Front end rattle
sid.young at gmail.com
Tue Apr 8 20:34:33 PDT 2008
This is why its a good idea to do your own mechanical work, its not hard and
the skills transfer to other bikes.
On Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 1:32 PM, Simon White <swhite at consultant.com> wrote:
> OK, well it looks like I may have jumped the gun somewhat. I loosened off
> every clamp & nut (including the stem locking rings) I could find on the
> front end last night, then went through and methodically tightened them all.
> Worked a treat - no more death rattle. I think that when the exploratory
> work was done to find my electrical gremlin a month or two back, the
> mechanic may have not tightened everything back up completely. Either that
> or something was binding rather than being properly tight, and worked loose
> over the intervening time.
> Either way, it all seems OK now, so I'm a happy camper once again. Now I
> just have to buy and fit new shifter and counterbalancer shaft seals, and
> change the oil/filter, and she'll be good to go through winter.
> Thanks to all who responded.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Simon White" <swhite at consultant.com>
> > To: gpzlist at micapeak.com
> > Subject: Front end rattle
> > Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 10:54:42 +1000
> > Hi all,
> > 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
> > (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
> > 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
> > removal); and how urgent is the replacement - am I damaging the bike
> > it like this? I don't recall any other list member striking this issue,
> > this may be due to having one of the higher milage/older models on the
> > Any info/advice appreciated - along with suggestions of alternative
> > for the rattle.
> > Simon
> > '95 GPz1100 - It's big, it's blue, it's quick.
> > Melbourne, Australia
> > So many cats, so few recipes.
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