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Clicking noise coming from drive shaft when i excellerate

The problem started the other day when i took off from my driveway and i notice a clank sound from the bottom of my bike . i was coasting with my clutch pulled in and when i released it was when i heard it. it was like something was loose on my back tire. so i pulled it back home and stopped. i thought my back tire was a litlle loose so i tightened it up a couple of turns. now running very late a hit the freeway and notice that as i gave it gas i got some very fast clicking from the drivline.i parked it along the road and loosened up the wheel to where it was previously but now the wheel seemed looser then befor and the sound got much louder. i cant doo too much work on it where it is parked but i dont think i should drive it now. any ideas on a coarse of action for me. thanks i really appreciate any help you cound give. chris

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  • chrisfugate1 Jan 01, 2009

    ya i figured maybe i smashed the bearings or damaged the bearing housing. unfortunatly i havent been able to take my tire off yet. someone else had told me something about reshimming the round gear. does that make any sense? i really appreciate your help. it looks like i will be able to work on it for one day where it sits. the people are being pretty cool.

  • chrisfugate1 Jan 10, 2009

    turns out it has a broken drive shaft. the u-joint snapped completely in half

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The clicking noise sounds like a berring getting ready to fail the fact you said that it seemed looser than befor and sound got louder kinda confirms my thought of bearing failure hopes this helps

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  • Tom Diffin Jan 11, 2009

    hey good you found the culprit like i said berring failure(u-joint has 4 of them on it one on each end) get it fixed and git to riding.<>< <><

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