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I have noticed a quiet ticking sound coming from the left side of the motor. It seems to be more at lower RPM's. I did add maybe 2oz of seafoam to my last tank of fuel and the oil level is good. Would appreciate any advice. Thanks.
 

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Could be a new set of rubber dampners on the alternator might quiet it down considerabley. Otherwise, just ride it. As they accumulate miles you are bound to notice small noises. Primary chain for one.
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OMG its a bomb!
No not really, but when mine does that it's saying your not riding me hard enough.
So I run the snot out of her for a bit and she settles down.
 

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:ROFL: Funny guys!

If it's under the valve cover, I'd just run about 6oz. of SeaFoam in your CRANKCASE for 100-150 miles of good warm riding and see if that cleans out something after you change the oil. And, I've become an Amsoil guy. My Wing has never run better or quieter and shifts like a warm knife through butter, and it's 28 years old!

If cleaning doesn't help, it's probably a collapsed hydraulic lifter and there's a thread here somewhere that describes how to restore them to like-new condition. But I'm a moron at finding and linking things here.:wtf:
 

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:ROFL: Funny guys!

If it's under the valve cover, I'd just run about 6oz. of SeaFoam in your CRANKCASE for 100-150 miles of good warm riding and see if that cleans out something after you change the oil. And, I've become an Amsoil guy. My Wing has never run better or quieter and shifts like a warm knife through butter, and it's 28 years old!

If cleaning doesn't help, it's probably a collapsed hydraulic lifter and there's a thread here somewhere that describes how to restore them to like-new condition. But I'm a moron at finding and linking things here.:wtf:
That's where it sounds like its coming from, may try the seafoam since I need to change the oil anyway. Thanks
 

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Could be that your valve stem ends have become slightly dished instead of flat, my 1100 has been doing that for 10 years, no point in adjusting your tappets as you'll be using a flat feeler gauge and it'll come out just the same.

Next time you have to replace a head gasket, put new valves in it, that'll most likely fix it.
 

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my sei once its really warm and purring along for hours seems noisier than my aspy but it just helps making miles,i wouldn't worry about it,just turn the speakers up a little furtherif you cure that you'll just find another noise,trust me,been there done that
 

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Could be that your valve stem ends have become slightly dished instead of flat, my 1100 has been doing that for 10 years, no point in adjusting your tappets as you'll be using a flat feeler gauge and it'll come out just the same.

Next time you have to replace a head gasket, put new valves in it, that'll most likely fix it.
The 86 has hydraulic tappets to set the valve clearance.

More than likely your oil is dirty.

Did changing the oil make it go away?
 
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