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Hello everyone.Thanks for all you hepl in the past.Now I have another problem.

Seller said he was told it could be front bearing in alternator.It's a rattling noise

like something loose.At first start-up,but at idling you don't hear it.Tack therpm's a little and you hear it.This bike has only belonged to two people.Me being the third

person.Bike was purchase new by first owner who put over 160,000 miles on it.The

person I purchased from was having health problems.I am not familar with this type

problem.If it needs an alternator,I can deal with that.No problem.But should I be

looking for some other problem?Thank you in advancefor your help.And I hope

all are having a great day,James
 

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Hello Punkincycle. I would use a short three foot hose and put it to your ear and the other end towards the noise. That will help to isolate where the noise is coming from. Tony:waving:
 

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there is a aluminum cap on the stator cover<rear Cover> you might take it out and see if the stator bolt is tight. jb
 

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punkincycle wrote:
Hello everyone.Thanks for all you hepl in the past.Now I have another problem.

Seller said he was told it could be front bearing in alternator.It's a rattling noise

like something loose.At first start-up,but at idling you don't hear it.Tack therpm's a little and you hear it.This bike has only belonged to two people.Me being the third

person.Bike was purchase new by first owner who put over 160,000 miles on it.The

person I purchased from was having health problems.I am not familar with this type

problem.If it needs an alternator,I can deal with that.No problem.But should I be

looking for some other problem?Thank you in advancefor your help.And I hope

all are having a great day,James
I don't know if this applies but, I was QUITE worried about the same sounding noises. Over on the RANDAKK(spelling?) site, i read a post that said my gl1000 has THREE chains that combined can give sound effect of all hell breaking loose inside at idle and generally it is a characteristic of the bike, as long as it goes away when bike is in gear and under torque:D.
 

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Thanks JBZ.I will start with the simplist things first.Probably check alt.then go from there.I need to try and get in touch with first owner if possible.Maybe get a history on bike.It has been well taken care of cosmeticly,I'm thinking anyone being that

particular with the looks would surely look after the mechanical work too.But one never knows does one?
 

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It could be the alternator drive rubber dampers are shot. You have to pull the alternator off to get to them so it would be a good idea to take it to an alternator shop and have it checked out at the time.
 

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Two votes for rubber drive coupler on alternator. Easy fix!
 

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Thanks a lot you guys.I would really be happy if that was all it took to fix the problem.Tommorow I will remove alternator and check it out.I have a friend that runs an
alternator & starter shop.I don't have a lot in this bike
and I would be tickled pink if that was what was wrong.Thanks again to all replies,James
 
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