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Noise from gearbox near front sprocket.

Hi I have a 2000 model XR 650R and there is a wirring noise coming from the gearbox behind the front sprocket at about 80kms under a bit of load it goes when I back of it seems to be vibrating a bit as well.

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Your bike may need the harmonic balancer chain adjusted. Th will notice is noise is very prominent at engine idle and low RPM's. When this chain get lose you will feel the vibration even in the handlebars if it is loose enough.

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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    Rob Selvy Dec 08, 2008

    Gosh after rereading this post I realized you may be losing the output shaft bearing. This is the bearing next to the counter shaft sprocket. I'd still check the balancer adjustment but you could be losing the output shaft bearing.



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