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Just purchased a 2004 zx10r with 53,000 kms and it came with a noisy engine, I think it's a top end noise of some kind. It only starts at 4 to 5000rpm, rattly noise and vibration. Under 4-5000rpm the engine revs freely. This is only my second bike and not really sure how to start fixing the problem. Could a cam chain problem cause vibration as well? Help! thanks.

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  • mprtmoto Sep 06, 2009

    Oil is Silkoline 10w-40, I would rather fix the problem outright.

    It is coming into summer now though! LOL

    I am getting massive power and no real dips in the revs but it's just to noisy above 4000rpm. Fixed it by wearing ear plugs! hehe but I can still feel it.

    I was worried about the vibration as I can't see how a worn chain can cause the vibration, any thoughts?

  • mprtmoto Sep 06, 2009

    I just want to understand how could a worn timing chain cause vibration? Thoughts anyone! thanks!

  • mprtmoto Sep 06, 2009

    Hi Robert, Yes I'm in Sydney!

    Wanna come down and give us a hand with the chain?! hehe

    Yes the noise is there when stationary (no load) thats why I thought cam chain or tensioner but was puzzled with the vibration.

    At this stage I will just pull the cam cover off and have a look see as I am sure you need to split the case to do bottom end stuff, maybe depends on the day!

  • mprtmoto Sep 06, 2009

    Very helpful, Wanted a "sounding board" and got it! excellent service!



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Yes it would if the chain is worn. what grade oil is in the bike and despite the noise are you able to get the rev's up and good power.

often just a heavier grade oil will work although you don't want to do that in a colder climate


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  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 06, 2009

    a worn chain spinning at 5,000 RPM you would notice. best to take it apart at least the top end to see what is worn or loose.

    i'm guessing you are in australia... i'm in brisbane for another couple months.

    it's a bit of a job but if you are up to it new bearings and checking for wear on the bottom end may be in order. something just occured to me. is that noise present when you aren't moving and you rev it up abit. basically no load on the motor.


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 06, 2009

    put a small amount of pressure on the clutch when it vibrates and see if that stops it



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