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Re: Lifters....yet again
« Reply #15 on: Jul 17, 2009, 08:36:29 am »
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    Re: Lifters....yet again
    « Reply #16 on: Jul 17, 2009, 09:44:28 am »
    My raider is 09 with 500 miles and i believe i have a bad knocking sound coming from the top of the engine,  I was sitting at a red light the guy next to me heard the sound and asked what that knock was from.

    I also have some sort of greasy residue on the right side of the back rim after every ride, i have no idea where it is coming from either.

    going to the dealer for first service and to check out these issues,  called dealer on the phone to ask him about the knocking sound, his answer made me mad, he said all v-twins make that sound its normal, my road star didn't, my 105th anniv v-rod doesn't, Ireally hope its not a bad lifter after 500 miles.

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    Re: Lifters....yet again
    « Reply #17 on: Jul 17, 2009, 09:46:58 am »
    TRUST ME you know if you have a bad lifter!  Sounds like the rod is about to come thru the case!

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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #18 on: Jul 17, 2009, 01:35:48 pm »
      ohhh good I don't have bad lifter after all. I kept hearing a click made me think lifter but, now I think its that exhaust baffle thingy. Does it mostly in the morning when the motor is cool.
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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #19 on: Jul 18, 2009, 07:15:42 am »
      11,000 and no problems and hope it stays that way.....
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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #20 on: Jul 18, 2009, 08:36:54 am »
      5600 miles and so far no problems, I am hopin it stays that way also.
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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #21 on: Jul 18, 2009, 03:06:43 pm »
      ohhh good I don't have bad lifter after all. I kept hearing a click made me think lifter but, now I think its that exhaust baffle thingy. Does it mostly in the morning when the motor is cool.

      On an air-cooled V-Twin you'll hear some kinda 'click' if you wanna call it.  It isn't even the same ballpark as the sound a bad lifter makes.  If you have a bad lifter, you're gonna damn well know it.  No worries, as long as the lifter don't collapse you're all good.  And if it does collapse, you should probably call up your local Yamaha dealer screaming and cursing at them.
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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #22 on: Jul 18, 2009, 05:46:07 pm »
      I have the same problem... started right at the 600 mile point. Only happens when it is cold, lasts until the bike warms up. It's a 'knock-knock-knock' sound for sure, but becomes smooth after a while.  Today I noticed some ticking even when warm so it's probably time to take it in and have the lifters swapped out.

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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #23 on: Jul 18, 2009, 07:33:48 pm »
      i also had my lifters replaced on my raider at about da 400 mile point. it still makes da knocking noise but like an earlier post said it goes away after 3 or 4 minutes. gonna keep riding it till i guess it blows up on me

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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #24 on: Jul 18, 2009, 07:55:37 pm »
      I take it it's a super loud knock?
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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #25 on: Jul 18, 2009, 08:01:02 pm »
      oh yeah youll definetly know this knocking....sounds like someone banging a big pair of click clacks

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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #26 on: Jul 19, 2009, 01:29:09 am »
      I have had mine replaced. Just recently though I get a tick or 2 in the mornings. Nothing major as the time before replacement. If what it is doing now is the worst it ever gets, then I can handle it. Just "Tick, Tick, Tick and then gone.

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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #27 on: Jul 19, 2009, 06:55:08 am »
      This is the official tech bulletin from Yamaha 2/2/05
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      Explanation of engine mechanical noise characteristics
      XV1600/1700 Road Star models

      Please use the information in this bulletin to assist you in handling customer concerns about normal engine noise

      Yamaha designed the Road Star to be a very special motorcycle, the heart of which is it's enormous v-twin engine. Our goals were to build a big-bore, high torque engine in the tradition of classic motorcycles that have long been part of the American landscape.  We also wanted it to have the exceptionally clean, muscular lines that without a doubt would draw attention to the Road Star.

      Several engineering decisions were made to accomplish our goals.  For example, we chose traditional no-fuss air-cooling so as not to have a radiator detract from the bikes clean lines.  We chose proven push-rod valve actuation to give the engine it's particular style, as well as it's particular height and weight distribution characteristics.  We also gave it 98-102-cubic inch displacement-bigger than many car engines-with massive internal components like a crankshaft that alone weighs a hefty 45lbs.

      If a customer should question the overall engine noise level, explain to them that certain mechanical operating noises from the engine are expected, and the Road Star is no exception.  It has engine-operating sounds  that are inherent precisely  because of the type of engine that it is.  The air cooled engine design used for the Road Star, unlike liquid-cooled engines, does not have a sound deadening , liquid-filled jacket surrounding most of the sound-producing mechanical engine components.  What is at issue is what are normal and abnormal noises.

