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Ticking noise in top rite head,could it be worn lifters or big end problems.1994 1100 shadow.

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  • mick_spanna Mar 07, 2009

    been told that it is hydaulic cannot be adjusted. they said clearances cant be adjusted.might have pull engine down.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2009

    My 1987 Shadow 1100 does the same thing. I've been told it's the "famous Honda Tick" .I have also been told that using Shell Rotella T 15w40 motor oil could cure or lessen the problem. I'm gonna try it...what do I have to lose,right? Apprently this is a common problem with 1100 shadows...and a comon fix. Hope it works .

  • joe May 11, 2010

    have you checked intake & exhaust valve gaps?


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this may help free service manual in pdf format

if it were big end noise then it would be more prominent at the bottom, as thats where they are,

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A squeak in the left side of engine on my Honda vt 1100 shadow. motor bike

Hi, Brad I would love to help you with your engine or chassis noise but I just loaned my brand new pair of listening ears to your local dealer's chief technician so he could take your bike for a test ride and give you his professional opinion and estimate about your noise and repair cost. If you are a little short on "DRACHMA" and a Dealership is not on your list of fun places to visit then perhaps the list below will help soothe your worried mind so you can make an informed decision.
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I have a 2001 HD Electraglide classic,at 18,000 mi cam tens,went bad.Local HD shop in my area installed hydraulic cam plate~kit. and supposed to take care of the common problem. now i have 44k and noticed...

Could just be fair wear and tear, Ticking noises can be worn rocker arms but unusual on TC. If bike is well maintained and proper oil services done then wear should not be the problem. Use a steatascope to pinpoint the noise. If lifters are the problem, then noise will be loudest on lifter covers. Lifter roller bearins do fail on TC's.

Sep 27, 2013 | Harley Davidson Motorcycles

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Loud ticking in engine and rear breaks worn out at 1932 miles Harley says they are not responsible for the breaks being worn out and they don't know what the loud ticking is. Might be on the top side...

The loud ticking could be a tappet on the cam. Most people refer to these as "lifters". Each tappet has a roller bearing on the cam end of it. The roller rides on the camshaft lobe. If the bearing locks up, it wears a flat spot on the bearing and scars up the camshaft. It also makes a loud tapping noise. Since I don't have any connection to Harley-Davidson, I cannot tell you anything about their warranty. But, I don't see how the brake pads could be worn out in less than 2000 miles. But, they do consider brake pads as "normal wear items" just like most auto makers do and they will not replace them under warranty.

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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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Hi,redone the top end of my Rm125 1989,it struggled to reach powerband for a while, but eventualy it reached it!Next morning I started the old lady and there was almost no compression with a funny noise in...

Hi, i presume that before you rebuilt the top end you had no issues? Normaly this happens when either you have exsessive play in either the big end or the small end bearing, this would be recognised by up and down moovment in the conrod for big end and piston for small end, this would account for spark plug contact only. The other thing to check was the piston identical in height to the old one, did it have the same cut outs for fuel transfere, and finaly did you install it in the correct direction with the rings located in the peg positions facing the inlet side of the barrel, was the new head gasket the same thickness as the old one, did you run i the new piston for a while if the piston and cylinder were new a bed in period must be observed

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I am considering buying a Honda 750 Shadow Aero with 18,000 miles. My wife looked at it today and said she thought she heard a knocking sound in the engine. It runs fine and because of hearing problems,...

Knocks, Rattles, Whining, Clunks, and Grinding noises coming from the engine are not good signs.

Light Tapping noise could be a few things.

A dirty oil filter will cause the top end to make tapping sound until the oil warms up and, then the noise goes away, that might be why you didn't hear it, but she did at first.

If the valves/rockers continue to make noise, it probably just needs the valve clearance checked & adjusted. If they continue to make noise after this, then its a sign of wear to one or more of the valve componets.(rockers worn, lifters worn etc)

With only 18000 miles, its probably just dirty oil filter.

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1989 vt1100c motor oil to reduce engine ticking

20W-50 is good for muffling sounds in the motor. Depending on the loudness the ticking could be caused by Exhaust gaskets (o-rings) from the head to the head pipe(ticking sound ((at idle))and popping or backfiring on deceleration). When automatic cam chain adjusters are going bad you get a clicking sound, or worse, hydraulic valve lifters (for zero tolerance) going bad. Lifters tend to be a loud clacking sound.

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I have a 2008 Suzuki C90T. I has a bad ticking noise when it is cold. It has hydralic lifters so the valve can't be adjusted. The bike has 20k on it. The ticking seems to be getting worse but it will go...

Try checking your valve stem seal or see if your exhaust pipe blows white-bluish smoke when you up the rev for the oil leak. If it does then have it fixed or you can try to use oil sealer additives for not so badly damaged seals or even piston rings.
How often did you change the oil, have you ever use engine or lifter flush additive?
Go to your local car/motorcycle shop look for an engine flush/lifter flush additives, put it into your oil, ride for about at least 60 minutes, change the oil and filter, ride again for about 2 weeks (200-300km) then use the same additives again, change your oil and filter again,put in fresh oil and filter and that should give your a relieve from the noise tappet ticking.

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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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