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post #1 of 10 Old 06-30-2012, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
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Talking 09' Ticking Valve Low Miles

Hi all! Delighted with my recent purchase of an 09' with 1,900 miles, KLR side bags/top case/tank bag/crash bars, loving it!!! It does have a light ticking sound which will increase and decrease with rpms after warm up. It is not clacking, slapping , or banging. Certainly sounds like a ticking valve to me. The seller told me he had the dealer do a 1k service on it. Would that include valve check/adjustment? Anybody have this problem with a Gen 2 at such low mileage?

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-30-2012, 10:05 AM
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It's a noisy engine: I wouldn't worry about it unless it seems to get worse. Mine makes all kinds of funny little sounds.

Do you have a metal aftermarket skid plate? They seem to be very effective at amplifying engine sounds you might otherwise not even notice.

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-16-2012, 10:28 AM
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i get the same ticking increasing and decreasing in loudness and with rpm. no idea what to make of it. doesnt seem to be hurting anything.
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I searched a few other forums and seems to be common with the gen 2's. Nobody seems to be concerned but still has me a bit uneasy. Everybody says that these engines are typically noisy and not to worry about it but a ticking valve can lead to premature wear and $$$ repairs. I'm gonna check my clearances pretty soon and do the adjustment if needed. Anybody else have anything to add?
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my 2012 gets ticky at low rpms like its lugging low rpms but if i step it up to about 3000 rpm it goes away ..

id like to have a real oil pressure guage just so i know what its doing in there during the low rpm trail rides .

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-16-2012, 04:52 PM
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I dont think its the valves, at least in my case.... maybe its the timing chain, i donno....
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-16-2012, 05:42 PM
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Mine is noisy too. I just bought some good ear plugs. :-)
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-16-2012, 10:40 PM
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I searched a few other forums and seems to be common with the gen 2's. Nobody seems to be concerned but still has me a bit uneasy. Everybody says that these engines are typically noisy and not to worry about it but a ticking valve can lead to premature wear and $$$ repairs. I'm gonna check my clearances pretty soon and do the adjustment if needed. Anybody else have anything to add?
Does it start right away or does it turn over a few times before starting? That was a sympton I foud before the valves when out of spec (@12,000km). I did change out the engine balancer/tensioner with the eagle mike version with torsion spring (~150-$200 including shipping to Canada, rotor bolt, gaskets, and tools).

I have noticed less ticking. In my case the engine tensionor spring was not tight any more.

Is the noise only when bike in motion or when stopped? Have you checked the chain tension? Slack or worn?
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Starts right up. The ticking occurs at all speeds moving or stand still in ryhthem with rpm's. I realized the sound appears after warm up, not when cold which got me thinking. So I started her up and got my stethoscope out. I listened to the valves and top end, down by the doohickey, head, and couldn't nail it down until.....placed the scope on the front curve of the exhaust coming out of the manifold. The ticking is coming from the curve at the exhaust pipe, exhaust pressure is hitting the pipe which makes the sound or possibly amplifying a light valve tick. I think I'm good to go, will check valve clearances in the fall.
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