hidden gems that are hard to find. soo thank you.

    That said i appreciate the good reading links. I'm slowing reading everything i can find on this topic lol. and I'm trying to take as many pics as i can as i turn the pile of heap that i was given as a shadow into a promising hardtail bobber build...

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    This one is getting close, but without diggin'; the chart shows model, engine number, frame number, but only goes to 2001 - maybe take a closer look to get newer info:
    Serial Numbers schematic Honda Vt600c
    https://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vt600c-s...t/SERIAL2.html

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    That’s a great find thank you. I haven’t found the answer on it yet but gaging by how the number grouping changes per year it give me a good idea that the motor mite be between the 03 to 05 range. Thank you so much.

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    You could always visit a Honda dealer and ask them. That should get you the precise info you need to order parts.

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    Do you have the Bike in your name yet??? I wouldn't spend a dime on it until it is....

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    Haha yeah bike is in my name and the frame is already chopped lol so no going back now. I’m just trying to find all the info I can. I like to be informed and Thorough

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    You could always visit a Honda dealer and ask them. That should get you the precise info you need to order parts.
    I actually tried calling them and the guy in the parts Tried a few different things but couldn’t really find a year for the motor. So the search either continues

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyschop View Post
    Haha yeah bike is in my name and the frame is already chopped lol so no going back now. I’m just trying to find all the info I can. I like to be informed and Thorough
    Awesome..... Finally someone with some sense..... Carry on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tattooo View Post
    Awesome..... Finally someone with some sense..... Carry on...
    Thank you thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyschop View Post
    That’s a great find thank you. I haven’t found the answer on it yet but gaging by how the number grouping changes per year it give me a good idea that the motor mite be between the 03 to 05 range. Thank you so much.
    Honda would introduce a new model at anytime. I know because I was a Honda dealer mechanic.
    A truck would arrive with new motorcycles and it was exciting because you never knew what was going to be in the crate!
    I was there when the first CB450 arrived. It was nicknamed the ugly duckling because of the unique gas tank shape. Like a whale some called it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyschop View Post
    I actually tried calling them and the guy in the parts Tried a few different things but couldn’t really find a year for the motor. So the search either continues
    Honda engine numbers do not correspond to frame numbers.

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