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Offline TeK9

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Constant light chirp and metallic sound.
« on: June 18, 2019, 12:15:55 am »
Hi guys  ;D

I've recently done a fairing removal and conversion on my 87' Connie, and now I hear so much more! Go figure lol.

Anyhow, it's a constant light chirp and very slight rattling metallic sound that seems to come from everywhere but is very pronounced when using a stethoscope right on the end of the balancer shaft. Literally everywhere else sounds like smooth swishing noise.

Shes got around 140k miles and everything has been done for maintenance as per service manual. Runs fast and smooth through all gears.

Normal? Am I paranoid? Or something on the way out?

I have a video that I will figure out how to attach as it's a fair size.

Here we go: https://youtu.be/of1evXc3N20

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« Last Edit: June 18, 2019, 12:48:35 am by TeK9, Reason: Added video »

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Re: Constant light chirp and metallic sound.
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2019, 12:34:46 am »
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Re: Constant light chirp and metallic sound.
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2019, 12:43:07 am »
It's been awhile since I set the balance shaft on a C-10. So this is from distant memory..
Someone can/will correct me if I'm wrong.

I think it starts to chirp when over adjusted.
Soo,{from memory} I think yours is adjusted too far clockwise..

I recall that sometimes the person setting it, lets it slip and it rotates the wrong way.. {counter clockwise}
NOTE: If someone let it slip and over rotate while setting, it may be wedged and it takes force to release it.

I highly suggest looking in the manual at "how to adjust the balance shaft".

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Re: Constant light chirp and metallic sound.
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2019, 12:51:41 am »
Thanks Bud and Ted.

Got a video up.

I have adjusted the balancer per the manual and tried to listen for smoothest operation but that chirpy chirp and clackety clack just never goes away  ::)

It is also rpm dependent but gets drowned by the exhaust note eventually.

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Re: Constant light chirp and metallic sound.
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2019, 12:57:56 am »
Your going to get a lot more sound without the fairings.
In your video I only noticed some std valve noise.
But, I may have missed it.  :-[

I guess overall I thought it sounded like a normal Connie.
   Nice idle/good looking bike!

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Re: Constant light chirp and metallic sound.
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2019, 01:15:18 am »
Your going to get a lot more sound without the fairings.
In your video I only noticed some std valve noise.
But, I may have missed it.  :-[

I guess overall I thought it sounded like a normal Connie.
   Nice idle/good looking bike!

Ride safe, Ted

Well I'm glad to hear that! I never expected this motor to make so much mechanical noise.

Thanks for the praise. I have some shorty mirrors and a few more mods to make, but I like her lol. Guess that's what really counts  ;D

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