05 relay assembly sounds like a geiger counter
Folks - I need some help if possible. I have an 05 ZX10 that seems like it may have cylinders dropping in an out. It happens at idle and just about every where in the rpm range. I noticed the problem on my second track session yesterday morning. I knew something was wrong because the bike sounded strange, wasn't pulling as hard and was bucking a bit. Riding back through the paddock the 10 was bucking and sometimes sounded like and EX500.
I pulled the seat and tank to check all the connections. Everything seems tight, dry and secure. The rely assemble however sounds like a geiger counter. I never noticed this sound before. When it is popping and clicking the motor is running rough. When the motor is running smooth the relay is relatively quiet.
I have searched the site and I see "noise related to the relay" is common but how much noise is too much? As I said, I used the search feature but I haven't seen many resolution to said "relay assemble making noise" or a confirmation that the assembly was the problem and swapping it out fixed it.
The bike is basically stock. It does has a GiPro and a Muzzy slip-on. I disconnected the GiPro and no change. The bike hasn't seen water in 6 months so it's probably not a wet connection issue. The tank is full of fresh gas. The kick stand switch is still firmly attached and hasn't moved. All wire connections seem secure and tight. The battery and ground connections are solid. The bike has 4200 miles on it, that includes about 10 track days. I bought it new and it has never been drop or abused (well I spank her at the track a bit but she likes it like that).
I just down loaded the service manual so I will go through the trouble shooting procedure for the relay assemble tomorrow. I was hoping (actual lazy is a better description) that someone had actual had this same problem and knows the solution. Thank you for any input.
Update: I swapped relay assemblies and the problem persists.
Last edited by Colinr_69; 05-01-2009 at 04:46 PM.
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