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I've seen videos of people who really really need a valve adjustment and there's a pronounced hard clicking noise. Mine isn't like that, but it does sound like maybe they're still making a bit of a ruckus down there. Took a couple videos to show you guys. In the shorter Part 2 video I feel like it gets louder and more "hard clickey" as it spools down from being reved.

Please take a look and let me know what you think. Is it normal mechanical engine noises, do I need to do a valve adjustment, or what?

Part 1: https://youtu.be/pZvhHtA2NAY
Part 2: https://youtu.be/C2Px94YlecE
 

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I've only got 13,000 miles on my Nomad and my valves are noisier than yours by a long shot. Like above said, these are pretty noisy motors. My bike is torn down for winter maintenance and fresh paint. When I get it running again next year I'll take a vid and post it up on YT while reviving this thread at the same time. Maybe if you hear a sound bite from a same motor you won't worry about it too much. You didn't say how many miles are on your ride?

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I've only got 13,000 miles on my Nomad and my valves are noisier than yours by a long shot. Like above said, these are pretty noisy motors. My bike is torn down for winter maintenance and fresh paint. When I get it running again next year I'll take a vid and post it up on YT while reviving this thread at the same time. Maybe if you hear a sound bite from a same motor you won't worry about it too much. You didn't say how many miles are on your ride?

Cheers!
Mike
Hey mike, I'm also mike! Just north of 20k on mine.
 

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I've seen videos of people who really really need a valve adjustment and there's a pronounced hard clicking noise. Mine isn't like that, but it does sound like maybe they're still making a bit of a ruckus down there. Took a couple videos to show you guys. In the shorter Part 2 video I feel like it gets louder and more "hard clickey" as it spools down from being reved.

Please take a look and let me know what you think. Is it normal mechanical engine noises, do I need to do a valve adjustment, or what?

Part 1: https://youtu.be/pZvhHtA2NAY
Part 2: https://youtu.be/C2Px94YlecE
The valves on these engines are not adjustable.
 

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The valves on these engines are not adjustable.
True Dat!! Hydraulic valve lifters. I just caught the OP's last sentence above on #1 post where he mentioned adjusting the valves. Perhaps if he can hear another motor of the same vintage and type he would worry less about the noises coming from his power plant. As stated, these are fairly noisy motors!!

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The valves on these engines are not adjustable.
Well actually they are - if the HLA's don't work, they need to be replaced - and that's a major adjustment :smile2:

The noise from my 1500 is so embarrassing I haven't been riding it lately. I'm pretty sure I have a couple of HLA's that are no longer working and I suspect my compression release is damaged. I need some time to pull the motor and take a look.
 

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What about the camchain tensioners? The chain will start to make noise as it stretches. At 20K, things should be ok. But if this hasn't been done already, you might want to look into it.
Ya, did that about 10 years ago - when things were still quiet. :smile2:
 

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As far a know it hasn't been done. The final drive oil and coolant, also as far as I can tell, hadn't been changed either...so I'd assume the tensioners are just as they came from the factory.
 
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