      Remind the customer that this is a very large air-cooled engine.  Aluminum and other metal components expand when they get hot, and the engine is designed with operating tolerances to accommodate for this expected characteristic of the metal.  The result is that the customer will likely hear more overall mechanical noises from the engine when it's hot and the oil is thinner.

      Above all, make sure the customer is aware that the Road Star engine is proving itself to be extremely reliable and we are confident that Road Star will deliver trustworthy performance for years to come.  assure them that normal mechanical noises are not the sign of impending engine failure.

      Engine Noise Analysis
      tapping noise from camshaft area

      Normal Noise    READ THIS!!!!!!During initial engine start-up, the customer may occasionally hear a tapping noise from the camshaft area and, within a few minutes, the noise subsides.  explain that this is due to extra clearance at the push rod end before the hydraulic lifter is pumped up.  When the engine is turned off and it stops in a position where one of the valves is open, that lifter will bleed down over time due to the constant pressure applied to the lifter by the valve spring.  When the engine is restarted, a small amount of air may enter the lifter and it can take a few minutes for the air to bleed out of the lifter and self adjust to proper clearance.
      Abnormal Noise
      Constant tapping noise regardless of engine temperature - may be caused by what is called a flat lifter.  if the piston inside the hydraulic lifter becomes scratched, the lifter will not be able to hold the compressed oil inside to take up the valve/push rod clearance.  explain that a failed lifter will need to be replaced.

      Ticking Noise from Cylinder Head Area

      Normal Noise
      Explain that a light ticking noise is normal due to the compact air-cooled design of the cylinder heads, which allows the sound of rocker arm loading/unloading and valve-to-valve eat contact to be heard.  Clarify that the ticking noise may increase slightly as the engine gets hot where the engine parts expand and the oil thins down.
      Abnormal Noise
      A consistently loud ticking noise, regardless of engine temperature may be caused by an improper valve clearance adjustment.  Explain that this engine is designed  with 2 intake valves and 2 exhaust vales per cylinder.  The single rocker opens and closes both valves at the same time.  One side of the rocker is nonadjustable and the clearance is self adjusted by the hydraulic lifter.  The other side is adjustable and must be adjusted so the valve contact point is the same as the other side.

      Knocking Noise from Crankshaft Area

      Normal Noise
      When an extremely hot engine is idling, the customer may hear what some describe as a light knocking noise coming from the crankshaft area, primarily from the right side.  The noise is more pronounced if the idle speed drops below 900rpm.  this is a normal engine noise.
      Explain that the Road Star engine is designed to produce very high torque at low engine operating rpm.  Because of this low operating rpm, for the alternator to produce sufficient electrical output to support the system, the alternator is driven off of a jackshaft which is geared to the crankshaft and spins at approximately 2 time the engine rpm.
      As the engine heats up and the aluminum crankcase expands, the gear lash (clearance) is increased between the alternator shaft drive and driven gear.  Inform the customer that, normally, the oil viscosity dampens the gear contact surfaces and helps reduce mechanical noise.  However, in this case, the oil is thin which reduces the damping effect.
      Under these conditions, if the machine is put into 1st gear and the engine is loaded down below 500 rpm with the brakes applied, the described knocking noise will become even more pronounced.  Explain that this is because of several factors.  1st, the ignition timing is set for 900 rpm idle speed.  At below 500 rpm, the timing is too far advanced and causes early combustion which will try to force the piston down in the opposite direction.  2nd, at such low rpm, the oil pressure is also very low which affect the damping effect at crankshaft plain bearings.  Combine these factors  with the slow spinning alternator shaft which is juddering  from the magnetic field of the alternator rotor, the engine will make some mechanical noises.  Reassure the customer that this is common with any engine design and does not indicate excessive wear/clearance of components or impending failure.
      Abnormal Noise
      If the engine is consistently making what is described as a knocking noise regardless of engine temperature or load, convey that it may be due to a bearing or bearing surface failure at the upper or lower connecting rod or crankshaft plain bearings.  if your customer is concerned that a normal operating noise is impending bearing failure, remind him or her that bearing failures get progressively worse in a short time.  if the noise hasn't been getting worse or even seems to "fix itself" from time to time, it's not a bearing failure.
      « Last Edit: Jul 19, 2009, 06:58:26 am by TheOhiomike »

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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #28 on: Jul 19, 2009, 07:00:12 am »
      Completely excellent article on the characteristics of an air-cooled motor.
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      Re: Lifters....yet again
      « Reply #29 on: Jul 19, 2009, 07:10:21 am »
      i had same thing happen one of the rear lifts went bad took back to dealer and replace soo far so good it happened around 400 miles and now have over 2000