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HOW TO fix that annoying front cowl rattle



So both of my 10r's have this loud annoying vibration/rattle that comes from the front cowl, mostly from 4k-6k rpm's. And I notice it goes away if I push forward on the windscreen. So today I decide to go check it out and heres what i found.

First you gotta remove the front center cowl and windscreen as a unit. This requires removing the two center windcreen allen bolts, removing the mirrors, and then removing the 2 srews next to the gauge that hold the center cowl to the headlight.

After removal u can clearly see in the pic above where the harness coming from the gauge is rubbing the back of the center cowl.





In this pic u can see the mark again but u also see 2 smaller marks alittle higher up. These are where the brackets are rubbing the cowl where they bolt up to the upper stay.





In this pic you can see the front center cowl removed. See the red dot on the harness, well thats paint from the cowl its not supposed to be there. Also u can see the brackets that go to the windscreen, see where they bolt the upper stay? The round parts that are raised is where the cowl contacts them.






So to fix things I cleaned up the round parts of the brackets with alcohol and places some PTP tape on there (not shown in pic), its basicaly foam with tape on one side, tech's use it for rattles in cars and such. Also I found a bendable tab that wasnt being used when I installed my euros. It was completely straight and not holding anything so when I installed the euro's I removed it but held onto it. Well it came in handy cause in the next pic you can see how i used it to hold the harness out of the way. Looks factory!

Anyway when ur done just put it all together and u should have no more rattles from the front. Which makes me enjoy my bike so much more cause now i can listen to all the good sounds the 10r makes!




here is the pic of the left side of the bike where I found the tab not being used. It was attached to this bracket.

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Nice -but now I'm sure to hear that rattle on my bike!

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if i can get these damn pics working right so people can see what im seein

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if i can get these damn pics working right so people can see what im seein
They work if I click on the links- made sense.

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ok i painted arrows on the pics see if that makes it easier, now if i can just get em in the post.
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I see the pics...also, which bracket did you remove? what did it do? I didn't find any useless brackets when I installed my euro's. I really want to do this so I can enjoy my 10r sounds as well...
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well the bracket (bendable tab) i found on the bracket in the last pic, just look down there and see if u can spot it. urs may actualy be holding something but mine wasnt. and i could figure out what it would hold.

also make sure the rattle is from the cowl, do this by riding and with it vibrating push and pull on the windscreen, if it goes away then this is ur rattle. if it doesnt, its probably in ur clip-on's

oh and hill fixed the pics for me

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the clip-ons making the rattle?....haven't heard of that before. and i think that this may be my problem, may also be more than just this though...I did try the windshield thing just didn't do it at the right rpms to double check
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well the clip-ons will be mor a vibration but can be alittle audible, the cowl vibration-rattle is much louder
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and the clip-on issue is helped by tightening what...
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