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 Post subject: Clicking sound
PostPosted: April 27th, 2017, 5:58 pm 
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I recently replaced the rear tire on my 90 TA and now when I'm riding in 5th gear at certain speeds, I get a clicking sound coming from somewhere on the left side of the bike. It's random (I.e., doesn't follow road or engine speed) and it doesn't jolt the bike at all. The carbs definitely need a cleaning but otherwise the motor and trans should be in good shape. The transmission output shaft was replaced and the engine put back together less than a year ago and I only really started riding it the past few weeks since the weather has actually been nice. Could I have jacked up the chain somehow putting the wheel back in? I'll have to take another look in the morning but wanted to get other's opinions too.

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: April 28th, 2017, 12:52 am 
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First thing I would check is the joining link on the chain. Also check for chain stretch by placing your weight on the seat and rolling the bike forwards and checking the tension stays the same. Some chain problems can be found by simply rolling the bike backwards. Also check the front sprocket is sound.

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: April 28th, 2017, 9:32 am 
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Put it on a stand and spun the rear wheel. The chain has the usual chain noises and no stretching or tight spots that I can find. The rear wheel has a clicking sound and has hard spots in it's rotation. All wheel bearings were replaced less than 2 or 3 hundred miles ago along with brake shoes. Tension on the chain seems fine to me too. I put it more on the loose side to avoid the worn out countershaft I had before.

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: April 28th, 2017, 12:39 pm 
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Disassembled and reassembled the rear axle, brake and wheel. No clicking and no other issues there. Rear sprocket is brand new, front sprocket is also practically new. Chain is degreased and lubed. Master link is still in place and locked in. When spinning the wheel and chain, there is no clicking sound. Only when riding at certain speeds in 5th gear.

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: April 28th, 2017, 4:59 pm 
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Sounds like a chain.

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: April 29th, 2017, 7:48 am 
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Thanks I'll check the chain again. It should have less than 1000 miles on it.

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: April 29th, 2017, 6:35 pm 
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What bothers me is that you are only getting the clicking in 5th gear. If it was the chain, wheel or brakes, none of those would care what gear you are in. Have you checked all the spokes front and back? Is there any "in/out" play on the counter shaft? Can you make it click deliberately? What kind of frequency? Does it click only under load or cruising or coasting? What speed does it click at?

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
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Is it only on bumpy roads? Could be overtight chain. Must have sufficient play in chain to allow long travel suspension to reach full compression without chain reaching full stretch, or you'll do serious damage to the output shaft.

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: May 5th, 2017, 5:41 pm 
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It happens between 45-50 mph (70-80 kph) under light load. If I give it WOT, it stops clicking. Chain is on the loose side (probably too loose, to be honest). The chain is practically new. I had to replace it a while ago because I ruined the other one I bought by clamping the link too tight with the chain breaker :bash: both sprockets are new and have no missing teeth or broken metal. Counter shaft is new as well. I have also noticed within the past few days when the weather was cooperating that it did it in 4th gear as well as long as I get it up to the same speed and only put it under a light load. I'm going to try and tighten the chain up to proper spec and look over everything once more to make sure it's up to snuff

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: May 6th, 2017, 4:41 am 
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If you tighten the chain, make sure that it still has a little slack when the rear suspension is fully compressed, or you'll damage the counter shaft. It may be the joining link on your new chain is a little tight, creating a tight spot in the chain that ticks as it goes over the front sprocket at that speed.
Another possibility is putting in earplugs so you don't hear it. Not so great if it turns out to be a serious problem, but good if it is nothing to worry about.

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: May 6th, 2017, 5:06 am 
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Jackflash wrote:
Another possibility is putting in earplugs so you don't hear it. Not so great if it turns out to be a serious problem, but good if it is nothing to worry about.


Like what I do when my trucks start making noises...turn the music up :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: May 6th, 2017, 4:28 pm 
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Getting back to that joining link, have you checked it for polishing. It is usually a bit wider than the rest of the chain and if it is striking some where the rivets will be shiny.

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: May 6th, 2017, 4:38 pm 
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Just went out and checked. All rivets are equally dirty and non-shiny. It's a clip style of link and the clip itself has a bit of surface rust to it but nothing crazy. Rest of the chain doesn't have rust. I did notice though, that some of the o rings seemed to be a bit dry or cracked. Is that something to be worried about?

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: May 7th, 2017, 7:09 am 
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ok, this seems like torture, but give it a try. place the bike on the centre stand and tighten the chain till it has no slack. Now rotate the wheel and check for loose and tight spots. If you have a Vernier caliper check the measurement between the rollers is uniform. To be honest if the noise is not in the final drive/rear wheel it must be in the assembly of the gearbox from the shaft replacement. Also play a tune on the spokes to ensure they are tensioned evenly. Good luck, Nev.

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 Post subject: Re: Clicking sound
PostPosted: May 7th, 2017, 9:24 am 
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I'll check the chain again when I get back home. I don't remember there being any sound when it first was put back together. I also just changed the oil and there were no metal fragments or anything so I don't think anything is broken...I hope nothing is broken

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