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Tappet noise had tappets checked found 2 b ok. still rattles at idle when engine hot.Also herd spider gears rattle and is normal. Does this sound rite ?

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  • SuzukiKev Apr 23, 2009

    Hi I have owned my Tl for around 5 years, I have had the tappets checked as i heard the same thing. I have been told by a few people that it's a Backlash Elimintor due to the V Twin. But still not convensed. I have never had any problems with it so might be right, but it doesn;t sound nice.

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SOURCE: rattle nosie on tappets on engine start up,do

Sometimes a dirty oil filter will cause lack of oil to the top end at startup.
As soon as the oil warms, it flows better and faster and hence the noise goes away after warm up.

If you need valves adjusted, the motor must be at TDC on compression stroke(both valves closed)
The motor must be cold do not try to adjust the valve clearance on a warm engine.

On TDC, pull the valve covers and check the clearance on the intake and exhaust valves by inserting a feeler gauge under the tappet.
INTAKE should be : .03-05mm
EXHAUST should be .05-.08 mm

Im sure you don't need a valve adjustment. but if you do: Put Engine on TDC
Loosen the locknut with a 9 or 10 mm wrench, stick the feeler gauge under the tappet, and tighten the little square tipped valve adjuster screw clockwise until you feel friction on the feeler guage.
Enough friction that the feeler gauge feels tight but you can still slide it back and forth.
Not carefully tighten the locknut. Check the feeler guage during tightening to make sure it didn't get too tight or too loose. Once you set the clearance, move to the next valve, and repeat the process using the other feeler guage.
Once both are done put the covers back on and your done,

NOTE: You may have to remove seat, gas tank, airbox, and side covers to get to the covers.

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