08 V-Star 1100 engine knock
Really doesnt sound like metal on metal. But it may be, thats just an observation.
Bought this bike last fall with 3300 miles. Bone stock. It knocks so loud I have to wear ear plugs. Has 6500 now...knocks horribly, but no worse than the day I got it. It cannot be normal engine noise. Its way too loud for "normal" , and its not a valve tick. Its a well defined harsh "knocking" sound which manifests when under a load only. Let up on throttle she's quiet as can be.
Its Not oil type, not detonation, not valve adjustment, not carb sync. Its all been done.
Riding with a crusty old jap bike rider today ... he said you have a bad cam chain tensioner. He said it sounds exactly like his Kawasaki 750 Vulcan did with the same problem.
He added a manually adjustable cam chain tensioner to his sled which fully corrected the problem.
Do you guys know if there is such a mechanism available for an 08 V-star 1100 ?? I absolutely hate riding it like this and I'm not having any luck finding such a thing via google. Seems it'd be worth a shot.
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2008 V-Star 1100 Classic
Last edited by jbasile; 07-10-2015 at 04:35 PM.