1984 Honda Shadow VT700C Brain Transplant

The electrical system on my project bike, a ratted-out 1984 Honda VT700C, is giving me nightmares. I’m in the process of replacing nearly every electrical component on this bike, including the wiring harness.

Between eBay and OEM replacements on Amazon, I’ve pretty much managed to get everything I need, except for one major component: the ignition control system.

In fact, on the 1984 VT700C has three separate boxes controlling ignition. I’m not really sure what each box does, but here’s what I need:

2 x IC Ignitor (red label) TID12-11 A ME9, mfg. Hitachi, Ltd.

1 x ICU-06 ME9, mfg. Hitachi, Ltd.

I have no clue what those numbers and letters mean, only that the replacements I can find are just as suspect as the boxes I gave on hand.

In researching this problem on HondaShadow.net, I came across a reference to a Czech company that has some experience making replacements for these old black boxes.

The company is Ignitech, and they have a wide range of programmable ignitions. Of course, getting the right ignition means emailing photos of your existing mess of wires and parts. But these guys have a reputation for getting it right, so I’m going to give it a shot and have them build me a new ignition system.

Stay tuned!







3 Replies to “1984 Honda Shadow VT700C Brain Transplant”

  1. Have you checked on the Honda Shadow Forums? You can post pictures of what you are looking at and its amazing how quick you get a response from people that will know what it is. They often know where to go for parts or people are selling the parts you are looking for on there. (also a good place to sell your parts if ebay and craigslist aren’t working)

    1. My 84 VT700 project would be dead in the water without hondashadow.net . You have to dig for information sometimes, but it’s got a ton of buried gems.

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