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Old 06-18-2004, 09:17 AM   #16
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This is what I found the engine was really dirty on both sides I found this when I removed the tanks to change the oil. Both sides where leaking
Gotcha, no small bolts there. It also appears that the oil is seeping down from above, like perhaps when they replaced the valve covers the valve cover gasket, especiallyat the cutout for the camshafts, might not have been seated correctly. I know I had to check and redo mine during initial service to get them properly seated in there grooves. Somone may also have been forgetful about correctly torquing the valve cover bolts (4 each cylinder).
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Old 06-18-2004, 11:06 PM   #17
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Same Noise

I can hear the same noise, it could be a coincidence but it started after I fitted the Akras.
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Old 06-19-2004, 08:36 PM   #18
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If you take the inserts out of the Akra's the exhausts will chirp. Its the bolt hole for the inserts making the noise. Mine only chirps when those are out and the hole is not covered.
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Old 06-19-2004, 10:33 PM   #19
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I would say it's a coincidence. Its amazing how many bikes are chirping, but no one has found the cause, maybe we need a reward. I get one solid chirp every time I let out the clutch, and I also chirps in first gear when just idling along and gental throttle rolling on and off, like in city traffic. It may be doing it other times as well, we just cannot hear it. I'm still leaning to water pump as the cause. My dealer has heard it, and will be reporting to KTM. Not knowing, and fact that all bikes to do not do it, is driving me to .

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Old 06-19-2004, 11:00 PM   #20
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I was out riding my Transalp yesterday and it makes a chuffing sound, almost a chirp when accelarating at low throttle. This is intake noise. Maybe it is just carb or airbox intake noise that we are actually hearing on the KTM, but it's higher pitched because of even less throttle opening to take off. I will listen more closely next time on KTM.
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Old 06-21-2004, 12:19 PM   #21
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If you take the inserts out of the Akra's the exhausts will chirp. Its the bolt hole for the inserts making the noise. Mine only chirps when those are out and the hole is not covered.

I had the chirping sound with stock exhausts (exactly as described above) and I still have it with the Akra's w/o baffles. So I think what you are hearing is different...?
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Old 06-21-2004, 05:22 PM   #22
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I heard the chirp slightly yesterday. Dangit -- I knew I shouldn't have read this thread!
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Old 06-21-2004, 05:30 PM   #23
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It's a bird, a plane, no a KTM!
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Old 06-21-2004, 10:07 PM   #24
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You know in the old days the miners used a Canary to monitor air quality, I hope KTM is not using the same process. So we really don't have to worry untill it stop chirping. God the suspense is killing me!!
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Old 06-22-2004, 09:51 PM   #25
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Mine chirps too and buddies also! Both 2004 models. What the hell is it? Could it be the SAS system? Anyone have chirpping with the SAS removed?
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Old 06-23-2004, 12:52 AM   #26
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chirping

It does it with baffles in the Akras, it does it with or without SAS (it's not even fitted in Europe), it does it at constant throttle (even idling) when you release the clutch, but only in gear, I'm sure it's gear/transmission.
I've not stripped the clutch yet, but mine at 5,000 miles it getting very light and the fluid is very black. I'm getting worried. by the way bike has never been off-road so clutch work is pretty light. Is there a rod actuated by the hydraulic clutch which may need greasing, does anyone know ?

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Old 06-23-2004, 01:26 AM   #27
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Is there a rod actuated by the hydraulic clutch which may need greasing, does anyone know ?
Yes there is but it's inside the engine (and engine oil) so it doesn't need any maintenance.

I'm following this chirping story for a while now. Never noticed it. But how exactly does this chirping sound? Maybe we are talking about the whirring / whistling of the cam gears? The LC8 engine does have a VFR like wheew to it.
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Old 06-23-2004, 02:01 AM   #28
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Chirping.

It sort of goes "chhirpp" or if you move off very slowly "chhhhirrrp".
It's not a wheeze, whirr, rattle or squeek, just a "chirp".
I'm wondering if it maybe a brake pad sticking ?

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Old 06-23-2004, 02:06 AM   #29
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Old 06-24-2004, 05:08 PM   #30
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Dumb ass theory

I discovered yesterday that my wife's bike has been running with about half the coolant required. It was making the chirping noise that I think we are talking about I think more before I topped off the coolant. Could it be the impeller in the H2O pump?


Just a theory....

P.S. CHECK YOUR COOLANT!


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