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    Default '01 883 - Strange noise from primary (?)

    Alright he's the breakdown:

    '01 883
    Aftermarket Clutch (not sure what brand, PO installed)
    17k on the clock

    Recent Maintenance:
    Replaced rear tire, torqued to 65 ft/lbs, didn't touch adjusters or the belt pulley


    Alright so the problem started up yesterday on my 35 min commute to work (bike is a DD). Noticed a whine/whistle sound that I couldn't pin point, got slightly louder the longer I rode, most noticeable in 1-3 at higher rpms.

    Got slightly worse/more noticeable today on the way to work. Did some on the fly troubleshooting, found out the following:

    -Sounds like a whine/whistle/possibly minor grinding, leads me to think it's a bearing
    - Noise is most prevalent at higher rpms
    - Noise follows rpms, not actual speed of m/c
    - Noise occurs with clutch in or out, again completely rpm based
    - Noise occurs in all 5 gears and neutral
    - Does not occur when coasting with clutch lever in, will pop up with clutch level out and engine braking (again, follows rpms)
    - Does not occur when coasting with the bike shut off and in neutral
    - Does not exhibit power loss
    - Does not shift hard, although occasionally (once or twice on a 35 min commute) when taking off from a stop after shifting to 1st from N it will jump as though the gear was not fully engaged

    Any ideas on where to start with this? I am going to pick up some oil on the way home to service the primary, I'm thinking the oil might just be low somehow, I will check for metal shavings and report back. This is going to be my first time opening up a primary if I have to, any tips/tricks/what to look for?

    Thanks for the help guys.

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    Check the steel brake line from the master cylinder. Mine was rubbing the belt and made the same noise

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    Thanks, will do

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    When's the last time you checked/adjusted the primary chain? And primary oil level/condition?

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    With 17K on the clock, might be needing a new primary shoe....

    If so.... Nice up-grade with this .....




    York Self Adjusting Chain Tensioner for 5-speed with wet clutch
    Kit includes all hardware and instructions for complete conversion. Replaces factory type detent adjuster shoe assembly.

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    Damn that tensioner is pretty slick! So I got the cover popped, fluid was good, needed to be replaced but still good levels. Chain tension was solid. No shavings in the fluid, serviced it back up and took it for a spin and the sound is gone, hope it stays gone but we shall see. Thanks a lot guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    With 17K on the clock, might be needing a new primary shoe....

    If so.... Nice up-grade with this .....




    York Self Adjusting Chain Tensioner for 5-speed with wet clutch
    Kit includes all hardware and instructions for complete conversion. Replaces factory type detent adjuster shoe assembly.
    Damn, so I pop this fucker in and no more adjusting the chain?

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