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Nomad front end clunk/clang.

Quite a few months ago I started noticing a loud front end metallic "clang" when going over abrupt bumps on my 2014 Nomad. I have spent many hours trying to figure out where it's coming from, and the best I can guess is one or both of the shock shields is somehow involved, though in all honesty it's just a guess. Everything I've checked is tight, and I had it on a lift to check the front end play. I even took the headlight out to check in there. Has anyone else experienced this and, better yet, figured out where it's coming from and how to stop it?

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Hi, did you check front fender? I had such clang when bolts were not tight.
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Check the bracket for the turn signals. On mine the rubber has dried & shrunk.


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Thank you for the feedback so far!! I've checked the fender and turn signals mounts. I've kicked, prodded, pushed, banged on and jumped on everything I could think of, even while on a lift with both wheels off the ground. I removed the headlight assembly, guage cover and the rear brake fluid cover (that flexes easily). Nothing, while the bike is stationary, makes the noise that happens when riding and hitting an abrupt bump in the road. The only thing that sounds anything at all iike what I hear is when I bang on the shock shields, and even that doesn't quite sound the same.

Also, this isn't an occasional noise. It happens virtually everytime I leave my driveway (about a 1" drop to the paved road), hit an imperfection in a paved road, turn off one road onto another where there's a slight difference in road height or hit one of those tar babies left from paving. It's really annoying and I don't have a clue!

Keep ideas coming; maybe someone will hit on something I haven't tried.

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What about oil in front fork?
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Also, check the neck bearings.

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Mine had a similar clang/rattle that also had me stumped, turned out it was the connectors etc inside the headlight. Stuffed some foam in-noise gone. Good luck with yours!


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Mine had a similar clang/rattle that also had me stumped, turned out it was the connectors etc inside the headlight. Stuffed some foam in-noise gone. Good luck with yours!


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I should have thought of that! Had an odd vibration rattle coming from my front end on my old 98 Shadow 750 years ago. I did that foam trick, and the noise was GONE!

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So here's an update on this front end "clang". I finally got frustrated enough that I took it to my dealer. It's still under warranty AND I have a dealership where many employees have become my friends and they really do take care of me. The service director rode it and returned before he even left the lot. His comment was "I never heard that one before". So he takes it to one of the techs who rode it and makes the same comment. He asks me to leave it so they can check it out closer. The next day he calls and says they had to call Kawasaki for assistance and I'm told that Kaw wants ME to pay for a steering bearing adjustment since it has almost 15,000 miles on it. He, his tech and myself don't believe this is the problem but I understand the manu's fixation with doing some things their way (thus my moniker "CarGuy"). I need to get it moving along so I authorize it. A couple days later I get another call that it didn't fix it and now Kaw wants to replace the steering stem bearings at their expense, plus now they won't charge me for the unsuccessful bearing adjustment. (I believe the service director convinced Kaw to pay for it.) The problem is, once again neither the service director, the tech, nor I feel this will fix it. At least I'll have new steering stem bearings at my 15,000 mile steering stem bearing lubrication maintenance requirement!

At this point the dealership service people are thinking it's an internal problem with the right fork/suspension, and that ultimately the fix will involve Kaw authorizing a rebuild of the forks. What's amazing to me it that the manu isn't taking the dealership's opinion into account and has to do things their way. I guess since they're paying for it under warrantly they have that right. Anyway, I'll keep you updated as this thing moves along.

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It sounds like your issue is pretty involved, and you are likely moving toward resolution. Nevertheless, I will add an experience I had on my 2015 Voyager. I noticed a metallic rattle and clanging noise recently when I first started up. It was disconcerting enough that I had left for work, but returned home after riding less than a block to check it out. Turns out it was the metal cover over the brake fluid reservoir near the right front foot area. The cover as rattling against the frame. I found a piece of rubber lawn mover fuel line, cut an inch off, sliced it open and slid it over the bottom edge of the metal cover. Problem solved.

Its funny how such a tiny thing can make a noise that is big enough to get a driver's attention.
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