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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Ticking noise in engine

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I just got back from a little afterwork ride and noticed while I was out that my engine has a ticking sound. When I got home I let the bike idle and listened and sure enough there is a ticking sound. The first thing I can think about is valves tapping. I did the 8000 mile valve adjustment a couple hundred miles ago. It was my first time doing valves on a bike but I checked everything twice and I think everything was good. Could driving it a couple hundred miles throw the valves out? I didn't hear the ticking right after the adjustment. I put on a Roadhouse slip-on and a hypercharger so I'm still getting use to the sound of the bike. It was stock all last year. Any idea's? Thanks in advance for any help.

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post #2 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 08:47 PM
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I've noticed a similar noise with my 03. On my bike it seems to be coming from the rear cylinder on the exhaust side. At first I thought it was valve adjustment, but upon checking the clearances everything was spot on. The strange thing about my bike is that the sound comes and goes. I was going to take it to the stealer so he could listen to it, but of course everytime I got there, it wouldn't make the noise. I got to wondering if it was something in the air injection system. It drove me buggy for a while but the bike runs fine, so I've just decided to ignore it.
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If it's not the rockers then it may be an injector or the fuel pressure regulator. The regulators are notorious for going bad. Unplug the vacuum line to it and turn on the key. If it's bad, gas will flow out of it but, it will run like crap and smoke when it goes bad. The regulator on my '03 1800 ticks but it's working.

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CHECK AND MAKE SURE IT ISN'T COMING FROM YOUR HYPERCHARGER!! PUT YOUR FINGER ON THE BUTTERFLY VALVE AND SEE IF IT GOES AWAY? I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM AND THAT IS WHAT IT WAS. THE BUTTERFLY WAS TICKING AT IDLE. CHECK IT OUT!!
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Well, I had a really loud ticking noise after only 200 miles on a brand new '04 Retro, thought I was riding a Timex watch and not a motorcycle.
It's at the stealers right now and they agreeed that something not right, but they can't even get to it till Monday so I'm ***** out a luck for now...
I'll keep you posted on their find.


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Same problem here... took it out of winter hibernation, did 2 nice runs, no problem. Went to work last week, ticking started. Seems to be from the rear cylinder; mechanic's going to try to figure it out next week. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Here are some posts that may help.

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Thanks for the links, but the ticking sound starts as soon as the bike fires up & cold, warm, hot - don't think it's the rad. cap, but I'll get them to check it.

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Well, unfortunely my ticking is coming from the front cylinder and it starts after about 5 mins after I take off, and gets louder the further I ride, also rises with the speed of the bike.
But I didn't want to take chances with a brand new bike so I took it back to the dealer and said FIX it.

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When you get it fixed let us know what it was. Tomorow is going to be a good riding day so I'm going to check it again.

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