Question about 1988 kawasaki ZL 1000 A2 Eliminator
Top end rattle at certain speeds, cam chain, guides, tensioner all new.Oil new. @
Hi, Paulbarton18 I would love to help you with your engine or chassis noise but I just loaned my brand new pair of listening ears to your local dealer's chief technician so he could take your bike for a test ride and give you his professional opinion and estimate about your noise and repair cost. If you are a little short on "DRACHMA" and a Dealership is not on your list of fun places to visit then perhaps the list below will help soothe your worried mind so you can make an informed decision.
3. Brake Rotors---BUZZ
4. Cam Chains---CLICKIT
7. Fairing Panels---WHISTLE
9. Fronk Forks---Plunk
10. Fuel pumps---WHIRR
12. Head Gasket---HISS
13. Hydraulic Lifters---TAP
14. Instrument Clusters---BUZZING
15. Kick Starter---GRINDS
17. Power Valves---CLINK& RATTLE
19. Rear Chains---RATTLE
20. Rear Shocks---SQUEAK
22. Shaft Drives---WHIRR
23. Shifting Trans---CLUNK
24. Solid Lifters---TICK
27. Rods Go---KNOCK-KNOCK---who's there, it's me "*****"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This sounds like a classic case of pre-ignition, aka detonation and engine knock. Change to premium gas and put in a set of spark plugs that are one heat range colder than stock. It is good that you are handling this before the engine destroys itself. Yes, destroys itself. That is what pre-ignition will do. Hot carbon deposits ignite the fuel before the spark plug does. This is hard on the rod, main bearings and piston. Beat on the top of a piston with a hammer. That is what your piston will quickly look like with pre-ignition.
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Posted on Apr 23, 2009
SOURCE: rattle in top end
Have you adjusted the valve lash lately?
With engine COLD....
Valve Clearance Intake: 0.11 - 0.15mm ( = 0.004 - 0.006")
Valve Clearance Exhaust: 0.16 - 0.20mm (= 0.006 - 0.008")
29mm shim kits with a wide range of sizes are available from aftermarket dealers. (motion pro shim tool works great)
Also a weak valve spring will cause the valve to "float" and make a rattle noise...as well as excessive camshaft end play.
Make sure your valve train is getting proper lubrication.
Good luck....i hope this helps
Posted on May 25, 2009
Tes it is Stephen.. Replacing the guide with prevent the chain from flapping and causing damage to the parts around it. Clean everything off with degresser and a strong hosr and it will be clearer to evaluate. Good Luck -Ned_
Posted on Aug 23, 2009
you better chain it soon! my friend has the same bike with about same mileage as mine and now it dont sound good, i think he slipped a tooth...it idles like ****.
I went to a local dealer of mine and got his opinion about the sound and he said those are notorious for going bad... so i bought a Stock used one from a salvage place for $40 and installing only took 1/2 hour. when i inspected the oil one... it was wobbly and leaking oil bad when i compressed it, and it was chewed up on one side from 40K miles of hard riding. If you by an after market adjustable one.... i"ve read that you better know what your doing or it could cause damge if its not adjusted correctly. good luck.
can i get a feed back thanks!
Posted on Oct 02, 2009
Testimonial: "thanx for the fantastic advice! i will let you know if it works out. im sure it will. thanx again Brett"
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