Front end rattle
swhite at consultant.com
Mon Apr 7 17:54:42 PDT 2008
My venerable GPZ has developed a rattle in the front end. It gives a definite "clunk" over even fairly small bumps - similar to sloppy head bearings. I actually thought it may be the head stem bearings working loose (as they seem to do from time to time), but I checked yesterday and they appear OK. A friend of mine who has a Concours suggested the engine mounts may be going. I checked them also, and it does appear there is little to no clearance between the exhaust and the bottom of the engine.
My questions are as follows: how can I definitively check if the engine mounts have collapsed; are they easily replaced (i.e. not requiring engine removal); and how urgent is the replacement - am I damaging the bike riding it like this? I don't recall any other list member striking this issue, but this may be due to having one of the higher milage/older models on the list.
Any info/advice appreciated - along with suggestions of alternative causes for the rattle.
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