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Pinging noise at high rpm

I have a 2003 KDX 220. I use a BR8ES spark plug for slow, low rpm trail riding to avoid fouling out the plug. I heard a pinging noise at high rpms so I changed from an BR8ES to a BR9ES spark plug. I do not hear the "pinging", but I still think there is noise like something is loose at high RPM. I burn premium at 40:1.

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Try mix of 32:1 .i use b8egv or b8egvx plug .

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You could have fuel with to low of octane rating.

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4. Excessive carbon deposit on head or in combustion chamber.
5. Ignition timing advanced due to faulty sensor inputs (MAP, CKP, CMP).
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