Originally Posted by Chuckracer
Totally normal. my '04 was a noisy motor, always was even with a lot of the so-called upgrades listed above done to it. My current '05 is amazingly quiet. It's just the nature of the beast.
Originally Posted by O.C.F.RIDER
My 2004 "S" sounds like a tin can full of big rocks.
Just turned over 55,000 miles yesterday.
Sounded like shit since about 5,000 miles
Still running the ORIGINAL water pump.
Yes and Yes.
My 04' with just over 42k miles sounds like crap upon starting ,,,, sometimes. Sometimes it take a riding a few hundred yards to quite down and other times it's quiet upon startup. Oil new, old or different weights has no effect. I've also done all the "upgrades" with very little difference. Has been this way since I owned it with around 5000 miles.