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Ticking my bike is now doing this while i drive....could this be bad valves?

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    chris Feb 25, 2009

    thanx!! suzu mechanic is giving a valve adjustment tomorow


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Not necessiarrly....oil filled to proper level?....could also be valve adjustment

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Bike has annoying ticking noise from mostly rear is a 2000 shadow spirit, with 33000 miles, i was told valves needed adjustment at 30,000 miles , along with timing chain adj.. is this correct?

Without being able to stand next to the machine and listen it would be very hard to say what the noise is. Valves are generally easy to adjust and if loud have a high pitched tick sound. Cam chain adjusters generally self adjust and are reasonably quiet. If the automatic adjuster goes bad it will generally make a clatter sound or a loud clack. One thing you have not considered, if the the exhaust gaskets in the head go bad or leak air, they can also produce a loud ticking sound. You often hear this sound in older V8 engines. It sounds like a lifter is bouncing around inside the motor but the sound is caused by a blown gasket between the head and exhaust manifold. If you experience some popping/backfiring during deceleration try replacing your exhaust o-rings in the heads. This may solve both problems. If the problem is internal to the cylinder you may need to change a bad cam chain adjuster. As always start with the cheaper fixes and work your way up. Adjust valves and cam chain tensioner if not self adjusting, replace the exhaust gaskets next, and if that does not fix it, replace the cam chain tensioner. Hope this helps.

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When i bought the bike it had an upper end tick. I have not changed the oil or did any maintenence.I was riding it to work when i heard a excessive ticking from the bike. I was going up a hill and felt a...

Hi. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. You might have done some damage to the motor.
Please check your oil (LEVEL) and by all means change it too. The oil lubrecates parts like crank shaft, bearings and valves cams etc... All moving parts need oil.

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I sometimes have upperend noise while idling, a tick tick tick noise, then gradually fades to a less noticeable sound. The bike has, 3,800 miles on it and had sat for a few years prior to my buying....

Have the valves adjusted. A ticking sound on the top end is almost always the valves tapping. I slight ticking sound is normal but if it's been sitting for a while it's good to have them measured anyway.

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How to adjust valves on 97 harley fatboy motor has a tick or peck in the back cyl. is there an adjustment for the valves? this cont after the motor warms up.

There is no adjustment on the tappets in your 97 Fat Boy. It is equipped with hydraulic tappets similar to an automotive engine. Probably what you are hearing is a bit of wear in the rocker shaft. you can take your rocker arms out and have new bushings and shafts installed if it bothers you that much. If the tick is a loud tick, one where people turn around and look at your bike when you start it up, you may have a bad roller on a tappet. This makes a terrible noise. If this is the case, you are probably going to need a new camshaft as well and the locked up roller will gall the surface of the cam. I've seen these rollers go bad at any mileage from 13K to 70K.

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Well i have a 1984 honda interceptor an its got a tick to it is it the timing change?? our is it the tightner?

I have a 1985 Honda Interceptor that I remember had a recall in 1984 for bad main bearings.

The engine new had a tick in it which was the valves opening and closing.

The engine has 4 valves per cylinder and is a V-four design.

I don't think you have any worries as long as it doesn't break on you.

I still have mine in the garage, but haven't run it for years.

Good luck in riding the bike around, as have many fond memories of doing so myself.

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Engine has a tickn noise like the lifters are loose

Had the same issues when we upgraded from a shovel head to a newer bike. HD tried telling us, "it's a Harley. .." to which my responses was so..... it is ticking, one valve, brings your head right down into the bike, and sounds bad. Not 4 valves, 1.

Had HD replace all lifters, and pushrods, changed pushrods to adjustable ones, to try for another position (collapse of lifter...) Nothing worked, noise eventually came back...

We did all of the changes, and tweeks, the only solution was Velvet Touch lifters and lifer blocks. Pretty picey, but never heard another peep out of the valves....


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Theres is a tick in the engine all thru the rpm's and it smokes but no loss of power,i tried to adjust the timing chain adjuster but still makes the noise,i suspect it to be a bad valve spring but not...

It won't be a bad spring if the bike runs well. It is probably just a tappet out of adjustment. Set the valve clearances. Use only premium gas.

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Engine ticks

You need to get your valves adjusted. When an engine is new, all your parts are not worn. As time goes on, mechanical parts break down. your valves are riding on your camshaft, and eventually wear down. You need to re-shim your valves to maintain the clearance that it had when it was new. You can do it yourself, but you are better taking it to a mechanic. They have the right tools. Shouldn't cost too much. This is a common procedure. Dirt bikes have this same problem, mostly because of the high RPMs and engine break-down is more rapid.

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