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post #1 of 7 Old 07-11-2009, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Tire Rubber Squeak?!

Thanks to everyone in advance about answering this thread.
I am headed down to Mexico on my KLR05', I am in New Orleans and having a bit of trouble with what I think to be a back tire issue. Here's what I got. As I start the bike up and begin to move you hear this squeaking kinda rubber sound. It happens a certain point in the rotation. So as you speed up the squeak gets faster and faster. Read rubbery type of sound. The chain is loose enough to stay pretty taught with all my luggage...

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-11-2009, 11:52 AM
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First, what sort of pressures are you running?? If you're on the road, I'd run 34f 36r for pressure..
Second, give a good look at your chain alignment and while you're at it, check for a chain o-ring that's sticking out..

The reason I mention ailignment is that the inside of the hub has a rubber cush drive that may be dry and is causing the squeek..

Does it squeek when you're just pushing the bike with the engine off?
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-11-2009, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Its when I accelerate or change gears. When i coast it goes away. I was thinkin' of riding it to the Kawa dealer here and asking one of the mechanics what he thinks. I'm thinking bearing?
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-12-2009, 01:19 AM
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I'm hardly a mechanical techie, but sounds like a chain/sprocket issue to me cause it's only happening when the front sprocket is pulling (accelerate), but not when the back sprocket is pulling (coasting). The front sprocket has a rubber bushing on the backside that can wear out and cause weird noises. The load is far less on the front sprocket while coasting so the noise stops, but when a load is put on the front sprocket the bushing feels that pressure and starts making noises. If it's wore out more in one spot it could easily make the noise once per rotation. KLR noises seem to rarely come from the actual location of the problem and front sprocket noises seem to resonate all over the bike.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-12-2009, 10:39 PM
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I had a similar incident with my front tire. Mark the tire when the squeak hits the pavement, then check the tire. In my case the tire was starting to develop a blister which had separated from the tire but had not torn through.

I was in Sandpoint, ID. at the time, 1000 km. from home. Decided to change the tire and found a small shop that at least had one that fit. It was a King's tire and so far its help up well.

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-30-2009, 08:43 AM
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I just went through that problem, turned out to be the chain. Lube the heck out of it. I did a full tear down of the rear wheel including dropping the bike off the jack with the rear wheel off ( more fun than you can imagine). Check your chain again..

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-30-2009, 08:47 AM
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I don't think we are going to get a report back on this!
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