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    Haven't started in 2 years gas and battery still in

    Hi,

    Looking for some advice on where to start. I hadn't had my 1996 Honda Shadow VLX 600 very long before I had to put it away. I haven't started it in 2 years. The gas is in the tank, oil is as well, battery is still on it and connected. It sat under a thin cover outside during a winter in Portland, Maine, and has been in a garage for this winter. I just ordered a manual from Haynes. Any tips on things that folks think need checking would be appreciated. I'm new to the mechanics game. Also specifically:

    -Will a trickle charger help or should I just get a new battery?
    -Are there other things I should do besides drain and refill the gas tank and an oil change and possibly replace the battery?
    -Are the wheels still ok?

    Thank you!

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    Replace as much of the gas as possible......including draining the float bowls on the carb(s) by opening the drain screws.
    Put fresh gas in the tank, along with a double dose of Berrymans B12 Chemtool.
    Put the petcock to PRIme and leave it there until some fresh gas runs out of the carb drain holes.....the close the screws.

    I don't remember if it has a fuel pump or not. If it does, a petcock might not be present.

    You should never use a cheap trickle charger.
    An automatic battery tender is good......but it's too late now.
    Figure on a new battery.

    The "wheels" are fine but the tires might be shot.
    If they are over 5 years old, figure on replacing them too......AFTER you get it running.

    Good luck. The carbs on the VLX tended to clog easily. You might need a professional cleaning.

    P.S. Check the intake and exhaust for critter nests.

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    I have deleted the other one.
    Don't believe everything that you think.


 

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