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Old 09-07-2008, 05:53 PM   #1
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Question Identify this noise - KLR

Hi all. When I open up the throttle and accelerate hard on my '99 KLR 650, I hear a metallic clicking that is much slower than the engine's RPMs. I hear it especially when I accelerate as explained with resistance (ie. uphill). When I let off the throttle again its good as ever. Anyone else notice this? Is it normal? Could it be the Doohickey (I havent done the Doo Mod yet...).

Thanks for any ideas,
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:44 PM   #2
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Cam rotates 1/2 as fast as the crank. Could be camchain slap if the tensioner is wonky.

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Old 09-07-2008, 10:41 PM   #3
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Classic snaredrum sound from the chain. Adjust or attempt to adjust your balancer lever chain. If it goes away... good to go. If not.... replace upgrade the balancer lever as you probably have at least a broken spring. Questions...pm me.
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Old 09-08-2008, 04:34 AM   #4
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if you haven't upgraded the doohickey yet... that's a good place to start... even if it ain't responsible for THIS sound.

only problem with TRYING to adjust the doo is that if either the lever or spring is broken and you loosen the bolt, it could make things worse.
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:07 AM   #5
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dry chain or shot chain that doesn't fit the sprockets can do that too,, I'd lube the chain good if you haven't lately and then make sure its adjusted properly.. possibly swap chain and maybe sprockets.
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:34 AM   #6
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dry chain or shot chain that doesn't fit the sprockets can do that too,, I'd lube the chain good if you haven't lately and then make sure its adjusted properly.. possibly swap chain and maybe sprockets.

gawd, i've heard chains on bikes that were so dry they sounded like they were full of birds! i was hoping that BW already had covered the simple stuff, like lubing the chain and making sure it didn't have any kinked links.. but it doesn't hurt to mention it.

however, methods for cleaning and lubing the chain vary greatly... and chain maintenance is probably another thread in itself.
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Old 09-08-2008, 03:45 PM   #7
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I lubed the chain recently, so it shouldnt be the problem...Ill lube it again when I get home though (currently at school) just to make sure. I also adjusted the chain to make it tighter, which fixed a squeaky chain noise.

Can anyone explain to me what the spring(s) in the tensioner lever (Doo) do? And why they would squeak when I accelerate hard if broken?

Yes I just said doodoo...

Thanks guys.
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