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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-17-2016, 09:30 PM
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I notice you say this only happens when the bike warms up and has been driven at highway speeds. Does it have the stock air filter or K&N?

I had a K&N in my old Honda VT1100 and it was running too lean. (burning too hot) It made a steady tick tick tick at idle once it warmed up. I put a stock filter in it (less air running richer/cooler) and it stopped most of the ticking. Later I installed slightly larger jets (more rich/cooler) and it went away completely. I know the X is FI, so no jets. Seemed that running hot made a noisy tick at idle.

Just something I observed on a similar Honda V-Twin. Don't know if anyone else has made this observation or if it applies to the VTX.
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This ticking drove me absolutely crazy.
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The top end on these engines are pretty noisy. If it's limited to a tick, you are probably okay. As these engines wear, the valves tighten up. So it's really when they go quiet you need to start thinking about service.

OTOH, if it's loud enough to no longer be considered a tick, but almost valve train knock, then there's a couple of things it could be. It could be the valves were mis adjusted at some point, or more likely a the decomp lobe/mechanism in one of the cams has in some way failed. This will make a huge racket. I would say that if the techs heard the tick and say it's normal, then that's pretty safe. My bet is that if they thought for a second they could justify tearing the cams out to check and offer you a huge bill, they would have done that. You say that you are pretty comfortable with a wrench so don't be too concerned with opening the valve covers on this bike. It really isn't that complicated, you just need to be methodical and organized. Small hands help too but if I can get my sausage fingered hands in there, anyone can. Belly careful not to drop anything inside (that's always bad and could get really expensive). I always covered open areas with rags to keep things from getting lost. When checking the valves, put tools on a string. That way if you do happen to drop something, you can retrieve it.

Really good info here;
http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/engi...ment-vtx-1800/

The more you do for yourself on these bikes, the more you will want to do, and you can save yourself a pile of cash. As you no doubt have found out, the stealers are really expensive. If you can open up a Chevy small block, then this is more of the same.
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Thanks for all of the info. Changing to AMSOIL next week. Still trying to determine how I want to go on an oil filter. Like the idea of the longer WIX. Anyone had trouble with any clearance?
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Thanks for all of the info. Changing to AMSOIL next week. Still trying to determine how I want to go on an oil filter. Like the idea of the longer WIX. Anyone had trouble with any clearance?
The 3.25" tall filter will fit just fine.
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The longer wix is a booger for me to get off. I switched to a shorter one.

I run Shell T6 synth and was just wondering this past weekend how much quieter this engine is compared to previous Kawai's I've owned. They sound like sewing machines.... and are supposed to.

I say put you some amsoil or T6 in there, add 3 oz. of seafoam to gas tank, run it like you stole it (where it is safe), and see whatcha get.

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The 3.25" tall filter will fit just fine.
any chance you have that WIX number for the longer filter? Thanks
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any chance you have that WIX number for the longer filter? Thanks
According to Bare's site, the Wix number is 51356. I use Purolator filters, myself.
Check here for more options...
http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/reso...e-oil-filters/

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On my Harley I moved to one of these;
http://www.pcracingusa.com/Spin-On-O...ters_c_15.html

I did a lot of research on this and how oil filters get the specifications they get. They come highly rated and I got a deal, so I took the jump and bought one. So far, no regrets. Does what it says, and you get the added benefit of seeing what your filter is trapping.


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