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post #1 of 4 Old 02-21-2016, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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My name is danny. I recently purchased a 2005 zx10r. The bike runs phenomenal. It has 27000 miles on it. There is a little noise in engine that is driving me crazy. It's a tapping sound. I took it to a bike shop and they said it's typical Kawasaki noise. I've researched a lot and think it may be the cam chain tensioner??? And advice on this on how I would know for sure.
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-21-2016, 07:19 PM
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Ive never had this issue, my last Kawi had 6k miles and the current has 7800

I have heard around the forum that the "kawi-tic" is a common problem in that era of bikes, caused by the chain tensioner.
Also with 25K miles, I would look into a valve adjustment. Abit passed due if not already done

I am not at all a bike mechanic, and do not have any first hand experience, but simply regurgitating what I have read while lurking the forum
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Search APE Manual Cam Chain Adjuster around $50-$70 valves getting tight don't cause the noise this is the most common culprit for 1st Gen Bikes the self adjusting OEM ones' are really a crap shoot sometimes.


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Thank you both for the info. I'm no mechanic either but I do know a little about cars. When I first crank my bike it's really noisy but a lot of the noise does subside after it warns up. After about 3500 rpms I don't hear It but I'm pretty sure exhaust drowns out the sound...
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