2009 clunking on deceleration
I've replaced the tires on my bike with completely new wheels, tires, and brakes.
(I've got 2 sets of wheels. This is for my street tires cause I'm stuck commuting on pavement 99.9% of my time but I'm gonna get some knobbies on the other set.)
The bike was making no problem noises before I messed with the tires, but now it rhythmically clunked like something was wrong and beating against something else when the tires spin.
I found a spacer stuck to the old wheel, put that in and it helped some.
I found Google searches saying the chain was too tight. I loosened the chain ridiculous and floppy loose and the clunking changed and mostly went away. So I adjusted to within specs according to the Clymer manual, and it's at 1.5" of play. It's dead silent while I'm driving (yay!), but when I decelerate, the same clunk comes back, just slower.
I adjusted the tensioner bolt and it seems to have made it sound different, but it's not going away.
I had this issue on a previous 2009 klr after putting new tires on and the local kawasaki shop just had me replace so many parts I don't know what stopped the noise. (That one got destroyed by an suv while I was riding to work. Safety gear works, folks.)
I'm pretty sure the chain and sprockets are less than 3 years old on this bike. Guy said they were replaced right before I bought it from him a couple years ago and they weren't making noise before I took the rear wheel off.
The bearings are all new in both new wheels. Since I got them used, I put in new bearings.
But I'm pretty sure the shop just wanted to sell me parts on the first bike (it was ridden hard by the guy who had it before me, as was this current bike) since it's the same behavior and chain adjustment is changing the noise.
Anywhere else to look for chain clunking noise? I've spent 3 weeks off and on looking for that perfect millimeter adjustment and it's annoying. Thought I got a mountain side repair job and ride machine and not a to the millimeter precision instrument.
Thanks for any info y'all provide.