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2010 Voyager with 17k. Put the bike away for the winter. Fired it up in the spring and there's a knock somewhere in the engine. I'm pretty sick about it. Love my bike. Hard to say where it's coming from. Have ridden it for around 50 miles and it's running fine and the knock seems to go away but not forever. Comes and goes. I don't know what to do or what to look for.
Can anyone out there help ?
 

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I had a valve knock when I fired up my '17 Vaquero this spring. Someone else had commented that they switched to full synthetic oil and it took care of theirs, so I gave that a try. It immediately went a way and hasn't been back. Good luck with your's. Hope something that simple fixes it.
 

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Since I dont have one, arent they hydraulic lifters in your engine?
And if they are many, many years ago lifter knock was more common then it is now.
And it can be there for years and not cause damage or problems.
As suggested, try different oil and it might go away!
 
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2010 Voyager with 17k. Put the bike away for the winter. Fired it up in the spring and there's a knock somewhere in the engine. I'm pretty sick about it. Love my bike. Hard to say where it's coming from. Have ridden it for around 50 miles and it's running fine and the knock seems to go away but not forever. Comes and goes. I don't know what to do or what to look for.
Can anyone out there help ?
Thanks for the responses.
This is my 3rd summer with the bike and when I put it away it wasn't making the noise.
Started it up in May and there it was. :cautious:
2010 Voyager with 17k. Put the bike away for the winter. Fired it up in the spring and there's a knock somewhere in the engine. I'm pretty sick about it. Love my bike. Hard to say where it's coming from. Have ridden it for around 50 miles and it's running fine and the knock seems to go away but not forever. Comes and goes. I don't know what to do or what to look for.
Can anyone out there help ?
Since I dont have one, arent they hydraulic lifters in your engine?
And if they are many, many years ago lifter knock was more common then it is now.
And it can be there for years and not cause damage or problems.
As suggested, try different oil and it might go away!
Thanks for the reply.
This is my 3rd summer with the bike. Put it away for the winter and in May fired it up and the knock was there. Right after I bought the bike I changed the oil and filter. Put Mobile
V-TWIN full synthetic in. Have probably only put 1k on it since then. Maybe I'll put a little marvel in it and run it for some miles then change the oil and filter. If it goes away maybe I should've been changing the oil every year. Hope it works.
It's just one of those things that kinda makes me afraid of running it. But it does run fine out on the road.
 

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Since I dont have one, arent they hydraulic lifters in your engine?
And if they are many, many years ago lifter knock was more common then it is now.
And it can be there for years and not cause damage or problems.
As suggested, try different oil and it might go away!
Yes I believe they are hydraulic. Have a stethoscope and it's still hard to pinpoint. I think it's in the rear cylinder. I'm gonna change the oil and filter first. Hope it works. Thanks for the reply.
 

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Yes I believe they are hydraulic. Have a stethoscope and it's still hard to pinpoint. I think it's in the rear cylinder. I'm gonna change the oil and filter first. Hope it works. Thanks for the reply.
They are hydraulic, but this is an OHC engine, there are no lifters. The hydraulic valve actuators are in the head, under the rocker arms. And yes, you should be changed the oil at least yearly. With the extended down time and cold weather the oil breaks down and you also get condensation that you need to get out.
 

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They are hydraulic, but this is an OHC engine, there are no lifters. The hydraulic valve actuators are in the head, under the rocker arms. And yes, you should be changed the oil at least yearly. With the extended down time and cold weather the oil breaks down and you also get condensation that you need to get out.
I would not put any oil additives in your bike. You're only asking for clutch problems if you do
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I think your right the oil in there looks like new. New oil is coming from Amazon tomorrow. I'm going go that route first.
Had 20W50 full synthetic in it and I'm going to put 10W40 full synthetic in. Hopefully the lighter oil will do the trick. The previous owner told me that he ran 20W50 so that's why I put that in.
 

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I think your right the oil in there looks like new. New oil is coming from Amazon tomorrow. I'm going go that route first.
Had 20W50 full synthetic in it and I'm going to put 10W40 full synthetic in. Hopefully the lighter oil will do the trick. The previous owner told me that he ran 20W50 so that's why I put that in.
20w50 is pretty thick oil for a water cooled bike, unless you live in a location where temperatures are consistently very hot.
 

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I have a VN2000, it too calls for 10W-40 but I hear of plenty of folks running something heavier. It also has HVAs in the heads and thicker than specified oil would concern me with these on any bike. I get a valve train tick for ~ 30 min/20 miles if it sits too long (like over the winter) then has to pump up which ever HVA(s) were compressed for an extended period of time.
 

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I have a VN2000, it too calls for 10W-40 but I hear of plenty of folks running something heavier. It also has HVAs in the heads and thicker than specified oil would concern me with these on any bike. I get a valve train tick for ~ 30 min/20 miles if it sits too long (like over the winter) then has to pump up which ever HVA(s) were compressed for an extended period of time.
That's what I read in one article this past spring. They said ride it for 20 miles or so and the knock would go away. It did go away and I was happy until I fired it up again and the knock was back. Ugh
So I did change the oil out yesterday and put in 10W40 full synthetic. The noise is still there but not as pronounced. So maybe?
I need to take it out for a ride. Thanks for the comment.
 

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I did the 600 mile (actually 800 :D ) oil change last October and used Kawasaki's 10w40 full synthetic. After upgrading to Chuckster's intake & Sharkroad exhaust I can "hear" what sounds like ticking but the more I think about it it is probably the air sucking in through the more "open" filter. Being at just over 2800 miles I hardly want to believe it has an issue
 

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I have a 2011 voyager I was told by a Kawasaki specialist that it normal until temp gets to about 3/4 on the temp gage then it quiets down. I have notice that it's true. I live in a hotter climate and ride all year long. When I first start it up I get a lifter tap until the bike gets up to operating temp then it quits the noise. Hope this helps.
 

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I have been using shell rotella for 6 years now and it works great on a 16 fury, 14bolt and 14 nomad. I will be putting it in my 07 yamaha tour deluxe come this fall. From what i understand is the transmission gears put a shearing on the oil. and this resists that. No clutch problem either.
 

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2010 Voyager with 17k. Put the bike away for the winter. Fired it up in the spring and there's a knock somewhere in the engine. I'm pretty sick about it. Love my bike. Hard to say where it's coming from. Have ridden it for around 50 miles and it's running fine and the knock seems to go away but not forever. Comes and goes. I don't know what to do or what to look for.
Can anyone out there help ?
mine knocks every spring when i fire it up. its because the lifters drain out and need to refill before the knock goes away. there is nothing wrong with your engine. after 10 minutes riding down the road the knock will go away. if your bike sits for weeks on end without being ran the lifters will drain out.
 
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