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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Is it somewhat normal for these engines to sound a bit ticky?

I have an 06 zx14 that I bought about a month ago. Since it's new to me I'm always listening to the engine for noise. Just trying to figure out what is normal and was isn't. I did change to a manual chain tensioner and that completely fixed the startup rattle. That said I can hear a slight tick in the topend around 2500 RPMs. Nothing bad "most people can't hear it" but it's there. It almost sounds like when they reshimmed the valves they may of got one or two a bit on the loose side. Now that said my yamaha vmax 1200 ticks louder by far and has for the last 10 years. Also was wondering what that large piece of rubber on top the valve cover and down the side of the head is for because it was torn up pretty bad. Guessing the dealer that done the valves got a bit wild with that rubber cover. So last week I added the washers to my valve cover to stop the common oil leak "which fixed it" I just removed that thin rubber that was all messed up. Since I did that I noticed the slight tick. Is it possible that rubber cover over the engine is there to insulate the sound from the engine?
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The rubber cover is a heat and noise insulator and you'll hear more engine noises without it. It's main purpose is to keep the engine from heating the fuel tank. and frame/airbox. It is a little fiddly to get back in place, but if it's torn up, it should be replaced.

When the valves are adjusted properly and the throttle bodies are synched, noise will be minimal, but you must remember, there are lots of moving parts whirring and tapping around in there and it's not gonna be as quiet as an electronic watch.

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The rubber cover is a heat and noise insulator and you'll hear more engine noises without it. It's main purpose is to keep the engine from heating the fuel tank. and frame/airbox. It is a little fiddly to get back in place, but if it's torn up, it should be replaced.

When the valves are adjusted properly and the throttle bodies are synched, noise will be minimal, but you must remember, there are lots of moving parts whirring and tapping around in there and it's not gonna be as quiet as an electronic watch.
ok thanks. I kinda figured it was normal since my vmax does it also only the vmax is louder. It's pretty much one of those deals since I haven't owned the bike long i don't know what is normal and what is not. The vmax has done it forever and I never think a thing of it just because after riding it for 20 years I know it's normal. As for the rubber mat I will see if I can find one from a crashed bike or something and replace it.It did seem to get louder after I took that off. Never heard that slight tick till I took that off. other than that I love the bike. went on a bike trip Easter sunday and it ran like a champ. It does have that 2500rpm stutter at light throttle but I have heard that on other 14s as well. Tried adding fuel and removing fuel in that rpm but didn't change it much if any.
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leaning over 200 hp is sure to create some noise
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Hammerhead also endorses these:

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and I concur.


But yeah, Kawi's are ticky. Like a pissed off sewing machine.

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06, Welcome to the club. I dont hear much ticking, but idleing around in low gear, i think i hear the air passing through the reeds in the clean/cool air system or what ever its called.
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It's a Kawasaki, they always have sounded like a coffee can full of nails rolling down a hill.
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Thanks guys. Just wasn't sure if it was normal or not. Like I said my vmax has done it for years so i could say it was normal for that bike.
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It's a Kawasaki, they always have sounded like a coffee can full of nails rolling down a hill.
...with a whistling moose in the background. Wait, no, that's a Ford Powerstroke. NVM.
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Noisey Kawasaki's ? SURELY you must be joking !

That said, I will never forget the 1st time I saw a 1st-gen ZX-7R on a race track...it was 89' at Sebring, FL...and as I recall it was 'conservatively' modified (ie: race-wired, so signals or mirrors and taped head-lights) with stock exhaust piping & cans...

You could'nt HEAR the thing, as it blasted along the long straight...it was EERILY quiet, even at max-warp, but surprisingly-so at idle.

I swear to this day, even bone-stock early-model (1st-gen) CBR-Hurricanes or maybe even 1600 Goldwings were louder than that ZX was.

Never got to throw a leg over a Zx7...still wishing I could, but I'm happy with what I've got.

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So, you a Dancing With Wolves fan?

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Yup. Sure was, for quite awhile. Very perceptive...not many people catch-on that quick !

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The ZX7 wasn't making enough power to tick.....:) You wouldn't hear engine tick from trackside unless the engine was about to put a leg out of the bed. Only the pilot will hear it.

a short list of Kawaseikos I've had around: ZX11, ZX9, ZX14, ZX14R
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Yup. Sure was, for quite awhile. Very perceptive...not many people catch-on that quick !
Perceptive might not be the best word- we just watch a frackton of movies. DWW is excellent, saw it when it came out, and many times since.
Granted, if it had been released this year I would probably hate it, but that's because... no, never mind all that. I got it right off, lets just leave it there.

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